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Divided world is failing coronavirus challenge, UN chief warns

Under a new three-tier system, English cities will be subject to lockdown measures corresponding with the severity of covid-19 outbreaks in their areas

More could have been done if countries had worked together to fight the coronavirus, the secretary general of the UN has said, as he warned more than 100 million people could be forced into poverty and hunger due to a lack of international “unity”.

It comes as a further 150 people died after contracting the virus in the UK, along with an additional 16,171 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, more than half of England – 28 million people – has been placed under heightened coronavirus restrictions.


Police to be handed details of people self-isolating by test-and-trace service

The Coronavirus test-and-trace service to hand over to the police the details of people who have been told to self-isolate

Shaun Lintern has the details

Harriet Sinclair17 October 2020 21:01


New York announces cinema reopenings

In New York, once the US epicentre of the virus, governor Andrew Cuomo has announced cinemas will be reopening at reduced capacity – marking a move towards normality for many New Yorkers. 

Harriet Sinclair17 October 2020 18:56


Divided world is failing Covid challenge, UN chief warns

The secretary general of the UN has warned that more than 100 million people could be forced into poverty and hunger due to a lack of international “unity” throughout the Covid-19 crisis.  

Liam Coleman has more details:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:48


UK reports 150 deaths within 24 hours, as cases rise by over 16,000

An additional 16,171 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the space of 24 hours, the government has confirmed – bringing the total nationwide tally to 705,428.

Department of Health and Social Care figures added that a further 150 people have died after contracting the virus as of Saturday, making up a total of 43,579 fatalities.

My colleague Vincent Wood has the story:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:36


Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers joins lockdown rule-breaking revellers in central London

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother joined revellers and protesters in central London on Friday as police were forced to break up big groups breaking new lockdown rules, and hours before the capital entered the “high” Tier 2 category.

Large crowds gathered around bars and restaurants in Soho last night after the 10pm closing time as officers were forced to break-up the groups not adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

Liam Coleman has the story:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:31


Netherlands reports new record for daily cases

The Netherlands hit a new record for daily coronavirus cases, with more than 8,000 infections in the past 24 hours, data released on Saturday showed.

The number of confirmed cases climbed 8,114, according to daily figures compiled by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM).

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 16:00


Wales nears 35,000 cases

There have been a further 674 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 34,679.

Public Health Wales said five further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,708.

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 15:36


Fears of coronavirus outbreak after asylum seeker catches Covid at ‘unsanitary’ barracks

An asylum seeker who is one of 400 currently being housed at a former army barracks is reported to have contracted coronavirus after repeated complaints about unsanitary conditions.

Charity workers helping out at Napier Barracks near Folkestone, in Kent, now fear a mass outbreak amid the crowded conditions there.

Colin Drury has the full story:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 15:14


England hospital deaths increase by 86

A further 86 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,910, NHS England said on Saturday.

Patients were aged between 44 and 99. All but two patients, aged 62 and 79, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between 16 September and 16 October.

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

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 14:51


Father felt Boris Johnson discarded question as ‘nonsense’ after asking if he could visit son under new lockdown rules

A father who asked Boris Johnson if he would be able to travel to see his six-year-old son under new lockdown rules has said he felt the prime minister discarded his question as “nonsense”.  

 Liam Coleman has more details:

Samuel Osborne17 October 2020 14:29


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