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Covid in the UK
  • People queue for the vaccination centre at the Essa Academy in Bolton. The Indian coronavirus variant has been detected in a number of areas in England, including Bolton, which are reporting the highest rates of infection, data suggests. Picture date: Friday May 14, 2021.

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19). Picture date: Friday May 14, 2021.

  • Kate Ballenger, keeper of Palace and Collections at Blenheim Palace, adjusts the bow tie on a waxwork of Winston Churchill by sculptor Jethro Crabbe, which forms part of a new Churchill exhibition at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, as the attraction is prepared for the public ahead of further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.

  • Jessica Fordham (left) and Fiona Fisk (right) take a trip back to the roaring 20s with fun flapper costumes ahead of the Harrogate Flower Show Spring Essentials at the Great Yorkshire Showground, as the event gets ready for the public ahead of further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.

  • Dylan Sinnott guest experience team leader at the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester sprays the rides and models with disinfectant as they make final preparations for re-opening on May 17th, including building of new displays and exhibits by master model builder, James Windle, as the attraction gets ready for the public ahead of further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

  • Staff dust and clean the Dr Who TARDIS police box inside the science and creative venue, We The Curious, as staff and technicians clean and prepare the Bristol attraction ready for the public ahead of further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Monday May 10, 2021.

  • (left to right) Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Teryn Dear (left) and Sarah Tucker prepare statues at Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ahead of the Manor's planned reopening on May 19th following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Monday May 10, 2021.

  • People endure the wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend weather to sit outside a restaurant near Tower Bridge in central London on Monday, May 3, 2021. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

  • A member of staff wearing a face mask, looks out, at a restaurant in Chinatownin London, Tuesday, May 4, 2021.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

  • Ballot boxes are seen ahead of the count for the local elections at the count centre at Olympia London in west London on May 7, 2021. - Britain went to the polls on May 6 in its first major ballot box test since Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

  • First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon meet first time Syrian voters outside the polling station at the Annette Street school in Govanhill, Glasgow, where voters are casting their votes in the Scottish Parliamentary election. Picture date: Thursday May 6, 2021.

  • A woman wearing a face mask passes a 'Hello London' sign in Covent Garden, London, following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Wednesday May 5, 2021.

  • Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey stand within 100 oak saplings which form part of a living art installation entitled Beuys' Acorns by the UK-based artist duo, outside the Tate Modern in London. Picture date: Tuesday May 4, 2021.

  • Revellers arriving for a music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP). Picture date: Sunday May 2, 2021.

  • MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Police begin to clear the concourse after Manchester United fans had protested about the owners of the club before the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 2, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Offside via Getty Images)

  • Revellers arrive at Circus nightclub in Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool, for a Covid safety pilot event which will be attended by around 3000 people. Researchers at the event will gather evidence for the Events Research Programme (ERP) on how small and large-scale events could be permitted to safely reopen. Picture date: Friday April 30, 2021.

  • Members of the public enjoy a drink at a bar in Belfast. Shops and outdoor hospitality venues are reopening across Northern Ireland where lockdown restrictions have begun to gradually ease. Picture date: Friday April 30, 2021.

  • A man holds up his pint in a beer garden in Belfast. Shops and outdoor hospitality venues are reopening across Northern Ireland where lockdown restrictions have begun to gradually ease. Picture date: Friday April 30, 2021.

  • People attending The Good Business Festival event at the ACC convention centre in Liverpool, Merseyside. The pilot event, which is part of the UK Government's Events Research Programme, is taking place without social distancing or face masks. Picture date: Wednesday April 28, 2021.

  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19). Picture date: Wednesday April 28, 2021.

  • A bride to be in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, as beer gardens, non-essential shops, restaurants and cafes, along with swimming pools, libraries and museums in Scotland reopen today after lockdown restrictions have eased. Picture date: Monday April 26, 2021.

  • A server carries a tray of drinks from a pub in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, as beer gardens, non-essential shops, restaurants and cafes, along with swimming pools, libraries and museums in Scotland reopen today after lockdown restrictions have eased. Picture date: Monday April 26, 2021.

  • (Editor's note; Image contains graphics) A lady pushes back a bleeding police officer during clashes after demonstrations at Hyde Park. People called online to a flash mob-style mass gathering against vaccine passports, face masks and lockdown. The government aims to provide official proof of vaccination for millions of British holidaymakers this summer � starting as early as 17 May. (Photo by May James / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

  • A police officer points at protesters as they clash after demonstrations at Hyde Park. People called online to a flash mob-style mass gathering against vaccine passports, face masks and lockdown. The government aims to provide official proof of vaccination for millions of British holidaymakers this summer � starting as early as 17 May. (Photo by May James / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

  • A protester holding an inflatable syringe during the anti vaccine passport protest. Thousands of people protested in central London against the government�s plans to introduce a form of vaccine passports into the UK. The proposed vaccine certification has caused huge amounts of concern and condemnation by the British public who view them as detrimental to people�s freedom. (Photo by Edward Crawford / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

  • Crowds of protesters seen marching down the Oxford Street during the anti vaccine passport protest. Thousands of people protested in central London against the government�s plans to introduce a form of vaccine passports into the UK. The proposed vaccine certification has caused huge amounts of concern and condemnation by the British public who view them as detrimental to people�s freedom. (Photo by Edward Crawford / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

  • People celebrating St George's Day enjoy a drink in the outdoor seating area of Leadenhall Market in London, following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Friday April 23, 2021.

  • Lorraine Calvert gets her hair done by Laura Stevenson at Natural Hair Company, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, where hairdressers are able to resume trading with lockdown restrictions beginning to gradually ease. Picture date: Friday April 23, 2021.

  • A swan swims past people using pedal boats on the Serpentine in Hyde Park in the Spring sunshine in London on April 23, 2021. - Under the relaxing of the Covid-19 rules, gatherings of up to six people are allowed in England and limited indoor mixing in hospitality premises will then be permitted from mid-May, while many other remaining restrictions will be eased on June 21, if the outlook remains positive. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)