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27 Feb 2021, 23:45Updated: 27 Feb 2021, 23:45

BRITS have been warned not to "wreck this now" as England's deputy chief medical officer urged everyone to continue following the rules.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said there were "some worrying signs that people are relaxing" in the coronavirus battle at "exactly the wrong time".

He also alerted people who have already been vaccinated to the dangers of "taking their foot off the brake" and being tempted to break Covid-19 rules.

He told a Downing Street briefing on Friday: "All the patients that I vaccinate... I say to them, 'Remember, all the rules still apply to you and all of us until we're in a much safer place'. It doesn't change because you've had your first dose of vaccine.

"And so, please don't be tempted to think, 'Well, one home visit might be all right now the weather is getting better, going to be a nice weekend, one small gathering in your house won't really matter'.

"So my key message tonight is look, this is all going very well but there are some worrying signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off the brake at exactly the wrong time."

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SIR TOM ASKED THAT HIS EPITAPH READS: ‘I TOLD YOU I WAS OLD’

Sir Tom passed away aged 100 at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

The war hero raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown.

His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

Sir Tom asked that My Way by Frank Sinatra is played at his funeral and that his epitaph reads ‘I told you I was old’, in reference to comedian Spike Milligan’s famous epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’.

The family has urged that people support the NHS by staying at home.

EXPERTS WARN OF SURGE IN CHILD MENTAL HEALTH REFERRALS WHEN SCHOOLS REOPEN

Child and adolescent mental health specialists are expecting a surge in referrals when children return to school, adding to a crisis that has been growing exponentially over lockdown.

Two clinicians warned that it is likely children who might have been suffering declining mental health for months will only come to light once teachers get to see them face-to-face.

They said they had witnessed a worrying rise in eating disorders, self-harm and psychosis among young people since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Karen Street, officer for mental health at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, told the Observer: "What we found in the first lockdown is that things seem to go quite quiet on all fronts right at the beginning, but later there was a really steady and very big surge of young people presenting with eating disorders.

"That surge peaked in September and October, when they were back in school and the teachers had that opportunity to see them for the first time in months."

BRAZIL REGISTERS OVER 1,300 COVID-19 DEATHS FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT DAY

Brazil registered 1,386 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday and 61,602 additional cases, according to data released by the nation's Health Ministry.

The South American country has suffered an enduring second wave since November, and infection rates have not begun to fall. Saturday was the fifth consecutive day Brazil registered over 1,300 deaths and 60,000 cases due to the coronavirus.

The nation has now registered 10,517,232 total confirmed cases and 254,221 deaths due to the virus.

VACCINE TAKE-UP MUST REMAIN HIGH TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG TO HAVE THEIR JABS - WILLIAM

The Duke of Cambridge has urged people to keep on taking the Covid-19 vaccination so "younger generations" will feel "it's really important for them to have it".

William also warned against "rumours and misinformation" on social media about coronavirus jabs, as he and Kate talked by video call with two clinically vulnerable women who have been shielding since last March.

His comments came after the Queen encouraged those hesitant about vaccination to "think about other people rather than themselves".

He said: "As we reach the next stage of the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history, fighting rumours and misinformation around the vaccine is crucial, and I would like to thank the duke and duchess for helping to get this potentially life-saving message out there.

"Thanks to the incredible efforts of our NHS staff, more than 16 million people in England are already vaccinated - it's never too late to take up the offer and I would urge anyone eligible who has yet to do so to come forward to protect yourself and others."

US: 72.8 MILLION DOSES OF COVID VACCINE ADMINISTERED, SAYS CDC

Around 72,806,180 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States as of this morning, and it had also distributed a further 96,402,290 doses.

Ther latest tally accounts for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines in arms as of 6 a.m. ET Saturday, the agency said.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines involve two doses.

The agency said that as of Saturday, 48,435,536 people had received at least one vaccine dose while 23,698,627 had received the two doses.

A total of 7,043,540 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.

THREE POLICE OFFICERS INJURED DURING DUBLIN ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS

Three Irish police officers were injured in today’s anti-lockdown protest, according to the general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI)

Antoinette Cunningham said that one of the officers has been admitted to hospital.

She tweeted: “I think of them and their families, all of whom will be affected by the disgusting behaviour of these protesters.

“The pressure, stress and danger placed on my @AGSI_Ireland colleagues today is unacceptable.”

RISHI SUNAK ON NEW BUSINESS GRANTS (CONTINUED)

Mr Sunak said: "Our local businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic which is why we went big and went early with a multibillion-pound package of support. There's now light at the end of the tunnel and this £5 billion of extra cash grants will ensure our high street can open their doors with optimism."

Local authorities will be tasked with distributing the grants and will receive the funding in April.

The UKHospitality trade body welcomed the plan, saying many firms are "struggling to see how they could survive through" Boris Johnson's road map for reopening, with laws on social distancing set to continue until at least June 21 - the earliest date when nightclubs will be considered for reopening.

Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "Cash reserves have been severely depleted after a year of closure and restrictions and these grants are a very welcome boost, putting the sector in a better place to restart.

"Businesses are crying out for the cash now so there can be no further delays which might make it too late for some."

RISHI SUNAK TO ANNOUNCE £5BN BUSINESS GRANTS FOR FIRMS HIT HARDEST BY COVID

Pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic will be boosted by a £5 billion grant scheme to help them reopen as the lockdown is eased.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce the "restart grants" worth up to £6,000 per premises to help non-essential retailers reopen and trade safely at his Budget on Wednesday.

Hospitality, hotels, gyms, as well as personal care and leisure firms, will be eligible for up to £18,000 per premises as they are due to open later under the plans for easing lockdown.

The Treasury estimates 230,000 firms will be eligible for the higher band, which will be awarded based on their rateable value, and 450,000 shops will also be able to apply.

The £5 billion is targeted at England, but the devolved nations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive an extra £794 million in funding through the Barnett formula.

FIRE & FURY IN DUBLIN TODAY

ANTI-lockdown protesters pelted cops with fireworks as hundreds clash with police in Dublin.

Protesters clashed with Irish police as they marched through the city centre and attempted to make their way to St Stephen's Green park.

Read the full report here.

‘A DULL PHYSICAL ACHE’: HANNAH INGRAM MOORE WEEPS AS SHE READS CAPTAIN TOM’S EULOGY

Captain Sir Tom Moore's daughter Lucy Ingram-Moore wept as she spoke of her life with her father, who moved in with her after her mother’s death.

“The loss of you is a dull physical ache for me, but the power of love you left us with allows us to stay strong,” she said.

“Our relationship cannot be broken by death.

“You will be with me always.”

ABBA STARS BJÖRN ULVAEUS AND BENNY ANDERSSON CLAIM FURLOUGH CASH FOR MAMMA MIA! AND OTHER SHOWS

Two ABBA founders worth £400million have used tax-payer-funded furlough cash to pay staff on Mamma Mia! and other shows.

Björn Ulvaeus, 75, and Benny Andersson, 74, have personal fortunes of £233million and £180million respectively.

Read more here.

WONDERFUL MAN

PIERS Morgan praised Captain Sir Tom Moore's "beautiful" funeral service as the war veteran was laid to rest.

The NHS fundraising hero received his own guard of honour and a spectacular RAF flypast after he passed away earlier this month.

The TV presenter took to Twitter to pay his respects to the national treasure.

Captain Tom's family paid heartbreaking tributes to the grandad who became known as a "beacon of life and hope for the world" during the pandemic.

Read more here.

FRANCE REPORTS 23,996 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 186 DEATHS

France on Saturday reported 23,996 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the space of 24 hours, down from 25,207 the previous day, data from the health ministry showed.

The figures showed that 186 people had died in hospital with the coronavirus, after 286 on Friday.

UK COVID-19 DEATHS AND CASE PER DAY

US: 72.8 MILLION DOSES OF COVID VACCINE ADMINISTERED, SAYS CDC

Around 72,806,180 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States as of this morning, and it had also distributed a further 96,402,290 doses.

Ther latest tally accounts for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines in arms as of 6 a.m. ET Saturday, the agency said.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines involve two doses.

The agency said that as of Saturday, 48,435,536 people had received at least one vaccine dose while 23,698,627 had received the two doses.

A total of 7,043,540 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.

MEXICO RECORDS FURTHER 783 COVID-19 DEATHS, TOLL NOW 185,257

A further 783 coronavirus death were recorded in Mexico today - bringing the overall death toll in the country to 185,257, according to health ministry data.

The ministry's data also showed an additional 7,246 confirmed cases, for a total of 2,084,128 cases.

The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases

THREE POLICE OFFICERS INJURED DURING DUBLIN ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS

Three Irish police officers were injured in today's anti-lockdown protest, according to the general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI)

Antoinette Cunningham said that one of the officers has been admitted to hospital.

She tweeted: "I think of them and their families, all of whom will be affected by the disgusting behaviour of these protesters.

"The pressure, stress and danger placed on my @AGSI_Ireland colleagues today is unacceptable."

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE ACTRESS ABIGAIL BRESLIN REVEALS HER FATHER HAS DIED FROM COVID

Abigail Breslin has said that her father Michael has died from coronavirus.

The actress and Little Miss Sunshine star shared the news on her Instagram account on Saturday morning.

She said that coronavirus had cut her "sweet daddy's life too short".

She added: "I'm in shock and devastation. At 6.32pm EST [eastern standard time], my sweet, perfect, amazing, heroic, wonderful dada passed away after my family and I said goodbye.

"It was Covid-19 that cut my sweet daddy's life too short."

ANOTHER 13 COVID DEATHS AND 738 NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN IRELAND

Another 13 Covid related deaths have been confirmed in Ireland today 738 newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 were also announced.

As of February 24, 391,355 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

This includes 254,948 first doses and 136,407 second doses.

UK VACCINATIONS TO DATE

JUST SOME OF THE TRIBUTES MADE TO CAPTAIN TOM AROUND THE UK TODAY

Others paid their respects by flying their flags at half-mast, including Bedford Borough Council.

“In honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore whose funeral takes place today we are flying our flags at half mast. Rest in peace Sir Tom,” the council tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Arnold family from Hull filled their window with flags and pictures of Sir Tom.

“Me and my family did this yesterday, in honour of Captain Tom!” @Kupokuponut tweeted. “He was so truly inspirational to us all. I hope you get to see this. We’re all thinking of you today”.

Sir Tom’s family paid tribute to him during the funeral, saying his “message and his spirit lives on”.

CAPTAIN TOM WAS HONOURED WITH CHURCH BELLS AND HOMEMADE TRIBUTES TODAY

Homemade tributes displayed in windows, flags flying at half mast and bell-ringing at churches were among the ways people across the UK paid their respects to Captain Sir Tom Moore on the day of his funeral.

With pandemic rules restricting the ceremony on Saturday to eight members of Sir Tom’s immediate family, the public were urged to find other ways to pay tribute to the charity fundraiser.

Alfie McAnespie, 13, rang the bell 100 times at a church in Chicksands, Bedfordshire, at midday on Saturday in Sir Tom’s honour.

“I was able to ring the local church bell today 100 times (to) mark the life of the 100-year-old who inspired the nation,” he tweeted.

Gloucester’s city police Twitter account also shared a video of Gloucester Cathedral’s bells being rung in tribute to the Second World War veteran.

ITALY CONFIRMS 280 FURTHER COVID DEATHS, TOTAL NOW 97,507

Italy has seen a further 280 Covid deaths today, new data reveals.

The country's health ministry said the daily tally of new infections declined to 18,916 from Friday's 20,499.

The country has seen the second highest death toll in Europe.

Italy jas registered 97,507 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year - which make it the seventh-highest in the world.

The country has reported 2.91 million cases to date.

IRISH PRIME MINISTER ATTACKS 'THUGGISH BEHAVIOUR' OF ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTERS

Irish prime minister Michael Martin criticised "thuggish behaviour" and attacks on Irish police after protesters stormed the capital's city centre.

There were a number if arrests as hundreds of protesters took part in an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin.

Protesters clashed with police as they marched through the city centre and attempted to make their way to St Stephen's Green park.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he "utterly condemns" the protests and said demonstrators posed "an unacceptable risk to both the public and gardai".

CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE'S SPIRIT LIVES ON, FAMILY TELLS FUNERAL SERVICE

The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have paid tribute to the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser at his funeral, saying his "message and his spirit lives on".

Sir Tom's coffin, draped in a union flag, was carried to the crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment while a Second World War-era C-47 Dakota performed a flypast.

This was followed by a firing party of 14 each firing three rounds in unison before a small service got under way.

The service, at Bedford Crematorium, was attended by eight members of Sir Tom's immediate family - his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law - all wearing masks.

It opened with the charity single Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, You'll Never Walk Alone, which reached number one in the UK singles charts in April last year.

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