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Ban on social gatherings of more than six people vital to protect life – Hancock

New rules banning social gatherings of more than six people are “absolutely vital to protect life”, the Health Secretary has said.

The change in the law in England will come into force on Monday as the Government seeks to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the change in the law after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.

The legal limit on social gatherings will be reduced from 30 people to six.

It will apply to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes, as well as parks, pubs and restaurants.

Covid vaccine trial paused after side effect reported in UK patient

Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold owing to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.T

AstraZeneca issued a statement on Tuesday night saying the late-stage studies of the vaccine had been paused while the company investigates whether the patient’s reported side effect is connected with the vaccine.

AstraZeneca did not reveal any information about the patient’s condition other than to describe it as “a potentially unexplained illness”.

Hospitality venues are being restricted to take away only in Bolton as part of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the town, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “It’s only fair that I signal now that, while final decisions have not yet been taken, when we do our latest three-weekly review on Thursday we may well not be able to go ahead with any further easing of restrictions.”

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Asked if Lewis Capaldi or Andy Robertson might not be a better messenger for the TV and radio public health ads, FM says: "Maybe Andy Robertson after a Scotland win last night? We think about this all the time."

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: On the subject of anti-lockdown protest marches, First Minister says the right to protest is fundamental to democracy, but adds: "This pandemic is not made up."

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Return of students to universities likely to have the "biggest impact" on transmission in the coming months, the First Minister said.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Increase in hospitalisations may take a month after initial spike in cases, says Prof Jason Leitch. "That's why we're so worried when we see numbers rise even in youngsters," he adds.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: 'The number of tests carried out yesterday is just under 20,000', says First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “We have to keep the whole country under review,” says First Minister.

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