Branson’s mother dies at 96 after virus battle
SIR Richard Branson’s mother Eve has died aged 96 after catching coronavirus. The Virgin Group founder said his mother — a philanthropist and author who served in the Wrens in World War II and once toured as a ballet dancer — was ‘a force of nature’ with ‘such zest for life’. ‘She held on for one last victory, managing to fight off the virus, but expended all of her energy in the process,’ he wrote online. ‘I want to celebrate her wonderful life, her tremendous spirit, the joy she brought to so many and the love she gave us all.’
That’s not Whitty… Liam faces backlash over tweet
LIAM GALLAGHER suffered a fan backlash after blasting Prof Chris Whitty’s bleak coronavirus forecast. The ex-Oasis frontman hit out after the chief medical officer warned the next few weeks of the pandemic would be the worst yet. ‘Chris Whitty is getting on my t**ty he needs a slap,’ the Roll With It rocker tweeted. One fan urged him to ‘chill’, while another wrote: ‘Chris Whitty worked the wards over Christmas, he deserves respect.’ The 48-year-old singer later deleted the post.
Supermarket shoppers face ban without masks
MORRISONS and Sainsbury’s are banning shoppers who do not wear masks — as stores are urged to get tougher on social distancing. Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said he was ‘worried’ about people not wearing masks, following one-way systems or waiting outside busy stores. Shop workers’ union Usdaw said it was concerned too few shoppers were respecting safety measures. Morrisons said it would allow medical exemptions, adding: ‘Our colleagues are working hard to feed you. Please be kind.’
■ TWO women given £200 fixed penalties for driving five miles to a reservoir for a walk have had them rescinded. Derbyshire Police’s Ch Con Rachel Swann apologised, saying officers had to cope with ‘ever-changing guidance and legislation’. One of the pair, Jessica Allen, said: ‘We welcome the apology and are pleased to draw a line under this.’