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R number for UK below 1 for first time since August

Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing.

Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'

Scientists spell out measures to minimise coronavirus infection risk when rules are relaxed at Christmas.

Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?

Oxford Covid vaccine: Regulator asked to assess jab

The referral is "a significant first step" to a possible rollout of the vaccine, the government says.

Cancer: Blood test for 50 types to be trialled by NHS

More than 165,000 people in England will be offered the tests from next year.

Controversial 'virginity tests' sold by UK clinics

The "unscientific" examinations are condemned by international organisations such as the UN.

Covid: Woman left blind after treatment delayed in pandemic

Thousands of people in Wales are at "risk of going blind" because of delays, a charity warns.

Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown

But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.