The UK has reported 4,044 new coronavirus cases.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from the virus approaches one million.
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West Mercia Police were called to the venue in Stafford Park, Telford, on Friday where they found 120 people at a wedding reception.
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Affluent millennials and holidaymakers are driving the second wave of coronavirus, the latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggests. The ONS investigated the characteristics and behaviours of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in England between July 23 and September 10. It found that cases were rising fastest in wealthy under-35s who had socially-distanced contact with at least six people in the previous week. While cases have remained largely static in the least deprived areas – with an infection rate of about 0.1 per cent – they have doubled in the wealthiest parts of regions. The rise in those areas has been largely driven by the under-35s (the graphic below illustrates the rise in this age group), whose infection rate has more than quadrupled since the end of July.
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Weekly use of a nasal spray could give 96 per cent protection from coronavirus, new research from Public Health England (PHE) shows. The new preventive treatment could move to human trials within months following successful results on ferrets. The spray was originally developed to boost natural human immunity to common colds and the flu, but has been retested to see if it would also work for coronavirus. It is produced by Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory and works by preventing the virus from replicating in the respiratory tract. "We've been amazed with just how effective our treatment has been," said Dr Christophe Demaison, managing director of Ena Respiratory. "By boosting the natural immune response of the ferrets with our treatment, we've seen a rapid eradication of the virus. If humans respond in a similar way, the benefits of treatment are two-fold. Individuals exposed to the virus would most likely rapidly eliminate it, with the treatment ensuring that the disease does not progress beyond mild symptoms. This is particularly relevant to vulnerable members of the community. "In addition, the rapidity of this response means that the infected individuals are unlikely to pass it on, meaning a swift halt to community transmission." The study was led by Prof Miles Carroll, PHE's deputy director, and is posted on the biomedical prepublication research site, medRxiv. The results show that by boosting the immune response, the spray dramatically decreased the chance of infection, even when the ferrets were deliberately infected with the virus. The company is seeking additional funding to accelerate the nasal spray's clinical development and global distribution. The drug's official name is INNA-051 and it is a synthetic small molecule which can be self-administered once or twice a week.
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Washington has made preparations to withdraw diplomats from Iraq after warning Baghdad it could shut its embassy, two Iraqi officials and two Western diplomats said, a step Iraqis fear could turn their country into a battle zone. Any move by the United States to scale down its diplomatic presence in a country where it has up to 5,000 troops would be widely seen in the region as an escalation of its confrontation with Iran, which Washington blames for missile and bomb attacks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to close the embassy in a phone call a week ago to President Barham Salih, two Iraqi government sources said.
It's like what Fleabag said: hair is everything. "It's the difference between a good day and a bad day," she lamented, and we have a feeling she'd back us when we say that's precisely why you'll want to brush up on the coolest hairstyle trends of the year. They may not be "everything," but they will be everywhere - and you can easily recreate them yourself, in the comfort of your own home. So what can you expect? "2020 has been seeing a lot of experimentation," said LA-based celebrity hairstylist Laurie Heaps. "We are pushing style boundaries and changing our hair in more meaningful ways. People are not afraid to do something drastic or even out of the norm. It's really about having fun and letting your hair show how you feel. Whether this is a permanent change through color or cut or even just wigs or extensions, we are going to see hair that is bold and strong." "Strong," it seems, is the big buzz word this year. Hairstylist and global creative director for Redken Guido Palau agrees: "We're seeing hair with stronger styles. Nods to different time periods are coming back and they're very exciting. When you look at models, they very rarely have one signature look anymore - they're all trying different looks. This is so important in fashion, where you're seeing inclusivity for all looks and styles by celebrating each person's individual beauty." From retro hairstyles to sorta-woke-up-like-this looks, we asked a handful of pros to dish on the hairstyle trends to try this year (after your Amazon Prime binge-watch, of course).