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Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty by a New York court of sex trafficking underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The British socialite, 60, faces up to 70 years in an American prison. With the number of people in hospital with Covid above 10,000 for the first time since March, the NHS is setting up new Nightingale “surge hubs” to increase capacity. The good news is that the average length of stay in hospital appears to be shortening, says The Spectator. During the last wave, 64% of over-80s who survived their infection were discharged within 14 days; this month the figure is 99%. A new Whitehall style guide advises civil servants to avoid using the word “Brexit”. The preferred term is “31 December 2020”, the date when the UK nominally left the EU.