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World Coronavirus: Evening update

20:12  24 september  2020
20:12  24 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Premier League push for October 1 date for the return of fans

  Premier League push for October 1 date for the return of fans The government are desperately trying to stop a second wave of coronavirus and Premier League clubs fear that games could be played behind closed doors until November.The government are desperately trying to stop a second wave of coronavirus and Premier League clubs fear that games could be played behind closed doors until November now.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday evening. We'll have another update for you tomorrow morning.

1. Chancellor's new emergency measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed a new job support scheme which will allow workers to receive 77% of their normal salaries for six months from 1 November. The new framework for supporting workers only applies to "viable" jobs and the government's contribution to workers' pay will fall from 80% of a monthly wage to 22%. In addition, the chancellor has extended the VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors.

'Circuit break': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections

  'Circuit break': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions - possibly as soon as next week - as the prime minister races to try and get a handle on the spread of coronavirus. With COVID-19 cases now doubling every seven to eight days, the government is looking at introducing nationwide restrictions for a short period to try to "short-circuit" the virus and slow the spread of the disease. Government figures stressed the plans being drawn up stopped short of a full national lockdown, as seen in the spring, when the country was told to "stay at home".

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2. Longer waits for test results

People are waiting longer for test results from England's community Covid testing centres. Only 28% received results within 24 hours in the week up to 16 September. That is down from one in three (33%) last week, and two in three (67%) the week before. More than 5% of tests took more than three days to turn around. On a more positive note, more than one million people have downloaded the government's contact-tracing app for England and Wales within its first day of release. Here is how you can get a Covid test.

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3. Students 'need PPE to go for a pee'

Students are being forced to self-isolate in their halls of residence following Covid outbreaks at several Scottish universities. The mother of an 18-year-old student in Glasgow explained how "she has to get into PPE to go for a pee." Meanwhile, opposition parties have claimed the Scottish government should have been better prepared for coronavirus outbreaks at universities. In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not ruled out a national Christmas lockdown for students.

Jadon Sancho backed to slot in seamlessly at Manchester United

  Jadon Sancho backed to slot in seamlessly at Manchester United Youth team coach Louis Lancaster oversaw the England international's development while at Watford, before seeing him move on to Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. United appear in desperate need of reinforcements after a chastening start to their Premier League campaign saw them soundly beaten by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.However, the powers that be at Old Trafford have so far refused to meet the £100m asking price set out by the Bundesliga outfit.

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4. MP seen unmasked on Tube

A photo has emerged on social media of DUP MP Sammy Wilson reading a magazine on public transport in London without any form of face covering. One witness claimed he did not wear a mask for the duration of his underground journey from Westminster to Heathrow. Mr Wilson said he only took it off briefly to answer a phone call. You can check the rules on face coverings across the UK here.

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5. Dutch celebrity backlash

Dutch celebrities including singer and model Famke Louise (pictured) have been heavily criticised in the Netherlands after publicly announcing they were abandoning efforts to combat Covid-19. Their campaign came as the numbers in Dutch intensive care units hit 100 for the first time since June and infection rates rose 60% on last week. The young stars used the hashtag #ikdoenietmeermee - "I'm out".

Messi? I crossed my fingers that he would stay at Barca – Roberto

  Messi? I crossed my fingers that he would stay at Barca – Roberto Sergi Roberto spoke about Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who wanted to leave last month.Messi stunned the world last month when he informed Barca of his intention to depart the LaLiga giants, with the 33-year-old intending to trigger a clause in his contract to walk away on a free transfer at the end of last season.

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Premier League data dive: Vardy inflicts unprecedented damage on a Guardiola team .
Leicester City thrashed Manchester City on Sunday in what was a particular low point in the esteemed coaching career of Pep Guardiola.Brendan Rodgers' men were in rampant form at the Etihad Stadium and were inspired by Jamie Vardy, who is proving quite the scourge of Pep Guardiola defences.

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