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Coronavirus News Live: Latest Updates As Matt Hancock Denies The Government Is Losing Control Of The Crisis



Coronavirus News Live: Latest Updates As Matt Hancock Denies The Government Is Losing Control Of The Crisis

Plan for 24-hour Covid passes

Matt Hancock suggested that in mass testing, people get a 24-hour Covid-free “pass” so they can return to theaters and sporting events where they may need close contact.

Speaking at LBC, the Minister of Health said: “This is the hope we give the country that we can succeed even if there is no vaccine, that we can use mass testing so people can check if they have the virus today if they don’t go and do something, even if it means they will be in close confinement. “

He added that quick home testing kits would be needed to implement this idea.

Hancock said, “We need to use the following test design, which does not require you to send a swab to the lab and get the result back.

“There is a new technology that we support to take a test where you can turn around practically on the spot, and you can imagine going to something like a theater, or a sports event, or to work, and you have a test. you get the result and then they can go to the theater.

“This is what we are working on, this is hope, and I also hope it will allow us to have a happy Christmas.”

Chris Baines7 September 2020 12:20


Railway companies will restore 90% of services

Train operators in England, Scotland and Wales are expected to resume more service from today, bringing the number of services to around 90% of pre-lockdown levels as more schools reopen and the government encourages workers to return to offices.

Additional carriages will be added to some peak trains, especially in services serving schools, although trains can only safely carry half of their capacity due to social distancing requirements.

Staff will also be on hand to provide social distancing to older children and explain camouflage guidelines.

My colleague Joanna Whitehead tells the full story here:

Chris Baines7 September 2020 12:03


300 people call for self-isolation as 28 positive test results after charity soccer match

Up to 300 people attending a charity soccer game in the North East of England are being asked to self-isolate after 28 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The event took place on 30 August at the Burnside Workers’ Club in Fenshauses, Houghton-le-Spring, near the Sunderland-Durham border. Sunderland Echo reports.

Both local governments are now working with Public Health England to manage the response.

They called on everyone attending the match to immediately self-isolate before midnight on 13 September.

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 11:42


India has overtaken Brazil to become the country with the second highest total number of coronavirus infections after the United States.

About 90 802 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, bringing the total number of cases in India to 4,204,614, more than Brazil, which has over 4.1 million cases. More than 6.2 million people have been infected in the United States.

Samuel Osborne more on this below:

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 11:22


Five teachers from one school in Suffolk have tested positive for coronavirus, two more are awaiting their test results, reports Keith Ng.

The Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill closed its doors today as a “precautionary measure” as recommended by the England Department of Health.

The school said it hopes to open it on Tuesday and will notify parents by 5:00 pm today. Principal Andy Hunter said the safety of staff and students at the school is his “highest priority.”

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 11:00


The owner of budget clothing retailer Associated British Foods said the number of people visiting his stores has increased and shoppers are spending “significantly” more than last year.

Primark’s annual profit is expected to be at the highest level of forecasts and will be between 300 and 350 million pounds sterling, according to ABF.

Business Correspondent Ben Chapman more on this story below:

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 10:45


Hancock admits “operational problems” with test booking system

When asked about people having to travel long distances to get tested for coronavirus, Matt Hancock told LBC that there were “operational problems.”

One caller from Nottingham said that when he tried to take the test, he was ordered to go to the Dundee testing center.

Mr Hancock said no one will be instructed to travel more than 75 miles for the test.

“Over the summer we have seen an increase in the demand for tests, and so if your local center is overcrowded, people are asked to go a long way,” he said.

“The vast majority of people access the test at their local testing center, and the results come through very quickly.

“But there were problems, and we are increasing capacities.

“There were operational problems and operational problems. We have been completely frank about the challenges the country is facing, but all I can do is just keep increasing and increasing the capacity of the system, ”added the Minister of Health.

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 10:37


Potential AstraZeneca Vaccine Introduction “Most Likely” Next Year

According to Matt Hancock, the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca is “likely” to be ready for deployment in the UK early next year.

“The best scenario is what happens this year. I think the start of next year is more likely – most likely in the first few months of next year.

“But we also purchased the vaccine before it gets approval from a whole series of international vaccines.”

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 10:24


Manchester City players Riyad Marez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club announced.

The club issued a statement to show that the Egyptian striker and French defender are self-isolating from the rest of the team, testing positive for Covid-19.

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 10:13


Cases confirmed in three schools in the North East of England

Coronavirus cases were confirmed in three schools in the north east of England just days after Middlesbrough was officially designated a “zone of concern.”

Redcar and Cleveland City Council said Sunday that a positive case had been reported at St. Benedict Elementary School.

However, local authorities said the school in Redkar would remain open and that the parents had received recommendations.

Further up the coast, in Hartlepool, CE St. Aidan Elementary School reported that it also had a confirmed case of Covid-19.

And Outwood Academy Ormesby in Middlesbrough said in a short statement that the confirmed case had been found “in the school community,” adding that the person had not contracted the virus at school.

Redcar and Cleveland reported 38 new cases of coronavirus in the seven days to September 1, equivalent to 27.7 per 100,000 people, up from 10.2 in the seven days to August 25.

Hartlepool’s rate also rose from 7.5 to 22.4 with 21 new cases, while Middlesbrough’s rate rose from 28.4 to 31.2 with 44 new cases.

Middlesbrough was added to the government’s Covid-19 watchlist on Friday as an “area of ​​concern.”

Chiara Giordano7 September 2020 10:06

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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