THIS winter could see up to 85,000 excess deaths from the coronavirus, according to a leaked report from the government’s SAGE committee.
The report looked at a “reasonable worst case scenario” for the coming months.
It comes as lockdown restrictions are set to be eased for around one million people across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.
But thousands of Brits have also been reported to police for breaking the 14-day quarantine rule.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday that 4,200 people have been referred to police after returning from a number of destinations abroad and not quarantining.
Switzerland, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic have been added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Brits returning after 4am on Saturday will need to isolate for 14 days.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is due to end on Bank Holiday Monday August 31.
But some chains have chosen to continue to offer 50% off deals at their own cost.
Meanwhile, 1,522 new positive cases and 12 deaths were recorded on Thursday August 27.
The death toll now stands at 41,477.
Follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates…
FACTORY COVID-19 OUTBREAK
A coronavirus outbreak has struck a Mr Kipling bakery with six workers sent home, but the factory has remained open.
Premier Foods said the six workers at its Stoke-on-Trent factory had tested positive for Covid-19 and were currently self-isolating at home on full pay.
The bakery produces millions of Mr Kipling cakes and pies each year.
Premier Foods said it believed the workers, who represent just 0.9 per cent of the total workforce at the site, were infected in the community rather than at work, after carrying out an investigation.
As a precaution, a number of other workers at the site who came into close contact with the infected employees are also self-isolating at home.
Coronavirus outbreak at Mr Kipling bakery sees six workers sent home but factory stays open
PRINCE HARRY VOWS TO FLY TO UK FOR RUGBY LEAGUE
Prince Harry says that only coronavirus has stopped him from returning to the UK – as he vowed to fly home for the Rugby League World Cup.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, joined a Zoom call with staff and volunteers from Rugby League to mark the sport’s 125th birthday.
Speaking from his Santa Barbara mansion, he said: “We’ve got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year.
“I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for Covid.”
Harry went on to express his love for the game, and said the sport had “thrived” since it started in 1895.
He said: “Watching Rugby League is exhausting.
“I spent 10 years in the army – I know what endurance is all about. But it’s madness.
“Full respect to anyone that plays the game; I think it’s amazing, and a lot of people would be jealous not to be part of that community.”
For the full story see HERE.
CORONAVIRUS ‘HOAX’ PROTEST
Thousands of coronavirus conspiracy theorists who believe the pandemic is a HOAX have marched on London today.
Crowds of Covid-deniers swarmed the capital demanding an end to face masks, social distancing and the search for a vaccine.
The ‘Unite For Freedom’ rally began at midday – with protesters calling for an end to “government lies” over the pandemic.
Pictures show large crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square holding signs claiming that the virus is a “hoax” and a “scam”.
Other placards read: “No to mandatory vaccines!”
Most of the defiant crowd refused to wear a mask during the protest.
The event later moved towards Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament.
SCORES INJURED IN KASHMIR
India Government forces on Saturday fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of Shia Muslims participating in a traditional religious procession in the Indian-controlled Kashmir, injuring scores, eyewitnesses said.
An officer at the police control room in the main city of Srinagar said mourners on the outskirts of the city violated coronavirus prohibitory orders that restrict all religious processions and gatherings across the disputed region.
Medics at one hospital said they treated at least 30 people, some of them with pellet and teargas injuries.
Many injured were taken to another hospital.
Videos circulating on social media showed police in armed vehicles warning the mourners to disperse before firing shotgun pellets and tear gas on them.
The procession was not just peaceful but was also following health protocols, said Sajjad Hussain, an eyewitness.
FRANCE: THOUSANDS OF NEW CASES
France reported 5,453 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday.
Health chiefs described the surge as “worrying” following a spike the previous day when the country registered its highest number of cases since mid-March.
Friday’s “exponential” rise in the number of new cases to 7,379 marked the biggest daily figure reported since France imposed a lockdown at the height of the pandemic.
“The strong growth dynamics of transmission is very worrying,” the health ministry said on its website.
Despite the persistently high number of new cases, however, a doctor in Paris said the current situation was different from February and March when the virus spread uncontrollably.
“We have learned from our mistakes.
“We have made a lot of progress in terms of treatment.
“For example, we know that dexamethasone… works and has a positive effect on mortality,” said Karine Lacombe, head of the infectious diseases unit at the Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris.
UK EASES CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
The UK has eased Covid-19 lockdown in parts of Northern England.
Health bosses said on Friday that coronavirus-related restrictions on two households mixing would be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire from September 2.
A tight lockdown will remain in place in Leicester for a further two weeks as cases remain high, however.
About four million people were ordered on July 30 not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they could still go to the pub and to work.
FANS BACK FOR PREMIER LEAGUE
Supporters returned to a Premier League stadium for the first time since March on Saturday when Brighton drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a pre-season friendly.
Around 2,500 fans spaced out to abide by coronavirus social distancing were allowed into Brighton’s stadium on the south coast of England.
It is one of the pilot schemes being run by the government to assess how spectators can return to sports venues on a more permanent basis during the pandemic.
New signing Timo Werner gave Chelsea the lead in the fourth minute and Pascal Gross equalized with a 90th-minute penalty.
Brighton will also host Chelsea in their opening game of the pandemic-delayed new Premier League season on Sept. 14.
For the full story, see HERE.
SCOTLAND RECORDS BIGGEST DAILY RISE IN COVID-19
Scotland has recorded 88 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise in the past week.
The biggest number of new cases came from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, which saw a rise of 36 from Friday.
No new deaths were recorded, according to statistics from the Scottish Government.
Areas where localised outbreaks were being dealt with saw a small increase in new cases, with six in NHS Grampian, seven in Lanarkshire, 11 in Tayside and two in the Scottish Borders.
On Twitter, the First Minister said that the rise in cases is due to an increase in testing, and the proportion of people tested returning positive results remains below 1%.
Saturday’s figure for new cases was the highest rise since the previous Saturday, August 22, when a jump of 123 was recorded.
However, Saturday’s total is the second highest rise in a single day since May 22, when 113 more people were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
Meanwhile NHS Greater and Glasgow and Clyde said it is carrying out Covid-19 contact tracing around the Gilmour & Dean Eurostampa business in Glasgow.
It said public health teams have systematically established a list of close contacts and Test and Protect staff are contacting those identified, who are being advised to self-isolate.
HANCOCK WARNS OF EXTENSIVE LOCKDOWNS
Matt Hancock has warned a second coronavirus wave is a “serious threat” to the UK and would bring more restrictions.
The Health Secretary said the nation could see severe rules being brought back in and extensive local lockdowns if cases rise in the winter.
He told The Times a second wave scenario is “avoidable but it’s not easy”, with the re-opening of schools bringing a new set of challenges.
“A second wave is clearly visible in other parts of the world,” he said.
“It is a very serious threat. But so far in the UK we are managing to keep the number of new cases flat through a combination of test and trace and local lockdowns.
“This is the reasonable worst-case scenario, that we have a bad flu and a growth in coronavirus as people spend more time indoors.
“Cases go up again, and we have to use very extensive local lockdowns or take further national action. We don’t rule that out but we don’t want to see it.”
For the full story see HERE.
MACRON DECLINES TO RULE OUT SECOND LOCKDOWN IN FRANCE
President Emmanuel Macron has declined to rule out a renewed nationwide lockdown in France.
Macron was speaking as the country’s health ministry warned that cases of the virus were growing “exponentially”.
France saw 7,379 new cases diagnosed yesterday, the highest daily leap since March 31.
It followed rises of 5,429 and 6,111 on Wednesday and Thursday.
Asked about the possibility of a new lockdown on Friday, Macron said: “Nothing, in theory, can be excluded.”
But he added that “containment is the crudest of measures to fight against a virus” and that outbreaks could be prevented if the public remained “collectively very rigorous”.
US UNIVERSITY ‘PREVENTED OUTBREAK BY MONITORING SEWAGE’
The University of Arizona has said it was able to stop an outbreak of coronavirus by monitoring sewage.
The school said it has been combining more usual preventative measure like swab testing and contact tracing with a programme to test sewage in its student dorms, NBC News reported.
The method is known as wastewater-based epidemiology, and allows testers to identify cases of a virus in a broader group.
Once cases had been found in one dorm, named Likins Hall, residents could be tested individually.
Two students at the dorm were later found to have contracted the virus but to be asymptomatic.
CASES RISING AMONG YOUNG LONDONERS, PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND HAS WARNED
Cases of coronavirus are rising for Londoners in their twenties, Public Health England has said.
The warning comes as many move around or leave the capital over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Professor Paul Plant, Public Health England’s deputy regional director for London, urged young people to follow preventative guidelines.
He said that doing so would help “keep coronavirus at bay and avoid the possibility of a local lockdown”.
Data on Friday showed that the incidence of coronavirus among people aged between 20 and 29 in London nearly trebled between the week from July 27 to August 2 and the week from August 17 to August 23.
THOUSANDS PROTEST CORONAVIRUS MEASURES IN LONDON
Thousands of people gathered in central London today to protest measures intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Demonstrators held placards opposing the mandatory use of face masks, vaccination programs, and lockdowns.
Many reportedly believe the pandemic to be a hoax being used by governments to exert control over their populations.
INDIA NEARS RECORD DAILY RISE
India recorded 77, 266 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, just short of the largest daily rise recorded in any country since the start of the pandemic.
The largest one-day rise so far was 78,427, reported by the US on July 25.
India has registered a total 3,477,250 cases, while the numbers recorded each day continue to rise.
It remains third to Brazil and the US in total case count, though has recorded significantly fewer deaths than either.
The three countries account for just over half of all cases globally.
BRIT’S WEDDING IN PRAGUE LEFT IN TATTERS BECAUSE OF QUARANTINE
A British groom’s wedding in the Czech Republic has been left in ruins after 30 guests dashed home before his big day to beat new quarantine lockdowns.
Oliver, who did not want to reveal his full name, is due to get married in Prague to fiancee Andrea, who is from a city to the east of the bustling capital.
However, Brit tourists in the Czech Republic had to travel back home by 4am today or face two weeks in isolation due to a 25 per cent rise in coronavirus cases in the country.
Now Kent-born Oliver – who has lived overseas for 11 years – has revealed dozens of his family and friends have had to leave before the wedding because they cannot quarantine when they return due to work constraints.
POLICE DISBAND BERLIN PROTESTS
Berlin police have disbanded a mass protest in the German capital against coronavirus curbs a few hours after it had begun after marchers failed to heed their orders to keep their distance and wear masks.
The protest came as infections rise across Europe, with similar protests during the day in Paris and elsewhere.
“Unfortunately, we have no other option,” Berlin police said on Twitter. “All the measures taken so far have not led to compliance with the conditions.”
WHERE CAN YOU GET 50 PER CENT OFF DEALS IN SEPTEMBER?
Here are the chains continuing the half price offer.
Heliot Steak House
Drake & Morgan
plant based by CHLOE.,
The Lebanese Bakery
Dominique Ansel BakeryThen the Mirror and The Independent are also saying these ones:
Signature Pub Group
Q Hotels Group
True North Brew Co
The Coconut Tree
56 North – Edinburgh
Smiths Restaurant – Uddingston
Peru Perdu, Manchester
Craft Dining Room, Birmingham
NO FACE MASKS IN CLASSROOMS, SAYS PM
Boris Johnson has warned schools not to ask for face masks to be worn in classrooms.
The PM‘s comments come as most schools prepare to allow students to go back on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We don’t want to see face masks in the classroom, either worn by teachers or by pupils,” he told The Times.
“There’s no need for it and there’s a need not to have it, because it’s obviously very, very difficult to teach or to learn with a face mask on.”
FRANCE ON VERGE OF SECOND NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
France has been rocked by its biggest daily surge in coronavirus infections in five months.
The shocking news came as President Emmanuel Macron warned the hard-hit country may face another nationwide lockdown.
French officials reported 7,379 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the most since it emerged from shut down.
The worrying statistic was just shy of the record the 7,578 high set on March 31 at the peak of its initial wave.
PHILIPPINES RECORD 3,637 NEW CASES
The Philippines recorded 3,637 new coronavirus infections and 94 more deaths on Saturday, the health ministry said in a bulletin.
This takes the country’s total number of cases to 213,131 and raises its death toll to 3,419.
The nation has the highest number of virus infections in Southeast Asia, with a death toll second only to neighbouring Indonesia.
SIX MR KIPLING WORKERS TEST POSITIVE
Six workers at a Mr Kipling factory in Stoke-on-Trent are isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus.
The site, located near the village of Trent Vale, has around 650 employees and is to remain open.
Owner Premier Foods has confirmed the workers will receive full pay while they are quarantining.
It has said it believed the group were infected in the community, not at the factory.
Four of the group reportedly live in Newcastle-under-Lyme, while the remaining two live in Stoke-on-Trent.
A spokesperson for Stoke-on-Trent Council said three of the six were “socially-linked”.
A Premier Foods spokeswoman said: “The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is our absolute priority, and we have done everything we can throughout the pandemic to protect our teams.
“We have seen a very small number of colleagues test positive for Covid-19 at our Stoke factory.
“As a result, we have introduced further protective measures on site, in addition to our already stringent hygiene and safety procedures.”
NEGOTIATE LOCKDOWNS WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES, SAYS BURNHAM
Future regional lockdowns should be negotiated with local authorities, not imposed by the government in Westminster, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said.
He was speaking after the government announced a relaxation of lockdown measures in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.
The government introduced regional lockdowns in late July amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the north of England.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Burnham said: “The issue here is not necessarily the judgement, because obviously people could come down on these either way on that.
“The issue is how this decision was taken.
“If we’re going to have extensive local lockdowns throughout the rest of this year – as the health secretary is warning today – they must not be done in this way, effectively imposed by Whitehall.
“It has to be done by negotiation and agreement between national and local government, and that has got to be a core principle on which we move forward.”
RUSSIA CASES APPROACH ONE MILLION
The total number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in Russia is approaching one million.
The country has so far had 985,346 people test positive for the virus, with around 4,800 cases currently being diagnosed each day.
Daily cases have fallen from a peak of around 11,000 in May, while the daily death rate is currently stable at around 100.
NON-HOUSEHOLD CONTACT COULD REMAIN AT HALF NORMAL LEVELS, SAYS REPORT
Measures could be put in place to reduce non-household contacts to half their pre-March 2020 levels by November, according to a leaked report from the government’s SAGE committee.
The measures would be part of steps to mitigate the expected impact of the coronavirus over this winter.
The report said that excess deaths from coronavirus in the coming months could be as high as 85,000, though stressed that was a “reasonable worst-case scenario”.
It added that measures to reduce non-household contact could remain in place until March of next year.
FRANCE SEEING ‘EXPONENTIAL’ RISE IN CASES
France is currently seeing an exponential rise in coronavirus cases, its health ministry has said.
The country’s saw 7,379 new cases diagnosed yesterday, the highest daily leap since March 31.
It followed rises of 5,429 and 6,111 on Wednesday and Thursday.
France has now seen 267,077 cases and 30,596 deaths registered since the start of the pandemic.
The country’s directorate general of health has said that “the dynamic of the progression of the epidemic is exponential”.