Restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses could be closed or asked to close early for a few weeks to stop a wave of coronavirus cases in England from going out of control as part of a national “circuit break”.
Measures are under consideration, according to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, as the number of cases of the virus doubles every seven to eight days, with more than 3,300 new cases reported on Thursday.
Schools and workplaces would remain open, but hospitality businesses would have “circuit interruptions”, essentially closing their doors or changing opening hours for a few weeks.
Two thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews are prevented by armed guards from entering Ukraine for an annual pilgrimage to a rabbi’s grave, creating a makeshift camp on the country’s border with Belarus.
The men ignored warnings from Ukrainian authorities not to travel after its borders closed late last month in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.
On Thursday, an official from the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior reiterated that pilgrims would not be allowed to cross the border. “Ukraine has closed its borders to foreigners and there will be no exclusions for Hasidics [ultra-Orthodox] pilgrims, “Mykhailo Apostol said.” It is getting colder and we suggest they … go home. “
Israel’s Higher Education Minister, Ze’ev Elkin, called on the men to leave the border.
The Czech Republic reports a record 3,130 new cases
The United Kingdom hints at the second national bloc
Indonesia says his average daily coronavirus death toll is 105 cases, a 25% increase from last week.
Wiku Adisasmito, the spokesman for the Covid task force, also announced that another 122 people have died from the virus as of Sept. 17, bringing Indonesia’s death toll to 9,222.
Most days in September saw more than 100 deaths from the virus in Indonesia, as the death toll steadily rose towards the peak of 139 recorded on July 22.
Adisamito also said there are now 56,720 active cases in the country.
Boris Johnson sought an unlikely reference in an attempt to clarify when exactly Brits should call the police about neighbors who break the “rule of six”: the dirty 1978 college comedy Animal House.
In an interview with the Sun, the prime minister used John Landis’ film, which focused on a chaotic year at the fictional Faber College, as a cultural abbreviation for debauchery and the kind of parties with “hot tubs and so on,” which would have represented “A serious threat to public health”.
Landis’s college comedy, which hails from the team behind National Lampoon magazine, is considered a seminal classic by its fans and an antiquated throwback that should be limited to history by its critics.
In a piece marking the film’s 40th anniversary, film critic Charles Bramesco said at a time when cultural commentators are looking at older works for “modern morals offenses” that there is “no lens fatter than Animal House “.
He has been criticized for having “shades of gay panic”, using “random” racism and normalizing misogyny – in one scene a character discusses whether he should rape a girl who has passed out:
Families with children faced greater financial pressures and mental health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to an analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.
The report, which captures parental anxieties during the lockdown, was released Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule of six” guide to socialization is having a disproportionate impact on poorer children.
The results of the survey, conducted by Ipsos Mori between April 27 and May 3, found that respondents with children in their family were more likely than those who had no difficulty paying their rent or mortgage – 10% compared to 5% – have a lower income than usual and worry about their own and other people’s mental health:
More than 1,500 breast cancer patients in the UK face long waits to undergo reconstructive surgery after hospitals were unable to operate on them during the pandemic because they were facing Covid-19.
Women are facing delays of “many months, maybe years” because the NHS has such a large backlog of cases to overcome, according to research by the charity Breast Cancer Now.
When the lockdown began in March, the NHS stopped performing breast reconstructions for women who required one after a mastectomy as part of its wider suspension of care. This is because so many operating rooms were being used as overflow ICUs and because doctors and hospital managers feared that patients entering the hospital might catch Covid:
CDC was created to publish watered-down guidelines on Covid testing – report
Here’s our full story on Joe Biden’s Town Hall:
Joe Biden sent a message to voters Thursday night that differed markedly from Donald Trump’s unlikely coronavirus promises, saying, “The idea that there will be a vaccine and that everything will be fine tomorrow is not rational, just not reasonable.”
Speaking at a drive-in town hall in the Pennsylvania town of Moosic, just south of Scranton, the Democratic candidate warned that the country would not immediately return to normal life even if a coronavirus vaccine was soon approved.
CNN’s town hall in Biden arrived two days after Donald Trump held a similar event in nearby Philadelphia, but the president sent a very different message about the pandemic, once again implausibly suggesting that the coronavirus was “about to disappear. “and that a vaccine would be available in a few weeks: