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Covid: What the tier rules say about the split between science and politics

Covid: What the tier rules say about the split between science and politics

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‘No obvious basis in science’: Wetherspoon boss hits out at ‘ill-thought-out’ COVID-19 rules

‘No obvious basis in science’: Wetherspoon boss hits out at ‘ill-thought-out’ COVID-19 rules

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Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has lashed out at the "ever-changing raft of ill-thought-out" coronavirus regulations as the pub chain sank to a £105.4m loss. His renewed criticism came as the company's delayed results also revealed that sales fell by 30% from £1.82bn to £1.26bn in the year to 26 July. It is the first time the firm has posted a loss in 36 years.Live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world Image: Restrictions imposed under Tiers 1, 2 and 3 of England's lockdown system Last year it enjoyed pre-tax profits of more than £100m.
Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states have agreed to tighten mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where coronavirus infection rates are highBy GEIR MOULSON Associated PressOctober 14, 2020, 9:42 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Wednesday to tighten mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where coronavirus infection rates are high, an attempt to avoid tougher restrictions now being introduced elsewhere in Europe.The meeting came hours after the country reported more than 5,000 infections in one day for the first time since mid-April. Germany is still in better shape than many other European countries, but infections hav
Liverpool to get strictest lockdown rules as PM divides England into three COVID alert levels

Liverpool to get strictest lockdown rules as PM divides England into three COVID alert levels

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A new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions is being introduced in England, Boris Johnson has announced, with Liverpool put in the highest tier.The Local COVID Alert Levels - "medium", "high" and "very high" - will be implemented in different areas depending on local infection rates. The move, planned to come into force on Wednesday, is aimed at simplifying the range of different COVID-19 restrictions that were already in place across various parts of England.Live updates on coronavirus from US, UK and around the world Image: Boris Johnson told MPs he could not 'let the virus rip' across the country There were 13,972 new cases of coronavirus in the UK announced on Monday, with 50 more deaths recorded of people who tested posit...
NY to local governments: Enforce virus rules or face fines

NY to local governments: Enforce virus rules or face fines

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New York state's daily count of new coronavirus cases has topped 1,500 for the first time since late MayBy JENNIFER PELTZ Associated PressOctober 2, 2020, 10:06 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- New York state’s daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,500 for the first time since late May as Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned local governments Friday that they'll face fines if they don’t enforce social distancing and mask rules.Officials are increasingly concerned about virus flare-ups in some places, mainly parts of New York City and suburban Rockland and Orange counties. Although an often-cited measure of the virus' spread — the percentage of tests that come back positive — was about 1.3% statewide on Thursday, it was 6.4% in a group of 20 ZIP codes