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Edited by Sarah Collerton

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  1. That's all for now

    We're bringing today's live page to a close. Thanks for joining us.

    Today's coverage was brought to you by Sarah Collerton, Paul Gribben, Victoria Lindrea and Mary O'Connor.

    We'll be back again tomorrow with all the latest news. Have a good evening.

  2. Today's main developments

    Today's live page will be closing shortly. Here's a round-up of the key virus-related stories of the day from the UK and around the world:

    • The UK has recorded its highest number of daily deaths since May. A further 367 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been reported. It brings the total number of UK deaths to 45,365, according to government figures. Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned that the rising death toll from Covid-19 was likely to "continue for some time".
    • People in Scotland have been getting more information about what a five-tier system of coronavirus rules, similar to the three-tier structure in England, will mean for them. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the plans - which will allow many pubs and restaurants to serve alcohol indoors again - ahead of a debate in Scottish Parliament.
    • Europe's daily Covid deaths rose by nearly 40% compared with the previous week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has told the BBC. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said France, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Russia accounted for the majority of cases which increased by a third.
    • Covid tests with results within an hour are being piloted in universities - which could help students get home for Christmas. In England, about 1.2 million students are expected to move in December from a university to a home address in another region, raising concerns about the virus being spread between areas with different levels of infection.
    • Protests have taken place place across Italy after new restrictions to curb the country's second wave of Covid came into effect on Monday night. Clashes were reported in Milan and Turin, where petrol bombs were thrown at officers.
    • Russia is tightening restrictions, making face masks compulsory in crowded places. It has the world's fourth highest number of Covid-19 cases after the US, India and Brazil.
    • The Czech Republic has introduced a night-time curfew, meaning no-one is allowed to leave their home between 21:00 and 04:59 except to travel to and from work, for medical reasons or a few other exceptions.
  3. Tier 3 funding crude, says Burnham

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Andy Burnham

    Andy Burnham has attacked the government for using a "crude" system to calculate how much financial help each area of England under the toughest - tier three - Covid restrictions receives.

    Appearing before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, the Greater Manchester mayor said Whitehall allocated £20 in business support per person in the affected areas.

    This didn't take into account differences between cities like his own and Liverpool and other less urban areas under tier three, such as Lancashire, Labour's Mr Burnham argued.

    More firms operated in cities and so they needed more money to keep jobs going. Otherwise, he said, there would be a "lot of levelling down" across northern England.

    "When we get through this, cities and city regions are going to be in the vanguard of the recovery," Mr Burnham added.

    Announcing more help for businesses last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it would "be part of the country pulling together in the coming months". He promised that "our support will reach many more people and protect many more jobs".

  4. Will trick or treating go ahead this Halloween?

    Children trick or treating

    With Halloween just days away, many may be wondering if Halloween's time honoured traditions - like trick or treating or apple bobbing - can go ahead in the age of Covid.

    The answer? It depends on where you live.

    • In England, Downing Street has suggested trick or treating can happen as long as local restrictions are adhered to. The Cabinet Office said it was not planning to issue guidance on Halloween, with the prime minister's spokesman urging people to use their common sense
    • In Scotland, the government had advised families to avoid trick or treating - with Deputy First Minister John Swinney telling parents going door-to-door "brings an additional and avoidable risk of spreading the virus". Parties are also off the cards due to a ban on meeting other households indoors
    • In Wales, people are being asked to stay at home during the country's 17-day firebreak lockdown - which is in place during Halloween - and bans other households from meeting either indoors or outdoors
    • In Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) urged people to continue to follow restrictions there, which prevent meeting indoors with other households and restrict the number of people who can meet outside to 15. Dr Gerry Waldron, head of health protection at PHA, said apple bobbing was a definite no-no, and asked people not to trick or treat

    You can read more here.

  5. Sustained rise in UK Covid-19 deaths

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Another 367 deaths linked to Covid have been reported in the UK on Tuesday - the highest daily figure since May.

    The news is alarming, but there are some caveats.

    Figures tend to be higher on a Tuesday because of the delays over the weekend in reporting deaths.

    These are deaths that have actually happened over the past week or so. If you look at the deaths as they correspond to the date they occurred, the numbers have not topped 200 a day throughout this second wave.

    That compares to a peak of 1,000 daily deaths in the spring.

    What we are seeing - with cases, hospitalisations and deaths - is a gradual, but sustained rise since the end of summer.

    Until this slows, the sad reality is the number of deaths will keep rising.

  6. Covid-19 cases rising steeply in western Europe

    Coronavirus is surging in many parts of the world, with Europe currently seeing the steepest rise in new cases.

    Spain and France have become the first western European countries to record more than one million cases, and several others have recorded their highest number of new infections since the start of the pandemic.

    Spain has declared a state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew. Italy has ordered bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas to close, leading to protests.France has imposed a night-time curfew on major cities and on Tuesday, the Czech Republic introduced a week-long ban on people leaving their homes between 21:00 and 04:59 each day.

    Coronavirus increasing in Europe in recent weeks
    Number of confirmed cases in Spain, France, UK and Italy
  7. BreakingScotland to ease pub and restaurant restrictions

    Pubs and restaurants in many areas of Scotland will be able to serve alcohol indoors again from next week, the first minister has announced.

    Nicola Sturgeon said the move would allow licensed premises in level two of the country's new five-tier system to serve alcohol with a meal until 8pm.

    In level three areas - likely to be much of the central belt - they can reopen but must not serve alcohol.

    The new rules are expected to come into force from Monday.

  8. Lanarkshire 'may be placed under level four measures'

    James Shaw

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Cafe in Scotland

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that two local authorities in Scotland may come under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from next week.

    She said level four measures may be necessary in North and South Lanarkshire because of very high transmission rates - no Scottish council is currently under such restrictions.

    However, she also suggested the rate of infection may be stablising and the strictest controls would only be imposed if absolutely necessary.

    Under tier four, schools remain open but all non-essential shops, as well as pubs and restaurants, would be closed.

    Speaking at Holyrood, the first minister said most of the central belt would be at level three - broadly the same as tier three in England. Much of rest of the country would be at level two, but the Highlands, Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and Moray would be at level one.

    Dundee is expected to be at level three.

    Ms Sturgeon said final decisions would be announced on Thursday.

    Read more.

  9. Nottingham residents urged to show resilience under tier three rules

    Aerial view of Nottingham

    People living in Nottingham and surrounding boroughs have been urged to keep showing "resilience" ahead of new tier three controls coming into force.

    Tougher Covid-19 rules for Nottingham city and the Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe borough council areas begin on Thursday, with finer details of the measures expected to be outlined later today.

    Rushcliffe Borough Council leader Simon Robinson said: "We've got two months before Christmas. I am confident, if we get on top of these restrictions, get compliance from business from our residents, we are going to see the infection rate coming down and going in the right direction.

    "If that is the case, I am sure we'll get the support from government to actually start to reduce these restrictions and give people that freedom and get some enjoyment out of Christmas."

    However, some Nottingham pub owners have said it is "heartbreaking" they will be forced to close their businesses while tier three restrictions are in place.

    One landlord said he felt pubs had been blamed for the city's infection rate rise.

    Read more about that here.

  10. Latest UK coronavirus statistics

    A further 367 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the latest government figures show. This is the highest daily death figure since May.

    It brings the total number of coronavirus deaths to 45,365.

    There have also been a further 22,885 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 0900 on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 917,575.

  11. Scotland's tier system 'will remain flexible' - Sturgeon

    nicola sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been giving a statement to the Scottish Parliament to kick-start a debate about her government's new five-tier system of restrictions for tackling Covid-19.

    A vote is due to be held around 19:00

    So far she has stressed the importance of "flexibility" under the five-tier system, which comes into force on 2 November.

    Ms Sturgeon confirmed the details will be kept under review as the system develops.

    "This may be particularly important for the hospitality industry," she added.

    She also announced that pubs and restaurants in many parts of Scotland will be able to service alcohol indoors again from next week.

    The move would allow licensed premises in level two of the country's new five-tier system to serve alcohol with a meal until mid-evening.

    Find out more about how the tier system will work.

    Five-tier system
  12. Tourist industry in Wales wants clarity on post-lockdown plans

    By George Herd, BBC News

    Anglesea
    Image caption: Anglesey was one of the few places in north Wales to avoid local lockdown, but has been impacted by the current firebreak lockdown

    The tourism industry in Wales needs urgent clarity on rules after the national Covid firebreak lockdown ends, say industry insiders.

    Emotions in the sector are turning from "anxiety to anger" in some parts of the country.

    Jim Jones, managing director of North Wales Tourism, called the decision to introduce the national firebreak "draconian".

    He said the economic impact was being felt across the whole of the hospitality sector in the region, including the supply chain behind the tourism industry.

    "We're already hearing of redundancies, or job losses, and questions of whether businesses will open," said Mr Jones.

    "It's the uncertainty going forward - and the anxiety, which is now turning to anger.

    "It's the lack of information, the lack of engagement that we are having at this moment in time with Welsh Government and business.

    "We are the last to find out, yet we're the ones dealing with the brunt of it all."

    The tourism industry in Wales was worth an estimated £6.3bn in spending by visitors in 2018, according to government figures.

    "Tourism is extremely important to our economy and we know this is an incredibly challenging time for businesses," a Welsh Government official said and stressed engagement with the industry was ongoing.

    Read more here.

  13. Andy Burnham attacks Tesco over face coverings

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised Tesco for not enforcing coronavirus rules on masks.

    He told the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that, during recent talks with the government over tier three restrictions, he had asked for powers to close businesses not deemed to be doing enough to make themselves Covid-safe.

    Mr Burnham said: "I'm not just talking about pubs and restaurants. There are large supermarkets in Greater Manchester who in my view have not properly implemented the requirements around face coverings.

    "I'll name one chain, Tesco. I don't believe they have taken a responsible attitude to this issue. They've said it's not for them to enforce. Well, I think it is for those organisations to enforce."

    The BBC has contacted Tesco for comment.

  14. Talks to be held over return of fans to Scottish football

    Socially distanced fans attend a recent Ross County v Celtic match

    Talks between the Scottish government and the football authorities aimed at seeing a return of fans to games will take place later this week.

    Scotland moves to a five-tier Covid-19 restrictions system from next Monday.

    And the Scottish FA and SPFL have asked what that means for football, given the proposed framework says areas in tiers zero and one can open stadiums to a restricted number of fans.

    Apart from two test games in September, fans have not been allowed since March.

  15. Tinder offers video chats amid pandemic

    Tinder video call feature

    The coronavirus lockdown has led many would-be couples to try out new ways of dating as restrictions have made meeting in person more tricky.

    Now, the dating app Tinder is to roll out one-to-one video calls for its worldwide users after an initial trial among a small number worldwide. Rival Bumble already allows video calling.

    The free "Face to Face" feature will allow potential matches to speak to each other on camera if both people want it and are facing the camera.

    In May, the firm's chief executive Elie Seidman said that the pandemic had had a "dramatic" effect on the way people used the app.

    Although engagement was up - the app saw a record three billion swipes on one day in March - there was less interest in paid-for premium subscriptions.

    The vast majority of Tinder's revenues come from its six million subscribers who pay for the "gold" service. The rate at which it picked up those precious paying-users declined as lockdown struck.

    You can read more here.

  16. Greater Manchester fund aims to help Covid-hit firms and people

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has launched a new initiative aimed at helping businesses and communities in the region affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Unveiling it at a virtual press conference, he said the initiative - called oneGM - was "the Greater Manchester family coming together on a cross-community basis to see how we’re going to support people and businesses through what is going to be a really challenging winter".

    He says the scheme will have three elements, including:

    • Government support
    • Extra help from businesses
    • Support for the voluntary sector and the individuals they help

    The Labour mayor said local leaders were "hopeful" to get £65m in government support - despite No 10 offering £60m - "because of the decision to backdate tier two support".

    He said leaders planned to put a business support package in place to help low-paid workers whose workplaces shut as well as the self-employed and industries where freelancers predominate, such as the arts sector.

    Mr Burnham was joined on the call by speakers involved with the region, including the former Manchester United player and Salford City football club owner Gary Neville and the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker.

    It comes as the region became the first in England to be moved into tier three restrictions, against local leaders' wishes.

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  17. Watch: Inside a Syrian refugee camp where Covid is spreading

    Video content

    Video caption: Syria: Inside a refugee camp where Covid is spreading

    Doctors say Covid-19 is now rampant in the refugee camps of Idlib, north-west Syria.

    Social distancing, masks and isolation are almost impossible.

    The number of positive coronavirus cases rose tenfold in this region last month.

    Aid agencies say that due to a lack of testing, the real figure is expected to be much higher.

    Dr Mouheb Kadour says Covid-19 is just the latest problem people are having to deal with.

    "Aeroplanes, rockets, corona, angry, poor, Assad security - it's the same - all of these terms mean, for us, death."

    He says the virus is "out of control" in the camps and warns this winter will be "very hard".

  18. Grandmother joins Essex wedding virtually - with cake and canapes

    Video content

    Video caption: Covid-19: Essex bride virtually united with nan for wedding vows

    A grandmother was able to join her granddaughter's wedding remotely after the ceremony was livestreamed to her care home, so she and other residents - honorary wedding guests - could join in the celebrations.

    Dot Bash, 91, was unable to attend Kathryn and Tom Law's church ceremony because of coronavirus restrictions. So the Essex care home where she lives arranged with the family to screen the ceremony live at the Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court Care Home in Stisted.

    The home also put on canapes, a three-course meal and promised a spot of dancing. Kathryn and Tom even cut the cake outside Dot's window.

    ""Really they're doing more than we are," joked groom Tom. "And they're allowed to - they can stay up all night if they want. We've got to be home by 10!"

  19. More children in England missing school over Covid-19

    Branwen Jeffreys

    Education Editor

    Child writing at desk

    The percentage of pupils in class across England's state primary and secondary schools fell last week from 89% to 86%, government statistics show.

    The Department for Education said approximately 26% of schools - 55% of secondaries and 20% of primaries - reported having one or more pupils self-isolating due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the school, compared to 21% of schools last week.

    But "the vast majority of these schools remain open to most pupils",

    The Northern Powerhouse - aimed at redressing North-South economic imbalance - says pupils in the North face the most disruption over Covid-19.

    As attendance rates fall, there are growing concerns that pupils in the north of England are missing more school than their peers in other parts of the country.

    Analysis from the North West Association of the Directors of Children's Services, seen exclusively by the BBC, reveals the pressures.

    Read more about the story here.

  20. Scunthorpe's next three games postponed over Covid-19 cases

    Scunthorpe's next three League Two fixtures have been postponed because of positive Covid-19 cases at the club.

    It had been set to play Salford City on Tuesday, Colchester United on Friday and Port Vale on 3 November.

    A club statement said eight players have tested positive for Covid-19, with a further 10 needing to self-isolate after being in close contact with them.

    The English Football League has said there will be an investigation into the circumstances around the postponements.

    Scunthorpe's remaining 10 players and staff will stop training for seven days as a precaution.

    Read more about the story here.