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Northeast England faces the Covid curfew from midnight on TONIGHT – so where's next?


Coronavirus cases have increased across north east England

New coronavirus restrictions are expected to be enforced in the northeast, including pubs that close at 10 p.m. and households banned from being in contact with anyone outside their home.

The new rules are expected to take effect shortly after midnight after the number of Covid-19 cases in the region rose dramatically.

Nick Forbes, Chairman of Newcastle City Council, said "additional, temporary" measures are planned to prevent another full lockdown. He said he expected Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make an announcement after 11 a.m. today.

The restrictions are reported to apply to Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland, which have increased in all cases according to the latest weekly rates.

Community Secretary Robert Jenrick told ITV's Peston on Wednesday, “The number of cases has been increasing rapidly in many parts of the country, particularly in the northeast, and it has been decided to impose further restrictions there.

“And tomorrow there will be a full announcement, so people in this part of the country should pay attention to it. And the measures will come into play on Thursday evening at midnight.

"A full briefing will be made available to everyone including councilors and the business community later in the day."

The rising number of infections in London and Leeds has led to warnings that the cities could soon be heading in the same direction as the northeast with additional restrictions.

Kevin Fenton, the London director of Public Health England, has suggested that curfews could also be used in the capital. He told the Evening Standard, “In some areas that have seen resurgence, the amount of time you can spend socializing has been limited. In some cases, there may be curfews so you won't go drinking until the early hours of the morning. By limiting, you are also limiting the time people spend in close contact with others. & # 39;

He said the return of universities this month will be challenging: "Returning to normal life for young Londoners comes with increased transmission," he said.

Leeds has been told it has entered a "critical phase" of the transfer as its rate climbs to just over 75 per 100,000. Council Director General Tom Riordan said yesterday that they are in a "live situation" where cases are "increasing" leading to them being classified as an area of ​​increased support.

Other possible restrictions are that people are instructed not to go on vacation with different households and that viewers are advised not to visit sports venues.

Nursing home visits might be restricted to essential visitors and it is recommended that public transport be avoided at peak times other than essential journeys and car sharing is avoided.

Mr Forbes tweeted, "Some additional, temporary restrictions are planned to prevent another full lockdown."

A Twitter user asked when the announcement would be made, adding that the "uncertainty creates a lot of fear for people".

He replied, “We are waiting for the government to confirm the final version of the regulations. I expect an announcement from the Minister of Health at 11 a.m. (Thursday). & # 39;

The latest figures show that Newcastle saw its weekly rate jump sharply from 51.2 to 64.1, with 194 new cases in the seven days ending September 13.

It does so after local measures such as Greater Manchester and Birmingham have been put in place to counter rising infection rates. And ministers and government officials insist they stand ready to take more draconian steps to stop the spread, despite a wave of criticism.

In other coronavirus developments yesterday:

  • Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson have been warned that the testing fiasco is on the verge of de facto lockdown of the country as schools remain open "unsustainably".
  • Warnings are mounting of new local lockdowns to combat the spread, and it is claimed that offices could be closed within two weeks if the rule of six fails
  • A SAGE scientist warns that new infections in the UK could already be as high as 38,000 a day, although official figures show only 3,000 a day, while the test jam is allegedly due to the lab's "bottleneck".
  • Covid-19 cases are on the rise among middle-aged people in England and have risen over 90 percent in 14 days as the outbreak continues to rise, official figures show.
  • The head of British Airways defended its decision to shed up to 12,000 jobs, saying the pandemic left the national airline "in the fight for survival".
  • A Manchester hospital was responsible for a third of all Covid-19 deaths in England last week. This was exposed amid concerns that the life-threatening disease would spread between wards.
  • Boris Johnson couldn't rule out a second national lockdown as he admitted the government's coronavirus testing system can't handle it.
The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties - who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness - are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties – who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness – are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 - up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 – up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20

Local Government Watchlist Areas – Is your hometown on the list?

KEY: Infection rate per 100,000. Are the falls rising or falling? Have special measures been taken?

Bolton: 121.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Bradford: 72.2 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Oldham: 66.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Salford: 62.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Blackburn with Darwen: 61.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Preston: 59.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Pendulum: 58 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Rochdale: 57.7 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Tameside: 56.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Manchester: 56.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Birmingham: 50.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

To bury: 46.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Leicester: 43.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Kirklees: 36.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Solihull: 34.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Calderdale: 34.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Trafford: 31.3 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Sandwell: 22.6 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Rossendale: 80.4 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Burnley: 57.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

South Tyneside: 50.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Leeds: 47.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Hyndburn: 42.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Gateshead: 40.5 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Sunderland: 32.4 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 28 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Stockport: 20.2 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Source: Public Health England

Options on the table can range from curfews to pubs closing – although it is clear that schools will remain open.

This despite today's warnings that schools could be forced to close by default in the coming weeks due to a massive lack of testing across the UK.

"Lockdown is the only thing we know works, to be honest," a government science adviser told ITV.

The dire prospect was raised amid fears that the disease is on the verge of spiraling out of control.

Although the number of cases has increased over 3,000 a day, it has mainly been younger people who are less likely to be severely affected.

But now cases of Covid-19 among middle-aged people in England are on the rise and have increased over 90 percent in 14 days as the outbreak continues to worsen.

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 – up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20.

Boris Johnson faced MPs this afternoon, telling the liaison committee that steps were needed to avoid a full national lockdown.

The Prime Minister told the committee: “I don't want a second national lockdown, I think that would be completely wrong for this country. We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening.

“Can we afford it? I very much doubt the financial consequences will be anything but catastrophic, but we need to make sure we use the means we have planned to defeat the disease.

“When I see people saying and arguing against the rule of six that the government is too restrictive of individual freedoms and so on, I completely understand that I sympathize with that, but we must, must defeat this disease. & # 39;

Downing Street has not denied any reports that curfews could slow the spread of the coronavirus.

When asked about reports that a curfew might be imposed in London, a spokesman for Number 10 previously said: “We will continue to check the transmission rate.

& # 39; We introduced the rule of six to try to lower the transfer rate as it has been increasing lately.

"But as I said, we will continue to review this data and the scientific evidence."

However, the alarm was raised by early signs that hospital admissions are on the rise and that infections are becoming more common in the elderly.

The problems were exacerbated by the testing system, which got into chaos after schools returned and showed high demand for children to be screened.

The Rhondda Cynon Taf area in South Wales will be locked down after an increase in local coronavirus cases, the Welsh government said this afternoon.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced that the measures, which will be reviewed within two weeks, will go into effect at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Rhondda Cynon Taf, with a population of around 240,000, had a rolling 7-day case rate of 82.1 per 100,000 people.

As part of the measures, individuals are not permitted to enter or leave the Rhondda Cynon Taf parish without a reasonable apology.

People can only meet with members of their extended household outdoors, not indoors. All licensed premises must close at 11 p.m.

Pictured: A demonstration was held in solidarity with Iranians / Kurds. However, the police officers were helpless to stop the new government rules for groups of no more than six people meeting at the same time

Pictured: A demonstration was held in solidarity with Iranians / Kurds. However, the police officers were helpless to stop the new government rules for groups of no more than six people meeting at the same time

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock (right) and Chief Whip Mark Spencer greet each other on Downing Street in London

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock (right) and Chief Whip Mark Spencer greet each other on Downing Street in London

The “rule of six” imposed by Boris Johnson on Monday makes it illegal to hold large gatherings, although in Scotland and Wales children under 12 do not need to be included in the figures.

Ministers have suggested following the example of Belgium, where an increase appears to have been approached with tight limits on gatherings and curfews.

A senior government official told ITV's Robert Peston that "there is no way we can wait for the death rate to rise before we act".

They added that the government would re-examine whether the "rule of six" was enough to control the situation in a fortnight – but there is a widespread view that schools should not be closed again.

According to reports, a senior science advisor said, “I think if we are to keep schools open we may need to seriously consider a number of other measures to stop a big second wave.

"And we have to think about it now – what we're going to do."

The Red Lion Pub in Westminster, a few meters from the Houses of Parliament, was surrounded by drinkers last night despite the introduction of the rule of six on Monday.

The Red Lion Pub in Westminster, a few meters from the Houses of Parliament, was surrounded by drinkers last night despite the introduction of the rule of six on Monday.

The “rule of six” imposed by Boris Johnson on Monday (pictured today at PMQs) makes it illegal to hold large gatherings, although in Scotland and Wales children under 12 do not need to be counted

The “rule of six” imposed by Boris Johnson on Monday (pictured today at PMQs) makes it illegal to hold large gatherings, although in Scotland and Wales children under 12 do not need to be counted

Second UK pub bans under 25 for social distancing

Another UK pub has temporarily banned under 25s because the landlady claims there is a lack of social distancing among young drinkers.

The Red Lion in Whinmoor announced the move on Monday on Facebook and confirmed that people in the age group between Friday and Sunday will not be able to attend.

The landlady, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the decision was made to protect the company's staff along with its regular customers from coronavirus.

She added that the Red Lion has some "good young customers" who follow social distancing guidelines, but a minority "spoils it for others" as they have to keep reminding them to respect the guidelines in place in order to get around Stop the virus from spreading.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer was forced to miss the prime minister's questions due to a delay in receiving a coronavirus test result for one of his children, his deputy said.

Angela Rayner, who stood in the mailing box for Sir Keir on Wednesday lunchtime, told Boris Johnson that she had received a message from "a man named Keir".

She told Commons: “Keir couldn't go to work and his children couldn't go to school today because his family had to wait for their coronavirus test results despite the Prime Minister's promise to get results within 24 hours.

"Keir has been able to do the right thing, isolate himself and work from home, but other people are not in that position – many of them are the very people who are getting us through this crisis."

Mr Johnson said he understood that a negative test had been returned for Sir Keir's child, adding, "I don't know why he's not here."

The Labor leader was advised to self-isolate Monday while awaiting the result of a test on a member of his household showing possible symptoms of Covid-19.

Less than half an hour before the PMQs began, Sir Keir said he was "very pleased and relieved that one of my children tested negative this morning".

On Tuesday it was decided that his deputy, Ms. Rayner, should take his place at Question Time.

The possibility of going tougher exists despite a major Tory backlash to the limitations of everyday life.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland denied this morning that the "rule of six" was effectively canceling Christmas after a source close to the Archbishop of Canterbury criticized the social restrictions imposed this week to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Archbishop of Canterbury warns that the "Reign of Six" harms family life

The Archbishop, Bishop of Canterbury, warned of centrally-imposed coronavirus restrictions and said he was "deeply concerned" about the impact of the "rule of six" on family life.

Most Rev. Justin Welby said the government was "determining the daily details of our lives" during the coronavirus lockdown in ways "few of us have seen" when he advocated locality instead.

He said Britain had an "addiction to centralization" and argued that the country should adopt the "only centralize what needs to be centralized" stance.

The Archbishop is also said to be concerned about the impact of the "six rules" – a ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than six people – on "the vulnerable, needy, poor and old" in Britain.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, the Cabinet Secretary said: “Archbishop Justin (Welby) is making an important contribution to this debate and he is right to point out the enormous spiritual and social significance of Christmas.

“I don't think any of us in government wants to be Oliver Cromwell-esque – we want families to celebrate Christmas safely and happily, and we want our churches and other places of worship to join in the celebration. & # 39;

Mr Buckland added, "We are not going to cancel Christmas, but the 'rule of six' is clear and important and I think we have committed to and must adhere to it."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday battled angry calls to exempt young children from the rules in England to save Christmas.

He was repeatedly pushed for the "unfair and inflexible" restrictions when making a statement in the House of Commons.

While Mr. Hancock insisted on understanding the "implications" of the rules, he said that "simplicity" was critical to their effectiveness.

Senior Conservatives have risen to urge the government to copy the Scottish and Welsh governments, which have stated that children under the age of 12 do not count towards the limits of gatherings.

Home Secretary Priti Patel warned yesterday that two families colliding on the street would break the new law.

She said that more than half a dozen people who stop chatting after accidentally meeting them would constitute a "mingling".

Lawyers asked if this was the case – but No. 10 offered assistance, saying, "You can expect the police to tell you to disperse."

Ms. Patel also said that she would report her own neighbors for any behavior she deemed "inappropriate" and at risk of spreading the virus.

The comments came after police complained that they had been left in the dark on how the tough restrictions could be enforced, without guidance and widespread public anger.

SCHEDULE FOR THE AVAILABILITY OF COVID-19 TESTS IN THE UK

January – sick travelers: In the early days of the pandemic, before it was known the virus was spreading in the UK, people could only be tested for coronavirus if they had symptoms of the disease – at the time a cough and / or fever – and had traveled there at risk Area or near someone who had.

Initially, this vulnerable area began with the city of Wuhan – ground zero of the pandemic – and was later expanded to include China as a whole and other countries such as Thailand, South Korea, and later Italy.

March – Hospitals only: The tests were stopped for members of the public on March 12th. This now controversial move came because the virus was so out of control in travelers returning home from mid-term ski tours in the Alps in February that there wasn't enough testing to have any meaningful impact.

The only people who could get a Covid-19 test were hospital patients – those who were seriously ill – and staff who worked in the hospitals.

April – key workers: Swab tests returned to the public in April. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on April 23 that key workers and their families (with the exception of children under five) could be tested if they had symptoms – a new persistent cough or fever.

People who weren't a key force and didn't live with one, or who didn't have either of these symptoms, were still not allowed to get tested.

Late April – Over 65: End of the month on April 29The tests have been expanded to allow people over 65 years of age – with symptoms – to be tested. This age group has caused the vast majority of coronavirus deaths in the UK and is far worse for them than it is for younger people.

May – Anyone with Symptoms: On May 18Three weeks after the Health Department claimed it had met its target of 100,000 tests a day – a claim that later turned out to be false – the tests were expanded again.

Now, according to the Minister of Health, anyone over five years with symptoms of Covid-19 – this list was expanded on the same day to include lost or changed senses of smell or taste – can be tested.

Late May – Under-Fives: The rule was extended again on May 27th Include children under five, meaning people of any age in the UK were eligible for a test if they had Covid-19 symptoms.

That rule still applies – anyone with symptoms can have a test. It has never been government policy to offer tests to people who do not have any of the three symptomsHowever, there are a few exceptions, e.g. B. People taking part in studies or officially referred by their employer.

July – Tests for Nursing Homes: The government promised to offer routine swab tests for nursing home staff and residents 3rd of July. Nursing homes, where more than 14,000 people have died, suffered badly at the height of the crisis because they did not have access to large-scale testing.

Nursing homes are currently consuming around 100,000 tests per day – about half the national capacity – as part of a program that tests all staff once a week and residents once a month.

However, this system is still fraught with problems, and Martin Green, CEO of Care England, told The Times: & # 39; There are delays with couriers failing to take swabs and problems with the laboratories, to get the results back in time …

"The test regime needs to be thoroughly reviewed."

August – tests for schools: As schools prepared to return to classes after a six-month hiatus and summer, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson promised that all schools would have access to DIY tests to send students home with symptoms.

However, teachers say they haven't received enough tests and that students and staff who cannot get tests through the national testing system with kinks are languishing in self-isolation at home without knowing whether or not they have Covid-19.

Jim Blakely, director of the Garstang St. Thomas School in Preston, told the Today program, "This is what we really need urgently … a 24-hour test turnaround, ideally so families can get back to work and." Children can go back to school. & # 39;

August – & # 39; Please take a test & # 39 ;: Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS Test & Trace, urges the public to get tested.

Concerned that cases were not going down because people avoided using Test and Trace, she said, “Please do your part to keep the virus from flaring up again. This system only works if you sign up for a test and help us trace your contacts. So if you have mild symptoms, get a free trial right away. & # 39;

September – & # 39; Stop getting so many tests & # 39 ;: In September, Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people to stop being tested if they didn't have coronavirus symptoms.

He said an increase in "ineligible" people put a strain on the testing system, which now buckled under the pressure of processing 200,000 swabs a day.

The Ministry of Health estimates that one in four tests is now done by people who shouldn't be taking it.

Mr. Hancock continued the 9th of September: "We have seen an increase in demand, including from people who are not eligible for testing, from people who have no symptoms."

The number of people being tested for coronavirus has increased from under 20,000 in April to over 200,000 a day

The number of people being tested for coronavirus has increased from under 20,000 in April to over 200,000 a day

In a sign of increasing chaos, the government has stopped publishing daily capacity figures – the dates are now labeled "N / A". The exam of Tsarina Baroness Harding also faces questions. Ministers are calling for schools to be given "priority" and "quick" access to checks.

Although Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously boasted "Moonshot" plans to run 10 million tests a day, he is now rushing to create a "priority list".

When hospitals and nursing homes come first, however, the prospect of schools remaining in limbo increases. Teachers say 740 have already been forced to shut down or send children home because of so many having cold or cough symptoms.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said school principals are required to order that the "bubble must stay home" if a student or teacher cannot get a test to prove they are negative.

"I think this is going to feel like a lockdown by default – it's going to be more frustrating for parents because there's no telling if it's going to happen," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

ASCL urged Mr. Johnson "to take on this situation personally to keep our schools and colleges open and to protect students and staff".

When asked if there was enough testing capacity, Mr. Johnson answered bluntly, “No, we don't.

"We don't have enough testing capacity now because in an ideal world I want to test absolutely anyone who wants a test right away."

He promised to do 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

But he urged people with no symptoms to stay away from testing centers – despite acknowledging the reasons they might want to find out if they had Covid-19.

"What happened is that the demand has only increased massively in the last few weeks," he told MPs.

Professor Andrew Hayward, one of the government's SAGE experts, said that at this time of year, even before the pandemic hit, around half a million people could be showing symptoms like coroanvirus every day.

That would be well over the current government claim of around 375,000 testing capacity – although they have never done so many in a single day.

Prof. Hayward, Director of the Institute for Epidemiology and Health at University College London, said: “The rationale for this is, of course, that we would expect the demand and capacity to be right in the fall and winter as the number of people doing this must rise quickly develop symptoms that could increase Covid.

"Some of our research has shown that, at least in winter, around half a million people develop symptoms that are typical of Covid every day – and that in a winter when there was no Covid – as you can see that capacity needs must increase dramatically if we want to keep up. & # 39;

Hundreds of schools have been partially or completely closed due to proven and suspected coronavirus cases, creating fears of a domino effect that resulted in parents unable to go to work and empty offices returned.

More than every tenth child was not in class last Thursday, as figures show. The growing number of students and staff waiting for tests could affect parents' confidence in their children's return to school.

It is because teachers are going to protest outside the Ministry of Education today, arguing that the lack of tests and the inability of staff, students and parents to get to the top of the line are preventing schools from returning to normal.

One told the i that they couldn't book a test for their daughter online or over the phone on Sunday, even though they tried every hour.

Her efforts included driving to a local test center that turned out to be closed and then to Gatwick, where there were no queues, but she was turned away for not booking.

The public had been asked to carry out tests when in doubt. However, email checks revealed that 46 of the 49 virus hotspots – including Bolton, Bradford and Oldham – had no swabs to offer.

Preston, one of the three areas Tests revealed they weren't available until January – and 22 miles away.

It has been reported that Mr. Hancock is considering making GPs "gatekeepers" to the system.

However, this could put a massive strain on operations, with complaints that appointments are already extremely difficult to access in many areas.

There were long queues in front of the test centers today, with many desperate people who had not been given an online appointment but showed up anyway.

Lines formed in Southend – but in a sign of general chaos – other test centers such as Leeds were almost empty.

Dr. Patrick Roach, Secretary General of the NASUWT Teachers Union, has called on the government to give the education sector priority in assigning tests.

In a letter to the school minister, Dr. Roach said the union had heard from around 600 students who were told to self-isolate in Bury and that the situation was "increasingly out of control".

"Teachers, support staff and children and adolescents cannot access tests that show symptoms of Covid-19," he wrote.

"Employers have trouble dealing with the effects and consequences."

He added, "We have reports that schools are unable to cope with a situation that is getting increasingly out of control."

The founder of Oasis Community Learning, which serves 31,500 children at 52 academies across England, said 1,200 students were sent home in the first six days of the new school year.

Steve Chalke wrote in The Sun, "The reason for this is that either students or teachers have symptoms and cannot return until they get a negative test result."

Die Besorgnis über die sieben "Leuchtturmlabors" der Regierung und ihre Fähigkeit, Ergebnisse zu verarbeiten, wächst aufgrund von Personal- und Ausrüstungsmangel.

One MP said her constituents in Twickenham, south-west London, had been asked to travel to Aberdeen to book a test.

Großbritannien hat weitere 14 Covid-19-Todesfälle in der vorläufigen Zählung angekündigt, obwohl die endgültige Zahl manchmal abweichen kann

Großbritannien hat weitere 14 Covid-19-Todesfälle in der vorläufigen Zählung angekündigt, obwohl die endgültige Zahl manchmal abweichen kann

Munira Wilson, Lib Dem health spokesperson, said: "We have been promised the world's best testing and traceability system, but what we have right now is a complete mess."

Herr Johnson hat Keir Starmer geklaut, weil er ihn heute bei PMQs nicht gesehen hat, nachdem der Labour-Führer bekannt gegeben hatte, dass eines seiner Kinder einen negativen Coronavirus-Test durchgeführt hat.

Der Labour-Führer sagte, er sei "erfreut und erleichtert", nach zwei Tagen Wartezeit auf das Ergebnis aus der Selbstisolation heraus zu sein.

"740 Schulen müssen schließen oder Schüler nach Hause schicken"

Etwa 740 Schulen wurden aufgrund des Verdachts auf Coronavirus gezwungen, Schüler zu schließen oder nach Hause zu schicken, wurde heute behauptet.

Steve Chalke, Leiter der Oasis Academies Trust-Kette, teilte The Sun mit, er habe die Nummer erhalten – das entspricht rund drei Prozent der Gesamtzahl.

Es unterstreicht Probleme, die durch Verzögerungen beim Abrufen von Tests und Ergebnissen verursacht werden, die es Lehrern und Schülern ermöglichen können, sich nicht mehr selbst zu isolieren.

Er ließ jedoch den Showdown in den Commons an diesem Mittag aus, wobei die stellvertretende Angela Rayner eintrat.

Sie sprach den Fall 'Keir' an der Versandkiste an und sagte, er müsse die Arbeit verpassen, weil er das Ergebnis eines Tests nicht rechtzeitig erhalten habe.

Aber Herr Johnson wies darauf hin, dass Sir Keir jetzt aus der Quarantäne war. "Ich weiß nicht genau, warum er nicht hier ist."

Der Ministerpräsident verteidigte die shambolischen Testregelungen trotz der Warnungen, dass die Schulen aufgrund von Verzögerungen kurz davor stehen, „nicht nachhaltig“ zu werden.

"Neunundachtzig Prozent derjenigen, die persönliche Tests durchgeführt haben, erhalten (Ergebnisse) am nächsten Tag", sagte Johnson. "Wir arbeiten sehr schnell daran, alle Testanfragen zu bearbeiten, die wir erhalten."

Herr Johnson bemühte sich, die Ursachen der Probleme zu erklären und sagte: "Das britische Volk reagiert verständlicherweise auf dieses System mit einem enormen Anstieg der Nachfrage."

Er bestand darauf, dass es "wichtig ist, dass jeder den Anweisungen folgt, wann er einen Test bekommen sollte".

Frau Rayner forderte den Premierminister auf, vor dem Winter Tests und PSA an Pflegeheime zu liefern.

"Der Premierminister hat sein Vertrauen in die Operation Moonshot gesetzt, aber mittlerweile gibt es auf dem Planeten Erde keine NHS-Tests für mehrere Gebiete mit hoher Infektion", sagte sie.

Sie fragte: "Kann der Premierminister Ja oder Nein bestätigen, haben alle Pflegeheime in diesem Land wöchentliche Tests?"

Herr Johnson antwortete: "Ja, nach meinem besten Wissen sollten Pflegeheime in diesem Land … wöchentliche Tests für alle Mitarbeiter und Tests alle 28 Tage für diejenigen, die in Pflegeheimen sind, die Bewohner in Pflegeheimen."

Another test center in Leeds was practically empty today given the criticism of the systems

Another test center in Leeds was practically empty today given the criticism of the systems

Der Ministerpräsident beklagte sich auch darüber, dass Labour "von der Seitenlinie" spielt, während die Regierung versuchte, "eines der schwierigsten Dilemmata" zu bewältigen, mit denen eine Regierung jemals konfrontiert war.

Gavin Williamson, der heute vor dem Bildungsausschuss erschien, gab bekannt, dass er diese Woche die Test & Trace-Zarin Baroness Harding der Regierung getroffen hatte, um darauf zu bestehen, dass für Schulen ein „schnelles“ Screening verfügbar sein muss.

Covid-Fälle treten bei Menschen mittleren Alters auf

Die aktuellsten PHE-Daten, die am Freitag veröffentlicht wurden, zeigen deutlich, dass die Fälle in jeder Altersgruppe spiralförmig sind. Menschen in den Zwanzigern - die nicht so anfällig für die Krankheit sind und wahrscheinlich dem Tod oder einer schweren Krankheit entkommen - treiben den Anstieg mit einer Infektionsrate von 46 an, die sich in den letzten drei Wochen verdoppelt hat

The most up-to-date PHE data, which was released on Friday, clearly shows cases are spiralling across every age group. People in their twenties — who aren't as vulnerable to the disease and are likely to escape death or serious illness — are driving the spike with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the last three weeks

Covid-19 cases are soaring among middle-aged people in England and have risen by upwards of 90 per cent in a fortnight as the outbreak continues to grow, official figures show.

Public Health England (PHE) data reveals 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people aged between 40 and 49 — up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates have nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, jumping from 10.9 to 20.

The most up-to-date PHE data, which was released on Friday, clearly shows cases are increasing across every age group. People in their twenties — who aren't as vulnerable to the disease and are likely to escape death or serious illness — are driving the spike with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in three weeks.

Fears of a second wave are growing as the number of Britons being diagnosed with Covid-19 each day has topped 3,000 for the first time since May. Ministers have also been spooked by spiralling outbreaks in Spain and France and rising hospital admissions on the continent.

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past nine days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 52 on the last day of August.

'We've always been conscious that with children coming back into schools there was going to be a situation where people would need more access to testing. That is why we ensured those deliveries of tests to every school in England. That is why this morning we opened the ordering system, for schools to be able to order new tests, for them to be able to get those directly from the NHS,' he said.

Mr Williamson said he had stressed to Lady Harding that testing for schools must be a 'priority'.

'Just this week I met with baroness Harding from test and trace and the NHS, highlighting some concerns that schools have had in terms of the turnaround and to ensure that teachers are able to get tested as swiftly as possible, and they are able to be in a position to be back to teaching at the earliest possible stage.'

Mr Williamson dodged questions over whether the government could guarantee testing results for schools within 48 hours, but added: 'The reason I had my meeting with Baroness Harding, as you can imagine, is to continue to emphasise the importance and the priority that we have to put on all our schools and education settings, about how vital it is that we always ensure there is swift testing available.'

Committee chairman Robert Halfon told BBC Radio 4's World at One later that he had been told schools would be a priority under Mr Hancock's new scheme.

'As I understand it, schools will be on the priority list,' Mr Halfon told the programme.

Department for Education sources said they had little control over the provision for schools, suggesting it was a 'problem in the labs'. 'We don't run testing. We don't oversee testing. It is a DHSC thing,' one source said.

An ally of Mr Williamson told MailOnline they had doubts about whether schools were the main part of the extra demand, pointing out that 1.6million children went back in June and July and 'we didn't see any of this'.

The ally added: 'There is definitely frustration there.'

Ministers faced a crisis back in the first wave of Covid when a campaign by the Mail led to Mr Hancock pledging to run 100,000 tests a day.

That pledge was later raised to 200,000 as part of the ambitious Operation Moonshot, then to 500,000 by the end of October, and now to four million by February next.

However, the system has been thrown into chaos again in the past few days as the demand for tests has grown massively and overwhelmed the laboratories.

The increase is due to an increase in daily cases, the return of schools, the introduction of regular swabs in nursing homes, and an increase in outbreaks.

There were also rumors of logistical problems in laboratories.

As a result, there has been a flurry of complaints that local people cannot access tests or that they have to wait too long to find out if they are positive or negative. Schools have closed while teachers await results from sick students.

NHS leaders warn of a crisis in hospitals that will force medics to stay away from work and abandon operations.

Figures today showed that, including antibody and surveillance screening, 221,192 tests were carried out across the UK in the previous 24 hours.

That was down from 227,075 yesterday, 231,969 on Monday and from 250,839 on Sunday.

The last time it was lower was September 9, when just 209,609 were conducted.

However, the government has not published a figure for the overall capacity since September 10, when it was claimed to be 374,917.

The Department of Health has refused to reveal how many people are trying to get swabs.

The number of people actually getting tested has gone up by 23 per cent since the end of August while capacity has increased by 12 per cent – although it is now not known.

Sodexo, which runs the centres, has posted job adverts for people to staff the drive- and walk-in sites as the UK scrambles to prepare for surging numbers of cases as infections are now on the rise in people of all age groups in England.

Labour MPs have called the testing fiasco a 'farce' and 'unacceptable', while scientists admit they are seriously concerned that the Government hasn't prepared for what they've known for months would eventually happen.

Heads look to ban teachers from going aboad at half-term

Headteachers could stop staff from travelling abroad during the half-term, it has emerged today.

Law firm Stone King said it had received about 20 calls from state schools seeking advice over whether they can ban teachers from leaving the UK in school holidays, according to The Times.

This comes as more than 1,000 teachers across Scotland have been forced to self-isolate because of Covid symptoms.

Meanwhile official school attendance records have shown that while 99 per cent of schools have reopened since the coronavirus pandemic, one in 10 pupils have not returned.

Approximately 88 per cent of state school pupils were back in class on September 10, meaning 12 per cent were marked absent, according to Department for Education figures.

This equates to around 960,000 students not attending school – some 400,000 fewer than usual.

Professor Alan McNally, a geneticist at the University of Birmingham who helped set up a Government lab in Milton Keynes, told BBC Breakfast yesterday there were 'clearly underlying issues which nobody wants to tell us about'.

He said: 'I think there is a surge in demand (and) I think our stated capacity is very different from actually how many tests can be run in a given day.'

Dr Joshua Moon, from the University of Sussex Business School, added: 'One of the deeper issues is why we are seeing an acute shortage when total tests per day currently sit at two thirds of the government's claimed testing capacity.

'I am particularly worried about why the claimed capacity was so much higher than it actually was.

'Without proper understanding of the system's capacity, there is a fundamental weakness in ability to plan for the future.'

In a round of radio interviews this morning, J.Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said testing capacity was "ramped up" to meet demand. He said Mr. Hancock would be presenting the "priority list" "in the next few days".

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Buckland said, “I don't shy away from the current edition, but I am trying to explain that we have accepted the scale of the challenge instead of sitting back and pretending everything is fine. We are expanding the test centers, increasing the laboratory capacity and putting new laboratories into operation so that we can achieve this rapid processing. & # 39;

He added: “The fact that the government kept talking about the dangers of a second wave, the Prime Minister, all of us, at all times was absolutely focused on the dangers of the second wave – we saw what was happening in France.

“We absolutely believe that if we are to balance the restoration of the economy and the schooling of children in the fall, we all have a special responsibility to follow all of these guidelines, then do everything possible to defeat this virus . & # 39;

The testing meltdown has come in the context of a spike in coronavirus cases, with fears that the situation is on the verge of spiralling out of control again.

Brits could face an even tougher lockdown within two weeks if the rule of six doesn't eliminate coronavirus cases, it was claimed today.

Ministers and government officials insist that despite a wave of criticism, they are ready to take more draconian steps to stop the spread.

Options on the table can range from curfews to pubs closing – although it is clear that schools will remain open.

Testing tsar Baroness Dido Harding was in Downing Street today amid mounting questions about the government system

Testing tsar Baroness Dido Harding was in Downing Street today amid mounting questions about the government system

"Lockdown is the only thing we know works, to be honest," a government science adviser told ITV.

The dire prospect was raised amid fears that the disease is on the verge of spiraling out of control.

Although the number of cases has increased over 3,000 a day, it has mainly been younger people who are less likely to be severely affected.

Downing Street did not deny reports that curfews were being considered to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Asked about reports that a curfew could be introduced in London, a Number 10 spokesman today said: 'We will continue to keep the transmission rate under review.

'We've introduced the rule of six to try and bear down on the transmission rate given that it has risen recently.

'But as I say we will keep that data and the scientific evidence under review.'

Mr Hancock was called into the House of Commons yesterday to answer an urgent Labor question on the fiasco. When asked if the problem would be resolved this week, he replied, "I think we will be able to resolve this problem in a few weeks."

Brits "could have curfews in a few weeks"

Brits could face an even tougher lockdown within two weeks if the rule of six doesn't eliminate coronavirus cases, it was claimed today.

Ministers and government officials insist that despite a wave of criticism, they are ready to take more draconian steps to stop the spread.

Options on the table can range from curfews to pubs closing – although it is clear that schools will remain open.

"Lockdown is the only thing we know works, to be honest," a government science adviser told ITV.

The dire prospect was raised amid fears that the disease is on the verge of spiraling out of control.

Although the number of cases has increased over 3,000 a day, it has mainly been younger people who are less likely to be severely affected.

However, the alarm was raised by early signs that hospital admissions are on the rise and that infections are becoming more common in the elderly.

Last night, former Health Secretary Ken Clarke accused ministers of "irritating" and "disillusioning" the public by making impossible promises for tests.

Citing testing issues, Commons spokesman Lindsay Hoyle said, "This is totally unacceptable and undermining the lead. So I have raised my concerns to ministers to urge urgent action."

Dr. Layla McCay of the NHS Confederation, which represents health organizations, said, “Our members tell us that lack of access to testing for employees is a major barrier to service delivery and achievement of service recovery goals.

“We seem light years away from the world's best test-and-trace system that we were promised. Every week we wait for these issues to be resolved is a week some NHS workers are unable to go to work and a week that makes it harder to identify and contain Covid-19 surges. & # 39;

Mr. Hancock is preparing to publish a “priority list” over the next few days that will be used as a set of rules for testing centers to determine who will be offered a swab.

Currently, in theory, one should be offered to everyone, regardless of whether they are a key worker or even have symptoms.

However, the list makes it clear to the centers that if there is a bottleneck in testing capacity, priority will be given to NHS and nursing home staff, patients, key workers and students. All others are denied a test until the capacity is increased.

The ministers also plan to open two huge lighthouse laboratories to process the test results.

Seven are in operation – in Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Newport, Glasgow, Alderley Park in Cheshire, Loughborough in Leicestershire and Antrim in Northern Ireland.

The increase in demand has been largely driven by schools going back as children spread coughs and colds. Concerned parents book the whole family for tests to avoid long self-isolation.

The rise in virus cases has raised public concern and ministers have claimed that people book tests before going on vacation even though they have no symptoms.

At the same time, experts believe that testing capacity has been affected by a shortage of equipment and staff, including doctoral students who have returned to university.

Last night, a leaked memo from The Guardian claimed the lighthouse labs were busy even in late August.

Dido Harding: Tory peer hailed by Hancock for 'fantastic leadership' skills has overseen months of farce

Baroness Dido Harding was hailed for her 'fantastic leadership' skills by Health Secretary Matt Hancock when she was appointed in May.

But after the Tory peer was put in charge of implementation of the new NHS app, mass testing and contact tracing programme in May it has become a national embarassment.

Baroness Harding is a former jockey, though she quit racing after hitting 40 and promising her husband she'd stop

The app has been massively scaled back in scope and it may be next year by the time a full mass testing scheme is in place.

The Government's reaction to her failures has been to give her another job.

Last  month she was put in interim charge of the replacement body for Public Health England.

Experts said making her interim chief of the new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) made as 'much sense as Chris Whitty (England's chief medical officer) being appointed a head of Vodafone'.

That was a reference to Harding's lack of public health experience and her previous stint as chief exec of telecoms giant TalkTalk – where she oversaw one of the worst data breaches in the UK that saw hackers to steal bank details from 157,000 customers.

Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, 53, was raised on a Somerset pig farm and is the granddaughter of Field Marshall Lord Harding, the commander of the Desert Rats who became the most senior soldier in the British army.

A former jockey, she is married to John Penrose, the Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare.

She studied Policy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, alongside David Cameron and upon graduating, she held a slew of roles at Thomas Cook, Woolworths, Tesco and Sainsbury's.

Baroness Harding was appointed CEO of TalkTalk in 2010, serving in the role for seven years, during which the company was the victim of a cyber attack that saw the personal and banking details of 157,000 customers accessed by hackers.

She was subjected to repeated blackmail attempts after the hack, with demands for Bitcoins in exchange for stolen data, which included customers' names, email addresses, mobile numbers, home addresses and dates of birth.

In the aftermath, TalkTalk was fined a record £400,000 for security failings which allowed the data to be accessed 'with ease' in one of the biggest data breaches in history.

TalkTalk is thought to have lost £60million from the fallout with an estimated 100,000 angry customers leaving, mainly to BT, while 2015 profits halved to £14million and shares lost nearly two-thirds of their value.

Baroness Harding faced repeated calls to step down over the breach, but stayed on until 2017, when she resigned to focus on her 'public service activities'.

Later that year, she was appointed chairwoman of NHS Improvement, responsible for overseeing all NHS hospitals.

A powerful figure,  she refuses to believe her gender has ever held her back, nor will she endorse female quotas on company boards, which she sees as political meddling.

She also thinks that workers have too much maternity leave, despite admitting being the boss has allowed her to successfully juggle her own career with spending time with the two daughters she has with her husband.

Earlier this year she was criticised over her role on the board of Cheltenham Festival organiser the Jockey Club.

Scientists have dubbed the festival which went ahead in March a 'disaster' and claimed it accelerated the spread of coronavirus in the UK after 260,000 people flocked to the racecourse just days before lockdown began.

Covid-19 cases among people in their 40s and 50s have risen by 90% since the end of August – while the number of patients being admitted to hospital has DOUBLED in just nine days, official figures show

Covid-19 cases are soaring among middle-aged people in England and have risen by upwards of 90 per cent in a fortnight as the outbreak continues to grow, official figures show.

Public Health England (PHE) data reveals 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people aged between 40 and 49 — up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates have nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, jumping from 10.9 to 20.

The most up-to-date PHE data, which was released on Friday, clearly shows cases are increasing across every age group. People in their twenties — who aren't as vulnerable to the disease and are likely to escape death or serious illness — are driving the spike with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in three weeks.

Fears of a second wave are growing as the number of Britons being diagnosed with Covid-19 each day has topped 3,000 for the first time since May. Ministers have also been spooked by spiralling outbreaks in Spain and France and rising hospital admissions on the continent.

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past nine days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 52 on the last day of August.

But government officials say a second wave of Covid-19 in Britain would not be nearly as bad as the first — which killed between 40 and 55,000 people — because we are better at containing the virus through local lockdowns and social distancing measures, and that medical breakthroughs have helped to slash the death rate.

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past ten days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 52 on the last day of August

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past ten days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 52 on the last day of August

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past ten days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 56 the week before

Hospital admissions — another way of measuring the severity of the pandemic — have doubled in England over the past ten days. More than 150 newly-infected patients required NHS treatment on Sunday, up from a rolling seven-day average of 56 the week before

Curfews, pub closures and small gatherings only: how the UK could throttle second wave

Britain could follow the example of Belgium in taking steps to throttle the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Brussels was able to curtail a second wave of coronavirus by limiting the number of people who could socialise together and imposing a nationwide curfew.

The European country experienced a resurgence of the virus in mid-July that was comparable to the UK's current trajectory.

On July 29, officials there brought in new rules reduced the number of people who could socialise together from 15 to five and introduced a 10pm curfew on the entire population.

Coronavirus infections started to rise in Belgium in mid-July, with the weekly case rate going over 35 per 100,000 by August- the level currently being felt in Britain – and daily infections breaching 1,000. The numbers have fallen over recent weeks, with only 194 new cases reported on September 1.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is among those who have praised the actions of the Belgian Government to  tackle the outbreak.

Last week he said Belgium was a 'clear indication that if you act rapidly and decisively when these changes are happening, there is a reasonable or good chance of bringing the rates back down under control.'

Such a move would allow people to go still go to work and school but would place curbs on nightlife, which could place high pressure on the hospitality industry, with pubs and restaurants forced to close early.

PHE figures released on Friday, which offer the most detailed insight into the state of the coronavirus crisis in England, revealed how people in their twenties are driving the current outbreak.

The infection rate for those aged 20-29 has risen from 23.5 cases for every 100,000 people in the week ending August 16, to 46 in the most recent full week of data, which finished on September 6.

The rate is now 29.8 for people in their 30s, up from 19.6 the week before and 16.4 at the end of August. And it has jumped to 23.4 for 40 to 49-year-olds, up from 13.5 in the previous seven-day spell and 12.4 at the end of last month.

Infections rates have risen from 10.9 to 20 in the space of a week for people in their 50s, and have increased from 7.5 to 12.4 for those in their sixties.

Cases are also rising for people over the age of 70, who are the most vulnerable to the disease because of their age. Infection rates have jumped from 4.6 to 7.3 for those in their 70s over the lat week, and from 8.9 to 12.9 for those 80 or older.

For children, rates have jumped from 5.6 to 7.7 for those up to the age of four, and have risen from 5.1 to 8.1 among 10 to 19-year-olds.

Hospital admissions have also risen over the same time-frame, according to data published by the Department of Health.

Government statistics show 153 newly-infected patients needed NHS care in England on Sunday, September 13. Similar data has not yet been released for Monday or yesterday.

For comparison, 85 patients were admitted to hospital in England last Sunday.

The rolling seven-day average of hospital admissions — considered one of the best ways to analyse trends — shows the rate has risen from 52.43 on the last day of August to 127.57 on September 13. The rate topped 100 on September 10 and was 72 last Sunday.

Hopes of fighting a second wave are also high because vaccines could be available as early as next spring, with a 'long pipeline' of promising jabs being trialled.

In addition, early signs from the southern hemisphere indicate that any flu outbreak will be less severe than in previous years.

It comes as top Belgium scientist Jean-Luc Gala said Belgium's rising infection rate is 'completely normal' and ongoing lockdown measures should be relaxed. He told French-language newspaper La Dernière Heure that 'people no longer suffer from the coronavirus, but measures to stop it.'

He said people should not worry as the virus 'is circulating in a category that does not suffer from it, young people who will at worst have small symptoms, at best nothing at all'. He said people who the virus only midly affects becoming infected is beneficial as it contributes to wide-spread immunity.

Ministers had been concerned that a combination of flu and corona cases would prove catastrophic for the NHS this winter.

However, officials also expect that advice on hygiene and social distancing during the corona pandemic will suppress flu rates – as will the trend for working from home and avoiding public transport.

In Australia and New Zealand – which typically provide good indicators of how the flu will develop in the UK – cases have remained low compared with last year.

Officials still believe the next six months 'will be very tricky' for the NHS and the country as a whole – but their cautious optimism provides a marked contrast to recent warnings from doctors' unions and medical colleges, which have claimed that hospitals would be unable to cope with a second wave.

A survey by the British Medical Association this week found that 86 per cent of doctors expect coronavirus to surge again over the next six months.

When Spain, France and Belgium hit 18 cases per 100,000 (which the UK did at the start of September) they then saw admissions increase by up to four-fold. But Belgium was able to reduce its hospital rate by reintroducing tough measures

When Spain, France and Belgium hit 18 cases per 100,000 (which the UK did at the start of September) they then saw admissions increase by up to four-fold. But Belgium was able to reduce its hospital rate by reintroducing tough measures

In August the hospitalisation rate in Belgium doubled from one per 100,000 to two per 100,000, but it has since been squashed

In August the hospitalisation rate in Belgium doubled from one per 100,000 to two per 100,000, but it has since been squashed

Hospitalisation rates remain low and falling in the UK, from a peak of more than 30 per 100,000 people to fewer than one per 100,000, but officials fear they will rise again soon

Hospitalisation rates remain low and falling in the UK, from a peak of more than 30 per 100,000 people to fewer than one per 100,000, but officials fear they will rise again soon

However, Government officials believe that while cases are on the rise again, the curve will be flatter when compared with March and April.

One reason for this prediction is the fact that we now know so much more about the virus. This includes medical advances, such as the discovery that steroid treatment dexamethasone can cut the risk of death from coronavirus by a third.

Officials also say that local lockdowns – and the beleaguered test and trace service – have successfully prevented recent outbreaks from spreading more widely.

Nonetheless, they stress that it is wrong to assume that the virus is only circulating among the young.

While many new cases are patients aged between 17 and 21, the latest statistics show infection rates for those in their 50s and 60s are now as high as they were for those in their 20s several weeks ago.

Figures from the Department of Health yesterday showed there were 3,105 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, compared with around 5,000 a day at the height of the crisis. There were another 27 deaths, up from nine recorded on Tuesday.

A special envoy from the World Health Organisation yesterday said the 'grotesque' global outlook was 'much worse than any science fiction'.

Appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee, Dr David Nabarro told MPs: 'It's a terrible situation… a health issue has got so out of control it's knocking the world into not just a recession but a huge economic contraction, which would probably double the number of poor people, double the number of malnourished (and) lead to hundreds of millions of small businesses going bankrupt.'

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