Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, November 12

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oronavirus death toll passing 50,000 ‘terrible indictment’ of Government’s lack of preparation, top doctors warn

Leading doctors have warned it is “vital that lessons are learned” from the pandemic as the UK’s official coronavirus death toll exceeded 50,000.

The latest data showed 50,365 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, making it the first country in Europe to exceed 50,000 deaths.

Responding to the news, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “This is a point that should never have been reached.

Resignation of PM’s director of communications sparks speculation Dominic Cummings could follow

Lee Cain announced late on Wednesday he was quitting as director of communications amid a bitter internal power struggle in Downing Street.

After Mr Cain announced his departure, there was speculation that he could be followed by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s top adviser seen as the most powerful figure in No 10.

The two men had worked together on the 2016 EU referendum campaign fronted by Mr Johnson and are regarded as close political allies.

Joe Biden picks Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

He has served as an aide to Mr Biden since the 1980s on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later as chief of staff when he was Vice President.

Mr Klain will lead a White House likely to be consumed by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He previously served as the coordinator to the Ebola response during the 2014 outbreak.

Car crashing into London police station ‘not terror-related’

An incident in which a man poured liquid onto a road and set it alight moments after a car crashed into a L ondon police station is not being treated as terror-related, police have confirmed.

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Police have been able to return to Edmonton Police Station and nearby residents who were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday evening have been able to return, Scotland Yard said.

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson and other offences in connection with the incident, police added. 

SpaceX set to blast astronauts into orbit in first operational crewed flight to ISS this weekend

For Nasa, it marks the beginning of using private firms as a “taxi service” to fly its crew to and from the space station.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to be marked with special four-day Bank Holiday weekend

On February 6 2022 the monarch will have reigned for 70 years – the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.

The milestone will be marked with a “once-in-a-generation show,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Thursday.

Plans are in place to stage a series of events across four days, from June 2-5 in 2022.

1035: Death of Canute, Danish King of England.

1660: John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, was jailed for preaching without a licence.

1840: Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris.

1859: The man who invented the leotard – Jules Leotard – gave the world’s first flying trapeze display in Paris.

1911: The Rev Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, was born.

1931: Abbey Road recording studio in London was opened by Sir Edward Elgar.

1944: Tirpitz, last of Hitler’s fleet of “unsinkable battleships”, was sunk off the Norwegian coast by Lancaster bombers.

1979: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, US president Jimmy Carter ordered a halt to all petroleum imports into the United States from Iran.

1990: Crown Prince Akihito was formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

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1997: Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing. 

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