Coronavirus: UK quarantine list expanded and how to wear a mask in hot weather


Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday morning. We will have another update for you at 6:00 PM BST.

1. Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas on the UK quarantine list

Travelers arriving in Britain from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will need to be quarantined for 14 days, the British government has said. The Foreign Ministry is also warning against all but essential travel to the three countries due to their high infection rates. Anyone failing to comply with the quarantine requirement can be fined up to £ 1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or £ 480 in Scotland.

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2. Warning while Leicester’s lockdown should be relaxed

Residents of Leicester, the first region of the UK to come under a local lockdown to tackle an increase in coronavirus infections, have been urged not to ‘spoil all the hard work’ as pubs and restaurants have to open for the first time since March. Pubs across the rest of England were able to reopen on July 4, but Leicester was excluded and locked out despite having an infection rate of 135 per 100,000. In the week to August 1, that figure had fallen to 57.4 per 100,000 population.

3. “No risk” of chemotherapy in cancer patients with Covid-19

Continuing chemotherapy for coronavirus cancer patients does not endanger their survival, according to a study. According to research conducted in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany, treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy do not appear to increase the risk of mortality from Covid-19. But cancer patients in the UK who had coronavirus were more likely to die than those in the other three countries, and researchers say they want to know why.

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4. Cases without symptoms “have the same amount of virus”

A South Korean study found that people with Covid-19 but not showing any symptoms have as many viruses in their nose and throat as those who are obviously sick. Although a significant number of coronavirus cases are believed to be asymptomatic, researchers have not been able to say how much these people transmit the virus. One expert suggested that people without symptoms were a lower risk to the health of others because they did not cough all over the place.

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5. How to stay cool in a face mask

The south and east of England are set for some warm weather over the next few days – and, along with the usual summer necessities of sunscreen and shades, a face mask will be in our inventory as well. But wearing them over 30C can be a bit uncomfortable. Fortunately, we’ve put together a handy guide to make the experience a bit more bearable.

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And do not forget …

… Wearing a mask is compulsory in certain circumstances, although the rules may differ in UK countries. We have developed a guide to using the mask.

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