New lockdown restrictions have been rolled out in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The new restrictions, which means more than a third of the UK is under heightened lockdown rules, makes it illegal for households to mix indoors.
It comes as it was reported a mass coronavirus vaccine rollout in the UK could be just three months away , with every adult potentially receiving a dose by Easter.
Meanwhile, a further 42 people have died in hospitals in England after contracting coronavirus. Patients were aged between 44 and 100 years old, and three had no underlying health conditions, NHS England said.
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Police set up traffic controls as Madrid heads back into lockdown
Police set up controls and stopped cars on major roads into and out of Madrid on Saturday as the city went back into lockdown due to surging coronavirus cases.
Some 4.8 million people are barred from leaving the capital area, while restaurants and bars must shut early and reduce capacity by half.
The new restrictions, which started on Friday evening, are not as strict as the previous lockdown in March, when people were barred from leaving their homes.
However, authorities advised residents not to move around unless absolutely necessary. Travel is banned except for work, school, health or shopping.
There are fewer people then we’re used to, shops are empty, bars are empty, there’s a feeling of sadness,” said Valerio Rojo, director of the Circulo de Bellas Artes cultural organisation.
“We had reservations but a lot of people have called to cancel them. Today, we had a reservation through Booking and they cancelled just an hour before saying they were not going to travel because of the restrictions.”
NHS England said 42 people who tested positive in hospitals have died
A further 42 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,138, NHS England said on Saturday.
Patients were aged between 44 and 100 years old. Three patients, aged between 49 and 82, had no underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between August 8 and October 2.
Eight other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
The Department of Health and Social Care has asked the public to “check-in” when going out
Scottish numbers in:
A total of 764 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Scotland in the past 24 hours, while four more people have died after testing positive the virus.
Scottish Government statistics released on Saturday showed 191 people were in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 and 23 people in intensive care.
The 764 cases represent 12.4 per cent of newly tested individuals.
PM wishes Donald Trump well
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is sure Donald Trump will “come through it very well” as he is treated for Covid-19 in hospital.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Mr Johnson said he rang the White House on Friday night and added: “I think obviously everybody’s wishing him and Melania the very best and hoping that they recover speedily and I’ve no doubt that he will, he’ll make a very strong recovery.”
When asked if he had any advice for Mr Trump, Mr Johnson said: “I think that he will be doing exactly what the doctors tell him to do and I’m sure he will be having the best care he can possibly get.”
He added: “I’m sure he’ll come through it very well.”
Donald Trump’s former adviser Kellyanne Conway tests positive for coronavirus
Donald Trump’s former adviser has tested positive for coronavirus.
Kellyanne Conway, who was one of the longest-serving advisers to the President, has gone into quarantine after suffering from a ‘light cough”.
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Mass coronavirus vaccine rollout in UK ‘just three months away’ and every adult ‘could receive dose by Easter’
Coronavirus vaccination in the UK could be just three months away and every adult could receive a dose as soon as Easter, it has been reported.
Hopes have been raised that every adult may be vaccinated within six months after scientists working on the Oxford vaccine suggested it could be approved by regulators before the start of next year.
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Tower Hamlets Council urges Londoners to avoid visiting other households:
Vaccine rollout in ‘three months away’ in the UK
Every adult in the UK could receive an anti-Covid jab by Easter.
Scientists working on the Oxford vaccine suggested their research could be approved this year.
After getting certified, it could be distributed within six months, The Times reported.
Third of UK under tighter coronavirus rules as new restrictions begin in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough
More than a third of the UK population are now under heightened coronavirus restrictions, as further measures have been implemented in the north of England.
Tougher restrictions aimed at curbing a rise in infection rates were introduced in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough at midnight on Saturday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said action was needed after 268 cases per 100,000 people were recorded in Liverpool. It is now illegal for households to mix indoors.
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Tower Hamlets mayor urges residents to go into social lockdown as he calls pandemic ‘matter of life and death’
Tower Hamlets in east London has advised residents to avoid mixing with other households “unless absolutely necessary”.
The borough’s mayor, John Biggs, told residents it was a “matter of life and death” as he urged people to “do everything in your power to protect each other”.
In an open letter, he wrote: “Despite a fall over the summer, we are seeing cases of Covid-19 rise and we need to accept that the situation is once again worsening. Tower Hamlets now has one of the highest levels of Covid-19 in London.
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Local lockdowns will be eased as ‘soon as it was safe to do so’
The Government will ease local lockdowns “as soon as it was safe to do so”, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “We have had to put in restrictions that none of us would naturally want to do, certainly not on the Conservative benches.
“In other political parties it may be something different but on the Conservative side, these are things that we would not necessarily want to do but we have to in order to protect people’s lives.
“And that means you take actions which you find uncomfortable and I think actually the big difference is that we will look to relieve those restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Two university students fined for holding illegal party
Two students have been fined £200 each following an illegal party in a university’s halls of residence, West Midlands Police said.
Up to 200 people are thought to have joined the party at Arundel House in Coventry in the early hours of Tuesday.
A video on social media showed people dancing at the late-night rave.
Police said they were called to the accommodation block following reports of a “large gathering of students” in the common room.
Police investigating Margaret Ferrier MP over reported coronavirus law breaches
Police are investigating MP Margaret Ferrier for alleged breaches of coronavirus laws after she took a train from London to Scotland knowing she had coronavirus.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she had made it “crystal clear” in a call with Ms Ferrier, who has had the whip withdrawn by the SNP, she should resign her seat following the “monumental” error of judgment.
The Metropolitan Police said it is “conducting an investigation into potential offences” with British Transport Police.
The London force said in a statement:
“An investigation is under way into reported breaches of the Health Protection Regulations 2020.On Thursday October 1, a Member of Parliament contacted Police Scotland to report she may have breached legislation and guidance relating to Covid-19. This related to her actions earlier this week, including a train journey on Tuesday September 29, between London and Glasgow, following a positive Covid-19 test. Following consultation with Police Scotland, officers from the Metropolitan Police, working with British Transport Police, are conducting an investigation into potential offences.The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has been informed.”
Ms Ferrier could face a £4,000 fine for a first-time offence of coming into contact with others when she should have been self-isolating.