Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown BOOST with Britain 90% free of flu and millions of grandparents vaccinated by Christmas

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HOPES of life returning to normal have been boosted by the news that UK flu cases are 90% down on a normal year.

The numbers, largely due to increased flu jabs and the same social distancing measures that have reduced coronavirus infections, are great news for hospitals hoping they won’t be overwhelmed this winter.

Further good news came with the suggestion that millions of grandparents will be vaccinated within weeks as the first Covid jabs arrived in Britain.

The “game-changing” jab from Pfizer/BioNTech will be distributed to 50 hospital hubs.

And officials are increasingly confident millions of elderly people — including those in care homes — will get it by Christmas.

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