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Now a £200million superyacht joins the staycation crowds in Cornwall

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A £200million superyacht which ‘belongs to the Qatari royal family‘ has joined the staycation crowds in Cornwall as it was spotted in Falmouth Harbour.

Katara, a secretive 410ft luxury vessel which was built for the country’s previous Emir in 2010, was watched in by hundreds of stunned locals and visitors.

The ‘floating palace’, which is one of the largest ships of its kind in the world, glided past the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis before it berthed.

It dropped anchor next to two other huge boats – cruise liner The World and superyacht Sherpa – in a trio thought to be worth £800million as they towered over St Anthony’s Lighthouse.

Katara is shrouded in secrecy and even as she approached Cornwall last night her AIS – the automatic identification system – was switched off.

It is widely thought the stunning ship belongs to the Qatari royal family, but the identity of the current owner has never been unveiled.

Katara, a secretive 410ft luxury vessel which was built for the country's previous Emir in 2010, was watched in by hundreds of stunned locals and visitors

Katara, a secretive 410ft luxury vessel which was built for the country's previous Emir in 2010, was watched in by hundreds of stunned locals and visitors

Katara, a secretive 410ft luxury vessel which was built for the country’s previous Emir in 2010, was watched in by hundreds of stunned locals and visitors

It dropped anchor next to two other huge boats - cruise liner The World and superyacht Sherpa - in a trio thought to be worth £800million as they towered over St Anthony's Lighthouse

It dropped anchor next to two other huge boats - cruise liner The World and superyacht Sherpa - in a trio thought to be worth £800million as they towered over St Anthony's Lighthouse

It dropped anchor next to two other huge boats – cruise liner The World and superyacht Sherpa – in a trio thought to be worth £800million as they towered over St Anthony’s Lighthouse

Specifications for the 410ft superyacht Katara

  • Made: Lurssen, Germany
  • Year: 2010 
  • Type: Motor yacht
  • Decks: Five 
  • Weight: 7922 tonnes 
  • Guests: 34
  • Crew: 95
  • Cabins: 17
  • Length: 410ft
  • Max speed: 20 knots
  • Cruising speed: 15 knots
  • Interior designer: Albert Pinto
  • Exterior designer: Espen Oeino
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Yacht enthusiasts speculate it is the property of current Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani or Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, who is chairman of the Katara Hospitality Group.

Katara, which was built in Germany at the Lurssen yard in 2010, features a helicopter deck, an array of satellite communication domes, various tenders and jet skis.

The 7,922-tonne superyacht also has a beach club, swimming pool, a gym and spa, on-deck hot tub as well as speculation of a main saloon that towers over two decks.

She has two 9,925 hp engines giving her a top speed of around 20 knots, but she generally cruises at about 15 knots.

As for her name, since the year 150AD, ‘Catara’ was the first and most ancient name designated for the Qatar Peninsula on maps.

The name spelt with a ‘K’ appeared on documents in the early 18th century and was written ‘Katara’ – instead of ‘Catara’ – on French maps of the area.

The vessel was built for the previous Emir of Qatar, who is the father of the current Emir, and sails under the Qatari flag.

Her home port is Doha, the country’s capital, and she is scheduled to leave Cornwall tomorrow according to the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners’ website.

Katara offers accommodation for up to 34 guests and can carry up to 95 crew members on board, according to Yachtcharterfleet.com.

The 'floating palace', which is one of the largest ships of its kind in the world, glided past the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis before it berthed

The 'floating palace', which is one of the largest ships of its kind in the world, glided past the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis before it berthed

The ‘floating palace’, which is one of the largest ships of its kind in the world, glided past the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis before it berthed

It is widely thought the stunning ship belongs to the Qatari royal family (pictured, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in April), but the identity of the current owner has never been unveiled

It is widely thought the stunning ship belongs to the Qatari royal family (pictured, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in April), but the identity of the current owner has never been unveiled

It is widely thought the stunning ship belongs to the Qatari royal family (pictured, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in April), but the identity of the current owner has never been unveiled

The website says: ‘The 124.4m custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Katara’ was built by Lurssen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard, she was delivered to her owner in 2010. The yacht’s interior has been designed by Alberto Pinto.’

Charterworld.com adds: ‘Her impressive naval architecture was designed by the Lurssen in-house naval architects, with the exterior design by the world renowned designer Espen Oeino.

‘Katara megayacht was launched in April 2010. She features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, carrying the hull number 13656. As her name suggests, the motor yacht Katara is flying a Qatar flag.’

The biggest yacht on the planet is the Azzam, which is 591ft and worth an estimated £411million. It is thought to be owned by the royal family of Abu Dhabi.

Second on the mega list is the 533ft, £342million Eclipse, which belongs to Chelsea foobtall club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

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Covid infection rates in 20 London boroughs are higher than areas of England already hit by restrictions, new data revealed today, as Sadiq Khan met council leaders to demand a new lockdown and rush hour traffic dropped five percent. 

Public Health England’s most recent watchlist shows the authority in England with the lowest case rate considered an ‘area of intervention’ – the highest degree of concern – is Ribble Valley, with 18.3 cases per 100,000.

But Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and Southwark, among others, have infection rates higher than that. Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) are the three worst-hit parts of the capital.   

Mr Khan has urged ministers to extend the latest restrictions on hotspots in the North East and West – including ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10pm – to cover London as well.

He is also said to be encouraging ‘working from home’ – a move which would be in sharp contrast to the Government, which has until recently been urging people to get back to their offices. 

TomTom data showed roads in the capital were 36% congested at 7am this morning compared to 41% last week, suggesting some workers are wary of the increase in infection rates. 

It comes as Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is set to deliver a televised address warning that Britain is in the grip of a second wave and will face a ‘very challenging winter period’.  

A map showing the rate of infection per 100,000 people across London's 32 different boroughs

A map showing the rate of infection per 100,000 people across London's 32 different boroughs

A map showing the rate of infection per 100,000 people across London’s 32 different boroughs 

Canary Wharf - the city's second financial centre - was quiet this morning as office workers continued to stay away

Canary Wharf - the city's second financial centre - was quiet this morning as office workers continued to stay away

Canary Wharf – the city’s second financial centre – was quiet this morning as office workers continued to stay away 

Commuters - many wearing masks - walk across London Bridge into the City this morning

Commuters - many wearing masks - walk across London Bridge into the City this morning

Commuters – many wearing masks – walk across London Bridge into the City this morning

Mr Khan (seen this morning) is now meeting council leaders after urging ministers to extend the latest lockdown restrictions - including a 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants - to cover the capital as well

Mr Khan (seen this morning) is now meeting council leaders after urging ministers to extend the latest lockdown restrictions - including a 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants - to cover the capital as well

Mr Khan (seen this morning) is now meeting council leaders after urging ministers to extend the latest lockdown restrictions – including a 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants – to cover the capital as well

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted the introduction of new lockdown restrictions in London within days cannot be ruled out in light of rising cases.

Across London as a whole, the rate of cases is reported to have increased in a seven day period ending early last week, from 18.8 per 100,000 people to around 25. 

It’s a rise of 33 per cent in one week – faster than the North East, which last week was hit by tougher restrictions to control the spread of the virus. 

The number of cases per 100,000 has jumped up from 18.8 to around 25 in seven days amid schools re-opening and a drive to get people back into offices and pubs, data suggests. If it crosses over 50, a ‘local lockdown’ could be triggered, documents seen by The Evening Standard reveal.  

And the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates 0.2 per cent of London’s population – 178,000 people – are currently carrying the coronavirus, which is second only to the North West. For comparison, the rate in the North East is just 0.16 per cent.   

Public Health England figures show Redbridge, a borough in the east of the city, has the highest Covid-19 infection rate at 34.2 and cases have risen in the authority for four weeks in a row. For comparison, the highest in England is 175.2 in Bolton, Greater Manchester. 

It is followed by Hounslow (32.5) and Barking and Dagenham (29.3) – boroughs on two opposite sides of the city, suggesting spread is not just limited to one part of the capital.  

London boroughs where infection rates are higher than parts of England already hit by restrictions  

The other areas with higher infection rates than Ribble Valley are: 

Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5), Barking and Dagenham (29.3), Enfield (27.3) Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.4), Havering (24.4), Kensington and Chelsea (23.7), Wandsworth (23), Brent (22.7), Haringey (21.4), Waltham Forest (21), Camden (20.6), Lambeth (20.6), Southwark (19.2) and Barnet (18.6). 

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If they had been given ‘area of intervention’ status, the Government would support the implementation of a ‘detailed action plan’ to stop cases spreading. 

The areas with higher infection rates than Ribble Valley are: Redbridge (34.2), Hounslow (32.5), Barking and Dagenham (29.3), Enfield (27.3) Newham (27), Ealing (26.9), Hackney (25.7), Tower Hamlets (25.5), Hammersmith and Fulham (24.8), Harrow (24.4), Havering (24.4), Kensington and Chelsea (23.7), Wandsworth (23), Brent (22.7), Haringey (21.4),  Waltham Forest (21), Camden (20.6), Lambeth (20.6), Southwark (19.2) and Barnet (18.6).  

The only reason Ribble Valley has had any intervention is because health bosses in the North East called for a crack down before the outbreak spiraled out of control. The weekly infection rate for the whole of England is 33.8.  

South London has escaped the current spike in cases, with the three boroughs with the lowest infection rates at present being Sutton (9.3), Bromley (11.8) and Bexley (12.1). 

London mayor Mr Khan will meet with council leaders today to discuss lockdown restriction measures which he has publically supported. 

He has pressed ministers to extend the controls to the capital, which he believes may be just ‘two or three days’ behind the hotspots of the north-west and north-east of England where curfews and bans on socialising have come into force.

He initially said London is ‘two weeks behind’ some regions of the UK where Covid-19 rules are tighter. While data from only a few days ago suggested London was two weeks behind those areas, the latest modelling seen by Mr Khan was said to show the gap had closed to two or three days. 

A mayoral source said: ‘It’s clear that cases in London are only moving in one direction, we are now just days behind hotspots in the North West and North East. We can’t afford more delay.

‘Introducing new measures now will help slow the spread of the virus and potentially prevent the need for a fuller lockdown like we saw in March, which could seriously damage the economy once again.’ 

A quiet London Tube station this morning, amid warnings the capital could see new lockdown measures

A quiet London Tube station this morning, amid warnings the capital could see new lockdown measures

A quiet London Tube station this morning, amid warnings the capital could see new lockdown measures 

Roads in the capital were 36% congested at 7am this morning compared to 41% last week, according to TomTom data

Roads in the capital were 36% congested at 7am this morning compared to 41% last week, according to TomTom data

Roads in the capital were 36% congested at 7am this morning compared to 41% last week, according to TomTom data

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Today, Chris Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser, are set to issue a warning that the nation is in the grip of a second wave.

In an unprecedented move, the duo will address the nation without a minister beside them, and will say that a wave of new hospital admissions and deaths are on the horizon if the rules are not followed.   

Professor Whitty will say in the address set to start at 11am: ‘The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic.

‘We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period.’   

Yesterday, Mr Hancock was asked on Sky News about comments from Mr Khan that restrictions in the capital were increasingly likely.

He said: ‘I’ve had discussions this week with the Mayor of London, and the teams are meeting today to discuss further what might be needed.’ 

A mayoral source told HuffPost: ‘It’s clear that cases in London are only moving in one direction, we are now just days behind hotspots in the North West and North East. We can’t afford more delay.

‘Introducing new measures now will help slow the spread of the virus and potentially prevent the need for a fuller lockdown like we saw in March, which could seriously damage the economy once again.’ 

He is also said to be looking at the possibility of asking those who are able to work from home to do so.

There has been a toughening up of government rhetoric over Covid in recent days amid an upsurge in infections. 

People in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could now face fines of up to £10,000. 

Ministers will impose a new legal duty on people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with someone with the virus.

Those on lower incomes who face a loss of earnings as a result of going into quarantine will be eligible for a one-off support payment of £500 to help them cope financially.

With new cases of the infection doubling every week, Boris Johnson said the measures were necessary to control the spread of the virus and to protect the most vulnerable from becoming infected.

However they are likely to alarm some Conservative MPs already concerned at the wide-ranging powers being taken by ministers to curb the disease with little or no debate in Parliament.

The new regulations will come into force in England on September 28, although ministers are in discussion with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about extending them UK-wide.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has tonight admitted it is 'increasingly likely' that lockdown restrictions will soon be needed to slow the spread of coronavirus in the capital

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has tonight admitted it is 'increasingly likely' that lockdown restrictions will soon be needed to slow the spread of coronavirus in the capital

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has tonight admitted it is ‘increasingly likely’ that lockdown restrictions will soon be needed to slow the spread of coronavirus in the capital

The ONS said today London and the North West were the areas that appeared to have highest infection rates, based on swabbing of random people in private households - a better indication of where the outbreak is occurring

The ONS said today London and the North West were the areas that appeared to have highest infection rates, based on swabbing of random people in private households - a better indication of where the outbreak is occurring

The ONS said today London and the North West were the areas that appeared to have highest infection rates, based on swabbing of random people in private households – a better indication of where the outbreak is occurring

It follows a warning by Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London – whose modelling led to the original nationwide lockdown, that the authorities needed to act ‘sooner rather than later’ if they were to avoid a return to the infection rates of last March.

Ministers are still looking at further restrictions, including a temporary two or three-week ‘circuit break’ in an attempt to break the chain of transmission.

The move could see pubs and restaurants ordered to close or face a 10pm curfew, while socialising between households could be banned.

On Friday, the Prime Minister acknowledged the long-feared second wave of the pandemic affecting countries such as France and Spain had reached Britain and that more cases of the disease were ‘inevitable’.

Announcing the new rules, Mr Johnson said: ‘The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus.

‘And so nobody underestimates just how important this is, new regulations will mean you are legally obliged to do so if you have the virus or have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

‘People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines. We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives.’

Fines will initially start at £1,000 rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and for ‘the most egregious breaches’ including those who stop other people from self-isolating, such an employer who requires a staff member to come into work in violation of an order.

How regions' cases per 100,000 compare. London's is showing an uptick along with the North East and North West. The graphs come from Public Health England's surveillance report, published today

How regions' cases per 100,000 compare. London's is showing an uptick along with the North East and North West. The graphs come from Public Health England's surveillance report, published today

How regions’ cases per 100,000 compare. London’s is showing an uptick along with the North East and North West. The graphs come from Public Health England’s surveillance report, published today

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The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low risk nations.

Officials said NHS Test and Trace would be in regular contact with individuals told to self-isolate and would report any suspicions that people were not complying to the police and local authorities.

Police will also check compliance in Covid-19 hotspots and among groups considered to be ‘high-risk’ as well as following up reports from members of the public of people who have tested positive but are not self-isolating.

Prosecutions could follow in ‘high-profile and egregious’ cases of non-compliance.

As with other coronavirus rules, there will be specific exemptions for those who need to escape from illness or harm during their isolation, and for those who require care.

Officials said just under four million people on benefits in England would be eligible for the support payments if they lose income as a result of being unable to go into work.

For Labour, shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds welcomed the ‘belated’ announcement of additional financial assistance.

‘It shouldn’t have taken months for the penny to finally drop that people on low incomes needed more help,’ she said.

The latest announcement comes just days after the ‘rule of six’ – banning social gatherings of more than six people – came into force and will been seen as further evidence of the concern in Whitehall at the rate of spread of the disease.

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On Friday, the Government announced tough new restrictions were being imposed in large parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands.

It means by Tuesday, when the measures come into force, around 13.5 million people in the UK will be living under some form of additional coronavirus controls.

Prof Ferguson said the country was caught in a ‘perfect storm’ following the easing of lockdown restrictions over the summer, and that swift action was needed to stop the virus spreading out of control.

‘Right now we are at about the levels of infection we were seeing in this country in late February,’ he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

‘If we leave it another two to four weeks we will be back at levels we were seeing more like mid-March. That’s clearly going to cause deaths because people will be hospitalised.

‘I think some additional measures are likely to be needed sooner rather than later.’          

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Knife-wielding man wounds five including schoolchildren in a stabbing spree in China 

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Five people including schoolchildren have been injured during a knife attack near a kindergarten in southern China.

The attack occurred in the Panyu district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, around 7am local time Monday.

The five wounded have been rushed to a local hospital while the attacker has been detained by police, according to the authorities. An investigation is ongoing.

The officials did not reveal details about the five injured people, but Chinese media said at least four of them were children attending the kindergarten and school nearby.

Footage circulated online shows medics tending the injured on the scene after police officers cordoned off the neighbourhood.

Panyu police said in a notice that the suspect was detained by officers and the incident was under ongoing investigation.

The officials did not reveal details about the five injured people

The officials did not reveal details about the five injured people

But Chinese media said at least four of them were children attending the kindergarten and school nearby

But Chinese media said at least four of them were children attending the kindergarten and school nearby

Five people including schoolchildren have been injured during a knife attack near a kindergarten in southern China. The attack occurred in the Panyu district of Guangzhou

Footage circulated online shows medics tending the injured on the scene after police officers cordoned off the neighbourhood following the knife attack in Panyu, Guangzhou, on Monday

Footage circulated online shows medics tending the injured on the scene after police officers cordoned off the neighbourhood following the knife attack in Panyu, Guangzhou, on Monday

Footage circulated online shows medics tending the injured on the scene after police officers cordoned off the neighbourhood following the knife attack in Panyu, Guangzhou, on Monday

The officials did not specify the current condition or level of injuries of the attacked residents.

A witness told The Beijing Newsthat the man threatened to ‘harm himself’ after being chased by two security guards during the attack.

He is also being treated at the local hospital, according to the newspaper.

MailOnline has contacted the local authorities for further updates.

The news comes as a knife attack that injured 39 schoolchildren and staff has shocked China earlier this year.

The attack occurred at Central Primary School in the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi autonomous region about 8.30am local time on June 4.

The attacker was identified as 50-year-old Li Xiaomin who worked at the school as a security guard.

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Trendsetters are set to be divided over a pair of worn-looking jeans from Gucci’s autumn/winter collection.

The Italian luxury brand is selling their Eco washed organic denim pants for £600, complete with the illusion of fresh grass stains around the knee area.

Gucci claims the material has been specifically treated to channel a ‘grunge vibe’ throughout Fall Winter 2020. 

Italian luxury brand Gucci have divided fashionista with their Eco washed organic denim pants (pictured), which are currently on sale for £600

Italian luxury brand Gucci have divided fashionista with their Eco washed organic denim pants (pictured), which are currently on sale for £600

Italian luxury brand Gucci have divided fashionista with their Eco washed organic denim pants (pictured), which are currently on sale for £600

Gucci specifically treated the jeans to achieve a distressed appearance that evoke a 'grunge vibe' as part of their autumn/ winter collection

Gucci specifically treated the jeans to achieve a distressed appearance that evoke a 'grunge vibe' as part of their autumn/ winter collection

Gucci specifically treated the jeans to achieve a distressed appearance that evoke a ‘grunge vibe’ as part of their autumn/ winter collection 

The jeans that look as if they’ve been seen better days before they’ve even been purchased, have faded brown spots in addition to bizarre green stains.

While ripped jeans are a common trend each autumn the addition of dirty marks has failed to impress some fashionistas.

The model on Gucci’s website is seen pairing the unconventional look with a check print shirt and loafers.

However the brand is also selling a £700 Rib knit wool oversize jumper with holes and frayed edges that could equally complete the rough look.

Gucci describe the jeans as a new take on blurring the line between vintage and contemporary.

The product description on their website reads: ‘Channelling the Fall Winter 2020 collection’s grunge vibe, this wide-leg denim pant is crafted from organic cotton specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect. 

Gucci explained the jeans are a new take on blurring the line between vintage and contemporary

Gucci explained the jeans are a new take on blurring the line between vintage and contemporary

Gucci explained the jeans are a new take on blurring the line between vintage and contemporary

‘Gucci explores new takes on the cult fabric, reinterpreting it with different designs and washing techniques that blur the line between vintage and contemporary. 

‘All organic cotton leftovers from the cutting process for this product are then upcycled into new materials under the “Gucci Up” program. Pieces with versatile ways to wear and style embrace each person who is part of the House’s individual spirit.’

The jeans designed specifically to look dated come a year after Gucci made headlines with $870 distressed trainers.

The footwear had been given a specific effect to create the appearance that they were old with the brand claiming they had been influenced by Seventies fashion.

The distressed jeans come a year after Gucci turned heads by unveiling $870 trainers (pictured) that have the illusion of being old

The distressed jeans come a year after Gucci turned heads by unveiling $870 trainers (pictured) that have the illusion of being old

The distressed jeans come a year after Gucci turned heads by unveiling $870 trainers (pictured) that have the illusion of being old  

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