‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme May Have Increased Covid-19 Infections- Uk
Fabenmedia.com.ng reports that October 4, 2020
PM admits ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme may have increased Covid-19 infections, five Britons jailed for breaching mandatory quarantine, and Poland surpasses 100,000 cases. Here are today’s latest figures and headlines, curated by upday.
Daily deaths: 33
Total deaths: 42,350
Daily cases: 22,961
Total cases: 502,978
Figures provided by Public Health England after they were released at around 9:30pm BST.
Total deaths: 1,034,865
Total recovered: 24,364,562
Total cases: 35,011,322
Figures provided by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
Updates from the UK
Boris Johnson admitted the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme may have contributed to the rising number of Covid-19 infections. Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, he also defended the scheme as it unquestionably helped to protect at least two million jobs in the hospitality sector. Johnson said the government are trying to strike a balance between saving lives and keeping the economy moving.
Five Britons were handed a 2-week jail sentence after failing to self-isolate when travelling to the Isle of Man from mainland UK. The men aged between 18 and 62 visited a supermarket to buy food after arriving on the island and were reported to police by residents. All five pleaded guilty to breaking coronavirus restrictions under the island’s Emergency Powers Act. One relative told the Mirror: “They still don’t know what they’ve done wrong. The regulations are mind-boggling.”
Scientists in the UK have launched a study which aims to examine the critical role antibodies and other immune responses play in Covid-19 cases. One Imperial College London professor said the study could go in two different directions: “It could reveal that cross-reacting antibodies explain why children are less likely to suffer from severe Covid-19, or it might show patients’ own immune responses cause life-threatening effects.” The Guardian Updates from around the world
Poland’s total number of coronavirus cases surpassed 100,000 on Sunday, after reporting daily records three times in the past week. Poland introduced strict lockdown measures in the early stages of the pandemic and are now introducing targeted measures in the worst affected places. In a country of 38 million, Poland has recorded more than 2,600 Covid-19 fatalities.
Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Daniel Andrews told residents to “stay the course” and maintain social distancing after large crowds gathered at beaches and parks over the weekend. Under current restrictions, only five people from up to two households can congregate outside in Victoria. The state recorded 12 new coronavirus cases and one further death on Sunday.
Russia recorded over 10,000 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to over 1.2 million. Sunday’s figures were the highest daily rise since May 15 when Russia was in its peak of the pandemic with strict lockdown restrictions in place. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday a second lockdown is currently not being discussed by the government.