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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: “Increasing concern” about Indian variant & social media age verification

 

Despite covid cases at their lowest levels since last August, there are concerns the new Indian Variant could scupper plans to ease all restrictions by 21st June.

A meeting between SAGE and the Prime Minister has taken place. Boris Johnson previously said there was "increasing concern" about the new variant.

People using social media could be forced to verify their age before they're given access to the site. It follows the publication of the government's new online safety bill, in which tech firms could face huge fines if children are able to access their services - with rules to be enforced by Ofcom.

As many as one in four Brits cut back on animal products during the coronavirus pandemic. According to research by the Vegan Society, 54% are buying meat alternatives for the first time, as 32% are more conscious about their personal impact on the planet.


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