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NEWS

Prime Minister keeping schools closed unnecessarily

Boris Johnson is being ‘over-cautious’ in keeping all schools closed until March 8 because there ‘really isn’t a case’ for refusing to open them earlier, some of the Government’s own scientific advisers have said. They argue that there is no risk of an ‘explosive third wave’ if primary schools start to reopen after half-term. However, Downing Street has insisted it will only be safe to begin opening schools from March 8, when the over-70s will have built up immunity through vaccines — Telegraph

How the goalposts have shifted since January 4 — Telegraph

Risk of catching coronavirus by touching surfaces such as cash machines, petrol pumps and pedestrian crossings is low, scientists say — Mail

Covid survivors are twice as likely to suffer side effects from Pfizer’s vaccine, data shows — Mail

Government attempts to reserve 28,000 airport hotel rooms as its quarantine scheme will begin on February 15 — Mail

Ofcom pulls the plug on Chinese television station CGTN — Times

France rejects a third lockdown, saying the ‘economic, social and human’ cost cannot be justified — Mail

Trump lawyers dismiss request for former president to testify during impeachment trial — Epoch Times

COMMENT

We need dissenting voices in the lockdown debate more than ever — Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

Why I refused to clap for Captain Tom. I applaud Britain’s hero, but I refuse to bow to the clapping brigade who wag their fingers at empty doorsteps and fail to see the damage caused by endless lockdowns — Beverley Turner, Mail

Starmer’s going to need to do better than that — Tom Harris, Telegraph

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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