Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday night. We'll have another update for you on Thursday morning.
1. Plan B would be triggered by pressure from the NHS - Sajid Javid
The secretaryto Health Sajid Javid said the pressure on the NHS will be the main factor that could lead to the Covid restrictions in England tightened this winter. There was no "single trigger " for the government to move on to its "Plan B" measures, he said, but the way the NHS was coping was the one to watch. The government's plan B includes the use of vaccine passports and mandatory masks. Meanwhile, government scientists have warned there could be a surge in Covid hospital admissions if restrictions aren't tightened soon.
2. Gavin Williamson sacked
Pri Minister makes long-awaited reshuffle of its management team with the project of setting up a "strong and united " Cabinet following the turbulence of the pandemic. (You can follow the latest here .) Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was among those sacked . "We cannot claim that we're sorry he's gone, said teachers' union leader Kevin Courtney. As our education correspondent Sean Coughlan writes, Mr. Williamson has become the fall for the pandemic, often the lightning rod for the irritation and exasperation of families facing disruption and seeing U-turns in schools and exams.
image source, caption of the image The exam score system used last summer has sparked protests
3. Scottish Health Secretary criticized over 999 messages
Secretary Scottish Health Humza Yousaf has been warned he could put lives at risk after urging people to "think carefully " before calling an ambulance . Following reports that health services in Scotland are under pressure like never before, he said people should only call an ambulance when it is "relatively critical." Opposition parties called his comments reckless.
4. 101 days before Christmas
Last year Christmas was a wet firecracker for many as Covid restrictions prevented us from meeting family and friends. With fewer restrictions expected this year, retailers are hoping for an exceptional festive season. And the John Lewis partnership has made it all, with plans to recruit more than 7,000 temporary workers at its UK John Lewis and Waitrose stores and distribution centers. " We know that in tBefore the first Christmas after the lockdown, customers will want to make it really special, "said Nikki Humphrey of John Lewis. The move comes after the number of job vacancies in the UK surpassed one million for the first time. Read more here to find out more on which sectors are looking for workers and how to find a new job.
image source, John Lewis Partnership
5. Nicki Minaj and the Downing Street Briefing
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It was not as usual from Downing Street press conferences, so when rapper Nicki Minaj and her speech on the links between vaccines and impotence arose, there would always be fallout. Colleagues at Newsbeat kept tabs on the story which ended up involving Professor Chris Whitty, Hfrance.fr political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Piers Morgan, the Health Secretary and Nicki Minaj - again ( with a very funny British accent). Read all about it here.
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