Lockdowns will be 'absolute last resort' but contingency plans ARE in place amid fears of fresh Covid wave

LOCKDOWN could return this winter if there's a fresh Covid wave but will only be reimposed as an "absolutely last resort". Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that "contingency plans" are in place to bring back restrictions if necessary. He said it would be "foolhardy to rule out anything" given previous experiences of how quickly the virus can spread. But he

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This home could be yours for just £45k – but it will take a lot of work to transform this funeral parlour

HOUSE-HUNTERS looking for a dead set bargain can snap up an FUNERAL PARLOUR – for just £45,000. But it's a big undertaking for any DIY enthusiast as the property has fallen into a state of disrepair – filled with rubbish and missing even the basics. Estate agents even say it is just too dangerous to look around inside because of

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New top marks could be brought in for A-Levels and GCSEs to tackle lockdown grade inflation, minister hints

NEW top marks could be introduced for A-Levels and GCSEs to tackle rampant grade inflation during lockdown, a minister hinted today. Education chiefs are looking at the radical reform after the number of kids getting the highest marks spiralled under teacher assessment. There are fears the huge growth in the number of top grades risks devaluing qualifications in the eyes

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Afghanistan: No child will be taken out of Kabul on their own, defence secretary says, following reports of women throwing babies over razor wire

No child will be taken out of Afghanistan on their own, the defence secretary has said, following eyewitness reports of desperate women throwing babies over razor wire at a compound and asking British soldiers to take them. Ben Wallace told Kay Burley that when evacuating refugees from Kabul, the UK government “cannot just take a minor on their own” and

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All over-12’s may be offered Covid jabs if more kids are hospitalised with virus, Dr Hillary says

IF MORE children are hospitalised with Covid, all over 12-year-olds might be offered a vaccine, Dr Hilary Jones has said. Currently only 16 and 17 year olds, and at-risk over 12’s, can get a Covid vaccine. But if the situation worsens, Dr Hilary believes the Government’s expert panel for jabs (JCVI) may need to reassess their decision. They would be

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Hannah Betts: Your guide to being a (menopausal) sleeping beauty

Hannah Betts’s Better…not younger: Your guide to being a (menopausal) sleeping beauty Hannah Betts shares advice for overcoming sleepless nights in midlife UK-based beauty columnist reveals a selection of her morning-after must haves Also picks Kiko Smart Nail Lacquer as this week’s cosmetic craving The beauty world is still reeling from last week’s revelation that post-menopausal women on hormone replacement therapy

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‘This will be for all of us’: Sailing gold medallist Mat Belcher to carry flag

Sailing gold medallist Mat Belcher will carry the Australian flag at Sunday’s Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony, the Australian Olympic Committee has announced. Belcher won gold in the 470 class alongside Will Ryan in Tokyo. He will lead about 70 Australian athletes into Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium with many already home completing hotel quarantine due to COVID-19 restrictions. The news was announced

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Who will be the new Jeopardy! host? Mike Richards is right choice for job over Aaron Rodgers, LeVar Burton, others

Who is replacing the late, great Alex Trebek as the new permanent host of “Jeopardy!”? The answer is about to be Mike Richards. Variety reported on Wednesday night that Richards, the game show’s current executive producer, is in “advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Television” to get the full-time job. After a run of 16 guest hosts for Season 37, which started with former legendary

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