Falling rates of COVID-19 among students could be masking an underlying epidemic, research by Sky News has revealed. The Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said this week that Tier 3 restrictions were unnecessary because cases in the city were falling. Our analysis suggests that’s true when looking at city-wide data. But in fact, the downward
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been banned from a pub in his constituency for voting against an extension of free school meals. Alex Cook, who owns the The Mill pub and its restaurant Il Mulino in North Yorkshire‘s Stokesley, confirmed media reports that he will refuse entry to Mr Sunak and three other Tory MPs because
Allowing an “uncontrolled epidemic” in young people – while subjecting the over-60s to strict coronavirus restrictions – would have “dire consequences for the NHS”, the government’s scientific advisers have warned. Newly-released documents show the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said that such a strategy was “highly likely to create an enormous burden of COVID-19
An elderly woman was burgled while she was dying in her bed by people who pretended they were calling an ambulance, police say. Lancashire Police have released CCTV footage of a man and women they want to speak to over the alleged burglary, which happened on Friday 16 October. At about 3am, a man left
Another 20,530 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, according to the latest government data. This is a drop of 712 cases from the 21,242 recorded yesterday, and a further drop from the record set on Wednesday. A further 224 people have also died within 28 days of testing positive – a rise
A man and his teenage girlfriend have been found guilty of murdering an Irish dancer after poisoning him with a drug called “Devil’s breath”. Joel Osei, 25, and his partner Diana Cristea, 18, killed 43-year-old Adrian Murphy whose body was found in the victim’s 17th-floor flat in Battersea, southwest London, in June last year. As
At least 100 organisations have offered to supply free school meals during half term, inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty. On Thursday, Rashford encouraged anyone wishing to join him to tweet using the hashtag #endchildfoodpoverty and he would retweet with a locator, saying he was “blown away” by the support
Nicola Sturgeon has revealed the Scottish alternative to Boris Johnson’s tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. While England has three levels of measures, Scotland’s first minister has gone for five. She said individual regions could be placed under different ones, so “we don’t have to take a one-size-fits-all approach if that is not warranted”. They will
A deal on putting Warrington into Tier 3 has been agreed, council leaders have told Sky News. The deal, which has not yet been confirmed by the government, includes £4.2m in financial support for businesses. However, it has not yet been decided when the new coronavirus restrictions will come into effect across the northern town,
A senior intensive care consultant in Wales has told Sky News the country’s hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed by the second wave of coronavirus – as the nation enters a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown. Anaesthetist Dr Ami Jones is hoping the move will buy time and ease pressure on an already strained health system.
An MP in Greater Manchester has been released from hospital after contracting coronavirus. Yasmin Qureshi was admitted last Saturday with pneumonia, when she began to feel “much worse” having already isolated at home for 10 days with COVID-19. After some “excellent care” from medics at Royal Bolton Hospital, the Labour MP for Bolton South East
Daily coronavirus cases in England have risen again, with around 1 in 130 people estimated to have had COVID-19 last week. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were around 35,200 new cases per day between 10 and 16 October, and that 433,300 people in England were infected. Last week, one in 160 people were
There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures show – but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality. The numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are relative to the five-year average, counting from 2015 to 2019. The leading cause of death in September for
Greater Manchester has moved into the highest coronavirus alert level of Tier 3, joining Lancashire and Liverpool City Region. The region’s pubs and bars will be closed for 28 days unless they are serving “substantial meals”. Casinos, bingo halls and bookies will also be closed. Social mixing is banned indoors and in private gardens, and
Convalescent plasma has no clinical benefit for COVID-19 patients, according to a new study. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, assessed 464 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in India between April and July. They were split into two groups – one got two transfusions of convalescent plasma 24 hours apart and best standard
People told to isolate by the contact-tracing app are not able to claim government financial support, Sky News has learned, raising fears that low-paid workers will be forced to choose between health and hardship. A leading poverty charity said the situation was “ridiculous” and Labour accused the government of putting families at risk of destitution.