081) 28/11/21 – 13/12/21

December 13th

Covid variants will be with us for ‘many years’ admits Sajid Javid


NHS England now at highest alert level in face of Omicron Covid spread


Omicron cases go from one to 100 locally with Leicestershire seeing infections moving at ‘lightning pace’


Covid-19 booster jab online booking chaos in Leicestershire as people clamour for vaccinations


Live: Sajid Javid statement as first Omicron death reported and new tougher rules rumoured


December 12th

Omicron dangers, symptoms, vaccinations and projections – what we know so far about variant causing a panic


December 11th

Professor says 75,000 Omicron deaths in UK by April ‘unlikely’ to happen


December 11th

Campaign to save closing GP surgery in Leicester Forest East (in the article is a link to a change.org petition to sign  )

December 10th

p. 6 “’End waits after jab’ to speed up the roll-out” – MP Luke Evans and PM

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Backlash after Plan B” an “Mask litter disaster” – plastic pollution and risk of shedding virus and “NHS trolley wait high”

December 9th

p. 5 “Leader of new health organisation chosen” for the ‘Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care System’s Integrated Care Board


p. 6 “Omicron detected in city”

p. 6 “Variant’s spread is good news, MP says” – Andrew Bridgen

p. 10 big item about Covid outbreak in Market Harborough primary school

 p. 12 NATIONAL “Plan B launched to fight Omicron”

 p. 13 WORLD “Booster may protect against Omicron – Pfizer”

December 8th

Main item: “’Omicron appears to be more contagious’” – Boris

Brief: “Alcohol deaths rise”

December 7th

p. 4 “First case of Omicron variant discovered in county”

 p. 5 another item to highlight glioblastoma under “I’ll raise as much as I can to help cure this disease”

p. 5 “Volunteers sought for trial of new vaccine” – against whooping cough

 p. 12 “Boris bullish over scientist’s claims” – on travel restrictions

December 4th

p. 13 WORLD “Experience of Delta can help in fighting Omicron” – WHO


p. 20/21 “’We’re glad that masks are back…’” Independent shop owners


and “Shop workers cannot be expected to police public mask wearing” retailers


December 3rd

p. 7 “Medical research teams take honours” – in East Midlands awards

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Annual jabs likely” – boss of Pfizer

p. 13 WORLD “Get jab or face exclusion warns chancellor Merkel”

p. 13 “Omicron cases found in India”

December 2nd

p. 8 “Legionella outbreak at hospital closes its jab clinic” – Coalville


p. 12 NATIONAL “‘No need to cancel your Christmas’” – Sajid Javid with his dos and don’ts             

p. 19 “Suicide rates rise in menopausal women”


p. 22 “200,000 vaccinated in weekend jabs drive”

December 1st

p. 2 “Bridgen grills the Health Secretary on MPs’ input into new Covid measures”


p. 12 “Cancer referrals drop” – hundreds of thousands fewer

p. 15 a letter by Philip Trenchman under “Most vulnerable missing out on jabs”

p. 15 a letter by Mike Pilbeam under “GP services have been declining for years”

November 30th

Pages 1 and 4 “It’s too late for me…” and “Before I die…” – young woman appealing for stem cell donations


p. 7 “Lab facing claims over misconduct over Covid test results” on sites in Loughborough and Wolverhampton, very shoddy practices


p. 12 NATIONAL “Boosters for all aged 18 and over”

p. 13 WORLD WHO’s accord push for pandemic fight”

p. 15 an anonymous letter under “Why is Coalville being ignored by the NHS?”

p. 15 Michael Tully’s letter of yesterday again, this time under “Anti-maskers being led by Johnson’s bad example”

p. 23 “Milestone moment as graduate’s incubator used in hospital trial” – Loughborough graduate’s low-cost design, with poor countries in mind