covid-19

Covid's knock-on effect on child deaths

16 May 2020 8:55 pm

The daily death toll has been a constant backdrop to the Covid-19 crisis. Would we ever have entered lockdown, would…

Why we’ll all be fleeing to Nigeria

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I keep thinking what I’ll do when we regain our liberty — and I picture that beer at the end…

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

9 May 2020 3:30 am

Writing in this magazine a month ago, I applauded the government’s stated aim of trying to follow the science in…

Has Trump finally decided to dump Saudi?

8 May 2020 7:39 pm

In a dramatic move even by his own mercurial standards, Donald Trump has authorised the withdrawal of two Patriot missile…

Can we rely on a V-shaped recovery?

8 May 2020 12:01 am

Can the UK expect a V-shape recovery? The Bank of England has this morning published data revealing very deep V,…

Is it 'speculation' to say the UK has the most deaths in Europe?

6 May 2020 10:08 pm

It’s a grim news week for the government with Dominic Raab announcing in Tuesday’s press conference that the UK coronavirus death toll…

A German court has plunged the eurozone into fresh crisis

5 May 2020 10:33 pm

An epidemic has been raging across the continent. The economy is in lockdown, and GDP is in freefall. But, hey,…

Our toothless response to China is embarrassing

5 May 2020 6:20 pm

If you have been troubled by the government’s failure to get tough on the country responsible for our present malaise,…

Sweden tames its ‘R number’ without lockdown

4 May 2020 11:43 pm

Sweden has been the world’s Covid-19 outlier, pursuing social distancing but rejecting mandatory lockdown. Schools, bars and restaurants are open…

The problem with immunity passports

4 May 2020 9:01 pm

Could we see ‘immunity passports’ in Britain? Ministers are reportedly discussing them as a route out of lockdown. According to today’s…

I’m imposing a one-woman trade embargo on China

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Without making any efforts in that direction, I now know all about a certain telecom firm’s future business plans. My…

Ten lessons we've learned from the lockdown so far

26 April 2020 1:55 am

Yep, the end is in sight, courtesy of other countries organising the practicalities for the return to some sort of…

Our impatience will end the lockdown

25 April 2020 10:26 pm

At the farm shop this morning there was a chap panic-buying a large metal and plaster flamingo. It was the…

Chinese diplomat's Covid-19 PR exercise backfires

25 April 2020 7:41 pm

As countries around the world try to work out a way to live with coronavirus, there’s a growing hostility towards…

Why are people taking Trump's disinfectant comments seriously?

25 April 2020 1:44 am

Every time you think Donald Trump has lost his talent for making people’s heads explode, he somehow excels himself. His…

If austerity is off the table, how do we pay for Covid-19 costs?

25 April 2020 1:11 am

What is the true cost of Covid-19? No one knows – yet. But it’s not going to be cheap. The…

Could the Covid crash spark another Arab Spring?

23 April 2020 2:26 am

They said we were going to uncouple from the Middle East. Barack Obama, they said, was going to pivot to…

Why ministers are reluctant to change face mask guidance

21 April 2020 8:33 pm

‘Will the public be asked to wear face masks in public?’ This is a topic of debate today for the…

'You are endangering the world': German tabloid goes to war with China

21 April 2020 2:04 am

Could China have done more to prevent the coronavirus pandemic? One tabloid editor in Germany certainly thinks so and an extraordinary…

A first-hand account of a racehorse trainer’s battle for survival

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Sport may well be ‘the great triviality’ as Timeform founder Phil Bull once put it, and racing as trivial as…

The joy of pumping iron at 83

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad So the days — and months — drift by. This once peaceful Alpine town is packed with rich refugees…

Leaked US document suggests Covid may be less lethal but more widespread

16 April 2020 9:51 pm

Have we been vastly underestimating the number of people who have been infected with Covid-19 and correspondingly overestimating its mortality? No…

Understanding Covid needs open minds – and vigorous debate

12 April 2020 11:23 pm

After a career as a scientist and clinical academic, I have been struck by how often they (we!) have very…

Our exile in NW1

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia The sweetest sound to me now is the dawn chorus of birdsong at home on the farm. I lay…

Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care

10 April 2020 4:23 am

The Prime Minister has this evening been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital. After being moved on…