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Nicola Sturgeon has told Scots not to travel to Blackpool and other high-risk areas of England after almost 200 cases in Scotland were linked to the holiday seaside town. 

Scotland’s First Minister warned Celtic and Rangers fans that they should not travel to the Lancashire town to watch the Old Firm match in pubs on Saturday as it had been linked to ‘a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland’.  

At least 180 people in Scotland who tested positive for Covid-19 in the last month reported a recent trip to Blackpool, Sturgeon told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing today. 

The First Minister said 15 deaths of confirmed coronavirus patients have been reported across Scotland in the past 24 hours and 1,429 people have tested positive.   

Scotland's First Minister warned Celtic and Rangers fans that they should not travel to Blackpool, Lancashire, to watch the Old Firm match in pubs on Saturday

Scotland's First Minister warned Celtic and Rangers fans that they should not travel to Blackpool, Lancashire, to watch the Old Firm match in pubs on Saturday

Scotland’s First Minister warned Celtic and Rangers fans that they should not travel to Blackpool, Lancashire, to watch the Old Firm match in pubs on Saturday

Blackpool has seen total of 1,967 confirmed covid-19 cases since the pandemic begun, with 25,259 across Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn).

In the week of October 5 to 11 alone Glasgow City Council counted 1,712 positive cases.

A total of 42,685 people have now tested positive in Scotland.

An incident management team had been set up to deal with those who have travelled between Blackpool and Scotland. 

Sturgeon also said she was asking those from high-risk areas of England, in tier one or two, ‘not to travel to Scotland either.’

She has joined Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s call for the UK Government to introduce travel restrictions on movement between areas of high prevalence into other UK nations. 

She said 342 people who were contacted by Test and Protect in the past week after contracting coronavirus reported travel outside of Scotland,=

She said 342 people who were contacted by Test and Protect in the past week after contracting coronavirus reported travel outside of Scotland,=

Sturgeon said 342 people who were contacted by Test and Protect in the past week after contracting coronavirus reported travel outside of Scotland, and 94 to Blackpool

The Welsh Government today said they would attempt to prevent people living in Covid hotspots in the rest of Britain from travelling to Wales from Friday.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford today said the move was necessary ‘to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK’.

Mr Drakeford added the action was being taken after Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to reply to two letters requesting he introduce the measure across the UK.  

Sturgeon added that she would be writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ‘seek urgent talks’ on the issue. 

Addressing her nation today the First Minister said: ‘I need to advise you that trips to Blackpool are now associated with a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland.

‘Blackpool is being mentioned in Test and Protect conversations far more than any other location outside of Scotland.’

This year to help boost the tourism trade, which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Blackpool Illuminations will remain on display until January,

This year to help boost the tourism trade, which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Blackpool Illuminations will remain on display until January,

This year to help boost the tourism trade, which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Blackpool Illuminations will remain on display until January,

People wearing face masks play games in an amusement arcade on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

People wearing face masks play games in an amusement arcade on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

People wearing face masks play games in an amusement arcade on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

Ms Sturgeon added: ‘Blackpool is a place that many Scots love and like to visit, particularly at this time of year.

‘Many of us have happy childhood memories of going to see the Blackpool illuminations.’

Part of the town’s popularity in Scotland stems from the railway expansion in the 1840s, which made the affordable coastal resort an easy reach for Scots, according to tourist organisation Visit Blackpool.

She said 342 people who were contacted by Test and Protect in the past week after contracting coronavirus reported travel outside of Scotland, 252 to somewhere else in the UK and 94 to Blackpool.

Ms Sturgeon added: ‘If you were thinking about going to Blackpool and haven’t booked yet then please do not go this year.

‘Even more specifically, because we know this is an issue and I want to be very clear about this, do not travel to Blackpool this weekend to watch the Old Firm match in a pub.

‘If you do that, you will be putting yourselves and you will be putting other people at risk.’

A street vendor sells illuminated souvenirs on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

A street vendor sells illuminated souvenirs on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

A street vendor sells illuminated souvenirs on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England

Blackpool, a place that many Scots love and like to visit, particularly at this time of year. Many of us have happy childhood memories of going to see the Blackpool illuminations.

She urged people who could lose money on booked trips to travel very carefully, maintain physical distancing – especially on public transport – and avoid pubs. 

Blackpool Council leaders and business representatives have defended its Covid-19 safety, pointing out the Lancashire seaside town, which welcomes more than a million Scottish visitors a year, has lower coronavirus rates than many areas north of the border.

They say there do not appear to be similar problems with visitors from elsewhere in the UK.

Blackpool was placed in the Tier 2 ‘high’ category when new restrictions system came into force in England on Wednesday. 

Blackpool has seen total of 1,967 confirmed covid-19 cases since the pandemic begun, with 25,259 across Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn)

Blackpool has seen total of 1,967 confirmed covid-19 cases since the pandemic begun, with 25,259 across Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn)

Blackpool has seen total of 1,967 confirmed covid-19 cases since the pandemic begun, with 25,259 across Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn)

Blackpool was placed in the Tier 2 'high' category when new restrictions system came into force in England on Wednesday

Blackpool was placed in the Tier 2 'high' category when new restrictions system came into force in England on Wednesday

Blackpool was placed in the Tier 2 ‘high’ category when new restrictions system came into force in England on Wednesday

Jane Cole, vice-president of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and managing director of Blackpool Transport, said: ‘The rate of Covid-19 in Blackpool currently stands at 218 per 100,000, which is one the lowest in the north-west of England and is also lower than parts of Scotland.

‘We get 17 million visitors a year to Blackpool and have not seen outbreaks in the rest of the UK from visitors to Blackpool, nor are we experiencing outbreaks within our tourism businesses.

‘Blackpool has stringent Covid secure measures in place. The council visits its hotels, venues and attractions on a regular basis to ensure all are Covid compliant.’ 

She added: ‘As mentioned by the First Minister, evidence suggests that many of these current cases are linked to coach parties and coach travel. We are asking everyone not to travel when they are symptomatic.’  

Sturgeon also supports Mr Drakeford’s calls for a Cobra meeting to be held ‘in early course’, to ‘discuss collectively between the four nations what further steps we can all take at this stage to suppress the virus’.

The rate of Covid-19 in Blackpool currently stands at 218 per 100,000, which is one the lowest in the north-west of England and is also lower than parts of Scotland

The rate of Covid-19 in Blackpool currently stands at 218 per 100,000, which is one the lowest in the north-west of England and is also lower than parts of Scotland

 The rate of Covid-19 in Blackpool currently stands at 218 per 100,000, which is one the lowest in the north-west of England and is also lower than parts of Scotland

Ms Sturgeon said the death toll of people in Scotland who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days is now 2,572.

Half of the 15 new deaths reported were under the age of 80 and a ‘small number’ were under 60, she said, warning that Covid-19 affects people from all age groups.

She said: ‘Please do not ever think that this virus only poses a risk to the lives of the very elderly. It poses a risk to all of us and I’m asking everybody again to take and treat that risk extremely seriously.’

Giving an update on the daily cases, she said they represent 16.4 per cent of newly tested individuals, down from 17.2 per cent on Tuesday.

Of the 1,429 new cases, 537 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 327 in Lanarkshire, 239 in Lothian, and 92 in Ayrshire and Arran.

A total of 42,685 people have now tested positive in Scotland.

There are 570 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 43 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 49 were in intensive care, up by 14.

Separately, the deaths of 25 people in Scotland from confirmed or suspected coronavirus were registered in the week up to Sunday according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), up five on the previous week.

The NRS death toll differs from the Health Protection Scotland figures published daily by the Scottish Government as the former counts deaths when Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

The toll under this measure is 4,301.

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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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