Evening briefing: Today's essential headlines
Queen cancels NI trip | The Queen is resting at Windsor Castle after cancelling a planned visit to Northern Ireland on the advice of her doctors. The Queen has "reluctantly accepted medical advice" to rest for the next few days, Buckingham Palace said. Read on for details.
The big story: Get jab to 'save your freedoms' says Javid
The Government will not yet implement its Plan B for tackling Covid-19 over the winter period, Sajid Javid has said, as he announced the Government has signed two deals securing hundreds of thousands of doses of antivirals to help treat and prevent infections.
The Health Secretary urged people to get booster vaccinations "to save lives and your freedoms too" as the number of Covid cases in the UK reached the highest levels since July.
He warned the pandemic is "not over" and said cases could rise to 100,000 a day.
Follow the latest as he held a Downing Street press conference.
It comes after Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, warned that ministers must immediately enforce "Plan B" restrictions such as working from home and a ban on indoor gatherings or "risk stumbling into a winter crisis".
Madeline Grant fears that we risk being frightened back into another lockdown.
The Government's former vaccine tsar, Dame Kate Bingham, has said older people should be "banging down doors" to get their booster jabs amid fears the rollout is moving too slowly to protect people this winter.
The presenter reveals her spiritual side as she launches her new brand Wylde Moon, which has been compared to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop
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Sport briefing: Newcastle United sack Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce has been sacked by Newcastle United and has revealed that he is now likely to retire due to the strain that has been placed on him during his two-year spell on Tyneside. Bruce's departure has been widely expected ever since the Saudi Arabian-led takeover at St James' Park. Read an exclusive interview with the departing Geordie called a "tactically inept cabbage-head". Paulo Fonseca is one of the managers the club's new owners have already held talks over as they seek a long-term successor. Luke Edwards reflects on why Bruce bravely defied the critics — but could never escape shadow of Rafael Benitez. Newcastle have urged their supporters to stop wearing Arabic clothing to matches due to the "possibility" of it being deemed culturally inappropriate or offensive. In cricket, England defeated New Zealand in their final warm-up game before their Twenty20 World Cup begins on Saturday.
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Business briefing: Used cars more expensive than new
Used car prices have surged so much since the start of the year that almost one in five are now more expensive than new models. Shortages of semiconductors and other raw materials have dented supplies to such a large extent that 17pc of vehicles no more than a year old are now more expensive than their brand-new equivalent. Our liveblog has the latest business developments. Meanwhile, the UK's pension system has been ranked among the best in the world, jumping ahead of Germany, Ireland and Switzerland in the past year. It comes as it emerged the state pension will rise by £5.55 a week next April. In the Telegraph's Women Mean Business online event, NatWest chief executive Alison Rose opened up about how she thought running a bank was easier than home schooling.
Tonight starts now
What's New Pussycat? review | Sean Foley, the artistic director of the Birmingham Rep, has promised a "good night out" to get the place thronging. With this rollicking new 1960s-set musical, based on both the back-catalogue of the singer Sir Tom Jones and Henry Fielding's 1749 novel bearing the singer's name, he delivers that in spades. Read more.
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And finally... for this evening's downtime
Into the darkness | Private generator owners who provide most of Lebanon's power say their once lucrative business is now unsustainable. Campbell MacDiarmid has this dispatch after the country's 'generator mafia' warned it will switch the lights off.
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How did the UK find itself in this position? Death rates for younger people have worsened since the vaccine rollout, but mortality levels for over-65s have returned to normal - creating a two-tier pandemic.
Since the start of the crisis, there has been a clear distinction between the impact of the disease on older people and younger people.
Older, more vulnerable people have borne the brunt of the deaths, while younger, healthier, age groups have barely registered in the statistics.
However, Sarah Knapton analyses how the vaccination programme has led to a curious new pattern emerging - and what is the likely cause of it.
Lockdown after Cop26?
How likely is a winter lockdown then? Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, said the Government was "concerned" about the slow uptake of booster jabs in light of rising Covid cases but ruled out a winter lockdown. However, perhaps you should not plan any social gatherings after November 12. That is the day that the great and good of the climate lobby fly off back home from the Cop26 summit in Glasgow and, according to Ross Clark, consequently will be the day the Government will feel free once again to plunge Britain back into some kind of lockdown. Here is are the ways he thinks the nation can avoid going back to restrictions. Incidentally, hopes of a breakthrough international deal on climate change in Scotland were dealt a blow today by the news President Vladimir Putin will not attend the conference in person.
What would be the impact of plunging the nation into lockdown again?
Needless to say the nation's finances are already in a delicate position.
The economy grew by just 0.4pc in August, already hampered by fears that Britain is entering a period of "stagflation".
Today it emerged inflation rose by a slightly lower than expected 3.1pc in September but that is still firmly above the Bank of England’s 2pc target, adding to pressure to increase interest rates just at the time when the Government is grappling with huge debts brought about by the furlough scheme.
Meanwhile, industry leaders have already warned that restaurant and pub prices face "terrifying" rises because of a chronic shortage of staff.
Comment and analysis
Around the world: Trump jibes at Powell tributes
Donald Trump waited little more than 24 hours after Colin Powell’s death to rip into his record and dismiss praise for the former secretary of state as "fake news". Mr Trump, who is known for continuing feuds even after a rival is no longer alive, also criticised Mr Powell for making "big mistakes", particularly in relation to the Iraq war. It comes as aUS congressional committee investigating the attack on the Capitol last January voted unanimously in favour of criminal contempt charges against Steve Bannon, an aide to the former US president.
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