Coronavirus live: UK reports 33,869 new situations as more than 100,000 Eng…




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UK reports 33,869 new situations and 166 further deaths

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Opposition leaders have challenged first minister Nicola Sturgeon on the “shambles” surrounding the set afloat of Scotland’s vaccine passports app, as she apologised for technical problems that meant many people over the weekend were unable to download their certification and led nightclubs and football clubs to denounce the scheme as unworkable.

Scottish Labour leader, Anas Sarwar, also pointed out the apparent inconsistency whereby thousands of visitors to the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow next month won’t be required to show a vaccine passport but will have to show proof of a negative lateral flow test. Sarwar told Sturgeon she was “making it up as you go along”.

Sturgeon also told MSPs it was “prudent” to keep in place the remaining mitigations such as confront coverings, especially as worsening weather meant that people would be meeting more indoors and using public transport instead of walking.

The rule that school children must use confront coverings in class is currently under review and parents will be informed “as soon as possible” if changes to the policy are to be made after the half-term break.

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Norway to offer booster Covid jab to over-65s

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England: more than 100,000 children off school with Covid

More than 100,000 children in England are off school with confirmed situations of Covid, according to the fortnightly Department for Education figures just published.

The proportion of children at school has fallen below 90% – worse than this time a year ago – and the number off school for Covid-related reasons is up by 66% – 204,000 off in total for Covid, compared with 122,000 two weeks ago when the last stats came out.

In total 186,000 are off with suspected or confirmed Covid situations.

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Boris Johnson on Covid: ‘We can stick to plan A and get back to offices’

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Portugal to give booster jabs to everyone over 65

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