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UK Covid: Van-Tam tells public 'do not wreck' progress - as it happened. 2d ago18:55 Early evening summary Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, said there were some worrying signs that people are taking their foot off the brake at exactly the wrong time, imploring people during the press briefing not to “wreck this” (See 5.18pm).The government said a further 345 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, recording 8,523 more cases (See 4.19pm).Unions representing police, prison officers and teachers have expressed dismay at the decision to base the next stage of the coronavirus vaccination programme purely on age (See 3.19pm).

UK Covid: Van-Tam tells public 'do not wreck' progress - as it happened

The UK R number has not changed since last week and is still between 0.6 and 0.9, according to the latest government figures (See 1.38pm).New Covid-19 cases continued to fall across the UK in the week ending 19 February, ONS figures indicate (See 1.27pm). Is Australia's hotel quarantine system worth the risk as COVID variants spread? Here are the alternatives. Just weeks after the virus jumped hotel containment lines in Queensland and Western Australia, Victoria now finds itself in the hot seat.

Is Australia's hotel quarantine system worth the risk as COVID variants spread? Here are the alternatives

The latest cluster of more than a dozen cases is believed to have spread through the use of a nebuliser at the Holiday Inn near Melbourne Airport. "You can test everybody every day … but it's a different challenge now, it's not the 2020 challenge, it's a very different virus," Premier Daniel Andrews told the media on Friday, as the state was plunged into a five-day snap lockdown. With the emergence of international variants of the virus throwing a new spanner in the works, questions are again being raised about some of the weaknesses of Australia's quarantine programs, and how our lines of defence might be strengthened.

So how are other countries managing the crisis? And is there anything we can learn from their quarantine systems? Victorian coronavirus outbreak likely to grow as Melbourne Airport terminal listed as exposure site. Victorian authorities estimate up to 5,000 people moved through an airport terminal listed as a key coronavirus exposure site, as the state prepares to enter a snap five-day lockdown under stage 4 restrictions.

Victorian coronavirus outbreak likely to grow as Melbourne Airport terminal listed as exposure site

Key points: Melbourne Airport Terminal 4 has been listed as an exposure site for a roughly nine-hour window on TuesdayPrime Minister Scott Morrison said he supported a "proportionate" and "targeted" responseAuthorities suspect that all the Holiday Inn outbreak cases are infected with the UK variant of the virus There are now 13 cases linked to the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport hotel outbreak which prompted Victoria's snap lockdown, and authorities have identified 905 primary close contacts.

All of Melbourne Airport Terminal 4 has been listed as an exposure site between 4:45am and 2:00pm on Tuesday, after a positive case worked a shift at a cafe there. Two other hotel quarantine residents, four staff members, and four primary household close contacts have also tested positive. Several gorillas at San Diego Zoo in US test positive for COVID. Coronavirus live news: Pope to have Covid vaccine next week; UK deaths surpass 80,000 after 1,035 recorded. 3m ago21:45 Update on the anti-lockdown protests held in London earlier today: The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that a total of 16 arrests were made at the Clapham Common demonstration for suspected breaches of coronavirus regulations.

Coronavirus live news: Pope to have Covid vaccine next week; UK deaths surpass 80,000 after 1,035 recorded

‘Jingle Hell’: UK mood darkens with new virus strain, Brexit woes. London, United Kingdom – Christmas cheer is in short supply in the United Kingdom amid fears over a new strain of the novel coronavirus, continued uncertainty over Brexit and a government ban on festivities to limit further contagion.

‘Jingle Hell’: UK mood darkens with new virus strain, Brexit woes

Summing up the mounting sense of gloom, national newspapers this week plastered their front pages with warnings the UK was the “sick man of Europe” and branded the late-December chaos a “jingle hell”. “The country is not just fearful but angry, and that’s a dangerous combination,” Saurav Dutt, a 38-year old author from London, told Al Jazeera. “With Brexit, there is a palpable sense that people really don’t know what is going on. “And there is [also] real frustration at the haphazard, directionless, frequently illogical and reactive stance of the government in dealing with the pandemic.”

According to Sainsbury’s, a major UK supermarket, lettuce and other fresh produce could soon run out – a warning that has sparked yet another round of panic buying. France to reopen UK borders closed over new coronavirus strain. France will reopen its borders to people travelling from the United Kingdom on Wednesday, ending a blockade imposed in response to an apparently more infectious strain of the coronavirus that stopped trade across the Channel and led to concerns about the supply of fresh food.

France to reopen UK borders closed over new coronavirus strain

Much of the world shut its borders to Britain after the authorities revealed a new strain of the virus had been discovered spreading swiftly across southeastern England. With queues of trucks snaking to the horizon in England and some supermarket shelves stripped just days before Christmas, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to get French President Emmanuel Macron to lift a ban on freight trade from Britain.

Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at Chilean research station. Antarctica can no longer lay claim to being the only continent free of coronavirus after 36 Chileans reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at Chilean research station

Key points: Up to 36 people have tested positive to coronavirus, the first cases on the icy continentThe General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme base is one of 13 operated by ChileThe base is a long distance from Australia's three research stations Spanish-language media has reported up to 36 people connected with the Chilean Army base General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme tested positive for the virus on Monday.

The research station, known colloquially as O'Higgins, is one of 13 active Chilean bases in Antarctica. It is located close to the northern-most tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in West Antarctica — far from Australia's bases in East Antarctica — and was described by one travel website as "hard to reach even by Antarctic terms". Victoria records positive coronavirus case from traveller who visited Sydney's northern beaches. Victoria has recorded a positive coronavirus case from a returned traveller who is believed to have acquired the infection in NSW's northern beaches area.

Victoria records positive coronavirus case from traveller who visited Sydney's northern beaches

Key points: The interstate coronavirus case is a 15-year-old girl from the Moonee Valley local government areaShe came back to Victoria on December 17 before self-isolating and getting tested on December 20Her mother who travelled with her tested negative The Department of Health and Human Services said the person was believed to have had a limited number of close contacts, but investigations were continuing. "At this stage, there are no exposure sites but if this changes we will provide further updates," the department said on Twitter. "Anyone who has returned from the northern beaches area, Greater Sydney or the Central Coast needs to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

" If northern beaches coronavirus cluster spreads across Sydney, Christmas could be cancelled. If Sydney's coronavirus cluster spreads beyond the northern beaches, there could be dire consequences for Christmas celebrations.

If northern beaches coronavirus cluster spreads across Sydney, Christmas could be cancelled

Key points: There have been dozens of COVID-19 infections linked to the Avalon clusterSocial distancing restrictions for Christmas will be reassessed on Wednesday Authorities are analysing the cluster to see if it has spread beyond Sydney's northern beaches That's the message from leading epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws, who has been analysing the pandemic and this latest outbreak closely. The Avalon cluster has already swollen to 83 cases, but so far remains confined to a compact geographical area about 40 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19. PARIS (AP) — Wearing a white medical mask, French President Emmanuel Macron went ahead with a planned speech by videoconference Thursday, hours after testing positive for COVID-19 following a week in which he met with numerous European leaders.

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

The French and Spanish prime ministers and the EU Council president were among many top officials self-isolating because they had recent contact with him. Macron took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared” on Thursday morning and will self-isolate for seven days, in line with national health authorities’ recommendations, the presidency said in a brief statement. It did not detail what symptoms Macron experienced or what treatment he might be receiving. Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high. BERLIN (AP) — Germany reported a record level of coronavirus deaths as it entered a harder lockdown Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to bring down stubbornly high new daily infections. The country recorded 179.8 virus infections per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, a new high and significantly more than the 149 per 100,000 reported a week ago by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s disease control center.

It also blew past its previous daily death toll, with Germany’s 16 states reporting that 952 more people had died of the virus, the institute said. That was far greater than the previous daily record set Friday of 598 deaths, although it included two days of figures from the hard-hit eastern state of Saxony, which did not report Tuesday. It brought the country’s overall pandemic death toll to 23,427. London to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified - ABC News. London will move into the strictest tier of England's regional lockdown system on Wednesday after coronavirus rates in the capital soared to among the highest in the nation. Key points: Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from WednesdayPubs and restaurants will be forced to close unless they offer takeaway or deliveryIt was also announced a new strain of coronavirus had been identified in England All pubs and restaurants will shut unless they offer takeaway services when Greater London moves into Tier 3, or Very High Alert, but shops, schools and gyms will remain open.

Parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will also move into the top tier and join large areas of England's north that went straight into Tier 3 when the month-long national lockdown ended just two weeks ago. Tensions rise over masks as virus grips smaller US cities. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arguments over mask requirements and other restrictions have turned ugly in recent days as the deadly coronavirus surge across the U.S. engulfs small and medium-size cities that once seemed at a safe remove from the outbreak. In Boise, Idaho, public health officials about to vote on a four-county mask mandate abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday evening because of fears for their safety amid anti-mask protests outside the building and at some of their homes. One health board member tearfully announced she had to rush home to be with her child because protesters were banging on her front door. In California, Sacramento County health officials had to suspend a meeting Tuesday after more than two dozen protesters pounded on the chamber doors during a debate over whether to strengthen enforcement against businesses that violate virus restrictions.

South Dakota has suffered through the country’s worst rate of COVID-19 deaths per capita over the last week, but Gov. Dr. US virus deaths hit record levels with the holidays ahead. Deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the frightening peak reached last April, and cases per day have eclipsed 200,000 on average for the first time on record, with the crisis all but certain to get worse because of the fallout from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Virtually every state is reporting surges just as a vaccine appears days away from getting the go-ahead in the U.S.

“What we do now literally will be a matter of life and death for many of our citizens,” Washington Gov. Coronavirus Australia news: South Australia begins countdown to end of lockdown at midnight - ABC News. South Australia's 'heroine' doctor South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has praised an "astute young doctor" in a hospital emergency department for preventing a full-blown coronavirus outbreak in the state. The junior doctor, who Professor Spurrier did not name, picked up that a woman in her 80s had a slight cough when she turned up at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, in Adelaide's northern suburbs, last Friday night. The woman had coronavirus and now so do 25 of her family members and their close contacts. They are now known as the Parafield cluster, but so far there have been no new coronavirus cases in South Australia not directly linked with the elderly woman and one of her children, who worked at the Peppers Waymouth medi-hotel.When asked about whether the doctor was a hero at a press conference this morning, Dr Spurrier said she was actually a "heroine".

"She has done a fantastic job," she said. Reporting by Eugene Boisvert. Coronavirus live news: Macron announces national lockdown in France from Friday as cases surge. After Iran’s record daily death toll was announced earlier, the health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told the country in a televised address that Iran was “in a full-scale war with the coronavirus”. Coronavirus live news: China confirms 137 local cases as Spain enters state of emergency.

Tears, cheers and beers: Melbourne joyous as Daniel Andrews puts end to lockdown. Box Hill Hospital coronavirus outbreak that sparked northern Melbourne cases highlights flaws in healthcare system, doctor says - ABC News. A doctor on the Victorian Government's healthcare worker infections taskforce says the Box Hill Hospital cluster that led to an outbreak across Melbourne's north highlights ongoing weaknesses in infection control standards in hospitals.

Frustration over Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown mounts as business begs for restrictions to be eased - ABC News. When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state's tough stage 4 restrictions, Melbourne carwash owner Belinda Bedin was very supportive. Coronavirus live news: Daniel Andrews's office vandalised as long queues form for COVID-19 testing in Shepparton - ABC News. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews's electorate office has been vandalised, with the words 'sack Dan' graffitied on the building and bricks thrown at the windows. A 14-day rolling average of 5 new daily cases is the wrong trigger for easing Melbourne lockdown. Let's look at 'under investigation' cases instead. Coronavirus live updates blog: Europe records 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day for first time - ABC News. Europe records 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day for the first time For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Europe has seen more than 100,000 new cases in a day.

Donald Trump went through 'very concerning' period with coronavirus, next 48 hours 'critical', White House says - ABC News. United States President Donald Trump went through a "very concerning" period on Friday (local time) and the next 48 hours "will be critical" in his care as he battles coronavirus in hospital, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says.

Trump has COVID-19, showing 'mild symptoms' at White House. WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump had contracted COVID-19 and was suffering “mild symptoms” as the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government. Just a month before the presidential election, the revelation came in a Trump tweet about 1 a.m. after he had returned from an afternoon political fundraiser.

He had gone ahead, saying nothing to the crowd though knowing he had been exposed to an aide with the disease that has infected millions in America and killed more than a million people worldwide. First lady Melania Trump also tested positive, the president said, and several others in the White House have, too, prompting concern that the White House or even Trump himself might have spread the virus further. The Trumps’ son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative. US President Donald Trump says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after senior aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus - ABC News. Australians stranded overseas willing to wear ankle bracelets while quarantining to return home. Indian hospitals face oxygen shortage as COVID-19 cases surge. India's coronavirus cases above 5 million as pandemic accelerates. Victoria is watching its 14-day moving average of new coronavirus cases closely. Here's what it needs to get to - ABC News.

Coronavirus live news: European outbreaks worsen; Australia sees anti-lockdown protests. Coronavirus Australia map: tracking new cases, Covid-19 stats and live data by state. India records world's second-highest coronavirus tally, passing Brazil - ABC News. Coronavirus update: Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi at pointy end of virus, India close to passing Brazil's case number - ABC News. Melbourne to stay under lockdown until end of September as coronavirus roadmap revealed. Coronavirus Australia news: Number of Victorian children diagnosed with 'Kawasaki-like' syndrome from rare COVID-19 complication - ABC News. With coronavirus almost behind it, China turns its attention to economic recovery with its answer to Oktoberfest - ABC News. Hong Kong man was reinfected by the coronavirus, researchers say. Global coronavirus death toll hits 800,000: Live news.

Coronavirus update: Russia starts manufacturing vaccine as cases near 1 million - ABC News. Victoria records 372 new infections while man in his 20s becomes Australia's youngest coronavirus death. Global report: Germany reports most cases since May as Brussels mandates face masks. Melbourne placed under stage 4 coronavirus lockdown, stage 3 for rest of Victoria as state of disaster declared - ABC News. 'Simply unacceptable': One in four Victorians with coronavirus not at home when door-knocked. Coronavirus Victoria: Covid-19 'deeply embedded' and second wave may be more contagious. Why some Australians are rebelling against coronavirus face mask advice. Daniel Andrews says most Victorians are failing to self-isolate when they show coronavirus symptoms. Victoria records 317 new coronavirus cases in biggest daily increase of any state or territory. ABC coronavirus data charts COVID-19 spread in Australia.

Victoria's coronavirus lockdown is still likely some days away from affecting case numbers - ABC News. Here's the latest advice on whether Melburnians need to wear face masks in public. The Washington Post e-Replica Newspapers in Education - The Washington Post - 8 Jul 2020 - Curbs reinstated in Melbourne as new cases surge. Victoria reimposes lockdowns on Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as coronavirus cases rise by record amount - ABC News. Victoria coronavirus cases rise by 108 as Daniel Andrews strengthens lockdown at nine public housing estates - ABC News.

Coronavirus update: 50,000 cases of COVID-19 recorded in one day in United States for first time - ABC News. Coronavirus update: Global tourism revenue could fall by up to $US3.3 trillion - ABC News. Coronavirus-updates-live-melbourne-hotspots-return-to-lockdown-international-flights-diverted-from-victoria-restrictions-ease-in-nsw-20200701-p557ud. Infographic: How did we get to 10 million coronavirus cases?

Global coronavirus death toll exceeds half a million: Live. US coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than data shows: Live. Why is Victoria experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases and other states aren't? - ABC News. Claim that asymptomatic transmission 'very rare' was misunderstanding, says WHO official – as it happened. Coronavirus live news: Beijing back into partial lockdown as new cluster emerges. Who does coronavirus kill in England and Wales? Visualising the data. Brazil restores coronavirus data after controversy, court ruling.

India reports nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases in one day: Live. : 'Baffling' observations from the front line. Victoria's coronavirus blitz tests 150k people ahead of restrictions announcement - ABC News. UK care homes scramble to buy their own PPE as national deliveries fail. World gambles with looser lockdowns, risks coronavirus resurgence.

WHO warns against coronavirus 'immunity passports' Coronavirus US live: Trump holds briefing amid disinfectant row as US deaths pass 50,000. Coronavirus update: Elizabeth Warren's brother dies from COVID-19, 26 million jobless in US. Coronavirus live: All 50 US states under disaster declaration for first time ever. Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 90,000 as US says isolation measures are working. UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? 'could wipe out Brazil's indigenous people' : The race to stop the virus spread in Asia's 'biggest slum' Coronavirus update: UK records highest daily death toll, Queen calls for self-discipline and resolve. Coronavirus update: Information about the outbreak and how you can protect yourself.

Coronavirus update: WHO warns US could become epicentre, India in 'total lockdown' Coronavirus update: 84 million people under stay-at-home orders in US, Albania deploys Army to enforce curfew. Coronavirus: world on alert as infection spreads – live updates. Coronavirus Melbourne: Victorian hotels brace for quarantine arrivals. Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 80 as China extends holiday. Victoria goes into lockdown in 48 hours: Premier. Coronavirus: number infected hits 1,400 worldwide – today's developments. Two patients given all clear as four others tested for deadly coronavirus. Coronavirus death toll climbs to nine, Chinese authorities say. : Newborn becomes youngest person diagnosed with virus. Coronavirus: How can China build a hospital so quickly? When to get tested for coronavirus? Why has Italy got it so bad? This week's top Google searches on COVID-19, answered - Health - ABC News.

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