UK cases of Covid variant from India more than double in week

LONDON: The number of UK cases of a worrying coronavirus variant from India more than doubled for a second week as authorities also monitor a new mutation of the virus, adding fresh doubt to UK plans to fully unlock the economy. Health officials have now detected 3,424 cases of the B1.617.2 variant, also known as … Read more

Britain reforms railways but vows no ‘terrible sandwiches’

Great British Railways in the biggest reform of the UK rail network in a quarter of a century. (Reuters) LONDON: Britain will create a new public railway operator called Great British Railways in the biggest reform of the network in a quarter of a century, though there will be no return to the notoriously “terrible … Read more

UK Covid-19 restrictions eased despite variant concerns

LONDON: Most of the UK takes a major step towards normality on Monday as coronavirus restrictions are eased, despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible variant of the disease. Across England, Wales and most of Scotland, indoor hospitality in pubs, restaurants and caf├ęs returns and cinemas, museums and sports venues are to open … Read more

UK police probe video of antisemitic abuse hurled from cars

LONDON: British police were investigating videos posted on social media Sunday that appeared to show violent antisemitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars driving through London. The footage appears to show several cars adorned with Palestinian flags driving through an area of north London with a large Jewish population. At one point a … Read more

UK health service under pressure despite pandemic promises

People wearing protective masks walk past a Burberry store at Covent Garden in London LONDON: In April last year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the doctors and nurses who saved his life after he spent days in hospital intensive care with Covid-19. In an emotional address on television, he promised all the necessary funds … Read more