Boris Johnson must end ban on outdoor sports now, top scientist urges

Boris Johnson must end ban on outdoor sports now, top scientist urges, as Covid hospitalisations, cases and deaths ‘plunge’ and vaccinations soar

  • Professor Mark Woolhouse calls for accelerated ease of lockdown restrictions 
  • Says small numbers of adults and kids should be allowed to play sports outside 
  • Added the data is so promising that outdoor sports should return ‘straight away’ 
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Captain Sir Tom Moores funeral will be held on Saturday

The funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore will be held on Saturday in what his family said would be a ‘small’ private service as they urged the public to stay at home.

The NHS fundraising hero’s daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore said today that they had ‘no choice’ but to hold a ceremony for family only. The location has not yet been revealed but it is likely to be in his home county of Bedfordshire.

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Optimism as 1,000 people vaccinated against Covid every minute on Saturday

Britain can vaccinate almost 1,000 people a minute and ministers say they are “confident” that more than 30 million of the most vulnerable will be vaccinated within three months.

The pace reached on Saturday morning gives Britain a theoretical capacity of more than a million doses a day but supplies remain the constraint on moving this fast. On Friday 494,163 people received a first dose.

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Covid: Minister rules out vaccine passports in UK

“We still don’t have a quarantine system in place. We still don’t have a plan for a comprehensive quarantine system, so let’s proceed a step at a time, and of course, look at the vaccine passport – but let’s get the quarantine right and let’s get the rollout right too.”

Forget individual vaccine passports, our country needs a collective one

It’s always good to hear a government minister give a direct answer, and vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi certainly gave that on the Andrew Marr show this morning.  Asked if the government was considering a vaccination passport so as to allow people, for example, to go on holiday, he said “no, we’re not.  That’s not how we do things in the UK.   We do them by consent.”

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Reports tiers could be scrapped in English lockdown lifting plan

The Government may abandon the tier system and bring England out of lockdown in a nationwide approach, according to reports on Friday.

This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the roadmap out of the third lockdown in England will be published in the week of February 22. It will start with schools reopening as early as March 8 – and there are reports there could be three stages with shops opening a month later, followed by pubs last as late as May.

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