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Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions
BBC News China has imposed sanctions on nine UK citizens – including five MPs – for spreading what it called “lies and disinformation” about the country.
The group are among the most vocal critics of China in the UK.
It comes in retaliation for measures taken by the UK government on Monday over human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority group.
40,600 people likely caught Covid while hospital inpatients in England
The Guardian says more than 40,600 people have been likely infected with coronavirus while being treated in hospital in England for another reason, raising concerns about the NHS’s inability to protect them.
In one in five hospitals at least a fifth of all patients found to have the virus caught it while an inpatient. North Devon district hospital in Barnstable had the highest rate of such cases among acute trusts in England at 31%.
Germany to list France as Covid-19 high-risk zone
France24 says Germany will classify France as a high-risk zone for Covid-19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, in a move that could see Berlin tighten border controls and require mandatory quarantine to enter the country.
The decision will come into force on Friday and be announced by the national health institute, the Robert Koch Institute, according to the newspaper FAZ.
Covid-10 incidence rates, which measure the number of infections in every 100,000 people over the previous seven days, have crossed the threshold of 200 in numerous French departments.
Egypt races to free giant vessel blocking Suez Canal
Arab News says a giant container ship remained stuck sideways Friday in Egypt’s Suez Canal, as authorities race to free the vessel and reopen traffic in a crucial East-West waterway for global shipping.
The Ever Given, a Panama-flagged ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, ran aground Tuesday in the narrow, man-made canal dividing continental Africa from the Sinai Peninsula.
The ship, owned by Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, has blocked traffic in the canal, leaving dozens of smaller ships stranded in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
Death toll in Myanmar’s post-coup crackdown surpasses 300
Aljazeera says some 34 more people have been killed in Myanmar, taking the civilian death toll in the security forces’ crackdown on anti-coup protests to 320, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which is tracking deaths and arrests, said in its latest update on Thursday.
The AAPP said it had documented additional deaths across Myanmar including Yangon, its biggest city and ethnic minority areas in the country’s borderlands.
Biden: ‘Hard’ to meet May 1 Afghanistan troop exit deadline
TRT World says Joe Biden has said it will be “hard” to meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw all American soldiers from Afghanistan as part of a Taliban deal, but stressed troops are not there indefinitely.
“It is going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline in terms of tactical reasons. It’s hard to get those troops out,” Biden said on Thursday in his first press conference since taking office on January 20.
“We will leave, the question is when we leave,” he said.
Border Issue Dominates Biden’s First News Conference
VOA says Joe Biden took questions from reporters for one hour Thursday during his first formal news conference, an encounter partly intended to refute conservative critics who had predicted the oldest man ever elected U.S. president would not be up to the task.
After brief opening remarks about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Biden responded to questions from 10 reporters, calling their names off a list on his lectern.
On his 65th day in office, the president found that most of the questions had to do with immigration, specifically about the government’s treatment of child migrants at the border.
LIVE NEWS UPDATES
- Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions
- Germany to list France as Covid-19 high-risk zone
- Death toll in Myanmar’s post-coup crackdown surpasses 300
- England take Kholi’s wicket
Most of Friday’s front pages carry the stories of the UK pub passports and UK ‘plans October booster jab’.
The Daily Mail reports there are plans for a mobile phone app that can provide proof of vaccinations or negative tests, and that venues taking part could drop social-distancing rules. Adding plans have been met with ‘fury’ and reports hospitality bosses have called the idea ‘unworkable’ and ‘costly’. – Daily Mail
The Guardian suggests making Covid certificates compulsory for entry into pubs is part of a strategy to encourage young people to get their vaccinations.
It says there are fears within the government that those in lower age groups are less likely to take up their jabs – The Guardian
i News reports it has seen NHS documents over plans to give out booster vaccines in October to people who have already been jabbed. The paper says the documents say the move is designed to protect people from new variants.
The paper adds drive-through vaccine centres will be created next month for the under-50s. – i News
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
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.
Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.
People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.
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.
latest Covid-19 news
For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website