8.30am Coronavirus UK update – Second wave fears over 'End of Lockdown' parties as Welsh town gets local shutdown

THE UK is in for "a bumpy ride over the next few months" as Brits hold end of lockdown parties, warns a top scientist. 

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the public had "relaxed too much" over the summer and described the rising number of cases were of "great concern".

He said that the rise is "much more marked" in the 17-21 age group, but noted there is a "more general and creeping geographic trend" across the UK.

In an interview with journalists, Prof Van-Tam said: "This is a big change. It's now consistent over two days and it's of great concern at this point.”

It comes as the first local lockdown is to be put in place in Caerphilly, Wales from today (Tuesday) at 6pm.

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  • WELSH TOWN SHUT OFF FROM REST OF COUNTRY LATER TODAY The public has been told they cannot enter or leave Caerphilly without a reasonable excuse when new restrictions are imposed at 6pm.Meetings with other people indoors will be banned and everyone over 11 will have to wear masks in shops, the first time the measure has been made mandatory in Wales.The South Wales borough has seen 133 new Covid-19 cases over the past seven days, equivalent to a rate of 55.4 cases per 100,000 population, giving it one of the highest rates in the UK.Meanwhile, restrictions on household visits across western parts of Scotland were extended for a further week and expanded to also include East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

  • EASYJET CUTS FLIGHTS DUE TO QUARANTINE RULES

    The budget airline has announced it is cutting flights following the Government's decision to impose quarantine restrictions for seven Greek islands.

    It said it will reduce schedule as “customer confidence to make travel plans has been negatively affected”.

    This means it will have flown “slightly less” than the 40 per cent of pre-coronavirus pandemic capacity it previously said it would operate between July and September.

    From 4am on Wednesday travellers arriving in England from Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini or Zakynthos (also known as Zante) must self-isolate for 14 days.

    This is part of the Government's new regional approach to quarantine policy.

  • IRELAND TO FINALLY OPEN ITS PUBS

    The Irish government has announced hostelries will open from September 21 date for full pub reopening.

    But this will only affect more than half the country's pubs which do not serve food.

    Ireland exited lockdown at a slower pace than most of Europe and is the only one not to fully reopen bars and pubs.

    The disparity led to protests from some publicans over the last week.

    Data on Monday showed that Ireland's average number of cases has continued to rise slowly over the past week.

  • PLANS TO REOPEN HOLIDAY ISLAND OF BALI DITCHED

    A spike in Covid-19 infections in Indonesia's holiday island of Bali has scuppered chances of it reopening.

    Initially it appeared to weather the health crisis better than other parts of Indonesia, which has suffered Southeast Asia's biggest death toll by far.

    But Bali posted a record 196 coronavirus cases on Friday, the fifth consecutive daily record.

    Daily cases in the holiday island almost tripled on average over the past six weeks, while the death tally doubled to 116 over that period.

    The country suspended plans for a “travel bubble” agreement with select countries in August as new daily coronavirus cases rose in parts of Asia.

  • HOLS CHAOS – EXPLAINED

    If you're booked in to go on holiday to a Greek island soon, you'll likely have had your trip thrown into doubt due to changing travel advice.

    Here's some useful information if you're worried.

    Image: AFP

  • BRITS ARE RELAXING TOO MUCH, WARNS HEALTH CHIEF

    One of England's top health chiefs has warned Brits are relaxing “too much” as infections spike.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said a surge in cases in the 17 to 21 age group has now become increasingly worrying.

    He said the wild parties witnessed across the country after lockdown measures were eased have now started to take their toll.

    Here's what you need to know.

  • STUDENTS TOLD 'DON'T KILL GRAN' AS UNIS OPEN

    Young people have been urged by the health secretary not to “kill your gran” by spreading coronavirus.

    It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday blamed “affluent younger people” for a sudden spike in infections.

    A million university students will soon return to halls.

    A further 2,948 confirmed cases of coronavirus were announced yesterday after 2,988 were reported on Sunday.

    The Times reports that Mr Hancock has warned: “Don’t kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on.

    “And you can pass it on before you’ve had any symptoms at all.”

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  • POSH AND BUGS

    Good morning.

    Today's top story is that David and Victoria Beckham secretly battled coronavirus after catching it in the US.

    Several relatives and staff members also came down with the killer bug following the launch of Becks’ new football club – and the couple feared they were 'super-spreaders'.

    Here's what you need to know.

  • SCHOOLS ACROSS UK HIT WITH COVID-19 CASES

    Dozens of schools across the UK have been hit with coronavirus cases since pupils returned to class.

    Some schools have closed their doors just days after reopening while others have told whole classes and year groups to self-isolate for two weeks following confirmed cases of Covid-19.

    In Suffolk, five members of teaching staff at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill tested positive for Covid-19 and the academy closed on Monday on the advice of Public Health England.

    In Leicestershire, a member of staff at Castle Rock school in Coalville – which was visited by Boris Johnson on August 26 – has tested positive for Covid-19.

    At least 10 schools in Wales are believed to have been affected by coronavirus since reopening.

    Liverpool City Council said eight schools have had positive cases of Covid-19 – and it confirmed the year 11 “bubble” at Liverpool College was told to self-isolate after one pupil tested positive.

    In Wiltshire, all 160 pupils in year nine at St Augustine's Catholic College in Trowbridge were told to self-isolate after a student tested positive.

    St Benedict's RC Primary School in Redcar, St Aidan's CE Primary School in Hartlepool and Outwood Academy Ormesby in Middlesbrough have all seen positive cases – but they will remain open.

  • DON'T RELAX OVER CORONA YET!

    Brits have “relaxed too much” with end-of-lockdown parties sparking a spike in coronavirus infections, a top health chief has warned.

    England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said a surge in cases in the 17 to 21 age group has now become increasingly worrying.

    And he added the wild parties witnessed across the country after lockdown measures were eased have now started to take their toll.

    He revealed the “downstream consequences” of the gatherings are that the country is now seeing increased cases of transmission and faces a “bumpy ride” ahead.

    Prof Van-Tam added: “I am quite concerned that we must take this seriously so that we don't end up with a spreading problem over the next few weeks and months.”

    And he pointed out that party-loving youngsters must remember they are “potent spreaders” infecting the elderly. 

    Read the full story HERE.

  • COVID-19 RECOVERY – ECONOMY ‘BOUNCING BACK’

    Britain’s economic recovery amidst the coronavirus pandemic “isn't being given enough credit”, says the Bank of England's chief economist, Andy Haldane.

    Haldane told City A.M. newspaper the economy “has bounced back”.

    This is mainly down to consumers showing themselves to be “incredibly resilient and adaptive and so too have businesses,” he adds.

    Haldane says the pandemic has already delivered “lasting structural change to the economy which does mean, regrettably, some businesses will probably not make it through and some jobs may well not be coming back.”

    Haldane has consistently sounded more optimistic about the prospect of a relatively quick recovery.

  • SIGNIFICANT RISE IN UK COVID-19 CASES

    A large spike in coronavirus infections in the UK has prompted a warning from England's deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van Tam.

    There were nearly 6,000 new positive Covid-19 cases over a 48-hour period to 9am on Monday.

    “This is a big change, it's now consistent over two days, and it is of great concern,” the health boss told the BBC.

    “If we're not careful, if we don't take this incredibly seriously, we're going to have a bumpy ride over the next few months,” he added.

    He's also concerned that the rise isn't restricted to isolated outbreaks.

    Prof Van Tam said: “People have relaxed too much – now is the time for us to re-engage, and to realise that this is a continuing threat to us.”

  • DUBLIN WARNED AFTER RISE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES

    There's been an rise in Covid-19 cases in Dublin and Limerick say health bosses.

    Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn urged people to stick to social distancing measures.

    “The next week is vital and people really need to cut down their social contacts,” he said.

    On Monday, another 102 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Ireland.

    The Department of Health said six new clusters were recorded in workplaces, none of which were in meat plants.

    Dr Glynn said he was also concerned about the increase in the number of people being treated in hospitals, with 49 confirmed cases in hospitals and six in intensive care units.

  • LOCAL LOCKDOWN IN CAERPHILLY

    The county borough of Caerphilly in south Wales being placed under a local lockdown following a “significant rise” in coronavirus cases.

    People will be banned from entering or leaving the area without a reasonable excuse when restrictions come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, the Welsh Government said.

    Everyone aged over 11 will have to wear face coverings in shops – the first time this will be mandatory in Wales.

    Meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed, while overnight stays will also be banned.

    There have been 133 new Covid-19 cases in Caerphilly county borough over the past seven days, equivalent to a rate of 55.4 cases per 100,000 population.

    This is the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK – and case numbers are expected to rise, the Welsh Government said.

  • COVID-19 VACCINE READY ‘EARLY 2021’

    The UK is likely to have its first coronavirus vaccine by early next year, according to health secretary Matt Hancock.

    Speaking this morning on LBC Radio Mr Hancock dashed hopes that a vaccine would be ready by Christmas.

    He explained: “We have got 30 million doses already contracted with AstraZeneca, in fact they are starting to manufacture those doses already, ahead of approval.

    “So that should approval come through – and it's still not certain but it is looking up – should that approval come through then we are ready to roll out.”

    Mr Hancock added: “The best-case scenario is that happens this year. I think more likely is the early part of next year – in the first few months of next year is the most likely.”

    See the full story HERE.

  • THOUSANDS OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

    There have been nearly 6,000 new positive Covid-19 cases over a 48 hour period to 9am on Monday, according to the Department of Health and Social Care's latest stats.

    Today is the second day cases have risen by nearly 3,000 – the highest increase in more than three months.

    2,988 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday, a rise from 1,813 the day before.

  • 13 GUARDS JAILED FOR BOOZY PARTY WHILE QUEEN SHIELDING IN LOCKDOWN

    Thirteen soldiers who guard Windsor Castle have been jailed for breaking lockdown rules while the Queen and Prince Philip were shielding inside.

    The troops from Welsh Guards face up to 28 days in prison after bursting their Covid bubbles at a booze and coke-fuelled party.

    They were part of a group of 16 guardsmen caught mingling with the public at a “mini-rave” in a riverside park.

    Four of the men tested positive for cocaine and will be kicked out of the army when they have served their custodial sentences at the military's Glasshouse prison, in Colchester.

    Read our full story HERE.

  • FIRST LOCAL LOCKDOWN IN WALES

    The county borough of Caerphilly in south Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday following an increase in coronavirus cases in the area.

    People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse, may only meet others outdoors and everyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering in shops, the Welsh Government said.

    The new restrictions, which apply to everyone living within the Caerphilly County Borough Council area, also prohibit overnight stays.

    Health minister Vaughan Gething said they would be kept under review but if cases did not fall, additional measures would be considered.

  • AIRCRAFT CARRIER POSTPONES SAILING AFTER CREW MEMBERS INFECTED WITH CORONA

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has postponed sailing from Portsmouth Naval Base after crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

    A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed that “fewer than 10” members of the 1,000-strong crew were infected with coronavirus and had been taken ashore to be put into isolation in barracks.

    The £3billion warship was set to leave Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Monday afternoon for training exercises but the departure was put on hold at the last moment.

    Other sailors who had contact with their infected crew-mates will isolate on board the 65,000 tonne ship which is expected to leave Portsmouth as soon as Tuesday.

  • SEVEN GREEK ISLANDS ON QUARANTINE LIST

    Seven Greek islands have been added to the list of countries from which travellers must quarantine when returning to England to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    Passengers arriving from Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos will from 3am GMT on Wednesday have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in England, announced transport minister Grant Shapps.

    Last week, Wales added six Greek islands to its list, and Scotland put arrivals from all of Greece under restrictions.

    For the full story, see HERE.

  • VIDEO: GRANT SHAPPS SPEAKS TO THE COMMONS

  • UK SEES SEVEN DAY CASE RATE RISE

    The UK has seen its seven day rate of new cases rise above 20 cases per 100,000 people.

    In the seven days to September 7 the rate stood at 21.3 cases per 100,000, up from 13.9 in the previous week (the seven days to August 31).

    The rate of 20 cases per 100,000 or above, in other countries, is the level which the government uses to consider imposing quarantine conditions on people arriving in Britain.

  • GREEK ISLANDS LOSING QUARANTINE EXEMPTIONS

    The Department for Transport has said the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zante are losing their quarantine-exemptions.

    The move comes as data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England “indicated a significant risk to UK public health from those islands”.

    The UK Government's regional policy will only apply to land that has a “clear boundary” – such as an island – and “internationally comparable data” on coronavirus cases, the Department added.

  • BREAKING: SHAPPS CONFIRMS REGIONAL TRAVEL CORRIDORS

    England is to start applying a regional approach to its quarantine policy for international arrivals,Grant Shapps said.

    The Transport secretary told the Commons: “Our top priority has always been to keep domestic infection rates down, and today we're taking the next step in our approach.

    “Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.”

    He added: “This development will help boost the UK's travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.”



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