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The night owls brave the dangers of Storm Alex and the coronavirus curfew for a Saturday evening in the rain


The night owls have defied the dangers of Storm Alex and the coronavirus curfew for a Saturday night amid a heavy storm and pouring rain.

Young drinkers flooded the streets of Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds last night. Many carried umbrellas while others put their jackets over their heads to protect themselves from the conditions.

Manchester party goers had to queue in the downpour as coronavirus restrictions drastically reduced pubs and bars' capacity. Others resisted social distancing in order to band together in groups of more than six people under umbrellas.

When the country was hit by the surge in Covid-19 infections in UK universities:

  • Halton in Cheshire rose to sixth place in the UK after cases rose 22 percent to 195 per 100,000.
  • Sunderland reached eight positions behind Bolton after a 42 percent increase hit 172 cases per 100,000.
  • Sefton in Merseyside was next with a 64 percent increase, taking the fall rate to 167 per 100,000, while Bury in Greater Manchester was tenth with a six percent increase and 166 per 100,000.
  • Middlesbrough saw one of the highest spikes in coronavirus cases in the country, after infections rose 136 percent to 116 per 100,000.
  • In Darlington, infections rose 210 percent and the case rate rose to 90 per 100,000.

The revelers ignored social distancing measures to band together under umbrellas outside a Leeds venue on Saturday night

A group of four women shared two umbrellas after being hit by rain in Leeds amidst Storm Alex

A group of four women shared two umbrellas after being hit by rain in Leeds amidst Storm Alex

Bolton drinkers waited for a table to become available during the night before the proposed coronavirus restrictions

Bolton drinkers waited for a table to become available during the night before the proposed coronavirus restrictions

Smokers stood in the rain during a Revellry night in Newcastle. The city is facing a coronavirus resurgence among students

Smokers stood in the rain during a Revellry night in Newcastle. The city is facing a coronavirus resurgence among students

The people lining up for a bar in Manchester held up umbrellas to keep themselves dry amid the pouring rain

The people lining up for a bar in Manchester held up umbrellas to keep themselves dry amid the pouring rain

People in Soho, London, stood close together outside a venue. Many wore thick jackets to keep out the autumn chill

People in Soho, London, stood close together outside a venue. Many wore thick jackets to keep out the autumn chill

The drinkers were not put off by the onslaught of rain in Liverpool and, despite the lockdown, headed for a night of drinking

The drinkers were not put off by the onslaught of rain in Liverpool and, despite the lockdown, headed for a night of drinking

People drinking in pubs and restaurants outside a bar in Soho, London, ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew, are being forced to fight the surge in coronavirus cases

People drinking in pubs and restaurants outside a bar in Soho, London, ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew, are being forced to fight the surge in coronavirus cases

Two women used jackets to protect themselves from the rain during their night out in Newcastle city center on Saturday. The city is now number one on the Covid hotspot list

Two women used jackets to protect themselves from the rain during their night out in Newcastle city center on Saturday. The city is now number one on the Covid hotspot list

A cheerful night owl wore a yellow flower umbrella while her friend wore a jacket to keep the rain from getting to her hair during a night out in Newcastle

A cheerful night owl wore a yellow flower umbrella while her friend wore a jacket to keep the rain from getting to her hair during a night out in Newcastle

Environment Secretary George Eustice warned that no decision on further restrictions had been taken, but confirmed that "discussions have taken place on Merseyside and Liverpool".

It comes when revelers took to the streets of Newcastle last night breaking the "Rule of Six" and social distancing guidelines by queuing outside the kebab shops as the 10pm curfew started.

Police officers wearing masks and gloves tried to separate the groups and were seen talking to a McDonald’s manager when a crowd of about 20 people stood outside.

Meanwhile, employees at Northumbria University, where 770 students self-isolate with coronavirus, have threatened to strike over Covid-19 fears and feel they have to "choose between their health and their work".

Shown is a map of most of Northumbria University's student accommodation, which has many bars and pubs nearby

Shown is a map of most of Northumbria University's student accommodation, which has many bars and pubs nearby

Umbrellas are held up outside a bar in Manchester while Storm Alex was raining heavily. There was limited social distancing as the drinkers headed home to a cab

Umbrellas are held up outside a bar in Manchester while Storm Alex was raining heavily. There was limited social distancing as the drinkers headed home to a cab

Security officers chat with night owls in Manchester before the 10 p.m. curfew. The rain wasn't enough to keep night owls from heading out for their Saturday night in town

Security officers chat with night owls in Manchester before the 10 p.m. curfew. The rain wasn't enough to stop the revelers from making their way into town on Saturday night

A man lay on the ground for one night in Newcastle, despite the soaked pavement from hours of rain

A man lay on the ground for one night in Newcastle, despite the soaked pavement from hours of rain

A woman held her jacket over her head as the rain pounded on her during a Saturday night in Newcastle

A woman held her jacket over her head as the rain pounded on her during a Saturday night in Newcastle

A line that formed when night owls tried to get to their favorite spots in Newcastle city center during the rain on Saturday

A line that formed as revelers tried to get to their favorite spots in Newcastle city center during the rain on Saturday

Mr Eustice said a decision on further coronavirus restrictions in Merseyside has not yet been made.

He told BBC Breakfast: “I know that I understand there is some discussion of the situation in Liverpool but no decisions have been taken yet.

"I am not really able to say what they can or cannot do as I think there is currently a dialogue between health officials and the local council."

When pressured, he added: "My understanding is that no decision has been made but I am aware that discussions have taken place about what further restrictions might be required, I think in relation to Merseyside and Liverpool in particular."

The union is demanding that students trapped in halls be allowed to return home from university and study online if Covid outbreaks are to hit the UK campus

Students trapped in halls should return home from university and study online if they so choose, the unions have called.

The National Union of Students (NUS) and the University and College Union (UCU) have urged the government to take action as coronavirus outbreaks have hit university campuses across the UK.

Larissa Kennedy, NIS president, said the students had struggled with access to food and resources for wellbeing and warned against unnecessarily risking lives.

It comes after Boris Johnson said students can go home for Christmas – although Covid-19 cases are increasing "fairly quickly" in young people.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Gavin Williamson suggested applying a shift to online learning in "certain cases" so students can safely return home at the end of the semester to be with their families during the holiday season.

But education unions are calling for a transition to online learning wherever possible – and they say students should be given a safe way to get off campus now if they want.

Students shouldn't face any financial disadvantage if they leave their housing or move or leave university, they say.

In Newcastle, 770 students tested positive for coronavirus. A union accused Northumbria University of reopening its campus and causing the "preventable" public health crisis.

All students in the region, the new coronavirus hotspot in England, along with their roommates and close contacts, are self-isolating for 14 days. The pupils have put up signs on their windows that read “Covid +” and “Send beer” as the authorities and the city council provide them with food, laundry, cleaning products and welfare.

Those who do not receive in-person tuition during their quarantine will receive additional academic support from the university. A spokesman said the increase in cases comes the week after students return to the area and "reflects good access to and availability of tests and strict and robust reporting systems."

They refused to say if the outbreak occurred in one dormitory or in multiple dormitories and private homes across Newcastle as infections in the city rose 60 percent this week to 250 cases per 100,000. However, the Union of Universities and Colleges blamed the outbreak for the university authorities' decision to open their campus to students, suggesting they were responsible for the "avoidable crisis".

Secretary General Jo Grady said, “We warned last month that, given the current restrictions in the area, the direction of the infection rate, and the issues with Test and Trace, it is clearly far too early for a mass return to campus.

“We have told Northumbria University that they have a civic duty to put the health of staff, students and the local community first, and we are not excited to see another preventable crisis now. The university sector and government must address this public health crisis immediately. "

University staff are threatening to strike for fear of the virus, saying they will have to choose between their health and work. The University College Union says workers are "concerned for themselves and their families, for students and for the community".

If a “significant majority” of members votes in favor of industrial action, it can lead to a strike that can leave students unaware of how little face-to-face teaching they are currently receiving.

At least 50 universities across the UK are currently dealing with confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks amid fears that the UK's second wave is already well underway. 1,800 cases were found among students and staff.

124 cases have been confirmed at the University of Glasgow and 221 cases have been recorded at the University of Manchester as thousands of tired students flocked to campus at the start of the semester on September 21.

Student Becca Croft told ITV that her entire apartment tested positive for the disease. She said, “At first there was a bit of a panic when we realized that we all had to start isolating ourselves. We managed to get a shop sorted, but it took about a week. & # 39;

A Northumbria University official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said it offered more face-to-face classes than other universities in the area.

The source said, “We have high levels of anxiety among staff and students who feel that the establishment is not listening to these fears about personal teaching.

“There's a lot of frustration because almost everything we deliver face to face can be done much more safely online.

"There is confusion as to why we are not following other universities in the area that I believe went online earlier to prevent this from happening."

Cars drive through a flood in north London caused by Storm Alex. The Met Office forecasts heavy rain and windy weather in the capital for the rest of the day. Amber weather warnings apply to parts of England and Scotland

Cars drive through a flood in north London caused by Storm Alex. The Met Office forecasts heavy rain and windy weather in the capital for the rest of the day. Amber weather warnings apply to parts of England and Scotland

Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham are all closed, while Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be closed from Sunday. Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington are open

Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham are all closed, while Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be closed from Sunday. Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington are open

All ten of England's top coronavirus hotspots are in the north and show the north-south divide. Newcastle, which contains the Northumbria University outbreak, is on the list

All ten of England's top coronavirus hotspots are in the north and show the north-south divide. Newcastle, which contains the Northumbria University outbreak, is on the list

The staff member said many students stayed away from face-to-face sessions, with some lessons attracting less than half of the course members.

Many Northumbria University students live in their family homes rather than staying in student accommodation. You could therefore stay away to protect relatives, the clerk said.

The source added, "We are concerned about their access to full education. This is not just about health concerns, it is also about fairness and who has access to classes and who doesn't."

A university spokesman said: "The increase in numbers comes in the week after students return to university, and reflects good access to and availability of tests, as well as strict and robust reporting systems.

& # 39; In parts of the UK where universities started the semester earlier, the number of student cases increased in the induction week and then decreased.

"We make it clear to students that if they break the rules, they will face police fines and university disciplinary action, which can include fines, final warnings, or expulsion."

They added: “Both the universities in Northumbria and Newcastle have Covid Response Teams on call who are working closely with NHS Test and Trace, Public Health England in the North East and the city to identify and connect with everyone who were in close contact with those affected. & # 39; Students will also be asked to download the NHS Covid-19 app.

Messages will be posted on the windows of student accommodation around Northumbria University this morning

Messages will be posted on the windows of student accommodation around Northumbria University this morning

Nearly 800 students tested positive for coronavirus in Newcastle when one of the UK's largest university unions accused Northumbria University of reopening campus and causing the "preventable" public health crisis (Northumbria University students posed for photos Windows in Shieldfield when they posted signs saying "send beer")

Nearly 800 students tested positive for coronavirus in Newcastle when one of the UK's largest university unions accused Northumbria University of reopening campus and causing the "preventable" public health crisis (Northumbria University students posed for photos Windows in Shieldfield when they posted signs saying "send beer")

A student takes takeout groceries near Northumbria University as hundreds remain locked up there due to the spread of the coronavirus

A student takes takeout groceries near Northumbria University as hundreds remain locked up there due to the spread of the coronavirus

Welfare packages are delivered to a private college dormitory block by Northumbria University staff on Saturday afternoon

Welfare packages are delivered to a private college dormitory block by Northumbria University staff on Saturday afternoon

Councilor Irim Ali, Newcastle City Council Cabinet Member for Neighborhoods and Public Health, praised the "incredible efforts" made by the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria to "create Covid-safe environments".

She added, "Unfortunately, a small number of students are undermining these efforts and at a time when Covid infection rates are rising in the area, it is to be welcomed that universities recognize this and warn those who violate their rules." Behavior.

“We are working with both universities to support those students who are self-isolating and have mobilized volunteers to deliver food packages and other essential items to those confined to their homes.

"But while the work continues to control the ongoing outbreaks, all students must adhere to regulations and guidelines."

She added: "During your stay in Newcastle it is important that all students act with the same responsibility as other residents and do their part to protect our city from the virus."

An increase in coronavirus cases on campus in recent weeks has resulted in thousands of students at some universities – including Manchester Metropolitan and Glasgow University – being forced to self-isolate in their halls.

There have been more than 200 cases at Sheffield University and 177 Liverpool University staff and students have tested positive, according to a survey of 140 institutions contacted.

Around 56 universities across the UK had at least one confirmed case of Covid-19, an analysis of university responses and media reports suggest. The analysis suggests that at least 1,798 positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified at these universities.

Self-isolating students at Northumbria University are provided with food, laundry, cleaning products and welfare by the university - in collaboration with the Student Union and Newcastle City Council. Pictured: The police are talking to night owls on the street on Wednesday

Self-isolating students at Northumbria University are provided with food, laundry, cleaning products and welfare by the university – in collaboration with the Student Union and Newcastle City Council. Pictured: The police are talking to night owls on the street on Wednesday

Most of the cases among students and staff appear to be in northern England cities, as well as Scottish universities, which were the first to reopen. However, there have been cases at facilities across the UK. Pictured: revelers and students on an evening out in Newcastle on Wednesday

Most of the cases among students and staff appear to be in northern England cities, as well as Scottish universities, which were the first to reopen. However, there have been cases at facilities across the UK. Pictured: revelers and students on an evening out in Newcastle on Wednesday

MORE THAN 50 UNIVERSITIES IN THE UK HAVE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS, SURVEY DETAILS

More than 50 universities in the UK have confirmed cases of coronavirus as thousands of students return to campus.

Nearly 1,800 Covid-19 cases have been identified among students and staff, according to a survey.

A surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has resulted in thousands of students at some universities – including Manchester Metropolitan and Glasgow University – being forced to self-isolate in their halls.

There were more than 200 cases at the University of Sheffield and 177 staff and students at the University of Liverpool, according to a survey of 140 institutions.

Around 56 universities across the UK had at least one confirmed case of Covid-19, an analysis of university responses and media reports suggest.

The analysis suggests that at least 1,798 positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified at these universities.

The results come as the University of Manchester – where there have been 221 cases of Covid-19 – apologized for "conflicting information" given to students of some residential staff about isolation.

The BBC reported that students were told that a member of an insulating house could go to the stores to buy groceries if they couldn't get deliveries and that they could use the laundry service while they were wearing a mask.

A university spokesman said, “The safety and wellbeing of our students is our primary concern. We pride ourselves on the work of our Residential Life Team, who live in halls alongside our students.

& # 39; If any members of this team have provided conflicting information, we apologize. All students have now received one clear message. & # 39;

Most of the cases among students and staff appear to be in northern England cities, as well as Scottish universities, which were the first to reopen. However, there have been cases at facilities across the UK.

There have been 47 cases among students at Oxford Brookes University while at Sussex University a staff member and 10 students self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19, the PA survey shows.

But not all cases among students and staff have been reported "on campus". Some have performed in local communities or in private dormitories.

Most of the cases among students and staff appear to be in northern England cities, as well as Scottish universities, which were the first to reopen. However, there have been cases at facilities across the UK.

There have been 47 cases among Oxford Brookes University students while at Sussex University a staff member and 10 students self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19, the survey shows.

But not all cases among students and staff have been reported "on campus". Some have performed in local communities or in private dormitories.

The results come when Manchester University – where there have been 221 cases of Covid-19 – apologized for "conflicting information" given to students of some residential staff about isolation.

The BBC reported that students were told that a member of an insulating house could go to the stores to buy groceries if they couldn't get deliveries and that they could use the laundry service while they were wearing a mask.

A university spokesman said, “The safety and wellbeing of our students is our primary concern. We pride ourselves on the work of our Residential Life Team, who live in halls alongside our students.

& # 39; If any members of this team have provided conflicting information, we apologize. All students have now received one clear message. & # 39;

Rising infections in the northwest have put Knowsley and Liverpool in second and third place of the hardest hit countries in the country, after rising 50 percent in both cities. You now have 246 and 239 cases per 100,000, respectively.

But Bolton, who was at the center of the England outbreak for four weeks, fell out of the top 5 after falling 10 percent to 180 per 100,000 on 10 occasions.

The case in the city of Greater Manchester suggests that tough Covid-19 restrictions have come into effect, offering a glimmer of hope to other regions facing draconian measures.

Despite warnings of further restrictions, London has no counties in the 50 most infected areas of England, highlighting the divide between north and south coronaviruses in England. Redbridge has the highest rate at 56 cases per 100,000 after the local authority saw infections increase by 40 percent.

Public Health England data is based on Covid-19 swabs nationwide between August 21 and September 27 and daily indicators through September 29 showing up to 1 in 14 tests now are positive. Experts fear infections across the country could be higher than the numbers suggest.

Manchester was the fourth-largest hotspot in the country, the data shows after cases rose 36 percent to 200 per 100,000.

And St. Helens on Merseyside shot up to the fifth most infected area in England after the infection rate rose 82 percent, bringing the rate to 200 per 100,000.

The lowest infection rates were observed in the Isle of Wight, where the NHS Covid app was first tested. The rate is 4 per 100,000. The second lowest was Suffolk with 6.1 cases per 100,000, followed by Dorset with 7.7 per 100,000.

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