Covid-19: Lockdown latest, exams update and car sales slump

The measures announced on Monday have now become law, but

MPs will actually vote retrospectively to approve them later today. They’re expected to pass with ease – Labour has pledged its support, but said ministers must deliver a round-the-clock vaccination programme. The regulations allow restrictions to potentially be in place until mid-March. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all imposed lockdowns too, but will they be enough? An estimated one in 50 people in private households in England had coronavirus last week – one in 30 in London, while the number of daily confirmed cases topped 60,000 for the first time. Our health correspondent has more – as we’ve come to understand, the R number is everything. This graph shows how the R number could drop this time (in red), compared with how it fell during the first lockdown – the slower decline is down to the new, more transmissible variant.

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