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Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at a Shropshire caravan park.

The council fears the number of cases at the site, which is in the town of Craven Arms, will continue to rise before infection control measures start to take effect.

All residents who have come into contact with one of the positive cases have been asked to self-isolate with their households for 14 days.

The 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus were asked to self-isolate for at least seven days from the time they started showing symptoms or from when they received their positive test result.

A testing centre has now been set up on a nearby business park, and everyone living on the site has been offered a test.

The centre will be open for the next two weeks between 10.30am and 3.30pm and those living nearby can book a test online via NHS Test and Trace or by ringing 119.

A playground close to the caravan park has also been closed to help reduce social contact and the risk of transmission.

05:13 AM

Vietnam evacuating 80,000 tourists

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Danang after three residents tested positive at the weekend, the government said on Monday.

The evacuation will take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily from Danang to 11 Vietnamese cities, the government said in a statement.

The Southeast Asian country was back on high alert after the government on Saturday confirmed its first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in the tourism hot spot of Danang. 

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04:45 AM

Hong Kong to announce new restrictions

Hong Kong on Monday will announce further restrictions to curb the surge in cases, including a total ban on restaurant dining and mandated face masks outdoors, media reported.

The new rules will take effect from Wednesday, local television channels Cable TV and Now TV said, as authorities warned it was a critical period to contain the virus.

This will be the first time the city has completely banned dining in restaurants. Since late January, more than 2,600 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 19 of whom have died.

04:13 AM

Comment: We are taking action to get nation’s health back on track

Obesity is one of the greatest long term health challenges that we face as a country.

It not only puts a strain on our NHS and care system, but it also piles pressure on our bodies, making us more vulnerable to many diseases, including of course coronavirus.

The latest research shows that if you have a BMI of between 30 and 35 your risk of death from coronavirus goes up by at least a quarter.

And that nearly 8 per cent of critically ill patients with coronavirus in intensive care are morbidly obese compared at around 3 per cent of the country as a whole.

This deadly virus has given us a wake-up call about the need to tackle the stark inequalities in our nation’s health, and obesity is an urgent example of this.

We’ve already done lots of work on this front, like cutting sugar in soft drinks and giving extra support for the NHS work on diabetes.

But we know that we need to go further.

On Monday, we have publish a new strategy setting out clearly how we will tackle obesity in England.

Read Matt Hancock’s full comment piece

Read more: Lose 5lb and save the NHS £100m

Boris's obesity strategy must tackle inequalities in order to 'level up' Britain
Boris’s obesity strategy must tackle inequalities in order to ‘level up’ Britain

02:49 AM

South Korea confirms 25 new cases

South Korea has reported 25 newly confirmed cases , bringing its national caseload to 14,175 infections and 299 deaths.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday said 16 of the new cases were tied to people arriving from abroad. The country in past days have reported dozens of cases among crew members of a Russia-flagged cargo ship docked in the southern port of Busan and hundreds of South Korean construction workers airlifted from virus-ravaged Iraq.

Among the nine local transmissions, eight were from the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. 

A fan cheers during a KBO baseball game between LG Twins and Doosan Bears at a baseball stadium in Seoul - Reuters
A fan cheers during a KBO baseball game between LG Twins and Doosan Bears at a baseball stadium in Seoul – Reuters

02:19 AM

Fears of new wave after infections rise in China 

China recorded 61 new cases on Monday – the highest daily figure since April – propelled by clusters in three separate regions that have sparked fears of a fresh wave.

The bulk of 57 new domestic cases were found in the far northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July.

Fourteen domestic cases were also recorded in the northeastern province of Liaoning where a fresh cluster broke out in the city of Dalian last week.

Two more local cases were found in the neighbouring province of Jilin near the North Korean border – the first since late May.

The last four infections confirmed on Monday were imported from overseas.

It is the highest daily tally of new virus cases since April 14, when 89 cases, mostly imported, were recorded.

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A local resident undergoes a test in Dalian - China News Service
A local resident undergoes a test in Dalian – China News Service

01:51 AM

Summary of news from around the world

  • Vietnam has postponed its hosting of Asia’s largest security forum, which includes North Korea, and an annual meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers by a month to September due to the pandemic.  

  • Pope Francis led pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly Sunday blessing in a round of applause for elderly people suffering from loneliness during the pandemic. 

  • Health authorities in North Macedonia reported that confirmed cases surged above 10,000, meaning that almost 0.5 percent of the population of 2.1 million have been infected.  

  • Serbia has reported a record number of daily cases  after 467 people tested positive. 

  • A popular resort town in Austria has ordered restaurants and clubs to close early and urged people to avoid going out as it grapples with a new outbreak.  

  • A Pakistani health official is warning that the curve that flattened last month could spike again if people violate social distancing regulations during the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival. 

  • South Africa has announced more than 12,000 new cases as the total in one of the world’s worst affected countries reaches 434,200 with 6,655 deaths. 

  • Vietnam on Sunday reimposed restrictions in one of its most popular beach destinations after a second person tested positive. 

  • China reported 46 new  cases on Sunday, the highest daily tally in more than a month. 

  • Mexico‘s Health Ministry on Sunday reported 5,480 new confirmed cases and 306 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 390,516 cases and 43,680 deaths.

A worshipper of Legio Maria receives altar bread during a prayer at their church in the Kibera slum of Nairobi after Kenya's President allowed places of worship to reopen under strict guidelines - AFP
A worshipper of Legio Maria receives altar bread during a prayer at their church in the Kibera slum of Nairobi after Kenya’s President allowed places of worship to reopen under strict guidelines – AFP

01:36 AM

Australian state reports record number of daily cases

Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria reported on Monday six new deaths and logged a record daily increase of 532 new cases compared with 459 a day earlier.

“Five of those six deaths are connected to outbreaks in aged care,” state Premier Daniel Andrews said in a media briefing in Melbourne.

Victoria on Sunday suffered its deadliest day since the pandemic began after reporting 10 deaths, mostly at aged-care facilities.

The state recorded its previous one-day high of 484 cases last week.

ADF personnel and Victorian police officers patrol a walking track as Melbourne remains in lockdown restrictions - Reuters
ADF personnel and Victorian police officers patrol a walking track as Melbourne remains in lockdown restrictions – Reuters

12:58 AM

US records more than 55,000 cases in 24 hours

The United States on Sunday recorded 55,187 new cases in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally.

The world’s hardest-hit country now has a total caseload of 4,229,624, the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).

An additional 518 deaths brought the overall death toll to 146,909.

The last time the daily number of new cases clocked in below 60,000 was almost two weeks ago, on July 13.

Scientists agree that an increase in death rates follows the spike in infections by three to four weeks.

The daily death toll for the past four days exceeded 1,000.

Countries with the best testing regimes have kept deaths low
Countries with the best testing regimes have kept deaths low

12:39 AM

UK’s quarantine threatens to wipe out Benidorm tourist industry 

In Benidorm, where Spanish tourism was born when tourists were first allowed to wear bikinis in the 1950s, Britain’s quarantine decision was seen as a “hammer blow” by hoteliers.

The Costa Blanca town, which transformed itself from a fishing village to a byword for mass tourism, depends on the UK for 40 per cent of its holidaymakers.

Its mayor, Toni Perez, reacted to the surprise quarantine announcement by saying: “We very much regret it. In Benidorm, we’ve worked a lot to minimise the risks and we haven’t got any problems here at the moment.

“It’s a very safe destination, with beaches which are very well organised and businesses which have established protocols and are applying them. The problem in Spain is in certain areas, but in the end this decision affects us all and especially resorts like ours whose main market is British.”

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12:06 AM

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