12pm Coronavirus UK latest – UK on ‘edge of losing control’ of Covid-19 as cases rise across country

THE Covid-19 app will be launched across England and Wales on September 24, health bosses said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the app's launch as "a defining moment" and said it will help to contain the virus "at a critical time".

Before then, Brits will be scrambling to return home after Portugal was added back onto the UK's quarantine list.

Travellers arriving back to Britain from 4am on Saturday will now be forced to isolate for 14 days.

Hungary, French Polynesia and Reunion have also been taken off the safe travel list.

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  • HUNGARY CONFIRMS RECORD NUMBER OF DAILY COVID-19 CASES

    Hungary has registered another record number of people newly infected with the coronavirus, with 916 new cases.

    Saturdays total is more than 25% higher than the previous record of 716 cases, reached Friday.

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbans government is taking a less generalized approach to the pandemic during this second wave, with restrictions decided more on a case-by-case basis.

    Orban said Saturday in a video posted on his Facebook page that the aim was not just to save lives but also to keep the country running. During the second quarter of the year, the Hungarian economy contracted by 13.6%, the largest fall in the region.

    Hungary has confirmed 11,825 cases of the virus, including 633 deaths.

  • MEXICO DECLARES IT IS READY TO EASE RESTRICTIONS IN 24 STATES

    Mexico is declaring 24 of its 32 states ready for partial reopening, marking the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit that no state is listed at a red level maximum alert.

    The 24 states listed at orange or high risk may now allow many non-essential businesses to re-open at 30% capacity.

    The eight other states are listed at yellow or moderate risk, allowing even more business activities.

    However, bars, nightclubs and dance halls remain closed and sporting events and concerts cannot have spectators.

    Mexico reported 5,930 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, about the same as two weeks ago.

  • UAE SEES HIGHEST DAILY INCREASE OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

    The United Arab Emirates on Saturday reported 1,007 new cases of the coronavirus – the highest daily number since the pandemic broke out.

    Until last month, there had been a generally falling trend after the UAE's new daily cases peaked at 994 in May, but numbers have surged from 164 cases on August 3.

  • TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS FRONTMAN DIES AGED 77 AFTER TREATMENT FOR SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS

    Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, frontman of pioneering reggae group Toots And The Maytals, has died at the age of 77.

    The Jamaican singer was being treated for suspected coronavirus at the University Hospital of the West Indies in the Caribbean island's capital, Kingston.

    A statement from his representative said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel 'Toots' Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

    “The family and management would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief. Mr Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.”

    They did not confirm the cause of death.

  • UK 'ON THE EDGE OF LOSING CONTROL' OF CORONAVIRUS, SCIENTIST WARNS

    People have been warned against having a “party weekend” as a former chief scientific adviser said the UK is “on the edge of losing control” of coronavirus.

    The public has been urged to act “in tune” with Covid-19 guidelines before the “rule of six” restrictions come into force on Monday.

    The call came as former chief scientific adviser and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) Sir Mark Walport said the only way to stop the virus spreading is to reduce the number of people we all come into contact with, adding that there is an “extremely strong argument” that home working should continue.

    Tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures were announced for parts of the UK on Friday as cases continued to rise and as the R number – the reproduction number of coronavirus transmission – climbed above one.

    New measures banning people from mixing in homes and gardens will be imposed on Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell from Tuesday in response to a rocketing infection rate in the area.

  • SPAIN'S PRINCESS LEONOR QUARANTINED AFTER CLASSMATE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

    Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne, has gone into quarantine after a classmate at her school tested positive for COVID-19, the royal household said on Saturday.

    The 14-year-old daughter of King Felipe will be tested for coronavirus like other pupils in her class at the Santa María de los Rosales school in Madrid.

    The king and Queen Letizia will continue their royal duties for the moment, a spokesman for the royal household said, as Spain struggles to control a surge in coronavirus cases.

    Eight million Spanish children returned to school last week but some have closed or classes been sent home after pupils tested positive for COVID-19, while authorities in Galicia delayed the start of term by a week for pupils aged 14 to 18.

  • TURKISH FOOTBALL COACH TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

    The coach of Turkish soccer team Besiktas has tested positive for coronavirus, a club official said on Saturday, a day after the first game in the main league's new season.

    Sergen Yalcin tested positive as part of routine tests conducted ahead of a match on Sunday with Trabzonspor, Tekin Kerem Ulku, the team's health board coordinator, said.

    Yalcin did not show any symptoms and would isolate himself in line with the health ministry guidelines, he added.

    Daily coronavirus cases and deaths in Turkey have jumped to their highest since mid-May, when lockdowns were in place.

    The government has said it does not plan to reintroduce a full lockdown, but has urged Turks to follow social distancing and hygiene measures, making the wearing of masks mandatory

  • TRIAL UNDERWAY TO SEE IF SNIFFER DOGS CAN GET DETECT COVID-19

    A trial is underway to see if sniffer dogs can detect Covid.

    In the medical world dogs have already been used to successfully detect malaria, cancer and Parkinson's Disease– btu 20 hospitals are taking part in the trial to see if the dogs can smell coronavirus.

    Prof James Logan, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Disease, said:” An infection changes our body odour and so different diseases give off different body odours, essentially that we can pick up on.”

    He said human noses cannot pick up on this and machines in labs can to a degree, but the prof said:”The best thing in the world to do it is a dog.”

  • AUSTRALIA: 14 ARRESTED AS PROTESTERS DEFY LOCKDOWN FOR SECOND WEEKEND RUNNING

    Protesters in Melbourne defied a coronavirus lockdown for the second straight weekend on Saturday, prompting 14 arrests and 51 infringement notices for breaching public health orders, as new infections in the Australian hotspot continued to fall.

    Around 100 people protested in various locations in Melbourne, Victoria Police said, after about 200 people gathered the weekend before.

    “Despite all the warnings, it was disappointing to see individuals turn out to protest in the city today, putting the lives of Victorians at risk,” the police said in an e-mailed statement.

    New coronavirus infections cases in Victoria, the country's second-most populous state, continued to fall from a peak of more than 700 in a single day in early August. It reported 37 new cases on Saturday, its lowest since late June.

    It also reported six new deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 716, or more than 90% of the 803 deaths in Australia.

  • NEW RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN PARTS OF UK AS CASES RISE AND R RATE PASSES ONE

    Tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures have been announced for parts of the UK as cases continued to rise and the R number climbed above one.

    New measures banning people from mixing in homes and gardens will be imposed on Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell from Tuesday in response to a rocketing infection rate in the area.

    Meanwhile, the chairman of the body representing rank and file police officers urged people to look after each other and avoid a “party weekend” before the “rule of six” restrictions come into force on Monday.

    John Apter, of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “There is a real risk some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend ahead of the tighter restrictions being introduced on Monday.”

  • INDIA RECORDS NEARLY 100,000 NEW CASES IN JUST 24 HOURS

    India reported a record daily jump in coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day, logging 97,570 new infections on Saturday, data from the federal health ministry showed.

    With total cases of more than 4.65million, India is the world's second worst affected country, trailing only the United States, which has more than 6.4million cases.

    But the growth in infections in India is faster than anywhere else in the world, as cases surge through urban and rural areas.

    The western state of Maharashtra has been particularly hard-hit, with total confirmed cases breaching the 1million mark late on Friday, making it the first state or province anywhere in the world to cross that mark.

  • CZECH REPUBLIC RECORDS LARGEST ONE-DAY RISE OF NEW COVID-19 INFECTIONS

    The Czech Republic on Saturday reported its largest one-day rise so far of new coronavirus infections, recording 1,447 cases, according to Health Ministry data.

    The country has seen one of the biggest spikes in cases https://tmsnrt.rs/3dIscS3 among European countries in recent weeks.

    It tightened restrictions on mask wearing this week although it aims to avoid bringing back measures that would hurt businesses

  • MICHAEL GOVE URGES BRITS TO 'BEHAVE WITH RESTRAINT' THIS WEEKEND AHEAD OF RULE OF SIX

    Michael Gove urged people to act “in tune with” the rules this weekend ahead of the “rule of six” coming into force or risk increasing the rate of spread of coronavirus.

    He told BBC Breakfast: “If people do behave in a way that is not really in line or in tune with the guidelines that have been put out then they are putting other people at risk.

    “The reason why the country's police chiefs have said that they hope people behave with appropriate restraint this weekend is we do not want to see a further acceleration of the spread of the virus.”

    He denied that the Government was losing control of Covid-19. “No. I don't accept that,” he said.

  • TOAST TO FREEDOMS

    Revellers hit bars and pubs for one last weekend before the Government’s strict new “rule of six” comes into force from Monday.

    Drinkers flocked in groups to beer gardens in London, Manchester and Nottingham last night – ahead of next week's new restrictions.

    Groups of friends gathered across UK cities in what might be their last night out as a crew for weeks.

    On Wednesday the PM announced new restrictions in a bid to stop coronavirus' alarming spread — after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed infections were soaring among the young.

    He warned that people flouting the clampdown — including bans on social gatherings of more than six — could even be arrested.

  • PARTY ON… NOT

    A clubber who went to Ibiza, failed to isolate on his return and then threw a house party, is feared to have sparked a Covid spike in Bolton.

    Layton Migas, 23, went to the Spanish island for his summer holidays, returning on August 20.

    Under the Government rules, he should have quarantined for a two-week period at his home in the Lancashire town.

    But instead the Covidiot left his home on several occasions to go to the shops, and even threw a house party attended by his pals.

    Migas was fined £1,000 after Gtr Manchester Police learned of the breaches and tracked him down a few days later.

  • PAY RISE MARCH

    Campaigners are due to hit the streets across the UK to demand better wages for NHS staff who have been “let down” by their pay deal.

    Nurses were excluded from the wage increase for around 900,000 public sector workers announced in July because they are in the final year of a three-year agreement.

    Demonstrations will take place in cities including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton and Bournemouth calling for a 15% increase in pay for NHS workers, the GMB said.

    Rachel Harrison, national officer for the union, said: “Loyal and dedicated NHS workers have been let down in the three year NHS pay deal – which GMB union opposed. Their pay, terms and conditions have been driven down for years.

    “Many staff have worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic and now their efforts need to be recognised with a pay award that reflects their commitment and the real terms losses they have suffered during a decade of austerity.”

  • ROUND-UP: CORONAVIRUS FIGURES FOR THE UK

    Here's the round up of figures for Friday.

    Coronavirus deaths in the UK rose by six with 3,539 new cases – the highest number of infections in four months.

    The new positive cases bring the total number of Covid-19 infections to 361,677.

    Cases have continued to rise in the UK – growing by 2,919 yesterday.

    Today's daily rate is the highest since May 17 when 3,562 daily cases were reported.

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  • VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, RECORDS 37 NEW CASES AND SIX DEATHS

    The Australian state of Victoria has revealed its Covid-19 numbers.

    The state has recorded 37 new cases and six new deaths over the past 24 hours.

    That’s one of the lowest new case totals for months.

  • COUPLE ON WORLD TOUR GET STUCK IN ESTONIA FOR SEVEN MONTHS

    A couple who left the UK to tour the world have been stuck in Estonia for seven months.

    Craig and Kirsty Stenzel quit their £100,000 combined salaries, let their home and sold items to raise enough cash for a year’s travel.

    But lockdown hit when they reached Estonia’s capital Tallinn. 

    They have since spent 180 days exploring the city from hostels and Airbnbs and become celebrities for posting video diaries of their Groundhog Day trip.

    Psychologist Kirsty, 33, said: “Our friends and family think we’re mad. But there’s nowhere we would rather have been.”

    Read the story here.

  • BRAZIL'S DEATH TOLL PASSES 130,000

    Brazil’s death toll has passed 130,000, according to the country’s health ministry.

    The figure has reached 130,396 in total compared to 129,522 yesterday.

    The number of confirmed cases in the country has reached 4,282,164, compared to 4,238,446 yesterday.

  • NETHERLANDS REPORTS 1,270 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

    The Dutch public health institute says that 1,270 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number since mid-April.

  • TRUMP COMPARED HIMSELF TO CHURCHILL

    Donald Trump compared himself to Winston Churchill on Thursday over his handling of the coronavirus that experts quickly slammed as nonsense.

    Trump, responding to recent revelations that he misled Americans about the risks of the coronavirus, compared himself Churchill using the popular Keep Calm and Carry On slogan often mistakenly attributed to the late British prime minister during World War II.

  • ETON COLLEGE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

    Pupils at Eton College have been made to self-isolate after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the school.

    Students in Year 13 at the exclusive college returned on Thursday and were privately tested to avoid using NHS services.

    Eton said that a “few” of their pupils had tested positive for the virus as the number of cases spikes in the UK.

    Parents of the boarding school pupils are not thought to have been told about the outbreak.

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