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. Turkey and Poland are off the safe travel list as quarantine fines increase
Travelers arriving in Britain from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will have to be quarantined for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Saturday, the government said. Ministers also raised fines for passengers who fail to isolate themselves. The initial penalty remains £ 1,000, but the maximum fine for someone who repeatedly breaks the rules increases from £ 3,200 to £ 1
2. More areas in the UK are subject to stricter Covid rules
Liverpool, Warrington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are the newest areas of England that are subject to stricter rules on how and where friends and family can meet. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that the government was banning various households from mixing because the cases “continue to grow rapidly.” While the mayor of Middlesbrough said he did not accept the measures, he later confirmed that he would abide by the law. Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the Derry and Straban Council areas of Northern Ireland must also be placed under new restrictions to try to limit the spread of Covid-19. You can also read more about which parts of the UK are now under some form of blocking.
3. Slight decline in Covid-19 cases in the UK and deaths
The latest data from the Ministry of Health shows that in the last 24 hours there are 6,914 new cases of Covid-19, compared to 7,108 the day before. Meanwhile, 59 deaths were reported on Thursday from people who tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours. That compares to 71 deaths on Wednesday. You can see the latest coronavirus statistics for the United Kingdom here and see how many cases there are in your area.
4. Why vaccination may not lead to an immediate return to normal
The development and distribution of an effective coronavirus vaccine is seen as the silver bullet that will end the pandemic and bring our lives back to normal. But a report published by the Royal Society suggests that we may need to be “realistic” about the time it takes to vaccinate the country. According to researchers, the limitations of our daily lives may need to be eased gradually, as it may take up to a year for everyone to be protected.
5. Can Luton show the way forward for the country?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the way Luton reacted to his declaration of a “zone of intervention” as Covid-19 cases began to grow in the city. As early as July, while the rest of England saw that the locking rules were being relaxed, it remained subject to restrictions. She later emerged from a local lock, but was declared a “zone of concern” by the government on Thursday. We talked to the locals about their efforts to suppress the virus.
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