Ministers are under mounting pressure to clarify exactly how far people can travel for exercise amid public and police confusion over 'woolly' lockdown rules. Government advice urges people to stay 'local' but does not specify a distance in law, which has resulted in officers making their own interpretations and incorrectly fining walkers driving just five miles from home. Boris Johnson, who has himself come under fire for cycling in the Olympic Park seven miles from his Downing Street flat, has been urged to follow the devolved administrations and set clear boundaries. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has permitted people to travel up to five miles outside their local authority area, and in Northern Ireland, the Executive has placed a 10-mile limit. Wales also has a 'stay local' rule. Hopes of immediate clarification for England appeared to be scotched this evening as a senior police officer said people should instead use their own judgement. Chairman of the National Police … [Read more...] about Why can’t England have clearer rules on exercise? Ministers come under mounting pressure to clarify ‘woolly’ lockdown restrictions and set firm distances like counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland
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The admission was startling. A fortnight ago, as Britain passed the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid deaths, the Prime Minister told the nation he was ‘deeply sorry’ for every life lost and insisted his Government ‘did everything we could’. It was an unusually sombre pause for Boris Johnson, whose dogged determination throughout the pandemic saw him furiously clapping the NHS on the doorstep of No 10 just hours before he himself was rushed to hospital with the virus. In mid-January, at the peak of our second wave, Britain was suffering the worst death rate in the world in terms of fatalities per million head of population, according to University of Oxford figures. So how did we get here? Boris Johnson, pictured on April 2, 2020 clapping for the NHS outside his flat in Number 11 Downing Street admitted last month he was 'deeply sorry' for the level of Covid deaths in the UK, but insisted that the government 'did everything we could' Should we have … [Read more...] about How did Britain end up with the worst Covid-19 death rate in the world… and was there anything that could have been done to avoid the terrible toll?
Britain's coronavirus growth rate is 'slowing' according to the head of the Office for National Statistics, as the country records a further 168 Covid deaths and 24,962 new cases. Today's death toll is a rise of just 7.7 per cent on the 156 deaths reported last Sunday in a hopeful sign that fatalities may be flattening out. The total number of cases reported today is 21 per cent higher than the figure recorded last Sunday. However, today's case load is one of the lower numbers seen this week after the Government recorded 26,860 positive tests yesterday, 27,301 on Friday and a massive 33,470 on Thursday. Furthermore, ONS figures released this week showed that while daily case totals have been increasing recently, they are doing so at a slower rate than previous weeks. Figures are usually lower on Sunday and Monday due to reporting delays over the weekend. Earlier today, the head of the ONS said that growth in infections is 'slowing' too. Professor Sir Ian Diamond says … [Read more...] about ‘We ARE seeing a slow down in the rate of growth’: Office for National Statistics confirms ‘good news’ as UK records 168 new Covid deaths and 24,962 cases – up 21% on last week