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Re: Coronavirus: we separate myths from facts and give advic

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:02 pm

Erbil imposes limited lockdown

A week-long "limited lockdown" including the shutdown of public places at night and closure of government offices is to begin on Friday, June 26, the governor of Erbil province has announced, as the rise in coronavirus cases shows little sign of slowing

"Public places" - including shops, food and drink establishments, parks, places of worship, recreational spaces - are to be shut from 8 pm to 5 am for one week starting June 26, deputy governor Hemin Qadir announced earlier on Thursday. Government offices will be shut at all times for the week.

Deputy governor Qadir told Rudaw later on Thursday that non-essential traffic will also be banned in Erbil from 8 pm to 5 am.

"We made this decision because we are currently in an extremely dangerous situation, as the coronavirus is everywhere," governor Firsat Sofi told reporters on Thursday.

The decision to impose only a partial lockdown was made as a compromise "between the life of the public and the health situation," Sofi said.

Erbil has seen a total of 1,061 COVID-19 cases, 443 of which remain active. Twenty people in the province have died after contracting the virus.

Sulaimani has been the Kurdistan Region province worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, recording over two-thirds of the Region's total cases. It has also recorded the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths - 113 of 133, according to an interactive dashboard from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) last updated on Wednesday night.

The province saw 12 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday alone, local health authorities have said.

The KRG interior ministry on Wednesday placed decisions on the extent of lockdown in the hands of provincial authorities.

Sulaimani officials decided to apply a ban on traffic in the city's downtown and bazaar, to apply until July 1.

The ministry last week announced fines for people and institutions that do not follow health measures, especially the wearing of face masks in public. The fines range from 5,000 to 150,000 Iraqi dinars ($4.10-$125).

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:04 pm

23% of US counties have
uncontrollable COVID growth


Twenty three percent of counties across the United States are now seeing an uncontrollable growth in new COVID-19 infections, according to a data map - as model projections show Phoenix could see 28,000 new cases a day by July 18

A color-coded data map, compiled by spatial analytics company Esri, shows how the US is faring in terms of infections by tracking the number of new COVID-19 cases on a county level.

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Updated data from Thursday shows that large parts of the South and Southwest are showing an 'epidemic trend' or 'spreading trend' for new coronavirus infections.

The epidemic trend is described as an uncontrolled spread, while spreading indicates an outbreak that could still be controlled if preventative steps are taken.

Of the 3,141 counties across the country, 745 are currently experiencing an epidemic outbreak and 1,232 are seeing spreading trends, according to the data map.

Nearly 670 counties are currently seeing a controlled trend in new coronavirus cases.

According to the map, the entire state of Arizona is seeing either epidemic or spreading trends.

A color-coded data map, compiled by spatial analytics company Esri, shows that 23 percent of counties across the US are now seeing an uncontrollable growth in new COVID-19 infections. According to the map, the entire state of Arizona is seeing either epidemic or spreading trends

The majority of counties in states like Florida, California, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are seeing similar trends.

About half the counties in Texas are currently seeing epidemic and spreading trends in new infections.

Infections across the US have been surging for more than a week after trending down for over six weeks. Currently, the US has recorded more than 2.3 million coronavirus cases and more than 121,000 Americans have died from the virus.

New cases and hospitalizations have been spiking to record levels in states like Arizona, Texas, California and Florida. Los Angeles County now has the most cases of all US counties with more than 85,000 confirmed infections.

As cases continue to rise, forecast models from the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia predict infections in Phoenix will rise to a staggering 28,000 new cases a day by July 18.

That forecast is far worst than the daily cases epicenter New York City saw in mid-April.

In Houston, daily infections are forecast to increase to more than 4,500 in the same time frame. Miami could see cases surge to more than 2,800 in the next three weeks.

Researchers from the PolicyLab have warned that there is a risk Montgomery, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Las Vegas, Nevada; and South Carolina could risk a similar resurgence.

Data shows that the current levels in those cities is similar to where parts of Arizona, Texas and Florida were just a few weeks ago.

PHOENIX FORECAST: As cases continue to rise, forecast models from the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia predict infections in Phoenix (above) will rise to a staggering 28,000 new cases a day by July 18

HOUSTON FORECAST: In Houston, daily infections are forecast to increase to more than 4,500 in the same time frame

MIAMI FORECAST: Miami could see cases surge to more than 2,800 in the next three weeks

The forecasts, however, show that many counties across the country are starting to see stabilizing cases. States like Oregon, Louisiana, North Carolina and California are showing improving four-week forecasts, according to researchers.

It is not yet clear how much of this stabilization in risk for resurgence is related to masking policies or increased personal vigilance in distancing and hygiene practices as people have observed what is happening in other parts of the country, the researchers say.

David Rubin, the director of the PolicyLab, said the current forecasts may be an indication some states need to halt or scale back their reopenings.

'We've reached a point in communities throughout Arizona, Texas and Florida where the epidemic is accelerating at an alarming pace and may quickly overwhelm local health care systems -signaling a need to pause reopening plans,' Rubin said.

'For those other areas of rising concern in our model that have forecasts similar to those of Arizona just a few weeks ago, we would encourage local leaders to view our projections as an early warning system and enact swift response measures to prevent further widespread community transmission.'

The current coronavirus surge has sent infections to dire new levels across the South and West with hospital administrators and health experts warning on Wednesday that politicians and a tired-of-being-cooped-up public are letting a disaster unfold.

While newly confirmed infections have been declining steadily in early hot spots like New York and New Jersey, several other states set single-day records this week, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma.

Some of them also broke hospitalization records, as did North Carolina and South Carolina.

CALIFORNIA: In California, cases have surged nearly 70 percent in just two days. The state reported over 7,100 new cases on Wednesday, up from 4,230 on Sunday

CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS: Hospitalizations have also reached record highs across the state in the past week

TEXAS CASES: Rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers in Texas continue to reach bleak new milestones with the state recording more than 5,550 new cases in a single day

TEXAS HOSPITAL: In Texas, which began lifting its shutdowns on May 1, hospitalizations have doubled and new cases have tripled in two weeks

TEXAS DEATHS: The state recorded an additional 29 deaths on Wednesday compared to the record 58 on May 15

In California, cases have surged nearly 70 percent in just two days. The state reported over 7,100 new cases on Wednesday, up from 4,230 on Sunday.

Hospitalizations have also reached record highs across the state with about 1,500 suspected or confirmed patients requiring intensive care.

While Governor Gavin Newsom said part of the rise was due to testing, much is the result of people failing to engage in safe practices when gathering with friends and family, or visiting newly reopened businesses.

Los Angeles County now has the most cases of all US counties with more than 85,000 confirmed infections. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday urged residents to stay home and wear masks while out in public.

More than 20 members of a single Los Angeles family have tested positive for COVID-19 that resulted in the 60-year-old patriarch dying. The family insist they didn't attend or host any large gatherings and believe it spread due to one or two family members visiting the home.

Florida's single-day count surged to 5,500 on Wednesday - a 25 percent jump from the record of 4,049 on June 20.

In Texas, which began lifting its shutdowns on May 1, hospitalizations have doubled and new cases have tripled in two weeks.

Rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers in Texas continue to reach bleak new milestones with the state recording more than 5,550 new cases in a single day.

Hospitalizations in Texas have again hit record numbers, leading the largest pediatric hospital in the US to begin treating adult patients in Houston.

In Arizona, emergency rooms are seeing about 1,200 suspected COVID-19 patients a day, compared with around 500 a month ago. If the trends continue, hospitals will probably exceed capacity within the next several weeks,according to Dr Joseph Gerald, a University of Arizona public health policy professor.

'We are in deep trouble,' Gerald said as he urged the state to impose new restrictions on businesses, which Governor Doug Ducey has refused to do.

Dr Peter Hotez, an infectious-disease expert at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, said he worries that states will squander what time they have to head off a much larger crisis.

'We're still talking about subtlety, still arguing whether or not we should wear masks, and still not understanding that a vaccine is not going to rescue us,' he said.

FLORIDA: Florida recorded a record high 5,508 new cases (left) on Wednesday, up from the previous record of 4,049 on June 20. Forty four new deaths (right)were recorded across the state on Wednesday

ARIZONA CASES: Arizona reported 1,795 new cases on Tuesday, down from the record 3,591 new infections a day earlier

ARIZONA HOSPITALS: The number of people admitted to Arizona hospitals with COVID-19 or suspected of having coronavirus on Tuesday was at 2,200

ARIZONA DEATHS: Arizona recorded 79 new deaths on Tuesday - compared to the 67 deaths recorded on May 8

The Texas governor initially barred local officials from fining or penalizing anyone for not wearing a mask as the state reopened. After cases began spiking, Abbott said last week that cities and counties could allow businesses to require masks.

More than a dozen US states and some major cities have face-covering rules. California Governor Gavin Newsom last week told residents to wear masks at nearly all times outside the home. Newsom has said he will withhold pandemic-related funding from local governments that brush off state requirements on masks and other anti-virus measures in response to the soaring numbers.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday ordered residents to wear face masks in public and Nevada's Governor Steve Sisolak said residents will have to wear masks or face coverings out in public beginning Friday.

It comes as health officials warn coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened - a disturbing generational shift that not only puts them in greater peril than many realize but poses an even bigger danger to older people who cross their paths.

In states like Florida, Texas and Arizona, young people have started going out again, many without masks, in what health experts see as irresponsible behavior.

'The virus hasn't changed. We have changed our behaviors,' said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. 'Younger people are more likely to be out and taking a risk.'

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost as soon as states began reopening people 18 to 49 years old quickly became the age bracket most likely to be diagnosed with new cases.

Although every age group saw an increase in cases during the first week in June, the numbers shot up fastest among 18- to 49-year-olds. For the week ending June 7, there were 43 new cases per 100,000 people in that age bracket, compared with 28 cases per 100,000 people over 65.

In Florida, young people ages 15 to 34 now make up 31 percent of all cases, up from 25 percent in early June. Last week, more than 8,000 new cases were reported in that age group, compared with about 2,000 among people 55 to 64 years old.

Just over 820 Americans died from coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to more than 121,000. It is the highest number of daily deaths recorded in the past week after fatality rates started declining nationwide

New cases in the US have been surging for more than a week after trending down for over six weeks. Nearly 35,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, which is down from the record 36,000 infections that were logged on April 24

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:17 pm

Covid-19 causes human
cells to sprout TENTACLES


The coronavirus zombifies human cells and causes them to sprout tentacles in order to spread around the body, scientists have discovered

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A study led by the University of California saw researchers take microscopic images of this process, which they have described as 'so sinister'.

Images show infected cells growing tentacle-like spikes, known as filopodia, which appear to be littered with viral particles.

The researchers believe the disease uses the tentacles to 'surf' to healthy cells, where it injects its viral venom into them and creates more zombie cells.

Until now, researchers believed Covid infected like most other viruses - by latching onto healthy cells and turning them into copying machines.

But, in people with healthy immune systems, the body can fight off the majority of the virus and prevent it from replicating in high amounts in the body.

The latest discovery appears to show that Covid has, at some point in its evolution, developed a back-up plan to get round the immune system.

The finding has been described as an 'amazing leap' in the fight against coronavirus and may open the door to a host of new treatment options.

The coronavirus 'zombifies' human cells and causes them to sprout tentacles to spread around the body, scientists have discovered. A study led by the University of California saw researchers take microscopic images of this process

Covid-19 appears to litter these tentacles with viral particles which 'surf' to healthy cells and inject their viral venom into them, creating more zombie cells

Nevan Krogan, a professor in cellular and molecular pharmacology at the University of California and lead researcher, told the LA Times: 'It’s just so sinister that the virus uses other mechanisms to infect other cells before it kills the cell.'

Other viruses — including HIV and vaccinia, a member of the virus family that causes smallpox — also use filopodia as way to spread infection through the body.

But Professor Krogan said the way Covid-19 can grow the tentacles so rapidly is highly unusual.

Britain's top vaccine scientists say Covid-19 has lots of 'tricks' to deceive the immune system

The coronavirus has lots of 'immunological tricks up its sleeve' that make it hyper-infectious, according to one of Britain's top vaccine scientists.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said the virus is 'surprisingly' good at ducking the human immune system — despite only jumping from animals six months ago.

He said normally it takes years of co-existing with humans for any virus to evolve these traits.

Professor Openshaw told the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee last week: 'In terms of durability, viruses often have a way of modulating the host's immune response.

'It's the way they've evolved to tune down the immune response that's generated by the virus. That would usually be particularly strong in virus that's had long time to co-evolve with human host.

'What surprises us about this novel virus that's only recently jumped from bats to humans, is already seems to have a lot of immunological tricks up its sleeve and is able to interfere with the immune response and in a way disseminate in a way that you wouldn't really expect a virus that has only just moved into the human population.

'We wonder why that is. We wouldn't have thought that a virus could behave in such a complex way when its only just been introduced into a new species.'

He added: 'So maybe there are tricks it has learned while evolving in another species that have cross over effect.'

Professor Openshaw shot down theories that the virus had already infected humans before.

He also ruled out the possibility that had been manufactured or interefered with in a laboratory in China, as has been heavily insinuated by US President Donald Trump.

Professor Openshaw told the committee that he thought it was 'just chance' that the virus has learnt to trick the immune system.

He also said their shape - protruding out of the cell towards other cells like branches on a tree - was also strange.

Columbia University microbiologist Professor Stephen Goff admitted the finding was 'intriguing' but said it did not necessarily mean the tentacles were behaving as a seond mode of spreading.

He told the LA Times: 'It’s intriguing and a really cool observation. But we don’t yet know what stage [of infection] is affected. It will be great fun to find out.'

Scientists behind the study - published in the journal Cell - believe the discovery could open the door to new treatments.

They have now identified seven existing cancer drugs that block the growth of filopodia.

Among the seven drugs are gilteritinib, sold as Xospata, which is used to treat acute myeloid leukemia and Silmitasertib, an unproven drug being trialled as a treatment for bile duct cancer and a form of childhood brain cancer.

Reacting to the findings, Professor Andrew Mehle, a microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told SFist: 'This paper shows just how completely the virus is able to rewire all of the signals going on inside the cell. That's really remarkable and it's something that occurs very rapidly (as soon as two hours after cells are infected).'

Lynne Cassimeris, a professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University, said the discovery was an 'amazing leap'.

The study included scientists from Mount Sinai in New York, Rocky Mountain Labs in Montana, the Pasteur Institute in Paris and the University of Freiburg in Germany.

It was launched in February to rapidly identify existing drugs that had the potential to treat the then-brand new disease.

They monitored how the virus responded to drugs under laboratory settings in test tube experiments.

One of Britain's leading experts said last week that the coronavirus has lots of 'immunological tricks up its sleeve' that make it hyper-infectiou.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said the virus is 'surprisingly' good at ducking the human immune system — despite only jumping from animals six months ago.

He said normally it takes years of co-existing with humans for any virus to evolve these traits.

Professor Openshaw told the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee last week: 'In terms of durability, viruses often have a way of modulating the host's immune response.

'It's the way they've evolved to tune down the immune response that's generated by the virus. That would usually be particularly strong in virus that's had long time to co-evolve with human host.

'What surprises us about this novel virus that's only recently jumped from bats to humans, is already seems to have a lot of immunological tricks up its sleeve and is able to interfere with the immune response and in a way disseminate in a way that you wouldn't really expect a virus that has only just moved into the human population.

'We wonder why that is. We wouldn't have thought that a virus could behave in such a complex way when its only just been introduced into a new species.'

He added: 'So maybe there are tricks it has learned while evolving in another species that have cross over effect.'

Professor Openshaw shot down theories that the virus had already infected humans before. He also ruled out the possibility that had been manufactured or interefered with in a laboratory in China, as has been heavily insinuated by US President Donald Trump.

Professor Openshaw told the committee that he thought it was 'just chance' that the virus has learnt to trick the immune system.
Is this the mutation that made coronavirus spread like wildfire in NYC, Italy and the UK? D614G strain has four-times as many 'spikes' that latch onto human cells

A mutated strain of coronavirus that has decimated the US, UK and Italy is nearly 10 times more infectious than the original virus that emerged from China, a study suggests.

The potent version of SARS-CoV-2 - called D614G - has four to five times more 'spikes' that protrude from the viral surface allow it to latch onto human cells.

Not only does this trait make it more infectious, but it also makes the virus more stable and resilient.

Scientists have been puzzled about why coronavirus has seemed to hit some states and countries harder than others.

Previous research had highlighted that the potent D614G strain was circulating in high numbers in Italy, the UK and New York City - where infection and death rates are among the worst in the world.

Now, a study by scientists at Scripps Research has confirmed that the mutated coronavirus latches onto receptors more easily than other strains.

Although the research only looked at D614G in tightly controlled laboratory settings, experts told DailyMail.com it's 'plausible' the strain's viral structure makes it more infectious in people.

Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading in England, said: 'Yes it is plausible. The work is good quality and it would mean that the virus could successfully infect at a lower dose and so spread more widely.'

Coronavirus's 'spike' protein (pictured) has two components (shown in purple and green). Being comprised of two parts makes it 'unstable' and fragile, but a new mutation makes it more stable by making the whole spike more 'flexible' and infectious, a Scripps Research study says

Researchers there isolated various strains of coronavirus that have been identified by their genetic signatures around the world.

They then put each into a sort microscopic cage match, testing how aggressively the respective strains attacked human cells in petri dishes.

One strain was the clear winner - the iteration of the virus with the mutated gene that gave it more 'spike' proteins.

'Viruses with this mutation were much more infectious than those without the mutation in the cell culture system we used,' said virologist Dr Hyeryun Choe, PhD, senior author of the study.

The 'spike' is a protein on the surface of the coronavirus - known as SARS-CoV-2 - that allows it to latch onto receptors on human cells' surfaces.

Specifically, it binds to ACE2 receptors, which are prevalent on the surface of lung cells as well as blood vessels - making these systems prime targets for coronavirus.

The more spikes it has, the more opportunities the virus has to stick to a human cell, and hijack its machinery to make more of itself.

And the mutant strain that's spread in the US, Italy and Britain has them in spades.

The potent strain of coronavirus also hit Europe, taking a particularly strong hold in Italy, before spreading to the US (light blue)

'The number - or density - of functional spikes on the virus is 4 or 5 times greater due to this mutation,' said Dr Choe.

Not only did it have more spikes, it had particularly well-adapted ones.

Its protein spike was flexible rather than rigid. That gives it the same advantage that modern suspensions bridges have. Swaying and jostling might bend it - but it won't break.

And the longer and more stabley it can hang onto receptors, the better the opportunity for viral particles to march into the human cell and take it over, without the virus falling to pieces.

'Our data are very clear, the virus becomes much more stable with the mutation,' Dr Choe said.

That mutation belongs to a strain of coronavirus known as D614G.

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said in March that the mutant strain started spreading in early February in Europe.

It has since made its way to the US, where it became the most common - and aggressive - strain on the East Coast by March, and the scientists there said it's now the world-dominating strain.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:30 am

Erbil governorate announces
new total lockdown


Erbil province will be put under total lockdown for nearly five days, announced the ministry of interior late Sunday

Firsat Sofi, governor of Erbil, informed Rudaw that the provincial lockdown will begin on Tuesday, rather than on Monday as previously noted in a statement

The order will now be put in place between Tuesday, June 30, at 6:00 am and 11:59 pm on Saturday, July 4.

All civilian movement will be prohibited, including vehicle traffic.

Residents will be allowed to purchase essentials at their local bakeries, supermarkets, groceries, and pharmacies, which will remain open during the lockdown, according to the issued order. No hours of operation have been specified for the essential businesses.

Military, humanitarian, diplomatic mission, oil and gas company, and medical vehicles are allowed to move freely during the lockdown, as well as fire department and public sanitation company vehicles.

All non-commercial transportation between Erbil and other Kurdistan Region provinces remains prohibited.

Journalists are allowed to move within the province for their work commitments, but will not be allowed to enter Erbil province until 11:59 pm July 4.

On Sunday, the KRG health ministry recorded 139 new cases of the virus, as well as six coronavirus-related deaths - two in Erbil province, two in Sulaimani province, one in Raparin, and one in Halabja province.

So far, the Region has recorded 5,672 cases of the virus. Of this figure, 1,675 people have recovered and 186 have died after contracting the virus.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:32 am

Leicester faces lock-down extension

Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the city's mayor has said

Sir Peter told the Today programme the city could "remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country".

There have been 2,987 positive cases in Leicester since the pandemic began, with 866 of those - 29% - reported in the two weeks to 23 June.

Coronavirus restrictions across England are due to be eased from 4 July, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels allowed to reopen.

But Sir Peter said he had received an email from the government overnight and "it seems they're suggesting we continue the present level of restriction for a further two weeks beyond 4 July".

He criticised the analysis as "superficial" and said "it does not provide us with the information we need if we are to remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country".

Sir Peter added it was unclear whether the government had the power to impose an extension on the city if council officials concluded it was not necessary.

Local and government officials are due to meet later.

On Sunday's Andrew Marr Show, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "With local flare-ups, it is right we have a local solution."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak. I want to stress to people that we are not out of the woods yet."

He said a local "whack-a-mole" strategy used to deal with outbreaks in Weston-super-Mare and around GP surgeries in London would be "brought to bear in Leicester as well".

We should get used to these local flare-ups - they are going to become a way of life over the coming months.

The virus, while at low levels, is still here.

There are around 1,000 positive tests every day across the UK on average - and then there are the unknown number of silent spreaders, those who do not show symptoms and hence do not get tested.

What's important is that these clusters are brought under control quickly and don't spread.

The fact a local outbreak has been identified in one part of Leicester suggests the system is working to some extent - although it's fair to ask whether it could have been spotted more quickly given cases have been growing for a number of weeks.

With extra testing facilities parachuted in officials will be desperately trying to get a clear idea of just how far it has spread so delaying the further easing of restrictions is the logical step.

If more cases keep emerging a local lockdown will be on the cards.

Should it be like this? Some argue we should have suppressed the virus further before easing - essentially going for elimination like New Zealand.

But for a country like the UK where the virus had spread further before lockdown and with its size of population and packed cities that is somewhat harder.

Ivan Browne, Leicester's director of public health, said detailed data on local cases suggested they were "very much around the younger working-age population and predominately towards the east part of our city".

"I don't think at the moment we're seeing a single cause or single smoking gun on this...it's likely to be a combination of factors," he added.

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has called for a lockdown due to a "perfect storm" of poverty, positive tests and higher ethnic diversity.

About 28% of Leicester's population is of Indian heritage, and a further 21% are from black or Asian backgrounds.

Dr Manish Pareek, a consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said many recent cases were from "inner-city areas...which have high levels of ethnic diversity, pockets of deprivation but also quite crowded housing with inter-generational and multi-occupancy households".

These factors "are almost like a perfect storm for a virus to be spread within", he added.

What the data does and doesn't tell us

The figure for confirmed cases in Leicester is more than double that published by the government.

This is because the government's published data for local cases only cover tests carried out in hospitals and for health workers - known as Pillar 1.

Tests outside of hospitals, known as Pillar 2, are not broken down by local authority but Public Health England has started publishing a weekly round-up by region.

In the week of 18 to 24 June the East Midlands went from 18,516 confirmed cases to 19,861, equivalent to 28 new confirmed cases for every 100,000 people.

In its weekly report Public Health England said case detections were highest in the north of England and there had been increases outside of hospital testing in Yorkshire and the Humber over the previous two weeks.

"At a local authority level, activity was highest in parts of West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and in Leicester," it added.
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A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "We are working alongside Public Health England to support the council and local partners in Leicester to help prevent further transmission of the virus.

"Based on the latest data, there are now four mobile testing units deployed and thousands of home testing kits available, to ensure anyone in the area who needs a test can get one."

Do you live in Leicester? What do you think about a local lockdown extension? Share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:59 am

UK: Majority of public braced
for return to full lockdown


The majority of the public think pubs and restaurants have been reopened too soon and are braced for a return to full lockdown before a vaccine is found

The first pints have been poured at pubs in England which can now reopen following months of closure as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Couples can get married and hairdressers have been allowed to welcome customers, alongside restaurants, bars and cinemas on so-called Super Saturday, which has seen the biggest relaxation of rules yet.

However, 52% of voters believe the hospitality sector is going back into business early, according to a survey by pollster Opinium.

The snapshot survey shows that 73% expect a second outbreak of Covid-19 this year

It states the Government’s disapproval rating is at 49% – with just 30% approving of its performance.

The survey also finds that 53% of people think the easing of the lockdown is happening too fast.

More than half of voters, 55%, are also braced to go back into full lockdown before a vaccine becomes available.

Similarly, 52% of people think the Government has under-reacted to the situation, while 30% believe it has reacted proportionately.

Boris Johnson has a knife-edge lead over who is considered best prime minister, with a 34% rating compared to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s 33% tally.

Sir Keir’s approval rating also dipped from 46% to 43%, according to the survey.

Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said: “While the Government may be keen to reopen, the public are looking ahead and with trepidation and aren’t expecting this release to be anything but temporary.

“An overwhelming majority expect a second wave of coronavirus to hit the UK, and a smaller majority expect a further lockdown will be needed before a vaccine eventually releases us from this virus.”

Four people were arrested and several pubs decided to close after alcohol related anti-social behaviour in north Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police said three pubs in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, plus two in Arnold and Newark closed.

Inspector Craig Berry said: “Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault. As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported licensees who chose to close their own premises.

“No pubs have been closed by the police.

“We’d like to thank the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday, especially whilst watching the much-anticipated Derby v Forest match.”

Meanwhile, the city of Leicester for the most part remains closed amid its own local lockdown.

Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in the city must remain closed, but can be open for takeaways.

People are also banned from staying overnight at another household, and those in the restricted area can no longer visit people in private gardens or indoors, and could face fines if they flout rules.

The East Midlands city was placed under harsher restrictions by Health Secretary Matt Hancock following the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.

As well as the city of Leicester, the lockdown area includes parts of Leicestershire that touch on the city’s boundaries, including parts of Blaby District and Charnwood in the county.

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