UK coronavirus LIVE: Face mask rules 'won't apply to shop staff' amid second wave warnings of winter deaths

UK coronavirus LIVE: Face mask rules 'won't apply to shop staff' amid second wave warnings of winter deaths
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has hinted that more face mask rules will be introduced “in chunks” as a row erupts over the latest measures.

Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne told Mr Hancock on Tuesday that face coverings are a “monstrous imposition”. He said: “Nothing would make me less likely to go shopping than the thought of having to mask up.”

It comes after the Government announced that people must have their nose and mouth covered when going shopping or risk a £100 fine from July 24. The move follows a weekend of confusion over whether ministers intended to make face coverings compulsory after Boris Johnson said they were looking at “stricter” rules.

Meanwhile, scientists have warned there could be 120,000 hospital deaths this winter from Covid-19 in a “reasonable worst-case scenario”. The new report from 37 scientists and academics says action must be taken now to mitigate the potential for a second peak, warning that the R rate could rise to 1.7 from September.

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2020-07-15T00:12:18.266Z

5,000 fewer heart attack hospital admissions due to coronavirus

There were around 5,000 fewer hospital admissions with heart attacks in England by the end of May than would be expected, research has found.

This suggests that thousands of people missed out on potentially life-saving treatment because of the coronavirus outbreak, a study indicated.


2020-07-14T23:03:42.660Z

McDonald’s begins reopening for dine-in customers in safety trial

McDonald’s has announced it has reopened four of its restaurants for dine-in customers across the UK and Ireland to test safety procedures.

The fast food giant said the move will see restaurants reopen with table service only, reducing capacity by as much as 70 per cent to enable social distancing.

Hand-sanitising stations, floor markings and Perspex screens will be in restaurants with increased cleaning at ‘touchpoints’ and seating areas.


2020-07-14T21:42:50.410Z

The Times is leading with the threat of homes tax to pay for the pandemic:


2020-07-14T21:29:18.993Z

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Banksy Tube carriage art removed for violating anti-graffiti policy

Banksy’s new artwork in a London Underground train carriage has been removed by Transport for London as it violated its anti-graffiti policy.

The graffiti artist uploaded video captioned “If you don’t mask – you don’t get” to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday afternoon. Footage showed Banksy spray painting stencils of his famous rats inside a Circle Line train for the artwork, which also referenced the Covid-19 lockdown.


2020-07-14T21:03:53.733Z

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2020-07-14T20:52:42.310Z

The aircraft maker has been hit hard by the pandemic:

Boeing sells just one plane in June amid crisis in aviation

Boeing sold just one plane last month as the global aviation industry continues to face a widespread crisis prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Chicago-based aircraft maker reported that customers cancelled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June. But it also removed another 123 planes from its backlog over doubts that the deals would be completed. Meanwhile, the slump in aircraft sales extends across the Atlantic.


2020-07-14T20:24:19.940Z

Here’s a look at the coronavirus headlines on tomorrow’s FT frontpage:


2020-07-14T20:04:52.813Z

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Michigan officer shoots man dead after mask dispute leads to stabbing

A US police officer fatally shot a man after a dispute with another man over not wearing a face mask.

Michigan’s sheriff’s deputy shot the man dead on Tuesday in Eaton County, southwest of Lansing, state police lieutenant Brian Olesky said. The man was suspected of having stabbed a pensioner who had challenged him about not wearing a face mask at a convenience store, police said. 


2020-07-14T20:00:18.950Z

Boeing sells just one plane in June amid crisis in aviation

Boeing reported that customers cancelled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June, and the aircraft maker removed another 123 planes from its backlog because of doubts that the deals will be completed.

The slump in aircraft sales extends across the Atlantic.

European rival Airbus reported no new orders in June.

Chicago-based Boeing, a leading US exporter, was struggling before the pandemic hit because of the grounding of the Max, once its best-selling plane, after two deadly crashes.

Coronavirus has compounded the company’s problems by causing a deep slump in air travel that has left airlines around the world with too many planes, not a need for more.

American Airlines is demanding that Boeing help it find financing for 17 Max jets that the airline expected to receive at least a year ago.

Last month, Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that it plans to cancel its remaining order for 92 of the planes, saying that it had not settled with Boeing over compensation for the grounding of its current Max jets.

Boeing’s lone sale last month was a cargo jet ordered by FedEx.

That compared with nine orders a year ago and 158 in June 2018.

So far this year, Boeing has recorded 59 new orders.

That figure is dwarfed, however, by 382 cancellations, most of them abandoned orders for the Max, and the downgrading of 323 other orders because of uncertainty about the deals going through.

The company’s backlog of unfilled orders for passenger planes fell to 4,552, including 3,595 for 737s, a figure which includes both the Max and an older version of the plane called the NG.

Boeing Co delivered 10 planes in June, compared with 37 a year earlier.

Chief financial officer Greg Smith said Boeing’s defence and other businesses “will continue to provide some stability as we navigate through the pandemic and rebuild stronger on the other side”.

Airbus was shut out for new orders, but the European plane maker said it delivered 36 passenger jets in June, including 31 of its A320neo jets, which compete with the Max.

Airbus said it ended June with a backlog of 7,584 planes.


2020-07-14T17:22:07.823Z

As Boris Johnson makes them compulsory in shops — with the threat of a fine —  Lizzie Edmonds charts the timeline of the world’s confused response, from when the disease first took a grip to today’s measures

Maskopedia 2020: a year of denial, U-turns, and Covid controversy

As Covid-19 begins to spread across the world, the British Government holds its first Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) meeting to discuss the impending pandemic on January 22.

Minutes from the meeting show no mention of face coverings or masks, despite them already being commonplace elsewhere around the world.


2020-07-14T17:20:59.343Z

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Blackburn enforces extra lockdown measures after rise in virus cases

Extra lockdown measures have been announced in Blackburn with Darwen after a rise in coronavirus cases.

The Lancashire authority’s director of public health Dominic Harrison announced on Tuesday that new measures would need to be followed for the next month with the aim of avoiding a local lockdown.

The restrictions include a limit of two people from the same household allowed to visit another home.


2020-07-14T17:20:27.673Z

A fluffy ginger tail interrupted an MP as he spoke at a parliamentary meeting over Zoom. 


2020-07-14T17:19:02.416Z

The Health Secretary said police have formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.

Hancock: Shop staff should call police if customers won’t wear mask

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said shop workers should call the police if customers refuse to wear a face mask.

Mr Hancock told the Commons face coverings can help to protect shop assistants and restore the confidence of shoppers.

However, he said those who do not have a valid reason not to wear a face mask should be expelled from shops.


2020-07-14T17:15:13.333Z

A Squirrel has tested positive for plague

Squirrel ‘tests positive for plague for first time in US history’

A squirrel has tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado, a health body has revealed.  It is the first time in US history that the rodent has been known to have the disease, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) said. 

The plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and can be contracted by humans and household animals if proper precautions are not taken.


2020-07-14T17:14:31.246Z

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The Football Association has revealed one person returned a positive result in its latest round of coronavirus testing covering the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.

A total of 802 tests were carried out on players and club staff between July 2 and July 11 inclusive.

A brief FA statement via its official Twitter feed read: “Between 2 July and 11 July inclusive, 802 tests were carried out for Covid-19 across the @BarclaysFAWSL and @FAWC. Of these, one has returned positive.”


2020-07-14T16:42:29.846Z

Mr Harrison said:

These steps will help and we are appealing to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to protect themselves and their loved ones.

If we don’t, a local lockdown, like in Leicester, becomes a very real possibility.

The council is working with the NHS and the wider community on this, it’s up to us all to help each other stick to the advice that’s been given.

We can only avoid further lockdown measures if we work together.

In the next week to 10 days, we will see a rise in the number of cases in the borough due to the increased targeted testing we are doing in communities most at risk, and because we have opened a Pillar 2 testing site next to the hospital last week.

In another two weeks, if the rates are continuing to rise, we will have to consider reversing some of the national lockdown lifting measures locally one by one until we see a reversal in the current rising trend.

It’s up to everyone to make sure we don’t have to do that.

Seventy new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the local authority in the seven days to July 11, up from 47 in the previous seven days.

Council leader Mohammed Khan said:

I can reassure all local residents that the council is working with different agencies and organisations across the borough to help get the message out to everyone that life cannot go back to normal just yet, and we must all make sacrifices to avoid a local lockdown.

We are doing everything we can to get a grip on the virus, and we need everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to pull together to help us.

Please continue to do your bit to stick to the rules to protect yourself and your family.


2020-07-14T16:32:03.806Z

Extra measures including a limit on the number of people allowed to visit a household have been announced in Blackburn with Darwen after a rise in coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday, the Lancashire authority’s director of public health Dominic Harrison announced the new measures to be followed for the next month with the aim of avoiding a local lockdown.

The restrictions include a limit of two people from the same household allowed to visit another home.

Figures published on Tuesday showed Blackburn had 47 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 11, up from 31.6 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to July 4.

The authority is third on the list of highest weekly rates, behind Leicester, which has a rate of 118.2 cases per 100,000 and is subject to a local lockdown, and nearby Pendle, with a rate of 76.6.

Mr Harrison said, if rates were continuing to rise in a few weeks, the council would consider reimposing some lockdown restrictions.

Residents are being told to wear cloth face coverings in all enclosed public spaces, including workplaces, libraries, museums, health centres and hair and beauty salons.

Mr Harrison also called for people only to bump elbows with anyone outside of their immediate family, instead of shaking hands or hugging, and said public protection advice for small shops was being stepped up to ensure measures including social distancing and increased ventilation were being followed.

Targeted testing is taking place in the borough, with a mobile testing unit at Witton Park Academy as well as a facility at Royal Blackburn Hospital, and residents have been told they do not need to have symptoms to be tested.


2020-07-14T16:30:36.200Z

Here’s the latest episode of The Leader podcast:

Podcast: Why no face mask for Gove?

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s daily podcast, The Leader, bringing you exclusive analysis and insight of the events setting the news agenda tonight.

The Leader is inspired by each evening’s Evening Standard’s editorial column, as it focusses on and dissects the day’s major news events across the capital, the country and the world. In today’s daily news podcast: UK face masks


2020-07-14T16:21:14.263Z

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UK coronavirus death toll nears 45k after rising by 138

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 44,968 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Sunday – up by 138 from 44,830 the previous day.

The figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,500.

The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 398 lab-confirmed UK cases. Overall, a total of 291,373 cases have been confirmed. More follows…


2020-07-14T16:18:14.046Z

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 44,968 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Sunday – up by 138 from 44,830 the previous day.

The figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,500.

The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 398 lab-confirmed UK cases. Overall, a total of 291,373 cases have been confirmed.

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