Coronavirus UK news – Second lockdown needed in London 'right away' as France warns 'second wave worse than we thought'

A LOCAL London lockdown is needed "right now," Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.

A spokesperson for the London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city was at a “very worrying topping point”.

They added: "London is at a very worrying tipping point right now. We’re seeing a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions, and patients in ICU.

"Whilst Londoners have made incredible collective sacrifices to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the number of cases is now rising steeply again and we have to take immediate action to get the virus back under control."

It comes as a top medic in France has expressed fears over how quickly the country's second wave is moving.

"The second wave is arriving faster than we thought," Patrick Bouet- who is the head of the National Council of the Order of Doctors, told French Journal du Dimanche.

"If nothing changes, France will face a widespread outbreak across its whole territory, for several long autumn and winter months," Bouet said.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll hit 41,936 yesterday and the total number of positive Covid-19 cases reached 423,236.

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  • MORRISONS AND TESCO PURCHASE LIMITS

    Morrisons and Tesco have introduced purchase limits on some products.

    Shoppers have been buying up more than they need to as coronavirus cases grow – despite there being plenty to go round – so Tesco and Morrisons have put limits on how much you can purchase.

    Morrisons limits: Three per person on a small number of key products, including toilet roll and disinfectant.

    Tesco limits:
    There's a limit of three per person in store on five items:

    • flour
    • dried pasta
    • toilet roll
    • baby wipes
    • anti-bacterial wipes

    There will be further limits added to some items online, such as rice and canned veg.

    POPPY DAY PARADES AT RISK OVER COVID

    Hundreds of Poppy Day parades are at risk of being cancelled due to coronavirus, ministers were warned tonight.

    Wreath-laying organisers have been left “high and dry” as the Government has failed to issue safety rules.

    Ceremonies in villages, towns and cities across the country are in doubt because they have received no official guidance. Labour urged Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to step in to ensure our fallen heroes are remembered on November 8.

    Many groups are desperate for advice on how to observe social-distancing rules — but are drawing a blank every time.

    BRIGHT SIDE: COVID INFECTIONS NOT RISING AS WORST-CASE SCENARIO PROJECTED

    Coronavirus infections are not following a predicted pattern which would see a nightmare scenario.

    Last week, Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty painted a bleak picture with cases doubling every seven days – but new analysis has revealed new infections of coronavirus are not rising quite as quickly as the experts feared.

    The worrying possibility was presented using data from September 15, with 3,105 cases reported.

    And while in the following days the country has seen the highest rise in new infections in months with cases tipping over 6,000, we have not yet started to see the scale of a rise experts worried about.

    LONDON RESTRICTIONS ‘UNDER REVIEW’

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday a London lockdown is “under review”.

    He told host Sophy further lockdown measures were constantly under assessment.

    Mr Dowden reminded viewers of the “hands, face, space” rules and urged the public to stay safe.

    QUEEN TO HONOUR COVID HEROES

    The Queen will honor the pandemic’s heroes with special gongs in her delayed birthday honours list next week.

    Hundreds of doctors, nurses, care workers, volunteers and fundraisers will be recognised for their crucial role in the Covid crisis.

    The honours list was due out in June but was postponed to allow nominations for people who made outstanding contributions in tackling the virus.

    But it will now be published on October 10 with a major focus on those who battled the virus, including many dedicated NHS staff.

    ‘NOISY MAJORITY’ FAVOURED LOCKDOWN

    It has emerged that a “noisy majority” of experts were in favour of a shutdown barely 48 hours before Mr Johnson went on TV to address the nation about his next steps.

    Sources say the plan was scrapped after Rishi Sunak put his foot down.

    PM DITCHED SECOND LOCKDOWN TO SAVE SUNAK

    The Prime Minister ditched plans for a second national lockdown over fears the Chancellor would quit.

    Rishi Sunak had warned that the economic carnage it caused would make his job near impossible.

    After a crucial summit Mr Sunak sought a one-to-one meeting with the PM and make it clear he “wouldn’t wear it”.

    A senior MP said: “There were fears he would find it difficult to carry on if he was ignored.

    “It was all down to the Chancellor that we avoided delivering a hammer blow to the economy and took a more balanced approach instead. Rishi saved the day.”

    DRINK UP

    Boozed up revellers made the most of pubs and bars before the 10pm curfew last night.

    To get around the new Coronavirus rules, Brits got on the lash early, resulting in some pretty messy scenes up and down the country.

    Some bars and clubs opened doors from 3pm yesterday and snaps showed punters staggering down streets up and down the country, to make the most of the night before the 10pm curfew.

    In Nottingham, police were called to disperse boozed up crowds and groups spilled out of bars and pubs in Leeds after a day of drinking.

    COVID HEROES

    Heroes of the pandemic will be honoured with special gongs in the Queen’s delayed birthday honours list next week.

    Hundreds of doctors, nurses, care workers, volunteers and fundraisers will be recognised for their crucial role in the Covid crisis.

    Boris Johnson was stunned when he learned of their bravery and dedication and declared: “They are an inspiration to us all.”

    NHS staff who helped save the PM’s life when he was in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital could be among the recipients.

    The honours list was due out in June but was postponed to allow nominations for people who made outstanding contributions in tackling the virus.

    But it will now be published on October 10 with a major focus on those who battled the virus, including many dedicated NHS staff.

    LET UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, LABOUR URGES GOVERNMENT

    University students must be allowed to return home to their families at Christmas, Labour has said, amid fears that coronavirus outbreaks could keep young people in halls when term ends.

    Thousands of students are currently confined to their rooms following a surge in cases at institutions including Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week declined to rule out asking students to stay on campus over Christmas, after Government scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the measure may be needed to stop the virus spreading to older relatives.

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green has written to her opposite number Gavin Williamson, urging him to “promise” students that such restrictions will not be imposed.

    She said it would be “deeply unfair to see students forced to remain in their student accommodation” and asked Mr Williamson to “work with universities to ensure every student has access to testing to allow a safe journey home” for Christmas.

    GREECE: AUTHORITIES CONCERNED OVER LACK OF SPACE IN HEALTH SYSTEM AS NEW CASES RISE.

    Greek health officials on Saturday reported 315 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7 more deaths

    The latest figures bring the country's total number of infections to 17,228 since the pandemic began, with Greece's death toll now at 376.

    There are 68 people on ventilators, but many more are in intensive care units and the government is concerned about the capacity of the public health system if trends continue.

    THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME AS UNIQUELY CHALLENGING AS THE PRESENT – CHARLES

    The Prince of Wales has warned that there has “never been a time as uniquely challenging as the present”, and that the coronavirus crisis would leave more young people in need of support.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Charles said that the challenge of helping those in need was “unquestionably vast, but…not insurmountable”.

    “For anyone, this is a difficult time – but it is a particularly difficult time to be young,” he said.

    “I have always felt that it is the young people who have lived through the toughest experiences who have most to offer back to society.”

    Charles' charity, the Prince's Trust, was set up in 1976 to provide vulnerable young people with opportunities and life skills.

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    ARGENTINA: CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 700,000

    Argentina's coronavirus infections were poised to top 700,000 on Saturday as new daily infections and deaths hit the top five globally, Reuters data showed, despite seven months of quarantine.

    Argentina reported a rolling seven-day average of 11,082 new cases daily, behind only India, the United States, France and Brazil, all countries with far larger populations than the South American nation.

    Argentina's average daily death toll this week hit 365.

    Health officials on Friday reported 691,235 total infections since March and 15,208 deaths.

    Earlier in the day, the province of Buenos Aires announced it had underestimated the death toll from COVID-19 by 3,523.

    GERMANY: NUMBER OF DAILY COVID CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

    Germany recorded another rise in daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with authorities confirming a further 2,507 infections in the past 24 hours.

    The country's disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said the total number of cases recorded since the start of the outbreak now stands at 282,730.

    Germany's COVID-19 death toll as of Saturday stood at 9,452, which was an increase of nine from Friday.

    FULL LIST OF UK LOCATIONS UNDER LOCKDOWN

    COVID PATIENT LEAVES ICU 172 DAYS AFTER FALLING ILL

    A British coronavirus patient has survived a UK record 172 days in intensive care.

    Brian Mearns, 63, got a standing ovation from medics as he left the unit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    His miracle survival comes after his family were called into hospital four times to say their final goodbyes.

    The dad-of-two was left on the brink as the virus ravaged his body and he was twice struck down with pneumonia.

    But Brian, who had been hooked up to a ventilator, repeatedly defied the odds and was wheeled out of intensive care after a staggering 172 days at the Western General, Edinburgh.

    CHART: UK COVID-19 CASES PER DAY

    CHART: UK COVID-19 DEATHS PER DAY

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO CONTROL COVID IN LONDON, MAYOR'S OFFICE WARNS

    “Immediate action” is needed to get coronavirus back under control in London, the mayor's office has warned.

    A spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital was at a “very worrying topping point” with rising Covid-19 cases, NHS 111 calls, hospital admissions and patients in intensive care units.

    They added: “London is at a very worrying tipping point right now. We're seeing a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions, and patients in ICU.

    “Whilst Londoners have made incredible collective sacrifices to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the number of cases is now rising steeply again and we have to take immediate action to get the virus back under control.”

    Their comments come after videos and pictures appeared to show people partying in the streets as they spilled out of pubs and packed tubes on Friday night after the new curfew.

    INDIA RECORDS 85,362 NEW COVID CASES AS INFECTIONS BEGIN TO SLOW

    India reported 85,362 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours with infections slowing down this month.

    The Health Ministry raised the nations confirmed total to more than 5.9 million on Saturday. It said 1,089 more people died in the past 24 hours, bringing the current death toll to 93,379.

    The average new cases in India have fallen by around 7,000 daily in the past week, after reaching a record of 97,894 on September 16.

    However, authorities are preparing for a major religious festival season beginning next month that generally sees huge congregations in temples and shopping districts.

    FRANCE CONFIRMS 14,412 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LATEST DAILY UPDATE

    France has registered 14,412 new confirmed coronavirus cases today.

    The new number of daily confirmed infections is not far from a daily record of 16,096 set earlier this week.

    The total number of cases now stands at 527,446, Health Ministry data showed.

    The number of people who have died from the infection increased by 39 to 31,700

    NHS APP BUG FIXED FOR USERS IN ENGLAND, DHSC CONFIRMS

    A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said the issue with the NHS app in England has been fixed, to enable people to log their positive test results.

    She said: “Everyone who receives a positive test result can log their result on the app.

    “A minority of people, such as hospital patients, who were unable to log their positive result can now request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace to input on their app.”

    The ability to log a negative result is being looked at after users said they wanted to be able to do so, she added.

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    16 ARRESTED AFTER CLASHES AT LONDON ANTI-LOCKDOWN DEMO

    Police said 16 people had been arrested and nine officers injured following clashes at anti-lockdown demonstrations in central London.

    Thousands of people massed in Trafalgar Square on Saturday carrying a variety of signs, flags and placards to take part in a “we do not consent” rally – with none appearing to wear face coverings or to social distance.

    But officers clashed with protesters when police tried to shut the event down because crowds were not complying with social-distancing rules.

    Bottles were thrown and police used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries. At least three protesters and one officer were treated by medical staff.

    Scotland Yard said that 16 people had been arrested following the demonstration, which moved from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park.

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