Coronavirus news LIVE: Belgium added to quarantine list as UK cases see biggest jump in 41 days and deaths hit 46,413 – The Sun

BELGIUM is the latest country to be bumped from the safe travel list after a recent spike in cases – with UK holidaymakers now facing two weeks' isolation upon their return.

It is joined by Andorra and the Bahamas who also drop off the "green light" nations list after a jump in coronavirus outbreaks.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases have seen the biggest rise for 41 days, jumping by 950. 

The high number of new infections puts the total number of positive Covid-19 cases to 308,134.

And today, officials in the UK said another 49 people have died – taking the death toll to 46,413.

Follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • ABERDEEN FC PLAYERS IN QUARANTINE AFTER GRANITE CITY LOCKED DOWN

    The team will be without eight self-isolating players against St Johnstone on Saturday after two tested positive for Covid-19.

    Scottish football's Joint Response Group confirmed one player had tested positive from an NHS test following the initial screening, with the other awaiting his follow-up test.

    A statement added: “In light of the First Minister's increased restrictions imposed on the city of Aberdeen since a significant outbreak of Covid-19 this week, and following further investigation by NHS Grampian's Health Protection Team, the Scottish Government has instructed that both players will require to self-isolate, along with a further six players found to have been in close proximity to the initial positive player.”

  • CORONAVIRUS R RATE ‘VERY LIKELY’ CLOSE TO 1 ACROSS UK

    Fears are growing that the coronavirus R rate is “very likely” to be close to 1 in almost every region of the UK.

    New analysis from Cambridge University suggests that in the South West, the reproductive rate may even be above the crucial value of one.

  • ‘WORLD CAN ADAPT EVEN IF COVID-19 STAYS’

    US government virus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says the combination of public health measures masks, hand washing, social distancing and vaccines should mean that you can very well control and essentially eliminate (the coronavirus) from any given country.

    He added: “Remember, there's only been one virus in the history of the planet that's been eradicated and that's smallpox.”

  • IRELAND SAYS RISE IN COVID-19 REPRODUCTION RATE 'A SERIOUS CONCERN'

    The republic's reproduction rate, or the number of people who become infected from each positive case, has increased to 1.8 from 1.3 a week ago, Professor Philip Nolan, Chair Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told a news briefing: “A reproduction number of almost 2 is a serious concern,.

    “Although we have not yet seen a significant increase in community transmission, there is a significant risk this could develop over the coming days and weeks.”

  • ‘HALF OF PEOPLE AGED 25-34 WOULD FLOUT RULES IN 2nd LOCKDOWN’

    Two thirds of those who took part in the nationwide survey said they think a second lockdown will happen in the UK.

    Those aged between 25 and 34 were most willing to say they would ignore official guidelines if that happened, with 47 per cent confessing that they would flout the rules.

    Some 39 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 said they would not closely follow the lockdown measures, while only 23 per cent of those aged 65 and over gave the same answer.

  • BRITAIN REMOVES BELGIUM FROM SAFE TRAVEL LIST

    This means that new arrivals into the UK from there will need to quarantine for 14 days.

    France and Malta remain on the safe list and that Portugal was expected to be added to the safe list in the coming weeks.

  • DENMARK DROPS PLAN TO LIFT PUBLIC GATHERINGS CURBS

    The Nordic country has had daily increases in Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks.

    It was one of the first countries in Europe to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in April.

    And the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people.

  • FRANCE NEW COVID-19 CASES ABOVE 1,600 FOR SECOND DAY RUNNING

    French health ministry data showed 1,604 new Covid-19 infections over 24 hours, the total staying above the 1,600 threshold.

    In a statement, the ministry also said the number of patients in intensive care units for the disease was on the rise again, at 390 versus 384 yesterday.

    This is the highest number of daily coronavirus infections in more than two months amid fears of a second wave.

  • NYC BEGINS REGISTERING TRAIN PASSENGERS AT COVID-19 CHECKPOINTS

    New York City opened new traveller checkpoints today to register visitors and residents returning from nearly three dozen states who are required to quarantine for 14 days.

    They will target busy entry points like Penn Station, and are intended to preserve the city's progress reducing its Covid-19 infection rate.

    Teams began stopping travelers arriving in the city by train Thursday, requiring they complete a state Department of Health traveler form and warning they could face fines as high as $10,000 (£7,600) for failing to quarantine.

  • VIRUS EPICENTRE PATIENTS’ LUNGS DAMAGED

    A study of Covid-19 patients who were discharged from intensive care in Wuhan has revealed that many are still suffering from lung damage, three months later.

    The research by intensive care director Peng Zhiyong raises fears over the long-term effects of the illness.

  • LA TO SHUT OFF WATER AND POWER TO PARTY HOUSES

    Los Angeles’ Mayor has authorised measures that will shut off water and power to properties where large parties are held and flout rules to curb Covid-19

    Eric Garcetti said house parties had become “nightclubs in the hills” and that the focus would be on gatherings “posing significant public dangers”.

    California is the worst-affected US state with over 532,000 Covid-19 cases and Los Angeles county continues to report the highest number of infections, with 197,912.

  • NORTHERN IRELAND PAUSES PUB REOPENING AFTER SPIKE

    It came after it reported the highest number of daily cases of Covid-19 since May.

    Yesterday 43 new cases were recorded which was compared to a total of 18 in the previous five days.

    First Minister Arlene Foster told reporters: “Because of the concern around the level of community transmission and the desire to frankly prioritise the reopening of our schools … we have decided that it is prudent to pause the reopening of our public houses.”

  • TRUMP OPTIMISTIC VACCINE READY THIS YEAR

    The US president said today he was hopeful it could even be read in time for the November 3 presidential election.

    Trump, speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to a Whirlpool washing machine factory in Ohio, said a vaccine release around the time of the election “wouldn't hurt,” but the goal of the effort was to save lives.

  • PRESTON COULD FACE NEXT LOCAL LOCKDOWN

    Preston could be the next area to face Government intervention after a rise in coronavirus rates, the city council's chief executive said.

    The authority has advised residents in the Lancashire city to avoid having visitors to their homes.

    However, currently there are no official restrictions.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Preston City Council chief executive Adrian Phillips said: “We are not waiting for some Government announcement.

    “We know our rates are increasing and they have increased over the last week to a level now where we are concerned that we could face Government intervention.”

  • STATEMENT ON MANCHESTER LOCKDOWN EXPECTED

    Officials are likely to make a statement on the new tighter lockdown in areas of the north including Greater Manchester tomorrow.

    Some 4.5million people are affected by the restrictions, which stop people visiting each other's homes.

    The rules have been in place since last week.

  • INQUIRY INTO SPIKE IN UK MIGRANT ARRIVALS

    An inquiry has been launched into the reasons behind the huge increase in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats during lockdown.

    The new Home Affairs Committee inquiry has announced it will look at the role of criminal gangs, as well as the responses of UK and French authorities.

    The committee will also investigate the conditions experienced by people gathered in northern France seeking to enter the UK.

    More than 1,100 migrants reportedly arrived in the UK in July alone.

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  • DEATH TOLL HEADS TOWARDS 46,500 AS NEW CASES RISE

    The UK's death toll has reached 46,413 after another 49 people died after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 56,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

    The Government also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 950 lab-confirmed cases.

  • MANCHESTER BARS BREAK NEW LOCKDOWN RULES

    Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, says venues in the area are breaking new tighter lockdown laws.

    “Over the past week, I have heard of numerous pubs, bars and restaurants who have been squeezing customers in, flouting social distancing rules, ignoring contact tracing and actively persuading mixed groups not to cancel bookings,” he said.

    “These venues clearly have a disregard for the safety of both their customers and their staff.”

    Image: Mark Waugh

  • R-RATE IS CLOSE TO 1 EVERYWHERE, SAY SCIENTISTS

    Fears are growing that the coronavirus R rate is “very likely” to be close to one in almost every region of the UK.

    New analysis from Cambridge University suggests that in the South West, the reproductive rate may even be above the crucial value of one.

    Their latest data, published today, shows that the current R rate for the South West is sitting at a range of 0.74 – 1.33.

    Here's the story.

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  • POLL TESTS NATION'S REACTIONS TO COVID

    A survey of 2,000 adults conducted last month found:

    • One in five people believe they have had Covid-19 – despite not having a positive test
    • Two-third of Brits believe there'll be a second lockdown
    • Most people believe NHS swab tests for Covid-19 are the most trustworthy – but 44 per cent of respondents said they were unsure about their efficacy
    • Private rapid-result antibody tests were the least trusted of all the testing options
    • Only 8 per cent of people thought that having coronavirus delivered total immunity – but 60 per cent think it means people had a lower chance of getting the virus again or infecting others

    BRITS BELIEVE THERE'LL BE A SECOND LOCKDOWN

    Almost half of people aged 25 to 34 told a survey that they would flout rules in a second coronavirus lockdown.

    The poll found one in five people believe they have had Covid-19 – despite not having a positive test.

    Two-thirds of those who took part in the nationwide survey said they think a second lockdown will happen in the UK.

    We'll have more on this in the next post.

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    BELGIAN HUSBAND IS TOLD TO LEAVE IKEA

    A couple have made headlines in Belgium after being asked to leave an IKEA.

    Hendrik Wallijn came up with a plan to pretend he didn’t know his wife while shopping at the store, which currently only allows one customer per household.

    Wallijn told paper Het Nieuwsblad: “Me and my wife kept our distance and pretended we didn’t know each other.

    “At the department with the beds we exchanged three words about the bed we were going to buy or not.”

    This interaction, however, drew the attention of staff, and Wallijin was ordered to leave.

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    VACCINE BEFORE NOVEMBER? NOT LIKELY, SAYS FAUCI

    As detailed in that last blog post, Donald Trump has claimed the US could have a coronavirus vaccine before the election in November.

    But Dr Anthony Fauci, the top American government infectious diseases official, offered a more conservative view.

    In an interview with Reuters this week, the medic said there might be an indication that at least one vaccine works and is safe by the end of 2020.

    Trump told a radio interviewer this week: “We're going to have vaccines very soon, we're gonna have therapeutics very soon.”

    TRUMP PREDICTS VACCINE BEFORE ELECTION

    President Donald Trump said it was possible the US would have a coronavirus vaccine before the election on November 3.

    Asked on the Geraldo Rivera radio program when a vaccine might be ready, Trump said, “Sooner than the end of the year, could be much sooner.”

    “Sooner than November 3?” he was asked.

    “I think in some cases, yes possible before, but right around that time,” Trump said.

    SCHOOLS CAN APPEAL GRADES (BUT STUDENTS CAN'T)

    News about next week's exam results – schools in England will be able to appeal their students' GCSE and A-level results if they can show grades are lower than expected, it's been confirmed.

    England's exams regulator has said schools and colleges can appeal if they can prove that historical data used to standardise grades is not a reliable indicator of this year's results.

    Individual pupils will not be allowed to challenge grades themselves, Ofqual has confirmed, and schools and colleges will need to appeal against results on their behalf.

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