Wednesday briefing: England under rule of six

Top story: Single case of illness halts vaccine trial Hello, Warren Murray with an update that shouldn’t hit your battery life too hard. Virtually all gatherings of more than six people in England will be banned, Boris Johnson is due to announce today. The change, beginning on Monday, follows a sudden spike in infections with almost 8,500 positive tests recorded in England in three days. The limit applies across all of England in private and public spaces including parks, pubs and restaurants, and to all ages. Exemptions apply when households or support bubbles are larger than six people; where gatherings are for work or education purposes; and for weddings, funerals, and organised team sports held in a safe way. AstraZeneca, the company working with Oxford University, has temporarily halted its vaccine trial after a participant came down with a “potentially unexplained illness”. A spokesman said the pause was a routine precautionary measure, commonplace during vaccine development. A government ad campaign with the slogan “Hands. Face. Space” is being relaunched to remind people to wash their hands, cover their faces and keep their distance. The slogan was originally launched in July but was drowned out by the “Eat out to help… Read full this story

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