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  1. Inside test-and-trace - how the 'world beater' went wrong

    Graphic - close contacts of coronavirus cases

    The name NHS Test and Trace sounds like it is one whole service that is part of the NHS. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    A BBC investigation published on Friday finds a complex web of different programmes that have been bolted together rapidly - and are underperforming in crucial areas.

    Just half of close contacts given to England's NHS Test and Trace are being reached in some areas, it shows.

    The network is failing in areas with some of the worst infection rates and research also found no-one from NHS labs was at a key government meeting with private firms about testing.

    Read the investigation here.

  2. Flu vaccination programme 'more important than ever' - Hancock

    Flu vaccination

    The government hopes anyone over the age of 50 in England who wants a free flu vaccination will be able to have one by January, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    The winter vaccine scheme is being expanded to people aged 50-64 from 1 December, to help fight the "twin threats" of flu and Covid-19.

    Hancock told BBC Breakfast this year's programme was "more important than ever" because it is "very dangerous" to get both flu and Covid at the same time.

    Those over 65 are already eligible for a free flu jab and the health secretary said this group was "the top priority".

    In response to concerns GPs would not have enough staff or resources to deliver the programme, he admitted it would be a "huge amount of work for the NHS" and said he was "very grateful" for the efforts of staff.

  3. Wales FM: Talks over UK-wide Christmas rules ongoing

    Mark Drakeford

    Talks between the four UK nations over restrictions for the Christmas period are under way, Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford says.

    Drakeford said he hoped for a "common approach" to travel within the UK after differing restrictions in recent months - Wales ended a "firebreak" lockdown this week as restrictions continued in England and Scotland.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We agreed some broad parameters on Wednesday and remitted officials of all four administrations to work now on the detail, so I remain hopeful that it will be possible to reach a four-nation approach to Christmas.

    "I certainly think that is the right thing to do - if it is achievable - and certainly Wales will be at the table next week looking to find an agreement."

    Drakeford said an agreement on permitting travel across the UK during the Christmas season was "top of the list of things to agree", even if a wider agreement was not possible.

  4. What’s the latest from around the world?

    As the total number of cases around the globe approaches 57 million, here's a reminder of the top international stories:

  5. UK borrowing hits highest October level on record

    Social distancing sign in a shop

    Government borrowing hit £22.3bn in October as the UK continued heavy spending to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure, £10.8bn more than for the same month last year, is the highest October borrowing total since monthly records began in 1993.

    Borrowing makes up the shortfall between spending by the government and the amount received in taxes.

    Government revenues were £39.7bn last month, down £2.7bn from a year ago.

    So far this tax year, government borrowing has reached £214.9bn, £169.1bn more than in the same period last year.

    Read more.

  6. Good morning

    Flu vaccination

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a quick summary of the main stories in the UK: