- Health Secretary Matt Hancock to lead No 10 briefing at 17:00 GMT, alongside NHS England medical director Stephen Powis
- UK PM Boris Johnson says 2.4m vaccines have been administered, to around two million people - but warns against complacency
- The chief medical officer for England, Prof Chris Whitty, warns the next few weeks will be "the worst" of the pandemic for the NHS
- He also says following the existing rules is more important than thinking of tightening them
- Prof Whitty answered questions on the BBC as the UK suffers record numbers of cases and deaths
- Seven mass vaccination centres open in England, with more sites to open later this week
- Vaccinations minister Nadhim Zahawi says they could open 24 hours a day, if there is need
- About two million people have now had the first dose of the Covid vaccine
- Spain is racing to distribute vaccines to areas cut off by the weekend snowstorm before temperatures drop
- A record number of small firms in the UK could close if the government doesn't offer help, a business group warns
- More than 1.9m people have died and 90m have been infected worldwide - Johns Hopkins University
Good morning and welcome to our coronavirus rolling news. Here are the headlines from across the UK this morning.
- Thousands more people are to receive a Covid-19 vaccine this week with seven mass vaccination centres due to open today
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock will give a press conference setting out the government’s vaccine delivery plan, with around two million people given a jab so far
- Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is to urge the government to "protect family incomes" as it deals with the economic effects of coronavirus in his first speech of the year
- A record number of small businesses could close in the next 12 months, according to the Federation of Small Businesses which warns a quarter of firms could shut without further government support
- A video shared online of a woman apparently being arrested for sitting on a bench was “stage-managed” by anti-lockdown protesters, according to Dorset Police
- In Wales, there has been a call to close courts to help stop the spread of coronavirus in prisons
What’s happening around the world?As the world marks a year since China reported its first death from Covid-19, here are the top international headlines:
- A WHO team investigating the origins of the pandemic will arrive in China on Thursday, the country’s national health authority has announced, although details of the itinerary have not been released
- A new coronavirus variant has been found in four travellers from Brazil, Japan says (Reuters)
- Spain has said it has taken extra measures, including police-escorted convoys, to ensure its expected shipment of coronavirus vaccines can be distributed as planned following heavy snow
WHO team to arrive in China on ThursdayAfter days of uncertainty, a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to travel to China on Thursday, the country’s health authority has announced.
Last week the team – which is investigating the origins of the pandemic – was denied entry to China, with the WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying at the time that he was "very disappointed" at the delays.
The long-awaited probe was agreed by Beijing after many months of negotiations with the WHO.
However, details of this week's visit have not been released and it is unclear if the team will be able to visit Wuhan, where the virus was first identified late last year.
Ministers 'reviewing' lockdown restrictions in EnglandThe government is reviewing lockdown restrictions to ensure they are strict enough, minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.
Asked if he was satisfied the current rules were enough to bring the virus under control, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We don’t want to introduce tougher measures. The lockdown is tough, schools are shut.
"But it is important to remember this virus loves social interactions."
Zahawi said he was worried about whether people were wearing masks and following social distancing at supermarkets, as well as pictures of social interactions in parks.
"We want to make sure that people actually stay at home," he added.
Next few weeks will be worstProf Chris Whitty is answering your questions on BBC Breakfast.
Asked about the new variant being more transmissible he says: "This new variant is really pushing things in a way in that the old variant, which was already very bad, wasn't able to do."
He says the situation is very serious and warns the next few weeks will be the "worst weeks" - in terms of the pressure on the NHS - of the whole pandemic.
Prof Whitty says we must do what we can to break transmission.
'Anyone not shocked has not understood this'"Anybody who is not shocked by the number of people in hospital who are seriously ill at the moment - and who are dying over the course of this pandemic - I think have not understood this. This is an appalling situation," Prof Whitty says.
He adds we are now "very close" to the point where we can get on top of this with vaccination but we are not there yet.
Asked about shielding, Prof Whitty says even after people have the vaccine their protection is not complete. He urges people to be cautious, reminding us that "one in 50" have the virus.
He says shielding rules are different because many people felt "completely imprisoned" by the rules the first time round, which was "not the intention".
But he says people who are vulnerable need to be very careful as there is a "very high risk" of the virus currently.
Minimise unnecessary contacts, Whitty urgesAfter his interview on BBC Breakfast, England’s chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty is now speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme.
He repeats his warning that we are now at the "worst point" of the epidemic in the UK, with the number of Covid patients in hospital now higher than the previous peak.
“Every single unnecessary contact any of us has is a potential link in a chain of transmission that will lead eventually to a vulnerable person," he say - urging people again to minimise unnecessary interactions.
What are the latest virus numbers in the UK?Note the official vaccination figure is an underestimate - with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying on Sunday the figure is closer to two million.
The government is planning to update the vacciantion numbers daily in future.