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Owen Amos

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  1. That's all for now

    Social distancing sign

    That's all from us until tomorrow. Here are some of the key news stories so far today.

    • Restrictions banning social gathering of more than six people, indoors and outdoors, have come into effect in England and Scotland as cases continue to climb
    • The leader of the UK opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, is in isolation after a household member showed symptoms
    • In Marseille - France's second city - officials say they are running out of hospital beds for patients
    • The UAE has approved an emergency vaccine for healthcare workers after successful trials
    • A new antibody treatment is to be trialled on Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals. The laboratory-made antibodies will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus
    • At least 25 MPs have tested positive for coronavirus in India, local media outlets say, with some reporting the number may be as high as 30.

    The news was brought to you by Ashitha Nagesh, Emma Harrison, Victoria Bisset and Victoria Lindrea. It was edited by Mal Siret and Owen Amos.

  2. South African undertakers go on strike

    Funeral in Cape Town

    About 3,000 undertakers in South Africa have gone on strike over pay and working conditions.

    As part of the strike they're refusing to collect bodies from people's homes and hospitals, and are also not holding burials.

    Their union wants the government to set up a coronavirus relief fund for the industry. Undertakers have struggled with the increasing cost of burials during the pandemic, because of the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitiser and other extra protective items.

    But officials say they're worried the strike will cause a significant risk to public health.

  3. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to have no spectators

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018

    Macy's department store is making its famous Thanksgiving Day Parade a television-only special presentation, with no in-person spectators, the company said in a joint statement with the City of New York.

    Instead of going around the traditional 2.5-mile route, this year the parade will be staged solely around the Herald Square area of Midtown Manhattan.

    The first parade was staged in 1924, and has been a major fixture on the US festive calendar ever since.

    In recent years, more than 3.5m people have lined the streets each year to watch the parade in person.

  4. Healthcare workers protest in Morocco

    Healthcare workers' protest in Rabat

    Faced with a surging coronavirus outbreak and poor working conditions, medical staff from across Morocco have been staging protests over the past few weeks.

    The country reported a record 2,430 cases last Friday, and has seen more than 1,000 new cases every day since July. Meanwhile, medical unions say some intensive care units are overrun and other wards are full.

    Morocco's Health Ministry has tried to raise capacity by setting up field hospitals - tents with beds and oxygen - but some medics say the main problem is staff shortages, particularly in rural areas.

    Anas Qarim, a nurse working at a Covid-19 hospital in Meknes, told Reuters news agency that they had just three nurses and two doctors to treat 120 patients.

    "Imagine wearing full protective gear in the summer heat working continuously for hours," he said.

  5. Wales 'weeks away' from possible second lockdown

    Potters on Upper Dock Street, Newport, Wales

    There could be a second national lockdown in Wales if people fail "to reconsider the choices we're making", the health minister has warned.

    Vaughan Gething warned the pattern of increasing cases was "similar to the situation we faced in early February" - and that national lockdown remained an option.

    The number of new coronavirus cases in Wales increased by 183 on Monday - the largest rise in daily cases since 19 May, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,573.

    It comes as the government in Wales introduces mandatory face masks in all indoor public spaces and restricts more than six people from an extended household from meeting inside.

    "If there isn't a change in behaviour, we could well be not just seven weeks away from a national lockdown, it could potentially be much quicker," Mr Gething said.

  6. UAE approves vaccine for healthcare workers

    Sameer Hashmi

    Middle East Business Correspondent, BBC News

    Nurses in Cairo, Egypt wait for volunteers for the third phase of vaccine clinical trials
    Image caption: Volunteers for the phase three trial have come from countries including Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates government has approved the use of a Covid-19 vaccine for frontline healthcare workers following successful clinical trials.

    The country’s health minister said the vaccine could be utilised in "cases of emergency" involving the country's healthcare staff.

    He said the decision came after the phase three trial showed no adverse effects and that the vaccine was able to create antibodies.

    He added that 31,000 volunteers, representing 125 nationalities, had participated in the clinical trials.

    China-based Sinopharm CNG has developed the vaccine and has been conducting the phase three clinical trial along with the Abu Dhabi government and UAE-based artificial intelligence firm, G42 Healthcare.

  7. School closed and year group isolating after Covid case

    Sign outside Stantonbury School

    A secondary school in the UK has been closed and an entire year group asked to self-isolate, due to one confirmed case of coronavirus.

    In a letter to parents, Stantonbury International School, in Milton Keynes, said all of Year Eight had been "in close contact" with the person.

    It said those pupils and "a number of teachers" would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The state-funded academy has about 1,600 pupils; all pupils, except Year Eight, were expected to return by Wednesday.

    Head teacher Alison Ramsay thanked parents for their "understanding at this difficult time".

  8. UK virus deaths remain low as case numbers climb

    As we told you earlier, there were a further 2,621 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK today - after three consecutive days with more than 3,000 positive tests.

    It means the seven-day average for daily infections now stands at 3,004.

    The marked rise in infections over the past week is in keeping with many other countries in Europe, notably Spain and France.

    Nine more deaths - within 28 days of a positive test - were reported by the UK government on Monday.

    Deaths remain low - compared to figures at the height of the lockdown in April and May - despite the current spike in infections.

    On average, there were 12 deaths a day over the past seven days.

    Daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK
    UK daily reported deaths with coronavirus
  9. Socially-distanced West End shows reveal reopening plans

    Six the Musical
    Image caption: Six the Musical will be at the Lyric theatre in London from 14 November

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Six will become the first musicals back in London's West End in mid-November, eight months after the curtain came down.

    They will hit the stage three weeks after a string of non-musical shows reopen London's theatre district.

    The Play That Goes Wrong, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap and Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt will all admit socially distant audiences in October.

    Venue bosses said "robust risk mitigation" would be in place including reduced capacities, contactless tickets, temperature tests and deep cleans, as well as hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace.

    Read more here.

  10. A closer look at where cases are rising - and falling

    We reported earlier a record single-day rise in the number of new cases of the virus, with the biggest increases were in India, the US and Brazil.

    But where else have cases been surging? Which countries are experiencing a second wave? And what about the US, which remains the country with both the highest number of cases and deaths?

    In the US, overall, the daily number of new cases is continuing to fall:

    US chart

    Some European countries are experiencing second surges of cases of the virus, after getting their outbreaks under control over the summer:

    Second wave Europe

    A number of countries outside Europe have experienced second surges, too. In Israel, the government is imposing a second national lockdown from Friday in an attempt to control the outbreak:

    Second wave

    And in some countries, cases have been rising steadily for months:

    Rising cases
  11. Worker contacted woman 'using test-and-trace data'

    Ms Kingsley
    Image caption: Kat Kingsley said she would be wary of giving her details out again

    A woman said she was sent "creepy" messages by a city bus tour worker who got her details from her test-and-trace form.

    Kat Kingsley, 25, from Hayle in Cornwall, went on the Original Tour bus in Windsor on Thursday.

    On Sunday she received two messages from a member of staff at the company saying he wanted to see her.

    Original Tour said it had launched an investigation as it "takes the matter extremely seriously".

    Read more here

  12. Covid surge strains hospitals in Marseille

    A sign in an ICU in Marseille

    Officials in Marseille say the city is facing a spike in coronavirus cases, and that hospitals are close to running out of space to treat people with the virus.

    All but four of Marseille's intensive care beds are in use, they say, and plans have been made to reallocate resources from other areas to deal with the increase in patients.

    The authorities have also imposed a number of new restrictions - including making it mandatory to wear masks outdoors in the worst-hit areas, and banning groups of more than 10 from meeting in beaches and parks.

    Cases have been surging across France. This weekend, the country reported a single-day increase of more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases.

  13. Opposition slams UK government over hunting exemption

    Grouse shooting in North Yorkshire

    Labour has accused the government of trying to "exempt the bloodsport passions of their big donors" from new coronavirus restrictions, after it emerged that so-called 'rule of six' limits would not apply to hunting.

    Government guidelines exempt activities shooting and paintball, as part of a wider exemption for sport that can be done with more than five others.

    Other activities which are excluded from the "rule of six" regulations include team sports such as football, hockey and netball.

    But shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard said: "Across the country, people are struggling to get Covid-19 tests anywhere near their homes.

    "But the Conservatives are distracted with trying to exempt the bloodsport passions of their big donors from coronavirus regulations.

    "It shows where this Government's priorities really lie."

  14. Where are cases rising?

    As we reported earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there has been a record single-day rise in the number of new coronavirus cases.

    According to the WHO, 307,930 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours. The biggest increases were in India, the US and Brazil.

    We've put together this chart showing where in the world cases are surging - and falling.

    graphic
  15. Fewer than half of virus fines paid in England and Wales

    Fewer than half of all coronavirus fines handed out in England and Wales since the end of March have been paid so far.

    Of the 19,171 fines handed out by police for breaching coronavirus restrictions, just 8,930 were paid.

    Figures published in the letter to the Justice Committee revealed 8,954 fixed penalty notices - 8,325 in England and 629 in Wales - have not been paid within the 28-day payment period, meaning prosecution may follow.

    Another 1,287 unpaid fines are still pending.

    Police were given powers to fine people for breaching coronavirus restrictions from 27 March, following the lockdown on 23 March.

    Police in masks
  16. 2,621 new cases of coronavirus across the UK

    There have been 2,621 new cases of coronavirus recorded across the UK.

    It marks a fall of more than 600 cases on Sunday's figures, when 3,330 positive cases were recorded.

    However weekend figures are often lower, due to delays in reporting.

    A further nine deaths have been recorded since 09:00 on Sunday, bringing the total reported death toll across the UK to 41,628.

    A death is anyone who dies within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

  17. How do you wear a face mask?

    Video content

    Video caption: How not to wear a face mask

    Does it matter if you wear your face mask wrong? Well, yes.

    Wearing a face mask or covering incorrectly can make it easier for coronavirus to spread.

    From today it is compulsory to wear face coverings in shops and indoor places in Wales for everyone aged 11 and over.

    Face coverings must also be worn in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Read more about the different rules on face coverings here.

  18. Israel confident play-off will go ahead

    Scotland's James Forrest

    Israel "do not expect a problem" fulfilling their European Championship play-off against Scotland despite a national lockdown being put in place.

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new restrictions from Friday for at least three weeks.

    Scotland are due to host Israel at Hampden Park on 8 October.

    An Israeli FA spokesman told BBC Scotland: "We do not expect a problem to fly in a chartered plane for an international game, as the Ministry of Culture and Sports will follow the same process as in the case before."

    Read more here

  19. Public Health Wales publishes 18,000 test results by mistake

    A keyboard

    The details of more than 18,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus were published online by mistake by Public Health Wales.

    The health body said the data of 18,105 Welsh residents was online for 20 hours on 30 August and it was viewed 56 times before it was removed.

    Most cases gave initials, date of birth, geographical area and sex, meaning the risk of identification was low, Public Health Wales said.

    However 1,928 people in living in communal settings were more at risk as nursing home residents or those living in supported housing also had the name of their place of residence published.

    The incident was the result of "individual human error" when the information was uploaded to a public server searchable by anyone using the site.

    Read more

  20. Relief mixed with nerves in Italian schools

    Dany Mitzman in Pianoro, near Bologna, writes:

    Class in a Turin primary school, 14 Sep 20

    After almost seven months at home, it's finally back to school for millions of Italian children today.

    I grew up learning the three Rs, but today Italian children have to know the three Ms: Mascherina, Mani, Metro (mask, hands, metre).

    There was the usual mix of first-day excitement and nerves. Ten-year-old Gabriele posed joyfully for a photo with his classmates in masks. His mother, an A&E doctor, was impressed to see them greeting each other with elbow bumps – not the usual bear hugs. "The parents were far less disciplined," she remarked.

    My seven-year-old is relieved to return to proper lessons with teachers, instead of "full-time homework". But she is sad that coronavirus means "it's never going to be the same". She's worried about playtime - "what happens when it rains?" - and nervous about all the new rules. So are the parents.

    Which entrance will they use? What if you have two kids at the school? Borrowing in class is banned and everything has to be name-labelled. Each individual pencil?!

    Masks can only be removed once children are seated at their desks. At our school, washable masks aren't allowed: they must be surgical, changed daily, and for now provided by the parents.

    Disappointingly, our class sizes haven't been reduced or classrooms extended. Pigeon holes have simply been removed to make room to space out the desks.

    Despite our worries, my daughter is looking on the bright side: "At least nobody can nick my pencil sharpener."