Blood Donation Law Change Mooted
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the DHSC is considering changes to laws which prevent homosexual men from donating blood. In its response, the DHSC said: ‘Historically, the UK changed the law due to a new testing protocol for HIV that was impossible to implement on the IOM at the time. We have recently adopted these tests (Nucleic Acid Tests) and this will allow us to re-evaluate our position on MSM donations. A departmental paper will be considered by the DHSC Executive Team during 2021 and we hope to see some progress shortly after that paper.’
No New Cases!
As many of you will undoubtedly have seen, Chief Min HQ today confirmed that no new cases of Covid had been identified in the previous 24 hours. This means we have not had a community case for seven days, which is vital to ending our circuit breaker lockdown. The Chief has said the Council of Ministers will discuss easing restrictions on Thursday, with a possible announcement due later that afternoon.
Scotland Lockdown Extended
While the island’s Covid situation is looking positive, Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon has announced that their lockdown has been extended until at least the middle of February, with most school pupils to continue learning from home. The level four restrictions have been in place since Boxing Day.
The BBC has also reported that the islands of Barra and Vatersay are being moved into the top level of restrictions due to a ‘significant outbreak’ there.
Over in America, President Trump is spending his final day at the White House as Joe Biden is due to be sworn in by this time tomorrow. As is normal for departing Presidents, Trump is expected to issue a number of pardons. It is anticipated that The Donald will pardon people including rapper Lil Wayne, businessman Sholam Weiss, who was sentenced in 2000 to 845 years in prison for 78 counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Tiger King “star” Joe Exotic’s legal team is also said to be hopeful of a Presidential pardon.
First Dates is Back
The iconic series that is First Dates could easily have been lost to Covid, but everyone’s favourite maître d’ Fred Sirieix is back! After eight years in London’s Paternoster Chop House, the show is heading north to The Refinery in Spinningfields, Manchester. As well as this, the show is making some changes which are intended to ‘reflect real life’. Once such change includes that instead of Fred introducing couples at their table, they must now go up to awkwardly say hello at the bar. Channel 4 say tonight’s first episode includes an MPs assistant, a 32-year-old gay man from Rotherham who works in a greasy spoon, a 62-year-old neuroscientist, and a double-divorcee in his late 30s who his mates call “Ross from Friends”. First Dates is back on Channel 4 tonight from 10pm.