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Spain has been hit by at least 200 new coronavirus outbreaks since it began easing lockdown restrictions, amid fears of a second wave after a spike in cases. 

A beach in Barcelona, a wedding in Tudela and a Red Cross centre in Malaga are among the places where new clusters have been found in recent weeks, leaving health officials scrambling to carry out mass tests.

Dinner parties, sports events and a summer language school have also been affected by virus outbreaks in a setback to Spain’s efforts to resume normal life after one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.  

Spain said on Friday that it had identified 5,695 new cases in the previous seven days, a sharp increase from 2,944 a week earlier, while some areas have been forced to re-impose lockdown restrictions just as Spain is starting to welcome British holidaymakers again. 

Local authorities have been given powers to take emergency measures such as closing beaches and imposing curfews if necessary, with prime minister Pedro Sanchez warning repeatedly of a possible second wave.

Here are 20 of the most alarming virus scares that Spain has suffered in recent weeks.  

Spain has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks after lifting one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Spain said on Friday that it had identified 5,695 new cases in the previous seven days, a sharp increase from 2,944 a week earlier.

Spain has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks after lifting one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Spain said on Friday that it had identified 5,695 new cases in the previous seven days, a sharp increase from 2,944 a week earlier.

Spain has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks after lifting one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. Spain said on Friday that it had identified 5,695 new cases in the previous seven days, a sharp increase from 2,944 a week earlier.

This graph shows how cases have increased since the start of last month. Spain has recently stopped releasing figures at weekends

This graph shows how cases have increased since the start of last month. Spain has recently stopped releasing figures at weekends

This graph shows how cases have increased since the start of last month. Spain has recently stopped releasing figures at weekends 

1. Fourteen workers at a mink farm in Aragon tested positive for coronavirus in an outbreak beginning in May, and the virus has now been detected in the animals as well. As a result, 92,000 minks on the farm in Teruel are having to be put down in the interests of human health. Tests have shown that the infection rate among the minks had reached 87 per cent.

2. Seaside resorts have voiced concerns about the arrival of illegal immigrants because some of them are testing positive for coronavirus. In Navalmoral de la Mata in Extremadura, there was a major scare when a migrant with coronavirus escaped custody on June 17 and affected 24 other people.

3. Castellon in the east of Spain confirmed an outbreak at a San Juan celebration on June 23, when people traditionally celebrate with bonfires, beach parties and gatherings at their homes. At least 16 positive cases were linked to the same family celebration and more than 100 people are being contacted, many from outside the region.

4. One of the worst outbreaks in Malaga occurred in a Red Cross reception centre and led to 108 people contracting coronavirus over a period of three weeks from June 23. Those infected were volunteers, workers, contacts and close family. Health officials had to carry out more than 500 tests in other Red Cross centres.

5. A young woman’s funeral and cremation in Granada led to further misery after a coronavirus outbreak during the ceremonies in Balicena on July 2 and 3. At least 58 people have tested positive among the mourners and their contacts.

An outbreak was detected after a wedding in Tudela (pictured) where the bride, her mother-in-law and many others tested positive for coronavirus

An outbreak was detected after a wedding in Tudela (pictured) where the bride, her mother-in-law and many others tested positive for coronavirus

An outbreak was detected after a wedding in Tudela (pictured) where the bride, her mother-in-law and many others tested positive for coronavirus 

People enjoy the sunshine at La Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona on Friday. A party at a different Barcelona beach in early July led to a dozen youngsters developing symptoms of fever

People enjoy the sunshine at La Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona on Friday. A party at a different Barcelona beach in early July led to a dozen youngsters developing symptoms of fever

People enjoy the sunshine at La Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona on Friday. A party at a different Barcelona beach in early July led to a dozen youngsters developing symptoms of fever 

Mallorca and Ibiza will fine Britons for not wearing masks

British tourists on holiday in the Balearic Islands will be fined £22, £45 or £90 from today if police find they are not wearing a mask.

The new rule in Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera applies to virtually all public places, with the exception of the beach, walking on the seafront promenades swimming pool, countryside or while eating or drinking in a restaurant.

The rule came into force last week with a one-week grace period which expires today.   

The level of the fine (25, 50 or the maximum of 100 in euros) will depend on the circumstance and ‘the severity of the breach’.

When police hand out fines, they have been instructed to take precise details and will ask tourists for identification and their name and address, plus where they are staying if appropriate. They will also note where the breach has taken place, the circumstances and the number of people involved.

Police must also specify the degree of intent, what response the person gives when stopped and whether they repeat the offence.

Angry hoteliers and tourism leaders are not in favour of the new order and claim holidaymakers are already being put of going to the islands because of the mask rule. 

However, most holiday locations in Spain, including the Costa del Sol, are now also adopting the compulsory measure as Spain battles with daily outbreaks of coronavirus.

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6. All 20 residents of an apartment block in Albacete had to go into quarantine for 14 days in early July after nine of them, including five members of the same family, tested positive for coronavirus. A court ruled this to be reasonable because of the risk to health. Three residents admitted to hospital were later discharged and allowed to continue their recovery at home.

7. A July 4 dinner party for eight guests in Madrid has led to five people testing positive for Covid-19. The get-together was held in the capital but had a far-reaching impact because five of them travelled home by train, plane or car after the party. The health department has had to contact 61 other people to tell them to shield.

8. A beach party in Villasar de Dalt in Barcelona is feared to have led to an outbreak after a dozen youngsters developed symptoms of fever and bad stomachs. There were 60 people at the party in early July and test results are now being awaited. Possible virus patients must remain in quarantine until the results come back.

9. After Pamplona cancelled its famous San Fermin bull-running showpiece, people held their own festivities and even ran through the streets running dinosaur costumes. One group of friends fell ill after a gathering on July 6, as did others they had been in contact with in local bars. 24 cases have been confirmed so far.

10. A summer language school had to be called off on July 8 after eight teenagers were found to be infected, along with two of their helpers. All 40 students were sent home into either quarantine or recuperation.

11. A wedding in Tudela went horribly wrong when nearly all the attendees, including the bride and her mother-in-law, later tested positive for coronavirus. More than 280 contacts also need to be traced and tested after the ceremony in early July. So far, there are 41 confirmed cases and more are expected.

12. More than 600 people have been tested in Getaria after numerous people developed the coronavirus in a matter of days between July 9 and 12. The outbreak is being linked to a local bar and health chiefs have warned anyone who has been there to stay in isolation.

13. Ten Galician fishermen had to go into confinement for a week after a visitor who arrived on another boat and helped them unload their catch on July 10 tested positive for coronavirus. Six have been allowed to return home but four have proved positive and have to stay put.

14. More than 400 people are being tested after a group of school pupils went to a nightclub in Cordoba to celebrate the end of their studies on July 11, and one of them subsequently tested positive. At least 36 people have tested positive so far, with contacts also being tested and the pupils and their families forced into isolation.

15. A pair of parties in Gran Canaria and then in Fuerteventura have led to a rare outbreak in the Canary Islands. Ten people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, nine of them members of the same family and one friend. More than 100 people who were in contact with them are having to be tested after the parties on July 12.

Health workers wearing protective suits take a woman to hospital after she tested positive for coronavirus at a Red Cross reception centre in Malaga which was the site of an outbreak

Health workers wearing protective suits take a woman to hospital after she tested positive for coronavirus at a Red Cross reception centre in Malaga which was the site of an outbreak

Health workers wearing protective suits take a woman to hospital after she tested positive for coronavirus at a Red Cross reception centre in Malaga which was the site of an outbreak 

A pair of parties in Gran Canaria and then in Fuerteventura (pictured) have led to a rare outbreak in the Canary Islands with nine members of the same family testing positive

A pair of parties in Gran Canaria and then in Fuerteventura (pictured) have led to a rare outbreak in the Canary Islands with nine members of the same family testing positive

A pair of parties in Gran Canaria and then in Fuerteventura (pictured) have led to a rare outbreak in the Canary Islands with nine members of the same family testing positive 

16. Around 250 tourists were trapped at a Basque campsite after two holidaymakers tested positive for coronavirus on July 14. The campsite in the beach resort of Zarautz was immediately closed down. All 250 campers had to take coronavirus tests. It has since re-opened after being given the all clear amid reports that the two cases were ‘imported’ and not caught on the campsite.

17. Forty youngsters who took part in a handball event in Salduero were forced into isolation after one of their coaches suddenly died on July 16 and tested positive for coronavirus in an autopsy. The young players were ordered to take coronavirus tests.

18. A food group which supplies meat to supermarkets had to test 3,000 workers at its factory in Guissona, located in the Lleida province of Catalonia which has been forced back into lockdown. To date, at least 66 staff have been confirmed positive this month.

19. Sixteen people who travelled on a train from Barcelona to Vigo earlier this month are in isolation after a female passenger later became ill with coronavirus. The transport company Renfe had to contact all the passengers who were sitting near her on the train, and they were ordered into home quarantine.

20. Flights are far from immune. In Vigo, 12 passengers on a plane that landed at the provincial capital’s airport from Madrid are in home isolation after a man on the flight tested positive. The Iberia Express flight was full although only a dozen passengers were ordered to be isolated as they sat closest to the infected man. Another outbreak linked to a flight from Bolivia caused the first death in Murcia in 23 days. The victim was a 98-year-old woman residing in Cañada de la Cruz. It is understood she wasn’t on the flight but became infected through contacts.

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Sir Patrick Vallance has a £600,000 shareholding in a pharmaceuticals giant which is racing to develop a Covid vaccine for the Government, a report has revealed.

The Chief Scientific Adviser holds the deferred bonus of 43,111 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from his time as president of the multinational company.

Sir Patrick has already sold more than £5 million in shares he received during his tenure from 2012 to 2018, when he was appointed by the Government.

Accounts seen by the Telegraph show that Sir Patrick held 404,201 GSK shares when he resigned, worth £6.1 million at today’s price.

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick, who also chairs the Government’s expert panel on vaccines, predicted at a news conference this week that the first effective doses of a jab might become available on a limited basis by the end of this year.

GSK is one of more than 20 drugs companies around the world in the race to provide the cure for coronavirus – an achievement which would be colossally lucrative.

Sir Patrick’s former employer has deals with the British and US governments to supply them with Covid-19 vaccines, subject to terms in a final contract.

A senior Conservative MP and ex-Cabinet minister told The Telegraph that Sir Patrick should have declared his stake in GSK.

‘The policy of this Government is to try to suppress Covid at every opportunity until we get a vaccine,’ the MP said. ‘That makes it more likely that a vaccine will be prioritised by the Government and he happens to be holding shares in one of the leading companies that are developing it. It is a potential conflict of interest.

‘If he is making decisions on vaccines and advising the Government on them, then he either needs to divest himself of the shares or make a declaration every time he touches on the subject. In the Commons, every time MPs raise an issue in which there is a registered interest, they have to declare it. Every time he is talking about vaccines or on TV, he should put it on the table.’

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

A government spokesman said that Sir Patrick holds a deferred share bonus which will mature in April but declined to comment on the size of the holding or its value.

‘Upon his appointment, appropriate steps were taken to manage the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s (GCSA) interests in line with advice provided at the time,’ the spokesman said.

The Government’s spokesman added that while Sir Patrick chairs the Government’s expert panel on vaccines, he ‘has no input into contractual and commercial decisions on vaccine procurement,’ which are the province of ministers.

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Durham withdraws student’s offer after ‘abhorrent’ competition

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Durham University has taken back its offer of a place to a prospective student following an investigation into ‘utterly abhorrent’ comments made in a freshers’ social media group.

The prestigious university was shaken by claims new students were planning a competition for ‘posh lads’ to have sex with the poorest girl on campus. 

Group chats, believed to be for freshers who will be inducted from September 28, were exposed in Facebook group ‘Overheard at Durham Uni’ earlier this month.

One student had his place withdrawn while two other prospective male students ‘were not found to have fallen short’ of the university’s values, reported The Times.

One of the chats, believed to have around 60 members, discussed rape and whether or not members would ‘snitch’ on each other by sharing their messages.

A chat from the ‘Durham Boys Making All The Noise’ group also exposed plans for ‘posh lads’ to compete to sleep with the ‘poorest’ girl at the university. 

Durham University was shaken by claims that new students planned a competition for 'posh lads' to have sex with the poorest girl on campus (pictured: the Gatehouse)

Durham University was shaken by claims that new students planned a competition for 'posh lads' to have sex with the poorest girl on campus (pictured: the Gatehouse)

Durham University was shaken by claims that new students planned a competition for ‘posh lads’ to have sex with the poorest girl on campus (pictured: the Gatehouse)

Horrified students drew university authorities’ attention to the leaked messages, demanding they ‘condemn this behaviour with action’.

Durham University launched an investigation and vowed to kick out the offending students, saying the ‘unacceptable’ chat ‘violated the values and behaviours that we uphold as a university community’. 

Jeremy Cook, the pro-vice chancellor for colleges and student experience, said others who were investigated were pretending to be students to fraudulently sell tickets to non-existent freshers’ events.

He added: ‘If other comments of an abhorrent nature are found to be genuine and attributable we will take further action to ensure that those individuals have no place at Durham University.’

A chat from the 'Durham Boys Making All The Noise' group also exposes plans for 'posh lads' to compete to sleep with the 'poorest' girl at the university

A chat from the 'Durham Boys Making All The Noise' group also exposes plans for 'posh lads' to compete to sleep with the 'poorest' girl at the university

A chat from the ‘Durham Boys Making All The Noise’ group also exposes plans for ‘posh lads’ to compete to sleep with the ‘poorest’ girl at the university

Group chats believed to be for freshers who will be inducted from September 28

Group chats believed to be for freshers who will be inducted from September 28

The chats were exposed in Facebook group 'Overheard at Durham Uni'

The chats were exposed in Facebook group 'Overheard at Durham Uni'

Group chats, believed to be for freshers who will be inducted from September 28, were exposed in Facebook group ‘Overheard at Durham Uni’ earlier this month

The group chat includes messages such as ‘First rule about boys club… You don’t talk about boys club’ – followed by ‘Who tf leaks a lads chat fr’ and ‘I’m not a snitch so I’m not about to rat you out from the other group convo’.

Another message states: ‘But keep out of it like, everything we say should be taken with a pinch of salt, that’s what epitomises a lad or boy.’

The chat refers to ’10 lads who got fined and excluded from uni… For making sexist jokes’. A responding post states: ‘Time to go all Gestapo on this chat then ey’.

Sexism and rape is also discussed in the group chat, with one member writing: ‘Yh n aren’t Durham dead on it w sexism n all that since that lad from durham was accused of rape a few years ago’. A second member replies: ‘It’s called being a whore’.

A third adds: ‘Can’t get enough since girls don’t put out’. 

In one discussion, a person wrote: ‘So many people get accused of rape. I’m always worried about it after.’ Another said: ‘I know maybe 15 girls who say they’ve been raped and not one taken to court. Or a police report. 

‘And women will always believe women mostly.’ 

One member told The Tab Durham that he believed the chat was a ‘freshers’ chat for lads that was probably set up by freshers’ ticket companies’. ‘The purpose of the chat wasn’t to objectify women or any of that,’ he claimed. ‘Most of the chat was just lads getting to know each other with those ridiculous exceptions’. 

The group chat includes messages such as 'First rule about boys club¿ You don't talk about boys club' - followed by 'Who tf leaks a lads chat fr' and 'I'm not a snitch so I'm not about to rat you out from the other group convo'

The group chat includes messages such as 'First rule about boys club¿ You don't talk about boys club' - followed by 'Who tf leaks a lads chat fr' and 'I'm not a snitch so I'm not about to rat you out from the other group convo'

The group chat includes messages such as ‘First rule about boys club… You don’t talk about boys club’ – followed by ‘Who tf leaks a lads chat fr’ and ‘I’m not a snitch so I’m not about to rat you out from the other group convo’

Durham University  launched an investigation

Durham University  launched an investigation

The university vowed to kick out the offending students

The university vowed to kick out the offending students

Durham University launched an investigation and vowed to kick out the offending students, saying the ‘unacceptable’ chat ‘violated the values and behaviours that we uphold as a university community’ 

But disgusted students decided to shame the ‘Durham Boys Making All The Noise’ members after obtaining screenshots of the message thread.

An accompanying post read: ‘As you can see their language is absolutely vile. Have also been talking about spiking girls drinks in freshers. 

‘This is just awful behaviour and as a mother it scares me to death that boys who are only 18 are capable of being so disgusting towards women. 

‘It’s well known that Durham has a bad rate of sexual assault let’s make sure we’re all tackling that and call those out when needed. Also lads competing to f*** the poorest fresher. 

‘Absolutely breaks my heart that this type of stuff exists!!!!’  

One student, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were ‘outraged’ by the content, adding: ‘It’s made girls say that they’re now scared to come to Durham Uni’.

Others told the university to take action, claiming: ‘I hope you’re aware that there’s a freshers ‘lads’ group chat with loads of boys discussing ways to use date rape drugs on girls, discussing them like objects and making plans to ‘s**g the poorest girl’. 

Rugby international, 20, becomes the fourth Durham University student in three years to walk free despite sex assault claims after he gives woman a ‘heartfelt apology’ at start of his trial 

An international rugby player has become the fourth Durham University student in three years to walk free from a court after being accused of a sex attack on a fellow undergraduate.

Christopher Twigg, 20, who has played for the Thailand team, was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly touched a female student following a rugby social night.

But prosecutors dropped the case after Twigg agreed to apologise to his victim, without admitting any guilt.

It follows a series of cases involving students at the university, two of whom had cases dropped.  

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‘Disgusting. Show us how much you condemn this behaviour with your actions. Show us how much you care about the safety of your students. Will you allow them on campus with their quite clear intent?’ 

At the time Mr Cook told MailOnline: ‘The university has been made aware of some utterly abhorrent comments on social media that we understand may have been posted by Durham students.

‘Durham University utterly condemns the content and behaviour demonstrated in these social media posts. This is entirely unacceptable and violates the values and behaviours that we uphold as a university community.

‘We instigated an immediate investigation by our student disciplinary team as soon as we were made aware of these social media posts. 

‘If these posts are found to be genuine and attributable, we will take action to ensure that those involved will have no place at Durham University.’ 

The university also told The Tab Durham: ‘Our students are regularly reminded to display positive and collegial conduct, an exercise responsibility and respect for others, particularly through their social media interactions.’

It comes after an international rugby player became the fourth Durham student in three years to walk free from a court after being accused of a sex attack.

Christopher Twigg, 20, who has played for Thailand, was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly touched a female student following a rugby social night.

But prosecutors dropped the case in January last year after Twigg agreed to apologise to his victim, without admitting any guilt.

Christopher Twigg, 20, was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly touched a female student following a rugby social night. But prosecutors dropped the case in January last year after Twigg agreed to apologise to his victim, without admitting any guilt

Christopher Twigg, 20, was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly touched a female student following a rugby social night. But prosecutors dropped the case in January last year after Twigg agreed to apologise to his victim, without admitting any guilt

Christopher Twigg, 20, was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly touched a female student following a rugby social night. But prosecutors dropped the case in January last year after Twigg agreed to apologise to his victim, without admitting any guilt 

A Durham University student and rugby international was cleared of three sex attacks on a female undergraduate after giving her a 'heartfelt apology' instead of going to trial

A Durham University student and rugby international was cleared of three sex attacks on a female undergraduate after giving her a 'heartfelt apology' instead of going to trial

A Durham University student and rugby international was cleared of three sex attacks on a female undergraduate after giving her a ‘heartfelt apology’ instead of going to trial 

It follows a series of cases involving students at the university, two of whom had cases dropped and was cleared.

In January 2016, Louis Richardson, the former secretary of the university’s Union Society, was accused of raping a woman when she was ‘crazy drunk’.

But he was cleared by a jury after less than three hours of deliberations and later told of the ’15 months of absolute hell’ he had been put through by the case. 

In July that year, undergraduate George Worrall was facing three counts of rape, but just weeks before he was due to stand trial, the CPS decided not to proceed.

In that case, the CPS said that, following a review of the case, the prospect of a conviction appeared ‘very unlikely’ due to ‘inconsistencies of the victim’s account’.

The next year, student Alastair Cooke saw the rape case against him dropped. Jurors could not agree on a verdict in his trial and prosecutors decided not seek a retrial.

Mr Cooke, a third-year geology and geophysics student, was weeks away from an expected first class degree when he was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of raping a 23-year-old student in her home when she drunk. 

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Brits were spotted in their masses heading out for one final late night on Wednesday just before Boris Johnson‘s new coronavirus measures come into play. 

The Prime Minister has today ordered pubs and restaurants to stop serving at 10pm, considerably earlier than most establishments across the country. 

And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the cut-off point or risk a fine. 

The new measures, which also outlaw customers from ordering drinks at a bar, will come into full effect as of today.  

But revellers took advantage of their last night of freedom as they stepped out in full force up and down the country. 

Fun-seekers were spotted flouting social-distancing rules while mingling outside pubs and bars and even heavy rain in the north west of the UK didn’t stop partygoers from enjoying their last night out. 

Brits were spotted in their masses heading out for one final late night on Wednesday just before Boris Johnson's new coronavirus measures come into play. Pictured: Leeds

Brits were spotted in their masses heading out for one final late night on Wednesday just before Boris Johnson's new coronavirus measures come into play. Pictured: Leeds

Brits were spotted in their masses heading out for one final late night on Wednesday just before Boris Johnson’s new coronavirus measures come into play. Pictured: Leeds

The Prime Minister has today ordered pubs and restaurants to stop serving at 10pm, considerably earlier than most establishments across the country. Pictured: London

The Prime Minister has today ordered pubs and restaurants to stop serving at 10pm, considerably earlier than most establishments across the country. Pictured: London

The Prime Minister has today ordered pubs and restaurants to stop serving at 10pm, considerably earlier than most establishments across the country. Pictured: London

And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the cut-off point or risk a fine. The new measures, which also outlaw customers from ordering drinks at a bar, will come into full effect as of today. Pictured: Middlesborough

And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the cut-off point or risk a fine. The new measures, which also outlaw customers from ordering drinks at a bar, will come into full effect as of today. Pictured: Middlesborough

And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the cut-off point or risk a fine. The new measures, which also outlaw customers from ordering drinks at a bar, will come into full effect as of today. Pictured: Middlesborough

But revellers took advantage of their last night of freedom as they stepped out in full force up and down the country. Pictured: Leeds

But revellers took advantage of their last night of freedom as they stepped out in full force up and down the country. Pictured: Leeds

But revellers took advantage of their last night of freedom as they stepped out in full force up and down the country. Pictured: Leeds

Women were seen sporting their glad rags while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweatshirts to combat the downpour. 

Some were seen desperately trying to protect their finery by holding jackets and blazers of their heads while others huddled together in large groups to stay out of the wet. 

Revellers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough were seen taking full advantage of the last night of normal opening hours as they nursed drinks throughout the evening. 

Mr Johnson’s measures will come into effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus were reported and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths. 

Fun-seekers were spotted flouting social-distancing rules while mingling outside pubs and bars and even heavy rain in the north west of the UK didn't stop partygoers from enjoying their last night out. Pictured: London

Fun-seekers were spotted flouting social-distancing rules while mingling outside pubs and bars and even heavy rain in the north west of the UK didn't stop partygoers from enjoying their last night out. Pictured: London

Fun-seekers were spotted flouting social-distancing rules while mingling outside pubs and bars and even heavy rain in the north west of the UK didn’t stop partygoers from enjoying their last night out. Pictured: London

Women were seen sporting their glad rags while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweatshirts to combat the downpour. Pictured: Middlesborough

Women were seen sporting their glad rags while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweatshirts to combat the downpour. Pictured: Middlesborough

Women were seen sporting their glad rags while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweatshirts to combat the downpour. Pictured: Middlesborough

Some were seen desperately trying to protect their finery by holding jackets and blazers of their heads while others huddled together in large groups to stay out of the wet. Pictured: London

Some were seen desperately trying to protect their finery by holding jackets and blazers of their heads while others huddled together in large groups to stay out of the wet. Pictured: London

Some were seen desperately trying to protect their finery by holding jackets and blazers of their heads while others huddled together in large groups to stay out of the wet. Pictured: London

Revellers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough were seen taking full advantage of the last night of normal opening hours as they nursed drinks throughout the evening. Pictured: London

Revellers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough were seen taking full advantage of the last night of normal opening hours as they nursed drinks throughout the evening. Pictured: London

Revellers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough were seen taking full advantage of the last night of normal opening hours as they nursed drinks throughout the evening. Pictured: London 

Mr Johnson's measures will come into effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus were reported and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths. Pictured: London

Mr Johnson's measures will come into effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus were reported and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths. Pictured: London

Mr Johnson’s measures will come into effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus were reported and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths. Pictured: London

Data shows that 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now being recorded each day, on average, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. The UK yesterday became just the 14 country in the world to pass the milestone of 400,000 cases, after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease.  

Police federation chiefs have blasted Boris Johnson’s new rules as ‘absurd’ and ‘a nonsense’ as small business owners say they will go bust if workers stay home again.

The Prime Minister faced fire from all sides as he U-turned on his push to reopen workplaces after just a few weeks to tell office staff to work from home if they can.

He was barbed for introducing new measures including a 10pm pub curfew and £200 fines for mask rule-breakers among new restrictions on social settings in England.

Revellers in Soho, London, were seen enjoying themselves at pubs and bars on Wednesday night before new measures come into affect today

Revellers in Soho, London, were seen enjoying themselves at pubs and bars on Wednesday night before new measures come into affect today

Revellers in Soho, London, were seen enjoying themselves at pubs and bars on Wednesday night before new measures come into affect today

People in Leeds were seen huddled together to stay protected from the heavy downpours that hit in areas of the north west

People in Leeds were seen huddled together to stay protected from the heavy downpours that hit in areas of the north west

People in Leeds were seen huddled together to stay protected from the heavy downpours that hit in areas of the north west

A group of women in Leeds stay huddled together while battling through the rain as they head on a night out before the Prime Minister's new measures come into play

A group of women in Leeds stay huddled together while battling through the rain as they head on a night out before the Prime Minister's new measures come into play

A group of women in Leeds stay huddled together while battling through the rain as they head on a night out before the Prime Minister’s new measures come into play 

A woman uses her jacket to shield her hair from the heavy rain that hit areas of the north west such as Leeds

A woman uses her jacket to shield her hair from the heavy rain that hit areas of the north west such as Leeds

A woman uses her jacket to shield her hair from the heavy rain that hit areas of the north west such as Leeds

The PM also announced he is making the British Army available to help the police enforce stringent new coronavirus rules.

He said officers will now have the ‘option to draw on military support where required’ to free up staff so more can crackdown on rule-breakers as he revealed fines are being doubled to £200.

But Downing Street ruled out deploying soldiers on the streets, saying they would be used for ‘backfilling certain duties, such as office roles and guarding protected sites, so police can be out enforcing the virus response’.

Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation Ken Marsh slammed the announcement as ‘a nonsense’ and National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said it ‘lacked any detail’.

Meanwhile Chief Executive of UKHospitality Kate Nicholls described the restrictions as ‘another crushing blow’ for many businesses.

Data shows that 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now being recorded each day, on average, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. Pictured: Leeds

Data shows that 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now being recorded each day, on average, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. Pictured: Leeds

Data shows that 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now being recorded each day, on average, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. Pictured: Leeds

The UK yesterday became just the 14 country in the world to pass the milestone of 400,000 cases, after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease. Pictured: Leeds

The UK yesterday became just the 14 country in the world to pass the milestone of 400,000 cases, after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease. Pictured: Leeds

The UK yesterday became just the 14 country in the world to pass the milestone of 400,000 cases, after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease. Pictured: Leeds

A group of women use their jackets to protect themselves from the harsh weather conditions as they surge on with their night out before new measures come into place today

A group of women use their jackets to protect themselves from the harsh weather conditions as they surge on with their night out before new measures come into place today

A group of women use their jackets to protect themselves from the harsh weather conditions as they surge on with their night out before new measures come into place today

Two women run through the streets of Leeds to try and get out of the downpour of rain that struck areas of the north west last night

Two women run through the streets of Leeds to try and get out of the downpour of rain that struck areas of the north west last night

Two women run through the streets of Leeds to try and get out of the downpour of rain that struck areas of the north west last night

At the same time Tory MPs warned there must not be another ‘major lockdown’, saying the decision to ditch the back to work drive will cause ‘dismay’ among workers who live in ‘cramped, overcrowded accommodation’.

MP for Telford Lucy Allen even went as far to tweet ‘our collective health is not at risk’, flying in the face of the PM’s main message to the country.

Others also said their constituents would be furious at the new crackdown after they followed the rules only to have seen ‘people at protests, at street parties, not having action taken against them.

But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Mr Johnson his actions did not go far enough as she banned people from visiting each other in their own homes in a bid to slash to Covid-19 R rate north of the border

The unveiling of the Government’s latest coronavirus clampdown came as: 

  • Sir Keir Starmer used his first Labour conference speech as leader to warn that a second national lockdown would be a ‘sign of Government failure, not an act of God’ that would take an ‘immense toll’ on public health and the economy. 
  • Sir Keir also claimed the ‘incompetence’ of the Government is ‘is holding Britain back’ and that the ‘underfunding of the NHS’ and the ‘abandonment of social care’ by the Conservatives had meant the UK was not prepared for the pandemic.
  • Julian Knight, the Tory chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee, said without a ‘route map’ for getting spectators back to sports events ‘we risk decimation of our sporting and cultural infrastructure’. 
  • Shares in some of Britain’s biggest pub chains felt the pinch following the announcement of the 10pm curfew as City Pub Group fell 6.6 per cent while Wetherspoons dropped 0.4 per cent.
  • Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething welcomed the UK Government’s decision to revert back to working from home as he said it was ‘a welcome shift… that matches our position’. 
  • Tory peer Andrew Lloyd Webber warned that commercial theatre will not survive unless the Government ‘steps up to the plate’.
  • Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the increase in coronavirus cases is ‘extremely difficult news for all of us and the whole country’ as he said the Bank ‘will do everying we can do… to support the businesses and people of this country’. 
  • The Government said that as of 9am on Tuesday there were a further 4,926 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, taking the total to 403,551.

Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Mr Marsh warned the rules are ‘nonsense’ and ‘absurd’. He told MailOnline: ‘In terms of the enforcement, for us it’s really difficult. I mean I’m not a massive fan of Nicola Sturgeon but at least she’s calling the shots correctly.

‘Six months’ of curbs at a glance

  • All pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be subject to a 10pm curfew from Thursday, with the PM adamant that premises must kick out all of their customers by the cut off point. 
  • The Hospitality sector will also be restricted to table service only as the Government outlawed drinkers making a trip to the bar. 
  • All retail workers and customers in indoor hospitality settings will be required to wear masks  – except when they are seated to eat or drink.
  • All workers who can work from home are now being encouraged to do so from tomorrow. 
  • Fines for breaking the rule of six and for failing to wear a face covering are increasing to £200 for a first offence. 
  • The police will now have the option of asking the military for support with soldiers potentially being drafted in to fulfil office roles and guard protected sites in order to allow officers more time to crackdown on rule-breakers. 
  • The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England is being slashed to 15 from Monday but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30.  
  • Plans for the partial return of sports fans to stadiums on October 1 has been paused.
  • Rule of six exemptions are being tightened to ban indoor team sports like five-a-side-football matches.
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‘If someone snitches and says Mr Big has got 20 people in his house, then what are we going to do? Sit outside his house all evening and wait for people to come out and count them or something?

‘That’s one address. We’re talking about millions of addresses. It’s just a nonsense. It’s absolutely absurd. Why can’t they put in place what is in Scotland I have no idea.

‘Why? Why is ours six, but Scotland’s is no one? It’s not right and it just makes it so difficult for my colleagues to enforce when you can make it so crystal clear so it’s not ambiguous, there’s no way around it, these are the rules, adhere to them.’

He added: ‘But you know when you’ve got the Home Secretary saying snitch on your neighbours, well good luck with that one Priti Patel. How are we supposed to enforce that?’

National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter added: ‘More funding for policing this pandemic is much needed.

‘The service needs all the help it can get, as financial pressures on Forces are increasing day-by-day – but today’s announcement lacked any detail. We will wait for that before we celebrate too much. Since the start of this pandemic police and military have been working together on logistics.

‘This has and continues to work well; but the announcement from the Prime Minister has been seized by some as a suggestion that the military will be on streets helping the police to enforce Covid regulations. This is not what policing has asked for and not what it needs.’

Mr Apter added: ‘This is an ever-changing situation and police officers will continue to do an incredible job at adapting quickly.

‘The vast majority of the public complied with the restrictions placed on them. These restrictions affect us all, but this is about keeping each other as safe as possible.

‘I would hope the public will carry on doing the right thing to help protect fellow citizens to minimise the spread of the virus.’

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Public Health England data reveals that of the 729 outbreaks in the week to September 13, only five per cent occurred in food outlets such as restaurants and pubs

Public Health England data reveals that of the 729 outbreaks in the week to September 13, only five per cent occurred in food outlets such as restaurants and pubs

Public Health England data reveals that of the 729 outbreaks in the week to September 13, only five per cent occurred in food outlets such as restaurants and pubs

The fresh restrictions also sparked anger from the hospitality sector, with UKHospitality’s Ms Nicholls describing them as ‘another crushing blow’ for many businesses.

She said: ‘A hard close time is bad for business and bad for controlling the virus – we need to allow time for people to disperse over a longer period.

‘Table service has been widely adopted in some parts of the sector since reopening but it is not necessary across all businesses, such as coffee shops.

‘It is hard to understand how these measures are the solution to fighting the disease when Government data shows that just 5 per cent of infections out of the home are related to hospitality.’

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