Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Germany may suspend AstraZeneca Covid jab for under-60s

Germany is set to suspend the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in people under the age of 60 over concerns it may cause potentially fatal blood clots.

A draft recommendation from the German independent vaccine commission leaked to a local newspaper today calls for the jab to be limited to the over-60s following a spate of cases of the dangerous brain condition in younger people.

There have been 31 cases of cerebral sinous vein thrombosis in people who had been given the AstraZeneca vaccine in Germany, the country’s medical regulator said today. Nine of those affected died.

It comes as divisions over the EU’s vaccination crisis were laid bare after Ursula von der Leyen refused to sign up to a call by more than 20 world leaders for a new global pandemics plan.

Meanwhile, the pound hit a 12-month high against the euro as the UK’s vaccine roll-out continues to outperform countries on the Continent.

Back home, Cornwall and Devon daytrippers were told to stay away if they were driving for more than an hour to visit the popular tourist hotspots, as the UK provisionally recorded its warmest March day in 53 years.

Tourist bosses reported seeing a sea of cars with surfboards on their roofs heading towards the beach in Devon as people make the most of loosened lockdown restrictions. 

See people enjoying the sun.

Floyd killed with ‘blood choke’ says martial arts expert

A professional mixed martial arts fighter who witnessed George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis last May has returned to the stand for the second day of evidence in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Donald Williams began his testimony in the highly-charged trial by testifying that Mr Floyd was killed with a “blood choke”. Mr Williams, who said he had trained alongside police officers in the past, told jurors he believed that Mr Chauvin was deploying a wrestling move used to knock an opponent unconscious. Follow the latest from the trial.

Unseen images show the Queen relaxing off-duty

An untold volume of footage and photographs of the Queen has been amassed over the decades but behind the scenes, Her Majesty remains something of an enigma. Now, a documentary unearths unseen footage of the Queen relaxing off duty, showing her as she has rarely been seen. Click here for a series of images of Her Majesty released ahead of the new documentary for ITV, The Queen Unseen. Meanwhile, Associate Editor Camilla Tominey analyses how the Queen is Prince Harry and Meghan’s best hope of finding peace with the rest of the Royal family.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Police cleared | Sadiq Khan has been accused of refusing to “take responsibility” over the policing of the Sarah Everard vigil after a report into the event found the Met Police had not acted inappropriately. A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, concluded that the force had acted appropriately when it broke up the gathering earlier this month. Read on for details.

Around the world: Rescue from Mozambique attack

With air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool and open-air restaurant, the Amarula Lodge hotel was an oasis of comfort for expatriate workers in the town of Palma in northern Mozambique. It was also an oasis of safety: amid a growing threat from local Islamist militants, the hotel’s well-guarded compound was one of the few deemed secure from attack. Yet it found itself at the epicentre of one of Africa’s largest-scale terrorist strikes, as hundreds of gunmen stormed Palma in a murderous rampage, leaving the streets littered with beheaded corpses. Read on for details.

Tuesday big-read

‘I had a manic episode that lasted at least a year – but my GP didn’t recognise that I was bipolar’

Leah Charles-King was misdiagnosed with depression for years

Leah Charles-King was misdiagnosed with depression for years

To mark World Bipolar Day, people with the disorder tell Georgina Hayes about the positive role diagnosis can play

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Business and money briefing

Buzz around shares | The founder of fintech firm PensionBee is sitting on shares worth £135m as the start-up confirms its intention to float. Romi Savova’s start-up is hoping to raise funding at a valuation of at least £300m on the London Stock Exchange. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

Tee-deious | The scourge of slow play is back on golf’s agenda after a glacial final day at the WGC Dell World Match Play in Texas on Sunday. Daniel Zeqiri examines how it could be cured from the sport.

Three things for tonight

And finally… for this evening’s downtime

Life in the rural fast lane | Thinking of leaving the city for the country? Do not bank on slowing down a gear. Dangerous driving, school stress and planning wars meant Sybilla Hart found the pace of life certainly did not slow down when she moved out of London.

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