Brits ignore warnings to avoid tourist hotspots as they kick off the Bank Holiday weekend – The Sun

BEAMING Brits defied pleas to avoid tourist hotspots as they kicked off the Bank Holiday weekend.

Scores of grinning surfers and swimmers in wetsuits took to the sea at Bournemouth beach – just hours after the local police boss urged people to use their “common sense” over travel.

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Other topless dippers failed to social distance, while one man was snapped kitesurfing at nearby Branksome.

Dozens of day-trippers again visited the Peak District – ignoring repeated pleas to steer clear of the area – to enjoy loosened lockdown rules.

And in Brighton, ten facemask-wearing stewards manned the beach to stop crowds building.

Earlier morning, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill pleaded for people to “think twice” before heading out.

He reckoned it would be the busiest day of the year so far – but blustery winds appeared to have deterred some from visiting.

Mr Underhill told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yesterday was the busiest day in nine weeks and it was a normal Friday.

“As we saw in Bournemouth, there are lots of people on the beach and only a few are failing to socially distance.

"But as the numbers increase, the chances of socially distancing are reduced.

“What we are saying is think twice and use your common sense. Ask yourself: ‘is what I’m doing safe and fair?’”

Crowds also flocked to Derbyshire’s Peak District – ignoring repeated warnings from tourism bosses to steer clear.

Families posed for snaps at the beauty spot’s Dovedale region.

But in Brighton, many appeared to have heeded demands from town hall chiefs to stay away from the seafront.

Stewards wearing facemasks overlooked the beach’s busiest area to stop crowds gathering – but unlike last Saturday, the masses stayed away.

They will continue to man the area for nine hours from 12pm throughout today and tomorrow, when temperatures are set to hit 18C (64F).





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Brits warned not to buy coronavirus home-testing kits from firms like Superdrug – The Sun


BRITS should not buy coronavirus home-testing kits sold by firms such as Superdrug, says the Government’s testing chief.

Professor John Newton told MPs that people should wait for officially approved checks.

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Ministers announced on Thursday that more than 10million antibody kits are being bought for use in hospitals and care homes.

They have been hailed as “game-changing” by Boris Johnson.

High street chains are also offering a £69 test to tell if a person was previously infected. But Prof Newton said better checks will be available soon.

“The public needs to be aware that those tests are not the same as those we have approved for use,” he said.

Better versions were still “under evaluation”, he added.

Superdrug hit back, saying: “We stand by the quality, safety and accuracy of our Covid-19 laboratory-based test.”

Thousands of the firm’s tests have been snapped up.

Users take a finger-prick blood sample at home and post it to a lab.

Results are published online 24 hours after it is received and the firm claims it is 98 per cent accurate.

Public Health England has approved two antibody tests for public testing — from medical giants Roche and Abbott.

They rely on blood from a vein.


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Bored Brits are turning their homes into climbing walls and obstacle courses

Keen climbers, who are stuck indoors due to the pandemic, have been setting up their own DIY climbing walls and obstacle courses at home.

Makeshift climbing centres have been springing up in people’s living rooms, garages, and cellars made from everyday items such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets.

Some are even practicing on the exterior of their properties as they come up with unique ways to hone their skills and keep fit during lockdown.

The incredible results are being shared on social media with wacky home bouldering videos quickly taking the internet by storm.

Both professional and amateur climbers can be seen scaling the walls of their homes and moving from room to room and even upstairs without touching the ground.

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Engineer Zak Aston, 29, from Gloucestershire, has been taking to the exterior of his home to practice his climbing.

He said: ‘I think this craze has taken off because climbers are a pretty eccentric bunch. We are always looking for something new to scratch the itch.

‘When the lockdown started, people just took to training in any way they knew how.

‘I started looking at their own situations and thinking “can I climb that? Well, let’s try it anyway”.’

Even 70-year-old Andy from West Midlands got involved. He scaled two flights of stairs in his home, without touching the floor, 26 times to raise over £1,000 for Oxfam.

The grandad-of-three, who has been rock climbing for 30 years, said: ‘I think climbers are hoping that when lockdown finally finishes that they’ll still be fairly fit.

‘It is also just our imagination. When we are stopped from climbing on rock or indoor walls, we’re looking at other possibilities.

‘I’ve climbed in the Dolomites and Snowdonia, but the banister will have to do for the time being.

‘Houses always have different bits and pieces you can hang off.’

Jake Tomlinson, 30, from Stafford, has created his own climbing wall by screwing in Jenga building blocks into his garage exterior.

The freelance outdoor education teacher, who has travelled the world pursuing the sport, came up with the ingenious idea in an attempt to keep costs down.

He said: ‘I think I was missing the actual movement of climbing and I wanted to build something along the wall.

‘I found Jenga blocks are a really simple and cheap way to train. You just screw them on and they are quite small but fun to climb.

‘I think climbers just like the training aspect of home bouldering. When this is over, people want to have maintained their fitness.’

Daniel James, 29, from Gloucestershire, has been posting Instagram videos of his homemade climbing wall after transforming his parents’ cellar into a gym.

He said: ‘I’ve always kind of had my eye on it since I started climbing. While I’ve got very little to do it seemed like a pretty good opportunity to make some use of that.

‘It only cost just under £100. The climbing holes you can spend as much as you want. People spend thousands and thousands on their walls.

‘There are all kinds of training tools and devices that you can use to stay in nick but the best way of doing that is simply having access to a climbing wall.’

One web user called Laetitia, 39, who uses the Instagram handle mini_climber, has also been taking part in the videos after constructing a climbing wall at home.

The primary school teacher and mum-of-two said: ‘I love the energy and the strength required to climb, it’s so much fun. My passion for it just grew over time.

‘I was missing it, so I decided to try and build my own wall at home using panels and bits of wood.

‘I’m really enjoying the process of building and evolving until lockdown ends at least.I can get big bits of plywood for under £40 and that’s half the wall done.

‘Climbing is never-ending, it’s limitless. It’s a dance and if anyone enjoys dancing, then this is just vertical dancing. My wall definitely occupies my days.’

The craze has also been occurring all over the world.

How fun!

Of course, if you’re going to try it at home, make sure you know what you’re doing and take safety precautions to prevent any injuries.

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Now Brits will have to go through 14-day quarantine to holiday in Sunny Beach too

BRITS wanting to head to Bulgaria's Sunny Beach will also face a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.

Other countries including Spain have introduced the new restrictions on foreign arrivals, which is to start this Friday.

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The Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev in Bulgaria confirmed that the two-week quarantine will be for all tourists entering the country, despite the state of emergency ending today.

He told local media that the threat was still ongoing, adding: "No one can say when the disease will peak again."

The state of emergency was confirmed on March 13, and has only been lifted after two months.

Under the new bill approved by lawmakers on Tuesday, the health minister will still be able to place infected people under quarantine and impose penalties on those who fail to observe them.

The government will gradually reopen cinemas, museums and other recreational venues, but they will be subject to restrictions that support social distancing.

It is also allowing the re-opening of outdoor bars and outdoor restaurants, guest houses and small hotels. They would all have to comply with required sanitary measures.

Lawmakers, eager to support the hard-hit tourism sector, voted to allow state subsidies for tour operators who bring foreign holidaymakers to the country's resorts with charter flights.

They also required operators of Black Sea beaches to cut the cost of umbrellas and sun beds to encourage Brits to return – but with the two-week quarantine, it is unlikely to be any time soon.

The UK has also enforced a two-week quarantine, resulting in six weeks if booking a two week holiday.

Bulgaria, which has a population of nearly 7 million, has confirmed 2,023 cases of COVID-19 and 94 deaths.

Brits have been flocking to Bulgaria over Magaluf for years, thanks to the raging nightlife and water sports that attract boozy travellers hunting down a party holiday.

Half a litre of beer can be bought for less than a pound in the resort and a couple can dine out with a bottle of wine for as little as £20.

Bulgaria is often voted the most affordable holiday location in Europe as well, thanks to cheap alcohol and food.

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Brits are struggling to work out what to do within coronavirus guidelines – The Sun

MILLIONS of Brits are still confused about the advice and guidance around coronavirus.

A poll of 2,000 adults found as the nation is forced to adapt to a new way of living, 46 per cent admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice they have been hearing.

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And a further 29 per cent have struggled to keep up to date with the ever-changing situation.

The UK is about to go into its sixth week of lockdown, but three in 10 still aren’t fully confident about the guidance and recommendations around it.

Most concerning, 30 percent are confused about what they should and shouldn’t take to relieve any symptoms associated with COVID-19, and two in five have experienced 'contradictory' advice.

Dr Bruce Charlesworth, Chief Medical Officer of RB Health, makers of Nurofen and Lemsip, which commissioned the research, said: “Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation we are most certainly seeing an 'infodemic' in parallel with the pandemic.

“At best this means there is confusion around what advice to listen to and at worst it means people acting on the wrong advice; changing medication when there's no need or even avoiding self-care.

“Normally emerging science is filtered, peer reviewed and less reactive, but unfortunately due to the sheer volume of information and the desire to get news out quickly there has been a lot of contradictory advice emerging.”

The study also found 30 per cent are confused about whether they can take Ibuprofen for potential symptoms of the virus such as a fever or a headache.

An eighth even admitted they have avoided treating everyday pain during the pandemic, which resulted in it getting worse.

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This includes 23 per cent ignoring a sore throat, a third with headaches and 23 per cent brushing aside a fever.

For advice, 45 per cent have looked at the NHS website, with 12 per cent checking for updates daily and 18 per cent doing so at least a few times a week.

Only a tenth have spoken to their doctor for information – with more have turned to social media (12 per cent) and search engines (16 per cent) for an answer.

A further quarter have opted for official government websites and 36 per cent watch TV news channels for advice.

Worryingly, one in six believe ‘most things’ they read on social media about coronavirus.

But 41 per cent feel no one really knows what is right and wrong yet because it’s too early to tell.

Of those polled, 30 per cent were parents and three in 10 of them admitted they are overwhelmed by guidance surrounding the best treatment if their child was to exhibit Covid-19 symptoms.

And a fifth of mums and dads said there is too much contradicting information around treating children.

It also emerged 44 per cent feel worried about the current pandemic while a third are nervous and 46 per cent feel anxious.

During this time, two fifths are taking more care of their health and self-care in general, with 36 per cent taking vitamins, 64 per cent getting fresh air and 55 per cent doing more exercise.

More than a quarter of those surveyed, via OnePoll, are even looking after their skin and 40 per cent are getting more sleep.

Bruce added: “I would encourage people to think carefully about the credibility of information and to always question the source.

“People should check the validity of information, particularly in regard to health, before acting on it or amplifying it through social media and other channels.  "We can all play our part in filtering out the noise and bad advice.

"We would always recommend people speak to a healthcare professional if they have specific questions.

"Everyone deserves to feel confident about self-care, and those of us in positions of scientific and medical influence need to help people with this."

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Brits won’t fall for China’s corona cover-up – hopefully our government won’t either – The Sun

PROOF, as if we needed it, that the Chinese communist government has been behind one hell of a disinformation campaign relating to the outbreak of coronavirus.

A report by the EU Agency the European External Action Service to be published this week concludes that “official and state-backed” Chinese sources are behind the spread of "conspiracy narratives" designed to exonerate the Chinese government.

Both “overt and covert tactics" are being used by Beijing to try and create a false narrative about how the coronavirus started.

The report – revealed today by Politico’s Brussels Playbook – concludes: “China has run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic.”

Let’s just think about the consequences of that for a moment.

In the midst of a global health crisis that has now killed over 170,000 worldwide, the Chinese government are using the most disgusting and dodgy fake news tactics to try and clear its name.

That’s not going to happen.

We’re not stupid.

The whole world knows what the totalitarian regime did at the start of this crisis. It tried to silence doctors. It tried to lie about how Covid-19 was spread. And for a period it did hoodwink the compliant World Health Organisation.

In fact, I will go on the record again to say the cover-up makes Chernobyl look like a misdemeanour crime.

The Chinese government now has further questions to answer about claims in the Washington Post that revealed US State Department cables have suggested Covid-19 may have been created in a Chinese laboratory and then spread via Wuhan’s wet markets.

The US president Donald Trump has said “more and more we’re hearing the story”.

The Australian government is right to demand an independent investigation into how China handled the outbreak that isn’t conducted by the World Health Organisation.

We’re now wise to Chinese tactics.

We know about the despicable wet markets.

We know why it’s simply untenable to allow Huawei to build our 5G network.

And we know why following this catastrophic event we simply must change our working relationship with China.

No disinformation campaign, no matter how sophisticated, will hoodwink the British public on this matter. And hopefully our government will realise that.

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Thousands of Brits now growing their own vegetables during lockdown

Gardening blooms as thousands of Britons dig for victory and start growing their own vegetables during coronavirus lockdown

  • The coronavirus lockdown has prompted thousands into taking up gardening 
  • The Royal Horticultural Society has seen a spike in inquiries about growing veg
  • A biggest rise in interest has been seen for potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries 
  • Composting has become more popular after a third of English councils halted green waste collections 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Thousands of us are taking up gardening during the lockdown. 

The Royal Horticultural Society has seen a spike in inquiries about growing vegetables in containers, composting and lawns. 

A third of a million Britons have visited the RHS website for advice, with the biggest rise in interest seen for potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. 

Visits to the pages on how to compost were up nearly 500 per cent on the previous year during the first nine days of lockdown. 

The Royal Horticultural Society has seen a spike in inquiries about growing vegetables in containers, composting and lawns during the coronavirus lockdown

Composting has become more popular after a third of English councils halted green waste collections. There has also been a rise of almost 500 per cent in gardeners looking at how to divide perennials, and a 40 per cent increase in people seeking tips on how to manage moss on lawns and sow seeds outside. 

Views of information on growing vegetables in containers, useful for those with only small gardens, balconies or doorsteps, have more than tripled.

Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS said: ‘Our overriding charitable remit is growing gardeners, which we do through sharing expert gardening advice, amassed over 200 years, to help and encourage everyone, from beginner to professional, to garden and grow plants.

A third of a million Britons have visited the RHS website for advice, with the biggest rise in interest seen for potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.

‘Over the coming weeks we will increase our video advice content and social media to help everyone, including this new generation of gardeners, to grow.

‘We’ll also be doing more online and exclusively for our members who are the lifeblood at the very heart of our organisation and we are more grateful than ever for their support during this time.’

She added: ‘Gardening, and getting back to nature is, we know ,good for our health and wellbeing, especially our mental health, and so we will do all we can to provide advice and ideas for people to keep growing, whether this be in their garden, or balcony or window sill.

‘We also have lots of advice on house plants and how to use your cut flowers indoors.’ 

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'Selfish' Brits use step ladder to break coronavirus lockdown rules and enter shut parks

SELFISH Brits used a ladder to climb into a closed park during lockdown – next to one of Britain's most overrun coronavirus hospitals.

The rule-breaking park-goers clambered over the walls to visit the grounds just yards from where doctors and nurses are fighting to save lives.

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They were snapped breaking into Belle Vue park, Newport, which neighbours the Royal Gwent Hospital.

The hospital is at the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak having seen the highest number of infections outside of London.

It comes as the latest figures showed 1,829 have died in Britain after contracting the killer bug, with a further 25,150 being infected.

Careworker Janet Watkin pictured the ladder louts from her home opposite the picturesque park.

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She said: "Two used the ladder to climb over the wall.

"One left with the ladder about ten minutes later then came back and was helped back over.

"I was incredulous. I can't believe people are risking the lives of others.

"They must think they're immune. This is why this virus could go on and on."

I was incredulous. I can't believe people are risking the lives of others.

Janet also pictured a second group of people using the park the following day – taking their skateboards with them and even sharing a bottle of water.

The Royal Gwent is the biggest hospital within the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area which has seen 590 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Intensive care consultant Dr David Hepburn told how he was laid low with the virus after catching it from a colleague at the Royal Gwent.

He said: "At the moment my team at the Intensive Care Unit are looking after a lot of patients who are critically unwell with coronavirus.

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"Some of them are younger than I am and they are certainly not the frail, elderly people that maybe some of us have been led to believe we would be seeing.

"They are young, they are fit and they have young families."

Dr Hepburn urged the British public to follow the isolation advice.

He added: "Please, please listen to the advice that's going around at the minute.

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"This is a small sacrifice for a short period of time and then life will get back to normal again but we have to protect everybody and we have to protect the NHS."

Dr Hepburn also revealed that he had been fighting the virus and warned about just "how sick this can make you".

He said: "I'd like to tell you that I got coronavirus from heroically looking after some of these patients but actually the reality is much more mundane.

"I think I probably caught this from contact with colleagues at work or possibly somebody out in the street before any of the coronavirus patients arrived on the intensive care unit.

"It started off very innocuously. I had a burning sensation in my nose, I lost my sense of taste, I never had a cough and then I've had a week of feeling absolutely terrible.

"Aching muscles, aching bones and unable to get out of bed – sleeping between 16 and 18 hours a day.

"I'm on the mend now thankfully, I hope but I can't emphasise to you how sick this can make you."


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