In the last 24 hours, 1,041 cases were reported across the country taking the total to 325,642. A further six deaths were reported, taking overall toll to 41,429. Coronavirus has infected around one in five people in the UK with 80 percent of the population still at risk of the killer disease, a scientific advisor has warned. Professor Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), has warned coronavirus is going to be around “forever” even if a vaccine is found. Sir Mark said: “We know that less than one in five people in the country have been infected so 80 percent of the population are still susceptible to this virus.
“This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he added: “So, a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals.”
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, has admitted it is unlikely there will be an “effective and safe” treatment for coronavirus before the winter of 2021.
Coronavirus: Around one-in-five people have had the disease according to an expert
Coronavirus: Professor Chris Whitty has backed the re-opening of schools
Professor Whitty was speaking after the UK’s chief and deputy chief medical officers gave the go-ahead for schools to re-open in September.
He said while the risk to children of COVID-19 from returning to school was “not zero” the evidence that not going to school damages children in the long run was “overwhelming”.
In the past 24 hours, a further 1,288 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus and 18 others have died.
The total number of fatalities in the UK since the start of the pandemic now stands at 41,423.
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5.36pm update: Florida records over 600,000
Florida has recorded over 600,000 cases of coronavirus after a further 2,974 were reported today.
Although this constitutes a downward trend, the state has been one of the worst hit in the US.
4.30pm update: UK holiday watchlist could be expanded
Greece, Portugal and Turkey are at risk of being placed on the UK’s quarantine list.
Countries will be added if they surpass 20 cases per 100,000.
According to the European Centrew for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows Greece is currently on 14.2 cases per 100,000.
Portugal now stands at 13.9 while Turkey is registering 10.9.
4.22pm update: Sixty polcie officers forced to isolate
Sixty police officers have been forced to self-isolate in Northern Ireland after outbreaks at two separate stations.
Eight have been diagnosed with the virus while the rest are undergoing testing.
Antrim and Newtonabbey have been closed for deep cleaning.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “Yesterday we confirmed that eight of our officers had tested positive for Covid-19. This number has not increased.
“However, the number of officers who are currently self-isolating and undergoing testing for Covid-19 has increased from 51 yesterday to 60 officers today.
“While we hope to return frontline officers to their duties in the coming days, our officers’ health and welfare is of paramount importance and we will ensure they return to duty when it is safe to do so.”
4.06pm update: UK reports six deaths
The country’s death toll in all settings now stands at 41,429.
The number of cases also rose by 1,041 taking the total to 325,642 according to statistics from the Department for Health and Social Care.
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3.23pm update: EU Trade Commssioner apologises for attending society dinner
EU Trade Commissioner, Phil Hogan has apologised after attending a golf dinner which may have breached COVID-19 restrictions.
Mr Hogan said in a statement: “I acknowledge my actions have touched a nerve for the people of Ireland, something for which I am profoundly sorry.
“I realise fully the unnecessary stress, risk and offence caused to the people of Ireland by my attendance at such an event, at such a difficult time for all, and I am extremely sorry for this.”
Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin has called for the representative to consider his position.
3.16pm update: Philippines death total rises to 2,998
The Philippines recorded 2,378 new coronavirus infections on Sunday.
A further 32 people died taking the death toll to 2,998.
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Coronavirus: Global cases as of August 22
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2.40pm update: Coronavirus cases rise by 83 in Scotland
Scotland has recorded 83 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, with no new fatalities.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 19,811.
Police officers have shut down more than 70 illegal raves across the Midlands overnight, in addition to a party attended by more than 300 revellers in the north of England, as selfish Britons continue to flout coronavirus social distancing rules ahead of a major new crackdown.
Officers in Birmingham were deployed to more than 70 street and house parties on Saturday night, while police were targeted in Huddersfield after breaking up an illegal rave involving some 300 people.
12.45pm update: India passes three million coronavirus infections
India has passed three million coronavirus infections after 69,239 more people tested positive for the virus on Sunday.
It the fifth straight day more than 60,000 new cases have been reported.
12.00pm update: Coronavirus can survive on frozen food for three weeks – new study
Coronavirus can live on frozen food for as long as three weeks, a new groundbreaking study has suggested, sparking fears the global industry could provide another avenue to spread the killer disease.
Scientists found COVID-19 could survive on pieces of frozen meat and fish for up to 21 days following a study in Singapore.
In the preliminary study, pieces of chicken, pork and salmon was injected with the deadly virus.
Boris Johnson should not impose a second national lockdown despite the R rate of the deadly coronavirus soaring, according to a poll of Express.co.uk readers.
A poll – which ran from 6pm on August 22 to 10am on August 23 on Express.co.uk – asked, “Should Boris Johnson impose a second national lockdown as R rate surges?”
Out of 6,851 votes, 55 percent (3,831) argued the Prime Minister should not impose another national lockdown.
In the survey 42 percent (2,803) said a second lockdown should be imposed following the rise of cases while only three percent (217) said they didn’t know.
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson should not impose another national lockdown according to a poll
9.40am update: Italy rules out another lockdown despite a spike in cases
The Italian government has ruled out another national lockdown after coronavirus infections soared.
Italy recorded 1,071 new coronavirus infections on Saturday – exceeding 1,000 cases in a day for the first time since the Government eased its rigid lockdown measures in May.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said: “We will not have a new lockdown
“I am optimistic, although prudent. Our national health service has become much stronger.”
9.00am update: South Korea records highest daily cases since March – second wave fears mount
South Korea has reported its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since early March, sparking fears of a second wave of infections across East Asia.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 397 new infections as of midnight Saturday, up from the previous day’s total of 332
Since the start of the pandemic South Korea has recorded 17,399 cases with 309 deaths.
8.35am update: Professor Whitty plays down trade-off between pubs and schools
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, says the Government will continue to target lockdown lockdowns and downplayed a trade-off between pubs and schools.
When asked about closing pubs or restaurants to keep schools open Professor Whitty said: “The aim is, as far as possible, to do things locally so that if the surge in transmission at any points in a local area.
“We try and keep the other actions to the local area and tailor those as best as we can to what is driving the increase in those areas.
“If it was shops in a particular area we would need to look at shops, if it was hospitality, we would need to look at hospitality.”
8.10am update: Professor Whitty says risk to children ‘incredibly small’
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, has said the risk of children catching coronavirus is “not zero” but are “incredibly small” ahead of the re-opening of schools next month.
Professor Whitty said: “So the reason that is important to lay out is the chances of children catching Covid and then getting long-term serious problems as a result of it, solely due to going to school are incredibly small.
“They’re not zero, but they’re incredibly small.
“The chances of many children being damaged by not going to school are incredibly clear and therefore the balance of risk is very strongly in favour of children going to school because many more are likely to be harmed by not going than harmed by going, even during this pandemic.”