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Vaccine rollout in England extends to 44-year-olds

BBC News says about half a million more people in England are being invited to book their Covid-19 jab from Monday, as the vaccine rollout opens to 44-year-olds.

Two-thirds of the previous age group – 45 to 49-year-olds – have received their first dose.

The NHS said it would set out when 40 to 43-year-olds would be able to book appointments “in the coming days”, as supply allows.

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Boris Johnson said he ‘would rather let bodies pile high’ than impose third lockdown, reports claim

The Independent says Boris Johnson has been accused of saying that he would rather allow “bodies [to] pile high in their thousands” than impose another national lockdown.

It was reported that the prime minister made the remark after he ordered the second lockdown at the end of October.

Downing Street has strongly denied that Mr Johnson made the comment and said it was “just another lie”. But the Daily Mail said the sources who allege he made the comment back their claim.

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Deadly fire tears through Baghdad Covid-19 hospital after oxygen tank explodes

France24 says at least 82 people died when a fire broke out Sunday in a coronavirus intensive care unit in the capital of Iraq, a country with long-dilapidated health infrastructure facing mounting Covid-19 cases. PM Mustafa al-Kadhemi suspended Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi while he was questioned over the fire.

The fire, which wounded a further 110 people, started with an explosion caused by “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders”, medical sources told AFP.

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Passengers jump for their lives as train cars separate in Egypt’s latest railway mishap

Arab News says northern Egypt’s Alexandria governorate witnessed a train accident at dawn on Sunday, as carriages separated in the Abu Qir area before entering Al-Mamoura station, in the east of the governorate.

No one was killed or injured during the incident. Egypt’s National Railways Authority sent a technical crew to the scene. The separated carriage was reinstalled by the team, allowing the train to continue its journey. The service resumed within two hours.

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Several countries promise rapid aid as COVID rages in India

Aljazeera says several countries have promised to rapidly send supplies to help India as the country reels from shortages of oxygen and medicines amid a devastating second wave of the coronavirus.

The United States on Sunday said it was working to immediately deploy to India drug treatments, rapid diagnostic COVID-19 testing kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment and will seek to provide oxygen supplies as well.

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Turkey summons US envoy over Biden’s remarks on Armenian events of 1915

TRT World says Turkey’s foreign ministry has summoned the US Ambassador in Ankara to protest US President’s Joe Biden’s statement on the Armenian events of 1915. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met with David Satterfield late Saturday to express Ankara’s strong condemnation. “The statement does not have a legal ground in terms of international law and has hurt the Turkish people, opening a wound that’s hard to fix in our relations,” the ministry said.

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EU Will Let Vaccinated Americans Visit This Summer, Top Official Says

VOA says a top EU official said Sunday that Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should be able to travel to Europe by summer, easing existing travel restrictions.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told The New York Times that the union’s 27 members would accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by the European Medicines Agency. The agency has approved the three vaccines used in the United States.

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A spat over Covid vaccine doses has erupted between the European Union and the UK threatens to have far reaching implications over coronavirus jab disruption.

Brussels demanded access to AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in UK plants to make up for a shortfall after the pharmaceutical giant said it would have to cut the amount of doses delivered to the bloc by the end of March.

What do we know about the dispute? And what potential implications could the rumbling dispute have on future Covid vaccine rollouts? – (ITV)

Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

In England

Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.

In Scotland

People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

The stay at home restriction was lifted on 13 March. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.

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For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website 

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