A third of England face toughest COVID curbs, London spared for now

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 20 million people across large swathes of England will be forced to live under the toughest category of COVID-19 restrictions when a national lockdown ends on Dec. 2, while London was placed in the “high alert” second-toughest tier.

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a boarded up London shop, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Oxford Street, in London, Britain, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

Health minister Matt Hancock on Thursday announced final details of a regional system set to take effect when blanket restrictions on England’s 55 million population end after a month-long lockdown – dictating the terms of daily life for the country’s citizens and businesses.

“Hope is on the horizon but we still have further to go so we must all dig deep. The end is in sight, we mustn’t give up now,”

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This Classical High graduate is becoming a partner at one of the most important companies in New England

ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 28,649 confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, after adding 156 new cases. The most recent overall daily test-positive rate was 2.8 percent, and the first-time positive rate was 11.5 percent. The state announced five more deaths, bringing the total to 1,164. There were 135 people in the hospital.

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We don’t tell you every time a Rhode Islander gets a cool new job, but when we do, it’s because it’s a really big deal.

Christine Heenan, a Classical High and Boston University graduate who founded The Clarendon Group communications firm, is joining Cambridge-based venture capital firm Flagship Pioneering as a senior partner and chief communications officer.

Flagship Pioneering is one of the largest backers of life science startups in Massachusetts, having raised billions of dollars since it was founded 20 years ago. One of the companies it backs is Moderna, which

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NHS England in talks on rollout of potential COVID vaccine from December: Pulse health website

(Reuters) – The National Health Service (NHS) is in talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) and others around mobilising the rollout of a potential COVID-19 vaccine from December, Pulse website for health professionals reported on Thursday.

There is optimism around the first cohorts being given a vaccine in December but there is a 50/50 chance of the vaccine being available by that time, Pulse https://bit.ly/3lQhtJt reported, citing a person close to the discussions.

Talks are taking place between NHS England, the BMA and other groups over who will administer vaccines and who will receive it first, Pulse reported, citing multiple sources.

The government had proposed in August to allow more healthcare workers to administer vaccines.

There is debate on whether the first people to be vaccinated will be care home patients and their staff, or health care professionals, including general practitioners.

NHS England, BMA and Department for Health and

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