Tory MPs hit out at the Prime Minister after a U-turn on face masks in schools. Former minister Steve Baker told the Daily Mail: “It is alarming to see yet another U-turn. I know from my own postbag that the credibility of the Government is being damaged. In a situation like this, we need a little ideological keel to hold on course.
“Instead of worrying about focus groups first and following Nicola Sturgeon, the Government should be focusing on doing the right thing. Then we can worry about how to present it.”
Speaking to Times Radio, Sir Charles Walker, vice-chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, added: “Things now just seem to change on a daily basis and there is growing concern that they tend to change three days after Nicola Sturgeon makes a decision.”
The criticism of Mr Johnson comes as the rolling seven-day average of coronavirus cases increased to 1,090 on Wednesday.
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Friday, August 28
1.27am update: Nearly all California Senate Republicans forcing into quarantine
Nearly all the Republican lawmakers in the Californian state Senate have been forced into quarantine after coming into contact with a COVID-19 infected colleague.
Senator Brian Jones (San Diego County) announced on Twitter he’d tested positive for the virus.
He attended a caucus lunch on Tuesday along with most of his Republican colleagues.
Thursday, August 27
11:30pm update: Students ordered to leave North Carolina campus
All North Carolina State University students have been ordered to leave campus following a “rapid spread” in COVID-19 cases.
In a statement the universities chancellor said: “The rapid spread and increasing rate of positive cases have made our current situation untenable.”
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9.30pm update: Coronavirus infections surpass 24 million around the world
Global COVID-19 cases topped 24 million, according to the latest Reuters tally, with India reporting a record daily jump of more than 75,000 infections.
8.00pm update: Passenger taken off London plane after positive coronavirus text
A passenger was taken off a Ryanair flight at a London airport after receiving a text saying they had tested positive for coronavirus, it has emerged.
The passenger and travel companion were on a flight to Pisa, Italy, from London Stansted airport on Wednesday.
France has reported a huge surge in coronavirus cases
7.30pm update: France records 6,111 new COVID-19 cases – second highest ever
France recorded a daily tally of 6,111 new coronavirus infections – the highest number since lockdown ended and the second-highest ever.
The daily figure is below a high of 7,578 set on March 30 during lockdown, at the height of the epidemic.
The French health ministry said the total number of confirmed infections now stood at 259,698.
7.00pm update: Cuba added to safe travel list
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed Cuba has been added to the safe travel list.
Arrivals from Cuba back into England and Wales will not need to quarantine.
6.15pm update: Coronavirus infections rise by 93 in Ireland
Ireland has recorded 93 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
The National Public Health Emergency Team added there has been no further deaths.
5.50pm update: Spain records 3,781 new coronavirus infections
Spain has recorded 3,781 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours.
The daily figure is higher than 3,594 reported the previous day.
5.15pm update: Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic added to quarantine list
The UK has added Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic to the list of countries people will need to quarantine after returning.
A 14-day quarantine restriction will be imposed from 3am on Saturday.
4.45pm update: Face masks to be made mandatory in Paris
Face masks will be mandatory everywhere in Paris from 8am on Friday, according to reports in France.
4.10pm update: UK records 1,522 new coronavirus infections – sharp increase from a day earlier
The Department of Health has confirmed 1,522 new coronavirus infections have been detected in the UK – a rise of almost 500 on the previous day.
The latest figure is higher than the 1,048 positive cases reported a day earlier.
Coronavirus cases around the world
3.30pm update: Sturgeon hits back at critics over live sport – ‘Virus doesn’t care about the shape of the ball’
Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at critics after rugby and not football was given the go-ahead to hold test events with spectators.
The SNP leader said: “Of course I understand the frustrations many people in many different walks of life are feeling right now because life isn’t normal and we’re all really anxious to get life back to normal.
“But let me just be clear what we’re doing here with these trial events with spectators back in stadiums. We’re not trialling how it works with rugby versus football.
“I’ll let you into a wee secret here, the virus doesn’t care about the shape of the ball at these events. What we are testing is how we can operate in a stadium with spectators and maintain with all the physical distancing and other hygiene rules.”
2.45pm update: Wales coronavirus death toll up one
The coronavirus death toll in Wales has risen by one to 1,595.
The number of cases increased by 35 to 17,843.
2.25pm update: England hospital death toll increases by seven
A further seven people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals to 29,531, NHS England has said.
1.55pm update: Just 38 fines issued for flouting face mask laws on public transport
Police have issued fewer than than 40 fines to people for not wearing an appropriate face covering on public transport, according to new figures.
Latest data from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows 38 notices were issued by police forces since the introduction of rules making face coverings mandatory in England from June 15 and in Wales from June 27.
Passengers in England and Wales caught not complying with the regulations risk being slapped with a £100 fine and removed from services.
Some 32 of the 38 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued by the British Transport Police (BTP), with four issued by West Midlands Police, and one each by Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies.
1.20pm update: Poland to shorten coronavirus quarantine period to 10 days
Poland is shortening its coronavirus quarantine period to 10 days from 14 days.
Health minister Adam Niedzielski said: “We will change the rules for quarantine and isolation… We would like to propose the shortening of quarantine to 10 days.”
Poland has recorded 64,689 cases and 2,010 deaths.
Police have issued fewer than than 40 fines to people for not wearing an appropriate face covering on public transport, according to new figures
12.35pm update: Huge outbreak of 166 infections linked to food plant in Scottish town
More people have been infected after an outbreak at a Scottish food processing plant.
There are now 166 positive cases linked to the 2 Sisters plant in Coupar Argus.
This marks a 10-strong increase in 24 hours.
Of the total, 146 are workers and 20 are people they have come into contact with.
12.30pm update: Scotland confirms 68 further coronavirus cases
The number of coronavirus cases in Scotland has risen by 68 to 20,056, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing.
No new deaths have been reported with the toll remaining at 2,494.
Some 75.5 percent of close contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus in England were reached through the Test and Trace system in the week ending August 19
11.50am update: Latest Test and Trace figures released
Some 75.5 percent of close contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus in England were reached through the Test and Trace system in the week ending August 19, according to new figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.
This is up from 71.6 percent in the previous week.
For cases handled by local health protection teams, 95.6 percent of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate in the week to August 19.
For those cases handled either online or by call centres, 61.6 percent of close contacts have been reached and asked to self-isolate.
11am update: French Government warns of intervention to contain coronavirus spread
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said the Government needs to intervene to contain the spread of the fresh coronavirus outbreak.
The country has faced a resurgence in cases since July, with an acceleration from mid-August.
The French Government is hoping to avoid a second nationwide lockdown.
France has faced a resurgence in cases since July, with an acceleration from mid-August
10.25am update: Philippines confirms 3,249 new coronavirus cases
The Philippines has reported 3,249 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 205,518.
The death toll has jumped by 97 to 3,234.
9.50am update: Hancock defends self-isolation payments
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the level of compensation payments for people who have to self-isolate.
He said the extra financial support for people on low incomes in lockdown areas required to self-isolate was “set at the level of statutory sick pay”.
Asked on BBC Breakfast if payments of £13 a day were enough, Mr Hancock said they were “in addition” to other benefits that people on low incomes receive.
When it was put to him that people self-isolating would be losing income from their jobs, Mr Hancock said: “Only in some cases, but absolutely we acknowledge that.
“It’s set at the level of statutory sick pay in order to make sure that people don’t lose out from doing the right thing.”
Indonesia has reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases with 2,719 new infections, taking the total to 162,884
9.20am update: Indonesia records biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases
Indonesia has reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases with 2,719 new infections, taking the total to 162,884.
A further 120 deaths were confirmed, bringing the toll to 7,064.
9am update: Health Secretary says people aged between 50 and 64 will get flu jab ‘if enough’
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Matt Hancock said: “The most important group to get the flu jab are those who are the most vulnerable if they get the flu.
“So we absolutely are targeting efforts at getting as many of the over-65s as possible, and those with underlying health conditions which mean that they really need the flu jab, in the first instance.
“We will then extend the pre-flu jab to the over-50s, so those between aged 50 and 64, if we have enough.”
UK coronavirus map as of August 26
8am update: Russia reports 4,711 new coronavirus cases
Russia has reported 4,711 new coronavirus cases, bringing its tally to 975,576.
The country’s death toll has risen by 121 to 16,804.
7.30am update: Hancock confirms payment scheme for self-isolation
People on low incomes who need to self-isolate in areas where there are high numbers of coronavirus cases will be able to claim a maximum of £182 from the Government, Matt Hancock has announced.
The Health Secretary has confirmed that as of September 1 people on Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit, who are required to self-isolate and are unable to work from home, in areas with high levels of coronavirus, will benefit from a new payment scheme.
(Additional reporting by Katie Harris)