EMPLOYERS could be prosecuted if they breach social distancing guidelines, government agency Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.
HSE boss Sarah Albon said employers who put workers in danger of contracting coronavirus could also have their businesses closed or restricted by inspectors until standards are met.
It comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK increased to 32,692 after 627 more fatalities.
On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of October.
The job-retention scheme will remain the same until July, but after August there will be changes, including the ability to be able to pay people part-time instead.
Mr Sunak said businesses will be expected to start contributing to help tackle the burden on the taxpayer from August.
The furlough scheme is currently paying 7.5 million workers 80 per cent of their wages – up to a limit of £2,500 per month. It currently costs £14billion a month.
Full details on the scheme will be released before the end of May, Mr Sunak confirmed.
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WUHAN DOC WHOSE SKIN CHANGED COLOR IS SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL A Chinese doctor whose skin drastically darkened after he contracted coronavirus is seeing his color return to normal. Dr Yi Fan was reportedly discharged by a hospital in Wuhan last week after finally making a recovery.
NEW YORK CITY MAY NOT FULLY REOPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER New York City may not be able to fully reopen until September, due to rigorous guidelines to get the city back up on its feet without triggering another coronavirus outbreak.
NEW FIGURES SHOW CORONAVIRUS DEATHS PASSED 40,000 IN UK COVID-19 deaths have now passed 40,000 in the UK, official figures reveal. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 35,044 were killed by the bug in England and Wales up to May 1.
TWITTER EMPLOYEES ALLOWED TO WORK FROM HOME 'INDEFINITELY' Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company-wide email Tuesday that all Twitter workers are allowed to work from home indefinitely due to the company's “emphasis on decentralisation.”
DANGEROUS COUNTERFEIT CORONAVIRUS MASKS SENT TO FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS Fake N95 masks from China were shipped to American doctors on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, despite warnings the masks were counterfeit.
BEN AFFLECK BREAKS LA'S SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES Ben Affleck should be used to wearing masks after his turn as Batman, but it seems the A-lister is getting fed up of covering his face while out in public.
FEDERAL RESERVE CREATING MONEY AT UNPRECEDENTED RATE TO KEEP ECONOMY AFLOAT
The Federal Reserve is projected to have purchased $3.5 trillion in government securities with the newly created dollars, according to USA Today.
The government is essentially using newly created dollars to pay down its own debt.
“What we’re working with now is fake money, a fake measuring rod,” former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told USA Today. “It is unbelievable.”
NEW FIGURES SHOW CORONAVIRUS DEATHS PASSED 40,000 IN UK
COVID-19 deaths have now passed 40,000 in the UK, official figures reveal.
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 35,044 were killed by the bug in England and Wales up to May 1.
But once equivalent figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland are factored in, alongside hospital fatalities from May 2 to May 11, the national total is 40,383.
It is much higher than the 32,692 stated by the Department of Health today as it also includes unconfirmed cases where the virus is recorded on the death certificate.
BEST FACE MASKS FOR PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM CORONAVIRUS
The government has warned that face masks must be used to stop a second spike of deadly coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is vital protection is now worn in enclosed places like shops, trains or buses.
While the fabric masks alone will not prevent you catching Covid-19, they have been shown to stop asymptomatic carriers spreading the killer bug even further.
Babak Javid, an infectious diseases consultant at Cambridge University Hospital, says that many other nations have already benefitted from the approach.
WUHAN DOC WHOSE SKIN CHANGED COLOR IS SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL
A Chinese doctor whose skin drastically darkened after he contracted coronavirus is seeing his color return to normal.
Dr Yi Fan, who caught Covid-19 in January, was reportedly discharged by a hospital in Wuhan last week after finally making a recovery.
Dr Yi and colleague Dr Hu Weifeng made headlines when their skin tone suddenly darkened after testing positive for coronavirus.
The doctors, both aged 42, contracted coronavirus while treating patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital nearly four months ago.
NEW YORK CITY MAY NOT FULLY REOPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER
New York City may not be able to fully reopen until September, due to rigorous guidelines to get the city back up on its feet without triggering another coronavirus outbreak.
Certain low-risk businesses and recreational activities can resume across New York state on May 15, but the Big Apple will have to wait much longer before it can get back to normal.
Although the most optimistic target would have seen New York reopening by August, mayor Bill de Blasio has already said schools will not open until the fall.
Governor Cuomo has set out four phases, which he says require a two week-long monitoring period between each.
DANGEROUS COUNTERFEIT CORONAVIRUS MASKS SENT TO FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Fake N95 masks from China were shipped to American doctors on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, despite warnings the masks were counterfeit.
A shipment of the masks, which are secured by telltale ear loops, rather than two straps along the back of the head, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport one night in late March.
It was the US' first shipment of what were supposed to be N95 masks in almost six weeks.
An investigation by the Associated Press identified the counterfeit masks when reviewing film of the Los Angeles shipment.
BEN AFFLECK BREAKS LA'S SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES
Ben Affleck should be used to wearing masks after his turn as Batman, but it seems the A-lister is getting fed up of covering his face while out in public.
The 47-year-old actor was spotted grabbing coffee in LA with his new girlfriend Ana de Armas, 32, when he took his face mask off and stopped to pose for selfies with a Starbucks barista.
In California, face coverings are mandatory and people are required to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
TWENTY MILLION AMERICANS STILL HAVEN'T GOT THEIR STIMULUS CHECK
Twenty million Americans still haven't received their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus checks as the Internal Revenue Service warns of the looming Wednesday deadline.
A total of 130 million checks worth $200 billion have already been sent since the payments began being issued on April 15.
However, 20 million have been left waiting for the much-needed funds.
The IRS has issued a deadline of 12pm ET Wednesday May 13 for eligible taxpayers to provide their banking details via the online Get My Payment portal.
KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE SUFFER HUGE SPIKES IN CORONAVIRUS CASES
Counties in Kentucky and Tennessee have seen huge spikes in Covid-19 cases as states begin to ease lockdowns.
Two counties in Tennessee and Kentucky saw the number of virus infections soar by more than 1,000 percent in a week, data from a White House COVID-19 taskforce report shows.
The pandemic task force is tracking rates of infection across the country.
A May 7 report obtained by NBC News shows alarming figures which are at odds with Trump's declaration Monday that “all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”
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5. Don't eat before bed
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TWITTER EMPLOYEES ALLOWED TO WORK FROM HOME 'INDEFINITELY'
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company-wide email Tuesday that all Twitter workers are allowed to work from home indefinitely due to the company's “emphasis on decentralisation”.
Twitter sent most of its employees to work from home since March 2 and mandated employees to work from home from March 11.
Employees who prefer to work remotely can now do so indefinitely, Twitter said in its statement. Those who want to return to the office will probably need to wait until at least September.
“When we do decide to open offices, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before,” the company said. “It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual.”
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UK MUSIC INDUSTRY MAY NOT SURVIVE CORONAVIRUS AND BREXIT
The UK music industry may not survive the dual threat of coronavirus and Brexit without government help, the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has warned.
The professional body for the UK's musicians has published a new report into the impact of the UK's exit from the EU on the music profession.
It said the sector was “at a crossroads” and in “clear need of support from the Government to secure its survival”.
The Covid-19 outbreak has had “disastrous consequences for the music sector with cancellations, closures and the loss of work and livelihoods overnight,” the body added.
It is calling on the Government to follow Germany and France in providing “robust financial support for their cultural industries”.
The ISM is also asking the Government to maintain support for musicians who are faced with hardship amid the crisis and calling for an extension of the transition period for two years beyond 2020.
BOSSES FEAR BRITS ARE GETTING 'FURLOUGH FEVER' AS MANY REFUSE TO RISK COVID TO COME BACK
Economic experts have warned that some Brits were enjoying a “paid holiday” as bosses struggled to persuade employees to return after almost seven weeks lockdown.
Workers were last night feared to have developed “furlough fever” — a desire to stay safe at home from coronavirus while being paid 80 per cent of their wages – instead of wanting to go back to work.
It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that furloughed workers will continue to be paid 80 per cent of their wage up to a maximum of £2,500 a month for the time they are off work until the end of October.
But from August, employers will have to pay a contribution to keep staff furloughed.
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY SUPER SURVIVOR DAD WHO WALKED OFF CORONAVIRUS, DOUBLE PNEUMONIA, TWO STROKES, HEART FAILURE AND SEPSIS
Omar Taylor, 31, has agreed to help scientists as part of a special research project exploring the impacts of Covid-19.
During his harrowing 30 day Covid-19 ordeal Omar lost the power of speech and his wife Kaitlyn Taylor, 30, was told to expect the worst.
Omar also lost the use of his right arm and was told he wouldn't be able to walk again.
But incredibly he strolled out of hospital before being greeted by rapturous applause by ecstatic neighbours in Rowhedge, Essex, just in time for his sons second birthday.
His four-year-old daughter Vivienne said: “I feel so good to have my daddy home”.
Dad who survived coronavirus, pneumonia, sepsis and double stroke will now be studied by doctors
PACKED RYANAIR FLIGHT CAUSES OUTRAGE
Passengers were left fuming on a packed Ryanair flight from Stansted to Lisbon with no social distancing on board.
Video shot on Saturday afternoon shows a Ryanair plane full as it prepared to depart Stansted for Lisbon.
The company said today that 40 percent of its schedule would be running 1000 flights per day from July 1, but that measures to lower the risk of infection would be put in place – namely masks and a temperature check.
CEO Michael O'Leary said: “It'll be reasonably easy, but it'll be unusual in the sense that you'll have to undergo a temperature check entering the airport, and you'll be wearing face masks for the entire duration of the journey.
“Other than that, you won't see much difference.”
MONSTER MUM PROFITEERS OFF SOAKING UP AND SELLING SUPERMARKET DELIVERY SLOTS
A selfish profiteer has been booking up as many precious delivery slots as she can and then selling them off for £30 a pop to vulnerable people who desperately need to eat while in isolation.
Monster Louise Lucas, 42, from Plymouth, Devon, lost her beauty salon job due to the lockdown, and decided that to make ends meet she would charge the elderly up to £40 to get them a supermarket delivery after a pal of her granddad offered her money for helping him.
She then started using multiple accounts to buy in as many as she could along with hooking in more elderly through the people she “provides a service to”.
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CARE HOME STAFF ARE SLEEPING IN TENTS TO PROTECT THEIR RESIDENTS FROM CORONAVIRUS
A dozen dedicated care home staff are spending nights outside for at least the next four weeks to stay isolated from the rest of society — including their own families.
Employees at Pilgrim Wood residential home, near Guildford, Surrey, have been camping out together to keep working, spending weeks away from their families to keep their residents safe.
There have been no signs of the killer virus at the family-run care home so far.
Meanwhile residents Doreen Woodman, 95, and husband Harry, 93, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary there yesterday in safety.
COVID-CONSCIOUS 'TRIKINI' IS THE NEW POST-LOCKDOWN BEACHWEAR
Swimwear designers have added a safety feature for their customers by adding masks to their bikini's to create the new covid-conscious 'trikini'
Italian designer, Tiziana Scaramuzzo, the owner of a small artisan workshop, Elexa Beachware, based in Senigallia, began producing the bikini/ mask combos for fun during the pandemic.
The invention has been flying off the shelves in Italy as it comes at a perfect time for Italy who began easing lockdown restrictions last week.
UK A&E SURGEON, 30, SAID SHE FELT LIKE SHE WOULD DIE DURING CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALISATION
Dr Geraldine McGroarty described feeling like she was “drowning” and was rushed to the Royal Free Hospital in London after contracting Covid-19 last month.
The hero doc, 30, who regularly ran 10k's before being struck down by the bug, found herself struggling to breathe in a bed at her own hospital and under the care of her colleagues, wondering if she would survive Covid-19.
She is the first person to be filmed talking about her experience of taking part in a Remdesivir coronavirus trial and in her case the effects were near miraculous.
Read her amazing story here
RUSSIA NOW HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE WORLD
Russia is reporting the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world following ten consecutive days of consistently reporting over 10,000 cases per day.
Moscow announced 10,899 new cases today.
As of Tuesday evening, Russia has at least 232,243 confirmed cases and at least 2,116 people have died from the virus, according to JHU.
The US still leads with 20,472 new cases today, followed by Russia, then Brazil which reported 3,998 new cases today.
EUROPEAN BORDER CONTROLS AIMING TO BE RELAXED BY JUNE
Austria aims to ease some border controls with Switzerland within days and to end all controls by June, its chancellor Sebastian Kurz has told the Swiss broadcaster SRF.
While the two countries have a fraction of the cases of the UK, the move could see another rise in cases.
France and the UK still has a soft border allowing residents of both countries in for essential travel.
CRICKET GOES DIGITAL TO GET AROUND CORONAVIRUS
Former England batsman Ian Bell has given his seal of approval to a new cricket app that aims to keep young families active and connected with the sport during lockdown.
The England and Wales Cricket Board launched Dynamos Cricket earlier this year as a course for eight to 11-year-olds but, with all recreational cricket on hiatus due to coronavirus, it will now be accessible digitally.
After the spike in interest following last year's World Cup win, the ECB is eager to keep young fans involved in the game, with research suggesting current social restrictions have not suppressed the hunger for sport.
A study of 500 families, published by the governing body, shows 53 per cent of families with children in that age bracket are spending more time doing physical activity together and 61per cent feel exercise is helping their physical and mental wellbeing.
UK BORROWING COULD HIT UP TO £517 BILLION
Britain's finance ministry fears government borrowing this year could realistically hit a record £337 billion due to the coronavirus according to an internal government document.
Under a worst-case scenario, where the economy does not recover, borrowing could surge to £517 billion compared with a forecast of just 55 billion pounds for 2020/21 as recently as March, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Officials warned ministers that Britain could face a debt crisis if measures were not taken to stabilise borrowing, which would require 25 billion-30 billion pounds of tax rises or spending cuts under the main scenario, and 90 billion pounds in the worst case.
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