UK coronavirus LIVE: Lockdown ‘long way’ from being lifted as first mass vaccine centres open in England

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ngland‘s chief medical officer has warned the third lockdown is a “long way” from being lifted, despite a major step in the fight against coronavirus with the opening of seven mega vaccination centres.  The seven mass vaccination centres are set to open in England today, offering jabs to those aged above 80, and health and care staff. Matt Hancock is also due to set out the Government’s new plan for delivering the vaccines.

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The latest coronavirus figures for Wales are in:

There have been a further 1,793 cases of coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 171,574. Public Health Wales reported another 17 deaths, taking the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 3,981.

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West Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Brian Booth says police officers are “being made scapegoats for poor policy and law writing”

Mr Booth said: “Walking a tightrope between maintaining public confidence and upholding the law is not made easy with poor guidance.

“At the end of the first lockdown, I highlighted the difficulties officers were facing when it came down to trying to help police the pandemic with such woolly laws – roll on six months and we are still in the same position. “Police officers are being made scapegoats for poor policy and law writing. Make it clear for the public.

For example, if it is desired that exercise be limited to local then clearly state in law what local is. Do not insert it into guidance that has no legal standing. “The NHS is in crisis, my colleagues have a part to play in protecting the NHS and upholding law.

Please have a review of what you expect and don’t keep leaving my colleagues hung out to dry.”

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Former GP says doctors rolling out vaccine have “not heard much from anti-vaxxers”

Dr Ingham, a former GP who was a partner at the Sutton Group Medical Practice, said: “In broad terms, I’ve not heard much from the anti-vaxxers. “I thought they may be an issue but it has been quite the reverse. “People cannot wait to get it and we are fully booked for the appointments that we have released at the centre.”

He added that appointments were being sent to people in a 45-mile radius of the Birmingham mass vaccination centre and urged people to wait to be contacted by the NHS for a slot, rather than turn up at sites where the vaccine was being delivered.

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London’s Covid death toll to hit 10,000 within days amid warning virus is ‘getting out of control’

Almost 1,000 people have died in the capital’s hospitals in the last week, double the week before, amid reports that critical care is having to be rationed.  

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Measures need to be put in place “urgently” to support families and businesses

The Labour leader told reporters he had set out the measures that “I think are needed here and now to get families and businesses through the next few weeks and they need to be in place urgently”. He added: “Of course there is a burrowing issue for the long term but we need to protect families and businesses now.”

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Tony Blair: It could take two or three years to win Covid war

Writing exclusively in tonight’s Evening Standard, the former prime minister said that from the start of the crisis Britain was “behind the curve not in front of it”.

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Sir Keir Starmer says he would like to see PM “ramming home the message that we should stay at home”

When asked about whether the Government should introduce tougher measures, Sir Keir said: “We’re obviously at the most serious stage and that calls for the most serious of restrictions. I think there probably is more that we could do.

“The example is whether our nurseries should be open. We may have to get tougher. “But I think the most important thing is the message for people to stay at home.”

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Dame Joan Collins says getting Covid vaccine was ‘painless and seamless’

The ex-Dynasty star, 87, said she received the “painless and seamless” vaccination on Saturday morning, the same day the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh received the jab at Windsor Castle.

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Once the Millennium Point centre is fully up and running, then by next week up to 2,600 people per day could be getting the vaccine, says doctor

Dr Peter Ingham, a recently retired chairman of the Birmingham and Solihull clinical commissioning group (CCG), added : “We’ve offered appointments today and about 80 per cent are over-80s, and 20 per cent are healthcare staff.

“Hopefully by next week it will be well over 2,500 people a day – but we want to increase that.

“If we can stand it up even further, then we want to push that

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Keir Starmer blasts Boris Johnson’s ‘too slow’ Covid response: Indecision costs lives

The Labour leader made the remarks during a speech in which he called for a “round-the-clock” vaccine programme and blasted Mr Johnson for not being up to the job. 

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