Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday night. We will have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Turkey and Poland no longer appear on safe travel list as quarantine fines increase
Travelers arriving in the UK from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustace and Saba will need to be quarantined for 14 days from 4 a.m. BST on Saturday, the government said. Ministers also increased fines for travelers who fail to self-isolate. The original penalty remains £ 1,000, but the maximum fine for someone repeatedly breaking the rules is increased from £ 3,200 to £ 10,000. You can find out which countries are on the UK’s quarantine list here.
2. More parts of the UK subject to stricter Covid rules
Liverpool, Warrington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are the last areas in England to be subject to stricter rules on how and where to meet friends and family. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the government was banning different households from mixing because cases “continued to rise rapidly.” While the Mayor of Middlesbrough said he did not accept the measures, he later confirmed that he would obey the law. Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the towns of Derry and Strabane in Northern Ireland will also be subject to new restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19. You can also read more about the areas of the UK which are now in some form of foreclosure.
3. Slight decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths in UK
The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that there have been 6,914 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, up from 7,108 the day before. Meanwhile, 59 deaths of people who tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours were reported on Thursday. That compares to 71 deaths on Wednesday. You can see the latest coronavirus statistics for the UK here and see how many cases there are in your area.
4. Why having a vaccine may not see an immediate return to normalcy
Developing and distributing an effective coronavirus vaccine is seen as the silver bullet that will end the pandemic and get our lives back to normal. But a report released by the Royal Society suggests we may need to be “realistic” about how long it will take to vaccinate the country. According to the researchers, the restrictions on our daily lives may need to be gradually relaxed, as it could take up to a year to protect everyone.
5. Can Luton lead the way for the country?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the way Luton responded to the ‘zone of intervention’ declaration after cases of Covid-19 started to rise in the city. In July, as the rest of England saw lockdown rules relaxed, she remained under restrictions. She subsequently emerged from a local lockdown – but Thursday was declared by the government as an “area of concern”. We spoke to local people about their efforts to suppress the virus.
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