Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead

Top story: 86% of doctors fear second wave Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories to start your week. Police chiefs have urged people in England to abide by the new “rule of six” guidelines on social gatherings after people made the most of the last weekend before the restrictions come into force today. Despite increasing alarm about the spread of coronavirus among young people especially, police were forced to break up parties throughout the country. In Nottinghamshire, a teenager faces a £10,000 fine after hosting a party at his house with dozens of guests. Martin Hewitt, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said everyone had to do their bit to fight coronavirus and that the public had to take “personal responsibility” as demand for officers to enforce the rules increased. The new rules are being introduced in a bid to prevent a second wave of the virus, but a poll by the BMA has found that almost 86% of doctors in England say they expect a second peak of coronavirus in the next six months. New cases are running at their highest rate since May. Doctors have condemned the NHS test-and-trace system as… Read full this story

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