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Edited by James Clarke

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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's it from us today - thanks for joining us.

    Our coronavirus live page will be back tomorrow morning.

    The live page writers were Victoria Lindrea, Kelly-Leigh Cooper and Alex Therrien.

    The page was edited by James Clarke.

  2. Evening round-up

    Doctors operating on a patient

    We'll soon be bringing our coronavirus live page to a pause for the day.

    But before we do, here is a round-up of today's main stories:

  3. Egg farm launches 'Shell out to Help Out' campaign

    Bex Tonks, surrounded by her hens
    Image caption: Bex Tonks said tens of thousands of eggs were at risk of being wasted

    Tens of thousands of free-range eggs are being donated to food banks by a farm in Cornwall that has seen demand plummet.

    St Ewe farm is home to 180,000 laying hens, but orders from the hospitality sector have dried up and the eggs are at risk of being wasted.

    So the farm has begun a campaign to avoid throwing them away, pointing out that hens "can't be furloughed".

    It is selling trays at a reduced rate and simultaneously donating a carton to a food bank or community kitchen for each sale.

    Bex Tonks, CEO of St Ewe said the "Shell Out to Help Out" campaign gave 20,000 eggs away last week, adding that it was "really important to feed those who need it most".

    "It's tough times but we're all looking forward," she says.

  4. 'Absolutely marvellous' to have vaccine, says RAF veteran

    Former RAF Flight Sergeant Louis Godwin receives an injection of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral
    Image caption: Louis Godwin descibed the vaccine as "no trouble at all"

    An RAF veteran has been among hundreds of people over 80 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral, in Wiltshire, today.

    Former Flight Sergeant Louis Godwin described receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech jab as "absolutely marvellous".

    The landmark cathedral is hosting a vaccination hub for five GP surgeries in the area, with the aim of vaccinating more than 1,000 elderly residents and staff.

    Mr Godwin recalled having jabs in Egypt after the war "which knocked me over for a week".

    "This one, the doctor said to me 'well that's done' - and I thought he hadn't started!"

    The veteran pilot, who has 12 great-grandchildren, said the pandemic could not be compared to the war.

    "It was entirely different because this has divided people.

    "The vaccine is nothing, you don't feel a thing... so anybody that needs one and can get one, I would say go ahead and do it quickly.

    "It's the only way we're going to beat the virus."

    Patients queued for a short time around the cloisters on Saturday, before going into the cathedral where they were treated to a programme of music on the famous Father Willis organ.

    "It is a bonus to be in such a iconic, wonderful place," said Dr Dan Henderson, co-clinical director for the Sarum South Primary Care Network.

    "It's great to be getting the vaccine out there and getting them in people's arms and knowing that this is hopefully the start of some sort of normality again."

    Cubicles erected inside Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, for people to receive the vaccine
    People queue outside Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire to receive vaccine
  5. Doctor's diary: Karen caught Covid and took it home

    Karen Smith
    Image caption: Karen Smith thinks she was infected on an extra shift she did because of staff shortages

    Everyone has heard about doctors and nurses catching Covid-19, but some of the worst affected hospital staff have been cleaners and porters. Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary tells the story of a cleaner who became ill, and is now stricken with guilt for taking the virus home.

    The first person I see early each morning when I arrive at the hospital is our cleaner, Karen Smith. During 10 months of uncertainty, Karen has been the one constant, apart from a few weeks in spring, when she was ill with Covid-19.

    Usually Karen cleans the offices of the hospital's Institute for Health Research, but in the first wave of the pandemic she was called to the Covid wards. It was a frightening time for everyone, but Karen volunteered for an extra shift on Good Friday as there was a staff shortage.

    And on that day she thinks she was infected.

    Read more about Karen's case

  6. US executes prisoners who caught Covid-19

    A man walks by 'Thou shalt not kill' sign outside prison
    Image caption: Corey Johnson died Thursday night and Dustin Higgs on Saturday morning

    Two US prisoners held on federal death row have been executed despite both testing positive for Covid-19 last month.

    Lawyers for both men argued their sentences should be delayed because damage to their lungs could mean the lethal dose of pentobarbital given to them leading to heightened suffering in their last moments, akin to a drowning sensation.

    A court ordered a stay of execution on these grounds earlier this week but the decision was overturned following a US government appeal.

  7. Rise in suspected child abuse cases after first lockdown

    A boy with his head in between his knees

    The number of reported incidents of children dying or being seriously harmed after suspected abuse or neglect rose by a quarter after England's first lockdown last year, figures indicate.

    The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel received 285 serious incident notifications from April to September.

    This is an increase of 27% from the same period the previous year.

    The data also includes children who were in care and died, regardless of whether abuse or neglect was suspected.

    The Children's Society described the figures as "shocking".

    Read more

  8. The trends in the coronavirus numbers

    Earlier this hour, the government released its daily UK coronavirus figures, which included a further 1,295 deaths.

    There are 37,475 Covid-19 patients in hospital.

    And as the below graphics show, while deaths are continuing to rise, there are signs daily cases may be falling.

    And you can read more here.

    A graphic summarising the figures
    Daily deaths graphic
    Daily cases graphic
  9. Pressure mounts on Portugese health system

    A woman and a child walk their dog in Lisbon

    Portugal has registered a record rise of 10,947 new cases and 166 deaths on Saturday - one day after a new national lockdown began.

    The Observador newspaper reports that three Lisbon area hospitals only had three intensive care beds left on Saturday and queues of ambulances have been reported in places.

    Portugal has the lowest critical care capacity per 100,000 in Europe and experts warn hospital rates are likely to rise over the next week following a surge in cases after Christmas.

    The country was included in a travel ban implemented by the UK government this week over fears of a new variant identified in Brazil.

  10. Nearly 3.6 million vaccinations in UK

    Along with the number of new deaths and cases, there was some more positive news in the government's daily coronavirus figures.

    The number of vaccinations in the UK up to 15 January now stands at 3,559,179 - up from 3,234,946 yesterday.

  11. Fitness trainer donates 3,000 children's meals

    Mike Hind with the meals
    Image caption: Mike Hind paid for the meals himself as he had no time to fundraise

    A fitness trainer has responded to the outcry over inadequate free school food parcels by donating 3,000 meals.

    Images of the contents of some packages - given to children in England who qualify for free school meals and are learning remotely during the lockdown - have been shared and roundly criticised on social media.

    Mike Hind, 37, from Teesside, says the pictures he saw made him think: "This is for a rabbit, not a child."

    He paid for the meals himself because there was no time to fundraise but a local dairy donated milk and Morrisons supermarket donated fruit, he says.

    "I've had people who've been walking two and three miles for these meals," he says.

    Read more

  12. BreakingUK deaths rise by 1,295

    A further 1,295 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, according to the latest government figures.

    It takes the death toll by this measure to 88,590.

    A further 41,346 cases have been reported. There have been a total of 3,357, 361 cases.

  13. Mass vaccination taking place at Glasgow temporary hospital

    Some 5,000 Covid vaccinations are being given to health and social care staff on Saturday at a newly-created mass vaccination centre in Glasgow.

    The NHS Louisa Jordan is a temporary hospital constructed last year to treat Covid patients at Glasgow's SEC exhibition and conference centre.

    "In and out in 40 minutes," tweeted one person, who received their vaccine today.

    "This is what can be achieved together," tweeted another.

    View more on twitter
  14. More than 3.5 million vaccinations administered in England

    A nurse receiving a coronavirus vaccine

    Some 3,514,385 Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in England since 8 December, according to provisional NHS England data.

    The figure, for jabs up to and including yesterday, includes first and second doses and is a rise of 324,711 on the statistics from 24 hours earlier.

    Of this number, 3,090,058 were the first dose of the vaccine, a rise of 320,894 on Friday's figures, while 424,327 were the second dose, an increase of 3,817.

  15. Pakistan approves AstraZeneca vaccine

    File photo of women having their temperatures checked in Karachi

    Pakistan's health minister, Faisal Sultan, says the country has given emergency use authorisation to the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca - making it the first to be approved nationally.

    The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is also currently reviewing the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine - with more than one million doses already ordered.

    Mr Sultan told Reuters that the country was speaking to a number of vaccine producers around the world: "We have and are watching the evolving stories around efficacy of a number of vaccines."

    Pakistan has confirmed more than 516,000 cases and almost 11,000 deaths so far.

  16. Healthcare staff demand protection from legal action

    Staff caring for a patient in hospital

    Doctors and nurses should be protected from legal action over treatment decisions made under the pressures of the pandemic, medical bodies have said.

    The British Medical Association (BMA) is among the groups that have written to ministers, saying medical workers should not be at risk of unlawful killing charges.

    In November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that in the face of the NHS being overwhelmed, "doctors and nurses could be forced to choose which patients to treat, who would live and who would die".

    A joint letter, co-ordinated by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), said - given the current public health emergency - medical staff were concerned "that not only do they face being put in this position but also that they could subsequently be vulnerable to a criminal investigation by the police".

    The letter was signed by the BMA, the Doctors' Association UK, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists' Association, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Medical Defence Shield.

    It calls for emergency legislation to protect doctors and nurses from "inappropriate" legal action when dealing with circumstances outside their control.

    They said the change in the law should be temporary and should apply retrospectively from the start of the pandemic.

    The government said staff would be protected by indemnity schemes.

    Read more.

  17. Where has been hit hardest by virus?

    Graphic showing rise in cases around the world

    The worldwide death toll from Covid-19 passed the grim two million mark this week.

    The BBC's Visual and Data Journalism Team has been tracking the outbreak from the beginning, with more than 90 million confirmed cases in 190 countries around the world.

    Read more on coronavirus cases, deaths, and vaccinations by country

  18. From medieval cathedral to vaccination hub

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    Video caption: Covid-19: Lichfield Cathedral becomes a vaccination hub

    In the Middle Ages, sick people would go on a pilgrimage to Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire, in the hope of being healed.

    Now centuries later - hundreds of people are passing through its doors again - this time in search of the vaccine to protect them against coronavirus.

  19. One million Chinese-made vaccines arrive in Serbia

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has shared a photograph of himself on Instagram at Belgrade airport next to a plane arriving with Chinese-made vaccines.

    "I would like to thank President Xi Jinping and Chinese leadership for sending us one million doses of the vaccine," Mr Vucic told reporters.

    View more on instagram

    The vaccine, made by Sinopharm, has already been approved for general use in China but no detailed data from trials have been publicly released beyond claims of between 79-86% efficacy from Chinese and UAE officials.

    The Sinopharm vaccine is already being rolled out in the UAE and Bahrain and is expected to be given the green-light by Serbia's medical regular in the coming days.

  20. Boom in UK staycations expected for 2021

    A car with a caravan
    Image caption: Holiday firms say they are expecting more people to take holidays in the UK this year

    Staycations are expected to boom in 2021 after lockdown ends, according to UK holiday firms.

    Bosses at the Caravan and Motorhome Club say the lifting of restrictions will be like "a cork popping from a bottle".

    Director general Nick Lomas says although coronavirus has hit the industry hard, they are optimistic about the coming season.

    Other firms say they also expect more people to holiday in the UK.

    Read more