- Criminal justice watchdogs have "grave concerns" about court backlogs
- One in 10 people in the UK had antibodies against the virus by December, national statistics show
- Campaigners take the UK government to court over claims support scheme discriminated against self-employed mothers
- Unions call for tougher enforcement amid concerns bosses are breaking Covid safety rules
- Stress, depression and anxiety among parents has increased with lockdown pressures, research suggests
- Joe Biden's spokeswoman says the US will maintain travel bans on the UK, much of the EU and Brazil to mitigate spread of Covid-19
- Two more Australian Open tennis players test positive
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the main headlines this morning:
- Four criminal justice watchdogs for England and Wales have warned they have "grave concerns" about the impact of court backlogs caused by the pandemic
- The head of the UK's unions is calling for tougher enforcement of Covid safety regulations, amid concerns that bosses are breaking the rules
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to announce whether Scotland's Covid-19 lockdown is to continue past the end of January
- Levels of stress, depression and anxiety among parents and carers have increased with the pressures of the lockdowns, research suggests
- US President-elect Joe Biden's spokeswoman says the US will maintain travel bans on the UK, much of the EU and Brazil - despite an order from President Donald Trump to lift them
- Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event
Two players test positive at Australian OpenTwo Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event.
A third case involved a "non-playing participant", according to the state of Victoria's chief health officer.
Some 1,200 people, including players, staff and officials, have flown into Australia for the tournament, which begins on 8 February.
But a row over quarantine rules has cast a shadow over the upcoming event.
Read more here.
Latest across Europe
- The Italian government faces a crunch Senate vote of confidence this morning, after ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his ministers out of the cabinet in a row over how to spend EU Covid funding. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was backed by MPs last night but needs opposition support to survive in the Senate and he’s appealed for stability in the grip of the pandemic.
- Germany is set to extend its lockdown today and probably tighten it too, when Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a video meeting with 16 state premiers. One possible measure, brought in by Bavaria yesterday, is the use of FFP2 masks in shops and on public transport. They’re safer but more expensive – Austria is bringing them in later this month too.
- French officials have said this morning that home-made fabric masks don’t offer the “necessary guarantees” in public – but Health Minister Olivier Véran says most industrially made masks do provide up to 80% filter protection.
- Spain has recorded the highest number of weekend infections – 84,287 – and now has an infection rate of 689 cases per 100,000 people. Top health official Fernando Simón believes the peak of Spain’s third Covid wave has either already been reached or is very close.
- Norway says no link has been established between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the deaths of 33 elderly people after vaccination. But it’s urged doctors to assess the health of those who are most frail before they are vaccinated.
Total number of registered UK deaths involving Covid at 96,000Robert Cuffe - BBC head of statistics
ONS figures out this morning show a further 6,586 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered in UK in the week to 8 January, bringing the total registered so far close to 96,000.
The first week of January normally sees a spike because of deaths that happened but were not registered during the Christmas holidays.
In the week after Christmas, about 3,400 Covid deaths were registered.
The total number of deaths registered in the UK in the first week of January was 20,023, more than 40% above the average for that week – but again care needs to be taken.
The week 2-8 January did not include a bank holiday, so death registrations are inflated compared to the previous first-weeks-of-the-year that did.
There is likely a genuine rise, both in Covid deaths and overall deaths - but the headline figures can exaggerate the week-on-week rise.
UK Health Secretary self-isolating after app alertHealth Secretary Matt Hancock is self-isolating after being alerted by the NHS Covid-19 app that he had been in close contact with somebody who tested positive for the virus.
He said in a tweet that as a result he would be staying at home until Sunday.
"We all have a part to play in getting this virus under control," he added.
He had coronavirus in March last year .
Traveling salesman puts 3m people in China in lockdownWaiyee Yip - BBC News, Singapore
Nearly three million people in China's northeastern Jilin province were put under lockdown on Monday after a salesman was reported to have infected more than 100 people with coronavirus.
According to Jilin's provincial health commission, the man - identified by his surname Lin - had attended four separate events at community health centres, where he promoted various health products to elderly residents.
He had travelled to the province from his neighbouring home of Heilongjiang province.
He was asymptomatic, but his movements, which have been published in detail by the authorities - down to the seat numbers of his train rides - reportedly resulted in 79 infections.
Those people then passed the virus to 23 of their close contacts.
The average age of those infected is 63, and the eldest is 87, the commission said.
Jilin's new lockdown measures bring the total number of people under lockdown in northeast China to more than 19 million, according to AFP.
UK deaths more than 40% above normal levelsNick Triggle - Health Correspondent
The number of people who have died with Covid is now close to 96,000, according to an analysis of death certificates.
The figures come after a further 6,586 deaths involving Covid were registered in the UK in the week to 8 January.
The data from the Office for National Statistics - which looks at England and Wales - and its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland is different from the daily totals given by the government, which look at deaths within 28 days of a positive test. Those figures show that up until Monday there had been nearly 90,000 deaths.
Overall, the total number of deaths reported are more than 40% above what is expected at this time of year, although delays registering deaths over the festive period are thought to have contributed to some of the rise.