Monday 11th January
- The UK may face even tighter restrictions after a lockdown was announced early January. The government are said to be considering even tighter restrictions following the third national lockdown, which could have an effect on who you can exercise with outdoors and face coverings in offices at all times potentially.
- All adults offered vaccination by Autumn in the UK – Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has pledged every adult will receive a vaccination offer by Autumn this year. He also said Britain can expect a “brilliant summer” in 2021.
- Capitol riots continue – Many Trump supports have continued over the weekend to riot at the Capitol, Washington DC. Many claim tweets by Donald Trump instigated the attacks meaning he could face a second Impeachment trial, for the first time in history.
Tuesday 12th January
- Trump to face second impeachment – US President, Donald Trump is facing a second impeachment after being charged with ‘incitement of insurrection’ over the Capitol Hill riots. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi was quoted explaining Trump “represents an imminent threat to our constitution, our country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately”.
- NHS to vaccinate all over-50s by April – The head of the NHS in England have claimed they aim for all over-50s to be vaccinated by April against COVID.
- FBI warns of violent protests soon– As Biden is about to take over as President in the next week, a leaked FBI memo has warned that violet protests may take place in the coming weeks. The President-Elect, Biden explained he is not scared to take the oath of office.
- Man storms animal shelter in Melbourne at gunpoint – Melbourne police are hunting for a man on the run, who stormed an animal shelter at gunpoint demanding to know where the cats were. He ran away without taking anything, but one member of staff was left shaken after her hands were tied with cable ties during the attack.
Wednesday 13th January
- Patients to be released home or to hotels, if safe –Thousands of hospital patients will be discharged early when safe to do so to their homes or to hotels in order to free up beds for those suffering from Covid-19. The NHS is also requesting that care homes start accepting Covid patients directly from hospitals after 14 days in isolation.
- Chinese vaccine only ‘50% effective’ – A Covid vaccination developed in China by Sinovac has been found to be just 50.4% effective in a clinical trial conducted in Brazil. This is considerably less than what initial trials suggested.
- British drivers to escape speeding fines in EU nations – Brexit deals have meant that British drivers may escape speeding fines in EU nations with the sharing of information on speed cameras ending. The Times has claimed the news puts British drivers in the “fast lane”.
Thursday 14th January
- Trump impeached again! – For the first time in history, Trump has been impeached for the second time after the House of Representatives voted 232-197, beginning proceedings. Trump’s trial will take place after Joe Biden is inaugurated.
- Huawei boss sent bullets in the mail – Senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou has been caught sending bullets in the mail while under house arrest in Canada. She is currently fighting against a proposed extradition to the US.
- The UK faces worst day yet from Covid pandemic – Daily figures shown deaths reaching a high of 1,564 in the last 24 hours, being the highest yet in the UK. Although some of the deaths date back to May last year, being late to a conclusion or adding.
- Twitter boss comments on the ban of Donald Trump – CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has come out in support of the permanent ban of Donald Trump on the platform after questionable recent tweets. Dorsey said the ban came about after “extraordinary and untenable circumstances”.
- Football is ‘insulting the NHS staff’ – Premier League players may face punishments for flouting the rules with handshakes and hugging especially seen in goal celebrations. These actions have been described as insulting towards the NHS, as they continue to fight Covid-19.
Friday 15th January
- Biden declares $1.9 trillion stimulus – Joe Biden has declared a $1.9 trillion stimulus to boost the US economy as he is planning on paying all Americans $1,400 directly.
- North Korea’s new missiles – A new type of missile has been unveiled in North Korea being one of the most powerful weapons in the world. It was also said that Kim Jong-Un has announced the US is the countries biggest enemy just days ahead of Biden’s inauguration.
- Republicans continue to back Trump – A poll conducted in the US found that less than 1 in 5 Republicans believe Trump should be removed from office. Only 17% of Republicans want Trump to be removed from office.
- £50 million offered to search a tip – James Howells, a computer engineer has offered his local council more than £50m to let him search the rubbish tip for a hard drive. He says the missing hard drive was thrown out by mistake but it contains a bitcoin that could be worth more than £220m after he threw it away in 2013. “There’s a pot of gold for someone at the end of the rainbow,” he said.