Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday evening. We’ll have another update for you tomorrow morning.
Coronavirus vaccine 1. PM admits ‘lessons to be learned’ by government
Boris Johnson has admitted there were things the government could have done differently in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He told the BBC there were “lessons to be learned” about how the virus was managed in the first weeks and months, adding: “The single thing that we didn’t see at the beginning was the extent to which it was being transmitted asymptomatically from person to person.”
Coronavirus vaccine 2. Did Sweden’s strategy succeed or fail?
Sweden has one of the highest death rates relative to population size in Europe and by far the worst among the Nordic nations, the rest of which chose to lock down early in the pandemic. However, the latest figures suggest Sweden is getting better at containing the virus.
Coronavirus vaccine 3. Portugal remains on quarantine list
In changes that apply to England, travellers from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines won’t have to go into isolation for two weeks on arrival but Portugal remains off the list of countries the government has exempted from quarantine restrictions. Read more on which other countries can you now visit and what you need to do when you return.
Coronavirus vaccine 4. Flu vaccine to be offered to most people in England
About 30 million people are to be offered a free flu vaccine in England this year to prepare for a winter that could see the annual flu season coincide with a surge in coronavirus, the government says. The NHS flu programme will now include all over-50s, people shielding and those who live with them as well as children in their first year of secondary school.
Coronavirus vaccine 5. ‘Maize maze’ thank you to the NHS
A family in Gainsborough, north Lincolnshire found a creative way to pay tribute to the NHS on their farm.
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Coronavirus vaccine And don’t forget…
You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus index.
Also, with new rules making face coverings mandatory in England in all shops, as well as enclosed public spaces, transport hubs, banks and post offices, watch our guide on the correct way to wear a face mask – it turns out there is a wrong way.
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