In data released by the Department of Health today there have been a further 1,009 positive COVID-19 tests. The Government’s scientific advisers have warned that positive cases must be kept below 1,000 in order for the virus to be under control.
Today is now the third day in a row the number of positive cases has been higher than the target threshold, suggesting cases are on the rise rather an a single 24 hour anomaly.
However, despite the increase, Professor Karol Sikora who used to work for the World Health Organisation has warned against panic.
He said: “Cases are ticking up, yet other indicators are not showing signs for alarm.
“There are 583 coronavirus patients in hospital in England, a week ago that was 727. Hospital admissions look stable.
“Caution, not panic is required.”
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It brings the total number of deaths to in the country to 46,706.
Meanwhile, the total number of people who have tested positve for COVID-19 in Britain now stands at 313,798.
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Spain’s health ministry reported 1,690 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours which has increased from 1,418 reported on Tuesday.
The new figure has excluded Madrid who did not provide data due to technical difficulties.
The total number of cases in Spain is 329,784.
The Government recalculation is based on a new definition of who has died from COVID-19 in England.
This brings England’s measures in line with other UK nations.
It comes as the Department of Health and Social Care said the change came following an agreement to publish the number of deaths that have occurred within 28 days of the person testing positive for COVID-19.
Before, deaths were reported as coronavirus related for anyone who had died following a positive COVID-19 test at any point.
The DHSC said a new set of figures showing the number of deaths that occur within 60 days of a positive COVID-19 test will be published in England.
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10pm update: Brazil’s deaths surpass 100,000
Brazil has recorded a staggering 55,155 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,175 deaths, the health ministry said.
Brazil now has 3,164,785 confirmed cases and 104,201 deaths.
Brazil’s death toll surpasses 100,000
9.55pm update: Nicola Sturgeon faces calls to resign after exam blunder
Nicola Sturgeon has been ordered to resign, following an Express.co.uk poll, after making an embarrassing U-turn yesterday when the SNP government announced they would reinstate more than 120,000 Scottish exam grades.
Following days of protests by teachers and pupils over last week’s exam results, Scotland’s Education Secretary issued an emergency statement.
A row erupted after the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) downgraded 124,000 exam results.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, exams were scrapped and the SQA were tasked with issuing out grades to school pupils.
While handing out grades based on recommendations by teachers, the SQA amended 133,000 entries, with around seven percent adjusted upwards.
9.40pm update: NFL players to have daily COVID-19 tests
Ahead of the season which kicks off next month, the players’ union has announced plans for daily coronavirus tests.
More than 60 players have opted out of playing this season, according to media reports, amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
Dozens of players have tested positive for COVID-19 since training camps opened for rookies on July 21.
8.40pm update: France reports daily record for new cases
France’s total of cases now stands at 206,696 and the seven-day moving average of new infections increased to 1,810, the highest level since April 24, when the epidemic was in full swing and France under strict lockdown.
Despite the spike in infections, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 continued to fall and was down by 121 to 4,891, the first time it fell below 5,000 since March 19. It had set a high of 32,292 on April 14.
France reports new daily record of cases
One more death has been recorded from Covid-19 in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team said.
Another 40 additional coronavirus cases were also confirmed.
6.20pm update: Government death toll in care homes reduced in new calculation of figures
The Department of Health and Social Care has reduced the coronavirus death toll by more than 5,000 following a review of how figures are calculated.
Officials said as of Wednesday August 12 the number of all deaths in patients testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK within 28 days was 41,329.
Earlier Government figures said 46,706 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, as of 5pm on Tuesday.
The DHSC said the change came after the UK Government and devolved administrations agreed to publish the number of deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive lab-confirmed Covid test result each day.
Previously deaths were included for anyone who had died following a positive coronavirus test at any point.
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4.45pm update: Scotland unveils plan to keep schools open despite COVID-19
Teachers and school staff will be able to book coronavirus tests even if they are not showing symptoms of the disease, John Swinney has said.
The Scottish Education Secretary said the change is one of several measures designed to reassure teachers as full-time education resumes.
It comes after a survey for the EIS union found less than a fifth of teachers were confident schools could reopen safely.
As well as on-demand testing for education workers, Mr Swinney said “surveillance” testing will be carried out among samples of pupils and staff to monitor the prevalence of the virus.
Dr Martens is to pay back furlough funds to the Government as sales continued to grow in recent months despite the closing of stores in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The boss of the boot retailer said it was “morally right” to return the funds it claimed after furloughing staff at its UK stores and manufacturing site.
Kenny Wilson, chief executive officer of the brand, said the company made the decision as strong demand for online sales kept the company in growth for the period since the start of April.
He told the PA news agency: “We made sure we would have significant liquidity and could pay everyone, so when we saw positive sales continue we knew we had to repay that.
“So far this financial year, we have maintained growth as e-commerce has offset losses elsewhere.
“Our strategy has been digital first and that obviously put us in a strong position to deal with closures.”
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Chinese officials have said a woman who recovered from coronavirus has tested positive for the deadly virus a second time, sparking fears of a second wave.
The 68-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus six months after first testing positive for the disease.
She first contracted the illness in February and received a second positive test result on August 9.
Officials are urging people not to panic.
She is now under quarantine and undergoing treatment in Jingzhou, a city in central China.
Nicola Sturgeon has said there have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland in the past 24 hours.
Scotland’s death toll currently stands at 2,491.
The First Minister said 19,126 people have tested positive for the virus, up by 47.
Early on in the pandemic, there was controversy over the use of ibuprofen after a French health minister advised against it.
The comments prompted scientists in the UK to launch a review to assess if there was any truth in the claims.
The Commission on Human Medicines’ expert working group concluded: “There is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen and susceptibility to contracting Covid-19 or the worsening of its symptoms.”
But a new study, which examined data from eight British hospitals at the height of the pandemic, found that the regular use of painkillers including ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac did not increase the risk of death from the disease.
Their study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, examined information on 1,200 patients and found no clear evidence that routine use of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with higher Covid-19 mortality.
Rishi Sunak has sought to reassure the public after news the UK has entered a recession
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12.53pm update: Keir Starmer accuses Government of incompetence over exam results decision
Speaking in Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, where he has been meeting teachers to discuss school reopening plans, the Labour leader said: “This is complete fiasco. It was obvious that this was going to be difficult but it’s been weeks or months in the coming.
“To have an 11th-hour decision that’s caused widespread chaos amongst teachers I have been speaking to, families and young people – it smacks of incompetence.
“It’s shambolic. It’s hours to go before the results. The problem is obvious and it’s been sitting there for weeks or months.”
Official data from Public Health England shows the infection rate among children aged five and under has jumped by 40 percent since the week ending July 5 – the highest rise since the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in early April.
The data also shows infection rates are rising across all age groups below pension age.
Despite the Surge, cases among under-fives are still relatively low, with 3.8 youngsters per 100,000 being diagnosed per week compared to 2.7 at the start of July.
For the 15-44 age bracket the rate of infection increased by 35 percent in the same period.
Public Health England data shows that, in that age group, 11.9 people per 100,000 population caught coronavirus in the week ending August 2, compared to 8.8 per 100,000 five weeks ago.
11.33am update: Reports of 540 house parties in Greater Manchester last weekend
Greater Manchester police (GMP) says it received 1,106 reports of COVID-19 breaches last weekend — a 25 percent increase on the previous weekend.
The force received 540 reports of house gatherings and parties and 48 reports of licensed premises breaching the restrictions between Friday 7 and Sunday 9 August.
New legislation give police powers to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to those who continue to blatantly breach the coronavirus legislation.
Officers attended 40 of these reports which led to 10 arrests and 11 FPNs being issued.
The UK has entered its deepest recession since records began
10.52am update: Scotland POLL: Should Nicola Sturgeon resign after embarrassing U-turn?
Nicola Sturgeon made an embarrassing u-turn yesterday when her SNP Government announced they would reinstate more than 120,000 Scottish exam grades.
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Manchester Crown Court is to remain closed this week, even though a deep clean of the premises has already taken place.
All urgent work has been moved across the city to Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Details of the six employees have been passed to NHS Test and Trace.
The building closed on Thursday morning after a worker tested positive for the virus.
Five more staff members later tested positive for the disease.
9.42am update: School’s minister defends exam results u-turn
School’s minister Nick Gibb defended the government’s eleventh hour decision to allow A-level and GCSE students in England to use their mock exam results.
He told BBC Breakfast: “No, there’s no confusion. We’ve been clear from the very beginning.”
He added: “We apologise to nobody for finding solutions, even at the eleventh hour, to stop any student being disadvantaged from this system.”
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8.53am update: Chancellor responds to today’s bleak economic figures
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has responded to the news that Britain has entered its deepest recession since records began.
He said: “I’ve said before that hard times were ahead, and today’s figures confirm that hard times are here.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their jobs, and sadly in the coming months many more will.
“But while there are difficult choices to be made ahead, we will get through this, and I can assure people that nobody will be left without hope or opportunity.”
8.16am update: UK economy officially enters recession
The UK economy is officially in recession for the first time since the financial crisis ten years ago.
GDP fell by a record 20.4 percent between April and June as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses.
7.54am update: Government makes last minute changes to GCSE and A-Level exams
Students will be able to keep their mock GCSE and A Level exam results if they are better than their moderated grades, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.
It comes after this year’s summer exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Teachers were told to submit the grades they thought each student would have received if they had sat the papers.
Exam boards then moderate the grades to ensure this year’s results are not significantly higher than previous years.
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