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UK Covid live news: justice secretary refuses to rule out prospect of prisoners and staff being vaccinated en masse

Latest updates: Robert Buckland said prison inmates will not be prioritised over other groups but emphasised need for speed and protecting staff

11.07am GMT

There are plenty of times when the government acts unlawfully, the justice secretary has admitted, but “getting something wrong is not the same as deliberately flouting the law”.

What matters, said Robert Buckland, is that the government doesn’t break the same law twice.

Related: Justice secretary defends Matt Hancock over breach of law

10.32am GMT

A woman who was among the first people to check into a quarantine hotel has said she is looking forward to seeing her husband after months apart.

Eritza East, 37, from Southampton, who was with her three children, said she had a double room at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near Heathrow Airport.

It was not ideal, but it wasn’t terrible, I’ve been in much worse accommodation.

The accommodation was really big and the beds were really comfy, the only problem was the food wasn’t always kid-friendly.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK Covid live news: justice secretary refuses to rule out prospect of prisoners and staff being vaccinated en masse ———