Covid-19: First roadmap date approaches, and ‘fundamentally flawed’ PPEon March 7, 2021 at 7:31 am

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

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

A Year 9 class walk along a corridor at Park Lane Academy in Halifax, northwest England on March 4, 2021.

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More than 18 million people in England have already had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and now those aged 56 to 59 are being invited to book their jab from this week. Letters offering those in the age group the vaccine started to be delivered to homes on Saturday. So, when will you get the vaccine?

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Guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) is “fundamentally flawed” and needs to be updated, the Royal College of Nursing has said. A report has found that existing recommendations do not fully acknowledge the risk of airborne transmission of coronavirus. The BBC spoke to one nurse who said she was not allowed to wear a higher-grade mask, despite having to go into the homes of patients with Covid.

Nurses working on Ward 5, a Covid Red Ward, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley

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Cal Carr, who has autism and a severe learning disability, has become a delivery driver for his community in a village in the Vale of Glamorgan – a “wonderful” role that has given him a new focus in lockdown. His mother, Sarah, said gifts and support from neighbours had made him feel needed.

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Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations may have been a scaled-back affair this year, but thousands still turned up to enjoy the festivities. Some 36,000 people gathered inside Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday and there was a headline performance from singer Rita Ora.

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You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page. The furlough scheme is being extended until the end of September – find out about the new rules.

Graphic showing the government data in the UK: 124,419 deaths in total, with 158 in the latest 24-hour period; 4,213.343 cases in total, with 6,040 in the latest 24-hour period; 10,898 people in hospital; 21,796,278 people have been given a first dose of vaccine
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