Thousands of protesters have marched on the streets of Sydney, and other Australian cities, against the latest round of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions - despite a surge in cases. Mounted officers and riot police oversaw the COVID-19 protests, which has earlier been designated as an unauthorised protest. New South Wales (NSW) police said while it recognised and supported the right to free speech and peaceful protest, the march was a breach of public health rules, with the force saying: "The priority... is always the safety of the wider community."
Boris Johnson was ready to overhaul the Northern Ireland Protocol this week but was talked down by his Brexit minister Lord Frost, The Telegraph has learnt. With the UK now demanding a renegotiation of the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, The Telegraph has been told Mr Johnson is now convinced of the need to use the so-called “nuclear option” if Brussels refuses. It is understood that the warning was issued to Dublin this week, with UK officials making clear that it is Mr Johnson,
The people administering Covid-19 vaccines are being told to throw away doses as not enough people are coming forward for their first jab. Attempts to use leftover doses on people awaiting second jabs are being frustrated because of the strict adherence to guidance saying they must be administered eight weeks apart, sources said. The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation recommends an interval of eight to 12 weeks between doses for all the available Covid-19 vaccines as studies sugges
Thousands have gathered today Saturday, July 24, in London's Trafalgar Square to protest against the lockdown rules and COVID-19 vaccinations. A wide range of speakers is attending the event, including well-known British conspiracy theorist, Kate Shemirani, who spoke to the crowd. Demonstrators are angry about the recent move which will see vaccine passports becoming compulsory in England to access nightclubs and other packed venues. Boris Johnson has said that the new measure will take effect by the end of September.
A man who joked about not having the Covid vaccine has died after a month-long battle with the virus. Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, passed away on Wednesday at the Corona Regional Medical Center outside Los Angeles. The 34-year-old was being treated for Covid and pneumonia and had been a vocal opponent of coronavirus vaccines.
Reopening nightclubs is "immoral and unethical" as it will mean more coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths, an expert has warned. Public health physician Dr Gabriel Scally, who sits on the Independent SAGE panel, suggested the government decided to open clubs on 19 July to try to achieve so-called "herd immunity" by more people getting infected. "I think it's justifiable to open nightclubs but only if you believe this government policy that it's good to have infection, and it's good to have illness, and it's good to have death during the summer rather than trying to prevent or postpone those into later in the year," he tweeted.
An 11-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Bolton with a "substantial amount of money" has been found "safe and well" in London, police have said. Fatuma Kadir's parents are said to be "incredibly relieved" after they had appealed for her to return home quickly. The girl left without her parents' knowledge on Thursday evening before travelling on several trains to get to London Euston in the early hours of Friday morning.
As the climate crisis deepens the UK’s attitude to summer starts to shiftSeason now has a health warning and people may lose associations of joy, relaxation and celebration An evening sunset over St Paul’s during the UK’s July 2021 heatwave which saw the first ever amber extreme heat warning to be put in place this week. Photograph: Guy Corbishley/Alamy
China said on Friday that it has imposed counter-sanctions on U.S. individuals including former U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in response to recent U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong. The sanctions are the first imposed by China under its new anti-foreign sanction law, passed in June, and come days before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to visit China amid deeply strained ties.China also imposed unspecified "reciprocal counter-sanctions" on current and for
Piers Morgan believes he caught Covid-19 during the chaos at the Euro 2020 final despite being fully vaccinated. An avid critic of the government’s pandemic policies, he said his ordeal has given him a new perspective on Covid and vaccines. “So it’s been a long ten days,” Piers said in a tweet on Saturday.
Heather Watson has some happy memories of playing in Japan but this is unlikely to rank among them. It was in this country, at the Japan Open back in 2012, that she became the first British woman to win a WTA Tour title in 24 years, beating Chang Kai-chen in the final in Osaka, but here in Tokyo her singles involvement will not go beyond the first round after she was beaten in straight sets by Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam on the opening morning of the Olympic tennis tournament. Naomi Osaka had been due to kick off the competition on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park but her late night torch-lighting duties at Friday’s opening ceremony saw her match pushed back to Sunday.