Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.
Coronavirus vaccine 1. Time for millions more to mask up
Face coverings are now compulsory for customers in shops in England, after new coronavirus rules came into force within 12 hours of the government issuing guidance on the change. It was already a requirement in Scotland but is not mandatory in Wales or Northern Ireland.
Coronavirus vaccine 2. More to be offered flu vaccine
The flu vaccine programme is to be extended to about 30 million people in England as the government prepares for a winter that could see the annual flu season coincide with a surge in coronavirus. The over-50s and pupils in the first year of secondary school will be eligible for the first time. Plans for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to be announced.
Coronavirus vaccine 3. Question mark over 2021 Tokyo Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics had been due to start today, before the pandemic forced organisers to push them back a year. Now, as Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports, some are worried the Games will never happen.
Coronavirus vaccine 4. ‘We can’t afford to keep giving NHS discounts’
Social distancing measures and reduced footfall already have many small business owners feeling the pressure. Now some say they cannot afford to keep giving NHS workers discounts and are asking people to stop requesting them.
Coronavirus vaccine 5. My pregnancy in a pandemic
Coronavirus has meant pregnant women around the world have had to face additional challenges – like changing birth plans, social isolation, and financial challenges. Two women documented their birth stories for BBC News.
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