Coronavirus Direct in the UK: Return after lockdown to levels will see infections spike, Sage warns as Christmas hopes hang on low R

The Sage document, dated November 4, said: “If England returns to the same application of the classification system used before November 5, the transmission will revert to the same rate of increment as it is today.”

However, a prominent member of the group – John Edmunds of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – said the Tier 3 measures had a “very significant” effect on the R rate, The Times reported that while some areas will need to maintain the tighter restrictions next month , Many other areas will be able to reopen bars, restaurants, gyms and restaurants.

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The next two weeks are “critical” in ensuring the lockdown ends – expert

A government science advisor has warned that the next two weeks will be “extremely critical” in ensuring that the coronavirus lockdown in England ends as planned on December 2.

Professor Susan Michie, a member of the Sage State Scientific Advisory Group, urged the public to resist violating the current rules, to be “in a position” to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

She also suggested that announcing a possible Covid-19 vaccine could lead to complacency with the procedures, adding that a jab would not make a difference to the current wave.

This comes after documents published by Sage on Friday warned that a return to the graded system of restrictions of the Corona virus will lead to a spike in infections again.

“Two weeks are going to be very difficult, partly because of the weather, and partly because, I think, because the promise of a vaccine can make people feel good.

But it is unlikely that the vaccine will come until the end of the year or the beginning of next year and this will not make a difference in the current second wave.

“So I think within the next two weeks, everyone should put all their design together.”

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Global update: Greece tightens lockdown

Greek authorities announced the closure of nurseries and primary schools until the end of November, and tightened the nationwide closures after the increase in cases of Coronavirus.

Greece has performed better than many other European countries in tackling the pandemic, mainly due to the early nationwide lockdown that was imposed weeks after the outbreak in February.

The gradual increase in infections since early October has forced the authorities to re-impose restrictions and order a second nationwide lockdown that expires at the end of November and includes a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am.

On Saturday, the government tightened measures further, closing elementary schools and nurseries, starting Monday, for a period of two weeks.

Greece recorded 3,038 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday. On Thursday, it recorded 3,316 new infections and 50 deaths – the highest daily toll recorded during the epidemic so far.

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Here is a breakdown of the most important news from the past 24 hours

Dominic Cummings left Downing Street after a power struggle that shook the Boris Johnson administration.

The Prime Minister’s No. 10 senior advisor with a large box left Friday evening after a bitter dispute that also led to the resignation of Communications Director Lee Kane.

Exit Allies will work to set their notice periods from home with Sir Edward Lister standing as interim chief of staff awaiting a large-scale reshuffle of Mr Johnson’s team.

But why did Johnson’s right man suddenly leave? What does this mean for Number 10? Here’s what we know so far.

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Austria will go into complete lockdown from Tuesday, as the epidemic continues to spread across Europe.

The Austrian government has so far used a lighter touch in dealing with the second wave of coronavirus cases compared to the first.

There is a night curfew in place currently in the country, from 8 pm until 6 am, but stores remain open, while cafes, bars and restaurants are restricted to serving take-out.

These measures failed to stop the infection from accelerating. Daily new cases hit a record 9,586 yesterday – nine times higher than the peak of the first wave.

In response, the country is set to go into full lockdown from Tuesday, with the public demanding to stay home all day with only a few exceptions such as shopping or exercising, according to plans seen by Reuters.

Non-essential stores will be closed, as will service providers such as hairdressers. High schools have already switched to socially distant learning, but schools for younger ages that are still open will do the same while providing childcare when necessary.

Counselor Sebastian Curtis is scheduled to hold a press conference setting out the new restrictions at 3:30 pm today.

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Global update: Germany is prioritizing the care role in launching vaccines

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that workers in nursing homes and the people who care for them will be among the first to receive coronavirus vaccines.

In a weekly video address this morning, Merkel said that workers and residents of nursing homes will “get priority” as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Almost one million Germans live in nursing homes. The country is seeking to buy 100 million doses of a vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its US partner, Pfizer.

Its disease control agency reported another 22,461 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours through Saturday, in addition to an additional 178 deaths.

Since the start of the epidemic, Germany has recorded 773,556 confirmed cases and 12,378 deaths.

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Happy Diwali to all of our readers celebrating during shutdown!

Here’s a message from the mayor of London about why it is important to follow the rules of the Coronavirus while enjoying the celebrations:

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Could Cummings’ exit help reform the government?

MPs and Conservatives felt they had not been “heard” while Dominic Cummings took his role as senior advisor, as former Brexit Minister David Davis had claimed.

Davis told the BBC’s Breakfast that opinions about Cummings within the cabinet were “varied”.

He said, “But this is definitely the case which Parliament felt was not being taken care of.

“Parliament is a shadow of what it was before at the moment anyway. You go there and you have the number of people you can have in a parish council, not a congregation normally because of coronavirus issues.

“However, I think the 1922 Committee felt that it was not being heard, and I think the Conservative Party members felt that they were not being heard.”

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What could mean Cummings leaving the government?

Former Brexit Minister David Davis said a picture of Dominic Cummings leaving Downing Street would help Boris Johnson “reset” the government.

He told BBC Breakfast: “It will last this weekend and people will remember it, but it’s not the key.

“On one level, as I said, Boris will want to reset the government, and in a way, that image is part of the reset for him.”

When asked what the reassign would look like, Mr. Davis said, “Well, the first thing is that there will be some new hires at number 10. He will need a new Chief of Staff who is very competent but not very political. He has to find someone who has no agenda. Of its own.

Second, many of my colleagues in Parliament hope for a new relationship with Parliament. More openness, more interaction with Parliament. “

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The Conservative Party regrets supporting Cummings during the Barnard Castle Expedition

Conservative Rep Crispin Blunt said he should not have supported Dominic Cummings after his controversial trip to Durham and his drive to Barnard Castle led to allegations that he had broken lockdown rules.

When asked by Radio Times whether he was right to support the counselor, Blunt said, “With the benefit of hindsight, No. However, you have to make a call about what is perceived as fair and appropriate in the circumstances, and Boris has called about it.”

He added, “I agreed with him (Cummings) because I saw his behavior consistent with what we were trying to do and what he was trying to do for his family was consistent with trying to protect the wider public and do the right thing for his family. This is an individual case.”

“Obviously, her policies were totally unpleasant, and once they were overthrown by the people, she was a very bad example and seriously undermined, by the great interest she received, confidence in government policy.”

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For those who missed last night’s Covid-secure Children in Need …

Cher, Dolly Parton and Marcus Rashford were among the celebrities who joined Pudsey Bear on BBC Children In Need’s 40th anniversary show last night.

Annual donations were raised without an audience for the first time due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but by the end of the evening they had raised more than £ 37 million.

The annual event, which was first broadcast in 1980, featured pop stars Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, Nile Rodgers and Robbie Williams, as well as composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and fitness guru Joe Wicks.

Pop band Little Mix has also appeared in a comedy show alongside kids’ announcers Dick and Dom. But, their drawing was greeted with concern by some fans due to the notable absence of band member Jesse Nelson.

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