England’s primary clinical advisor Sir Patrick Vallance poured cold water on Operation Moon Shot, cautioning it is “completely incorrect” to state that ministers’ proposed mass coronavirus screening routine could enable a return to semi-normality by Christmas – just minutes after Boris Johnson touted hopes that it could.
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister tightened up England’s coronavirus constraints, making it illegal from Monday for people to gather in groups larger than six, with some exemptions.
Meanwhile, throughout the Atlantic, Donald Trump came under fire after it was exposed he had minimized the possible intensity of the virus to ‘prevent panic’.
And case numbers continue to increase around the world – with India reporting 90,802 new confirmed infections in a 24 hour period, the country’s highest everyday spike up until now.
Excellent morning, welcome to today’s blog. We’ll be bringing you all the most recent updates and stats on the coronavirus pandemic from worldwide.
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 07: 43
Among our leading coronavirus stories this morning is the restriction on gatherings both indoors and outdoors of more than 6 individuals in England from Monday.
The restriction, which sees the number of individuals who can lawfully collect lowered from 30 individuals, will not apply to households or support bubbles bigger than 6, workplaces, schools, wedding events, funeral services or Covid-secure arranged team sports.
Our policy reporter Jon Stone has more on this:
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 07: 46
Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have actually been postponed after a client in the UK suffered a side effect.
AstraZeneca provided a declaration on Tuesday night stating the late-stage studies of the vaccine had actually been paused while the business investigates whether the patient’s reported adverse effects is gotten in touch with the vaccine.
AstraZeneca did not reveal any information about the patient’s condition aside from to explain it as “a potentially unexplained health problem”.
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 07: 50
As coronavirus cases rapidly increase throughout Europe, with France, Spain, Croatia and Hungary all reporting a current spike in infections, one professional believes the UK will follow in the footsteps of its neighbours.
Samuel Lovett talked to Gabriel Scally, a member of Independent Sage and going to professor of public health at the University of Bristol, who stated he thinks the UK is “going along the exact same lines”.
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 08
Some 700,000 individuals will be “pulled into hardship” if a ₤20- a-week well-being “lifeline” introduced for the coronavirus crisis is withdrawn as planned in April, a charity has actually alerted.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation prompted ministers to make the temporary uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit permanent, to avoid the “considerable shock” of losing support worth ₤ 1,040 a year to 16 million households.
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has more on this:
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 22
A new project has actually been released to encourage people to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The “Hands Face Space” project advises people to guarantee they have actually cleaned their hands, utilized a mask where suitable and maintain social distancing.
It follows professionals voiced concerns that people are becoming “unwinded” following a spike in infections and health secretary Matt Hancock alerted of the possibility of a 2nd peak of Covid-19 as he stated that the virus was “still a hazard”.
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 31
Hancock refuses to dismiss second lockdown
Health secretary Matt Hancock has declined to eliminate a second lockdown, regardless of assurances by the prime minister.
Speaking to LBC, Mr Hancock said: “Our objective is to prevent having to do anything more drastic by people following the rules.”
But he would not rule out a go back to lockdown, saying: “I wouldn’t make a vow like that.
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 36
Only get evaluated if showing signs
Health secretary Matt Hancock informed the public not to get coronavirus tests unless they have symptoms to assist stop people having to travel long distances to get tested.
He told BBC Breakfast: “We have seen this rather sharp rise in the last couple of weeks of people without symptoms who don’t have a good reason coming forward to get a test.
” There have actually been stories of entire schools, or parts of schools, being all sent out to get a test – that is not appropriate, that is not a proper usage of our testing resources.
” I’ve even heard stories of individuals saying, ‘I’m going on vacation next week for that reason I’m going to get a test.’ No – that is not what the testing system is there for.
” We have actually got to be firmer, I’m afraid, with the rules around eligibility for testing.”
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 46
My colleague Olivia Petter has actually put together this guide describing the new rules on gatherings and what they mean for seeing friends and family:
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 08: 56
Gatherings ban ‘for foreseeable future’
Matt Hancock has said the ban on gatherings of more than 6 people will remain in location for the “foreseeable future”.
The health secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s definitely there for the foreseeable future. I really hope we can turn this round before Christmas.
” I think that, in a pandemic, Christmas is a long method off.
” 3 months is a long time in a pandemic and I very much hope this strong rule, together with the local action we’ve taken in places like Bolton … I extremely hope much therefore this can work to do that by Christmas.”
Chiara Giordano 9 September 2020 09: 03