Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 22 Jan 2021

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1. Ministers mull £500 payment

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 in England could be paid £500 to self-isolate under proposals to encourage people with symptoms to get tested and stay at home. A leaked “options paper” from the Department of Health states that a universal £500 payment could cost up to £453m per week - 12 times the cost of the current payouts.

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