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Government scientists brace for new lockdowns this winter as coronavirus ‘spreads at 4C’ – Mirror Online

SAGE now believes the virus spreads at an “optimal temperature” of 4C – meaning it would pose a far greater risk come the winter time

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Nationwide lockdown measures could be reintroduced at the end of summer, Government scientists say.
New infection rate data from the UKs Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) suggests the outbreak in England may no longer be shrinking.
The R reproduction estimate in England has seen an uptick to between 0.8 and 1, up from between 0.8-0.9 the previous week.
The upper end of that estimate at 1 would mean on average every person who catches the virus is passing it on to someone else.
A separate measure of growth rate suggests the outbreak is shrinking less, but is still coming down slowly.
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Some of this is thought to be down to the warm weather and the fact that people can spend more time outdoors where the virus cannot easily spread.
SAGE now believes the virus spreads at an optimal temperature of 4C and is braced for a fresh winter crisis.
A source said: If the number overall increases then I would expect to have to impose some national measures.
The aim is always to reduce close contacts.
The growth rate estimate of new infections per day for England is now from -4% to -1%. This changed from between -5% to -2%.
Some of the slower spread is thought to be down to the warm weather (Image: Stuart Walker/SWNS)
Sage said the only region with a robust estimate that suggested its R rate could have reached 1 was the North West.
It recorded a range of 0.7 and 1. This was up from 0.7 and 0.9 the previous week.
It comes after criticism that the NHS Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose and is only contacting around a third of new symptomatic Covid-19 cases.
The source said: It really depends how effective we can be with test and trace. They are all over wanting to improve that.
They’re very clear what they have to do. All of this has to be working absolutely faultlessly by

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US marks 160,000 virus deaths, talks stall – Australian Associated Press

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More than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, a Reuters tally shows, as President Donald Trump says he would unilaterally grant financial relief to Americans after talks with congressional Democrats stalled.

The grim milestone on Friday, which includes 10,000 deaths nationwide in the past nine days, comes as Americans and their political leaders remain divided over such issues as reopening schools, testing, business closures and mask…



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197 fined for breaching Vic virus rules – Australian Associated Press

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Almost 200 Victorians have been fined for breaching the state’s coronavirus restrictions, including a man caught breaking curfew to buy cigarettes and lollies. 

Victoria Police did 3554 spot checks on homes, businesses and public places in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, fining 197 people for breaching the chief health officer’s directions. 

Sixty-two were fined $1652 for breaching Melbourne’s 8pm-5am curfew, while a further 36 were penalised $200…



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142 people turned back at Qld border – Australian Associated Press

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More than 140 people have been turned away at the Queensland border after it closed to anyone from the ACT, NSW and Victoria, in a bid to keep coronavirus out of the state.

Queensland Police Services Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said 142 people – including 18 Queenslanders – were refused entry into the state after the border closed at 1am on Saturday.

“The 18 Queenslanders no doubt were extremely disappointed because there’s going to be…



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