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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening.
1. PM to visit Scotland despite Sturgeon warning
Prime Ministerlater, when he's expected to thank staff responding to the pandemic and emphasise the strength of the UK working together to deal with Covid-19. But it's sparked a political row, with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying she's "not ecstatic" about the visit and questioning whether it's "essential", as required by Covid travel rules.
2. EU and AstraZeneca seek to end vaccine row
The EU and Covid vaccine maker AstraZeneca are vowing tothat have seen Brussels demand the company divert stocks from the UK. After "constructive" talks, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides says the EU will "work with the company to find solutions", while AstraZeneca is committing to "even closer co-ordination". UK PM Boris Johnson says he's "confident of our supplies".
Coronavirus: Morning update
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Friday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening. 1. Ministers to consider £500 Covid paymentMinisters wrestling with how to ensure people with coronavirus obey laws to self-isolate are to consider paying £500 to anyone who tests positive. It's among options drawn up for England by the Department of Health to encourage people to stay at home, amid fears the current support leaves some unable to afford the time away from work. However, Treasury sources say funding a universal payment to the tune of £453m a week is unlikely.
3. Study suggests slight fall in England infections
Scientists behind a study tracking coronavirus in England say there are signs of a "shallow decline" in infection levels but they remain high. An estimated 1.57% of people had the virus between 6 and 22 January -, according to Imperial College London research based on the swab tests of 168,000 participants.
4. 'They told my kids I wasn't going to make it'
London taxi driver Ali Sakallioglu spent 222 days in hospital with Covid in 2020, including three months in a coma. Now he's back home but says the lasting effects, dubbed "long Covid", have left him unable to walk up stairs, dress himself or cook.
The US is seeing the consequences of the coronavirus' relatively unchecked spread. 3 people who supported that strategy now say they never did.
The US's horrifying winter coronavirus surge offers a peek at the consequences of a no-lockdown, mass-infection approach. Some public figures - including Elon Musk and Scott Atlas - have advocated for protecting vulnerable people while encouraging everyone else to resume life as normal. Now they're either silent, deny they ever supported a "herd immunity" strategy, or claim the US is still in lockdown. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Earlier in the pandemic, a handful of public figures and government officials pushed an approach that became known as "herd immunity.
5. How singing lessons can help with 'long Covid'
People still suffering breathlessness, months after being treated for Covid-19, are finding help from an unusual source. As our video explains, a joint venture between the English National Opera and Imperial College London is using music and singing to help people rediscover better breathing patterns and inhale more deeply - with impressive results.
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Coronavirus: Evening update .
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.