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1.7m more people told to shield by new NHS calculator
Roughly 1.7 million people will be added to the shielding list in England, after experts developed an algorithm which has identified more adults at serious risk from Covid-19. According to health officials, letters from the NHS will arrive imminently telling people they should be shielding, joining around 2.2m people already on the list in England. This comes as new data shows the number of people testing positive for antibodies is rising across the UK as the vaccine rollout accelerates. Prevalence was highest among those over 80 but there was a reminder the vaccination programme still faces serious challenges as BBC DJ Jo Whiley revealed her heartbreaking torment after being offered a jab before her disabled sister whose care home has been locked down due to a Covid outbreak.
Meanwhile, the “phased and gradual return to school” will go ahead in Scotland as planned from Monday, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed. Children aged four to seven and secondary pupils who need to carry out practical assignments will go back to school from February 22 – two weeks ahead of England’s students. The SNP will hope the return goes better than the first day of its hotel quarantine scheme, where the first international arrivals were allowed to leave after just one day due to a loophole.
Video of Dubai princess reveals ‘hostage’ situation
The daughter of Dubai’s ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 has been “held hostage” in a villa surrounded by police, secret videos to her friends claim. Princess Latifa Al Maktoum made a number of accusations in the videos, obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme, which were recorded in the bathroom of the villa because it was “the only door she could lock”. Dubai and the UAE have previously said she is safe in the care of family, according to the BBC. Click here to watch the video.
Mary Berry’s easy pancake recipe for any novice
Frying pans at the ready! Pancake Day is here and amateur chefs across the land will be testing their flipping skills. But if you have not got a clue where to begin, Mary Berry has put together this easy pancake recipe, with only three ingredients, that is perfect for any novice. Of course, all the fun is in the toppings. Check out these 10 easy fillings and topping ideas for the savoury and sweet tooth. Read on for the best vegan pancake recipes and here is a reminder of the origins of Shrove Tuesday.
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‘Oprah special’ | The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reluctantly resigned to losing their royal patronages, the Telegraph understands, as a source close to the couple insisted their Oprah Winfrey TV interview was not agreed as a form of revenge. Read how the US chatshow host played the long game to bag the ‘Oprah special’ and Stephen Armstrong outlines how it shows who is the couple’s preferred audience.
Around the world: More charges against Suu Kyi
Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with another charge today, after the military imposed a second straight overnight internet shutdown in an attempt to grind down an anti-coup uprising. In the two weeks since the generals ousted Suu Kyi and put the civilian leader under house arrest in the administrative capital Naypyidaw, big cities and isolated village communities alike have been in open revolt. Watch protesters lying on train tracks and armoured vehicles in Yangon.
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