Coronavirus news LIVE: Scientists find first patient reinfected with Covid-19 as deaths rise by four in UK

SCIENTISTS have found the first person to be reinfected with coronavirus.

A man in Hong Kong is believed to have caught one strain four months after having a different type of the deadly virus.

It comes as the UK death toll rose to 41,433 today, with four more death reported.

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  • COVID-SECURE WORKPLACES

    Boris Johnson has advised workers to ask bosses if they can return to their offices, to ensure Covid-secure workplaces are organised.

    The PM's deputy official spokesperson said No10 has been “clear” employers need to give their staff the option to stop working from home.

    When asked if reopening schools would get more people back to their workplace, the spokesperson said: “We have been clear that if you can't work from home you should speak to your employer.

    “It is up to employers to provide Covid-secure workplaces so people can attend work where needed.”

    The spokesperson added: “We want to see people working. But it’s for employees to speak to employers.”

    Prominent City fund manager Schroders has already told its 5,500 UK staff they can continue to work from home even after the pandemic has passed.

    NatWest has also told employees in London and globally not to expect a return to the office this year.

    Virgin Money is believed to have told non customer-facing staff they will be able to work from home for most of the time.

    Ask your boss if you can go back to work, Boris Johnson says as he piles pressures on employers

  • 100 NUDISTS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

    One of Europe’s most famous nudist colonies has reported a “very worrying” outbreak of coronavirus – leading to warnings for people to stay away.

    Managers of the Cap d’Agde resort in France, which welcomes around 35,000 visitors every summer, admit that so-called “barrier gestures” are all but impossible among naturists.

    Rates of infection are now four times that of nearby communities, with 100 holidaymakers so far testing positive for the killer virus.

    This has led to an emergency announcement by officials from the department which covers Cap d’Agde, which is on the Mediterranean coast near Montpellier.

    A spokesman for the Hérault Prefecture said: “We are in an alarming situation, therefore we ask that all the people of the village be tested before leaving the place and going elsewhere.

    “And we also ask all the people who wish to come to this naturist village to postpone their arrival.”

  • CHICKEN FACTORY SHUT

    A coronavirus outbreak at a Scots chicken factory has hit more than 150 people with a further 42 positive tests overnight, health chiefs have confirmed.

    The number of positive Covid-19 cases linked to the 2 Sisters food processing plant in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, has reached 152 – with 134 employees and 18 of their contacts affected.

    All staff at the site have been told they and their households must isolate until August 31.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned officials will “have to look at more restrictions” if the cluster spreads further.

    As a result of the shutdown at the plant, 110,000 chickens will be slaughtered, it's reported.

    For the full story see HERE.

  • PLASMA WARNING

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has today cautioned that using blood plasma from Covid-19 survivors to treat other patients is still considered an experimental therapy.

    Its warning comes after Donald Trump announced the emergency authorisation for convalescent plasma to be used to treat coronavirus patients, calling it a “major therapeutic breakthrough” for Covid-19.

    “At the moment, it's still very low-quality evidence,” WHO's chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told a press conference.

    “The results are not conclusive,” he said.

    Martin Landray, of the University of Oxford said that while the therapy offers huge promise, there was still no proof it works.

    “There is a huge gap between theory and proven benefit,” he said.

    If just a few thousand patients took part in the research “we would have the answer,” said Landray, who is conducting a plasma study in the UK.

    “If effective, convalescent plasma could be rapidly used worldwide. If not, it could be abandoned,” he added.

    Stephen Griffin, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Leeds, said there was still considerable uncertainty about the immune system's response to Covid-19, making any potential use of convalescent plasma challenging.

  • ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM: 350-MILE ROUND TRIP FOR COVID TEST

    Some people with coronavirus symptoms who try to book a test online are directed to centres which would take them more than three hours to reach by car.

    A person from Ilfracombe in Devon who has symptoms of Covid-19 – including a persistent cough, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell – is directed to a test centre in Swansea when they try to book a test online.

    This would see them drive past centres in Taunton, Bristol and Cardiff on their six-and-a-half hour round trip, driving 175 miles in each direction.

    People in Felixstowe, Suffolk, have been directed to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, with the Government coronavirus test booking website saying it is just 13.8 miles away.

    However, the journey is 40 miles by car, taking almost an hour to get from one place to another.

    And people in the region with symptoms of Covid-19 would be forced to drive past their closest test centre in Ipswich on their way to Clacton.

    Labour said problems with the booking system should be resolved as a “matter of urgency”.

    A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “NHS Test and Trace is working, it's completely free and is stopping the spread of coronavirus.

    “Regional testing slots are allocated based on the nearest testing site with availability and we are working to ensure this takes into account journey times.

    “Anyone with symptoms across the UK should get a test as soon as possible.”

  • QUARANTINE DELAYS FIFA BAN CASE

    An appeal hearing for former FIFA official Ricardo Teixeira to challenge his life ban for bribery was delayed because his lawyers face a 10-day quarantine in Switzerland if they arrive from Brazil.

    Arrivals in Switzerland from around 50 countries, including Brazil, are currently required to quarantine.

    The Former Brazilian Football Confederation president – who resigned in 2012 – was last year found guilty of bribery in violation of the Fifa code of ethics.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it was unclear when the hearing scheduled for Monday could go now ahead.

    Teixeira’s legal team wants to present his case in person.

    However, the former 2014 World Cup organising committee leader was not expected to attend the hearing.

    He faces arrest in Switzerland nearly five years after being indicted on financial conspiracy charges by the US Department of Justice, says news agency, the Associated Press.

  • JOHNSON: SEND KIDS TO SCHOOL

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was the government’s “moral duty” to reopen schools as he stressed that authorities now know more about Covid-19 than they did when the UK went into lockdown on March 23.

    He has urged parents to set aside their fears and send their children back to school next month.

    Schools in Britain will fully reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic which shut them down more than five months ago.

    Mr Johnson’s comments came hours after Britain’s top public health officials issued a joint statement saying that children were more likely to be harmed by staying away from school than from being exposed to Covid-19.

    See the full story here.

  • TRUMP ANNOUNCES PLASMA TREATMENT

    US President Donald Trump has announced emergency authorisation to treat Covid-19 patients with convalescent plasma.

    The blood plasma, taken from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus and rich in antibodies, may provide benefits to those battling the disease.

    But the evidence so far has not been conclusive about whether it works, when to administer it and what dose is needed.

    The Food and Drug Administration issued the go-ahead, which should make it easier for some coronavirus patients to try the experimental treatment.

    Trump announces emergency authorization for convalescent plasma – calling it a ‘breakthrough for coronavirus treatment

  • OFFICE WORKERS ‘£500 A MONTH BETTER OFF WORKING FROM HOME’

    Ex-commuters who have swapped their office desk for the dining room table during the pandemic are hundreds of pounds better off per month, research shows.

    The Office for National Statistics has revealed that collectively the UK has saved £157billion over the three months of lockdown, with the average person saving £495 a month.

    On average office workers were £500 better off a month just by working at home, cutting down on travel, food, and clothing expenses, explains UK-based health and safety software specialists Protecting.co.uk.

    “Working from home has the unexpected benefit of saving people a lot of money because they aren’t having to pay travel costs to go anywhere or splash out on expensive coffees and lunches,” says company spokesperson Mark Hall.

    One woman from Leeds told the firm: “I’ve saved so much money by not going out for lunches with the girls in the office or going to staff drinks on a Friday, that I can afford a holiday when all of this is over.

    “It’s definitely made me realise that I can save money if I cut out some of my habits.”

  • 77 FALSE NFL COVID-19 POSITIVES

    A lab used by the NFL for Covid-19 tests said today that contamination caused 77 “most likely false positive results.”

    BioReference Laboratories said the test results on Saturday were contaminated during preparation at its lab in New Jersey.

    Eleven clubs were affected, and the tests were reexamined and found to be false positives.

    BioReference does all Covid-19 testing for the 32 NFL teams in five labs across the country.

    Among teams reporting false positives, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10 and the Chicago Bears nine.

    The entire episode puts the NFL and its testing procedures through BioReference in a precarious position with the opening game kicking off on September 10.

    There are five labs nationwide that service the 32 teams, with only the New Jersey facility having the false positives this weekend.

    Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 — even a false positive upon a retest — is required to have two more negative tests before being cleared to return.

    The New York Giants said Monday that two staff members whose test results initially came back as false positives were back at work.

    Dr Jon Cohen, executive chairman, said: “Subsequent testing has indicated that the issue has been resolved.

    “All individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.”

  • WHO: KIDS SHOULD WEAR MASKS

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says those aged six to 11 should wear masks in some cases, to help fight the spread of coronavirus.

    Its recommendations – publicised today – follow the widespread belief that kids under 12 are not considered as likely to propagate the virus as much as adults.

    Children in general face less severe virus symptoms than do adults, with the elderly the most vulnerable to severe infection and death.

    Now WHO says decisions about whether children aged six to 11 should wear masks should consider factors like whether Covid-19 transmission is widespread in the area where the kid lives; their to safely use a mask; and adult supervision when taking the masks on or off.

    “Luckily, the vast majority of children who are infected with the virus appear to have mild disease or asymptomatic infection, and that’s good news,” said spokesperson Maria Van Kerkhove.

    She still cautioned that some children can develop severe cases of coronavirus and even die.

  • SPAIN: 2,060 NEW CASES

    Spain diagnosed 2,060 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said today.

    This figure is below the levels seen last week and brings the cumulative Covid-19 cases total to 405,436.

    Three people died from the virus over the same period, while the seven-day death toll was 96, the ministry said, with the cumulative death toll reaching 28,872.

    Infections have risen sharply since Spain lifted a three-month lockdown in late June, but deaths have been much lower than during the pandemic’s late-March peak.

  • PREPARE FOR A COVID CHRISTMAS!

    Trainee Santas in Britain are learning how to make traditional grottos Covid-safe this year, with festive red velvet face masks, spaced seating and a contact-free transfer of gifts to kids.

    London entertainment company Ministry of Fun has been running “Santa School” for 25 years and this year started earlier than usual to reassure clients hiring a Santa and the public that it’s possible to make the experience safer during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Trainer and organisation founder, James Lovell, said: “We’ve created these masks – red velvet with white fur trim, just like Santa’s costume.

    “Secondly, there’s the social distance grotto. Very easy to do and to make a child two metres away from Santa does not in any way take away from the magic.”

    Thirdly, the school has invented a small sleigh for Santa to puts presents onto, which kids can then retrieve.

  • TESCO JOBS BOOM
    Tesco says it’s to create thousands more permanent jobs thanks to an online boost during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Britain’s largest supermarket Tesco said on Monday it will create an additional 16,000 permanent jobs to support the exceptional growth in its online business.

    “The supermarket expects the majority of these roles to be filled by colleagues who joined on a temporary basis at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but who now want to stay with the business permanently,” the firm said.

    Tesco said the roles will include 10,000 pickers to assemble customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver them, along with a variety of other roles in stores and distribution centres.

    Last month, discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl said they will create an additional 1,200 and 1,000 jobs respectively this year in the UK, as the two companies continue to open more stores and drive market share gains.

  • HOLIDAY WATCHLIST

    Greece, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are at risk of being added to the UK's quarantine list.

    The UK government has warned countries will be added if their new daily cases rise above 20 per 100,000 over a seven day period.

    The 14-day quarantine came in for holidaymakers travelling from Spain on July 25.

    France was also added to the quarantine list on August 15 – when an estimated 500,000 Brits were in the country.

    On Saturday, Croatia was added to the UK quarantine list following a spike in Covid-19 cases that has seen their seven-day case rate swell to 36.3.

    Countries currently at risk of being added to the UK quarantine list next are: Switzerland (19.8), Czech Republic (17.8) and Iceland (16.5).

    For the full story, see HERE.

  • BIRMINGHAM 'NOT A HOTSPOT'

    Birmingham is not a “Covid-19 hotspot” and warnings the city should be preparing for local lockdown have been branded “ridiculous” by the local authority's former leader.

    John Clancy said “the citizens of Birmingham should be congratulated, not warned” for their response to coronavirus as other big cities and built-up areas had “fared far worse”.

    Prof Clancy, who led the city council from November 2015 until September 2017, said the city was 79th in the table of pandemic-related deaths by council areas in England and Wales.

    He claimed imposing local lockdowns based on “dodgy data” was unacceptable, pointing out “91% of England – that's 51 million people – live in neighbourhoods where there hasn't been a recorded Covid-19 case in the last four weeks”.

    He added: “Birmingham cannot, as a city, be in any way regarded as a Covid-19 hotspot.”

  • MASKS IN SCHOOLS?

    Asked about comments by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that some secondary school teachers and pupils may wear masks in some settings, the Education Secretary said: “We are not in a position where we are suggesting that.

    “We believe there is a system of controls there in place in all schools for children to be able to return safely and for staff to be able to operate safely within those schools.”

  • CLOSING SCHOOLS 'LAST RESORT'

    Gavin Williamson said that closing schools again in areas of any imposed local lockdowns would be “the absolute last resort”.

    Mr Williamson said: “We'd expect to see schools closed as a very last resort.

    “We know that children have missed out on so much by not being in school, we know that children have missed being with their friends and being with their teachers, and having the opportunity to learn in wonderful classrooms such as this.

    “So, we would see schools closing as the absolute last resort.”

  • 'RIGHT TIME FOR KIDS TO GO BACK'

    Gavin Williamson said it is the right time for children to go back to school as there is more harm done to them by not being there.

    The education secretary said: “We've been incredibly clear in terms of the guidance that we've given as to how schools can work and operate in a safe and proper way.

    “At every stage, we've followed the advice of chief medical officers and we saw just at the weekend the chief medical officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland saying it is now safe for youngsters to return back to school and actually there's more harm done to those youngsters by them not being in school.

    “That's why it's the right time for children to come back.”

  • SCHOOL FINES 'LAST RESORT'

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said schools should only fine parents as a “last resort” if they refuse to send their children back to school when they reopen next month.

    Speaking to the media, he said: “In terms of fining, we would ask all schools to work with those parents, encourage them to bring their children back, deal with concerns that they have and fining would be very much the last resort, as it has always been.”

  • INFECTIONS SLOW

    The number of new coronavirus infections in the UK rose by 853 today.

    It is the first time in five days that the figure has been below 1,000.

  • FOUR MORE DEATHS IN UK

    The UK's coronavirus death toll hit 41,433 after four more deaths were confirmed today.

  • FREE COVID INSURANCE FOR VIRGIN ATLANTIC CUSTOMERS

    Free Covid-19 insurance is to be provided to customers of Virgin Atlantic, offering financial cover should they or a companion fall ill with coronavirus while travelling.

    The airline's new policy includes meeting emergency medical costs as well as associated transport, accommodation and repatriation expenses up to a value of £500,000 per customer.

    It will also cover up to £3,000 of expenses if a customer is denied boarding a plane or held in quarantine due to a suspected or positive case of coronavirus during a trip.

  • VIRAL THREAT

    People with Covid-19 suffer from a myriad of symptoms, with the most common being a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.

    But experts say that patients who present with inflammation are more likely to die from the virus.

    Sheena Cruickshank, Professor in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester said that inflammation is the one common side-effect which explains why certain groups become so unwell with the bug.

  • USAIN BOLT 'TESTS POSITIVE'

    Usian Bolt has contracted coronavirus, according to reports.

    The retired sprint king, who turned 34 on Friday, is understood to have taken a test a few days ago which returned positive today.

    The Jamaican is said to be have gone into self-isolation but, as reported by Nationwide Radio XJ, it is unclear if he has been displaying symptoms of the virus.

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