Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines
‘Trial of the century’ | Ghislaine Maxwell is set to come face-to-face with her accusers in a New York court today, for the opening of what is set to be an extraordinary trial shining a spotlight on one of the largest sex trafficking rings in US history. Josie Ensor is in court for us and will be making sure you can follow all the developments in our liveblog .
- Labour | Rayner left out of the loop as Starmer launches reshuffle
- Flying away | Twitter boss Jack Dorsey set to step down
- Ray Illingworth | Ex-England captain wants right to end his own life
- Storm Arwen | Yorkshire pubgoers face fourth day snowed in
- Alarm | BBC Radio 4’s Today programme drops from air
The big story: Booster jabs rolled out to all adults
The rollout of boosters is to be sped up, with over-18s offered a third jab as little as three months after their second dose in an effort to tackle the threat posed by the omicron variant.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has ruled that booster vaccines should be offered to everyone over the age of 18.
Currently, the top-up jabs are only offered to those over the age of 40, apart from those in priority groups.
Today’s announcement means an extra 13 million people will be eligible. Health Editor Laura Donnelly has the details .
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer, said there was a “high degree of current uncertainty” about the omicron variant.
Read what we know about how symptoms differ and what protection vaccines offer .
It comes as two new cases of the omicron variant have been detected in London, taking the UK’s current total to 11.
Speaking in the Commons , Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We expect cases to rise over the coming days.”
From tomorrow, England will face new restrictions to try to tackle the new mutation but Mr Javid added that if omicron is “no more dangerous” than the delta variant, “we wouldn’t keep measures in place for a day longer than necessary”.
Here is a guide to the new rules .
Six cases of omicron have been identified in Scotland, prompting Nicola Sturgeon to urge Scots to take a Covid test every time they go out to meet someone from another household.
Some of the cases are thought to involve community transmission in Scotland rather than foreign travel.
In a joint letter with Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, Ms Strugeon called for a four nations Cobra meeting to be convened and for all international arrivals to self-isolate for eight days and take two PCR tests to check if they have the variant.
This was rejected by Downing Street. Tom Harris sets out why many on the Left want a lockdown .
Impact on children
In an attempt to prevent the spread of the mutant strain of Covid-19, close contacts of those who test positive for omicron will have to self-isolate for 10 days from tomorrow, with the Government confirming that this applies to children.
The impacts of previous Covid restrictions meant pupils lost half a year of progress in school, many suffered mental health issues and skills relating to communication, fine motor and problem-solving were impacted.
Robert Taylor asks why it is always children who lose out when tougher restrictions are introduced.
Comment and analysis
- Miranda Levy | Covid caution I saw in New York shocked me
- Ben Marlow | BT becoming a plaything for international billionaires
- Eliot Wilson | SNP’s effort to censure PM distracts from dismal record
- Jane Shilling | Hipster cafes no match for Great British greasy spoon
- Anneka Rice | What seeing Madonna’s bottom made me realise
Around the world: ‘Simpsons’ missing in Hong Kong
An episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square is missing from the Disney+ streaming service in Hong Kong, adding to concerns about mainland China-style censorship in the city . It comes at a time when authorities are clamping down on dissent, with curbs on speech becoming a norm in the international business hub and ensnaring global media and tech giants. Disney+ reaches more than 116 million worldwide subscribers and the version of the service for Hong Kong started streaming earlier this month. Eagle-eyed customers soon noticed the conspicuous absence of “The Simpsons” episode 12 of season 16. Read what happens in the episode .
Will Barbados spell the end for the Commonwealth?
It was once known as ‘Little England’, but now the island is severing ties with the Queen – and other nations may well follow suit. Matthew Dennison says a domino effect may be in the offing
Sport briefing: Rangnick’s race for Arsenal game
Ralf Rangnick faces an anxious wait to discover if he will be able to take charge of Manchester United’s Premier League game against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday after being announced as the club’s new interim manager on a six-month contract. Read on for details . With Rangnick now the most important man at Manchester United, Jason Burt sets out what the attitude should be if Cristiano Ronaldo is a casualty of his new regime. Oliver Brown reckons the player is no longer untouchable . In our latest Inside Line column, Charlie Morgan analyses what Alfie Barbeary’s focus on No 8 could mean for England .
- Roy Keane vs Jamie Carragher | Tale of the tape as punditry heavyweights go toe-to-toe
- Marriage Diaries | The man I married has turned into a country squire – and I hate it
- Eamonn and Ruth interview | ‘If my wife loved me how my dog does, I’d be very happy’
Business briefing: Nissan’s $18bn electric drive
Nissan plans to use its Sunderland factory as a blueprint for an $18 billion (£13bn) push aimed at dominating the global electric car market. The Japanese company plans 15 new electric models by 2030 with EVs accounting for half its global output by then. Ashwani Gupta, Nissan chief operating officer, said Sunderland would be at the forefront of its plans. In the summer Nissan signed a £1 billion deal to build Britain’s first electric car battery gigafactory, partnering with Chinese battery maker Envision. This graph shows how the UK will need approximately seven of these gigafactories by 2040 to keep up with rising demand .
Tonight starts now
The Wiz, review | In 1974 came the premiere, in Baltimore, Maryland, of The Wiz, a new stage musical based upon L Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A world away from the famous 1939 film version starring Judy Garland, the new show was distinguished by its use of African-American popular music and its being performed by an entirely black cast. Mark Brown reviews the new show at Hope Mill Theatre that puts many West End musicals to shame .
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And for this evening’s downtime….
Rock’s best frenemies | Warring over everything from luxury gifts to album sales, Rod Stewart and Elton John have had a dysfunctional 50-year friendship. Anthony Brett examines their long history of insulting each other , chart rivalry and very public bickering.
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- HRW: 'Men only' job ads show ongoing discrimination in China
- Tory rebel Sam Gyimah defects as he slams 'populist' Boris Johnson while his new Lib Dem colleagues aim to win 100 seats after surge in support
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