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England’s R number has fallen slightly to between 1.1 and 1.4, official data shows. Last week it was between 1.2 and 1.4. England’s R number is highest in the East, where it is between 1.3 and 1.5. It is lowest in the North West (1.0 to 1.2). The daily growth rate of coronavirus infections in […]

Infection rates have continued to rise across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – but dropped in Scotland, according to the latest estimates. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 24 July, approximately one in 65 people were estimated to have had COVID-19 in England. The rate was around one […]

A security guard has been jailed for carrying out a series of night-time cat killings. Steve Bouquet, 54, from Brighton, stabbed 16 cats between October 2018 and June 2019. Nine cats – Hendrix, Tommy, Hannah, Alan, Nancy, Gizmo, Kyo, Ollie and Cosmo – were killed while another seven were injured. Bouquet has been sentenced to […]

A Scottish woman forced to stay in hotel quarantine while her dying father is in hospital has condemned the rules as “cruel” and “indefensible”. Claire Herriot flew to Scotland from Turkey on Tuesday after doctors said her father, Gordon, 75, had major organ failure and was approaching the end of his life. Despite being double-vaccinated […]

Gold medallist BMX rider Beth Shriever has revealed she had to crowdfund to help get her to the Olympics, raising the question of how Team GB is funded. The 22-year-old, from Essex, parted with British Cycling in 2017 after UK Sport decided only male BMX riders would be supported heading to Tokyo because no British […]

Part of the third wave is now below the radar, with significant numbers of COVID cases not showing up in the official daily statistics. While the government dashboard shows reported cases fell by a third in the week to 24 July, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the real trend was […]

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting England’s chief medical officer. Lewis Hughes, 24, of Romford, Essex, accosted Professor Chris Whitty in St James’s Park in London on 27 June. He pleaded guilty to assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday and will be sentenced later in the afternoon. Image: Professor Whitty was accosted in […]

Workers are still being exploited in Leicester’s textile industry, according to new evidence seen by Sky News. The anti-slavery charity Hope of Justice says the audit and enforcement approach to clamping down on workforce exploitation is not working “because factory bosses are getting really creative and innovative” in how they hide it. Since last summer’s […]

The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the UK has risen for the second day in a row following seven days of falls, government data shows. 31,117 infections have been reported in the latest 24-hour period, along with 85 further deaths. The figures compare with 27,734 cases and 91 deaths announced yesterday. Last Thursday, […]

Unvaccinated expectant mothers are at greater risk from the Delta variant, with both mother and unborn baby at particular danger of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. There has been a worrying rise in the number of unvaccinated women being admitted to hospital with severe COVID-19, according to new data published by the University of Oxford. […]