- A campaign is being launched to encourage younger people to get the Covid vaccine when their turn comes
- It comes as figures showed more than half of the UK's population have now received their first vaccine dose
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a "brilliant milestone" but warned "the battle is not yet over"
- India has set another world record for the number of new coronavirus infections for a fourth day running
- There were a further 349,691 cases in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, with another 2,767 lives lost
- At least 23 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad
- Dozens of others were injured in the blaze, which erupted at the Ibn Khatib hospital on Saturday night
- Some 8,000 spectators will attend the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham as part of the official test programme
- A man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of assault after allegedly infecting 22 people with Covid
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Here are the main stories this morning:
- A new campaign is being launched in the UK to encourage younger people to get the vaccine when their turn comes. The Department of Health has released a series of photos documenting the NHS's largest-ever vaccination programme alongside the campaign urging under-50s to get the jab
- For a fourth day in a row, India has registered a world record rise in new infections, with just under 350,000 new daily cases. The number of deaths rose by 2,767
- A fire at a coronavirus intensive care ward in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 23 people. The fire is thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen tank
- Around 33.5 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a vaccine, meaning half the entire UK population, estimated at 66.7 million, has now received a first dose
- Everyone in Scotland will be able to access rapid coronavirus testing, even if they have no symptoms, from Monday. Free lateral flow home test kits will be available for people to test themselves twice a week
- 8,000 spectators will be at Wembley this afternoon for the League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham - the biggest attendance at an outdoor sports event in the UK since the first lockdown in March last year
- India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all citizens to take Covid-19 vaccines and exercise caution, saying a “storm” of infections had shaken the country.
- The US has said it is in talks to “rapidly deploy” aid to beleaguered healthcare workers in India and that it is gravely concerned about the situation there. Meanwhile, Delhi has extended its lockdown by a week.
- The Met police said eight of its officers were injured as anti-lockdown protests in central London England turned violent . The force said five people were arrested for offences including assault on police and remain in custody.
- The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the 1bn mark on Saturday.
- At least 27 people were killed and 46 injured in a fire on Saturday at a hospital in south-eastern Baghdad that had been equipped to house Covid-19 patients, medical sources at three nearby hospitals told Reuters. The fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital occurred after an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode, the sources said.
- Thailand has announced its highest number of coronavirus deaths, for the second consecutive day. It reported 2,438 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 55,460 and fatalities to 140 since the pandemic started last year.
Covid patients caught in deadly Baghdad fireIraq’s prime minister has dismissed key hospital officials on Sunday hours after a fire broke out in an intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Baghdad, causing deaths and injuries, AP reports.
AFP said at least 23 people died and Reuters put the figure at least 27 after the blaze, believed to be caused by an oxygen cylinder exploding. More than 200 people were rescued, according to the health ministry.
The fire was put out in the early hours of the morning.
AFP reported that the government’s human rights commission has called on the prime minister to fire Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi and “bring him to justice”. It said the incident was “a crime against patients exhausted by Covid-19 who put their lives in the hands of the health ministry and its institutions and instead of being treated, perished in flames”.In response to the fire, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi fired the director-general of the Baghdad Health Department in the al-Rusafa area, where the hospital is located. He also fired the director of Ibh al-Khatib Hospital and its director of engineering and maintenance, according to a statement from the Health Ministry and his office.
After the fire first broke out, al-Khadhimi held an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the Baghdad Operations Command, which coordinates Iraqi security forces, according to a statement on his Twitter account.
In the meeting he said the incident amounted to negligence.
“Negligence in such matters is not a mistake, but a crime for which all negligent parties must bear responsibility,” he said. He gave Iraqi authorities 24 hours to present the results of an investigation.
UN envoy to Iraq Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert expressed “shock and pain” over the incident in a statement and called for stronger protection measures in hospitals.
Al-Khademi has declared three days of national mourning.