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Doorstep campaigning not allowed under Covid rules – minister

Doorstep campaigning not allowed under Covid rules – minister

Elections are due to be held on May 6.

What the papers say – January 23

What the papers say – January 23

Concerns over the new coronavirus variant lead many of Saturday’s papers.

Scientists warn against lifting lockdown amid ‘more deadly’ mutant Covid strain

Scientists warn against lifting lockdown amid ‘more deadly’ mutant Covid strain

Boris Johnson disclosed that the new mutant strain of the virus may be more deadly than the original.

Snow and ice warning for weekend, but risk of further flooding next week

Snow and ice warning for weekend, but risk of further flooding next week

Residents in some areas along parts of the River Severn have been advised there could be flooding into Saturday.

Big Heathrow crowds ‘incredibly worrying’, says Labour

Big Heathrow crowds ‘incredibly worrying’, says Labour

Images of big queues with minimal social distancing have been circulating on social media.

Tributes paid to ‘committed police officer’ who died with Covid-19

Tributes paid to ‘committed police officer’ who died with Covid-19

Police Constable Abbasuddin Ahmed tested positive for the virus in December and died on Thursday.

Scientists fear south east Covid variant may be more deadly than original

Scientists fear south east Covid variant may be more deadly than original

Studies have examined figures to see if there is an increased risk of death.

Ireland and UK holding talks on ‘two-island’ mandatory quarantining solution

Ireland and UK holding talks on ‘two-island’ mandatory quarantining solution

Ireland’s health minister Stephen Donnelly and UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock have had discussions about the matter.

Funeral organisers hit with £10,000 fines after 150 mourners attend

Funeral organisers hit with £10,000 fines after 150 mourners attend

Bedfordshire Police fined the organiser and director of a funeral which took place in Arlesey on Thursday.

Whitty defends strategy of delaying second vaccine jab

Whitty defends strategy of delaying second vaccine jab

The chief medical officer said it was more beneficial to maximise the level of protection among the population.

Mutant Covid strain may be more deadly than the original, scientists warn

Mutant Covid strain may be more deadly than the original, scientists warn

The chief medical officer says the situation across the UK is ‘extremely precarious’ with deaths expected to go on rising.

Johnson signals cautious approach to easing lockdown

Johnson signals cautious approach to easing lockdown

Some Tory MPs are eager for him to release the restrictions as soon as the most vulnerable groups receive some immunity from vaccination.

Matt Hancock warns of evidence South African variant could cut vaccine efficacy

Matt Hancock warns of evidence South African variant could cut vaccine efficacy

Chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance has said there is a cause for concern.

Singer Lisa Maffia acquitted of assaulting hairdresser

Singer Lisa Maffia acquitted of assaulting hairdresser

Magistrates dismissed claims that the 41-year-old scratched the hairdresser’s arms during a fracas.

Detectives search for wedding planners after ‘150 breach Covid rules’

Detectives search for wedding planners after ‘150 breach Covid rules’

The event held at a school in north London has been condemned by Jewish leaders.

Crash victims’ families call for 737 Max to stay grounded in Europe

Crash victims’ families call for 737 Max to stay grounded in Europe

Plans to allow the plane to return to service were described as ‘deeply worrying’.

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

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

Knowsley, Slough and Sandwell continue to record the highest rates.

Plan to build hundreds more cells in women’s prisons

Plan to build hundreds more cells in women’s prisons

The Ministry of Justice made the announced on Saturday.

Men played distinct roles in people-smuggling plot

Men played distinct roles in people-smuggling plot

Thirty-nine migrants died in an air-tight trailer.

Evidence UK variant of Covid-19 associated with higher mortality

Evidence UK variant of Covid-19 associated with higher mortality

The Prime Minister announced the news at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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