The COVID Diaries – 293 17th February
Theatre tours of Europe have fallen victim to the uncertainty caused by Brexit
and the resulting requirements for work permits. A number of European countries
will now require people working in the arts to apply for short-term permits.
spokesman said: “We hope to resume European touring. However, we’re currently
unable to make firm plans because of Brexit legislation; the potential
additional costs for visas and current uncertainty around social security
contributions mean regrettably it is currently not financially viable.”
The COVID Diaries – 292 16th February
Another 1.7 million people in England are going to be asked
to shield, in addition to the 2.3 million already shielding. A new model has
been developed that includes factors other than just health.
Factors such as deprivation, ethnicity and weight have been
used to calculate the risk of becoming seriously ill due to Covid. Age, health
issues and medication are also included.
The COVID Diaries – 291 15th February
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said there is “some way to
go” before coronavirus restrictions are eased as government ministers start to
review these in England.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson told a press conference that he
wanted the current lockdown to be the last, but admitted he couldn’t guarantee this
would be the case. However, he said he aims to ease restrictions in a way that
The COVID Diaries – 290 14th February
Some loosening of current Covid-19 restrictions may be
announced later this month, according to rumours circulating in the press.
It is suggested that from 8 March people will be able to meet one
friend not from their household in certain conditions outside.
children may also return at the same time, but meeting inside will still be
The COVID Diaries – 289 13th February
Donald Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial because the Senate vote of 57-43 was ten votes short of the two-thirds of votes needed to convict the former president. However seven Republicans voted to convict the former president.
The Senate minority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, said he voted to acquit Donald Trump because he thought it was unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a president who had already left office.
McConnell suggested Donald Trump could still be subject to criminal prosecution over his role in the insurrection.
“There’s no question, none,
that President Trump is practically, and morally, responsible for provoking the
events of the day,” McConnell said.
The COVID Diaries – 288 11th February
The impeachment hearing against Donald Trump has
continued, with Congressman Joe Neguse arguing that Trump’s behaviour was
evidence of his guilt. He had shared a video in which he described
the rioters as “very special”, and he told them, “We love you.”
Neguse said senators should convict Trump of inciting
insurrection “Because if you don’t, if we pretend this didn’t happen, or worse
if we let it go unanswered, who’s to say it won’t happen again?”
The COVID Diaries – 287 10th February
The impeachment hearings for
Donald Trump have been shown remarkable security footage of Vice President Mike
Pence and his family being evacuated from the Senate chamber at the same time
as President Trump was continuing to attack Pence back at the White House.
In other security footage,
Trump supporting rioters are seen shouting “Hang Mike Pence”. Pence was only
evacuated minutes before the rioters arrived.
The COVID Diaries – 286 9th February
David Frost, the government’s chief Brexit negotiator, has
conceded that the start of the UK’s deal with the European Union has been “more than
bumpy” in the six weeks after the transition out of the single market and
He admitted there had been a failure to achieve the “friendly
cooperation between sovereign equals” which the UK claimed to be its aim.
The COVID Diaries – 285 8th February
A small-scale review has suggested that the AstraZeneca vaccine gives “minimal protection” against mild disease from the South African variant of the coronavirus.
People may or may not be reassured by Boris Johnson’s reassurance that he is “very confident” in the Covid vaccines being used in the United Kingdom, claiming that the vaccines are effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness.
The COVID Diaries – 284 7th February
Liz Cheney, the third most
senior Republican in the House of Representatives was interviewed on Fox News Sunday and
said the Republicans should “not be embracing the former president”
after his speech that incited the violent invasion of the United States Capitol.
Cheney went on to say : “We are the party of Lincoln. We
are not the party of QAnon or anti-semitism or holocaust deniers, or white
supremacy or conspiracy theories. It’s not who we are.”