Major new TV campaign to warn public to stay at home
It is understood that Buckingham Palace decided to make the Queen’s vaccination public to prevent inaccuracies and speculation around when she would receive the jab for Covid-19.
The announcement came after a Sage member warned that the UK’s current lockdown was “too lax” to control the spread of coronavirus and restrictions as tough as those seen in March would be needed to bring down infection rates.
“You put those two things together, alongside the NHS being in crisis, we should have a stricter rather than less strict lockdown than we had back in March,” Ms Michie warned.
Police to review fines for women surrounded while on walk and told coffee was ‘picnic’
A police force accused of being over-zealous after officers surrounded two women and fined them £200 each for driving 10 minutes to take a reservoir walk has said it will review its actions.
Vincent Wood9 January 2021 17:18
Pope Francis says he could receive Covid vaccine next week
Pope Francis has said he plans to receive a coronavirus vaccination as early as next week and is urging everyone to get a jab to help to protect other people.
“I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said in an interview with the Italian TV station Canale 5.
“It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”
Vatican City, the smallest independent country in the world, said it would shortly launch its own vaccination campaign against Covid-19.
“Next week,” the Pope added. “We will start doing it here, in the Vatican, and I have booked myself in. It must be done.”
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:59
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he is “delighted” by news of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s coronavirus vaccinations today:
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:46
Police arrest 12 people at anti-lockdown protest in London
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that 12 people have been arrested at an anti-lockdown protest at Clapham Common in south London on Saturday.
In a statement on Twitter, the Met said: “Gathering for the purpose of a protest is not an exemption to the rules and people looking to attend may face enforcement action.”
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:37
UK Covid death toll passes 80,000
The UK’s official coronavirus death toll has risen to more than 80,000 fatalities after about 1,000 new deaths were reported on Saturday afternoon.
The government said that a further 1,035 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Saturday, while a further 59,937 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed in the last 24-hour period.
This means the UK has now recorded more than three million confirmed cases of the virus – although low testing capacity in spring last year means the actual number of overall cases is thought to be much higher.
The three million figure was passed just three weeks after cases passed the two million mark on 19 December.
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:27
Health officials apologise over long queue at London vaccination spot
Health officials have apologised after a long queue was filmed in south London as residents lined up to receive their coronavirus vaccinations on Friday.
Maria Demetrious filmed a queue winding around several corners after dropping off her father, 85, and mother, 79, for his vaccine at the Jenner Practice earlier this week.
She told the PA news agency that her parents left before her father received his vaccine due to the queue – although his GP was said to be in the process of rearranging the appointment.
“Their own GP has been in contact to make sure they are okay, and is arranging something else,” Ms Demetrious told PA.
“I must say he has been a rock throughout many years of knowing my parents, and this is no reflection on him or that practice.”
Commenting on the video, NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re sorry your parents faced this situation.
“This was the first vaccination day for the service, lessons have been learned. Vaccinators doubled to reduce waiting time; patients asked to arrive five minutes before appointment.
“These will ease queues and hopefully reassure your parents.”
The Care Quality Commission added that the incident had been raised for review.
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:20
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has welcomed the announcement of the Queen’s vaccination today:
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 16:00
Crop top made from train seat Covid notice goes up for sale on Depop
A student who posted an advert for a crop top made out of train seat cover has been warned not to sell prohibited items on the second-hand clothing app Depop.
Mhari Thurston-Tyler, 20, made a bandeau from a Chiltern Railways seat cover that carried a message encouraging people to practice social distancing while on board their trains.
Our reporter, Kate Ng, has the full story below:
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 15:46
The Royal Air Force has flown thousands of doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to Gibraltar this weekend for frontline workers and at-risk groups, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 15:26
Our reporter, Olivia Petter, has more details below on the Queen’s vaccination:
Conrad Duncan9 January 2021 15:13