- Every adult will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by autumn, Matt Hancock says, talking about healthcare in England
- But right now, people must follow lockdown guidance and stay at home, the health secretary says, as the situation for the NHS is 'very serious'
- Regular, rapid tests for people without symptoms of Covid-19 will be made available across England from this week
- Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown
- More than 80,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test since the start of the pandemic
- Global deaths from Covid-19 now stand at 1,928,136, and total cases have reached 89,718,548, according to Johns Hopkins University
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a quick summary of the main stories from the UK this morning:
- Regular rapid testing for people without coronavirus symptoms will be made available across England this week, the government has said . Local councils are being encouraged to prioritise tests for those who cannot work from home during the lockdown.
- Thousands of people over the age of 80 have started to receive invitations to be vaccinated at one of seven new regional centres in England
- Home Secretary Priti Patel has said officers "will not hesitate" to enforce lockdown rules as she defended the way police have handled breaches
- "Absurd" council tax rises due in April should be scrapped to ease the pressure on family budgets, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said
- The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have received Covid-19 vaccinations, Buckingham Palace has said
- People must take lockdown seriously as the UK is "in the eye of a storm" in a situation "much worse than March" says virus expert Professor Peter Horby
- His warning comes as almost 60,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the UK on Saturday and the number of deaths after a positive test passed 80,000
- But hope is on the horizon as every adult will be offered a Covid vaccine by the autumn, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says
- Regular rapid testing for people without coronavirus symptoms will start across England this week
- Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said officers "will not hesitate" to enforce lockdown rules as she defended the way police have handled breaches
- In Wales, some councils have not included some jobs like teachers and supermarket staff on their lists of key workers whose children can go to school
- Live-streamed lessons will not be offered to all children in Scotland when the new school terms begins on Monday, according to BBC research
The papers: Hospital ‘crisis’ and police ‘get tough’ on fines
In Sunday's papers, there is a renewed focus on lockdown compliance.
In what the Sunday Times describes as an intervention "designed to shock", England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty tells the paper that emergency patients will be turned away from hospitals unless people begin to obey the rules.
"When will they realise what's really going on?" asks an intensive care nurse, expressing her anger at anti-lockdown protesters in the Sunday People.
Ameera Sheikh says demonstrators - who will never have to zip up a body bag - need to realise the "world doesn't revolve around them".
The Sunday Telegraph says every police officer has been told to issue a £200 fine to people breaching Covid rules if they refuse to return home at the first time of asking.
The paper says ministers are "dramatically increasing enforcement" in a bid to stave off calls from scientists for tougher restrictions.
Read more from the papers here .
Latest developments from around the worldHere are some of the coronavirus stories making headlines around the world:
- Pope Francis has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying opposition to having it is “suicidal denial”. He told Italian TV he would receive the vaccination next week when inoculations start at the Vatican
- A new law has taken effect in Sweden, giving the government power to close venues such as shops, cinemas and gyms for the first time since the pandemic began
- A second nationwide lockdown has come into force in Cyprus and will last at least until the end of January. Citizens have been told to stay at home and schools and non-essential shops will close
- As India prepares to begin vaccinating 300 million of its citizens by July, as well as contributing to the global supply of vaccines, we ask can it meet the demand ?
- The total number of global deaths from Covid-19 now stands at 1,928,136, and total cases have reached 89,718,548, according to Johns Hopkins University
Covid testing for asymptomatic workers expandedRegular rapid testing for people without coronavirus symptoms will be made available across England this week, the government has said.
The community testing regime - expanded to cover all 317 local authorities - uses rapid lateral flow tests, which can return results in 30 minutes.
Local councils are being encouraged to prioritise tests for those who cannot work from home during the lockdown.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents UK businesses, welcomed the move, saying it would help workers operate safely while catching new cases more quickly.
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Every adult in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by autumn - HancockEvery adult will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the autumn, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says.
He adds that this will be "according to need", with the most vulnerable offered a vaccine first.
Over the last week, he says, the UK has vaccinated around two million people - more people than it did in the entirety of December.
The exact figures will be published tomorrow, he adds.