Your morning briefing: What you should know for Tuesday, November 24

Sean Morrison
·4-min read

Trump accepts transition to Biden’s presidency

Donald Trump has accepted that a formal transition can begin for Joe Biden to take office.

Mr Biden was declared the “apparent winner” of the US election by a key federal agency, clearing the way for the start of the transition.

A federal official said the determination was made after Mr Trump's efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, most recently in Michigan.

President Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said he was directing his team to co-operate on the transition but vowed to keep up the fight.

Arrivals in England to be able to cut quarantine if they pay for coronavirus test

Travellers arriving in England will be able to end their quarantine period after five days from December 15, if they pay for a coronavirus test that comes back negative.

The travel industry welcomed the policy, announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, but described it as "long overdue".

Under the new rules, passengers who arrive from a destination not on the Government's travel corridors list will still need to enter self-isolation.

But they can reduce the 14-day period by paying for a test from a private firm after five days at a cost of £65-£120.

Universities told to cover ‘white privilege’ in training to tackle harassment

University leaders should improve awareness of "white privilege, fragility and allyship" to tackle racial harassment on campuses, vice-chancellors have said.

Institutions should carry out anti-racist training with staff and students to increase their understanding of racial “microaggressions”.

Microagressions are "subtle, less overt forms of racism", according to Universities UK (UUK).

Almost nine in ten Black Friday products 'same price or cheaper beforehand’

Almost nine in 10 Black Friday "deals" could be found at the same price or cheaper earlier in the year, analysis by Which? has showed.

The consumer group tracked prices of 219 popular home and tech products over the course of a year, for six months before Black Friday 2019 and six months after.

Its experts tracked products from Amazon,, Argos, Currys PC World and John Lewis.

It found 85 per cent could be found cheaper or the same price in the six months before.

Cambridge Dictionary names ‘quarantine’ word of the year

The Cambridge Dictionary has revealed its word of the year for 2020 is “quarantine" after it took on a new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Editors said it was the third most looked-up word overall this year - and comes out on top if you discount words that recur most years.

It edged out other finalist words "pandemic" and "lockdown", which were also among the most looked-up between January and the end of October this year.

There was a surge of searches for quarantine in the week of March 18-24, when restrictions started to be imposed in many countries due to Covid-19.

On this day…

1434: The River Thames froze over and, exactly 281 years later, it froze again - hard enough for a Frost Fair to be held on the ice.

1713: Laurence Sterne, clergyman, novelist and humourist, was born in Tipperary.

1815: Grace Darling, lighthouse-keeper's daughter and heroine of the wreck of the Forfarshire, was born.

1849: Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, was born in Manchester.

1859: On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin was published.

1864: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter famous for his scene of Paris low-life, was born in Albi, southern France.

1962: The satirical TV programme That Was The Week That Was went out live from the BBC for the first time, introduced by newcomer David Frost, with material written by equally unknown John Cleese.

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, charged with killing president Kennedy, was shot dead by club owner Jack Ruby at Dallas Police Headquarters.

1965: The Government imposed an experimental 70mph speed limit on motorways.

1991: Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, died aged 45.

2005: The biggest overhaul of licensing laws in more than 50 years took effect. It permitted pubs, bars, clubs and stores in England and Wales to serve alcohol for longer - and even round the clock.