Under a new three-tier system, English cities will be subject to lockdown measures corresponding with the severity of covid-19 outbreaks in their areas

More than half of England – 28 million people – has been placed under heightened coronavirus restrictions.

It comes as Sir John Bell, a member of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, called for a circuit breaker and said the situation in the country was “pretty grave”.

Pubs in Lancashire that are not restaurants were closed on Saturday, as it joined the Liverpool region in the tier 3 restrictions.

Meanwhile, people in London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield are no longer allowed to mix inside with those from other households, including in pubs and restaurants.


Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers joins lockdown rule-breaking revellers in central London

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother joined revellers and protesters in central London on Friday as police were forced to break up big groups breaking new lockdown rules, and hours before the capital entered the “high” Tier 2 category.

Large crowds gathered around bars and restaurants in Soho last night after the 10pm closing time as officers were forced to break-up the groups not adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

Liam Coleman has the story:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:31


Netherlands reports new record for daily cases

The Netherlands hit a new record for daily coronavirus cases, with more than 8,000 infections in the past 24 hours, data released on Saturday showed.

The number of confirmed cases climbed 8,114, according to daily figures compiled by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM).

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:00


There have been a further 674 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 34,679.

Public Health Wales said five further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,708.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 15:36


Fears of coronavirus outbreak after asylum seeker catches Covid at ‘unsanitary’ barracks

An asylum seeker who is one of 400 currently being housed at a former army barracks is reported to have contracted coronavirus after repeated complaints about unsanitary conditions.

Charity workers helping out at Napier Barracks near Folkestone, in Kent, now fear a mass outbreak amid the crowded conditions there.

Colin Drury has the full story:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 15:14


England hospital deaths increase by 86

A further 86 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,910, NHS England said on Saturday.

Patients were aged between 44 and 99. All but two patients, aged 62 and 79, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between 16 September and 16 October.

Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 14:51


Father felt Boris Johnson discarded question as ‘nonsense’ after asking if he could visit son under new lockdown rules

A father who asked Boris Johnson if he would be able to travel to see his six-year-old son under new lockdown rules has said he felt the prime minister discarded his question as “nonsense”.  

 Liam Coleman has more details:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 14:29


Austria reports record number of daily infections

Austria has reported 1,747 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a new record for the country.

The daily count this month has repeatedly exceeded the peak of 1,050 reached in March during the first wave of infections.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 14:01


Survival rate of intensive care patients improving, data suggests

As hospitalisations and intensive care admissions surge around the country, new figures indicate coronavirus patients in critical care have a better survival rate now than when the pandemic first began.

My colleague Daisy Lester has more details:  

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 13:48


Coronavirus case confirmed in Pope’s Vatican residence

A man living in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for Covid-19 and gone into isolation, the Vatican said on Saturday.

The man, who was not identified and did not have symptoms of the illness, left the Santa Marta residence and went into isolation along with others with whom he had had direct contact, a statement said.

Someone else living in the residence – which has about 130 rooms and suites – tested positive for the coronavirus when the pandemic hit Italy in March.

Pope Francis, who had part of one lung removed during an illness when he was a young man in his native Argentina, is tested regularly for Covid-19.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 13:26


Slovakia records second-highest daily coronavirus cases

Slovakia registered its second-highest daily toll of new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the Health Ministry said.

Eleven people also died from the disease on Friday, the highest number of fatalities reported in a 24-hour period, the ministry said on Saturday. Six more deaths took place on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll to 88.

The country of 5.5 million people came through the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic with one of Europe’s lowest infection rates, but the number of cases has jumped this month.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 12:55


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