Here are five things you need to know about coronavirus pandemic this Thursday night. We have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Turkey and Poland are not on the safe travel list, as quarantine fines have risen
Travelers arriving in the UK from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba are required to quarantine within 14 days from 4pm BST on Saturday, the government announced. Ministers also raise fines for travelers who fail to isolate themselves. The initial penalty will remain £ 1,000 but the maximum fine for a person who repeatedly violates the rules increases from £ 3,200 to £ 10,000. You can find out which countries are on the UK quarantine list here.
2. More UK areas are subject to more stringent Covid policies
Liverpool, Warrington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are the latest areas of England that are subject to stricter rules on how and where friends and family can meet. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that the government was banning various households from mixing because cases were “rising rapidly”. As the mayor of Middlesbrough said he did not accept the measures, he later confirmed he would abide by the law. Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels in Derry and Strabane council areas of Northern Ireland will also be placed under new restrictions to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19. You can also read more about which parts of the UK are now under some sort of lockdown.
3. Slight collapse in UK Covid-19 case and death
The latest figures from the Department of Health show that there were 6,914 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, compared to 7,108 the previous day. Meanwhile, 59 deaths of people who have 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
The development and distribution of an effective vaccine against coronavirus is seen as a silver bullet that will end the pandemic and return our lives to normal. But a report published by the Royal Society suggests that we may need to be “realistic” about the time it will take to vaccinate the country. According to researchers, restrictions on our daily lives may need to be relaxed slowly, as it can take up to a year to protect everyone.
5. Can Luton show the way to the country?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Luton’s response to the declared “intervention area” after Covid-19 cases began to rise in the town. Back in July, while the rest of England saw a reduction in lockdown policies, it remained subject to restrictions. It came out of a local lockdown – but on Thursday the government declared it a “place of concern”. We talk to local people about their efforts to suppress the virus.
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