The Prime Minister (pictured on Wednesday in Wales) is facing a growing backlash from business chiefs and MPs, concerned over the impact of lockdown on firms across the country. The vaccine rollout has helped slash the number of deaths (demonstrated in a graph, bottom-right) and infections (demonstrated in a graph, top-right), which have plummeted by more than two thirds since January (demonstrated in a graph, left), but Mr Johnson is being regularly reminded of the social cost of restrictions. Mark Woolhouse, an Edinburgh University expert in infectious disease, told MPs yesterday that 'if you're driven by the data and not by dates, right now, you should be looking at earlier unlocking'. Steve Baker, a member of the 70-strong anti-lockdown Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, used the professor's comments to pile further pressure on the PM to accelerate his plans. He said: 'Boris Johnson today rightly confirmed he will focus on 'data, not dates' for easing restrictions as our recent letter suggested. As Professor Woolhouse, a senior government scientific adviser, says, the data are looking so good that Britain may open earlier.' The Mail revealed yesterday that – under a blueprint discussed with industry chiefs – the hospitality, holiday and leisure sectors might not return to normal until July. The Prime Minister appeared to confirm a cautious timetable, saying he would take a 'prudent' approach and suggesting that pubs and restaurants would be among the last places to reopen.?
Parents will be told to test their teenage children for Covid TWICE a week when schools reopen - and pupils will need to wear masks in school corridors
The UK government is expected to launch the plan for secondary school students during term time (left) amid a phased return to the classroom. Education unions have also agreed with ministers for institutions to mass test once - at the beginning of term. It comes as reports said secondary pupils will have to wear masks (right) when not in their class 'bubbles' once schools reopen.
So Meghan, what part of 'royal duties' didn't you understand? We're told nothing will be off limits when Oprah Winfrey 'grills' Harry and his wife. So who better to guide her than JOHN HUMPHRYS, the greatest inquisitor of all??
JOHN HUMPHRYS: Yes, I know they have agreed to do an interview with the American superstar Oprah Winfrey and the deal, according to a reliable source, was that nothing would be off limits. Many believe it has already happened and it is scheduled to run on U.S. television early next month. But I'm available to fly out to California at the drop of a tiara and, moreover, I am prepared to break the rule all self-respecting interviewers hold as sacred: never tell your interviewees in advance what you plan to ask them. So what follows is a rough outline of the interview I have in mind. You, dear reader, may feel that some of my questions are just a little hostile, but I'm pretty sure that both Harry and Meghan -especially Megs, bless her - will see this as an opportunity to deal with all those critics who have been judging them so harshly ever since they announced they were planning to strike out on their own. So here we go...
Queen keeps calm and carries on her Royal duties after Duke of Edinburgh is admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital after 'feeling unwell' - but Prince Philip, 99, is in 'good spirits' and 'walked unaided' into hospital
Prince Philip (bottom, in August), 99, was last night taken to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in Marylebone as a 'precautionary measure' on the advice of his doctor. The typically jovial Duke is said to be in 'good spirits' and walked into the hospital unaided after being driven there by car. The decision to admit him was taken with an 'abundance of caution' and the Queen (top, together in November), 94, has remained at Windsor Castle and today pressed ahead with her duties by receiving a Royal Naval update from the First Sea Lord (inset). His illness is not Covid-related and comes after it was announced on January 9 the royal couple had received their first doses of the vaccine, because their old age put them in one of the high-risk categories.?
Father-of-two, 29, runs off with his girlfriend's MOTHER, 44, 'just DAYS after the birth their second child'
Jess Aldridge ,24, (with boyfriend?Ryan Shelton, left, with mother Georgina, right and with son Reuben, inset) was expecting her second child with boyfriend?Ryan Shelton, 29, when the pair decided to move in with her mother Georgina, 44, in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. However just days after giving birth to her son Reuben, Ms Aldridge discovered her mother and boyfriend had?moved into a new home 30 miles away. The 'heartbroken' daughter described the moment as a 'huge kick in the teeth' and claimed that neither her mother or Ryan have apologised to her.
Spain and US 'will be next to go on the red list' of countries - as 'stressed' hotel quarantine guests leave notes in windows begging to be allowed to go home?
Passengers (pictured at Heathrow, top) arriving from Spain and the US could soon be added to the UK's 'red list' of countries as officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)?consider the risk of new variants from the two countries. The Cabinet Covid Operations Committee will make their decision using?evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC). It comes as passengers shut in hotel quarantine after arriving from the UK began to reach desperate levels (centre inset), posting notes (right inset) at their windows and begging to leave their accommodation. All arrivals in England from the 33 banned countries must book government-approved accommodation at an initial cost of ￡1,750 under a scheme that came into force on Monday. But the strain of being stuck inside seemed to be taking its toll on some of the enforced hotel residents (passengers being escorted to their hotels, left inset).
Coronavirus infections in England have plummeted by TWO THIRDS since January and R rate is now just 0.7 meaning the outbreak is 'back where it was in September', major Imperial study claims
The official REACT study, run by Imperial College London, found the proportion of people testing positive for coronavirus fell from one in 64 to one in 196 (shown left, a graph depicting the percentage of people testing positive for Covid). On what the findings - among the most promising that have been published so far during the second wave - meant for easing lockdown, author of the study Professor Paul Elliott said: 'It's really encouraging news... But the actual prevalence is still very high. We're only back where we were in September and, clearly, we want to be back where we were in August.' (Map right shows the prevalence coming down in all regions of England in the past six weeks, with lower case counts shown in paler colours; and, graph right, the R rate is the lowest it has been for months).
STEPHEN GLOVER: There's a widely held belief in the world that we have a human right to feel sorry for ourselves, and that particularly during the pandemic we should be allowed to let rip. So Jeremy Mayhew (inset), a member of the City of London's governing body, has committed a cardinal sin. It was to tell staff at the Barbican Arts Centre not to 'feel too sorry' for themselves. Meanwhile, Bill Michael (pictured) resigned last week as boss of the accountancy firm KPMG after telling well-paid staff in a Zoom meeting that they were 'lucky'.
Rolex gang blew ￡90,000 on jewellery, luxury holidays, designer clothes and champagne in huge spending spree after bank insider leaked customer details
Bilal Abbas, who worked for Santander's anti-fraud unit, stole the confidential details and passed them on as part of a ￡90,000 racket, Newcastle Crown Court heard on Wednesday. Abbas, 30 (top-right inset) and his accomplices Umair Memon (left), 28, and Jordan Hamilton-Thomas (centre), 32, were jailed for a total of six years and seven month after admitting conspiracy to defraud. The court heard the men used the details of 21 customers and targeted 13 UK businesses. The scam was uncovered in April 2018 when a member of staff at David Summerfield jewellers, in Newcastle's Metrocentre shopping centre, called police. The group flaunted wads of cash and even pouring Laurent Perrier pink champagne and vodka over Rolex watches (pictured bottom insets).
Evil under the Dubai sun: Beneath the glamorous facade beloved of celebrity influencers and British holidaymakers, Dubai has a dark secret of medieval injustice... and the princess held hostage is only the start, writes GUY ADAMS?
GUY ADAMS: When Radha Stirling first heard that a colleague called Cat Le-Huy had been arrested by immigration officials in Dubai, she assumed it was all a big mistake. Her chum, a London-based producer with whom she worked at the TV production company Endemol, had been initially detained because an unidentified bottle of pills was found in his suitcase. After they turned out to be melatonin, a perfectly legal jetlag medication, customs staff announced with a flourish that they had also discovered cannabis among some dust in the depths of the holidaymaker's bag. The quantity of this illegal narcotic was, they claimed, exactly 0.03 grams. That's an amount smaller than a single grain of salt and virtually invisible to the human eye. Cat, who hails from Belsize Park, North London, was promptly slapped in handcuffs and transported to the Al Wathba prison, 40 miles north of the airport. Radha, who is 42, knew that her chum did not take recreational drugs so, initially, thought he would be promptly released. But she was wrong. Instead, she was told to her horror that he faced a four-year prison sentence for 'drug possession'. Pictured left: Love Island star Laura Anderson in Dubai last year. Top right: Princess Latifa. Bottom right: Cat Le-Huy. Bottom centre: Sheikh al--Maktoum.
Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor sizzles in lingerie for photoshoot as her telltale red hair teases the start of series 2 filming
The Bridgerton actress, 25, exuded confidence as she posed up a storm in a nude lace Gucci bra (left) before slipping into an edgy semi-sheer crop top and skirt set (right) for another sultry shot with French digital magazine L'Officiel. Phoebe, who plays Daphne in the Netflix hit (top inset with co-star Regé-Jean Page) exuded confidence as she worked all of her angles during the shoot (inset bottom her cover image) and flaunted her sensational physique. The star also seemed to be dropping hints that she's returning to filming for the Netflix series as she sported copper locks, just like flame-haired debutante Daphne.
Demi Lovato reveals she had 'THREE strokes, a heart attack and now has brain damage' as result of near-fatal 2018 drug overdose... in trailer for tell-all documentary
Demi Lovato will speak openly about her near-fatal 2018 overdose in her upcoming YouTube documentary series Dancing With The Devil, which premieres March 23. And the singer, 28, revealed the extent of the trauma she endured as a result of the overdose in the latest trailer for?Dancing With The Devil on Wednesday. 'I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes,' said Lovato stoically during a confessional for the four-part series.
'Jackie Weaver wouldn't put up with this!' New Zoom call chaos at Handforth Parish Council as barking dogs, Japanese music and bickering see their latest meeting descend into farce
Councillors of Handforth Parish Council?clashed once again and members of the public were removed for heckling them just months after the last meeting descended into a chaotic trail of disorder. During tonight's meeting, Chairman Brian Tolver, who was evicted out of the last meeting along with vice-chairman Aled Brewerton, said Jackie Weaver 'had no right to exclude him however much she disliked his point'. Japanese music also played out and dogs barked as the councillors argued over voting on the agenda. The chaotic scenes come after meeting co-ordinator Jackie Weaver, 62, turned into an overnight sensation and earned plaudits for the way she handled her fellow parishioners in the planning meeting in Cheshire town.
Are robovacs for suckers? They claim to keep the house clean while you put your feet up but as more and more are flooding the market... Tanith Cary tries out a selection of the machines
Tanith Carey (left) has tried out a selection of robovacs from?￡90 to ￡800 (all pictured right) in her 240 sq ft kitchen and shares her verdict about how well the machines performed - from price and speed to effectiveness. She reveals how often each robovac got stuck while cleaning her kitchen, as well as how long they took to get the job done.
Bus driver, 24, says she is constantly told by male passengers that she is 'too pretty' for her job but insists she will continue until she retires?
Jodie Leigh Fox (pictured left) from Brentwood, Essex, landed her dream job driving buses (pictured right) three years ago after seeing an advert on the back of one of the public transport vehicles. But the former carer says she is constantly questioned about her appearance by passengers, including men who tell her she is 'too pretty to become a bus driver'. The 24-year-old is hoping to fight the stereotypical image normally associated with bus drivers by posting videos about her job on Tik Tok and plans to drive buses into her old age.
House of Hanover goes to war with itself as distant cousin of the Queen sues his own SON over estate?
Ernst August, the prince of Hanover and distant cousin of the Queen is suing his son - also called?Ernst August - years after he gave him Marienburg castle (pictured), a mansion in Hanover and the nearby Calenberg estate in the mid-2000s. The younger?Ernst August,?the Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneberg, has since sold off part of the?Calenberg estate and in 2018 announced that he was selling the castle to the government for a symbolic?€1. However, the 37-year-old's intentions weren't completely altruistic, with the move being seen as a way to offload the castle - visited by 200,000 people a year - that required renovations estimated to cost?€27 million.
How to be a jeans genius: No more squeezing yourself into ultra-tight denim...here's how to find the perfect style to flatter every shape
Prue White has been devoted to skinny jeans since buying a pair of Topshop's 'The Baxter' in 2005. At the peak of their popularity 18,000 pairs were sold a week. The UK-based style expert shares advice as wide legs, flares and bootcut jeans becomes the trend for 2021 and picks out a selection of styles (pictured) to flatter every body shape.
Sherlock Holmes and the true-life triumph: Framed for sickening crimes, a young Indian turned to the creator of literature's greatest detective. The result? A tale as enthralling as any Conan Doyle adventure
SHRABANI BASU: The year was 1907, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (left) was sitting at his desk when his secretary brought in a bulky package. Inside was a letter from a convicted criminal and a clutch of newspaper cuttings. It wasn't hard to guess what the man wanted. Ever since creating the master detective Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle had been bombarded with requests to solve crimes - from burglaries to murders - all of which he'd turned down. This particular note was from a man called George Edalji (top right) - the so-called 'Wyrley Ripper' - who'd been jailed for seven years for mutilating horses and writing threatening letters. His father Shapurji, a Christian convert from India, had become the first ever South Asian vicar in England when he moved to Great Wyrley (bottom right) with his white English wife.
Greta Thunberg releases satirical Mars tourism ad for richest 'one percent to start again on an untainted planet' and leave the rest of us to 'fix climate change'
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg released a a satirical tourism ad for Mars that pokes fun at the billions of dollars being used for space travel when Earth is suffering from climate change. The video is aimed at the 'one percent,' suggesting this group should escape from Earth and leave the 99 percent to stay and fix climate change.
Texas blackouts can be seen from SPACE as state braces for another round of snow and governor demands natural gas companies sell ALL fuel to its power plants
More than 3million people in Texas are still without power in subzero temperatures for the fourth day in a row, according to data - and for the vast majority, it is because of forced blackouts by energy agency ERCOT. Texas has buckled so much so that Beto O'Rourke said on Wednesday that it was a near 'failed state'. Every other state in the storm's path has been able to withstand it because they operate on a shared power source which means that if one state's supply goes down, it can draw from the shared reserve. Now Texans want to know why they weren't properly prepared, especially after a similar storm in 2011. Gov. Abbott on Wednesday told the state's?natural gas producers to sell the fuel to in-state power generators.
Banksy hula-hooping girl artwork is removed from a Nottingham wall after being 'sold for a six-figure sum'
A Banksy artwork has been removed from a wall in Nottingham after being sold to a collector. The image, of a girl hula hooping with a bike tyre, appeared on a wall on the corner of Rothesay Avenue in Lenton in October and was quickly confirmed as a Banksy by the artist himself. The artwork was seen being cut from the brick wall around 05:00GMT on Wednesday. Art collector John Brandler said he spent 'a six-figure sum' on the mural, telling the PA news agency that he plans to have it restored and moved to a museum in Suffolk. Brandler said the painting had formed mould within its protective plastic casing that was later put up and that his purchasing the mural had saved it from a 'death sentence'. Some local residents have expressed sadness at the removal of the artwork.
Chilling CCTV shows two thugs follow frail pensioner, 69, on mobility scooter from pub to his home where they beat and robbed him then left him to die - as both are jailed for life for his murder
Robert Morrison (left and inset), 69, who needed a mobility scooter to get about, died in hospital six days after being violently beaten at home in Kings Heath, Birmingham, on December 10, 2018. He succumbed to pneumonia brought on by the assault, which had left him with three broken ribs and bruising over his face and body. Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed (right), both 20, were convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court after a trial in January, and sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.
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Young woman who struggled with 'severe' cystic acne for years reveals the three 'miracle' products that helped to clear her pimples in months
A young Australian woman who battled 'severe' cystic acne for five years has revealed how she cleared her skin within six months with the help of three 'miracle' products' (right, before and after). Monique swapped out all of the 'expensive' skincare she used to rely on, and replaced her moisturisers and serums with three products from the Australian inner beauty range The Beauty Chef - with incredible results. The Beauty Chef was founded in 2009 by Carla Oates (left) from Sydney,?after Carla healed her own family's skin issues and discovered that beautiful glowing skin begins with a healthy gut.
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The Old West in colour: Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt and the gold rush are brought to life in fascinating restored photographs
The spirit of the Wild West has been brought back to life through a series of historical photographs which have been colourised for the first time in a new book. The Wild West in Color: A photographic Account of our Nation's Westward Expansion has been produced by John C. Guntzelman and published by Crestline Books. The new book features more than 200 historical pictures which have been colourised for the very first time - bringing the history of the Wild West into the present day. Pictured: Belle Starr, on her horse in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1886 (top left), frontierswoman Augusta Higgins Farnham in Farnham, Denver, Colorado, in 1898 (top middle), a group of people travelling to a bathhouse in Dakota Territory, 1889 (top right). Theodore Roosevelt dressed in hunting gear in 1885 (bottom left), a cowboy atop his horse in Sturgis, Dakota Territory, 1888 (bottom middle) and three mine Gould & Curry silver mine workers in 1866 (bottom right).
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Horrific moment US barber stabs himself in the chest with his own scissors after tripping over in freak accident before being rushed to hospital for open heart surgery
Steve Silva had been walking with the scissors while doing a cut at the Boston Barber & Tattoo Company when he stumbled Friday, video shows. Staff rush to help him as he struggles to get up, realizing that he has stabbed himself with the scissors. The owner of the barshop, Robert Dello Russo, said that Silva was lucky to be alive. Dello Russo explained to CBS Boston that Silva was transported to Massachusetts General where he had to undergo open-heart surgery after piercing through an artery. 'From what I understand, if it had been an inch to the left of the right, he would have been gone,' Dello Russo said.
White swan is dyed BLACK by 'unknown substance' as 'horrified' RSPCA inspectors probe if printer toner was dumped in pond?
The mute swan (pictured) was rescued from the water in?Westbury, Wiltshire, and inspectors have since launched a probe to find out whether it was a deliberate attack. The swan, which was covered in a black powdery substance,?was taken to RSPCA West Hatch where staff said it will take 'quite a lot of Fairy Liquid to get it clean'. RSPCA Inspector Steph Daly said: 'I was horrified because it looked like a black swan. We're still really baffled as to what this substance is.' Inset, RSPCA inspectors clean the bird.