Coronavirus UK news – Record-breaking 200K cases across Europe in 10 days as just 1 in 7 in UK get results in 24 hours

EUROPE reported a record-breaking 200K cases in just 10 days according to a Reuters tally.

Many southern European countries reported their highest single-day cases this week.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, admitted last night that the £12billion test and trace system desperately needs to improve after just one in seven Brits received their tests back within the 24-hour target time.

He said the system, run by Dido Harding, helps tackle Covid “a bit” — while Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance suggested it was becoming ineffective because Covid rates were so high.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TURD IMMUNITY

    More than a fifth of the country will have their sewage tested for Covid after government pilots found it can trace the virus even if just one in 1,000 people have it.

    Ministers believe sewage testing will provide a vital new tool in identifying local outbreaks days and in some cases weeks before they currently can.

    Tests will be carried out four times a week in more than 90 wastewater sites, which cover around 22 per cent of England’s population.

    Crucially, traces of Covid can be found in sewage even if someone shows no symptoms.

    So public health authorities will be alerted when sewage testing flags up a spike in cases.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    UK COVID-19 SALARY SCHEME FRAUD MAY HIT £3.9BILLION, WATCHDOG SAYS

    British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to 3.9 billion pounds in public money by accepting funds from a salary support scheme while ordering furloughed staff to still work during lockdown, the spending watchdog said.

    The National Audit Office (NAO) praised the government for rolling out support schemes for employees and the self-employed ahead of schedule when COVID-19 forced much of the economy to close down in March.

    But the NAO said that under such pressure it did not have time to fully test the schemes and as a result the total scale of fraud and error was likely to be considerable.

    It will not know the numbers until the end of next year at the earliest.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LAST CHANCE SALOON

    Revellers in Wales and Manchester hit the town tonight ahead of strict new lockdowns.

    Party-goers packed into bars and clubs in major cities to make the most of what could be the last big night out for some time.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EUROPE DAILY VIRUS CASES DOUBLE IN 10 DAYS, REPORTS 200,000 DAILY CASES FOR THE FIRST TIME

    Europe's reported coronavirus cases more than doubled in 10 days, crossing 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with many Southern European countries reporting their highest single-day cases this week.

    Europe reported 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Oct. 12.

    Europe has so far reported about 7.8 million total coronavirus cases and about 247,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. European countries like Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia reported their highest single-day coronavirus cases on Thursday.

    Europe as a region is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic.

    The global coronavirus tally stands at about 41.4 million cases and about 1.1 million deaths.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BORIS TEST BLAST

    Boris Johnson last night admitted the £12billion test and trace system desperately needs to improve — after it suffered its worst week yet.

    Just one in seven Brits are getting their test results back within the 24- hour target time, and a record low of only 59.6 per cent of close contacts of people with Covid were reached.

    Joining in criticism for the first time at last night’s Downing Street press conference, he said: “I share people’s frustrations.

    “And I understand totally why we do need to see faster turnaround times.

    “We need to make sure that people who do get a positive test self-isolate. That’s absolutely crucial if this is going to work in the way that it can.”

    He said the system, run by Dido Harding, helps tackle Covid “a bit” — while Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance suggested it was becoming ineffective because Covid rates were so high.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RON MORE CHANCE

    Cristiano Ronaldo is still in line to face Barcelona in the Champions League next week – despite testing positive AGAIN for coronavirus.

    The Juventus superstar tested positive on October 13 following international duty with Portugal.

    And a re-test has shown that Ronaldo remains positive for Covid-19, although he is well and symptom free.

    Juventus have sent medical documents to Uefa a week before their group stage clash with Barca, informing them of his condition.

    He will take a THIRD test 24 hours before the game where a negative test will see him able to take on his old foe Lionel Messi.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    QUICK LOCK

    Regions could be placed into Tier 3 lockdowns before they meet the case thresholds, an expert has warned.

    Dr Clare Gardiner, the director general of the Joint Biosecurity Centre, said it could happen as a preventative measure.

    She said that talks were ongoing with council leaders and local directors of public health to implement “preventative action” to stop curb the increasing case rates.

    The JBC was given the task of steering the response to the killer bug in June – but has also been criticised for its lack of transparency.

    The Government has not publicised what the thresholds are for entering or leaving a higher tier.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RISING RATES

    The number of daily coronavirus infections in the UK could be as much as 90,000 cases a day.

    Sir Patrick Vallance warned during a Downing Street press conference this afternoon projections show positive cases could be rising at a rapid rate.

    The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser said: “Modelling consensus suggests between 53,000-90,000 infections per day are occurring – with that you expect to see an increase in hospitalisations as well.

    “The number of infections overall across the country continues to increase.

    “The hospital admissions, an increase in number of patients admitted to hospital every day, is up towards 1,000 now.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Sir Patrick added that things are “progressing well” and said we need to understand how to use the vaccine in different groups before it is rolled out.

    “There are vaccines that produce an immune response, they're in phase three clinical trials, we should be seeing some data read-outs over the course of this year,” he said.

    “I remain of the view that the possibility of wider-spread use of vaccines isn't going to be until spring or so next year by the time we get enough doses and enough understanding of the outputs to use them.

    “Now we may get a few doses this side of Christmas, maybe something could happen, but I think we should more realistically be looking at spring, and of course there are no guarantees until the studies have read out.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    XMAS GIFT

    The first coronavirus vaccine doses could be available before Christmas, the government's chief scientist has said.

    Sir Patrick Vallance said widespread doses of any effective jab could be rolled out by Spring.

    Speaking at a Downing Street press conference today he said he “wouldn't speculate” on how effective the vaccines would be and said the UK is in a good place when it comes to development.

    “To be where we are now is remarkable,” he said.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “really hoped” the UK would make progress with a vaccine and was glad that Sir Patrick was “so optimistic”.

    But he warned the country “cannot rely” on the vaccine solving all problems related to the virus.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    UK BOOSTS BUSINESS AID AMID PRESSURE TO EASE VIRUS IMPACT

    U.K. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is increasing subsidies for bars, pubs and restaurants hammered by strict new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, amid criticism that the government has failed to protect small businesses and workers from the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

    The new funding, which could cost 13 billion pounds ($17 billion) over the next six months, is aimed at businesses that are struggling to attract customers because of restrictions on social interactions, even if the government doesn't order them to close.

    It comes just a month after Sunak unveiled his job protection” plan, which business owners said was so inadequate that it gave them an incentive to lay off workers rather than keep them on the payroll.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    UK RECORDS SLIGHT DROP TO 21,242 NEW COVID CASES ON THURSDAY

    A further 21,242 coronavirus cases were reported in Britain on Thursday, down from a record 26,688 cases a day earlier, daily government statistics showed.

    There were a further 189 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down slightly from 191 the day before.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SIP ON THIS

    A Lancashire pub owner has started selling meals for 1p so he can stay open during the Tier Three lockdown.

    Pubs and bars that don't serve main meals are forced to shut in areas that have been put in the government's “very high” risk category.

    Andy MacDonald, 36, is the landlord of the Ships and Giggles pub in Preston, which was placed under the strictest Covid rules last Friday.

    To avoid shutting down, he began serving free fish nuggets and chips on Saturday but council chiefs said he was flouting the rules because the food technically wasn't being sold.

    From today, the determined landlord will now charge punters 1p for meals to get around the regulations.

    Andy said: “I'm providing a free meal for people who don't have much – and we've been told we can't do that. It's an absolute disgrace.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    VIRUS TOLL

    Another 21,242 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours – a drop of 5,000 on yesterday's highest-ever daily total.

    Despite that, cases have risen 12 per cent week-on-week – with Wednesday seeing 26,688 positive tests.

    And another 189 people have lost their lives to the virus as the UK's grim total reached 44,347.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ENGLAND ADDS CANARY ISLANDS, MALDIVES AND DENMARK TO SAFE TRAVEL LIST

    England will Spain's Canary Islands, the Maldives, Denmark and the Greek island of Mykonos to its safe travel list from Oct. 25, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday, meaning arrivals from those destinations will not face quarantine.

    Liechtenstein was removed from the safe travel list, Shapps added.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOTAL UK COVID-19 DEATHS AT 44,347

    The Government said a further 189 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Thursday. This brings the UK total to 44,347.

    Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 59,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NEW LOCKDOWN MEASURES WILL BE 'SEVERE' ON PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES, SAYS TAOISEACH

    The Taoiseach has said the new six-week lockdown will be “severe” on people and businesses.

    Micheal Martin said an important objective of the lockdown was to allow people to return to their daily routines in December.

    He called on the public to work together and observe the regulations in the hope that some businesses could return before Christmas.

    He said: “The six-week lockdown is very severe on many people, on many businesses. The virus is on the rise across Europe.

    “The Government has continued to allocate the resources necessary to the health service, both in terms of building up testing and tracing capacity and also hospital capacity. I believe that if we all work together we can achieve this.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    JOHNSON SAYS ANOTHER NATIONAL LOCKDOWN WOULD BE 'VERY DAMAGING'

    Asked whether England would look at what lessons could be learned from circuit-breakers in Wales and Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson rejected the idea of another “national lockdown”.

    The Prime Minister said: “I think that that really would be economically, socially, psychologically really very damaging and difficult for the country.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LATEST ECONOMIC SUPPORT PACKAGE WAS IN RESPONSE TO REINTRODUCTION OF SOME RESTRICTIONS SAYS SUNAK

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he brought in the latest economic support package in response to the reintroduction of some coronavirus restrictions.

    He told a No 10 press conference that when the earlier Job Support Scheme was designed, it was at a time when controls were being eased.

    “It was done over the summer with a view to the economy being open and restrictions being lifted. Obviously the last few weeks, that has not been as those businesses had expected,” Mr Sunak said.

    “Those restrictions were coming back, they were having a cumulative effect on the ground, particularly in Tier 2 areas, particularly in hospitality.”

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    VALLANCE: A lot depends on the next few weeks.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    PM: Package introduced today is to keep jobs and livelihoods going.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    PM: We have seen plenty of great local leadership. Take a test of you have symptoms and follow guidelines.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    The PM says going back to national lockdown will be “economically and psychologically damaging”.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    PM: We can't rely on vaccines. We have to do all the other things we are doing to keep infections down.

  • Kevin Adjei-Darko

    VALLANCE: Will not speculate how effective vaccines will be. Aim of vaccine is to be able to lift measures put in place like social distancing, masks.

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