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Edited by Owen Amos

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  1. Thanks for reading

    The coronavirus live page is now closing, but will resume tomorrow morning in the UK.

    Our writers were Toby Luckhurst, Victoria Bisset, Ashitha Nagesh, Doug Faulkner, and Alex Kleiderman. The editors were Hugo Bachega and Owen Amos.

  2. What's been happening in the UK on Monday?

    We're about to bring our live coverage to an end - here's a round-up of what's been happening in the UK today.

    • The government is rejecting calls to bring an end to the 10pm pub curfew in England. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is among those demanding an urgent review of the policy, saying it encouraged people to gather in homes
    • As of Wednesday, it will be illegal for people in parts of north-east England to meet anyone from another household in any indoor setting, amid a rise in cases
    • Thousands of university students are self-isolating as the new term begins - about 40 universities are now reporting Covid cases, although new rules means students in Scotland can return home
    • The NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales has been downloaded more than 12.4 million times
    • The UK reported another 4,044 coronavirus cases, with a further 13 people having died within 28 days of a positive test. It is the third day in a row recorded cases have fallen
  3. The latest from around the world

    Crematorium worker in New Delhi

    If you're joining us from the Americas, good morning or good afternoon - and if you're in Asia, you'll be settling in to sleep. We're heading into the evening here in the UK.

    A lot has happened today. To summarise, here are some of the main global headlines.

    • Almost one million people have died of coronavirus, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The current death toll is 999,202 - with the US, Brazil and India making up almost half of that
    • Experts say the true number is likely to be much higher than this, as testing rates in many countries remain low
    • The number of confirmed cases in India surpassed six million, the health ministry announced
    • Curbs on movement, aimed at controlling the virus, have been extended in the Spanish capital of Madrid
    • Meanwhile, new restrictions have come into force in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium
    • In the Netherlands, new measures to control the virus are coming into force tomorrow
    • In the US, the virus is now surging in 21 states - almost half of the entire country. Dr Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious diseases expert, has warned that the US is "not in a good place"
    • It was the final day of an inquiry into the Australian state of Victoria's hotel quarantine system, which has had two months of hearings. The inquiry heard that the botched programme caused 768 deaths
    • And pubs are reopening in Kenya, after being closed for six months - but schools are going to stay closed
  4. Watch: Dementia during Covid a 'torture of the heart'

    A woman has described her pain at not being able to see her husband regularly at his care home during the pandemic, calling it a "torture of the heart".

    Jean Haste, 70, says she has only been able to see Trevor, 75, who has dementia, once a week for 30 minutes at his home in Suffolk due to visiting restrictions.

    She said the lack of interaction had affected her husband's illness "grossly", saying he hunches in his wheelchair and barely makes eye contact when she does visit.

    "I call it torture of the heart. I took a vow and that was to have and to hold. And I can't be with him," said Mrs Haste.

    The Department of Health and Social Care said its "first priority" was to prevent infections in care homes, but local public health officials were "responsible for the policy on visits".

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    Video caption: Covid: Dementia patient's wife describes 'torture' of lack of visits
  5. NHS Covid-19 app downloaded 12.4m times

    Phone showing NHS Covid-19 app for England and Wales

    The coronavirus contact tracing app for England and Wales has now been downloaded more than 12.4 million times, the government has said.

    The app, launched on Thursday, uses Bluetooth technology to keep tabs on encounters with other people and informs them if one subsequently tests positive for Covid.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs it was "the fastest download of an app in British history".

    Our technology correspondents have been answering your questions about how the app works.

  6. New virus measures in the Netherlands

    People in Amsterdam

    The Netherlands is bringing in new restrictions to try to curb a surge in Covid cases, which will come into force tomorrow at 18:00 local time (17:00 BST).

    According to the new rules, people should:

    • Work from home when possible
    • Only travel to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague for essential reasons
    • Wear masks in shops, and shop alone
    • Not attend sports events
    • Only have a maximum of three adult guests at home
    • Bars, restaurants and other professions where there is close contact must register any visitors

    Although the new rules are only in place for three weeks for now, they may be extended.

    The Netherlands has recorded more than 115,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and more than 6,400 deaths.

  7. Where in the world are cases rising?

    Many countries are seeing a surge in cases right now.

    For some this is a second surge, after an initial peak in spring. For others, cases have been rising steadily through the year.


    In Europe, including the UK, cases initially peaked in Spring.

    They have started to increase again, and many countries are now reintroducing restrictions.


    In the US, which still has the highest number of infections and deaths, the virus has surged in different states at different times throughout the year.

    At the start the outbreak was centred on northern states such as Washington and New York, and in the summer cases were concentrated in southern states. Now, cases are surging in the mid-west.

  8. Police told not to download NHS Covid-19 app

    Rory Cellan-Jones

    Technology correspondent

    The National Police Chiefs Council has confirmed officers are being told not to install the NHS Covid-19 app for England on their work smartphones.

    The app detects when users have been in proximity to someone with the virus.

    Some officers have also been told they may not need to obey self-isolate alerts generated by the app when downloaded to their personal phones.

    Lancashire Constabulary has told staff to call the force's own Covid-19 helpline instead.

    A Lancashire Constabulary spokeswoman told the BBC its guidance remains in line with the national NPCC position.

    The NPCC confirmed the work-phones policy was common to all forces, but said it was carrying out an urgent review of the matter.

    Read more here.

    NHS Covid app
  9. Lockdown guidance turns to law for north-east England

    Image caption: Newcastle is one of the areas subject to the new law

    A law prohibiting households from mixing in any indoor setting is to be introduced in the most populous parts of north-east England from 00:01 BST on Wednesday.

    The Department of Health said existing local lockdown measures for Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland are being tightened at the request of the local councils in response to high and increasing infection rates.

    Current guidance only advises residents not to mix with people outside their household or bubble in indoor settings, such as pubs and restaurants.

    The DoH says the guidance will now be enforceable and subject to fines, although the law will not apply to Covid-secure schools and workplaces.

    A funding package is being agreed with councils to support the measures and the rising infection rate.

  10. Reality Check

    What's the evidence for 10pm pub closing time?

    Bar staff in masks in London pub

    The government's 10pm mandatory closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants in England has come under scrutiny, following videos posted on social media of crowds gathering outside venues after closing time.

    Ministers have been defending the policy but the mayor of Greater Manchester has called for an "urgent review of the emerging evidence" of its impact.

    Dr Julian Lang, a professor in respiratory sciences at the University of Leicester, says: "Wherever you get people crowded together, for example concert halls, cruise ships, house parties, bars and pubs, you risk spreading a virus."

    However, speaking on the BBC Andrew Marr Show this weekend, the University of Edinburgh's Prof Mark Woolhouse, a member of the government's infection modelling team, said "there isn't a proven scientific basis for any of this".

    So, why was the rule brought in and what is the science behind it?

  11. Knowsley records highest number of new cases in England

    Knowsley in Merseyside, north-west England, currently has the highest weekly rate of new cases of Covid-19 in England, new data shows.

    A total of 422 cases were recorded in the area in the seven days to 25 September - the equivalent of 279.7 cases per 100,000, up sharply from 152.5 in the previous week.

    Eight other areas of England now have weekly rates above 200 cases per 100,000 people - including Liverpool where the rate has jumped from 165.4 to 262.2 with 1,306 new cases recorded.

    How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?

  12. No singing or loud music? What new laws mean in England

    Police among drinkers

    As we reported earlier, as of Monday you can be fined £1,000 for failing to self-isolate for a first-time offence, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

    People who fail to tell their employer they have to self-isolate can be fined £50, while anyone considered to have acted recklessly, for example by going into a crowded place when they know they should self-isolate, can be fined £4,000.

    But other rules have also come into law today which ban pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes from playing music which exceeds 85 decibels, although live performances are exempt.

    The new laws also say that pub landlords or those who run other venues like hotel bars, restaurants and members clubs, must take "all reasonable measures" to stop singing on the premises by customers in groups of more than six, and dancing.

    Wedding ceremonies and receptions are exempt from the rule.

    The Department of Health said that while the NHS Covid-19 app can tell people to self-isolate, it is anonymous and cannot force people to or identify them.

  13. CDC boss overheard complaining about Trump task force member

    Robert Redfield

    The head of the US public health body the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been overheard complaining about a new member of President Trump's coronavirus task force.

    According to a report from NBC News, Dr Robert Redfield was heard saying that Dr Scott Atlas was giving Trump false and misleading data on the virus - including on whether masks work, and on herd immunity.

    On a phone call, made in public on a flight from Atlanta to Washington DC, Redfield was heard saying: "Everything he says is false."

    He later confirmed he was talking about Atlas, who joined the White House task force in August. Atlas's appointment has been criticised, because he doesn't have a background in infectious diseases or public health.

  14. UK landowner fined £10k for wedding party

    A landowner has been issued with a £10,000 fine for hosting a wedding party with 100 to 300 people in attendance, police said.

    Police said they had received calls about the event taking place on land near New Farnley, Leeds at about 17:00 BST on Saturday.

    The force said the group had been dispersed by 21:30.

    One of the landowners, aged 49, was identified and issued a fine for breaching coronavirus legislation.

    Ch Supt Damien Miller said it had been an "absolutely blatant breach" of the law, which limits the numbers of people able to attend a wedding.

    On Saturday the limit was 30, but by Monday it had been reduced to 15 people.

    Read more here

  15. Kenya pubs to reopen but schools to stay shut

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Image caption: Alcohol consumption weakens the immune system, health experts say

    Pubs in Kenya will reopen on Tuesday, six months after they were shut to curb the spread of coronavirus.

    Trading hours, however, have been restricted - they have to close at 22:00 local time.

    The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who also extended a nationwide curfew for a further 60 days, but said it would start two hours later - now lasting from 23:00 to 04:00.

    But an expected announcement on the reopening of schools did not happen. The ministry of education ordered teachers to report to school on Monday, but President Kenyatta said learning institutions could only open once the safety of students could be guaranteed.

    Kenya has had more than 38,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Nine deaths were reported today, pushing the number of fatalities to above 700.

    There has been a steady decline in the number of cases in recent weeks. Only 53 new cases were announced on Monday, although critics have noted a low testing rate.

    Read more:

  16. Virus cases surging again in 21 US states

    Flags planted to represent the 200,000 killed by coronavirus in the US

    Cases of coronavirus are surging in 21 different US states - almost half of the country - according to broadcaster CNN, which analysed data from Johns Hopkins University.

    The number of cases in these states increased by at least 10% in the last week, compared to the week before.

    Those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    The figures are sparking fears of a new wave in autumn and winter as temperatures fall.

    The US has reported more than seven million confirmed cases of the virus so far, and more than 200,000 deaths.

  17. Where in the UK is under a 'local lockdown'?

    As the rate of infection increases across the country it can be difficult to keep track of where new local restrictions have been put in place.

    In Wales, Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan are the latest local authorities to impose extra measures, which come into force at 18:00 BST on Monday.

    In total, at least 16.6 million people are under regional restrictions in the UK - about one in four people.

    To make things easier we have compiled this handy guide.

    Local lockdown guides
  18. Policy is to suppress virus, says Hancock

    Michelle Roberts

    Health editor, BBC News online

    Matt Hancock addresses the House of Commons on 28 September 2020

    Ministers in the Commons have had perhaps the clearest steer yet on the government’s plans for managing coronavirus over the next six months.

    Speaking to MPs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock ruled out the idea of trying to eliminate the virus and keep new cases at zero.

    He pointed out that this strategy had not worked for Scotland or New Zealand - both countries have seen a resurgence of the virus.

    And he rejected the notion of letting coronavirus rip among young people while trying to protect the most vulnerable, arguing that the death toll would likely be “too high to bear”.

    That leaves suppressing new infections until a vaccine comes to the rescue (perhaps in the Spring if the trials continue to go well).

    The new mantra - control the virus while protecting the economy and education.

    What extra measures and restrictions might be necessary to do that remain to be seen, but a full lockdown would not fit the brief.

  19. UK cases and deaths in charts

    Here are the latest charts for cases and deaths in the UK - updated to include the data released in the past half hour.

    Cases chart
    Deaths chart
  20. UK cases drop for third day in a row

    The latest UK figures show the number of people testing positive for coronavirus has dropped for a third day in a row.

    While there can be a lag in reporting figures over the weekend, the government's coronavirus dashboard shows there were 4,044 cases reported on Monday, compared to 5,693 cases in the previous 24 hours.

    There were 6,042 on Saturday, down from 6,874 cases reported on Friday.

    Datapic showing UK coronavirus cases on 28 September 2020
    Graph showing UK Covid cases