What’s the TRUTH behind England’s second wave? Imperial report warns of 100,000 daily cases and says the outbreak is doubling every nine days — but Cambridge experts estimate the figures are 55,000 and 17 days

Northern areas with tighter restrictions – such as bans on socialising or tougher rules on travelling and going out to eat or drink – have seen their R rates fall because people do not come into contact with one another as much as they do in other areas. Although southern regions have higher R rates, […]

MeToo: Sacred Games’ Elnaaz Norouzi accuses Namaste England director Vipul Shah of sexual harassment

In a long account in published in Mid-Day, Elnaaz details how Vipul kept her in the running for a small role in his film for months without ever actually casting her. She says he took several auditions of her but kept postponing signing her up for the film. “I met him again in his office, […]

Daily Covid-19 cases rose by 50% last week in England and 1 in 100 people were infected a week ago, ONS estimates – but separate study claims outbreak is ‘steady’

The advisory panel predicted growth may be fastest in the South West, alongside the East of England, Midlands and South East, amid mounting evidence that the virus is no longer just causing havoc in the North. They also revealed infections may be spreading the slowest in the North West, where millions are living under the harshest Tier […]

Sadiq Khan says ministers ‘must act now’ and slams No10 for ignoring SAGE’s advice to adopt a ‘circuit breaker’ as data shows London’s R rate ‘is the worst in England’ and could be as high as 3

The study, which will likely be used to pile more pressure on No10 to impose a national lockdown, also estimated the virus’ reproduction ‘R’ rate was around 1.6 across England in the most recent week, compared to 1.16 in the previous round. Experts have repeatedly warned it is critical the reproduction rate stays below the […]

Is South Yorkshire in tier 3 lockdown? Covid rules for Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley

You can’t meet socially with anybody who is not part of your household, or support bubble, indoors Those outside the county should avoid entering it, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey People should try to avoid travelling outside South Yorkshire due to […]

Staying-in rule does not stop virus as people don’t obey it – but banning big public events works, experts say

“But do I think right now it is appropriate to insist on similar hard measures in, for example, south-west England or Kent, where levels of disease are really very, very much lower than in the North of England?

Coronavirus: pubs and restaurants across England to be forced to shut at 10pm

With cases doubling every week across the UK and a second wave expected to last up to six months, health officials had advised the government over the weekend to “move hard and fast”, according to a source. Meanwhile, the Treasury was concerned that many businesses had no buffer to withstand a significant new economic hit.

How Poland’s Strict New Abortion Ruling Could Be Mirrored Across the Globe

Esther Major, senior research adviser at Amnesty International, said: “This judgment is the result of a coordinated, systematic wave of attacks on women’s human rights by Polish lawmakers and represents their latest attempt to ban abortion in Poland. Legal prohibitions on abortion do not prevent abortion or reduce the rates of abortion – they serve […]

Tier 2 and 3 lockdown rules explained: Can I go to the pub, have friends over and go on holiday?

I live in Manchester – can I go and visit my sister in London? No. Manchester is now in the strictest level of lockdown – and all travel in and out of the area is strongly discouraged, unless it’s for some very important reasons.

Coronavirus: England has breached ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ for cases and hospital admissions, SAGE warns

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