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The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by the end of the year.With one out of every 66 residents infected, the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
Up to 750,000 coronavirus testing kits have been recalled due to safety concerns.The UK’s medicine regulator asked Randox to recall the kits from the NHS Test and Trace Programme over concerns they may not meet safety standards, adding that the risk to safety was low an that the test results were not affected.
Prince Harry‘s childhood friend Tom “Skippy” Inskip expressed reservations about Meghan Markle before the couple became engaged, it has been claimed. According to the forthcoming biography of the Royal couple Mr Inskip - known to friends as Skippy - advised Harry and Meghan to live together before “doing anything more serious,” A source close to Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the authors of Finding Freedom, which is being published on Tuesday, that although his advice “came from a good place,” Prince Harry “didn’t totally see it that way.” The source, who is understood to have spoken to the authors with the permission of the Duke and Duchess, added, “It really hurt him that someone he was so close to would not trust his judgment.” It has been previously revealed that Harry’s brother, Prince William, also advised him to slow down, leading to reportas of a deep rift between the two.
Nicola Sturgeon spent much of July telling anyone who would listen that the prevalence of coronavirus in England was “five times” higher than in Scotland. The figure was deployed to justify her refusal to rule out effectively closing the border by imposing quarantine on travellers from England, and her highly controversial move to set her a Scotland-only policy on air bridges, which airports warned put livelihoods at risk. The day after she first made the claim, masked nationalists in hazmat suits descended on the border near Berwick-upon-Tweed, shouting abuse at English “plague carriers”.
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Boris Johnson has called keeping schools closed a moment longer than necessary “morally indefensible” amid concern from unions over the safety of a full return to the classroom.Citing the risk of obesity, depression and abuse as well as diminished education, the prime minister urged for a return to education for the nation’s children – with many having not seen a classroom since March when lockdown was introduced.
Brits have been flocking to UK beaches on Saturday despite warnings to stay away, with temperatures forecast to reach 36C.For the second day in a row thousands of sunbathers descended on Bournemouth beach, where one woman, after visiting on Friday, complained she had to abandon her trip because people were ignoring social distancing rules.
He may have succeeded in ditching the Irish backstop and getting his Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament against all the odds. But as Boris Johnson prepares to redraw the Brexit battlelines with the EU as negotiations resume later this month, he once again faces the prospect of a backbench rebellion over the deal he struck with Brussels last October. Although senior Brexiteers endorsed the treaty when faced with a remainer rebellion that threatened to reverse the referendum result, there is mounting disquiet among leave MPs that the agreement still isn’t worth the paper it is written on. As with Theresa May’s original deal, Tory members of the European Research Group (ERG) who universally endorsed the Prime Minister’s replacement plan in January are now voicing serious concerns about its similarities to its predecessor. Former Conservative party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who is leading the charge, insists the creation of a border in the Irish Sea with customs and regulatory checks on goods crossing from Britain to Northern Ireland remains a major bone of contention. “This sense of semi-detachment from the EU remains unacceptable to many,” he told The Telegraph. There are also concerns over ongoing powers for the European Court of Justice over the UK, special legal privileges for EU citizens living in Britain and the threat that the UK could be forced to participate in ambitious EU defence and security arrangements. The EU is also challenging the right of the UK to take back control of its fishing waters after Brexit - not to mention the reported £160 billion cost of the UK apparently remaining on the hook for the bloc’s ongoing liabilities.
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, Lifetime’s four-part documentary series about the disgraced financier and registered sex offender, is premiering on Sunday night with two episodes.The series, similarly to Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich released in May this year, takes a sweeping look at the accusations of sex abuse and trafficking faced by Epstein prior to his death in 2019.
Randox Laboratories, a Northern Ireland-based medical technology company, has been instructed by Britain's medicines regulator to recall up to 741,000 coronavirus test kits from the national test and trace programme as a precautionary measure. The government had on July 15 instructed the programme, run by the National Health Service (NHS), to stop using the kits, citing concerns that they may not meet required safety standards.
Fire crews remain at the scene of a wildfire at Chobham Common in Surrey, which spread to Wentworth golf course, halting play in the Rose Ladies Series Grand Final. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service provided an update on social media: "Crews remain on scene at the fire on Chobham Common which spread to around 150 acres at its peak.Overnight the cooling temperatures and hard work of crews contained the spread but we're expecting firefighters to be on scene through the day".
Obese people could be told to stay at home in coronavirus hotspots as part of a targeted approach to tackling a feared second wave of Covid-19 this autumn. The Government is understood to be examining plans for a "more sophisticated model" for shielding to avoid mass lockdown if Covid-19 returns over the next few months. One Cabinet minister described the plan as a "stiletto not a sledgehammer" approach to tackling outbreaks, with people who are especially vulnerable told to remain indoors. The plans are understood to have been wargamed in Whitehall as part of civil servants' preparation. The minister said: "There will be more micro-stuff - that is a clear direction of travel. Officials are looking at how NHS data can be used to target vulnerable groups, such as those who are obese and over-50, if there is a second spike so they can be contacted and told to stay indoors, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. A Cabinet minister said: "They are understanding that age does come into it ... The shielding cohort is way too broad - you can't say that every fat person has to shield. It will be more subtle." The news came as new tougher lockdown measures were imposed in Preston where young people were urged by the local council to abide by them and "don't kill a Granny". Tighter lockdown measures were also continued for another week in Bradford, prompting a local Tory MP to complain directly to Boris Johnson it had effectively cut a local village in half. Ministers have been struck by the degree of transmission that is now taking place indoors, where people are not required to wear masks, compared to workplaces like hair salons were face coverings are mandatory. One minister said: "The main transmission is through people getting a bit more relaxed - it is about you going round for dinner to see a friend you have not seen for ages. That is why it must be a micro-lockdown." The local lockdowns will continue to be based on council boundaries while in rural ares the lockdowns might just apply to market towns and villages because the size of shire counties would be impractical to shut down. One minister said officials had recognised that in areas where a council runs a large rural area you "can't lock down entire counties - that would be ridiculous". Bespoke approach In a series of meetings last week Mr Johnson agreed a "bespoke approach" that would stop the spread of the virus "through targeted measures focused on particular areas, household interaction and individual businesses", Government sources said. Mr Johnson also made clear that in the event of a more severe local lockdown where strong measures are needed in an entire town or city, shops, pubs and restaurants must shut before schools. Number 10 declined to comment. However a Government source said that the Government's medical advisers were "looking at doing things in a more targeted way". Extra restrictions were imposed in Preston, where residents banned from mixing with people from outside their social bubble in homes, gardens, and indoor venues, such as pubs from midnight on Friday. Adrian Phillips, chief executive of Preston City Council, said it was "alarming to see that the under-30s are contracting it at a significant rate". He added: "I know our director of public health has said 'Don't kill Granny' to young people to try and focus the message." Current rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, Leicester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire remain in place. Tougher restrictions were also imposed in Bradford prompting Tory MP Philip Davies to complain personally to Mr Johnson that his constituency in Shipley had been included because it falls in Bradford's council area. The village of Menston, eight miles north of the city, was now effectively cut in two with half of the population in lockdown and the other half unaffected because the council boundary ran through it. Mr Davies said: "This situation is intolerable. The infection rate figures in the Shipley constituency do not remotely justify being within the local lockdown area."
The number of people to have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has risen by 55.The Government said on Saturday that 46,566 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg became a centibillionaire on Thursday, after his fortune passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time.Mr Zuckerberg’s net worth increased after he announced the day prior that Facebook will be launching video-sharing app Instagram Reels, which the company hopes will rival TikTok.
US President Donald Trump has signed executive orders extending economic relief to Americans after his Republican party and opposition Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus package. Mr Trump also indicated he may be planning cuts to income tax and capital gains tax, which he described as "big news". He said: "We've had it and we're going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers." The President signed the executive orders at his golf course in New Jersey. Mr Trump said they would provide an extra $400 per week to unemployed Americans. They would also temporarily suspend the collection of payroll taxes, limit evictions, and extend zero per cent interest on student loans. He said: "Congressional Democrats have stonewalled our efforts to extend this relief." Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, had pushed to extend extra unemployment payments of $600 per week. That rate was approved earlier in the coronavirus crisis but had just expired. Mr Trump acted after nearly two weeks of talks between White House officials and congressional Democrats, which left the two sides still far apart on a new relief package. Democrats had originally backed a $3.4 trillion aid package, saying they would come down to $2 trillion, but Republicans in congress offered $1 trillion. Mr Trump's executive orders may be challenged in court, Democrats have warned. That could take months. The President suggested some of the measures in his executive orders could become "permanent" if he was re-elected. He added: "We are further looking at additional tax cuts including income tax relief, income tax cuts, and capital gains tax cuts. "It'll be income tax for middle income and lower income people because they pay a lot of income tax. And you do have tax inequality, and I'm saying that as a Republican." He said those cuts would be "maybe substantial". "We'll be reporting back fairly shortly on that. That's big news, very important," he said.
Pubs create the “perfect storm” for spreading coronavirus and carry more risk than planes, experts have found.Indoor pub drinkers are potentially subjecting themselves to a build-up of infected droplets caused by poor ventilation and people having continuous conversations, often speaking more loudly to be heard over the din of a noisy bar, the academics warn.
The inquest in to Caroline Flack's death has heard the Love Island star was the subject of harassment by an unknown person in the build up to her arrest
A leading Spanish matador has been gored in a bullfight after the animal he stabbed rammed its horns into his buttocks, sending him flying.When Enrique Ponce, 48, went in for the kill at the El Puerto de Santa Maria stadium, the bull flipped him over, causing him to lie on his front shielding his head.
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Here’s a sight worth setting your alarm for.Tobin Gutkes was hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains close to Asheville, North Carolina, as the sun rose on August 5 and captured this spectacular timelapse video showing clouds spilling over mountains.“In the clouds this morning,” Gutkes captioned the video on Instagram, which he said was shot along the Craggy Pinnacle Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Credit: Tobin Gutkes via Storyful
Pep Guardiola hailed Gabriel Jesus for delivering on the biggest stage as Manchester City stunned Real Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Jesus forced and then took advantage of two mistakes from Raphael Varane to set up Raheem Sterling and then score himself in a 2-1 victory over the Spanish champions at the Etihad Stadium. The result secured a 4-2 aggregate win in the last-16 tie and booked City’s place in the last-eight mini-tournament in Lisbon, where they will play Lyon on Saturday week.