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Conversion therapy ban: Campaigners dismayed over delay

Tue, 11 May 2021 20:21:49 GMT

Campaigners are dismayed as the government announces a consultation before the practice is banned.

The volunteers using 'honeypot' groups to fight anti-vax propaganda

Mon, 10 May 2021 23:35:44 GMT

Volunteers are busting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories with decoy Facebook groups.

WHO says India Covid variant of 'global concern'

Tue, 11 May 2021 03:59:17 GMT

The WHO says the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study.

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.

Covid and cancer: The young scientists working overtime to combat lockdown disruption

Wed, 05 May 2021 11:04:57 GMT

Lab staff are working long unpaid hours to reduce the impact Covid is having on cancer research.

Alder Hey children's mental health team see rise in calls for help

Mon, 10 May 2021 05:28:07 GMT

A children's mental health crisis team speak exclusively about the impact of Covid and the lockdowns.

NHS app ready to become vaccine passport next week

Tue, 11 May 2021 09:09:44 GMT

People will be able to use the app for travel - but only if they have received two vaccine doses.

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling?

Mon, 10 May 2021 00:44:44 GMT

Coronavirus has affected many people in different ways - how would you react if someone needed support?

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

South Africa coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:44:42 GMT

Why experts are concerned about the emergence of this particular new version of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

What are the India, Brazil, South Africa and UK variants?

Sat, 08 May 2021 10:17:52 GMT

Coronavirus is changing or mutating in ways that may help it spread better or resist existing vaccines.

How to get a Covid test

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:52:50 GMT

Everyone in England and Scotland is being encouraged to take rapid coronavirus tests regularly.

What is conversion therapy and when will it be banned?

Tue, 11 May 2021 12:36:43 GMT

"Abhorrent" practices aimed at changing sexual orientation or gender identity will be banned, but not until further consultation.

India Covid: Kumbh Mela pilgrims turn into super-spreaders

Sun, 09 May 2021 23:02:03 GMT

When millions turned up for the Hindu festival amid a coronavirus surge, many feared the worst.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus: Who has been shielding and why?

Wed, 17 Mar 2021 18:17:28 GMT

Shielding in England is ending on 31 March.

Pfizer vaccine authorised by US FDA for adolescents

Mon, 10 May 2021 23:44:59 GMT

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it "a significant step" in the fight against Covid-19.

Shropshire baby deaths: Review appeals for staff to come forward

Tue, 11 May 2021 10:10:21 GMT

Maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are under review after babies died.

Covid: DR Congo in race against time to vaccinate people

Mon, 10 May 2021 23:49:25 GMT

In one of Africa's largest countries, people worry more about security and other diseases than Covid-19.

Covid: What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

Tue, 11 May 2021 12:22:28 GMT

Lockdown restrictions will ease significantly in England and Scotland from Monday 17 May.

Philippines Covid surge throws country into disarray

Fri, 07 May 2021 23:15:00 GMT

A second Covid surge is putting renewed pressure on the country's healthcare and economy.

How Simon Stevens changed the NHS

Mon, 03 May 2021 23:37:35 GMT

Sir Simon Stevens has been called the NHS's most significant figure since its founder, Aneurin Bevan.

Covid: Andy Burnham calls for Greater Manchester over-16s to have vaccine

Tue, 11 May 2021 15:27:49 GMT

The mayor of Greater Manchester says a "worrying" spike of cases in Bolton is a "cause of concern".

How many cases in your area?

Tue, 11 May 2021 17:18:36 GMT

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Coronavirus: Hugs with loved ones as PM confirms England's biggest step back to normal

Mon, 10 May 2021 21:27:52 GMT

Boris Johnson urges people to use common sense as he confirms the next stage of lockdown easing.

Zero Covid deaths for England, Scotland and NI

Mon, 10 May 2021 16:36:35 GMT

Wales announces four fatalities as UK chief medical officers lower the Covid alert level.

Coronavirus: Expert urges caution over hugs as lockdown eases

Sun, 09 May 2021 15:56:32 GMT

Embraces should be selective, short, and avoid face-to-face contact, says Sage member Prof Cath Noakes.

India's Covid crisis: Rural hospitals unable to cope as virus spreads

Fri, 07 May 2021 17:38:32 GMT

We uncover the conditions that patients face in health centres unequipped for a crisis like Covid.

Queen's Speech: Lack of social care plan 'unforgivable', says Labour's Sir Keir Starmer

Tue, 11 May 2021 17:16:33 GMT

The Labour leader attacks Boris Johnson for "failing to act" in the 657 days since he promised to.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:41:25 GMT

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?

Fri, 07 May 2021 11:09:49 GMT

People 40 or over in England are now being offered a Covid vaccine as the rollout continues.

All you need to know on the coronavirus

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:06:06 GMT

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus.

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Mon, 10 May 2021 17:16:50 GMT

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Covid and pregnancy - should you get the vaccine?

Thu, 06 May 2021 23:00:35 GMT

As the Covid vaccine is rolled out to younger age groups, BBC News looks at what it means for anyone expecting a baby.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

Mon, 10 May 2021 16:16:29 GMT

Secondary school pupils in England will no longer be required to wear them in class from next week.

How to get Bangladeshi men talking about mental health

Mon, 10 May 2021 23:03:24 GMT

Bangladeshi men in the UK are being encouraged to talk about the effects the pandemic has had on them.

China census: Data shows slowest population growth in decades

Tue, 11 May 2021 05:10:48 GMT

The results add pressure on Beijing to boost measures for couples to have more babies.