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Families to be reunited after 15m get Covid vaccine
Ministers are to begin reviewing lockdown today. Grandparents would be able to see their grandchildren again as early as next month under plans to ease coronavirus restrictions in England being considered. After more than 15 million people across the UK received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, the Government is looking to begin lifting rules from March 8. Schools will be the first to return, with people also allowed to meet friends and family from other households outdoors, on a one-to-one basis. We understand ministers are also looking at making an exemption to the one-to-one outdoor meeting rule for children. Read everything we know about how lockdown could be eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled he expected case rates to drop “sharply” in the face of the jabs rollout. The new target is to vaccinate everyone in the top nine groups by the end of April. View progress by postcode.
Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport has warned of passengers having to queue for up to five hours as the Government’s new border controls come into force. Extra checks needed on arrivals and shortages of Border Force staff could “compromise” the safety of up to 8,000 passengers a day flying in to quarantine either in government-approved hotels or at home. A surge in passengers arrived from 33 “red list” countries in recent days to avoid the 10-day enforced hotel quarantine. See what it will be like.
Second baby on the way for Meghan and Harry
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their second child. The baby – a sibling for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns two in May – will be the Queen’s 10th great-grandchild and the first to be born abroad. Celia Walden says having the baby in Los Angeles is bound to be a very different – and far more pleasant – experience for Meghan. The couple revealed their news with the release of a black and white picture (“taken remotely” on an iPad by Misan Harriman, a photographer friend). View a gallery of the Sussexes as parents and see where the new baby will sit in line to the throne.
How to kickstart your happiness hormones
Deep into a third national lockdown, happiness feels like a distant land for many. Long periods of isolation, coupled with chronic stress and worry, are building up into a crisis in mental health. Feelings of wellbeing are largely driven by four brain chemicals. These neurotransmitters and hormones have complex effects on the brain and body, and our lifestyles can turn them up and down. Helen Chandler-Wilde asks the experts for the best ways to kickstart them.
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Lawrence death | The father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, who is feared murdered, has died – without ever knowing what happened to his daughter. Peter Lawrence’s death at 74 following a short illness comes 12 years after Miss Lawrence disappeared in York. He successfully changed the law to help relatives to take control of loved-ones’ financial affairs.
Around the world: Military opens fire on protesters
British diplomats urged Myanmar’s military leadership to “refrain from violence” as security forces opened fire on protesters and armoured vehicles were seen for the first time in Yangon, the country’s largest city. Read how security forces fired at demonstrators at a power plant. And view a gallery of more striking world pictures from the weekend.