Covid-19: Public finances facing ‘challenge’ and vaccine passport appon February 27, 2021 at 7:17 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday. We’ll have another update for you tomorrow morning.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he will use the Budget to level with the British people about the state of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, adding that public finances face a “challenge”. When he addresses the Commons on Wednesday, Mr Sunak is also expected to unveil a new mortgage guarantee scheme to help those with small deposits get on the housing ladder, plus a £126m boost for traineeships in England.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

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As the rollout of the vaccination programme continues, with more than 19 million given the first dose so far, attention is starting to turn to how society might safely mix again. A “Covid passport” app is one possibility. So, how would it work? Meanwhile, the next stage of the vaccine rollout in the UK has been revealed.

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In honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died at the age of 100 earlier this month, four young performers have written a poem in his memory. His funeral takes place on Saturday. The veteran raised nearly £33m for NHS charities at the height of the first wave of the pandemic last year.

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A £1,750 all-inclusive break with food delivered straight to your hotel door, plus round-the-clock television might sound appealing to some. But the reality is something far less glamorous – hotel quarantine near some of England’s busiest international airports. The enforced quarantine applies to those who have visited or transited through countries on the UK’s “red list”.

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The beauty industry plays a key part in Hollywood, from film sets to awards season. Ahead of the Golden Globes this weekend, make-up artists describe what it is like to work in proximity when proximity is not allowed.

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You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page. Read about the UK’s falling case and death rates here – and see the graphic below.

UK Covid cases graphic for 26 February 2021
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