Drug shortages threat following coronavirus outbreak
The coronavirus outbreak may cause drug shortages as China's factories either shut down or operate at a drastically reduced capacity. An estimated 80pc of all of India's active pharmaceutical ingredients are produced in China, but with the country currently in the grip of an epidemic, production has slowed and stockpiles of common medicines are running low. It comes as the Prime Minister extended his sympathies to the President of China and those citizens affected by the outbreak of coronavirus in a call this morning. Our liveblog has the very latest.
Meanwhile the British couple who have gained notoriety for their social media updates about the two-week quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have contracted the virus. The news was a bitter blow for David Abel, 74, and his wife Sally. And the director of a major hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, died of the disease today, as Chinese authorities introduced more restrictions to curb further transmission.
'This is not normal flooding,' says Environment Agency
Areas of the UK are in "uncharted territory" following record levels of flooding, with more heavy rain forecast later in the week. Ten severe flood warnings, indicating a danger to life, were in place this morning across England and Wales in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. It has left communities across the country counting the cost of the weekend's storm, which has left hundreds of properties flooded. Boris Johnson has faced criticism for not visiting affected areas. Click here for the weather forecast for the rest of the week and for pictures of the aftermath. And this aerial video shows the extent of the flooding around the River Wye.
The touching story of Caroline Flack's Strictly triumph
Millions tuned in to watch Love Island's tribute to Caroline Flack as the programme returned to TV screens last night. ITV insisted the "door was left open" for the presenter to return to the show and that she was offered support in the months leading up to her death at the weekend, aged 40. But it was her star turn on Strictly Come Dancing which truly catapulted Flack to the level of stardom that she so desired and dreaded in equal measure. Marianka Swain has the inside story on the show where Flack shone brightest, and why there has never been a funnier, harder working or more refreshingly human Strictly winner.
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Video: Climate change activists dig up Cambridge lawn
Trinity College Cambridge said it "regrets the criminal damage done to its property" after climate activists staged a protest by digging up its lawn. Extinction Rebellion cited the college's "ties with fossil fuel companies" and its role in the development of Innocence Farm in Suffolk as reasons for the protest on Monday. Watch them digging up the turf. It comes as Extinction Rebellion protesters, including partially-sighted Paralympian James Brown, occupied an HS2 drilling rig in West London.
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Six Nations | Mako Vunipola has not been named in England's 33-man squad to prepare to face Ireland this Sunday at Twickenham, after returning to Tonga for family reasons. Eddie Jones has named his three loosehead props ahead of this weekend's game. Read on for details.
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