Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Brits face quarantine in Norway and Birmingham lockdown fears as deaths hit 41,397

BRITS travelling to Norway from Sunday will have to quarantine for ten days.

Along with Ireland, Austria and Greece, anyone travelling from the UK will need to self-isolate in the Nordic country after a rise in coronavirus cases.

It comes as the British government continue to decide whether to remove Greece, Turkey and Croatia from their own quarantine list.

But there are problems closer to home after a sharp rise in cases in Birmingham could see them placed into a local lockdown.

The Second City recorded the highest number in the UK, up to 31.7 cases per 100,000 from 19.7 last week.

They now face a lockdown similar to Leicester, with Oldham also on the brink of imposing greater restrictions.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll rose by 16 in the UK on Wednesday, with total fatalities numbering 41,397.

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  • COVID CASES DOUBLE IN BENIDORM

    Party-goers are being blamed for causing a spike in coronavirus cases as infections have doubled in Benidorm.

    The number of cases in the Costa Blanca region increased by 715 over the weekend – the largest rise in the area since the national lockdown ended in June.

    The Spanish government announced last Friday that smoking would be banned in public when a two metre distance could not be guaranteed but Covid-19 cases continued to rise across the region.

    Young people aged between 15-34 now account for nearly half of the new cases (46 per cent) on the Costa Blanca.

    Read more here.

  • PREMIER LEAGUE 'HIT BY 14 COVID CASES FROM 12 CLUBS'

    The Premier League has been hit by 14 new coronavirus cases from 12 different clubs as stars return for pre-season training.

    As The Telegraph reports, there are concerns that the positive tests have come from players returning from holidays abroad.

    Liverpool were one of the sides believed to have recorded one positive test after they landed at their pre-season training camp in Austria on Saturday.

    Eight clubs are still yet to return to training, with Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Wolves among them due to their European commitments.

    Arsenal, Fulham, Burnley and West Brom have also not reported back yet.

    Meanwhile Tottenham, Everton, Southampton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Leeds have all returned.

  • ZAMBIA'S VICE PRESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

    Zambia's Vice President Inonge Mutukwa today tested positive for coronavirus, the presidency said in a statement.

    Mutukwa's condition is said to be stable and is currently in self-isolation at home. 

    “The Vice President has some mild symptoms that are being managed appropriately … She is in high spirits and working virtually …” the statement from the presidency said.

  • LOSS OF SMELL TEST COULD DISTINGUISH CORONAVIRUS FROM COLDS

    The loss of smell which can be a symptom of Covid-19 could be used to distinguish the virus from other infections, such as the common cold or flu, scientists have found.

    A study, involving experts from the University of East Anglia, found the loss of smell for people with coronavirus was “much more profound” than that experienced with other upper respiratory tract infections.

    Lead researcher Professor Carl Philpott, from University East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, said the findings could help with “rapid screening” to separate Covid-19 cases from flu.

  • BIRMINGHAM RECORDS MOST COVID CASES IN UK

    Birmingham has recorded the most coronavirus cases in the country – making the city at a major risk of a local lockdown.

    The city's week-to-week rate of cases per 100,000 has risen from 19.7 to 31.7 in just seven days.

    The city has also recorded 362 new cases in a week – the highest number anywhere in the UK.

  • NORWAY TO IMPOSE 10-DAY QUARANTINE ON PEOPLE COMING FROM UK

    Norway has said it will impose a 10-day quarantine on all people arriving from the UK, Austria, Greece and Ireland from 22 August due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in those countries.

    The Norwegian foreign ministry said in a statement that similar restrictions would be imposed on people coming from the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

  • GERMANY TO GIVE PEOPLE £1,000 A MONTH IN UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME EXPERIMENT

    Researchers in Germany are set to give a group of people about £1,000 a month, no strings attached, as part of a radical experiment into the potential benefits of universal basic income (UBI).

    The idea, which advocates claim could help to tackle poverty and improve wellbeing, has attracted a growing amount of interest during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to help support people through the crisis.

  • SPAIN REPORTS 3,715 NEW COVID CASES IN POST-LOCKDOWN RECORD

    Spain reported 3,715 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday, marking a new daily record since the country came out of a strict lockdown in late June.

    Madrid bore the brunt of the increase, logging 1,535 new cases, followed by the Basque Country and Aragon regions with around 470 new infections each.

    Fourteen people died across Spain in the same period, down from 21 the previous day. In the past seven days, 131 people have died from the virus, the ministry said.

  • ITALIAN WINE TO BE TURNED INTO HAND SANITISING GEL

    The equivalent of 70 million bottles of wine will be turned into sanitising gel. 

    In a move described by one Italian newspaper as “oenological hara-kiri,” around 11 million gallons of wine, will be turned into 92 per cent proof alcohol.

    The closure of bars, restaurants and pubs in Italy and around the world means that Italian vintners cannot sell the wine they produced from last year’s harvest.

    It takes 100 litres of wine to make 10 litres of distilled alcohol. The scheme is being subsidised by the Italian government to the tune of €50 million.

    Elio Pescarmona, director of the 130 year-old Tre Secoli winery in Piedmont said: “We’ve been forced into this by coronavirus emergency. It’s an extreme act, something that nobody likes at all.” 

  • CASES SLOW

    The number of coronavirus infections in the UK rose by 812 today as the rolling seven day average for cases fell for the fourth day in a row.

    Department of Health figures show an average of 1,043 Brits have tested positive for Covid-19 each day in the last seven days — down from a six-week high of 1,097 on August 15.  

  • UK DEATHS UP BY 16

    The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen by 16 to 41,397.

    Another 812 cases were logged, meaning at least 321,098 people have now caught the bug in Britain.

  • FASTER TESTING TRIALLED

    Britain plans to bring in regular, population-wide testing for Covid-19 so it can suppress the spread of the virus and ease restrictions.

    Health minister Matt Hancock said the government was trialling a range of new, faster tests that can give instant results and hoped to roll them out towards the end of the year.

    He told BBC Radio: “The mass testing, population testing, where we make it the norm that people get tested regularly, allowing us therefore to allow some of the freedoms back, is a huge project in government right now.”

    He added:“There are new technologies coming on track which we are buying and testing now.

    “We'll ramp it up certainly over the remainder of this year.”

  • UAE RECORDS ITS HIGHEST DAILY RISE IN CASES

    The United Arab Emirates has recorded its highest daily number of Covid infections in over a month, a day after the health minister warned cases may rise.

    The Gulf Arab state saw 435 infections and one death in the past 24 hours, up from 401 cases on July 12 but short of 473 on July 10.

    The daily infection rate has fallen from a peak of over 900 in late May but the country has seen periodic spikes since, despite a generally falling trend.

    Health minister AbdulRahman Bin Mohammed al-Owais warned yesterday that the number of cases could rise after an “alarming” increase over the previous two weeks.

  • DIET JOKE

    A couple were left raging after being slapped with an £8.20 bar bill for two Diet Cokes with a coronavirus “booking fee”.

    Ron Wiltshire and his wife Margaret were billed the £1 fee each at the Fat Cat in Nottingham despite being walk-in customers.

    They say staff at the bar said the fee was for Covid-19 “track and trace”.

    The shocked couple phoned the pub later and say they were told the charge was for PPE and hand sanitiser.

    They vowed to never return after the “rip off” bill for two small bottles of soft drink.

  • 15 MORE DEATHS IN ENGLAND

    A further 15 people have died from coronavirus in England, meaning 29,480 patients have now died from the bug in English hospitals.

    Patients were aged between 56 and 93 and all had underlying health conditions NHS England confirmed.

  • £2M GRANT FOR SYMPTOM STUDY

    The Government has said it will provide a £2 million grant to support the ZOECovid-19 Symptom Study app.

    The ZOE app, which is separate to the latest incarnation of the NHS test and trace app which launched on a trial basis last week, is regularly used by participants to report on their health, any symptoms that they present, and whether they have tested positive for the virus or not.

    Jonathan Wolf, the CEO of ZOE, said: “The app is an amazing demonstration of the power of large-scale science and the use of machine learning. We have funded the app ourselves so far, and with this funding we can continue the essential work of hotspot detection and research on the long-term risks of Covid.”

  • UEFA'S HOPE

    The Football Association hopes to welcome England fans back to Wembley for October's triple-header.

    UEFA announced on Wednesday that the September international break will go ahead as planned, with the Three Lions set for back-to-back Nations League away fixtures in Iceland and Denmark.

    Those matches will be played behind closed doors but FA chief executive Mark Bullingham is keen to work with the government to allow some supporters in for the three home games the following month.

    He said: “We hope that by our three home games in October there will be some change to that and we would like to get some fans into Wembley then.

    “To what level, we have obviously got to work out with both UEFA and the government – we are not talking about full stadia but we are talking about having some level of crowds back in October as our goal.”

  • 'NO PLANS FOR MASKS AT WORK'

    Ministers are not considering making masks compulsory in England's workplaces, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    French officials are planning to make wearing face coverings compulsory in most work environments as the country faces a rise in cases.

    Asked about the move in France, Mr Hancock told BBC News: “We constantly look at the scientific advice and the answer here is we're not currently considering doing that.

    “The reason is the evidence from NHS Test and Trace for where people catch the disease is that very largely they catch it from one household meeting another household, usually in one of their homes.

    “So it is that household transmission that is the core root of passing on this virus in this country. The amount of people who have caught it in workplaces is relatively low, from the evidence we've got.”

  • NO EXCUSE

    Matt Hancock has said office workers are at a “low risk” of catch coronavirus by heading back to work.

    The Health Secretary today suggested today there was no reason people shouldn't go back to the office as fears over struggling city-centres have continued to grow.

    He said: “The amount of people who have caught it in workplaces is relatively low, we think, from the evidence that we have got.”

  • BURNHAM WANTS WIGAN RESTRICTIONS LOOSENED

    Andy Burnham says he will be writing to the Health Secretary today to ask him to release Wigan from the tougher restrictions but keep them in place in the other nine boroughs.

    However he opposes extra measures in Oldham.

  • TOULOUSE IMPOSES MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE MASKS OUTDOORS

    The Pink City is the first city in France to do so.

  • NIGHT-TIME BUSINESSES FACING CLOSURE IN COMING MONTHS, REPORT WARNS

    Clubs, bars, music venues and others in the “night-time economy” face going out of business without Government support, threatening huge numbers of job losses, a report warns.

    The Night Time Industries Association said three out of five businesses could go bust by September.

    A survey of 361 business suggested four out of five will make staff redundant when the job retention scheme ends in October.

    The association said the night-time economy was one of the few remaining sectors without any clear road map from the Government on when and how it can reopen.

    Chief executive Michael Kill said: “These results feel like the final catastrophic blow to the night-time economy. These businesses cannot fight for their survival for much longer.

    “The sector employs 1.3 million people in the UK and contributes £66 billion a year to the UK economy. Near enough every single business is on a dangerous cliff edge.”

  • WALES CORONAVIRUS LATEST

    There have been no further reported deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, health officials have said.

    The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 1,589.

    Public Health Wales said the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country had increased by 21, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 17,620.

  • COVID SPIKE AT PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS

    According to the Telegraph, 14 cases have been recorded at just 12 clubs.

    This has raised fears about players coming back to pre season from overseas holidays.

  • 34 PEOPLE TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Another 34 people in Northern Ireland have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health.

    The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the virus there is now at 6,505.

    No further deaths with Covid-19 have been reported, meaning the tally stays at 559.

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