PRESTON is heading into local lockdown at midnight, after the council asked residents to follow a number of extra restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.
The news comes as officials warn that Brits holidaying in France may have to face a two-week quarantine when they return to the UK.
Meanwhile, the UK government have announced that the list of settings where face masks are compulsory has expanded to include hairdressers, cinemas, and more. Police can issue £100 fines for those caught breaking the rules.
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TRUMP ANNOUNCES RELIEF PACKAGE
US president Donald Trump is announcing the details of another coronavirus relief package at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The package includes extending unemployment benefits to the end of the year and deferring student load payments.
Trump told reporters he would suspend payroll tax until the end of 2020, backdated to 1 July, Reuters reports.
He said his administration “continues to work in good faith with democrats to extend unemployment benefits and prevent evictions,” then added that if the Democrats hold the relief package hostage, he will “act under his own authority”.
LEICESTER REVELLERS FLOCK TO PUBS FOR FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT OUT IN 5 MONTHS
Pubs, bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen in the East Midlands city from Monday for the first time since March after local lockdown regulations were eased.
Authorities though had warned locals to remain “responsible” and not to “throw away all the hard work”.
Pubs across England had been allowed to reopen on July 4 but Leicester was kept under a local lockdown after it saw a spike in coronavirus cases.
Leicester was put on lockdown when it had an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people – in the week up to 1 August this had dropped to 57.4 per 100,000.
Leicestershire Police said so far, most people have been following regulations.
ALMOST AS MANY BRITS KILLED BY LOCKDOWN AS BY VIRUS ITSELF, REPORT SAYS
Between March and May there were 25,000 coronavirus deaths.
At the same time 16,000 others also died, including 6,000 too scared to go to A&E.
People felt that they should stay home because of the Governments 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives' message.
And is thought 10,000 died in care homes after they were discharged early from hospitals.
They were not able to access critical care.
But around 2,500 lives were saved by a fall in pollution and accidents and healthier living.
The report was made to the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies in July.
It also suggests 26,000 more deaths by September due to healthcare restrictions still in place.
BRAZILIAN BILLIONAIRE LEADS INITIATIVE TO BUILD VACCINE FACTORY
Brazilian billionaire Jorge Lemann's foundation and other business interests will fund the building of factory to produce the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC, Reuters reports.
The Lemann Foundation said in a statement on Friday that the 100 million reais ($18 million) factory will be donated to Brazil's premier biomedical research and development lab, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, or Fiocruz.
It said the factory will be ready to produce 30 million doses of the vaccine per month as of the beginning of 2021.
Brazil is approaching 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the world's worst coronavirus outbreak after the United States.
The Brazilian government sees the British vaccine as the most promising of the vaccines that are being developed by researchers worldwide.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is being tested on Brazilian volunteers in a study led by the Federal University of Sao Paulo that is also funded by the Lemann Foundation.
Lemann said he hoped the initiative will help Brazil be “better positioned and prepared to face other challenges of this nature that may arise.”
JAPAN CONFIRMS RECORD NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS
Japan confirmed a record 1,580 new coronavirus infections on Friday.
Cases continue to mount, particularly in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s national daily, The Mainichi, reports.
With Japan’s Bon holiday season beginning next week, there's concern that the movement of people will further spread the virus.
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 462 new cases of coronavirus infection, just short of the daily record of 472 cases confirmed in the capital late last week.
HALF OF PRESTON CASES AMONG THOSE AGED 30 & YOUNGER
Speaking at a media briefing, director of Public Health for Lancashire Sakthi Karunanithi said almost half of the cases reported in Preston were among people aged 30 and younger.
Mr Karunanithi said the “two main reasons” for the rise in infections were people meeting others in their houses and households coming together in venues such as pubs.
He added: “These two are key behaviours we're trying to protect people from. Don't meet with members of other households in pubs and clubs.”
MIXING IN PUBS LED TO NEW LOCAL LOCKDOWN MEASURES IN PRESTON
Households mixing in pubs and houses has been blamed for a rise in coronavirus cases in Preston as the city became the latest area to have local lockdown restrictions imposed.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on Friday that households in the city will be banned from mixing indoors or in gardens.
It comes a week after the same measures were brought in for residents in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire, as well as Leicester.
The rules will remain in place for those areas for at least another week.
Local leaders in the city said that people mixing with other households in pubs, as well as in their homes, led to a need for increased coronavirus restrictions.
AUSTRALIA CLOSED FOR INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS UNTIL OCT 24
Australia remains closed to foreign arrivals.
The cap on international arrivals to Australia has been extended to 24 October.
AUSTRALIA SURPASSES 20,000 CASES
Australia has surpassed 20,000 coronavirus cases, with case numbers doubling in less than a month.
Melbourne is back under stage four lockdown conditions, which will remain in place until 13 September.
Changes reducing the output of abattoirs and meat processing plants came into effect at midnight Friday.
Victoria recorded 450 new cases and 11 new deaths on Friday, with most of the deaths linked to aged care. More than 900 healthcare workers have also been diagnosed.
Queensland closed its border to residents from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory overnight.
NSW tightened its border restrictions against Victoria, requiring anyone who travels to NSW from Victoria to undergo 14-days of mandatory supervised quarantine in a hotel – the same conditions imposed on people returning from overseas travel.
NSW recorded 11 new coronavirus cases on Friday – the only state other than Victoria to record any increase – and is yet to trace the origin of two of the cases.
COUNTRIES WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO QUARANTINE ON RETURN TO UK
- New Zealand
- Antigua and Barbuda
- San Marino
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- St Barthélemy
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- Czech Republic
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- Faroe Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Vatican City
- New Caledonia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
FRANCE EDGES CLOSER TO QUARANTINE HIT-LIST
Holidaymakers with trips booked to France are hit with further bad news that the country has seen its biggest increase of Covid-19 cases since lockdown ended in the country.
New infections of the virus rose by 2,288 today, the third day the number has increased significantly – the worst the country has seen since May.
On Thursday coronavirus cases increased by 1,604 and by 1,695 on Wednesday.
This comes after Rishi Sunak refused today to rule out France being added to the coronavirus quarantine list and warned ministers “won't hesitate” to take action if needed.
Brits with holiday plans to France were told that there is “always a risk of disruption to travel plans” amid rumours that France could be added to the holiday quarantine list.
The Chancellor delivered a stark warning when he was asked if other countries may be deemed unsafe to travel to in the future, and whether people may be forced to isolate for 14 days when coming back from France next.
There are fears that the country, popular for holidays and getaways with millions of Brits, could be next on the list after infections started to rise there.
US SURPASSES 160,000 DEATHS
More than 160,000 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
The figure makes up nearly a quarter of the global total.
The country is debating whether schools are ready to reopen in coming weeks.
BRAZIL'S DEATH TOLL SURPASSES 99,000
Brazil has reached a total of 99,572 coronavirus cases compared to 98,493 yesterday.
The country now has 2,962,442 confirmed cases of the virus, compared with 2,912,212 yesterday, the health ministry said.
UK TRADE SECRETARY UNDER PRESSURE OVER 50MILLION UNUSABLE FACE MASKS
The UK’s international trade secretary Liz Truss must confirm if she knew whether one of her advisers approached the government about a deal for 50 million unusable face masks, a shadow minister said.
Shadow international trade minister Bill Esterson has demanded to know whether trade adviser Andrew Mills discussed a deal regarding the masks, which were supplied to the UK Government in April but cannot be used in the NHS because of safety concerns.
The masks were bought for NHS England from Ayanda Capital as part of a 252 million contract.
However, the government says because they use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, they may not fit tightly enough for clinical use.
The government disclosed in court papers that the original approach for the PPE contract came from a businessman called Andrew Mills who was a director at a company called Prospermill, which said it had secured exclusive rights to the full production capacity of a large factory in China and could offer a large quantity of masks almost immediately.
The legal document revealed Mr Mills requested DHSC’s contractual counter party should be Ayanda rather than Prospermill, because Ayanda already had an established international banking infrastructure that could be used for the necessary payments overseas, whereas Prospermill’s own bank had indicated it could take some time to set this up on its own account.
The Government also said in court papers that Mr Mills is an adviser to the UK Board of Trade and a senior board adviser at Ayanda.
Mills told the BBC his position with the trade board played no part in the awarding of the contract.
The government has confirmed in court papers that the masks, which are now in the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) logistic chain, will not be used in the NHS.
15 PEOPLE POISONED & 4 DIE IN US AFTER DRINKING HAND SANITISER
US health officials reported that 15 adults were poisoned in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June after drinking hand sanitiser.
Four people reportedly died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
All consumed sanitisers containing methanol, or wood alcohol.
The active ingredient that kills germs in legitimate sanitisers is ethyl alcohol, which is consumable.
But some companies have been replacing it with poisonous methanol, which is used in antifreeze.
ITALY APPROVES NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE
Italy has approved a new stimulus package aimed at helping businesses and families.
The government would use the extra spending, worth 25 billion euros, to soften the blow to the economy.
Italy hopes to front-load this year part of 209 billion euros in grants and cheap loans it should receive from the Recovery Fund starting in 2021.
Italy has been among the worst hit by the crisis, facing an 11.2 per cent contraction this year, according to European Union estimates, the sharpest fall in the 27-nation bloc.
“We have set aside 12 billion euros to support employment,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told reporters after a three-hour Cabinet meeting.
RARE SYNDROME LINKED TO COVID-19 FOUND IN NEARLY 600 US CHILDREN
Nearly 600 children were admitted to US hospitals with a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) is a rare but severe condition that shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease.
This includes fever, rashes, swollen glands and, in severe cases, heart inflammation.
It has been reported in children and adolescent patients about two to four weeks after the onset of Covid-19.
COVID-19 MAY ONLY BE ‘PARTIALLY EFFECTIVE
White House virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci said an approved coronavirus vaccine could end up being effective only 50 to 60 per cent of the time.
He said: “The chances of it being 98 per cent effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.”
US IN STALEMATE OVER VIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE
The Democrats and Republicans remain in a stalemate over the next coronavirus relief package.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said they offered to compromise on a topline of roughly $2 trillion for the package, but treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows rejected the offer.
INDIA RECORDS 2 MILLION CASES
India’s official coronavirus case tally hit two million today.
The figure has doubled in three weeks as the pandemic has spread into smaller cities and rural areas.
A record daily jump of more than 60,000 new infections was recorded, according to health ministry data. India is only the third country to surpass the two million milestone after the US and Brazil.
AFRICA RECORDS 1 MILLION CASES
Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million.
However, global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continents 1.3 billion people.
FRIENDS REUNION SPECIAL DELAYED
The highly anticipated Friends reunion special has been delayed once again, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The one-off show had been due to launch with the HBO Max streaming service in May, before Hollywood production was halted.
Last month Friends star David Schwimmer gave fans fresh hope and said filming could begin in August.
However, production has been delayed again and filming dates are yet to be determined, according to Variety. The PA news agency confirmed the news.