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West Ham manager David Moyes tests POSITIVE for coronavirus


West Ham rocked by positive Covid-19 tests for manager David Moyes and two players in his starting line-up just moments before they kicked off against Hull… but the match goes ahead anyway despite infected trio being in the stadium

  • David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus in the lead-up to Tuesday’s match
  • Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, who were named in starting XI, also tested positive
  • All three immediately left the London Stadium and returned home 
  • The Hammers’ Carabao Cup clash against Hull went ahead as planned at 7:30pm

West Ham have confirmed that manager David Moyes, along with two members of the first-team, have tested positive for coronavirus. 

Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, who were originally named in the starting XI for the game against Hull on Tuesday night, have also contracted COVID-19. All three left the London Stadium immediately as they heard of their results. 

Moyes, Diop and Cullen are asymptomatic and the match kicked-off at 7:30pm as planned, with assistant Manager Alan Irvine taking charge of the hosts for third round Carabao Cup tie. 

West Ham manager David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus before Tuesday's match

West Ham manager David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus before Tuesday’s match

Defender Issa Diop was replaced in the starting XI for the Cup clash by Harrison Ashby

Josh Cullen, meanwhile, was replaced by former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

Issa Diop (left) and Josh Cullen have also tested positive for the virus and have left the stadium

In addition, West Ham confirmed that they offered testing to the Hull City team before the game – an offer which was not accepted.  

Moyes, Diop and Cullen received their positive test results at 6:15pm, with those involved and the club unhappy at how late in the day the results came back – just 1 hour and 15 minutes before kick-off. 

Diop and Cullen were replaced in the starting XI by Harrison Ashby and Jack Wilshere, with goalkeeper David Martin a late inclusion on the substitutes bench.  

West Ham said in a statement: ‘West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19. 

‘The Club’s medical team were informed of the test results as the team were at London Stadium preparing for this evening’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Hull City. The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home.

Despite the three positive tests, West Ham’s game against Hull went ahead as planned

West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the team following Moyes' positive test

West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the team following Moyes’ positive test

‘All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols.

‘Everyone at West Ham United send their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.

‘Tuesday’s match will go ahead as planned, with Assistant Manager Alan Irvine taking charge of the team.

‘The Club’s measures and protocols around COVID-19 remain stringent. This included offering to test the Hull City team ahead of tonight’s fixture – an offer which they opted not to accept.’

The announcement comes after Leyton Orient’s third-round clash with Tottenham was called off on Tuesday, with Sportsmail reporting on Monday that as many as 10 Orient players had tested positive for coronavirus. 

Leyton Orient's Carabao Cup third-round clash with Tottenham was earlier called off

Leyton Orient’s Carabao Cup third-round clash with Tottenham was earlier called off

Hull striker Josh Magennis, who started for the Tigers on Tuesday, has previously voiced his concerns about football’s return amid the pandemic, particularly given he is asthmatic.  

‘I am concerned to be honest with you,’ Magennis told BBC Northern Ireland, back in May. 

‘You read what’s going on in the news. At the start we were told that it might not affect people with asthma too much, but now we hear that asthma is on the list of things that make people vulnerable.

Hull striker Josh Magennis started on Tuesday night and has previously voiced his concerns

Hull striker Josh Magennis started on Tuesday night and has previously voiced his concerns

‘I have asthma, I’ve had it for 10 years, and my youngest son has it. I wouldn’t say it is severe, but it is enough to disrupt what he is doing, especially when he is exercising.

‘I also saw on the news recently that ethnic minorities, black men and women, are more likely to suffer severe consequences if they catch coronavirus.

‘You are reading all of this and, you know what it is like when you are at home, there are loads of things going through your mind. You’re wondering what is going to happen.’



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Diners pack into busy Soho streets to enjoy a late night out


Drunken students hit the town and diners packed into busy city streets last night to enjoy an evening out before the Prime Minister imposed tough new restrictions to halt a second wave of coronavirus.  

Boris Johnson today set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the disease, including imposing a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England from Thursday. 

The Prime Minister had also restricted the hospitality sector to table service only and re-emphasised the need for people to follow social-distancing guidance, wear face coverings and wash their hands regularly. 

In an announcement this afternoon, Mr Johnson told MPs that office workers should continue to work from home if they can while warning the UK is at a ‘perilous turning point’ in its battle with coronavirus.

He added that Covid-secure workplace rules will become a legal obligation, adding that these tough new measures will stay in force for at least six months.  

Students last night flocked to watering holes across Leeds, West Yorkshire for a final night of carnage before the announcement, which will see pubs, bars and restaurants shut their doors at 10pm from Thursday. 

The city, which is home to approximately 60,000 students, confirmed a record number of new coronavirus cases for Yorkshire on Sunday, adding a further 105 infections to its total.  

Similar scenes were spotted in Soho, London last night, where diners crammed into seating areas sectioned out on the road after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned the UK could face 50,000 Covid-19 cases by October.

Mr Whitty said it was crucial to break ‘unnecessary links between households’ as infections rose over 4,000 per day – their highest rate since the height of lockdown in May.  

Students last night flocked to watering holes across Leeds, West Yorkshire for a final night of carnage before tonight's announcement, which will see pubs, bars and restaurants in England shut their doors at 10pm from Thursday

Students last night flocked to watering holes across Leeds, West Yorkshire for a final night of carnage before tonight’s announcement, which will see pubs, bars and restaurants in England shut their doors at 10pm from Thursday

The city, which is home to approximately 60,000 students, recorded a record number of new coronavirus cases for Yorkshire on Sunday, adding a further 105 infections to its total

The city, which is home to approximately 60,000 students, recorded a record number of new coronavirus cases for Yorkshire on Sunday, adding a further 105 infections to its total

Pictured: Students gather outside a bar in Leeds last night in large groups despite the Government's Rule of Six

Pictured: Students gather outside a bar in Leeds last night in large groups despite the Government’s Rule of Six

Drinkers flocked to bars and restaurants in Soho, central London to enjoy a late night out yesterday before a new 10pm curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants kicks in from Thursday

Drinkers flocked to bars and restaurants in Soho, central London to enjoy a late night out yesterday before a new 10pm curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants kicks in from Thursday

Boris Johnson will today set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the disease, including imposing a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England from Thursday. Pictured: Soho, west London

Boris Johnson will today set out a raft of measures designed to clampdown on the disease, including imposing a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England from Thursday. Pictured: Soho, west London

A senior Government source last night acknowledged the Prime Minister’s ‘back to work’ drive would be paused after scientific advisers warned that workplace transmission was a concern. 

Under the new measures, plans for a partial return of sports fans to stadiums from October 1 have been ‘paused’ while the number of people allowed to attend weddings is being reduced to 15. 

Despite the latest rules there are growing concerns that the Government could soon move to impose stricter restrictions on socialising which go even further than the current rule of six.  This could mean a ban on households mixing inside.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove confirmed the latest restrictions earlier today as he insisted there needed to be a ‘shift in emphasis’ in order to tackle the rising rate of infection.   

The move represents a damaging moment for Mr Johnson who said in July that people should ‘go back to work now if you can’ and told his Cabinet at the start of September that ‘people are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country and quite right too’.  

The 10pm curfew on the hospitality sector has sparked an immediate industry backlash as the UKHospitality group said it was ‘another crushing blow’.

There are also fears the move could have unintended consequences amid warnings of a potential ‘surge of unregulated events and house parties’.

Tory MPs also expressed concerns about the curfew plans, describing them as a ‘terrible blow’ for the hospitality industry and warning there must not be another ‘major lockdown’.

It was claimed overnight that Mr Johnson had initially backed a total shutdown of the hospitality and leisure sectors before Chancellor Rishi Sunak persuaded him to take a less severe course after warning of economic carnage.

Students from universities across Leeds have continued to party into the small hours despite the Government's Rule of Six

Students from universities across Leeds have continued to party into the small hours despite the Government’s Rule of Six

Pictured: Groups gather closely together outside a bar ahead of Boris Johnson's announcement on new restrictions today

Pictured: Groups gather closely together outside a bar ahead of Boris Johnson’s announcement on new restrictions today

Pictured: Students wear face masks as they walk through Leeds, West Yorkshire last night ahead of the 10pm curfew

Pictured: Students wear face masks as they walk through Leeds, West Yorkshire last night ahead of the 10pm curfew

Pictured: Two women fall to the ground as they head to the busy streets of Leeds amid the growing coronavirus crisis

Pictured: Two women fall to the ground as they head to the busy streets of Leeds amid the growing coronavirus crisis

The Prime Minister will also restrict the hospitality sector to table service only and re-emphasise the need for people to follow social-distancing guidance, wear face coverings and wash their hands regularly. Pictured: A busy Soho street

The Prime Minister will also restrict the hospitality sector to table service only and re-emphasise the need for people to follow social-distancing guidance, wear face coverings and wash their hands regularly. Pictured: A busy Soho street

It is understood businesses and schools will be permitted to stay open under the latest measures, which will be announced by Mr Johnson in a live broadcast at 8pm today following a statement to the House of Commons at noon

It is understood businesses and schools will be permitted to stay open under the latest measures, which will be announced by Mr Johnson in a live broadcast at 8pm today following a statement to the House of Commons at noon

Mr Whitty said it was crucial to break 'unnecessary links between households' as infections rose over 4,000 per day - their highest rate since the height of lockdown in May. Pictured: Soho last night

Mr Whitty said it was crucial to break ‘unnecessary links between households’ as infections rose over 4,000 per day – their highest rate since the height of lockdown in May. Pictured: Soho last night

A senior Government source last night acknowledged the Prime Minister's 'back to work' drive would be paused after scientific advisers warned that workplace transmission was a concern

A senior Government source last night acknowledged the Prime Minister’s ‘back to work’ drive would be paused after scientific advisers warned that workplace transmission was a concern

Other potential restrictions which could be announced include a further delay to trials of spectators returning to professional sports events, the closure of indoor concert venues and slashing the number of people allowed to attend weddings

Other potential restrictions which could be announced include a further delay to trials of spectators returning to professional sports events, the closure of indoor concert venues and slashing the number of people allowed to attend weddings

Despite the PM’s new crackdown, some experts have already warned the measures will not be enough after Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said yesterday the UK could hit 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and 200 plus daily deaths by November unless Britain changes course.

Calum Semple, a professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said there are ‘several sectors of society which will need to increase their restrictions unfortunately’.

Mr Gove confirmed the shift on working from home this morning, telling Sky News: ‘There is going to be a shift in emphasis and one of the things that we are going to emphasise is if it is possible for people to work from home then we would encourage them to do so.

‘Now, it is important to stress there are many, many, many roles which can’t be performed from home. 

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove confirmed the U-turn today as he insisted there needed to be a 'shift in emphasis' in order to tackle the rising rate of infection. Pictured: Soho, west London

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove confirmed the U-turn today as he insisted there needed to be a ‘shift in emphasis’ in order to tackle the rising rate of infection. Pictured: Soho, west London

Sadiq Khan yesterday said he wants face masks worn in all London's public spaces in a 15-point coronavirus crackdown he thrashed out with council leaders

Sadiq Khan yesterday said he wants face masks worn in all London’s public spaces in a 15-point coronavirus crackdown he thrashed out with council leaders

The Mayor of London blamed young people socialising in August for an 'exponential' increase in coronavirus cases, as he urged the Government to impose a 10pm curfew on all pubs and restaurants throughout the capital

The Mayor of London blamed young people socialising in August for an ‘exponential’ increase in coronavirus cases, as he urged the Government to impose a 10pm curfew on all pubs and restaurants throughout the capital

New data this week revealed that coronavirus infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by further restrictions. Pictured: Soho last night

New data this week revealed that coronavirus infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by further restrictions. Pictured: Soho last night

A map showing the rate of infection per 100,000 people across London's 32 boroughs

A map showing the rate of infection per 100,000 people across London’s 32 boroughs 

‘There are people in manufacturing, in construction, in retail and in other roles where we recognise that is simply impossible and that is why we have worked to make sure you can have Covid-secure workplaces and we need to balance, obviously, the need to ensure that people can continue to work and indeed critically continue to go to school and to benefit from education against taking steps to try to reduce the virus which is why we can limit or appropriately restrain social contact, that is what we are trying to do.’

Mr Gove was unable to say how long the Government’s new coronavirus measures are expected to last.

‘What we hope is we can take appropriate steps now, which mean that if we succeed in beating back the virus, then we will in the future be able to progressively relax them,’ he told BBC Breakfast.

‘But what I can’t do is predict with absolute certainty.’

Official Downing Street slides showed that if the current rate of infection continues there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases every day by the middle of October and that could lead to 200 plus deaths a day by the middle of November

Official Downing Street slides showed that if the current rate of infection continues there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases every day by the middle of October and that could lead to 200 plus deaths a day by the middle of November

The number of new Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals in England has been increasing since the start of September

The number of new Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals in England has been increasing since the start of September

It comes after Sadiq Khan yesterday said he wants face masks worn in all London’s public spaces in a 15-point coronavirus crackdown he thrashed out with council leaders.

London boroughs where infection rates are higher than parts of England already hit by restrictions  

The other areas with higher infection rates than Ribble Valley are: 

Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5), Barking and Dagenham (29.3), Enfield (27.3) Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.4), Havering (24.4), Kensington and Chelsea (23.7), Wandsworth (23), Brent (22.7), Haringey (21.4), Waltham Forest (21), Camden (20.6), Lambeth (20.6), Southwark (19.2) and Barnet (18.6). 

The Mayor of London blamed young people socialising in August for an ‘exponential’ increase in coronavirus cases, as he urged the Government to impose a 10pm curfew on all pubs and restaurants throughout the capital.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Khan hinted at further restrictions on people’s lives in his 15-point coronavirus plan, including curbs at funerals and weddings, as he claimed the Rule of Six ‘isn’t by itself sufficiently slowing down the virus spreading’. 

He threatened to take ‘additional measures’ to suppress coronavirus as he called on Londoners to avoid public transport and work from home ‘where possible’. 

New data this week revealed that coronavirus infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by further restrictions.

Public Health England’s most recent watchlist shows the authority in England with the lowest case rate considered an ‘area of intervention’ – the highest degree of concern – is Ribble Valley, with 18.3 cases per 100,000.

But Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and Southwark, among others, have infection rates much higher than that. Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) are the three worst-hit parts of the capital. 

Across London as a whole, the rate of cases is reported to have increased in a seven day period ending early last week, from 18.8 per 100,000 people to around 25. 

It’s a rise of 33 per cent in one week – faster than the North East, which last week was hit by tougher restrictions to control the spread of the virus. 

The number of cases per 100,000 has jumped up from 18.8 to around 25 in seven days amid schools re-opening and a drive to get people back into offices and pubs, data suggests. If it crosses over 50, a ‘local lockdown’ could be triggered, documents seen by The Evening Standard reveal.  

And the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates 0.2 per cent of London’s population – 178,000 people – are currently carrying the coronavirus, which is second only to the North West. For comparison, the rate in the North East is just 0.16 per cent.   



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Here’s how artificial intelligence is helping combat spread of anti-Semitism


An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence. The project Decoding Anti-Semitism includes discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians who will develop a “highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online anti-Semitism,” the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which supports the project, said in a statement Monday. “In order to prevent more and more users from becoming radicalized on the web, it is important to identify the real dimensions of anti-Semitism — also taking into account the implicit forms that might become more explicit over time,” said Matthias Becker, a linguist and project leader from the Technical University of Berlin. The team also includes researchers from King’s College in London and other scientific institutions in Europe and Israel.

Computers will help run through vast amounts of data and images that humans wouldn’t be able to assess because of their sheer quantity, the foundation said. “Studies have also shown that the majority of anti-Semitic defamation is expressed in implicit ways – for example through the use of codes (“juice” instead of “Jews”) and allusions to certain conspiracy narratives or the reproduction of stereotypes, especially through images,” the statement said. As implicit anti-Semitism is harder to detect, the combination of qualitative and AI-driven approaches will allow for a more comprehensive search, the scientists think.

The problem of anti-Semitism online has increased, as seen by the rise in conspiracy myths accusing Jews of creating and spreading COVID-19, groups tracking anti-Semitism on the internet have found. The focus of the current project is initially on Germany, France and the UK, but will later be expanded to cover other countries and languages. The Alfred Landecker Foundation, which was founded in 2019 in response to rising trends of populism, nationalism and hatred toward minorities, is supporting the project with 3 million euros ($3.5 million), the German news agency dpa reported.

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Fashion Weeks 2020: As catwalks move online amid coronavirus, luxury brands try to keep a human touch


Luxury clothing houses have long valued direct personal interaction through their boutiques and fashion shows. Perusing the sumptuous goods in a shop, with a glass of champagne in hand, promises a superior consumer experience to the mundane act of ordering online, and sitting front row at a catwalk remains a coveted status symbol. That’s why there’s more on display than the latest looks at the September fashion weeks that are getting under way in London, Milan and Paris. This year, they’re a proving ground for just how successfully the industry has reinvented itself for the age of social distancing to push its message and products through digital channels. Burberry Group Plc’s show on Sept. 17 provided a snapshot of the challenges that await. A walk-up segment featured celebrities including supermodel Bella Hadid and soul artist Erykah Badu engaged in a halting conversation on the Twitch streaming platform.

Models present creations from the Burberry Spring/Summer 2021 Collection during the London Fashion Week, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an undisclosed location, Britain, September 17, 2020.
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The actual show — without guests — was staged in a forest as a bold blend of postcard English country life and contemporary angst. Models stalked forth among the trees, while performance artists created a brooding backdrop that left some online viewers bewildered, calling it “satanic” and “creepy” in live-stream comments.

Chief Creative Director Riccardo Tisci’s attempt to take the storied British brand out of its comfort zone of trench coats and Burberry plaid highlights the extra effort needed to interact with a fan base that is following the proceedings from tiny screens at home. The luxury-goods industry has been particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, as high-rolling shoppers stay home, boutiques remained shuttered for months and more consumers migrate to online boutiques that many brands long eschewed. “These are maisons which know how to do events and beautiful shows, and all of a sudden they have to reinvent their work to create an online experience,” said Anne Michaut, a marketing professor at business school HEC Paris. Most brands “have a century or half a century of know-how for shows. Obviously we don’t have this amazing experience in digital.”

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Fashion shows have traditionally functioned as an important branding catalyst. There’s the buildup ahead of the event, with paparazzi chasing celebrities and models across Paris or Milan from one event to the next. Who sits where in the front row is fodder for endless gossip, and the shows can be infinitely recycled afterward in fashion magazines and online. Staging the events is a huge logistical and financial undertaking. Chanel’s shows, in particular, are the stuff of legend. The Paris-based house routinely rents out the giant glass-domed Grand Palais in the French capital, where models in years past strutted among installations including a space rocket, a supermarket or an intricate replica of a French brasserie.

Chanel will return to the same venue this year, but the company hasn’t yet revealed details of the show, due to take place on Oct. 6. Neither has crosstown rival Dior, part of the LVMH luxury emporium. The French brands are holding out any announcements as virus cases spike again in the country where haute-couture was born, potentially forcing them to switch gears and go digital at the last minute.

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Others are more sanguine. Italian silk-and-leather specialist Salvatore Ferragamo SpA plans to hold a physical show “to give a sense that business is back to normal,” according to Chief Executive Officer Micaela Le Divelec Lemmi. Companies are trying to blend physical and online offerings to reach VIPs and the fashion press. Prada SpA will stage local private screenings as well as virtual viewing events of its Sept. 24 show, while Victoria Beckham in London will host a select number of journalists and celebrities by appointments only in a two-hour time slot before releasing her collection on film the following day.

It’s not necessarily a natural transition for brands that are still building their following. Many have long placed the focus on connecting directly with their client base, emphasizing the tactile experience of high fashion, said Jillian Xin, a buying director for Labelhood’s stores in China. “With fashion, there’s a limit to how much can be replaced digitally,” said Xin, a regular attendee of Europe’s fashion shows in the past. “It’s a little easier for brands that we’re already familiar with, but for new brands, it’s important to see the collection in person, to touch and feel the clothes and build a relationship with the designer and their team.” It’s not just the fashion houses that have to come to terms with the new pandemic reality. The cities that host the shows will also lose out on the spending circus that accompanies the events, from the priciest hotels to the hottest dinner and cocktail venues for the after-show parties.

Adieu Paris

For Milan, the drop in visitors during the fashion week will have a noticeable impact on the city economy. At the mid-point of the month, hotel bookings hadn’t experienced the surge that the event generated in years past, hovering instead at an occupancy rate of about 25%, according to Maurizio Naro, the chairman of the local Federalberghi hotel owners association. Maison Valentino, among the biggest names in Italian high-end fashion, decided to host its show in Milan this season rather than in Paris, where it had traditionally presented its spring/summer collection. The company called the decision “more ethical” because it strengthens its identity and affiliation with the local and national economy.

While the pandemic has forced fashion houses to embrace a new channel, the risk is that brand value will suffer the longer they float in the fleeting digital universe. And just like spectator-less soccer matches are a joyless affair, the absence of an audience at the shows stands to diminish the events’ impact, said Michael Jaïs, the head of technology platform Launchmetrics that tracks social-media data for brands.

“Celebrities and influencers won’t be present, and it’s hard to imagine that they’ll be followed as much when they’re just in front of their screens,” Jaïs said.

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CRAIG BROWN: Six things you didn’t know about the Garrick 


CRAIG BROWN: Why this club abhors the cappuccino! Six things you didn’t know about the Garrick

1) The entrepreneur Emily Bendell, founder of the lingerie firm Bluebella, has launched a legal challenge to London’s Garrick Club over its refusal to admit women as members.

In turn, a group of Garrick Club members has threatened a legal challenge to Bluebella over its continued refusal to stock frilly pink knickers and stockings suitable for the fuller-figured male.

2) A recent membership survey found 45 per cent of Garrick Club members below the age of 50 are called Hugo, while a surprising 15 per cent of members over the age of 70 are called Daphne.

The latter figure is ascribed to the disproportionate number of members who ‘transitioned’ at the age of 55. Subsection 32 (b) of the club rules clearly states that any member who changes gender after the age of 55 will be entitled to remain a member.

A recent membership survey found 45 per cent of Garrick Club members below the age of 50 are called Hugo, while a surprising 15 per cent of members over the age of 70 are called Daphne

A recent membership survey found 45 per cent of Garrick Club members below the age of 50 are called Hugo, while a surprising 15 per cent of members over the age of 70 are called Daphne

This rule was adopted when the distinguished thespian Cyril Twankey transitioned following the untimely death of his wife in 1890. Though some members pointed out at the time that her transition was not wholly convincing — her spotty dresses were too flamboyant, her 3ft high wigs improbable, her baking skills rudimentary — Widow Twankey became a fixture on the pantomime circuit for the next 20 years. She also rose to the position of Treasurer of the Entertainments Committee.

To the very end, Twankey remained proud of her Garrick membership, and would often sport a discreet pair of Garrick Club bow-ties as statement earrings whenever she took to the stage.

The entrepreneur Emily Bendell, founder of the lingerie firm Bluebella, has launched a legal challenge to London's Garrick Club over its refusal to admit women as members

The entrepreneur Emily Bendell, founder of the lingerie firm Bluebella, has launched a legal challenge to London’s Garrick Club over its refusal to admit women as members

3) Every Thursday evening The Kerr-Mudgeon Room, named after The Rt Hon Sir Roderick Kerr-Mudgeon, QC, hosts a topical debate on behalf of the Dyspepsia Society. This year’s debating motions have included, ‘This House Is Appalled to Hear That Women Are Being Encouraged to Read the News on the BBC’, ‘This House Abhors the Cappuccino’, ‘This House Would Ban the Wearing of Bicycle Clips in the Upper Morning Room’, and, most recently, ‘This House Despairs’.

4) A recent survey of the Garrick Club Dining Room found that, on any given day, up to 7 per cent of diners are deceased. ‘Believe me, if one is in full-flow with an amusing anecdote, it can take quite a while to twig that your luncheon companion has died,’ explains one of the club’s leading raconteurs, Lord Fellowes of Downton.

‘Only the other day, I was barely halfway through telling my companion of the amusing occasion upon which my pantaloons got caught on a door-handle on the set of She Stoops To Conquer at the Vaudeville in 1979 — or was it 1978? — when a doctor arrived with the club thermometer and pronounced him dead.

‘So I did what anyone in my position would have done — I hurried through the rest of my anecdote, omitting some of the humorous detail. I then summoned the head waiter, and asked him to kindly remove the corpse in time for the arrival of my Welsh Rarebit.’

5) Founded in 1831, The Garrick Club was originally created with the aim of allowing ‘Members to talk about Themselves and their Achievements at Inordinate length, Without Fear of Interruption’. This noble intention continues to this day: Club Rule 18(b) states that ‘once a Member has embarked upon an anecdote, no other Member may speak until it has been completed.

‘The traditional signal for completion is the phrase ‘and the whole room literally fell about with laughter’. At this point, the floor is given to another member to tell his own self-serving anecdote. If no Member is available or willing to listen to it, members of staff may be summoned in exchange for a modest contribution to the Christmas fund.’

6) Women are permitted into the upstairs bar of the Garrick Club between 5pm and 7pm, but only on condition they talk about the quickest route from A to B, allowing for roadworks and traffic build-ups. For the past 150 years Garrick Club regulars talked of nothing else between these times.

In 1971, an up-and-coming young publisher was obliged to hand in his resignation after he was overheard predicting light showers. Feeling that this was too racy, the Chairman was obliged to remind members that the weather is an acceptable topic of conversation only after 7pm.



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Tory MP Danny Kruger apologises after being spotted on train without a face mask


A Tory MP pictured travelling without a face covering on during an hour-long train journey has apologised, claiming he did have one but ‘forgot’ to put it on.  

An eagle-eyed train passenger snapped a maskless Danny Kruger, a close ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and MP for Devizes, while he was travelling on a train from the Berkshire town of Hungerford to London’s Paddington Station.

Twitter user Edi, who posted the picture of Mr Kruger, said in the tweet: ‘Don’t blame it on the young people Boris (Johnson) when your own party aren’t even following your rules.’ 

The picture of the Wiltshire MP was posted to social media site Twitter on September 19 – less than a fortnight after the Prime Minister’s former political secretary posted on Facebook saying train users ‘MUST’ wear a face covering.  

Mr Kruger has since apologised for the incident, which he called ‘a mistake’.

An eagle-eyed train passenger snapped a maskless Danny Kruger, a close ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and MP for Devizes, while he was travelling on a train from the Berkshire town of Hungerford to London

An eagle-eyed train passenger snapped a maskless Danny Kruger, a close ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and MP for Devizes, while he was travelling on a train from the Berkshire town of Hungerford to London

The Wiltshire MP, who was elected to the Devizes constituency in 2019, has since apologised for the incident, which he called ‘a mistake’

Mr Kruger, David Cameron’s former speechwriter, said in a statement: ‘I boarded an almost empty carriage at Hungerford and quite simply forgot to put on my mask. 

‘When I got to Paddington I realised my mistake and covered up for the rest of my journey.

‘If the person had reminded me rather than taking a photo and posting it on social media I would of course have put on my mask then and there. I do apologise for my mistake.’ 

On September 7, less than a fortnight before his memory slip, Mr Kruger told his constituents in a Facebook message that they ‘MUST wear a face covering’ unless exempt.

In another post, on his own website, Mr Kruger, whose mother is Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith, said he ‘detests the Rule of Six, the compulsory facemasks, the Covid Marshalls and the snooping on your neighbours’. 

In the post, made on Friday, he added: ‘I know the Government regrets these measures too, and are only insisting on them because of the danger of a second spike – which now seems inevitable, but may be effectively contained by the steps we are being forced to take.

On September 7, less than a fortnight before his memory slip, Mr Kruger told his constituents in a Facebook message that they 'MUST wear a face covering' unless exempt

On September 7, less than a fortnight before his memory slip, Mr Kruger told his constituents in a Facebook message that they ‘MUST wear a face covering’ unless exempt

Great Western Railway, the train operator that runs the route between Hungerford and Paddington, warns passengers on its website that they face a £100 fine for failing to wear a face covering on its services

Great Western Railway, the train operator that runs the route between Hungerford and Paddington, warns passengers on its website that they face a £100 fine for failing to wear a face covering on its services

In another post, on his own website, Mr Kruger, whose mother is Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith, said he 'detests the Rule of Six, the compulsory facemasks, the Covid Marshalls and the snooping on your neighbours'.

In another post, on his own website, Mr Kruger, whose mother is Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith, said he ‘detests the Rule of Six, the compulsory facemasks, the Covid Marshalls and the snooping on your neighbours’.

‘I do urgently hope we can relax these rules soon, and I am talking directly to ministers to make the case. I really hope we don’t need another national lockdown.’

Great Western Railway, the train operator that runs the route between Hungerford and Paddington, warns passengers on its website that they face a £100 fine for failing to wear a face covering on its services. 

Mr Kruger’s apology comes after the Prime Minister warned last week that the UK was now experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections and announced fines of up to £10,000 for people who test positive for the virus and refuse to self-isolate.

Mr Johnson is preparing to address MPs on Tuesday amid rumours that national lockdown measures banning socialising between two households could be put in place in a bid to arrest the virus’s spread.

But Professor Paul Hunter, an expert in health protection at the University of East Anglia, said on Monday that there were examples of ‘people in authority’ who were not following the Government’s coronavirus-related restrictions.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We’ve certainly seen a lot of confusion and a lot of mixed messages over the past few months and examples of people in authority who don’t feel that they need to follow the rules themselves.’

What are the rules for face masks on public transport in England and Scotland? 

In both England and Scotland face coverings are mandatory on all public transport, including buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.

In addition, some operators have amended their conditions of carriage, allowing them to enforce the requirement in a similar way to the rules on having a ticket for travel, meaning they can implement the changes in the way that works best for them. 

Under the rules, operators are able to stop passengers who refuse to follow the rules from travelling and direct them to leave services.

In England, the police and Transport for London authorised personnel are also be able to issue fixed penalty notices of £100, or £50 if paid in 14 days.

Repeat offenders receiving fines on public transport or in an indoor setting will have their fines doubled at each offence. 

Receiving a second fine will amount to £200 and a third fine will be £400, up to a maximum value of £3,200. 

There are a number of exemptions, such as on medical grounds, as well as for young children.



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Model cheats on ‘perfect but insecure’ girlfriend during dating show designed to test trust


A couple decided to test the trust in their relationship by going on dates with other people.

Models Robbie and Saf, of London, had been dating for four months, but cracks started to show when Saf began to feel insecure about Robbie’s commitment to their union.

The pair decided to put their love to the test by going on Just One Night, the BBC Three show which which gives couples ‘the ultimate free pass’ for one evening. 

But despite Saf hoping it would bring them closer together, Robbie ended up hitting it off with his date – and ‘sealing the deal’ with a snog at the end of the night. 

Models Robbie and Saf, of London, pictured, had been dating for four months, but cracks started to show when Saf began to feel insecure about Robbie's commitment to their union

Models Robbie and Saf, of London, pictured, had been dating for four months, but cracks started to show when Saf began to feel insecure about Robbie’s commitment to their union

Robbie and Saf got together after she ‘slid into him DMs’, and according to her it’s been ‘intense’ ever since.

Saf gushed: ‘I’ve not been with anyone I bounce off as much as I do with Robbie,’ while he called her a ‘beautiful person’.

‘She’s fun to be around, very caring and loving,’ he added. ‘She’s almost a perfect girlfriend.’

However, Robbie claimed a couple of months after they began dating, Saf started to get annoyed when he didn’t call her back at night, went to sleep early and didn’t respond to her messages.

‘She started to build up this insecurity,’ he said, while Saf admitted: ‘I think we weren’t communicating and understanding each other. We were drifting apart a little bit.

Robbie claimed a couple of months after they began dating, Saf started to get annoyed when he didn't call her back at night, went to sleep early and didn't respond to her messages

Robbie claimed a couple of months after they began dating, Saf started to get annoyed when he didn’t call her back at night, went to sleep early and didn’t respond to her messages

‘I started to find out about little things that have happened and the more things that came out, the more trust I’d lose,’ adding that they could move forward if he was honest with her.

Robbie said: ‘It’s the most horrible thing to be in a relationship where you’re not trusted.’ 

Admitting that going out with other people would prove the ultimate test, Saf said: ‘Ideally for me, I would love us to go on dates with other people, realise that we want to be together and get married next week.’

Prior to her date, Saf said she was excited but felt ‘weird’, as if she was cheating on Robbie. Meanwhile he claimed he ‘won’t hold back’ if the girl is good-looking and they get along. 

Robbie's date - Ellisha Jade, 25, from Southampton, who runs a marketing agency - 'ticks all his boxes', while he suits her type which is men who are covered in tattoos and look like they're going to 'ruin your life'

Saf is also impressed by her date, hunky Dan, 22, right, a security engineer from Maidstone, Kent, who has been single for nine months

Robbie’s date – Ellisha Jade, 25, from Southampton, who runs a marketing agency – ‘ticks all his boxes’, while he suits her type which is men who are covered in tattoos and look like they’re going to ‘ruin your life’. Saf is also impressed by her date, hunky Dan, 22, right, a security engineer from Maidstone, Kent, who has been single for nine months

Robbie’s date – Ellisha Jade, 25, from Southampton, who runs a marketing agency – ‘ticks all his boxes’, while he suits her type which is men who are covered in tattoos and look like they’re going to ‘ruin your life’. 

Saf is also impressed by her date, hunky Dan, 22, a security engineer from Maidstone, Kent, who has been single for nine months.

But while they spend much of their date discussing Saf and Robbie’s relationship – which Dan admits he suspects is ‘f*****’ – Ellisha and Robbie enjoy the blossoming chemistry between them.

Despite her head being ‘turned a bit’, Saf remains faithful to Robbie – while he plants a snog on Ellisha. 

Despite her head being 'turned a bit', Saf remains faithful to Robbie - while he plants a snog on Ellisha (pictured)

Despite her head being ‘turned a bit’, Saf remains faithful to Robbie – while he plants a snog on Ellisha (pictured)

Speaking about their break-up, Saf admitted: 'It's hard... I'm broken. But what I've been through will make me stronger'

Speaking about their break-up, Saf admitted: ‘It’s hard… I’m broken. But what I’ve been through will make me stronger’

‘I didn’t expect that I’d be on a date with someone who I clicked with so much,’ he said at the end of the night. 

‘It doesn’t justify what I’ve done but it justifies how I feel, I can’t lie to myself and I can’t lie to her… I don’t regret anything last night but at the same time I know I’m going to have to explain myself.’

When they met for breakfast the following day, Saf and Robbie agreed to go their separate ways – though Robbie kept quiet about the kiss. 

He added: ‘Hopefully by the time she finds out about the kiss she’ll have gotten over it all. I shouldn’t have done that, but it happened.’

Speaking about their break-up, Saf admitted: ‘It’s hard… I’m broken. But what I’ve been through will make me stronger.’

Just One Night is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. 



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Sir Rocco Forte’s hotel heiress daughter Irene marries tech whizz Felix Winckler


Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene has married tech whizz Felix Winckler in a ‘very intimate family affair’. 

The Oxford graduate, 31, who is Wellness Director at her family’s £340million hotel empire and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, announced the happy news on Instagram yesterday.

Irene, who had planned a wedding in Sicily before the pandemic, shared two stunning photographs of her tying the knot with her boyfriend of several years in London, captioned ‘19.09.20’ along with a heart and dove emoji.

In the snaps, she showed off her smart white bridal suit, with a tuxedo jacket by Yves Saint Laurent and a statement pillbox hat with veil by Jane Taylor London. 

Sir Rocco Forte's daughter Irene has married tech whizz Felix Winckler (pictured together) in a 'very intimate family affair'

Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter Irene has married tech whizz Felix Winckler (pictured together) in a ‘very intimate family affair’

The bride’s elegant heels were by Aquazzura, while her chic bouquet was by Ellie Hartley Flowers in Mayfair. She was styled by Tatler’s Fashion Director Sophie Goodwin. 

‘It was a very intimate family affair instead of a wedding originally planned in Sicily that same weekend,’ due to COVID-19 restrictions, a family friend told FEMAIL.

In one of the images shared by Irene, the couple, who became engaged in January this year, are seen standing outside their wedding building, sharing a kiss while surrounded by their family and friends.

A second shows the pair walking down the streets of London, hand-in-hand, before a beaming Irene and her husband turn back towards the camera. 

The Oxford graduate, who is Wellness Director at her family's £340million hotel empire and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, revealed the happy news on Instagram with this picture

The Oxford graduate, who is Wellness Director at her family’s £340million hotel empire and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, revealed the happy news on Instagram with this picture

Irene shared two stunning photographs of her tying the knot with her boyfriend of several years in London, captioned '19.09.20' along with a heart and dove emoji (above)

Irene shared two stunning photographs of her tying the knot with her boyfriend of several years in London, captioned ‘19.09.20’ along with a heart and dove emoji (above)

Irene kept her long, blonde locks down while sporting stand-out diamond earrings and a smattering of glamorous makeup. 

Friends rushed to congratulate the pair on Instagram, with British TV presenter Pips Taylor writing: ‘Huge congratulations.’

Jessica Richards, the owner behind Brooklyn based beauty company Shen, beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Weisz, added: ‘Oh my gosh gorgeous congrats! Sending so much love and happiness your way.’ 

Reaction: Friends rushed to congratulate the pair on Instagram, with British TV presenter Pips Taylor writing: 'Huge congratulations' (above)

Reaction: Friends rushed to congratulate the pair on Instagram, with British TV presenter Pips Taylor writing: ‘Huge congratulations’ (above)

Groom Mr Winckler, who is the co-founder of Reflaunt Resell Service, which encourages brands to embrace the second-hand marketplace, is no stranger to society romances, having previously courted Princess Caroline of Monaco’s daughter Charlotte Casiraghi. 

Meanwhile Irene previously dated Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, the half-brother of Cressida Bonas for five years before splitting in 2016. 

Miss Forte, who runs an eponymous skincare line, often posts about her beau on Instagram, including loved-up messages to mark his birthday. 

Miss Forte, who runs an eponymous skincare line, often posts about her beau (pictured together) on Instagram, including loved-up messages to mark his birthday

 Miss Forte, who runs an eponymous skincare line, often posts about her beau (pictured together) on Instagram, including loved-up messages to mark his birthday

Irene’s older sister, Lydia Forte, who is director of food and beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels, married her husband Greek shipping heir Dimitri Chandris four years ago.

Their Tuscan wedding was one of the society events of 2016, with guests including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Other high society couples who decided to wed in more low-key, private nuptials this year because of the pandemic include Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Cressida Bonas and Harry Wentworth-Stanley. 



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Coronavirus UK: Where will next hotspot be after NE England?


Covid-19 will continue spreading down the North East coast over the next fortnight and outbreaks will continue growing in the Midlands and London, scientists fear. 

Imperial College London researchers, who predict hotspots in the future based on current data, believe Hartlepool and Scarborough will both be hotspots by the start of October.

And the academics suspect other North East authorities including Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, and Redcar and Cleveland, Hambleton and Middlesbrough could all follow suit. 

None of the seven authorities have currently been hit by tougher restrictions because of the spike in coronavirus cases but some are listed by officials as being an ‘area of concern’.

Health chiefs last week put more than 2million people in the North East under local lockdown rules, banning people from socialising indoors or in gardens with anyone from outside their own households or support bubbles.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in all the affected areas — Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham — are now only allowed to offer table service and have to shut between 10pm and 5am, effectively putting a curfew on the region. 

Covid-19 will continue spreading down the North East coast over the next fortnight, scientists fear. Imperial report the probability that a local authority will become a hotspot in a percentage - 100 per cent being almost certain. The map shows each area's probability by October 3

Covid-19 will continue spreading down the North East coast over the next fortnight, scientists fear. Imperial report the probability that a local authority will become a hotspot in a percentage – 100 per cent being almost certain. The map shows each area’s probability by October 3

Imperial researchers led by Professor Axel Gandy recently launched a website which estimates the probability that a location in England will be struck down with high Covid-19 cases, based on current data. 

The team behind the website define a hotspot as a local authority where there are more than 50 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population per week. 

Imperial report the probability that a local authority will become a hotspot in a percentage – 100 per cent being almost certain.

WHERE DOES IMPERIAL PREDICT WILL BECOME NEW HOTSPOTS? 

The following areas are more than 75 per cent likely to become a hotspot in the week September 27 to October 3: 

1. Wyre, Wales 

2. South Ribble, North West

3. Scarborough, Yorkshire and the Humber

4. Rotherham, Yorkshire and the Humber

5.  Walsall, West Midlands

6. St Albans, East of England

7. East Lothian, Scotland

8. Derry City and Strabane, Northern Ireland

9. York, Yorkshire and the Humber

 

The areas more than 50 per cent likely to become a hotspot in the week September 27 to October 3 are:

1.  Calderdale, Yorkshire and Humber

2. Craven, Yorkshire and Humber

3. Corby, East Midlands

4. High Peak, East Midlands

5. Middlesbrough, North East

6. Rushcliffe, East Midlands

7. Broxtowe, East Midlands

8. Chorley, North West

9. Hambleton, Yorkshire and Humber

10. Stevenage, England

11. Charnwood, East Midlands 

12. Blackpool, North West

13. South Staffordshire, West Midlands

14. Hounslow, London 

 

New hotspots, as of this week, are:

1. Stockport, North West

2. Hartlepool, North East

2. Rugby, West Midlands

3. Selby, Yorkshire and Humber

4. East Renfrewshire, Scotland

5. Bridgend, Wales

6.  Trafford, North West

7.  North Lanarkshire, Scotland

8. Hertsmere, East England

9. County Durham, North East 

10. Sheffield, Yorkshire and Humber 

11. Blaenau Gwent, Wales

12. Redbridge, London

13. Barrow-in-Furness, North West

14. Northumberland, North East

15. Renfrewshire, Scotland

16. East Dunbartonshire, Scotland 

17. Scottish Borders, Scotland 

18. South Lanarkshire, Scotland  

It predicts the high infection rates seen in parts of Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham will begin to bleed further south into other parts of the North East and Yorkshire.

Hartlepool, a town in County Durham, is 91 per cent likely to become a hotspot this week and is currently listed as an ‘area of concern’ by Public Health England (PHE).

The likelihood of surrounding areas becoming a hotspot is lower but still high.

Stockton-on-Tees (73 per cent), Redcar and Cleveland (68 per cent) and Darlington (63 per cent) all have more than 50/50 odds of getting 50 cases per 100,000 people by October 3. None are acknowledged on PHE’s most recent watchlist. 

Nearby Scarborough, Hambleton and Middlesbrough, all in North Yorkshire, are also tipped to become Covid-19 hotspots – 87 per cent, 71 per cent and 51 per cent likely, respectively. Hambleton is the only one to not be listed by PHE as an ‘area of concern’. 

The South of England will remain relatively untouched by Covid-19 moving into the first week of October, the researchers predict.

However, there is a 76 per cent chance the town of St Albans, in Hertfordshire, will reach 50 cases per 100,000. 

Other points on the London commuter belt include Windsor and Maidenhead (81 per cent) and Hertsmere (86 per cent), the second of which is an ‘area of concern’. 

But it’s Redbridge, an eastern London borough, which is the most likely to become a hotspot (95 per cent chance) in the south of England.

It currently has the highest number of cases per population of all the 32 London boroughs but has not been highlighted as an area of concern by Public Health England.

Nearby Barking and Dagenham (62 per cent), Havering (61 per cent), Newham (57 per cent), Waltham Forest (52 per cent), Haringey (51 per cent), Enfield (51 per cent), Broxbourne (51 per cent) could all follow in the footsteps of Redbridge.

Another London borough nearing the danger zone is Hounslow, in the north west of the city, and neighbours Spelthorne and Runnymede, districts of Surrey.

PHE data shows Covid-19 infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by restrictions.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted the introduction of new lockdown restrictions in London within days cannot be ruled out in light of rising cases. 

Imperial’s website modelling is based on daily reported cases and weekly reported deaths in each area. It cannot be 100 per cent certain of a place becoming a hotspot because it cannot account for changes in trends.

For example the people of Hartlepool may drastically change their behaviour and limit all social contact from now, in the wake of its neighbours in lockdown. 

The predictions assume no change in current interventions in a local authority beyond those already taken about a week before the end of observations. Each local authority is also treated independently of its neighbours, regardless of whether the outbreak is spiralling out of control there or not. 

The team also note that an increase in cases in a local authority can be due to an increase in testing, which the model does not currently account for. It assumes the whole population within each local authority are equally likely to be infected, which is not realistic.

Some local authorities will have younger populations than others, and, given cases are currently being driven by those aged between 17 and 40, may experience a higher infection rate in real life than the model suggests, for example.  

The website also predicts places with a high likelihood of becoming a hotspot in the UK by October 3 are Wyre, in Wales, East Lothian, in Scotland, and Derry City and Strabane, Northern Ireland.    

Rotherham and York, both in Yorkshire, are also at high risk of having 50 cases per 100,000 by early October. Calderdale and Craven could follow suit, suggesting Yorkshire as a region is facing an increasingly worsening situation with Selby and Sheffield recently becoming hotspots.

Predictions for this week: The red areas are the most likely to become Covid-19 hotspots, followed by the dark orange

Predictions for next week: The red areas are the most likely to become Covid-19 hotspots, followed by the dark orange

Imperial College London experts predict the high infection rates seen in parts of Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham will begin to bleed further south into other parts of the North East and Yorkshire 

COVID INFECTION RATES IN 20 LONDON BOROUGHS ARE HIGHER THAN AREAS IN ENGLAND WITH RESTRICTIONS

Covid infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by restrictions, new data revealed today, as Sadiq Khan met council leaders to demand a new lockdown and rush hour traffic dropped five percent. 

Public Health England’s most recent Watchlist shows the authority in England with the lowest case rate considered an ‘area of intervention’ – the highest degree of concern – is Ribble Valley, with 18.3 cases per 100,000.

But Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and Southwark, among others, have infection rates higher than that. 

Public Health England figures show Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) are the three worst-hit parts of the capital. 

For comparison, the highest in England is 175.2 in Bolton, Greater Manchester.   

If they had been given ‘area of intervention’ status, the Government would support the implementation of a ‘detailed action plan’ to stop cases spreading. 

The areas with higher infection rates than Ribble Valley are: Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5), Barking and Dagenham (29.3), Enfield (27.3) Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.4), Havering (24.4), Kensington and Chelsea (23.7), Wandsworth (23), Brent (22.7), Haringey (21.4),  Waltham Forest (21), Camden (20.6), Lambeth (20.6), Southwark (19.2) and Barnet (18.6).  

The only reason Ribble Valley has had any intervention is because health bosses in the North West called for a crack down before the outbreak spiralled out of control. The weekly infection rate for the whole of England is 33.8.  

South London has escaped the current spike in cases, with the three boroughs with the lowest infection rates at present being Sutton (9.3), Bromley (11.8) and Bexley (12.1). 

Walsall, in the West Midlands, and South Ribble, in the North West, are also highly predicted to become hotspots. 

Last week several places in the UK were put under tougher Covid-19 restrictions, raising fears the whole country would soon face a blanket rule.

After several parts of the North East were placed under ‘local lockdowns’ on Friday, huge parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions from tomorrow. 

In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool), residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from midnight tonight.

Restaurants, pubs and bars will be restricted to table service only, while all leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs and cinemas, must close between 10pm to 5am. And residents are also advised to avoid public transport unless it is essential, as well as professional or amateur sporting events.

The new rules do not apply to Bolton or Greater Manchester, where separate restrictions are already in place.

In the Midlands, people in Oadby and Wigston will be banned from socialising with others outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from Tuesday.

And in West Yorkshire, people in all parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will also be banned from socialising with other people outside their household or bubble from Tuesday. 

Today the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance used a press briefing to tell the UK about their growing worry over the spread of the coronavirus. 

At the Downing Street Briefing, Sir Patrick warned there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases per day next month, leading to 200-plus daily deaths, if the rate of the disease’s spread was not tackled.  

Professor Whitty said there were now ‘significant rates of transmission’ of coronavirus in the UK, with the ‘great majority’ of areas facing an increase.

He hinted at curbs to social lives being needed to prevent coronavirus spiralling out of control, saying ‘we have to break unnecessary links between households because that is the way in which this virus is transmitted’. 

Ministers haven’t ruled out another nationwide lockdown, and Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick’s comments did nothing to quell the speculation. 

The UK must face up to a ‘six-month problem’, Professor Whitty said, as the colder weather arrives, telling the nation: ‘At this point the seasons are against us, we’re now going into the seasons – late autumn and winter – which benefit respiratory viruses, and it is very likely they will benefit Covid, as they do, for example, flu.’ 

WHICH AREAS ARE ON THE MOST RECENT PHE WATCHLIST, PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 18? 
AREA CASES PER 100,000 BASED ON SWABS FROM SEPTEMBER 3 TO 10 CHANGE WATCHLIST STATUS
BOLTON 212.7 UP INTERVENTION
BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN 122.9 UP INTERVENTION
OADBY AND WIGSTON 119.2 UP INTERVENTION
HYNDBURN 117.6 UP INTERVENTION
PRESTON 105.1 UP INTERVENTION
WARRINGTON 105 UP INTERVENTION
TAMESIDE 103.5 UP INTERVENTION
SUNDERLAND 103.1 UP INTERVENTION
OLDHAM 98.9 UP INTERVENTION
BIRMINGHAM 98 UP INTERVENTION
BRADFORD 97.5 UP INTERVENTION
LIVERPOOL 95.8 UP INTERVENTION
WIRRAL 95.6 UP INTERVENTION
BURNLEY 93.8 UP INTERVENTION
KNOWSLEY 92.9 UP INTERVENTION
ST HELENS 91.6 UP INTERVENTION
BURY 90.5 UP INTERVENTION
SALFORD 88.8 UP INTERVENTION
LEICESTER 86.7 UP INTERVENTION
SOUTH TYNESIDE 86.5 UP INTERVENTION
ROCHDALE 84.1 UP INTERVENTION
MANCHESTER 83.6 UP INTERVENTION
GATESHEAD 77.5 UP INTERVENTION
SOLIHULL 77.2 UP INTERVENTION
SANDWELL 72.1 UP INTERVENTION
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 69.6 UP INTERVENTION
PENDLE 61.3 UP INTERVENTION
HALTON 60.7 UP INTERVENTION
KIRKLEES 60.4 UP INTERVENTION
WOLVERHAMPTON 60.3 UP INTERVENTION
CALDERDALE 59.5 UP INTERVENTION
ROSSENDALE 57.8 DOWN INTERVENTION
SOUTH RIBBLE 52.5 UP INTERVENTION
SEFTON 49 UP INTERVENTION
NORTH TYNESIDE 48.5 UP INTERVENTION
WEST LANCASHIRE 47.4 UP INTERVENTION
COUNTY DURHAM 46.7 UP INTERVENTION
TRAFFORD 45.7 UP INTERVENTION
CHORLEY 35.1 UP INTERVENTION
WYRE 34.2 UP INTERVENTION
FYLDE 28.8 UP INTERVENTION
NORTHUMBERLAND 24.7 UP INTERVENTION
LANCASTER 22.9 UP INTERVENTION
RIBBLE VALLEY 18.3 DOWN INTERVENTION
OTHERS ON WATCHLIST BUT NOT IN LOCKDOWN
LEEDS 75.5 UP ENHANCED SUPPORT
BLABY 65.7 UP ENHANCED SUPPORT
STOCKPORT 48.7 UP ENHANCED SUPPORT
SELBY 65.1 UP CONCERN
HARTLEPOOL 55.8 UP CONCERN
SHEFFIELD 53.7 UP CONCERN
SPELTHORNE 53.4 UP CONCERN
CORBY 50.8 UP CONCERN
MIDDLESBROUGH 47 UP CONCERN
NORTHAMPTON 42.6 UP CONCERN
SCARBOROUGH 42.3 UP CONCERN
HERTSMERE 37.4 DOWN CONCERN
PETERBOROUGH 30.3 UP CONCERN
STOKE-ON-TRENT 27.4 UP CONCERN



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FTSE plunges three per cent or 194 points down to 5,813 amid new Covid lockdown fears


FTSE 100 suffers worst plunge since June amid dire warnings of more coronavirus restrictions from Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance as pubs, hotels and businesses say they will not survive a second lockdown

  • London’s blue-chip stock exchange slumped 3 per cent to a two-week low 
  • Markets have been spooked by reports PM is mulling a second lockdown 
  • Another round of restrictions could throttle business activity once again

Fears of a second coronavirus lockdown have knocked market confidence and put the FTSE 100 on course for its worst day in three months.

London’s blue-chip stock exchange slumped 3 per cent, or 194 points, to a two-week low of 5,813 this morning. 

Markets have been spooked by reports Boris Johnson is preparing to re-introduce restrictions which could throttle business activity once again.

It came as the government’s two top scientists Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance warned the UK faces 50,000 new daily cases by the middle of October if the disease is not brought under control. 

Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, told MailOnline: ‘The threat of another lockdown is what’s really weighing on the markets today.’ 

The FTSE rally which followed the easing of the first lockdown fizzled out this month as the spread of the virus began to accelerate.  

Concerns of another lockdown were today compounded by an investigation into money laundering which implicated two big banks. 

Fears of a second coronavirus lockdown appears to have wobbled investor confidence and put the FTSE 100 on course for its worst day in three months

Fears of a second coronavirus lockdown appears to have wobbled investor confidence and put the FTSE 100 on course for its worst day in three months

London's blue-chip stock exchange slumped 3 per cent, or 194 points, to a two-week low of 5,813 this morning

London’s blue-chip stock exchange slumped 3 per cent, or 194 points, to a two-week low of 5,813 this morning

British Airways-owner IAG plunged 12.6 per cent today, a blow to the national flag carrier which is already burning through £20million each day and is facing the worst crisis in its 100-year history

British Airways-owner IAG plunged 12.6 per cent today, a blow to the national flag carrier which is already burning through £20million each day and is facing the worst crisis in its 100-year history

Mr Hunter said that the end of the year was always going to be tough with the furlough scheme ending an the potential for unemployment. 

But the ‘question mark’ hanging over the fortunes of the fourth quarter are ‘now getting bigger’.

He added: ‘If the PM were to stand up in the next half an hour and say there’s not going to be another lockdown, the FTSE would recover. 

‘But international investors have decided the British market is just too difficult at the moment.’  

Travel companies, which were among the hardest bit by the lockdown, also suffered on the stock markets.

British Airways-owner IAG plunged 12.6 per cent today, a blow to the national flag carrier which is already burning through £20million each day and is facing the worst crisis in its 100-year history.

Restrictions on travel between the UK and US will cost the British economy £11billion this year, an alarming report by the aviation sector warned today. 

HSBC (London HQ pictured), already trading at decade lows, slid 4.2 per cent, while Standard Chartered dropped 4.1 per cent to its lowest since 1998. Barclays tumbled 5.9 per cent

HSBC (London HQ pictured), already trading at decade lows, slid 4.2 per cent, while Standard Chartered dropped 4.1 per cent to its lowest since 1998. Barclays tumbled 5.9 per cent

An index of travel and leisure stocks, already among the biggest decliners this year, tumbled 5.6 per cent. The mid-cap FTSE 250 fell 3.1 per cent to its lowest in nearly two months. 

Michael Hewson, an analyst at CMC Markets UK, said: ‘The possibility of new lockdowns is leading the market to be absolutely risk-averse toward consumer-facing sectors like travel, restaurants and retailers.’

Fashion retailer Superdry sank 12.8 per cent after posting an annual loss due to lockdown-led store closures, while the world’s largest exhibitions group, Informa Plc, fell 2.8 per cent as it reported a half-year operating loss.

Aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce plunged 9.6 per cent to its lowest since 2004 after it confirmed it was considering a rights issue of up to £2.5billion. 

A slide in HSBC, Standard Chartered and Barclays drove today’s FTSE plunge amid allegations they moved illicit funds over the past two decades.

HSBC, already trading at decade lows, slid 4.2 per cent, while Standard Chartered dropped 4.1 per cent to its lowest since 1998. Barclays tumbled 5.9 per cent.   



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