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More than 1,000 new cases recorded in Birmingham in one week

The latest Public Health England data also shows that more than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Birmingham in the seven days to September 10.

A total of 1,014 new cases were recorded – the equivalent of 88.8 cases per 100,000 people, up from 53.0 in the previous week.

Other cities recording sharp increases in their weekly rate include Sunderland (up from 34.2 to 94.3, with 262 new cases); Liverpool (up from 32.9 to 85.1, with 424 new cases); Manchester (up from 54.3 to 77.4, with 428 new cases); and Leeds (up from 48.4 to 69.8, with 554 new cases).


Bolton alone records more than 500 cases in one week

More than 500 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Bolton in the seven days to September 10, according to new data from Public Health England.

A total of 552 cases were recorded – the equivalent of 192.0 cases per 100,000 people, up from 126.2 per 100,000 in the previous week (the seven days to September 3).

Bolton continues to record the highest seven-day rate in England.

Four other areas of England also have rates that are now higher than 100 cases per 100,000: Blackburn with Darwen (118.2, up from 61.5); Hyndburn (114.8, up from 43.2); Oadby and Wigston (114.0, up from 24.6); and Preston (102.0, up from 61.5).


Czech Republic sees spike in cases

The Czech Republic reported its biggest one-day increase in new coronavirus infections for a third straight day on Sunday, recording 1,541 cases as the country battles a surge in the virus in recent weeks.

It was the fifth day in a row with new infections above 1,000 for the country of 10.7 million after cases began to accelerate in August. One state health official said a second wave was under way.

Adjusted for population, the country has reported 94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data. Only Spain and France have seen a bigger spike in that time.


Backlog of 185,000 swab tests sent to Italy and Germany

The Government’s coronavirus testing programme is dealing with a backlog of 185,000 swabs, with tests being sent to labs in Italy and Germany as the system faces criticism for struggling to meet demand.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) insists that the capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system is at the highest it has ever been, but said there has been a “significant” demand for tests.

This includes demand from people “who do not have symptoms and are not otherwise eligible”, the DHSC said.

Leaked documents revealed the 185,000 backlog, as well as the fact that tests are being sent to laboratories in Italy and Germany, according to The Sunday Times.


NHS Covid-19 app will be available from September 24 across England and Wales 


More than 3,000 confirmed Covid cases for third day in a row

As of 9am Sunday there have been a further 3,330 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government confirmed. 

This brings the overall total to 368,504.

The Government dashboard also said a further five people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday. This brings the UK total to 41,628.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.


Wales’ updates are in ….

There have been a further 162 cases of Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,390.

Public Health Wales said no further deaths had been reported, with the total number since the beginning of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.


Air travel returns ‘to normal’ in Wuhan as 64,700 passengers board flights on Friday

Domestic air travel in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of cases that required the rapid construction of field hospitals to handle the overflow.

Since re-opening in early April, life has gradually returned to normal and numbers of domestic flights serving the city, as well as the number of passengers, had both fully recovered, according to the operator of Wuhan Tianhe International airport.

It said 64,700 passengers were transported aboard 500 domestic flights on Friday.


Coronavirus Nightingale hospital wards could reopen within weeks as doctors prepare for second wave


Medics are reportedly preparing to reopen coronavirus wards following a surge in cases in the UK.

Doctors are said to have been told emergency measures are likely to be necessary from October 2.

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Five more people who tested positive for Covid die in English hospitals

A further five people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in England.

This brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in this setting to 29,661, NHS England said on Sunday.

Patients were aged between 67 and 86 and all had known underlying health conditions. The dates of the deaths were September 11 and September 12.

No deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.


Some 244 people test positive for coronavirus in Scotland

A total of 244 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show

This is the highest daily figure since May 6.

The statistics show that 22,679 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 22,435 the day before.

No deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities remains at 2,499.

There are 259 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by two in 24 hours. Of these patients, seven were in intensive care, down one.


Ireland plans to join EU travel restriction system

Ireland plans to replace its current system of travel quarantines with the European Union’s proposed coordinated system as soon as it is ready, Prime Minister Micheal Martin told RTE television on Saturday.

The European Commission earlier this month proposed a common traffic light system for EU member states to coordinate border controls and remedy the current, confusing patchwork of coronavirus restrictions on travellers across Europe.

Ryanair, Ireland’s dominant airline, on Friday called on Martin’s government to commit to implementing the EU plan.


France reaches record-breaking 10,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours


France has confirmed 10,561 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to health authorities.

This is the first time the country has passed the 10,000 mark in a single day, prompting concerns about a resurgence of the disease in the region.

Authorities confirmed in the last week 2,432 people were admitted to hospital with 417 patients being treated in intensive care.

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UK ‘must act fast to stop Covid-19 cases growing exponentially’ with country facing ‘hard lockdown’

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The UK needs to act fast to stop coronavirus cases growing out of control, with a delay of even a few days potentially “dangerous”, an academic who advises the Government has said.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine, Imperial College London, said a “trickle” of cases can turn into a “cascade”, adding that if people do not abide by the “rule of six” now then the country faces going back into “hard lockdown”.

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More than 70 arrested and 170 fined at anti-lockdown protests

Police arrested 74 people and fined 176 for breaching public health orders during protests against a week-long coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne, Australia.

A riot squad marched through fruit and vegetable stalls at Queen Victoria Market, Victoria, before the scuffling with protesters erupted, with some people throwing fruit at the police, television footage showed.


Victoria Police said in a statement that there were between 200 and 250 people involved in the protests, but there were no immediately known injuries to the police.

“It was extremely disappointing to see people not just protesting but putting the lives of other Victorians at risk despite all the warnings,” the police said in an e-mailed statement.


People who ignore ‘rule of six’ tomorrow to be fined up to £3,200

The “rule of six”, which bans social gatherings of more than six people in England, comes in force tomorrow.

This means if you meet up with more than five other family members or friends either indoors or outside, police have the right to disperse the group. 

Participants will also face a fine of £100 which can be increased in increments up to £3,200 for repeat offences. 

The count includes babies and children although there are exceptions to the rule in place for settings such as the workplace, schools and places of worship. 


Shadow chancellor urges Government to “get Brexit done” to control Covid and says test and trace “on the verge of collapse”

Labour’s Rachel Reeves urged the Government to “get Brexit done” and get control of coronavirus.

The shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the Government should have “used the summer to get a grip and get control” of the strain. 

She said: “Our testing regime, our tracing regime are on the verge of collapse.

“The Government need to put all of its efforts into that, and that’s why we’re saying get Brexit done, get a deal and concentrate, please, on getting control of this virus.”


National lockdown remains ‘nuclear option’ 

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday:

“As the Prime Minister said, going to a national lockdown would indeed be a nuclear option.

“I think here in autumn 2020, knowing much more as we do now about the nature of Covid, but still without a vaccine, we have to take a range of measures which, of course, include enhanced testing, localised measures and indeed the rule of six coming in tomorrow.

“I think the British public now know by taking a combination of different measures we can get through this period.”


Young people are ‘enjoying themselves sometimes a bit too much’

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said there is an issue with young people forgetting the rules when asked if the Government could introduce curfews.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I think that as you’ve seen we’ve been very prepared to move quickly where necessary and where the evidence points us.

“I think there’s an issue about social occasions and social events and particularly young people getting together and enjoying themselves sometimes a bit too much and forgetting the importance of the rules.

“I think it would be idle of me to speculate as to what measures we might have to bring in as we approach the winter.”