An apparent loophole in government rules has caused confusion over whether social clubs in England are subject to tier three Covid restrictions on the sale of alcohol. Some clubs are continuing to serve it to members - without a substantial meal - after local councils told them it was allowed
Nottinghamshire's move into tier three has been delayed until 00:01 on Friday and will now include the entire county, it's been confirmed. Nottingham city had the highest figures in the UK earlier this month, but its seven-day rate of infection has since dropped
Germany is to have a November lockdown, Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced - but schools and shops will stay open. Social contacts will be limited to two households, and bars, catering and leisure facilities will shut
People in France are also poised to hear about fresh lockdown measures, with President Emmanuel Macron outlining details at 20:00 (19:00 GMT)
Analysis: Growing urgency to reverse trend in Covid deaths
For the second day in a row more than 300 new Covid deaths
have been reported.
Wednesday’s figure of 310 comes after 367 were reported on
A week before there were 191. The figures are in line with
the current trajectory, as they're doubling every two weeks.
This is a much more gradual rise than we saw in the spring
when the figures were doubling every four days at one point.
It suggests the UK’s current approach is still slowing the
spread of the virus, but will it be enough?
We are only at the end of October and there are already
nearly 10,000 patients in hospital – that is halfway to the peak seen in
With winter ahead of us and cases continuing to rise, there
is a growing sense within government that something must be done to reverse the
Bristol's 'tier 1 plus' label for virus rules rejected
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The UK's central government has rejected the local branding of Covid restrictions in Bristol as "tier one plus" measures.
The city - currently in tier one - is bringing in Covid marshals, conducting more analytic work, and boosting local contact tracing, to try to curb a recent rise in infections.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: "These actions are being called tier one plus. Any further actions will be based on what we're seeing locally and through discussion with our local partners across the city and central government."
But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: "There are three local Covid alert levels which are enshrined in law and we are not considering the introduction of a 'plus' system."
She added that local leaders can bring in some additional measures, however.
Meanwhile, a senior council official has warned North Yorkshire's tier one status is "hanging by a thread" and that a decision on tougher restrictions could come within days.
Belgian intensive care 'could be full by next Friday'
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Belgium could reach its maximum capacity for Covid-19
patients in intensive care by next Friday if the current rate of infections
continues, officials have warned.
“At this rate, we will reach 2,000 patients [the maximum capacity] by 6 November,”
said Steven van Gucht, the spokesman for Belgium’s coronavirus taskforce.
It's been widely reported by local media that further restrictions will come into force on Friday in Belgium’s northern Flanders
region, but van Gucht has urged people not to wait until then to limit
“What we are doing now will have a huge impact on the
expected November peak. It takes at least 10 days before each new
measure has an effect on hospitals," he said.
Belgian authorities have been accused of being slow to
introduce the new measures. On Tuesday, Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon
defended the decision to introduce the rules on Friday evening, telling
Flemish radio: “Let it be clear:
nobody is banned from applying the measures right away. It just takes a little
time between political decision-making and implementing those things.”
Belgium is currently the second hardest-hit country in all
of Europe, after the Czech Republic. Over the last two weeks, 1,424 new cases
have been recorded per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the
Family covers home in 100 decorations for charity Halloween display
While Halloween will be a little different this year, one family has not let coronavirus spoil the occasion.
The Hargreaves family, who live in Llandaff, near Cardiff, have created a spooky display of Halloween decorations to bring a smile to children's faces during Wales' lockdown and to raise money for charity.
Danny and Carmela Hargreaves, both 41, and children Harry, 14, and Rosie, 10, spent the weekend installing more than 100 decorations - including gravestones, dragons, ghosts and giant spiders.
Their display is in aid of the charity Dreams & Wishes, which supports seriously ill children across the UK.
Headlines in Russia: Hospitals struggle as daily Covid deaths rise
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For a second day running, Russia has reported its highest daily count of Covid-19 deaths with a total of 346.
It comes amid reports that the health ministry has banned doctors at state-run hospitals from making unauthorised comments on the pandemic. From now on, doctors and officials must agree comments with the ministry in advance to improve “the efficiency” of public information on Covid-19.
Russian media reports suggest that hospitals across the country are struggling to cope with the worsening pandemic.
Five days is the average amount of time patients in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk are having to wait for an ambulance, the popular Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid says. Local authorities point to a shortage of drivers and medics, saying that they hope to cut this to three days.
In Siberia’s Omsk, two ambulances carrying Covid-19 patients showed up outside the local health ministry having been turned away from the city’s hospitals due to overcrowding, local news site Gorod 55 reports.
A hospital in another Siberian city, Kuybyshev, is dealing with the problem of overcrowding by putting beds in its corridors, the local Tayga.info website reports. It published photos showing elderly patients curled up in makeshift beds in the hospital’s stairwells.
Meanwhile, Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said it is “premature” to lift current Covid-19 restrictions as he today announced he was extending certain measures - including the wearing of masks and a requirement that 30% of staff work from home - until 29 November.
Secondary school pupils will continue to study online until 8 November, he said.
Date set for Sunak's spending review
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced next month's spending review will take place on 25 November.
The government scrapped its planned multi-year spending review, choosing a one-year review instead, due to the focus on the response to the pandemic. Some local leaders criticised the move, saying local authorities need "long-term financial certainty" as they deal with the effects of Covid-19.
Downing Street has suggested Sunak could use the review to announce extra support to feed families during the holidays.
Funding for the NHS and schools remains multi-year, along with priority infrastructure projects.
Most coronavirus fines went to under-35s
Around of two-thirds of coronavirus fines have been issued to people under the age of 35 and the vast majority of fines went to men, new figures show.
Police in England and Wales handed out 20,223 fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions between 27 March and 19 October, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council data.
Of those fines:
78% were issued to men
35% went to 18 to 24-year-olds
18% to those aged 25-29
14% to people aged 30-34
In England, 64 fines were issued for large gatherings such as illegal raves and parties, carrying a £10,000 penalty. Two were handed out in Wales.
Provisional figures for England's recently introduced three-tier system show 268 fines have been issued, with 65 handed out for a breach of regulations in tier one, 79 in tier two, and 124 in tier three.
BreakingUK records a further 310 daily Covid deaths
It brings the total number of coronavirus deaths to 45,675, using that measure.
There have also been a further 24,701 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 09:00 on Wednesday, taking the total number of UK cases to 942,275.
On Tuesday, the UK recorded its highly daily death figure since May, after 367 people were reported to have died with the virus.
Germany 'to go into lockdown next week'
A broad but limited lockdown in Germany is going to take place from 2 November, reports say. An earlier draft plan, which we reported on, had the start date as two days later.
Under the proposals, as yet unconfirmed:
Schools would remain open
Social contacts would be limited to two households and tourism would be halted
Cinemas, theatres, leisure centres would be shut
Bars would close and restaurants would be limited to takeaways
Tattoo and massage parlours would shut but hairdressers would be allowed to stay open
Companies badly hit by the lockdown could be reimbursed with up to 75% of their November 2019 takings
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state premiers will reconvene on 11 November to reassess the situation, under those proposed measures.
Confusion as social clubs serve alcohol in tier 3 areas
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An apparent loophole in government rules for England has caused confusion over whether social clubs are subject to tier three Covid restrictions on serving alcohol.
In areas placed in tier three, pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, and alcohol can only be served as part of a meal.
But some social clubs are continuing to serve alcohol to members without a substantial meal after their local councils told them it was permitted.
There are thousands of members clubs across England, including conservative clubs, working men's clubs and sports clubs.
Councils in Wirral, Preston and Fylde have all advised their local social clubs that the discrepancy exists because they hold club premises certificates and not premises licences.
The Association of Conservative Clubs, which represents more than 800 clubs, said "the legislation could be amended in the future to close this 'loop hole'".
The Department for Health and Social Care has been contacted for comment.
Spook-tacular ways to mark Halloween during a pandemic
Halloween is normally a time for creepy costumes, party games and trick or treating.
But with a rise in UK coronavirus cases and different rules about what you can and can't do, many of us will be wondering how we can still have a safe 31 October.
Take a look at our rundown of things to do this Halloween:
While trick or treating might be off the cards for many of us, if restrictions allow, why not try 'reverse trick or treating' by dropping off pre-packed sweets on neighbours' doorsteps or a scavenger hunt for Halloween items
Put your best costume on for a virtual mass Monster Mash singalong or get some terrifying treats in for a scary movie night
Struggling in the costume department? Why not make a face covering part of your outfit - there are plenty of options available online if DIY is not for you
If the rules allow, head out to admire the decorated Halloween houses in your local neighbourhood - several areas have already set up their safe trails of the spookiest houses to visit
The US plane maker, which had already announced deep cuts, said its staff would number just 130,000 by the end of next year - 20% down on the 160,000 it employed before the crisis.
The continuing pandemic and safety concerns about its 737 Max jet have contributed to a slump in orders.
The pandemic has caused a huge drop in air travel, pushing major airlines to the brink of bankruptcy and forcing them to cut staff and drop plans for new aircraft.
As a result, Boeing has slashed production and also cut jobs.
It posted a loss of $466m (£354m) for the three months to 30 September, its fourth straight quarterly decline.
What's happening with testing in India's capital?
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India’s capital city is
witnessing a fresh spike in coronavirus cases, although overall numbers have been
declining in the country since a peak in September.
On Tuesday, Delhi recorded 4,853
cases, the most detected so far in a single day since the pandemic hit India in
This spike in cases comes after a
change in testing strategy, with the Delhi authorities moving to the gold
standard PCR tests from less accurate (but faster) rapid antigen tests.
The city has re-tested about 85%
of those who had tested negative in rapid antigen tests in October, but still
had symptoms, compared with 10-15% in September.
Delhi is conducting nearly
60,000 tests a day - a number that’s been more or less constant for some
months. The proportion of positive tests
is going up steadily, which suggests the city needs a further ramping up of