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  1. Are lockdown measures working?

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    At Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson said that “the lockdown measures we had in place, combined with tier four measures, are starting to show some signs of effect.”

    Looking at cases of Covid-19 in England, the average for the week ending 1 January was almost 55,000 cases.

    The week ending 6 January shows a slight dip, to 52,400.

    These people will have been infected before England’s lockdown came in on January 6, although much of the country was under very strict measures before then.

    So, using publicly available data, it might be too early to make this assessment.

    And in the past month, we’ve seen that a couple of days of decline can quickly be followed by a sustained increase in cases.

    But what is clear is that hospital admissions from coronavirus appear to be increasing (they usually peak up to a couple of weeks after high numbers of cases).

    The latest seven day average (ending on January 7) saw 3,705 people admitted to hospital daily in England – that’s the highest throughout the entire pandemic.

  2. By Reality Check team and BBC Monitoring

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    A Trump supporter wears face paint at a protest in Washington, DC

    There's speculation over who was involved in the protests and whether they belong to organised groups.

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  3. By Mike Wendling

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    a man poses with a Q sign at a Trump rally

    The fringe conspiracy theory is facing a crackdown by social media platforms, although it's been growing especially in the US.

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  4. Has everyone received financial support?

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    Several MPs have disagreed with the prime minister’s assertion that “as long as restrictions are in place, we will continue to support everyone affected by them".

    There are many groups of people who have complained that they are not receiving support, having lost their livelihoods as a result of the pandemic.

    Examples include people who are the directors of their own companies and pay themselves through dividends rather than a salary.

    There are also those who have complicated employment histories, so in recent years might have been directly employed by a company for some of the time, self-employed for some of the time or a combination of the two.

    Both of these groups have been finding that they are neither eligible to be furloughed nor able to claim the Self-Employment Income Support scheme, and not all of them will qualify for universal credit.

    You can read about three people who feel they have had insufficient support here.

  5. How many laptops have been delivered to disadvantaged pupils?

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    A child with a laptop

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons that the government “will do everything possible to support” the move to home learning, after schools closed to the majority of pupils because of the lockdown. This includes providing laptops and tablets to disadvantaged families.

    According to government figures published in December, the Department for Education had provided 562,421 devices (341,869 of them were distributed since the start of the academic year). Mr Johnson said more had been delivered at the start of this term.

    But there are still challenges in using these devices to access remote learning.

    According to data published last year by Ofcom, the UK's telecoms regulator, up to 913,000 children can only access the internet using mobile data (so it could prove expensive to watch educational videos, for example) while up to 559,000 children have no access to the internet at all.

    On this issue, Mr Johnson said the government had “partnered” with some of the UK’s leading operators to provide free mobile data to disadvantaged families “to support access to education resources”.

    There’s more detail on the scheme here