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People face fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to both indoor and outdoor settings and follows a rapid increase in the number of daily positive cases.

Regulations enabling the enforcement of the rule were published late on Sunday night, around 30 minutes before they came into effect.

More than 3,000 Covid-19 cases were recorded in the UK for the third day in a row on Sunday – the first time since May that cases were above 3,000 on three consecutive days.

The new law comes amid concerns about an increase in cases in care homes and growing criticism of the NHS Test and Trace system.

Meanwhile, Israel will enter a three-week nationwide lockdown starting on Friday to contain the spread of the coronavirus after a second- wave surge of new cases.

During the lockdown, which comes during the Jewish high-holiday season, Israelis will have to stay within 500 metres of their houses, but can travel to workplaces that will be allowed to operate on a limited basis.

Schools and shopping malls will be closed but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: “I know those measures will exact a heavy price on us all, this is not the kind of holiday we are used to. And we certainly won’t be able to celebrate with our extended families.”

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Boris Johnson’s rule of six law will come into force today (Image: GETTY)

9.25pm update: Six people arrested in Scotland after police break up 405 house parties

Six people were arrested as police broke up 405 house parties across Scotland at the weekend in alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations.

Just one fixed penalty noticed was issued following the incidents between Friday and Sunday with police giving advice while dispersing party-goers.

Two officers were allegedly assaulted at one such incident in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, with the windows of two police cars also smashed at around 5.35am on Sunday.

After the incident two men aged 47 were arrested and expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

8.15pm update: Majority back national curfew to halt coronavirus spread as cases rocket – ‘Do it now!’

As coronavirus cases continue to soar across the country, an exclusive poll has found the public would back a national curfew to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

From today, no more than six people are able to meet indoors or outdoors in a bid to halt the spread of the pandemic but Westminster sources have warned a national curfew could be the “obvious next step”.

If a curfew is imposed, it would be for all ages with pubs and restaurants likely to be forced to shut at 10pm – and other venues having their doors closed.

Now, an exclusive Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 10.30am to 8pm on September 14 – asked whether the public would back a national curfew.

7.30pm update: Sturgeon sends barbed warning to Boris over four-nation breakdown

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that she “will continue” to make decisions on COVID-19 that are in the “interests of Scotland” – and not simply adopt a four-nations approach to appease Westminster.

Concerns were raised by Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at Edinburgh University, who said that the UK had diverged from using a four nations approach to tackle coronavirus.

It comes as the “rule of six” comes into force across the UK today, meaning any social gatherings of more than six people will break the law.

Sturgeon sends barbed warning to Boris

Sturgeon sends barbed warning to Boris (Image: Getty)

7pm update: Coronavirus panic as 193 hotspots in England emerge – figures show soaring COVID cases

Alarming figures have revealed a staggering 193 places in England have recorded an increase in coronavirus cases over the last seven days.

The UK currently has the highest death rate across Europe after surpassing 40,000 and now figures have shown a number of coronavirus hotspots emerging over the last week. One area saw nearly a fivefold increase in cases.

Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, saw its infection rate soar from 24.6 to 114 per 100,000 cases in just seven days.

6.40pm update: Scotland to continue with localised lockdowns

Stricter restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings will continue across Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire, as reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these areas continues to be higher than the Scottish average.

Early assessment of the local measures currently in place in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde local authority areas suggests they are working to slow the increase in cases. It is both to assess the impact and measures in North and South Lanarkshire which were imposed on Friday.

While the rest of Scotland will have to adopt new rules on gatherings announced last week, (indoors or outdoors gatherings must not exceed six people from two households), these stricter measures should continue to be followed in the seven local authority areas affected.

The restrictions, recommended by the National Incident Management Team chaired by Public Health Scotland, will apply to people living in or visiting the seven local authority areas and will next be reviewed on Tuesday 22 September.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is clearly regrettable that these restrictions need to continue. I understand that this will not be welcome news for people living in these areas but given the continued worrying increase in cases we continue to see we must act to get more control over the virus in these areas. But while cases remain on the rise, early indications show these measures are working.

“I would ask everyone in the affected areas to continue being extra vigilant, to follow all guidance and to isolate and book a test if they have any symptoms. Do not lose ground now.

“Above all, I want to emphasise that getting a test – and even getting a negative result – is not a substitute for self-isolating. If you have symptoms, or if you are contacted by our Test and Protect team and told to do so, you will need to self-isolate.

“Over 900,000 people have already downloaded the Protect Scotland app, which is a really important way to support Test and Protect and also to keep our communities safe. In the face of COVID, we can all feel a bit powerless but, if you have the means, using the app is a way of doing something positive that helps the collective effort.”

Scotland to continue with localised lockdowns

Scotland to continue with localised lockdowns (Image: Getty)

6pm update: Slovakia puts Czech Republic on ‘red list’ of high-risk countries

Slovakia is planning to put the Czech Republic on its “red list” of high-risk countries due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases there, a Slovak official said on Monday.

As of Friday, travellers across the busy common border would need a negative COVID-19 test or to go into five-day quarantine followed by a test, Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Klus said on Facebook.

Exceptions would be made for cross-border commuters living up to 30 km (18 miles) from the nearest crossing and some other groups, he said.

The Czech Republic reported a surge in daily new COVID-19 cases to as many as 1,541 on Saturday, multiples of the numbers it was recording in the spring and among the highest per capita numbers in Europe in recent weeks.

5.30pm update: University of Hull will not be “hard-line approach of fining students”

The University of Hull has said it will be taking a “softly, softly” approach to enforcing the so-called rule of six as it welcomed students at the beginning of an extended two-week freshers’ event.

A spokeswoman said: “I think we would take a softly, softly approach, we would deal with noise from parties on campus, we would take each situation as it comes and then think about what the measure would be, what measures would be appropriate in each.

“We’re not taking a hard-line approach of fining students. We feel that the students we’ve talked to already are quite cautious themselves.”

Claire Hookham, deputy director of Hull University Business School, said: “Because we’re doing so many different things during Welcome Week, outside and at multiple venues and of course in the virtual capacity, that actually students don’t need to be challenging that rule of six, they’re going to be able to be fully engaged in university life, feel very welcome into the university, the campus and to be part of the University of Hull without worrying about the rule of six too much.”

University of Hull rules of 'rule of six' fines

University of Hull rules of ‘rule of six’ fines (Image: Getty)

5pm update: WHO calls for ‘rethink’ of elderly care after COVID-19 losses

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said on Monday that we need to fundamentally rethink our relationship with the elderly after huge losses to COVID-19 in nursing homes across the world “robbed us of a generation of wisdom”.

In a speech about the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Mike Ryan urged countries to see elderly care as a “rights issue”.

Fatality rates in care homes have been high, partly because the elderly are more vulnerable to the disease but also because the response has been lacking, leading to some centres being overwhelmed, with bodies left unattended in rooms even in some rich countries.

“We need to fundamentally rethink the relationship we have with older generations and the way in which we provide care for that generation,” said Dr Ryan.

“We need to see the needs of our older generation as a rights issue – the right to be cared for, the right to social contact.”

4.20pm update: Public Health England reveal nine more deaths registered in the UK

Public Health England has revealed there had been a further 2,621 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total to 371,125.

They also said a further nine people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 41,637.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

An issue with Microsoft’s Azure cloud service meant the dashboard could not be updated, PHE added.

PHE confirm further 2,621 lab-confirmed cases

PHE confirm further 2,621 lab-confirmed cases (Image: Reuters)

3.50pm update: Bolton solicitors close after 18 cases found

Accident Injury Solicitors, in Bolton, was ordered to close immediately on Friday by environmental health officers and will remain shut until improvements have been made, a spokesman for Bolton Council said.

Family members of employees at the business had contacted the authority to report that staff were not being informed of Covid-19 cases in the workplace and were being forced to work alongside others who had tested positive, the spokesman said.

An investigation by the council and Public Health England (PHE) revealed 18 cases linked to the firm and when officers visited they found seating arrangements were not far enough apart and cleaning arrangements were unsatisfactory.

Councillor Hilary Fairclough, the council’s cabinet member for environment regulatory services, said: “The restrictions are clear – and in the case of this firm we had no choice but to take action.

“The firm clearly showed a disregard for the health of their staff and the wider community.

“We are indebted to members of the public for letting us know about these unsafe practices.

“I urge anyone who has concerns about their place of work, or any business, to let us know so we can investigate.

“This council takes a zero-tolerance approach to those flouting the Covid-19 rules.”

3.40pm update: Two further deaths in Northern Ireland

There were two further deaths from Covid-19 reported over the weekend in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 570.

There have also been a further 109 new confirmed cases of the virus in the last 24-hour reporting period.

DUP leader Arlene Foster warned they are at a “tipping point” in relation to the pandemic.

She said: “Let me say this to the Assembly and indeed anyone else listening – we are at a tipping point in relation to Covid-19.

“There are those who think that we are scaremongering about this issue and I just want to address that – we are not, we are not.

“We are in constant contact with our chief medical officer (Dr Michael McBride) and again today I am advised that the postcodes which we have particular concern about that concern is very much still there.

“And I do not want to see that spreading across Northern Ireland – we have to act to stop that spreading across Northern Ireland and actually stop people in those postcode areas from spreading Covid-19.”

Arlene Foster warns of 'tipping point'

Arlene Foster warns of ‘tipping point’ (Image: Getty)

3.30pm update: Experts tells BBC loud music will increase infection rates

Speaking on house parties, but also refereing to a range of settings, a doctor on BBC urged people to keep noise levels down.

He told BBC News: “I would urge all setting to please switch their music off. The louder the place the greater the risk of you speaking in a loud voice, and more droplets coming from you to other people and more people being infected.

“So you need to speak in lower voices and keep the noise down in such places here on in.”

3.05pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Richard Percival

3pm update: Lockdown extension for parts of Scotland

Stricter lockdown restrictions which have been imposed on the Greater Glasgow area may need to remain in place for a “bit longer”, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

The First Minister said she did “not want to raise anybody’s hopes” that the ban on people going into others’ homes was about to be lifted.

The tougher restrictions were originally put in place in the Glasgow City Council area as well as West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire almost two weeks ago.

And Ms Sturgeon confirmed talks would take place later on Monday to review the situation in these areas.

2:30pm 183 new cases in Wales 

There have been a further 183 cases of COVID-19 in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,573.

Public Health Wales said no further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.

2pm update: Success for English schools 

Downing Street said 99 percent of England’s schools had reopened following the coronavirus lockdown with only a “very small” number remaining closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said data on school attendance would be published on Tuesday.

“The indications are that around 99% of schools expected to open have done so,” the spokesman said.

“There is a very small number of schools which have asked some or all of their pupils to remain at home.

“Those schools are following the published guidance and ensuring that where there is a positive case swift action is taken.

“Children who are self-isolating continue to receive remote education from home.”

1.15pm update: Scottish Government raises concerns over UK testing regime 

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she has “serious concern” with the “backlog of test results” for Covid-19.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 briefing, she said she had raised her fears with the UK Government.

Ms Sturgeon urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock to share the “full nature of issues they are facing” so her government could assist in alleviating them.

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Facemasks are also now compulsory in Wales shops (Image: GETTY)

12pm update: Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer “self-isolating” 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is self-isolating after a member of his household showed possible coronavirus symptoms.

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: “This morning Keir Starmer was advised to self isolate after a member of his household showed possible symptoms of the coronavirus.

“The member of his household has now had a test. In line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test and further advice from medical professionals.”

Sir Keir took part in a phone-in on LBC radio this morning and his office has alerted the broadcaster about the situation.

10:45am update: Sweden takes UK off red list of travel destinations 

Sweden has taken the UK off its red-list of countries it advises citizens not to travel to, despite a pick-up in new COVID-19 cases and restrictions on public gatherings.

Swedes can now travel freely to most European destinations, though Finland, Ireland, the Baltic countries and Malta remain on the red-list.

10am update: Row over Northern Ireland COVID-19 restrictions 

Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann has dismissed “bogus” claims that he was overruled during last week’s Executive meeting on COVID-19 restrictions.

Senior Democratic Unionist Sammy Wilson said his party leader, First Minister Arlene Foster, had reined in health department “technocrats” who wanted to take more severe measures.

On Thursday, ministers resolved to impose localised limitations on people socialising in Belfast, Ballymena and other areas with high infection rates.

Mr Swann said: “In light to what is being alleged this morning, I am not going to breach the confidentiality of Executive discussions to comment on ill-informed and bogus claims.

“Our public health messaging is too important to play games with.”

Mr Wilson alleged that Mr Swann and others had pressed for more extensive restrictions during Thursday’s Executive meeting.

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UK coronavirus map as of September 13th (Image: EXPRESS)

9:15am update: New restrictions on face coverings for Wales

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and indoor public spaces in Wales, where it is now illegal for more than six people to meet inside.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that COVID-19 is “on the rise again” in Wales after weeks of being in decline, with 20 people in 100,000 in the country having the virus.

He previously said the new measures, which apply from Monday, were needed to prevent cases from spreading and to avoid more “draconian” restrictions.

8:30am update: Minister tells people to grass up their neighbours if they break COVID rules

Policing minister Kit Malthouse said concerned neighbours should ring the non-emergency police phone number to report violations of the rule of six.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are in discussions about what reporting mechanisms there might be but there is obviously the non-emergency number that people can ring and report issues they wish to.

“Certainly during the initial stage of lockdown, we did see a surge in those reports coming through to the police.

“If people are concerned, if they do think there is contravention then that option is open to them.”

Pressed on whether that would involve reporting a gathering of seven or more in a neighbour’s garden, Mr Malthouse said: “It is open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number and if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it.”

Asked to clarify whether residents should be concerned about local breaches of law in neighbouring properties and report them to the police, he replied: “Yes.”

7:45am update: Mass redundancies feared at end of Furlough scheme, Union warns

A trade union boss has warned that the end of the job retention scheme could trigger mass redundancies.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Unemployment isn’t just miserable for families, it will hold back the economy, just at the time when if we are facing further spikes and lockdowns we need more support.

“We’ve put forward proposals to the Government for a job retention and upskilling scheme and I’m really appealing to the Chancellor to stand by working families and keep people at work.”

She described the furlough scheme as a success, stating it is “too soon to pull the plug”.

“The problem is if the Government doesn’t act now we could be facing mass unemployment and we know how much harm that does to the economy and how much more expensive it is in the long run.”





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