‘You can be kicked out any time’: US immigrants’ lives upended by Covid

Many foreign-born workers have lost their jobs to the pandemic – and strict new visa rules have raised the threat of removal When Swaraj lost his job amid the recession last year, it triggered a ticking time bomb. Suddenly, he had to either find a different employer to sponsor his visa or return to India, […]

No surge testing for India variants despite Hancock pledge

Following health secretary’s statement last month, Public Health England confirms it is carrying out ‘targeted testing’ instead Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Surge testing is not being carried out in England for coronavirus variants first detected in India, despite the government claiming it would be deployed, the Guardian has learned. The […]

Looking at India from afar, I’m furious at Modi’s wilful neglect of my homeland

If the government had faced reality and acted earlier, Covid might have been held at bay. But the rot runs deeper There was an air of inevitability about India’s unfolding Covid disaster. Watching from afar in London, I had long feared the worst for the country of my birth. Since India has decades of underfunded […]

The Guardian view on foreign travel: holidays mustn’t jeopardise progress at home | Editorial

Plans for relaxing restrictions will soon be announced. While rates in Europe have declined, the risks are real Improvements at home will soon lead to more Britons venturing away. Until now, foreign travel has been allowed only under exemptions such as those for business or on compassionate grounds. Now, with the drop in Covid rates […]

‘Like living in a horror film’: UK doctors raise Covid funds for India

Concerned British doctors of Asian heritage says India’s Covid crisis needs a strong global response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The streets of Delhi are known for their noise, crowds, and bustle, but Meenal Vis, a UK doctor, says that when her family there listen out of their windows there is […]

Johnson and Modi to agree UK-India trade partnership in virtual talks

Downing Street says agreement will create 6,500 jobs and contain £533m of Indian investment in UK Boris Johnson will host bilateral talks with India’s prime minister on Tuesday, announcing the potential for up to £1bn of new trade and investment in a virtual meeting after a planned visit to the country was twice delayed because […]

Coronavirus live: Boris Johnson urges caution over foreign holidays; Tanzania announces measures to curb variants

UK prime minister expects ‘some openings up’ in relation to travel on 17 May; Brussels recommends easing restrictions on travel into EU by vaccinated people Vaccine shortages blight India’s efforts to contain Covid crisis Covid vaccine rollout rapidly gathering pace across Europe EU plans to reopen to fully Covid-vaccinated foreign tourists from June ‘Calamity of […]

The hero of the Thames reminds me of the man who tried to save my mother’s life | Emma Beddington

When a walkway collapsed, the man who rushed to help my mother sustained life-changing injuries. He and Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole are a reminder of the love that surrounds us I keep thinking about Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who died trying to save a woman who had fallen into the Thames from London Bridge. Why? God knows, there is […]

John Oliver on vaccine hesitancy: ‘We badly need to convince anyone who can be convinced’

The Last Week Tonight host debunks several persistent myths about the Covid vaccine and encourages viewers to fight vaccine hesitancy with conversation On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explained vaccine hesitancy and debunked several insidious, persistent myths about the coronavirus vaccines. “Not that we needed it, but this week saw yet another reminder of […]

‘They knew we weren’t giving oxygen’: a Delhi doctor’s week of horror

Dr Chahat Verma saw five patients die in a day as India’s Covid crisis overwhelms hospitals Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage During the past week, when oxygen was periodically running out at Ganga Ram hospital, one thing Dr Chahat Verma found unbearable was the look on the faces of patients when […]

Coronavirus live news: UK to send 1,000 more ventilators as India suffers record deaths

Latest updates: UK had previously sent 600 medical devices; deaths in India jump by 3,689 on Sunday ‘They knew we weren’t giving oxygen’: Delhi doctor’s week of horror Modi loses key state election as Covid grips country NHS England draws up plans for Covid jabs for over-12s US decline in Covid vaccinations presents new problem: […]

UK to send 1,000 more ventilators to India to help with Covid crisis

Boris Johnson makes pledge prior to call on Tuesday with Narendra Modi that replaces cancelled visit Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain is to send a further 1,000 ventilators to India to help its struggling healthcare system deal with a surge in coronavirus infections that is killing thousands every day. Boris […]

Narendra Modi loses key state election as Covid grips India

Prime minister defeated in West Bengal as voters send message over handling of coronavirus crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage India’s prime minister has suffered a rare political defeat in a key state election, amid signs of a voter backlash over his handling of the coronavirus disaster as the country reported […]

‘We’re burning pyres all day’: India accused of undercounting deaths

Fears of cover-up as crematoriums record twice the number of Covid fatalities as official death toll Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As India battles through one of the world’s deadliest surges of the Covid-19 pandemic, this week India’s health minister Harsh Vardhan insisted that its fatality rate from the disease remained […]

While India is desperate for oxygen, its politicians deny there’s even a problem | Mukul Kesavan

As the second wave devastates India, there is a Nero-vian feel to it all: a smug, inert state indifferent to the smell of burning In India’s capital city, citizens are dying in their hospital beds because they can’t breathe. Their lungs, clotted with Covid-induced pneumonia, need oxygen to function. Overwhelmed by India’s tsunami-like second wave […]

UK’s aid cuts hit vital coronavirus research around world

Leading UK expert says loss of funding certain to damage attempts to tackle virus and variants Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vital coronavirus research, including a project tracking variants in India, has had its funding reduced by up to 70% under swingeing cuts to the UK overseas aid budget. One of […]

Biden set to impose restrictions on US travel from India amid Covid crisis – live

Most non-US citizens to be barred from entry, reports say Officials say nearly 40% of adults have protection from Covid-19 Biden agrees with Republican senator that US not a racist country We no longer fear the tweet: Biden brings US back to world stage 10.28pm BST Gabrielle Canon here signing on from San Francisco to […]

‘We are not special’: how triumphalism led India to Covid-19 disaster

Huge surge in cases followed erroneous ‘supermodelling’ study suggesting herd immunity had been achieved They will be remembered as India’s lost months: the stretch between September and February when Covid-19 cases in the country defied global trends, falling sharply throughout the coldest months of the year until they reached four-figure daily totals. It was inexplicable. […]

Coronavirus live: Brazil passes tragic milestone of 400,000 deaths

WHO warns of relaxing measures with variants in circulation and low vaccine coverage; France to open hospitality venues with outdoor terraces in May Pfizer/BioNTech jab may be offered to 12-year-olds in Europe from June Millions at risk from Covid surge in Syria amid test and oxygen shortages US states moving to lift mask requirements as […]

Every day I receive tragic news from India and feel so helpless on the other side of the world | Krati Garg

The Covid tsunami in my country of birth should be a wake-up call for Australia. This is not the time to be complacent My chat groups from India are flooded with requests for convalescent plasma, Remdesivir, oxygen tanks and hospital beds. My Twitter feeds are condolences or desperate cries for help from people whose loved […]

India suffers worst day of pandemic with record number of cases and deaths

Crematoriums in Delhi forced to build makeshift funeral pyres on spare patches of land as Covid death toll surges Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage India has suffered its worst day yet of the pandemic, as both new Covid-19 cases and deaths break previous records and crematoriums in Delhi become so overloaded […]

Leading scientists urge UK to share Covid vaccines with poorer nations

Donating doses to countries such as India would tackle soaring death toll and curb new variants, experts say Opinion: leaders must ensure vaccines aren’t the preserve of the rich Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Leading scientists are urging the UK to share the Covid vaccines it has bought with India and […]

Haseeb Hameed rediscovers form and love of game at Nottinghamshire

Batsman hit two centuries in Championship match last week Hameed made early England bow, but then sacked by Lancs When Haseeb Hameed registered his second century of the match for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship game against Worcestershire last week, film showed a dressing room bursting with pleasure. It was not confined to the players; […]

Coronavirus live news: more countries tighten travel restrictions for arrivals from India

Spain and Philippines join Cambodia and Fiji in restricting arrivals; England extends vaccines to those aged 42 and over Mutations, politics, vaccines: the factors behind India’s Covid crisis Harry and Meghan to join Biden at concert to boost global vaccination Global faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate world International aid arrives in India […]

India’s Covid disaster: a crisis for the world – podcast

A catastrophe is unfolding in India as hospitals run out of oxygen, the Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, reports from Delhi When India emerged relatively unscathed from its first wave of Covid-19, there was a sense in the country that somehow it was an exception. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, had brought in a […]

The G7 must act to end ‘vaccine apartheid’ or everyone in the world will suffer | Rowan Williams

Future generations will condemn the richest countries if they don’t use their power to make vaccines universally available Rowan Williams is the chair of Christian Aid and a former archbishop of Canterbury Until the later part of the 19th century, what we regard today as the fundamentals of public health were mostly unknown. Clean water […]

People in India: share your experience of the current coronavirus surge

We’d like to hear from those in India, and relatives living in the UK or elsewhere, about their experiences International aid has been arriving in India, as an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases brings the healthcare system to its knees. Hospitals have been forced to turn away patients as oxygen supplies and beds run out. […]

Jimmy Kimmel on vaccine hesitancy: ‘What if we all just did what the health experts told us to do?’

Late-night hosts talk the Oscars, Americans skipping their second Covid vaccine doses, India’s Covid crisis and the GOP culture war over meat Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his monologue on Monday night by toasting the Oscars, held the prior evening to record-low ratings, down 58% from the year before. “How can something so woke put so […]

Coronavirus live news: Germany to relax restrictions for vaccinated people; Turkey to go into lockdown

Over 6,000 Covid patients in French ICUs for first time since April 2020; US to share AstraZeneca vaccines it has not authorised for its own use EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls India reportedly running out of vaccines amid Covid surge Mutations, politics, vaccines: the factors behind India’s Covid crisis Warning over […]

US to share up to 60m vaccine doses amid pressure to lead global virus fight

White House to distribute AstraZeneca vaccine overseas Biden calls Modi to offer assistance as Indian surge continues The US will share up to 60m doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine with other countries, the White House has announced, amid intensifying pressure for it to lead the global fight against the pandemic. The pledge came as Joe […]