Gef’s News Roundup

Six things that happened in the world today:

The vaccine has landed

This biggest news on the island today is the arrival of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Delivered early on Wednesday morning, the gov is putting the final preparations in place for the roll out to begin, starting with care homes, health and care staff and the over 80s. Gef has done an explainer on the vaccine and it’s arrival on the island, which you can read here.

Dylan is a star

Dylan Walton, who has raised over £30,000 for Hospice Isle of Man and Rebecca House was presented with a BBC Christmas Star Award by Father Christmas. The Beeb’s North West Tonight show recognises people who make an extraordinary contribution to their community. Dylan, aged eight, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, has climbed Snaefell and walked the equivalent to a marathon, round the NSC.

No solution to sea sewage

Following the recent recommendation that Manx Utilities’ planning application is rejected for sewage treatment works outside Peel, MU has confirmed that regional sewage treatment continues to be the strategy for Sunset City and the Laxey and Baldrine area. Chairman Tim Baker said: ‘We remain determined to bring forward solutions which will bring to an end the disposal of raw sewage into both Peel and Laxey bays.’

England’s Tiers

The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has provided an update for England’s Tier System which imposes tougher restrictions based on the infection rate of Covid in a region. Tier 3 restrictions have been introduced for large parts of East and South East England. The changes come into force from 12.01am on Saturday, but do not result in a change to the Christmas bubble relaxations across the UK.

Macron tests positive

French President has tested positive for Covid-19 after developing symptoms. The Elysée Palace said Mr Macron is still running the country and working remotely. He will self-isolate for seven days. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is also isolating after coming into contact with Mr Macron.

Dishy Rishi extends furlough

Chancellor of the Exchequer ‘Dishy’ Rishi Sunak has announced the UK government’s furlough scheme will continue until the end of April. The scheme had been due to finish at the end of March. Under the scheme, workers placed on leave receive 80% of their wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.