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England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

Jan. 27, 2022 11:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Most coronavirus restrictions, including mandatory face masks, were lifted in England on Thursday after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations. From Thursday, face coverings are no...

Lawmaker's claim of anti-Muslim bias is new blow to UK govt

Jan. 24, 2022 14:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered an investigation into a Conservative lawmaker’s claim that she was fired from a government job in part because of her Muslim faith — the latest allegation of wrongdoing that is shaking the Conservative government and...

UK lawmaker claims she was fired over her Muslim faith

Jan. 23, 2022 11:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A former minister in Britain’s Conservative government says she was told her Muslim faith was a reason she was fired, a claim that has deepened the rifts roiling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative governing party. Former Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani...

British Conservatives set to go for top job if Johnson falls

Jan. 22, 2022 02:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Revelations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his staff partied while Britain was in a coronavirus lockdown have provoked public outrage and led some members of his Conservative Party to consider ousting their leader. If they manage to push Johnson out — or if...

EXPLAINER: How UK Conservatives can change their leader

Jan. 20, 2022 03:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some Conservative lawmakers in Britain are talking about ousting their leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been tarnished by allegations that he and his staff held lockdown-breaching parties during the coronavirus pandemic. If Johnson does not heed calls to...

UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'

Jan. 19, 2022 13:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in most parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were...

UK government cuts COVID isolation period to 5 days, from 7

Jan. 13, 2022 08:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British officials said Thursday the self-isolation period for people in England who test positive for COVID-19 will be reduced from next week to five full days, instead of seven. Health Secretary Sajid Javid also said that early signs indicate that the rate of...

UK deputy medical chief Van-Tam to step down in March

Jan. 13, 2022 07:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, one of the scientists who led the U.K.’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, will leave his role in March, the government said Thursday. Van-Tam became a household name for his frequent appearances at the...

As omicron spreads, Europe scrambles to shore up health care

Jan. 07, 2022 13:08 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Troops have been deployed to London hospitals. Health care workers infected with COVID-19 are treating patients in France. The Netherlands is under a lockdown, and tented field hospitals have gone up in Sicily. Nations across Europe are scrambling to...

UK makes omicron contingency plans for hospitals, schools

Jan. 02, 2022 13:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government has been making contingency plans in case hospitals, schools and other workplaces are hit by major staff shortages amid the country's record-breaking spike in coronavirus infections. Public sector workplaces have been preparing for staff absences...