– the Formula 1 car racing season continues Sunday in Barcelona, Spain. The race, for which Briton Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position, will take place behind closed doors and no public will be allowed to attend.
– France is consider making face masks mandatory in workspaces to try to slow the spread of the virus across the country.
– Malta recorded its biggest daily increase in new infections on Saturday. Cases have risen by 72, a record jump since the virus was first identified in the country in early March.
– The chairman of the Irish tourism authority resigns after flouting government regulations to avoid non-essential travel abroad, to go on vacation in Italy.
– German Minister of Health criticized “end of year celebrations” after the country declared most of Spain as a high-risk area and warned its citizens to avoid traveling there.
– Denmark to make face masks mandatory on all public transport from August 22 after a sharp increase in cases.
– New infections in Germany increased by 625 in the past 24 hours to bring the cumulative total to 223,453. The death toll remains at 9,231 people.
– Protests across Belarus enter their eighth day, as citizens protest against President Alexander Lukashenko and the way he won last week’s presidential election.
– Ian Young, Chief Scientific Officer of Northern Ireland
Iolo ap Dafydd of Londres
Public Health England, one of the UK’s largest government organizations, could merge with another health service.
Matt Hancock, the minister responsible for health, is expected to announce the merger of the NHS testing and tracing program with Public Health England later this week, amid concerns about how he has handled the coronavirus crisis.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own health services, but this reorganization is likely to impact the whole of the UK.
Other ministers have reportedly warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to extend quarantine rules to more countries, following rising infection rates in France, Malta and the Netherlands. There are fears that if Greece is also included, the impact on UK holidaymakers would be even worse.
Thousands of people returned from France to the UK before Saturday’s deadline, but tens of thousands are still on holiday abroad.
They are expected to self-isolate for 14 days, and supermarkets are expecting an increase in home deliveries. Empty shelves in stores could become apparent again, despite the $ 1,300 fine if people break their quarantine.
The government plans to make face masks mandatory in workplaces across France as the country tries to slow the spread of the virus.
Cases peaked after the lockdown of 3,310 in the past 24 hours, the fourth day in a row the record was broken.
The number of virus clusters under investigation has increased from 17 to 252, the country’s health ministry said on its website.
Employment Minister Elisabeth Borne admitted she would propose the plan on Tuesday when she met with representatives of employers and unions.
“A theme that appears in all scientific opinions is the value of wearing them [masks] when there are several people in a confined space, ”said Borne.
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