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Mark Wright forced to self-isolate with Michelle after Crawley Covid-19 outbreak

Mark Wright is reportedly having to self-isolate at home with his wife Michelle Keegan following an outbreak of coronavirus at his new football team Crawley.

Not long after he made his debut on the pitch for the League Two team, the club has been plunged into crisis with 11 positive Covid-19 cases.

It means the team’s FA Cup match against Bournemouth on Saturday has been postponed.

The outbreak also means that former TOWIE star Mark has to postpone his daily BBC2 fitness show which had been due to start next week.

He will however continue to present his Heart Radio evening show from home.

Mark is self-isolating after a breakout of coronavirus at his football team

Mark’s agent told The Sun : “Mark is of course following all guidelines.

“Consequently he as had to postpone his daily BBC2 fitness show, Workout the Wright Way, by a week, which was due to start next Monday.

“Also will be broadcasting his daily Heart evening radio show from home, which he did last night, until he is allowed out.”

Mark, who turns 34 today, will have to self-isolate for seven days as per government rules.

Former Coronation Street star Michelle paid a sweet tribute to her husband on his birthday.

He'll continue to host his radio show from home
He’ll continue to host his radio show from home

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Sharing happy snaps of them them together on Instagram, she wrote: “Happy birthday to my husband @wrighty_

“You drive me mental and keep me sane at the same time.

“So proud of you for everything you do and the person that you are.

“Can’t wait to celebrate properly with you. X”.

Mark recently opened up about becoming a professional footballer and his fears that no one would take him seriously.

Michelle's birthday tribute to Mark
Michelle’s birthday tribute to Mark

He told Radio Times : “Starting out on a reality TV show does come with a stigma.

“The minute somebody does one, they apparently have no talents. But I beg to differ. It’s not easy to have a camera put in your face and be expected to be entertaining or likeable.

“I love it when people doubt me. It’s like a drug. One of the reasons I went off to work in LA was because people in my own team were telling me not to risk what I had.”

The Mirror has contacted Mark’s representatives for comment.

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COVID-19: UAE travellers to UK must self-isolate for 10 days

A passenger at Terminal 3, Dubai Airport.
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London: Britain removed the United Arab Emirates from its travel corridors list following an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, the UK Department of Transport said on Monday.

From 4am Tuesday, travellers arriving in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the UAE will need to self-isolate for 10 days, the department added.

“The decision has been made following a significant acceleration in the number of imported cases, along with the number of reported new cases over the past seven days, which have risen in the UAE by 52 per cent.” British transport minister Grant Shapps wrote in a tweet that latest data indicated the UAE should immediately be removed from the travel corridor list.

Under existing rules, passengers arriving from all international destinations, including the UAE, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departing for England or Scotland.

The move came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was in “a race against time” to roll out COVID-19 vaccines as deaths hit record highs and hospitals ran out of oxygen, and his top medical adviser said the pandemic’s worst weeks were imminent.

Last week, Abu Dhabi started Phase III clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

On Thursday, Britain said it would extend a ban on travellers entering England from South Africa to other southern African countries to prevent the spread of a variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa.

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Arriving from the UK to Russia must self-isolate for two weeks

The decree entered into force on December 26

Russia has introduced a two-week quarantine for arrivals from the United Kingdom, RBC reports. The corresponding decree of the chief sanitary doctor of Russia Anna Popova was published on the portal of legal information.

“Persons arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the territory of the Russian Federation (with the exception of crew members of an aircraft carrying out air transportation) must comply with the isolation regime at the place of residence (stay) within fourteen calendar days from the date of arrival,” the resolution says …

The requirement came into effect on December 26.

Last week, the UK government announced the detection of a new strain of coronavirus in the country. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it can spread 70% faster. After this statement, more than 30 countries have restricted air traffic with the UK. Russia has suspended flights for a week since December 22.

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Rita Ora flouts lockdown rules again as she fails to isolate after Egypt gig

Rita Ora ‘s week has gone from bad to worse as it’s revealed she flouted strict coronavirus rules for a second time.

The star was left red-faced when she was forced to pay up a £10,000 fine an the “inexcusable” event after she invited hoards of her showbiz pals to her 30th birthday party last month.

After raising eyebrows of many angry fans, Rita was forced to issue a public apology for her “spur of the moment” bash.

But it seems the party wasn’t the only rule the pop star was willing to breach as it’s now been revealed she had flown by private jet to Cairo, Egypt, on November 21 to perform at the five-star W Hotel, and failed to self-isolate on her return to the UK a day later.

Under current government rules, she should have put herself in quarantine for 14 days when she got home.

Rita Ora even posted from within the venue

But instead, Rita was seen arriving at Casa Cruz restaurant in London’s Notting Hill on November 28, where she held her big birthday bash during England’s second country-wide lockdown.

After the pictures emerged from her bash, furious fans hit out on social media prompting Rita to issue an apology.

Rita then took to her Instagram Story, writing: “Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.

“It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.”

Rita was forced to issue a public apology for her “spur of the moment” bash but failed to mention her trip to Egypt

“This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.”

She added: “I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.

“Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.”

Rita has been caught flouting lockdown rules for the second time

The singer offered to pay a £10,000 fine for hosting the bash, but failed to mention her trip to Egypt or breaking a second set of strict rules.

After the latest revelation by the Mail on Sunday of her second lot of lockdown rule breaking, Rita has been forced to make another grovelling apology.

In a statement, she told the publication: “I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company, where my travel party followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry, as required by Egyptian authorities.

Rita was seen arriving at Casa Cruz restaurant in London’s Notting Hill on November 28, where she held her big birthday bash during England’s second country-wide lockdown

“Upon my return to Britain, I should have followed Government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow Government advice and… I apologise again, unreservedly.

“While I realise the apologetic words of a pop star might not carry much weight, especially one who has broken the rules like I have, I do realise some might seek to follow my example.

“My message to them is simple: please don’t. The guilt and shame I’ve carried this week for my mistake aren’t worth it. Instead, continue to listen to the Government advice and the voices of the heroes of the NHS and take the required precautions.

Rita sold merchandise that advised people to stay at home and stop spreading the virus

“I hope to one day make it up to the public who have given me so much support over the years and, in particular, make it up to the heroes of the NHS…In the meantime, I will be donating my fee from Egypt to charity.

“Be better than I have been and learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to learn the hard way yourselves.

“Love, Rita.”

Under current government rules, she should have put herself in quarantine for 14 days when she got home from Egypt

Her latest grovelling apology comes after the venue which held her lockdown-breaking birthday party has been bombarded with one-star reviews following her bash.

It’s reported that so many negative reviews have been posted by people angry about what she’s done that TripAdvisor have had to stop any new reviews.

Meanwhile, Rita has reportedly launched her own investigation into finding who had revealed the details of her 30th birthday celebrations.

Rita is reportedly feeling “humiliated” about her “transgression coming to light”

A source has told The Sun that Rita is looking to follow in the footsteps of Coleen Rooney, who is in a legal battle with Rebekah Vardy, in what has been dubbed the Wagatha Christie trial.

Rita is said to have “game plan” with the view of exposing the person who had exposed her party.

The source said that Rita feels “humiliated” about her “transgression coming to light” and has “agreed to pay a £10,000 fine” if it is issued.

The source has suggested that “her closest confidantes have been getting in her ear” with suggestions that it was someone at her gathering who is responsible for the leak.

The singer issues a grovelling apology to her fans after the first lockdown breach was revealed

They continued to say that a “guilty conscience” or someone who “didn’t make the cut” for the final guest list, may have been the one who betrayed her.

Photos appeared showing police trying to get into the Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London, as the party continued inside on Saturday night.

Model Cara Delevingne was among the guests being seen arriving at the back door of the venue.

The source added that Rita is feeling “paranoid” as the party was “meant to be secret.”

Rita has sparked outrage among fans after she hosted her party

She is upset that someone had made sure that “police and photographers knew it was happening.”

Rita is reportedly “devising a game plan and setting traps” in the hope of finding the whistleblower, much like “Coleen did in the Wagatha Christie drama.”

Humiliated Rita pulled out of an appearance on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show, which aired this weekend, and police have reportedly taken CCTV equipment from the restaurant as they investigate the alleged lockdown breach.

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Boris Johnson must self-isolate after being in touch with someone who has tested positive for Covid 


Boris Johnson SELF-ISOLATES after holding a 35-minute meeting with MP who later tested positive for Covid – even though PM already had the virus once

  • Boris Johnson held a meeting with a group of MPs including Lee Anderson
  • Mr Anderson later tested positive after developing symptoms of Covid-19
  • Mr Johnson has no symptoms and will continue to work from Downing Street
  • The PM nearly died during his battle with coronavirus earlier this year

Boris Johnson must self isolate after being in touch with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister held a 35-minute meeting with a group of MPs including Lee Anderson who later tested positive for the virus.

Mr Johnson has no symptoms of Covid-19 and will continue to work from Downing Street, his official spokesperson said. 

The PM nearly died during his battle with coronavirus earlier this year. 

Intensive care doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London plied Mr Johnson with ‘litres and litres’ of oxygen as his chances of survival balanced on a knife-edge.

News of Mr Johnson’s isolation came one day before the Government’s big relaunch on Monday after the last few days brought political chaos to Downing Street.

Events culminated in the PM’s Svengali Dominic Cummings dramatically carrying his belongings out the front door of No10 in a cardboard box following a brutal reckoning that saw his closest ally Lee Cain fall on his sword, having failed to secure the key role of Mr Johnson’s chief of staff.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson must self isolate after being in touch with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ashfield MP Mr Anderson – part of Mr Johnson’s Red Wall who helped him win the 2019 general election – wrote on Facebook this evening: ‘Isolating.

‘On Friday I lost my sense of taste at the same time my wife had a bad headache. I had no cough, no fever and felt well. We both had a test on Saturday and the result came in Sunday morning.

‘My wife and I both tested positive. I feel absolutely fine and my biggest concern is my wife who is in the shielded group. But we are both feeling good.’

Under Government guidelines, those who come in to contact with people who test positive must isolate for 14 days.

The Prime Minister was informed he had come into contact with an infected person via the NHS Test and Trace app. 

A spokesperson for the PM said: ‘The Prime Minister has today been notified by NHS Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating.

‘He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19.’ 



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Strictly in chaos as Motsi Mabuse announces she has to isolate due to ‘urgent trip’ to Germany


Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has been pictured flying home to Germany for an ‘essential’ trip that has resulted in her having to quarantine for two weeks. 

The show judge wore a protective mask as she made her way across a Heathrow airport terminal at 1:30pm clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result. 

While the purpose of her trip to Germany, where she owns a home and runs a dance school, is yet to be clarified, the 39-year old has since confirmed it was for an ‘urgent reason.’ 

Flying: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has been pictured flying home to Germany for an ‘essential’ trip that has resulted in her having to quarantine for two weeks

Strictly Come Dancing has been thrown into chaos after Motsi Mabuse announced she has to self isolate for the next 14 days

Strictly Come Dancing has been thrown into chaos after Motsi Mabuse announced she has to self isolate for the next 14 days

UK lockdown rules prohibit international travel except in ‘limited circumstances such as for work or for education’.   

Guidelines say ‘people who live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between their country of residence and the UK at least once a week’ do not have to isolate.   

In accordance with government guidelines she will be self isolating now that she has retuned to England, with insiders saying Anton Du Beke will fill in for her on Strictly while she’s at home. 

The announcement comes just hours after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones had to withdraw from the competition because the professional dancer contracted COVID-19.    

Staying safe: The show judge wore a protective mask as she made her way across a London airport terminal clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result

Staying safe: The show judge wore a protective mask as she made her way across a London airport terminal clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result

Necessary: While the purpose of her trip to Germany is yet to be clarified, the 39-year old has since confirmed it was for an 'urgent reason'

Necessary: While the purpose of her trip to Germany is yet to be clarified, the 39-year old has since confirmed it was for an 'urgent reason'

Necessary: While the purpose of her trip to Germany is yet to be clarified, the 39-year old has since confirmed it was for an ‘urgent reason’

Chaos: The judges isolation is another blow to Strictly following the departure of same sex couple Katya Jones and Nicola Adams

Chaos: The judges isolation is another blow to Strictly following the departure of same sex couple Katya Jones and Nicola Adams 

Motsi took to Instagram on Thursday to tell fans she would not join Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood at the studios on Saturday, after having to travel back to Germany for an ‘urgent trip’. 

She wrote:: ‘Hi Guys- earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days. 

‘I’ll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms. Watch out though, I’ll be doing my own hair and make-up!’

According to The Sun, bosses are planning to give Anton his time to shine in the judging seat after 16-years on the show, but the final decision is yet to be made.

The BBC told MailOnline: ‘Motsi will feature virtually in this weekend’s show. Further information on this weekend’s judging panel will be announced in due course. 

Here she comes: Motsi was pictured arriving at the airport with a travel case at around 1:30pm

Here she comes: Motsi was pictured arriving at the airport with a travel case at around 1:30pm

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  • As of November 5th residents are advise to stay at home except for specific purposes, such as essential work, travel, education, volunteering and shopping
  • You must not meet with another person socially or undertake any indoor activities with another person
  • You can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person
  • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked funeral ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance
  • If you live in England, you are advised to stay at home and avoid travel in the UK or overseas, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons 
  • To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home should do so until lockdown restrictions are lifted    

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His time to shine? It is reported Anton Du Beke will fill in for her while she's gone (pictured last month)

His time to shine? It is reported Anton Du Beke will fill in for her while she’s gone (pictured last month)

The South African dancer, who lives with her husband Evgenij Voznyuk and daughter, two, in Germany – where she runs a dance school, usually flies between the two countries while appearing on Strictly. 

The judge’s announcement comes hours after Katya, 31, was stunned to learn she’s tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms, and told bosses that she hasn’t been mixing with others as she lives alone and has been training for up to 14 hours a day. 

A source close to Nicola told MailOnline: ‘She’s hoping her Strictly dream is not over. 

‘There’s lots of hurdles to overcome but if it’s possible she can compete with Katya in the 2021 series, Nicola will want to make it happen.’

Disaster: Nicola and Katya had to withdraw from the competition because the professional dancer contracted COVID-19

Disaster: Nicola and Katya had to withdraw from the competition because the professional dancer contracted COVID-19 

It's over! Katya was stunned to learn she's tested positive as she didn't display any symptoms (pictured last month)

It’s over! Katya was stunned to learn she’s tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms (pictured last month)

While the Strictly cast have been in social bubbles, they are allowed to continue their daily business as normal, so this news has cast doubt on whether bosses will tighten rules on what couples can do between filming.

A Strictly representative confirmed to MailOnline that bosses are not launching an investigation into how Katya contracted the virus as there is no way to indicate where she may have caught it. 

They added that as the dancer lives alone and has only been leaving her house to train, she hasn’t been socialising with others. 

It is understood that a number of crew members have also been forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with Katya. But the rest of the cast are said to be unaffected and the live show will go ahead this Saturday night, the BBC said. 

This also means that the Strictly final next month will feature just four couples instead of the planned five.

'My hero': Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple's exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her 'heart is broken', before paying tribute to her partner

‘My hero’: Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner

Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner.

Writing alongside a selfie of the pair, the dancer wrote: ‘My heart is broken I’m utterly gutted this Special journey had to end this way and you don’t get to give more .

You are a woman who didn’t need a hero, you became one. Definitely my hero.

To everyone, thank you for your tremendous support and we will keep dancing for you guys one way or another. 

Meanwhile, please stay safe everybody. And to all my friends who’re still in the show- go for it!’

Making a comeback: The Olympian hopes to return next year alongside Katya and compete for the Glitterball as the show's first same sex couple

Making a comeback: The Olympian hopes to return next year alongside Katya and compete for the Glitterball as the show’s first same sex couple

Devastated: Katya took to her Stories to share a video on a forest walk with Nicola

Devastated: Katya took to her Stories to share a video on a forest walk with Nicola

Upset: She filmed the boxer walking and added a red love heart emoji

Role model: The Olympian had made history by starring in the first same sex couple

Upset: She filmed the boxer walking and added a red love heart emoji

Nicola hopes to return next year alongside Katya after they made history by competing together for the Glitterball as the show’s first same sex pairing. 

If Nicola appears in next year’s series, she will be the second ever star to return, after Jamie Lang, who was allowed to a second chance to star in this year’s Strictly after injury ruled him out of the 2019 series. 

However, the Made In Chelsea favourite did not feature in any shows, unlike Nicola who has survived two vote offs.

Last Sunday, Nicola and Katya were in the bottom two but were saved after judges chose ex-NFL star Jason Bell to leave the competition. 

Strictly’s ‘bubble’ system 

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.

Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.

In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household. 

This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles. 

Tragic: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya's departure in a statement they posted on social media

Tragic: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya’s departure in a statement they posted on social media

A Strictly spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that Katya is asymptomatic and the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.  

Nicola said in a statement: ‘Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for! 

‘But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience. 

‘I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help. 

‘I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!’

Gutted: Nicola shared a montage of her favourite moments during her time on Strictly

Gutted: Nicola shared a montage of her favourite moments during her time on Strictly

Sad: 'I'm gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe'

Sad: ‘I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe’

'You made history': Claudia Winkleman and It Takes Two's Zoe Ball shared their condolences

‘You made history’: Claudia Winkleman and It Takes Two’s Zoe Ball shared their condolences 

Katya said: ‘Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition. 

‘Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!’

Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing Executive Producer added: ‘We are incredibly sad that these unfortunate circumstances mean that Nicola and Katya are unable to continue on Strictly. 

‘They are a brilliant partnership and had already achieved so much during their time on the show. 

‘We’d like to thank them for their commitment and although their time in the competition has sadly come to an end we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for them to dance again in the future.’ 

Nicola and Katya’s pairing made history as it was the first time in the show’s 16-year history a celebrity and professional partner of the same gender would be competing together.

It was announced in September that Nicola would be in the first same-sex pairing on the BBC show, as she said in a statement: ‘It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.’

Speaking live from her home on BBC Breakfast, Nicola said of her groundbreaking all-female pairing: ‘It’s really important, it’s a big step for the show as well.

‘It’s nice to see we’ve been able to move on and I just can’t wait to get some dancing done really.’

How is Strictly 2020 going ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Strictly Come Dancing has introduced an array of strict measures to ensure the new series can go ahead during the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

Bosses have already confirmed any celebrity that tests positive once the series begins will be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by.

The professional dancers have already pre-recorded their group performances after isolating together in a hotel.

It’s also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show’s annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year’s Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns. 

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles. 

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

To ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will ‘bubble up’ to train, along with being tested regularly. 

Strictly will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in groups on separate tables, and will only attend if from the same household or bubble.

Revealing she approached Strictly with the idea for a same-sex pairing, Nicola explained: ‘I asked the show about it.

‘They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said “yeah I’ll do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.'”

‘It’s definitely a time for change and time to move on and be more diverse. This is a brilliant step in the right direction.

‘It will be nice for the LGBT community to be able to see that there are same sex couples on the show as well.’ 

Following the news about Nicola appearing on the show in a female partnership, the BBC defended having a same-sex pairing after more than 100 people complained.

Controversial: The decision to include a same-sex pairing led to 100 complaints from viewers, which led BBC to defend the decision

Controversial: The decision to include a same-sex pairing led to 100 complaints from viewers, which led BBC to defend the decision 

In a statement the corporation said the competition is an ‘inclusive show’ and they are ‘proud’ to have had same-sex numbers in previous series.

The BBC said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

‘We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.’

‘Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.’

Nicola and Katya’s Best Moments 

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones made history when they became the show’s first ever same-sex pairing.

Their partnership was announced during the launch show last month, with Katya gushing: ‘I think the beauty of this partnership is… it’s never been done before on Strictly. So, basically, we’re free to do what we want, there’s not really any set rules!’

For their first dance Nicola and Katya danced the quickstep to Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald, earning a solid score of 21 points out of 30.

The duo were praised as ‘absolute dynamite’ and a ‘fantastic partnership,’ with many viewers moved to tears at the sight of a same-sex pairing on the show.

Week Two saw Nicola and Katya dance a Couples’ Choice to Shine by Years & Years, which documented the sports star’s journey to boxing success.

They scored 24 points out of 30, with the performance praised for ‘letting go’ and telling the story of Nicola’s life.

Nicola and Katya’s final dance came during Movie Week, with the pair dancing a Jive to Greased Lightnin from Grease, scoring just 19 points out of 30.

The score left them second-bottom on the leaderboard, and they were forced to compete with Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk in the dance-off, but they were saved by the judges after performing their jive for the second time.

Last year male professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed a same sex routine during the show’s seventeenth series.

While the dance – conducted during a performance by pop star Emeli Sande – was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response on social media, it prompted 200 complaints with TV regulator Ofcom.

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.

Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.

In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household. 

This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles.

Keeping a low profile? The pair were last seen after Tuesday's episode of It Takes Two, attempting to hide away

Keeping a low profile? The pair were last seen after Tuesday’s episode of It Takes Two, attempting to hide away 

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

It was confirmed before the series began that if any celebrity tested positive once the series began they would be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by. 

It’s also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show’s annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year’s Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns.

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements. 

This isn’t the first time, the show has been blighted with coronavirus concerns. 

Days before the series began, there had been doubts over whether singer HRVY would be able to compete, as he tested positive for coronavirus.  

A source previously said his positive test was ‘the worst-case scenario for Strictly, as they’ve gone to extreme lengths to make the show safe up to this point’.

A spokesman for the show insisted all celebrities on the show are ‘tested regularly’ and claimed that the positive test has had ‘minimal impact on production’.

After it was announced HRVY had coronavirus, he tweeted: ‘Morning guys, just a little thought. I’m only 21 and in good health so it just shows that being young doesn’t make you invincible, so make sure you wear a mask please, have a good day.’

Weeks before, a crew member also contracted coronavirus.

A spokesman for Strictly told MailOnline : ‘We can confirm that a member of the Strictly team has tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating at home following the latest government guidelines. 

Recovered: Days before the series began, there had been doubts over whether singer HRVY would be able to compete, as he tested positive for coronavirus

Recovered: Days before the series began, there had been doubts over whether singer HRVY would be able to compete, as he tested positive for coronavirus

‘We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.

‘We briefed that we are still in pre-production and all celebs are tested regularly. We said we would not reveal the name of individual for private health reasons but they are feeling well.

‘We also briefed that the celeb will be taking part in the launch show (pending a negative test result) and that they only came into contact with a handful of production crew, who were then isolated and tested, therefore minimal impact on production.’ 

In a recent Q and A, executive producer Sarah James shed light on the show’s contingency plans in light of the pandemic and insisted she’s ‘confident’ the competition series will go ahead even if the current coronavirus restrictions change.  

Comeback king: The only other star to ever return to the show is Jamie Lang, who was allowed to a second chance to star in this year’s Strictly after injury ruled him out of the 2019 series

Comeback king: The only other star to ever return to the show is Jamie Lang, who was allowed to a second chance to star in this year’s Strictly after injury ruled him out of the 2019 series

Sarah said: ‘Obviously according to government guidelines if you receive a positive test you have to isolate for two weeks and that would unfortunately rule them out of the show.’

Explaining their use of the bubble system to ensure couples can train and perform, she added: ‘Close contact cohorts (CCC) apply to people who need to work closely and break social distancing rules to do their jobs. It has to only be with one person and you are regularly tested.

‘We are asking the celebrity contestants to be part of an exclusive support bubble with their dancers, which means that one half of the party has to live alone.’

The professionals spent two weeks in September isolating in a Buckinghamshire hotel so they could rehearse the group numbers.  

The news of Katya’s positive test comes hours after Rylan Clark-Neal revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate. 

The presenter, 32, tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and after seeking a test has tested negative himself. 

Rylan has co-hosted It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on alternate days this series, with the pair unable to host the show together due to strict social distancing measures.

He posted: ‘I found out this week that someone I have been in recent contact with outside of work has tested positive for coronavirus. I am therefore now following the government guidelines and having to self isolate. 

‘I have sought a COVID test and thankfully that has returned a negative result. 

‘That does mean I will miss the next two weeks of Strictly It Takes Two and my BBC Radio 2 Saturday show. 

‘I look forward to being back soon and wish all the couples good luck for this weekend.’ 

Break: Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed he'll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate

Break: Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate

Rylan later clarified that he paid to have a test done privately to ensure there was ‘no immediate risk’ to anyone in his work bubble during Strictly filming.

The star’s isolation also means he’ll be unable to present his Saturday show on BBC Radio 2.

Government guidelines state anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoe would host the show Mondays through Wednesdays, with Rylan taking over the duties on Thursdays and Fridays.  

Rylan had previously praised Strictly bosses for breaking boundaries by introduced the show’s first ever same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

He described how the show’s inclusive approach is a great step towards embracing the LGBTQ community.

He told MailOnline: ‘It’s really exciting, but I think it will be like Dancing On Ice with Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers, in the sense that they were a great addition, but after the first week, their same-sex pairing became the norm. 

All is well: The presenter tweeted a statement telling fans he'd come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

All is well: The presenter tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

‘It’s never been done before on Strictly so it’s going to be a big deal and I think it’s a really good step towards normalising it.

‘There are female couples all over Britain, there are male couples all over Britain. I think it’s just reflecting society and I think it’s a great thing to be doing, so good luck to the pair of them!

‘She [Nicola] will be treated like every other contestant and that’s how it should be. I think it’s a really massive step forward.’ 

The rest of the Strictly cast are unaffected and the show will continue this Saturday night on BBC One. 

Dynamic duo: Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Dynamic duo: Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic



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Michelle Keegan forced to self-isolate for 2 weeks after exposure to coronavirus


Michelle Keegan has been self-isolating for 14 days after being exposed to Covid-19.

The actress, 33, who luckily did not contract the deadly bug, came in contact with the virus during a photo shoot that took place in Manchester last month, according to reports.

Former Coronation Street star Michelle – who is currently filming series three of Sky’s Brassic – had to take a break from her work commitments and stay home in Essex as she followed government guidelines put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to MailOnline the beauty only “missed one day of filming” and an insider added that show’s filming schedule was not affected “too much.”

A source told the outlet: “Michelle had to take time away from the Brassic set once again and has been laying low in Essex with her husband Mark Wright.

Michelle Keegan has been self-isolating for 14 days after being exposed to Covid-19

“She only missed one day of filming. But she needed to isolate after she came into contact with someone in Manchester who had it.

“Luckily it all happened very quickly and Michelle did not return to the Brassic set before isolating. So it didn’t affect filming too much.”

Mirror Online have contacted a representative for Michelle for comment.

Michelle and her reality TV husband Mark Wright have been using her time at home to prepare their home for Christmas.

On Sunday Mark, 33, took to his Instagram to share the process with fans as the couple transformed their enormous Essex mansion into a winter wonderland.

Michelle as Erin Croft on Brassic

The genetically-blessed duo put a huge tree up in their hallway – decorated with giant red and white baubles, lollypop and peppermint candy cane ornaments – and dressed their entrance way with metres of lights.

The couple opted for a huge festive archway which stretched up and over the top of their front door – making the home a real festive spectacle.

Two life-size nutcrackers guarded the entranceway with presents at their feet.

Michelle came into contact with the bug last month

Over the weekend the beauty transformed her Essex home for Christmas

Sharing a video of the transformation to Instagram, Mark wrote: “Christmas has come early in our house! Had an absolute mare with the tree, then we got it right.”

Michelle also posted shared a snap of the front of the house from the driveway.

She penned on Instagram: “The festivities have started early.

“It’s 2020, and the rules have gone out the window!! Pass me the mulled wine.”





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Travelers to New York from TODAY can isolate for just four days if they provide a negative test


New York’s new policy comes into force today allowing travelers arriving in the state to isolate for just four days so long as they provide a negative COVID test before entering. 

People entering the Empire State must provide a negative coronavirus test three days before their arrival, followed by a second negative test four days after arriving if they want to avoid a two-week mandatory quarantine.

Between their arrival and the second negative test travelers must isolate but once the second test comes back negative they are free to move around the state. 

However, if the traveler fails to follow the new testing rules, they will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new rule Saturday to take effect from Wednesday providing a more amenable alternative to the previous rule of a two-week mandatory quarantine for all travelers from hotspot states.  

Cuomo’s office confirmed to DailyMail.com that the rules also apply to New York residents returning to the state from vacation, meaning residents face the difficult task of finding a testing site on holiday in order to comply with the rules in order to avoid quarantine.  

Passengers arrive into JFK Airport last month. New York’s new policy comes into force today allowing travelers arriving in the state to isolate for just four days if they provide a negative COVID test before entering

Cuomo announced Saturday he was scrapping the state’s current list that requires residents of most other US states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York.

Under the new rules, out-of-state travelers must follow the new process and test negative twice for the virus.  

Travelers from neighboring states New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts as well as essential workers continue to be exempt from the rules. 

Also exempt are travelers who have been out of the state for less than 24 hours. 

These travelers do not need to quarantine but must still test negative on day four.    

‘We have to come up with a new policy for quarantine and I said last week that we were working with global health experts on a new policy,’ the governor said Saturday. 

‘And all the experts suggest we shift to a testing policy. And that’s what we’re going to do.’

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new rule Saturday to take effect from Wednesday providing a more amenable alternative to the previous rule of a two-week mandatory quarantine for all travelers from hotspot states

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new rule Saturday to take effect from Wednesday providing a more amenable alternative to the previous rule of a two-week mandatory quarantine for all travelers from hotspot states

He said the new testing policy for out-of-town arrivals was based on the fact it can take up to seven days for COVID-19 to appear on a test from the time that the person was initially infected.  

‘Four days plus three days is seven days and that’s basically by all probability the incubation period and that’s the policy,’ he said.  

Based on this theory, it remains unclear why travelers cannot take a test on day one of arriving into New York and again on day seven, amounting to the same testing process but a less punitive seven-day rather than 14-day quarantine.  

DailyMail.com has reached out to the governor’s office for comment.   

The sweeping reform replaces the state’s quarantine list of states where travelers were required to quarantine for 14 days if arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The number of states on the list has ballooned of late, with 41 states currently on the list as cases surge across America.

New York state - once the virus epicenter - has the third lowest positivity rate of all states with a rate of 1.81 percent. Pictured the state's seven-day average case count

New York state – once the virus epicenter – has the third lowest positivity rate of all states with a rate of 1.81 percent. Pictured the state’s seven-day average case count 

Cuomo announced another uptick in cases in New York Tuesday, something he blamed on the surge in other parts of the US. 

‘New York State’s progress is threatened by national surge in cases – we must remain NY Tough,’ he said.

Cuomo announced 14 new deaths from coronavirus and 2,321 cases. 

The ongoing rise comes as double the number of New Yorkers tested positive for the virus in October than in September, with almost 50,000 infections recorded last month.  

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that ‘huge restrictions’ could be on the horizon for the Big Apple after what he described as a ‘meaningful jump’ in infections.  

The growth in New York is indicative of the nationwide trend, with the US recording its five highest days of cases on record in the days running up to the election.  

On Friday, 99,321 new cases were recorded nationwide, marking the highest single day tally of infections for both America and any country worldwide. 

New York state – once the virus epicenter – has the third lowest positivity rate of all states with a rate of 1.81 percent. 



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University students could be forced to self-isolate before and after Christmas


Students are facing a nightmare before and after Christmas this year with ministers planning to force them into two periods of self-isolation this winter, according to reports.

In a rushed bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus from university cities to more rural areas, ministers are said to be drawing up plans to order students to isolate in their halls of residence before leaving for the winter break.

They will then be ordered to carry out a second period of isolation before they return to their universities, according to The Times.

Ministers are in a race against time to prepare the plans, with some universities breaking for Christmas as early as December 7, and are said to be working with vice-chancellors in order to give them enough time to prepare. 

It comes as halls of residence at the University of Oxford have been placed in lockdown due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. 

University College has told all students at accommodation in North Oxford to stay within their households.

This is the second Oxbridge college to go into lockdown, after Homerton College in Cambridge. 

Yesterday, there were 26,888 infections reported across the UK yesterday – the first week-on-week fall in a month – with 310 deaths were recorded from Covid-19. 

Ministers are said to be drawing up plans to order students to isolate in their halls of residence before leaving for the winter break. Pictured: Students put up signs in their window during isolation earlier this year

It also comes as two universities, Durham and De Montfort in Leicester (pictured), have reportedly began trials to test asymptomatic Britons, with the Department of Health and Social Care

It also comes as two universities, Durham and De Montfort in Leicester (pictured), have reportedly began trials to test asymptomatic Britons, with the Department of Health and Social Care

The trials will help uncover those with the virus, who are not displaying symptoms - who can quickly spread the virus

The trials will help uncover those with the virus, who are not displaying symptoms – who can quickly spread the virus 

New leaked SAGE ‘worst case scenario’ predicts 85,000 COVID second wave deaths and argues a lockdown will be needed until MARCH 

Scientists increased pressure for a tougher national lockdown last night amid suggestions that up to 85,000 could die in a second wave of coronavirus.

The new ‘worst case’ scenario came in a leaked Sage committee paper as government-commissioned research claimed nearly one million in England are currently infected.

The study warned the country was at a ‘critical stage’ in the second wave and urgent action was needed to get the R number below one.

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from scientists for a national ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown or a return to the kind of restrictions the country faced in spring.

The newly-revealed document claims that late February next year would see deaths peak at around 800 a day, with the potential for 25,000 in hospital at the worst part of the peak and as many as 5,000 in intensive care in England by March, The Spectator reported.

It emerged yesterday that ministers were given an analysis by Sage suggesting the second wave could be deadlier than the first, with many in the group of scientists believing the Government needs to take drastic action now.

The revelations came as a new Imperial College study found nearly 100,000 Britons are getting infected with coronavirus every day, according to results of the surveillance study that suggests the UK is hurtling towards a second peak that could rival the first.

Experts behind the research warned cases were just weeks away from surpassing levels seen during the darkest days of the pandemic in March and April. Previous projections have estimated there were slightly more than 100,000 daily cases in spring, which led to over 40,000 deaths in the first wave.

The latest official study, released last night, was conducted by Imperial College London researchers and based on random swab testing of 86,000 across England between October 16 and 25.

It found the spread of the virus accelerated dramatically in the past fortnight, with the number of new cases doubling every nine days. The national R rate is almost 1.6.

It also comes as two universities, Durham and De Montfort in Leicester, have reportedly began trials to test asymptomatic Britons, with the Department of Health and Social Care.  

Meanwhile, top ministers believe they can get the UK’s devolved authorities on-board with plans for the winter break, according to The Times

Thousands of students leave England to study in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with many undergraduates also coming the other way.

Because of this, it is understood top officials in all of the devolved authorities want consensus on the so-called ‘controls’.

Last night, government officials reportedly accepted measures would need to be in place before and after the Christmas break, but did not give further details.

It comes after more than 1,500 students at Manchester Met University (MMU) were asked not to leave their flats and self-isolate after a coronavirus outbreak at its accommodation blocks.

The lockdown sparked fury, with many teenagers and young adults, being locked in their halls having just moved their – often their first experience of living away from home. 

Students at the Birley and Cambridge Halls went into lockdown following an outbreak of 127 Covid cases.

Students reportedly said they only found out when security staff at the gates told them they couldn’t leave, and a few days later they were told the lockdown was optional.

Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students, said many students in lockdowns had been left struggling to access food and wellbeing resources – with universities disputing this, saying they had put measures in place.   

The latest discussion by top government officials comes after plans put forward by Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19 at the Christmas break reportedly went down ‘incredibly badly’ with vice-chancellors.

Ms Donelan is said to have proposed forcing students to isolate in their halls of residence and privately rented accommodation from December 8 to December 22.

But vice-chancellors are reportedly said to have raised fears of having to ‘imprison’ students in their halls – having seen students locked down during the outbreak at MMU. 

The proposals come after a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) group called for measures to be put in place ahead of the winter break. 

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the UK’s national statistician and a member of SAGE, said the country faced a ‘moment of danger’ if no measures were in place when students return home for Christmas.

Currently, cities in the north-west, all of which have universities, are some of the worst hit for coronavirus.

Liverpool, which has four universities, and Manchester, which has five, are both under the toughest Tier 3 restrictions.

Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students, said many students in lockdowns had been left struggling to access food and wellbeing resources - with universities disputing this, saying they had put measures in place. Pictured: Students in isolation put signs on their windows

Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students, said many students in lockdowns had been left struggling to access food and wellbeing resources – with universities disputing this, saying they had put measures in place. Pictured: Students in isolation put signs on their windows

NHS role during coronavirus crisis has inspired a rise of student medics as applications jump 21 per cent on last year 

The heroics of NHS doctors during the coronavirus pandemic has helped inspire record numbers to apply to study medicine.

Applications for medicine courses jumped 21 per cent compared to last year, the University and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) has revealed.

Its figures show that 28,690 people have applied to study medicine in 2021, with increases in applicants from all four countries of the UK.

Ucas chief executive Clare Marchant said: ‘The inspirational work of the NHS, particularly during 2020, will have undoubtedly encouraged students to apply for medicine courses, and it’s heartening that so many want to be part of the recovery as we emerge from the pandemic.’

Applications from students outside of the EU for medicine courses have also risen, but applications from EU students have dropped by 15%, from 1,680 this time last year to 1,430.

Overall, 76,940 people have applied for all degree courses with an October 15 deadline, up 12% on last year, the admissions service added.

A record 2,800 18-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have applied.

Meanwhile, international applicants from outside the EU have increased by 20% to 17,510, while EU applicants have fallen to 5,220, from 6,480 last year.

Ms Marchant added: ‘It’s great news to see students aim high and aspire to a future beyond the current limits of Covid with their choices for next year.

‘The marked increase in students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds applying is especially welcome, particularly as universities are ready to use the contextual data available to them when considering applications.’

A Universities UK (UUK) spokesman said: ‘Despite the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic, the appetite to continue learning is stronger than ever across the UK, with individuals recognising the value of a university education.

‘It is particularly pleasing to see the growth in applicants for medicine.’

There are fears that students from more rural areas, many of which are currently in the lowest Tier 1 category, could bring the virus back, creating local outbreaks.  

Meanwhile, scientists increased pressure for a tougher national lockdown last night amid suggestions that up to 85,000 could die in a second wave of coronavirus.

The new ‘worst case’ scenario came in a leaked Sage committee paper as government-commissioned research claimed nearly one million in England are currently infected.

The study warned the country was at a ‘critical stage’ in the second wave and urgent action was needed to get the R number below one.

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from scientists for a national ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown or a return to the kind of restrictions the country faced in spring.

The newly-revealed document claims that late February next year would see deaths peak at around 800 a day, with the potential for 25,000 in hospital at the worst part of the peak and as many as 5,000 in intensive care in England by March, The Spectator reported.

It emerged yesterday that ministers were given an analysis by Sage suggesting the second wave could be deadlier than the first, with many in the group of scientists believing the Government needs to take drastic action now.

The revelations came as a new Imperial College study found nearly 100,000 Britons are getting infected with coronavirus every day, according to results of the surveillance study that suggests the UK is hurtling towards a second peak that could rival the first.

Experts behind the research warned cases were just weeks away from surpassing levels seen during the darkest days of the pandemic in March and April. Previous projections have estimated there were slightly more than 100,000 daily cases in spring, which led to over 40,000 deaths in the first wave.

The latest official study, released last night, was conducted by Imperial College London researchers and based on random swab testing of 86,000 across England between October 16 and 25.

It found the spread of the virus accelerated dramatically in the past fortnight, with the number of new cases doubling every nine days. The national R rate is almost 1.6.

Meanwhile,  two universities, Durham and De Montfort in Leicester, have reportedly began trials to test asymptomatic Britons, with the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The antigen tests, which use swabs or saliva samples, are designed to identify those who have coronavirus, who do not display symptoms. 

They hope such a test would allow those who test negative to carry on their lives as normal. 

Coronavirus second wave has claimed the lives of just 17 victims under 40: Official figures show the disease is 100 times as deadly for the oldest victims as it is for the young 

Fewer than 20 people aged under 40 have died with coronavirus since the second wave began.

Official figures reveal the disease is now 100 times as deadly for the oldest in society as for the young, and that increased infections among children and young adults has not led to their hospitalisations or deaths.

And including deaths in private homes as well as hospitals, only 17 people under 40 died with Covid between the end of August and the middle of this month.

The latest NHS update published yesterday showed that just one person under the age of 20, and another 13 under 40, have died with coronavirus in English hospitals since the start of September.

By contrast, 1,425 patients over 80 have died over the same period, along with another 1,093 aged between 60 and 79.

It means the elderly account for a staggering 94 per cent of hospital deaths this time round.

Wider figures from the Office for National Statistics covering all deaths across the UK tell the same story, with just 247 deaths among working-age people since the end of summer compared with 2,026 among pensioners.

They cover a slightly shorter period than the NHS figures.

It will put fresh pressure on ministers to avoid a new nationwide lockdown that could lead to other deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease going untreated, and further damage young people’s mental health and job prospects.

Last night cancer consultant Prof Karol Sikora said: ‘On the whole, it is not a young person’s illness, healthy young people especially.

‘But they are playing the societal price in terms of education, university and social activities, and they will be paying the bill one day because the old people won’t be there.

It’s a matter of balance and we’ve not got it right. It’s really important we don’t throw all the resources at Covid.’

And Conservative backbencher Steve Baker – who led a rebellion against the Government’s imposition of Covid restrictions – said: ‘These data show vividly that we need a Plan B to rescue our economy and our family lives before we run out of road.

In my experience, people want to do their duty but they are going to be wondering why so much of their future is going to be sacrificed in the circumstances.’

Data from researchers and official bodies showed that Covid-19 death rates among the young were low when the pandemic first hit in the spring, and that they are lower still despite concern over pub-goers, holidaymakers and protesters spreading infection over the summer.

The latest daily NHS figures show that of the 2,677 patients who have died with the virus in English hospitals between September 1 and this Tuesday, only 14 – half of 1 per cent – were aged under 40.

By contrast, 52 per cent were over 80. More detailed ONS figures tell the same story.

Including deaths in private homes as well as hospitals, only 17 people under 40 died with Covid between the weeks ending August 28 and October 16, just 0.8 per cent of the 2,061 total across England and Wales. The over-70s accounted for 1,701 deaths – 82 per cent of the total.

Those aged between 80 and 84 had the highest death numbers – 404 since the second wave began – in line with this newspaper revealing earlier this month that the average age of a Covid victim is 82.4.

Statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter, of Cambridge University, said: ‘Age is the overwhelmingly most important factor when it comes to the risk of dying from Covid.

‘Young people have always got the virus more than older people, but that hasn’t translated into hospitalisations and death.’

 



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Salary advance to Olymel employees who must self-isolate while awaiting the test result


Olymel employees at Vallée-Jonction allegedly failed to report symptoms of the coronavirus before entering work, which prompted the company to give, from now on, a salary advance to its workers who must isolate themselves while awaiting the result of a test.

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This measure is part of an action plan put forward by Olymel to overcome the coronavirus outbreak in its Beauceronne pig slaughter and cutting plant, where 114 workers were diagnosed positively in Wednesday date, four more than the day before.

“Public Health has informed us that there are people […] who, like other companies and organizations elsewhere, were not reporting their symptoms. Most do, but Public Health has told us that one of the explanations for (sic) the outbreak could be it, ”said Richard Vigneault, spokesperson for Olymel.

A hypothesis “

Asked about the impact this may have had on the outbreak, Mr. Vigneault preferred to speak of a “hypothesis”.

Note that workers placed in isolation after receiving confirmation of their diagnosis already had salary insurance.

“This is a measure that we believe and Public Health believes will promote symptom reporting and then the initiative to get tested, and Olymel will pay for these tests. “

Massive screening has taken 581 employees since last Friday. This operation is now complete.

On Wednesday evening, however, the company was awaiting some results, so the balance sheet could grow further. Screening will continue, but in a more targeted manner, in sectors deemed to be more at risk.

Concerned union

Recall that a 65-year-old employee died last week just hours after learning he had COVID-19.

However, the exact cause of his death is not known.

Concerned by the situation, the president of the Olymel workers’ union in Vallée-Jonction, Martin Maurice, still advocates a shutdown of the plant for two weeks, to which the company closed the door again on Wednesday.

“We no longer want to have sick people and we want the world to stop infecting itself,” claims Maurice.

– With the collaboration of Martin Lavoie



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