- UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he'll use the Budget to level with people about the state of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis
- Sunak has told the Financial Times the UK's finances have been "exposed" by the pandemic
- President Joe Biden's $1.9tn (£1.4tn) relief plan to help Americans during the pandemic is approved in the House of Representatives
- A private family funeral for Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised more than £33m for NHS charities during lockdown last year, takes place today
- Captain Sir Tom died aged 100 on 2 February after contracting coronavirus
- People are reacting to news the next phase of the UK's vaccine rollout will be based on age rather than occupation, with those in their 40s next in line
- A further 345 deaths in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test were announced on Friday
Good morningWelcome to today’s live page. Here is a summary of some of the key headlines in the UK this morning:
- A private funeral will be held for Captain Sir Tom Moore on Saturday. The 100-year-old veteran, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities, died with coronavirus on 2 February. His funeral will have full military honours and an RAF fly-past, as well as a specially written song by Michael Buble. Churches across the country will ring their bells 100 times at 12:00 GMT
- The government will offer incentives to lenders, bringing back 95% mortgages , which have "virtually disappeared" during the pandemic, the Treasury says. It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he will use Wednesday's Budget to level with people about the pandemic's impact on the economy
- The UK's decision to prioritise vaccination by age rather than by occupation is still making headlines this morning. Announcing it yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it will "save most lives" and added "teachers are no more likely to catch Covid than any other member of the population who goes to work” and prioritising one professional group over another would be “complicated”. Unions representing teachers and police have criticised the decision
- Some areas of the UK are "burning quite hot" with rising levels of new coronavirus infections , according to England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam. Hotspots in the Midlands and east and west coast of England, and some parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, are bucking the general trend for decreasing infections. Prof Van-Tam warned people not to wreck the success of the vaccine rollout by relaxing the rules too early.
What the papers say
Many of Saturday's papers look ahead to Wednesday's budget.
- The Financial Times says Rishi Sunak will make clear supporting the economy through the coronavirus pandemic has left the UK with a "bill that will have to be paid".
- The Chancellor is urging Tory colleagues to show their support for his "tough message" with tax rises “likely”.
- The Times describes government plans for a new mortgage guarantee scheme as a boost for first-time buyers, giving "tens of thousands of young people" their first step on the ladder.
- The Daily Mail reports it has received letters from more than 100 readers who all claim their relatives' deaths were wrongly attributed to coronavirus. Several MPs and doctors are calling for an inquiry, amid concerns Covid-19 is sometimes being given undue prominence on death certificates.
- The i weekend newspaper and the Daily Express both focus on the government's latest coronavirus briefing after it was announced the over-40s will be the next priority group for vaccination.
- "Don't wreck it now" is the headline in the Express - echoing a warning from England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam that the battle against the virus is far from won.
Summary of recent worldwide events from The Guardian:
- US president Joe Biden has that Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations could go back up as new variants emerge, and urged people that now was “not the time to relax”. Cases have been increasing in the US for the past three days compared to last week.
- Brazil’s capital Brasilia entered a ‘total’ 24-hour lockdown on Friday amid a worsening virus outbreak that is threatening to overwhelm hospitals.
- Israel’s drop in coronavirus infections has reversed and the country’s R rate is inching toward 1 again, as Israel continues to reopen its economy after exiting a six-week lockdown.
- The Czech government has approved a series of strict restrictions limiting people’s movement over the next three weeks and tightening shop and school closures in an attempt to slow fast spreading Covid-19 infections.
- Nigeria and Honduras are both expecting their first vaccine deliveries from the COVAX programme, with Nigeria set to receive 4 million doses next week and Honduras nearly 430,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in March.
- Ireland has added 13 mainly Central and South American countries to its 14-day mandatory quarantine list, which will soon require arrivals from countries designated as “high risk” to quarantine in designated hotels.
Biden's Covid relief bill passes House voteUS President Joe Biden's $1.9tn (£1.4tn) relief plan to help Americans during the Covid pandemic has been approved in the House of Representatives.
The Democrats only have a slim, 10-seat majority in the House, but they found sufficient numbers - 219 to 212 - in a vote that went into the early morning on Saturday.
Two Democrats joined Republicans - who see it as too expensive - in opposing it.
The bill must now go to the evenly-divided Senate, which has already blocked a key element - doubling the US minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The package seeks to boost vaccinations and testing, and stabilise the economy.
The vote comes in the same week the US passed 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths - the largest figure of any nation in the world.
President Biden has championed what he calls the American Rescue Plan as a way to help struggling Americans through Covid-19.
But Republicans say the plan is unnecessarily large and stuffed with Democratic priorities unrelated to the pandemic.