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A man crosses the street backdropped by the Royal Exchange in the City of London financial district in London, Jan. 5, 2021, on the first morning of England entering a third national lockdown since the coronavirus outbreak began. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday night announced a tough new stay-at-home order that will last at least six weeks, as authorities struggle to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals around the U.K. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK hospitals stagger as new virus variant takes huge toll

Jan. 5, 2021 2:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is facing a long, bleak winter as cold, wet weather and a more contagious variant of the coronavirus put unprecedented strain on the nation's hospitals and force record numbers of patients to wait 12 hours or more, sometimes on ambulance gurneys, before receiving treatment. That...

Editorial Roundup: US

Dec. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 29 The Post and Courier on the COVID-19 vaccine campaign and convincing the public to take the vaccine: The first shot of the second wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in South Carolina came Monday at a nursing home in Greenville. Now the...

A view of an empty Regent Street, during what would normally be the Boxing Day sales. Boxing Day spending is expected to fall by more than a quarter compared with a year ago, after extensive new COVID-19 restrictions forced non-essential retailers to close, in London, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant

Dec. 27, 2020 2:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The head of drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine widely expected to be approved by U.K. authorities this week, said Sunday that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain....

A man and girl walk through the flood water, in Great Barford, in Bedfordshire, England, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Hurricane-force winds reaching up to 106 miles per hour  (170 kph) and rainstorms battered parts of Britain, disrupting train services and stranding drivers in floodwaters. The Isle of Wight saw Storm Bella’s strongest winds at 106mph, while parts of the south coast of England and north Wales also saw gusts of around 80mph (129 kph). (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Hurricane-force winds up to 106 mph batter parts of Britain

Dec. 27, 2020 8:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hurricane-force winds reaching up to 106 mph (170 kph) and heavy rainstorms battered parts of Britain on Sunday, disrupting train services and stranding drivers in floodwaters. The Isle of Wight saw Storm Bella’s strongest gusts hit 106 mph, while parts of the south coast of England...

A boy wears masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as he looks at a holiday display on a mild day Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in a park in Lenexa, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Latest: Japan sharply tightens ban on foreign visitors

Dec. 26, 2020 9:01 PM EST

TOKYO — Japan’s government will temporarily ban entry of all nonresident foreign nationals as a precaution against a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant that has spread across Britain. The entry ban will start Monday and last through Jan. 31 for the time being, the Foreign...

A woman walks past a Sale signs in the window of a closed shop on Oxford Street in London, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. London is currently in Tier 4 with all non essential retail shops closed and people have been asked to stay at home, on what is usually one of the busiest retail days of the year with the traditional Boxing Day sales in shops. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Millions face new UK virus restrictions; border chaos eases

Dec. 26, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland demanding tighter measures to try to halt a new variant of the virus that is believed to spread more quickly. Northern Ireland went into a six-week lockdown and in Wales,...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, Tessa Boulton, left, takes a swab test from Michael Kruse, dressed as Santa Claus, at a coronavirus testing center at the Helios Clinic in Schwerin, Germany. All most people wanted for Christmas after this year of pandemic was some cheer and togetherness. Instead many are heading into a season of isolation, grieving lost loved ones, experiencing uncertainty about their jobs or confronting the fear of a potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP, File)

A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas

Dec. 23, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Montserrat Parello lost her husband eight years ago, and Christmas gatherings with children and grandchildren had helped her deal with her loneliness. But this year, the 83-year-old will be alone for the holiday at her home in Barcelona, due to the risk of infection from the coronavirus. “In these days of...

Shoppers wear face masks as they walk in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings cannot go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb rapidly spreading infections.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus

Dec. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people must cancel their Christmas get-togethers and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as he imposed a new, stricter level of coronavirus restrictions on the region to curb rapidly spreading...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts, during a visit to the Openreach L and D Training Centre in Bolton, England, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Peter Byrne/Pool Photo via AP, Pool)

UK braces for holiday COVID-19 surge, tighter restrictions

Dec. 18, 2020 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. entered the final week before Christmas with the country bracing for post-celebration coronavirus fallout and Prime Minister Boris Johnson refusing Friday to rule out a fresh national lockdown after the holiday. And when classes resume in the new year, schools are expected to roll...

People walk past Christmas trees and decorations in the Burlington Arcade as shops are allowed to stay open under the British government's coronavirus Tier system, in London, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. London and its surrounding areas came under Tier 3 restrictions this Wednesday, with the latest figures showing the capital now has among the fastest growing case rates in the country. Tier 3 restrictions are the toughest level in England's three-tier system, people can't socialize indoors, and bars, pubs and restaurants must close except for takeout. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Toughest COVID-19 rules extended to much of south England

Dec. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Large parts of southern England will be placed under the country’s strictest coronavirus restrictions from this weekend, Britain’s health secretary said Thursday, as infections and hospital admissions continue to surge in those areas. Matt Hancock told lawmakers that cases in...