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The biggest test yet of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine got underway in the US on Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to take part. Final-stage testing of the vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Moderna Inc, began with volunteers at numerous sites around the US […]

A pet cat has fallen ill with coronavirus in the UK after apparently catching Covid-19 from its owners. The infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) laboratory in Weybridge, Surrey, on July 22. Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England (PHE), said: “This is the first case of […]

More than a quarter of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) NHS staff are still waiting for a risk assessment for Covid-19, data suggests. Figures seen by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) suggest 73% of BAME staff had had a risk assessment in England by July 17, but in some hospital trusts the figure was […]

The Duke of Cambridge has said a landmark declaration signed by the football family to create a “mentally healthy culture” will send a clear message to millions of fans. William said players, managers, officials and staff now have a “collective game plan” to tackle the issue that is even more prevalent because of the coronavirus […]

Boris Johnson will announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and ban junk food adverts on TV before 9pm as he looks to encourage Britons to shed the pounds. The Prime Minister has revealed already how his own brush with Covid-19, which saw him require intensive care in April, convinced him of the […]

Gone With The Wind actress Dame Olivia de Havilland has been remembered as a “legend” and “class act” following her death at the age of 104. The actress, one of the last surviving figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died at home in Paris, her representatives confirmed on Sunday. A statement said: “Last night, the world […]

Ryanair said it suffered the “most challenging” quarter in its 35-year history as it reported a loss of 185 million euro (£168 million). The low-cost airline, like its competitors, was forced to ground its fleet as Covid-19 wreaked havoc on timetables with travel bans and lockdowns introduced worldwide. It said a second wave of the […]

There are fears more European holidays could be thrown into disarray during “uncertainty” this summer after holidaymakers in Spain were left fuming at being told they must quarantine when they return home. The Government has stood by its decision to strike Spain off the UK’s list of safe destinations after it saw a spike in […]

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe challenged the club to quickly build again following relegation from the Premier League as Aston Villa stayed up on a dramatic final day of the season. Villa had needed at least a point to secure another campaign of top-flight football – and looked like they had made sure of safety when […]

British holidaymakers returning from Spain have expressed their shock and frustration at the sudden change in travel quarantine rules. Passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport on a flight from Barcelona on Sunday morning were among the first travellers now required to self-isolate again for two weeks. Philip Bradby, 55, and Marina Wilson, 40, from Bournemouth, cut […]

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