Coronavirus UK LIVE: France ‘will be added to UK quarantine list this week’ unless cases lower in two days – updates – The SunAugust 10, 2020
FRANCE 'will be added to UK quarantine list this week' unless cases lower in two days, according to senior sources within the Government.
Writing in the Telegraph, Paul Charles, spokesperson for campaign group Quash Quarantine and founder of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “I know from senior government sources that anything above 20 per 100,000 for a period of seven days or more is likely to lead to that country being added to the quarantine list.
“On that basis, France has just two days to gets its numbers below 20 – which is highly unlikely."
Meanwhile, Gavin Williamson has said it's now a "national priority" to make sure kids return to school next month.
A day after Boris Johnson said it was the country’s “moral duty” to get kids back to class, the Education Secretary welcomed a study by Public Health England that shows there is little evidence of Covid-19 spread in schools.
This comes as deaths hit 46,574 after 8 deaths yesterday.
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LOCKDOWN REDUCES FLU AND TONSILLITIS CASES, DOCS SAY
The coronavirus lockdown has helped to reduce cases of cold and flu in England, doctors have revealed.
Social distancing measures combined with more people staying in also resulted in fewer cases of bronchitis, tonsillitis and other viruses.
Experts from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) found that cases of influenza-like illnesses are lower than the five-year average for this time of year.
Data from the RCGP, which covers over five hundred GP practices in England, showed that infection rates for viruses plummeted at around the same time that the government introduced lockdown measures which included social distancing and staying in as much as possible.
Read the full report on that here.
WHO PRAISES LOCAL LOCKDOWN POLICY IN THE UK
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation, praised the decision to implement local lockdowns in the UK.
“Over the last few days, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson put areas of northern England under stay at home notifications as clusters of cases were identified,” he said.
“In France, President Emmanuel Macron introduced compulsory masking in busy outdoor spaces of Paris in response to an increase in cases.
“Strong and precise measures like these, in combination with utilising every tool at our disposal, are key to preventing any resurgence in Covid-19 and allowing societies to be reopened safely.”
SAGE PUBLISHES NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TEST AND TRACE
The Independent Sage group – which advises the government on the pandemic- has today published a discussion document on test and trace with recommendations for improving the service.
We list the most important below.
- It recommends that all contracts with Serco and Sitel, private firms enlisted to help with the service, are scrapped along with privatised call centre.
- The testing contract for consultancy giant Deloitte should end, as results are not being received within a 24 hour timeframe.
- A new national framework should be set up for local authorities to make decisions on local restrictions.
- Home tests should be scrapped in favour of more local testing centres.
VIRUS 'DEVASTATED' POOREST COMMUNITIES IN WALES, INQUIRY FINDS
The coronavirus has had a “devastating” impact on communities in Wales, an inquiry has found.
The inquiry, discussed today in the Senedd, found that the virus and lockdown “disproportionately affected” the most vulnerable groups.
BBC Wales reports that the figures suggested that those in the most deprived places were almost twice as likely to die with coronavirus than the most well-off.
CORNWALL COUNCIL'S TEST AND TRACE WARNING
Cornwall Council has said that 40% of people in the county are not answering calls from the Test and Trace service.
They urged residents: “If you receive a call, please answer it.
“If you don't you could put lives at risk.”
WHO CALLS FOR BETTER FUNDING TO FIGHT VIRUS
There is a huge gap between funds needed to fight the coronavirus and funds committed worldwide, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.
“It is never too late to turn the pandemic around,” Tedros told a news briefing in Geneva.
He added that the message is to “suppress, suppress, suppress”.
BORIS ACKNOWLEDGES ANXIETY OVER GRADES
On his visit to a school in East London, Boris Johnson said he understood the anxiety felt by pupils waiting for results after exams were cancelled and said he was “very keen” to get back to normal assessments in the coming school year.
“I'm very, very keen that exams should go ahead as normal. Exams are a vital part of our education and I thank all the teachers for all the preparations they are making,” he told reporters.
“Clearly, because of what has happened this year, there is some anxiety about what grades pupils are going to get, and everybody understands the system that the teachers are setting the grades, then there's a standardisation system.
“We will do our best to ensure that the hard work of pupils is properly reflected.”
POPULAR DJ URGES GOVT TO SUPPORT UNDERGROUND VENUES
DJ Gilles Peterson has said he hopes government support for the arts is not all diverted to traditional institutions and theatre, warning “sometimes the fringe gets lost and forgotten about”.
The BBC 6 Music broadcaster said there will be a “whole new energy” to come from the coronavirus crisis and he hopes it receives enough support.
Speaking to Edith Bowman on her new podcast Play Next, Peterson said: “I think the future of festivals is positive.
“Like anything, it's a traumatic time for a lot of business whether it's restaurants, nightclubs or festivals.
On the possibility of venues closing, he added: “Of course they all need the support, but sometimes the fringe gets lost and forgotten about, and I think it must be reminded to the people that are going to be handing out this support, that it's those fringes that have meant that this country has been really at the forefront of change within music.”
PM: MINISTERS 'WON'T HESITATE' TO IMPOSE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Boris Johnson has said ministers will “not hesitate” to impose a quarantine system for travellers from other countries to the UK if needed.
The Prime Minister said: “I don't want to advise people about their individual holidays, individual decisions, they should look at the travel advice from the Foreign Office clearly.
“But what I will say, and I hope people would expect us to do this, in the context of a global pandemic, we've got to keep looking at the data in all the countries to which British people want to travel.
“Where it is necessary to impose restrictions or to impose a quarantine system, we will not hesitate to do so.”
He added: “It's been a huge effort for the entire population of this country to get the disease down to the levels that we are currently seeing, but we do not want reinfection and that's why we've got to keep a very, very close eye on the data in destinations around the world.”
VARADKAR WARNS ECONOMIC RECOVERY UNLIKELY NEXT YEAR
Ireland's deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned that a strong Irish economic recovery from the pandemic is unlikely next year.
It comes just days after the government reimposed local restrictions for the first time following a spike in infections in certain regions of the country.
“I think to be frank the economic impact is going to be a lot worse than you or I may have thought back in March or April or when the government was formed (in June),” Varadkar, who was prime minister until June, told the Newstalk radio station in an interview.
“Back in March or April I would have said this is going to be a three-month phenomenon, a single quarter severe hit to the economy and that we would be in a very strong recovery by next year. That now looks less certain.”
PM SAYS HE HOPES SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE TO CLOSE AMID LOCAL FLARE UPS
Boris Johnson said he hoped schools would not be forced to close as a result of local action.
The Prime Minister, who was visiting a school in east London, said: “I very much hope that doesn't happen for any pupils but clearly what we are doing – the way we are trying to manage the Covid pandemic – is to have local measures in place and local test and trace to introduce restrictions where that's necessary.
“But, as we have all said, the last thing we want to do is to close schools.
“We think that education is the priority for the country and that is simple social justice.”
YORKSHIRE PUB FORCED TO SHUT AFTER FOUR TEST POSITIVE
A pub in North Yorkshire has been forced to close after four punters tested positive for coronavirus.
The county council confirmed last night that the NHS Test and Trace Service has identified all close contacts of these cases and advised them to self-isolate for 14 days.
The cases developed among people who visited the pub between Thursday 30th July and Monday 3rd August 2020.
A spokesperson for Hambleton District Council said: “As a precautionary measure the pub owners will be keeping the pub closed temporarily and our Environmental Health team will support the pub and its customers with any advice or guidance required to protect them from the risk of COVID 19 infection.”
EUROPEAN STUDY SUGGESTS OPENING SCHOOLS IS NOT MAJOR DANGER
A European study has suggested that reopening schools was not a major danger in community transmission of the disease.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control studied 15 countries, including the UK, and concluded: “There is conflicting published evidence on the impact of school closure/re-opening on community transmission levels, although the evidence from contact tracing in schools, and observational data from a number of EU countries suggest that re-opening schools has not been associated with significant increases in community transmission.”
SCOTTISH MPS TO BE ABLE TO VOTE REMOTELY
MSPs will be able to vote remotely as the Scottish Parliament returns this week.
In an email to elected members, Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announced the measure, which has been called for in recent months by MSPs stepping down at next year's elections.
They believe it could be a way of reducing the strain on those who have a young family or represent more remote areas of Scotland.
The Presiding Officer said measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus “are here for the longer term” and will have to be taken into account by parliamentary officials.
Here is the latest news from across Asia.
- India has registered a record 1,007 coronavirus fatalities in the past 24 hours, whileinfections surged by another 62,064 cases.
- The country's former president Pranab Mukherjee also said he had tested positive for virus. Mukherjee, 84, said today that he found out he was positive when he went for a routine health check-up
- Sri Lanka reopened schools today, nearly five months after shutting them to contain the spread of the virus.
- Hong Kong has reported another 72 cases and five deaths as it battles a new wave of infections. Rules have been tightened on indoor dining and obligatory mask wearing in public settings.
CHINA CASES FALL
Locally transmitted cases of coronavirus in China fell to just 14 in the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported.
All the cases of local transmission were in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose main city Urumqi is the center of the country's latest outbreak.
Chinese hospitals are currently treating 802 people for COVID-19, with 41 of them in serious condition.
ATLETICO MADRID CONFIRMS 2 CASES AHEAD OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CLASH
La Liga giant Atletico de Madrid has confirmed two positive coronavirus tests in the club ahead of a vital Champions League clash with German club RB Leipzig.
The last eight of the competition is set to begin in Lisbon later this week – and no other clubs involved in the competition have reported positive cases.
In a statement, the club confirmed that the entire group set to head to Lisbon will be tested again before the team can travel.
OVER 22,000 RESTAURANT JOBS SLASHED SO FAR THIS YEAR
Some more grim statistics on the job market, with new figures showing that over 22,000 restaurant jobs have been shed so far this year.
Job losses at UK restaurants so far in 2020 are already almost double the number of redundancies for the entirety of 2019, according to the Centre for Retail Research.
Figures compiled by the organisation have revealed that 22,039 roles were lost across large restaurant groups and independent operators from the start of the year to August 4.
It said this represents a 95.4% increase on the 11,280 job losses reported during the whole of 2019.
ONE IN THREE UK FIRMS EXPECT LAYOFFS
One in three UK firms expect to layoff employees between July and September, a study suggests.
The new research, undertaken by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and recruiter Adecco, showed a 50% jump in the number of companies expecting to make staff redundant compared to three months ago.
38% of firms in the private sector plan to layoff employees, compared to 16% in the public sector.
GREECE INFECTIONS RISE
Greece has reported their highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as infections in the country soar.
Fears that the UK will add Greece to the travel ban list have left Brits concerned for their holiday plans.
While there are just 5,623 overall cases confirmed, 202 cases were confirmed yesterday – the highest since the beginning of the year.
The jump in infections could lead to Greece being placed onto the UK travel bin list, just weeks after Spain was.
You can read the full report on that here.
US SAY VACCINE WOULD ONLY BE SHARED ONCE COUNTRY'S NEEDS ARE MET
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar has said that any U.S. vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 would be shared fairly with the rest of the world only once the U.S. need has been satisfied.
“Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States,” Azar told reporters while on a visit to Taiwan.
“But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on.”
RUSSIA CONFIRMS MORE THAN 5,000 CASES
Russian authorities HAVE confirmed 5,118 new cases of the coronavirus today, pushing the national case tally to 892,654, the fourth largest in the world.
The official death toll rose to 15,001 after 70 people died in the last 24 hours.
URGENT APPEAL FOR PUBGOERS TO ISOLATE
Punters at a pub in the West Midlands have been urged to self-isolate after a coronavirus outbreak was linked to a barbecue.
Some 70 people attended the barbecue at the Soho Foundry in Smethwick last Sunday, with three people testing positive since, Sandwell Council said.
Bosses at Public Health England have issued an “urgent appeal” for anyone who attended the barbecue to self-isolate to prevent a cluster of infections.
CHILDREN ARE 'VERY MINOR PLAYERS' IN COVID-19 TRANSMISSION, EXPERT SAYS
Children are “very minor players” in the transmission of coronavirus and opening schools would “add little” to the reproduction rate of infection, a leading expert has said.
Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the Government's Sage scientific advisory group, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday that “reopening schools is one of the least risky things we can do”.
His comments were echoed by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said there was little evidence of transmission in schools.
Here's a selection of some of the most striking images from across the globe this morning.
Russians flock to Turkey for the summer holidays as flights resume at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.
German pupils have returned to school for the first time since the summer holidays, with face masks now mandatory in lessons.
Cars wait in line at a drive-in testing centre set up in in the parking lot of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida as cases in the state shot up by 6,229 on Sunday.
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