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Top story: New rules in England could last six months

Good morning all. My name is Martin Farrer and these are the best stories today.

Britons are waking up to the prospect of yet another nationwide coronavirus lockdown unless they stick to new rules designed to limit the spread of the disease. In a nationwide televised address last night, Boris Johnson refused to rule out the possibility of a second lockdown and warned people must resolve to abide by the new rules in England announced earlier in the Commons, including an hour of closing at 10 p.m. for pubs and restaurants. , a renewed ban on indoor team sports and stricter rules on wearing masks. “If people do not respect the rules that we have established, we must reserve the right to go further,” he said. Similar restrictions come into force in Wales, while the Scottish government has banned any mixing between households. The new threat from the virus was highlighted when hundreds of students at Abertay University in Dundee were ordered to self-isolate last night after an outbreak at a dormitory. Additionally, West Ham United manager David Moyes and two players had to leave ahead of the team’s Cup game against Hull last night after testing positive.

The Prime Minister told MPs the new rules could be in place for six months, raising fears the recession could last until spring. To offset the economic fallout, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering a German-style wage subsidy program to help businesses weather the recession. But business groups were not happy with the government’s new advice for workers to work from home if they could, as they were closely following ministers who urged people to return to their offices. Johnson’s speech today receives first place in all newspapers with varying degrees of optimism, but our sketch editor John Crace calls Johnson an imitation of Churchill. And here, we suggest six ways to get you through the next six months, including not getting into a fight with your neighbor, getting up early so you can spend more hours at the pub before it closes, and doing something about them. other.

Le bilan de Trump – The US virus toll has exceeded 200,000, prompting Donald Trump to say it would have been closer to 2.5 million if his government “hadn’t done it right and hadn’t done it right. “. Asked about the figure, the highest in the world, the president replied, “I think it’s a shame,” but tried to blame China, whose response he sharply criticized in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier today. As other leaders called for collaboration to defeat the virus, Trump blamed China for allowing the “plague” to spread. He also attacked the World Health Organization, which he falsely claimed was “controlled by China”. You can follow all the overnight developments of the pandemic around the world on our live blog.

Home risk – Banning parents from visiting loved ones in nursing homes risks premature death much more, as the elderly and infirm abandon their lives in the face of limited contact with their families. The warning from health experts comes as more than 2,700 care homes in England are closed to visitors or are about to be subject to new government rules to stop the spread of Covid-19. To overcome the problem, a group of nursing homes in the south of England, Brendoncare, are planning to invite parents to move in with their loved ones for two-week stays.

Patient abuse – Staff at a mental hospital in Essex were caught by CCTV dragging, slapping and kicking a patient. Inspectors discovered the abuse after an unannounced visit to Cygnet Yew Trees Hospital in Kirby-le-Soken in Essex after its provider reported allegations of patient abuse. The 10-bed facility accommodates women with learning disabilities. Inspectors said they examined “21 episodes of closed-circuit television footage and saw staff drag, slap and kick a patient. We saw staff pushing a patient.

Mitt’s stroke – Senator Mitt Romney has said he will vote for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, greatly boosting the President’s hopes of appointing a Tory replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Romney’s announcement virtually kills any hope Democrats had of blocking the nomination process before the November presidential election. Two Republicans have said they will not back Trump, but Democrats need two more votes in the upper house to prevent him from continuing. Meanwhile, Cindy McCain, wife of the late Republican presidential candidate John McCain, has publicly endorsed Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Whales stranded off the coast of Tasmania. Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

Stranded whales – Rescuers trying to save 270 whales in the shallow waters off the coast of Tasmania spotted 200 more stranded about 10 km away, all of whom appear dead. The discovery brings to 290 the number of pilot whales that die in the stranding event, making it one of the worst pilot whales ever recorded in the world.

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The sport has been warned that the break in the return of crowds, announced by the government on Tuesday, could last all winter – and even until early April. The extended spectator-free spell will leave many sports clubs and governing bodies facing an uncertain future, while new lockdown laws could leave the Saracens, who are looking to rebound directly into the Premiership, in limbo for next season. Ole Gunnar Solskjær started the night demanding a dramatically improved performance, but ended it extremely grateful for Dean Henderson’s winning save on his debut as Manchester United ultimately defeated Luton Town. And today marks the 50th anniversary of a tennis rebellion, when on September 23, 1970, nine women decided they saw enough misogyny in tennis and went their separate ways to play their own tournament, sowing the seeds of today’s WTA.


Elon Musk has promised that Tesla will have cheaper, more powerful and more durable batteries for its electric cars within three years. Admitting that the company’s cars are not yet widely affordable, Musk said, “We need to reduce the cost of batteries.” Tesla’s shares fell after his comments. The FTSE 100 is expected to rise 0.57% today as the Pound is at $ 1.273 and € 1.089.

The papers

The Prime Minister’s grim message to the nation is making headlines this morning. the Guardian said “Follow new restrictions or risk a second lockdown, Johnson warns,” while the Time quotes the Prime Minister with “A fight that humanity will win” and the Telegraph says, “There are difficult months ahead. The fight against Covid is by no means over ”.

Front page of the Guardian, Wednesday 23 September 2020

Photographie: The Guardian

the Mail is more belligerent, splashing with ‘Boris gives the UK two barrels’, the Mirror has a darker “Boris in the Last Chance Saloon”, but the Express evokes an almost euphoric “Our destiny is in our hands”. the FT says “Johnson warns of a ‘perilous’ period when brakes imposed for 6 months.” In Scotland, the Scottish Says ‘Home Visits Banned As Lockdown Tightens’ And Dundee Mail The gloomy front page reads: “Scotland was preparing for a long and lonely winter.”


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