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COVID deaths in Italy hit record high as nation imposes 10pm curfew on New Year’s Eve

COVID deaths in Italy hit record high as nation imposes 10pm curfew on New Year’s Eve

World
Italy has unveiled tough new restrictions for Christmas after recording the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.Figures show there were 993 COVID-related deaths and 23,225 new cases on Thursday. The previous record of 919 deaths came in March at the peak of the first wave. Italy was the first Western country to be hit by COVID-19 - and from 21 December to 6 January, people will only be allowed to move between the nation's 20 regions for work, medical reasons or emergencies.People are being urged not to invite any guests to their homes during the Christmas period, amid fears it could lead to a further spike in new infections. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve is also being banned.Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world ...
Coronavirus: David Lammy warns that people are ‘bubbling out of pubs’ due to curfew

Coronavirus: David Lammy warns that people are ‘bubbling out of pubs’ due to curfew

Business
Shadow justice secretary David Lammy has said that the introduction of a 22:00 curfew for pubs in England has led to people "bubbling out of pubs" at the same time.The Labour MP said that drinkers were "hanging around towns and they're potentially spreading the virus".Mr Lammy questioned the "science" behind the new restrictions, saying: "It's not clear where that came from."But the culture secretary said: "There is definitely science behind it."Oliver Dowden, speaking to BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, insisted: "That's why we're requiring people to be seated in pubs and restaurants, so that stops the flow of them to and from the bar."We are reducing the closing times to stop people staying later and drinking.""And the point about all of this is that everyon...