Swathes of public to be refused coronavirus tests under rationing plans

Ministers are poised to announce further localised measures, with pub curfews and a ban on households mixing across areas of the north-east from Friday. Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, South Tyneside and County Durham are  set to go back into lockdown after a surge in cases. The restrictions will cover two million people.  Meanwhile, schools are drawing up […]

Pandemic will hold children back for generations, World Bank warns

The impact of the pandemic will be felt for generations to come, the World Bank has warned, because it will prevent people reaching their full potential across the board.  Even before Covid-19, and despite decades of progress, a child born in a typical country could...

Alcohol and pregnancy: the inconvenient truth

When I was pregnant with my first child in the summer of 2010, I toasted the start of my maternity leave with a cold glass of Prosecco in the beer garden of my local pub. I was with my mother, another NCT friend, and her mother, and when I took my first sip I...