Coronavirus News Live: Latest updates from UK as London braces for tighter restrictions

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A shopper wearing a protective visor on Regent Street, London, amid a slew of new coronavirus restrictions.
The mayor of Middlesbrough has vowed his city will ‘defy’ stricter coronavirus lockdown rules banning households from mingling indoors from midnight today.

Andy Preston said the new local restrictions, also announced for Liverpool, Warrington and Hartlepool, were based on “factual inaccuracies”, “a monstrous lack of communication” and “ignorance”.

London is also preparing to take more stringent measures as ministers are expected to meet next week to discuss similar measures in the capital, where Covid-19 infections continue to rise.

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Poland sees record number of daily cases rise

Poland reported a new record high of 2,292 coronaviruses per day, according to its Ministry of Health’s Twitter account.

The country has also reported 26 other deaths from Covid-19. This brings Poland’s total caseload to 95,773 cases and 2,570 deaths.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 02, 2020 09:42

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeusus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), also sent his best wishes to Trump and his wife Melania after testing positive for the coronavirus.

“Best wishes to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS for a full and speedy recovery,” he said in a tweet.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 02, 2020 09:38

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Good wishes poured in for US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania after revealing they tested positive for the coronavirus.

Among those who sent messages of support to the couple, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized with the disease earlier in the year.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 02, 2020 09:35

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“No excuse” for the actions of Margaret Ferrier

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said there was “no excuse” for the actions of MP Margaret Ferrier.

He told Sky the politician – who attended parliament with symptoms of Covid and returned to Scotland by train despite testing positive – set a “very bad example to the rest of the public that we expect to play by the rules “.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 02, 2020 09:26

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SNP MP attends Parliament with coronavirus

MP Margaret Ferrier became the latest politician to end up in hot water after attending parliament with symptoms of Covid, then returning to Scotland by train despite testing positive.

The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West has been stripped of the Scottish National Party whip and faces calls to resign.

Learn more about it, including what Nicola Sturgeon had to say about the incident, here:

Chiara GiordanoOctober 2, 2020 8:58 AM

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Here’s how Melania Trump informed her 15.1 million Twitter followers of her positive coronavirus test result.

The US First Lady said she and Donald Trump “felt good” and had postponed all future commitments.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 02, 2020 08:39

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Trump and Melania tested positive

Some big news broke across the pond in the United States.

Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, have tested positive for Covid-19.

The 74-year-old president took to Twitter to break the news and promise the couple will ‘spend it together’.

It is unclear what will happen now with the presidential race, as it is likely that a large part of his entourage will also have to isolate themselves, but Adam Withnall and Andrew Buncombe can inform you about the details:

Chiara GiordanoOctober 2, 2020 8:29 AM

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London braces for tighter restrictions

It is believed London may also be heading towards tighter lockdown restrictions as infections continue to rise in the capital.

About a week ago, the government turned around on its back-to-work advice, instead asking workers to return to their home offices when possible.

According to City AM, ministers are expected to meet next week to discuss areas where further restrictions are needed in the capital, such as a ban on indoor mixing as announced for Liverpool, Warrington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool yesterday.

Chiara Giordano2 October 2020 08:20

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Middlesbrough mayor vows to ‘defy’ new rules

The mayor of Middlesbrough – one of four estates yesterday subject to new lockdown restrictions – is far from happy with the stricter rules.

In fact, Andy Preston has sworn his city will defy the restrictions – which he said were based on “factual inaccuracies”, “a monstrous lack of communication” and “ignorance”.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 2, 2020 8:09 AM

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Hello, thank you for joining us for today’s coronavirus live blog.

We have some great stories that you might have missed overnight, including:

– Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus-

– Member suspended for breaking the rules

– Businesses in northern England react to new foreclosure rules

Chiara GiordanoOctober 2, 2020 8:04 AM

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