- People in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to take part in the once-a-decade census
- Now is not the time to "throw away" our "incredible sacrifices" by curtailing government coronavirus restriction powers, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says
- The boss of Australian airline Qantas predicts "governments are going to insist" on vaccines for international travellers
- A UK nurse who tearfully urged people to stop panic buying last year is considering leaving the profession
- Mumbai is to roll out mandatory tests in crowded places as the country grapples with a rise in infections
- Official figures show that as of Saturday, more than 26.8 million Britons have received their first dose of a vaccine
- It means half the adults in the UK have had their first jab
- More than 30 people were arrested at anti-lockdown protests attended by thousands in London on Saturday
Hello and thanks for joining our live coverage of coronavirus pandemic developments this Sunday. We'll keep you updated with the main stories of the day.
Latest headlinesHere are the latest headlines from the UK and around the world.
- A snapshot of life across most of the UK during the pandemic will be captured today when people fill in the census
- The boss of Australian airline Qantas predicts governments are going to insist on vaccines for international travellers
- The Indian city of Mumbai is to roll out mandatory tests in crowded places amid rising infections
- A critical care nurse who tearfully urged the public to stop panic buying last year says she is considering leaving her job
- Half of all UK adults - some 26,853,407 people - have now received a first dose of a vaccine .
- French ICU patients at highest level this year. The number of people in intensive care units with Covid-19 in French hospitals has risen by 66 to 4,353, a new 2021 high, the health ministry reported on Saturday.
- India’s Serum Institute to delay further vaccine shipments to Brazil, Morocco, Saudi - source. The Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be delayed due to surging demand at home and as it works through a capacity expansion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
- Saudi Aramco 2020 net profit slumps 44.4% as Covid bites. Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco on Sunday reported a 44.4% drop in 2020 net profit, hit by lower crude oil prices and volumes sold, and weakened refinery margins, as the coronavirus pandemic depressed demand.
- England sets daily jabs record. A record number of people received their Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, with 711,156 doses given to the UK public. Of those, 636,219 were given in England - the highest daily amount since the NHS vaccination programme began, NHS England said. More than half of the UK’s adult population - some 26,853,407 people aged 18 and over - have now received their first jab, Government data up to 19 March suggests.
- Leading opposition presidential candidate in Republic of Congo hospitalised with Covid ahead of election. The leading opposition presidential candidate in Republic of Congo was receiving oxygen at a private hospital after being diagnosed with Covid, a family member said, casting Sunday’s election into doubt on the eve of the vote.
- Curfew imposed in Miami. Officials are imposing an emergency 8 pm - 6 am curfew for Miami Beach, effective immediately after hard-partying spring break crowds trashed restaurants, brawled in the streets and gathered by the thousands without masks or social distancing, according to authorities.
What the papers say
- As the lockdown anniversary looms, the Sunday Express says pressure is growing on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to restore people's freedoms . The paper predicts that backbench MPs may rebel when asked this week to extend emergency coronavirus laws.
- One likely rebel MP, Steve Baker, asks in The Sun on Sunday "Why are restrictions tougher than...before we had the vaccine?"
- The Sunday Telegraph suggests cabinet ministers are divided over which measures should continue. The Sunday Times urges them to "stick to" the "roadmap to freedom" .
- As concerns rise over the blanket travel ban , the Observer says a traffic light system is being considered so countries with low levels of coronavirus can be given a green light.
- But a government source tells the Mail on Sunday that "No 10 is willing to sacrifice holidays abroad to protect domestic reopening".
- Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday's front page says the UK and the EU are on the cusp of a "vaccine war" that could see the bloc "hold hostage" more than 19 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab heading for the UK in the coming weeks.
- "After rubbishing, then suspending, Oxford jab, they're now threatening to illegally block exports," the paper claims.
'The EU knows the world is watching' - WallaceAsked about the possibility that Britons will be able to travel overseas this summer, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace tells Sky News the government "cannot be deaf and blind to what is going on outside the UK" - but adds the government will not take a position on international travel before the taskforce reports on 12 April.
He says the EU's threat to block exports of vaccines from the region - amid the ongoing row about supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine - is "counter-productive", adding it will both undermine the global vaccine rollout and damage the EU's reputation.
"The Commission knows the world is watching," he warns.
He adds: "The EU is under tremendous political pressure and it's a matter for them how they deal with it."
Qantas boss: Governments 'to insist' on vaccines for flyingJonathan Josephs - BBC business producer
The boss of Australian airline Qantas has told the BBC "governments are going to insist" on vaccines for international travellers.
Coronavirus vaccines are seen as crucial to reviving an industry that saw worldwide passenger numbers fall 75.6% last year.
Chief executive Alan Joyce says many governments are talking about vaccination as "a condition of entry".
Even if they aren't, he thinks the airline should enforce its own policy.
"We have a duty of care to our passengers and to our crew, to say that everybody in that aircraft needs to be safe," Mr Joyce says.
Read more here.
Census to provide snapshot of pandemic lifeDetails of every adult and child in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being collected today in the latest census.
The Office for National Statistics says the 2021 census will provide insights into the impact of the pandemic and Brexit on people's lives.
In Scotland, the census has been delayed for a year, because of the pandemic.
By law, everyone has to be accounted for, to provide the government, local authorities and other organisations with the information they require to make decisions about planning services, including health, education and transport.
Read more here.