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Hairdressers and barbers could be inadvertently transmitting Covid-19 to their customers as a result of "inadequate" official guidance stipulating that they should wear visors rather than masks, government advisers have warned. Scientists have expressed fears that plastic face shields being used by workers in hair salons provide insufficient protection for the wearer and client because they leave a significant gap through which small airborne coronavirus droplets could pass. In the NHS, visors are generally only used in addition to masks, as only the masks are specifically designed to cover the nose and mouth. The Telegraph understands that scientists raised concerns about the equipment worn by hairdressers and barbers in the latest meeting of The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) on Friday, as well as in a recent meeting of at least one sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). Ministers are facing calls from Sage and Nervtag scientists to require barbers and hairdressers to wear masks or face coverings - either alone or with visors as well. Swiss authorities raised concerns about the use of visors alone last month after an outbreak among staff at a hotel. All of those who became infected wore plastic visors, while those wearing masks came out unscathed.
The Duchess of Sussex may not receive the vital support of her friends as witnesses in her court battle over claims that her privacy was breached, it has emerged. Lawyers for Meghan have said it would be “an unacceptably high price” for the Duchess to be forced to identify the friends in pursuit of her legal claim against the Mail on Sunday (MoS) and that it would be a “cruel irony” should she be required to pay it. She is arguing that naming them would breach their privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights, while the newspaper argues that they must be disclosed as a key principle of "open justice". But it is claimed that the prospect of being named in court - as normal procedure would require - has left them reluctant to take the witness stand voluntarily on Meghan's behalf. Documents submitted to the court by the Duchess’s legal team state: “It is not certain that the friends will be witnesses at the trial of this claim and the Court cannot be required to second-guess the result of any application for anonymity.” Describing the friends as "innocent third parties", the Duchess’s lawyers go on to state that they “are not parties to this action but unwilling participants.” They add: “To force the Claimant, [the Duchess] as the Defendant [Associated Newspapers] urges the Court to do, to disclose their identities to the public at this stage would be to exact an unacceptably high price for pursuing her claim for invasion of privacy against the Defendant in respect of its disclosure of the Letter. “On her case, which will be tried in due course, the Defendant has been guilty of a flagrant and unjustified intrusion into her private and family life. Given the close factual nexus between the Letter and the events leading up to the Defendant’s decision to publish its contents, it would be a cruel irony were she required to pay that price before her claim has even been determined.” The Duchess has applied for an order on behalf of the five that their names remain confidential, as part of her battle with the paper and it’s publishers, Associated Newspapers, but there is no certainty this will be granted by the trial judge, Mr Justice Warby. The five – who can be identified only by the initials A to E, but are all described as “young mothers”– gave briefings to People magazine, a US publication, last February. At the time Meghan was "heavily pregnant", "vulnerable" and being subjected to what she claims was bullying by parts of the media. People revealed the existence of a letter to her father which was subsequently published in MoS, prompting the ongoing High Court action for breach of privacy and copyright. Justin Rushbrooke QC, barrister for the Duchess, told the High Court that she had been forced to identify her friends in a legal request by Associated Newspapers and added that the five were entitled to "a very high level of super-charged right of confidentiality". Antony White QC, representing Associated Newspapers, told the court: "The five individuals have already been identified, not under compulsion but as part of the response to the request for further information. The question is not should their identities be disclosed – that has happened – it is should they be anonymised in these proceedings? "There is no proper evidential basis [for the application]. There is no evidence at all from four of the five friends, and the evidence from the fifth [Friend B] has been shown to be unsatisfactory." In an embarrassing moment during the application Mr Rushbrooke accidentally let slip the surname of one of the five. Mr Justice Warby, who is expected to rule on the matter in August, immediately directed that the individual's name was not to be reported. It was disclosed earlier that the Duchess had agreed to pay in full £67,888 in costs to Associated Newspapers after the publisher successfully argued that elements of her case be struck out - a fraction of a multi-million legal bill which is expected should the case go to a full trial next year.
A police officer was injured during clashes with youths after Eid celebrations in east London, as police leaders warned they had been given little time to prepare to enforce new social distancing restrictions. Violence broke out in Ilford after police asked a crowd to disperse, following the end of Muslim celebrations to mark the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. The Metropolitan Police said that as a crowd of around 150-200 people who had attended Eid celebrations began to leave the area, a fight broke out between two groups. One officer suffered a head injury after police intervened to separate the groups. His injuries are not believed to be serious. A man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and assault of an emergency worker. The east London disturbances, at 11.30pm on Thursday, came within hours of the Government imposing new restrictions banning families in different households from meeting each other in a swathe of communities across the north west, following a spike in Covid-19 infections. The restrictions will impact on thousands of Muslim families who had been preparing to celebrate Eid in towns such as Bradford, Blackburn and Greater Manchester, and have been likened to banning Christmas. Muslim leaders called on their communities to continue exercise responsibility and follow social distancing rules (see pictures below). But many also expressed frustration, both at the short notice of the new restrictions and the fact people are still being allowed to gather at pubs and beauty spots across the region. Crowds were pictured ignoring social distancing at pubs in Manchester on Friday, despite the government ruling that residents should not meet members of other households.
Boris Johnson should reverse the reopening of high-risk indoor venues like pubs and gyms and some shops as part of a drive to get England as close as possible to “zero Covid” before the winter strikes, a member of the Independent Sage group of scientists has said.And Professor Susan Michie told The Independent the government should be providing financial support to people self-isolating and offering hotel rooms for quarantine, to ensure effective implementation of a key element of the fight against coronavirus which is currently virtually voluntary.
Scientists in Asia are investigating whether countries with a frequent circulation of Sars-like viruses may have higher levels of generalised immunity among the population – a theory that, if proven, could help health authorities to manage the current Covid-19 pandemic. The idea has been floated by medical experts including John Bell, a professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, who recently suggested that nations like Vietnam had avoided a flood of cases without a total lockdown because its citizens were not as immunologically “naïve” as first assumed. This could mean that the regular existence of other Sars-like viruses had resulted in more natural resistance to such pathogens. Until last weekend, Vietnam, a country of 95 million which neighbours China, had been a world leader in fighting the novel coronavirus, having eliminated local transmission of Covid-19 for 99 days. The authorities are now battling an outbreak that spread unseen through the coastal resort of Da Nang. The first two Covid-19-related deaths were recorded on Friday, but the national case count still remained low, at 546, as of Saturday. Professor Guy Thwaites, the director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, attributed Vietnam’s earlier success to its “extraordinary” response, particularly in terms of quarantine and the isolation of cases. “In Vietnam they responded very quickly, they were able to track the first people coming into the country with it… [they were] all isolated, contacts all isolated,” he said. “They quarantined more than 200,000 people over a period of four months, even with relatively small numbers of cases.”
Donald Trump has challenged Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, over why the United States has more coronavirus cases than other countries. Dr Facui said in front of a House subcommittee it was because the US only shut down 50 per cent of its economy, but Mr Trump says it's due to the country testing more.Although the president has blamed testing, that doesn't explain the surge in death toll and hospitalisations. In the month of July, 10 days posted more than 1,000 people dying from the coronavirus in a one day. The month prior only had three days within the month hitting that number.
Lamine Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of hundreds of fruit pickers abandoned as coronavirus cases soar.
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England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, warned the nation had "probably reached near the limit or the limits" of what can be done to reopen society, meaning trade-offs may be needed to allow pupils to return to classrooms next month as planned. Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said ministers might have to consider closing pubs in England in order for lessons to start again next month.
The prime minister is “veering all over the place like a shopping trolley” – a phrase he used to describe how he was making up his mind on Europe, in or out, a few months before the referendum.At his news conference yesterday, he said it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal” to keep the coronavirus under control. Perhaps his shopping trolley is like one of those airport or station luggage trolleys with brakes. Many of this morning’s headlines screamed that he was “slamming on the brakes”, which was more dramatic than the impression of a judicious course correction that Boris Johnson wanted to give.
The release of court documents said to incriminate Ghislaine Maxwell has been delayed after a US court granted the British socialite at the heart of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal a stay of execution, it has emerged. Papers including her deposition statement will be kept under wraps in what her legal team will view as a welcome victory. The decision by judges sitting in the Second Circuit of the US Court of Appeals was announced in a two-page order published yesterday. The documents, said to contain the 58-year-old British socialite denying any knowledge of sex-trafficking for the multi-billionaire financier, were due to be unsealed on Monday. Prosecutors have claimed the April 2016 deposition suggests Ms Maxwell had perjured herself by claiming not to know about sex-traffcking. It is claimed she is recorded saying while under oath: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Antibody tests may be missing large numbers of people who contracted Covid-19 because they don't work for people who had a mild infection, new research from Oxford University suggests. A study of more than 9,000 healthcare workers suggested significant numbers of people were getting 'negative' test results, despite probably having had the virus. The work has major implications for government health policy, and scientists said it might also mean reviewing where the threshold between negative and positive results lies. Antibody tests are currently used to map the outbreak among a population, but they are also central to potential plans for "immunity passports" - an idea mooted to allow people to go back to normal life. It is not yet clear whether antibodies, the protective proteins produced to help fight off the virus, provide any long lasting immunity to Sars CoV-2. The Oxford University study compared the results of antibody tests among healthcare workers who had also reported losing their sense of taste or smell, a key coronavirus symptom, as shown below.
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US Coast Guard personnel were readying equipment and boats on Friday, July 31, ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Isaias along the eastern seaboard.The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Isaias brought dangerous storm conditions and heavy rain across the central Bahamas Friday evening.A hurricane warning remained in effect for much of the Bahamas, the NHC said, while a hHurricane watch was in effect for a section of Florida’s east coast including the cities of Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie, and Delray Beach.This video shows personnel from US Coast Guard stations Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet, pilot and moor their 45-foot response vessels at the US Coast Guard Station Islamorada Station.In Puerto Rico, the US Coast Guard reopened 12 remaining ports Friday following the passing of the storm. Credit: US Coast Guard District 7 via Storyful
Hurricane Isaias brought dangerous storm conditions to the Bahamas on Friday, July 31, as it made its way toward the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, where it was expected to hit late Saturday afternoon.The National Hurricane Center warned “Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas, across South to east-Central Florida, and across the Carolinas to the mid Atlantic.”This footage shows strong winds battering trees surrounding a resort in Emerald Bay on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas on July 31. Credit: T.R Todd via Storyful