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Coronavirus - 12th April 2021

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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 10:57

Summary for Monday, 12th April

  • Non-essential shops and beauty salons can now open their doors in England and Wales, as Covid rules are eased across the UK
  • England's gyms, zoos and hairdressers can also reopen, while restaurants and pubs can welcome customers outside
  • Some pubs opened just after midnight, while long queues formed outside shops around the country
  • Pupils are returning to school full time in Scotland and Wales, while Northern Ireland's "stay-at-home" order is ending
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people must "behave responsibly" and continue to take steps to "suppress Covid"
  • More than 32 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine
  • A further seven UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test were reported on Sunday, the lowest daily total since 14 September
  • Elsewhere, China's top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country's Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a round-up of the main headlines:

  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens can reopen in England today , but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to "behave responsibly" and keep taking steps to suppress the virus
  • Shops are also reopening in Wales, while Northern Ireland's "stay-at-home" order is ending and all school pupils are returning to school full time in Scotland and Wales, after Easter holidays finish
  • A record number of coronavirus second doses were given in the UK on Saturday , latest government figures show, with 475,230 second jabs administered
  • A further seven UK deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test were reported on Sunday, the lowest daily total since 14 September
  • Police say they "deeply" regret causing hurt after officers shut down a Good Friday service in south London


What are the rule changes in England?

From today, under the next stage of lockdown easing in England, people can visit non-essential stores and get a haircut.
Here's a list of what the rule changes include:

  • All shops can reopen
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open
  • Restaurants and pubs are allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms, spas, zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres can all open
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
  • Up to 15 people can attend weddings and 30 can attend funerals
  • Children can attend any indoor children's activity
  • Care home visitors will increase to two per resident
  • Driving lessons can resume, with tests restarting on 22 April.

You can read more about the rule changes here.

What about the rest of the UK?

The devolved nations have their own timeline of when restrictions will ease.
Here's what you can do in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from today:

  • In Wales , shops can reopen, close-contact services can resume, as can driving lessons, and travel in and out of the country from the rest of the UK is now allowed. All students will return to face-to-face teaching
  • In Scotland , all school pupils are returning to school full time. However, not everyone is returning on Monday because differing term times mean some schools are still closed for the Easter holidays
  • In Northern Ireland , the "stay-at-home" order is ending and up to 10 people from two households will be able to meet in a private garden. The remaining school year groups 8-11 will also return to the classroom


Summary of today's global updates

The Guardian
England is waking up to eased Covid restrictions, Boris Johnson saying people should enjoy their new freedoms but remain wary of the risks.
Beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons will reopen today for first time in almost four months.
Meanwhile India reported a record 168,912 Covid-19 infections overnight, data from the health ministry showed on Monday, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus.
Here are the other key recent developments:

  • France will make vaccinations with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs available to all citizens over the age of 55 on Monday.
  • The Czech Republic’s state of emergency and the associated ban for people to move outside their home districts will end at midnight from Sunday to Monday, alongside the scrapping of a night curfew and a partial reopening of schools, Czech Radio reports.
  • Italy reported 331 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, compared with 344 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 15,746 from 17,567 the day before.
  • The UK has distributed a further 586,339 Covid-19 vaccines, according to daily data published on Sunday. The UK has now given 32.12 million people a first dose of the vaccine and 7.47 million a second dose, putting it on track to start reopening its economy.
  • The Dutch government on Sunday dashed hopes of an early easing of lockdown, saying a night-time curfew and other restrictions would remain until at least 28 April as daily infections rose to a two-week high.
  • About 80% of Sicilians are refusing to be inoculated against Covid-19 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, Sicily’s governor said on Sunday.
  • China’s top disease control official has admitted that the efficacy of the country’s domestically produced vaccines is low as it emerged the authorities are considering mixing them to try to offer greater protection against coronavirus.
  • Mexico’s government reported 1,793 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 126 more fatalities, according to new data from the health ministry, bringing the total to 2,280,213 infections and 209,338 deaths.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 11:53

Today so far …


  • India reported a record 168,912 Covid-19 infections overnight, data from the health ministry showed on Monday, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus.
  • In the northern Indian city of Haridwar, nearly a million devotees thronged the banks of the Ganges, a river many Hindus consider holy, to join in the months-long “Kumbh Mela” or pitcher festival, risking a further surge in infections.
  • Preventing poor countries suffering from vaccine “apartheid” will require the G7 group of rich nations to commit $30bn (£22bn) a year to a global immunisation drive, former British prime minister Gordon Brown has said.
  • Lockdown restrictions are being eased in the UK today, with non-essential retail and outdoor drinking and dining opening in England. Some school pupils are returning to face-to-face teaching in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for the first time in months. The “stay at home” order in Northern Ireland has also ended.
  • Denmark’s health minister has declared today “the big vaccine day,” with 100,000 people to be vaccinated in one day as officials test the system ahead of a June rollout
  • France begins vaccinating the over-55s today after meeting its target of 10m vaccines delivered by the middle of April a week early.
  • Greece’s high schools reopened today after a five-month closure to curb coronavirus infections. Precautions in place include virus tests for students and teachers twice per week. Students and teachers must also wear masks, recess will be staggered to limit crowds and canteens will be closed.
  • The Czech Republic reported its lowest daily tally of new Covid-19 cases since September today, the same day a six-month state of emergency expired and many pupils return to the classroom.
  • Australian prime minister Scott Morrison says there are too many uncertainties to set a new target for vaccinating Australians against Covid-19, as the government moves to shore up confidence in the trouble-plagued rollout.
  • New Zealand border workers have until the end of April to be vaccinated before being moved to lower risk roles, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said after a third worker from Auckland’s Grand Millennium-managed isolation facility tested positive for Covid-19 .
  • Japan has expanded its vaccination programme to people aged over 64, amid concern that the country is entering a fourth wave of coronavirus infections.
  • Bangladesh authorities on Monday ordered an eight-day closure of all offices and international and domestic transport, as coronavirus cases hit a new high. The measures, which will virtually seal off the country, will start Wednesday, said a government statement.
  • Venezuela has secured the funds to fully pay for coronavirus vaccines via the Covax system, president Nicolás Maduro said
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 11:59

Will cases now rise?

Anna Collinson - Health Correspondent
As restrictions are eased, infections are expected to rise.
The government argues that the UK is in a strong position - with almost 40 million combined first and second vaccine doses now administered.
It doesn't view the reopening of non-essential shops and beer gardens as particularly risky - as long as people stick to the rules.
However, there are some scientists who fear today's relaxation has come too soon and they are concerned about virus hotspots in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire.
There are strict criteria that must be met before moving to the next stage of easing lockdown restrictions, including the continued success of the vaccine rollout and protecting the NHS from being overwhelmed with cases.
The next stage will be the planned return of indoor mixing and foreign travel from 17 May at the earliest - and it's these steps that are expected to pose the greater risk.

Easing of restrictions an important test

Simon Jack - BBC Business Editor
Shoppers, gym fans, domestic holiday makers, outdoor drinkers and diners, plus those in need of a haircut will share the government's hope that today is an irreversible step towards old and cherished freedoms.
So will the business owners who will be welcoming them back.
But this significant easing of lockdown is also an important test.
Will customers want or be able to return in sufficient numbers for firms to break even and if they don't, what will it take to make the economy work again?
Only two in five hospitality venues have any outdoor space and the rules over future inside opening are still unclear.
The government and the opposition have distanced themselves from requiring Covid certificates for day-to-day life but the government has also hinted individual businesses may require them if they wish.
Hospitality chiefs have told the BBC they fear having to choose between two different ways to lose money - half empty venues without certificates or full ones with extra staff and hassle to check Covid status.
Demand may vary by sector.
Hairdressers are booked solid, retailers are hopeful of high footfall and are welcoming longer opening hours but some holiday parks are reporting subdued bookings as many of their public amenities remain closed.
It is a test for everyone - but a welcome one for most.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 12:06

Welsh holiday business ready for England holidaymakers

Today Programme - BBC Radio 4
It's a morning that many holiday businesses in England have been waiting for because self-catering accommodation can now open.
This has been the case in Wales since 27 March - but lots of firms there have chosen not to reopen due to a of lack of business, including Jo Wait, who owns Valley Yurts on the border between Powys and Herefordshire.
"I would say that 80% of our guests are from England," she tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"We are about four miles from the English border, our post code is England but our council is Wales," she adds, saying that many of their guests were confused about whether they were allowed to come.
"We decided it was more straightforward to open [today]."
Jo says they spent the winter building extra infrastructure to ensure they could meet Covid guidelines, some of which is no longer necessary under today's rules.
But she says: "It has had a lot of impact financially but we've felt its been worth it because we don't want to let down our guests.
"I'm sure the infrastructure will help us for the future and we just hope that we get a very busy summer ahead."

Enjoy freedoms but stay wary of risks, PM says as England reopens

Jessica Elgot - The Guardian
People should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday for the first time in almost four months.
The prime minister hailed the reopening – a major and “irreversible” step in the roadmap of easing restrictions – as “a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed”.
It came as just seven coronavirus deaths were reported in the UK within 28 days of a positive test, the lowest number since mid-September. There were also 1,730 people who tested positive, while 221 were admitted to hospital, where there are 2,862 Covid patients overall. The number of vaccine doses distributed is nearing 40m, including more than 7m second doses. More than 400,000 second doses were given in the UK for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday, along with 111,109 first doses.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 12:50

Germany passes 3m coronavirus cases

AFP report that the number of Covid-19 infections there has crossed the 3 million mark for the first time, according to figures published today by the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre.
The total number of infections now stands at 3,011,513, with 78,452 deaths, the institute said. However the incidence rate over the past week, closely followed by authorities, was 136.4 per 100,000 inhabitants – below the level for tightening Covid-19 restrictions.
Germany remains gripped by rising infection rates, despite cultural venues, restaurants and leisure facilities having been closed for months. Health authorities warned Friday that hospitals could become overwhelmed without tougher national measures.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she intends to try and bring in new laws in order to make it easier to impose nationwide restrictions at the federal government level.

Ardern tells New Zealand border staff: get Covid vaccine now or be redeployed

Helen Livingstone - The Guardian
One place where vaccinations are definitely being made mandatory: if you work as border staff in New Zealand. Helen Livingstone reports for us :
Border workers have until the end of April to be vaccinated before being moved to lower risk roles, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said after a third worker from Auckland’s Grand Millenium managed isolation facility tested positive for Covid-19 .
“We want everyone to be vaccinated on our frontline,” she told TVNZ’s Breakfast on Monday.
“From Monday through until the end of April, that becomes the final window where if people are not vaccinated in that period of time then they are redeployed, they are moved on. And that was always the point we had to get to.”
“We believe we have a health and safety obligation to people who are at the frontline in managed isolation,” she said.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 12:54

Primark shoppers: 'I think it's about normality. And pants.'

Laurie Dyche - Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham
A long queue of shoppers has formed outside Primark in Nottingham early this morning, as non-essential shops reopened for the first time in months.
The queue from the shop on Long Row stretched to the Old Market Square.
Some shoppers have said they woke up at 5:00 to beat the crowds.

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One woman said: "I think it's about normality. And pants."
The city council has urged shoppers to keep themselves and others safe when they are out shopping.
Councillor Sam Webster, portfolio holder for finance, growth and the city centre, says it is "great news" more retail outlets could open.
However, he adds: "Social-distancing rules still apply and there will clearly be limits on the number of people who can enter premises at any one time. There will likely be queues outside some shops and we’ll need to be patient and sensible.”

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India now accounts for one in every six daily infections worldwide

A full opening of India’s economy after last year’s crippling lockdown, mass religious festivals and political rallies in states holding elections have worsened a second wave of infections, experts say.
In the northern city of Haridwar, nearly a million devotees thronged the banks of the Ganges, a river many Hindus consider holy, to join in the months-long ‘Kumbh Mela’ or pitcher festival, risking a surge in infections.

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Devotees take holy dips in the river Ganges. Photograph: Karma Sonam/AP


“The crowd here is surging … the police are continuously appealing to people to maintain social distancing,” police official Sanjay Gunjyal told Reuters at the site.
Few wore masks as they jostled for a dip in the waters on a day considered auspicious in the Hindu calendar.
Authorities have made virus tests mandatory for those entering the area, where officials said they were battling to hold back crowds.

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A woman prays after taking a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Elections are also due in four big states this month, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to travel to the eastern state of West Bengal to address rallies that will draw thousands.
“With 1.2 million active cases, and the daily number reaching 200,000, it’s bizarre to have poll rallies and a full Kumbh Mela,” political commentator Shekhar Gupta said in a Twitter post. “This will take the virus deeper into villages and small towns. This is the calamity we dodged with a crippling lockdown in the first wave. Now we’re inviting it back.”
A death toll of 904 overnight was the highest since 18 October, taking the total figure to 170,179, data showed.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 14:22

Bangladesh announces new lockdown from Wednesday

Bangladesh is to enter a strict eight-day lockdown from Wednesday, officials say, which will shutter all offices, and halt international and domestic transport.
Shops are also going to be closed, except those that sell food. Factories will be allowed to stay open, but only if companies can organise their own transport for workers.
The daily number of Covid cases in Bangladesh has increased seven-fold in the space of a month, while the daily number of deaths has doubled.
"There is no alternative now to this in order to curb the Covid-19 surge," Farhad Hossain, junior minister for public administration, said before the official government announcement.
The country, which has a population of 160 million, has recorded 684,756 cases and 9,739 deaths in total.

Chile's third wave

There has been a somewhat more cautious tone from Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the government, who raised concerns about the example of a third wave of infections in Chile, where a significant proportion of the population has been vaccinated.
Asked about the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, PA Media reports he told Sky News: “From the point of view of the population itself, we’re all dying to get out of lockdown. From the point of view of the epidemic, I think it’s all a little bit more worrying.”
He added: “Chile is a country where the rate of vaccination amongst the population was third highest in the world – they were ahead of us in terms of the number of people who have had the vaccine – and they’re suddenly now into a third wave.
“They now have 7,600 cases a day and the total number of people in Chile now who have Covid-19 is over a million .
“So what has happened in Chile is very, very surprising – a high percentage of people have been vaccinated, but here’s a variant of the disease coming through the country.”
He also told Sky News he supported a proposed traffic light system for foreign travel, adding: “So if we’re talking about travelling directly to a country with a very low rate of the disease, and if the proper precautions are taken in that you’re fully tested or fully vaccinated, then I think it is quite feasible to allow people to travel overseas.
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 19:12

Council investigates Coventry pub over queues

A pub in Coventry is under investigation by the local council after a long queue of people arrived for its opening at midnight when lockdown restrictions were eased.
Videos posted on social media showed more than 100 people lining the street outside the Oak Inn, near the city's university, after it advertised plans to open its large outdoor space with heaters, marquees and blankets.
A Coventry City Council spokeswoman confirms the pub is under investigation and says: "We would like to remind everyone about the importance of following the rules.
"This includes social distancing and staying two metres apart, wearing face coverings in public and washing hands regularly when visiting hospitality venues."
Darren Lee, manager of The Oak Inn, tells the BBC the pub was "absolutely mobbed."
"The customers supported us - they stood out there in the cold and they didn't complain," he says. "It was brilliant."
The pub has outdoor seating for 64 tables seating 260 people, he explains.
"We had about three and a half hundred through the whole night, but there was probably about another three or four hundred we had to disappoint because we couldn't get them in."

What's the latest in the UK?

Here's a look at what's been happening so far today:

  • For the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers are reopening in England
  • It comes as Northern Ireland's "stay-at-home" order is ending and some rules are also being relaxed in Scotland and Wales
  • Chilly temperatures have so far appeared to do little to dampen enthusiasm for outdoor pints or early-morning queuing for shops and salons
  • And there were queues as shoppers rushed back to the High Street on Monday
  • The government has announced a review covering David Cameron's efforts to lobby ministers on behalf of finance firm Greensill Capital - to increase the firm's access to a government-backed emergency loans scheme for firms hit by the Covid pandemic
  • And an update to England and Wales' contact tracing app, intended to coincide with the easing of restrictions, has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google
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Beer garden beach huts 'break Covid rules'


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A pub landlord has been told beach huts installed in his beer garden cannot be used by customers as they are deemed indoor facilities under Covid-19 rules.
Colin Curran, of the Farmer's Arms in Shadforth, County Durham, said he was told two sides would have to be taken off to make them compliant with the regulations.
Durham County Council said the huts did not meet "national criteria" as less than half their perimeter was open.
Mr Curran, who spent £15,000 on outdoor improvements to the pub, said a council officer visited the premises and said the huts could not be used as they had to be 50% uncovered.
The landlord said he believed that would make them unsafe, as the huts were right next to each other, so people could be less than two metres away from other groups.
He added that "common sense" had to be applied to government guidelines.

The new rules for going to the pub

Pubs in England can now serve alcohol outside but the rules have changed since they were last open.
You don't have to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks - so that solves the scotch egg situation. There's also no 10pm closing time. But there are still Covid measures in place:

  • Customers must order, eat and drink while seated at a table
  • You must follow either the rule of six , or be in a group of any size with no more than two households present


  • Every customer aged 16 and over will have to check in to NHS test and trace, or give contact details to staff
  • When not seated - for example being shown to a table, or going to the toilet - customers should wear face masks (unless exempt) and observe social distancing

Read our guide to brush up on your coronavirus pub etiquette before you get the drinks in.

Pub gets 5,000 bookings for outdoor seating

As many return to their local pub for the first time in months, one landlord says he's had 5,000 bookings for his outdoor seating area.
Scott Westlake, who runs the Myrtle Tavern in Leeds, says: "If the weather's good, I think most people are optimistic and excited.
"Atmosphere, ambience, seeing your mates, I think they (customers) are looking forward to that more than anything."
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China urging people to get vaccinated despite concerns

Kerry Allen - BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst
More than 167 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have now been delivered in China, making it the country with the second largest number of vaccinations in the world - behind the US on 187 million.
China's total would equate to about 12% of its population but last week the official People’s Daily signalled that the majority of vaccine recipients had also received second doses, and that statistically, the percentage of the population fully vaccinated was still in the single digits .
China says it needs 70-80% of its population vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity and has ambitious plans to vaccinate 40% of the population by the end of June.
But it is struggling to see uptake. On average, some three to four million vaccine doses are being administered per day, even though national newspaper Global Times says China has capability to administer 10 million shots daily .
This is partly due to China being slow to include the elderly in its vaccination programme. A significant proportion of China’s population are over 60, owing to decades of birth controls under the now-abolished one-child policy.
Over-60s have only just begun receiving vaccines, and there is still caution over widespread rollout due to there being insufficient data on how this demographic will respond in clinical trials .
But there are also more general, human nature concerns about vaccine safety. Last week, official broadcaster CCTV tried to dispel fears about getting vaccinated, noting there were concerns among the public over adverse reactions and the safety and efficacy of China’s vaccines .
It also noted there was a general resistance to getting vaccinated due to China having its Covid-19 situation largely under control and many not feeling it was "necessary" .

Covid 'a long way from over', says WHO chief

Confusion and complacency in addressing Covid-19 means it is "a long way" from over, says the head of the World Health Organization.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said on Monday, in comments reported by Reuters news agency, that the situation can be brought under control in months if proven public health measures are adopted.
"We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming," Tedros says. "But right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying – and it's totally avoidable.
"The Covid-19 pandemic is a long way from over. But we have many reasons for optimism. The decline in cases and deaths during the first two months of the year shows that this virus and its variants can be stopped."
He adds transmission is being driven by "confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures".
In some countries, restaurants and nightclubs are full, with few people taking precautions, he says.
"Some people appear to be taking the approach that if they're relatively young, it doesn't matter if they get Covid-19," Tedros says.
Maria van Kerkhove, WHO team leader on Covid-19, adds it is a "critical point in the pandemic", with the trajectory "growing for the seventh week in a row".
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France's number of Covid-19 patients in hospital at 2021 high

The number of patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units in France has increased by 78 to a new 2021 record of 5,916.
The French health ministry also reported 385 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals. There had been 176 on Sunday.
France has recorded 8,536 new cases, taking the total to 5,067,216.

Holiday home forced to close over lockdown stays


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A holiday home that hosted stays during lockdown has been forced to close and its owner and guests have been fined.
Castle House in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, has flouted Covid-19 laws by staying open since the start of January, police say.
Owner Scott Richardson was fined £7,000 and 62 visitors also were given fixed penalty notices.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court ordered Mr Richardson to close the let until 20 June.
Insp Dave Parker, from Derbyshire Police, says: "The nearly 100 complaints received by the force over a relatively short period of time shows just how disruptive, as well as dangerous, this holiday let has been."
Read more on this story here and the rules on holidays in the UK are here.
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What's been happening today?

Thanks for joining us today, on the day lockdown restrictions have eased further in England and Wales. Here are some of the main headlines of the day.

  • Pubs and restaurants have opened for the first time in months in England - albeit with only outdoor seating allowed. The cold weather, with some areas seeing snow, didn't stop customers returning to venues for their first pint or al-fresco lunch
  • Shops deemed non-essential have also opened their doors in England and Wales with queues forming for some stores
  • Hairdressers , barbers and beauticians have been able to treat customers for the first time since 6 January. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those taking the opportunity to get a much-needed trim
  • Gyms and indoor pools are now open again in England, as are libraries and zoos
  • All school and college students returned to face-to-face teaching in Wales
  • Driving lessons can restart in Wales too. Travel between England and Wales can also resume
  • Northern Ireland's stay-at-home order has been lifted after being in place for more than three months
  • People in NI now have to "stay local" and continue to work from home if possible. Ten people from two households can meet in private gardens and click-and-collect can resume for non-essential shops
  • All 350,000 pupils in NI returned to school after the Easter break
  • In Scotland, pupils at schools in six council areas went back to school but not everyone has returned because differing term times mean some schools are still closed for the Easter holidays


Police reminder to socially distance in queues

Queues formed outside shops across England on the first day they opened their doors in more than three months.
And Greater Manchester Police tweeted this tongue-in-cheek reminder to stick to social distancing rules.

Tweet Greater Manchester Police:

Queuing outside shops

We've received a number of reports of people reverting back to an old British pastime of queuing. This is mainly occurring outside shops in an eagerness to start shopping now that restrictions have been eased.


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Police step up patrols as lockdown restrictions ease

As we move into the evening on the first night that pubs have been open in England for months, police say they have extra patrols to make sure everyone sticks to coronavirus restrictions.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, the Met’s lead for Covid-19 response, says:“The Met is ready to welcome back people to the streets of London. We will be stepping up our patrols to busy high footfall areas, to look out for everyone’s safety and to disrupt any criminal activity.
She says the overwhelming majority of people will act responsibly but "where we need to take action against those who dangerously flout the rules we will do".
“Businesses have been hit hard by this pandemic but it is important everyone plays their part in driving down the infection rate further. "Our joint patrols with councils will continue and if we see unnecessary risks being taken, we will engage, explain the regulations and if needed take action.”
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Post by Kitkat Mon Apr 12 2021, 21:03

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South Africa cases prompt surge testing in London

Surge testing is being rolled out in parts of Wandsworth and Lambeth in South London, after cases of the South Africa variant were found.
All identified cases are isolating or have completed their isolation, and their contacts have been traced and asked to isolate.
Everyone aged 11 and over who lives or works in, or travels through the two London boroughs is being "strongly encouraged" to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.
People with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone so they can get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home.
Those without symptoms should visit their local authority website for more information.
NHS Test and Trace said it was the largest surge testing operation to date.

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Naomi Wright with dog, Otto Bear Wright, Val Pallister and Sam Jeffs enjoy a drink at Dexter and Jones gin bar in Knutsford, Cheshire

Thank you for joining us on what has been a busy and eventful day.
Shoppers have been out in force as High Street stores reopened in England and Wales. Pub gardens and marquees have been filled with friends and family raising a glass to their new-found freedom while snow fell and sun shined across a chilly England.
There have been haircuts, nail extensions, gym sessions, swims and car washes along with rollercoaster rides and trips to the zoo.

These updates were brought to you by Ashitha Nagesh, Ella Wills, Martha Buckley, James Clarke, Jennifer Meierhans and Lauren Turner.


Join us tomorrow for more coronavirus news, have a good evening.

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