Anyone organising illegal raves or gatherings of more than 30 people could face a £10,000 fine as tougher rules come into place in England next Friday.
The risk of children catching coronavirus at school is "incredibly small" compared to the "clear" chances of pupils being damaged by not going, England’s chief medical officer has said.Professor Chris Whitty acknowledged that the risk to children was "not zero", but the evidence that not going to school damages children in the long run was "overwhelming".
Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean Saturday as potentially historic threats to the US Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands while the other was pushing through the gap between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.Tropical Storms Laura and Marco were both projected to approach the US Gulf Coast at or close to hurricane force, representing a very unusual threat to Americans in their paths.
Holidaymakers have scrambled back to the UK from Croatia to avoid a two-week quarantine.Croatia, as well as Austria and Trinidad and Tobago, are now on the UK's "red list" after a spike in coronavirus cases.
A resident of Oberon, in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, tumbled about in the snow on August 22.The Bureau of Meteorology warned of snow and strong winds as a cold snap swept southeastern Australia over the weekend.“It will be a cold and windy weekend for many parts of NSW. Some winds could be strong enough to bring down trees and powerlines,” the Bureau of Meteorology warned.Other communities, including Blackheath, Katoomba, Orange, Tumbarumba, and more, also recorded snow. Credit: Grace Fowler via Storyful
The government’s decision not to provide physical proof of settled status has already left EU citizens in the UK facing difficulties proving their post-Brexit immigration status, as campaigners warn this is only the “tip of the iceberg”.The Independent has spoken to EU nationals who have been held up in airports and faced delays in moving house because they have been unable to provide physical proof of their residency in the UK – despite the government’s own assessment concluding there was “very strong evidence” that digital-only proof would cause “a lot of issues”.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are said to be at odds over changing the so-called triple lock on pensions due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic,.The triple lock, which was a Conservative manifesto pledge in 2019, means the state pension increases each year in line with either wages, inflation or 2.5 per cent, depending on which of the three figures is highest.
I don't consider myself much of a foodie, but I have to admit that this fall's biggest hair-color predictions - some of which boast names like "Champagne pop" and "chocolate almond" - sound nothing short of delicious. "Espresso black," for example, is another rising hair-color trend that gets its name from a beloved beverage, only this one is just moody enough to fit your fall aesthetic. As the name suggests, the color is a very dark brown that almost looks black, and you can see the chocolate-y tones better under sunlight. According to Karissa Schaudt, a colorist at Maxine Salon, if you're planning on making a dark-hair shift at some point, there'll be no better time to do it than in the next few months. "It's smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure." "It's smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure," she previously told POPSUGAR. Colorist Rex Jimieson agreed, and also said that achieving the hue is as simple as adding "black to your medium or dark-brown base color with foils or balayage rather than going completely solid. Ask for a demipermanent so you can change it down the road and it will be super shiny." If you think "black espresso" is the moody fall hair color for you, read ahead to check out our favorite takes on the trend.
Covid-19 can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to three weeks, a study has found, as scientists warn that contaminated food may cause outbreaks. Individual pieces of salmon, chicken and pork from supermarkets in Singapore were sliced into cubes then a sample of the virus was added to them. The meat and fish was stored in conditions which simulate those used to transport food between countries - 4C (standard refrigeration temperature) and minus 20C (standard freezing temperature). Scientists found that infectious Covid-19 was still present on the samples after 21 days. They are now warning that this may explain outbreaks in countries that have not had any coronavirus cases for long periods - and could lead to future spikes. The graph below shows where cases are rising worldwide.
Mental health funding has surged after coronavirus – so why is it so difficult to get help?. Many people are being forced to wait for weeks or months, with ‘far more people needing support than there are people to provide them’
The UK could be forced into a second nationwide lockdown if rising coronavirus cases reach levels seen in Spain, it has been reported.After the R number in the UK rose to as high as 1.1 - meaning cases could start to spread rapidly - the Government is considering tougher "nationwide measures," according to a senior official.
The Celebrity Gogglebox star was surprised to learn she'd had Covid-19 and not known.
The symptoms of coronavirus should by now be well-known: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and - in a recent official addition - problems with your sense of taste or smell. But another symptom has reared its head - affecting those who haven’t even been infected - which may be too troubling for authorities to handle. Some bill it as mere public anxiety, but others see the levels of fear as tantamount to full-blown hysteria. The rush back in March among shoppers to stock up on essential goods, with some around the world even coming to blows in the aisles over items as basic as toilet paper, showed how pervasive the panic had become. Four months on, Ipsos MORI found after surveying opinion across 27 countries that the British were more likely to be concerned about Covid (59 per cent) than the global average (43 per cent). Such findings have prompted Tory MPs to wonder whether the Government’s ordering of the public to “stay home” has been too effective, given how embedded the nervousness has become. Research commissioned that July by the firm Kekst CNC showed how far public perceptions about the pandemic had been skewed, finding they were inclined to believe the spread and fatality was more than a hundred times worse than the reality. For example, the average Briton was found last month to estimate that the disease had wiped out as much as 7 per cent of the United Kingdom, which would equate to around 4.6 million people, rather than the actual rate in the tens of thousands. They estimate just over 22 per cent of the population have had Covid-19, which at just over 14.6 million people would be well over the current confirmed case tally of 322,000. “When people estimate risk, they overestimate it massively,” says King College London’s Professor Neil Greenberg, who works with Public Health England as part of the Health Protection Research Unit for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “We are very poor as a public at estimating what risk really means.”
Keir Starmer is facing a revolt from his supporters over Labour's stance on refugees, amid claims that the party is "turning a blind eye" to desperate people trying to make it to the UK across the channel.Labour members were angered after the front bench criticised the government's "incompetence" in dealing with migrants arriving by dinghy, instead of defending their right to claim asylum in Britain – which is protected by the UN refugee convention.
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The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK has risen by 18.The Government said 41,423 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, an increase of 18 on the day before.
No progress, then, in the latest round of Brexit talks, with both sides blaming the other.Would you really want it any other way? How quaint to think that, once upon a time, this kind of thing used to be maddening. Now it serves as a comforting reminder of times past.
Iran sanctions: nearly all UN security council unites against 'unpleasant' USLetters from 13 of 15 members underscore US isolation as it seeks to ‘snap back’ measures against Tehran
Influential Malian imam and opposition movement leader Mahmoud Dicko thanks the military junta which ousted the country's president from power this week.