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  1. What's been happening today?

    Capt Sir Tom Moore's funeral

    We're bringing our live page coverage to a close shortly. Before we do, here are some of the main stories we've been covering today:

    • Tributes have been paid to Captain Sir Tom Moore as his funeral took place in Bedford today. Hannah Ingram-Moore described her father as a "beacon of light" while Lucy Teixeira, his other daughter, said: "You may be gone but your message and your spirit lives on"
    • The 100-year-old, who died earlier this month after being diagnosed with coronavirus, had raised nearly £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden
    • A woman has described the "horrific" anguish of losing both parents to Covid, just two weeks apart. Ray and Rosemary Scovell, from Sandown on the Isle of Wight, had been looking forward to their golden wedding anniversary
    • In the UK,19,682,048 people have now had a first coronavirus vaccine and 768,810 have had a second dose
    • There have been another 7,434 new cases of coronavirus reported in the UK in the past 24 hours and another 290 deaths of people who had tested positive in the previous 28 days
    • President Joe Biden's $1.9tn (£1.4tn) relief plan to help Americans during the Covid pandemic has been approved in the House of Representatives. The bill must now go to the Senate, which has already blocked a key element - doubling the US minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    Coronavirus statistics

    Today's live page team has been: James Clarke, Victoria Lindrea, Hamish Mackay and Lauren Turner. We'll be back with more tomorrow.

  2. Lupus: 'No one seemed willing to treat me during Covid'

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Shanise Fowler
    Image caption: Shanise Fowler was so frustrated at delays in her care that she paid for a private consultation

    Some people living with the incurable autoimmune disease lupus have had treatments delayed or cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.

    But they also told Cambridge University researchers they now feel more understood by society because "there is a lot more awareness of vulnerable people who need to shield", as one patient put it.

    Melanie Sloan is leading the research team, which includes rheumatologists, behavioural scientists, expert patients and the charity Lupus UK.

    She also has lupus herself.

    Sloan hopes lupus can benefit from the type of support that is emerging for "long Covid" patients and believes they share similar life-changing symptoms such as severe fatigue and pain.

    Read what three patients had to say about their experience of living with lupus during lockdown.

  3. Durham Miners' Gala cancelled for second year running

    Crowds at a previous Durham Miners' Gala

    The Durham Miners' Gala, one of the largest trade union-organised events in Europe, has been cancelled for the second year running because of coronavirus.

    The first gala was hosted in 1871 and the 150th anniversary event was due to take place on 10 July.

    Only world wars and strikes - the General Strike in 1926 and Miners' Strike in 1984 - have previously stopped the gathering from taking place.

    Easington's Labour MP Graeme Morris says the Durham Miners' Association feels there is not enough time to organise the event, assuming the roadmap for easing lockdown stays as it is.

    "Reluctantly, they had to take this decision rather than commit time and resources. It's disappointing but I think it's wise," he says.

    "A gala of 100,000 people would be terrible if it put people at risk."

  4. Radio host apologises after comparing BTS to coronavirus


    A German radio host has apologised after comparing K-pop group BTS to the coronavirus.

    Matthias Matuschik said he didn't intend to "racially insult" BTS - one of the biggest groups in the world - adding that making a connection between the band and Covid was "completely wrong".

    On Wednesday, during his show on Bayern3, Matuschik played the group's cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" on his show, calling it "blasphemy".

    "For this you will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years!" he added.

    Matuschik then described BTS as "some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well".

    Many took to social media to share their outrage at the comments.

    The station said the presenter "overshot the mark in his choice of words" and he did not intend to hurt the feelings of BTS fans.

    Matuschik said he accepted "I could have racially insulted many of you, especially the Asian community, with my words".

    "That was never my intention, but I know that in the end it is how the words are received by the recipients - and not how they were meant," he added.

  5. Labour urges government to set out 'proper plan' on May elections

    A ballot box

    Labour is accusing the government of "burying their heads in the sand" over May's local elections and warns there could be a major disenfranchisement of voters without further action.

    Deputy leader Angela Rayner says the government has to set out a "proper plan" to run the elections safely and is calling for a drive to boost postal voting.

    The government has already set out guidance for measures including mask-wearing and voters bringing their own pens to the polls. It says a "comprehensive public information campaign" will be launched soon.

    But Labour is warning of "dangerously crowded polling stations" and "long queues" on election day.

    Rayner says ministers have "once again been too slow to act", saying it is "completely inexplicable" they are not urging people to sign up to vote from home.

    "With 10 weeks to go, we are yet to see a proper plan from the government setting out how these elections will be run safely while councils face shortages of electoral staff, lack of venues and funding uncertainty," she says.

    Voting on 6 May will include polls for district and county councils in England, for police and crime commissioners and for city mayors, including in London.

    An Electoral Commission spokeswoman says voters have a range of options including voting in person, by post or by proxy.

  6. Yorkshire birthplace honours Captain Sir Tom

    David Pearson lays a wreath of 200 white roses at a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore
    Image caption: David Pearson, deputy lieutenant for West Yorkshire, left a floral tribute in Keighley

    Moving tributes have been paid to Captain Sir Tom Moore by his closest family at a private service in Bedfordshire where the veteran fundraiser was honoured with a flypast, a gun volley and The Last Post.

    But it is not only in his home village of Marston Moretaine where the 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, is being remembered.

    Floral tributes have been left at a memorial to him in Keighley where the "proud Yorkshireman" was born.

    On the day of his funeral, David Pearson, deputy lieutenant for West Yorkshire laid a wreath of 200 white roses, alongside floral posies left by members of the public at the plaque which recognises "the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens".

    Wreath of white roses at the Sir Tom Moore memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire
    A memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore"s funeral.
  7. Irish police attacked at Dublin lockdown protest

    Police in Dublin on Saturday

    Gardaí (Irish police) in Dublin have been attacked after hundreds of people protesting against Covid-19 restrictions were prevented from gathering in St Stephen's Green.

    Irish broadcaster RTÉ reported that a number of arrests have been made.

    Police used batons to push demonstrators down Grafton Street but were attacked with fireworks, cans and bollards, RTÉ said.

    The Office of Public Works closed the park after orders from police.

    Read more here.

  8. More than 20m vaccination doses now given in UK

    A further 504,493 people in the UK have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 32,773 have had their second dose.

    This brings the totals to 19,682,048 for first doses and 768,810 for second doses - a total of more than 20 million doses.

    And looking at the figures for cases and deaths we just brought you, both have fallen since the same time last week.

    Last Saturday there were 10,406 new cases and 445 further deaths.

    Chart showing more than 19 million first doses of coronavirus vaccine have been given in the UK
    Image caption: More than 20 million vaccine doses have been given - and more than 19 million of those have been first jabs
  9. BreakingLatest coronavirus figures: 7,434 new cases and 290 further deaths

    There have been a further 7,434 positive coronavirus tests recorded in the UK, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 4,170,519.

    The latest government figures also show there have been a further 290 deaths of people who had tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days. It brings the total by that measure to 122,705.

    Chart showing how daily deaths in the UK are falling steadily
  10. Spot checks to deter beauty spot visits in Wales

    Seafront, Barry Island

    Police are carrying out spot checks in the hope of deterring people from driving to beauty spots in Wales over the weekend.

    People face £60 fines for breaking stay-at-home lockdown rules banning all but essential travel in Wales.

    With fine weather expected and a Wales v England rugby international kicking off later this afternoon, South Wales Police and North Wales Police have urged people not to break the rules.

    Checks will be conducted in Swansea, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan to "ascertain the reason for travel".

    It comes after complaints from residents in Penarth about an increase in visitors to the seaside town with similar issues reported in Snowdonia.

    "Let's not lose all the gains that have been made," says South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael.

    "It's great we've seen the numbers coming down but there are still people dying of Covid 19."

    Read more.

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  11. New Zealand v England cricket matches to be played behind closed doors

    The England and NZ women's cricket teams playing a match

    The next three matches of England women's cricket team's tour of New Zealand will be played behind closed doors after a new lockdown was introduced.

    Auckland has been put into a seven-day lockdown after one community coronavirus case was found. More relaxed restrictions that limit social gatherings have also been introduced across the rest of New Zealand.

    Saturday's third one-day international at 22:00 GMT, plus Twenty20s on Wednesday and Friday, will be played without fans.

    Wednesday's T20 has been moved to Wellington from Auckland, where the tightest lockdown has been introduced.

    The third and final T20 on 7 March will go ahead in Tauranga with a decision yet to made about fans' attendance.

    The first two 50-over matches of England's tour have both been played with spectators, England winning both comfortably to take a 2-0 series lead.

  12. New mums call for more pregnancy support

    Jade Juckeston, husband Greg and baby Hazel
    Image caption: Jade Juckeston said there was insufficient support when she was having trouble breastfeeding

    First-time mothers have been calling for extra support for those going through pregnancy and labour in the pandemic.

    Zoë O'Donnell, who is due to give birth in May, is planning a home birth after two friends shared their "traumatic experiences" of giving birth alone in hospital.

    One of those friends is Jade Juckeston, who says she believes the level of care she received following the birth of her daughter Hazel has contributed to long-term problems with breastfeeding.

    She spent two days in Bristol's Southmead Hospital after giving birth in June - with her husband not allowed on the ward.

    She says there is not enough support from the midwives and nurses when she is having trouble breastfeeding.

    "As a new mother you are in a vulnerable and emotional position. I felt really lonely and I know others in the ward did too," she adds.

    North Bristol NHS Trust has now increased some access for those attending maternity services with their pregnant partners. It says it has tried to balance partners' support with protecting people from Covid-19.

    Read more here.

  13. WATCH: Celebrity make-up artists on working in the pandemic

    Video content

    Video caption: Golden Globes: Celebrity make-up artists on their job in the pandemic

    The film award season kicks off in Hollywood tomorrow, with this year's Golden Globes being celebrated in a largely virtual ceremony.

    A-list glamour will be in short supply - with no red carpet and nominees appearing from home.

    It highlights the impact of the pandemic on make-up artists, as well as hair and wardrobe stylists.

    Many have seen long stretches of downtime as the film industry has been temporarily shuttered.

    When they do work, it's nearly impossible to maintain social distance, so they must wear masks and get tested regularly.

    "I love doing red carpet," says make-up artist Kimberley Bosso.

    "It sucks that we can't do it and things are virtual now, but slowly we will get back to normal - we just have to be patient."

  14. Hotel quarantine: What's it really like?

    By Dominic Bailey

    Samantha Brooke-Smith
    Image caption: "I've tried to make a routine for myself as much as possible," Samantha says

    A £1,750 all-inclusive break, with food delivered to your hotel door, plus round-the-clock TV might sound appealing to some.

    But the reality is something far less glamorous - hotel quarantine near some of England's busiest international airports.

    The enforced quarantine applies to those who have visited or transited through countries on the UK's "red list".

    “Coming from Dubai which is a very sociable place and having been a cabin crew manager... going from everything to nothing is a very big shock," says Samantha.

    The 41-year-old is using her enforced solitude in a Heathrow hotel to study to become an accountant.

    "That is what is saving me completely. There is only so much TV I can watch."

    We've been speaking to some of those in quarantine about how they occupy the time - and what the food's like.

  15. Watch: Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral cortege

    Video content

    Video caption: Captain Sir Tom Moore funeral: Family pays tribute to pandemic hero

    Captain Sir Tom Moore's family gave moving accounts of their father and grandfather at a private service in the chapel at Bedford Crematorium.

    During the service, his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore described her father as "a beacon of light and hope to the world".

    His other daughter Lucy Teixeira said: "Daddy, I am so proud of you. You may be gone but your message and your spirit lives on."

    Read more here.

  16. 'I lost both parents to Covid in two weeks'

    Ray and Rosemary Scovell, on their wedding day
    Image caption: The couple had been due to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary this year

    A daughter has described the "horrific" anguish of losing both parents to Covid, just two weeks apart.

    Ray and Rosemary Scovell, from Sandown, on the Isle of Wight, had been looking forward to their golden wedding anniversary when Ray, 76, fell ill.

    Claire Apsey and grandson, Simon, says the family's grief has been compounded by lockdown. She says she felt "guilty" for being unable to give her parents the send-off they deserved, describing the funeral arrangements as "clinical".

    Mr and Mrs Scovell were well known for their work in the community. Her father was responsible for bringing sporting events, such as Parkrun, to the island - and was ably supported by his wife.

    When Mr Scovell was admitted to hospital in early January, Claire and her son moved in with her mum, who had developed short-term memory loss.

    "When Dad died she would forget, so we would have to explain again," says daughter Claire, adding: "She was heartbroken."

    Barely more than a week after her husband's death, Mrs Scovell suffered a fall and, while in hospital, tested positive for the virus. She died five days later.

    "It's been horrific really... The hardest thing is not being able to share the grief."

  17. Deaf blind mum says lockdown has left her isolated

    Bethany Fanthom with son Freddie

    A woman who is deaf blind says she's been left feeling alone after giving birth during the pandemic.

    Bethany Fanthom, 27, gave birth to son Freddie on 11 March last year. She's calling for more support for disabled people's mental health and says she has felt isolated, with Covid restrictions cutting off most of her support.

    Ms Fanthom, from Halesowen, West Midlands, communicates with sign language and has tunnel vision - a loss of her peripheral view that makes it hard to watch her baby son while doing household jobs such as cooking and cleaning.

    While she lives with her fiancé, his work keeps him away from the home most of the day. She says she has no one to speak to who's in a similar situation.

    "I've not been able to meet any other moms with disabilities, nor have I been able to take my son on any play dates or outings," she says.

    "Feeling isolated has had a huge impact on my mental health and physical health as I am forever reliant on my family for all my social needs."

    The Sense charity is calling on the government to do more to support disabled people who it says have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

  18. Capt Sir Tom's funeral - the story of the day

    Capt Sir Tom Moore's coffin

    If you're just joining us, we reported earlier on the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who helped raise more than £33m for NHS charities during lockdown last year.

    Hannah Ingram-Moore described her father as "a beacon of light and hope to the world".

    His other daughter, Lucy Teixeira, said: "Daddy, I am so proud of you. You may be gone but your message and your spirit lives on."

    You can read a fuller version of the day's events here.

  19. In pictures: Capt Sir Tom Moore's funeral

    Relatives of Captain Sir Tom Moore have spoken of their "pride" during his funeral.

    The service for the 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, began with him being honoured by the military.

    Six Yorkshire Regiment members carried his coffin, draped in the union jack, and an honour guard fired volleys.

    Below are some images from the day.

    Capt Sir Tom's coffin
    A Dakota performing a flypast at Capt Sir Tom Moore's funeral
    Image caption: There was a flypast ahead of the funeral service
    Capt Sir Tom Moore's funeral service
    Image caption: Eight members of Capt Sir Tom's family attended the service
    Members of the Yorkshire Regiment at Capt Sir Tom's funeral
    Image caption: Members of the Yorkshire Regiment took part in the ceremony
    The order of service for Capt Sir Tom's funeral
  20. India in a 'delicate phase' as Covid cases surge

    By Vikas Pandey and Soutik Biswas

    A market in Delhi
    Image caption: Social distancing measures are not being strictly followed

    After reporting a significant drop in the number of Covid-19 cases for months, some Indian states have seen a sharp uptick in infections in February.

    In early February, physicians in Amravati district, some 700km (435 miles) from India's commercial capital, Mumbai, noticed a sudden surge in the number of people suffering from Covid-19.

    Life in this cotton-growing district in the western state of Maharashtra had almost returned to normal after the first wave of infections last summer. The ICUs of the 1,600-bed state-run hospital and half-a-dozen private hospitals were nearly empty.

    "But everything changed in February," says Anil Jadhav, a local journalist. "And now there's panic in the district."

    Since the beginning of February, Amravati has recorded more than 10,000 cases, and there has been a similar rise in neighbouring districts. Maharashtra recorded nearly 9,000 cases on Thursday, the largest single-day spike in four months.

    "People here have been not wearing masks. They have been attending unregulated mass gatherings such as marriages and campaigns for local elections.

    "There is free intermingling of people, carriers are not getting isolated, and testing and tracking is low. This has led to this situation," Dr Sanjay Oak, a member of the state's Covid task force, tells the BBC.