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  • EU threatens export controls on coronavirus vaccines amid AstraZeneca row

    The European Union has threatened to impose tight controls on the export of coronavirus vaccines made in the bloc, potentially impacting the UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs. The Government said it was in “close contact” with suppliers after the European Commission issued the warning amid a row with AstraZeneca over a shortfall of doses for member states..

  • Unemployment rate soars to highest level for more than four years

    Britain’s jobless rate has soared to its highest level for more than four years as official figures showed nearly 830,000 workers have been dropped from UK payrolls since the start of the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the unemployment rate reached 5% in the three months to November for the first time since early 2016 after another 202,000 people lost their jobs..

  • Regular afternoon naps linked to better mental agility study finds

    Taking a “regular” afternoon nap may be linked to better mental agility, a study has found. Researchers found sleeping in the afternoon was associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency and working memory in an ageing Chinese population..

  • Johnson to rule on plans for quarantine hotels to protect against new strains

    Boris Johnson is expected to approve plans to force some travellers arriving to the UK to quarantine in hotels to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants. The Prime Minister will discuss proposals for arrivals to quarantine in designated hotels to ensure they follow self-isolation rules with senior ministers on Tuesday..

  • Jose Mourinho relieved after late show sees Tottenham past Wycombe in FA Cup

    Jose Mourinho was relieved after Tottenham’s late show saw them beat Wycombe 4-1 in the FA Cup fourth round. Spurs looked like being taken to extra time by the Championship strugglers as they missed a host of chances to kill the game after Gareth Bale’s goal had cancelled out Fred Onyedinma’s surprise opener for Wycombe..

  • Chelsea sack Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel expected to take over

    Chelsea have sacked head coach Frank Lampard after a run of five defeats from eight Premier League games. Owner Roman Abramovich described the decision as “very difficult” and conceded it was a move not taken lightly by the club, with the PA news agency understanding Thomas Tuchel is set to replace the 42-year-old..

  • Boohoo buys Debenhams brand and website for 55m but stores to close

    Online fashion retailer Boohoo has bought the Debenhams brand and website for £55 million in a deal that will see the eponymous department store name survive, but the company’s remaining 118 stores close for good. The deal will see Debenhams products sold by Boohoo from early next year, allowing enough time for liquidators to continue closing the retailer’s sites once they are allowed to reopen after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted..

  • Johnson faces Tory anger over continued school closures

    Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from Tory MPs to reopen schools in England amid warnings that children have become the “forgotten victims” of the coronavirus pandemic. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is widely expected to confirm this week that there will be no return to the classroom after the February half-term break as ministers had hoped..