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  1. What happened in the UK today?

    A woman is given a vaccine

    We're winding up our live coverage now - as ever, you can follow any major developments on our news site. Meanwhile, here's a summary of headlines from across the UK this evening:

    And that's all from us for today's live page.

    Our coverage has been edited by Sarah Fowler and Emma Owen and written by Hazel Shearing, Georgina Rannard, Holly Honderich and Doug Faulkner.

    Thanks for joining us - there'll be more from the team tomorrow.

  2. Round-up of world headlines

    We're nearing the end of our live page coverage - on a day that the US hit a grim milestone of 250,000 Covid deaths, and the nation of Samoa recorded its first ever case. Here's a summary of the day's stories from around the world:

    • More than a quarter of a million Americans are now known to have died from coronavirus. The US remains the worst-hit in the world and infection rates are soaring across the country. States are bringing in new restrictions to try to control the oubreak
    • Russia has now recorded more than two million cases of Covid-19. A national lockdown has not been imposed but the most affected areas, including Moscow, have shut secondary schools and bars and restaurants overnight
    • The head of World Health Organization Europe says that health systems in the continent are overwhelmed but that there are signs that infections rates are slowing. If 95% of people wore masks, lockdown could be avoided, he said
    • The Japanese capital Tokyo has raised its coronavirus alert to the highest level, as the city's daily case tally hits new highs for a second day running - with 534 new cases on Thursday
    • The fallout from a suspected new strain of the virus in mink has continued. A number of mink workers in Sweden have tested positive, and Ireland is planning a mass cull. But on Thursday Denmark said it believes the strain there is "very likely" extinct
    • And the South Pacific nation of Samoa has recorded its first case - in a sailor who travelled to the island from New Zealand last week
  3. Punk musician jailed after criticising Indonesia's Covid plans

    A punk musician who posted criticism of Indonesia's handling of Covid-19 has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for causing public unrest.

    Gede Ari Astina or Jerinx, the drummer for the Balinese rock band, Superman is Dead, commented on Instagram in June about the pandemic.

    Criticising an order that pregnant women should be tested for coronavirus, he said that Indonesia's doctors association was acting as a lackey of the World Health Organisation.

    The court ruled he was guilty of spreading of hate speech. Jerinx is considering an appeal.

  4. Daughter's care home legal challenge wins first stage

    A woman whose elderly father died in a care home in April has won the first stage of a legal challenge over measures taken by the government to protect those living in care homes from Covid-19.

    Dr Cathy Gardner claims there was a failure to implement "adequate" measures to protect residents from the "ravages" of coronavirus.

    She is pursuing a High Court claim against the government and two health bodies over decisions and measures taken in relation to care homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dr Gardner argues certain key policies and decisions led to a "shocking death toll" of care home residents - which she puts at more than 20,000 people between March and June - particularly an alleged policy of discharging patients from hospital into care homes without testing and suitable isolation arrangements.

    She is bringing her case along with Fay Harris, and the pair allege the measures breached human rights and equality laws.

    At a remote hearing on Thursday, Mr Justice Linden granted Dr Gardner permission for a full hearing of her challenge.

    The government and health bodies oppose Dr Gardner's challenge and asked the judge to dismiss the case.

    Her father, Michael Gibson, died in an Oxfordshire care home on 3 April after it re-admitted, without Covid-testing, a former resident who had been in hospital.

  5. Philadelphia mayor dines inside before banning indoor dining

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is facing criticism after being photographed drinking inside a city bar the day before issuing a city-wide ban on indoor dining.

    The mayor's office confirmed to US media that the photograph was taken some time last weekend. On Monday, Kenney issued a series of new Covid-19 restrictions, amid rising cases. Some have accused the mayor of hypocrisy for participating in an activity he later linked to coronavirus spread.

    In addition to an indoor dining ban, movie theatres, bowling alleys, museums and gyms have been ordered to close, and high schools and colleges must move to online instruction.

    As of Wednesday, Philadelphia had reported 57,201 cases of Covid-19, and 1,942 deaths. Statewide, Pennsylvania has seen a surge in cases starting in October, reaching more than 5,000 new cases each day this month.

  6. £300m package to help UK sports survive winter

    Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons played at an empty Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington in November
    Image caption: Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons played at an empty Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington in November

    The government has announced a rescue package of £300m of emergency funding for sports in England impacted by the absence of spectators because of coronavirus.

    Both rugby codes and horse racing are among the beneficiaries, but not clubs in football's Premier League nor the English Football League.

    Cricket was not on the initial list.

    Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "Clubs are the beating hearts of their communities - this boost will help them survive this difficult winter period."

    The government said the Sports Winter Survival Package will be largely composed of low-interest loans.

    The sports which will benefit are: rugby union £135m, horseracing £40m, football £28m, rugby league £12m, motorsport £6m, tennis £5m. netball £4m, basketball £4m, ice hockey £4m, badminton £2m and greyhound racing £1m.

    Sports minister Nigel Huddleston added that grants would be available where organisations were unable to repay loans. He also said "the door was open" to any sport requiring funding, including cricket which was not on the initial list.

    The money available is for sports in England, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland responsible for their own budgets.

  7. BreakingIsrael, Sri Lanka and Uruguay added to air corridor list

    A beach in Sri Lanka

    Travellers to England, Wales and Northern Ireland from Israel, Sri Lanka and Namibia will not have to quarantine for 14 days after they were among several countries added to the air corridor list.

    Other places added to the list are Rwanda, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: "If you arrive from these countries after 4am on Saturday 21 November you will not need to self-isolate. Please remember that under the current restrictions travel outside of the home, with the exception of a limited number of reasons including work or education, is not permitted."

    Remember, Scotland makes its own decisions on travel, and we will bring you any updates here.

  8. New York City closes its public schools

    New York City school

    New York City's entire public school system closed its doors on Thursday, a shutdown automatically triggered by the city reaching a 3% test positivity rate - meaning that for every 1,000 New Yorkers tested, 30 were positive for Covid-19.

    The city's students had been back to school for in-person learning for less than eight weeks. With 1.1 million students and 1,800 schools, New York boasts the largest public school system in the US.

    "Today is a tough day, but this is a temporary situation," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday, announcing the closure.

    New York - once the national epicentre of the coronavirus crisis - began its phased reopening this summer, after a brutal battle with the virus in spring.

    Now, with cases rising once again, the city appears headed back towards tightened restrictions. Both de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have indicated that places like restaurants and gyms may soon face closure.

    The New York City closures comes as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns of "dire and growing” consequences for children, as the pandemic continues on into another year.

  9. Further 501 coronavirus deaths in UK

    A further 501 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK, the Department of Health has confirmed.

    It takes the total number of people who have died by that measure since the pandemic began to 53,775.

    There have also been a further 22,915 people who have tested positive for the virus.

    Daily cases
  10. What do the data say about the Scottish and English pandemics?

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    Many Scots feel that the Scottish government has handled the pandemic better than the UK government.

    But the hard data on the pandemic reveals many similarities between the two nations’ experience.

    The death rates in England in the first wave were higher than those in Scotland.

    Both both saw higher death rates than Wales or Northern Ireland.

    And both nations featured in the three worst-hit in Europe, with Glasgow and Edinburgh joining Birmingham, London and Manchester in the ten worst hit cities.

    Differences are starting to emerge between the two nations in the handling of the second wave.

    Nicola Sturgeon introduced severe restrictions in the central belt in mid-October and cases in Scotland have started to flatten, perhaps even decline, while those in England still rise.

    But it will be some time before these differences filter through into the numbers of people who die because of the pandemic.

    And it will be even longer before death rates start to come down and we can make definitive comparisons between nations.

    Cases by UK nation
  11. Swedish mink workers test positive


    A number of workers in Sweden's mink industry have tested positive for coronavirus, days after Denmark identified a strain of the virus on farms.

    The Swedish health ministry said it is investigating any possible links between the strains identified in the animals and the workers.

    Earlier on Thursday the Danish health ministry claimed that coronavirus strain found in its mink was "very likely" extinct. All farmed mink in the country have now been killed.

    In Ireland a mass culling is also being planned, a government spokesperson said on Thursday. Testing of the animals has not so far revealed any positive Covid-19 cases.

    There are worries about a potential new strain of coronavirus undermining vaccines in the works.

  12. Cineworld eyes closures as part of rescue deal

    Women in masks walk past Cineworld signs

    Cineworld is looking to arrange a rescue deal that could mean UK cinema closures, the BBC understands.

    One option being discussed with bank lenders is a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency process which could help the company cut its rent bill.

    Like other cinema chains, Cineworld has been hit hard by the lockdown, it reported a $1.6bn (£1.3bn) loss for the six months to June after being forced to temporarily close some of its cinemas and after film studios delayed the release of some blockbusters.

    According to the Financial Times, which first reported the news, Cineworld has appointed restructuring experts AlixPartners.

    Although cinemas reopened when restrictions were relaxed, delays in big budget releases - such as the new James Bond movie - led Cineworld to temporarily close its UK cinemas on 9 October until further notice.

    Cineworld declined to comment but a source has stressed a CVA is only one option being discussed.

  13. Jobs at risk as Peacocks and Jaeger go into administration


    More than 4,700 jobs are at risk after clothing chains Peacocks and Jaeger were placed into administration, after bosses failed to find a buyer for the business.

    The two companies were placed into administration on Thursday after a two-week deadline to find a buyer passed.

    Earlier this month, a spokesperson for owner EWM Group, which also owns the Edinburgh Woollen Mill brand, said they had been speaking to several potential buyers who were interested in parts of the business.

    But they said talks had been made more complex by "the continuing deterioration of the retail sector due to the impact of the pandemic and second lockdown".

    Jaeger runs 76 stores and concessions and has 347 employees while Cardiff-based Peacocks has 4,369 staff across 423 stores.

    No redundancies have been announced and no stores have closed.

    Tony Wright, joint administrator of the business from FRP Advisory, said: "Jaeger and Peacocks are attractive brands that have suffered the well-known challenges that many retailers face at present."

    He said administrators were in "advanced discussions" with a number of parties.

  14. Chinese parcel thief imprisoned for nine months

    Kerry Allen

    BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

    For many of us, online shopping has become a lifeline in lockdown life.

    And in China, that has very much been the reality for a lot of people. When the country saw an outbreak of Covid-19 at the beginning of the year, cities began implementing strict lockdowns and social distancing measures.

    Many couriers began leaving parcels outside people's apartment buildings to avoid social contact, but between March and April, surveillance footage picked up one opportunistic woman in the capital city of Beijing, stealing multiple parcels from outside the entrance of one building. She was subsequently arrested.

    Ms Lang has now been sentenced to nine months imprisonment and fined 7,000 yuan ($1,063; £803) for stealing 10 parcels, the majority of which contained food. While the sentence might appear strict, many on China’s Sina Weibo social network site believe the punishment was adequate, given that she stole essential items.

    CCTV grab of woman stealing packages

    China has prosecuted more than 6,000 people for Covid-19 related crimes since the beginning of the year.

    People have been arrested for hiking the price of masks and hand sanitiser, making fake PPE, and breaking social distancing rules.

    Last month in Sichuan, a man was even arrested after he tried to avoid paying for a karaoke room by calling for an ambulance, and saying he had Covid-19 symptoms.

  15. 'Farcical' that MPs cannot speak via video link during debates

    Boris Johnson appears via video link
    Image caption: Boris Johnson used video link for this week's Prime Minister's Questions

    Plans to allow MPs who are shielding to take part in House of Commons debates via video link have been criticised for not going far enough.

    The influential cross party Procedure Committee is calling on the government to allow all MPs to take part in debates virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.

    At the moment, MPs can ask questions and respond to statements virtually but they are not allowed to speak during debates on legislation, or anything else, unless they are physically present in the Commons chamber.

    On Monday the Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said the government planned to allow only MPs who are clinically vulnerable to take part in debates until the end of March.

    During a short debate, the Conservative chair of the Procedure Committee Karen Bradley said his "refusal to listen" to the "views of the House" was "indefensible".

    She said the public would be "baffled by a situation where the prime minister can answer Prime Minister's Questions virtually yesterday and and make a statement to the House virtually today, but cannot then take part in a debate until he has finished self isolating".

    "This is an utterly farcical situation," she said.

  16. Despite pandemic, the White House will pardon turkeys for Thanksgiving

    The pandemic has up-ended all manner of celebrations and turned our holidays into muted affairs, but in the US, one festive tradition will go on.

    The White House has said the annual presidential pardoning of a turkey before Thanksgiving will happen this year.

    The ritual spares a turkey from being served on a Thanksgiving dinner table, and the birds usually spend the rest of their days on a farm or even Disneyland in Florida. It falls to voters to choose to pardon one of two turkeys, although both birds tend to be spared in the end.

    White House officials say social distancing will be practised at the event next week and people will be asked to wear face masks.

    The chosen birds were raised in Iowa and next week will board a train to Washington DC where they will stay in a hotel before making their way to the White House.

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  17. Covid was the third leading cause of death in October

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    After dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, Covid-19 caused the third most deaths in England and Wales in October, according to figures published today by the Office for National Statistics.

    In September, Covid-19 was the 19th-leading cause of death in England and 24th in Wales.

    But a sharp rise, from 600 to 3,200 deaths in a month, now mean that it caused more deaths in October than illnesses like strokes, lung or colon cancers and pneumonia.

    The total number of deaths in England and Wales is slightly higher than would be expected for an average October, driven largely by the Covid-19 deaths.

    Most of those other causes for death, including ischaemic heart disease, are actually running slightly below the average levels seen in the last five years.

  18. India quadruples fines for not wearing masks

    People in the streets wearing masks

    Failure to wear a mask can now cost residents in the Indian capital of Delhi even more as authorities nearly quadrupled the fines.

    Coronavirus infections are rising rapidly in the densely-populated city and authorities are keen to get a handle on the crisis.

    Officials can now fine anyone not wearing a face covering $27, up from $7, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Keriwai announced.

    The sheer number of dead bodies of coronavirus victims is overwhelming ambulance drivers who must transport them to crematoria across the city.

    The number of infections in the city and its outlying areas has crossed half a million. More than 8,000 people have died.

  19. Mum with cancer able to go on 'final holiday'

    Linzi Page

    A Scottish mother with cancer will be allowed to go on a "final holiday" with her children despite Scotland's travel ban, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

    Linzi Page, 38, who has stage-four cancer, will be exempt from rules preventing people traveling between Level 3 and Level 4 regions.

    At First Minister's Questions Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard asked about Ms Page's plan to fly to Tenerife from Edinburgh.

    Ms Sturgeon said she had spoken to Ms Page on Thursday morning.

    "She told me that the family have had a tough year and that this holiday would be 'a nice memory for us'," the first minister said. "She said it is a precious time with the family which we will never get back."

    Ms Sturgeon said she had told Ms Page travel for "compassionate reasons which relate to the end of a person's life" is exempt and the family is allowed to go on holiday.

    "Under the regulations, anyone in a situation like hers can go on a final holiday," she said, adding: "Linzi's situation is tragic but on both compassionate and indeed on legal grounds, she can go on her holiday and I wish her and her family well."

  20. Health of Brexit teams 'comes first'

    EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted that the discussions will be paused for a "short period" but that teams will "continue their work in full respect of guidelines".

    Britain's negotiator David Frost tweeted that he is in close contact with Barnier. "The health of our teams comes first," he added.

    There had been speculation that an EU-UK trade deal could be announced early next week. Barnier was expected to brief the EU's 27 member states on Friday morning about the state of play.

    A deal would need to be in place by 1 January when Britain's transition period ends.

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