Tuesday morning news briefing: Diminishing hopes of Easter reopening

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Boris Johnson is preparing the roadmap to ending lockdown - BLOWER  
Boris Johnson is preparing the roadmap to ending lockdown - BLOWER

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Boris Johnson: This must be the final lockdown

Hopes are diminishing of a rapid reopening in time for Easter. Boris Johnson last night said he wanted this lockdown to be the final one. But the Prime Minister declined to say if families would be able to go on Easter holidays as he stressed uncertainty ahead. And a well-placed government source told The Telegraph it was unlikely singing in church would be allowed in time for Easter Sunday. The easing of restrictions is due to be announced in a new government roadmap on Monday. From getting children back at desks to reopening pub gardens, speculation is rife as to which measures could be eased. Read our full guide to what is likely. And Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki explains the "dashboard of hope" - the key stepping stones that will lead England out of restrictions. For a lockdown laugh, try Matt's latest cartoon.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation meets today to discuss who should be prioritised once the Covid vaccine rollout moves on to the under-50s. Health Correspondent Henry Bodkin understands it is expected to recommend that age and ethnicity are targeted, as sources said prioritising occupations would be too complicated. This is the priority list announced so far. Search for vaccine rates by postcode.

Right to sue for academics 'denied free speech'

Academics will be able to sue if their free speech is violated, as part of a "cancel culture" crackdown due to be unveiled by the Government today. Ministers are proposing new laws amid concerns about the rise of "silencing and censoring" of lecturers and students. Writing for The Telegraph, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson warns of the "real and alarming threat" of censorship at universities. In December, Cambridge dons prevailed in a free speech row after voting down a bid to force them to be "respectful of the diverse identities of others".

Meghan and Harry primed for Oprah 'tell-all'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recorded a "wide-ranging" and "intimate" interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they reveal all about their decision to step away from the Royal family. Royal TV interviews have rarely gone well. Victoria Ward looks back at some unforgettable confessionals that have backfired. Associate Editor Camilla Tominey says Prince Harry risks losing his way if he follows his wife's pursuit of Stateside glory. And Bryony Gordon, who has interviewed the Duke several times, argues we should allow the couple some happiness after they announced they were expecting their second child.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Social media warning | Children will look back on the dangers of social media in the same way we view driving without a seat belt, England's Children's Commissioner has said. Anne Longfield said in an interview with The Telegraph she felt children would be angry when they realised they were left exposed to a "wild and dangerous" online environment.

Around the world: Protesters face 20 years in jail

The military warned Myanmar's anti-coup protesters they could face up to 20 years in prison. Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader facing charges of illegally importing and using walkie talkies, is due to appear in court tomorrow. As demonstrators returned to the streets, the military announced it could impose a harsh prison term on anyone deemed to "sabotage" stability. View more of today's world pictures.

Protesting engineers hold up signs calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. CREDIT: AFP   - AFP
Protesting engineers hold up signs calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. CREDIT: AFP - AFP

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Business and money briefing

Bureaucracy | Regulators must begin an overhaul of red tape so Britain can seize on a "Brexit dividend", according to a report into the country's competition regime. It said watchdogs have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to update their rules outside the orbit of Brussels so they can focus on promoting competition and protecting consumers.

Sport briefing

Sexism claims | UK Athletics has been rocked by accusations of sexual harassment, abuse and degrading comments in a report detailing a lack of opportunities for female coaches. The governing body has also been accused of overseeing "an old boys" network in the Leeds Beckett University report, commissioned by the Female Coaching Network.

Tonight's dinner

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