FRANCE are facing another blow in their bid to become Covid-safe as their intensive care units expect a spike in cases.
They have been on the UK's quarantine list since last month, and this will not be happy news for British holidaymakers.
Meanwhile, Glasgow have had to shut a KFC branch in the Scottish city after six members of staff tested positive for coronavirus – with the store now closed for two weeks as employees self-isolate.
And, Leeds could have new lockdown measures introduced following a spike in cases throughout the city.
Councillors have warned people in the city must make a "collective effort" to avoid being plunged back into a local lockdown.
The UK death toll increased by 13 yesterday to a total 41,537, and cases hit 342,351.
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LOCKDOWN FUELS TEETH WHITENING BOOM
The coronavirus lockdown has fuelled a demand for dental procedures such as teeth whitening, dentists have said.
This has been due to people spending more time in front of the mirror during the lockdown, The Telegraph reports.
Long periods spent at home with little or no contact with others has led to an increase in enquiries about cosmetic dental procedures including fitting for braces and veneers, and procedures to whiten teeth.
PROTEST STAGED AT HOLYROOD OVER COVID RESTRICTIONS
Hundreds of people have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to protest about the coronavirus restrictions.
Coronavirus sceptics, vaccine conspiracy theorists and those opposed to measures such as mandatory mask-wearing have staged a rally at Holyrood, chanting and making speeches criticising lockdown.
The organisers of the so-called Scotland Against Lockdown protest said it was “time to stand up together” against the restrictions, which they said were causing “more harm than the virus”.
A post advertising the event said: “Time to stand up together, and listen to real scientific evidence in regards to the health of the Scottish people.
“This evidence is being buried by MSM, big pharma and more than a few politicians.
“Lockdown is causing more harm than the virus. We stand for the freedom to choose.
“No to mandatory vaccines and masks. No to secondary lockdowns.
“We are a large group of concerned individuals that realise the damage this can do to our children, the economy etc.”
UK CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES BY 12
The Government said 41,549 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, an increase of 12 on the day before.
Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 57,300 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Government also said that as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 1,813 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Overall, 344,164 cases have been confirmed.
GLASGOW KFC BRANCH CLOSED AFTER SIX STAFF TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID
A branch of KFC in Glasgow has been closed after six members of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
The branch of the fast food chain on Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, has been shut for two weeks as a precaution, the company said.
The affected staff members are self-isolating at home and the firm has alerted NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Restrictions on home visits were put in place in Glasgow earlier this week following an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The temporary measure extends to West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire and is for an initial period of two weeks, with a review due this week.
A KFC spokesman said: “Six team members at our Pollokshaws restaurant have tested positive for coronavirus.
“They’re currently self-isolating at home, in line with government guidance – and it goes without saying we’re wishing them a full and speedy recovery.
“We’ve been in close contact with Public Health Protection Unit from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and we’ve taken the decision to close the restaurant for two weeks as a precaution.
“We’re doing all we can to support our teams at this time and continue to work closely with local authorities to make sure we re-open our restaurant only when it’s safe for both guests and team members.”
'CAUTIOUS BUT OPTIMISTIC' OVER BERLUSCONI'S COVID BATTLE
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is in a stable condition two days after being hospitalised with the coronavirus, his doctor said on Saturday.
“This instils cautious but reasonable optimism,” Alberto Zangrillo said in a brief statement.
Berlusconi, 83, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and was taken to Milan's San Raffaele hospital the following day after developing a slight fever. A subsequent x-ray revealed that he had developed mild pneumonia in both lungs.
WOLVERHAMPTON BAR CLOSED AFTER 'BLATANTLY DISREGARDING' SOCIAL DISTANCING
A bar in Wolverhampton has been shut down due to “serious social distancing breaches”.
Wolverhampton City Council issued a closure notice to Blossoms in the city centre, saying it was causing an “imminent threat to public health”.
Social distancing measures had been “blatantly disregarded,” the council said.
The premises licence holder has also failed to fully co-operate with police and the council, it added.
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said: “The closure of the premises is in response to regular and serious breaches of social distancing as well as other inadequate controls resulting in the potential spread of coronavirus.
“As a council, we take a zero-tolerance approach to those who flout the rules and put others at risk during such uncertain times.”
THREE DEAD, 147 INFECTED AFTER MAINE WEDDING
Three people have died from the coronavirus and another 147 infected after a wedding took place in Maine, USA, last month.
Although the state’s limit on social gatherings is 50, at least 65 people attended the August 7 ceremony at the Tri-Town Baptist Church and the reception at Big Moose Inn in Millinocket.
By the last week of August, officials said they traced 53 cases of the coronavirus linked to people who attended the wedding in three separate Maine towns.
By Friday, 147 Maine residents who either had gone to the wedding or got second-hand infections were recorded as having the virus, officials said.
Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Robert Long told NBC News that three people have died from the outbreak and none of them had even attended the wedding.
Infections from the outbreak at the wedding spread to a jail 230 miles south in Alfred because a jail employee had attended the wedding, two nursing homes and to the Calvary Baptist Church, 225 miles away in Sanford.
GOVT URGED TO BACK SUPPORT SCHEME FOR CLINICALLY VULNERABLE
The Government is being pressed to give more support for the clinically vulnerable going back to workplaces.
A cross-party group of peers has written to the Chancellor calling for a new support scheme to ensure clinically vulnerable people have a decent income and job security while the risks of Covid-19 remain high.
The letter follows a campaign launched by the TUC and a group of charities including Age UK, Diabetes UK, Macmillan and the MS Society, the Evening Standard reports.
In the letter, signed by more than 47 members of Lords, the peers say they believe “it is vital that a support scheme is established for people who are high-risk. This targeted intervention should ensure a decent income and job security for those that need it while the risks of Covid-19 remain high and they are unable to safely return to their workplace.”
FRANCE BRACED FOR SPIKE IN INTENSIVE CARE PATIENTS
French health minister Olivier Veran has warned more people will be hospitalised in intensive care in the next two weeks after a flare-up of coronavirus infections.
But Mr Veran ruled out the need for a new nationwide lockdown, telling BFM television that France had other means to fight the virus, including testing.
“I cannot envision a general lockdown. The lockdown was a lid on an overflowing cooking pot,” he said.
French health authorities reported 8,975 new confirmed cases on Friday, almost 1,500 higher than the previous daily peak of 7,578 on 31 March, when France was in one of Europe's strictest lockdowns.
The death toll in the country stood at 30,686 people, as of Friday.
The number of people hospitalised was up by 28 on Friday to 4,671 after rising for a sixth day in a row.
CORONAVIRUS DEATHS RISE BY NINE IN ENGLAND AND WALES
A further eight people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England.
The patients were aged between 56 and 94 and all had known underlying health conditions, NHS England said.
Public Health Wales said one more person who tested positive for coronavirus has died in Wales.
Public Health Wales said the total number of cases in the country increased by 77, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 18,283.
The total number of confirmed reported deaths in English hospitals now stands at 29,604.
PUB LANDLORDS IN MIDDLESBROUGH GIVEN WARNING
Pubs and restaurants in Middlesbrough who fail to enforce the Covid-19 safety measures face being closed down, the town's mayor has warned.
The town was put on the government's “areas of concern” list following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Andy Preston said public health officials will visit venues with police on Saturday night.
He warned that if venues are found to be putting the public's health at risk by failing to adhere to coronavirus regulations, they could be immediately closed down.
CASES AND DEATHS – GLOBAL TALLY
More than 26.68 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus around the world and 874,218 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
1,000 FREE PINTS ON OFFER TO BRIGHTON NHS FRONTLINE WORKERS
NHS frontline workers based at one of Britain's best loved seaside hotspots are being invited to help themselves to pints of ice-cold, foaming beer.
When lockdown began in March, people across Brighton pledged free ale for doctors, nurses and other key workers.
More than 1,000 free pints were promised – and today the call went out “Come and start supping!”
Customers at Brighton brewery Bison Beer have been pledging the pints to NHS staff throughout lockdown – and now the workers can take full advantage of this generosity by claiming free beer.
Bison Beer co-founder Jack Cregan said “In March we locked down our bars and moved to online ordering wondering whether we'd survive as a business.
“We thought it would be nice to offer customers the chance to buy the NHS a pint when they went to our website to buy some beer.
“The concept was simple, support us as small business and pay something extra should you be in a position to do so.”
NHS staff can claim a ticket each, which can be exchanged for a Bison Beer See Side APA or an alcohol free alternative at the Bison Beer Beach Bar in Madeira Drive throughout September
STRIKE ACTION POSSIBLE AS UNIONS OPPOSE OFFICE RETURN FOR CIVIL SERVANTS
A public sector union said it would be willing to consider strike action after confirming it opposed Cabinet-driven plans for the vast majority of civil servants to return to the office by the end of the month.
Outgoing Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, in a letter seen by the PA news agency, has written to the permanent secretaries of Government departments calling on them to bring as much as 80% of public sector staff back into the workplace.
Sir Mark, in the note dated September 3, said the Prime Minister had asked to be personally involved in the back-to-work drive and wanted to see departmental figures on a “weekly basis” following Cabinet agreement that increasing office numbers would be “hugely beneficial for our workforce”.
But the instructions have faced backlash from unions representing the Civil Service, with the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union confirming it would, as a “last resort”, consult members about possible industrial action.
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COVID-19 VACCINE COULD COST LESS THAN £9
A future Covid-19 vaccine is likely to be priced below €10 (£8.90) per shot, according to French pharmaceutical company Sanofi.
The company's chief executive Olivier Bogillot told France's Inter radio: “The price is not totally set… We are assessing production costs for the coming months.
“We will be below €10.”
Asked about rival drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is expected to price its vaccine shot at about €2.50 in Europe, Mr Bogillot said: “The price gap for us can be that we use all our internal resources, our own researchers, our own research centres. AstraZeneca outsources part of its production.”
NHS APPEAL FOR MEN WHO'VE HAD COVID TO DONATE BLOOD PLASMA
The NHS has issued an urgent appeal for more men who have had the coronavirus to step forward and donate blood plasma.
Since the start of the programme 73,369 women have offered to donate (63 per cent of all volunteers) through the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) website, higher than the number of men – 42,809 (37 per cent).
Men are far more likely to donate a unit of plasma with a high level of antibodies, NHSBT said.
A man booked in to donate for the first time is three times more likely to give a high antibody unit of plasma than a woman, reports the Evening Standard.
This is partly because men are more seriously affected by Covid-19 and produce more antibodies.
NHS TO GET 250,000 CLEAR FACE MASKS TO HELP COMMUNICATION
NHS staff and social care workers will receive 250,000 clear face masks to help them communicate with patients suffering from conditions like dementia and hearing loss.
This will help the millions of people with hearing loss who need to use lip reading to communicate, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
The government has said the masks will be delivered to NHS trusts and social care providers in the next few weeks.
All four countries in the UK will receive an allocation of the masks and deliveries have already begun.
Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “Everyone using our remarkable health and care system deserves the best care possible and communication is a vital part of that.
“This pandemic has posed numerous challenges to the sector, so we are always on the hunt for simple solutions to support those giving and receiving care.
“The introduction of clear face masks will help overcome some of the difficulties carers wearing PPE are facing communicating with people who rely on lip-reading.
“If this proves a success I look forward to increasing the supply to make sure whenever a clear mask is needed, there is one available.”
COVID RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED IN NORTHERN ENGLAND
Coronavirus restrictions are to be eased in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
The health secretary said casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and other venues would be allowed to reopen on Tuesday in all three areas, excluding Bolton in Greater Manchester.
Socially distanced indoor performances will also be able to resume, and restrictions will be lifted on close contact services with treatments on the face, such as eyebrow threading or make-up application.
However, Mr Hancock said the rate of infection was still too high in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire to allow for lifting restrictions on gatherings.
He said: “The rates of infection remain too high in Bolton for these easements to be applied and further work is now underway with local leaders.”
RUSSIA REPORTS 5,000 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES
Russia has reported 5,205 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing its national tally to 1,020,310, the fourth largest in the world.
Authorities said 110 people had died in the last 24 hours, with the official death toll now at 17,759.
LEEDS COUNCIL LEADER CALLS FOR MORE POWERS TO TACKLE COVID OUTBREAK
The leader of Leeds City Council has called for more powers to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases in her city after the government listed it as an area of concern.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “There’s no room for complacency.”
The Labour councillor added: “We’re saying to central Government that actually, in line with other local authorities, if they give us the powers and resources they need, actually these things are far better dealt with at a local level.
“We have the experience through our public health teams, our environmental health teams and we’re saying to Government, ‘Let us do what we do well and do best’.
“We know our communities and we know how to get out there and reach people in terms of self-isolating.
“Personal contact is so much more powerful than down a phone line.”
CORONAVIRUS TESTS 'COULD BE PICKING UP DEAD VIRUS'
The main test for coronavirus could be picking up fragments of dead virus from old infections, scientists say.
Most people are infectious only for about a week, but could test positive weeks afterwards.
Researchers say this could be leading to an over-estimate of the current scale of the pandemic, the BBC has reported.
FEARS FOR PUBS WHEN CORONAVIRUS RENT FREEZE ENDS
PUB and small business owners fear the worst when a Covid rent freeze expires at the end of the month.
Thousands face being turfed out of premises or even made personally bankrupt.
Many are likely to be pub, bar and restaurant owners, according to Hospitality Union.
It wants the Government’s lease forfeiture moratorium — a form of rent protection for commercial tenants — to be extended to the end of the year, or for other assistance to be found.
It says firms were unable to do business in lockdown and have fallen into arrears through no fault of their own.
At the end of the month, owners who have not struck deals with landlords will have to pay rent — although trade may still be struggling.
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UNI STUDENTS COULD BE CORONAVIRUS 'AMPLIFIERS' WARNS EXPERT
Dr Mike Tildesley, associate professor of infection modelling at the University of Warwick, said the vast majority of students had a very low risk of developing severe symptoms of coronavirus.
He told the BBC: “What we’re more worried about really is universities acting as amplifiers, so potentially lots of students mixing together that can cause lots of infection that could spill over into the community.
“But also there’s a concern at the end of term when students start to travel home to their families, potentially interacting with more elderly relatives, more vulnerable people with underlying health conditions, that’s where the real concern is.”
He added: “What we don’t want is because of this large mixing in universities, it could cause a knock-on effect and as we approach Christmas, that could cause a significant wave of infection in cities across the UK as students move home.”
INDIA PASSES 4MILLION COVID CASES
The number of coronavirus cases in India has passed four million.
Authorities recorded 86,432 cases in 24 hours pushing the total to 4,023,179, nearly 100,000 fewer than cases in Brazil which is the second-highest in the world.
The US has seen the most infections, with 6,200,186 Covid-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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