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World Coronavirus: Morning update

11:32  18 september  2020
11:32  18 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Lancashire expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures

  Lancashire expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures Lancashire is to be the latest part of the UK to face strict coronavirus lockdown rules - with drastic new curbs being introduced this weekend, Sky News understands. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told senior MPs from the county that he will announce the clampdown in the morning and the rules will come into force on Saturday.The coronavirus restrictions, similar to those being introduced in North East England, will cover the whole of Lancashire with the exception of two thirds of the seaside resort of Blackpool.

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1. Tighter national rules considered

Ministers are considering shutting hospitality businesses across England for a few weeks to try to slow a surge in coronavirus cases. Scientific advisers warned them that without intervention, another serious outbreak with a significant number of deaths by the end of October was likely. A decision has yet to be made on the "circuit break" plan but tighter rules could be announced in the next week.

New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire

  New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire Parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands have been placed under further localised coronavirus restrictions. The new measures, prompted by a fast rise in COVID-19 cases, have been confirmed by the Department for Health following consultation with local councils and MPs.

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2. Simple Covid test gives results in 90 minutes

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes in situ, without the need for a specialist laboratory, say scientists. A study by Imperial College London suggests the device, which analyses DNA on nasal or saliva swabs, gives comparable results to current tests. However, others warn the kit - already used in eight hospitals - is not suitable for mass testing.

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3. Care homes to get free PPE until March

Personal protective equipment will be free for care homes until next March, as part of a UK government coronavirus plan for England this winter. A new chief nurse will also be appointed to provide more guidance for nurses working in the care sector, ministers say.

Coronavirus: Morning update

  Coronavirus: Morning update Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday morning. We'll have another update for you on Sunday. 1. PM looking at further measuresBoris Johnson will spend the weekend in Downing Street considering whether to introduce further lockdown restrictions on the whole of England. Among the options being debated are curbs on households mixing, and reduced opening hours for pubs and restaurants. On Friday, the prime minister said the UK was "now seeing a second wave" of coronavirus.

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4. 'My NHS dentist can fix my son's teeth - if we go private'

An Edinburgh mum-of-two speaks of the shock of being told how Scotland's coronavirus restrictions meant her dentist could not give her 16-year-old son the nine fillings he needed on the NHS - but that he could do it privately for £1,250. "It's a terrible situation as normally fillings are free on the NHS for under-18s. I just cannot afford this," says Sally (not her real name).

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5. Spending on home goods boost retail sales figure

If you're spending more time at home, you may as well make your surroundings look good. British retail sales have continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month, boosted by spending on household goods and DIY. The amount shelled out for homeware products in particular was 9.9% higher in August than it was in February, when the pandemic was declared, says the Office for National Statistics.

Whitty: 'Critical point' in pandemic as UK infection rate heading in wrong direction

  Whitty: 'Critical point' in pandemic as UK infection rate heading in wrong direction England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has warned the rate of COVID-19 infections in the UK is "heading in the wrong direction".On Monday, Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will deliver a televised briefing on the latest coronavirus data.

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