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1. Keep taking AstraZeneca vaccine, say family of first named blood clot victim
The family of a solicitor who died from a blood clot on the brain after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged the public to “keep saving lives” by continuing to take the jab.
Neil Astles, 59, was given his first dose on March 17 but died in hospital on Easter Sunday after suffering from 10 days of worsening headaches and loss of vision. Mr Astles, a married solicitor at Warrington Borough Council, is the first named person in the UK suspected to have died from side-effects linked to the Oxford jab. Read the full story.
2. Britain will achieve herd immunity on Monday
Britain will pass the threshold for herd immunity on Monday, according to dynamic modelling by University College London (UCL), placing more pressure on the Government to move faster in releasing restrictions.
According to the UCL results, published this week, the number of people who have protection against the virus either through vaccination or previous infection will hit 73.4 per cent on April 12 – enough to tip the country into herd immunity. Read the full story.
3. UK is prepared to confront Putin’s ‘private army’, says Defence Secretary
Britain should confront Russian “mercenary groups”, the Defence Secretary has said, as intelligence images show Vladimir Putin is supplying tanks and planes to his “private army”.
The Russian Wagner Group mercenary force, run by a man known as “Putin’s chef”, showed “how modern warfare is rapidly changing,” Ben Wallace told The Telegraph. Read the full story.
4. Myanmar Embassy in London ‘seized’ by military
The Myanmar embassy in London was “stormed” and seized by allies of the nation’s new military regime, the ambassador has alleged.
Kyaw Zwar Minn, who has served as the Asian nation’s ambassador to the UK since 2014, told The Telegraph he had been “betrayed” by former colleagues whom he had worked alongside in the building. Read the full story.
5. Tiger Woods crash report: Speeding at 87mph – and did not apply brakes
Tiger Woods was speeding at up to 87mph in a 45mph zone when he accelerated out of control to cause his death-defying car crash back in February, US police have confirmed.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department says the sole reason for the crash was excessive speed, with Woods accidentally hitting the accelerator rather than braking before the vehicle flipped over. Read the full story.