Post-pandemic track and trace

By Valeria Orezzi A lot has been written and said about tech and privacy. From GDPR to social media advertising, we as consumers are aware that our data is often not being adequately protected, but has COVID-19 changed our perspective? A week ago, Home Secretary Priti Patel praised BT’s idea of an app and phoneline…

From pandemic to endemic: Adapting to a new normal in Singapore

By Eunice Lim, SEC Newgate Singapore For many of us, life before the pandemic seems like a distant memory. When Singapore announced its first wave of Covid-19 infections last year, I recalled our country being sent into a frenzy. Thankfully, our government was quick to enforce stringent measures, carrying out aggressive contact tracing to curb…

Has London really stopped calling?

By Scott Harker, Senior Consultant London is in relative decline, well that is if the many articles online are to be believed. Most make reference to some measure of decline: a falling population, closed shops and offices sitting empty. At the beginning of the year, analysis by PwC indicated that the population of London could fall…

Schools return: a window into the Government’s COVID headache

By Scott Harker Schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland begin to return this week marking, for many, the end of the summer holidays. Students and teachers in Scotland returned to the classroom two weeks ago; a milestone that is being blamed for a spike in cases north of the border. While the Government has…

We’re all going on an autumn holiday?

By Andrew Adie Summer 2021: Words can express what I feel about it but I’d be fired if I used them. Constant grey skies and rain, sky-rocketing prices, packed beaches and even busier roads, empty shelves and endless queues. What could have been a gift for UK tourism, selling the best of this country to…

Letter from Berlin

By Kira Nübel Berlin has arrived in summer 2021: pleasant temperatures and a mild breeze invite you to linger on the banks of the Spree and in the countryside. Outdoor restaurants and Berlin’s neighbourhoods are bubbling over with good humour and atmosphere. The colourful hustle and bustle has returned to the capital. This is also…

Vaccinations – lower the age, lower the risk

By Laura Griffiths With the new Chief Executive of NHS England announcing that one in five people who have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are between the ages of 18-34, it is welcome news for many that the opportunity for vaccinations has been extended to 16 and 17-year olds, with the likelihood of those…

Vaccine Passports – A new chapter for travel

By Matt Redley Following the year and a half that we have all had, we could all do with a holiday. As European countries with advanced vaccination programmes struggle towards the resumption of safe international travel, policy-makers and travel companies are grappling with how to facilitate travel whilst managing the risk of infection. To enable…

I need a cash-injection, stat! The fight against long COVID

By Pearce Branigan As the UK awaits the end to enforceable COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July after the longest period of peacetime restrictions on civil liberties since 1689, the signs from government indicate that we have seen the worst of the virus. Similarly, looking at the dramatic fall in hospitalisations, from the 39,254 patients hospitalised…

Government eases restrictions and bursts school bubbles

By Matthew Mann  As was widely expected, Boris Johnson last night confirmed that the majority of COVID lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted on 19 July, including – most controversially – the decision to make the use of face coverings optional. While Labour opposes the move, a number of ministers have said they will…