7am Coronavirus UK news – Eat Out to Help Out scheme to end today as thousands break quarantine rules over Bank Holiday

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK increased by one to 41,499 yesterday as thousands continue to flout quarantine rules over the Bank Holiday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering a sweeping set of tax increases to help fix the huge hole in the public finances left by the coronavirus pandemic, two newspapers said.

Tax hikes suggested by Treasury officials could raise an extra 20-30 billion pounds a year, the Telegraph and the Sunday Times reported, and some of them could be announced in an autumn budget statement by Sunak.

It comes as lockdown restrictions are set to be eased for around one million people across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.

And thousands of Brits have also been reported to police for breaking the 14-day quarantine rule.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday that 4,200 people have been referred to police after returning from a number of destinations abroad and not quarantining.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is due to end today.

But some chains have chosen to continue to offer 50% off deals at their own cost.

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  • UNIONS TRY TO BLOCK RETURN TO UNI

    The Government has hit back at militant union bosses who are trying to thwart the return of students to university next month.

    The University and College Union wants freshers to avoid campuses until Christmas unless a testing scheme is put in place.

    Its chief Jo Grady warned it's “too dangerous” for face-to-face teaching to resume and warned students could help spread a second wave.

    Treasury minister Steve Barclay said it's vital youngsters get back into lecture theatres so their long-term prospects aren't hit.

    He said: “Universities, like the rest of the economy, need to come back and students need to be able to do so.”

    Labour also supported calls to get students back into lecture theatres.

  • SUNAK HERALDS SUCCESS OF CUT PRICE MEAL DEAL AS SCHEME ENDS

    Diners who took advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative have been thanked by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as the scheme comes to a close on Monday.

    The deal, dubbed “Rishi's dishes”, gives a discount of 50% up to £10 per head for people who eat at participating restaurants on certain days of the week.

    The Chancellor said that more than 64 million meals had been claimed for so far since the initiative was launched at the beginning of August in an attempt to boost the hospitality industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Mr Sunak said: “As the Eat Out to Help Out scheme draws to a close, I want to say thank you to the diners who have fallen back in love with their local, to the managers who have spent weeks ensuring their restaurants were safe and to the chefs, waiters and waitresses across the country who have worked tirelessly, sometimes with more customers than they've ever had before – all helping to protect 1.8 million jobs in the hospitality sector.

    “The scheme reminded us why we as a nation love dining out and I urge diners to maintain the momentum to help continue our economic recovery.”

  • GCS-SNEEZE

    School kids could be sent home for joke coughing because detention classes cannot be socially distanced, in strict new rules introduced next week.

    Children could also be disciplined for using the wrong toilets in the new policies introduced as schools across the country are set to reopen.

    Read more here.

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  • BRAZIL CONFIRMS 566 DEATHS AND 16,158 CASES IN LATEST DAILY FIGURES

    Brazil registered 566 additional coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours and 16,158 new cases, the Health Ministry said on Sunday evening.

    The nation has now registered 120,828 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus and 3,862,311 confirmed cases.

    Sundays tend to have relatively low coronavirus numbers in Brazil because of delays in testing by the nation's state governments

  • 98 PERCENT OF SUN READERS VOW TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK

    Around 98 per cent of Sun readers have vowed to send their kids back to school this week, a poll reveals.

    Sixty per cent support using face masks in secondary schools.

    Almost three quarters think teachers should be appreciated for the risks they are taking.

    Our poll shows 71 per cent back our Bounce Back Britain campaign.

    And 64 per cent think the country needs people to get back to normal.

    We quizzed 730 parents of schoolkids after Boris Johnson made returning to school a priority.

  • CHANCELLOR TO AXE FOREIGN AID TO HELP FOOT COVID-19 BILL IN NOVEMBER BUDGET

    Sun Exclusive by Harry Cole

    Foreign aid is set to be axed to help foot the UK’s Covid-19 bill.

    Britain has a legal commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of its GDP on foreign projects.

    But Chancellor Rishi Sunak has indicated that the amount — up to £15billion a year — could be sacrificed to help plug the budget black hole caused by coronavirus.

    Instead, some money could be used to fund Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence projects, and invested in the charities sector.

    Read more here.

  • COLOMBIA: CORONAVIRUS CASES PASS 600,00

    Coronavirus cases in Colombia surpassed 600,000 on Sunday as deaths from the virus approach 19,400, ahead of the end to more than five months of lockdown.

    The Andean country has 607,938 confirmed cases of the virus according to the health ministry, with 19,364 reported deaths. Active cases number 136,702.

    President Ivan Duque declared a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus in late March.

    The measure will end on Monday when the country begins a month-long “selective” quarantine.

  • DELAY NEXT YEAR'S EXAMS BECAUSE OF COVID, SAYS LABOUR

    Labour has called for next year's A-level and GCSE exams in England to be pushed back in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis on pupils.

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said pupils entering Year 11 and 13 who have lost up to six months of teaching time face “a mountain to climb” unless the timetable is changed.

    Ms Green said exams due next May need to be delayed until June or July to facilitate extra teaching time.

    The shadow education secretary said: “Pupils across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare for May exams unless the Government steps in.

    “Ministers had warning after warning about problems with this year's exam results, but allowed it to descend into a fiasco.

    “This is too important for Boris Johnson to leave until the last minute. Pupils heading back to school need clarity and certainty about the year ahead.”

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  • FDA COMMISSIONER WILLING TO FAST TRACK COVID-19 VACCINE – REPORT

    The head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is willing to fast-track a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, the Financial Times reported him as saying in an interview published on Sunday.

    Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA Commissioner, said his agency was prepared to authorize a vaccine before Phase Three clinical trials were complete, as long as officials are convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks, the newspaper reported.

  • EXPERT WARNS WORKING FROM HOME COULD POSE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH RISKS

    Parents who continue to work from home once their kids go back to school are facing physical and mental health scars that could last a lifetime, experts have warned.

    And as The Sun on ­Sunday ­continues its Save Our Cities ­campaign, the true cost for those working from home could be far greater than many people realise.

    PM Boris Johnson is urging all people to return to their workplace to boost Britain’s ailing economy.

    Read more here.

  • REOPENING OF SCHOOLS EXPLAINED

    The reopening of schools is in the minds of millions of parents desperate to get their kids back to the classroom.

    Here's everything you need to know about when kids head back to school.

  • PIERS CORBYN SAYS HE HAS BEEN FINED £10,000 FOR ORGANISING ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTEST

    Piers Corbyn said he has been slapped with a £10,000 fine under newly-introduced coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in central London.

    The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to attend the “Unite for Freedom” protest on Saturday, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

    The 73-year-old, a climate change denier who set up controversial weather forecasting business Weather Action, said on Twitter he had been handed the fixed penalty fine as “organiser”.

    In the tweet to his more than 31,000 followers, he called the demonstration an “epic success”.

  • TRAVELLERS DESCEND ON VILLAGE FOR HORSE FAIR DESPITE CALLS TO BE AXED OVER COVID-19 FEARS

    Hundreds travellers have descended on a village for a horse fair despite calls for it to be scrapped over coronavirus fears.

    Dozens of caravans and vehicles could be seen packed onto a field for the Wellingborough Horse Fair near Wollaston, Northants, yesterday.

    Read more here.

  • JORDAN RECORDS 73 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES AS CURFEW TIGHTENS

    Jordan reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, its highest daily tally since the start of the outbreak, the health ministry said.

    The country's total number of confirmed infections now stands at 1,966, with 15 deaths, since the first case surfaced in early March, according to the health ministry.

    Jordan has see a jump in daily numbers over the last 10 days, prompting authorities to toughen a nationwide overnight curfew, which now starts at 11pm rather than 1am, and to introduce a one-day lockdown in the capital Amman on Friday.

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  • 'BEAUTIFUL' LOCKDOWN BABY DIES AFTER JUST 11 DAYS FROM HEART DEFECT

    A MUM has told how her “beautiful” lockdown baby tragically died after just 11 days from a heart defect describing the “silence in the room” when she had her scan.

    Mum Sophie Murfin and her family tried to fit in as much as they could with baby Violet, knowing the little one didn’t have long to live.

    Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Welsh hospital where Violet was born, Sophie was able to get back to her Cwmbran home so she could show her baby to her terminally-ill grandmother Liena.

    Initially everything was fine with Sophie’s pregnancy and the sonographer at the 12-week scan even said it was nice to see such a “lovely, healthy baby”.

    But during her routine 20-week scan a problem was detected with Violet’s heart.

    Read more here.

  • GRAPH: UK CORONAVIRUS CASES PER DAY

  • MAN, 73, FINED £10K FOR HOLDING PUBLIC GATHERING OF MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE IN CENTRAL LONDON

    A 73-year-old man arrested in central London on Saturday on suspicion of breaking newly introduced coronavirus laws has been handed a £10,000 fine.

    The Metropolitan Police said the man was arrested in Trafalgar Square at 3.25pm on suspicion of breaking the new Health Protection Regulations 2020.

    He was informed on Sunday that a fixed penalty notice would be issued for £10,000 for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor place, according to the force.

    He has been released from custody, police added.

  • GRAPH: UK CORONAVIRUS DEATHS PER DAY

  • US: CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES BY 1,006, TOTAL NOW 182,149

    The number of deaths caused by coronavirus rose by 1,006 to 182,149 people, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Sunday.

    The US now has a total of 5,934,824 cases, an increase of 44,292 from its previous count.

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  • PAKISTAN CONFIRMS LOWEST DAILY INFECTION RATE IN MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS

    Pakistani authorities have reported 264 new Covid-19 cases, the country's lowest daily count for the new coronavirus in more than four months.

    In a statement Sunday, the national command and control centre said only four people died from the new virus in the previous 24 hours, taking overall Covid-19 deaths to 6,288 since the start of the outbreak in February.

    However, health officials are still trying to understand the reason for a steady decline in infections in Pakistan, which witnessed twin peaks in June when daily confirmed cases reached up to 6,825.

    It was then when hospitals were full amid shortage of medicine, oxygen and ventilators, and even face masks were not easily available.

    But the situation suddenly began improving after June and currently about 1,000 Covid-19 patients are being treated in Pakistan.

  • GREECE: CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES PASS 10,000

    The confirmed number of new coronavirus cases in Greece has exceeded 10,000, and more than half of them were reported this month, Greek health authorities announced Sunday.

    Over the past day, there have been 157 new cases confirmed, of which 41 were international arrivals. There were also two deaths.

    The total number of cases is now 10,134, of which 5,657 were detected over the past month.

    The total number of deaths is 262, of which 56 occurred in the past month.

    There are 35 patients on ventilators and 149 have exited intensive care.

    The government will decide Tuesday on which day schools will open and will choose between 7 September or the following Monday, 14 September.

    Mask wearing will be mandatory, but some parents are opposed to this.

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