Today's top headlines from The Telegraph


Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Tuesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Plans to ease Covid lockdown earlier were axed after Sage warning

Proposals for a major easing of lockdown before Easter were dropped after scientists warned the Government that it could lead to an extra 55,000 deaths, it emerged on Monday.

Under an initial scenario, outdoor pubs and restaurants, outdoor attractions and non-essential shops would have reopened in time for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – but papers released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) showed that experts said the plans could fuel thousands more deaths and overwhelm hospitals. Read the full story.

2. Key roadmap dates revealed

Boris Johnson has announced a gradual roadmap for reopening that will see Covid-19 restrictions eased over four steps spread across at least four months.

The roadmap will be underpinned by four key “tests” that are linked to data, which will act like a checklist that must be met before moving onto the next step of reopening. Read the full story.

3. Face masks for secondary school pupils

Face masks should be worn in the classroom where it is impossible for secondary students to keep two metres apart, the Government has said.

Ministers are recommending the use of face masks in “all indoor environments” in secondary schools, colleges and universities – including during lessons – where social distancing cannot be maintained. Boris Johnson said the measure would be in place for secondary pupils for the rest of this term to offer “even greater reassurance” that face-to-face teaching is safe. Read the full story.

4. Lockdown one of the toughest in the world

The UK has faced a more stringent coronavirus lockdown than France, Germany and the US, according to analysis by the University of Oxford. Researchers at the university’s Blavatnik School have compiled a Covid-19 Government Response Tracker, which records what policies have been enforced in more than 180 countries since the pandemic began.

The UK’s approach has been so strict that only two other countries recorded a higher score – Venezuela and Lebanon. Read the full story.

5. Amazing new images from Mars

Nasa has unveiled an “amazing” first-of-its-kind video captured by the Mars Perseverance rover, and released the first audio recorded on the surface of Mars.

The minute-long footage is of the rover recording itself landing on February 18, the first time such video has been captured. The agency also released audio of the first sounds recorded from the surface of Mars in which a microphone on the rover captured a gust of wind on the red planet, and the sounds of Perseverance itself. Read the full story.

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