Covid-19: 'Grave concern' over court backlog, and Biden keeps Covid travel bans
Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening.
1. 'Grave concern' at Covid court backlog
"Justice delayed is justice denied" is a common expression in the legal system. And because of Covid-19, many crime victims are being denied justice - as a backlog of court cases means alleged perpetrators are not being put on trial promptly. Jury trials stopped during the first period of the pandemic. Although they have resumed - with social distancing - many crimes committed last year will not reach trial until next year.
2. Biden keeps Covid travel bans
US President-elect Joe Biden's spokeswoman says the US will maintain travel bans on the UK, much of the EU and Brazil - despite an order from President Donald Trump to lift them. The White House decreed on Monday that the entry ban would end on 26 January - six days after Mr Biden takes office.
3. Is the Covid self-employed support scheme unfair to women?
Campaigners are bringing a judicial review for indirect sexual discrimination on Thursday. They say the self-employed income support scheme - which averages profits between 2016 and 2019 - is unfair to around 75,000 women who've taken maternity leave. Watch more below.
4. 'My boss made me come to work and I caught Covid'
Jane works as an administrator for a private healthcare firm in Oxfordshire - a job she is expected to do from the office, even in lockdown. However, since she caught Covid at work before Christmas, she has chosen to work from home because she feels safer - something that is causing problems with her boss.
5. Inside a London intensive care unit
New cases of coronavirus have fallen by almost a quarter across the UK in the past week - but hospital admissions are still rising (see graphs below). The BBC's Clive Myrie has been to the Royal London Hospital to see a system struggling to cope.
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