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We may have had two female British Prime Ministers but one taboo remains to be broken in Westminster — the menopause.

While many women in the public eye have become increasingly vocal about their own experiences, those in the Commons and Lords have largely remained silent.

And perhaps no wonder, given that many would have been going through ‘the change’ as they attempted to achieve the pinnacle of their careers in what is still a traditional and male‑dominated environment

But another kind of change is under way — at least in America, where former First Lady Michelle Obama recently shared her experiences of going through the menopause in the White House, and having a hot flush while on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, before an event with husband Barack.

Some of Britain’s leading female political figures shared their experiences of menopause. Pictured: Ann Widdecombe, 72, who served as a Tory MP for 23 years

Some of Britain’s leading female political figures shared their experiences of menopause. Pictured: Ann Widdecombe, 72, who served as a Tory MP for 23 years

Some of Britain’s leading female political figures shared their experiences of menopause. Pictured: Ann Widdecombe, 72, who served as a Tory MP for 23 years

‘It was like somebody put a furnace in my core and turned it on high,’ she told listeners of her podcast. ‘And then everything started melting.’

Explaining her motivation for talking about her experiences, she argued: ‘What a woman’s body is taking her through is important information.

‘It’s an important thing to talk about, because half of us are going through this, but we’re living like it’s not happening.’

A sentiment which will resonate with many. Which is why, in these brave, honest and sometimes amusing accounts, some of Britain’s leading female political figures are sharing their own experiences of juggling life in Westminster with the hot flushes and hormonal surges of the menopause.

HOT FLUSHES DURING SELECT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Nadine Dorries, 63, has been Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005 and Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety for a year. She is also an author whose ten books have sold two million copies. Widowed, she has three daughters.

Everyone who knows me will attest that I’m very slow to anger. However, in the early years of my menopause, I would often be inexplicably gripped by intense rage.

Take the time in 2011 when I was asked in an interview for my thoughts on TV presenter Andrew Neil, who had been unusually personal about me. Instead of laughing it off, as I usually would, I bit back, branding him ‘an orange, overweight, toupee-wearing has-been’, a comment that was then widely reported.

Why did I say something so out of character, and which I now regret, about Neil, one of the most successful political journalists?

Nadine Dorries, 63, (pictured) who has been Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005, revealed she experienced intense rage in the early years of her menopause

Nadine Dorries, 63, (pictured) who has been Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005, revealed she experienced intense rage in the early years of her menopause

Nadine Dorries, 63, (pictured) who has been Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005, revealed she experienced intense rage in the early years of her menopause 

I’ve no idea, except that like so many midlife women, I was at the mercy of a torrent of hormonal changes as my oestrogen and progesterone levels fell off a cliff.

Just when we think we’ve done juggling everything life could throw at us — periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding, raising children — along comes the dreaded perimenopause.

All of a sudden, we can’t sleep (I survived on five hours a night for years, which is why I began writing); everyday events make us furious; we grow moustaches overnight; and, without warning, break into sweats, just as if we’re trekking across the Sahara desert.

Most women, including those of us in Parliament, experience these symptoms. But just like when I was growing up in Liverpool and friends would whisper behind the backs of middle-aged mums, ‘She’s on the turn’, we still don’t talk about it openly.

The hardest part was discovering I had a bald patch when I saw myself on News At Ten 

I think, just as my three daughters talk openly about periods in front of men, female MPs have a responsibility to bust these myths and be more forceful about what it is that we experience. And yet, I’ve tried to hide my symptoms countless times, in the hope no one would notice them.

I’ve been on HRT for seven years, since I was 56, and will be until I die. But sometimes there are times when I’ve forgotten to take the medication with me from my constituency home in Mid Bedfordshire to Westminster. Within a week, the hot sweats are back.

Once, sitting in an Education Select Committee meeting, I remember the embarrassment of feeling the sweat beads collecting on my top lip and in my eyebrows. I didn’t have a tissue, so dabbed at my face with my fingers only for the sweat to collect again within seconds.

Many times during TV appearances, where I’d be talking about the important government issues of the day, the make-up artist would be standing by to dust my perspiring face with powder to stop me glistening on camera.

Nadine (pictured) said her hair began falling out in the shower, but she didn't realise how noticeable the problem was until she saw herself on an ITV interview

Nadine (pictured) said her hair began falling out in the shower, but she didn't realise how noticeable the problem was until she saw herself on an ITV interview

Nadine (pictured) said her hair began falling out in the shower, but she didn’t realise how noticeable the problem was until she saw herself on an ITV interview 

There was one memorable time a couple of years ago, on ITV’s Peston, when it was so bad I was practically sitting in a puddle of my own sweat.

Of course, the role of an MP is very public and the hardest part of the whole experience for me was discovering I had a bald patch when I saw myself on ITV’s News at Ten seven years ago.

Hair loss is common during menopause. I’d been aware of mine falling out in the shower, but it was only after an interview with Tom Bradby in my parliamentary office that I realised just how noticeable my problem was.

I almost dropped the tea tray I was carrying into my living room when the camera panned to the back of my head. I shouted: ‘Oh my God, I’m bald!’ — acutely aware millions of viewers would have seen it, too.

It was the most humiliating moment of my life. I only realised this was yet another symptom of the menopause when I went to see my GP, fearing I had alopecia.

Shortly afterwards, I mentioned it to a political journalist who, mortifyingly, said he’d noticed I was going bald from his position on the press benches, and recommended a Harley Street clinic where I had vitamin injections into my scalp.

Nadine said women aren't looking for special dispensations, just an acknowledgment that going through the menopause is hard. Pictured: Health Secretary Matt Hancock with Nadine

Nadine said women aren't looking for special dispensations, just an acknowledgment that going through the menopause is hard. Pictured: Health Secretary Matt Hancock with Nadine

Nadine said women aren’t looking for special dispensations, just an acknowledgment that going through the menopause is hard. Pictured: Health Secretary Matt Hancock with Nadine

These, together with eating a lot of red meat, despite having been vegetarian, helped with hair growth.

But it will never go back to its former thickness and I’m still self-conscious about people seeing the back of my head, which is pretty unavoidable as a government minister, proud to be sitting on the front benches in the Commons. However, the myriad side-effects of the menopause are not something we women should feel ashamed of, and they certainly don’t mean we’re any less up to our jobs than our male colleagues.

In fact, we’re actually twice as good as the men because we’re having to deal with all this as well as excel at work. And none of us is looking for special dispensations, just an acknowledgment that going through the menopause is hard.

Yes, there might be moments when we’re not functioning at our absolute best, but we’re entitled to some understanding.’

BATTLING BRAIN FOG IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, Baroness Warsi, 49, is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. She is the former Chair of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio, and was the first Muslim to serve as a Cabinet Minister. She has one daughter, Aamna, from her first marriage. She lives in Wakefield, Yorkshire, with her husband Iftikhar Azam, and his four children.

Baroness Warsi, 49, (pictured) who is a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said she had brain fog during a live debate in the House of Lords this July

Baroness Warsi, 49, (pictured) who is a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said she had brain fog during a live debate in the House of Lords this July

Baroness Warsi, 49, (pictured) who is a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said she had brain fog during a live debate in the House of Lords this July

It was during a live debate in the House of Lords this July that the frankly terrifying, but now familiar, brain fog got me in its grip.

A fellow Baroness had asked a question about payments to student nurses, which I had intended to ask. It would be my turn to ask a question next. But, try as I might, I could not collect my thoughts to think of a suitable alternative.

It’s common in these debates for colleagues to have the same queries and concerns and, usually, if I’ve already raised my hand to partake, I simply come up with a different line of enquiry.

I was Chair of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2012, in the Cameron-Clegg Coalition Cabinet, as well as being a life peer. Prior to going into politics, I worked as a lawyer. So the ability to think on my feet has been a pre-requisite throughout my career.

TV’s Robert Peston glanced in my direction and my mind went completely blank. All I could think was: ‘Please do not come to me on this! – Baroness Warsi

I started by saying: ‘Baroness Jolly has already asked the question I was going to ask so I’m going to ask another question.’ But then I just couldn’t follow it through with anything other than gibberish. My mind was blank, and what was most frustrating is that it’s an issue I know a lot about and still I sat there floundering, trying to find the words.

Ever since the perimenopause hit three years ago, when I was 46, I’ve had periodic brain fog which descends without warning.

Hot on its heels comes panic, followed by a hot flush, followed by sweating, followed by questioning whether I really have the right skillset for my role.

For days after that debate, I subjected myself to so much critical self-talk: ‘Oh, my God, what is wrong with me? Why can’t I think in straight sentences? I need to do better.’

Thankfully my fellow peers, watching over video conference (a system introduced during lockdown), were very understanding. No one said: ‘What the hell happened to you there?’

Baroness Warsi (pictured) revealed she openly discusses the menopause with her family, but has never spoken about it at work

Baroness Warsi (pictured) revealed she openly discusses the menopause with her family, but has never spoken about it at work

Baroness Warsi (pictured) revealed she openly discusses the menopause with her family, but has never spoken about it at work 

That said, I don’t know if it would have occurred to any of them that what I was experiencing was a recognised side-effect from a drop in hormones during perimenopause. After all, three-quarters of the House of Lords are men.

While I discuss it openly with my family — my husband and children, all in their 20s, are well-versed in the challenges it brings — I’ve never talked about it at work. Sadly, few women feel able to do so as we’re worried that others might think it means we’re incapable of doing our jobs.

Yet, as more of us do open up about the impact of the so-called ‘change’, it’s clear a significant number of women suffer similarly in middle age. And, for those of us in public life, the symptoms can be especially embarrassing.

Last year I was a guest on the Peston show, which goes out live on ITV, when the dreaded brain fog suddenly took a hold.

I don’t think any of them realised it was down to the menopause — three quarters of the House of Lords are men 

I was part of a panel, a role I’ve taken countless times, and don’t recall what we were discussing. What I vividly do remember, however, is Robert Peston glancing in my direction and, as my mind went completely blank, all I could think was: ‘Oh my God, please do not come to me on this!’

Luckily, he posed the next question to someone else, giving me time to overcome the panic, and the hot flush it triggered, before it was my turn.

It somehow seems deeply unfair that, at a time of life when so many of us are patting ourselves on the back for having raised our families and climbed the career ladder, along comes menopause.

Most women who succeed in public life have fought archaic, sexist attitudes that we’re not physically and emotionally quite up to our jobs. Then suddenly, when we’re at the top of our game, we start having symptoms that give ammunition to those misogynists who have always wanted to see us struggle.

Baroness Warsi (pictured) argues it's time to give more thought to why a woman may be struggling with figures or facts during a TV appearance

Baroness Warsi (pictured) argues it's time to give more thought to why a woman may be struggling with figures or facts during a TV appearance

Baroness Warsi (pictured) argues it’s time to give more thought to why a woman may be struggling with figures or facts during a TV appearance 

Occasionally, we see other women MPs on TV struggling with figures or facts. It’s time we gave more thought to what that might be about, rather than the usual cry of: ‘Oh, she’s not up to it.’

It will continue to be difficult for all women in the workplace, not just those of us in Parliament, unless we can have honest conversations about the symptoms that exist around this time of our lives, without worrying about the consequences for our jobs.

Most of us do all we can to help ourselves — until recently, I always spoke without notes, but now I jot a few pointers down, just in case the fog descends. I rarely need them because, like many middle-aged women, I function well most of the time. Now, if I take part in ten televised debates and in one of them I’m not quite up to scratch, I always tell myself: ‘OK that was a bad day, it’s something that can happen when you’re at this stage in your life.’

What we need is for the rest of society to start giving us those same breaks.

MARGARET THATCHER WOULD BE BAFFLED – SHE JUST GOT ON WITH IT

Ann Widdecombe, 72, served as a Tory MP for 23 years, including as shadow home secretary, as well as a Brexit Party MEP. Single, she lives on Dartmoor, Devon.

When I became an MP in 1987, there were few females. We were at the tail end of the fight for equal rights and the last thing we would have done was give male colleagues the idea we were not up to our jobs due to hormones.

We early feminists were clear in our message: ‘It’s nonsense to suggest women won’t be able to work effectively because they have periods, or the menopause, or give birth. We are just as capable of delivering as men.’

Ann Widdecombe, 72, (pictured) said what her menopause was like is her business, admitting it never affected her work

Ann Widdecombe, 72, (pictured) said what her menopause was like is her business, admitting it never affected her work

Ann Widdecombe, 72, (pictured) said what her menopause was like is her business, admitting it never affected her work 

We demanded parity with men. But today’s female MPs want to turn that on its head and drag us back to the Fifites. Margaret Thatcher would be baffled. She got into Parliament on merit before the passing of the Equal Opportunities Act, as did many women of that era, and they prevailed by getting on with it.

What my menopause was like is my business — I never considered HRT, I let nature take its course — but it never affected my work. Did I sometimes take my jacket off due to a hot flush? Yes, but I was never preoccupied with it.

Nor did I ever seek colleagues’ sympathy. We had other things to discuss, such as defence and immigration. I can’t point to any instances when I had symptoms. However, given I was a minister throughout the whole business, presumably it happened, but it was never sufficiently important for me to focus on.

I don’t know if others noticed, nor do I care. If anyone thought ‘Oh dear she’s having a hot flush,’ so what? Things can’t come to a standstill because of it.

People can have brain fog for many reasons including tiredness. I sympathise, but if you’re going to say that because you have the menopause you’re going to struggle to ask questions, then you’ve got to ask whether you should be doing the job, given the process generally lasts about five years.

When we were fighting for the privilege to represent our constituents, our message to them was clear: ‘You needn’t be afraid to vote for women, our biological differences are not going to stop us.’ And they never stopped trailblazers such as Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Williams or Barbara Castle. They just got on with it.

The only female MP I remember going on about women’s biology and HRT was Teresa Gorman, also elected in 1987. Colleagues called her ‘Teresa of the menopause’.

She lobbied for women to be able to talk about this stuff, but would never have said she worried about TV interviews because her make-up might melt during a hot flush.

We Seventies feminists gained equality by operating like men. Now women are saying that, because of their biology, they have difficulty carrying out their duties. We asked for a level playing field, not for it to be tilted to our advantage. All we fought for is being betrayed.

STILL HOT! 42 Brilliantly Honest Menopause Stories, by Kaye Adams and Vicky Allan (Black & White Publishing) is out on October 15.

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Biker fakes crash to propose to his shocked girlfriend in front of crowds at motocross event

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An avid motorcycle rider faked a crash in a bold way to propose to his girlfriend in front of crowds at a motorcross event.

Jeremy Durst, 30, from Miami, Florida, signed up for his first-ever biking race so he could propose to girlfriend Sara Frank, 30. 

Footage shows the dirt bike sliding away from the racer and crashing into a fence at the Motorama racing event, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Durst, 30, from Miami, Florida, faked a crash in a bold way to propose to girlfriend Sara Frank, 30, in front of crowds at a motorcross event (pictured)

Jeremy Durst, 30, from Miami, Florida, faked a crash in a bold way to propose to girlfriend Sara Frank, 30, in front of crowds at a motorcross event (pictured)

Jeremy Durst, 30, from Miami, Florida, faked a crash in a bold way to propose to girlfriend Sara Frank, 30, in front of crowds at a motorcross event (pictured) 

Jeremy wanted to proposed to girlfriend Sara (pictured together) at the motorcross event

Jeremy wanted to proposed to girlfriend Sara (pictured together) at the motorcross event

Jeremy wanted to proposed to girlfriend Sara (pictured together) at the motorcross event

The keen biker went down as if he was injured, rising to his feet and then turning around so that his back was to the crowd.

An official ran towards him, craftily sneaking him the ring in the process, before Sara rushed from the stands towards her boyfriend.

When she bent down to check on her partner, he was on one knee holding a ring, causing Sara to back away in surprise.  

The rider was also handed a mic to pop the question, which Sara nodded to in delight and then said ‘Yes’.

Asked if she had any idea of the proposal, which took place on February 16, his now-fiance said: ‘No I had no idea, I thought he just crashed.’

He came up with the unique way of proposing because it would make sure his girlfriend’s family and friends would be in attendance, he said.    

Footage shows the dirt bike sliding away from the racer and crashing into a fence after Jeremy rode around in last place then faked a wreck on his last lap

Footage shows the dirt bike sliding away from the racer and crashing into a fence after Jeremy rode around in last place then faked a wreck on his last lap

Footage shows the dirt bike sliding away from the racer and crashing into a fence after Jeremy rode around in last place then faked a wreck on his last lap 

Sara bent down to check on her partner after he came off his bike, but he was on one knee holding a ring

Sara bent down to check on her partner after he came off his bike, but he was on one knee holding a ring

Sara bent down to check on her partner after he came off his bike, but he was on one knee holding a ring

Jeremy bought a new Kawaski KX450 bike and entered the race, which he thought would mean that his girlfriend, and their family, would not suspect a thing. 

With thousands set to be in attendance, he contacted the race organizers to pitch his idea, saying he would pass one of them the ring before the race.

During the race he would ride around in last place, and then fake a wreck on his last lap. 

Donning a GoPro, Jeremy did just that – but during the race, he unsuspectingly happened to pass another racer, meaning he would need to slow down to let that rider past. 

Jeremy contacted the race organizers to pitch his idea, saying he would pass one of them the ring before the race in order to propose to his girlfriend

Jeremy contacted the race organizers to pitch his idea, saying he would pass one of them the ring before the race in order to propose to his girlfriend

Jeremy contacted the race organizers to pitch his idea, saying he would pass one of them the ring before the race in order to propose to his girlfriend 

The biker went down as if he was injured, and an official ran to his aid,  craftily sneaking him the ring in the process

The biker went down as if he was injured, and an official ran to his aid,  craftily sneaking him the ring in the process

The biker went down as if he was injured, and an official ran to his aid,  craftily sneaking him the ring in the process

This meant Jeremy actually overshot the safe crash zone he had identified, and so he had to opt for a fake crash on a separate turn instead. 

The couple are now expecting a baby in November and are planning to get married next year.

Jeremy said: ‘I didn’t get slapped as hard as I expected for scaring her, so it was all good.

Following the proposal at the event on February 16, the couple are planning to get married next year and are expecting a baby in November

Following the proposal at the event on February 16, the couple are planning to get married next year and are expecting a baby in November

Following the proposal at the event on February 16, the couple are planning to get married next year and are expecting a baby in November

Jeremy says he feels like he 'hit the lottery' after the proposal

Jeremy says he feels like he 'hit the lottery' after the proposal

Jeremy says he feels like he ‘hit the lottery’ after the proposal 

‘Honestly, it was an indescribable feeling – like I hit the lottery.’

Sara said: ‘I had a range of emotions throughout each stage of the surprise.

‘At first, I was confused. I was not sure what was wrong with the bike to cause him the crash that way.

‘Then I was told to go check on him and then my confusion turned to worry as I saw him kneeling on the ground. I was hoping he wasn’t hurt.

‘After he pulled out the ring, I think it is obvious from the video that I was in complete and total shock – I did not see this coming at all.

‘Once the shock of what was happening wore off and I realized he was not hurt I was overjoyed.

‘I felt incredibly special and loved that he had put so much thought and planning into something for me.’

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Russia coronavirus: Bodies pile up in morgue as country hits one-day case record

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A Russian medical worker has revealed the grim toll that coronavirus is taking on the country as he filmed the bodies of dozens of victims packed into a morgue. 

‘Corpses everywhere, corpses, corpses,’ the man can be heard saying as he gives viewers a tour of a corridor and dissection room that is typically used for post-mortem examinations, but is instead being used to store bodies.

The footage was captured in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk, 300 miles from the border with Kazakhstan, as Russia suffers through a second wave of the virus.

On Monday the country reported 17,347 new cases of the virus, a new one-day toll that brings its overall total to 1,531,224.

The country also reported 219 deaths from the virus, the lowest daily total for a week, but amid suspicion that many deaths are not being logged and the true toll could be three times as high. 

Bodies in a corridor

Bodies in a corridor

Bodies in a dissection room

Bodies in a dissection room

A morgue worker in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk has revealed dozens of bodies piled in corridors (left) and a dissection room (right) as Russia suffers through its second wave of Covid

In the new footage, the morgue worker starts by showing viewers a disinfection station and shower room, before walking into the ‘dirty’ area of the morgue.   

‘We have a corridor and it is full,’ he says, while recording images of body bags littering the floor.

At least one corpse is not in a bag, and has simply been laid under a blanket, with the legs poking out from underneath. 

‘Here is a dissecting room,’ he continues, alongside more images of bodies. ‘Corpses everywhere, corpses, corpses everywhere.’

‘You can even stumble and fall. We literally walk over the heads of the dead.’

The local health ministry in Kemerovo region confirmed the authenticity of the video.

Reports said that Oleg Evsa, head of the local department of the ministry had been fired by local governor Sergey Tsivilev, who is himself suffering from coronavirus.

A statement said: ‘Given the increase in the number of cases over the past three weeks, there is a rise in the number of deaths.

‘Due to a delay in the release of the bodies, about 50 bodies of the deceased were stored here.’

Bodies in the morgue

Bodies in the morgue

Bodies in the morgue

Bodies in the morgue

‘Corpses everywhere,’ the worker can be heard saying in footage that has been confirmed as genuine. ‘We literally walk over the heads of the dead’

The ministry said that many relatives were either ill with Covid-19 or on quarantine and so could not collect bodies of their loved ones for funerals.

Separate footage last week showed some 30 corpses in black bags stashed in a basement in a hospital in Barnaul, Altai region.

Another video highlighted by Borusio social media shows dozens of people suffering Covid-19 symptoms in Zheleznogorsk forced to queue in subzero temperatures to see a doctor.

Similar queues were seen in Krasnoyarsk.

There have been reports of severe shortages of antibiotics.

In Rostov-on-Don new details have emerged of a case last week when 13 patients died after the oxygen supply ran out at Hospital Number 20.

A doctor, Artur Toporov, has written to Vladimir Putin revealing how medics made frantic calls to restore the oxygen supply to critically-ill patients but to no avail.

‘At 10.10pm…the oxygen dropped to zero level,’ he wrote, explaining that this followed a series of interruptions in supply. Our reserves were empty.

‘The state of all the patients worsened. We called the chief doctor again. For 40 minutes there was no oxygen in ventilators…’ 

Reports suggest that all 13 patients eventually died.

Toporov claimed that hospital chiefs had started to remove evidence of the oxygen outage as detectives arrived to investigate.

The horrific pictures from City Hospital No. 12 in Barnaul show scenes where more than 30 bodies were stashed in black bags in corridors

The horrific pictures from City Hospital No. 12 in Barnaul show scenes where more than 30 bodies were stashed in black bags in corridors

The horrific pictures from City Hospital No. 12 in Barnaul show scenes where more than 30 bodies were stashed in black bags in corridors

The horrific pictures from City Hospital No. 12 in Barnaul show scenes where more than 30 bodies were stashed in black bags in corridors

It comes a week after more footage emerged from the city of Barnaul, 140 miles to the west of Novokuznetsk, where bodies could be seen piled up in a hospital

Bodies in plastic bags are laid out on trolleys in the morgue of the Siberia hospital

Bodies in plastic bags are laid out on trolleys in the morgue of the Siberia hospital

Bodies in plastic bags are laid out on trolleys in the morgue of the Siberia hospital

Bodies in plastic bags are laid out on trolleys in the morgue of the Siberia hospital

Footage from Hospital No. 12 in Barnaul, eastern Russia, which has been hit hard during a second wave of coronavirus infections

Russia national coronavirus information centre has registered some 26,050 deaths from Covid-19, but doubts have been raised over the figure.

Demographic forecaster Alexei Raksha, who left state statistics agency Rosstat this summer claiming a cover-up, has said the true total should be ‘multiplied by three’.

That would put the true toll somewhere around 78,000 people, making it the highest in Europe. 

‘I don’t think data related to public health or the death toll should be hidden away,’ he told Bloomberg.

‘It’s a throwback to some of the worst practices of the Soviet Union.’

If excess deaths are included in that total – meaning the number of deaths over and above seasonal averages – Russia’s toll rises to 115,000.

However, excess mortality data is controversial, and no country is including this information in their official coronavirus death counts.     

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Coronvirus Italy: Stadiums shut down AGAIN with covid-19 cases on the rise

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Italy is shutting its stadiums to fans again just one month after 1,000 supporters had been allowed to return to sporting venues.

A new Government decree that will come into effect on Monday for at least a month eliminates the current rule allowing up to 1,000 spectators at stadiums for football games and other sports.

The move is part of a series of new measures put into place after new virus cases in the country reached more than 21,000 on Sunday.

Italy is shutting its stadiums to fans again after 1,000 spectators had been allowed to return

Italy is shutting its stadiums to fans again after 1,000 spectators had been allowed to return

Italy is shutting its stadiums to fans again after 1,000 spectators had been allowed to return

A new Government rule that will come into effect on Monday for at least month means no fans

A new Government rule that will come into effect on Monday for at least month means no fans

A new Government rule that will come into effect on Monday for at least month means no fans

Supporters attended Juventus's 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday

Supporters attended Juventus's 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday

Supporters attended Juventus’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday

ITALY AND UK COVID-19 COMPARED

Italy

New cases as of October 25: 21,273

Total cases: 526,000

Deaths: 37,338 

UK

New cases as of October 25: 19,790

Total cases: 874,000

Deaths: 44,896

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The 2019-20 Serie A season was finished without fans last season during the restart, but the Government decided last month to allow a maximum of 1,000 fans into stadiums.

The new rule says professional games are allowed in outdoor venues ‘without fans in attendance.’

When fans in the UK will be allowed to return to football stadiums is a constant topic of debate. 

It was revealed last week that the Government will take the ‘earliest opportunity’ to consider the return of football fans to stadiums after putting the brakes on the October plan.

However there is still no timeframe for discussions as clubs continue to feel the financial effects of a lack of matchday revenue.

Plans to allow supporters back into grounds at the start of the month were shelved due to increased cases of Covid-19, which has caused sport to be played behind closed doors since the lockdown in March. 

 

There is still no timeframe in place for the safe return of football fans to stadiums in the UK

There is still no timeframe in place for the safe return of football fans to stadiums in the UK

There is still no timeframe in place for the safe return of football fans to stadiums in the UK

Fans were allowed to watch West Ham's clash against Man City at cinema close to stadium

Fans were allowed to watch West Ham's clash against Man City at cinema close to stadium

Fans were allowed to watch West Ham’s clash against Man City at cinema close to stadium 

New virus cases in the UK reached just under 20,000 on Sunday but Britain has 874,000 total cases, compared to Italy’s 526,000.

West Ham manager David Moyes called for the Government to explain why fans cannot attend games but were able to watch their clash against Manchester City in a cinema a matter of minutes away from the London Stadium last weekend.

The Football Supporters’ Federation also slammed the ‘absurdity’ of fans being allowed into stadiums to watch their club’s games on TV – but not sit in the stands to see the live action.

A handful of Football League clubs, including the likes of Bristol City, have had spectators attending screenings of their home fixtures from hospitality areas inside their grounds.

Many clubs in the Football League are in dire straights financially due to the absence of fans.

Bristol City fans were allowed back inside Ashton Gate on Saturday as their team played Swansea City in the Championship - but they could only watch the game on television screens

Bristol City fans were allowed back inside Ashton Gate on Saturday as their team played Swansea City in the Championship - but they could only watch the game on television screens

Bristol City fans were allowed back inside Ashton Gate on Saturday as their team played Swansea City in the Championship – but they could only watch the game on television screens

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