Coronavirus UK news – Second NATIONAL lockdown coming and visiting your family could be BANNED, top Covid experts warn
23rd September 2020

BRITAIN faces a second national lockdown during which visiting family members could be banned, top experts have warned.

Professor Chris Whitty is said to have told Boris Johnson that a 10pm curfew and extra face masks might not be enough to get the epidemic under control again.

Yesterday Scotland followed Northern Ireland and introduced a ban on households mixing indoors – something Professor Whitty is understood to want to see rolled out in England too.

It came as SAGE member John Edmunds blasted the Government's new measures for "not going far enough" and warns more "stringent" measures will have to be put in place across the whole of the UK within months.

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  • SKIN DEEP

    A skin rash should be considered the fourth official coronavirus symptom, experts have warned.

    Researchers say they have identified eight different types of skin rash which could be a potential sign of Covid-19.

    The experts from King's College London, who run the Covid Symptom Tracker app, noticed a rise in users reporting the unusual reaction.

    They found that nine per cent of people who had tested positive for coronavirus also had either a body rash or a rash on their fingers or toes.

    Researchers said rashes were twice as common in children as in adults and may be a better predictor of having a swab test than a fever or cough.

    More on the story here.

  • NI 'COULD BE RECORDING 600 CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS DAILY IN A MONTH'

    Northern Ireland could be recording 600 new coronavirus infections a day in a month's time, the chief scientific adviser has warned.

    The number is predicted to double every 10 days in a major onslaught on the health service if nothing is done.

    Professor Ian Young said a “circuit breaker” lockdown of up to three weeks may interrupt the virus's spread but was not recommending that happens immediately.

    “We are sitting at 150 cases a day at the moment,” he said.

    “In four weeks I would expect us to be, if nothing was done, I would expect us to be at at least 5-600 cases a day.”

    He told the BBC's Nolan Show it was not easy to translate the number of diagnoses into predicted deaths.

    “Even one death is a death too many and we know that there would certainly be deaths,” he added.

  • SECOND NATIONAL LOCKDOWN POSSIBLE IF NEW CORONAVIRUS RULES FLOUTED – DOMINIC RAAB

    Britain could be plunged into a second national lockdown if new coronavirus restrictions are flouted, the Foreign Secretary has warned, as a leading scientist said the latest measures do not go “anywhere near far enough”.

    Dominic Raab said if “everyone plays by the rules” outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, restrictions similar to those imposed in March may not be needed at Christmas.

  • 'THINK EVERY TIME THEY MAKE A JOURNEY' SAYS FIRST MINISTER OF WALES

    The First Minister of Wales asked people in the country to “think every time they make a journey” and avoid unnecessary travel.

    Mark Drakeford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “If it's a necessary journey then of course you must make it.

    “But if its a journey that can be avoided you will be safer and other people will be safer the fewer journeys you make and the fewer people you meet.”

    Mr Drakeford said he was not saying “no holidays”, adding: “It's very possible to have a holiday in Wales without travelling very far at all.”

  • NEW LOCKDOWN MEASURES

  • STURGEON ON HIGH DEATH RATES IN CARE HOMES

    Asked about the number of deaths in care homes, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I'm sorry for every death that has occurred.”

    She told Good Morning Britain: “These things will stay with me for the rest of my life, and the knowledge that decisions we took for the best of reasons, based on the information we had at the time… influenced all of these things – no leader worth their salt carries that lightly.

    “I think if we can turn the clock back, there are things in many aspects of the handling of this pandemic, including in care homes, that we would undoubtedly do differently.

    “We were dealing with a new virus, things like asymptomatic transmission we didn't understand as well then as we do now and we've made a lot of changes along the way.

    “And as we go into winter certainly a big preoccupation of mine and the Scottish Government is how do we protect people in care homes better perhaps than was done before.”

  • BANNING HOUSEHOLDS MIXING 'NOT ENOUGH,' SAYS SAGE EXPERT

    Professor John Edmunds said the March lockdown had been a “combination of many, many, many different measures”.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “Each one of those individual measures, if you break it up, is going to have quite a small effect, actually, on the overall reproduction number, which is probably somewhere round about 2 at the moment.

    “And so in order to stop the epidemic from growing any further, we have to put a large range of measures in place.”

    Asked if there was a realistic chance the R could be brought under 1 by Christmas, he said: “I suspect not. There's a chance, of course there's a chance.”

    Of the stricter measures in Scotland and Northern Ireland where households are banned from mixing indoors, he said: “I suspect that they will not be enough.”

  • SCIENTISTS HAVE MAPPED OUT WHERE CASES WILL SURGE NEXT

    Scientists at Imperial College London have mapped out the areas they believe will suffer from coronavirus outbreaks next.

    The experts predict that London and parts of the Midlands will be next in line to see high number of Covid-19 infections.

    According to the map, created by the university scientists, Belfast and surrounding counties in Northern Ireland, Birmingham and several areas in south Wales will also be hotspots.

    Parts of north and east London are likely to be hit by a spike in cases at the beginning of October.

  • SECOND LOCKDOWN COULD BE NEEDED IF LATEST MEASURES DON'T WORK, SAYS FOREIGN SECRETARY

    A second national lockdown could be needed to control the spread of coronavirus if the latest measures do not work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned.

    He told Sky News: “We've always said we've got a sort of repository of measures in the arsenal to take. I don't think we would speculate about what further could be done.

    “But the reality is they will be more intrusive or we could end up in a national lockdown. That is what we want to avoid.”

    Dominic Raab said if “everyone plays by the rules” then a national lockdown may not be needed at Christmas.

    He insisted the Government's approach was “focused, balanced and proportionate”, in an interview with Sky News.

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