Leeds news LIVE: Transport Secretary ‘hopeful’ people can travel abroad in May

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he is “hopeful” that people will be able to travel abroad this summer but warned there were no “cast iron guarantees”.

By Rebecca Marano
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 7:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 7:36 am

Mr Shapps said that under the road map out of lockdown in England the earliest people would be able to travel overseas was May 17 and he urged caution when it came to booking.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he is “hopeful” that people will be able to travel abroad

Leeds News LIVE: Thursday, March 11

Last updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2021, 07:15

  • Yellow weather warning in place in Leeds
  • Currently no flood alerts and warnings in place
  • Train lines running at lower speeds
  • There are “concerning signals” about the effect of the pandemic on children and young people, researchers have said.

Weather warning in place in Leeds - full hour-by-hour forecast

A yellow weather warning is in place across Leeds as the city looks set for heavy rain and strong winds.

The weather warning is in place until 3pm today (Thursday 11) The Met Office has warned that the strong winds and heavy and blustery shows may bring some disruption, including delays on roads and public transport and short term loss of power.

A Met Office forecaster said: “It will be a chilly and windy day, with early morning rain clearing to sunny spells and occasional showers.

“These will turn heavy in the afternoon with a risk of hail, and perhaps some snow over the Pennines.

“Showers easing across eastern parts this evening, allowing prolonged clear spells to develop, but a few will continue to affect western parts overnight.

“Still rather windy, particularly over high ground.”

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Ethnic minorities ‘put at risk by colour-blind vaccine distribution strategy’

Ethnic minority communities are being put at higher risk of falling ill and dying with coronavirus by the UK’s “colour-blind” vaccine distribution strategy, doctors have warned.

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, they say the current prioritisation “disregards the unequal impact of the pandemic on minority ethnic groups” and is worsening racial inequalities that the pandemic has exposed.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has largely recommended an age-based approach, saying age is the single biggest risk factor for Covid-19.

It recently considered but rejected a move to prioritise people in higher-risk occupations, saying this may slow down the rollout.

Different ethnic groups are not specifically mentioned in this list but the JCVI said there should be “flexibility” at a local level, with attention to “mitigating health inequalities, such as might occur in relation to access to healthcare and ethnicity”.

People from minority ethnic communities are more likely to live in multigenerational, crowded households, where transmission may be higher.

They also make up a higher proportion of those working in high-risk, low-paid occupations.

These workers are less likely to be able to work from home and are exposed to more people, meaning they have a higher risk of infection.

The authors write: “The invisibility of these vulnerable groups from the priority list and the worsening healthcare inequities and inequalities are putting ethnic minorities at a significantly higher risk of Covid-19 illness and death.

“The UK’s colour-blind vaccination model disregards the unequal impact of the pandemic on minority ethnic groups, rendering it an enabler of structures that are known to systematically disadvantage BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities.”

Good Morning Britain addresses Piers Morgan’s abrupt departure

Susanna Reid said Good Morning Britain will be “very different” but “shows go on” as she addressed the abrupt departure of her co-host Piers Morgan.

Morgan left following a backlash against his incendiary comments about the Duchess of Sussex and her headline-making interview with Oprah Winfrey.

ITV announced that the presenter and journalist was leaving the news programme on Tuesday with a brief statement.

Morgan has since said he stands by his comments and does not believe what Meghan told Winfrey, after she discussed her issues with mental health and suicidal thoughts.

Before leaving the show, Morgan had stormed off the set following a heated discussion with his colleague, Alex Beresford, about the duchess.

Reid, opening Wednesday’s programme, addressed her former co-star’s leaving and nodded to his often divisive presence.

She said: “A number of people will know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning.

“Now, Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things viewers loved about the programme.

“He is without doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster.

“He has many critics and he has many fans. You will know that I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview. He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday.”

Reid said there are “many voices” on Good Morning Britain and “everyone has their say”.

She added: “But now Piers has decided to leave the programme. Some of you may cheer and others may boo.

“He has been my presenting partner, Monday to Wednesday, for more than five years and during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues, he has been a voice for many of you and a voice that many of you have railed against.

“It is certainly going to be very different but shows go on and so on we go.”

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From Monday, all pupils must go to school unless they or a family member or contact has developed Covid symptoms. Here are some of the key things you need to know - and how it will work:

Schools return and care home visits permitted as lockdown eased in England

Leeds News LIVE: Schools return and care home visits permitted as lockdown eased in the city

Schools return and care home visits permitted as lockdown eased in England

Pupils will return to schools and loved ones will be able to visit care home residents in person as part of the first phase of lockdown easing in England.

Boris Johnson said he hoped Monday’s tentative softening of restrictions marked a “big step” on his “road map to freedom” – a plan which could see all Covid measures lifted by June 21.

As well as pupils returning to classrooms for the first time in at least two months, the rules around meeting with a person from another household outdoors will be loosened to permit recreation and not just exercise.

While the “stay at home” message will remain in place, it means people can leave home to meet one other person for a coffee or picnic.

The Prime Minister, in comments made to the Daily Telegraph, said that even though it was “only a small relaxation of the rules”, this week’s changes would bring “joy and relief” to families after months of “tough restrictions”.

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