Police speak to drinkers outside a bar in Soho, London.

Pubs and restaurants could be ordered to shut again in parts of northern England from Monday, as the World Health Organisation saw a record one-day increase in coronavirus cases, led by Europe.

Meanwhile, the country could be split into three tiers of severity, with areas in the highest tier, such as Merseyside, also likely to see cafes and hair and beauty salons forced to close their doors, according to The Times.  

There could also be a ban on overnight stays away from home in some areas, the BBC reports. It comes as hospitals face being overwhelmed as coronavirus infections continue to soar in places such as Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. 

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Russia urges public to stay at home over weekend

Russia’s health ministry has issued a recommendation that Russians stay at home this weekend because of a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases, the RIA news agency reported.

Russia reported 11,493 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, just short of the most confirmed in a single day during the pandemic, pushing the overall total to 1,260,112. 

Samuel Osborne8 October 2020 19:39

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WHO sees record one-day increase in coronavirus cases, led by Europe

The World Health Organisation has reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours led by a surge of infections in Europe.

Europe reported 96,996 new cases, the highest total for the region ever recorded by the WHO.

Global deaths rose by 5,514 to a total of 1.05 million.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 330,340 on 2 October. The agency reported a record 12,393 deaths on 17 April.

Europe is now reporting more cases than India, Brazil or the United States.

Samuel Osborne8 October 2020 19:16

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What are the latest coronavirus rules in Scotland?

What are the new Covid-19 rules in Scotland?

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 17:37

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Jewish reporter attacked and called ‘Nazi’ as unrest over Covid restrictions intensifies in Orthodox New York neighbourhood

An Orthodox Jewish reporter says he was attacked by an angry group of protesters at a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in New York City on Wednesday night.

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 17:58

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Northern leaders rage at PM over looming lockdown restrictions

Boris Johnson was today facing fury from regional leaders, as Downing Street fuelled confusion by refusing to confirm details of new coronavirus lockdown measures expected to be imposed across the north of England next week, writes Andrew Woodcock.

The prime minister’s official spokesman denied that final decisions had been made on the three-tier package, insisting that ministers were still “considering a range of options”, while a senior No 10 source said that some elements of the plan being discussed in public were inaccurate.

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 17:39

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Record one-day increase in global cases

The World Health Organisation reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were from India, the United States and Brazil, according to the agency’s website. Deaths rose by 5,514 to a total of 1.05 million.

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 18:09

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Ben Chu analysis: Could local lockdowns end up making left behind places even poorer?

Is the coronavirus actually levelling Britain down?    

Different parts of the UK have been subject to different levels of restrictions in this pandemic. On the face of it this discrepancy is justified by the varying rates at which the infection is spreading around the country, writes Ben Chu.

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 17:35

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More French cities move to ‘maximum alert’

The cities of Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne in France will move to maximum coronavirus alert status on Saturday, health minister Olivier Veran has said.

Paris and Marseille were put on maximum alert earlier, which led to the closure of bars in those cities.

Mr Veran said the situation in Toulouse and Montpellier was also worrying and that those cities could also be moved to the maximum alert level from early next week.

Jon Sharman8 October 2020 17:33

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Sports and culture venues close in Czech Republic

The Czech government will close indoor sports facilities and culture venues for two weeks from Monday to slow down the spread of new coronavirus infections, the country’s health minister, Roman Prymula, has announced.

Restaurants will have to close at 8pm, and pupils in the upper level of elementary schools will alternate in-class and distance learning, government officials said.

Samuel Osborne8 October 2020 17:12

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Five Greek islands added to UK safe travel list

Five Greek islands have been added to the UK’s safe travel list, the transport minister, Grant Shapps, has announced.

Travellers will be able to visit and return from Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos without needing to self-isolate for two weeks.

No countries were removed from the travel corridor list this week.

Samuel Osborne8 October 2020 17:11



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