Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people | Coronavirus

About one in 60 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to estimates published on Friday.The prevalence of infection was up for a third straight week, having been at about one in 70 the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).At the peak of the second wave in early January, about … Read more

Woakes dismisses Botham’s claim England used Covid as Ashes excuse | England cricket team

Chris Woakes has dismissed Ian Botham’s suggestion that England’s Test players had used Covid restrictions as an excuse to avoid committing to the forthcoming Ashes series, insisting that “if we were living in a normal world we would be chomping at the bit”.The England and Wales Cricket Board granted approval for the tour last Friday … Read more

Life expectancy gap in England ‘a growing chasm’ exacerbated by Covid | Life expectancy

England’s richest people are living for a decade longer than the poorest, and the life expectancy gap between them has widened to “a growing chasm”, research has revealed.The difference in expected lifespan between the wealthiest and poorest areas has more than doubled since the early 2000s, an analysis of official data by the King’s Fund … Read more

Delays set to push Covid jabs for teens in England into Christmas period | Coronavirus

Delays to the Covid-19 vaccination programme for 12- to 15-year-olds could push immunisations into the Christmas period as local health teams target vaccine-hesitant parents with Zoom sessions and “mop-up” clinics are planned for isolating pupils who miss jabs in schools.Headteachers have called for more resources to speed up the scheme as it becomes clear that … Read more