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Coronavirus latest news: Councils want powers to shut pubs that flout social distancing rules

Councils have demanded new powers to close down pubs and clubs that are fueling the spread of Covid-19 by breaching social distancing rules.  

The Local Government Association (LGA) says there is evidence of pubs and clubs flouting the rules by cramming in drinkers and failing to record details of their customers. 

It follows an outbreak in Staffordshire when a pub failed to take customers’ names – meaning they cannot be traced – after hundreds were crammed in and ten people caught the virus.  

The LGA has urged the Government to rewrite the Licensing Act so that pubs or clubs could be closed down if they were judged to pose a risk to public health because of their lax approach to social distancing.  

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1:20AM

‘67,000 lives could be saved if everyone in US wore a mask’

Around 67,000 lives in America could be saved by December if mask wearing became universal, according to projections from an influential coronavirus model.

The estimate came from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation IHME, a model which at times has been cited by the White House.

IHME now projects that by December 1, on the current trajectory, around 295,000 people will have died from Covid-19 in America. That is based on the assumption that around 50 per cent of people wear masks when they go outside. If that became 95 per cent, the estimate changes. Under that scenario of universal mask wearing the model projects that around 228,000 Americans will have died by December 1 – some 67,000 fewer deaths.

Read more: ‘Thousands of lives could be saved if more Americans wore masks’

Donald Trump has begun wearing a face mask in public in recent weeks

Donald Trump has begun wearing a face mask in public in recent weeks

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12:05AM

Anger over ‘red-listing’ of countries grows

Holidaymakers are being “left in the dark” by a “grossly unfair” lack of transparency on quarantine restrictions, MPs have warned as fears France will be placed on the Government’s red list led some to cancel their trips.

In the latest blow to summer breaks, rising cases in the country have sparked concerns it will be added to the list of destinations requiring holidaymakers to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Britain, following the addition of Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas from Saturday and Spain at the end of last month.  

If such restrictions were brought in, an estimated million British travellers could be affected, with around half a million believed to already be in the country and a similar number set to head to France before the end of the month.

Read more: Holidaymakers ‘left in the dark’

Rising cases in France have sparked concerns that it will be added to the quarantine list

Rising cases in France have sparked concerns that it will be added to the quarantine list

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