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Coronavirus - 14th March 2021

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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 11:00

Summary for Sunday, 14th March

  • Met Police face criticism for their handling of women at a vigil for Sarah Everard, officially called off under Covid restrictions
  • Labour's shadow domestic violence minister Jess Phillips MP says "the police got it wrong at every single turn"
  • People in England in priority group six - aged 16-64 and with underlying health conditions - are being called forward for their vaccine
  • Charities including Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust are encouraging them to take up their jab
  • The full force of the pandemic is yet to be felt on the High Street, accountants PwC say
  • More than 17,500 chain stores and other venues closed in Britain last year, according to new data
  • And on Mother's Day, we take a look at some of the new mothers who faced giving birth and beginning to raise their child during the pandemic


Good morning

Welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We will be bringing you the latest updates throughout the day.

Latest developments in the UK

Here’s a quick look at some of the main headlines:


Today's front pages: 'Police clashes tarnish vigil'

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Most front pages cover the clash between police and women who had gathered on Clapham Common to mourn Sarah Everard despite Covid restrictions.
Under a headline: "Met chief faces calls to quit", the Sunday Telegraph says Dame Cressida Dick is facing cross-party fury .
The paper speaks of violence erupting as police officers pulled women from the crowd, and of many people calling the force's approach to what had begun as a peaceful event heavy-handed.
According to the Sunday Times, there is "outrage" that the vigil descended into "mayhem" and "chaos".
The Sun describes the scenes as "ugly" and "shocking" .
The Observer reports that other vigils took place in towns and cities across Britain .
Most front pages carry a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge paying her respects to Ms Everard at the bandstand memorial on the south London common.
Read the full newspaper review here.

Latest coronavirus headlines from around the world


  • Italy will ramp up its Covid-19 vaccination programme to hit a target of administering 500,000 doses each day, the country’s coronavirus special commissioner said on Saturday.
  • There have been a further 5,534 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data – compared with 6,039 cases last Saturday.
  • Australia’s prime minister and chief medical officer have just received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, alongside 84-year-old Jane Malysiak, who survived the second world war and immigrated to Australia from Poland more than 70 years ago.
  • A NSW quarantine hotel worker who had received the first dose of a vaccine has tested positive to Covid. It’s the state’s first community case in 55 days.
  • The US has reported a record daily number (more than 4.5m) of vaccine doses administered. This has far surpassed the previous highest daily figure, which stood at 2.9m doses.
  • Hong Kong is facing its fifth wave of infection, with a growing cluster centred around a high-end gym logging 99 cases so far .
  • China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said that it will simplify mainland China visa applications for foreigners in the city who have been inoculated with Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Australia is “working with Singaporeto create a travel bubble between the two nations as early as July .
  • Australia’s centre-left Labor party has been reelected in the state of Western Australia after implementing some of the country’s strictest measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Argentina’s government is concerned by the rise in Covid-19 cases across the region and will increase border controls and preventative measures, the country’s health minister has said.
  • Covid-19 infection levels in the greater Tokyo area appear to be increasing, health minister Norihisa Tamura has said, and threaten to jeopardise the lifting of the state of emergency scheduled for 21 March.
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 11:20

London's police criticised over Everard vigil policing

The Metropolitan Police's handling of a vigil in south London to mourn Sarah Everard has been widely criticised across the political spectrum.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked the Met for a report on what happened.
And London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "urgently seeking an explanation" from the force's leader - Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.
Officers were seen handcuffing and leading women away from the bandstand in Clapham where they had gathered.
Police said four arrests were made to "protect people's safety".
Several hundred people gathered on Clapham Common on Saturday evening to pay tribute to the 33-year-old - whose death has prompted a public debate over women's safety - despite Covid restrictions.
The official vigil, which was being organised by Reclaim These Streets, had been called off earlier in the day due to police warnings over coronavirus restrictions.
Here's a video on what happened and the full story is here.

'Policing of large events difficult at best of times'

The Metropolitan Police will explain what happened at the vigil for Sarah Everard in a report to the home secretary, the minister for safeguarding has said.
Victoria Atkins MP was asked about a photograph of police handcuffing a woman on the ground after officers moved in to break up gathering on Clapham Common.
An official vigil had been called off earlier in the day due to coronavirus restrictions which ban more than two people meeting outdoors.
Atkins told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: "Any policing of large events is difficult at the best of times but we are in the middle of a pandemic with all of the rules that flow from that.
"Of course last night people were very, very upset; there was a great deal of emotion, completely understandably.
"The police will have to explain (their operational actions) to the home secretary in their report."

'Missed opportunities for a safe vigil'

Police missed opportunities to create a safe vigil amid the pandemic for Sarah Everard, the shadow domestic violence minister says.
Jess Philips MP says a police report to the home secretary on what happened at the vigil was "absolutely not enough".
She told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "Yesterday there were so many missed opportunities throughout the day for the police to work with organisers to create a completely safe vigil so that people could go and have a moment of sorrow... and they missed the opportunities at every turn until what we saw was a 5ft 2in tall woman being pinned down with two men on her back."
Planned evening vigils were called off because of Covid restrictions , but hundreds gathered at Clapham Common. There was confrontation with the police who tweeted that it was "unsafe".
Lambeth police tweeted: "The gathering at #ClaphamCommon is unsafe. Hundreds of people are tightly packed together in breach of the regulations and risking public health.
"We are urging people to go home and we thank those who have been engaging with officers and who are leaving."
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 11:28

No doubt over further wave - statistician

The UK's National Statistician says he has "no doubt" there will be a further surge in coronavirus cases in the Autumn.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the head of the Office for National Statistics, has been speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.
Marr asked him about Professor Chris Whitty's assertion that another surge in hospitalisations and deaths due to coronavirus was "inevitable" .
Prof Diamond says Prof Whitty is "someone I defer to on many things".
He says: "We do need properly to understand how the data is moving forward and we need to be really looking at the impact of the wonderful vaccination roll out that we are seeing.
"But having said that, we need to recognise it's a virus that isn't going to go away and I have no doubt that in the autumn that there will be a further wave of infections."
But he says the decreasing Covid case numbers show the UK is making "really, really good progress".
He says he will be "looking very carefully" at the data over the next few weeks and making sure policy-makers have all the information they need to make decisions about easing lockdown restrictions.

Ireland's vaccine body proposes AstraZeneca suspension


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The suspension of the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Ireland has been proposed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).
It came after a report from Norway on serious blood clotting events in adults who received the vaccine.
Irish Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the recommendation was taken "on the precautionary principal".
The World Health Organisation has said there was no link between the jab and an increased risk of developing a clot.
Last week, Denmark and Norway suspended the use of vaccine .
On Friday, the World Health Organisation said countries should not stop using the vaccine over fears it causes blood clots as there is no indication this is true .
Read more about the recommendation in Ireland here.
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 13:39

Irish regulator hopes to lift vaccine pause in a week

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The chair of Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), Professor Karina Butler has been speaking about the temporary suspension of the Astrazeneca vaccine in Ireland, which she said was “necessary.” She hoped to be able to say in a week that the regulator had “acted out of an abundance of caution.”
She said that there had been an alert from Norway to Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority about what seemed like a cluster of four “very serious clotting events.” Three were in the brain and one was fatal.
Then the question was, was there the possibility of a relationship with the vaccine. Something that was rare but very serious could very serious outcomes,” she told Irish media outlet Virgin Media News.
“So with that the question was, where does the balance lie? But this is a safety signal. We don’t have the details yet, whether these events occurred in people who had other reasons having them happen. We don’t fully have the information yet are very complicated events are happening at a frequency that is greater than you would expect in a non vaccinated population.”
“But they do seem to have clustered together at a level and in younger people - when I say young I mean less than 65 - where we wouldn’t necessarily have expected them to.”
Above all, she said that the regulator wants confidence to remain high and for people to be assured. She said she hoped the regulator would be able to say in a week that it had acted out of “an abundance of caution.”

Here’s Butler speaking to Gavan Reilly on Virgin Media News:
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#NEW “Very difficult to pause, but the right thing to do” -NIAC’s Prof Karina Butler tells @gavreilly the HPRA received an alert from Norway last night “A cluster of 4 very serious clotting events..3 of which involved clots in the brain, 1 fatal” ...

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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 14:23

British Airways plans app-based travel pass

British Airways is planning to make it easier for passengers to prove they are safe to travel once they have been vaccinated against Covid.
Under the plans, people who have had both jabs will be able to register their status on BA's smartphone app.
The airline's chief executive, Sean Doyle, hailed the UK's "great progress" in tackling the pandemic.
Last month, BA owner IAG called for digital health passes "to reopen our skies safely".
Read more here.

Vigil policing compared with that for Rangers


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Crowds gathered in Glasgow to celebrate Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership

Questions have been asked over the differences between police actions at the vigil for Sarah Everard and the response to crowds of football fans celebrating Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership.
Sky's Sophy Ridge compared the two scenes when interviewing safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins.
Ridge described last week's celebrations in Glasgow as "hundreds and hundreds of men walking through the streets essentially just being allowed to by police.
"[The vigil for Sarah Everard] was a very small group of women who were confined onto a band stand, I was there, it was cold it was dark, people were petering away, what was the rationale behind going in to stop that?"
Atkins replies: "It is for the police to make these decisions, often in the moment when they are policing major events but I'm pleased that you were able to go, I myself chose to take part in the virtual vigil."
She says the home secretary has requested a report from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to look into what happened.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was this week critical of the crowds of Rangers supporters gathering and said the club could have done more to stop it.
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 14:30

What's happening in the UK and beyond?

It's lunchtime in the UK, so let's have a recap on the stories we've been talking about.

  • The Met Police is facing criticism for its handling of women at a vigil for Sarah Everard, officially called off under Covid restrictions
  • The home secretary has asked for a report on what happened and the force says it took action to protect people from the spread of coronavirus
  • People in England in priority group six - aged 16-64 and with underlying health conditions - are being called forward for their vaccine
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock has thanked charities including Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust for encouraging them to take up their jab
  • The full force of the pandemic is yet to be felt on the High Street, accountants PwC say
  • Ireland has suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after reports that people had suffered serious blood clots after having the jab in Norway
  • But the World Health Organisation has said there was no link between the jab and an increased risk of developing a clot
  • And on Mother's Day, we've been hearing from some of the new mums who faced giving birth and beginning to raise their child during the pandemic


Ireland suspends use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

The use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been suspended in the Republic of Ireland.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommended the move following reports of serious blood clotting events in adults in Norway.
In a tweet, the Irish Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said it was a "precautionary step".
Last week, Denmark and Norway suspended the use of vaccine .
But the World Health Organisation said countries should not stop using the vaccine over fears it causes blood clots as there is no indication this is true.
We've got the full story here.
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 16:57

Dutch police use water canon to disperse anti-lockdown protesters


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Dutch riot police have used a water cannon and batons to disperse a crowd of anti-lockdown protesters gathered at a field in the centre of The Hague a day before general elections, according to Reuters.
The demonstration was broken up after the crowd violated social distancing rules and ignored a police warning to leave.
It follows months of protests over coronavirus curfews. We will bring you more as we have it.

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Netherlands: Arrests as riot police move crowds on


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We've got more from the Netherlands where riot police have used water cannon and mounted police to disperse several thousand anti-lockdown protesters in the centre of The Hague.
Local media says several arrests were made but there are no immediate reports of injuries.
Dutch authorities had stopped train services to the city, the seat of government, to prevent more protesters arriving, according to Reuters.
Police initially told people to go home and announced over loudspeakers that the event was over. They warned they would break up the protest by force if necessary.
The Netherlands has been under a tough lockdown since late January with gatherings of more than two people banned, restaurants and bars shut, and with the country having its first night-time curfew since World War Two.

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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 17:04

Gerrard urges Rangers fans to stay away from derby

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged the club's fans to stay away from next Sunday's Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.
It comes after fans broke Covid rules to celebrate the Glasgow club's title success last weekend.
Sunday's game could be postponed if the Scottish government cannot be assured similar scenes will not be repeated.

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Last weekend fans gathered to celebrate Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership

"Make no doubt about it, we want you there with us, but sadly, right now, you can’t be," Gerrard told fans in an open letter.
The former England and Liverpool captain said the best place to support him and his players "is from the comfort of your own home".
"We know you are with us here in spirit and we know how much last weekend meant to you when we secured the title.
"We know all of you enjoyed it, but we must stay safe, and stay at home."

Breaking News

UK records 52 Covid deaths

There have been a further 52 coronavirus deaths in the UK, government daily figures show.
This brings the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test to 125,516.
There were also 4,618 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours.
A total of 24,196,211 people have received their first dose of a vaccine in the UK.
Meanwhile, 1,584,909 people have received their second dose.
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Post by Kitkat Sun Mar 14 2021, 17:13

What's happened today?

We are going to be drawing this weekend's coverage of the coronavirus pandemic to a close soon, so here's a reminder of the day's stories.

  • The Met Police is facing criticism for its handling of women at a vigil for Sarah Everard, officially called off under Covid restrictions
  • Home Secretary Priti Patel has called for an "external view" of the policing decisions taken
  • The force says it took action to protect people from the spread of coronavirus
  • In the Netherlands, riot police used water cannons to disperse several thousand anti-lockdown protesters in the centre of The Hague
  • People in England in priority group six - aged 16-64 and with underlying health conditions - are being called forward for their vaccine
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock has thanked charities including Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust for encouraging them to get their jab
  • There have been a further 52 coronavirus deaths and 4,618 new infections in the UK, government daily figures show
  • Liverpool will be part of a pilot scheme to test crowd safety before lockdown rules in England ease.
  • Ireland has suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after reports that people had suffered serious blood clots after having the jab in Norway
  • But the World Health Organisation has said there was no link between the jab and an increased risk of developing a clot
  • And on Mother's Day, we've been hearing from some of the new mums who faced giving birth and beginning to raise their child during the pandemic

Updates were brought to you today by Jo Couzens, Sarah Collerton, Jennifer Meierhans and Claire Heald.
Do join us again tomorrow.

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