女大学生的沙龙:Tomorrow's Paper Today
Here's a look at Wednesday's Telegraph front page:
?Read our top stories here:
- Heat on PHE?as Prime Minister admits coronavirus response was 'sluggish'
- Around a third of those with no coronavirus symptoms may have developed immunity
- Fears BLM protest led to rise in Birmingham coronavirus cases
- Government urged to rethink air bridges as EU scheme to open borders risks undermining plan
Follow the latest news in Wednesday's live blog
女大学生的沙龙:Bradford and Oldham on 'watch list'?
Bradford and Oldham are on a Government “watch list” of places where local lockdowns could be required if more targeted measures fail to get to grips with fresh coronavirus spikes, The Telegraph understands.?
After Leicester on Tuesday became the first city in the UK to have measures reimposed, there is now mounting concern over areas in the Midlands and North with large minority populations.?
Whitehall insiders confirmed that Bradford, the city with the second highest rate of infection after Leicester, was being closely monitored along with a number of other towns deemed to be at risk.
According to Public Health England data, Bradford, Barnsley, Rochdale and Oldham are the four areas after Leicester with the highest number of cases.?
Harry Yorke?has the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:Trump administration?buys up world stock of remdesivir
For months, experts have been warning that one of the greatest threats to efforts to contain the virus is so called "vaccine nationalism" - although the term is also used as a catch all for treatments and diagnostics too.?
But this evening it looks like some of these worst fears have been realised.
According to the Guardian, the?US has bought virtually all the stocks of remdesivir, a drug made by Gilead which has been shown to shorten the recovery time for Covid-19 patients in hospital. It is the first drug approved by licensing authorities in the US to treat Covid-19, and has also been approved in the UK (more on that here).?
Only one other drug, dexamethasone, has been proved effective to treat the coronavirus.?
The first 140,000 doses of remdesivir, supplied to drug trials around the world, have now been used - and the Trump administration has just bought more than 500,000 additional doses. That represents all of?Gilead’s production for July and 90 per cent?of August and September.
The drug, which was first developed to treat?Ebola but failed to work, is under patent to Gilead.?This means no other company in wealthy countries can make it.
The cost is around $3,200 per treatment of six doses, according to a statement from the US government.
女大学生的沙龙:UN: Covid-19 could wipe out gains in equality for women at work
The?coronavirus?pandemic could wipe out "the modest progress" made on gender equality at work in recent decades with women globally at greater risk of losing their jobs, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned today.
Thomas Reuters Foundation has more details on this concerning story:
The ILO said the fall in global working hours was "significantly worse than previously estimated" in the first half of the year. The Americas was the hardest-hit region.
But it warned women were disproportionately affected, with almost 510 million women, or 40 per cent?of all employed women, working in the industries with most job losses compared to 36.6 per cent?of men.
"The latest labour force survey data reveal alarming trends that threaten to exacerbate existing disparities and eliminate the modest gains achieved in recent years in terms of gender equality in the labour market," the ILO said in a report.
"In contrast to previous crises, women's employment is at greater risk than men's, particularly owing to the impact of the downturn on the service sector."
The ILO added that the unequal distribution of unpaid care work has also worsened during the pandemic, exacerbated by the closure of schools and care services.
Related: Claire Cohen on how the?clock has been turned back for women
女大学生的沙龙:Melbourne launches ambitious plan to lock down 10 suburbs??
It's not just Leicester that's seeing a return to restrictions - more than 300,000 people in Melbourne will be placed back under lockdown as new Covid-19 cases continue to climb.
Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, of which Melbourne is capital, also announced he had asked Scott Morrison, the prime minister, to divert international flights away from Melbourne for the next two weeks.
Victoria recorded its 14th consecutive day of double-digit growth today, with 64 new cases, after 75 on Monday. The steady increases prompted Mr Andrews to announce stay-at-home orders for ten Melbourne post code zones, coming into effect on Wednesday.
The residents of the coronavirus hot spots will only be permitted to leave their homes for essential activities: to exercise, go to school or work, undertake care responsibilities, and buy food and other essentials.
Giovanni Torre has all the details on this story here. And below is the country's epidemiological curve:
女大学生的沙龙:New web ‘dashboards’ to reveal local Covid cases for the first time?
This is a significant story?- especially considering the FT investigation we posted about earlier this evening (see 21:04).?
Localised outbreaks of Covid-19 will be made public on a new website under plans being considered by ministers to prevent the ‘chaos’ caused by the lockdown in Leicester.
The Telegraph understands that Matt Hancock is considering an online ‘dashboard’ that will display coronavirus test results by nieghbourhoods and possibly even by streets and postcodes.
Any surges – like the one seen in Leicester in the past month – will become immediately apparent to local residents and enable them to take precautions as necessary, such as staying indoors, avoiding crowded venues or wearing face masks when outdoors.
The Government is facing stinging rebuke for failing to flag up the problems overwhelming Leicester soon enough. Local officials and members of the public say that had they known of the problem earlier the outbreak could have been nipped in the bud.
Paul Nuki and Robert Mendick?have the full story on this here.?
女大学生的沙龙:Latin American deaths could treble by October, WHO warns
Here's some more detail on the WHO's warning today that the death toll in Latin America could treble by October if countries across the entire region do not deal with outbreaks on a localised level.
More than five million Covid-19 cases and 247,000 deaths were registered across the Americas, which includes the United States, Latin and South America as well as the Caribbean, as of 29 June.
Overall the region has reported more cases than any other place on earth. However, the total number of cases only tell part of the story, the director of the WHO’s regional branch, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), warned today.
Multiple epidemiological curves can co-exist within each region and each country and responses must be tailored accordingly, PAHO chief Dr Carissa F. Etienne told a press conference.
“It is important to look beyond regional and national data and to focus on the local level to truly understand the true impact of the virus,” she said. ?
“We often hear about the number of cases in large countries like Brazil, Mexico or the United States without the appreciation of their consideration of societal and geographical diversity.”?
Jordan Kelly-Linden?has the full story here.?
女大学生的沙龙:Toronto: Mayor wants face masks to be mandatory outside
The mayor of Canada's largest city has asked the?Toronto?city council to make masks mandatory in public indoor spaces today.?
Mayor John Tory said he's heard from citizens and they don't want to see what's happening in the United States happen in?Toronto. He added that he believes most councilors will support the move and, if so, the bylaw will take effect July 7.
During? a press conference today. Toronto?Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa added that there is growing evidence that shows non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of Covid-19.?
All this comes as the country's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said, Canada is over the worst of the outbreak, But he warned that?a spike in cases in the US and elsewhere shows Canadians must remain vigilant.
女大学生的沙龙:What happened to the use of the 'R rate'??
Remember the R rate? It's hard to forget it, given that the?hitherto obscure epidemiological concept?was referenced incessantly at the daily Downing Street briefings.
An R value of less than 1, denoting a decrease in the rate of transmission, was even made an explicit condition of the official strategy to exit lockdown.
But?amid the clamour of public statements made in response to the surge of cases in Leicester, and the subsequent local lockdown, the R value has scarcely been mentioned.
Addressing the House of Commons on yesterday, Matt Hanock instead spoke of the seven-day infection rate and of cases per 100,000 (Leicester has 135 - three times' the next highest city).
So why the change of direction? Well, writes?Henry Bodkin,?Mr Hancock’s choice of jargon reflects a discomfort with the R among policy makers that has been growing for some time.
Find out more here.?
女大学生的沙龙:2020 will see a summer of software on Spanish beaches?
To help would-be beachgoers avoid frustration, Barcelona’s authorities have created an app that warns users which beaches have reached their capacity due to restrictions imposed as result of coronavirus,?James Badcock?reports.
After three weekends in which the police have cordoned off some of Barcelona’s six beaches as mostly locals flocked to the seaside to celebrate the end of lockdown amid hot temperatures, Barcelona city hall will now connect the sensors it has installed to measure numbers of bathers to an app offering real-time information.
The app uses a traffic light system, with green indicating that a beach is largely empty and red that it is full and users should try elsewhere in Barcelona or nearby beaches also participating in the scheme, such as Castelldefels.
“This way everyone can plan their trip to the coast,” said Alba Barrera, head of beaches in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
Barcelona council installed cameras and video sensors after scenes of massive use of the city’s central Barceloneta beach drew criticism with Spain still under lockdown in May. Now beaches are allowed to reach 80 per cent of capacity, with bathers asked to respect social distancing of two metres.
“We ask people to use the showers individually and recommend they use footwear on the walkways and shower platforms,” said Ms Barrera.
女大学生的沙龙:Report: Government's detailed data releases don't tell the whole story
John Burns Murdoch, a data journalist at the FT, has published an interesting thread which might go some way to help explain why it feels like local authorities were blindsided by Leicester's spike in cases.?
It all comes down to the data being released centrally. Though the Government has not made it clear that the testing figures published online only represent pillar one of the coronavirus strategy, this is currently all that is being released nationally.
And yet, the vast majority of cases are showing up under pillar two. Read the whole thread to find out more:
女大学生的沙龙:Oxbridge candidates will not have face-to-face interviews this year
Oxford and Cambridge candidates will no longer do face-to-face interviews this year, as the universities move them online.
Prospective students will be interviewed remotely in December in order to limit the number of applicants travelling to the universities.
A spokesman for Oxford University said this decision was taken “in light of the ongoing concerns with the global Covid-19 pandemic” adding that their priority is to protect students, staff and the wider community.
Camilla Turner and Tony Diver have more on this story here.?
女大学生的沙龙:Pandemic sees rise in attacks against India's lowest caste
India's 'untouchables' have always been subject to discrimination but the lockdown has made matters worse,?Joe Wallen?reports.
Below is an extract - you can read the story in full here:
Twenty-year-old Rishikesh Wawalker, from the village of Veer in the southern Indian state of Maharashtra, was settling down to a simple breakfast of roti bread and tea when the sound of blood-curdling screams came from outside.?
He rushed out of his home where, to his horror, he was confronted by a 150-strong mob of angry villagers armed with wooden sticks. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
“They told me they were going to murder me and they would cut my family in half,” Mr Wawalkar told the Telegraph. “I had never been attacked before this but the villagers have threatened me and my family for the entire time we have lived in Veer.”?
The mob set upon Mr Walwalker and his family whose only crime was to be a member of the Dalit – or untouchable – class, outside the caste system that determines everyone’s place in Indian society.
Throughout history, Dalits have been subject to violence from higher-caste Hindus but the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has seen the number of attacks surge, with the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) reporting a 72 per cent increase in April and May compared with the same two months in 2019.
Leading on from our UK update at 7:11pm, here are this afternoon's top international coronavirus stories:
- Bavaria has approved plans for universal testing, prompting debate elsewhere in Germany about whether to follow suit or stick with a targeted approach to prevent a second wave of infections.
- The US could see 100,000 new coronavirus infections a day, top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci told Congress, after the country saw record numbers of new cases in recent days.
- Also in the US, a?leading Republican senator says President Donald Trump should start wearing a mask at least some of the time because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people from Covid-19.
- The EU announced it will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, and possibly China soon, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring?coronavirus?infections in the U.S.
- An experimental?coronavirus?vaccine developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals showed promise and was found to be safe in an early-stage human trial, the company said.
- A fifth state governor in Nigeria has tested positive for Covid-19.
- Airbus has announced it is cutting?15,000 jobs across its global operations, including 1,700 in the UK.
- A commission to evaluate Sweden's coronavirus response has been announced after? growing criticism that the nation's death toll has far exceeded that of its neighbours.?
女大学生的沙龙:First coronavirus case found in sprawling migrant camp at US border?
It's something that has long been feared. Today an?asylum seeker has tested positive for?coronavirus?in a sprawling encampment steps from the US border in Matamoros,?Mexico -?underscoring the challenges migrants face in protecting themselves from the pandemic.
Here's what we know so far, via Reuters:
After showing symptoms of the virus last Thursday, the migrant and three family members were placed in isolation and tested, Global Response Management (GRM), a nonprofit providing medical services in the camp, said in a statement.
When results came back Monday, the migrant who had displayed symptoms tested positive and the relatives had negative results.
Two others with symptoms of the virus are also in isolation, GRM said.
Since cases of?coronavirus?in?Mexico?began to rise in March, advocates and government officials have been intensely worried about the potential for an outbreak in the camp, where an estimated 2,000 migrants live in tents on the banks of the Rio Grande river.
"The presence of COVID-19 in an already vulnerable population exposed to the elements could potentially be catastrophic," GRM said in a statement.
US Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
女大学生的沙龙:Verdict: 'PM's speech attempted to lay the foundations for Britain's way forward'
Today Boris Johnson delivered a major speech unveiling plans to speed up ?5 billion of spending on infrastructure in the UK (you can watch it in full below if you missed it).
The Prime Minister claimed the money would trigger an "infrastructure revolution" to help Britain "build, build, build" it's way out of economic devastation triggered by the pandemic.?
So what's the verdict? Well according to?Camilla Tominey, the?speech was characteristically high on rhetoric and low on detail - "we were shown the architectural drawings but not the precise specifications".
Here's an extract from her analysis - but it's worth reading the full piece here.?
In announcing his unashamedly Rooseveltian ?5 billion rescue and growth package, it was clear Mr Johnson had assembled the bricks but perhaps not mixed the cement.?
And compared to that US president's unprecedented Depression-era spending, observers could not help but be left wondering whether he had made the classic mistake of under-budgeting.?
The residents of Leicester could also have been forgiven for questioning whether infrastructure was really a priority with the city's lockdown extension confirmed, not to mention parents who are still unsure about whether secondary schools will be teaching more than English and maths in September. ?
女大学生的沙龙:Airbus planning to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK?
Aerospace giant Airbus has become the latest in the industry to announce widespread job cuts - and 1,700 jobs will be affected in the UK.?
The news is a huge blow to its site at Broughton in north Wales, where wings are manufactured, and its other factory at Filton in Bristol.
The company is cutting 15,000 jobs across its global operations.?Airbus said commercial aircraft business activity has dropped by almost 40 per cent?in recent months as the industry faces an "unprecedented" crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.?
"Airbus has announced plans to adapt its global workforce and resize its commercial aircraft activity in response to the Covid-19 crisis,"?a company statement said. "This adaptation is expected to result in a reduction of around 15,000 positions no later than summer 2021."
This comes comes after?EasyJet announced plans to end ground operations at Stansted Airport and slash almost 2,000 UK jobs as the budget carrier battles against a collapse in air travel (see?Alan Tovey's report here).?
女大学生的沙龙:US politics: Biden will not hold campaign rallies?
An interesting development here in US politics - which could have significant ramifications.?Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said he will not hold campaign rallies during the?coronavirus?pandemic.?
This is a stark contrast with President Donald Trump, who has already held large campaign gatherings (read more here about the event in?Tulsa, Oklahoma last weekend)
"This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history," the former vice president said during a rare question-and-answer session with reporters in Delaware today.?
"I'm going to follow the doc's orders - not just for me but for the country - and that means that I am not going to be holding rallies," said Biden, who added that he has not yet been tested for Covid-19.
女大学生的沙龙:Listen: Is Leicester the first of many local lockdowns??
While the rest of the country sees restrictions ease, Leicester goes into reverse.
The Telegraph’s Global Health Security Editor, Paul Nuki and Chief Reporter, Robert Mendick join Theodora Louloudis to discuss the cause of this?outbreak, what it tells us about how well the virus is under control and whether local lockdowns are the new normal.
Listen to the podcast here or via the embed at the top of the liveblog.?
女大学生的沙龙:‘We got engaged via FaceTime and it was more romantic than it sounds’
A heartwarming story for a Tuesday evening.?Amita Joshi?got engaged, over FaceTime, during the pandemic - and she wouldn't have it any other way.?
Here's an extract of Amita's story, which you can read in full here.?
We have been together for four years, but had spent 13 weeks apart because I was visiting my parents and brother in Cheltenham when Boris Johnson announced lockdown. Neither of us dreamed of breaking the rules to see each other, so our relationship became FaceTime breakfasts and Zoom Friday nights.
As the weeks wore on and we muddled through Zoom quizzes and virtual festivals, it got harder. There was no end date in sight for the lockdown.
Then, one evening, he asked if we could catch up on FaceTime. I was scruffy and tired, and then I heard him talking about wanting to spend the rest of our life together. I leaned in closer to the screen.
'Wait, hold on, what did you say!?'
'I'm saying, I was wondering, if after all this is over, will you marry me? Because with everything that is going on, it's just reiterated even more what matters is to me - and that is us being together,’ he said.
女大学生的沙龙:UK Recap: Here's what you need to know today
Just joining us? Here's a rundown of today's key coronavirus developments - two main stories have dominated the news agenda, Leicester lockdown and Boris' speech.?
- Local leaders have criticised the slow response from the Government and Public Health England?in sharing case and testing data for Leicester.
- But Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said?the tough measures were needed because action to slow the spread in the city over the last 11 days failed. He added that there was "unusually high" incidence of?coronavirus?in children in Leicester.?
- Downing Street said employers forced to shut their doors again in the city under the local lockdown will be able to re-furlough their staff if they have used the scheme before.
- Boris Johnson unveiled plans for a "prodigious amount of government intervention" in a major speech today. The Government will plough ?5 billion into schools, roads, hospitals and other infrastructure projects?to "build, build, build" the country out of the coronavirus-induced recession.
- The Prime Minister also did not rule out raising taxes to deal with the coronavirus crisis during the speech.
- Plus -??the number of deaths registered in England and Wales over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since before lockdown was imposed, the ONS?said. But there have been an additional 155 fatalities among those who tested positive for Covid-19 reported since yesterday.?
女大学生的沙龙:Promising vaccine trial results from Inovio?
For those on the hunt for some good news - this?might?be it. An experimental?vaccine developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals in the US showed promise and was found to be safe in an early-stage human trial.
The company said that the?vaccine, one of 17 being tested in humans and part of the Trump administration's 'Operation Warp Speed' program, induced immune responses in 34 of the 36 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 50 years.?
And the company's chief executive? Joseph Kim told Reuters the trial was a success:?"this may be the safest vaccine among other platforms being used against Covid-19."
But - and this could be a major but - Inovio?did not disclose more details on the exact response the vaccine induced, saying the full data will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal later. Experts say this makes it hard to confirm the company's claims.?
"This #Covid19 vaccine trial "results" by press release thing is getting old," Helen Branswell, a journalist who writes about?infectious disease, said on Twitter. "Inovio gives a positive readout of their Phase 1, but there are no data therein, so no real way to assess."
女大学生的沙龙:North Wales outbreaks are 'markedly different' to Leicester
The Welsh health minister has insisted today that two coronavirus outbreaks in?North Wales are "markedly different" to the spread of the virus in Leicester.
Vaughan Gething said further action should not be needed on Anglesey and ub Wrexham, as well as Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, as there is no evidence that a spike in cases linked to food plants had seeped into the community.
In Leicester, 944 cases have been reported in the last two weeks. Mr Gething said that as of today,?there were 216 virus cases linked to the 2 Sisters factory in Llangefni, Anglesey, and 237 to the Rowan Foods factory in Wrexham - while?130 cases in Merthyr Tydfil linked to its Kepak factory are not being treated as an outbreak.
Mr Gething told the Welsh Government's daily press briefing:
"We're in a different position to Leicester. The first is we do have evidence that there isn't community transmission.
"In Leicester they don't have an incident that is linked to one workplace and distinct group of people to try and contain the spread of the virus within. That's markedly different about where we are with Llangefni, Wrexham, and Merthyr."
But he added that?the Welsh Government does have the power to impose community-wide measures if evidence of further spread emerges.?
女大学生的沙龙:Sweden announces coronavirus commission
Meanwhile in Sweden, a commission to evaluate the country's coronavirus response has been announced. It comes after growing criticism that the nation's death toll has far exceeded that of its neighbours.?
More than 5,300 Swedes have died compared to around 250 in Norway, 600 in Denmark and 325 in Finland, all of which have populations around half the size.
Sweden, unlike the rest of Scandinavia (and?much of the rest of the world), chose not to close schools and businesses to fight the spread of the virus.?
This?response, which has also relied on voluntary measures and 'common sense' hygiene rules, has led to its being snubbed by its neighbours and other countries in Europe that have kept their borders shut to Swedish tourists.
The new commission has been given a broad mandate to look at how the virus arrived in?Sweden, how it spread, the government's and other authorities' response, and the effect on equality.
Below is a look at the country's coronavirus trajectory - and here's an interesting study published 10 days ago suggesting?the country is?'surprisingly slow' at achieving herd immunity.?
女大学生的沙龙:'Protect the NHS': Experts urge British public to get a flu jab this year
Those eligible for the flu vaccine have been urged to get the jab as winter approaches, to help the NHS in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.?
Figures released last week from the health body show that flu jab coverage last winter dipped slightly among all those eligible for a free NHS jab apart from the elderly.
But a Royal Society of Medicine briefing on Covid-19 heard how preparing for flu this year may help the health service.
Prof Sian Griffiths, who co-chaired the Hong Kong inquiry into the 2003 Sars outbreak, said people should be "urged" to get the flu vaccine come winter "to protect themselves from getting flu when they're also at risk from getting Covid".
Prof Griffiths, who also serves on an advisory board for PHE, said that there is already a big push in the US by its Centres for Disease Control (CDC):
"CDC are particularly pushing this message at the moment to raise the numbers of people who have the flu vaccine.
"Because if we can diminish the demands on the health service system by getting adequate levels of flu vaccination, should we have another surge of Covid, it just will help us to cope better."
女大学生的沙龙:Study of first Italian town to be hit by Covid-19 shows how testing suppressed disease?
We briefly mentioned this interesting study in our global roundup at 16:24, but here are more details from my colleague Anne Gulland:?
A study of an Italian town that was among the first in Europe to be hit by coronavirus has highlighted the importance of testing in controlling the disease after it showed that 40 per cent of those who were infected had no symptoms.
Researchers say the study, published in the journal Nature, highlights the important role of people who have no symptoms or are not yet showing symptoms in the spread of the virus.?
Researchers from the University of Padua and Imperial College, London carried out their research in the town of Vò in the north of Italy, which was the focus of intense scrutiny after it became one of the first in Europe to lock down as a result of coronavirus. ?
Commenting on the findings Professor Andrea Crisanti from the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Padua, said:
“This testing and tracing approach has had a tremendous impact on the course of the epidemic in Veneto compared to other Italian regions, and serves as a model for suppressing transmission and limiting the virus’ substantial public health, economic and societal burden.”?
女大学生的沙龙:US could see 100,000 new infections a day 'if this does not turn around'
And here's another worrying prediction, this time from North America.?
Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the US, has told the Senate that the country is “going in the wrong direction” in terms of tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that last week the US set a grim record of 40,000 new coronavirus infections in a single day. But he fears that number could get much, much worse.?
“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” Dr Fauci, who is director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.?
He added that "clearly we are not in total control right now", and warned that the US will “continue to be in a lot of trouble” unless people start social distancing and wearing face masks.
During the evidence session, Dr Fauci also warned that there is "no guarantee" that the US will have a safe and effective vaccine.?
Here's a look at the trajectory of the US' coronavirus outbreak - the resurgence is prominent:
女大学生的沙龙:WHO:?Latin America Covid-19 deaths could rise to 438,000 by October
Some stark figures here: The death?toll from Covid-19 could rise to 438,000 in Latin America by October if prevention measures are not kept up.
That's according to the World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas, Dr Carissa Etienne, though she added that?mathematical model projections should not be taken literally but as planning guides.
Under current conditions, the pandemic is expected to peak in Chile and Colombia by mid-July, but in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru not until August and Costa Rica in October.
女大学生的沙龙:'Unlock 2.0': India's restrictions continue to ease - despite spike in cases
India will begin the second of a three-phase plan to re-emerge from lockdown tomorrow, despite recording a 24 per cent increase in coronavirus infections over the last seven days,?Joe Wallen?reports.
India has the fourth-largest outbreak globally and the total number of infections is expected to surpass 600,000 by Thursday.
As part of "Unlock 2.0", no restrictions will be placed on inter-state travel and more flights and trains will run. Commercial international travel will remain banned but will be eased back in stages.?
The Indian Government is relaxing the conditions of a lockdown which began on March 25 and saw residents unable to leave their homes, other than to buy groceries and medicines. While the lockdown certainly slowed the rate of infection, it had a catastrophic impact on India's already ailing economy as at least 122 million Indians lost their jobs.?
Unrestricted domestic travel will now permit the easier movement of both workers and goods.?
A nationwide nightly curfew will continue but the hours have been shortened and it will now only be enforced between 10pm and 5am.
Schools, colleges, and universities will remain closed until July 31, while gyms, swimming pools, spas, and bars will stay shut until further notice.
女大学生的沙龙:In charts: UK Government data
During the daily Downing Street coronavirus press briefings, we became used to seeing the slides with the latest UK data.?
The press conferences have gone (though there has been some backlash today that, given the significant announcement of the Leicester lockdown, we haven't seen a briefing). But the slides remain - albeit online.?
Here's today's data showing trends in new hospital admissions, tests and fatalities:
女大学生的沙龙:Madagascar experiments with ‘miracle cure’ as virus overwhelms hospitals
As Madagascar’s hospitals begin to be overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, the island nation’s president is pushing through what its president is touting as a miracle cure, writes?Will Brown.?
In April, Andry Rajoelina launched ‘Covid-Organics’, a tea made of a cocktail of herbs and the anti-malarial wormwood or artemisia. After reportedly only conducting two weeks of trials on the tea, the president began touting it to the Malagasy public as a way of preventing and curing Covid-19.
The tea has been produced and bottled en masse, forced on young school children and sent to more than a dozen African and Caribbean nations including Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Haiti.
The move prompted severe criticism from Madagascar’s main medical group which has said the cure was untested and could actually prove dangerous for children who drank it.?
However, Mr Rajoelina has dismissed his critics as Western-centric and moved ahead with plans to test an injectable version of the tea in May.
Now two months after he launched the cure, Madagascar’s limited health infrastructure is being overwhelmed by patients with respiratory problems and the country has strong community transmission outside of the capital.?
Read the full story here.?
女大学生的沙龙:'Call 111 before turning up to your local A&E'?
The NHS is to pilot a “call first” model of Accident & Emergency which could be rolled out across the country, health chiefs have said.?
Sir Simon Stevens said research suggested that in the vast majority of cases, this process could ensure patients with minor conditions were diverted for treatment elsewhere, relieving pressures on A&E departments.
Pilots of the “call first” model will begin in Portsmouth this week, and in every region of the country within months, officials said.
Those considering going to A&E will be asked to call 111, and be given a timeslot to attend, or advice on the best place to go for treatment.?
The number of patients attending casualty departments fell by around half during the pandemic, and A&E medics have warned that their units can now only cope with about half as many cases as they did previously, if they are to run safely, as crowding risks the spread of Covid.?
Laura Donnelly has the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:UK: Death toll rises by 155
There have been an additional 155 coronavirus deaths among those who have tested positive for the virus, according to the daily figures from the?Department for Health and Social Care. That takes total fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in?the UK to 43,730.?
But these figures do not take into account those who have died after a suspected coronavirus infection. If you include those with Covid-19 on their death certificate,?more than 54,000 people in the UK have died since the pandemic struck the country.?
Today's figures also show that an additional 689 people have tested positive:
女大学生的沙龙:New York adds eight states to quarantine as Fauci warns against rapid reopening
New York has doubled to 16 the number of US states whose residents must go into quarantine if they visit, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.?
Last week he announced that travellers from eight hotspots - Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas?- would have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in New York state.?
That list has now been expanded to also include?California, Nevada, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Cuomo said the states had been added because they now met the "formula for quarantine",?defined as 10 or more people testing positive per 100,000 residents.
The order applies both to visitors and New Yorkers returning home from one of the listed states. Those found breaching the quarantine order could face fines, Cuomo has said.
This comes after?Dr Anthony Fauci, the?top infectious diseases expert in the US, told the Senate that some states may have eased lockdown "too quickly" and skipped checkpoints.
"I am also quite concerned about what we are seeing evolved in several states," he said, adding that "more than 50 per cent?of new infections are in areas where we are seeing surges".
"We got to make sure that when states start to try to reopen again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out in regard to checkpoints," Dr Fauci,?director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.?
女大学生的沙龙:Recap: Today's key global developments
UK news has been dominated by two big stories today:?the fallout from the Government's announcement last night that a stringent lockdown will be introduced in Leicester; and Boris Johnson's ?5bn spending plan to "rebuild Britain".?
But what's going on in the rest of the world? Here's an overview:
- The European Union has agreed to open its border to 15 countries from July 1, ?including Australia and Canada. The US didn't make the cut.
- California and Texas have been record spikes in new infections, with Los Angeles reported an "alarming" one-day surge that put it over 100,000 cases. The head of the country's Center for Disease Control?said 12 states have seen rates of hospital admissions go up this week.?
- More than 40 per cent of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in one Italian town showed no signs of being ill, according to research published in the Nature, indicating asymptomatic carriers may be significant spreaders of the virus.
- Canada is over the worst of the outbreak, but a spike in cases in the US and elsewhere shows Canadians must remain vigilant, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
- Indonesia reported?its biggest rise in deaths with 71 new fatalities, taking the total to 2,876.?
- Uzbekistan has imposed an overnight curfew in parts of the country, including the capital Tashkent, in response to a fresh rise in infections following the gradual lifting of a two-month lockdown.
- ?The UN has??pushed governments at a virtual conference for nearly $10 billion in aid for Syria, where nine years of war has displaced millions in a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by soaring food prices and the?coronavirus?crisis.
女大学生的沙龙:Airbus set to slash thousands of jobs
Airbus is set to announce more than 10,000 job cuts as the plane-maker slashes staff numbers to match the collapse in demand for new aircraft.
Workers are braced for bad news after weeks of speculation about when and where the redundancies will fall.
Our industry editor?Alan Tovey?has the full story.
女大学生的沙龙:Mayor of Leicester 'very, very concerned' about economic damage
The Mayor of Leicester has voiced his concern about the financial hit that could Leicester could take following the imposition of a second lockdown on the city - the first place in the UK to be affected by such a measure.
"One of the things we've been stressing to the Government in recent times is if Leicester is to be locked down, and its economy put in limbo for a little longer, we will need the support that was given earlier in the pandemic throughout the UK restored here in Leicester, and maintained here in Leicester," Sir Peter Soulsby said.
女大学生的沙龙:Government will allow autumn A-Level and GCSE resits
GCSE and A-Level students will be able to sit exams in autumn if they do not like the grades that they are assigned based on their coursework, the Government has confirmed.
In light of the cancellation of summer exam season due to the coronavirus, students will be reliant on predicted grades that will reflect previous assignments for their GCSE and A-Level grades.
All subjects except for art and design will permit?autumn resits at GCSE, AS-Level, and A-Level.
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester businesses react to second lockdown
Leicester has become the first city in Britain to re-enter lockdown,?with schools closing from Thursday and all non-essential retail outlets closing with immediate effect after a sharp rise in cases.
Among residents, there was a mixture of disappointment and concern - and some cynicism:
女大学生的沙龙:Anglesey schools to reopen after chicken factory outbreak
Schools on a Welsh island where a major?coronavirus?outbreak forced a chicken factory to close temporarily are to reopen on July 13 - for a week.
Anglesey council's decision comes after Public Health Wales found no evidence that suggested the coronavirus outbreak among staff at the 2 Sisters plant had led to any significant community transmission.
Anglesey's director of education Rhys Howard Hughes said that children and teaching?staff will return to a "safe learning environment" for the last week of the summer term from July 13.
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester employers can re-furlough staff, Government confirms
Businesses in Leicester that have once again been forced to close under local lockdown will be able to re-furlough their staff if they have used the scheme before, Downing Street has said.
The Government said on Tuesday that the job loss prevention scheme can still be used by firms in the city that are affected by the return of strict measures.
The renewed closure of non-essential businesses in Leicester will place further pressure on ailing businesses just as many were hoping to reopen on July 4.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "If employers have used the furlough scheme at any point between March 1 and June 30, which of course many will have, they can re-furlough those employees from July 1.
"If someone worked in non-essential retail and they have been able to go back to work and that non-essential retail now has to close again they will still be eligible to benefit from the furlough scheme."
Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the extension of furloughing until the end of October, with employers being told to contribute to the cost of the scheme from August.
女大学生的沙龙:Masks in Miami after emergency order
Fines of up to $500 for not wearing a face mask in public have been introduced by the City of Miami.
It forms part of an emergency order in response to a surge of cases in Florida.?There have now been more than 145,000 positive coronavirus tests in Florida - with more than 5,000 new cases confirmed yesterday.
女大学生的沙龙:Downing Street: No plans for press conference on Leicester lockdown
Downing Street has said that there are no plans for a press conference to address questions on the Leicester lockdown extension.
The Government scrapped the daily briefings last week, but pledged to hold them to coincide with "significant" announcements related to coronavirus.
Boris Johnson said at the time that ministers would keep the nation informed as there will be "more outbreaks, certainly local outbreaks".
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said people in Leicester are "crying out for answers to perfectly legitimate questions" on the lockdown.
女大学生的沙龙:Common cold exposure could provide some coronavirus immunity, study suggests
Exposure to the common cold could provide some measure of immunity to Covid-19, a new study has suggested.
The key to this immunity lies in T-cells -?a type of white blood cell that helps the immune system fight off viruses, which experts believe could be as important as antibodies in fighting the virus.
Researchers at Tubingen University in Germany found that?81 per cent of the people they tested who had not had the disease had a T-cell response to Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
And this immune response was linked to previous exposure to common cold coronaviruses, the researchers found.
This is not the first time that exposure to the common cold has been linked to resistance to Covid-19 and there is some speculation that this is why children and younger people are seemingly more immune than older adults.?
Anne Gulland?has the full story.
女大学生的沙龙:Streets in St Ives close to non-essential traffic
Non-essential traffic has been banned from parts of St Ives to enable social distancing as tourists return to the town.
St Ives Town Council said that social distancing, even at one metre plus, would be "very difficult" to maintain in one of Cornwall's most famous destinations during the tourist season.
A number of streets in the town will now be closed to non-essential traffic from 11am to 4pm each day until further notice, with exemptions for residents, carers, fishermen, emergency workers, and refuse collectors.
"The evidence is that the vast majority of people are still potentially susceptible," the council said in a statement on its website.
"In short, if we lift all safety measures, we could be back to where we were in February.
"Many businesses in the town might not survive a second lockdown. That is why the best way to support the economy is by ensuring that the town is a safe place for local people and visitors."
女大学生的沙龙:Researchers hope to have less invasive Covid test by September
Researchers are hopeful that a coronavirus test which does not require a swab of the throat could be available by September.
Helen Ward, professor of public health at Imperial College London, said that as lockdown measures are eased and local outbreaks become possible, communication about the situation needs to become more nuanced.
Speaking at the Imperial global science policy forum, Prof Ward said: "We know that young people and the under 18s get exposed and some of them get unwell, but mostly they don't get unwell with this virus.
"But it does look as if they're no less likely to get it than anyone else and therefore they probably are transmitting this - schools are great places for transmitting viruses - and we always get the seasonal patterns of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections."
Prof Ward said that it currently difficult to test effectively in schools,?as the swab tests presently used are quite invasive.
女大学生的沙龙:Spain-Morocco borders will reopen if reciprocated, Spanish government says
Spain will only open its borders with Morocco if there is a reciprocal agreement to let people travelling via Spain enter the North African country, government spokesperson Maria Jesus Montero said today.
Every summer, tens of thousands of members of Europe's Moroccan diaspora converge in Spain by car to cross the Straits of Gibraltar and return home, either directly or via the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
Authorities from both countries annually deploy extra border officials to smooth the immigration process.
"When Morocco sees fit we will collaborate with them to establish controls so this transfer of thousands of people does not become a health risk," Montero told a news conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.
Morocco is among 14 countries to be included on a list of 'safe countries' for travel by the European Union.
女大学生的沙龙:Economy suffers worst quarter in 40 years
The British economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of the year as households slashed spending, school pupils stopped attending, and businesses cut investment.
GDP fell by 2.2 per cent in quarter one of 2020, the Office for National Statistics said - a steeper drop than any seen during the financial crisis. In March alone, GDP fell by 6.9 per cent.
Tim Wallace?has the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:'Second wave' is an unhelpful concept, top infectious disease expert warns
Using the term ‘second wave’ to describe a resurgence of coronavirus infections is “mistaken” and encourages dangerous misconceptions about the trajectory of the pandemic, one of America’s top infectious disease experts has told our global health security reporter Sarah Newey.?
Dr Tom Frieden, who served as director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for eight years under Barack Obama, told The Telegraph that the term “implies that this [virus] will act as the flu acts”.
“We don't know that - it might, but it might not,” he said. “Basically we will have outbreaks as long as there is exposure.”
Read?The Telegraph's full interview with Dr Frieden?here.
女大学生的沙龙:Fears that 'Super Saturday' could overwhelm A&E units
Health chiefs are urging drinkers to take it easy when pubs open on “Super Saturday” - amid fears Accident & Emergency units could end up overwhelmed, Laura Donnelly?and Martin Evans?report.
Pubs, restaurants and bars will be allowed to re-open for business this weekend following a four-month closure, but medics fear that hospitals could be deluged by those who overdo the celebrations.
They warned that A&E units, which have been largely free of drunk and disorderly patients during lockdown, can now only cope with about half their usual capacity.
Read the full exclusive story here.
女大学生的沙龙:Mayor of Leicester voices economic fears over local lockdown
Leicester?mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said this lunchtime: "I'm very, very concerned obviously about the impact on the well-being of the city in general and the health of the people in the city, but also about the economy of the city.
"One of the things we've been stressing to the Government over recent times is that if?Leicester?is to be locked down and its economy put in limbo for a little longer, we will need support that was given earlier in the pandemic, throughout the UK, restored here in?Leicester."
He added that?he had not had data on whether sweatshop factories in the east of the city had seen "hotspots" for the virus.
Sir Peter said there was an issue with "illegal manufacturers" in?Leicester,?but added: "There's nothing we've seen that (the spread of coronavirus) could be associated with them."
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester lockdown: What areas are included, and what are the rules?
In the two weeks leading up to June 23, Leicester City Council reported 944 positive coronavirus tests - one of the factors which has led to the city being placed back into lockdown.
But what areas of Leicester are included in the lockdown, and what exactly are the rules?
Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe?has all the details?here.
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester City footballers to train as normal today
Leicester City's footballers will train as normal this afternoon, following the decision to extend the city's strict lockdown measures, writes Ben Curtis.
Manger Brendan Rodgers's preparations for the Premier League game at Everton on Wednesday night will be unaffected and the training ground, based just over three miles away from the city centre, is remaining open to essential staff.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has also insisted that Leicester's home game against Crystal Palace this weekend will go ahead as planned.
Rodgers, his staff and players will all report for a training session before travelling in two separate coaches to Merseyside later in the day.
Players have been tested twice a week for coronavirus and Rodgers has frequently insisted that the base on Belvoir Drive is "the safest environment".
All players are travelling into training individually and there have been no cases for coronavirus since the squad reported back towards the end of last month.
The majority of staff at Leicester's King Power Stadium have been working from home for the past 14 weeks and only maintenance plus security staff are operating on site.
Elsewhere, today's Leicester racing has been given the green light to proceed with the first of nine races scheduled for 4.40pm this afternoon.
女大学生的沙龙:'People will die within months': Lebanon heads for famine as pandemic accelerates hunger
There are fears the country is about to repeat the 1915-18 famine. Abbie Cheeseman reports.
Hit by its worst economic crisis in modern history, the Lebanese pound has lost more than 80 per cent of its value since October, when nationwide anti-corruption protests began to rock the country.
Despite a decades-long peg of 1,500 to the dollar, people now widely use the black market value of the pound as a reference of the currency’s real worth.
According to a recent UN report, by the end of April over half of the country was struggling to put the most basic produce on the table as food prices had risen by 56 per cent since October. Preliminary results show that between mid-March and May, they rose by 50 per cent.
Accelerated by the pandemic, unemployment is soaring, the value of wages are plummeting and prices continue to skyrocket. Lebanon is also host to around 1.5 million refugees – the most per capita in the world.
And it is no longer refugees and other vulnerable people who are concerned about being able to feed their families as Lebanon’s economic turmoil continues to spiral out of control.
Read the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:Business as usual for rugby in Leicester
Premiership rugby team Leicester Tigers have not yet been affected by the lockdown, Gavin Mairs reports.
The club’s players are due to attend a training session on Tuesday at their training centre at Oval Park in Oadby?which is four miles away from the city centre but within the restricted area.
Training sessions at Premiership Rugby clubs currently remain at ‘stage one’, which allow players to take part in conditioning training either individually or in small groups, where strict social distancing measures can be maintained at all times.
Certain areas of the training ground, including showers and changing rooms, remain closed, with players expected to arrive in their kit or change in their car.
Players also face daily health checks for Covid-19 symptoms along with a temperature test in order to gain access to the training facilities.
女大学生的沙龙:Nightingale hospitals to become cancer testing centres
Nightingale hospitals will be converted into cancer testing centres in bid to cope with the backlog of suspected cases, our health editor Laura Donnelly writes.
Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of the NHS, said that a “radically different” model of testing would be introduced in an attempt to deal with a high volume of patients awaiting tests.
Cancer charities have raised fears this year could see an extra 18,000 deaths from the disease because of the number of patients who have received late diagnoses.
Today Sir Simon said measures would be taken to tackle the backlog - which will start with the conversion of the Exeter Nightingale site, from Monday. Read the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:EU names 14 countries as part of 'safe list'
The European Union has announced 14 countries whose citizens can be let into the bloc from July 1.
The list includes Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea, but the US, China and Brazil have been left off the list.
Also on the safe list are Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Anyone from the UK will be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition process on December 31.
The Foreign Office still advises against travel, and anyone arriving in the UK will have to quarantine for two weeks.
After the long-awaited ‘air bridge’ announcement - which is expected today or tomorrow - British nationals will finally know where they can travel to this summer.
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester lockdown will ease 'as and when the data changes'
Bringing his speech to a close, Boris Johnson said that the Government will be in "constant communication" with authorities in Leicester, while continuing to monitor the outbreak nationally.
"As and when the data changes, we will take steps to ease the measures that we’ve had to enforce," he told reporters.
女大学生的沙龙:Johnson: 'The dangers have not gone away'
"We want to get back to life as normal for as many as possible, as fast as possible," Boris Johsnon said, adding that the Government would work with sectors such as the arts which are currently unable to reopen.
"As we approach July 4, I must say that the dangers - as we can see in Leicester - have not gone away. The virus is out there, still circling like a shark in the water.
"And it will take our collective discipline and resolve to keep that virus at bay. And if we can, and get on to the next phase of the recovery, then we can get on all the faster to deliver our plan."
女大学生的沙龙:Johnson: 'Covid has taught us the cost of delay'
The Prime Minister has promised "the most radical reforms" of housing, building and connectivity projects in a generation, announcing a study of road, rail, air and cross-sea links between all of the home nations.
"Covid has taught us the cost of delay. Why do larger procurement projects take 80 per cent longer in the UK than in Germany?" he said.
"Why is HS2 - transformational though it will be - going to cost us the equivalent of the GDP of Sri Lanka? Why are we so slow at building homes compared with other European countries?
"Time is money, and the newt-counting delays in our systems are a massive drag on the prosperity and productivity of our country. We will build better, and will build greener, but we will also build quicker."
Adding that the furloughing scheme "cannot go on forever", Mr Johnson said that the times demand "a Government that puts its arm around people at a time of crisis".
女大学生的沙龙:Johnson rules out austerity as part of economic recovery
Boris Johnson says: “We will not be responding to this crisis with what people call austerity. Because the world has moved on since 2008.
"We will be doubling down on levelling up - if you can make sense of that. I don't mean attacking our great companies, or impeding the success of London. I don't believe in tearing people down any more than tearing down statues that are part of our heritage.
"I believe in building people up. Whoever you are, whatever your ethnicity, whatever your background."
女大学生的沙龙:Boris Johnson: Britons 'cannot be prisoners' of coronavirus crisis
Boris Johnson has thanked the people of Leicester for their “forbearance” with regards to the local lockdown, and said that the Government was acting quickly in its response.
But - speaking at Dudley College of Technology -?he said: “We cannot continue simply to be prisoners of this crisis.
“We’re preparing now slowly, cautiously to come out of hibernation, and I believe it’s absolutely vital for us to set out the way ahead so that everyone can think and plan ahead for the future short, medium and long term.”
The Prime Minister said that some things have gone wrong in the response to the pandemic, and “we owe that discussion and that honesty to the tens of thousands who have died before their time.”
He added that many things had also gone “emphatically right”, including the construction of the Nightingale hospital within 10 days, the ‘ventilator challenge’ production lines, and the implementation of the furlough scheme.
女大学生的沙龙:California coronavirus cases in biggest rise to date
California has reported its biggest rise in coronavirus cases so far, with nearly 7,500 people having tested positive in the space of a day.
Local health authorities estimate that approximately half a million people went out drinking on the first night that bars reopened, a figure resembling pre-pandemic levels.
The rise puts the figure for Los Angeles County at more than 100,000 cases, a Reuters tally showed, with bars now having been ordered to close again and residents told to wear masks in most public places.
女大学生的沙龙:Schools could cut down curriculum until next summer
Schools may teach a slimmed-down curriculum with a focus on English and mathematics when children return from September, according to draft Government plans.
Some subjects may be put on hold until 2021 in order to allow pupils time to catch up on the core subjects that have been given insufficient attention during lockdown.
Our Education Editor Camilla Turner?has more here.
女大学生的沙龙:Liverpool business leader says weekend disorder has made reopening harder
A business leader in Liverpool has said the actions of a "small minority" on Friday night have made it harder for Liverpool businesses planning to reopen on 4th July.
Bill Addy, chair of the city’s Business Improvement District company, condemned the antisocial behaviour?in the city centre during celebrations for Liverpool's Premier League title win. Fifteen arrests were made on Friday.
“They have made it harder for families hoping to plan days out to bars and restaurants as they help the city recover from this lockdown,” Mr Addy said.
He warned that Liverpool “cannot afford a new wave or local lockdown” and said there “are too many things at stake”.
女大学生的沙龙:UK deaths fall back to average levels for first time since Covid-19 epidemic
The number of people dying across the UK has fallen back to average levels for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the latest figures.
In the week to June 19 there were 9,339 deaths across England and Wales - 65 lower than the five-year average, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Across all nations of the UK there were 10,687 deaths, just 18 above the five year average after tens of thousands of excess deaths in previous weeks. In total between March 6 and June 19 there have now been 65,517 excess deaths (above the five year average) recorded across the UK.
Those which have officially been linked to Covid-19, either following a test or mentioned on a death certificate, has reached 53,857.
Problems remain in the community, however. While deaths are now at below average levels in hospitals and care homes, in the week to June 19 there were more than 3,000 deaths in people's homes in England and Wales - 867 more than would be expected.
女大学生的沙龙:Analysis: Leicester outbreak shows cluster-busting systems are working
Our global health security editor?Paul Nuki?writes that the response to the Leicester outbreak shows that Whitehall is gradually building our capacity to fight the virus.
We’ve seen local outbreaks spring up all over the world in countries which have successfully pushed back the virus.?
Germany, South Korea, China, Portugal, Israel, Singapore and many others have all had localised flare-ups. Widespread testing should mean that they are picked up early. Track and trace systems cut local transmission chains. And the implementation of local mitigation measures should mean such outbreaks remain contained.
This is what cluster busting looks like and is what Britain is now experiencing. It is something we should expect to become the norm for a good few months – perhaps right through to next Spring. How good we become at it will determine how well the pandemic goes from here.
Read Paul's full analysis here.
女大学生的沙龙:Thailand extends emergency decree
Thailand has extended an emergency decree until the end of July in an attempt to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, officials have said.
With the Thai government set to ease more restrictions tomorrow, it believes that the decree is necessary to control travel and reduce the risk of a second wave.
The emergency decree gives the government a range of additional powers including the ability to deploy officials to investigate venues, bring in curfews, restrict gatherings and control travel.
Thailand has so far seen 58 coronavirus-related deaths among 3,171 infections. No cases of local transmission have been recorded for 36 days.
女大学生的沙龙:Iran says it is still in first wave of outbreak
Iran's coronavirus epidemic is still in its first wave, the country's health ministry has said after the highest single-day death toll since its outbreak began in February.
Iran recorded 162 coronavirus deaths on Monday, its highest figure for a single day, which takes the total death toll to 10,670. More than 225,000 Iranians have now tested positive for coronavirus.
"The coronavirus is currently peaking in border provinces or cities which did not experience a peak in the first months of the outbreak," said ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.
"Therefore, we're still witnessing the first wave in the country."
女大学生的沙龙:Frustration and confusion reign in Leicester
Leicester's tiny taste of freedom has gone -?and the Government's decision has left a bitter taste in the city,?Robert Mendick?and?Luke Mintz?report.
Police admitted on Monday they had no idea how to enforce a lockdown in Leicester - stricter than the rest of the county let alone the country - while the local mayor Sir Peter Soulsby railed against the plan, calling it 'cobbled together' and insisting there was 'nothing special' about the spread of the virus in Leicester.
Professor Carl Heneghan, director of Oxford University’s centre for evidence-based medicine, ?also weighed in, complaining the lockdown in Leicester was 'unnecessary' and 'over the top'.
He warned that implementing localised lockdowns was 'unsustainable' in a nation as densely populated as England and urged the Health Secretary to implement a proper 'track and trace' system of testing.
Read the full story here.
女大学生的沙龙:Jeremy Hunt: Local lockdown will not be a one-off
The former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that the UK's first localised lockdown "isn't going to be a one-off occurrence".
Speaking to the Today programme,?Mr Hunt said that events in Leicester were "sadly a necessary puncturing of the elation that had been building up across the country in the run up to July 4."
He added: "When you look at what's happening in Israel, Florida, Texas, Germany... unfortunately this really is a stop-go process until we get a vaccine. And there are times we're going to have to go into reverse gear."
It "probably did take too long" to gather some of the information most relevant to the Leicester outbreak, Mr Hunt said, emphasising the importance of data being shared with local authorities more quickly in the future.
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester hospital consultant says local lockdown 'necessary'
Dr John Bennett, a respiratory consultant at Glenfield Hospital Leicester and chair of the British Thoracic Society, has said that it was "necessary to do something" following a surge in cases in the city.
"About three weeks ago we noticed that the downward trend of Covid had reversed, and we were seeing an upsurge in people being admitted in hospitals," Dr Bennett told Sky News.
He said that his colleagues across the country had not seen a similar rise, and added that Glenfield Hospital is "coping" after a rise in admissions and intensive care patients.
"I and my colleagues have no knowledge of the demographics of the people who have been infected," he said. "It would be helpful to know more about the types of patients that are infected, because that would help us plan better."
女大学生的沙龙:Government don't know why Leicester is so badly hit
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast that work was still being done to understand why Leicester had been so badly affected by the outbreak.
When asked about possible causes such as poverty, higher ethnic diversity, language difficulties and higher-density housing Mr Hancock said they were "familiar" to him.
He added: "We are still doing the work to understand exactly why the outbreak has been so bad in Leicester.
"But lots of the reasons that you mentioned just then are familiar to me and people will find them intuitive."
Mr Hancock said that "of course" the Government was looking at similar places but said the outbreak in Leicester was "very significantly worse" than the next worst hit place.
女大学生的沙龙:Lockdown boundary will be decided by council leaders, says health minister
Health minister Nadine Dorries tweeted: "Leicester boundary decision will be taken by local council leaders working with (Department of Health) and others on the ground who know Leicester street by street - using infection rate information provided by the centre.
"This is the essence of how local outbreak management plans will work."
女大学生的沙龙:Contact tracing only way to prevent local lockdowns, Shadow chancellor says
Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has said having a properly functioning contact tracing system in place is the only way to prevent additional lockdowns, following the re-instatement of some lockdown measures in the city of Leicester.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: "We suggested a number of ways in which the problems in that system could be sorted out, we're really urging the Government to take those solutions on board because until we've got that system sorted out, it does look likely that there will be the need to have those much broader lockdowns.
"Clearly that's going to have a very very big impact on Leicester, if you think about some of those traders who were getting ready to open, hairdressers for example, who won't be able to now, it will have a very very major impact on them.
"Also of course, on schools and other areas. The more fine-grained and localised we can make the lockdowns, the better, but that will only happen when test, trace and isolate is running in the UK as it is already in other countries."
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester lockdown came after 'targeted action' failed
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the lockdown in Leicester was being introduced after "targeted action" had not worked.
He added: "We have been monitoring it incredibly closely, we have put in extra testing units, some of the schools in Leicester were closed already.
"We also went into some of the factories and workplaces where there was an outbreak and we put in place measures.
"These sort of much more targeted measures have worked in other outbreaks.
"So we've been taking this highly localised approach but unfortunately that targeted action wasn't working in Leicester and that's why we have taken this much broader measure."
女大学生的沙龙:Leicester travel ban on the table
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the law will be changed in the next "day or two" to close all non-essential shops in Leicester.
Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday that the Government was not making non-essential travel illegal, but said it would if it had to.
He added: "On shops, the non-essential retail, we will be closing them by law and changing the law in the next day or two to put that into effect.
"We are also not releasing the legal measures that lift the lockdown for the rest of the country.
"On travel, we are recommending against travel unless it is essential but we are not putting that in place in law at this stage.
"Of course we will if we have to."
女大学生的沙龙:Health Secretary defends 'whack-a-mole' strategy
Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended the Government's "whack-a-mole" strategy for tackling outbreaks.
"The strategy is to allow for the opening up of the rest of the country, giving people their freedoms back where it is safe to do so," he told Sky News.
"But we also need alongside that to take local action where there is a specific flare-up."
Mr Hancock also said there had been "a number of positive cases in the under-18s" detected through coronavirus testing in Leicester.
"That's why we took the decision, with a heavy heart it has to be said, to close schools in Leicester and in Leicestershire, within the Leicester conurbation."
女大学生的沙龙:We are 'not even close' to ending Covid-19, says WHO chief
Dr?Tedros?Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the health body, said the the coronavirus pandemic is 'not even close?to being over'.
He also suggested governments saying contacts are too hard or too widespread to get hold of has been the biggest failing of some throughout the crisis, calling it a "lame excuse".
Dr?Tedros?also reflected on the fact that Tuesday marks six months since the WHO was first informed about the outbreak that would later come to be known as Covid-19.
He told the press conference: "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world - and our lives - would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the best and worst of humanity.
"All over the world we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity and kindness."
But he added: "We have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation and the politicisation of the Covid-19 pandemic."
女大学生的沙龙:The 36 cities and counties where Covid cases are rising
Could your town or city be next to face a local lockdown?
Leicester is by no means an isolated incident. There are 36 areas where cases are on the rise.
Some, such as Doncaster, have seen a larger week-on week increase in new cases, and many of the areas seeing new upticks in Covid-19 are those in urban, densely populated areas.
Use this tool to see how you are impacted.?
女大学生的沙龙:Change of law in order to enforce local lockdowns
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government will change the law to enforce the local lockdown in Leicester.
He told Sky News: "We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require legal underpinning."
Mr Hancock said "in some cases" the lockdown would be enforced by the police, while legal changes would be made so non-essential retail is no longer open.
When pressed on how people would be stopped from travelling outside the city, he said: "We're recommending against all but essential travel both to and from and within Leicester, and as we saw during the peak, the vast majority of people will abide by these rules.
"Of course we will take further action including putting in place laws if that is necessary but I very much hope it won't be."
女大学生的沙龙:Government not putting enough effort into reopening schools, say Labour
Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has criticised the Government for not putting "remotely enough effort" into reopening schools in England.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: "Right now we have a really very difficult situation I would say, across England in particular... We don't have the extra space there that's needed, and yet there are a lot of buildings sitting empty - there are creative ways to sort this out."
She added: "I do not think the Government has devoted remotely enough effort to sorting out the schools situation.
"And of course it's not just the impact on the children, as large as that is, it's the impact on the parents who have to care for children who are not in school, that's having a particularly severe impact on many single parents, obviously, and particularly on mothers.
"We are already seeing many more women being furloughed, many more women are likely to become unemployed because they're having to look after children for a much longer period and they're not able to access other forms of childcare a lot of the time either."
女大学生的沙龙:Economy 'shrank a little more than first expected'
Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: "Our more detailed picture of the economy in the first quarter showed GDP shrank a little more than first estimated.
"This is now the largest quarterly fall since 1979.
"Information from Government showed health activities declined more than we previously showed.
"All main sectors of the economy shrank significantly in March as the effects of the pandemic hit.
"The sharp fall in consumer spending at the end of March led to a notable increase in households' savings."
女大学生的沙龙:Slimmed-down curriculum focusing on English and maths set for schools return
Schools?may teach a slimmed-down curriculum focusing on maths and English?when children return in ?September, with the full syllabus not reappearing until next summer, ?according to draft government plans, reports Education Editor Camilla Turner.
Some subjects may be put on hold until 2021 to allow time for pupils to catch up on the core subjects given ?insufficient attention during lockdown, under plans being considered by ministers.
Pupils taking their GCSEs next summer may also need to drop some subjects entirely so that extra space can be made in their timetables for English and maths lessons, says proposed guidance on schools reopening. Children in their first year at secondary school may need to be retaught parts of the English and maths syllabus from their final year at primary.
Read the full report here.
女大学生的沙龙:Hydroxycholroquine trial to recruit 40,000 health workers for study
Researchers looking to determine if an anti-malarial drug can prevent Covid-19 will continue with efforts to recruit 40,000 health workers for a global study.
The effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in the battle against coronavirus has been widely analysed, but studies were halted earlier this month.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decided to prevent researchers from continuing to recruit participants for trials involving hydroxychloroquine until data justifying continuation had been provided.
MHRA said consent for the global study - called Copcov - has been granted earlier this week.
The trial, led by the University of Oxford's Mahidol Oxford Tropical Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand, had begun recruitment in Brighton and Oxford and aims to see whether the drugs could prevent Covid-19.
女大学生的沙龙:News in brief from around the world
- Tracing contacts of people withinfections is the most important step in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and countries that are failing to do so have no excuse, the World Health Organisation chief said on Monday.?
- South Australia, one of several states in the country to close domestic borders, on Tuesday cancelled its scheduled reopening to some parts of the nation, citing a spike in? infections in neighbouring Victoria.
- China on Tuesday reported 19 new? cases in the mainland for June 29, up from 12 a day earlier, the health authority said.?
- In America, in a rare break with mask-averse President Donald Trump, fellow Republican leaders are advocating for face coverings as? cases surge in some Republican-leaning states.
- The number of confirmed?cases in Germany increased by 498 to 194,259, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday and the death toll rose by 12 to 8,973.
- Gilead Sciences Inc on Monday priced its Covid-19 antiviral remdesivir at $2,340 per patient for wealthier nations and agreed to send nearly all of its supply of the drug to the United States over the next three months.
- Thailand on Tuesday confirmed two new?cases imported from abroad, marking 36 days without local transmission.?
- Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon's Javari Valley?have contracted Covid-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture.
女大学生的沙龙:Brits expected to spend big at pubs this weekend
Brits will open their wallets and spend about ?210 million in pubs this weekend as they try to eat and drink their way to rescuing the beleaguered industry.
Pubs will reopen on Saturday for the first time since lockdown in March and spending will be more than 70 per cent higher than an average weekend as customers celebrate by knocking back about two pints of lager or glasses of wine more than they normally would, the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates.
Still, the extra spending won’t be enough to help pubs recover profitability - capacity limits and fixed costs means profitability will be less than half of what it was before the pandemic roiled the business, the report says. Reopening costs could send that figure even lower.
Read more:?NHS bosses fear boozy 'Super Saturday' could overwhelm ?A&E services
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女大学生的沙龙:Pandemic increases risk of child marriage and FGM, says UN
The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior UN?official said on Tuesday.
"The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk," said Natalia Kanem, head of the United Nations' sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA.
An additional 13 million girls could be married off and two million more could undergo FGM in the next decade, beyond what would have been expected, as Covid-19 disrupts global efforts to end both practices, UNFPA said.
Deepening poverty caused by the crisis may also push more parents to get daughters married early.
女大学生的沙龙:Indian vaccine approved for human trials
Bharat Biotech's coronavirus vaccine has been approved for human trials, making it India's first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government's drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people.
The Drug Controller General of India has approved the company's application to conduct a Phase I and II clinical trial of Covaxin, which was developed along with the Indian Council of Medical Research's National Institute of Virology, the company said in a statement on Monday.
Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across the country in July for the vaccine, which was developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech's facility at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, India.
India, which lags only the United States, Brazil and Russia in total cases, reported close to 20,000 new infections on Monday, according to data from the country's federal Health Ministry. More than 16,000 people have died from the disease since the first case in India in January — low when compared to countries with similar numbers of cases. But experts fear hospitals in the densely populated nation will be unable to cope with a steep rise in cases.
女大学生的沙龙:'Hard pause' on cinemas reopening in LA
The mayor of Los Angeles has announced he is taking a "hard pause" on when cinemas in the city can reopen, citing an increase in coronavirus cases.
The cinema business has been devastated by the coronavirus shutdowns that began in mid-March, laying off tens of thousands of employees and borrowing funds to stay afloat and?Los Angeles County is the biggest movie theatre market in the United States.
"We have hit a hard pause on opening any more businesses such as cinemas, bowling alleys, playgrounds, concert halls, theme parks or other entertainment venues," Eric Garcetti said at a news briefing.
He did not give a date for when movie theatres in LA might be given the green light to reopen. Mr?Garcetti said the rise in cases in LA in the past few days meant that it was "time for a collective course correction."
女大学生的沙龙:US cases up by 42,000
The United States recorded at least 42,000 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tally showed Monday, as the country confronts a rapid surge in the disease.
The new infections, concentrated in southern and western states, bring the total number of infections in the US to nearly 2.6 million, according to the university.
The number of daily US deaths in the world's largest economic power continues to decline however, with 355 deaths in 24 hours.
Several state governors have been forced to reimpose lockdowns on businesses such as restaurants and bars, though the White House blames the rise in cases to record levels largely on expanded testing and not community spread.
女大学生的沙龙:Rare Covid-linked syndrome affecting young people
Nearly 300 cases of a rare, life-threatening syndrome in children and adolescents associated with the novel coronavirus have been identified in the United States in two studies in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The US?studies published on Monday follow several reports of the syndrome among Covid-19 patients in Britain France, Italy and?Spain.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands and, in severe cases, heart inflammation.
A consistent picture is emerging of the syndrome occurring two to four weeks after infection by the coronavirus, Michael Levin, professor of pediatrics and international child health at Imperial College London, said in an accompanying editorial.
The syndrome affects 2 in 100,000 young people, defined as under age 21, out of 322 in 100,000 in that group who get Covid-19, he wrote.
Read more:?Rare syndrome affecting young people weeks after Covid-19 infection, study finds
女大学生的沙龙:Johnson to launch recovery 'New Deal'
Boris Johnson will on Tuesday promise a “New Deal” for the British people to rebuild the post-Covid economy with a plan borrowed from Depression-era America.
The Prime Minister will detail his unapologetically “Rooseveltian” focus on jobs, skills and infrastructure in a major speech intended to move the national debate away from lockdown and onto the future of the UK.
Mr Johnson will promise that: “We will not just bounce back, we will bounce forward – stronger and better and more united than ever before.”
He will pledge billions of pounds for roads, hospitals, schools, houses, railways, prisons and broadband to “build our way back to health” by fostering economic growth.
He will make the speech in Dudley, West Midlands, in a former “red wall” constituency won from Labour at the last election, and will make it clear that it and other deprived parts of the country will be first in line for money to rebuild.
女大学生的沙龙:New swine flu 'has pandemic potential'
Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published?in the US science journal PNAS.
Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.
It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses.
The authors called for urgent measures to monitor people working with pigs.
Read more:?Chinese scientists discover a new swine flu capable of triggering a pandemic?
女大学生的沙龙:Today's top stories
Leicester has become the first city in Britain to be plunged back into lockdown after public health officials expressed alarm at a significant rise in Covid-19 cases
Schools may teach a slimmed-down curriculum focusing on maths and English when children return in ?September, with the full syllabus not reappearing until next summer, ?according to draft government plans
Brides and grooms may not be able to kiss and couples will have to wash hands before and after exchanging rings, under new Government rules for weddings
Boris Johnson will on Tuesday promise a “New Deal” for the British people to rebuild the post-Covid economy with a plan borrowed from Depression-era America
Britain’s air bridge plans are in danger of being undermined as Greece banned British holiday flights until the middle of July