Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday night. We will have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Portugal again on the quarantine list of England
Travelers arriving in England from mainland Portugal will have to isolate themselves for two weeks from Saturday, just three weeks after the country was removed from the list of those in need of quarantine. However, holidaymakers returning from the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira will not have to isolate themselves. Sweden has now also been added to the safety lists of England, Scotland and Wales. Here is a reminder of which countries are in the various quarantine lists of the United Kingdom.
2. Scotland reduces the meetings to six
Scotland followed England, limiting the number of people who could meet together to six. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the six could be from no more than two households, but children under the age of 1
3. Long waits for hospital operations
There has been a significant increase in the number of patients in England facing long waits for routine surgery due to hospital interruptions caused by Covid-19. More than two million people have been waiting more than 18 weeks for the procedures, the highest since recordings began in 2007.
4. Nightclubs and DJs “left in the corner to rot”
Sister Bliss from the Faithless dance act says the sleeping dance music scene needs more protection during a pandemic. The musician and DJ told the BBC that nightclubs in the UK were “left to rot in the corner”, but added that “all we can do is keep waving a flag and say” we want support ” Clubs have been closed since Britain was blocked in March.
5. Captain Tom executes the first colonels
Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose fundraising efforts by the NHS imposed a nation during the blockade of the coronavirus, fulfilled his first duty as an honorary colonel at the Harrogate Army Foundation College. The 100-year-old World War II veteran inspected junior soldiers during a graduation parade.
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