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Coronavirus UK LIVE: Punters face fines for breaking Covid rules and pub owners could go to JAIL as deaths hit 43,081

PUB goers could be slapped with on-the-spot fines from cops if they do not follow social distancing rules, according to the government.

Number 10 also warned that pub landlords could spend two years in prison for failing to keep their customers and staff safe.

A spokesman said: “What the police will be able to do is break up large and irresponsible gathering of over 30 people.

“We have a test and trace system in place. If there are particular outbreaks that are linked to premises, it will be easy to track those back.”

He added: “Police can also continue to enforce the wearing of face coverings on public transport.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said pubs would face checks and if they ignore rules there could be enforcement notices.

He added: “And in the case where someone is not following an enforcement order and not fixing things in a workplace, then, for the most serious offences, people can go to prison for up to two years.”

It comes after Boris Johnson announced a raft of lockdown changes from July 4, including the reopening of booze spots.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister also revealed the two-metre social distancing restriction will be reduced to ‘one metre plus’ from July 4 in England.

Meanwhile, Brits can enjoy the reopening of restaurants, go for a haircut as hairdressers prepare to reopen and stay overnight at hotels.

And data from the Office for National Statistics reveal that Covid-related deaths are nearly 54,000 – despite today’s official government figures sitting at 43,081 after 154 more people died in the UK.

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BRAZIL DEATH TOLL RISES

Brazil, which is now the second worst-hit country, has recorded 1,185 coronavirus deaths.

The death toll now stands at a 42,725, with nearly 1.2 million cases in total.

Earlier this month, Brazil ordered workers to dig up bodies in cemeteries to make room for more victims.

TRAVEL GIANTS CUT SUMMER SERVICES

Jet2 and Eurostar will cut summer flights and trains this year and into next due to a plunge in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget airline and high-speed railway service are making the changes in line with customer demand and the difficulty of implementing protection measures.

Eurostar will cut direct services to the French cities of Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles.

The summer services were due to start in May but will no longer be run at all in 2020 or 2021.

Instead, the rail company said it will focus on its main routes between London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Eurostar said: “As we restart our service, we are focusing our timetable on our routes between capital cities, which have the highest demand from customers at the moment and shorter journey times.”

For the full story, click HERE.

PRINCE WILLIAM HOPES COVID-19 WILL BE A ‘WAKE UP CALL’

Prince William, who met with professors at the University of Oxford said the coronavirus pandemic must be “a wake up call to people”.

Speaking to Professor Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford, who is leading the clinical trial team, William said: “I was speaking to an expert the other day who said there were 1.5 million potential viruses that could hop from animals into humans.

“Hopefully this will be a wake up call to people.”

CINEMAS REOPEN – HOW TO BOOK TICKETS

Odeon will begin reopening its cinemas across the UK from next Saturday, and fans are able to book tickets for screenings today.

Ten Odeon cinemas in England will be the first to open, with a further 88 set to reopen by July 16.

From today, tickets will be on sale for big screen classics including 1917, Empire Strikes Back, Little Women, Bad Boys for Life, Dirty Dancing, and The Greatest Showman, which Odeon plans to show in the coming weeks.

The release of new films has been stalled during the coronavirus pandemic.

Odeon is also planning to screen the summer’s big blockbusters, beginning with Mulan and Tenet, at the end of July alongside other new releases including Dreambuilders and Unhinged.

Odeon, along with rivals Vue, Picturehouse and Cineworld, announced it was closing all of its UK cinemas on March 17.

But Boris Johnson announced yesterday that cinemas would be one of the businesses allowed to reopen in England from July 4, as long as they have special measures in place to ensure social distancing and hygiene.

For the full story, click HERE.

COPS CALLED TO BEACHES AFTER ROWS OVER SOCIAL DISTANCING

Police have been called to patrol Spanish beaches as sun-seekers battle it out to claim their socially-distanced patch in the sand.

Although Spain recently reopened its beaches to British tourists from Sunday, numbers are being strictly controlled with waiting periods and lockout times.

Police have already had to turn sun seekers away and even close some beaches across the Costa del Sol to ensure social distancing after they became too overcrowded.

Local authorities have turned to sensor and traffic light systems installed along the coast to monitor beach numbers.

A handful of beaches along the Costa de la Luz on the western part of the Andalucia coastline shut around midday over the weekend over fears they could become overcrowded.

Bolonia beach near the tourist resort of Tarifa shut at 11.15am on Sunday after monitors judged them full.

And nearby Valdevaqueros Beach similarly closed to new arrivals for several hours.

Police closed the access road to picturesque Maro Beach near Nerja on the eastern Costa del Sol at 1pm after “reaching maximum capacity”.

For the full story, click HERE.

RESEARCHERS PREDICT US DEATH RATE TO HIT 180,000 BY OCTOBER

Experts have predicted America will see a death toll of 180,000 by October, which is actually a lower estimate from previous forecasts.

This new prediction is 22,000 down from the most recent forecast, despite rising case numbers in recent weeks, researchers have said.

The new IHME worst-case forecast – 179,106 U.S. lives lost by Oct. 1 – was revised downward from the 201,000 deaths projected on June 15.

SCIENTISTS BELIEVE ‘COLD AIR AND WORKING CONDITIONS’ ARE BEHIND COVID FACTORY SPREAD

As a fourth meat factory has been forced to close and be deep cleaned, an investigation has been launched.

Scientists believe the cold air inside the factories could make those inside more vulnerable.

The close working conditions and ventilation problems ‘increase the risk of infection’.

The Kepak plant in Merthyr Tydfil reportedly had eight cases, while Princes’ Cambridgeshire plant had 14 staff members test positive.

FIVE SCHOOLS CLOSE AFTER PUPILS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Five schools in Leicester have been forced to close after staff and pupils tested positive for coronavirus.

Up to ten staff and ‘a couple’ of pupils were diagnosed with Covid-19 at the schools, which have shut temporarily.

Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock unexpectedly announced there had been a coronavirus outbreak had hit Leicester.

Moat Community College, Herrick Primary and Whitehall Primary have all been closed for a deep clean.

Earlier this month,  Humberstone Infant Academy and Humberstone Junior Academy were closed ‘for the foreseeable future’.

Parents with children in affected groups at the two schools had been told to self-isolate for 14 days after a member of staff tested positive.

The school lockdowns come as Britain’s death toll from the disease rose today past 43,000 after another 154 fatalities were recorded.

For the full story, click HERE.

CHINA’S MILITARY RESEARCHES MOVE CLOSER TO FINDING A COVID VACCINE

The Chinese military research institute has been approved to test its second experimental coronavirus vaccine on human patients.

The vaccine is now the front-runner in the global race to find a jab to beat Covid-19.

The new drug is developed by the Academy of Military Science, a research institute affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, and was approved to proceed to human trial.

CAMPSITE AND HOLIDAY PARK BOOKINGS SOAR

Bookings for UK-based campsites and holiday parks have sky-rocketed in the last 24 hours after further easing of lockdown measures were announced today.

In Devon, some businesses said they had received 200 calls by the morning – just hours after the Prime Minister lifted restrictions on hotels, restaurants and pubs.

This could provide a much needed boost to the UK’s struggling tourism industry after months of closures.

ANOTHER FOOD FACTORY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

A food factory operated by tinned food company Princes has been closed after staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

It is believed that 14 staff members have been told to self-isolate after the outbreak at the branch in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

This is the fourth meat processing factory to be hit by the virus.

A Princes spokesperson said: “Our first priority is the well-being and safety of our colleagues. We have been following government advice since the outbreak of Covid-19 and will continue to do so.

“We can confirm fourteen of our Wisbech-based colleagues have recently tested positive for coronavirus. The total number of colleagues at Wisbech is 407.

“As soon as these colleagues were symptomatic, they were asked to self-isolate and contact the health authorities to be tested, and to be logged as part of track and trace efforts.

“A deep clean of the facilities these colleagues used was also conducted, alongside further stringent cleaning across the site.

“As an additional step, we took the responsible decision to temporarily close the whole site for 24 hours so a further deep clean could be completed. The site has now reopened.”

FRANCE’S NEW CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL DOWN

The number of people who have died from Covid-19 has risen by 11 to 29,731.

This is the lowest increase in fatalities in five days, the country’s death toll is still the fifth-highest in the world.

GYMS AND FITNESS INSTRUCTORS FURIOUS OVER CONTINUED CLOSURES

Fitness industry bosses have slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to leave gyms closed despite allowing pubs to reopen.

After contracting the coronavirus in April Mr Johnson vowed to tackle obesity in the UK, but keeping gyms closed might have the opposite effect.

When the Prime Minister was admitted to hospital with the virus he weighed around 17 stone.

Data from NHS England states that in 2018/19 there were 11,117 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity.

This is an increase of 4 per cent on 2017/18, since 2014 admissions have increased by 22 per cent.

Mr Johnson has allowed pubs and restaurants to reopen but not gyms or chlorinated swimming pools.

The move shocked many in the industry, including Luke Worthington, head trainer of Third Space and star of Harry’s Heroes on ITV.

He told The Sun: “It was particularly disappointing given that the health and fitness industry could be playing a vital role in improving the nation’s resilience to Covid-19 and rehabilitating those affected by it.

“It is widely accepted that BMI and respiratory fitness are the biggest risk factors affecting death rate and severity of infection.”

For the full story, click HERE.

BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE EATERIES ARE OPENING – HOW TO BOOK

Toby Carvery, Harvester and Miller and Carter pubs will be opening their doors on Saturday July 4.

Even better, the popular eateries have opened up bookings, so you can secure a table at your favourite  right now.

You might want to be quick though, as people on social media are suggesting that tables are booking up fast.

Karla tweeted: “Can’t believe how fast Miller and Carter has booked up”.

And Charlotte added: “We’ve booked Miller & Carter! We tried to go for next weekend but it was fully booked completely so we’ve had to go for the weekend after AND the one in Poulton”

All three restaurants are all owned by Mitchells and Butlers, who also run several pub chains including All Bar One and Nicholson’s.

All the brands under the Mitchells and Butlers arms will be opening in England on July 4.

For the full story, click HERE.

UAE LIFTS CURFEW

The United Arab Emirates’ government has lifted its coronavirus curfew.

It posted on Twitter that: “All members of society are allowed to freely enter and exit throughout the day without restrictions,” it said in an announcement also tweeted by the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

HAIRDRESSERS COULD CHARGE MORE FOR OVERGROWN ROOTS AND DIY DYE JOBS

Desperate Brits can finally put an end to their mane misery with hair salons officially reopening from July 4.

And while we’ve been told of a number of changes throughout our visit going forward – including no blow dries, perspex screen and carefully measured out stations – it seems we should also expect to pay more to fix our troublesome lockdown hair.

A leading hair salon in Ireland, Peter Mark, announced that customers will be charged and extra €60 (£54) if they’ve used at-home dye kits during lockdown.

And since many desperate Brits turned to DIY colouring during lockdown – with varying degrees of success – the idea has left many people understandably annoyed.

Peter Mark, which has 60 salons across Ireland, also told customers that those with longer then usual roots will be charged an additional “regrowth” fee to cover the amount of work, and product, involved in correcting the hair.

The salon announced it’s new policies on social media this week explaining they would be introducing a “colour extend service,” a “colour detox service,” and a “colour restore service.”

For the full story, click HERE.

THEATRES AND ARTS VENUES COULD GET BAILOUT

The arts and entertainment sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, with 70 percent of organisations and venues expected to go bust by the end of the year.

But Downing Street has said the government would discuss “what support it could possibly provide” over the coming months as the UK eases lockdown regulations.

It is not yet clear what that support might be.

This comes a week after Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that theatres might get “further support”.

Theatres and concert halls have been told they can reopen in England from July 4 but can not put on live shows.

CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS PAY £3K FOR MIRACLE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS ON BLACK MARKET

A black market is cashing in on the Covid-19 pandemic by trading in the blood plasma of impoverished coronavirus survivors. 

But experts are warning the macabre money-spinner could actually endanger the lives of desperate patients more than the virus itself. 

With demand so high for what some see as a “miracle cure”, plasma peddling has emerged as a lucrative trade.

Recovered patients, often those living in poverty, are donating their sought-after plasma to shady labs where strict hygiene cannot be guaranteed.

However, harvesting, storing and infusing blood plasma has to be done by regulated clinics or patients risk catching another deadly disease.

Speaking to the Sun Online, Dr Simon Clarke, a cellular microbiologist at the University of Reading, explained the dangers of the trade.

He said: “The big problem is, one, do you know that somebody has actually had Covid-19 and it is what it claims to be?

“The other thing is whether it is free of blood borne viruses and infections like Hepatitis B and C and HIV?

“Then you want to make sure the plasma has been collected and stored properly and was free of other bacterial infections.

“These would not necessarily come from the blood but grow in it if it has not been stored properly and not harvested in a sterile way. 

“And these things also have a shelf life, is it past it’s shelf life?”

For the full story, click HERE.

10 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE

Almost 10 million people globally have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the WHO.

The organisation said that the world could reach 10 million “within the next week”.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, told a press briefing in Geneva: “More than 9.1 million cases of Covid-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 470,000 deaths.

“In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost four million cases have been reported.

“We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.

“This is a sober reminder that even as we continue R&D (research and development) into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”

THE AMERICAS HAVE NOT SUFFERED THEIR PEAK YET

The coronavirus pandemic in the Americas has “not yet peaked” WHO officials have said.

Countries in Central and South America are “still suffering sustained community transmission” says Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies programme.

Speaking of the UK’s easing of lockdown measures, he said he believed that British surveillance systems were “”capable of understanding where the disease is”.

Dr Ryan said: “The United Kingdom has been very much guided by a very steady, slow, stepwise exit from lockdown conditions.

“Testing in the UK has increased. I believe the surveillance system is capable of understanding where the disease is.”

GLOBAL COVID DEATH TOLL PASSES 470,000

The death toll from the disease from Covid-19 around the world has surpassed 470,000.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, told a press briefing in Geneva: “More than 9.1 million cases of Covid-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 470,000 deaths.

“In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost four million cases have been reported.

“We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.

“This is a sober reminder that even as we continue R&D (research and development) into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”

Countries in Central and South America are “still suffering sustained community transmission”, WHO officials said as they warned that the pandemic in the Americas “has not yet peaked”.

MICHAEL ROSEN RETURNS HOME FROM HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS BATTLE

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen has returned home from hospital following a battle with coronavirus.

The poet and author, 74, was treated in intensive care by doctors after he was admitted to hospital in March.

He said on Twitter that healthcare workers and hospital staff went to “huge efforts” to keep him alive.

“They saved my life and have got me from horizontal to hobbling.

“Forever grateful to you all.”

Rosen said he was “overwhelmed” by how his radio producer wife Emma-Louise Williams and his family had “hung on in hope while I was out of it in a coma for several weeks – survival in doubt”.

He added: “I’m so lucky to have had such hope and support backing me.”

The writer spent 47 “long and difficult” days in intensive care, his wife revealed last month.

Rosen is known for books including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Little Rabbit Foo Foo and Chocolate Cake, and was Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009.

DISABLED MAN STARVED TO DEATH BECAUSE HE COULD NOT ACCESS FOOD, MP SAYS

A disabled man starved to death during the coronavirus lockdown because he could not access essential food, an MP said.

Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy said she was aware of a “tragic” report that a man in her constituency of Streatham, south London, had died after being unable to access food essentials.

REBECCA ADLINGTON CRITICISES PLAN TO KEEP POOLS SHUT

Former Olympian Rebecca Adlington said she was “shocked” by the decision to keep swimming pool shut.

Speaking to ITV News, the gold medallist said she was “left wondering why” swimming facilities have not been allowed to reopen given that the pool is “a sanitised environment”.

Ms Adlington said the decision has been met with “frustration,” adding: “How can I have a pint but I can’t go swimming?

“I just see the benefits of swimming outweighing going to the pub.”

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