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Covid-19: England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins

BBC says England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation’s rollout.

It will be available at 21 sites, included the Madejski Stadium in Reading and the Sheffield Arena.

Along with the Pfizer jab, it offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for under-30s, after concerns about a possible link to very rare blood clots.

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Crowds of drinkers in London’s Soho celebrate pubs reopening ‘like VE Day’

The Independent says London’s Soho was busier than ever on Monday night — although some of those enjoying the reopening of pubs admitted there was “very little” social distancing being adhered to.

Police patrolled central London as crowds flocked to Old Compton Street, signalling the end of certain lockdown restrictions and the reopening of pubs and bars’ outdoor areas across England.

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Europe’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses one million as cases continue to rise

France24 says Europe passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths on Monday, as the WHO warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them. 

The death toll across Europe’s 52 countries, compiled by AFP from official sources, totalled at least 1,000,288 by 1830 GMT.

“We are in a critical point of the pandemic right now,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19.

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Report finds drugs, negligence led to fatal Egypt train collision

Arab News says Egypt’s Public Prosecution said that railway employees acted with gross negligence in the Sohag train accident after finding that the driver and assistant “were not present” in the cab car at the time of the collision.

It comes as the prosecution releases its report into the fatal crash, which killed 20 people and wounded 199 others.

According to a statement, the superintendent of the nearby Maragha station tower had consumed hashish before the crash, while the assistant driver of the train consumed the same drug and Tramadol, a pain medication.

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Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea

Aljazeera says Japan says it will release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima nuclear power station back into the sea, in a decision that drew swift condemnation from South Korea and environmental groups and is likely to anger the fishing industry.

The work to release the water will begin in about two years, the government said and the whole process is expected to take decades.

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Curfew in Minneapolis after police killing of Black man

TRT World says the policewoman who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis suburb accidentally confused her handgun with her taser, police say, sparking tensions in city already on edge because of George Floyd’s murder trial.

Authorities in and around Minneapolis have announced a curfew, dramatically escalating tensions in the US city.

“I have declared a state of emergency in the city of Minneapolis, and we are following that up with a curfew that will begin at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) tonight (and) go until 6:00 am tomorrow morning,” said Mayor Jacob Frey.

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Police kill student who fired at them at Tennessee high school, authorities say

The Guardian says a student at a Tennessee high school has been shot and killed by police after opening fire on officers responding to reports of a gunman on campus, authorities said on Monday.

Police found the student in a bathroom at Austin-East magnet high school in Knoxville. They ordered him out, but he wouldn’t comply, and that is when he reportedly opened fire. Police fired back.

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Live Updates

  • Covid-19: England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins
  • Crowds of drinkers in London’s Soho celebrate pubs reopening ‘like VE Day’
  • Europe’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses one million as cases continue to rise
  • Report finds drugs, negligence led to fatal Egypt train collision
  • Curfew in Minneapolis after police killing of Black man
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Most of Tuesday’s front pages are focused on the statements Prince William and Prince Harry released regarding the death of their grandfather, Prince Philip. The papers also feature the reopening of pubs, as the UK celebrates the road to freedom as lockdown measures eased on Monday.


Daily Mirror says “We’ll miss you, grandpa”, covering the “poignant tributes” of Princes William and Harry. They thanked him for support, advice and all the laughs the paper reports. 


The Sun carries quotes from both princes over an image of the Duke of Edinburgh with his great-grandson, Prince George. Prince William recalls his children enjoying the great-grandfather’s “mischievous sense of humour”, while Prince Harry extols him as a “legend of banter”.


The Metro draws a sharp contrast between the two brothers’ tributes, calling them “words apart”. It says both their tributes were heartfelt and moving, but could not have been more different – with Prince William praising a “lifetime of service” while Prince Harry made reference to his “banter”.


The i newspaper features a picture of shoppers queuing as restrictions were eased – and high street footfall rocketed. Its lead story reports that ministers are considering offering people “mix-and-match” booster vaccines in the autumn, with an extra dose of another type of vaccine to increase immunity further.

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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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