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1. “Questionable Data” Used to Lobby for Tighter Covid Restrictions
One of Britain’s top health advisers has been accused of releasing “questionable data” that inflated the potential risk of omicron.
Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, is believed to be behind a disputed claim by Sajid Javid, the health secretary, that there is typically a 17-day lag between infected patients and the ‘hospitalization. Read the full story.
2. Windsor Castle Security Breach: Man “Carrying Crossbow” Arrested on Queen’s Private Land
An armed intruder has been arrested after breaking into the private grounds of Windsor Castle, apparently carrying a crossbow, where the Queen was spending on Christmas Day.
The 19-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon – as well as of an offense or trespassing in a protected site – around 8:30 a.m. Read the full story.
3.Exclusive: Number of NHS chiefs earning £ 250,000 or more from jumps of 50pc
The number of NHS executives earning at least a quarter of a million pounds has grown by more than 50% in the past year, the Telegraph can reveal, as it emerged that Sajid Javid opened the door to a pay rise for health services. most senior executives in 2022.
Official figures have shown that there are now 36 managers in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups earning £ 250,000 or more, or £ 100,000 more than the Prime Minister’s salary, up from 23 in 2020. Read the full story.
4. Covid lockdowns have plunged nearly a million people into poverty, warns think tank
Covid-19 lockdowns have plunged 900,000 people into poverty and new measures would jeopardize the resumption of previous restrictions, according to a think tank led by a former conservative welfare adviser.
Analysis by the Legatum Institute found that the number of people living in poverty increased by hundreds of thousands between spring 2020, when Boris Johnson ordered the first nationwide lockdown, and spring 2021, when he began easing restrictions. Read the full story.
5. Emma Raducanu and Daniel Craig will be recognized by the Queen in the New Year’s Honors List
Emma Raducanu is set to become an MBE, while Daniel Craig – the James Bond star – and longtime producer Barbara Broccoli are also in the running for New Year’s honors, according to The Telegraph.
On Saturday night, it emerged that Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, was also in contention for a knight title. Read the full story.
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