Coronavirus live news: WHO says Delta variant not more deadly as CDC warns over transmissibility

Kenya suspends all in-person meetings and gatherings; variant now dominant in Italy, authorities say CDC warns Delta variant far more transmissible Japan extends Covid state of emergency for four more areas Locked down with cases rising, Sydney wonders how Delta will end Thailand bans sharing of news that ‘causes public fear’ UK coronavirus updates – […]

‘The war has changed’: CDC paper warns Delta variant is far more transmissible

Rochelle Walensky says ‘extreme’ measures needed to counter threat of virus that can be spread even by vaccinated people The Delta variant spreads much faster, is more likely to infect the vaccinated, and could potentially trigger more severe illness in the unvaccinated compared with all other known variants, according to an internal report compiled by […]

‘He didn’t have chance to get his jab’: grief for recent UK Covid victims

Families paying tribute to those who have died urge people to get vaccinated and continue precautions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage After two months of rising Covid-19 cases in the UK, people have celebrated falling numbers in the past week. But the number of deaths from the virus rose to 131 […]

Annie Mac’s last Radio 1 show review – beloved DJ bows out with a beautiful tearjerker

After 17 years at the BBC – from embarrassing herself in front of Pete Tong to forgetting she interviewed Rihanna – Mac hangs up her headphones with an emotional plea to her many fans Annie Mac has a terrible memory. It’s a trait the DJ has mentioned repeatedly in interviews – often blaming her profession’s […]

Lula 2022? Brazil poised for sensational political comeback

With former president’s political rights restored, polls suggest he would thrash Jair Bolsonaro if he stands for election Anazir Maria de Oliveira has a simple message for the man they call Lula. “Comrade, I want you back,” said the 88-year-old union veteran and black activist as she celebrated the return of her “guru” to Brazil’s […]

‘I never saw my guitar again’: readers on belongings they lost in a breakup

Long after two people have gone their separate ways, some partings still rankle. Readers reflect on the beloved items they left behind Even though my breakup was amicable, I felt a lot of guilt – so when I moved out I said: “Keep it all.” But, in the years since, there have been a few […]

‘Women have not been able hold these: Samoa’s first female PM gets down to the job

After months of political turmoil, following the country’s most contentious election, Fiama Naomi Mata’afa is ready to get to work The prime minister’s office in Apia, the capital of Samoa, which overlooks the harbour, has just been vacated by the man who held the job for 22 years. The bookshelves are still empty, but the […]

‘Look at how they treat us’: black Britons despair of police reform

As a new parliamentary report decries persistent racial injustice in UK policing, black Britons across London describe its impact on them Esther Cudjoe Pontara doesn’t have much faith in the police. The 19-year-old, who lives in Streatham in south London, described nearly all her interactions with officers as negative. “I’ve always had negative interactions with […]

My toxic mother wants contact with my child – how do I approach this?

You are right to be cautious, but your mother’s effect on your child will never be the same as it was on you, says Annalisa Barbieri I am expecting a baby later this year. Despite living in a different country, my mother wants to be as involved as she can. I benefited hugely from my […]

Bennifer is back, but don’t rush to contact your ex, say experts

J Lo and Ben Affleck did it, but experts urge restraint after lockdown prompts ‘rekindled romance’ dating trend Relationship experts have warned against romanticising the idea of getting back with your ex-partner, after it was confirmed that one of the most famous celebrity couples of the early noughties – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – […]

Labour has a plan for young people. But it will struggle for their attention | Andy Beckett

The party is addressing job insecurity. Yet its proposals aren’t sparking the controversy that an opposition party needs Many things have disappeared from British politics since it became mostly about the pandemic. One of the most important has been the idea that the interests and grievances of people under 40 are worth a lot of […]

Depleted and unwanted, HS2 hurtles on as Johnson’s £100bn vanity project | Simon Jenkins

It has cost the taxpayer billions without a mile of track being laid – and it won’t even go north of Crewe Britain’s new high-speed railway will not – repeat: not – get to the north of England. It will go back and forth from London to the Midlands and its chief beneficiaries will be […]

A decade after Tottenham burned, social alienation means riots could happen again | David Lammy

Tory governments have ignored years of expert advice on family support, youth unemployment and police relations David Lammy is the Labour MP for Tottenham Every riot needs a spark. In 1985, I was a teenager when the Broadwater Farm riot took place just yards away from my home. It was lit by the death of […]

Our biggest enemy is no longer climate denial but climate delay | Ed Miliband

Nothing is more dangerous than the illusion of action – which is all that the British government is offering Future generations will look back on the climate events of 2021 and say: “That was the year they ran out of excuses.” Heatwaves and flooding here in the UK, temperatures topping 50C in Pakistan, hundreds killed […]

We’re slowly discovering the murky side of elite sport – thanks to women speaking out | Gaby Hinsliff

The Tokyo Games have shone a light on bullying, abuse and sexualisation, which are too often ignored in the pursuit of glory Nobody should have to go to work in their bra and knickers. So when the Norwegian women’s beach handball team were fined earlier this month for defiantly choosing to compete in shorts – […]

Wales’ eerily beautiful slate quarries are getting the recognition they deserve | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

It’s right that these post-industrial landscapes, with their complex history, should have world heritage status “The slate quarries are beautiful,” a friend told me, having returned from a holiday in Gwynedd, where I grew up. “They are not so beautiful when your ancestors died in them,” I said, half-joking just to see her face. The […]

Republicans used to laud ‘personal responsibility’. Not with Covid | David Litt

The Republican party is encouraging Americans to make objectively selfish, harmful choices – then using the tools of government to shield them from accountability “It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions,” declared Ronald Reagan at the 1968 Republican National Convention. By the time he became president […]

During the pandemic, a new variant of capitalism has emerged | Larry Elliott

Spending is up. The world has been fighting a war against Covid, and in wartime the power of the state always increases Over the past 18 months, the world has been amazed at how slippery an enemy Covid-19 has proved to be. The virus first detected in China at the end of 2019 has mutated […]

The Guardian view on investigating 6 January: the truth about the storming of the Capitol

The attitude of Republican politicians to the committee shows exactly why it is needed The investigation into the deadly insurrection of 6 January is not one but two processes. The first is an attempt to discover the truth about those events: not only what happened, but who, beyond the members of the mob, was responsible […]

The Guardian view on Wu-Tang Clan’s genius: to make and appreciate art | Editorial

The sale of the only copy of an album for $2m is a reminder that canny rappers understood the artistic value of the original and the authentic When Martin Shkreli was convicted of fraud in 2017, the authorities ordered him to give up his assets, which included a Picasso, a share-trading account and the only […]

Wild swimming isn’t a new fashion and is no threat to wildlife | Letters

Pat Simmons and Paul Williams on the pleasures of swimming in rivers, lakes and seas in harmony with nature Wild swimming “the latest fashionable activity” (Letters, 26 July)? Hardly. Seventy years ago I learned to swim in the River Wey, in the company of other local kids (and a lot of water voles and a […]

The links between Welsh slate and slavery | Letter

Steve Cushion on the Pennant family, who used the profits made by enslaved workers in Jamaica to expand the Penrhyn slate quarry Your article (Welsh slate landscape becomes UK’s newest world heritage site, 28 July) did not mention the origins of the finance that enabled the expansion of the slate quarries at the end of […]

Siya Kolisi claims referee in first Lions Test showed lack of respect

South Africa captain ‘didn’t feel he was given fair opportunity’ Springboks lash out at touring side ahead of second Test The South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has made the remarkable claim that he was shown a lack of respect by the referee Nic Berry during last Saturday’s defeat by the British & Irish Lions as […]

C’mon you Popchips: why the Hundred is so hard to digest | Matthew Engel

The cricket season was already a shambles with three different forms of the game. Now there are four When I arrived in Cardiff to report on the new cricket competition, there was a problem with my media accreditation. Always me. A steward asked me to wait, adding that there were 200 people in the press […]

Toto Wolff says Red Bull went ‘below the belt’ with attack on Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes and Red Bull spat builds before Hungarian GP Max Verstappen quickest in Friday morning’s practice session Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen may want to do their talking on track at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix but their teams remain firmly entrenched in opposition as the verbal sallies continued to fly on Friday at the […]

Arsenal sign £50m Ben White and want Bellerín and Xhaka to extend contracts

White is club’s third-most expensive signing of all time Bellerín and Xhaka keen to move and have suitors Arsenal have completed the signing of Ben White from Brighton in a £50m deal that makes him their third-most expensive arrival of all time, and will now turn their attention to persuading two senior players to stay […]

Liverpool give Alexander-Arnold new contract and in talks with Alisson

Right-back describes new deal to 2025 as ‘proud moment’ Advanced discussions with Alisson, who also wants to extend Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a contract extension to 2025 at Liverpool, who are in advanced talks with the goalkeeper Alisson over following suit. Alexander-Arnold, who came through Liverpool’s academy, said he felt honoured to be offered a […]

The Fiver | It would be a brave punter who predicts the Scottish tide turning

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! Fitba is back in earnest on Saturday and it’s always fascinating to see how teams have limbered up for the big kick-off. Full speed to Tynecastle, then, where Hearts return to the big time and face the Queen’s Celtic while riding the wave […]

UK cultural landmarks may lose world heritage status, says Unesco chief

Exclusive: chief of UN body warns ministers they must do more to protect Britain’s historic sites From Stonehenge to the Lakes: Unesco concerns for UK landmarks UK cultural landmarks such as Stonehenge could be stripped of their coveted world heritage status unless the government curbs “ill-advised development” and protects historic sites for future generations, a […]