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Boris Johnson to visit Scotland despite Nicola Sturgeon warning

BBC News says Boris Johnson is due to visit Scotland on Thursday despite the country’s first minister questioning whether the trip is necessary.

The PM is expected to emphasise the strength of the UK working together in the fight against Covid-19.

He is also likely to thank the staff involved in responding to the pandemic.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has questioned whether his trip is “essential”. Asked at her daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday how she felt about the expected visit while strict travel restrictions were in place, Ms Sturgeon replied she was “not ecstatic” about it.

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Covid cases in England ‘must fall faster to ease NHS pressure’

The Guardian says cases of coronavirus have started to decline in England but must fall faster to relieve pressure on the NHS, scientists behind a Covid infection survey have warned.

Researchers at Imperial College London analysed more than 160,000 swabs taken between 6 and 22 January and found that while cases fell nationally in the past week the rate was not dropping swiftly enough to reduce strain on the health service

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EU seeks access to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines produced at UK plants

France24 says the EU is pushing AstraZeneca to supply the bloc with more doses of its vaccine from plants in Europe and Britain after the company announced delivery delays, adding to frustrations over the EU’s inoculation programme.

The EU is making more comprehensive checks on vaccines before approval, which means a slower rollout of shots compared with some other regions, especially former EU member Britain.

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‘Military grenades’ injure 9 soldiers during clashes with anti-lockdown protesters in Lebanon’s Tripoli

RT News says at least nine Lebanese soldiers have been injured in Tripoli, one critically, by a grenade attack, in a third consecutive night of clashes during protests against ongoing Covid restrictions and the country’s economic crisis.

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said in a statement that “the grenades that were fired at the officers were military grenades” and were not Molotov cocktails. The incident occurred as protesters attempted to force their way into the building housing the Governorate of North Lebanon.

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Dubai updates entry requirements as UAE COVID-19 cases surge

Arab News says Dubai has said pre-flight PCR tests will be required from all inbound visitors regardless of country of departure as of Jan. 31, state news agency WAM reported.

The committee has also decreased the test’s validity period to 72 hours from the 96 hours, the report added.

Some visitors will also be required to do another PCR test upon arrival, dependent on their country of departure.

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Indian farmers call off parliament march after deadly violence

Aljazeera says Indian farmers have called off a march to parliament on February 1, following violent clashes with police a day earlier that left one person dead and hundreds injured.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of New Delhi for two months to demand the withdrawal of three farm laws passed last year, which they say benefit big private buyers at the expense of growers.

On Tuesday, a protest parade of tractors around the fringes of the capital to coincide with Republic Day celebrations turned into chaos when some farmers diverged from agreed routes and broke through barricades.

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US issues heightened terrorism threat alert from domestic extremists

TRT World says the US has faced a heightened threat of domestic terrorism from people disgruntled with the outcome of the November presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security has said.

The advisory on Wednesday follows the storming of the US Capitol on January 6 by supporters of Donald Trump in which five people were killed, and the inauguration of Joe Biden as president last week amid heightened security in locked-down Washington.

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US Indicts Oath Keeper Members Over Plot to Storm Capitol

VOA says the US has secured an indictment against three members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, accusing them of conspiring to storm the U.S. Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. 

The indictment alleges that Jessica Marie Watkins, 38, Donovan Ray Crowl, 50, both of Campaign County, Ohio, and Thomas Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Virginia, conspired as far back as November to obstruct Congress, a charge that can carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. 

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Tomorrow, N Ireland and the southern half of Britain will be dry albeit cloudy. Further heavy rain will push-in in the evening. Rain, sleet and hill snow will linger in the north for much of the day.



This evening in the north, rain, sleet and hill snow will ease before further rain pushes in from the south-west. Further south, the heavy rain will clear by midnight to showers and patchy cloud.



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Staycations: Bookings ‘coming in thick and fast’ – BBC Business

UK carmakers braced for more job losses after worst year since 1984  – FT News

Record iPhone sales for Apple as quarterly revenues rise to $111bn – Sky Business 

U.S. economy likely logged its weakest performance in 74 years in 2020 – Reuters

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Thomas Tuchel: New Chelsea boss sees positives despite Wolves draw – Read on

Bottom side Sheff Utd earn shock win to deny Man Utd top spot – Read on

Helen Glover: Tokyo 2020 comeback bid inspired by children  – Read on

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Tokyo Games should be held ‘at any cost’ says Olympic minister


The death of Hollywood: DiCaprio is the last movie star

Hollywood suffers 80 percent revenue drop due to pandemic – Read on 

Naomi Campbell’s Kenya tourism role causes row – Read on

Bruce Willis breaks silence after being asked to leave shop for not wearing face mask – Read on

Kim Kardashian smiles for the camera after posing without her wedding ring – Read on


what happened at the capitol? 

On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.

After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on


what does brexit mean?

Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.

To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.

It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on

covid-19 meaning

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

It was first identified in December 2019 in WuhanChina. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

As of 11 January 2021, more than 90.3 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.93 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.

coronavirus definition

Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)


Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) 


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