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Coronavirus live news: 1.5million people in England to receive booster jab invite

Texts and letters will be sent to eligible people who had their second vaccine at least six months ago

9.04am BST

New Zealand reported 24 new locally acquired coronavirus cases today, up from 20 on Saturday, showing an upturn after several days of lower numbers, Reuters reports;

All of the new cases have been reported in greater Auckland, a city of about 1.7 million people which has been in a full level 4 lockdown since mid-August.

The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to announce tomorrow whether the alert levels for Auckland and rest of the country will be changed.

8.45am BST

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Invitations to book a Covid booster jab will be sent to 1.5million people in England this week.

Booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long term and will protect the most vulnerable through the winter months.

I urge everyone who receives a letter or text to get their jab as soon as possible so we can strengthen the wall of defence across the country that each vaccine brings.

As we head into winter we should not drop our guard so I would urge everyone to come forward and get a booster vaccination when then they are invited.

Getting a top-up vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this cruel virus.

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A bar of dark milk butterscotch hits the spot after Kew

The gardens’ gift shop has plenty to satisfy my chocolate craving

There is a photo in the family album, of me aged six or seven, wearing yellow shorts, crouched down on the lawn in front of the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Not long after, my parents bought a café and became self-employed, and we hardly had a weekend off together again. I’ve never been back since.

Thus it was that I was heady with excitement to re-visit, this time with my eldest, and the Palm House was the first place we went into. It’s a hot ’n’ sticky place (not a venue for a first date) and in among the endangered plants and ‘possibly the biggest pot plant in the world’ was the cacao tree. Although this was not a place to eat chocolate.

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