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MORE cities will be banned – and is London next?


Leeds drinkers enjoyed one final night before new restrictions at midnight as Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool prepared to be locked. Punters huddled on the sidewalks outside pubs while others sat with friends and sipped their pints.

As of Saturday, residents of the city are prohibited from coming into contact with other people outside their own household or supporting the bubble in private homes and gardens. They are also advised not to socialize with anyone outside of their household in public places, including bars, restaurants, and parks.

The Department of Health and Welfare said some stations in West Yorkshire were exempt from the existing gathering restrictions introduced in early August, but those stations will now also be subject to the ban. As announced this week, childcare bubbles can be created to help families look after children under the age of 14 as long as their caregivers are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements.

Around 17 million Britons are currently living under tighter coronavirus restrictions than the rest of the nation after health chiefs confirmed on Friday that additional measures should be imposed on the four areas in the northwest as well as parts of Wales.

London has also been put on the national lockdown watchlist due to a surge in cases and hospital admissions as government advisers warned the capital's R-rate could now be as high as 1.5 – the same level as the Northwest, Northeast and in the Midlands were all stung by additional Covid-19 measures.

Number 10's panel of experts, SAGE, also warned that the virus reproductive rate could be as high as that for the UK as a whole. This is the advisory panel's highest forecast since it began tracking the disease's growth in June, and is slightly above last week's estimate of 1.1-1.4.

If the R-rate – the number of people each infected patient passes the disease on to – stays above one, the outbreak will continue to rise and cases will continue to rise, putting the risk of local Covid-19 outbreaks out of control advised and become regional and even national problems.

The UK's coronavirus R rate could now go up to 1.5, government scientific advisors warned on Friday after spikes across all regions of the country

The UK's coronavirus R rate could now be up to 1.5, government scientific advisors warned on Friday after spikes across all regions of the country

Three women walk down a street in Leeds city center as they meet up with friends for a night out on Saturday before new restrictions

Three women walk down a street in Leeds city center as they meet up with friends for a night out on Saturday before new restrictions

Leeds drinkers (pictured on Friday night) took to the streets for one final night of fun before the new restrictions go into effect on Saturday

Leeds drinkers (pictured on Friday night) took to the streets for one final night of fun before the new restrictions go into effect on Saturday

Punters huddled on sidewalks in front of pubs while others sat down and went down their pints with their pals (pictured)

Punters huddled on sidewalks in front of pubs while others sat down and went down their pints with their pals (pictured)

As of Saturday, residents of the city are prohibited from coming into contact with other people outside their own household or supporting the bubble in private homes and gardens

Pictured: a woman is walking towards a bar

As of Saturday, Leeds residents will be banned from interacting with other people outside their own household or supporting the bubble in private homes and gardens

Leeds residents are also advised not to socialize with anyone outside their home in public places, including bars, restaurants and parks

Leeds residents are also advised not to socialize with anyone outside their home in public places, including bars, restaurants and parks

One woman sinks a beer while another watches as people flock to pubs, bars and restaurants in Leeds on Saturday before new restrictions

One woman sinks a beer while another watches as people flock to pubs, bars and restaurants in Leeds on Saturday before new restrictions

The Department of Health and Welfare said some stations in West Yorkshire (Leeds pictured) were exempt from the existing gathering restrictions introduced in early August, but those stations would now also be subject to the ban

The Department of Health and Welfare said some stations in West Yorkshire (Leeds pictured) were exempt from the existing gathering restrictions put in place in early August, but those stations would now also be banned

The health chiefs announced 6,874 more Covid-19 infections and 34 more deaths on Friday. The daily number of cases is a record high, bringing the total number of cases to 423,237, despite millions of Britons undiagnosed during the first wave of the pandemic due to the government's lackluster testing regime.

Government figures show the number of victims who succumbed to the life-threatening infection is now 29 to 73 percent higher than the 17 average last Friday. But they are Far from the 1,000 recorded daily during the darkest weeks of the crisis in March and April. However, SAGE warned that the small number of deaths does not reflect how quickly the outbreak is growing.

Hospital admissions – another measure of the severity of an outbreak – have also risen again. 314 newly infected patients in need of NHS treatment in England on Wednesday were up from 183 the week before.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes account for a fifth of Covid transmissions, warns health chief

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam has warned pubs, restaurants and cafes, which account for a fifth of all Covid-19 cases.

He told MPs that they are the cause of the spread of 20 percent of all cases.

Prof. Van-Tam said pubs were the source of nine percent of the exposure during the conversation with 90 colleagues and MPs.

A MP is reported to have 1,500 infections per day at the venues.

The call came as part of a bipartisan epidemiology meeting. Against the background of criticism from some MPs about the latest new coronavirus measures.

The Council Presidents met in London on Friday to confirm that the response to the capital's crisis would escalate. Stricter measures are not yet in place, but health chiefs are committed to increasing testing capacity to control flare-ups. Formal confirmation is expected to be announced later by Public Health England.

Official government figures show London recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday – double what it was last week. However, the capital city's eruption appears to have plateaued since the surge in early September, considering separate data analyzing when positive samples were actually taken and not recorded. It can take several days for suspicious patients to get their test results back.

Hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The moving average increased from 11 on September 2nd to 34.7 by September 19th. However, the number is still a long way from the over 700 at the height of the pandemic in spring and only slightly higher than in early July (around 25). By comparison, 13 times as many approvals were registered in March (425 on March 22) – before the national lockdown was imposed.

Meanwhile, many cities in the north of England and parts of Wales will face local lockdowns on Saturday to contain the spiraling infections. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that Wigan and Stockport should have local restrictions that will apply to the rest of Greater Manchester and will be reintroduced.

Cities in Manchester had previously been excluded from restrictions on meeting people in homes and private gardens after the infection rate in the districts fell. The case rate in Wigan is currently over 106 cases per 100,000, while Stockport has 71 cases per 100,000. As of Saturday, residents will be prohibited from mixing indoors or in gardens with anyone outside their immediate household.

The same series of measures were also announced in Leeds and Blackpool – which now follows Lancashire's local lockdown restrictions after escaping measures last Friday. Welsh officials confirmed on Friday that Cardiff and Swansea will be affected by the same measures on Sunday from 6pm, while in the town of Llanelli, the new rules will be introduced on Saturday at 6pm. The addition of these areas would bring the number of people living under local restrictions across the UK to more than 17 million.

Dozens of areas across England where Covid-19 infection rates have risen sharply in the last month are currently on the watch list, which is updated every Friday. Authorities are divided into three different categories based on how quickly the outbreaks are growing. Areas marked "Intervention" have local restrictions, while areas labeled "Concern" have more testing available and more detailed case control plans for areas with "Reinforced Assistance".

Meanwhile, in Liverpool, crowds moved downtown to spend an evening with friends as the city has so far avoided a local lockdown

Meanwhile, in Liverpool, crowds moved downtown to spend an evening with friends as the city has so far avoided a local lockdown

Four girls smile as they split up in Liverpool on Friday night. One poses when her friend hugs her (right).

Four girls smile as they split up in Liverpool on Friday night. One poses when her friend hugs her (right).

Londoners also took to the streets on a chilly evening in the capital. The people pictured here were drinking in the popular Soho area

Londoners also took to the streets on a chilly evening in the capital. The people pictured here were drinking in the popular Soho area

And people also came to downtown Birmingham (pictured) walking to a bar on a cold night in the country's second city

And people also came to downtown Birmingham (pictured) walking to a bar on a cold night in the country's second city

A man gives a piggyback ride to a woman in Birmingham city center

Another woman crouches on the floor after going out overnight

One man piggybacks a woman (left) in Birmingham city center while another crouches on the floor after going out for the night (right).

London is believed to be on the verge of a localized lockdown. Official government data shows the capital recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday - double what it was last week

London is believed to be on the verge of a localized lockdown. Official government data shows the capital recorded 620 more cases of Covid-19 yesterday – double what it was last week

Covid-19 hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The seven day average increased from 11 on September 2 to 33.4 by September 18. However, the number of hospital stays in the city is still far from the 700+ at the height of the pandemic in the spring and only marginally higher than in early July (around 25) when the country was considered safe to reopen

Covid-19 hospital admissions in the capital have tripled in 14 days. The seven day average increased from 11 on September 2 to 33.4 by September 18. However, the number of hospital stays in the city is still far from the 700+ at the height of the pandemic in the spring and only marginally higher than in early July (around 25) when the country was considered safe to reopen

Public Health England data shows that only a handful of London's 32 boroughs have sustained increases in infections - including Redbridge, Hounslow, Barking, and Dagenham and Enfield. The data is due to be updated on Friday but does give an indication of which districts are struggling the most

Public Health England data shows that only a handful of London's 32 boroughs have sustained increases in infections – including Redbridge, Hounslow, Barking, and Dagenham and Enfield. The data is due to be updated on Friday but does give an indication of which districts are struggling the most

Scientists at King & # 39; s College London (KCL), who are behind the COVID Symptom Tracker mobile app, estimate that there have been at least 16,310 cases of the disease per day for the past week, more than twice as many as in the past week

Scientists at King & # 39; s College London (KCL), who are behind the COVID Symptom Tracker mobile app, estimate that there have been at least 16,310 cases of the disease per day for the past week, more than twice as many as in the past week

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that it has increased by 60 percent over the same period and that there are now 9,600 infections per day

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that it has increased by 60 percent over the same period and that there are now 9,600 infections per day

Another 6,874 Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday, meaning the seven-day moving average is 54 percent higher than a week ago. The MailOnline analysis shows that this is the sixth day in a row on which the average has increased compared to the previous week

Another 6,874 Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday, meaning the seven-day moving average is 54 percent higher than a week ago. The MailOnline analysis shows that this is the sixth day in a row on which the average has increased compared to the previous week

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the increase in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work. Pictured: Soho

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the increase in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work. Pictured: Soho

Leeds is also expected to be hit by new restrictions from midnight, including "more budget restrictions" on the lines of restrictions already in place in three West Yorkshire counties, as the number of cases has risen

Leeds is also expected to be hit by new restrictions from midnight, including "more budget restrictions" on the lines of restrictions already in place in three West Yorkshire counties, as the number of cases has risen

WHICH AREAS ARE ON THE LATEST WATCH LIST?

The last watchlist published last Friday contained:

INTERVENTION (number of infections registered by September 15 per 100,000 people living there)

BOLTON – 212.7

BLACKBURN WITH DARVES – 122.9

OADBY AND WIGSTON – 119.2

HYNDBURN – 117.6

PRESTON – 105.1

WARRINGTON – 105.0

TAMESIDE – 103.5

SUNDERLAND – 103.1

OLDHAM – 98.9

BIRMINGHAM – 98.0

BRADFORD – 97.5

LIVERPOOL – August 95

WIRRAL – 95.6

BURNLEY – 93.8

KNOWSLEY – 92.9

ST HELENS – 91.6

BURY – 90.5

SALFORD – 88.8

LEICESTER – July 86

SOUTH TYNESIDE – 86.5

ROCHDALE – 84.1

MANCHESTER – 83.6

GATESHEAD – 77.5

SOLIHULL – 77.2

SANDWELL – 72.1

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – 69.6

PENDULUM – 61.3

HOLD – 60.7

KIRKLEES – April 60

WOLVERHAMPTON – 60.3

CALDERDALE – 59.5

ROSSENDALE – 57.8

SOUTH RIBBEL – 52.5

SEFTON – 49.0

NORTH TYNESIDE – 48.5

WEST LANCASHIRE – April 47

COUNTY DURHAM – 7/46

TRAFFIC – 45.7

CHORLEY – 1/35

WYRE – February 34

FYLDE – 28.8

NORTHUMBERLAND – 7/24

LANCASTER – 22.9

RIBBLE VALLEY – 18.3

IMPROVED SUPPORT

LEEDS – 75.5

BLABY – 65.7

STOCKPORT – 7/48

CONCERN, WORRY

SELBY – 65.1

HARTLEPOOL – 55.8

SHEFFIELD – 53.7

SPELTHORNE – 53.4

CORBY – 8/50

MIDDLESBROUGH – 47.0

NORTHAMPTON – 42.6

SCARBOROUGH – 42.3

HERTSMERE – 37.4

PETERBOROUGH – 3/30

STOKE-ON-TRENT – April 27th

In other coronavirus developments:

  • National debt hit another record high of more than £ 2 trillion in late August when Tory MPs called on the government to urgently set out how Britain will pay for the coronavirus crisis following Rishi Sunak's recent bailout.
  • Dispute over Rishi's £ 3 billion rescue: bosses say the program will not save jobs because there is "little incentive" to pay the wages of employees who are not working while the next boss, Lord Wolfson, does warns that the UK economy is "hooked" on handouts.
  • Scottish students face "red and yellow cards" for violating Covid rules after freshmen are caught throwing illegal parties in university halls.
  • Nicknamed "Witless and Unbalanced" by Furious Tories, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, as 40 MPs call on Boris Johnson to be "smart" and give Parliament a vote on all new blocking rules;
  • A long-time worker at Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire pudding factory dies while another is seriously ill in hospital – two weeks after the Covid outbreak.

A weekly report from SAGE on Friday said the R-rate appears to be between 1.2 and 1.5 for the UK and is the same in the UK. These are the highest estimates the Chief Scientists have made since their periodic updates began.

The R appears to be highest in London, the Midlands, the North West and the North East, where it is believed to be as high as in the UK. This means that each infected case passes it on to 1.2 to 1.5 others, or infects every 10 12 or 15 others.

However, SAGE warns that R's estimates are about three weeks out of date each time it is published, as they are calculated by watching the number of positive tests and hospital cases change over time.

The advisory board also says the growth rate has increased and the outbreak could now increase by four to eight percent on a daily basis. Last week it was a little lower at three to seven percent.

But it admitted that outbreaks in the southwest could increase by up to nine percent each day.

The decision to put London on the national watchlist was suggested on Friday by an eye-catching MailOnline card, suggesting that London's Covid-19 hotspots may be connected by the city's busy underground network. Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, and Sutton – none of which have a tube station – have the lowest infection rates in the city.

London Councils, a bipartisan organization representing all 32 boroughs and the City of London, said the English capital would be placed on the national Covid-19 watch list.

The list is broken down into “Intervention Areas”, which are typically subject to local lockout restrictions, “Enhanced Assistance” areas that, for example, are subject to more testing, and “Problem Areas” that are closely monitored.

London councils said no additional action has been taken in the city but that "the city's testing capacity will be increased so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 testing and the government must ensure this is maintained from now on." ".

The organization said London's entry on the list should serve as a "strong reminder that now is the time for all Londoners to band together and take action".

The watchlist is set by Health Secretary Matt Hancock after studying epidemiological advice from the Chief Medical Officer, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Center and Public Health England.

Sian Berry, co-chair of the Greens and candidate for London Mayor, said: "We haven't had test information in London in weeks, which is a major concern for all of us in local and regional government," according to The Evening Standard.

& # 39; The news that Public Health England has added London to its list of problem areas based on estimates from other data shows how important this is and how all of our actions can make a difference.

“The closing of bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. has already led to crowded scenes in public transport that worry me very much. My strong advice to Londoners is not to go out unless you have to for the next few days and to find other ways to see friends and family.

"Like you, I am sad, tired and tired after six months of a major national crisis, but we are at a dangerous moment of lack of data and testing and we must work together as a city amid increasing signs of infection."

Meanwhile, Blackpool will see its first additional Covid-19 restrictions starting Saturday, along with two other cities in the northwest facing further losses.

Wigan and Stockport, which were exempt from the wider Greater Manchester restrictions, will now face the same restrictions as the rest of the region.

Blackpool, which was unrestricted in the rest of Lancashire, will join the rest of the county to follow the same rules.

The resort was controversially banned from the recently imposed Lancashire restrictions, but then saw a huge surge in visitor numbers last weekend during the sunny weather.

Scott Benton, Conservative MP for Blackpool South, wrote on his Facebook page that the city council and government have now decided to add additional restrictions to the resort to bring it in line with the rest of Lancashire, which was imposed additional restrictions last week .

Mr Benton said when the decision was made to impose additional restrictions on the rest of Lancashire early last week, the infection rate in Blackpool at that time was 23 cases per 100,000 people, well below the average for the rest of Lancashire.

But by Wednesday the city's infection rate had risen to 63 cases per 100,000, still below the Lancashire average but a significant increase in cases over the past week.

Mr Benton's post on Facebook states: "The rise in cases is particularly high in areas north of Blackpool and there is evidence that this is due to intra-community transmission rather than tourism (this explains why our local infection rate has remained low compared to other areas in the northwest, even though visitors come here all summer).

The ONS has found an increase in infections in all age groups in England - although the largest increase was observed in 17 to 24 year olds

The ONS has found an increase in infections in all age groups in England – although the sharpest increase was observed in 17 to 24 year olds

Data from King College London's app, where millions of Britons have signed up and reported their symptoms, suggests nearly 150,000 people are currently suffering from symptomatic Covid-19, although many more will not have symptoms

Data from King College London's app, where millions of Britons have signed up and reported their symptoms, suggests nearly 150,000 people are currently suffering from symptomatic Covid-19, although many more will not have symptoms

HOW DID THE RATE CHANGE FROM THE LAST WEEK?

AREA

United Kingdom

England

– –

east

London

Midlands

NE and Yorks

northwest

South east

southwest

IN THIS WEEK

1.2-1.5

1.2-1.5

1.1 – 1.3

1.2-1.5

1.2-1.5

1.2-1.5

1.2-1.5

1.0-1.3

1.1 – 1.4

LAST WEEK

1.1 – 1.4

1.2 – 1.4

1.0-1.3

1.1 – 1.4

1.2-1.5

1.2 – 1.4

1.2-1.5

1.1 – 1.4

0.9 – 1.6

HOW HAS THE GROWTH RATE CHANGED FROM THE LAST WEEK?

AREA

United Kingdom

England

– –

east

London

Midlands

NE and Yorks

northwest

South east

southwest

IN THIS WEEK

4% to 8%

4% to 8%

1 to 4%

4% to 9%

3% to 7%

4% to 8%

3% to 9%

1% to 5%

1% to 6%

LAST WEEK

3% to 7%

2% to 7%

0% to 5%

3% to 7%

4% to 8%

3% to 8%

3% to 8%

3% to 7%

0% to 9%

& # 39; It is important that we take sensible steps now to reduce the transfer rate, which is why these new restrictions are being applied.

"Nobody wants a second full lockdown and this idea behind these new rules is to slow the spread of Covid-19 so we don't end up in a position where a full lockdown needs to be considered."

Lisa Nandy, Wigan Labor MP, said additional restrictions on household mixing should be placed on the district in line with most of Greater Manchester.

She tweeted: "The Minister of Health affirmed in a call that an increase in infections in Wigan means we are back under major restrictions in the Greater Manchester area."

Previously, restrictions in Wigan were eased on Aug. 26 as infection rates were low. However, the past seven days show 106.2 positive cases per 100,000 population.

Stockport faces the same additional restrictions in Wigan that prohibit household mixing, which has been allowed since September 2nd. The restrictions are expected to apply from midnight.

Matt Hancock said in a statement on Friday: & # 39; The latest data shows sharp increases in incidence rates per 100,000 residents in Leeds, Blackpool, Wigan and Stockport, well above the national average.

& # 39; As a result, we are enacting regulations that will come into effect on Saturday 26th September that will limit intermingling between households in private apartments and gardens in Leeds, Stockport, Wigan and Blackpool.

& # 39; This is in line with action seen elsewhere in the country such as Leicester and the West Midlands. People living in these areas are only allowed to congregate with another household in a private apartment or garden with another bubble. People from anywhere else are also not allowed to gather in these areas with another household in a private apartment or garden.

& # 39; We have also reviewed the position in Leicester, the boroughs of Oadby and Wigston, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Bolton, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and the remaining local authorities in Greater Manchester and decided to put their position on the watchlist as areas of intervention as well as the current restrictions in these areas. "

Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds, said the city's virus rate is 98.5 per 100,000 people, with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. Pictured: college students and teens drinking in town this week

According to Victoria Eaton, director of public health in Leeds, the city's virus rate was 98.5 per 100,000 people with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. Pictured: college students and teens drinking in town this week

Wednesday evening in Leeds: On the last evening before Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announced new curfew at 10 p.m., the Revelers line up to celebrate

Wednesday evening in Leeds: On the last evening before Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announced new curfew at 10 p.m., the Revelers line up to celebrate

SCOTLAND RECORDS 558 NEW CASES, LIKE NICOLA STURGEON TELLING STUDENTS, DO NOT OWN FOR SPIKE

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that students are not responsible for spikes in coronavirus outbreaks as she announced a record number of new Covid-19 cases every day.

Hundreds of students at universities across Scotland are self-isolating after the virus outbreak.

All students will be disciplined for violating strict measures imposed on them by their universities, including bans on going to pubs this weekend and restrictions on socializing.

At the daily briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said that 558 people in Scotland had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 26,518.

This is the highest daily total since the pandemic began – but it's impossible to compare the numbers with those of the first wave now because so few tests were done in March and April.

The positivity rates of the tests have also increased to 9.5 percent, but no new deaths have been recorded – meaning the total death toll remains at 2,510.

Addressing the students, Ms. Sturgeon said, “I am so sorry, so sorry that this time of your life is going to be as tough as it is now – I really feel for you, but I feel especially for those of you entering college living alone for the first time and of course for the first time.

“This is an exciting time in your life, but I remember from personal experience … that it is also a time of adjustment and also a time of homesickness, and that is the case every year for students without Covid-19 given the Circumstances that you are all facing right now are much more difficult. & # 39;

She said some students felt they were blamed for spreading Covid-19, but "that's not the case". "It's not your fault," she added.

The statement goes on, “This will be difficult news for the people in these areas who will profoundly affect their daily lives. These decisions are not taken lightly, and such actions are no longer reviewed and implemented longer than necessary.

“There are exceptions to these measures so that people can still meet with those in their support bubble. There are other limited exceptions, e.g. B. for work purposes or to look after or support a vulnerable person.

"The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Ordinance 2020 (Protected Areas and Affiliated Childcare Households) (Amendment) allows people to create an exclusive childcare bubble for the purpose of informal childcare for children under the age of 14 to ease pressure on those living among local restrictions so they can get to work. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Leeds Council President Judith Blake said she expected Leeds to be made an "area of ​​intervention" this Friday after receiving increased support last week. It means "more budget constraints similar to those already in place in three West Yorkshire districts in Bradford, Kirkless and Calderdale," she said. As of Tuesday, people in these areas will be banned from interacting with anyone who does not belong to their household or who support the bubble in private homes and gardens.

Ms. Blake told reporters, "We expect you to arrive by midnight." The addition of 793,000 Leeds residents would bring the number of people living under local restrictions to more than 17 million across the UK.

According to Victoria Eaton, director of public health in Leeds, the city's virus rate was 98.5 per 100,000 people with a positive test rate of 8.4 percent. For comparison, Bolton & # 39; s is 218.4 and the highest in England.

Mr. Eaton said, “The spread of the virus is very dynamic in the city. It's clear to see that we have very widespread community broadcasts across town.

& # 39; We have high rates in some of our student areas that we've been increasing recently. It is clearly not just a problem for student areas. & # 39;

She said cases were increasing in all age groups, not just young adults, and that compliance with self-isolation rules was low in Leeds.

"We want to find ways to help local people isolate them," she said. "The restrictions are expected to remain in place for a longer period of time, possibly well into winter." It was feared that both London and Leeds have been tinkering with a "local lockdown" for at least a week.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged further action to stop the increase in cases before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and encouraged people to return to work.

Infections across the city have more than doubled since August. The average number of cases seven days a week rose from 86 per 100,000 to 262 per 100,000.

Ministers are due to consider a decision to put even stricter restrictions on more than 9 million people in the city if the new range of national social distancing measures the government announced this week fails to contain the rising numbers.

WILL BRITAIN'S COVID-19 OUTBREAK START AGAIN?

Some top scientists had insisted that there was no real increase in cases because the test positivity rate - how many cases were found for each completed swab - hadn't changed much. However, this no longer appears to be the case. NHS test and trace data shows that nearly 3.3 percent of people tested get a positive result, compared to lows of 1.1 in July

Some top scientists had insisted that there was no real increase in cases because the test positivity rate – how many cases were found for each completed swab – hadn't changed much. However, this no longer appears to be the case. NHS test and trace data shows that nearly 3.3 percent of people tested get a positive result, compared to lows of 1.1 in July

According to official data, the UK coronavirus outbreak appears to be accelerating again.

Another 6,874 Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday, meaning the seven-day moving average is 54 percent higher than a week ago. The MailOnline analysis shows that this is the sixth day in a row on which the average has increased compared to the previous week.

Vor dem letzten Samstag war die wöchentliche Wachstumsrate des Coronavirus eine ganze Woche lang jeden Tag gesunken. Sie war von 84 Prozent am 12. September auf 20 Prozent am 19. September gefallen.

Professor Chris Whitty und Sir Patrick Vallance, die wichtigsten wissenschaftlichen Berater der Regierung, erschreckten die Nation durch ihre düstere Vorhersage, dass die Fälle bis Mitte Oktober 50.000 pro Tag erreichen könnten, wenn nichts unternommen wird. Sie behaupteten, dass sich die Infektionen jede Woche verdoppelten, entsprechend den wachsenden Ausbrüchen in Spanien und Frankreich.

Aber Wissenschaftler schossen die Behauptungen ab und warnten, dass sie auf alten Daten beruhten, die sich auf nur einige hundert positive Fälle stützten. Sogar Boris Johnson distanzierte sich von den Behauptungen und sagte, der Ausbruch könne sich bis zu alle 20 Tage verdoppeln.

Andere Zahlen von NHS Test and Trace deuten ebenfalls darauf hin, dass die Fälle letzte Woche zurückgegangen sind. Die neuesten Statistiken – die gestern veröffentlicht wurden – gehen jedoch nur bis zum 16. September, was bedeutet, dass ein Anstieg in der vergangenen Woche noch nicht in einem anderen Regierungsdatensatz bestätigt wurde.

The latest statistics from Public Health England (PHE), covering the week leading up to September 18, show that only one district in the capital – Redbridge – is among the 40 hardest hit regions in the country.

However, infection rates in 20 boroughs of London are higher than areas of England already affected by restrictions. PHE veröffentlichte am Freitagnachmittag seine neuesten Zahlen zu Infektionen, die auch Londons Platz auf der Beobachtungsliste bestätigten.

The Welsh government announces that Cardiff and Swansea will be locked in the city of Llanelli on Sunday from 6pm and on Saturday at 6pm.

Under the restrictions, people cannot enter or leave the areas without a reasonable apology. They cannot hang out with someone they do not live with indoors as extended households are suspended.

People need to work from home whenever possible, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said at a press conference in Cardiff.

In den letzten sieben Tagen erreichte Cardiff eine Testpositivitätsrate von 3,8 Prozent und überschritt damit die „Bernstein“ -Schwelle der walisischen Regierung von 2,5 Prozent – ein Teil ihrer „Ampel-Roadmap“ -Strategie zur Bekämpfung der Pandemie.

On Thursday, Cardiff Council Chairman Huw Thomas said the capital had seen 38.2 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the past five days. Swansea's rate is 49.8.

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, changes to coronavirus regulations mean that Welsh hospitality establishments such as pubs, cafes, restaurants, sports clubs and casinos will no longer be allowed to deliver alcohol between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day.

Licensed premises can only offer table service to customers when they consume food or drinks. After a period of 20 minutes to allow customers to finish their drinks at 10:00 p.m., they must close by 10:20 p.m.

During a behind-closed-door briefing earlier this week, Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England in London, told Mayor Khan and leaders of all 32 boroughs that all signs indicated that the disease was rapidly resurrecting in the city.

Professor Fenton argued that the testing infrastructure had been removed from the capital and redistributed to hotspots in the north, which means many Londoners may have gone undiagnosed.

He warned that cases could be massively underreported because Londoners were struggling to access tests, and that increased hospital admissions and calls to 111 were better indicators that London was in the middle of such a serious outbreak like in the US Northeast.

Professor Fenton told The Times: “We are seeing a rising tide of coronavirus cases in London across a wide range of age groups. This is no longer limited to young people in their twenties. & # 39;

He said that "while the number of cases varies by neighborhood, the general trend in the city is for transmission to increase and if this continues the situation may escalate".

Professor Fenton announced that around a fifth of the test capacity had been removed from the capital this month and redistributed to hotspots in the north.

Around 90,000 tests were being done each week in London in mid-August, but only 65,000 tests were done last week, according to Professor Fenton.

However, the latest health ministry figures show that testing in London has increased week by week.

In the week leading up to September 16, 85,000 tests were carried out across the capital, up from 75,000 in the last seven days. Even the capital's hotspots have more access to swabs – Barking performed 2,669 tests in the week ending September 16, 25 percent more than the week before when 2,036 swabs were performed. In Redbridge, 3,370 residents were screened for the virus in the last reporting period, compared with 3,046 the week before, an increase of nearly 10 percent.

ZWISCHEN 9.000 UND 16.000 MENSCHEN, DIE JEDEN TAG INFEKTIERT WERDEN, ZEIGEN DATEN

Der Nordwesten trägt immer noch den größten Teil der Hauptlast der zweiten Welle, aber Yorkshire, London und der Nordosten sehen erhebliche Ausbrüche

Der Nordwesten trägt immer noch den größten Teil der Hauptlast der zweiten Welle, aber Yorkshire, London und der Nordosten sehen erhebliche Ausbrüche

Laut Forschern, die den Ausbruch Großbritanniens überwachen, infizieren sich täglich zwischen 9.000 und 16.000 Briten mit Coronavirus.

Wissenschaftler des King's College London (KCL), die hinter der mobilen App COVID Symptom Tracker stehen, schätzen, dass in der letzten Woche mindestens 16.310 Fälle der Krankheit täglich aufgetreten sind, mehr als doppelt so viele wie in der letzten Woche.

Das Amt für nationale Statistik, eine von der Regierung geführte Behörde, hat am Freitag eine bescheidenere Schätzung abgegeben. Es geht davon aus, dass täglich rund 9.600 Menschen an dem Virus erkranken, ein Anstieg von 60 Prozent gegenüber 6.000 pro Woche zuvor.

Beide Überwachungsprojekte nehmen weit mehr zu als das offizielle Testprogramm der Regierung, das am Donnerstag und Mittwoch mehr als 6.000 Fälle verzeichnete.

KCL sammelt seine Daten, indem Tests an Personen gesendet werden, die verräterische Symptome von Covid-19 in die mobile App melden, während die ONS-Studie Tests an zufällige Haushalte sendet, unabhängig von ihrem Gesundheitszustand.

Daten aus der Symptom-Tracking-App, bei der sich Millionen Briten angemeldet haben, deuten darauf hin, dass derzeit fast 150.000 Menschen an symptomatischem Covid-19 leiden, obwohl viele weitere keine Symptome haben werden. Diese Zahl hat sich seit letzter Woche mehr als verdoppelt, als es ungefähr 70.000 symptomatische Patienten gab. Der Chefwissenschaftler hinter der App sagte, es sei ein neuer Beweis dafür, dass die Krise "alarmierend schnell ansteigt".

Das ONS hingegen schätzt, dass derzeit etwa 113.000 Menschen mit dem Virus infiziert sind – das entspricht etwa einem von 500 Menschen -, obwohl die Zahlenkalkulierungsbehörde nur England und Wales betrachtet.

Es kommt, als Matt Hancock gestern vorschlug, dass die tatsächliche Anzahl der Fälle, die jeden Tag auftraten, in der Region von 10.000 lag. Und der Gesundheitsminister wies darauf hin, dass der Anstieg in den dunkelsten Tagen der Krise im März und April, als alle 24 Stunden 100.000 Menschen infiziert wurden, nicht annähernd so hoch ist wie heute.

Official figures show the outbreak may be slowing, despite hospital admissions for coronavirus tripling in 14 days and public health chiefs warning of a "rising tide" of the virus in the capital.

Only a handful of counties are currently seeing a sustained surge in infections – including Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, two of the three hardest-hit parts of the capital.

Redbridge, in east London, has the highest number of infections in the capital as of September 18, with a weekly case rate of 34.2 per 100,000 people, according to PHE data.

The 300,000-inhabitant district currently only has the 40th highest infection rate in the UK, but has seen a sustained surge in diagnoses of Covid-19 for the past month and a half.

Figures show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3).

And Redbridge's actual number of new infections diagnosed each day – numbers provided by the Department of Health – is one of the few counties still on the rise. It went from a seven-day rolling average of three cases in late August to nearly 23 at the end of last week.

The Department of Health's data, published on the government's coronavirus dashboard, takes into account the daily cases by sample date, which means it was a few days ago as it can take up to 72 hours for a result to come back.

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 for the week ended September 18. Like Redbridge, Hounslow has tripled three cases in the last three weeks of his rise, 5.9 new infections per 100,000 people in early August.

However, health department data shows cases have declined in Hounslow, which is home to 290,000 people. Around 16 actual cases were diagnosed daily on September 7, out of four in late August. However, on the last full day of the data, September 16, that number fell below nine.

Hounslow has one of the largest South Asian populations in the country – about 20 percent compared to the national average of 2 percent – disproportionately affected by the virus during the crisis.

Weekly infection rates in both counties are still well below the UK average, which is 47 per 100,000. Though that number is shifting up due to outbreaks like Bolton, Blackburn and Oldham.

The boroughs of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffer from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the beginning of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

Health Department figures suggest that the rolling average number of daily infections within seven days also continues to rise. In the community, where around 210,000 people live, an average of four cases per day were recorded at the end of August. That number rose to around nine in early September before flattening out.

However, last week's numbers, which are not yet believed to be accurate due to the three-day delay in analyzing the coronavirus test samples, suggest that another spike may still be hit.

Enfield (27.3), Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.5) round the top 10 hardest hit boroughs in London from 4/24) and Havering (4/24), all but Newham active the week before.

Numbers show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3)

Numbers show that infections in Redbridge have tripled since September 4, when the rate was 11.2 per 100,000 per week, and have increased ten-fold since early August (3.3)

The borough of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffers from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the start of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

The borough of Barking and Dagenham in east London suffers from 29.3 infections per 100,000, which have more than doubled since the start of the month when the case rate was 12.3 per 100,000 and have quadrupled since August 1 (5.9 per 100,000).

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 in the week ending September 18

The west London borough of Hounslow was the second most affected area in the capital, with a weekly case rate of 32.5 per 100,000 in the week ending September 18

MailOnline enthüllte am Freitag, dass Londons Covid-19-Hotspots laut einer auffälligen Karte, die auf Regierungsdaten basiert, durch das geschäftige U-Bahn-Netz der Stadt verbunden werden könnten.

The group of cases appears to be concentrated along the 11 subway lines – which were used by around 2 million people every day before the pandemic.

This means areas in the north-west and north-east of London may suffer from larger outbreaks than the south simply because they have more public transport links. Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, and Sutton – none of which have a tube station – have the lowest infection rates in the city.

The link has already been discovered by experts studying other contagious respiratory diseases that spread via droplets, such as the coronavirus. British scientists have previously linked busy underground stations to worse flu outbreaks.

The more changes passengers had to make on their journey, the more contact they were likely to have with other people. That might be the case with London's top three hotspots – Redbridge, Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham – all of which are only served by one tube line.

Nine out of 32 boroughs that have had higher cases of flu because of their London Underground connections alone now also have higher rates of Covid-19 infection. Scientists say the tube is the "perfect environment" for a virus to spread, as people crowd, are poorly ventilated, and dirty surfaces are touched by millions.

However, experts say the pattern could be more complicated – there could be more key workers who are prone to picking up the virus because they come in close contact with many people and choose to live near a subway line to get around easier, while those who can work from home live further out in the suburban commuter belt.

Infection rates can also be heavily influenced by the district's disadvantage, as government studies have shown poorer areas have more Covid-19 deaths and ethnic diversity as black, Asian, and ethnic minorities are harder hit by the pandemic for a multitude of Establish.

Millions of travelers were kicked off the subway during the height of the first wave of coronavirus because the government ruled against any other than essential trip.

But with restrictions lifted in response to the waning outbreak, hundreds of thousands more trips are now being made. The pipe capacity has increased from four percent in April and May to around 35 percent. In addition to the surge in travel, cases in London also seem to continue to increase.

Die MailOnline-Analyse der letzten Woche ergab, dass insgesamt 20 Bezirke in ganz London eine höhere Infektionsrate aufweisen als Gebiete in England, die bereits von Beschränkungen betroffen sind, darunter Kensington und Chelsea (23,7), Wandsworth (23) und Brent 22,7.

Public Health England's most recent watchlist shows that the agency in England with the lowest case rate considered an "area of ​​intervention" – the highest level of concern – is Ribble Valley, with 18.3 cases per 100,000.

Inzwischen ist es mehreren Bezirken der Hauptstadt gelungen, die Virusfälle seit August trotz des landesweiten Aufwärtstrends unterdrückt zu halten.

Der südlondoner Stadtteil Sutton zählt mit einer aktuellen wöchentlichen Fallrate von 9,3 pro 100.000 nach PHE-Daten bis zum 18. September zu den 25 am wenigsten betroffenen Gebieten in England.

Dies ist tatsächlich gegenüber der Vorwoche (10,3) gesunken und hat seit Anfang August (6,4) nur noch 45 Prozent. Bromley (11,8), Bexley (12,1), Merton (13,6), Croydon (14) und Kingston upon Thames (14,3) weisen nach Sutton die fünf niedrigsten wöchentlichen Infektionsraten auf.

Alle diese Bezirke mit Ausnahme von Merton haben keine U-Bahnstation, was teilweise die geringe Anzahl von Fällen erklären könnte. British scientists have previously linked busy underground stations to worse flu outbreaks.

Testchefs sagen, dass sie Ressourcen in einer Zeit priorisieren mussten, in der das Land Schwierigkeiten hat, die Kapazität schnell genug zu erhöhen, um mit der drohenden zweiten Welle fertig zu werden.

Boris Johnson hat zugesagt, dass Großbritannien bis Ende nächsten Monats 500.000 Coronavirus-Tests pro Tag durchführen kann, mehr als doppelt so viel wie derzeit 242.000. Branchenkenner sagen jedoch, dass dieses Ziel aufgrund von Verzögerungen bei Maschinen und Chemikalien verfehlt werden könnte.

Inzwischen infizieren sich täglich zwischen 9.000 und 16.000 Briten mit Coronavirus, so Forscher, die den Ausbruch Großbritanniens überwachen.

Wissenschaftler des King's College London (KCL), die hinter der mobilen App COVID Symptom Tracker stehen, schätzen, dass in der letzten Woche mindestens 16.310 Fälle der Krankheit täglich aufgetreten sind, mehr als doppelt so viele wie in der letzten Woche.

Das Amt für nationale Statistik, eine von der Regierung geführte Behörde, hat am Freitag eine bescheidenere Schätzung abgegeben. Es geht davon aus, dass täglich rund 9.600 Menschen an dem Virus erkranken, ein Anstieg von 60 Prozent gegenüber 6.000 pro Woche zuvor.

Both surveillance projects are picking up far more than the Government's official testing programme, which recorded 6,000-plus cases on Thursday and Wednesday.

KCL collects its data by sending tests to people who report tell-tale symptoms of Covid-19 into the mobile app, while the ONS study sends tests to random households regardless of their health status.

Data from the symptom-tracking app, which has seen millions of Brits sign up, suggests there are nearly 150,000 people currently suffering symptomatic Covid-19, although many more will have no symptoms. This figure has more than doubled since last week, when there were about 70,000 symptomatic patients. The chief scientist behind the app said it was fresh evidence the crisis was 'rising at an alarming rate'.

The ONS, on the other hand, estimates that about 113,000 people are currently carrying the virus – equating to around one in 500 people – although the number-crunching body only looks at England and Wales.

It comes as Matt Hancock yesterday suggested the true number of cases occurring each day was in the region of 10,000. And the Health Secretary pointed out that the spike now is nowhere near levels seen during the darkest days of the crisis in March and April, when 100,000 people were getting infected every 24 hours.

KCL has based its latest estimates on nearly 7,000 tests this week, of which 151 were positive – about three times more than the ONS.

More positive tests improves the accuracy of the data but the study may have a slight bias because it only swabs people who are already ill.

The ONS study sends tests to random groups of people, which may give a better indication of the true scale of the virus. But the real number of infections is likely to lie somewhere in the middle, and both data-sets are being fed into Government to help steer it through the crisis.

KCL's fresh batch of data was based on 6,847 swab tests done between September 7 and September 20 from people right across the UK, during which 151 people tested positive for the virus.

Researchers then extrapolate this data to the general population to make estimates about the virus's trajectory.

The app estimates 147,498 people have symptomatic Covid-19 in the UK right now, with 55,201 patients in England, 14,319 in Scotland and 9,075 in Wales. They did not make estimates for Northern Ireland.

Almost half of the new daily infections are occurring in the North of England (7,778) but London, Glasgow and Belfast are also seeing 'worrying' rises, according to the KCL team.

Broken down, the North West of England is being battered hardest by the latest surge in infections, with estimated cases tripling in the last seven days from 12,544 to 36,316.

In the North East and Yorkshire and London, infections have more than doubled from 12,916 to 27,731 and 9,291 to 18,200, respectively.

The researchers now predict the reproduction 'R' rate – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – is dangerously high across the UK – 1.4 in England and Wales and 1.3 in Scotland.

Experts say keeping the R squashed below 1.0 is essential to prevent the outbreak from growing exponentially and spiralling out of control.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London and the brains behind the app, said: 'The number of cases in the UK continues to rise at an alarming rate as we are seeing figures doubling weekly across the country, in particular we are worried about places like London and other major cities like Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow where cases are surging and the R value is around 1.4.'

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