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Coronavirus UK news – ALL of England could be in Tier 3 lockdown by Christmas as Covid cases soar, scientists warn

ALL of England could face tough Tier 3 restrictions by Christmas as coronavirus cases continue to soar, scientists have warned.

The Government’s Sage advisory body has warned that by mid-December, virus rates all over the country will soar past the levels seen in areas already put into the “very high” category.

The ­latest government modelling overseen by Sir Patrick Vallance shows more than 25,000 people will be in hospital with Covid-19 by the end of November.

The revelation came as the UK recorded its highest daily corona­virus death toll since May, with a further 367 fatalities and another 22,885 cases confirmed.

The number of deaths is the highest daily figure since May 27, when 422 were reported.

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  • HUNDREDS OF HOUSE PARTIES BROKEN UP BY COPS IN SCOTLAND

    Police in Scotland have been called to break up hundreds of house parties every week despite a ban on households meeting indoors, data shows.

    Figures obtained by BBC Scotland through a freedom of information request showed that between August 28 and October 14 police officers were called out to 3,052 illegal gatherings.

    The BBC reported that a third of the incidents happened after the ban on indoor visits, which had been in place in large parts of central Scotland, was extended nationwide on September 23.

    There have been 83 arrests and more than 420 fines have been issued.

  • LABOUR MP: TEST & TRACE ‘FAILURE’ LED TO ‘LOSING CONTROL’ OF VIRUS

    A Labour MP has said the Government's “unforgivable” failure to fix the test and trace system has led them to “lose control of the virus” for a second time.

    Shadow health secretary John Ashworth said: “We and the scientists warned them back before the summer that if you cannot get the basics right around your test and tracing system… you lose control of the virus.

    “And sadly, here we are, all these months later, where the Government quite evidently has lost control of the virus.

    “At the moment, one of our most important weapons is testing and tracing, and the Government's inability to fix that I think is really quite unforgivable.”

  • PM URGED TO MAKE XMAS PLANS

    Boris Johnson is being urged to meet with leaders of the devolved nations in order to set out coronavirus rules over Christmas.

    Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey is part of the group calling for a solid set of yule rules, warning that people will travel over the festive period.

    It comes as The Sun exclusively revealed Government scientists have warned Ministers all of England must be under tier 3 by Christmas.

  • 'BAD TO WORSE'

    Government scientists have predicted that the second Covid-19 wave could be even more deadly than the first with a “lower but longer peak.”

    Downing Street is supposedly working on the assumption that the death toll during the second wave this winter is going to be worse than what Britain experienced in the spring.

    If the analysis of the second wave is correct, it will mean that the coronavirus death toll could stay steady for longer than it did in March and April.

    A source told the Telegraph: “It's going to be worse this time, more deaths.

    “That is the projection that has been put in front of the Prime Minister, and he is now being put under a lot of pressure to lockdown again.”

  • TESTING TIMES

    A simple coronavirus breath test that delivers results within a minute is being developed by British scientists.

    The technology, part of a project called TOXI-Triage, is said to use breath signatures to “rapidly distinguish the virus from other respiratory conditions”.

    Professor Paul Thomas, from Loughborough University, said: “If shown to be reliable, this offers the possibility for rapid identification or exclusion of Covid-19 in emergency departments or primary care.

    “That will protect healthcare staff, improve the management of patients and reduce the spread.”

    The researchers recruited 98 patients for the small study, of whom 31 had coronavirus.

    Santi Dominguez, chief executive of the Imspex Group, said: “The Imspex Group is very pleased that our groundbreaking technology has delivered these exciting results.

    “They offer the possibility to dramatically improve people's experience of taking a Covid-19 test.

  • FRANCE’S COVID BATTLE

    French president Emmanuel Macron could enforce a new nationwide lockdown across France today.

    The French government is considering a month-long lockdown to combat the increasing number of new coronavirus cases.

    The President is due to make a televised announcement which is expected to see a national lockdown imposed or several curfews extended.

    The lockdown could come into effect from midnight on Thursday, France’s BFM TV reported.

    According to the media outlet, the national lockdown that is under consideration would be “more flexible” than the restrictions imposed by France in March.

    Schools could remain open even as restrictions on people's movements become more severe, BFM TV added.

  • FRESH PRESSURE TO INCREASE COVID RESTRICTIONS

    Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to impose heightened coronavirus restrictions as the UK recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll since May.

    It comes as fears were raised of the second wave being more deadly than the first.

    A Government spokeswoman said ministers were receiving advice from a “wide range of scientific and medical experts” and that the latest figures are “concerning”.

    The number of deaths is the highest daily figure since May 27, when 422 deaths were reported.

  • PANDEMIC 'THREATENS RESEARCH AS EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS LOOK TO LEAVE'

    The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of research as early career scientists look to leave the profession, charities have warned.

    Medical research charities say there is a risk of a UK brain drain as the Covid-19 funding crisis plunges the sector into uncertainty.

    Four in 10 charity-funded early career scientists have considered leaving research due to funding concerns since the virus hit the country, according to a survey by the Association of Medical Research Charities.

    The survey of 523 scientists funded by 72 charities also found that 28% have considered leaving due to a lack of career prospects, while 19% had considered leaving research due to Brexit.

    The AMRC says the pandemic has had a devastating financial impact on medical research charities, which face cuts to their research investment of 41% over the next year.

  • ONE IN FIVE 'NOW CHERISH THEIR LOCAL PUB MORE THAN EVER'

    One in five people cherish their local pub more than ever before, a survey has found.

    With the hospitality industry suffering tough trading conditions due to the coronavirus crisis, 20% of people said their local pub now means more to them than ever, according to Barclaycard Payments.

    Hard working staff, concerns about the future of pubs within the community and the opportunity for social interactions were found to be common reasons why people value their local pub so highly.

    Some 26% of people surveyed said they continue to visit pubs at least once a week where they can.

    People are also so eager to support pubs that they would be prepared to pay 10% more for a pint typically to help them out, the survey found.

  • 10,000 A DAY COULD GET FALSE POSITIVES UNDER OPERATION MOONSHOT

    Plans to test 10 million people a day could see tens of thousands of people self-isolating needlessly, experts have said.

    Plans being developed under Operation Moonshot will reportedly see 10 million people tested every day at a cost of £100 billion.

    But academics have said that under the plans around 10,000 people could receive a false positive each day.

    This will result in “unnecessary isolation and hardship” for these people and their contacts, they said.

  • VIRUS LEVELS STILL TOO HIGH

    Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi insisted that Tier 3 areas were subject to 28-day reviews but warned virus levels were still too high to begin relaxing any curbs.

    And Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has backed the idea of a possible fourth tier of coronavirus restrictions if Tier 3 measures do not go far enough to halt the spread of Covid-19.

    The city is one of five northern locations currently under the strictest curbs.

  • EXCLUSIVE: 'ALL OF ENGLAND NEEDS TO BE UNDER TIER 3 BY XMAS', DOCTORS WARN

    All of England will need to be under severe Tier 3 Covid restrictions by mid-December, gloomy scientists have told ministers.

    The Government’s Sage advisory body has warned that by the festive season, virus rates all over the country will soar past the levels seen in areas already put into the “very high” category.

    The Sun has learned that the ­latest government modelling overseen by chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance shows more than 25,000 will be in hospital with the virus by the end of November — higher than the spring peak.

    You can read more here

  • NOTTINGHAM LEFT WAITING FOR DETAILS OF TIER 3

    The Government is yet to provide further details on how the new Tier 3 coronavirus controls will impact Nottingham and its surrounding boroughs.

    Tougher Covid-19 rules for Nottingham city and the Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe borough council areas will come into force on Thursday.

    Finer details of the measures were expected to be outlined today, but have since been delayed.

    Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood has since claimed the delay was due to ministers wanting to extend the restrictions for the whole of Nottinghamshire.

    The Labour MP tweeted: “Yesterday we were told that we're going into Tier 3 on Thursday. 24 hours later and the public still don't know what that means, businesses are unable to plan, people don't know whether they'll be going into work on Thursday.”

  • POST-FURLOUGH UNEMPLOYMENT HITS YOUNG AND BAME WORKERS

    Ethnic minority workers and young people are more likely to be made unemployed post-furlough, financial experts have said.

    Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities have been worst hit by the winding down of the Government's job retention scheme, research published on Wednesday by the Resolution Foundation think tank shows.

    About 22% of BAME workers who had been supported by the subsidies were unemployed in September, a figure only matched by those who were previously in insecure work.

    The proportion was also particularly high for 18-24 year-olds, standing at 19%, and for hospitality workers, at 15%.

  • OPERATIONS CANCELLED IN LEEDS

    Some operations have been cancelled at hospitals in Leeds as Covid-19 patient numbers reach levels close to the spring peak.

    Managers said the pressure on beds has become “far greater than in the first wave”.

    Staff at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital have been told the growing number of admissions mean it is “looking even more likely” the city in West Yorkshire will be moved into Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions.

    In an internal statement obtained by The Independent, deputy chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals David Berridge said there were 237 Covid-19 patients on wards on Tuesday, with 25 in critical care.

  • MAJORITY OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND HAVE PUPILS AT HOME SELF-ISOLATING

    The majority of secondary schools in England sent home at least one pupil because of coronavirus last week, Government figures show.

    About 6% to 7% of state school pupils did not attend class for coronavirus-related reasons on October 22, according to the Department for Education statistics.

    Approximately 26% of schools, excluding those on half-term, said they had one or more pupils self-isolating due to potential contact with a Covid-19 case at school, compared to 21% the week before.

    This is 55% of secondary schools and 20% of primary schools.

  • NOTTINGHAM URGED TO SHOW 'RESILIENCE'

    Residents in Nottingham and surrounding boroughs have been urged to keep showing “resilience” ahead of new Tier 3 controls coming into force.

    Tougher Covid-19 rules for Nottingham city and the Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe borough council areas will come into force on Thursday.

  • STAFFORDSHIRE TO MOVE INTO TIER 2

    Staffordshire is set to move into the second tier of tougher coronavirus restrictions following an increase in cases.

    Staffordshire County Council said it was yet to be confirmed when the new measures will come into place, but warned it “could be as soon as this weekend”.

    Under the “high” coronavirus alert category, people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, while the rule of six will apply for those meeting outdoors, including in private gardens.

    The local authority said the status of the alert level would be reviewed in 14 days.

  • SCUNTHORPE FORCED TO CALL OFF THREE MATCHES

    Scunthorpe have been forced to call off their next three League Two matches after a coronavirus outbreak has put 18 players in isolation.

    Eight of their players have tested positive for Covid-19 and another ten will have to self-isolate due to being in close contact with the others.

    The club released a statement on it's website earlier today detailing the reasons why the games was being postponed.

    The statement reads: “Scunthorpe United can confirm our next three Sky Bet League Two games have been postponed due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases among the playing and coaching staff.”

    Read more here

  • BREATH TEST 'COULD DIAGNOSE COVID-19 WITHIN ONE MINUTE'

    A non-invasive Covid-19 breath test that could deliver results “within one minute” is being developed by UK scientists.

    The technology, which was originally developed as part of a project known as TOXI-Triage, would use “breath signatures” to “rapidly distinguish Covid-19 from other respiratory conditions”.

    The researchers said their findings, published in The Lancet's EclinicalMedicine journal, could dramatically improve the experience of taking a coronavirus test as well as “play a part in restarting the economy”.

  • WEST YORKS LEADERS ASK FOR HELP TO TACKLE COVID

    Leaders in West Yorkshire have demanded extra Government help to combat rising Covid-19 levels in their area – as they continue talks with ministers.

    Yesterday they demanded more support for “community engagement” and test and trace to try and stem the flow of infections in Bradford and Huddersfield – as Leeds hospitals were forced to cancel operations.

    Matt Hancock revealed last week that West Yorkshire was one of the areas in talks with the Government over whether to move them up to Tier 3.

    Read more here

    Pictured: Leeds in West Yorkshire faces a Tier 3 lockdown

  • 'JUST STAY IN THE HOUSE,' HEALTH MINISTER TELLS COVID CYNICS

    Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people who do not believe Covid-19 poses a real threat to “stay in the house”.

    He also said that anyone who believes the virus is a hoax is “deluded”.

    “I have a very simple message: I would ask them just to stay in the house, stay out of the road, because if they think this is a hoax, talk to a nurse, talk to a doctor, talk to a hospital porter, talk to someone who is currently working across our health service or a care home to see the reality of what Covid actually means,” he told the BBC.

    “If they think this is some sort of a great hoax that has been manipulated across the world, never mind just here in Northern Ireland, they are deluded.”

  • WHAT CAN BE SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS IN WALES?

    Food and drink are allowed, as well as products “ancillary to the sale of food and drink” including disposable items such as kitchen foil, food bags and cling film, and items “necessary to prepare and eat” food and drink.

    Products for washing clothes and for cleaning and maintaining the home, including batteries, light bulbs and fuel can be sold.

    Toiletries and cosmetic products, including toilet rolls and sanitary products, are allowed, along with baby products including equipment, clothes and nappies.

    Newspapers and magazines can be bought, as well as stationery and greetings cards, pet food and other pet supplies and products for the maintenance of bicycles and cars.

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