The Government is considering introducing a complete lockdown in Oldham, a town in Greater Manchester, as coronavirus infections continue to soar. The new measures could see pubs, restaurants and gyms close again.
New lockdown restrictions are already in place in Oldham, with people prohibited from meeting other households indoors.
But the measures are feared to not go far enough, as infections continue to soar.
Ministers have been consulting with the local council about potential new restrictions, with an announcement expected later today.
Katrina Stephens, the director of public health for Oldham Council, said a full lockdown could take place in “days rather than weeks” unless people adhered to the rules.
Boris Johnson is mulling over a return to full lockdown in a major UK town
Infections continue to rise in Oldham, which now has the highest seven-day coronavirus infection rate in the country, with 108.8 cases per 100,000 people.
The council said 255 new cases were recorded in the week ended August 8, compared with 137 cases the week before.
Most cases in the past four weeks have been diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s.
The majority of new cases have been women in their 20s (66 people), followed by men in the same age bracket (52 people).
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3.41 update: New Zealand reports seven new cases amid Auckland lockdown
New Zealand has reported seven new cases of COVID-19, after reporting 13 new cases yesterday.
The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has put capital city Auckland into lockdown in an effort to contain the virus.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said all but one of the new cases were linked to one particular cluster, Reuters reports.
Yesterday, it was reported the source of the outbreak cluster is unknown. In June, Ms Ardern announced there were no longer any active cases in New Zealand after the country went into lockdown on March 25.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The country recorded seven new cases of coronavirus today
1.11am update: Japan continues to restrict large crowd numbers as Tokyo records highest new cases in week
Japan will continue to restrict crowd numbers at large events as the nation’s capital yesterday recorded its largest amount of new cases in around a week, Japanese national newspaper The Mainichi said.
Government officials said yesterday crowds at spectator events such as sports games or concerns will have to be limited to 5,000.
This number was increased from the previous figure of 1,000 in July.
The country’s capital, Toyko, reported 389 new cases of coronavirus on Friday.
In total, Japan has recorded 52,217 cases of coronavirus and 1,073 deaths, according to its Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
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9.45pm update: Number of abandoned dogs in Spain soars by 25% after lockdown
The number of dogs being abandoned has soared in Spain since the coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
There has been a 25 percent spike in pooches being dumped in Spain after restrictions were eased, according to research by the Royal Canine Society of Spain.
The charity said there was a jump in demand for puppies when the lockdown was ordered in March but since the measures have been relaxed the number of dogs being abandoned has increased.
This is due to financial pressures and people being unable to cope with the responsibility of owning a pet, the charity said.
9pm update: Businesses delighted to reopen in latest lockdown easing
Businesses have said they are “delighted” to be reopening as part of the latest lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.
Theatres, casinos and bowling alleys have the green light to reopen, socially distanced audiences will be allowed into indoor venues, wedding receptions of up to 30 people can go ahead, and tattoo studios, beauty salons, spas and hairdressers will all be able to offer additional services.
Alice Bellamy, who runs specialist laser hair removal studio Woman to Woman & The Male Perspective Ltd, said: “I am indeed delighted.
“One day’s notice is not amazing but it’s typical of the total ineptitude of this Government and its handling of this pandemic.
“But I am overjoyed and so are my clients, my phone has been hot, hot, hot.
“I have booked in a facial treatment tomorrow morning already and I have got lots more coming in the next week that I couldn’t do previously.”
A household meeting ban in parts of northern England will remain in place as the latest evidence shows no decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the Department of Health
8.10pm update: Ireland confirms 67 further coronavirus cases
Another 67 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ireland, the acting chief medical officer has said.
Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We have seen cases rising all across the country this week.
“We must continue to do all we can to avoid a return to where we were in March and April.
“We have also seen an increase in the average number of contacts for confirmed cases up to six.
“It is crucial to keep your social contacts low to limit the spread of this disease.
“Social distancing applies to all age groups – wherever you are this weekend, keep your distance.”
No new deaths were recorded.
7.40pm update: US reports 52,799 new coronavirus cases
The US has reported 5,228,817 coronavirus cases, an increase of 52,799 in the last 24 hours.
The death toll has risen by 1,169 to 166,317.
7.15pm update: Household meeting ban to stay in place for parts of northern England
A household meeting ban in parts of northern England will remain in place as the latest evidence shows no decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the Department of Health.
Households in areas of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester cannot mix indoors unless they are in a support bubble and there are limits on numbers meeting outside.
Venues including casinos, bowling alleys and conference halls across England reopen on Saturday in the latest easing of the lockdown but they will have to stay closed in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire or Leicester.
France has reported a further 2,846 coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths
6.50pm update: Local coronavirus measures could cause divisions, experts warn
Local measures to combat the spread of coronavirus could cause divisions across the country, scientific advisers have warned.
Local restrictions could undermine the “we are all in this together” spirit of the national lockdown, according to a paper considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in July.
Behavioural scientists warn that this could lead to feelings of “isolation, fear, anger, stigmatisation and shame” for those in the affected area.
The paper by the Independent Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), which provides behavioural science advice to Sage, warns against using the term “local lockdown” as it implies punishment of that area.
6pm update: Coronavirus cases in France jump by 2,846
France has reported a further 2,846 coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths.
5.10pm update: Professor urges testing to reduce 14-day quarantine
Professor Karol Sikora has urged for coronavirus testing to reduce the 14-day quarantine for people returning from abroad.
The CMO of Rutherford Health, who has gathered hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers during the pandemic, tweeted: “I’m sure the thousands returning to two weeks of total quarantine will be wondering why the spare testing capacity can’t be used to help reduce that.
“Test on arrival, and then some time after to be sure. Even at a cost.
“Why not? The capacity is there, it’s silly not to use it.”
The reproduction number, referred to as R, for the UK as a whole remains unchanged from last week and is between 0.8 and 1, latest figures show
4.30pm update: UK confirms 1,441 new coronavirus cases
The UK has reported a further 1,441 coronavirus cases in the largest increase since June 14, taking the total number of confirmed infections to 316,367.
The death toll has risen by 11 to 41,358.
4pm update: R number for UK between 0.8 and 1
The reproduction number, referred to as R, for the UK as a whole remains unchanged from last week and is between 0.8 and 1, latest figures show.
Data published by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has also revealed the growth rate of coronavirus transmission is between minus 4 percent and minus 1 percent, changing from between minus 5 percent and zero last week.
The growth rate reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day, as a way of keeping track of the virus.
In England, the R is between 0.8 and 1, but Sage has indicated it is not confident that R is currently below one in the country.
The R number represents the number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.
3.20pm update: Northern Ireland coronavirus death toll rises by one
Northern Ireland has recorded one new coronavirus death taking the toll to 558.
A further 74 people have tested positive for the virus bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 6,299.
3.15pm update: Wales reports 18 new coronavirus cases
The number of coronavirus cases in Wales has risen by 18 to 17,516.
There have been no further deaths will the toll remaining at 1,586.
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2.33pm update: England’s hospital deaths rise by eight
A further eight people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,452, NHS England said.
One other death was reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
1.40pm update: Local restrictions in north of England and Leicester to remain in place
The Government has said the local lockdown restrictions in North West England will remain in place.
The rules, introduced two weeks ago, prevent households from meeting indoors.
Health minister Edward Argar said: “I’d like to thank everyone in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester for their continued patience in following these vital rules put in place to tackle the spread of the disease – I know it hasn’t been easy.
“We will review the measures again next week as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring of the latest data.
“It is essential we all remain vigilant and I urge everyone in these areas to continue to follow the rules – wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”
1.02pm update: Spain to tighten lockdown restrictions
Spain’s health minister says restaurants and bars will have to close by 1am to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
Boris Johnson speaks to paramedic during a visit to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HQ
12.25pm update: Stay away! SNP voters demand English be BANNED from crossing border to Scotland
SNP voters have demanded English tourists be banned from crossing the border to Scotland, a shock new poll has revealed, as coronavirus travel and quarantine rules continue to be tightened.
A YouGov poll of 1,134 Scottish people found more than half (54 percent) of SNP voters don’t want English tourists to be able to cross the border.
This compares with just over a third (37 percent) Scottish Labour supporters and 19 percent of those who voted for the Scottish Conservatives in last December’s general election.
Just over half (52 percent) of Scots who voted “Yes” in the 2014 independence referendum also oppose letting in English tourists without entering a period of quarantine, while 55 percent of “No” voters support allowing English tourists into Scotland.
Overall, 47 percent of people quizzed in the poll supported English tourists being able to enter the country without a period of isolation.
More than a third (34 percent) of SNP voters support the current system of allowing English voters to cross the border without requiring them to quarantine, as opposed to 49 percent of Labour voters and 65 percent of Tory voters.
The poll was carried out as Scottish independence supporters stepped up their campaign for the country to split from the rest of the UK, with a protest at the border demanding people from England be banned from entering or to impose a mandatory quarantine period.
11.48am update: Cases surging in Yorkshire town of Halifax
The borough of Calderdale is experiencing the fastest rise in infection rates across Yorkshire, according to its Public Director of Health, Debs Harkins.
She said areas around the market town of Halifax now have infection rates higher than key hotspots such as Leicester, Blackburn and Darwen and Luton.
Debs Harkins has now appealed to the people of Calderdale to in a desperate bid to get help from residents to bring the rate back down again.
Yorkshire was placed back on lockdown two weeks ago, when the Government banned two households from meeting indoors.
11.07am update: Worldwide coronavirus cases near 21million
More than 20.98 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 759,020 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Oldham could go into a complete lockdown
10.12am update: France threatens reciprocal measures
France has warned it will impose “reciprocal” measures after the UK government removed the country from its list of destinations exempt from quarantine restrictions.
Clement Beaune, France’s secretary of state for European affairs, described the quarantine announcement as “a British decision which we regret and which will lead to reciprocal measures, all in hoping for a return for normal as soon as possible.”
9.37am update: British tourists charged hundreds of pounds to return home
British holidaymakers in France are being charged hundreds of pounds to return home before quarantine restrictions are imposed.
Air fares are more than six times higher than normal for flights from Paris to London on Friday, with the cheapest British Airways tickets being sold for £452.
The lowest priced Eurostar tickets available on Friday morning are £210.
8.50am update: Russia reports more than 5,000 new cases
Russia reported 5,065 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing its nationwide tally to 912,823 – the fourth highest caseload in the world.
The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 114 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing its official death toll to 15,498.
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8.22am update: Government hikes up fines for breaking lockdown rules
People who repeatedly flout rules on wearing face coverings could be fined up to £3,200 under tough new rules for England.
Failing to wear a mask in places like shops and on public transport carries a fine of £100 at present, which is reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks.
But under new measures in “the coming weeks”, repeat offenders will see their fine double on each repeat offence – with a maximum penalty of £3,200.
Fines have also been increased for people hosting raves or other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people.
People caught flouting these rules can be hit with a £10,000 fine.
8.01am update: Coronavirus BREAKTHROUGH: UK secures early access to 90 million doses of vaccine candidate
The UK has secured early access to 90 million doses of two promising coronavirus vaccine candidates, boosting hopes of a weapon in the fight against the pandemic.
Potential vaccine Novavax will complete its Phase 3 clinical trial in the UK. If the vaccines are proven to be safe and effective they could be delivered to the UK by the middle of next year.
There are now plans to manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK and gain access to 60 million doses.
The UK will also co-fund a global clinical trial with the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson which will account for the other 30 million doses.
7.51am update: France designates Paris ‘coronavirus RED ZONE’ as crisis erupts
Paris and Bouches-du-Rhone area in France have been put on lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to surge.
The French government has declared the city and the area around Marseille on the Mediterranean coast as “red” zones with a high coronavirus infection risk.
The decree gives local authorities the power to limit the circulation of people and vehicles, to restrict the access to public transport and air travel, to limit the access to public buildings and to close some establishments where there is a high risk of infection.
It comes as the latest data shows over the past week there has been a 66 percent increase in newly reported cases and a 52 percent rise in weekly incidence rate per 100,000 population, indicating a sharp rise in COVID-19.
Additional reporting by Emily Ferguson.
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