Bebe Rexha Fears for Her Parents’ Lives After They Contracted Coronavirus

The ‘I’m a Mess’ hitmaker says she was gripped with anxiety when her father and mother became ‘very ill’ after contracting the killer virus amid the ongoing pandemic.

AceShowbizBebe Rexha has revealed her parents were “very ill” after contracting the coronavirus – so much so that she was worried they weren’t going to make it.

The 30-year-old singer’s mum and dad – Bukurije and Flamur – both came down with Covid-19 with the “Say My Name” star telling U.S. TV show “Extra” that they were both incredibly poorly with the virus.

“They got sick with the coronavirus and were very ill for three weeks, and I got very nervous,” she said.

While Bebe lives in Los Angeles, she wanted to drive to New York to be with them and help them recover from the disease.

“I was thinking of doing the whole drive… to take care of them…,” she said. “They were so adamant about not having my brother and I there, but finally they got better. Finally they can taste food again. I’m really grateful.”

She added, “I am happy that New York is getting into a much better spot and the East Coast is starting to see the light.”

Bebe has been working hard during the coronavirus lockdown, and is gearing up to release her graduation song “Here’s to 2020”. She’s also been collaborating with David Guetta on new music via Zoom and has prepped an entire new album to drop.

“I just finished my album, actually, and it’s in the mixing process,” she explained. “I’m really excited about it. It took me two years, and obviously when the coronavirus thing happened, it kinda put a stall on it… My fans are getting very frustrated, but I’m like, ‘I promise it’s gonna be worth it!’ I really love this album more than any other album.”

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Tom Holland Is Living With A Secret Girlfriend?!

Who knew the guy who plays a teen superhero with a secret identity would be so good at hiding his double life?? LOLz!

That’s just one more thing we’re learning about Tom Holland today in a surprise report which claims not only does the Spider-Man: Far From Home star have a girlfriend — they’re already living together!

Yes, according to sources spilling to on Thursday the 23-year-old is in “an official relationship” with an actress named Nadia Parkes, after about three months of quietly dating.

Wait, living together after just THREE MONTHS?? That’s a little extreme, isn’t it? Well, that’s love in the time of corona for ya.

An insider told the outlet it was the sudden implementation of social distancing guidelines which forced the fledgling couple’s hand:

“It was early days for Tom and Nadia when the lockdown was announced in London.”

At that point it was either back off and keep things limited to Zooming (which is ironically a very slow courtship) or jump in with both feet and see how it goes! Fortunately, per the source, it’s going really well!

“They made the decision to isolate together and things have been going great between them. Tom has told friends and family they’re in an official relationship and living together so soon into their romance has only made them stronger.”

Phew! That could have been downright disastrous!

Some couples have found isolating together to be the end of their relationships as we’ve had to sadly report multiple times already this year. This must be particularly tricky for Nadia, seeing as Tom lives in what’s been basically a bachelor pad with his BFF Harrison Osterfield (also 23) and his little brother Harry Holland (21).

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Living with three college age guys can NOT be the easiest plunge for a young woman!

So who is Nadia Parkes anyway?

Well, she’s an actress you may have seen in recent high profile TV roles on the BBC hit Doctor Who or the Starz series The Spanish Princess. The 24-year-old is also accustomed to being around highly scrutinized celebs as she’s good friends with Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner — she was even at Sophie’s bachelorette party (or hen-do as they call them in the UK) before one of her weddings to Joe Jonas.

In fact, it’s believed it was Joe and Sophie who introduced the couple!

Tom has obviously not confirmed the relationship, but then again he’s never confirmed any relationship yet, has he? Not the much-speculated fling with co-star Zendaya nor the rumored nine-month relationship with Olivia Bolton. Like we said, the man is good at keeping secrets…

Do YOU buy this latest relationship rumor??

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Big Quarantine Moves! Revisit The COMPLETE Relationship Timeline!

Seems like no one has had a busier quarantine than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry!

In between celebrating milestones like Archie‘s first birthday, their second wedding anniversary, and Meg’s return to acting with Disney (doing a voiceover for a documentary about elephants — still counts!), the Duke and Duchess have been on the move. 

Related: Kate Middleton Clashes With Outlet Over ‘Selfish’ Meg & Harry Report

After stepping down from their royal duties just before the coronavirus crisis hit, the couple have been country hopping, going from Canada to the US and settling in La La Land. And throughout it all, they’ve been fighting a legal battle against Britain’s tabloids. 

If your head is spinning from all that info, you may want to get caught up on all that these royals have been up to…

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More Than 80 Percent of Cruise Ship Passengers Who Had Coronavirus Didn’t Show Symptoms

On a cruise ship with a high number of COVID-19 cases, more than 80 percent of the patients did not show any symptoms, a worrying sign that the virus can quietly spread without warning signs.

Researchers in Australia studied a ship of passengers and crew on a 21-day cruise from Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, which left in mid-March, after the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus a global pandemic. Three days into the trip, they decided to end the cruise early, at their next port docking on day 14.

But by the eighth day at sea, a passenger reported having a fever. All passengers were then required to isolate in their rooms until the end of the trip, but the virus spread quickly — of the 217 passengers and crew on board, 128 tested positive for COVID-19.

And of those 128, just 24 showed symptoms. The remaining 104 COVID-19 patients, or 81 percent of the ship, were asymptomatic.

The researchers say these results, which have been peer-reviewed and published in the journal Thorax, indicate that COVID-19 is a "silent infection" that has spread at a higher rate than what is known.

“It is difficult to find a reliable estimate of the number of COVID positive patients who have no symptoms,” Alan Smyth, professor of child health at the University of Nottingham and joint editor-in-chief of Thorax, said in a blog post about the study. “… As countries progress out of lockdown, a high proportion of infected, but asymptomatic, individuals may mean that a much higher percentage of the population than expected may have been infected with COVID.”

Smyth added, though, that this may mean that more people have unknowingly had COVID-19 and “these individuals may have immunity.” At this point, however, it is not yet known if people who had COVID-19 are immune to getting it again.

The “urgent” need now, Smyth said, is for “accurate” antibody testing worldwide to get a better understanding of how many people have had COVID-19. Though antibody testing is becoming widely available in the U.S., many of the tests may not be accurate, the Centers for Disease Control warned this week.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Italy’s Serie A Pro Soccer League Sets June Return

Italy’s Serie A, one of the first pro sports leagues to shutter midseason as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country in March, said Thursday that its games will restart June 20.

The soccer league with such global marquee teams as Juventus and Inter Milan was shut down March 10 midway through its 2019-2020 season, playing some games in empty stadiums before finally halting play altogether. Italy was the first global hotspot outside China for COVID-19, but has slowly been reopening as cases have diminished.

As of today the country has recorded 33,072 deaths from the virus, behind only the U.S. and the UK.

The league had been eyeing a June 13 restart, but the Italian government’s national lockdown rules had been extended to June 14.

The news today came after a call with Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, the league and national soccer federation presidents, players’ reps and the Association of Italian Sports Medics. The plan calls to resume the final four games in the current match week, followed by teams playing games every three days. The schedule is still to be worked out.

One rule requires an entire club’s team and staff to quarantine for two weeks should anyone test positive for coronavirus, which could impact being able to finish out the full season.

The news comes as the English Premier League announced earlier today it will come back to June 17. Germany’s Bundesliga is already playing games in empty stadiums. Spain’s La Liga is eyeing a June 11 return.

In the U.S., the men’s pro league MLS has not set a timetable for return. The women’s NWSL on Wednesday unveiled a 25-game tournament in Utah for all nine of its teams beginning next month in lieu of a regular season.

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Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League set for June 17 restart, Championship training resumes, UFC and WWE updates – The Sun

THE Premier League is a step closer after the return of players to training, and there's been a boost after only two more positive tests.

But clubs are reportedly eyeing a June 26 return as they err on the side of caution.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are getting set to give football fans its biggest spectacle since lockdown in a Bundesliga title decider.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…



    Premier League clubs are reportedly looking into arranging friendlies to ensure they enter Project Restart as fit as possible.

    Fears over injuries are high ahead of football recommencing next month.

    And Daily Telegraph report on today’s discussions between the clubs featuring talk of friendlies.

    Interested teams want to be allowed to travel to nearby rivals for full-length matches on training grounds.

    Not every manager is said to be desperately behind the idea, but those unconvinced believe they will have to play them anyway to ensure they are not disadvantaged.


    Tyson Fury’s fitness videos have kept fans active during lockdown but the boxer was left raging at the “music police” after his Instagram Live was ended for breaching copyright.

    The 31-year-old WBC heavyweight champion and wife Paris were coming to the end of another of their home workouts, which are streamed online.

    But the session was abruptly cut short – which a fuming Fury later revealed was due to copyright problems over the music he blares out while getting a sweat on.

    He said: “You're not going to believe this, all that good working out, we got right near the end, up comes a message: 'You do not own the music' –deleted the video.”

    “I cannot believe it. I don't know what’s going on with these people. We are working out, not every gym in the world owns the music, every person on Instagram doesn't own the music that you train to.”


    Domestic cricket in England and Wales will not take place until August 1, at the earliest.

    A statement just released announced that authorities remain hopeful of getting some cricket in towards the end of the summer.

    It read: “The England and Wales Cricket Board can today confirm a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.

    “The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.”


    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.


    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.


    Phil Neville is confirmed women’s football could fall by the wayside during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The outgoing England boss told beIN Sports of his concerns for several WSL teams, stating: “Nobody’s spoken about women’s football for the last 60 days and I think it was disappointing that the league got cancelled, but I do think it was the right decision for women’s football”

    “I’m pretty sure that the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, will look after their women’s team. I think there’s a massive commitment there.

    “It’s teams like Bristol City, Birmingham, and Brighton, who are in the WSL, when they’re looking at the budgets for the year – and obviously the biggest income is on the men’s side.

    “Reading and Birmingham have both furloughed their women’s teams and staff at this moment in time. I hope that we don’t lose them, because ultimately there’s only 12 teams in the senior division.

    “We need to keep teams like Birmingham, Bristol City, Reading, we need to keep them in because they’re really good teams who have been there from the start.”


    Blackburn have confirmed a positive coronavirus test for captain Elliott Bennett.

    The winger is asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, as will the two unnamed Fulham players also found to be infected in the latest round of results.

    Bennett told the Rovers website: “I feel fit and healthy.

    “Hopefully this sends out a positive message to the community that perhaps many people have or have had the virus without showing any effects.

    “I obviously would never have known if we hadn’t returned to training and taken the tests, because I don’t feel unwell and have got no symptoms whatsoever.

    “There seems to have been a lot of hysteria about footballers returning to training, but it’s not a big deal at all. It’s the people who are seriously ill in hospital that we need to worry about, not footballers who are fit and healthy, and who aren’t showing any signs of being unwell.”


    Australian rugby league got back underway today and Brisbane Broncos’ defeat to Parramatta Eels earned attention for more than one reason.

    Played behind closed doors, broadcasters pumped virtual crowd noises to viewers – that has actually been well received online.

    Check it out for yourself…


    Sky Sports have given football fans hope that the Premier League will return next month after announcing they could end the freezing period on June 19.

    Customers were given the option of pausing their subscription when the coronavirus pandemic brought the Premier League campaign to a halt.

    It appears June 19 could be a realistic option following the revelation from broadcasting giants Sky.

    A Sky employee responded to a query on the website that read: “We're in the process of un-pausing Sky Sports as we see more live sport return during June.

    “Some of you will have noticed that we'll be restarting subscriptions from the 19th of June and we'll be making more information available shortly.”


    Championship club Fulham have confirmed two of their players have tested positive for coronavirus.

    As just reported, the EFL found three cases from two clubs in the latest tests.

    And now Fulham have announced: “After the second round of league-wide testing for COVID-19 completed by Fulham FC players and staff this week at the Club’s training facility, we can confirm that two players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

    “Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance.”


    Three individuals from the Football League have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

    A statement on Thursday morning read: “Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1030 players and Club staff have been tested over the course of Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, with three individuals testing positive from two Clubs.

    “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

    “The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.”


    Speaking of LaLiga coming back, matches are to be broadcast FREE in the UK.

    Sky customers can sign up to the league’s official TV channel for one month’s free watching, in a new offer just announced.


    LaLiga is returning with a bang with THIRTY-TWO days of consecutive live action.

    Spanish football chiefs hope the season will restart with the derby between Real Betis and Sevilla behind closed doors on June 11.

    Marca reports that “there will be 32 consecutive days of football, going from June 11 to July 12”.

    Tebas said: “There is the possibility of a game on June 11, which would be the only match that night and perhaps there will be a tribute to all the people who have died.

    “We'd like the game to be the Seville derby.”


    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the coronavirus pandemic will increase the emphasis on coaching ability.

    With the quiet transfer market, managers will be forced to work harder to get the best out of their squads – rather than just buying in new talent.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “I just don't think clubs are going to be in a position to pay £70m, £80m on players anymore. I don't see that happening.

    “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they've got to make these players better. I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.

    “For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It's all well and good buying £80m players all the time. Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you're coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn't worth £80m.

    “The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren't will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”


    Neymar's son was left shell shocked after the Paris Saint-Germain star hatched a hilarious plan to hit him with an egg.

    The Brazilian has managed to spend some quality family time with Davi Lucca after the French top-flight was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But it appears the 28-year-old has found plenty of ways to entertain himself, even at the egg-pense of the unsuspecting Davi.

    It involved throwing numerous ping pong balls at the eight-year-old who would attempt to head them into a basket on the floor.

    After launching six ping pong balls, Neymar switched his seventh throw for the yolk.

    And Davi fell for it hook, line and sinker, and was left with egg on his face quite literally.

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    Is this the future of Premier League football?

    Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen fans watched their teams' return from the coronavirus lockdown at the stadium – but not from the inside.

    The clubs set up drive-in cinema-style screens for fans, allowing them to drive in and take in all the action.

    Just 300 lucky supporters were afforded the incredible chance.

    And they made the most of it too, arriving in droves, kitted out with blankets, beers and snacks.


    Troy Deeney has revealed vile trolls told him they hoped his baby son would contract coronavirus.

    Watford’s skipper was one of the top Premier League stars who voiced safety fears over Project Restart and has been absent from training.

    Deeney told CNN: “I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying ‘I hope your son gets corona’.

    “It’s all about mental health and everyone says ‘speak up, speak out, please speak’…

    “Danny Rose spoke out and I did and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.

    “It’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.”


    Are you a little lost trying to find out when the Premier League is returning? Well have no fear as SunSport has answered all your questions ahead of today's important meeting between the clubs.

    What date is Project Restart likely to take place?

    What's gonna happen with the TV money?

    What time will the matches be?

    Our man Dave Fraser is on hand to fill you in with everything you need to know about the Premier League's return.


    SunSport can exclusively reveal Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

    Meanwhile, Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.

    Finally, Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.


    Watford captain Troy Deeney has confirmed his return to first-team training.

    He said: “I only said that I wasn't going back for the first week.

    “People took that as I'll never go back. But I think everyone appreciates everything that the Premier League is trying to do as well.

    “I don't think it's a case of pure neglect in terms of ‘We're going back to work, get on board’ or it's anything like that. They have very good lines of communication and I’ve had maybe had four or five meetings now.

    “I'm the captain of a Premier League football team. I’m not doing my job if I'm sitting back at home, saying to the players: ‘You win this game for me and I'm not doing anything.’

    “Anyone that knows me knows I'm never scared of a challenge. But anyone that knows me also knows that family is the most important thing for me.”


    Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.


    Jose Mourinho says getting to grips with tech early in lockdown has helped keep Tottenham in tip-top shape.

    He said: “Since lockdown my intention was to make the boys feel we are together.

    “That was more important than the reality of the Zoom virtual training.

    “It was much more about us as a group, a family, trying to keep some discipline in our lives.

    “To protect players and society we made the decision on no travelling. Nobody was moving back to their countries. Everybody was staying in London.

    “The majority of players live around the training ground. It was important to keep them mentally healthy.

    “We could all feel that loneliness that staying at home and not leaving brought, so it was important to make that Zoom session in the morning because it kept us together.

    “A Zoom session every day at 10am, everybody waking up at same time having a little bit of work to do, finishing the work and then we stayed in the Zoom room, having a laugh, conversations and discussions.”


    Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.


    Daniel Dubois’ sister is keeping the boxer on his toes during lockdown.

    He told SunSport: “Caroline takes the training sessions every day, she enjoys picking the exercises and circuits more than I do.

    “She has our youngest brother Solomon acting like the teacher’s assistant so there is no slacking.

    “I wish I was fighting now but I am trying to take any positives there and, apart from spending time with the family, the idea that I can use this break to relax, recover and improve is a good one.”


    Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

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Coronavirus: April deadliest month ON RECORD in England and Wales with 88,000 deaths – double last April – The Sun

APRIL 2020 was the deadliest month on record for England and Wales after 88,153 died across the two countries. 

The grim tally is more than double the amount of people who died in April 2019 (44, 123) as coronavirus reached its peak in the UK.

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The figures suggest that during the height of the pandemic, people in England and Wales were dying at twice the rate of a normal month.

London was hit even harder, suffering three times as many deaths this April than the same month the year before.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that until now, January 2018 had the highest number of fatalities (64,154).

ONS statistics published today show the number of people who have died of any cause, month by month.

In January this year, 56,706 people died in England and Wales.

The figure is high, but not unheard of for winter.

It was followed by 43,555 in February and 49,723 in March.


When comparing the number of deaths which took place in individual regions in April 2019 and April 2020, the biggest rise was in London, where the figures rose by 197 per cent.

In April this year, 12,175 deaths were recorded in the capital, three times more than the 4,102 logged in the same month last year.

In the West Midlands, the number of deaths rose from 4,527 in April 2019 to 9,932 in April 2020.

In the North West, which includes Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester, fatalities rose by 112 per cent – from 5,835 to 12,354.

The South East – which includes Surrey, Hampshire and Kent – recorded the highest number of deaths (12,823) in April 2020 when compared with any other region.

It compares to the 6,765 people who died there in April 2019.


It comes as new figures show the UK has suffered the highest rate of excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic among all countries with comparable data.

Britain registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20,

equating to 891 people per million – a higher rate than any other country with the same quality of data.

The data also shows the UK is the worst hit in Europe when it comes to a percentage increase in deaths across the same period, trumped only by Peru internationally.

Yesterday, the Department of Health revealed the nation's overall death toll from the virus is now 37,460.

The true figure, however, is believed to be much higher, with data from the Office for National Statistics suggesting more than 47,000 people could have been killed by the deadly bug in Britain already.


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Coronavirus test and trace: your questions about new system answered

How will the coronavirus test and trace system work, will I be fined if I refuse a test and will it help to lift the coronavirus lockdown? Your questions about the new system answered

  • Delayed scheme was unveiled tonight by Health Secretary Matt Hancock 
  • He said it was the ‘civic duty’ of the public to adhere to new rules from tomorrow
  • Come into effect from 9am tomorrow for people who’ve already tested positive
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Locked-down Britain may finally start to return to ‘normality’ after nine weeks of uncertainty through the government’s coronavirus tracing system.

The NHS Trace and Test system for England is expected to start tomorrow at 9am. 

It was unveiled tonight by Health Secretary Matt Hancock , who said it was the ‘civic duty’ of the public to adhere to the new rules. 

However, it is being launched without its NHS contact tracing app centrepiece, prompting concerns that without the new technology the government could struggle to tackle the spread of the disease.

Experts immediately said the complexity of the programme meant there could be ‘several points of failure’ while the Government’s political opponents said ministers should never have largely ditched contact tracing in the first place.

So what do you need to know about the NHS Trace and Test system for England? And how will it affect you and your loved ones? 

The NHS Test and Trace system was unveiled by Health Secretary Matt Hancock (right) and Baroness Harding (left) at the daily coronavirus press conference at No10 today

A government diagram tries to explain how the anticipated NHS Test and Trace system, which is expected to start tomorrow morning at 9am, will work

What is the NHS Trace and Test system? 

The NHS Trace and Test system will see anyone who develops Covid-associated symptoms told to self-isolate and get tested.

The close contacts of those who are found to be positive for the disease will then be told to quarantine for 14 days – even if they test negative and are not sick. 

Boris Johnson’s government has hired an enormous army of 50,000 people who will attempt to make this huge undertaking possible. 

Around 25,000 are contact tracers who will contact people who return positive coronavirus tests to grill them on their movements and their known associates. 

The idea is to build a picture of who they have come into contact with and so who might be at risk of a) becoming ill and b) passing it on to more people.    

Another 25,000 people in the scheme are testers, who will go out into the community and test these known associates.

Either way, these known associates will be under orders to immediately quarantine, even if the tests they return are negative.  

Baroness Dido Harding, executive chairwoman of NHS Test and Trace, said the scheme was central to easing the lockdown further.

She said: ‘NHS test and trace is designed to enable the vast majority of us to be able to get on with our lives in a much more normal way. 

‘We will be trading national lockdown for individual isolation if we have symptoms.

‘Instead of 60 million people being in national lockdown, a much smaller number of us will be told we need to stay at home, either for seven days if we are ill or 14 days if we have been in close contact.’

The tracers can track down the contacts of 10,000 people per day. 

How exactly will the NHS Test and Trace System work? 

The UK’s coronavirus tracing programme will be split into two parts.

  • Part One: 

People will be ordered to self-isolate for seven days if they develop symptoms. Anyone in the same household will have to do the same. 

Those people should then order a coronavirus test online or by calling 119. This will be available for residents in Wales from Saturday.

If a test is positive, that victim must complete seven days in isolation. If the test comes back negative, no one needs to self-isolate.

However, people with a positive test for Covid-19 will then be contacted via text message or email or by phone and told to answer questions.

They will be asked to share phone numbers and email addresses for close contacts.

For those under 18, they will receive a call from the team and a parent or guardian must give permission for the call to continue. 

  • Part Two:

People who have been listed as a person with whom a coronavirus victim has had close contact will receive a text message or an email.

They will then be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days based on when they last came into contact with that person.

Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless symptoms are present.

If they develop Covid-associated symptoms, all other household members should self-isolate and they should then order a test.

If the test is positive, self-isolation must continue for seven days. If the test is negative, that person should still complete 14 days in case the virus is not showing.

How long will it be before I know if I have the coronavirus?

The aim of the scheme is to get all test results processed and returned within 24 hours but it is unlikely to hit that goal right at the start of the rollout. 

That means some people could face lengthy waits to find out if they have tested positive, potentially delaying the tracing process and allowing the virus to spread. 

Baroness Harding said of the test timings so far: ‘Yesterday, the turnaround time of our tests – we returned 84 per cent of all tests in our drive-in centres within 24 hours.

‘And 95 per cent of all tests within 48 hours. I still don’t think that’s good enough. It’s got to get better and better.’ 

Who is a ‘close contact’?

A close contact is anyone who has been within two metres (6ft 6in) of the infected person for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment.

The government hopes the requirements of the system will focus the minds of the public on the importance of maintaining social distancing.

When the coronavirus app is up and running, the victim’s mobile phone should automatically identify anyone they have come close to.

Until that happens, patients will identify likely contacts via an online process.

What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Scotland has announced its own system will start tomorrow.

Wales’ system is set to start in early June, while Northern Ireland has its own version of the NHS Test and Trace system up and running. 

A MailOnline chart explains how the new NHS Test and Trace system is expected to work

The NHS Test and Trace system will be launched as the coronavirus death toll rises to 37,257

Are there any pitfalls? If so, what are they?

Yes there are pitfalls. This scheme has been cobbled together as quickly as possible by ministers and officials working under extreme pressure.  

Experts immediately said the complexity of the programme meant there could be ‘several points of failure’ while the Government’s political opponents said ministers should never have largely ditched contact tracing in the first place. 

Without the app, contact-tracking will be based on the say so of people who have tested positive. That means people will need to remember exactly where they have been and who they have been close in the days leading up to their positive test. 

If people forget or remember inaccurately who they’ve seen, the virus could spread. 

Baroness Harding told the Downing Street briefing: ‘We have 25,000 contact tracers ready to start work tomorrow – that is easily enough to trace down the contacts today when the vast majority of us are in lockdown.’

She said data from the Isle of Wight suggests people have been within two metres of fewer than five others at the moment.

What happens if people refuse to isolate? Will they be fined? 

The government has said that it is relying on the British public to voluntarily self-isolate if they display symptoms of Covid-19.

But it has warned that it will impose penalties if people do not follow its orders. Spot checks could be made to households and fines could be issued.

It is not known how much people would be fined if caught flouting self-isolation. 

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care told MailOnline: ‘We are confident that the public will want to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus to keep themselves, their families and communities safe and to protect the NHS. This means complying with advice to self-isolate.

‘However, if we find that people are not complying with isolation instructions, we will not hesitate to introduce tougher measures, for example making visits to check they’re at home or issuing fines if they are found outside the house.’ 

At tonight’s press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is ‘confident’ that when told to self-isolate, people will, adding: ‘Now of course we could also mandate that, but in the first instance we’re not going to.

‘This will be voluntary at first because we trust everyone to do the right thing.

‘But, we can quickly make it mandatory if that is what it takes. Because, if we don’t collectively make this work, then the only way forward is to keep the lockdown.’

Could people end up having to self-isolate repeatedly? 

Yes. The government has discussed imposing ‘local lockdowns’ on whole towns if there are future regional flare-ups of coronavirus cases. 

Mr Hancock said last night that the ability to tighten restrictions in individual regions will be part of the NHS test, track and trace system.

This could lead to local schools, businesses or workplaces being closed in areas with high prevalence of infection, according to the government’s ‘exit strategy’.

However, part of the rationale for the Test and Trace system is to allow local, small-scale action to be taken where there appears to be an outbreak.

Will people who have had coronavirus be exempt from self-isolating if they come into contact with a new Covid-19 sufferer?

No. Even people who have had positive tests for coronavirus will have to stay at home for 14 days if they come into close contact with a new sufferer.

The government has said that the scientific advice remains that it is uncertain if people who have had the virus are immune to it. 

What checks are in place to stop it being open to abuse, or pretending to have the disease as a joke? 

The emphasis of the entire scheme is on testing people. So people claiming to have the disease will be tested. There will be very little wriggle room. 

Although if those who test positive fail or refuse to reveal who they have been in contact with, without the app there is very little the contact tracers can do to tell if people are telling the truth.

Who is in charge of the operation where I am? 

Councils and public health officials will be tasked with cracking down on local outbreaks of Covid-19, but it is not clear who will lead those efforts.

It is also not clear today how many staff members would be available to help or if local authorities will get extra funding and powers to act appropriately. 

Why not simply keep going the way we are?    

Though the government claims that lockdown has dramatically reduced Covid-associated deaths, the policy is destroying the economy.

Millions of workers have been furloughed by small businesses and big companies since tough restrictions on movement were introduced by the government.

Over half of the adult population of the UK is now being paid by the state in some capacity, whether in the public sector, on furlough, or benefits.

Business and companies have received hundreds of billions of pounds in emergency loans to date from Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

But this state of affairs cannot continue forever.

Economists estimated in early April that lockdown, which began on March 23, is costing Britain around £2.4billion per day.

The Bank of England forecast that UK GDP contracted by 2 per cent in the first quarter, and is set to shrink by 30 per cent in the second quarter.

Bank staff believe the economy could ‘bounce’ by around 15 per cent by the end of the year, meaning the UK would be around 15 per cent poorer than before lockdown.

Faced with what the Bank called the biggest economic nosedive in 300 years, the government is trying to restart the engines of UK plc.

The PM has committed himself to bringing Britain out of lockdown safely by managing the risk to public health posed by coronavirus.

The NHS Test and Trace system is meant to help do just that. 

Mr Hancock told the press briefing: ‘Until an effective treatment or vaccine comes through how can we get back to doing more of the things that make life worth living without risking safety or putting lives at risk? NHS Test and Trace is a big part – not the only part – but a big part of the answer to that question.’ 

What is this app people are talking about? 

The NHS Trace and Test system is being launched without its NHS contact-tracing app centrepiece, prompting concerns that without the new technology the government could struggle to tackle the spread of Covid-19. 

Experts believe the app will be crucial to the success of the programme because it can identify contacts much quicker than human contact tracers. 

The smartphone app uses bluetooth to register other phones it has been near for a prolonged period of time. A date has not been set for the nationwide roll out of the app but without it contact tracing will not be as swift as it would be with it. 

Matt Hancock said it is ‘not technical problems’ which are preventing the test and trace app from being rolled out nationwide.

He said: ‘It is that one of the things we learnt about in the Isle of Wight is that rolling out the system where people are asked to isolate, even if they have no symptoms, starts better when it comes in human form from the contact tracers.’

Mr Hancock added that ‘the app is working in the Isle of Wight’, and said that when the government has ‘successfully embedded’ the new NHS Test and Trace system, ‘then that is the time to bring the app to bear’.

He continued: ‘Because the app is a compliment to this system, even without it this system would be successful, but it is a compliment because there are some contacts that you don’t know that you might have made.’

Have other countries used contact tracing?

South Korea has monitored credit card transactions, CCTV footage and mobile phone locations, while Singapore has used police investigations and detective work to piece together where people have been and who they’ve seen.

Iceland saw 40 per cent of the population download its app, though its government says manual tracing is just as important.

Austria introduced a decentralised app operated by the Red Cross, which users can manually control. It was the first to roll out this app. 

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Coronavirus UK LIVE: Dominic Cummings defended as death toll hits 36,793 and diabetics told to shield after lockdown – The Sun

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has defended his top aide Dominic Cummings and refused to ask him to resign.

Mr Cummings travelled to his parents in Durham in late March, before being spotted out at a nearby beauty spot on April 12, when he claimed to be self-isolating with coronavirus.

Mr Cummings was later reportedly seen in Houghall Woods with his wife Mary Wakefield on April 19, despite being in Downing Street a few days earlier.

Witnesses say they were shocked when they saw the senior aide 260 miles from his London residence despite the Government message at the time being to remain at home.

Speaking at Sunday's Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson insisted he had taken the allegations extremely seriously.

He said: "It’s because I take this matter so seriously that I've had extensive face to face conversations with Dominic Cummings.

“When he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.

"Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation, thereafter, some of the palpably false.

"I believe that in every respect that he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives."

Meanwhile, diabetics could be told to shield at home beyond lockdown as the UK death toll rose to 36,793 with 118 more deaths.

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    Social distancing was non-existent on a British Airways flights yesterday, with dozens of passengers within inches of each other on touchdown.

    There was the usual scramble for the exit on arriving at Heathrow airport with no attempt to keep flyers’ apart.

    A photo sent to The Sun showed people apparently oblivious to coronavirus lockdown rules as they arrived in the UK from Amsterdam. Crew were also not wearing gloves or face-masks.

    One airline source said of BA Flight 431: “Everyone seems to have given up on social distancing. We’re calling it the ‘Dominic Cummings effect’.

    “There was no hesitation whatsoever among the passengers. In recent weeks staff have been doing their best to keep people apart, but there is no effort now.

    “It’s shocking how quickly we appear to have returned to normal.”

    For the full story, click HERE.


    The Prime Minister has hinted shops could reopen and families may be able to be meet up in social “bubbles” as further lockdown measures are set to be eased next week.

    Boris Johnson has said Britain is heading into “step two” of his plan to get the country moving again.

    Mr Johnson suggested last night that lockdown measures could be eased further as he spoke during the Downing Street press conference.

    He confirmed the country appears to be “in a position to move to step two” on his road map back to some kind of normality amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The second stage is hoped to begin on June 1 – next Monday – if the government is satisfied with the progress made in controlling the pandemic.

    For the full story, click HERE.


    Belgium's interior minister announced that the country will not return to strict lockdown measures even if there is a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

    The country of 11.5 million was closed down in mid-March, with only shops and pharmacies open.

    Pieter De Crem told VTM: “The first lockdown has taken care of the situation in which we have ended up.

    “These were exceptional circumstances, but we never had Italian or Spanish conditions.

    “If there was a second wave, then I think we will find ourselves in a different situation, namely with testing and tracing.

    “But I think we can rule out that we will have to go back to tough measures.”


    Hundreds of air-filled hippo suits are flying off the shelves as shoppers in the US are using them as protective suits to hug loved ones.

    Sales of the outfits skyrocketed after one girl put the suit on to visit her mum living in a care home.

    Both comical and heartwarming, a clip shows the woman in the hippo suit greeting her mum with open arms outside Fox Trails Senior Living Home in Virginia, USA.

    The woman's mum can be heard saying: “This is so wonderful!” as she cuddled her daughter for the first time since lockdown.

    Costume retailer said they sold 75 hippo suits in 2019, but this year they have sold 450 so far as people use them to give loved ones as squeeze.


    Sir David Attenborough said climate change has been “wiped off the front pages” by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The 94-year-old broadcaster suggested the outbreak could be a result in increased co-operation between countries – something that would help in the battle against climate change.

    Speaking on So Hot Right Now podcast, he said: “The trouble is that right now the climate issue is also seen as being rather in the distant future because we’ve got the virus to think about.

    “And so what are the papers full of? The virus. Quite right, that’s what I want to know about, too.”

    “But we have to make sure that this issue, which was coming to the boil with the next COP meeting in Glasgow, has suddenly been swept off the front pages. And we’ve got to get it back there.”


    Firefighter bosses said they cannot be thanked for the hard work they have done during the coronavirus pandemic with further cuts.

    The Fire Brigades Union wrote to Boris Johnson demanding a halt to further budget cuts as they “prepare for the next national emergency.”

    Matt Wrack, general secretary for the union said firefighters are “absolutely staggered” by the proposed cuts to the service at a time when they going above and beyond the call of duty.

    He said: “We are firefighters volunteering to drive ambulances, to move bodies, to move face masks into the health service.

    “I think for us the pandemic shows a woeful lack of preparation in public services, and a key part of that is we've lost hundreds and thousands of jobs in frontline public services in the past decade, including in the fire and rescue service.”


    Several schools in Seoul, South Korea, have closed down after a Kindergarten student contracted Covid-19 from his teacher.

    The news of the six-year-old boy's illness came just two days before the second phase of the country's return to school.

    The art teacher, who tested positive on Sunday had taught 35 students at Young Rembrandts, a private art school in Magok of Ganseo.

    Ten nearby Kindergartens and five elementary schools will remain closed for two days so they can be disinfected.


    Presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Ben Shephard hit out at shamed Dominic Cummings on GMB this morning.

    The duo said how they had received dozens of emails from viewers insisting that lockdown was “over” after the lack of discipline that Cummings has faced from his actions.

    One viewer's email was read out: “Dominic Cummings' actions and Boris Johnson's absolute backing of them have really upset me.

    “His excuse was that he was just being a good, noble, understanding father is just a slap in the face for all those who missed their parents' funerals, to those who couldn't see their child in hospital, to anyone frightened and alone that did obey the law.”


    The millions raised by Sir Tom Moore are being spent on health and wellbeing areas for NHS staff.

    Known as 'wobble rooms', the calming spaces will have massage chairs, tablets for staff to keep in touch with their loved ones, sleep pods, kettles, microwaves and fridges.

    The rooms are for staff to unwind after a long shift or just to take a moment to look after their mental health.

    Elaine Manderson, 48, lead nurse for critical care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London said Sir Moore's donations have been “incredibly uplifting”.


    Mike Tindall has today revealed he and wife Zara will be sending their daughter back to school on June 1.

    The former England former rugby player said the “novelty” for his daughter to be taught by him had worn off after a week and a half.

    He joked to Good Morning Britain: ” The first week was brilliant because it's a different environment and she was excited to be home.

    “Then once that effect has work off it's just a dad teaching you again, like yeah whatever I can walk off or go outside or turn the TV on in other room.”

    He said he had been homeschooling in the morning with Zara picked it up in the afternoon.


    A zoo dubbed the worst in Britain is threatening to put down its animals because of a cash crisis.

    Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in West Wales is shut for the lockdown and the married couple who run it fear they only have enough money for a week more to feed more than 300 animals.

    Tracy and Dean Tweedy say their money is running out to care for their stock – and would consider euthanising their animals as a last resort.


    Diabetics may have to stay at home to shield against the coronavirus once lockdown is lifted.

    Research has shown that sufferers are at a significantly greater risk of dying if they catch the Covid-19 virus.

    Prof Peter Horby, the chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said diabetes was being considered as part of an “active review” of the most vulnerable groups.

    Earlier this week it emerged that almost one in three people who have died from coronavirus in hospital had diabetes.


    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has today he “absolutely” believes Dominic Cummings after the adviser told the PM he did not break the coronavirus lockdown.

    He told Sky News this morning: “If he's made it clear to the Prime Minister, I absolutely believe that assurance.

    “I wouldn't expect someone not giving the categorical truth.”

    He said the government was now “absolutely focused in terms of the next stages” of bringing the country out of lockdown.


    The Bishop of Manchester David Walker has called for the sacking of Dominic Cummings.

    The Bishop wrote: “Deeply grateful for my colleagues who have said what I feel too.

    “Unless very soon we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings, I no longer know how we can trust what ministers say sufficiently for @churchofengland to work together with them on the pandemic.”

    The top Downing Street aide was given his full support from Boris Johnson after allegations he had broken lockdown rules.


    The husband of the station worker dead of Covid-19 after being spat on has told of his fury for the first time.

    Lusamba Katalay wept as he told how the loss of Belly Mujinga, 47, has destroyed the whole world for him and his 11-year-old daughter.

    His angry and anguished words come days after detectives quizzed and released a man aged 57.

    He said: “I don’t know how I’d react if I saw the man who did this.

    “I’m normally reasonable but I’m so devastated right now I might lose it and attack him, I just don’t know. And my anger won’t bring her back.”


    Met Police officers last night swooped on a man “about to stab a member of the public” in Harlesden.

    The force said the cops had been doing proactive patrols when they came across the chaotic scenes.

    They said: “He became violent, coughing on officers & claiming to have COVID-19, which will not be tolerated.

    “He has now been charged & remanded.

    “A life saved & another knife off the streets.”


    COVID-19 patients cannot infect others after 11 days of being sick even if they still test positive, groundbreaking research has found.

    Scientists in Singapore discovered that a victim becomes contagious around two days before they begin developing symptoms.

    Patients are then able to transmit the bug for between seven and ten days after they begin feeling ill.

    However, the experts found that the new coronavirus “could not be isolated or cultured after day 11”, reports The New York Post.

    The scientists from Singapore's National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Academy of Medicine studied 73 people who were suffering from Covid-19.

    Patients who still displayed symptoms after 14 days could be picking up parts of the respiratory disease that cannot be passed to others.


    Australian states are pressing ahead with a three-stage plan to remove most social restrictions imposed by July.

    In New South Wales, which includes the city of Sydney, children returned to full-time face-to-face learning on Monday, allowing many parents to return to offices.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the reopening of schools is essential for revive Australia's economy.

    The PM is also pressing locals to begin holidays locally to help support Australia's tourism sector.

    International borders are still likely to remain closed for months.


    The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 340,000.

    The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 5,344,539, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

    There have been 342,695 deaths officially linked to coronavirus around the world.


    Neuroscientist Dean Burnett, 37, said he was “mind-sappingly enraged” over accusations the government’s chief aide had broken the restriction rules to visit his parents in Durham.

    Mr Burnett, 37, said: “I wasn’t there for MY FATHER’S DEATH from covid19! And haven’t seen any friends or family since. Because of lockdown. I could never live with inflicting this pain on others.”

    Speaking to The Mirror, he slammed the actions of Mr Cummings as “vile selfishness” and added: “When my dad Peter contracted Covid-19, I couldn’t see him. When he went to hospital, I couldn’t visit him. And when he passed away, I couldn’t be there.”


    An NHS doctor working in a coronavirus intensive care unit has said he will resign by the end of the week if Dominic Cummings has not done so by then.

    Dr Dominic Pimenta, a cardiology registrar, tweeted a picture of himself wearing the protective equipment he has needed for the past two months, saying: “This stuff is hot and hard work” adding “haven't seen my parents since January”.

    Dr Pimenta said the Prime Minister's senior aide, who has been accused of breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules, “spits in the face of all our efforts”.

    He said he will announce his decision to quit by the end of the week if Mr Cummings is still in his position, adding he “wouldn't be surprised” if other NHS staff did the same.


    Sunny weather drew out cooped up families as they headed to Birling Gap near Eastbourne – packing out car parks this bank holiday weekend.

    Cars were seen lining up and down the road near the beauty spot after the government gave the green light for travel for unlimited exercise and day trips.

    And with the prospect of no work for most tomorrow, Brits appear to be making the most of their Sunday.

    Families were spotted enjoying ice lollies in Cambridge while others soaked up the sun in Bournemouth and Brighton.


    Guadalupe Videla, 29, from Uruguay, smashed her skull on the ground in a freak accident in the town of Beasain, in the north of the country.

    The gymnast plunged around five feet and missed the safety mat by inches.

    She was rushed to hospital but died hours later.

    The accident that led to her death occurred as she was practising for a new show with other acrobats.

    Circus director Pele Rossi insisted Guadalupe may not have died if she had fallen from a greater height.

    He said: “If she had been higher up when she fell she would have had time to twist round.”

    Guadalupe had been stranded in the town, east of Bilbao, since the middle of March with the Il Circo Italiano circus company she has recently joined.


    The White House announced it is prohibiting foreigners from traveling to the U.S. if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks.

    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the new restrictions would help ensure foreign nationals do not bring additional infections to the US.

    The decision follows comments the national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, made to CBS: “We hope that’ll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people”.

    Brazil became the world number two hot spot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the US.

    The South American nation has recorded over 347,000 infections, while the US has over 1.6 million.


    Japan's government is considering compiling a second extra budget for the current fiscal year worth over 100 trillion yen ($929.45 billion).

    The additional funds would be to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.

    The budget will include 60 trillion yen for expanding low-interest rate loan schemes for firms hit by the pandemic, and 27 trillion yen for other financial aid programmes, the paper said.

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UK coronavirus death toll grows by 157 in 24 hours in England alone as 12-year-old among latest victims – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS fatalities in the UK have risen to at least 36,550 after 157 more deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.

The youngest victim was aged just 12, Government officials say.

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The refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

Those whose deaths were reported today were aged between 12 and 100.

Seven of the 157 patients, who were aged between 57 and 88, had no known underlying health condition.

In Scotland, 16 further deaths were confirmed, taking the total to 2,261.

A further six people have died with Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total to 1,260.

One person died in Ireland.

Yesterday, Government officials confirmed another 351 people had died across the UK, while on Thursday, 338 more deaths were logged.

However, data suggests Britain's overall death toll from the virus is far higher than the total reported by the Government so far – and has already passed 45,000.

The number of cases are falling across the country, despite more people being tested for the killer bug.

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