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World Coronavirus: Morning update

10:31  26 january  2021
10:31  26 january  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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1. Hotel quarantine expected to be announced

Rules for people entering the UK could get tighter later - with the government expected to enforce hotel quarantine in England for some arrivals. Currently, people arriving in the UK must test negative before setting off, and then self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. This can be reduced to five days in England after a second negative test. But it's feared that not everyone follows the rules - so people could now be told to stay in hotels, where the isolation will be enforced. It's thought the rules will definitely apply to UK citizens and residents arriving from southern African, South America, and Portugal (foreign nationals are already banned from arriving from those "high risk" areas). The rules could also apply to other countries. And it's expected that people will have to pay their own way. Although each part of the UK sets its own travel rules, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a "four nations" approach is being discussed. Here's a glimpse from last year of hotel quarantine in Australia.

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2. UK unemployment up slightly

The UK's unemployment rate rose to 5% in the three months to November, up from 4.9%, as the pandemic continued to hit the jobs market. In November, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said unemployment could peak at 2.6 million by the middle of this year - that's 7.5% of the working population.

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3. EU to tighten vaccine exports

The EU has been criticised for a slow vaccine rollout - which is partly down to delays from manufacturers Pfizer and AstraZeneca (although the latter's jab hasn't actually been approved in the EU yet). Now the EU says vaccine makers must provide "early notification" when they want to export vaccines outside the bloc. This could mean more doses stay inside the EU. This tweet is from the EU's health commissioner.

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4. Third night of Dutch curfew riots

Riot police in the Netherlands have again clashed with people defying a curfew, following a weekend of unrest. More than 150 were arrested. In Rotterdam, police fired warning shots and tear gas, after an emergency order failed to move demonstrators.

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5. Hope and kindness at Covid-hit hospital

Despite Covid and the strains on the system, there is still kindness - and new life - in NHS hospitals. The BBC's Hugh Pym went to Kings Mill Hospital, part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, to meet the patients and staff.

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You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page. This page analyses UK data - including the recent fall in daily cases.

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday evening. We'll have another update for you in the morning.1. Infections rates remain 'alarmingly high'Prime Minister Boris Johnson says coronavirus infection rates remain "alarmingly high" in the UK, although there are "some signs of hope", with the number of Covid patients in hospital beginning to fall. Latest figures show some 32,000 Covid patients are currently in hospital and there have been another 19,202 cases in the past 24 hour-period - although the figure is below 20,000 for a third successive day.

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