- Listed below are the headlines on Sunday, February 21
Tesla makes extra from Bitcoin than automobiles
Tesla’s funding in Bitcoin is reported to have made the corporate more cash in a month than the corporate did promoting automobiles in the entire of final 12 months.
In January the corporate purchased $1.5bn value of Bitcoin because it mentioned it was seeking to diversify its funding portfolio and mentioned it deliberate to simply accept the crypto forex as cost for its automobiles.
It’s thought the corporate has now made a paper revenue of round $930m – greater than the $721m it reported as revenue for the entire of final 12 months – as Bitcoin costs surged by the $53,000 barrier, up 67 per cent in a month.
All adults to get a vaccine by July 31
Boris Johnson has pledged to supply all adults within the UK a coronavirus vaccine by the top of July.
The Prime Minister mentioned the accelerated rollout of jabs would allow the easing of among the stringent measures – however insisted that the unlocking could be ‘cautious and phased’.
The brand new targets shall be seen as an indication of accelerating confidence that the vaccine provide will stay regular. An extra 445 individuals died inside 28 days of testing optimistic for Covid-19 as of Saturday, whereas there have been one other 10,406 lab-confirmed instances of coronavirus within the UK.
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PM unlocking plan to be unveiled tomorrow
Boris Johnson has spent the previous week contemplating information on deaths, instances, hospital admissions and the impact of the vaccine rollout, and can unveil his blueprint to Parliament tomorrow.
The PM will chair a gathering of senior ministers on Sunday, referred to as the ‘Covid S’ committee, to finalise his street map earlier than it’s signed off by the Cupboard tomorrow.
He’ll then unveil the plans to MPs within the Commons within the afternoon and is predicted to guide a Downing Avenue press convention on Monday night.
Outside household gatherings could possibly be allowed inside weeks
Outside household reunions could possibly be allowed inside weeks whereas care residence residents will be capable of maintain arms with a liked one once more underneath the federal government’s street map for relieving coronavirus restrictions.
Downing Avenue mentioned it wished to make social contact simpler as quickly as attainable. A number of newspapers reported that new guidelines permitting two households to fulfill outdoor – whatever the whole variety of individuals – are set to be launched from April, whereas six individuals from six completely different households would additionally be capable of collect.
Quantity 10 dismissed as hypothesis stories that pubs could possibly be permitted to serve prospects outdoor from April, with the Every day Mail saying that folks could possibly be served indoors in Could.
Heavy rain brings flooding and journey disruption
Flooded street and rail hyperlinks have introduced disruption and a few houses had been evacuated after torrential rainfall soaked elements of the UK.
A swathe of climate warnings masking elements of Scotland, north-west England and Wales remained in place final evening after some areas had been struck by 36 hours of moist situations.
In Wales, footage shared on social media confirmed a swollen river at Pontypridd, whereas different movies revealed flooded elements of Carmarthen the place the River Towy burst its banks.
Youngsters arrested after automotive stolen with youngsters nonetheless inside
Two teenage boys are in custody on suspicion of kidnapping after a automotive was stolen in Birmingham with the proprietor’s two youngsters nonetheless inside, police say.
West Midlands Police had been alerted to what they’ve known as the ‘surprising incident’ yesterday when a person reported his automotive had been stolen from his driveway along with his two and four-year-old boys nonetheless inside.
At one level, the stolen Seat Leon was seen driving the fallacious manner down a twin carriageway, earlier than armed officers purchased it to a halt. Two male suspects, each aged 15, ran from the automotive however had been detained and arrested by police. They face questioning on suspicion of theft of a motorized vehicle and kidnap.
Charles visits Duke of Edinburgh in hospital
The Prince of Wales has visited his father the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital.
Philip, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in London on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell and walked unaided into the medical centre.
Charles arrived on the hospital at round 3.20pm on Saturday in a gray Tesla, and exited the car carrying a face masks, earlier than leaving round half-hour later. He’s the primary member of the royal household to go to Philip through the duke’s four-night keep in hospital.
Insurers anticipate to pay as much as £2.5bn for Covid-19-related claims
As much as £2.5bn-worth of funds could possibly be made for coronavirus-related insurance coverage claims throughout 2020, the Affiliation of British Insurers (ABI) estimates.
The ABI mentioned its members might pay round £2bn for Covid-19 enterprise interruption claims.
An extra £204m could also be paid from Covid-19 associated safety insurance coverage claims, together with life, important sickness, and earnings safety insurance coverage claims. And £152m is predicted to be paid on journey insurance coverage claims.
Leon boss warns financial affect of lockdown ‘costing lives’
The co-founder of quick meals chain Leon has warned of the ‘horrible downsides’ of extending lockdown, arguing that its financial affect is ‘costing lives’.
John Vincent mentioned it was ‘fairly believable’ his enterprise wouldn’t exist if ‘the weeks and months of restrictions drag on’.
Chatting with Radio 4’s At the moment programme, Vincent mentioned companies are on the ‘coronary heart of a wholesome functioning society’ and he claimed the federal government had failed to supply a ‘holistic value profit evaluation’ of lockdowns.
Drier and milder
A slender band of patchy rain will push northwards throughout England and Wales at the moment, says the BBC. Will probably be largely dry throughout the north, and in addition the far south-east, with loads of sunshine.
Tonight, the patchy rain will proceed in Wales and western England. Elsewhere will stay dry in a single day with clear spells, nonetheless, the cloud will thicken in direction of daybreak.
The rain within the south will persist for a time tomorrow morning, nonetheless, it ought to ease off by midday. Elsewhere may have one other calm and dry day, with patchy cloud and sunny spells.