In Catalonia, the government had given individuals the responsibility to avoid contagion. The restrictions on capacity in bars and restaurants, both indoors and outdoors, no longer applied but venues did have to ensure a distance between people of five feet. … [Read more...] about Spain locks down an area near Barcelona with 400,000 people after spike in coronavirus cases just as Britons prepare to head out there on long-awaited summer holidays
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“And in fact, there is a danger of being too technical, and relying too much on text and emails and alienating or freaking out people, because you're telling them quite alarming news through quite casual communication. … [Read more...] about Brits ‘freaked out’ by text from NHS contact tracers confirming coronavirus and preferred call, says health minister
In a media clip, Ms Patel said: 'We are in an unprecedented public health emergency, and I have said every single day, as have the police around the country and in London, that these protests, these gatherings, are illegal and we have been discouraging them. … [Read more...] about Boris condemns ‘racist thuggery’ after far-right hooligans attack police and fight running battles with violent BLM supporters in London during clashes driven by 1,000 troublemakers – while other huge anti-racism protests pass peacefully
Pubs will be allowed to show the football - but only with the sound on quietly to stop droplets spreading when people shout People are only allowed to go to the pub with one other household Customers will have to leave their contact details with pubs or restaurants for 21 days - so they can be tracked if there is an outbreak A limit on numbers inside a venue at any one time People should be encouraged to use contactless payments rather than cash Customers should stay seated at the table and wait to be served rather than going up to the bar Tables must be as spaced out as possible to keep a distance, and venues should be kept ventilated But the Prime Minister has urged Brits to be "sensible" and stick to the rules, despite the restrictions being relaxed - he threatened more local lockdowns if Brits don't behave today. … [Read more...] about Pubs open: Thirsty Brit downs 11am Jagerbomb live on BBC News as 23,000 boozers reopen for Super Saturday after 4 months
The speed and effectiveness of the initial government response can clearly be questioned, particularly as regards care homes. Another factor is the immediate geographical spread to all corners of the UK. The UK did not have the testing or tracing capacity to deal with a novel virus such as this. But if the virus was introduced to the UK en masse by the return of February half term holidaymakers from Italy and Spain, that simultaneous introduction of the virus in hundreds of towns, cities and villages, might have overwhelmed even the feted German system. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What do global death patterns reveal about the UK?