ow-key services were being held across the UK on Remembrance Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic forced commemorations to be scaled back.

The annual service at the Cenotaph in London was going ahead, with the ceremony being held outdoors and invited guests required to observe social distancing.

It came after Boris Johnson climbed down on over providing free meals to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holidays – in a victory for Marcus Rashford’s campaign for extra support.

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1604866179331 more deaths in Italy

Italy has registered 32,616 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, compared to 39,811 on Saturday.

The ministry also reported 331 Covid-19 related deaths, down from 425 the day before.

But the number of swab tests carried out was lower than Saturday’s count.

A total of 41,394 people have died because of Covid-19 in Italy, which has registered 935,104 infections since the start of its outbreak.

The northern region of Lombardy, home to Italy’s business capital Milan, remained the hardest-hit area, although new cases fell to 6,318 on Sunday from 11,489 on Saturday.

Neighbouring Piedmont was the second-worst affected with 3,884 new cases compared to 4,437 cases the day before.

1604862838Calendar maker warns second lockdown will ‘decimate’ business ahead of Christmas

The UK’s largest producer of calendars has warned England’s second lockdown will “decimate” sales as retailers withdraw their usual seasonal orders.

Danilo Promotions, the largest producer of officially licensed calendars in Europe, has warned Covid-19 restrictions limiting in-person shopping will have a substantial impact ahead of the festive season.

Around £500,000 worth of orders have been recently withdrawn, the company said, many shops selling advent calendars, 2021 calendars and diaries have closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

England remains in a month-long lockdown which is expected to end at the start of December, closing many high street retailers and affecting sales in the pre-Christmas period.

However, Wales will come out of its 17-day firebreak lockdown on Monday while Scotland has kept a regional approach.

1604861572Man charged over allegedly organising rave in Falkirk

A man has been charged in connection with organising an illegal rave at a derelict farm.

Police were sent to the site at Slamannan, Falkirk, on Saturday night after being told people were gathering there.

Officers believe up to 200 people were due to attend but it was “quickly disrupted” and did not go ahead.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct in connection with the event.

Officers recovered around £16,000 worth of drugs from the site, which they believed were to be sold at the rave.

1604858567Two more deaths in Ireland

There have been two more deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland and an additional 542 cases.

It brings the total number of deaths linked to the virus in Ireland to 1,947, with 65,394 cases, according to figures from the Department of Health on Sunday.

There are currently 283 patients hospitalised with the virus, with 39 of those being treated in intensive care units.

Of the newly notified cases 277 are men and 264 are women. There were 181 cases in Dublin, 59 in Donegal, 50 in Limerick, 36 in Cork, 25 in Kildare, and the remaining 191 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

1604856264156 more Covid deaths recorded across UK

The Government has said 156 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

It brings the UK total to 49,044.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths when Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 64,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 20,572 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,192,013.

1604856188122 more hospital deaths

A further 122 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 34,496, NHS England said on Sunday.

Patients were aged between 44 and 98. All except four, aged between 61 and 95, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 15 and November 7.

Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

1604854125New record high for US coronavirus cases

The US has set another record for daily number of coronavirus cases.

The country reported more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University.

It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000 as the country has broken its own record for daily cases with nearly every passing day this week.

The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks from more than 64,000 on Oct. 24 to nearly 104,000 on Nov. 7, according to the university’s data.

The virus death toll is also rising in the country.

1604852959UK coronavirus deaths rise by 156 as more than 20,000 new cases recorded

A further 156 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded as of 9am on Sunday along with 20,572 new cases.

1604851835Coronavirus cases rise by 20,572 in the UK as 156 more die of virus

The latest figures brings the UK coronavirus death toll to 49,044. 

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths when Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 64,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.

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