Making Headlines: £500 given to all with Covid positive test; London statues removed; Cold weather
Everyone who tests positive for Covid in England could be given £500 under plans said to be under consideration by ministers.
The aim of proposals, which would reportedly cost up to £450million a week, would be to encourage more people to take tests and self-isolate.
Such a plan is said to be the “preferred position” of Matt Hancock’s Department of Health, according to reports last night.
The £500 payment would apply irrespective of people’s age, employment status or ability to work from home.
Two statues in central London are to be removed over their links to the slave trade.
The City of London Corporation voted to re-site monuments to politicians William Beckford and Sir John Cass in Guildhall because they accrued wealth through the slave trade and symbolise “a stain on our history”.
This comes days after Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said Britain should not try to edit its past, as new legal protections meaning historic statues will be removed only in “the most exceptional circumstances”.
Temperatures could drop as low as minus 10C in the coming days, as Storm Christoph gives way to colder winter weather this weekend.
Care home residents were among those evacuated after floods in several areas across the North West and Wales following days of heavy rain.
A Met Office forecaster has said, however, that it is going to be “more wintry now” as the storm moves away to the east.
Meteorologist Craig Snell added: “We’re losing the rain but gaining some colder and possibly some wintry weather too.”
A yellow weather warning for ice is in place along a large part of western coasts until 10am today.
Gemma Collins has led tributes to TOWIE star Mick Norcross following his death aged 57.
The businessman, who rose to fame as the owner of the Sugar Hut nightclub on the reality show, was found dead on Thursday at his home in Bulphan, Essex.
He first appeared on The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) in 2011 during the show’s second series – and his son Kirk, 32, was part of the original cast.
Collins, James Argent, Lauren Goodger and Mario Falcone were among the current and former stars of the reality TV show who paid tribute to the “Essex legend”.
Collins said she was “shocked and saddened” by the news, and said Norcross was “one of the good guys” and “always a gentleman.”
The Duchess of Cambridge has praised NHS nurses for going the “extra mile” in the Coronavirus pandemic.
The royal heard the touching stories of a number of nurses as she chatted to a group of nurses with a variety of different roles, from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), to learn about their experiences.
Kate was told the story of a senior nurse, Vasu Lingappa, who held the hand of a dying patient and played his favourite band Bon Jovi after his wife could not make it to his bedside.
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