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Germany begins to see a second wave, doctors’ union chief warns

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Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors’ union has said.

The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks, with health experts warning lax adherence to hygiene and distancing rules among some of the public is spreading the virus across communities.

‘We are already in a second, shallow upswing,’ Susanne Johna, president of Marburger Bund, which represents doctors in Germany, told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday.

The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks

The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks

The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks

Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors' union has said. Above, demonstrators stand in front of a display reading 'corona' during a protest against coronavirus pandemic regulations in Berlin

Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors' union has said. Above, demonstrators stand in front of a display reading 'corona' during a protest against coronavirus pandemic regulations in Berlin

Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors’ union has said. Above, demonstrators stand in front of a display reading ‘corona’ during a protest against coronavirus pandemic regulations in Berlin

She said there was a danger that a longing to return to normality and a suppression of containment measures would fritter away the success Germany had achieved so far, urging people to stick to social distancing and hygiene rules and wear masks.

Europe’s biggest economy has so far withstood the pandemic with far fewer deaths than some large neighbours like France and Italy, owing to widespread testing, a well-equipped healthcare system and good adherence to social distancing.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 879 to 211,281, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by eight to 9,156, the tally showed. 

Johna said hospitals were prepared and would make intensive care beds available to COVID-19 patients on a staggered basis, while at the same time gradually reducing the number of planned admissions to normal wards.

According to the DIVI intensive care register there are almost 21,000 intensive care beds in Germany, of which some 12,200 are currently free. As of Monday, there were 270 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, of whom 130 were being ventilated. 

On Saturday, just under 20,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against Germany's coronavirus regulations

On Saturday, just under 20,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against Germany's coronavirus regulations

On Saturday, just under 20,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against Germany’s coronavirus regulations

A survey of 3,600 people carried out by Mannheim University found that pandemic fatigue was beginning to take hold, and roughly 50 per cent of those involved now socialise several times a week, in comparison with 30 per cent in May and just 10 per cent in late March.  

On Saturday, just under 20,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against Germany’s coronavirus regulations. 

Many flouted guidance on wearing masks and physical distancing during the demonstration dubbed ‘Day of Freedom’. 

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12 universities set up their own Covid testing – as students are banned from parties or pubs

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A dozen universities in England and Wales have set up their own Covid-19 testing facilities as thousands of students in Scotland are banned from going to parties and pubs this weekend – as outbreaks are recorded on at least 10 campuses across the UK.

Up to 125 students have contacted coronavirus across three universities in Edinburgh, worsening the state of affairs Scottish universities after outbreaks in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. 

Institutions have said they will make it ‘absolutely clear’ for those studying that parties will not be tolerated.

Despite recent outbreaks at at least 10 universities, no students have been taken to hospital. 

Around 600 students are self-isolating at Glasgow University, which has set up its own mobile testing unit, while students are warned not to attend parties and pubs this weekend

Around 600 students are self-isolating at Glasgow University, which has set up its own mobile testing unit, while students are warned not to attend parties and pubs this weekend

Around 600 students are self-isolating at Glasgow University, which has set up its own mobile testing unit, while students are warned not to attend parties and pubs this weekend

At least a dozen other universities in England and Wales have brought in their own testing facilities to monitor for potential outbreaks

At least a dozen other universities in England and Wales have brought in their own testing facilities to monitor for potential outbreaks

At least a dozen other universities in England and Wales have brought in their own testing facilities to monitor for potential outbreaks 

COVID-19 outbreaks at UK universities 

Exeter University 

Abertay University (Dundee)

Aberdeen University

Liverpool University 

Glasgow University 

Leeds University 

Manchester Metropolitan University

Edinburgh Napier University

University of Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh)

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They went as far to say that pupils will not be allow to interact with anyone who does not live in their halls or house. 

It comes as the likes of Nottingham University set up its own testing facilities to monitor for an outbreak, while Exeter has brought in its own private tests. 

Universities Scotland said the stricter restrictions were a ‘necessary step at this crucial moment of managing the virus in the student population, to protect students and the wider community’.

The new rules say institutions will ‘make absolutely clear to students that there must be no parties, and no socialising outside their households’.

They add: ‘This weekend, the first of the new tighter Scottish government guidance, we will require students to avoid all socialising outside of their households and outside of their accommodation.

‘We will ask them not to go to bars or other hospitality venues.’

Eleven universities in England and one in Wales set up their own testing facilities.

So far the majority of outbreaks have been recorded in Scotland, but there have been student Covid-19 cases at universities in Leeds, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester. 

Students in Scotland put up post-it notes in their windows, with one writing ‘Send drink’ and another lamenting the fact they could not smoke while in isolation.

At least 600 have had to confine themselves to their student accommodation after 124 students caught the virus at the Glasgow university.

Meanwhile Mr Hancock said he does not want students to have to stay at their institutions over the Christmas break.

He said: ‘I don’t want to have a situation like that, and I very much hope we can avoid it,’ he said.

Asked if it was under consideration, he said: ‘I’ve learned not to rule things out. And one of the challenges we have is making sure that people are as safe as possible and that includes not spreading between the generations, but… this is not our goal.’

Earlier this week it was revealed 500 students were self-isolating at Abertay University in Dundee after one confirmed case, while 80 students and seven staff were confirmed to have coronavirus at the University of Liverpool. 

Students living in IQ Parker House Students accommodation in Dundee were asked to self isolate due to an outbreak. They entertained themselves by posting messages on the windows

Students living in IQ Parker House Students accommodation in Dundee were asked to self isolate due to an outbreak. They entertained themselves by posting messages on the windows

Students living in IQ Parker House Students accommodation in Dundee were asked to self isolate due to an outbreak. They entertained themselves by posting messages on the windows

There have also been ‘a number’ of confirmed cases at Aberdeen University. 

The outbreaks across Scotland have prompted a strong warning against house parties. 

During yesterday’s coronavirus briefing national clinical director, Jason Leitch, said: ‘We need you not to have house parties, I could not be more clear.’

Nicola Sturgeon said the ‘significant outbreak at the University of Glasgow’ had impacted on the daily Covid-19 infection figure for the NHS Greater Glasgow area.

A total of 224 cases were recorded across the health board area in the past day, she said.

Prof Leitch said he had spoken to student leaders about the latest restrictions on Tuesday through the National Union of Students.

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Comical cats have no regard for personal space

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Anyone who owns a cat will know our much-loved felines like to know exactly what you’re up to – and these fluffy friends are no exception.

Pet owners from around the world have been sharing the funniest times they’ve caught their cat invading their personal space, with some of the funniest snaps collated into an online gallery compiled by BoredPanda

In one instance, a man’s bath was interrupted by an affectionate kitten who could not bear to be left out of the fun and plonked herself on his chest as he lay in the water. 

Elsewhere, a feline friend attempted to help its owner brush her teeth and another made it his mission to squeeze through a small gap in a door to get as close as possible to his owner. 

Water baby: This sweet kitten hopped onto her owner Isaac Towell's chest while he was in the bath the first day he got her (left) and ever since then she has opted for joining him in the tub at their home in Toronto, Canada

Water baby: This sweet kitten hopped onto her owner Isaac Towell's chest while he was in the bath the first day he got her (left) and ever since then she has opted for joining him in the tub at their home in Toronto, Canada

Water baby: This sweet kitten hopped onto her owner Isaac Towell’s chest while he was in the bath the first day he got her (left) and ever since then she has opted for joining him in the tub at their home in Toronto, Canada

No escape: On a mission to get as close to his owner as possible, this sweet little feline attempted to squeeze himself through a small gap in the door, unaware the person inside just wanted some peace

No escape: On a mission to get as close to his owner as possible, this sweet little feline attempted to squeeze himself through a small gap in the door, unaware the person inside just wanted some peace

No escape: On a mission to get as close to his owner as possible, this sweet little feline attempted to squeeze himself through a small gap in the door, unaware the person inside just wanted some peace 

I promise I'm helping! While brushing her teeth every morning, this cat owner struggled not to be interrupted by her overly-friendly kitten

I promise I'm helping! While brushing her teeth every morning, this cat owner struggled not to be interrupted by her overly-friendly kitten

I promise I’m helping! While brushing her teeth every morning, this cat owner struggled not to be interrupted by her overly-friendly kitten 

Peeping Tom: One Reddit user was given a fright when they spotted this unknown cat staring at them through the window of their bathroom

Peeping Tom: One Reddit user was given a fright when they spotted this unknown cat staring at them through the window of their bathroom

Peeping Tom: One Reddit user was given a fright when they spotted this unknown cat staring at them through the window of their bathroom

This grey cat uses his female owner a human climbing frame, moving from the toilet, to the sink, onto her shoulders before perching on her head

This grey cat uses his female owner a human climbing frame, moving from the toilet, to the sink, onto her shoulders before perching on her head

This grey cat uses his female owner a human climbing frame, moving from the toilet, to the sink, onto her shoulders before perching on her head

What'cha doing? While their owner showers, this cheeky cat from Austin, Texas, decided to precariously balance himself on the shower door to make sure he could stay as close as possible

What'cha doing? While their owner showers, this cheeky cat from Austin, Texas, decided to precariously balance himself on the shower door to make sure he could stay as close as possible

What’cha doing? While their owner showers, this cheeky cat from Austin, Texas, decided to precariously balance himself on the shower door to make sure he could stay as close as possible 

Always watching: This feline family, including Tux, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Trinity, refused to leave their owner in peace as they attempted to relax in the bath

Always watching: This feline family, including Tux, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Trinity, refused to leave their owner in peace as they attempted to relax in the bath

Always watching: This feline family, including Tux, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Trinity, refused to leave their owner in peace as they attempted to relax in the bath

You're so vain: As this white and tabby cat's owner tried to wash their face the sweet cat decided it would be much better for her to stare at her owner through the reflection to get as close to them as possible

You're so vain: As this white and tabby cat's owner tried to wash their face the sweet cat decided it would be much better for her to stare at her owner through the reflection to get as close to them as possible

You’re so vain: As this white and tabby cat’s owner tried to wash their face the sweet cat decided it would be much better for her to stare at her owner through the reflection to get as close to them as possible

You ok in there? This extremely supportive cat wanted to offer a helping hand to the person in the toilet, who said 'you're never alone' when you have a cat

You ok in there? This extremely supportive cat wanted to offer a helping hand to the person in the toilet, who said 'you're never alone' when you have a cat

You ok in there? This extremely supportive cat wanted to offer a helping hand to the person in the toilet, who said ‘you’re never alone’ when you have a cat

Patiently waiting: This feline duo were curious to know what their owner was doing behind the door and sat watching the door handle

Patiently waiting: This feline duo were curious to know what their owner was doing behind the door and sat watching the door handle

Patiently waiting: This feline duo were curious to know what their owner was doing behind the door and sat watching the door handle 

Hide and seek: Wherever you are in the house, your cat will never be too far behind - you just might not know it - like this sneaky feline who snooped on its owners through the blinds at their home in Charlotte, Michigan

Hide and seek: Wherever you are in the house, your cat will never be too far behind - you just might not know it - like this sneaky feline who snooped on its owners through the blinds at their home in Charlotte, Michigan

Hide and seek: Wherever you are in the house, your cat will never be too far behind – you just might not know it – like this sneaky feline who snooped on its owners through the blinds at their home in Charlotte, Michigan

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UK weather: SNOW hits the North and temperatures plunge to -5C

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Parts of Britain will be hit by two inches of rain and 65mph winds today after snow fell in parts of the country.

The topsy-turvy British weather lived up to its reputation overnight as some areas were left looking decidedly wintery following hail and snow showers less than 48 hours after the end of a September heatwave.

Severe weather hit parts of the North of England as temperatures plunged to -5C (19F) in Scotland following a late burst of heat at the start of the week that saw the mercury rise to 26C (79F) in southern England. 

It came as England had its first evening of new measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, with all pubs, bars and restaurants having to shut by 10pm last night to comply with new rules brought in this week. 

Snow is left piled up by the side of the street in Leeds overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire

Snow is left piled up by the side of the street in Leeds overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire

Snow is left piled up by the side of the street in Leeds overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire

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A lorry is driven through treacherous conditions in Leeds overnight after the area was hit by snow and hail

A lorry is driven through treacherous conditions in Leeds overnight after the area was hit by snow and hail

A lorry is driven through treacherous conditions in Leeds overnight after the area was hit by snow and hail

Traffic cones sit in snow on the side of the street in north Leeds overnight following the severe weather

Traffic cones sit in snow on the side of the street in north Leeds overnight following the severe weather

Traffic cones sit in snow on the side of the street in north Leeds overnight following the severe weather

Snow sits on the roadside in Leeds overnight following the severe weather that hit the area of West Yorkshire

Snow sits on the roadside in Leeds overnight following the severe weather that hit the area of West Yorkshire

Snow sits on the roadside in Leeds overnight following the severe weather that hit the area of West Yorkshire

Highs of just 15C (59F) are expected in England this weekend although sunshine is expected for many parts of the country, just days after temperatures more akin to an August day on the Mediterranean.

Drivers across West Yorkshire including Bradford and Leeds were left battling a temporary hail whiteout yesterday amid snow showers, while in nearby Baildon and Shipley the stormy conditions led to reports of flash flooding.

Met Office forecaster John Griffiths said the storms were caused by a low pressure system over much of the UK and land heated by the sun which is enough to warm ‘the cold air aloft and generate these thunder storms’.

Today conditions will remain chilly, with eastern England feeling particularly cold amid persistent rain and strong northerly winds – with the area put under two Met Office weather warnings for the rest of the day. 

Heavy rain and strong winds are hitting parts of eastern England today, with temperatures not getting above 10C (50F)

Heavy rain and strong winds are hitting parts of eastern England today, with temperatures not getting above 10C (50F)

Heavy rain and strong winds are hitting parts of eastern England today, with temperatures not getting above 10C (50F)

A heavy downpour of hailstones yesterday afternoon creates a winter look in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

A heavy downpour of hailstones yesterday afternoon creates a winter look in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

A heavy downpour of hailstones yesterday afternoon creates a winter look in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

A car drives along a white-covered road following severe weather yesterday in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

A car drives along a white-covered road following severe weather yesterday in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

A car drives along a white-covered road following severe weather yesterday in Saltaire, West Yorkshire

The Met Office said an area of rain developed in the southern North Sea last night and pushed into parts of Lincolnshire and Norfolk, with persistent and heavy downpours that could bring up to 60mm (2.4in) of rain.

Forecasters added that accumulations of up to 40mm (1.6in) are expected fairly widely and could bring flooding to homes and businesses, before the rain will gradually ease during this afternoon and evening

Meanwhile a period of strong northerly winds was developing across East Anglia this morning and persist into the evening, with gusts of 45mph to 55mph likely at times, and 60mph to 65mph possible in coastal areas.

People in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were warned to expect ‘delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport’ and ‘delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges’ as well as ‘short term loss of power and other services’. 

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