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Coronavirus - 16th January 2021

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Summary for Saturday, 16th January

  • The UK's aviation sector "urgently" needs more government support to survive virus restrictions, industry groups say
  • UK to close all travel corridors from 04:00 GMT on Monday, PM Boris Johnson said at Downing Street press conference
  • The travel corridors have been in place to allow arrivals from some countries to forgo quarantine
  • From Monday all people arriving in the UK will need to isolate for up to ten days, though a negative test after five days can cut it short
  • Travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test in previous 72 hours - with new rules in place until at least 15 February
  • Several EU countries are receiving significantly fewer doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine than expected
  • The highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the UK could become the dominant strain in the US by March, health officials say
  • More than 2 million people have now died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University


Good morning and welcome to today’s live page. Here is a summary of the main coronavirus stories this morning.

  • The UK's aviation sector "urgently" needs more government support if it is to survive, industry groups say. It comes after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced all travel corridors to the UK would close from 0400 GMT on Monday.
  • Several EU countries are receiving significantly fewer doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine than expected , after the US firm slowed shipments. Sweden and Denmark are among six nations to brand the situation "unacceptable”. Pfizer says the reduced deliveries are a temporary issue and will ultimately lead to an increase in available doses next month.
  • Tighter Covid restrictions have come into force in Scotland . Customers buying takeaway food are no longer allowed inside premises, and ‘click and collect’ has been limited to “essential items” only. Tradespeople will only be allowed in homes for essential repairs.
  • A highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the UK could become the dominant strain in the US by March.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn of "rapid growth" of the variant in coming weeks as President-elect Joe Biden unveils an ambitious plan to ramp up vaccinations.
  • The sight of international tennis players flying in to Australia for the annual Australian Open has drawn criticism from some of the 37,000 stranded nationals who are still waiting to be allowed home. The Australian government has imposed a weekly cap on the number of overseas arrivals during the pandemic.
  • The number of people who have lost their life after having Covid now exceeds 2 million as another grim pandemic milestone was passed. Johns Hopkins University data shows that the US remains the worst affected country by the virus – followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and the UK – across the world in which more than 7.5 billion people reside.
  • Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, said a plane would be sent to India to pick up Covid-19 vaccines in two or three days at most, after the government had announced the flight would leave on Friday. Bolsonaro added there was little he could do about the pandemic in Brazil as a second wave tears through the country and that he “should be at the beach”.
  • US president-elect Joe Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, has said he expects the country to hit 500,000 Covid deaths next month. In an online interview with the Washington Post, Klain added that he was confident that law enforcement would ensure a safe inauguration for Biden on 20 January.
  • Spain has logged a record 40,197 new Covid cases over the past 24 hours, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 2,252,164. The health ministry said 235 people had died between Thursday and Friday, taking the country’s death toll to 53,314.
  • Tunisia said on Friday it recorded 4,170 new confirmed coronavirus cases, a record since the start of the pandemic. Tunisia on Thursday imposed a four-day national lockdown and closed schools until 24 January to combat a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.


China to donate one million vaccine doses to Cambodia

China will donate one million doses of its Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Cambodia, the kingdom’s premier, Hun Sen, has said, thanking “friend” Beijing for its generosity, AFP reports.
Cambodia has long been a staunch ally of Beijing, receiving billions of dollars in soft loans and investment from China.
While many countries reacted early in the pandemic by closing their borders to Chinese travellers, Hun Sen refused, and even travelled to Beijing to meet with leader Xi Jinping in a show of solidarity.
The premier announced late Friday that China has offered to donate shots made by the firm Sinovac.
“Friend China is helping us with one million doses,” Hun Sun said in an audio message on his official Facebook page, adding that the doses will vaccinate 500,000 people.

All 66 passengers on Australian Open flight from US ordered to quarantine for two weeks

The Victorian government has confirmed two people tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Melbourne on an Australian Open charter flight from Los Angeles on Friday morning.
In a statement, a spokesman for Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria said a member of the flight crew and a non-playing Open participant had both returned positive tests. The passenger had returned a negative test before departing from the US.
The spokesman said all remaining 66 passengers on the flight have been classed as close contacts and will not be able to leave quarantine to attend training. They said that there were currently “no other known positive tests from this flight, but routine testing will continue for passengers”.

India begins effort to vaccinate 1.3bn people

Hannah Ellis-Petersen - The Guardian
India today began one of the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination programmes, the first major developing country to roll out the vaccine and marking the beginning of an effort to immunise over 1.3bn people.
The first dose was administered to a health worker at All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital New Delhi, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the campaign with a nationally televised speech.
“We are launching the world’s biggest vaccination drive and it shows the world our capability,” Modi said.
India has registered over 10.5 million cases, the second highest in the world and 151,000 deaths. The government has been preparing for the vaccine rollout for weeks and over the past few days vaccine shipments were sent to over 3,000 sites set up for injections.
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What the UK papers say

The decision to close all travel corridors to the UK from Monday morning is the focus of many of Saturday’s front pages.
The i newspaper brands the UK “Fortress Britain”, while the Daily Express says the “border crackdown” is “vital” as the government moves to protect the public from new variants of coronavirus.
The DailyTelegraph claims there are “already signs” that travel to the UK will not return to normal until well beyond 15 February – the end date for travel restrictions currently mooted by PM Boris Johnson.
The new rules could prove a "huge blow to holiday companies and airlines" if prolonged to the peak season, warns the Times .
Separately the Telegraph says the over-70s are expected to begin receiving their initial vaccination as early as next week.
The Daily Mirror has a report from the intensive care unit at Wolverhampton’s New Cross hospital where, it says, many of the patients fighting for their lives are now “much younger”.
The Financial Times picks up on the hundreds of thousands of new businesses that can now claim insurance payouts for Covid-related losses, after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on Friday.
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Tighter Covid rules come into force in Scotland

Six new rules announced by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday in an attempt to suppress the spread of coronavirus have come into effect.
Among the tighter Covid restrictions are changes for takeaway outlets and "click and collect" shopping.
Customers buying takeaways are no longer allowed inside premises, while only retailers selling essential items can provide click and collect services – with all queuing outdoors only and staggered pick-up times.
The tightened restrictions come amid concerns that the stay at home message across the UK is not having the same impact it did during last year's lockdown.
Sturgeon said they were a "regrettable but necessary means to an end".
What six rules have been tightened?
1. Takeaway food and drinks
2. Click and collect shopping services
3. Outdoor alcohol consumption
4. Working from home
5. Home repairs and maintenance
6. Stay at Home message


Stranded Australians vent anger at tennis arrivals

The sight of some of the world's biggest tennis stars touching down for the upcoming Australian Open tournament is sparking frustration among Australians unable to return home because of the pandemic.
The country currently has a weekly cap on the number of international arrivals and it is estimated tens of thousands are still waiting to return home.
Sophie Williams, from BBC News, has been speaking to some Australians living abroad about their frustration.
"I can't comprehend the fact that one week they announce they're halving the caps for citizens and the following week they announce they've found 1,200 spaces for tennis players and support staff," Sarah, living in London, told her.
She has been trying to return to Sydney since October and her most recent flight was cancelled.
"All I want to do is return home. I've had to watch my sister's wedding on Zoom. My flight was timed so I get out of quarantine in time for her baby shower but it looks like I'll miss this and the birth".
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Lifting Covid restrictions by March 'a disaster', says Sage scientist

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A leading epidemiologist says it would be "a disaster" to lift lockdown measures in the UK at the end of February, when the government hopes to have the most vulnerable groups vaccinated.
Professor John Edmunds - who works on the Government's coronavirus response as part of the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) - warns vaccines are not 100% protective, and cautions only a small fraction of the population will have been vaccinated by then.
"If you look at the hospitalisations at the moment, about half of them are in the under-70s, and they are not in the first wave to be vaccinated," he tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"If we relaxed our restrictions we would immediately put the NHS under enormous pressure again."

'Lots of new variants' in 2021

A leading scientist with the Oxford Vaccine Group is warning there will be many more coronavirus variants this year.
"As we look forward through 2021, we're going to see lots of new variants and we're going to have to get used to that," Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, tells the Today programme.
"But the critical question is whether some of these new variants are adapting because of immunity amongst human populations - whether that is because of infection... or indeed as a result of vaccination."
He stresses new variants are being detected early - and, if new vaccines should be required, "we will be able to stand those up really quickly."
It comes as epidemiologist Professor John Edmunds told BBC Radio 4 it was "likely" there are already cases of both Brazilian coronavirus variants in the UK.
"We are one of the most connected countries in the world so I would find it unusual if we hadn't imported some cases into the UK."
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Russia virus deaths hit 65,000

Russia's official death toll from coronavirus has now exceeded 65,000 after the country reported 24,092 new Covid-19 cases and 590 deaths on Saturday.
The full scale of deaths related to the virus there, however, is thought to be much higher - with the country's deputy prime minister admitting in December that excess deaths mean the death toll could be multiple times higher .

'Robust system' in place to contain new variants, says aviation minister

Aviation minister Roberts Courts argues the UK has a "very robust system" in place to contain the spread of any new variants of coronavirus.
Mr Courts says a "total ban" on travel to the UK would not be right, and that pre-departure testing, passenger locator forms and the quarantine period, alongside police enforcement, will provide "a strong package of measures which will ensure we can protect the public".
"We're toughening up what were already tough requirements," he tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"People understand this is about public health, and I am confident that people are, by and large, doing the right thing," he says - adding that those who do not self-isolate or fail to correctly fill in passenger locator forms will face "substantial fines".
You can read more on the new UK travel rules here.
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Deaths among elderly may be linked to vaccine reactions, says Norway's medicines agency
Adverse reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may have contributed to the deaths of some frail and elderly patients in Norway, the country’s medicines agency has said.
In a statement published on Friday, the Norwegian medicines agency said it had recorded 23 deaths “associated with Covid-19 vaccination,” adding that “common adverse reactions may have contributed to a severe course in elderly people who are frail.”
Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said:
The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.
The statement pointed out that while trials of the vaccine did not include “patients with unstable or acute illness” and few over the age of 85, the country’s vaccination programme was now focused on the elderly and people in nursing homes with serious underlying conditions, “therefore it is expected that deaths close to vaccination time may occur.”
“We cannot rule out that adverse reactions to the vaccine occurring within the first days following vaccination (such as fever and nausea) may contribute to more serious course and fatal outcome in patients with severe underlying disease,” the statement added.

Snow forces Covid testing centres to close in Luton

Snow has forced all three rapid Covid testing centres in Luton to close, the local council has said, adding the decision would protect staff and public safety.
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Due to snow and for the safety of the public and our staff,  our rapid testing centres at Lewsey and Farley community centres and at Luton Central Library are closed today.
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More updates from The Guardian (16th January):

China has finished building a 1,500-room hospital for Covid patients to fight a surge in infections believed to have arisen from infected people or goods arriving from abroad.
The hospital is one of six with a total of 6,500 rooms being constructed in Nangong, south of Beijing in Hebei province, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
A total of 645 people are being treated in Nangong and the Hebei provincial capital, Shijiazhuang, Xinhua said.
The latest infections spread unusually fast, the National Health Commission said, adding in a statemen: “It is harder to handle”.
It attributed the latest cases to “abnormal management” and “inadequate protection of workers” involved in imports but gave no further details.
The statement said:
They are all imported from abroad. It was caused by entry personnel or contaminated cold chain imported goods.




A plane carrying one million doses of Sinopharm’s Covid vaccine arrived on Saturday in Serbia, making it the first European country to receive the Chinese vaccine for mass inoculation programmes.
President Aleksandar Vucic was accompanied by Beijing’s ambassador to the Balkan country at Belgrade’s airport as containers carrying the vaccines were unloaded from an Air Serbia plane, Reuters reports.
“I would like to thank President Xi Jinping and Chinese leadership for sending us one million doses of the vaccine,” Vucic told reporters




Greece started vaccinations among the elderly on Saturday, after first inoculating tens of thousands of frontline workers to halt the spread of coronavirus.
More than 75,000 healthcare workers and nursing home residents and carers have received the shot of the vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech since the country rolled out the plan along with other EU countries last month.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, has said the aim is to have 2 million people inoculated by March. The country has a population of about 11 million.




A further 4,029 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia, the country’s health ministry has announced, the biggest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
So far the country has recorded 155,095 infections.
The health ministry also reported eight new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 594.




AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine has been approved for emergency use in Pakistan, the health minister said on Saturday, making it the first coronavirus jab to be allowed for use in the South Asian country.
Pakistan, which is in the midst of a second wave of infections, has said it would procure more than a million doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine, but the Chinese vaccine has not yet been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
“DRAP granted emergency use authorisation to AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine,” the country’s health minister, Faisal Sultan, told Reuters.
Pakistan reported 2,432 new coronavirus infections and 45 deaths on Friday, taking the total number of cases to more than 516,000 and deaths close to 11,000.
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US warns of spread of UK variant


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US officials say 76 cases have been detected in 10 different states

A highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the UK could become the dominant strain in the US by March, health officials have said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of "rapid growth" of the variant in the coming weeks.
It said such a spike could further threaten health systems already strained by a winter Covid surge.
The warning came on Friday as President-elect Joe Biden unveiled an ambitious plan to ramp up vaccinations to meet his target of inoculating 100 million Americans within his first 100 days in office.
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Can you catch the virus outside?

David Shukman-Science editor, BBC News
With the risk of catching coronavirus indoors well established, the little allowed contact with friends under lockdown is for outdoor exercise.
But what are the risks when you go for a walk with a friend? And can you catch coronavirus from a jogger, or people sheltering at a bus stop to escape the rain?
Researchers say infections can happen outdoors, but the chances are massively reduced.
If you're within 2m (6ft) of another person for any length of time, the advice is to avoid being face-to-face - especially in partially enclosed areas, or where still air might become stagnant
Going for a run with someone, breathing in their slipstream, might also be a problem.
Researchers found the virus can survive on outdoor surfaces such as park benches and rubbish bins for several hours - especially in winter - though scientists believe the chances of transmission are "very small".
Learn how you can best protect yourself when out and about.
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Gyms and karaoke to reopen in Seoul

South Korean officials say they will extend current social distancing rules, but ease restrictions on some businesses.
Under new measures, Seoul will continue to remain at Level 2.5 while the rest of the country stays at Level 2. Indoor gyms and karaoke establishments will be allowed to reopen in the capital as long as they follow strict rules and close by 9pm. Cafes will also be allowed to offer dine-in options instead of just takeaway.
"We are fully aware that the measures we announce today are not enough to restore people's everyday lives and ease the suffering of small businesses owners," Yonhap quoted Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun as saying.
The country tightened measures last month following a spike in cases.
Officials there are reviewing three vaccines - AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen - for approval.
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Lockdown fines issued over illicit takeaway trips

A "group of friends" told police they made a 68-mile (109km) journey from Manchester to Uttoxeter, to visit McDonalds.
The four occupants of the car, from different addresses, were stopped by police at the McDonald's on the A50 on Friday night. They were fined £200 each.
The force tweeted the group did not have "legitimate reasons to be here other than going to McDonalds".
Elsewhere, West Yorkshire police stopped a vehicle on the M62 travelling from Greater Manchester to pick up a takeaway.
The car was seen travelling at 90mph, despite recent heavy snowfall.
The three occupants were from three households and received fixed penalty notices, West Yorkshire Police said.
The driver was also fined for speeding, while the car - which had no tax - was seized, the force added.

Why Covid deaths are surging in California

California was praised for acting swiftly to contain the coronavirus last spring but now more than 31,000 people have died of the virus in the state. So what went wrong?
California was the first to issue a state-wide stay-at-home order, and experts at the time predicted the pandemic would peak in the state in April with fewer than 2,000 lives lost. But since November, deaths have surged by more than 1,000%. In Los Angeles alone, nearly 2,000 people died this week.
Makeshift morgues have been set up across California, ICUs are full, oxygen is being rationed and ambulance teams have been told not to transport those unlikely to survive the night because hospitals are too full.
Regan Morris and Sophie Long, reporting from the US, have taken a closer look at the situation.
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Chinese authorities lay blame for new outbreaks

Chinese officials have blamed new outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country on travellers and contaminated frozen food imports entering from abroad.
"Since December 2020, epidemic clusters have occurred in Beijing, Sichuan, Liaoning, Hebei and Heilongjiang," a statement posted today on the National Health Commission (NHC) website says.
"They mainly have the following characteristics. Firstly, they are all imported from abroad, caused by travellers from overseas, or contaminated cold-chain imported items."
China is the only country to claim Covid-19 can be transmitted through frozen imports and the World Health Organization-led (WHO) has downplayed the risk.
The resurgence of cases in the north of the country has seen some 28 million people put under fresh lockdown restrictions.
The new outbreaks come as a team from the WHO arrived in Wuhan this week, following months of negotiations, to start an investigation into the origins of the pandemic.

Japan's Covid-19 second wave linked to rise in suicides

Suicides rose in Japan in the second wave of the country’s Covid pandemic, particularly among women and children, despite having fallen in the first wave, a survey has found.
According to a Reuters wire report, the July to October suicide rate was up 16% on the same period a year earlier, according to a study by researchers at Hong Kong University and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
It was a stark reversal on a 14% drop in Japan’s suicide rate in the February to June period. The decline was linked to government subsidies, reduced working hours and school closures, the study found.
But the prolonged pandemic has since badly affected industries where women predominate, increasing the burden on working mothers, while domestic violence increased, the report said.
The suicide rate for women rose 37%, about five times the increase among men, while the child suicide rate spiked 49% in the second wave, corresponding to the period after a nationwide school closure.
“Unlike normal economic circumstances, this pandemic disproportionately affects the psychological health of children, adolescents and females (especially housewives),” the authors wrote in the study published on Friday in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.
Taro Kono, administrative and regulatory reform minister, told Reuters on Thursday that while the government would consider extending the state of emergency, it “cannot kill the economy.”
People worry about Covid-19. But a lot of people have also committed suicide because they have lost their jobs, they have lost their income and couldn’t see the hope. We need to strike the balance between managing Covid-19 and managing the economy.
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Breaking News

UK deaths rise by 1,295

A further 1,295 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, according to the latest government figures.
A further 41,346 cases have been reported.

Mass vaccination taking place at Glasgow temporary hospital

Some 5,000 Covid vaccinations are being given to health and social care staff on Saturday at a newly-created mass vaccination centre in Glasgow.
The NHS Louisa Jordan is a temporary hospital constructed last year to treat Covid patients at Glasgow's SEC exhibition and conference centre.
"In and out in 40 minutes," tweeted one person , who received their vaccine today.
"This is what can be achieved together," tweeted another.
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Today’s mass vaccination clinic @NHSLouisaJordan is well underway, as 5,000 Covid-19 vaccines are set to be administered throughout the day in collaboration with @NHSGGC !

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Fitness trainer donates 3,000 children's meals


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Mike Hind paid for the meals himself as he had no time to fundraise

A fitness trainer has responded to the outcry over inadequate free school food parcels by donating 3,000 meals.
Images of the contents of some packages - given to children in England who qualify for free school meals and are learning remotely during the lockdown - have been shared and roundly criticised on social media.
Mike Hind, 37, from Teesside, says the pictures he saw made him think: "This is for a rabbit, not a child."
He paid for the meals himself because there was no time to fundraise but a local dairy donated milk and Morrisons supermarket donated fruit, he says.
"I've had people who've been walking two and three miles for these meals," he says.
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Nearly 3.6 million vaccinations in UK

Along with the number of new deaths and cases, there was some more positive news in the government's daily coronavirus figures.
The number of vaccinations in the UK up to 15 January now stands at 3,559,179 - up from 3,234,946 yesterday.
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Pressure mounts on Portugese health system


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Portugal has registered a record rise of 10,947 new cases and 166 deaths on Saturday - one day after a new national lockdown began.
The Observador newspaper reports that three Lisbon area hospitals only had three intensive care beds left on Saturday and queues of ambulances have been reported in places.
Portugal has the lowest critical care capacity per 100,000 in Europe and experts warn hospital rates are likely to rise over the next week following a surge in cases after Christmas.
The country was included in a travel ban implemented by the UK government this week over fears of a new variant identified in Brazil.
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The trends in the coronavirus numbers

Earlier this hour, the government released its daily UK coronavirus figures, which included a further 1,295 deaths.
There are 37,475 Covid-19 patients in hospital.
And as the below graphics show, while deaths are continuing to rise, there are signs daily cases may be falling.
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US executes prisoners who caught Covid-19


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Corey Johnson died Thursday night and Dustin Higgs on Saturday morning

Two US prisoners held on federal death row have been executed despite both testing positive for Covid-19 last month.
Lawyers for both men argued their sentences should be delayed because damage to their lungs could mean the lethal dose of pentobarbital given to them leading to heightened suffering in their last moments, akin to a drowning sensation.
A court ordered a stay of execution on these grounds earlier this week but the decision was overturned following a US government appeal.


Doctor's diary: Karen caught Covid and took it home


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Karen Smith thinks she was infected on an extra shift she did because of staff shortages

Everyone has heard about doctors and nurses catching Covid-19, but some of the worst affected hospital staff have been cleaners and porters. Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary tells the story of a cleaner who became ill, and is now stricken with guilt for taking the virus home.
The first person I see early each morning when I arrive at the hospital is our cleaner, Karen Smith. During 10 months of uncertainty, Karen has been the one constant, apart from a few weeks in spring, when she was ill with Covid-19.
Usually Karen cleans the offices of the hospital's Institute for Health Research, but in the first wave of the pandemic she was called to the Covid wards. It was a frightening time for everyone, but Karen volunteered for an extra shift on Good Friday as there was a staff shortage.
And on that day she thinks she was infected.
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Absolutely marvellous' to have vaccine, says RAF veteran


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Louis Godwin descibed the vaccine as "no trouble at all"

An RAF veteran has been among hundreds of people over 80 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral, in Wiltshire, today.
Former Flight Sergeant Louis Godwin described receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech jab as "absolutely marvellous".
The landmark cathedral is hosting a vaccination hub for five GP surgeries in the area, with the aim of vaccinating more than 1,000 elderly residents and staff.
Mr Godwin recalled having jabs in Egypt after the war "which knocked me over for a week".
"This one, the doctor said to me 'well that's done' - and I thought he hadn't started!"
The veteran pilot, who has 12 great-grandchildren, said the pandemic could not be compared to the war.
"It was entirely different because this has divided people.
"The vaccine is nothing, you don't feel a thing... so anybody that needs one and can get one, I would say go ahead and do it quickly.
"It's the only way we're going to beat the virus."
Patients queued for a short time around the cloisters on Saturday, before going into the cathedral where they were treated to a programme of music on the famous Father Willis organ.
"It is a bonus to be in such a iconic, wonderful place," said Dr Dan Henderson, co-clinical director for the Sarum South Primary Care Network.
"It's great to be getting the vaccine out there and getting them in people's arms and knowing that this is hopefully the start of some sort of normality again."

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Egg farm launches 'Shell out to Help Out' campaign


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Bex Tonks said tens of thousands of eggs were at risk of being wasted

Tens of thousands of free-range eggs are being donated to food banks by a farm in Cornwall that has seen demand plummet.
St Ewe farm is home to 180,000 laying hens, but orders from the hospitality sector have dried up and the eggs are at risk of being wasted.
So the farm has begun a campaign to avoid throwing them away, pointing out that hens "can't be furloughed".
It is selling trays at a reduced rate and simultaneously donating a carton to a food bank or community kitchen for each sale.
Bex Tonks, CEO of St Ewe said the "Shell Out to Help Out" campaign gave 20,000 eggs away last week, adding that it was "really important to feed those who need it most".
"It's tough times but we're all looking forward," she says.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Jan 16 2021, 17:22

Evening round-up

We'll soon be bringing our coronavirus live page to a pause for the day.
But before we do, here is a round-up of today's main stories:

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