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Lockdown easing: PM to give update at 6 pm on delaying the reopening 


Lockdown: Boris Johnson to announce 17 May changes for England

BBC News says the PM is set to announce the return of indoor hospitality and household mixing from next Monday as part of the next steps of easing lockdown in England. 

Boris Johnson is expected to say that further relaxation of measures can go ahead as the data supports it. The relaxation of rules could include people being allowed to hug each other. 

Michael Gove said No 10 wanted to see “friendly contact” between people restored.Ministers will meet in the morning to agree on the next step, due on 17 May.

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France’s number of patients in intensive care falls below 5,000

France24 says the number of Covid-19 patients in France’s ICU fell below 5,000 for the first time since March 29 on Sunday in a sign that the third wave of the Covid-19 is easing, health ministry data showed.

The number was down for a sixth day in a row at 4,971, against 5,005 the previous day, the ministry said.

The ministry also said a total of 106,392 people had died from COVID-19 as of Sunday, up 115.

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US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea ‘destined for Yemen from Iran’

Arab News says the US Navy said it has seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machine guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country’s Houthi rebels.

An American defense official told The Associated Press that the Navy’s initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran, again tying the Islamic Republic to arming the Houthis despite a United Nations arms embargo. 

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At least 11 killed in Afghanistan bus bombing

Aljazeera says at least 11 people were killed and dozens injured after a roadside bomb struck a bus in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province. 

The blast took place late on Sunday night, said Zabul’s provincial governor’s spokesman, adding 25 people were injured including women and children who were in critical condition.

Violence in the country has been rising sharply in recent weeks after the United States announced it would withdraw troops by September 11.

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Iraqi journalist shot in head day after anti-government activist killed

TRT World says an Iraqi journalist is in intensive care after being shot in the head only 24 hours after a leading anti-government activist was killed.

Anti-corruption campaigner Ehab al Wazni was shot dead early on Sunday in Karbala, sending protest movement supporters onto the streets to demand an end to such bloodshed and official impunity.

Wazni had led protests in the Shia shrine city of Karbala, where pro-Tehran armed groups hold major sway.

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US ‘Turning the Corner’ Against Coronavirus, White House Says  

VOA says the US is “turning the corner” in the fight against the Covid-19, a key White House official said. 

Jeffrey Zients told CNN that the U.S. has “enough supply [of vaccines] for all Americans,” even as the number of new daily vaccinations has dropped to 2.1 million, down 40% from last month’s peak pace. 

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Gunman attacks birthday party, Kills 6 

VOA says a man fatally shot six adults, including his girlfriend, and then himself at a birthday party in Colorado, early Sunday, sparing the children who were present, officials said. 

“The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life,” a statement said.

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Live Updates

    • Lockdown: Boris Johnson to announce 17 May changes for England

    • France’s number of patients in intensive care falls below 5,000

    • US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea ‘destined for Yemen from Iran’

    • At least 11 killed in Afghanistan bus bombing
    • Iraqi journalist shot in head day after anti-government activist killed

    • US ‘Turning the Corner’ against Covid-19, White House Says  

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Monday’s front pages are heavily dominated by the Labour party’s reshuffle, following the disaster of the local election

Labour reshuffle – Keir ‘plunged into crisis’ 

The i says Anneliese Dodds has been demoted as shadow chancellor and now replaced by Rachel Reeve and Nick Brown will leave the chief whip role. The reshuffle comes after Labour lost more than 320 councillors at the polls in England last week and eight councils. The paper says the reshuffle was delayed as leader Keir Stramer and his deputy “haggled over her future.” 

The Guardian’s front splash says Keir’s plan to demote Ms Rayner was “derailed” following a backlash from the deputy’s supporters. The paper says Rayner is considered a future leadership challenger. The front page was released before the reshuffle got underway and says Keir’s leadership has been “plunged into crisis.” 

The Daily Telegraph says the hard left has warned Keir Starmer that he will face a leadership challenge unless the party improved its performance. The paper says allies of Jeremy Corbyn accused Keir of lacking “basic political skills” and vowed to push back against his modernising plans. Khalid Mahmood who quit as shadow defence minister following the election disaster said the party is seen as being “out of touch”  and “captured by urban liberals.” 

Daily News Briefing: May 17 lockdown changes - Iran weapons seized - Afghan bus bombing - US mass shooting, 6 dead

Britain lockdown easing – ‘hugs for Britain’

Metro leads with “Darling hugs of May” as Boris Johnson is expected to announce that hugging loved ones will be allowed from 17 May. He is expected to say that further social distancing measures will be relaxed including groups of up to six can meet indoors. 

The Daily Mirror uses the same headline as Metro – a play on the 90s comedy TV series. The paper says Micheal Gove confirmed the relaxing of rules on Sunday, saying: “Intimate contact, between friends and family, we want to see restored.”

The Daily Mail says the relaxing of the rules is a “huge hug for Britain,” saying the PM will “herald a return to freedom” in his speech on Monday. The paper reports that, with a third of adults now vaccinated with two doses of a Covid-19 jab, it’s expected the PM will announce that friends and family can hug from next Monday. England’s pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be able to let in customers for indoor service

The Daily Express says the relaxation of rules – labelled “new freedoms” by the paper – are apparently here to stay, the paper quotes the PM. Boris Johnson said on Sunday: “The road map remains on track. We can now look forward to unlocking cautiously but irreversibly.”

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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.

latest Covid-19 news

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

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