HERE is a round-up of some of the main coronavirus talking points from the last 24-hours.

  • The UK’s daily coronavirus testing capacity is set to more than double with the opening of two “megalabs” in early 2021, the Government has announced. Two laboratories, the first based in Leamington Spa and another in Scotland, will add 600,000 of daily testing capacity when operating at full capacity, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
  • Professor Wendy Barclay, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said there was a “worry” that mutations of Covid-19 mean vaccines “won’t work quite so well as we’d hope them to”. Mutations in coronavirus have triggered the cull of millions of farmed mink in Denmark over fears the genetic change might undermine the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines. Prof Barclay told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “The worry would be that if these mutations that are arising naturally in people, or in animals and then the virus coming back into people from animals, if they are affecting the way that antibodies can see the virus, maybe the vaccines which we’re generating now won’t work quite so well as we’d hope them to on the virus, as the virus continues to evolve.”
  • Laws are needed to tackle “nonsensical” conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines, Labour’s shadows health secretary has said. Jonathan Ashworth said there should be penalties for social media platforms which allow misinformation to spread, and he urged the Government to bring forward its Online Harms Bill.
  • Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge show, Mr Ashworth said said fewer people choosing to take the vaccine due to online misinformation was “the last thing we want”. He called on the Government to deal with “some of the dangerous, nonsensical anti-vax stuff that we’ve seen spreading on social media.”
  • There have been more than 3,700 new coronavirus cases recorded across the North-East and North Yorkshire sincec Friday. According to the latest available figures published by the Government on Sunday, there have been a further 3,710 cases recorded since Friday. This brings the total number of confirmed Covid cases across the North-East and North Yorkshire to 99,308. Nationally, the Government said a further 168 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 51,934