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Ross Lydall

Ross Lydall is the Health Editor and the City Hall Editor of the Evening Standard. He reports on the NHS and advances in science and medicine, and on the Mayor, Transport for London, City Hall politics and anything else he spots while out cycling. He was the first journalist to write about “Boris bikes” and is still waiting for Crossrail to open.

Health

Brazil variant causes Covid reinfections in up to 61%, say scientists

The variant is also 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than the normal strain of the virus found in the Amazon basin

UK

Give us answers on Brazilian mutant: Warning of threat to roadmap

We have no clue over identity of mutant carrier, says minister Nadhim Zahawi

Transport

Hammersmith ferry won’t start until summer - and won’t be free

Residents say plans breach their belief that replacement ferry service would be free

Health

Patients with covid at ‘very high risk of death’ after surgery

Safety precautions ‘must be maintained’ despite backlog of two million patients

UK

Covid vaccines ‘cut risk of hospital admissions by up to 94%’

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were shown to reduce the risk by up to 85% and 94% respectively

London

Sadiq Khan under scrutiny over road deaths as 20mph limit proposed

Pressure on Mayor as almost 100 killed in past year despite lockdown

Health

Oxford vaccine ‘works well’ on UK Covid strain

New data 'shows vaccine is around as effective' against the Kent mutant

Politics

Government defends its handling of hotel quarantine

Officials are seeking to make 28,000 room bookings by March 31 — enough for more than 1,400 passengers a day arriving from 33 “red list” countries