Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Sunday morning.
1. ‘Missing school worse for children than virus’
The UK’s chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, has warned that children are more likely to suffer long-term harm by not returning to school next month, than if they were to catch coronavirus. He said the chances of children dying from Covid-19 were “incredibly small” but were “not zero”, adding that the great majority of children who have died with the virus had “very serious health conditions”.
2. £10,000 fines for illegal raves
Organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people could face fines of up to £10,000 under new powers given to police in England from Friday. People who attend gatherings and those who do not wear face coverings when required to can be fined £100, doubling on each offence up to £3,200. The tougher penalties for those breaking coronavirus rules were unveiled by the government earlier this month.
3. Children aged 12 and over should wear masks – WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidance saying children aged 12 and over should wear face coverings, in line with their country’s recommended practice for adults. The advice does not say whether children over the age of 12 should wear a mask in school. Each of the UK’s four nations have their own rules on face coverings. In England, children under the age of 11 do not have have to wear one.
4. ‘No socialising’ rules in north-west England ‘confusing’
Tougher new rules intended to stem the spread of coronavirus in north-west England have been branded “confusing”. Residents in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle have been told not to socialise with other households. Workplaces, childcare facilities and businesses remain open – with schools still set to return from 1 September. Councils said it was “unclear” how the rules would be enforced and called for clarity from the government.
5. Edinburgh Fringe acts take shows online
After the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was cancelled for the first time in its 73-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, several comedians who were set to appear – including Abandoman – made the best of a bad situation by performing online or at socially-distanced gigs. While some have relished the chance to “upgrade the skillset”, others say the removal of the live scene has killed their act.
And don’t forget…
…the rules about which countries UK holidaymakers can visit without having to quarantine on return are regularly changing, here’s all you need to know about the latest measures.
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