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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”.