The Telegraph’s headlines of the day
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1. Prince Andrew said he would face justice after Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict
The Duke of York has been warned that the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell proves that justice will prevail “whether you are president or prince”.
Prince Andrew has come under further pressure as US lawyers say the guilty verdict in the Maxwell case will come to the rescue of the woman who accused the Duke of sexual assault. One of them said he should “shake in his boots”. Read the full story.
2. Ghislaine Maxwell’s future prison life could look like “Disneyland” after “going through hell” in a cell in New York
Ghislaine Maxwell’s future prison life may seem like a “Disneyland” for the British socialite compared to the New York cell in which she spent her time awaiting trial, according to a prison consultant.
Maxwell, 60, spent more than 500 days in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, known to be one of America’s most “troubled” prisons. Read the full story.
3. Critical workers could be prioritized for Covid testing as cases hit new record
Nurses, truck drivers and government officials could be prioritized for Covid testing as part of plans to prevent the New Years return to work from being plunged into chaos by a nationwide shortage.
Ministers are considering whether testing should be targeted at workers in critical national infrastructure to avoid shutting down parts of the economy due to a lack of supply. Read the full story.
4.Covid spreads at a more steady rate as exponential growth stops, study finds
The exponential growth of Covid cases appears to have come to a halt, with the virus spreading at a more steady rate, data from a symptom-tracking app suggested.
The ZOE Covid study said the trend had emerged despite the number of new symptomatic daily Covid cases being more than double what it was around the same time last year. Read the full story.
5. The story stranger than the fiction of the madhouse Maxwell
The seven siblings of the Maxwell family were reunited for the first time in years in June 2019 – Anne, Philip, Kevin, Ian, twins Isabel and Christine and Ghislaine met in London on what would have been the 96th day their father’s birthday. Ghislaine disappeared soon after, until she was arrested a year later.
It is a testament to the seeming banality of this dysfunctional group that their demise was pretty much normal; Maxwell’s web of incomprehensible connections makes a Dan Brown plot look like a short story by Enid Blyton Read the full story.
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