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Covid: England rule changes at-a-glance and search begins for absent pupils

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday evening. We'll have another update for you on Thursday morning. 1. Most Covid rules scrapped in England England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thurs..

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In the name of God go, David Davis tells Boris Johnson

This video can not be played To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.Former cabinet minister David Davis has joined calls for Boris Johnson to stand down, telling the prime minister: "In the name of God, go." He said the PM h..

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Lead or step aside, senior Tory Tobias Ellwood tells Boris Johnson

UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor via ReutersBoris Johnson must "lead or step aside", senior Tory and former minister Tobias Ellwood has told the BBC. Mr Ellwood, who chairs the defence select committee, said "we need leadership" following reports of part..

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Downing Street party: Minister who lost babies in pandemic criticises Boris Johnson

This video can not be played To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.A minister whose baby twins died during the pandemic says Boris Johnson "needs to change his ways", following a string of revelations about drinks parties a..

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Heathrow Airport suffers 600,000 cancellations in December

ReutersAt least 600,000 passengers scrapped plans to fly from Heathrow Airport last month as the Omicron coronavirus strain sparked tougher travel restrictions. Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said it underlined the crisis in the industry and the unc..

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Restrictions on outdoor events likely to be lifted

Getty ImagesThe lifting of restrictions on large outdoor events in Scotland is expected to be announced this afternoon. The move would allow football fans to return to stadiums when the Scottish Premiership's winter break ends next week. It will..

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100 invited to Downing Street garden lockdown drinks

Getty ImagesAs many as 100 people were invited to a "bring-your-own-booze" drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown, it is understood. Witnesses have told the BBC the PM and his wife were among about 30 people who attended ..

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Covid in Wales: Those calling for restriction ease are ‘wrong’ – FM

Getty ImagesThose calling for Covid restrictions to be eased are "factually wrong," Mark Drakeford has insisted. The first minister warned "the storm of Omicron" had arrived in Wales as positivity rates hit "astronomically high" levels. On Friday, he..

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Russian submarine hit Royal Navy warship sonar in North Atlantic

Getty ImagesA Russian submarine collided with a Royal Navy warship's sonar on patrol in the North Atlantic, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. HMS Northumberland had been tracking the submarine when it hit the ship's sonar equipment bei..

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Covid: Classroom masks in England for no longer than necessary, Nadhim Zahawi says

This video can not be played To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.Secondary students in England will wear masks in classrooms "not for a day longer than necessary", Nadhim Zahawi has said. The education secretary defended ..

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Covid: Lincolnshire hospitals declare ‘critical incident’ over staff shortages

Local Democracy Reporting ServiceA critical incident has been declared at four Lincolnshire hospitals because of staff shortages due to Covid-19. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was taking "additional steps to maintain services" at al..

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Virginia Giuffre: Prince Andrew accuser’s deal with Jeffrey Epstein to be released

Virginia RobertsAn agreement between Virginia Giuffre and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which could be key to a civil case involving the Duke of York, is to be made public for the first time later. The 2009 settlement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre i..

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