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Did you solve it? Puzzlebombed!

The solutions to today’s teasersEarlier today I set a logic problem and a word problem from Puzzlebomb, a monthly problem sheet.I’ll start with the word problem. Continue reading...

'The seasons are against us': what we learned from UK's top Covid scientists

Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty’s briefing predicted an autumn of rising deaths and difficult lockdown choicesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government’s most senior scientists, England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, have given a televised briefing...

Britain needs to live with coronavirus, not in fear of it | Simon Jenkins

Vallance and Whitty spoke reasonably and sincerely in their press conference. But their data was selective, and they seem determined to cause alarmCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThank goodness for scientists talking about coronavirus rather than politicians. They speak English and sound sincere. Today’s presentation by Whitehall’s...

Succession creator Jesse Armstrong criticises Trump and Johnson at Emmys

Writer lays into president and PM for their ‘crummy’ response to coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Succession creator, Jesse Armstrong, used his Emmy acceptance speech to attack Boris Johnson and Donald Trump for their “crummy” response to coronavirus, and also the media moguls who do so much to keep them in...

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

Elephants may have ingested toxins produced by bacteria found in waterholesHundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off.The mysterious death...

Vallance: Covid vaccine doses may be available for some by end of year

UK chief scientific adviser says breakthrough far more likely in first half of 2021Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA few doses of an effective Covid vaccine may be available for use before the end of the year, Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser has said – but it is far more likely that any...

What is a 'persistent cough' and what should I do if I have it?

Continuous cough is one of three main Covid-19 symptoms people are told to look out forCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith the onset of autumn, one phrase is on many people’s lips: persistent cough. But how many of us really know what it means, or what differentiates it from the barks and tickles caused by less dangerous...

Follow Covid rules or see UK deaths return to spring levels, minister warns

Grant Shapps says ‘we can’t afford to wait until deaths are rising before taking action’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could return to the levels of mass coronavirus deaths seen in the spring unless people abide by social distancing rules, Grant Shapps has warned ahead of an appeal to the public by the government’s...

Coronavirus symptoms: how to tell if you have a common cold, flu or Covid

Fever, runny nose, headache? Lost your sense of taste or smell? Your guide to differentiating between the three illnessesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith winter approaching, the UK is entering the traditional seasons for colds and flu, with the additional complication this year that symptoms of those two illnesses can...

UK coronavirus live news: Whitty and Vallance to present data showing 'trend in UK heading in wrong direction'

Rolling coverage of the latest UK coronavirus developments, including the briefing from Chris Whitty and Patrick VallanceGlobal coronavirus blog 10.44am BST Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, is delivering her speech to the virtual Labour conference. You can watch it here.I will post on it when I’ve had a chance to read the full text. 10.41am BST...

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