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In his latest press conference on Saturday, October 31st, Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown across the UK, after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases. The new measures will come into effect on Thursday, November 5th and will last until December 2nd. Determined to "save Christmas", the Prime Minister has been forced to act after Britain's infections increased and Tier 3 restrictions across much of England failed to stem the spread. Johnson's announcement came on the same day the UK surpassed 1 million lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus. When will it start? Alongside the chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that a nationwide lockdown will begin on Thursday, November 5th. The measures will last throughout the entire month of November, and will end on Wednesday, December 2nd. After this date, different parts of the country will adopt an exit strategy, which will continue to follow the restrictions from the previous tier system, depending on the severity of infection in the local area. Read more: National lockdown – what the latest measures could mean for you What measures have been announced? The latest measures surpass ' Tier 4' measures, as the previous tier system was unsuccessful in stopping the spread of the virus. The key restrictions from the new lockdown include: They include: The closure of all pubs, bars and restaurants, though takeaways and deliveries will be permitted All non-essential retail will close A ban on the mixing of households, except for support or childcare reasons A restriction on travel, including outbound international travel (except for work). Travel within the UK is also discouraged. These severe measures mirror the the first lockdown, when Britons were told they could not leave home except to shop for necessities, to exercise once a day or for medical care. However, unlike the first lockdown, nurseries, schools, collages and universities will remain open.
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China’s campaign to suppress Islam is accelerating as authorities remove Arab-style onion domes and decorative elements from mosques across the country. Stark changes have been observed at the main mosque in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia province, where most of China’s Hui ethnic Muslim minority live. The bright green onion-shaped domes and golden minarets that used to soar into the sky atop Nanguan Mosque have all been pulled down. Golden Islamic-style filigree, decorative arches, and Arabic script that before adorned the mosque have also been stripped away. What remains is unrecognisable – a drab, gray, rectangular facility with “Nanguan Mosque” written in Chinese, as shown in photos posted online by Christina Scott, the UK’s deputy head of mission in China, on a recent trip. “TripAdvisor suggested the Nanguan Mosque in Yinchuan well worth a visit,” Ms Scott wrote on Twitter, along with ‘before and after’ photos. “Only this is what it looks now, after ‘renovations.’ Domes, minarets, all gone. No visitors allowed either, of course. So depressing.”
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People could be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccine depending on their sex, ethnicity and wealth under proposals being discussed by the government. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the body charged with devising the UK’s vaccine strategy, is considering the best way to decide who is most at risk from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.neptune It may even use an algorithm developed by academics at Oxford University which factors in a wide range of variables including “age, sex, ethnicity, deprivation, smoking status, body mass index, pre-existing medical conditions and current medications”. The JCVI has already produced an 11 tier priority vaccination list as an “interim recommendation”, which is based largely on age but includes consideration of occupation and pre-existing medical conditions. However, it is currently being reviewed and an updated version is expected to be published in the next two weeks. The committee is likely to take into consideration what we already know about who is worst affected by the vaccine. According to Public Health England (PHE), twice as many working age men diagnosed with Covid have died compared to women; mortality rates in the poorest areas are double those in the wealthiest; and BAME communities have between a 10 and 50 per cent higher risk of death even once age, sex and social deprivation are taken into account. Low skilled workers have a death rate almost four times that of professionals. For security guards - the hardest hit of all in the first wave - recorded deaths were almost twice that of men working in social care. Officials say the current list is not expected to change dramatically but confirmed consideration is being given to incorporating a broader range of non-medical factors that influence risk. There is a tension between getting a system which prioritises by risk taking all factors into account and one which is easy to understand and implement, they said. “Members noted an update from DHSC on the individual risk tool developed by the University of Oxford”, say the latest published minutes from the JCVI. “It was noted that the tool would identify an individual’s risk of hospitalisation and mortality and could be used to stratify the population. “It was [also] noted that challenges with mass vaccine delivery could mean that a simpler programme could be the best way of delivering a programme. “The optimal programme could sit somewhere between the two approaches”. Pressure is growing on ministers to finalise a vaccine distribution strategy.
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President Emmanuel Macron said that he could understand if Muslims were shocked by cartoons of the prophet Mohammad, as French authorities on Saturday sought to ascertain if a young Tunisian suspected of killing three people in a knife rampage inside a Nice church had outside help France is on edge after the republication in early September of cartoons of the prophet Mohammad by the Charlie Hebdo weekly magazine, which was followed by an attack outside its former offices, the beheading of a teacher and now the attack in Nice.Macron sparked protests in the Muslim world after the murder earlier this month of teacher Samuel Paty – who had shown his class a cartoon of Mohammad – by saying France would never renounce its right to caricature.But in an apparent bid to reach out to Muslims, Macron gave a long interview setting out his vision to Qatar-based TV channel Al-Jazeera, seeking to strike a softer tone."I can understand that people could be shocked by the caricatures but I will never accept that violence can be justified," he said."I consider it our duty to protect our freedoms and our rights," he added in an extract of the interview to be broadcast from 4pm GMT (5pm Paris time).'Too early to say' France is still reeling from the latest attack in Nice, which Macron has already described as "Islamist" terror.The assailant, 21, only arrived in Europe from Tunisia last month and, according to prosecutors, killed the sexton, a Brazilian woman and a French woman in the attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica on Thursday morning.He cut the throat of Nadine Devillers, 60, and the sexton Vincent Loques, 55. A Brazilian mother, Simone Barreto Silva, who was stabbed several times, took refuge in a nearby restaurant but died of her wounds there.The knife-wielding attacker was shot by police multiple times and is currently in a serious condition in hospital. Investigators have been unable to question him and his precise motivations remain unclear."It is still too early to say if there were others complicit, what his motivations were in coming to France and when this idea took root in him," said a source close to the inquiry who asked not to be named.Investigators believe the suspect arrived illegally in Europe on Italy's Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on September 20. He then arrived at the mainland Italian port of Bari on October 9 before coming to Nice just one or two days before the attack.French police are currently holding three people for questioning in the investigation, which is focusing on two telephones found on the suspect after the attack.A first man, 47, was detained on Thursday evening after being seen next to the attacker on surveillance footage the day before the attack.The second individual, suspected of contacting the assailant the day before the attack, was held on Friday. Police said Saturday a third man, aged 33, was arrested after being present when the home of the second suspect was raided. Global threat to France The attack came with France still in shock over the October 16 beheading of teacher Paty by a suspected Islamist radical from Russia's region of Chechnya.The teacher had shown a class a cartoon of the prophet Mohammad in the wake of the controversy generated by the reprinting by Charlie Hebdo of the caricatures to mark the beginning of the trial of suspects over the massacre of its staff in January 2015.Even before that attack, Macron had promised a tough new campaign against Islamist radicalism that had aroused controversy and condemnation from Muslims around the world.Protests erupted Friday in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mali, Mauritania and Lebanon, the latest in a string of mass rallies denouncing France.Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday "strongly condemned" Macron's defence of the right to publish such cartoons.Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that French citizens face a security risk "wherever they are" in the wake of the attack, saying alerts had been sent to all French nationals abroad.In the suspect's hometown of Sfax in central Tunisia, his family told AFP they struggled to believe he had carried out the attack, but relatives said he had turned to religion and isolated himself in the past two years.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Fires were set in the streets of Barcelona, Spain, on Friday, October 30, as demonstrators rallied against recent regional restrictions aimed at curbing a nationwide spike in coronavirus cases.Video taken in the El Raval neighborhood shows protesters chanting while a fire burns in the street. “People protesting against the strict COVID-19 measures imposed here in Catalonia, approximately one hour before the daily 10pm – 6am curfew gets underway,” wrote uploader @Stevenbeijer.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the lockdown on Sunday, October 25, decreeing a state of emergency. “The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” said Sánchez following a meeting with his cabinet on Sunday, according to the New York Times.The COVID-19 restrictions include a nationwide nightly curfew, with the exception of the Canary Islands, as well as limiting social gatherings to six people. The Catalonia region, including Barcelona, has closed bars and restaurants. Credit: @Stevenbeijer via Storyful
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The Labor Party in Australia's Queensland state was on track on Saturday to retain power in an election overshadowed by COVID-19, with voters approving the strict measures that put the state at odds with the national government. Final results were expected late into Saturday night, but a partial count showed Labor was polling well at a primary vote of 40.8% with the Liberal National Party on 34.2%, according to the Electoral Commission of Queensland. "The early numbers are strong, but it's a little early to call," Wayne Swan, the president of the Australian Labor Party said, according to local media.
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Coronavirus latest news: Virus is 'running riot' across all age groups The countries you can (feasibly) visit right now The new travel rules for Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter England is set to enter another national lockdown, Boris Johnson has confirmed, putting an end to recreational travel. For a month, starting from Thursday, November 5, and lasting until at least December 1, citizens are urged not to leave their homes unless for education, essential work, exercise, or to shop for essentials. While the Prime Minister made no mention of the rules on international travel, reports ahead of the press conference this evening suggested there would be a specific ban. Telegraph columnist and Editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson, tweeted: "Outbound international travel will be banned, except for work. Travel within the UK will be discouraged, except for work"; while ITV's political editor Robert Peston tweeted: "Outbound international travel will be banned, except for work. Same applies for travel within England and overnight stays away from home." Other measures to have been confirmed include the closure of bars and restaurants, except for delivery and take-away; as well as all non-essential retail. Schools and universities will stay open. Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel tweeted: "Simply put, a ban on international travel will push many holiday companies, airports and airlines over the edge. Many will go bust. Others will again withhold customer money to bail themselves out." Scroll down for more of the latest news.
The slaughter of three people in Nice's Notre Dame basilica on Thursday has shaken all of France, not least this country's five-million strong Muslim population. People in Nice have flocked to place flowers and candles outside the church where on Thursday a 21-year-old Tunisian, Brahim al-Aouissaoui, stabbed three people dead.President Emmanuel Macron has called it an "Islamist terrorist attack".It came just 13 days after history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his high school north-east of Paris.France's Muslim leaders have roundly condemned the killings.Abdallah Zekri, general secretary of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said the Muslim community was “stupefied by these attacks” coming on the back of the “cowardly murder of teacher Samuel Paty”.“We feel hatred and anger against these criminals, these terrorists, who are using the caricatures of Muhammad as a pretext to kill here in France,” he told RFI.“I call on our fellow citizens to be vigilant in these difficult moments, to question the motivation behind these ill-intentioned attacks which are spreading death and division in our society.”On Thursday, shortly after the Nice knife attack, Mohamed Moussaoui, the head of the CFCM, said:“As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their loved ones, I call on all Muslims in France to cancel celebrations of the holiday of Mawlid.” Mawlid marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, celebrated next Thursday.Setting people against one anotherNice, on the French riviera, has a large Muslim population, the majority from nearby Tunisia.Many live in the quiet and cosmopolitan neighbourhood around the Notre Dame basilica.Among a string of halal butchers and shops selling north African foods, Tunisian-born Leila and her husband have been running a bakery for the last 35 years.“We get on with everyone: Catholics, Italians, Arabs,” they told RFI. “As long as we respect people, they respect us.”Leila said Thursday’s knife attack felt like a betrayal of her religion.“No one has the right to kill, to take a mother’s life,” she said, in reference to Brazilian mother Simone Baretto Silvaone – one of the three victims of the attack. Shortly before she died of her injuries she asked the people helping her to “tell my children I love them”. Tears and tributes for victims of Nice church attack The other victims were father of two, Vincent Loqués, who worked at the basilica welcoming worshippers, and a 60-year-old woman who has not yet been named.Leila said she felt saddened for the victims’ families but also feared that the multiplication of such attacks was dividing society and stigmatising Muslims.“The last time I took the tramway people were looking at us strangely,” she said. “An old man sat down next to me and a woman warned him: ‘be careful, she’ll cut your throat’. I preferred to stay quiet and not feed the fire, but people are mixing everything up, setting people against one another.”The ‘enemy within’The French government has promised to crack down on extremism and religious separatism, what the interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has called 'the enemy within'.The authorities recently closed down a mosque on the outskirts of Paris, Darmanin has proposed banning several Muslim groups, and has even suggested a ban on the sale of halal and kosher food in supermarkets.Some Muslims feel there’s a risk Islam in general, rather than the perpetrators of terror attacks, is being labelled as the enemy.“Like all French citizens we are devastated by what’s happened," an elderly man leaving the Grand Mosque in Paris told RFI.“These people don’t represent Islam at all. They say ‘Allahu Akbar’ but when they are before God they will be punished. How can they kill in our name? It’s not possible.“You know, the Koran says ‘whoever takes a life - [unless as a punishment for murder or mischief in the land] - it will be as if they killed all of humanity’.”All children of GodA younger worshipper said he was worried that people would increasingly confound Islam and terror. Pointing to people leaving the mosque he said: “You can see there are plenty of good Muslims; terrorists can be Christian, Muslim or whatever. Stupidity knows no religion or boundary.”“The people carrying out these attacks are not Muslims,” insisted a young woman in a hijab. “A true Muslim has beliefs and fears Allah.”“I am very shocked at people cutting other people’s throats,” an older woman, her voice trembling, told RFI. “They’d done nothing wrong, they were just praying in church. Why such hatred? We are all children of God. This has to stop.”The challenge to overcome evilHeavily-armed French military have now been mobilised to protect places of worship, particularly Catholic churches, ahead of the religious holiday of All Saints Day on Sunday.Several stood outside the doors of a church in the old quarter of Nice where father Michel Angela held prayers on Thursday evening to offer solace to those traumatised by the knife attacks.“You can’t react when the emotion is too raw, you have to take a bit of time to react more calmly,” he told RFI, explaining why they had waited several hours before welcoming parishioners.“Evil is the challenge” he said quoting 20th century French philosopher Paul Ricoeur. “It’s indeed the big challenge we’re now facing.”Pascal was among the twenty or so worshippers in church. “You always think a church is a sacred place, that it offers protection," he said. "But history repeats itself, it’s still the same violence, men against men, pitting one another over completely absurd ideas”.For Leah, Thursday’s attack brought back bitter memories of the 14 July 2016 terror attack when a Tunisian man with links to Islamic State armed group drove a lorry down Nice’s Promenade des Anglais killing 86 people, including many Muslims.“We’ve been particularly targeted here in Nice,” she said. “We try not to give in to fear, hatred or anguish, but to live in peace and with love. It’s a challenge, faced with what’s happening today in this context of global terrorism.”Inter-religious dialogueMohamed Colin, editor of the Muslim daily Saphirnews, said his publication was “profoundly saddened” by what had happened and wished to show its deep solidarity with French Catholics.“We know perfectly well that Muslims in France have many links with Catholics. There’s a solidarity between these two communities,” he told RFI’s Réligions du Monde programme.“The inter-religious dialogue is extremely rich at both national and local level. Many mosques organise debates with the support of priests.In doing this [the terrorists] attempted precisely to destroy this symbol and the initiatives that are working so well.”
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Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new national lockdown next week after scientists warned Covid-19 was spreading faster than their worst predictions. The Prime Minister spent Friday in crisis meetings with ministers and aides after being told deaths were tracking above the “worst case scenario” that suggested 85,000 in the second wave. Mr Johnson is understood to have been persuaded that a national lockdown is the only way to save Christmas, and will spend the weekend contemplating exactly how severe it should be. Senior government sources stressed that no final decision had been made and the measure would need to be put to the Cabinet before any announcement to the nation. Mr Johnson is likely to summon ministers from his Cabinet coronavirus subcommittee over the next 48 hours and could hold a full meeting on Sunday if he decides he needs to act as soon as Monday. The alternative to a national lockdown would be a fourth tier of restrictions on top of the existing three tier system, but government scientists now believe even Tier 3 is not enough to stop the spread of infections.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is asking people to adopt these life-sized elephants which were made in southern India for her late brother’s charity Elephant Family. They were supposed to go on display in the Royal Parks last summer however, due to Covid, they have been shut up in a warehouse. They are now being put on display around the UK in the hopes they will be auctioned off to raise money for the charity.