UK Covid live: Boris Johnson announces independent statutory inquiry into handling of coronavirus crisis

Good morning. There is no PMQs today – there is never one straight after the state opening of parliament – but Boris Johnson will be in the Commons at lunchtime … Read More

Coronavirus live news: India variant found in 44 countries – WHO; Taiwan faces new outbreak

5.53am BST 05:53 Taiwan may tighten curbs amid rare outbreak From our correspondent in Taipei, Helen Davidson: Taiwan authorities have flagged raising its Covid alert level, putting limits on gatherings … Read More

Coronavirus live news: India variant ‘of concern’ globally, says WHO; Pfizer vaccine approved for US 12-15-year-olds

7.10am BST 07:10 India accounting for one in three global daily deaths Good morning, it is Martin Belam here joining you from London. Reuters report that India’s coronavirus crisis is … Read More

Starmer’s reshuffle bid to demote Rayner described as ‘despicable act of cowardice’ – politics live

Good morning. When party leaders are in trouble, they often decide that the solution is a reshuffle. And, in the long run, having different personnel in place can make a … Read More

Coronavirus live news: Johnson to announce timetable for lifting England restrictions

China will set up a “separation line” on the peak of Mount Everest to avoid possible Covid-19 infections by climbers from virus-hit Nepal, state media reported, after dozens were taken … Read More

Australian politics live: Coalition talks up spending on infrastructure and women’s health on budget eve

10.52pm BST 22:52 Speaking of vaccines, NSW is opening a mass vaccination hub, as AAP reports: A mass COVID-19 vaccination hub will open in Sydney Olympic Park as the city … Read More

Covid live news: Modi faces increased pressure for national lockdown in India

8.47am BST 08:47 The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany continues to fall, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The RKI reported … Read More

Coronavirus live news: two more Indian states go into lockdown; UK ‘could be protected from Covid by August’

Germany’s anti-lockdown movement has co-opted the image of Sophie Scholl, the Germany resistance fighter who was born 100 years ago on Sunday, to the dismay of their opponents. Scholl, who … Read More