Day: 9 September 2020

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Panicking Boris Imposes Second Lockdown "Crikey Moses! I think we'd better press the panic button. What do you think, Dom?" Late on Tuesday night the Government announced a raft of new restrictions would be imposed in England from next Monday. The BBC has more. Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday – with some exemptions – amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases.A new legal limit will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, No 10 said.But it will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply with police, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200. Don't imagine the "workplace" exemption applies to restaurants, pubs and cafes. According to the BBC: "The change applies to... gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor spaces, and venues such as pubs and restaurants." This is in response to the rise in cases in the community – 2,460 new cases on Tuesday – which, as I explained in the Telegraph on Monday, is an artefact of increased testing. In the past week alone there have been over 1.3m coronavirus tests, compared to just 95,188 in the first week of April. Testing has increased to 1.3 million in ...

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