Britain on final warning to avoid new lockdown
The UK is in "the last chance saloon" to avoid tougher lockdown measures. Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warns today we are at a "critical point in the pandemic". He will give a live broadcast at 11am, warning the spread of coronavirus is "heading in the wrong direction" and that Britain faces a "very challenging winter period". Watch it here. Boris Johnson is tomorrow expected to give the nation one final chance to prove it can follow the rules and suppress a second wave. The Prime Minister is set to threaten curfews on pubs and bans on households socialising if the public does not follow strict self-isolation and social distancing rules. "This is the last chance saloon," said a Government source. Mixed messages from Mr Johnson have left people not knowing how to behave or behaving badly, says Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki, as he argues Professor Whitty could still fix that. View the latest data on Covid-19 cases that is worrying experts.
Meanwhile, human trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are yet to resume in the US over concerns the jab may cause adverse reactions. Trials of the Oxford University vaccine have been paused twice after two participants, both British women, developed an inflammation of the spinal cord. Read everything we know about the Oxford vaccine and the effectiveness of other jabs around the world.
Millions of smart meters still at risk of going 'dumb'
More than a million smart meters have received a fix to stop them going "dumb", figures show - but millions more remain at risk. Around 20 million smart meters have been installed in the UK as part of a £13.5bn roll-out aimed at modernising the energy grid. But most are still first generation meters, which can lose their smart functions and "go dumb" if a customer switches supplier. It has resulted in frustration for those who changed energy companies. Meanwhile, Tom Welsh argues smart meters are the most egregious example of the war on personal space.
Tatler cuts 'snobby' claims about Middleton family
High society magazine Tatler has removed swathes of passages from a hotly disputed profile it published on the Duchess of Cambridge amid reports Kensington Palace took exception to "snobby" remarks aimed at the Middleton family. It was allegedly accused of publishing "lies" in an article which claimed the Duchess felt "exhausted and trapped" after the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back from royal duties. Read more about the piece, entitled "Catherine the Great".
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- Justice | Criminals let off to ease pandemic pressure on courts
- Emmys | Empty seats and no red carpet in the age of coronavirus
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
Gauguin memoir | One of the "most important" manuscripts in the history of art, Paul Gauguin's Avant et Apres, is to go on public display for the first time next spring after London's Courtauld Gallery acquired it as a gift to the nation in lieu of a £6.5m inheritance tax bill. The original, handwritten painter's tract had been privately owned since before the Second World War. Craig Simpson reports that it contains fierce barbs about other artists and passages on his friend Vincent van Gogh.
- Overhaul | Liz Truss to rip up rules on assessing trade deals
- Leaked | Banks enabled 'flow of dirty money', secret files claim
- BBC | James Naughtie paid £175,000 'for 23 hours on air'
- Battle of Britain | Determined few witness 80th flypast
- Last night’s TV | Reviews: Did Us have enough of a spark?
Around the world: Covid-friendly Christmas markets
Germany's Christmas markets could go ahead during the pandemic, Bavaria's state leader has said, despite rising numbers of coronavirus infections across the country and growing fears of a second wave. Read our report from Berlin and view more striking world pictures of the day.
Comment and analysis
- Bernard Jenkin | It is time to bring in the Armed Forces
- Roger Bootle | We are now at a demographic turning point
- Reader letters | Fines will deter people from seeking tests
- Nick Timothy | Culture warriors are weaponising language
- Robbie Collin | Hardy as Bond would be worst possible decision
In case you missed it: Highlights from the weekend
- Mark Woolhouse | We must follow the Swedish Covid model
- Juliet Samuel | Covid is getting less dangerous. Has No 10 noticed?
- Ross Clark | The critics of smart meters were right all along
- Des | Was it wrong to laugh at Tennant’s portrait of a serial killer?
- Travel | The 24 countries you can (feasibly) visit right now
Editor's choice: Features and arts
- What every parent needs to know | The truth about children and Covid-19
- Property ladder | Five ways to help a child - without hurting your own savings
- Midlife Fitness Files | 'If you can stay afloat, you can be an outdoor swimmer'
Business and money briefing
EU climate plan | Commodity traders are betting that Europe's carbon futures will soon catapult higher as Brussels drains the glut of carbon allowances on the market. Prices are likely to smash the all-time record of €30 (£27.50) a tonne within months. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says it would profoundly reshape the EU's energy architecture.
- Lump sums advice | How to invest a £10,000 windfall
- Investment tip | Expansion after we loaded up on lockdown pizza
- Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist's latest work on world of finance
Fresh snub | Paris St-Germain are in talks to sign Dele Alli, with the midfielder having been left upset after being omitted from the Tottenham squad for a second game in a row. Jason Burt reports the likelihood is that Alli - who did not travel to Southampton for yesterday's 5-2 victory at St Mary’s - will leave Spurs on a season-long loan.
- Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2 | Lampard's side pay price for mistakes
- US Open | Bryson DeChambeau vindicated in triumph
- Tour de France | Sam Bennett romps to emphatic victory
Languedoc pasta with mushrooms and fried egg | A thrifty recipe by Diana Henry for a tasty weeknight supper. Read on for the recipe.
And finally... for this morning's downtime
Midlife stroke | Paul McLean reached for his phone to show his wife something, but his hand would not move. The 40-year-old panicked and tried to convince Suzanne he was not joking. Within minutes, it became clear he was having a stroke. He explains the different methods he is using to regain literacy skills.