With the House back after the Christmas break, I'd put in to speak on the debate on Global Britain and was looking forward to doing so. Regrettably, due to the large number of MPs who put in to speak, I was not even on the call list. Of course, with MPs now being encouraged not to go to Parliament, it is far easier to put in to speak now and clearly many are seizing the opportunity. Still, that gave me the chance to go through a busy in-tray, dealing with a variety of constituency matters. In virus news, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the UK was at the "worst point" of the pandemic, adding that the actions of the public "could make a difference". At a No 10 briefing, Mr Hancock pleaded with people to follow the government's Covid rules until the vaccine could provide a "way out" of the pandemic. The government earlier published its plan to immunise tens of millions of people by spring. So far 2.3 million people in the UK have had a first Covid vaccine shot. In the retail sector, Morrisons will bar customers who refuse to wear face coverings from its shops amid rising coronavirus infections. From Monday, shoppers who refuse to wear face masks offered by staff will not be allowed inside, unless they are medically exempt. Sainsbury's also said it would challenge those not wearing a mask or who were shopping in groups. Finally, health workers have been among the first to receive a Covid-19 jab at a mass vaccination centre. The site at Birmingham's Millennium Point is one of seven across England and will offer about 2,500 vaccinations a day when it is fully operational. It comes as England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty warns the coming weeks will be "the most dangerous time" of the pandemic.