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  1. BreakingUK records further 4,322 coronavirus cases

    A further 4,322 coronavirus cases and 27 deaths have been reported in the UK, according to the government's daily figures.

    This is the highest number of cases reported since 8 May, when there were 4,649 cases.

  2. Dutch cases reach record high for fourth day in a row

    Pedestrians wearing face masks in Rotterdam, 23 August

    The Netherlands has seen its fourth consecutive day of record coronavirus case numbers, data published by the country's health authorities shows.

    More than 1,970 new infections were recorded on Friday, up from 1,753 the previous day.

    The Dutch government is expected to announce new coronavirus measures later, including restrictions on the numbers allowed to attend social gatherings and limits to the opening times of bars and cafes.

    The country has recorded a total of 90.2 cases per 100,000, compared to 61.8 in the UK, in the last 14 days.

  3. Denmark limits public gatherings

    People gather outside a bar in Copenhagen
    Image caption: Bars and restaurants will close early under new rules

    Denmark has become the latest European country to introduce new restrictions following a rise in infections.

    The numbers allowed to attend public gatherings will be lowered from 100 to 50, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Friday.

    Bars and restaurants will also be ordered to close early.

    According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 people in Denmark over the past two weeks has risen to 69.2 - far higher than its neighbours Germany (24.3) and Sweden (30.3).

  4. Wales' leader has had 'one phone call' with UK PM since May

    Mark Drakeford

    The First Minister of Wales has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to offer "proper engagement with the devolved governments" in the UK.

    Mark Drakeford said he had only had "one brief phone call" with Johnson since 28 May, which he described as as "simply unacceptable".

    He said the new restrictions introduced in England today and the possibility of England-wide measures were matters that needed to be discussed "at a UK level by the four governments, working together".

    He told a press conference that at the start of the week, he had urged for a Cobra emergency committee meeting to be called.

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also asked Mr Johnson to convene a Cobra meeting this weekend.

    She said she had met a group of senior Scottish government officials to assess the situation and that discussions would take place with the four UK nations in the coming days.

  5. Biden hits out at Barr 'slavery' comments - plus other US news

    William Barr, left, and Joe Biden

    US presidential candidate Joe Biden has hit out at Attorney General William Barr for remarks he made comparing lockdown orders to slavery.

    Mr Barr drew condemnation for his remarks on Wednesday, in which he criticised stay-at-home orders. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, it’s the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” he said.

    Mr Biden, addressing a CNN "Town Hall" gathering outside his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, called the comments "outrageous" and "sick".

    In other US news:

    • Outgoing US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad criticised Beijing's handling of the initial outbreak. "They covered it up and even penalised the doctors who pointed it out at the beginning," he told CNN
    • The US House of Representatives passed a resolution denouncing anti-Asian rhetoric related to Covid-19. The resolution says the use of terms such as "Chinese Virus" and "China virus" - often used by President Trump - has "perpetuated anti-Asian stigma”
    • The US is nearing the milestone of 200,000 deaths linked to Covid-19. It has the highest number of confirmed cases globally, with more than 6.6 million infections
  6. R number indicates virus 'spreading widely'

    It's estimated that the R number - which is the number of people that an infected person will pass the virus on to, on average - for the whole of the UK is now between 1.1 and 1.4.

    This means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 11 and 14 other people.

    The estimated growth rate means the number of new infections is growing by between 2% and 7% every day.

    Sage, the scientific body which advises the UK government on the epidemic, says the rise in the R number "shows that we are moving to wider spread growth in transmission at a faster rate".

    Last week the R number was between 1 and 1.2 - the first time since March that the number had risen above one.

    Pre-lockdown, the R number was around three and cases were doubling every three to four days.

    Read more: What is the R number and how is it calculated?

    Chart showing virus growth rates under different R numbers
  7. 'Don't send people to the Isle of Wight for tests'

    The leader of Isle of Wight Council says people are being sent to the island off the south coast of England to be tested for Covid-19 - and he wants it to stop.

    Conservative councillor Dave Stewart said the arrival of people from the mainland created "unnecessary risks" for its residents.

    He said the use of ferries to cross the Solent - the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the English mainland - goes against government guidance to avoid public transport when travelling for a test.

    And he criticised the booking system, which has sent islanders 75 miles away to the mainland for tests.

    Simon Bryant, the council's director of public health, said residents should be able to obtain tests on the island and should try again when booking or request a home test.

  8. Israel goes into second lockdown as new year begins

    Yolande Knell

    BBC Middle East correspondent, Jerusalem

    Worshippers at a morning service in Jerusalem

    The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, is traditionally a time for big, festive get-togethers, but a new Covid-19 lockdown means celebrations in Israel will be muted. Under the new restrictions, Israelis must stay within 1km (0.6 miles) of their homes – but can commute to work, do essential shopping and exercise outdoors. Social distancing rules greatly restrict numbers allowed in synagogues.

    "It’s a remarkable time of the year, the most exceptional time in the Jewish calendar," says Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer in Jerusalem. "But people are not going to be able to pray in their usual prayer areas. They won't be able to be with family."

    With new Covid-19 cases in Israel reaching over 6,000 - a record high - on Thursday, it has one of the highest infection rates in the world.

    Few dispute the need for a tougher approach, but there is frustration about how the government has handled the crisis. Unemployment has rocketed and many businesses are failing.

    Moshe Shrefler’s popular restaurant in Mahane Yehuda market was empty just before the lockdown began. It has recently seen a 70% drop in business.

    "In this closure I hope they’re going to end this story once and for all," he says.

    But mum of baby twins, Shiran Ben Yossi, has just lost her job and is less optimistic.

    "It’s going to be very hard," she says. "I’m afraid it didn’t work the first time and it won’t work the second time."

  9. One more Covid death in Wales and 185 new cases

    One further person has died with coronavirus in Wales and 185 more people have tested positive, the latest daily figures show.

    It means 1,601 people have died in Wales and 20,048 have tested positive during the pandemic, according to Public Health Wales.

    It comes a day after the first reports of deaths in Wales in more than two weeks.

    The number of people who have been tested in Wales is 442,386, with 422,153 testing negative.

    Read more about the situation in Wales here

  10. 'Don't have one more night out', warn leaders in North West

    UK High Street scene

    Leaders in England's North West have reacted to the news that their area is facing a tightening of coronavirus measures.

    Councillor Paul Foster, Labour leader of South Ribble Borough Council, told BBC News: "The numbers are scary. It does appear that it's getting out of control. Clearly something has to be done - the numbers don't lie."

    Meanwhile the leader of Sefton Council, in Merseyside, Labour councillor Ian Maher, welcomed the measures - but said he was disappointed and frustrated about the lack of testing in the area.

    Councillor David Baines, Labour leader of St Helens Borough Council, criticised the timing of the announcement - saying: "It's not ideal that they have decided to announce these measures on a Friday but not introduce them until Tuesday."

    In Liverpool, the council asked residents to start following new measures "immediately" and have a "safe and careful weekend".

    Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "We have warned for several weeks now that tougher restrictions would be on the way unless we started to see the number of infections coming under control.

    Warrington Borough Council leader, Councillor Russ Bowden, also urged people not to have "one more big night out".

    Lancashire County Council's director of public health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said the restrictions came as daily cases of Covid-19 had doubled in the area and hospital admissions had started to rise.

    He said: "If we don't act now we could be facing another lockdown. The situation really is that stark."

  11. Van Morrison song alludes to debunked conspiracy theory

    Olga Robinson

    Disinformation specialist, BBC Monitoring

    Van Morrison

    Sir Van Morrison refers to a debunked Covid-19 conspiracy theory in one of his new anti-lockdown songs.

    The track As I Walked Out includes the lyrics “Well on the government website from the 21 March 2020 / It said Covid-19 was no longer high risk”.

    It’s a reference to a UK government page that stated “Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK".

    That much is true - but that doesn’t mean that coronavirus is harmless.

    The HCID designation is given for very fatal diseases: for example Ebola, which kills more than 50% of infected people.

    Covid-19 was initially classified as HCID in January - when little was known about it.

    By March, more information and testing prompted authorities to revise the classification.

    It’s now thought the Covid-19 fatality rate is closer to 1%. The danger, scientists say, is that it is also highly infectious, and there is no proven vaccine or treatment.

    The government message was widely shared on social media, largely by coronavirus denialists and opponents of restrictions, who have cited it as “evidence” that the lockdown was based on a “hoax”.

  12. Sturgeon warns of greater restrictions to come

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that greater coronavirus restrictions are on the way for Scotland, to try to avoid a full lockdown.

    "I'm giving people advance notice that we are likely to see some very difficult, but necessary, decisions over the coming days," she said.

    She said coronavirus "could get out of our grip again" as Scotland faces the risk of "exponential growth" of Covid-19.

    A further 203 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland and one more death, the latest daily figures show.

    Almost 10 million people in the UK - including 1.8 million in Scotland - are already living under extra coronavirus restrictions.

  13. New Jersey to adopt 'millionaire tax' amid virus hit to economy

    Aerial photo of three mansions on the New Jersey coast

    The US state of New Jersey has agreed to raise taxes on millionaires, while also approving a rebate for lower and middle-class families.

    The state's governor, Phil Murphy, announced on Thursday that the state tax rate on earnings over $1m (£770,000) would increase from 8.97% to 10.75%. Around 800,000 families who earn more modest sums will also receive a tax rebate of up to $500.

    While Governor Murphy had tried to raise taxes on the wealthy before, he said the spread of coronavirus had made the changes more urgent.

    "In this unprecedented time, when so many middle-class families and others have sacrificed a great deal, now is the time to ensure that the wealthiest among us are also called to make a modest sacrifice," he said.

    New Jersey's Senate President Steve Sweeney said he had previously opposed Gov Murphy's plans to increase taxes on the wealthy, but added: "The pandemic hit and things have changed, and we have to face the reality that a lot of families are hurting here.”

  14. Virus cases may be hitting 6,000 a day in England

    Coronavirus swab test

    New cases of coronavirus could be hitting 6,000 a day in England, with "clear evidence" of a rise in positive tests in the under-35s, new figures suggest.

    The Office for National Statistics found infection rates were higher in the North West and London, based on random testing of thousands of people in households.

    The figures are for the week to 10 September and refer to people in private households, rather than in hospitals or care homes.

    The rate is up from an average of 3,200 people a day for the period from 30 August to 5 September.

    The ONS infection survey, which has been producing weekly estimates of virus cases since April, tests people whether they have symptoms or not.

    You can read more about it here.

  15. Reality Check

    How far are people travelling to get a test?

    A testing site

    The government has released some details of how far people are having to travel to get tested in England, following complaints that politicians were using the figures without publishing them.

    The headline figure is that the median distance people had to travel to get a test (which means half the trips were shorter and half the trips were longer than this figure) was 6.4 miles in the first week in September and 5.8 miles in the second week. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has used both these figures. That’s distance one way, so presumably they had to travel back afterwards.

    That includes people who registered for a test and didn’t turn up, but not those who were offered a test but turned it down because it was too far away. It covers regional, local and mobile testing sites.

    Also, using the median reduces the effect of people who travelled extraordinary distances. We know in the second week in September that 5% of people travelled more than 47 miles to get a test. That’s a 94-mile round trip.

    We don’t know exactly how many people that is (and some people will have needed more than one test) but from the most recent week we do have figures for we can estimate that that is about 18,000 people who had to travel more than 94 miles for a test.

    Read more: Coronavirus testing – what is going wrong?

    And colds, flu and Covid-19 are caused by different viruses, but can have similar symptoms – so how can you tell which one you may have?

  16. Coronavirus infections increasing in England

    Robert Cuffe

    BBC head of statistics

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey estimates that 59,800 people in homes in England had coronavirus in the week to 10 September.

    This (roughly 1 in 900 people) is up by about half on the figure reported the week before.

    They say there is clear evidence of an increase in people under the age of 35 testing positive - particularly those aged two to 11 and 17-34 - and of higher infection rates in the North West and London.

    The infection rate they see equates to about 6,000 new cases each day in England.

    The figures for Wales are about one in 2,000 people with coronavirus in the week to 10 September.

    Chart showing rise in current infections in England based on ONS survey
  17. French restrict social gatherings in Nice

    People wearing masks wait at a coronavirus testing centre in Nice

    The city of Nice is to ban social gatherings of more than 10 people in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus in that part of France.

    Bernard Gonzalez, prefect for the Alpes-Maritimes, said that bars would also be closed from 00:30 to 06:00 and that the capacity at large events would be reduced from 5,000 to 1,000, according to Reuters news agency.

    On Thursday, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said that Nice and another city, Lyon, would announce additional restrictions by Saturday to deal with a rise in cases.

    New measures have already been implemented in Marseilles and Bordeaux.

    France recorded its highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began on Thursday, with 10,593 new infections.

    Measures to deal with new coronavirus outbreaks are being imposed across Europe. Read more here.

  18. More detail on new England restrictions

    Shoppers walking past a sign

    We have some further detail for those in the Midlands and in West Yorkshire.

    In Wolverhampton and Oadby and Wigston, residents will be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from Tuesday.

    All parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale will also be subject to this restriction from Tuesday. Some wards in these areas had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban, the UK government says.

    Those who are shielding in Leicester City will no longer need to from 5 October.

    Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says: “I know these restrictions will make everyday life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission."

    Read more in our story here

  19. 'Major increase' in Covid cases in north-west England, Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands

    The government says there has been "major increases" in Covid-19 cases in "large areas" of north-west England, Yorkshire and "small parts of the Midlands".

    In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), from Tuesday 22 September:

    • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
    • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
    • Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 22:00 BST to 05:00.

    A statement says residents in these areas should only use public transport for "essential purposes" such as travelling to school or work and avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

    Separate restrictions are already in place in Bolton and Greater Manchester.

    Those who are shielding in parts of north-east Blackburn will no longer need to from 5 October, the statement says.

  20. More restrictions for parts of England announced

    The UK government has just announced there will be further restrictions in place for more areas in north-west England, West Yorkshire and the Midlands to tackle rising infection rates.

    These will come into force from Tuesday.

    We will bring you more details on here.