Coronavirus UK latest news LIVE: Three pubs close after positive Covid tests as deaths hit 44,236

Three pubs across England have been forced to close following Super Saturday's reopening after customers tested positive for coronavirus.

All three pubs – the Lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, the Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire – told customers of the closures via Facebook, just days after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to unveil a six-month stamp duty holiday in his mini-Budget this week.

It is hoped the measure will kick start the UK's economy following lockdown, with buyers excited at the prospect the stamp duty threshold could be as high as £500,000.

Mr Sunak will also earmark 3 billion pounds on green projects as part of his plan to boost the economy, which will be announced on Wednesday.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to 44,236 after 16 more deaths in were recorded on July 6, 2020.

  • BORIS JOHNSON SAYS IT’S ‘IMPORTANT’ TO FUND CARE SECTOR

    Responding to calls for reform of the care sector, Boris Johnson has said it’s “important” to fund care homes.

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC Breakfast the PM pointed out “nobody at the time knew what the correct procedures were” because of a lack of understanding of transmission.

    Mr Sharma added care homes had done a “great job”.

  • WOMAN WHO ATTACKED NHS WORKERS ON SUPER SATURDAY SACKED

    A woman who attacked two NHS workers for speaking Polish “too loudly” has been sacked.

    Anna Rutkowska, 36, was drinking with friends in Bristol as pubs reopened on ‘Super Saturday’ when Clare McCarthy, 30, lunged at her.

    McCarthy allegedly yelled “you're in England now” at Anna and her pals as they spoke Polish.

    Footage of the attack went viral – and now McCarthy says she has been sacked from her job as a recruitment consultant.

    She denied that she had yelled racist insults at the group and said they had stared and laughed at her before one of them pushed her when she confronted them.

  • KATE GARRAWAY THANKS FANS FOR SUPPORT

    Kate Garraway broke her social media silence tonight to thank “lovely” fans who had sent her uplifting messages.

    The 53-year-old Good Morning Britain star has been in hell since March, when her husband Derek Draper was taken into intensive care battling coronavirus and put into a coma.

    Posting a rare message on Instagram tonight, Kate said: “Thank you everyone for your lovely good wishes and for sending me your stories of how you’ve been coping too.”

    However, she also sounded a note of caution, saying the day he returned home having recovered still seemed “very uncertain” amid these “ghastly times”.

  • CORONAVIRUS ACROSS THE UK

  • WELSH TOWN COULD BE NEW COVID HOTSPOT

    Methryr Tydfil could become the new coronavirus hotspot with a worse infection rate than Leicester, official figures have revealed.

    Government figures show 179.5 coronavirus cases were diagnosed for every 100,000 people in Merthyr Tydfil in the week up to July 1.

    The rate is 141.1 in Leicester — which last week became the first place in Britain to have a local lockdown imposed.

    Welsh officials say the cluster of cases, which have been linked to an outbreak at a Kepak meat-processing plant, is “under constant review”.

    But no local lockdown is needed, according to health bosses because there are no pockets of infection across the borough, which is home to around 60,000 people.

    Population differences mean that while Merthyr Tydfil has a higher rate of infection, this translates to fewer actual positive tests than in Leicester, where the population is higher than 300,000 and is concentrated in a smaller urban area.

    But figures from Public Health Wales indicate the outbreak in Merthyr Tydfil has grown massively in the past fortnight.

  • LATE NIGHT BOOZE WARNING

    Plans to sell takeaway alcohol late at night will cause chaos on the streets, ministers have been warned.

    The Government has planned to relax licensing rules to give the hospitality sector a much-needed boost as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

    Under the proposed new rules which would last for a year, bars and pubs would be able to sell booze to be drank elsewhere late at night.

    Former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett told The Telegraph that the changes would “fuel the already worrying concerns about activity late at night, particularly in the major cities”.

    Ex-top cop Lord Paddick said the plans were a “recipe for disorder and potential violence”.

    “If revellers are allowed to take alcohol with them when they leave when the party closes inside these late-licensed premises, they are likely to continue the party outside on the street,” he said.

    Met Police Federation chair Ken Marsh said the proposed new rules were “ill-thought out”.

  • BRIT PILOT HEADING HOME AFTER COVID RECOVERY

    A pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical coronavirus patient is virus free and has recovered enough to return home next Sunday, doctors said.

    Doctors who have been overseeing the treatment of Stephen Cameron, from Scotland, announced Monday evening that he has made substantial progress.

    He had been critically ill and spent 65 days on life support.

    The 43-year-old's improved health condition allows him to travel on the 12 hour flight to London accompanied by doctors.

    The pilot is known in Vietnam as Patient 91 as he was the 91st person in the country confirmed to have the coronavirus

    He is virus free, breathes normally without any support and is no longer treated as a COVID-19 patient, said Dr. Tran Thanh Linh, the deputy head of the ICU ward at Cho Ray hospital where the man is receiving treatment.

    Vietnam has gone all out to save Mr Cameron, who was working for national carrier Vietnam Airlines when he tested positive for the virus in March.

    Doctors said at one point they considered a lung transplant as his lungs were 90 per cent damaged and non-functional.

    He was Vietnam’s last patient in the ICU and his recovery means Vietnam has still not had any COVID-19 deaths.

  • KANYE WEST'S CLOTHING BRAND, HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION COMPANIES ON PANDEMIC LOAN LIST

    Ventures backed by big-name entertainers Kanye West and Francis Ford Coppola were among those approved for loans under a U.S. government program to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, according to a list released on Monday.

    Billionaire rapper West's clothing brand Yeezy received clearance for a loan of between $2 million and $5 million under the Paycheck Protection Program, the U.S. Small Business Administration said.

    The company said the loan would save 160 jobs, according to the SBA.

    The PPP was established to aid workers at companies and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees hurt by closures and other measures meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    The list released Monday gave the most-detailed accounting to date of who applied for and was approved to receive funds.

    Several Hollywood production companies applied for PPP aid after filming was halted in mid-March, putting tens of thousands of cast and crew members out of work.

    Approved applicants included The Jim Henson Company, creator of the Muppets, and The Apatow Company, run by writer/director Apatow.

  • UN WARNS TERRORIST GROUPS COULD EXPLOIT PANDEMIC

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic can provide new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups.

    The U.N. chief said it's too early to fully assess the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism but all these groups seek to exploit divisions, local conflicts, failures in governing, and other grievances to advance their aims.

    Guterres said that the Islamic State group, which once controlled a vast swath of Syria and Iraq, is trying to reassert itself in both countries.

  • BRAZIL'S BOLSONARO TESTED AGAIN FOR CORONAVIRUS

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that he had undergone another test for the novel coronavirus, after local media reported he had symptoms associated with the COVID-19 respiratory disease that it causes.

    Bolsonaro told supporters outside the presidential palace that he had just visited the hospital and been tested for the virus, adding that an exam had shown his lungs “clean.”

    CNN Brasil and newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported that he had symptoms of the disease. The president's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • SUNAK TO SPEND THREE BILLION POUNDS ON GREEN PROJECTS IN ECONOMY PLAN

    Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will earmark 3 billion pounds to create green jobs and improve the energy efficiency of public buildings when he announces his broader plans to kickstart the economy on Wednesday.

    A third of the package would be spent on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from public-sector buildings, such as schools and hospitals, and from social housing, the finance ministry said.

    Heating buildings accounts for almost a fifth of Britain's greenhouse gas emissions, making the investment a key part of Britain's attempts to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2050, the finance ministry added.

    Sunak is expected to focus Wednesday's announcement mostly on how the government will try to counter a jump in unemployment caused by the lockdown of much of the economy in late March which is now being relaxed only gradually.

  • BARS SHUT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CASES JUST DAYS AFTER REOPENING

    A number of pubs which reopened their doors for the first time on Saturday have had to close again due to people testing positive for coronavirus.

    Bars in England welcomed drinkers at the weekend after a lengthy lockdown which saw the hospitality sector shut since March.

    But three establishments have since alerted their patrons that they have had to close again just days later, after cases of Covid-19.

    The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, said a customer had tested positive and it was making its way through a list of people who were in the bar on Saturday.

    The Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, said it would be closed until further notice after receiving a call from a customer on Monday to say they had tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Village Home Pub in Alverstoke, Gosport, said it had also “had a case of Coronavirus in the pub”, adding that “some of us are in isolation”.

  • US MAYOR SAYS SHE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, but has not shown symptoms of the virus.

    She gave no information about her diagnosis, whether she is under quarantine and when she was tested.

    “COVID-19 has literally hit home,” the first-term mayor of Georgia's state capital city said on Twitter.

  • WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS CASES CROSS 11.56 MILLION, DEATH TOLL AT 534,829

    More than 11.56 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 534,829 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

    Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

  • FIRST MAJOR BRAZILIAN CITIES RESUME CLASSES AMID PANDEMIC

    The Brazilian cities of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan region on Monday resumed in-person classes at private schools, the first large cities to do so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Both cities have been hard hit by the virus.

    Amazonas states capital with 2.2 million residents had the sixth-most coronavirus deaths in the country, according to local media G1.

    Duque de Caxias is home to 920,000 people and has confirmed the third most deaths in Rio state.

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