Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Local lockdown in Leicester as quarantine rules to be dropped and deaths hit 43,575

Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Local lockdown in Leicester as quarantine rules to be dropped and deaths hit 43,575

THE city of Leicester WILL stay in lockdown the Health Secretary confirmed.

No 10 had been concerned about a recent spike in cases in the area, with questions raised abouta second shutdown.

It means pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Leicester will remain closed for two more weeks following a series of local outbreaks.

The outbreak has seen dozens of fresh cases admitted to the area’s hospitals.

There have been 658 cases in the area in the two weeks up to June 16.

Meanwhile the Government has confirmed that it will drop the 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving into the UK with the full list of countries exempt from self-isolation rules to be outlined this week.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 43,575 and the global toll reaches half a million.

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  • PLAYTIME'S OVER

    Schools in England are set to use “year bubbles” to get every child back learning this September – and will send the whole bubble home if ONE person is ill

    According to The Huffington Post, the move would see bigger schools enact bubbles of 30, with entire classes kept together to keep them safe.

    Secondary school pupils could be isolated in their year groups – limiting their interactions with students of different ages.

  • LOOKING UP FOR THAILAND

    Thailand confirmed two new coronavirus cases imported from abroad, marking 36 days without local transmission.

    The new cases were Thai nationals returning from Qatar who were in state quarantine, said a spokeswoman for the government's COVID-19 Administration Centre.

    The coronavirus has killed 58 people in Thailand among its 3,171 cases.

  • FEARS LOCAL LOCKDOWNS COULD LEAD TO ‘SIGNIFICANT DISORDER’

    Local lockdowns could lead to “significant disorder”, the Government was warned by advisers.

    The warnings were made before it was confirmedthe city of Leicester will remain in lockdown, as non-essential shops and schools will close and pubs and bars will stay shut on Super Saturday.

    However, in papers released at the end of May, the Security sub-group, which feeds into the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that imposing local lockdowns “would not be suitable for implementation in the UK”.

    Experts from Keele University warned it could “undermine the consensus that has been built on the need for restrictive measures and lead to significant issues of disorder”.

  • TOP COP WARNS POLICE WILL ARREST LOUTS ON SUPER SATURDAY

    Met Police Chief Cressida Dick has warned cops haven't gone soft – and insisted violent lager louts will be arrested on Super Saturday.

    July 4 has been dubbed Super Saturday as pubs and bars reopen across the country.

    The commissioner told the Daily Express: “Some people might say we have been heavy handed and some not firm enough, but I utterly reject that we have gone soft. We are definitely not soft.

    “They are absolutely in the minority, but there are far too many people who don't have respect for authority in general and there are people who will be rude or worse – vicious and violent – to all kinds of people, including my officers, and engage in aggressive disorder. It is not acceptable and they should expect to face the consequences.

    “Cracking down on violent crime is my number one priority.

    “You will see a lot of police officers out and about next weekend, but there will be many more you will not see, and they will be ready should there be violence or disorder.

    “If the public are out of order we will be there, we will arrest people, and we will bring them to court if they have committed a crime.”

  • URGENT HUNT FOR FOOD FACTORY STAFF AFTER VIRUS OUTBREAK

    Health chiefs are urgently trying to trace hundreds of workers at a major North Wales food processing site.

    There have been 166 cases of coronavirus confirmed at Rowan Foods in Wrexham, North Wales, with officials now urgently searching for 300other members of staff.

    In a statement today, Public Health Wales said: “We are working with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to urgently contact just over 300 workers that have not yet presented for testing.

    “As we would expect with any focused track and trace process, we will identify additional asymptomatic cases.

    “Finding these cases does not mean that the rate of infection in the Wrexham area is increasing as a whole.

    “There is no evidence that Rowan Foods is the source of the outbreak.

    “The multi-agency team managing the outbreak with Public Health Wales will continue to review the situation and work with the employer, their workforce and wider community to bring this outbreak to a swift conclusion.”

  • BORIS TO UNVEIL £5BN ECONOMY RECOVERY PLAN

    Boris Johnson will tomorrow announce a “New Deal” to create jobs and pump cash into major building projects to ensure Britain “bounces back” from coronavirus.

    The PM will unveil a multi-billion pound blueprint for reviving the economy, including £5billion of projects — many in the Midlands and North.

  • ENGLISH TRAVELERS TO SCOTLAND COULD FACE 14-DAY QUARANTINE

    English tourists may face a 14-day quarantine in Scotland if cases continue to rise south of the border.

    Senior figures in the Scottish Government are to be concerned by the surge of cases in Leicester and have now put plans in place for possible new restrictions.

    Nicola Sturgeon claimed there were “no plans” for the policy, but admitted things could change.

  • NEW LEICESTER VIRUS SUPPORT ANNOUNCED:

    • Increased testing capability
    • Walk in centre
    • Further funding for councils, and fextra support for help in different languages
    • Extra support for people self-isolating.
    • Help for workplaces to ensure they can comply with new measures

    BOLIVIAN SEX WORKERS PROTEST CORONAVIRUS CURFEW

    Sex workers in Bolivia have said they would be forced onto the streets and would be at a higher risk of COVID-19 after curfews led to the closure of brothels.

    More than 50 licensed establishments in El Alto have been forced to close following the 5pm-to-5am curfew.

    The country has 24 confirmed coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

    Lily Cortes, a representative of Bolivia's sex workers union, said that if the legal establishments cannot function, “unfortunately the sex workers will go out to work the streets and the result will be worse.”

    $500 FINE FOR NOT WEARING A MASK IN MIAMI

    Miami will fine people up to $500 for not wearing a face mask in public.

    Following a surge in coronavirus cases in Florida, Miami issued the emergency order at the end of last week.

    Everybody will be required to wear a mask in public spaces in the city.

    However, people with disabilities that prevent them wearing a mask, people exercising outdoors with appropriate social distancing and children under the age of two will be exempt.

    Those caught breaking the order will be handed a free mask and given a verbal warning.

    NEW FLU WITH 'PANDEMIC POTENTIAL' IDENTIFIED IN CHINA

    A new strain of flu has been identified by scientists in China which has the potential to become a pandemic, they say. 

    The virus, called G4 EA H1N1, is carried by pigs but can infect humans, scientists said in a new research paper.

    And as it's a new strain, humans are likely to have little or no immunity – meaning the virus needs close monitoring.

    One of the authors of the study into the new virus said “we should not ignore” the findings.

    LEICESTER LOCKDOWN 'HARSHER THAN ANTICIPATED' SAYS MAYOR

    Leicester's mayor Peter Soulsby has spoken out following the new lockdown restrictions set to be imposed on the city.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester, he said: “They’ve gone further than we anticipated they might.

    “They are clearly determined to start with the maximum, as it were, to see how it works and then perhaps to use the learning from this in other areas I have no doubt will follow.

    “I can understand why they want to err on the safe side… I can see where they’re coming from even thought I still have some scepticism about the figures that led them to this.”

    SCHOOLS TO CLOSE IN LEICESTER FROM THURSDAY

    As part of new lockdown rules for Leicester all schools in the city will close from Thursday.

    It was confirmed this evening the area will remain in lockdown after a spike in cases.

    TRESPASSERS BROKE INTO EASTENDERS SET AT 5AM

    Police are hunting trespassers after they sparked a 5am security alert after scaling a fence to break into the BBC’s EastEnders set ­during lockdown.

    Police were called after the three “urban explorers” used a blanket to disable high-tech security cameras at the site.

    The trio filmed themselves in the Queen Vic, the cameraman joking: “Get out of my pub!”

    Footage also shows them in the Minute Mart and cafe on the soap’s Elstree Studios set in Borehamwood, Herts.

    US DOC SLAMS ANTIVAXXERS

    The US's top infectious disease expert has warned that anti-vaxxers could prevent the nation from reaching herd immunity as three coronavirus vaccines are entering clinical trials.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that herd immunity is not likely given the combination of people opposed to vaccinations and a COVID-19 vaccine that may not be completely effective.

    “The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the television channel on Friday.

    “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don't think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75 percent effective vaccine.”

    LEICESTER CONFIRMED TO GO BACK INTO LOCKDOWN

    Lesicester’s lockdown WILL be extended, it has been confirmed.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the east Midlands city would be the only place in England not allowed to follow the rest of the country in easing restrictions.

    It means pubs , restaurants and hairdressers in Leicester will remain closed for two more weeks following a series of local outbreaks.

    Earlier Boris Johnson said the Government was concerned about Leicester and the potential for a spike in cases.

    Today testers swooped in to help track the city's spread – with members of the military ramping up tests in mobile units at Spinney Hill Park and Evington Leisure Centre.

    LEICESTER CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK EXPLAINED

    LEICESTER LOCALS RAGE AT COVIDIOTS

    Locals in Leicester have expressed their disappointment at “covidiots” after it was announced the city could face a longer lockdown than the rest of the country.

    As the rest of Britain eagerly awaits a huge taste of freedom on Saturday, Leicester residents and businesses face the prospect of two more weeks of heavy restrictions.

    Many are now blaming covidiots for their “punishment” – saying they are “paying the price” for weeks of people breaking social distancing rules to enjoy a quick bit of fun in the sun.

    NEW WEDDING RULES EXPLAINED:

    • Dad’s won’t be able to walk daughters down the aisle arm-in-arm
    • Bride and groom will have to wash hands immediately before and after ring exchange
    • Guests should keep singing, shouting or playing music to a minimum
    • Ceremonies must only include parts of the marriage that are legally required
    • No more than 30 people are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies
    • Wedding receptions can only be attended by people from a maximum of two different households

    NEW WEDDING RULES MEAN DADS CAN’T WALK BRIDES ARM-IN-ARM DOWN AISLE

    Dads will no longer be able to traditionally give their daughters away at weddings post-covid.

    New rules will ban the traditional arm-in-arm walk down the aisle.

    Guests should keep singing, shouting or playing music to a minimum to mitigate the spread of the virus.

    Ceremonies must be “concluded in the shortest reasonable time” and only include parts of the marriage that are legally required.

    No more than 30 people are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies.

    HALF OF NHS TRUSTS RECORD NO DEATHS IN PAST WEEK

    Half of NHS trusts in England reported no coronavirus deaths in the last week.

    New figures from the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine show of 131 A&E departments across England, 71 recorded no coronavirus deaths in the last week.

    GERMANY FACING ‘ALL OUT’ SECOND WAVE

    Germany is at risk of a second coronavirus wave after local outbreaks saw its R-rate triple and hundreds of new cases, a top virologist has warned.

    The country has so far been successful in containing the virus, but this week saw two regional lockdowns reimposed after infection rates began to rise.

    An estimated 640,000 people have been impacted by the reintroduction of restrictions in the districts of Guetersloh and Warendorf, both in the west state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    The outbreak was centred on the Toennies slaughterhouse in Guetersloh, where more than 1,500 people have tested positive over the last week.

    It saw Germany's R-rate hit 2.88 on Sunday and 2.76 on Monday, well above the level – 1.00 – at which the spread of the virus is accelerating.

    TUI CANCELS FLIGHTS TO GREECE

    Tui has cancelled flights from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester airports after Greece announced it was extending its ban on UK flights.

    The ban is in place until July 15, with Tui originally saying they would resume flights from Juky 11.

    It means thousands of customers have been left disappointed.

    NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM WILL TELL TRAVELERS IF THEY NEED TO ISOLATE

    A traffic light system will be set up to show people whether the place they are returning from is safe enough they don't have to isolate.

    People coming back from green or amber countries will be exempt.

    However, anyone coming in from a 'red' alert country will still have to quarantine.

    14-DAY TRAVEL QUARANTINE WILL BE SCRAPPED

    The Government confirmed today it would ditch the 14-day blanket quarantine rules for everyone coming into the country.

    No 10 said they will replace the isolation rule with air bridges.

    The Government will outline later this week which countries will be on the safe list, meaning people won't have to stay home for 14 days when they arrive in the UK.

    The air bridges – also known as travel corridors – will be set up with other countries with lower levels of infection.

    The rules will apply to anyone coming in via plane, rail or boat.

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