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Nationwide temporary easing of coronavirus restrictions expected for Christmas

Nationwide temporary easing of coronavirus restrictions expected for Christmas

Nationwide temporary easing of coronavirus restrictions expected for Christmas

Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Vaughan Gething have said they are working on easing the rules to allow families to meet over the festive period.

Key points from Boris Johnson’s coronavirus winter plan

Key points from Boris Johnson’s coronavirus winter plan

Key points from Boris Johnson’s coronavirus winter plan

Here’s what the new restrictions mean for gyms, shops, weddings and live sport.

Concerns over pupils being repeatedly sent home for Covid-related reasons

Concerns over pupils being repeatedly sent home for Covid-related reasons

Concerns over pupils being repeatedly sent home for Covid-related reasons

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson acknowledged ‘some inconsistencies’ exist in how schools approach the issue.

‘Have you pressed the button?’ – audio of PM lost in virtual Commons statement

‘Have you pressed the button?’ – audio of PM lost in virtual Commons statement

‘Have you pressed the button?’ – audio of PM lost in virtual Commons statement

Health Secretary Matt Hancock had to fill in after contact between the Commons and Downing Street failed

Trial to ‘test close contacts every day for a week’

Trial to ‘test close contacts every day for a week’

Trial to ‘test close contacts every day for a week’

If the pilot is successful then it could see an end to the concept of automatic self-isolation.

Husband’s fight over care home visits could affect thousands, judge told

Husband’s fight over care home visits could affect thousands, judge told

Husband’s fight over care home visits could affect thousands, judge told

John Davies says his wife Michelle should not be subject to a blanket visiting policy.

Pioneering Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes dies, aged 90

Pioneering Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes dies, aged 90

Pioneering Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes dies, aged 90

The climber created new routes along Glencoe, is credited with developing modern mountain rescue and featured in a film of his life last year.

Santa Claus decorates Stirling safari park Christmas tree with help of a crane

Santa Claus decorates Stirling safari park Christmas tree with help of a crane

Santa Claus decorates Stirling safari park Christmas tree with help of a crane

One of the largest Christmas trees in Scotland has been decorated ahead of the festive season.

Target Covid spending waste not public sector pay, Dodds urges Chancellor

Target Covid spending waste not public sector pay, Dodds urges Chancellor

Target Covid spending waste not public sector pay, Dodds urges Chancellor

Rishi Sunak is due to announce the details of his spending review on Wednesday amid suggestions he could freeze public sector wages.

Johnson sets out details of tougher tiers to replace England’s lockdown

Johnson sets out details of tougher tiers to replace England’s lockdown

Johnson sets out details of tougher tiers to replace England’s lockdown

Boris Johnson’s new plan came as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine showed promising results.

Latest weekly Covid-19 rates for local authority areas in Wales

Latest weekly Covid-19 rates for local authority areas in Wales

Latest weekly Covid-19 rates for local authority areas in Wales

Rates have risen in 14 of the 22 local authority areas.

Johnson voices opposition to pay rise for MPs

Johnson voices opposition to pay rise for MPs

Johnson voices opposition to pay rise for MPs

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman says he does not believe the increase should go ahead ‘in the current circumstances’.

Outline of a Brexit deal can be done this week, Irish premier says

Outline of a Brexit deal can be done this week, Irish premier says

Outline of a Brexit deal can be done this week, Irish premier says

Micheal Martin talked up the prospect of securing a deal after a positive briefing from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

UK to receive 19 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine ‘by end of the year’

UK to receive 19 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine ‘by end of the year’

UK to receive 19 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine ‘by end of the year’

Tom Keith-Roach, president of AstraZeneca UK, said he was ‘thrilled beyond words’ by the new vaccine trial data.

How does the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine compare with others?

How does the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine compare with others?

How does the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine compare with others?

The vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford is up to 90% effective in preventing coronavirus, according to early data.

William to British vaccine scientists: ‘I’m so thrilled that you’ve cracked it’

William to British vaccine scientists: ‘I’m so thrilled that you’ve cracked it’

William to British vaccine scientists: ‘I’m so thrilled that you’ve cracked it’

The Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine is up to 90% effective and may be able to prevent onward transmission of coronavirus.

Wales may adopt tighter restrictions in ‘common approach’ with other UK nations

Wales may adopt tighter restrictions in ‘common approach’ with other UK nations

Wales may adopt tighter restrictions in ‘common approach’ with other UK nations

Vaughan Gething said the measures would be considered as England comes to the end of its four-week lockdown.

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