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  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us today - thanks for joining us. Our coronavirus live page will return tomorrow.

    The writers today were Victoria Lindrea, Alex Therrien and Sarah Collerton.

  2. What happened today?

    People with boxes outside shops

    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 the main stories from today.

    • People are being asked to be respectful to shop workers as thousands of non-essential retail stores prepare to reopen across England and Wales. The British Retail Consortium called on shoppers to adhere to social-distancing rules and "queue considerately" as curbs ease on Monday
    • England's gyms, zoos and hairdressers will also reopen, while restaurants and pubs will welcome customers outdoors
    • Buckingham Palace repeated its appeal for the public not to go there to pay tribute to Prince Philip, instead urging well-wishers to donate to charities in his name
    • Covid rules mean UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to miss the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral to allow "as many family members as possible" to go
    • The UK recorded a further seven deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test and 1,730 cases. It also carried out another 111,109 first dose vaccinations and 475,230 second dose jabs
    • India says it has become the "fastest country in the world" to administer more than 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, amid a deadly second wave of infections. It achieved the feat in 85 days, whereas the US took 89 days and China 102 days, the health ministry said
    • But the country also saw a record rise in infections - more than 150,000 cases, along with more than 800 deaths
  3. England lockdown: Countdown to freedom

    Harriet Henry, manager of The Tea Room in Knutsford, hangs an open sign outside her cafe, as she prepares to welcome back customers to her outdoor seating area on Monday
    Image caption: The Tea Room in Knutsford will reopen its outdoor seating area on Monday

    Coronavirus restrictions in England are slowly being lifted.

    From tomorrow, non-essential shops, gyms and libraries will reopen; family groups will be able to rent holiday accommodation.

    All the lockdown easing steps in England are dependent on four key tests being met at each stage. These tests include whether the vaccine rollout is going as planned and whether deaths and cases are coming down.

    We've created a countdown to freedom to keep you going - and guide you along that roadmap:

    For example:

    • One day to go before you can go to the pub (at least outside)
    • One day to go before you can have your haircut (goodbye mullet)
    • 36 days until you can sit indoors in a restaurant

    See for yourself!

  4. 'If we can't satisfy demand then we've got it wrong'

    The newly converted outdoor space at The Alma Inn near Halifax, West Yorkshire
    Image caption: The Alma Inn near Halifax, West Yorkshire, has invested heavily in converting an overflow area by the car park

    Pubs have been upgrading their outdoor areas ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased in England.

    From Monday, venues with outdoor seating will reopen for the first time since the beginning of January.

    Half of Britons are planning to visit a pub or restaurant when the rules ease, a recent poll by investment bank Jefferies found.

    The Alma Inn near Halifax, West Yorkshire, has invested heavily in converting an overflow area by the car park to make what its Instagram account dubbed a "second pub".

    The new area includes a mobile bar, food truck and new benches, while the land also had to be levelled.

    John Priest, 38, one of the pub's managers, said: "We have to be ready for the demand.

    "If we get to a point next week or the week after where we didn't have anywhere for people to sit, then we would have failed as a business in our eyes.

    "If we can't satisfy the demand that's there, then we've got it wrong."

    The Cornubia Inn in Hayle, West Cornwall
    Image caption: The Cornubia Inn in Hayle, West Cornwall, has added wi-fi and a new payment system for its outdoor area

    In Hayle, Cornwall, Damian Knight, 45, who runs the Cornubia Inn with his wife Miranda, said the pandemic has changed the "traditional" pub model.

    While they have spent money on a covered shelter, heating and updated furniture, the addition of wi-fi and a new ordering and payment system are important updates that customers may not notice at a glance.

    "If you open your doors with what you had before, you're going to get left behind."

  5. UK deaths and cases hit lowest number since early September

    The number of deaths recorded in today's figures is the lowest since 13 September, when five were reported.

    It is the lowest number of cases since 2 September, when 1,508 were reported.

    We look at the trends in the numbers in the following charts.

    Daily coronavirus figures chart
    UK cases chart
    UK deaths chart
  6. Vaccine first doses top 32 million

    The daily figures also show that the number of people in the UK to have had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine is now 32,121,353 - up 111,109 on yesterday.

    The number of people to have two doses is now 7,466,540 - up 475,230.

    A further 221 patients were admitted into hospital.

  7. BreakingUK deaths rise by seven, cases by 1,730

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

    There were also a further 1,730 cases reported.

  8. Baftas: Performing at empty Albert Hall a 'unique opportunity'

    Celeste at the Baftas
    Image caption: Celeste said there was an "allure" to performing in an empty Royal Albert Hall

    Brit award winner Celeste has said performing at the Bafta film awards in an empty Royal Albert Hall is a "unique opportunity".

    The singer was speaking as she arrived at the second of the two ceremonies for this year's awards, which is going ahead without winners and nominees present.

    She is due to perform Hear My Voice from best film nominee The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

    Speaking ahead of the ceremony, she said: "I think it has such an allure to be able to perform without an audience and I was saying earlier that it's such a unique opportunity to be able to perform in a place like this, sort of fully ready to go, dressed, without a crowd so I look forward to that, and hopefully I'll come back another time where I can have a big audience."

    You can see the full list of nominees and winners here.

  9. Gigs on doorsteps helping 'isolated' new mums

    Can't Sit Still perform on a new mum's doorstep
    Image caption: The group has been giving performances on doorsteps rather at venues

    Women who have given birth during the pandemic say a wellbeing project has given them the "human connection" they have missed during lockdown.

    Art and music group Can't Sit Still organises Covid-safe mother and baby group meet-ups and music gigs on people's doorsteps in Gloucestershire and Bristol to give support to mums "isolated" at home.

    Lucy Warren-Swettenham, from Gloucestershire, said it was the first time she had connected with other mums and her daughter Lily had seen other babies.

    "I had never been a mum in public so being able to talk mother-to-mother made me feel stronger," she says.

    "There's a mum who I met nearby so I've organised a doorstep gig for her to come and watch and for my daughter to experience the music."

    Bristol mum Natalie Sparnon said the wellbeing sessions and doorstep performance brought her the "human connection" that she had not been able to access.

    "It was nice to have something special to remember just for me and my daughter," she says.

    "We have missed out on so much being isolated during the pandemic."

    Read more here

    Lucy Warren-Swettenham and her baby
    Image caption: Lucy Warren-Swettenham said it was nice to "finally" be able to do something just for mums
  10. Covid-19 restrictions easing in Jersey


    Lockdown restrictions in Jersey are also to be eased from tomorrow, paving the way for more people to meet up.

    Events such as weddings will also see larger numbers as the island moves to stage five of its lockdown roadmap.

    Testing is being made available free for all office workers and employees in various sectors.

    The 2m social distancing rule is also changing from law to guidance.

    But Minister for Health and Social Services Richard Renouf says people "should still make every effort to maintain distance from those they don't live with wherever possible".

    He says he hopes islanders "enjoy meeting again and respect the subtle but important measures that remain".

    Find out more about the key changes here.

  11. What to watch for when you’re out and about

    From tomorrow people in England will be able to visit shops, gyms and hairdressers, as well as the outdoor spaces of pubs and restaurants.

    So with the next stages of lockdown easing on the horizon, how can you keep yourself and others safe from transmitting coronavirus in these new locations?

    The BBC’s science editor David Shukman explains the risks and what to look out for.

    Video content

    Video caption: Lockdown easing: What to watch for when you’re out and about
  12. Vulnerable people should not be forced back into workplaces, charity says

    A woman in a mask in her home

    The government should give greater support to those most at risk of Covid-19 and protection to prevent them being forced back into workplaces, disability charity Scope has said.

    It comes after shielding advice for the most clinically vulnerable in England and Wales ended at the beginning of the month.

    Executive director James Taylor said: "Nobody should be forced to choose between their life and their livelihood.

    "Without proper protections in place for those most at risk, that's exactly what's going to happen."

  13. Son of dying man to be released from hotel quarantine

    The High Court, Dublin
    Image caption: The High Court in Dublin directed that there should be an inquiry into Mr Jennings' mandatory quarantine, national media reported

    An Irish man who flew home from Israel to be with his dying father is to be released from quarantine after launching a legal challenge.

    Derek Jennings, 47, had been in mandatory quarantine after flying into Ireland on Friday.

    His father, who was diagnosed with cancer, is in intensive care.

    Earlier on Sunday, the High Court in Dublin had heard his father was in a critical condition and might die at any stage.

    The Republic of Ireland introduced hotel quarantine last month to restrict international travel.

    Currently people travelling from one of more than 30 countries must undergo mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.

    The court directed that there should be an inquiry into Mr Jennings' mandatory quarantine, RTÉ reports.

    However, it is understood he will be released after the state received further documentation from his lawyers.

    Read the full story.

  14. Scotland's national clinical director 'grateful' for vaccination

    Prof Jason Leitch receiving the jab
    Image caption: Prof Jason Leitch receiving the jab

    Scotland's national clinical director has thanked scientists and health care workers after he received his first Covid jab.

    Prof Jason Leitch said he was "enormously grateful" to everyone involved in the vaccination programme.

    Read more

  15. Final preparations ahead of next lockdown easing steps

    Final preparations are being made for the next step out of lockdown tomorrow.

    Thousands of non-essential retail stores will reopen in England and Wales.

    Shoppers are being reminded to be respectful to staff, as one shop manager told BBC Radio 5Live of the abuse she's experienced during the pandemic.

    Video content

    Video caption: A shop manager has described the abuse she's experienced at work during the pandemic.

    Pubs and restaurants in England can serve customers outdoors from midnight.

    But there are fears that won't be enough for some pubs hit by huge losses due to lockdown.

    Managing director of the Bath Pub Company Joe Cussens says its four pubs have been refitted with outside bars and seating areas in preparation for outdoor dining.

    "We are spending now hoping we will recoup over the summer," he says.

    An outside bar area has been built at the Hare & Hounds pub in Bath
    Image caption: An outside bar area has been built at the Hare & Hounds pub in Bath

    Gyms and spas can reopen in England, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres.

    Those who are raring to get back to the gym are urged to "take it slow" to avoid injury.

    Spa assistant Kieran Wilson cleans weights in the gym at Cottons Hotel and Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire
    Image caption: Spa assistant Kieran Wilson cleans weights in the gym at Cottons Hotel and Spa in Knutsford Cheshire,

    Hairdressers and beauty salons can reopen in England.

    The manager of Combers Inside-Out hairdressing in Taunton says he feels fortunate to be reopening.

    Simon Willetts says: "I'm aware we are very lucky in that we have a business to go back to. Not everyone is in that position, particularly in retail."

    Combers Inside-Out hairdressing in Taunton
    Image caption: Staff at Combers Inside-Out hairdressing in Taunton say they feel lucky to be reopening

    Read more about what's allowed tomorrow in our guide to the roadmap out of lockdown.

  16. Pubs reopening but some 'may not survive'

    Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton are not reopening the Eastfield Inn
    Image caption: Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton ran the Eastfield Inn for almost a decade

    From Monday pubs and restaurants can open in England, with customers ordering food and drink while remaining seated outside.

    Despite this, Bath Pub Company managing director Joe Cussens fears some pubs will not be able to stay open following lockdown.

    "Every pub has had to take on a mountain of debt," he says.

    "Some pubs will not survive. Pubs that were on the edge before Covid will not think it's worth reopening - this will have accelerated their demise.

    "The market will come out strongly but there will be some casualties."

    Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton have decided not to reopen one of their two pubs in Bristol - the Eastfield Inn, which they ran for nine years.

    "From our customers' point of view it's hard to believe because we had the footfall, but the costs were astronomical and there's a fine margin of error," Graham says.

    "Covid was the nail in the coffin."

    Read more here

  17. Who can I go to the pub with?

    Your questions answered graphic

    From tomorrow, more lockdown restrictions are being eased in England, including the long-awaited reopening of pubs.

    We answer some of our readers' questions on what happens now:

    When pubs and restaurants open outside in England, can I only go with people I live with or does the rule of six apply?

    The rule of six will apply at cafes, pubs and restaurants in England from tomorrow. So you can meet up outside with five other people, and you don’t have to live with any of them. Or you can meet up with any number of people from two households.

    When pubs open, will bar staff have to wear face masks and or visors when serving?

    Yes, they will. By law, staff working in venues that provide food and drink are required to wear face coverings (similar to masks), unless they have an exemption.

    The government guidance for the hospitality sector in England says a face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering - but not instead of one.

    Have another question? It may be answered here.

  18. 'Sense of normality' as sisters return to hockey squad

    Ffion Wynne

    BBC News

    Becca, Liv and mum Lisa
    Image caption: Becca, Liv and their mum Lisa are all keen hockey players and trained in their garden during the repeated lockdowns

    After months in lockdown, being able to play hockey again was a relief for teenagers Becca and Liv.

    The sisters, from Newport, had to stop training with their teammates when Wales went back into lockdown in December.

    Both were preparing to play hockey for Wales when the pandemic first struck in 2020.

    After rules changed, allowing organised sport for under-18s to resume from 27 March this year, the sisters returned to training sessions with their age group squads.

    Liv, 14, said she found being away from her friends hard and getting back with the squad "meant a lot".

    Sport has been "such a big stress reliever" added 17-year-old Becca

    The pair said they were beginning to feel "a sense of normality again".

    Read more here

  19. Mother and baby home after 88-day hospital stay

    Ellie Wright and her family
    Image caption: Ellie Wright said she had missed her family

    A new mother has returned home with her baby son after spending 88 days in hospital recovering from Covid-19.

    Ellie Wright, 20, could not receive life-saving treatment until her son Leo was born and spent the next three weeks in a coma.

    Born by Caesarean section 10 weeks early in January, he was five weeks old before Ellie could even hold his hand.

    At one stage hospital staff were worried she might not survive.

    Ellie, from Walsall, said she had been looking forward to being back home with her family.

    "It's been so hard and upsetting not being able to see them," she said.

    "I know that my poor mum's really been worried for so long about me and Leo so I hope she will feel better herself now."

    Read more

  20. India registers another record increase in cases

    People in crowded markets

    Earlier, we reported that India has now administered more than 100 million vaccine doses. However the country has also registered another record increase in coronavirus infections.

    More than 150,000 cases and more than 800 deaths have been recorded.

    The state of Maharashtra, home to the country's financial centre Mumbai, is the worst affected.

    The state's chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, is pushing for a period of strict restrictions.

    The capital, Delhi, is also seeing a rapid increase in cases.

    In response, it is banning social, political, and religious gatherings and reducing capacity in restaurants and cinemas.

    India has the third highest number of reported cases worldwide, behind the US and Brazil.