Coronavirus UK news – New map explains covid rules in YOUR area after 6,914 new cases and 59 deaths

A NEW interactive map perfectly explains the coronavirus restrictions currently in place in your area.

Around 20 million Brits are now living in local lockdown after a spike in cases across the UK – but many are struggling to keep up with ever changing local rules.

The map, created by the government, shows which specific restrictions apply to different areas of the country and includes simple bullet point details on whether different households can mix, which businesses are open and whether you can leave your local area for a staycation.

The map's release comes as US President Donald Trump sensationally tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump, 74, tweeted that he and First Lady Melania had contracted the killer virus stating that the were "feeling good"

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PM WISHES TRUMP & MELANIA WELL AFTER CORONAVIRUS DIAGNOSIS

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who needed hospital treatment after falling ill with coronavirus, has wished Donald and Melania Trump well after the couple tested positive for Covid-19.

    He tweeted: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    STRICTLY CONTESTANT HRVY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

    Strictly Come Dancing contestant HRVY has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The singer and YouTube star, 21, announced the news on social media, telling fans he does not have any symptoms and is now isolating for 10 days.

    He said: “hi, wasn't gonna worry anyone and say anything but now the story's out, i have coronavirus, I'm all good, no symptoms, just isolating for the next 10 days. already super bored so prepare yourselves for my Tik toks.”

    A BBC spokesman confirmed a member of the Strictly Come Dancing group had tested positive.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EU'S MICHEL WISHES TRUMP AND WIFE 'SPEEDY RECOVERY'

    European Council President Charles Michel on Friday wished Donald and Melania Trump speedy recovery after the U.S. president and his wife tested positive for COVID.

    “Wishing @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a speedy recovery,” Michel wrote on Twitter, using the handles of Trump and his wife.

    “COVID19 is a battle we all continue to fight. Everyday. No matter where we live.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PEOPLE LIVING ALONE IN WALES WILL BE ABLE TO MIX WITH ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD IN 'AN EXCLUSIVE WAY'

    People living alone in areas subjected to local lockdowns in Wales will be able to form a bubble with one other household “in an exclusive way”, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

    “We are easing the restrictions so that single adult households will be able to form an alliance with one other household from within that county area,” Mr Drakeford told BBC Breakfast.

    “The idea is to ease some of that sense of loneliness, isolation, not being able to talk to anyone else.

    “There's more than one form of harm from coronavirus and a sense of mental wellbeing is an important thing that we can make a difference to through this change.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    DONALD TRUMP AT GREATER RISK OF SEVERE COVID-19 ILLNESS DUE TO AGE AND WEIGHT

    US President Donald Trump is at higher risk of hospital admission and death from Covid-19 due to his age, gender and weight.

    The 74-year-old falls into the high risk group purely because he is male – with men around twice as likely to die from coronavirus as women.

    However, his biggest risk factor is his age, with experts concluding that age is by far the strongest predictor of an infected person's risk of dying.

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says people aged 65 to 74 have a five times higher risk of hospital admission with coronavirus compared with those aged 18 to 29, and a 90% higher risk of death.

  • Abe Hawken

    'FEELING GOOD'

    First Lady Melania Trump has today said both she and Donald Trump are “feeling good” after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The President, 74, confirmed the pair have the virus and said “we will get through this together”.

    Melania, 50, said the pair are now quarantining at home and have postponed all upcoming engagements.

    She told her 15million Twitter followers: “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

    “We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

  • Abe Hawken

    AMERICA STANDS UNITED

    Donald Trump's Press Secretary has today said “America stands united” after the President and First Lady tested positive for coronavirus.

    The President, 74, announced the positive results, hours after it was revealed his top aide tested positive for Covid-19.

    Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, said the “strength of the entire country is with the President”.

    She wrote on Twitter: “The strength of the entire country is with President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS.

    “America stands united. Our country stands strong. Your President will continue to put the People first!”

    Trump announced the news on Twitter and told his 86million followers that “we will get through this together”.

  • Abe Hawken

    TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE

    Donald Trump has tested positive for coronavirus along with First Lady Melania – and has vowed: “We will get through this together.”

    The President, 74, announced the positive results, hours after it was revealed his top aid tested positive for COVID.

    Trump revealed that he and Melania will remain in quarantine in a tweet – in what could set back his campaign with just 32 days until the presidential election.

  • Abe Hawken

    SAVED OUR RS

    One in three Brits will be living in lockdown by tomorrow — as figures show infection rates are already plummeting.

    A study by Imperial College shows the R rate — how many people each case infects — has fallen from 1.7 to 1.1 in less than a month.

    The research is based on 84,610 swabs taken between September 18 and 26. The “rule of six” took effect nationwide on September 14, just four days before the study began.

  • Hana Carter

    SNP MP MARGARET FERRIER SUSPENDED

    SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has been suspended today after she travelled between London and Scotland on a train twice while having Covid-19.

    Ms Ferrier, 60, experienced Covid-19 symptoms on Saturday and took a test before travelling on a train from Glasgow to London on Monday.

    Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon publicly slammed her MP as fellow politicians and trade unions called for Ms Ferrier to resign.

    She wrote on Twitter: “This is utterly indefensible. It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat COVID.

  • Hana Carter

    TURKEY ADDED TO QUARANTINE LIST

    Turkey has admitted to not releasing the full number of coronavirus cases in the country after reports found the new positive test rate to be much lower than published.

    The latest reports state there have been 318,663 cases since the crisis began and just 8,195 deaths.

    According to the Financial Times, the Turkish health minister has now admitted that it changed the way they reported coronavirus cases per day, changing the words of “today's number of cases” to “todays number of patients”.

    Murat Emir, a member of the Republican People’s Party, claimed that the public figure of 1,512 positive test results, revealed on September 10, was closer to 29,000, following a Turkish health ministry document, according to the Telegraph.

    Health minister Fahrettin Koca said the the word “patients” means those who had tested positive and had symptoms of coronavirus – but those who tested positive and had no symptoms, were not included in the table.

    He said in a press conference that “not every case is a patient,” explaining: “Because there are people who receive a positive test result but show no symptoms. These [cases] make up the vast majority.”

  • Hana Carter

    STRICTLY COME COVID

    Strictly Come Dancing has been thrown into chaos after pop star Harvey Cantwell tested positive for Covid ahead of the new series.

    Jittery bosses are praying the 21-year-old heartthrob is the only case despite contact with celebs including EastEnders’ Maisie Smith, 19.

    The singer, aka HRVY, did not have symptoms. But he must stay away from filming and cannot leave his home until next Thursday, October 8.

    He will have to quit if he is not able to recover before celebs are paired with pro partners just four days later.

    All the cast face twice weekly tests. The first took place on Monday, leading to Harvey’s bad news the next day.

    A show source said: “This is the last thing Strictly wanted.

    “They’ve been jumping through hoops since day one to make sure everything is done safely and with as minimal risk to the cast and crew as possible.

    “But with just ten days until the celebrities are introduced to their partners, this is the worst-case scenario.”

  • Hana Carter

    10 DIE OF COVID AT HOSPITAL FOLLOWING OUTBREAK

    Ten people have died with Covid-19 at a South Wales hospital, where 89 of those patients were linked to an outbreak at the hospital.

    Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has already suspended planned surgeries and its health board has decided to open a field hospital next week to relocate patients who are Covid-free.

    On Thursday, Cwm Taf University Health Board also said 22 confirmed Covid-19 cases had been identified at its Prince Charles Hospital site in Merthyr Tydfil, but these were not linked to the outbreak at the Royal Glamorgan.

  • Alahna Kindred

    SPANISH LOCKDOWN

    Madrid and its surrounding suburbs are preparing to enter a soft lockdown.

    It will restrict trips in and out of the Spanish capital.

    Regional President Isabel Diaz Ayuso said she would implement new national health regulations that impose restrictions on movement, business and social activity in large Spanish cities with high infection rates while Madrid also mounts a legal challenge to the national government order requiring the measures.

  • Hana Carter

    HANCOCK DEFENDS FIRM FLOGGING TEST AND TRACE

    Health secretary Matt Hancock has defended Deloitte after the company was accused of profiteering for “marketing” contact tracing data services to local public health teams.

    Labour said it was an “utter scandal” – insisting any information the firm has should be being provided free to local authorities. But Hancock claimed there was nothing wrong.

    He told the Commons: “Deloitte have done an incredible job in helping us to put together the contact tracing and the backward contact tracing that we have, and of course they should offer their services to local councils too.”

  • Hana Carter

  • Hana Carter

    CELTIC PUB SHUT FOR 'BIOFOGGING'

    A popular Celtic bar shut for a 'biofogging' after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus has re-opened in time for the Hoops' Europa League clash.

    The Brazen Head in Glasgow confirmed the cases in a social media post last night.

    The pub closed on Tuesday after two bartenders, who had been working on Saturday and Sunday night, tested positive for Covid-19.

    Brazen Head bosses say the closure allowed them to bring in a company to perform a ULV biofogging – which kills the virus in areas standard cleaning cannot reach.

    And they say the deep clean will be repeated every eight weeks to keep staff and customers safe.

    They confirmed the news with a post on Facebook, which included a picture of someone in a full protective suit performing the fogging.

    They wrote: “Due to two members of staff testing positive for Covid-19 and concern for other staff members, our customers and the wider community we took the decision to close the bar on Tuesday, despite not being asked or told to.

    “As it could take up to five days for Test and Trace to contact the staff members I felt it was the correct thing to do to let customers know that the members of staff concerned were working Saturday and Sunday from 5pm.

    “All other staff that were in close contact have been for a test even though none are showing symptoms and will not return to work until test results are back.

  • Hana Carter

    COVID 'SPREADING FAST' IN LIVERPOOL

    Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough have become the latest areas subjected to local coronavirus lockdowns but ministers said there was a “small hope” that progress was being made in slowing the spread of Covid-19 cases.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there were “early signs” that restrictions imposed in the past month were beginning to have an impact.

    But announcing the new restrictions, he said the second peak in coronavirus infections was “highly localised” and in some areas it was “spreading fast”.

    In Liverpool, there are 268 cases per 100,000 people, he told MPs, so action was needed.

    The measures announced for the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough follow similar restrictions imposed in the North East earlier this week.

  • Hana Carter

    AREAS IN LOCKDOWN AND ON THE WATCH LIST

  • Hana Carter

    WOMAN'S BRAIN LEAKS AFTER COVID TEST INSERTED TOO HIGH UP NOSE

    A coronavirus swab test was poked so far up a woman’s nose it caused her brain to LEAK, doctors have revealed.

    The patient went to see a doctor after experiencing a metallic taste in her mouth, a runny nose and a headache.

    She also said her neck felt stiff and she her eyes were sensitive to light, according to a case report, published today in the journal JAMA.

    The woman, in her forties, told medics she had recently been tested for Covid-19 ahead of an operation to repair a hernia.

    But she said that shortly after the surgery she had developed a runny nose, headache and vomiting.

    During an examination, medics at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, US, discovered she had a mass in the

    middle of the right nasal cavity.

    They drained the mass and it tested positive for a protein in cerebrospinal fluid, which is found in the brain or spine.

  • Hana Carter

    NEW YORK SET TO TEST STUDENTS MONTHLY

    The New York City school district is rolling out a monthly plan to test students and staff for the coronavirus.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city plans to do more than 100,000 virus tests on students a month, at a cost of between $78 and $90 per test.

    The nations largest school district will test 10% to 20% of students and staff in every building monthly beginning Thursday, the same day the final wave of the districts more than 1 million students began returning to brick-and-mortar classrooms.

    De Blasio announced the plan as part of an agreement with the teachers union to avert a strike. At least 79 Department of Education employees have died from the coronavirus.

    Los Angeles public schools launched a similar $150 million testing program.

    The CDC says coronavirus in school-age children in the U.S. has been rising since early September when many returned to classrooms.

  • Christy Cooney

    ARGENTINA PASSES 750,000 CASES

    The number of people tested positive for coronavirus in Argentina has passed 750,000.

    The country's overall tally now stands at 751,001, giving it the eighth-worst outbreak in the world.

    It is one of four Latin American countries – along with Brazil, Peru, and Colombia – to feature in the top ten.

    Argentina's death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 16,937.

  • Christy Cooney

    ‘MONSTROUS’ LACK OF COMMUNICATION BY GOVT, SAYS MIDDLESBOROUGH MAYOR

    Middlesborough Mayor Andy Preston has accused the government of a “monstrous” lack of communication and said he will not be abiding by new measures announced today.

    Preston was speaking after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that local lockdowns would be introduced in a number of areas across the north of England, including Middlesborough.

    “I think this measure has been introduced based on factual inaccuracies and a monstrous and frightening lack of communication and ignorance,” Preston said.

    “I don’t accept the statement at all. I don’t accept the measures. We need to talk to government, they need to understand our local knowledge, expertise, and ability to get things done and preserve jobs and wellbeing.

    “As things stand we defy the government and we do not accept these measures.”

  • Christy Cooney

    NO LARGE-SCALE EVENTS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE FOR REST OF YEAR

    Buckingham Palace has said no “large-scale events” like investitures will be held at the palace or Windsor Castle for the rest of the year.

    A statement on the palace's website read: “In line with current Government guidelines, and as a sensible precaution in the current circumstances, there will be no large-scale events held at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for the rest of the year.

    “A variety of possibilities were examined to see if it was possible for investitures to safely take place in line with the guidelines.

    “Sadly, due to the large numbers of guests and recipients attending, it was not possible to find a way of safely delivering these events in the current circumstances.

    “The Queen's intention remains to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace during an autumn programme of audiences and engagements, in line with all relevant guidance and advice.”

  • Christy Cooney

    STARMER CALLS FOR REVIEW OF 10PM CURFEW

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to review the 10pm curfew following concerns raised by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and others.

    Burnham said earlier this week that he feared the curfew was simply encouraging people to gather in homes and on the streets and was “doing more harm than good”.

    Speaking today, Sir Keir said: “We are supporting the package the Government has put in.

    “But I think Andy Burnham in particular has questioned whether the 10pm curfew is working as intended.

    “I suggest it might be a good idea for the Government to reflect on what Andy Burnham is saying and ask themselves the question whether that should stay in place.”

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