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  1. Coronavirus in 50 care homes in county

    Greig Watson

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Health bosses in Nottinghamshire have confirmed about 50 care homes are dealing with coronavirus outbreaks.

    Speaking at the area's regular health briefing Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health, confirmed this represented about 40% of the county's total care homes.

    He said: "These are outbreaks of various scales, from two or so members of staff testing positive to wider infections, some of which will be symptomatic.

    "Also, they are at various stages with some being newly notified and subject to active outbreak control, while others have been dealt with and are about to be stood down."

    Shopper wearing face shield

    It was also confirmed that while infections showed signs of levelling off at a point below the national average, the situation in hospitals was still "critical".

    Dr Andy Haynes, executive lead for the area's integrated care system, said: "One in four hospital beds is occupied by a Covid patient. The number of beds occupied by Covid patients is twice that in April.

    "Admissions are still high and will remain high for at least two weeks."

    People were urged to keep infections as low as possible by observing lockdown rules, including social distancing and the wearing of masks when on essential trips.

  2. Weather warnings for snow and ice

    Samantha Noble

    BBC News Online

    Two yellow weather warnings for ice and snow have been issued for today and tomorrow.

    The Met Office has put a warning for ice in place for the East Midlands between 08:00 and 10:00 this morning.

    It said there may be icy surfaces and difficult travel conditions as a result.

    Buxton, Derbyshire

    A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for parts of the region, including Derby and Nottingham, between 03:00 and 21:00 tomorrow.

    The Met Office said a band of heavy snow expected on Saturday could lead to travel disruption.

  3. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will start off with some low cloud, mist and fog but that should lift and break a little to allow for some sunny spells in the afternoon, with highs of 1C expected.

    This evening it is due to be clear for some time but cloud and wind is to increase overnight bringing with it rain by dawn.

    On Saturday, any wintry showers should change to rain which will then clear in the afternoon but it will continue to be blustery and Sunday will be dry with plenty of sunshine and a strong north-westerly wind.

    Middleton, Derbyshire
  4. Weather warning as snow falls in the East Midlands

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Snow across parts of the East Midlands has closed some schools with a Met Office weather warning in place until 21:00 tonight.

    It warned travel could be disrupted, especially on higher routes, with rail cancellations and untreated pavements and cycle paths becoming dangerous or impassable.

    Derbyshire County Council has confirmed Immaculate Conception Catholic Primary School, Cutthorpe Primary School and Hunloke Park Primary are all to close today due to worsening conditions.

    Worksop snow

    Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire has also closed to visitors because of snow.

  5. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today is looking quite unsettled. This morning rain will become wintry even at lower levels and snow accumulations are likely over higher ground, but are possible elsewhere too.

    It should dry out as the afternoon goes on with highs of around 4C (39F).

    It will be cloudy, breezy and cold throughout this evening, with a chance of further wintry showers - but clear spells should develop overnight.

    Breedon on the Hill
  6. King's Mill Hospital staff 'expect Covid patients to rise'

    Rob Sissons

    East Midlands Today Reporter

    There are more than 150 people in King's Mill Hospital at Sutton-in-Ashfield with coronavirus and health bosses expecting that to increase.

    The phrase they use is "baked in" and it is all about the lead-up time from infection rates to hospitalisation.

    King's Mill Hospital

    When someone becomes infected it can take five days to show symptoms and then seven to 10 days before hospitalisation is required.

    It then could be another week or two before that person may then require intensive care.

    With infection rates across the East Midlands all on the rise, hospitals are bracing themselves having to treat even more people. And all of this is coming at a time when staff are already under pressure.

  7. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It's quite a damp start to the day with some cloud around this morning, but that'll sink away to the south fairly quickly to be replaced with lots of dry and bright conditions.

    Clear skies with sunny spells are expected this afternoon and temperatures are due to be just a little bit lower than yesterday with highs of 6C to 7C.

  8. NHS staff concerned over missed vaccination appointments

    Rob Sissons

    East Midlands Today Reporter

    The jab programme is being expanded, with even more vaccination sites opening across the East Midlands.

    It’s the introduction of the seven big centres across England which has baffled some people, with our nearest being Birmingham.

    Some people, aged 80 and over, have been given the chance to go for a vaccination at the Birmingham site, but only if they live a 45-minute drive away.

    The NHS do say it is a choice to go there and if you are willing to wait, you will get the chance to get a jab at a place closer to you in due course.

    The biggest concern has been the number of people missing appointments.

    One clinic in Ashbourne had 11 people miss their slots. The vaccine can only be stored for so long, so staff ended up staying late to call people in and make sure it wasn’t wasted.

    A vaccination
  9. Councils get go-ahead for rapid asymptomatic tests

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Councils in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have said they hope to begin rapid asymptomatic testing in selected areas from later this month.

    Nottinghamshire County Councli plans to start its pilot in Mansfield on 25 January and in Worksop from early February, testing people once a week over three months.

    This type of testing began in Lambeth, London, earlier this month and the government said it will now roll out across England this week.

    Lambeth testing site

    Jonathan Gribbin, Nottinghamshire's director of public health, said the places they would target first are the Bellamy Road, Ladybrook and Oak Tree areas of Mansfield and the Manton and Sandy Lane areas of Worksop.

    "We have identified these communities because they have a high proportion of working-age residents and those who are unable to work from home," he said.

    "We want to make sure that they have easy access to testing and support if they need to self-isolate."

    Nottingham City Council said it had selected the Forest Fields and Hyson Green areas of the city for an asymptomatic community testing facility, due to open over the next couple of weeks.

    Sally Longford, the council's deputy leader, said: “We know there have been high rates of Covid-19 infections in these areas and that citizens living here are of working age and more at risk from Covid-19.

    "Many individuals living in Forest Fields and Hyson Green may also find it difficult to access testing, so the chosen site is close to transport routes that serve these communities."

    She added the facility would be in place until March.

  10. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    It's a cloudy start to the day and there may be the odd spot of drizzle.

    While many places will catch an occasional bright spell through the morning, patchy outbreaks of rain will move in from the north west later on.

    It will be a breezy day but feeling milder than it has done recently, with highs of 9C.

  11. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will be mostly cloudy and cold with patchy light rain, sleet and snow.

    There will be a maximum temperature of 2°C (36°F).

    Through this evening and tonight, it will become dry and gradually clearer. A cold night with the risk of local pockets of freezing fog by dawn.

    frosty morning at Hickling Basin