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Covid-19: Care home residents in England to be allowed one regular visitor

Covid-19: Care home residents in England to be allowed one regular visitor

Health
Getty ImagesCare home residents in England will be allowed to pick one person to visit them regularly from 8 March, in the first confirmed easing of lockdown since its reintroduction last month. They will be able to meet indoors and hold hands - but visitors must wear PPE and be tested before entering the home.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rule change was a "first step to getting back to where we want to be".PM Boris Johnson will reveal his road map for easing lockdown on Monday.The PM is spending the weekend finalising those plans. New data is expected to suggest vaccines have cut transmission rates. But the latest NHS England data shows that three in 10 care home staff have not received their first coronavirus vaccine, despite being in the top four priority groups for a jab. Ev...
Pub plans eased as takeaway beer sales now allowed

Pub plans eased as takeaway beer sales now allowed

Business
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Samantha Morton: ‘Abused women aren’t allowed to be angry’

Samantha Morton: ‘Abused women aren’t allowed to be angry’

Entertainment
Oscar-nominated British actress Samantha Morton has said she is "fuming" about how society treats abused women, like her late mother.The star reflected on her difficult childhood, in and out of care homes, and her relationships with her parents for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.She said she "wouldn't be who I am today" without her mum Pamela, whom she was unable to live with as a child."But I am fuming at how society behaves around mental health issues for women."She added: "My mum had a very, very traumatic childhood. And it's fascinating now as a mother and as a woman growing up to go 'wow'."'Things weren't talked about'She described her mother, whom she said was abused as a child, as "kind, subservient. vulnerable, funny" ...
Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Health
Vulnerable people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday.The change means people will be able to go out with members of their household. Those living alone can meet with someone from another household while maintaining social distancing.Support for shielders, such as food and medicine deliveries, will continue. Shielding advice in Northern Ireland and Scotland has not yet changed.Who should be shielding?In England, those shielding will be advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance. In Wales, outdoor exercise for people shielding will be unlimited. Those shielding should not go...
‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

Technology
Hitler would have been allowed to advertise his "solution to the Jewish problem" had Facebook been around in the 1930s, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said in a scathing attack on social media companies.Describing social media as the "greatest propaganda machine in history", the Ali G actor said: "If you pay them, Facebook will run any 'political' ad you want, even if it's a lie. And they'll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. "Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his 'solution' to the 'Jewish problem'."So here's a good standard and practice. Facebook, start fact-checking political ads, stop before you run them, stop micro-targeting lies immediately. If they prove to be...