Friday evening news briefing: Britain's deadliest Covid day

Friday evening news briefing: Britain’s deadliest Covid day

UK’s record number of daily Covid-19 deaths and cases

The figures are startling, and look likely to get worse. A further 1,325 people have died with coronavirus within 28 days of testing positive – the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the pandemic began. The number of cases reported in the past 24 hours was 68,053 – also a record. It comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” over the increase of cases in the capital’s hospitals. One in 30 Londoners now has Covid-19. Mr Khan said: “The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control.” Major incidents have previously been declared in London for the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and the terror at-tack at Westminster Bridge.

The one slightly positive outcome of all this – if that can even be suggested – is that anti-vaxx sentiment is declining. Government data has shown public opinion is being swayed by fears of overwhelming the health service and celebrity endorsement of Covid vaccines. Another ray of light among the bleak headlines is that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK by the independent medicines regulator, although supplies will not arrive until the spring. The Moderna jab has been shown to be 94 per cent effective in preventing disease. Here is a guide to how the vaccine will be rolled out.

Trump to snub inauguration as impeachment looms

Donald Trump has confirmed he will boycott Joe Biden’s inauguration day as Democrats continue to push for his impeachment. It comes as Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, has become the latest senior figure to resign from the President’s top team in response to the US Capitol riots on Wednesday. Meanwhile, senior Democrats appeared to be preparing to impeach Mr Trump for a second time. Patrick O’Flynn fears impeachment will only make a martyr out of Grand Old Duke Trump. The President finally conceded the US election as calls for his removal from office intensified. Watch how his tone changed dramatically within 48 hours. Yet Margi Murphy reveals how hardcore Trump supporters are turning on the president and calling for more violence.

Changing in the bar: welcome to Marine, Jose

On Sunday, Merseyside club Marine will try to pull off the biggest shock in FA Cup history against Tottenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho’s Premier League title contenders will face a club named after the pub a few hundred yards down the road at a football ground that is a long way from the glittering arena Spurs call home. The club is also Jamie Carragher’s local team. The Telegraph columnist details how Mourinho’s men will face little room to park the bus, a mudheap pitch and changing in the bar.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Brighton restaurateur found de-ad | A wealthy restaurateur hailed as a “powerhouse for social causes” has been found de-ad at her home, as a 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of mur-der. Read on for details.

Around the world: Eritrea’s shadow war in Ethiopia

The extent of Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s brutal civil war has been laid bare after an Ethiopian general was caught on camera admitting soldiers from the secretive gulag-state had been conscripted to fight in his country. On Wednesday, a video was released on social media showing Major General Belay Seyoum, the head of the Ethiopian army’s northern division, admitting that “a foreign force entered the country” and that Eritrean troops had assisted them. Read on for details.

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