TESCO has started rationing certain items to avoid panic buying as new coronavirus restrictions come into force.
The supermarket is limiting sales of flour, pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes, rice, tinned vegetables and anti-bacterial wipes to just three per customer.
The news comes as the UK broke a grim new record for the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases so far, with a rise of 6,634 in just 24 hours.
As 40 deaths were also recorded yesterday, Pubic Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle called the figures a “stark warning”.
And London was this morning added the Covid watch list – allowing it to get extra support in testing and acting as a first step in potential additional lockdown restrictions being placed on the capital.
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NO PART OF ENGLAND ‘LOW-RISK’
No area of England is currently classified as low risk in the new coronavirus contact tracing app.
The NHS Covid-19 app, released across England and Wales this week, is intended to alert users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
The app also tells users whether their neighbourhood is a low, medium, or high risk area.
A statement on the app’s FAQ says that no area is currently classified as low because there is a “general increase in infection rate across the country”.
“In the current environment it is not considered appropriate for anywhere in England to be deemed ‘low’ risk,” it reads.
TESCO RATIONS KEY ITEMS
Tesco has said it will be limiting the number of certain key items that each customer can buy after the government announced new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The UK’s national lockdown in March sparked a flurry of panic buying that left some shops with shortages.
Tesco said it would bring in a three-item limit on flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes, and antibacterial wipes.
The move comes a day after rival Morrisons announced similar measures.
RUSSIA PASSES 20,000 DEATHS
The total number of people in Russia to have died after contracting coronavirus since the start of the pandemic has now passed 20,000.
Figures show 108 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s overall toll to 20,056.
Russia currently has the fourth-worst outbreak in the world, with over 1.1million cases confirmed.
AUNT BESSIE’S WORKER DIES
A worker at an Aunt Bessie’s factory in Hull has died two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak was confirmed at the site.
The woman was among around 350 people employed at the site, and had reportedly worked there for 21 years.
The company confirmed on September 10 that a “small number” of workers at the factory had tested positive.
A statement read: “We are all saddened about the death of our colleague, and our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends at this time.
“As a mark of respect, today we won’t be running the shift our colleague worked on, so that friends and colleagues have time to mourn and remember her.”
£2.3BILLION LOST SPENDING IN CENTRAL LONDON
The coronavirus pandemic has left a £2.3billion shortfall in spending in central London, research suggests.
Recent months have seen the capital hit as hospitality venues were forced to close and many switched to working from home.
Data from the Centre for Economics and Business Research said that, between March and July, central London saw £2.3billion in lost spending.
New guidelines published this week saw the government once again encourage people to being working from home where possible.
FAMED BOLLYWOOD SINGER DIES
Renowned Bollywood singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has died aged 74 after contracting coronavirus.
Balasubrahmanyamdied recorded more than 40,000 songs for films in 16 Indian languages over a career spanning 50 years.
He was diagnosed with the virus in early August and taken into hospital not long after.
He died on Friday after days in intensive care in the city of Chennai on India’s southeastern coast.
SPAIN CASES PASS 700,000
The number of people tested positive for coronavirus in Spain since the start of the pandemic has now passed 700,000.
Yesterday saw the country reach 704,209 cases, with the figure currently climbing by around 10,000 a day.
The milestone comes after fresh lockdown measures were imposed on parts of capital Madrid, where around a third of new cases are currently being registered.
RIO CARNIVAL POSTPONED
The Rio carnival has been postponed for the first time in 100 years.
Officials said the ongoing pandemic meant it would not be possible to safely hold the event, which had been scheduled for February.
It has not yet confirmed whether street parties that typically take place across Rio at the same time will be allowed to go ahead.
Brazil has now seen over 4.6million confirmed cases of coronavirus, the third highest count in the world, and almost 140,000 deaths.
10PM CURFEW COMES INTO FORCE
A 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants came into force in England and Wales last night.
The measures were introduced following a rise in coronavirus cases across the country.
The penalties for violating the curfew could include on-the-spot fines.
Reports said the first night of curfew passed largely without incident.
The country is currently seeing around 6,000 positive tests per day.
FRANCE CASES SOAR
FRANCE has recorded its highest EVER number of daily coronavirus cases – with 16,096 people testing positive for the bug yesterday.
It comes as the government announced new restrictions in major cities to stem the worrying surge in infections.
The number of people hospitalised for the disease also went above 6,000 for the first time in more than two months, the health ministry confirmed.
SCIENTISTS have warned ministers that the first coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to prevent people catching the disease and may only alleviate sufferers’ symptoms.
Advisers are braced for the first generation of vaccines to be only partially effective – with wide ranging implications for the country’s exit strategy from the pandemic.
The Times reports that experts believe that a vaccine may not enable a complete return to normal life.
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BA HONG KONG ‘PRISON’
BRITISH Airways cabin crew are at the centre of a diplomatic row after being confined to a quarantine “prison” for 14 days in Hong Kong.
The 13 employees were marched from their hotel and taken to a compound after stewardess Inty Neveah tested positive for Covid-19.
She was confined to hospital and a pal said: “She has not eaten since being on the plane and we are worried for her.
“They brought her only bread and water.”
Read the full story here.
YESTERDAY SAW THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN CASES EVER
UK coronavirus cases rose by 6,634 in the highest increase EVER in 24 hours as 40 deaths were recorded yesterday.
It’s a 95 per cent increase on the number of new cases reported this time last week. In total, 416,363 have now been diagnosed with the virus in Britain.
Yesterday’s increase marks a 95 per cent rise to last Thursday’s figures that saw 3,395 infections reported in one day.
The seven-day average now sits at 4,964, increasing by more than 1,000 compared to the seven-day average on Thursday last week that sat at 3,354.
FRESHERS ENJOY THE PUBS BEFORE THE CURFEW KICKS IN
Nottingham freshers descend rush to Nottingham bars ahead of first night of 10pm curfew.
Promoters organising student events put the events ahead early so that students would still be able to attend despite concerns coronavirus cases are going up.
Long queues of students were seen lining the streets of Nottingham.
Panic was had by people trying to get into bars before they closed at 10pm as queues prevented them getting into a number of places.
Morrisons has become the UK’s first supermarket chain to bring back rationing on some products – despite there being plenty of stock.
The supermarket has rationed essentials such as toilet roll because shoppers are unnecessarily panic buying amid fears of a second lockdown.
There is a reportedly limit of three per person on some items.
Supermarket bosses have spent the week urging shoppers not to panic buy and reassuring customers that there is plenty to go round.
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CANADA BOOSTING WEEKLY PAYOUT FOR THE JOBLESS
Canada’s government on Thursday proposed boosting a weekly payout for the jobless that would replace emergency COVID-19 income support that ends this weekend, a move that looks set to help the ruling Liberals win a parliamentary confidence vote.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeking the support of at least one opposition party on a sweeping agenda to battle COVID-19, help those hurt by it, and foster economic growth.
NHS COVID APP DOWNLOADED OVER ONE MILLION TIMES
The NHS Covid-19 app has been downloaded more than one million times by Android users as of Thursday evening, according to the Google Play Store.
The total figure is likely to be higher when iPhone downloads are included, but Apple does not provide similar data for app downloads.
Officially launched in the early hours of Thursday morning, the contact tracing app runs on an Apple and Google-developed system, using Bluetooth to keep an anonymous log of people a user has been close to.
BRITISH THEATRE FACES ‘DECIMATION’
British theatre is facing “decimation” with the Chancellor’s new measures offering “little to help”, an industry body has warned.
Rishi Sunak said new support, which will replace the furlough scheme, is aimed at protecting “viable” roles.
Many people in theatre, including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, have said it is economically “impossible” to run theatres with social distancing.
Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, said the Chancellor’s announcement did “little to help the theatre and performing arts sector where the majority of venues and productions remain closed due to Covid”.
“Our previously viable and world-beating sector is facing decimation as with no income, organisations cannot bring their staff back to work,” he said.
“Without targeted and vitally needed support for the workforce in this sector, we will see further job losses and redundancies.
“While the extension of the self-employed scheme is welcome, with the amount offered reduced to 20%, thousands will face real financial peril.”
LONDON COULD BE ON BRINK OF LOCKDOWN
London could be on the brink of lockdown after coronavirus hospital admissions triple in a fortnight.
However, official figures show the number of people on wards is 13 times lower than it was in March – and new cases are slowing.
Health chiefs have warned of a “rising tide” of Covid in the capital.
And today, UK coronavirus cases rose by 6,634 in the highest increase EVER in 24 hours as 40 deaths were recorded.
It’s a 95 per cent increase on the number of infections that were reported this time last week, with the number of infections now sitting at 416,363.
The UK recording the highest single-day figure of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began has been described as a “stark warning” by a top public health official.
As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,634 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the four nations, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 416,363.
Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected during the height of the first wave due to a lack of community testing at the time.
Testing capacity has greatly increased since then.
But Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said the rise in new cases provides a “clear” signal and insisted people must follow the stricter measures announced this week in order to help control the virus.
MADRID TO BRACE FOR TOUGH WEEKS
Health authorities warned Madrid residents Thursday to brace for tough weeks ahead as a sustained coronavirus spread that is hitting the Spanish capital hard brought the countrys total infections over the 700,000 mark.
With over 10,600 new infections confirmed on Thursday, in line with the average for the past week, Spain’s total tally reached 704,209. There were also 84 new confirmed fatalities, raising the overall death toll to 31,118.
Because of limited testing, among other factors, the figures dont capture the true extent of the pandemic.
The extended region around Madrid, comprising a population of 6.6 million, is struggling to control outbreaks that have hit harder in high-density working-class areas.
Tough weeks are coming for Madrid, Health Minister Salvador Illa told a press conference. We have to act with determination to bring the pandemic under control.”
RESTRICTIONS REIMPOSED ON ARRIVALS FROM ICELAND AND SLOVAKIA
Denmark is among four countries being removed from the Government’s quarantine exemption list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.
Restrictions are also being reimposed on arrivals from Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao due to rising coronavirus cases.
The 14-day self-isolation requirement for travellers arriving in the UK from any of those countries comes into force at 4am on Saturday.
The Department for Transport said the decision covers the whole of the UK and has been agreed with the devolved administrations.
No destinations have been added to the Government’s exemption list.
HUMANITY ‘CAUGHT NAPPING’ BY PANDEMIC
Remotely addressing a UN summit on climate change, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that humanity was “caught napping” by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Johnson said: “Coronavirus came out of left field, I mean, you know, some people predicted it – Bill Gates, and so on – but, most people didn’t imagine that the
world would be afflicted in the way that it has.
“We were caught – humanity was caught napping by coronavirus.
“Let’s face it, we were woefully under-prepared.
“But, for this thing, for climate change, nobody can say that we have not been warned.
“And, nobody can say that we are not now capable of making the preparations. So, that’s what we are doing. And, I have no doubt that we can be successful.”
UK POSITIVITY RATE 2.51 PER CENT
The UK’s positivity rate – the ratio of positive tests to number of tests overall – is now at 2.51 per cent, compared with below one per cent for most of July and early August.
This is edging towards the World Health Organisation’s recommended level of below 5 per cent and suggests that the number of infections is growing.
But Sir Patrick Vallance warned Brits on Monday that the increase in positive cases is not just because more people are being tested than earlier in the pandemic.
Speaking on Monday he said: “Could that increase be due to increased testing? The answer is no.
“We see an increase in positivity of the tests done, so we see the proportion of people testing positive has increased even if testing stays flat.”