UK Covid live: PM's plans for school testing in disarray; Wales introduces testing for international arrivals

Decision raises questions about proposed full return of England’s schools in February; passengers arriving in Wales must prove negative test

10.59am GMT

Donald Trump will not be visiting Scotland ahead of inauguration day, the PA news agency understands.

There had been speculation that the US president would visit his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire ahead of Joe Biden taking office at the White House next Wednesday. But PA now understands Trump will not be in Scotland.

Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.

I have no idea what Donald Trump’s travel plans are, you’ll be glad to know. I hope and expect that – as everybody expects, not everybody necessarily will hope – that the travel plan immediately that he has is to exit the White House. But beyond that I don’t know.

We are not allowing people to come in to Scotland without an essential purpose right now and that would apply to him, just as it applies to anybody else.

10.46am GMT

A national project has been launched to scrutinise new variants of the coronavirus with the aim to flag variants of concern and investigate issues ranging from how contagious these variants are to whether they cause more serious disease, or could evade the protection offered by current Covid-19 vaccinations.

Dubbed the ‘G2P-UK’ National Virology Consortium, the project involves 10 research institutions in the UK, including Oxford University and Imperial College London, with efforts already underway to unpick details of the new UK variant and the variant identified in South Africa that have raised concern among experts.

It’s really important for the strengths and breadth of UK virology to come together and develop an evidence-base to explain the biological impacts of viral variants, such as possible resistance to vaccine induced immunity, and inform how we should respond and plan for the future.

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