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I no longer trust people’s ‘common sense’ when dealing with coronavirus. We need real leadership

Michael Gove holds the daily Covid-19 news conference on Sunday where he warned the public could not expect a rapid return to 'normal' life: Reuters
Michael Gove holds the daily Covid-19 news conference on Sunday where he warned the public could not expect a rapid return to ‘normal’ life: Reuters

It’s reassuring to hear from Michael Gove that it’s always best to trust to people’s common sense on wearing face coverings in shops, rather than the government taking a lead and making it mandatory, as is the case in Scotland and many other countries. That is presumably the same common sense that led to half a million people packing on to Dorset’s beaches, leaving 33 tons of rubbish to be cleared up, and the thousands of people who crowded together in the streets of Soho on the first day of pubs reopening. The Westminster government really needs to get a grip and show some leadership, or we shall have a second wave as sure as night follows day.

John Coppendale
Cambridge

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Everything you need to know as Wales changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them when travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane. Failure to follow these rules can result in a £100 fine, but those under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems, or anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads are exempt from wearing them though.

There has been wide criticism over the government’s recommendation to wear a face covering on public transport only.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the UK’s national science

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Why are you getting tested?

Some patients felt sick, nervously ticking off potential COVID-19 symptoms. Some cited possible exposure to the highly contagious disease. Others were there out of an abundance of caution.

All had made an appointment for a test Friday at Heartland Health Centers on Devon Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood. In interviews, they expressed common fears of becoming ill or unwittingly spreading the new coronavirus, which has already sickened more than 150,000 and killed more than 7,000 statewide. Illinois on Sunday set a new daily testing record, with 38,894 COVID-19 tests performed.

For Bizi Obedi, a 21-year-old college student, recent travels to Atlanta — a COVID-19 hot spot — made him particularly worried about possibly contracting the virus. He’d stayed in the home of a relative who later tested positive for COVID-19, increasing his chance of exposure.

Before the trip, Obedi said, he had believed the pandemic was a hoax. Now

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16 amazing post-lockdown family summer holidays

France is one of the easier options for a family holiday this year - getty
France is one of the easier options for a family holiday this year – getty

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. And while only a few weeks ago, the prospect of any sort of family travel this summer – let alone to a suitably sandy beach – looked decidedly remote, suddenly, borders are reopening, and a great escape is on. Race you to the airport.

Well, sort of. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While many parts of the planet are starting to emerge from their Covid bunkers, planning a holiday for July or August still requires a little tiptoeing around regulations and pitfalls. On July 3, the Government unveiled a list of countries and destinations to which Britons would be allowed to travel from English airports without needing to enter quarantine on return. But that’s just half of it. There is no guarantee that everywhere on

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Everything you need to know as Scotland changes rules

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them when travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane. Failure to follow these rules can result in a £100 fine, but those under the age of 11 and people with disabilities or breathing problems, or anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads are exempt from wearing them though.

There has been wide criticism over the government’s recommendation to wear a face covering on public transport only.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the UK’s national science

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Trip.com Group releases “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Big Data Report”

SINGAPORE, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international online travel services provider Trip.com Group has highlighted the latest positive trends in travel in its recently released “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Tourism Big Data Report” for the China market.

With view to the China travel market, which is emerging as an exemplar for recovery of the travel industry, and where Trip.com Group serves over 300 million users, the report observes a significant month-on-month increase in domestic tourism revenue and trips.

Despite the setbacks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic since late January, the leading travel services provider has observed month-on-month growth from March, which has continued during the recent Dragon Boat Festival public holiday period. According to the report, throughout the first two days of the holiday period, a total of 37.77 million domestic trips were made, generating USD 1.36 billion in tourism revenue, exceeding the same figures for the

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Will Arielle Charnas’ Something Navy Be a ‘Catalyst for Change?’

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Arielle Charnas is bringing her much-talked-about brand to market. Will it find its footing in a time of great uncertainty?

In March, when the world began to buckle under the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, Charnas shared a series of Instagrams showing her taking a COVID-19 test. She had secured the test through personal connections at a time when New York was limiting them to those exhibiting specific baseline symptoms Charnas did not seem to meet.

Brandon, Charnas’ husband, filmed his influencer wife as a nurse reached through the car window to swab the inside of Charnas’ nose. The influencer later revealed that her test had come back positive: She had contracted the virus that has claimed more than 550,000 people worldwide.

Shirking shelter-in-place mandates for those who had the virus, Charnas left New York City to self-isolate among the Hamptons elite. If

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The anatomy of a fake news headline

As confrontations between Black Lives Matter protesters and police erupted across the country earlier this month, some Oregonians, mostly older people, saw a Facebook ad pushing a headline about how a Republican politician “Wants Martial Law To Control The Obama-Soros Antifa Supersoldiers.”

Needless to say, there was no army of left-wing “supersoldiers” marching across Oregon, nor were former president Barack Obama and billionaire George Soros known to be funding anything antifa-related. And the politician in question didn’t actually say there were “supersoldiers.” The headline, originally from the often-sarcastic, progressive blog Wonkette, was never meant to be taken as straight news.

The whole thing was a mishap born of the modern news age, in which what headlines you see is decided not by a hard-bitten front-page editor but instead by layers of algorithms designed to pick what’s news and who should be shown it. This system can work fine, but in

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Florida Breaks Record Daily Cases in U.S. Outbreak: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

Florida reported 15,300 new virus cases, the biggest one-day rise since the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. The number exceeds records from New York, California and Texas, all of which have reported daily counts at almost 12,000. Reported deaths in Florida dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country. Arizona reported a higher increase in fatalities, even as new cases declined.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377. U.K. cases remained steady.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set

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Florida Cases Hit Record; Push to Open Schools: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

Florida reported its highest-ever increase of Covid-19 cases, 15,300, or a 6% rise compared to a 4.8% average over the last week. Reported deaths dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksWall Street forges a new relationship to data in coronavirus ageConflicting visions emerge for South Africa’s post-virus revivalAnonymity helped overcome stigma in Korean nightclub probe

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