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Leaders announce £40m emergency aid package for Liverpool region’s struggling hospitality sector

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Political leaders in the Liverpool region have announced £40 million in emergency funding for struggling pubs, bars and restaurants amid the latest Covid restrictions.

Council leaders from Liverpool, Wirral, St Helen’s, Sefton, Halton and Knowsley – which make up the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – urged businesses to postpone decisions over jobs and closures as they were scrambling to find funds to help them.

The sector reportedly brings in an estimated £5 billion for the region and supports more than 50,000 jobs in 4,000 businesses.

Last week, health secretary announced tighter restrictions for parts of northern England, including Liverpool, which means people from different households are banned from meeting inside, including in pubs, bars and restaurants. 

Today, the combined authority has announced they have put together the £40 million care package for the industries hit hardest by the region’s latest Covid restrictions, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Council leaders in the Liverpool region have announced £40 million in emergency funding for the area's hospitality sector to help them survive the latest restrictions brought in last week

Council leaders in the Liverpool region have announced £40 million in emergency funding for the area's hospitality sector to help them survive the latest restrictions brought in last week

Council leaders in the Liverpool region have announced £40 million in emergency funding for the area’s hospitality sector to help them survive the latest restrictions brought in last week

In a joint statement, speaking directly to businesses in the sector, the leaders of the region said: ‘The new Covid-19 restrictions will make the already perilous situation for our economy even tougher than it already is.

‘As Leaders of the Liverpool City Region, we all understand why further restrictions may be needed to halt the spread of Covid-19 in the communities we represent.

‘But we also know that at the same time they will deal a hammer blow to our economy and in particular to our vital hospitality and leisure sector, on which over 50,000 jobs depend across our region.

‘We want to send a message to those businesses that we understand the pain you are going through, your fight to survive and that we stand with you.

‘We have made it clear to the Government that with new restrictions must come a comprehensive package of financial support for our economy and that this is particularly urgent for businesses in your sector, many of which have already reached breaking point.

‘We pledge to you that we are doing everything we can to convince the Government to help.

‘But we know that this is not enough and that words will not help you pay your staff, your rent or your suppliers.

‘And, as elected leaders, we are collectively committed to Build Back Better from Covid-19.

‘But we know that once a business is gone it is gone and that if we do not act now to protect our economy from these new restrictions, we risk having nothing to build back from.

Liverpool (pictured) and surrounding areas is facing restrictions on people from different households meeting inside which includes their homes as well as pubs and restaurants

Liverpool (pictured) and surrounding areas is facing restrictions on people from different households meeting inside which includes their homes as well as pubs and restaurants

Liverpool (pictured) and surrounding areas is facing restrictions on people from different households meeting inside which includes their homes as well as pubs and restaurants

‘So, our teams have worked at full-tilt, in partnership across the Combined Authority and our six Local Authorities, to identify and re-purpose funds for an up to £40m in to a package of emergency interim financial support, aiming to support as many businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector as we possibly can.

‘We have taken this extremely difficult decision with the aim of providing last resort, stop-gap funding to keep viable businesses going in the short-term and protect as many jobs as possible while we continue to lobby the Government to invest in our economic survival and our future recovery.’

It comes as tighter restrictions have been brought in for large parts of northern England.

According to the new rules, It is now illegal to meet people indoors from other households in the Liverpool City Region, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Warrington.  

This means that people are prevented from mixing with those outside their household or support bubble in pubs, restaurants and other indoor venues.

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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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