Coronavirus UK news latest – Nightingale hospitals to reopen as illegal Tier 4 New Year parties shut down by police

BRITS defied lockdown rules to see in the New Year – despite three quarters of England living in Tier 4 restrictions amid rising infections.

However, cops were out in force to move them along and keep the streets empty – with fines of up to £10,000 threatened for those who break the rules.

Yesterday, England's busiest hospital, the Royal London in Whitechapel, said it had gone into "disaster mode" and said it was no longer able to offer "a high standard of care".

Meanwhile, the reopening of secondary schools in England has been delayed until later in January, and in some of the areas hardest hit by Covid-19, primary school pupils will also not return as planned next week.

Universities are being asked to reduce the number of students returning to campus from the beginning of next month, and those who do return should be offered two rapid coronavirus tests.

It came after a further 981 people died of coronavirus on New Year's Eve with a further 50,023 new infections confirmed.

Follow the very latest news, updates and analysis of the coronavirus crisis in our live blog below.

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS TIER 5 AND WHAT COULD THE RULES BE?

    JUST under half the population are in the toughest tier restriction – in order to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    However, with the daily infection rate continuing to climb, many are now speculating if a Tier 5 is on the horizon – but what rules would be in place for this level?

    Read more here.

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    NORWAY LIFTS BAN ON FLIGHTS FROM UK

    Norway will lift the ban it imposed on flights from the UK from January 2.

    The ban was introduced on December 21, as a way to start the spread of the new Covid variant.

    But anyone arriving in the Scandinavian country will have to take a mandatory coronavirus test either immediately on arrival or up to 24 hours after.

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    CHART: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

     

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    TURKEY CONFIRMS ANOTHER 212 COVID DEATHS

    Turkey's coronavirus death toll rose by 212 in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Friday, as a four-day curfew began to curb the pandemic that has killed a total of 21,093 in the country.

    The number of new Covid-19 cases stood at 12,203 over the same period, including 1,908 patients, bringing Turkey's total cases to 2,220,855 since the outbreak struck early last year.

    The current lockdown will lift at 5am local time on January 4, though Ankara has also imposed weekday curfews.

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    LAMPARD INSISTS SAFETY MUST BE PARAMOUNT DURING PANDEMIC

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists safety must take priority after his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard highlighted the role of football in providing people with a distraction during the coronavirus crisis.

    Rangers manager Gerrard said he was not aware of "evidence or data to suggest there is a guarantee of improvement" if a 'circuit-breaker' was used to help combat the escalation in Covid-19 cases, adding that the sport gives people "a release" and "something to watch".

    Two members of Chelsea's non-playing staff have returned positive results from the latest round of testing and when asked about Gerrard's view, Lampard stressed the importance of protecting people from harm.

    "I'm not sure on that one," Lampard said. "I understand it. If you do love football you love watching the amount of games you get to watch at home. But safety has to be paramount."

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    NIGHTINGALE HOSPITALS REACTIVATED

    Health officials have reactivated emergency hospitals that were built at the start of the pandemic to handle a surge in Covid-19 cases that is putting existing wards under extreme pressure, particularly in London.

    The UK has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of the virus for the past four days, driven in part by a new variant that is much more infectious, and a rise in the number of people who are dying each day.

    Medics have warned they are struggling to cope, especially when so many colleagues are off sick or having to self isolate, and paramedics and nurses have had to treat patients in ambulances because of a shortage of available beds.

    The hospital, based in the Excel Exhibition Centre in London's Docklands and named after Victorian nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, will be staffed by London medics with additional support from the military and partners in the voluntary sector if needed, the spokeswoman said.

    The Nightingale hospitals are temporary sites built with the help of the military in a matter of days in March and April when hospitals first struggled to cope with the influx of Covid-19 patients.

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    UK COVID CASES RISE 34% IN A WEEK

    The number of daily UK coronavirus cases is today up 34 per cent on last week's figure as 53,285 more infections were recorded.

    Another 613 more people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in Britain to 74,125.

    Last Friday, 39,877 new Covid cases were recorded, along with 585 deaths.

    Today's rise in cases is only slightly smaller than it was yesterday, when a record high of 55,892 infections were logged.

    The increase in deaths recorded today is also smaller than it was yesterday, when 964 fatalities were reported in 24 hours.

    Read more here.

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    GERRARD UNCONVINCED A COVID-19 'CIRCUIT-BREAKER' WOULD HELP FOOTBALL

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists there is no evidence a two-week "circuit-breaker" will solve British football's Covid-19 woes.

    West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has led the calls for a temporary shut down in England after the Premier League returned its highest number of positive coronavirus tests this season.

    The Ibrox boss said: "You leave those decisions to the powers that be but my own opinion is that if there's going to be a significant improvement and everything is going to be perfectly fine to crack on as normal after that two or three-week circuit break, then I'd obviously be for it.

    "But I don't think there's any evidence or data to suggest there's a guarantee of improvement after a circuit break."

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    GIRL GLASSED & TWO TEENS STABBED AT ILLEGAL NYE PARTY

    A 17-year-old girl was glassed and two teen boys aged 18 and 19 stabbed just minutes into the New Year in North London after an illegal party.

    Emergency crews rushed to the scene to find the teen girl with a head injury while the two men were found with stab injuries at 12.32am.

    Met Police said the attacks were believed to be linked to a "large number" of people gathered in Connaught Street that was dispersed by police.

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and taken into custody.

    One woman has since been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and taken to a police station.

    Read more here.

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    SENIOR MEDIC WARNS OF BURNOUT FEARS FOR NHS STAFF AT COVID 'BATTLE STATIONS'

    Emergency healthcare staff at "battle stations" amid the rising number of coronavirus patients are at risk of burnout, a senior medic has warned.

    Adrian Boyle, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, told BBC Breakfast on Friday that people were "tired, frustrated and fed-up".

    He said there was a real worry about staff burnout and added: "What is it going to be like over the next couple of months? I don't know, I am worried.

    "We are very much at battle stations.

    "There will be short-term surges of morale but people are tired, frustrated and fed-up, as everybody is, whether they work in hospital or not.

    "The people who go into emergency medicine expect it to be tough from time to time.

    "There is a real worry about burnout."

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    SIR TOM JONES GETS COVID VACCINE

    Sir Tom Jones has revealed he has had the coronavirus vaccine – and said it is a perk of being 80.

    The veteran star told presenter Jools Holland it was like getting the flu jab.

    After performing on Jools' Annual Hootenanny broadcast on New Year's Eve, Sir Tom said: "I've had my jab already.

    "That's one good thing about being 80, you're first in line for the jab.

    "It was fine, it was like getting the flu jab."

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    NORWAY LIFTS BAN ON FLIGHTS FROM UK

    Norway will lift the ban it imposed on flights from the UK from January 2.

    The ban was introduced on December 21, as a way to start the spread of the new Covid variant.

    But anyone arriving in the Scandinavian country will have to take a mandatory coronavirus test either immediately on arrival or up to 24 hours after.

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    NHS UNDER 'INTENSE PRESSURE' DUE TO COVID

    The Royal College of Nursing's England director Mike Adams said the NHS was under "intense pressure" due to the rising number of coronavirus patients.

    He also told Sky News that it was "infuriating" to see people not following the guidance or not wearing masks.

    He added: "It is actually not that difficult to wear a mask, if you are healthy it doesn't do you any harm to wear a mask – it's slightly inconvenient.

    "The result of people not following the simple guidelines is that more people will get the virus.

    "The virus is rapidly moving through the population again, we have seen the figures, we have seen that the death rate is now up to 1,000 people a day losing their lives because of this virus and all the nursing professionals, the healthcare professionals, are asking people to do is keep their distance, wear a mask and that will help stop the spread of this disease."

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    YEAR OF GRIM RECORDS FOR ECONOMY, BUT VACCINE GIVES HOPE FOR 2021

    It has been a year of grim records for Britain's economy as it hurtles towards its biggest annual fall in output for more than 300 years due to the havoc wrought by Covid-19.

    The UK endured its steepest recession on record, interest rates were slashed to the lowest level in history, and borrowing hit a peacetime high amid the fallout from the pandemic.

    Already weighed down by no-deal Brexit fears and a year-end election, the economy entered 2020 on the back foot just as it was about to be hammered by the health crisis.

    UK output rose by 1.4% in 2019, which was one of the slowest rates of growth since the financial crisis gripped the global economy in 2008 and 2009.

    But last year's woes pale in comparison with the year endured by Britain's economy in 2020.

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    ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY SEES 'REASONS TO BE HOPEFUL' FOR 2021 IN PANDEMIC

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he saw "reasons to be hopeful for the year ahead" despite the grief of the pandemic in his New Year's message.

    The Most Reverend Justin Welby reflected on his experience volunteering as an assistant chaplain at St Thomas' hospital.

    Mr Welby said while 2020 had seen "tremendous pain and sadness", he said there was hope in how people had cared for each other, from giving comfort in hospitals to wearing masks.

    In his message, which will be broadcast on BBC One at 12.35pm on January 1, he said: "This chapel is at the heart of Guys and St Thomas' in central London – one of Britain's largest and busiest hospitals.

    "Like health workers across the country, the staff here have been on the front line of the coronavirus crisis and have responded with incredible bravery, skill and care."

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    SURPRISE LONDON FIREWORKS PAY TRIBUTE TO NHS AND CAPTAIN TOM MOORE

    London has welcomed the dawn of 2021 – or perhaps the end of 2020 – with a dazzling light and fireworks show on the Thames, including tributes to the NHS and notable figures from the year of Covid-19.

    Amid the fireworks, several light projections filled the sky over the O2 Arena for the televised display, one of which showed the NHS logo in a heart while a child's voice said "Thank you NHS heroes".

    An image was also projected of the familiar figure of one of the heroes of 2020, Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised £33 million by walking in his backyard.

    There was also a humorous nod to one of the peculiarities of the past year – working from home – with a mute symbol backed by a voiceover saying "You're on mute".

    As coloured lights shone at various points up the Thames, leading to more fireworks above Wembley Stadium, the Black Lives Matter movement was also recognised, before a closing call via the voice of Sir David Attenborough for all people to work in 2021 to help our "fragile" planet.

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Here's to 2021…

    To all readers of the Sun- stay safe and be kind to one another!

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    FRANCE VACCINATION CENTRES TO OPEN IN MAJOR CITIES BEFORE FEBRUARY

    Health Minister says Olivier Veran said on Thursday France would open COVID-19 vaccination centres in cities before the start of February, amid growing criticism that the programme is rolling out too slowly.

    Veran said on Twitter the government had decided to "speed up protection of priority public", meaning medical workers aged over 50 would get a vaccine from Monday.

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    UK's BUSIEST HOSPITAL DECLARES IT IS IN 'DISASTER MODE'

    The UK's busiest hospital has declared it is in Covid "disaster mode" after a tsunami of cases has left only one nurse for every three intensive care patients.

    A leaked memo from management at the Royal London Hospital said it was struggling to cope with the huge spike in coronavirus cases.

    Read more here.

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    BRAZIL DETECTS TWO CASES OF COVID VARIANT FROM EUROPE

    A Brazilian lab said on Thursday it has detected two cases of the new coronavirus variant that has spread rapidly in Britain, and urged reinforcement of quarantine measures for travelers coming from Europe.

    Diagnostic medicine company Dasa said in a statement that it had detected the SARS-CoV-2 strain B.1.1.7 through genetic sequencing done in partnership with Sao Paulo University's Tropical Medicine Institute.

    "Sequencing confirmed that the new strain of the virus has arrived in Brazil," said researcher Ester Sabino at the Tropical Medicine Institute.

    The new variant has rapidly become the dominant strain in cases of COVID-19 in parts of southern England, and has been linked to an increase in hospitalization rates. Australia, Italy and the Netherlands say they detected cases of the new strain.

    Scientists say that, while it is not more lethal than the original strain, it is significantly more transmissible.

    "Given its high transmission power, this result reinforces the importance of quarantine, and of maintaining isolation for 10 days, especially for those who are coming or just arrived from Europe," Sabino said.

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    CHINA APPROVES FIRST HOME-GROWN COVID-19 VACCINE FOR GENERAL USE

    China has approved its first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine for general use, marking the addition of another vaccine as the virus surges back around the world.

    The two-dose vaccine from state-owned Sinopharm is the first approved in China. The go-ahead comes shortly after the country launched a program to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February.

    It also comes one day after British regulators authorized AstraZenecas inexpensive and easy-to-handle vaccine.

    Sinopharm says preliminary data from last-stage trials had shown the vaccine to be 79.3% effective. Experts say data such as the size of the control group and how many were vaccinated is missing.

    Sinopharm is one of at least five Chinese developers in a global race to create vaccines for the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.8 million people worldwide. China has reported 4,782 deaths.

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    WATCH: UK EXPERIENCES HIGHEST EVER DAILY CASES

    UK Covid cases in highest day EVER with 55,892 infections and 964 more deaths

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