U.K.’s Johnson reverses plan to skip COVID-19 quarantine after backlash

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, his office said Sunday — reversing an earlier announcement that he would not … Read More

‘Unethical and illogical’: scientists slam U.K.’s COVID-19 unlocking plans

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to reopen England’s economy from coronavirus lockdown on July 19, but if he does so, it won’t be without disquiet from some of the … Read More

Britain to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions by July 19, health chief says

All remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding it’s the right time to … Read More

U.K. to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions by July 19, health chief says

All remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding it’s the right time to … Read More

U.K. to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions but pandemic ‘not over yet’: PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge caution on Monday as he confirms plans to remove nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England from July 19, despite a surge in … Read More

G7 leaders call for ‘timely’ and ‘transparent’ probe into COVID-19 origins

The G7 leaders have endorsed calls for a “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based” further investigation into the origins of COVID-19. In a joint statement released Sunday, the leaders of seven … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson calls on G7 to donate 1B COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expects the Group of Seven to agree to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries during its summit starting on Friday, and help … Read More

U.K. PM calls on G7 leaders to vaccinate world against COVID-19 by end of 2022

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday called for leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to make a commitment to vaccinate the entire world against COVID-19 by … Read More

U.K. changes its vaccine strategy to combat COVID-19 Delta variant. Should Canada follow?

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was no reason to delay reopening the economy on Tuesday, as the country races to fully vaccinate all adults in an effort … Read More

Wall of hearts highlights bereaved U.K. families’ push for COVID-19 inquiry

The wall is hundreds of metres long and sits directly opposite the British Houses of Parliament in London. Yet, campaigners are unsure if it’s large enough to illustrate the memories … Read More

Pub landlords might ask drinkers for COVID-19 vaccine certification, U.K.’s Johnson says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested on Wednesday that some pubs might require customers to produce COVID-19 vaccine certificates, an idea that he had previously deemed unlikely. Almost 29 million … Read More

U.K. eyes tougher quarantine rules amid risk of ‘vaccine-busting’ coronavirus variants

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he was looking at toughening border quarantine rules because of the risk of “vaccine-busting” new coronavirus variants. New variants of the virus … Read More

U.K. hospitals struggle as new coronavirus variant takes heavy toll

England’s National Health Service is accustomed to tough winters — and caring for people on overcrowded wards sometimes means moving patients into the corridor. But this is different. Now some … Read More

Boris Johnson warns U.K. could see more lockdown measures as coronavirus cases soar

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates … Read More

Canada to suspend all flights from U.K. for 72 hours as new coronavirus variant spreads

Canada will stop incoming flights from the U.K. for 72 hours to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus strain, according to a statement from Health Canada. The policy will … Read More

Feds meeting to discuss new coronavirus variant spreading in U.K.

Members of the federal government are holding a meeting to discuss a new variant of the novel coronavirus that has been spreading quickly across the United Kingdom, prompting travel bans … Read More

Canada to stop incoming flights from U.K. due to new coronavirus strain: documents

Canada will stop incoming flights from the U.K. to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus strain, official documents reveal. The policy will come into effect at 12:01 am on … Read More

U.K. to cancel Christmas gatherings, shut shops in London as coronavirus surges

Families must cancel their Christmas gatherings and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as he imposed a new, … Read More

New coronavirus variant spreading quickly, U.K. medical officer says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held emergency talks with his Cabinet on Saturday as the government’s scientific advisors said a new variant of the coronavirus was accelerating the spread of … Read More

U.K. lab error behind 1,300 people being wrongly told they have coronavirus

Over 1,300 people in the U.K. were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error, the Department of Health and Social Care told Reuters on Saturday. “NHS … Read More

Boris Johnson to end England’s coronavirus lockdown on Dec. 2, implement tiered system

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to end an England-wide lockdown as scheduled on Dec. 2 and will announce a return to regional restrictions as statistics show that coronavirus infections … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson defends 2nd coronavirus lockdown, rejects criticism of delay

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his decision to impose a second national lockdown, brushing aside criticism that weeks of delay have meant thousands more infections and hundreds … Read More

England’s 4-week COVID-19 lockdown to last longer if cases don’t fall: minister

A new national lockdown in England may have to last longer than the planned four weeks if coronavirus infection rates don’t fall quickly enough, a senior government minister said Sunday. … Read More

New coronavirus shut downs, restrictions prompt backlash in U.K.

LONDON — The British government is set to announce new restrictions Monday on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs, restaurants and other … Read More

‘We must act now’: U.K. unveils controversial coronavirus lockdown plan

LONDON — The British government carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk on Monday in a bid to slow a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool … Read More

Boris Johnson to unveil new UK coronavirus measures amid growing cases, criticism

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out new measures to try to contain a growing coronavirus crisis on Monday, outlining three new alert levels … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson urges parents to let kids go back-to-school amid coronavirus pandemic

Britain’s prime minister is asking parents to set aside their fears and send their children back to school next month when schools in Britain fully reopen for the first time … Read More

Scottish independence support strengthened by COVID-19 divisions: polls

On March 3, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fatefully implied that close contact with COVID-19 patients was nothing to worry about. “I was at a hospital the other night where … Read More

With third-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, U.K. eases lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that people will no longer be told to work from home and avoid public transit in a major easing of lockdown restrictions — … Read More

Lockdown 1 week earlier could have halved U.K.’s coronavirus death toll: scientist

Britain’s death toll from COVID-19 could have been halved if lockdown was introduced a week earlier, a former member of the UK government’s scientific advisory group said on Wednesday. Britain … Read More

Boris Johnson ignores calls to fire advisor accused of breaking COVID-19 rules

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resisted calls on Saturday from opposition parties to sack senior adviser Dominic Cummings after he traveled 400 km to northern England while his wife showed … Read More

U.K. coronavirus outbreak at a ‘dangerous stage,’ officials say

Britain’s stand-in leader resisted pressure on Sunday to explain how the government plans to ease a coronavirus lockdown that has been in place for a month, warning that hasty action … Read More

Britain’s Boris Johnson making ‘very good progress’ in COVID-19 recovery: official

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making very good progress in his recovery from COVID-19, his office said on Saturday, as his health minister said the peak of the outbreak … Read More

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson released from ICU, remains hospitalized

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has moved out of intensive care as he continues to recover from COVID-19, a spokesman said on Thursday. “The prime minister has been moved this … Read More

Britain’s Boris Johnson remains in ICU as country grapples with coronavirus

Britain’s government sought Wednesday to keep a grip on the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as Prime Minister Boris Johnson started a third day in the intensive care unit … Read More

British PM Boris Johnson in intensive care due to coronavirus symptoms

He was taken to the ICU after his COVID-19 symptoms grew worse, his office told Reuters on Monday.

Johnson has tasked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise in his place, according to a spokesperson cited by BBC News.

U.S., Britain brace for wave of deaths as coronavirus crisis deepens

The virus is spread by microscopic droplets from coughs or sneezes. For most people, the virus causes mild to moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. But for some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and death. Over 263,000 people have recovered worldwide.

What’s Plan B if coronavirus incapacitates Boris Johnson? No clear answer yet

“In a national emergency, you don’t want to be scrabbling around worrying about who’s in charge,” Peter Bone told the Mirror newspaper.

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests over ‘persistent’ coronavirus symptoms

“The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” Downing Street said.

Boris Johnson writes letters to U.K. households while home sick with coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street after testing positive for coronavirus, will write to every UK household to urge people to stay at home. … Read More

Coronavirus: British army delivers supplies as people urged to stay home or face lockdown

Britain sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals on Monday and told people to stay at home and heed warnings over social distancing or the government would … Read More