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Former king Juan Carlos’s sudden exit is only temporary, he told friends from aboard a jet carrying him away from Spain, La Vanguardia newspaper reported on Wednesday, as confusion mounted over the ex-monarch’s plans.

‘I’m not on holiday and I’m not abandoning Spain. This is just a parenthesis,’ he said in a message to friends, according to the newspaper.

Dogged by allegations of corruption, Juan Carlos decided to leave Spain to prevent his personal affairs from overshadowing his son King Felipe’s reign, the royal palace said on Monday, stunning Spaniards.

But, with no official confirmation of the 82-year-old’s whereabouts, speculation remains rife. El Pais, also reporting that the former king told friends his departure would be temporary, added: ‘Others, in the government, think it won’t be that easy.’

In this file photo taken on April 01, 2018 former King Juan Carlos I of Spain waves as he leaves after attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca

In this file photo taken on April 01, 2018 former King Juan Carlos I of Spain waves as he leaves after attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca

In this file photo taken on April 01, 2018 former King Juan Carlos I of Spain waves as he leaves after attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca

This picture taken yesterday shows the entrance to the resort Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media, after his shock announcement he was going into exile

This picture taken yesterday shows the entrance to the resort Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media, after his shock announcement he was going into exile

This picture taken yesterday shows the entrance to the resort Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media, after his shock announcement he was going into exile

Spain's former King Juan Carlos, Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina, Alfonso Fanjul and Jose Fanjul attend a ceremony in La Romana, Dominican Republic May 14, 2015. Picture taken May 14, 2015.  The former king is reportedly staying at the Casa de Campo resort at the invitation of the sugar baron Fanjul brothers

Spain's former King Juan Carlos, Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina, Alfonso Fanjul and Jose Fanjul attend a ceremony in La Romana, Dominican Republic May 14, 2015. Picture taken May 14, 2015.  The former king is reportedly staying at the Casa de Campo resort at the invitation of the sugar baron Fanjul brothers

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos, Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina, Alfonso Fanjul and Jose Fanjul attend a ceremony in La Romana, Dominican Republic May 14, 2015. Picture taken May 14, 2015.  The former king is reportedly staying at the Casa de Campo resort at the invitation of the sugar baron Fanjul brothers

Juan Carlos came to the throne in 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco and was widely respected for his role in helping guide Spain from dictatorship to democracy, but recent scandals have tarnished his image.

News of the former monarch’s exit is continuing to make huge waves at home.

An online petition to change the name of Madrid’s King Juan Carlos university had racked up more than 39,000 signatures on Wednesday morning.

‘Corruption cases surrounding the Royal Family keep appearing, torpedoing the image of a monarchy that had been presented to us as ‘wholesome’ and ‘humble” the petition read.

In this file photo taken on January 06, 2014 Spain's then King Juan Carlos (left) and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe (centre) salute past Spain's Queen Sofia during the Pascua Militar ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid

In this file photo taken on January 06, 2014 Spain's then King Juan Carlos (left) and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe (centre) salute past Spain's Queen Sofia during the Pascua Militar ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid

In this file photo taken on January 06, 2014 Spain’s then King Juan Carlos (left) and Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe (centre) salute past Spain’s Queen Sofia during the Pascua Militar ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid

Citing anonymous sources, El Pais and El Confidencial say Juan Carlos, who his keeping his title of King Emeritus, is in Portugal, where he spent part of his youth.

La Vanguardia and ABC newspapers report he travelled by car to Portugal before flying to the Dominican Republic where he is staying as the guest of a wealthy family.

But Dominican authorities told Reuters the king’s last stay in the country was between Feb. 28 and March 2 and they had no information about a possible arrival.

A Royal Palace spokesman and a lawyer for Juan Carlos both said they had nothing to say. They have made no public comment beyond Monday’s announcement of the king’s departure.

In recent months, Swiss and Spanish prosecutors began investigating allegations of bribes relating to a high-speed rail contract.

While Juan Carlos is not formally under investigation several details of the probes were leaked to the press, piling on the pressure for the king to take action to protect the monarchy. Through his lawyer Juan Carlos has repeatedly declined to comment on the case. 

Online newspaper El Confidencial yesterday said the former head of state was in Portugal, where he spent part of his youth, at the town of Azeitao, 18 miles south of the capital Lisbon.

He was ‘staying with the Brito e Cunha-Espirito Santo family that he has maintained friendly relations with’ since his own family’s exile during the Franco dictatorship.

‘Until further notice, this will be his residence after he ruled out other more distant destinations such as the Dominican Republic or New Zealand,’ said El Confidencial.

Daily newspaper ABC had earlier reported that Juan Carlos left Spain on Sunday and flew to the Dominican Republic via Portugal.

Dominican television station Canal de Noticias even said the country was ‘carrying out preparations for his arrival’.

However the Republic soon denied that the ex-king had entered the country. The foreign ministry told AFP it had ‘no information’ about Juan Carlos spending time there.

King Felipe pictured with former king Juan Carlos and Spain's Queen Letizia at the Spanish National day military parade in Madrid on October 12, 2012. Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who is under investigation for corruption, has announced he plans to go into exile

King Felipe pictured with former king Juan Carlos and Spain's Queen Letizia at the Spanish National day military parade in Madrid on October 12, 2012. Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who is under investigation for corruption, has announced he plans to go into exile

King Felipe pictured with former king Juan Carlos and Spain’s Queen Letizia at the Spanish National day military parade in Madrid on October 12, 2012. Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is under investigation for corruption, has announced he plans to go into exile

Quinta do Peru, in Quinta do Conde, Portugal, where Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media

Quinta do Peru, in Quinta do Conde, Portugal, where Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media

Quinta do Peru, in Quinta do Conde, Portugal, where Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled according to Spanish media

He was 'staying with the Brito e Cunha-Espirito Santo family that he has maintained friendly relations with' since his own family's exile during the Franco dictatorship

He was 'staying with the Brito e Cunha-Espirito Santo family that he has maintained friendly relations with' since his own family's exile during the Franco dictatorship

He was ‘staying with the Brito e Cunha-Espirito Santo family that he has maintained friendly relations with’ since his own family’s exile during the Franco dictatorship

A spokeswoman for the Dominican immigration service, Mariela Caamano, said he had not ‘entered the country’s territory, contrary to certain statements indicating he has arrived early Tuesday.’

Caamano added that Juan Carlos was last in the Dominican Republic from February 28 to March 2 this year.

In Madrid, a royal palace spokesman refused to reveal his whereabouts saying: ‘The only information we have is the information which was published on the website of the royal palace yesterday.’

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he did not know where Juan Carlos had gone but suggested King Felipe had pressured his father to go abroad.

‘The government and I completely respect the decision of the royal palace to distance itself from the questionable and reprehensible conduct’ of a member of the royal family, Sanchez told a press conference.

Former queen Sofia, who has lived separately from the ex-king for many years, is still in Spain, a source close the palace told AFP. 

The self-imposed exile comes after a series of historic scandals involving the long-serving monarch, who abdicated in June 2014 after four decades on the throne.

Spain's former monarch, King Juan Carlos I (pictured), says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal

Spain's former monarch, King Juan Carlos I (pictured), says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal

Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I (pictured), says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal

His reputation has nosedived since his abdication with continuing rumours about lovers, corruption and Swiss bank accounts.

Spanish authorities are currently investigating whether he received a secret commission for helping to win a £5.5 billion Saudi rail deal after a former mistress made the allegations privately.  

The royal family’s website on Monday published a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying ‘I am informing you of my considered decision to move, during this period, out of Spain.’  

It was previously claimed that Juan Carlos was staying at the Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, a 7,000-acre resort less than an hour’s drive from Santo Domingo International Airport where stars including Beyonce and Michael Jordan have holidayed.

Juan Carlos is said to have visited the tropical seaside resort in La Romana on the Dominican Republic’s south-east coast several times.

The Caribbean coastline and golf course of Casa De Campo resort where Juan Carlos was previously thought to have been staying

The Caribbean coastline and golf course of Casa De Campo resort where Juan Carlos was previously thought to have been staying

The Caribbean coastline and golf course of Casa De Campo resort where Juan Carlos was previously thought to have been staying

Pictured: A view of one of the luxury villas on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

Pictured: A view of one of the luxury villas on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

Pictured: A view of one of the luxury villas on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

Pictured: A view of the swimming pool on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

Pictured: A view of the swimming pool on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

Pictured: A view of the swimming pool on the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, where it is rumoured that former King Juan Carlos is staying after his self-imposed exile

King Felipe VI of Spain (second left), his wife Queen Letizia (left), their daughters Princess Sofia (front left) and Princess Leonor (front right), former King Juan Carlos I (second right) and his wife former Queen Sofia (right) pose before attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

King Felipe VI of Spain (second left), his wife Queen Letizia (left), their daughters Princess Sofia (front left) and Princess Leonor (front right), former King Juan Carlos I (second right) and his wife former Queen Sofia (right) pose before attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

King Felipe VI of Spain (second left), his wife Queen Letizia (left), their daughters Princess Sofia (front left) and Princess Leonor (front right), former King Juan Carlos I (second right) and his wife former Queen Sofia (right) pose before attending the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

It was originally a retreat for Austrian-born American industrialist Charles Bluhdorn, but became the first resort in the country when he died in 1983.

Pepe Fanjul, known by his nickname rather than his real first name of Jose, brought Casa De Campo in 1984 along with his three brothers Alfonso, Alexander and Andres through their companies.

They subsequently opened it up to paying guests.

The sugar magnate has spoken in interviews of the mansion he part owns, part of a complex which includes a main house and three bungalows the family use as well as dozens of holiday villas, three golf clubs, restaurants, an equestrian centre with polo fields, private beaches and even a church.

He told Architectural Digest in 2007 how he fell in love with the Dominican Republic while on business and stayed ‘for love’, adding: ‘I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a house in the Caribbean, a very airy, outdoor atmosphere—not busy—with ocean views from every window and lots of grass and greens, since my wife is an expert gardener.

‘We didn’t want a marble palace; nothing formal like our New York apartment or even my ranch, just something that fit the area, a Caribbean feel—Bali Caribbean, if you will.’

In June, Spain's Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos' involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia

In June, Spain's Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos' involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia

In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia

His niece Lillian Fernandez added: ‘It’s a typical Balinese house—totally open, no window treatments, because the only thing we do inside is sleep.’

Travel reviews describe Casa de Campo as a ‘preferred Caribbean jet-set getaway and golf haven’ which has ‘set the benchmark for luxury travel in the Dominican Republic since the 70s.’

Celeb visitors have included Beyonce and Jay-Z, late fashion idol Oscar de la Renta, the Kardashians and Michael Jordan, who hosted his batchelor party at Villa Vogue at Casa de Campo in 2013.

The Kardashian family filmed two episodes of the hit ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ reality TV show at Casa de Campo. 

Spain’s prime minister recently said he found the developments about Juan Carlos – including investigations in Spain and Switzerland – ‘disturbing.’ 

In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia after Switzerland’s La Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported he had received $100 million from the late Saudi King.

Former king Juan Carlos told his son, King Felipe, that he decided to leave Spain, the royal house said in a statement on Monday. Above, former Spanish King Juan Carlos congratulates Spain's Prince Felipe VI during the ceremony of approval and enactment of a law bringing into effect King Juan Carlo's abdication in the Columns Hall at the Royal Palace in Madrid on June 18, 2014

Former king Juan Carlos told his son, King Felipe, that he decided to leave Spain, the royal house said in a statement on Monday. Above, former Spanish King Juan Carlos congratulates Spain's Prince Felipe VI during the ceremony of approval and enactment of a law bringing into effect King Juan Carlo's abdication in the Columns Hall at the Royal Palace in Madrid on June 18, 2014

Former king Juan Carlos told his son, King Felipe, that he decided to leave Spain, the royal house said in a statement on Monday. Above, former Spanish King Juan Carlos congratulates Spain’s Prince Felipe VI during the ceremony of approval and enactment of a law bringing into effect King Juan Carlo’s abdication in the Columns Hall at the Royal Palace in Madrid on June 18, 2014

It is not clear where the former king will move to, although sources in Spain have speculated the Dominican Republic could be one possible country. Above, Juan Carlos shakes hands with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican in 2014

It is not clear where the former king will move to, although sources in Spain have speculated the Dominican Republic could be one possible country. Above, Juan Carlos shakes hands with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican in 2014

It is not clear where the former king will move to, although sources in Spain have speculated the Dominican Republic could be one possible country. Above, Juan Carlos shakes hands with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican in 2014 

Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia of Spain salute the crowd from the balcony of the Oriental Palace in Madrid in 2004

Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia of Spain salute the crowd from the balcony of the Oriental Palace in Madrid in 2004

Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia of Spain salute the crowd from the balcony of the Oriental Palace in Madrid in 2004 

Spain's King Juan Carlos I attends a reception at the Swedish embassy in Madrid on September 24, 2009

Spain's King Juan Carlos I attends a reception at the Swedish embassy in Madrid on September 24, 2009

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I attends a reception at the Swedish embassy in Madrid on September 24, 2009

Juan Carlos allegedly then transferred a large amount to a former companion in what investigators are considering as a possible attempt to hide the money from authorities. 

Through his lawyer, Juan Carlos, 82, has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations.

The former King said in a letter to his son, made public today: ‘Guided by my conviction I can offer the best service to Spaniards, its institutions and to you as King, I am communicating my decision to move away from Spain.

‘It’s a decision I am taking with deep feeling but with great serenity.

‘I have been King of Spain for almost 40 years and during that whole time, I’ve always wanted the best for Spain and for the Crown.’

He signed off the letter: ‘With affection as always, your father.’

Juan Carlos I of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia pose for an official portrait in Madrid in February 2020

Juan Carlos I of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia pose for an official portrait in Madrid in February 2020

Juan Carlos I of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia pose for an official portrait in Madrid in February 2020 

Spanish TV analysts immediately dubbed the former monarch’s announcement he was quitting Spain as a ‘back-door’ exit.

Journalist Gema Lopez insisted his decision should not prevent a full investigation into Juan Carlos’s business activities going ahead.

She added: ‘The day he dies, I am not sure the historical revisionism of how he has acted will be as favourable as it has been up to now.’

She also questioned whether he could ever receive a state funeral.

Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI.

He has three children with his wife of 75 years Sofia. Their relationship since his abdication is said to have been virtually non-existent and it has been claimed they last shared a bed more than 40 years ago. 

Barcelona-based author Pilar Eyre, an expert on the Spanish royal family, made an explosive claim about Juan Carlos and Diana in a book she published in 2012.

She said the Spanish monarch made a pass at her during a holiday Diana and Charles spent with their son at the king’s summer palace in Majorca in 1986.

According to Eyre, the king made a ‘tactile’ advance to Diana, then just 25.

Diana herself denied anything untoward had happened but admitted that while the libidinous king was ‘charming’ he could be a ‘little too attentive.’

Juan Carlos had to make a grovelling apology in April 2012 over a controversial elephant hunting trip to Botswana at the height of Spain’s economic crisis.

Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI. Above, Carlos and his wife d Queen Sofia of Spain attend an ATP Madrid Open semi-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 11, 2019

Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI. Above, Carlos and his wife d Queen Sofia of Spain attend an ATP Madrid Open semi-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 11, 2019

Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI. Above, Carlos and his wife d Queen Sofia of Spain attend an ATP Madrid Open semi-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 11, 2019

King Felipe VI of Spain stands with his father former King Juan Carlos I and one of his daughters Princess Leonor as they arrive with other members of the royal family to attend the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

King Felipe VI of Spain stands with his father former King Juan Carlos I and one of his daughters Princess Leonor as they arrive with other members of the royal family to attend the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

King Felipe VI of Spain stands with his father former King Juan Carlos I and one of his daughters Princess Leonor as they arrive with other members of the royal family to attend the traditional Easter Sunday Mass of Resurrection in Palma de Mallorca on April 1, 2018

The trip came to light after he broke his hip in a fall and had to be flown back to Madrid for surgery

Belgian housewife Ingrid Sartiau launched a paternity suit against Juan Carlos shortly after his abdication, claiming her mum told her: ‘That man’s your father’ when he flashed up on TV before revealing details to her of a one-night stand in Luxembourg in 1966.

Spain’s Supreme Court announced in March 2015 it had refused to accept Ingrid’s lawsuit.

Juan Carlos’s health is said to be ‘very delicate.’

A formal announcement on the former Spanish King’s future is expected after his son and ex-journalist wife Letizia Ortiz finish a national tour designed partly to boost Spanish tourism.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia travelled to Benidorm at the start of the month and met British tourists on a meet-and-greet in the famous Costa Blanca resort.

Who is Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos I?

Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014

Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014

Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014

Juan Carlos I reigned as king of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014. 

He was a popular monarch for most of his four-decade reign who played a critical role in the country’s transition to democracy. 

He is the grandson of Alfonso XIII, the last king of Spain before the abolition of the monarchy in 1931 and the subsequent declaration of the Second Spanish Republic. 

Juan Carlos was born in Rome, Italy, on January 5, 1938, during his family’s exile. He came to Spain in 1947 to continue his studies and entered the Zaragoza military academy. 

He completed his tertiary education at the University of Madrid and went on to marry Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark in Athens in 1962. 

They went on to have two daughters and a son together: Elena, Cristina, and Felipe.  

Juan Carlos first began periodically acting as Spain’s head of state in the summer of 1974. Fascist dictator Francisco Franco died in November the following year and Juan Carlos became king on 22 November 1975, two days after Franco’s death.

Juan Carlos was hailed for his role in Spain’s transition to democracy and reforms to dismantle the Francoist regime. 

However the King and the monarchy’s reputation began to suffer after controversies surrounding his family arose. 

In April 2012, Juan Carlos faced criticism for an elephant-hunting trip in Botswana during a time of financial crisis in Spain. 

The public found out about the trip only after the King injured himself and a special aircraft was sent to bring him home.

Spanish officials stated that the expenses of the trip were not paid by taxpayers or by the palace, but by businessman Mohamed Eyad Kayali.

Corruption scandals circling the royal family closed in when his daughter, Princess Cristina, was accused of tax fraud in 2014 and became the first Spanish royal to stand trial. She was later acquitted, but her husband was sentenced. 

He abdicated in favour of his son, Prince Felipe, in 2014, and last year, Juan Carlos announced his decision to withdraw from public life, ending his remaining institutional functions and appearances from June 2019. Last August, he successfully underwent heart surgery in Madrid.  

In June 2020, Spain’s supreme court prosecutor opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement in a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia that was granted to a group of Spanish companies in 2011.

King Felipe renounced his own inheritance and stripped his father of his palace allowance in March after reports the latter received $100 million from the late Saudi king and gave millions to a businesswoman.  

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Now it’s illegal to SWEAT!’: Jogger claims he was given £120 fixed penalty fine by ‘Covid marshal’

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A runner has been fined £120 by a ‘Covid Officer’ for sweating during his jog.

Mark Meghezzi, 30, said he had been targeted by one of the London Borough of Hounslow workers on Tuesday.

The university management graduate, originally from Aberdeen, said he had been resting in Chiswick after a vigorous dash when he was spotted.

Mr Meghezzi had been sweating heavily and blew from his mouth to get the perspiration off his face.

But he said the ‘covid officer’ said he thought he had been spitting and issued him with a fine.

The alleged wrongdoing – which is denied by Mr Meghezzi – falls under Environmental Protection Act regulations, now considered more important during Coronavirus times. 

He wrote online: ‘Is this really what it has come to? 

‘Sadiq Khan I can’t imagine this is how you intended these resources to be deployed. 

Runner Mark Meghezzi was still sweating when he posted the picture of the fine online

Runner Mark Meghezzi was still sweating when he posted the picture of the fine online

Runner Mark Meghezzi was still sweating when he posted the picture of the fine online

‘I received a fine from Sadiq Khan‘s London Borough of Hounslow for doing nothing more than going for a run down Chiswick High Road.

‘I paused at Turnham Green Terrace and went down on my haunches (it was a tough one) and waited for the traffic lights to turn green.

‘As I did so, naturally the sweat poured off me and I blew some away from my lip, towards the road. This is natural and unavoidable when running

City inspectors in Westminster have been looking for coronavirus rules breaches

City inspectors in Westminster have been looking for coronavirus rules breaches

City inspectors in Westminster have been looking for coronavirus rules breaches

Marshal law: What powers do Covid officers have?

Covid marshals were announced by Boris Johnson for towns and city centres in England.

They are either volunteers or existing members of council staff.

Leeds and Cornwall are known to have them too and they offer advice about the rules and how to obey them.

In London environment and enforcement officers as well as city inspectors are carrying out the the same roles.

They have powers to issue on the spot fines and penalty notices to alleged rulebreakers.

Volunteer Covid marshals do not have the same powers 

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‘I was then accosted by a very excited young “Covid Officer” who advised me that I had been “observed spitting” and who then very eagerly issued me with the £120 FPN in the picture. 

‘I stood back (mostly in shock) after receiving the FPN from this “officer”.

‘I observed him repeat his truck twice more with passing joggers and cyclists, stopped at the lights.

‘Needless to say this FPN will not be being paid and a complaint has been raised against the individual for their conduct in issuing it.’

MailOnline has contacted the London Borough of Hounslow for comment.

Spreading coronavirus via spit is thought to be possible because it could contain matter from the nose or lungs.

Running websites advise joggers try to be careful not to do it when they are out exercising.

But sweat is safe, as consultant virologist Chris Smith told LBC in March.

He said: “The site in which the virus grows is the respiratory tract so that means the nose and throat to a lower extent and the lungs to a greater extent. That’s why coughs and sneezes in this context spreads diseases.

“As sweat is made in sweat glands and sweat glands make the sweat by filtering the liquid bit, the watery bit, away from blood, they’re not in direct contact with the source of the virus – because this virus does not to an appreciable level go round in the blood stream.”

“Therefore there should be only limited amounts of the virus in sweat for that is not a means of transmission.’

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Eight patients have died with coronavirus and six others are fighting for their lives after a coronavirus outbreak at a hospital in Wales sparked by a ‘super spreader’.

Covid-19 cases at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant have doubled in a week to 82, with six patients currently on intensive care at the hospital.

The outbreak has been blamed on a ‘super-spreading event’ caused by either a patient or a staff member, rather than there being multiple transmissions.

The Trust is now taking ‘robust action’ to tackle the flare-up in locked-down Rhondda Cynon Taf, including imposing temporary restrictions to services today at 2pm. 

Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams today said the Welsh Government was working with the health board and Public Health Wales to address the ‘issues’ which have given rise to the outbreak.

She told the Welsh Government Covid-19 press briefing: ‘We understand that this is a serious situation and how upsetting it is for all those involved.

‘We are working with the local health authority’s senior management team and Public Health Wales to understand and, crucially, address the issues that have arisen at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to bring that outbreak under control and learn the lessons of that so they can be applied in other healthcare settings.’

A major outbreak of coronavirus at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control as the trust says it is taking 'robust action'

A major outbreak of coronavirus at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control as the trust says it is taking 'robust action'

A major outbreak of coronavirus at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant has forced bosses to cut services to bring it under control as the trust says it is taking ‘robust action’

Area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, which the Royal Glamorgan Hospital serves, has the third-highest level of Covid cases in Wales

Area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, which the Royal Glamorgan Hospital serves, has the third-highest level of Covid cases in Wales

Latest figures and data shows that county of Rhondda Cynon Taf, which the Royal Glamorgan Hospital serves, has the third-highest level of Covid cases in Wales and is in local lockdown

Welsh Health minister Vaughan Gething said a similar pattern of transmission had been seen in the four areas of north Wales as there had been in the south

Welsh Health minister Vaughan Gething said a similar pattern of transmission had been seen in the four areas of north Wales as there had been in the south

Welsh Health minister Vaughan Gething said a similar pattern of transmission had been seen in the four areas of north Wales as there had been in the south

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She added: ‘The situation is a worrying one, and all steps are being taken to protect existing patients, staff, and to ensure that those residents that were due to leave the hospital are directed to appropriate care in other hospitals in the near vicinity.’

The rise in cases at the hospital come one week after the health board said 34 cases of Covid-19 had been recorded across two of its wards, linked mainly to transmission within the site.

In a statement on Wednesday, the health board said that despite teams working to manage the outbreak, ‘additional cases linked to transmission within the hospital’ had been confirmed in recent days.

ONE MILLION WOMEN ‘MISS VITAL BREAST SCREENING BECAUSE OF LOCKDOWN’

A million women have missed out on breast cancer screening as a result of lockdown.

The huge backlog means the killer disease may have gone undetected in around 8,600 of them.

The charity Breast Cancer Now estimates that 986,000 patients are waiting for life-saving mammograms because screening ground to a halt when the pandemic struck.

Early diagnosis hugely improves survival chances and doctors warned the delays mean young and otherwise healthy women will ‘die unnecessarily’.

The screening programme, which prevents around 1,300 deaths and detects 19,000 cases a year, was suspended for four months in March.

Today’s shocking figures highlight the catastrophic impact of the pandemic on millions of patients with conditions other than Covid-19. 

It will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to hold back on a second lockdown, with campaigners stressing that cancer care ‘cannot afford to be paused again’.

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Paul Mears, chief executive of the health board, said: ‘We recognise the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority.

‘Our teams continue to work to take all necessary measures to achieve this and we have taken a range of swift and decisive actions to try to manage this outbreak, which include immediate closure of affected wards, risk assessments of affected and at-risk wards, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of healthcare staff and testing of all hospital admissions.

‘These decisions have not been taken lightly, and we understand that they will impact our patients, their families, our staff and partner organisations.

‘However, the safety of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance and we believe this is the right course of action, based on the professional advice given to us.’

Adult patients requiring an emergency admission following assessment will either be taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, or the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The emergency department at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will remain open for walk-in patients and those who can be treated within the department.

Welsh Ambulance Service patients, excluding children, will be diverted to the other hospitals.

The self-contained paediatric wards at the hospital will remain open, while the Tirion birthing centre is due to reopen on October 5.

A health board spokesman said it is working closely with Public Health Wales to increase the capacity and speed of testing and results for both patients and staff.

‘These changes will be reviewed on a daily basis and decisions to restart emergency admissions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be made in conjunction with Public Health Wales,’ he said.

Andrew RT Davies, shadow health minister for the Welsh Conservatives, called on the Welsh Government to explore using field hospitals and other health facilities to alleviate pressure on the Royal Glamorgan.

He added: ‘This is very concerning, particularly as many of the additional cases are linked to transmission within the hospital, and so questions over processes and protocols must be asked.’  

Restrictions on services will be in place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2pm today

Restrictions on services will be in place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2pm today

Restrictions on services will be in place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2pm today

The number of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has risen 40 per cent in a week. This graph shows deaths from Covid-19 (red) compared to total deaths (blue) and the average for the past five years (dashed line)

The number of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has risen 40 per cent in a week. This graph shows deaths from Covid-19 (red) compared to total deaths (blue) and the average for the past five years (dashed line)

The number of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has risen 40 per cent in a week. This graph shows deaths from Covid-19 (red) compared to total deaths (blue) and the average for the past five years (dashed line)

The total number of deaths in the UK remained above the five-year average, this graph reveals, with 259 deaths more than was expected. Statisticians had estimated that deaths may drop below the five-year average as coronavirus sped up the deaths of those that would have died from other causes

The total number of deaths in the UK remained above the five-year average, this graph reveals, with 259 deaths more than was expected. Statisticians had estimated that deaths may drop below the five-year average as coronavirus sped up the deaths of those that would have died from other causes

The total number of deaths in the UK remained above the five-year average, this graph reveals, with 259 deaths more than was expected. Statisticians had estimated that deaths may drop below the five-year average as coronavirus sped up the deaths of those that would have died from other causes

Deaths from coronavirus rose in six of the nine regions of England. The North East and London were the only two regions to record fewer overall deaths than the five-year average

Deaths from coronavirus rose in six of the nine regions of England. The North East and London were the only two regions to record fewer overall deaths than the five-year average

Deaths from coronavirus rose in six of the nine regions of England. The North East and London were the only two regions to record fewer overall deaths than the five-year average

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How the number of new coronavirus cases announced each day has changed since the first wave of the pandemic, when barely any patients were getting tested for the disease. Top experts believe more than 100,000 cases were actually occurring every day in the spring

There were 2,049 patients being treated for the disease on Sunday, rising from 764 a fortnight ago and 1,319 last week. This figure had been falling for four months straight after peaking at 20,000 in mid-April

There were 2,049 patients being treated for the disease on Sunday, rising from 764 a fortnight ago and 1,319 last week. This figure had been falling for four months straight after peaking at 20,000 in mid-April

There were 2,049 patients being treated for the disease on Sunday, rising from 764 a fortnight ago and 1,319 last week. This figure had been falling for four months straight after peaking at 20,000 in mid-April

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It comes as MailOnline analysis revealed Covid-19 patients are currently occupying fewer than 2 per cent of all hospital beds in England. Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients, data shows.

In a drive to ‘protect the NHS’ in the spring, private hospitals were commandeered at the cost of millions of pounds per day. 

Hospitals also turfed out tens of thousands of patients to free up space for infected patients, while non-urgent surgeries and cancer treatments were cancelled. 

But charities have warned of a ‘ticking time-bomb’ of undiagnosed disease. 

Today it was claimed that one million women have missed out on breast cancer screening as a result of lockdown. The huge backlog means the disease may have gone undetected in around 8,600 of them.

A statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: ‘Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 14.00 Wednesday September 30 as increased action is taken to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within the hospital.

‘Teams have been working at pace to implement robust measures to manage the outbreak, however additional cases linked to transmission within the hospital have been confirmed in recent days with the number of cases currently standing at 82.

‘Given the extent of this outbreak, and on advice of Public Health Wales, the Health Board is taking a number of urgent and significant actions to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and communities.’

The health board has taken a number of measures in a bid to control the outbreak. 

All planned surgery at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, with the exception of a very small number of urgent cancer cases, have been suspended. 

Data shows there have been 491 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the North East in the past month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in South West. Only the North West of England, with 552 admissions, has had more than the NE during that time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 in each different region of England has changed since the pandemic began

Data shows there have been 491 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the North East in the past month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in South West. Only the North West of England, with 552 admissions, has had more than the NE during that time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 in each different region of England has changed since the pandemic began

Data shows there have been 491 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the North East in the past month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in South West. Only the North West of England, with 552 admissions, has had more than the NE during that time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 in each different region of England has changed since the pandemic began

Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. On April 7, 26.5 per cent of the 67,206 people in England's hospitals were being treated for coronavirus ¿ the highest proportion on record

Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. On April 7, 26.5 per cent of the 67,206 people in England's hospitals were being treated for coronavirus ¿ the highest proportion on record

Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. On April 7, 26.5 per cent of the 67,206 people in England’s hospitals were being treated for coronavirus — the highest proportion on record

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Office for National Statistics figures show hundreds fewer people are dying from all causes in hospitals

Adult patient requiring an emergency admission following assessment who would normally be admitted to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be taken to either Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, or the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will remain open for walk-in patients and those who can be treated in an area in the Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

HOW BUSY IS THE NHS?

Covid-19 patients are currently occupying fewer than 2 per cent of all hospital beds in England, official data suggests.

The most NHS recent snapshot — released three weeks ago — shows just 478 out of 110,000 beds in use were by Covid-19 patients on September 3.

This has since risen to 1,883, according to Department of Health data. Health chiefs have yet to update the total beds occupied figure since but it barely changed over the summer.

Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. On April 7, 26.5 per cent of the 67,206 people in England’s hospitals were being treated for coronavirus — the highest proportion on record.

NHS England officials have not publicly revealed how many beds they have in total but it’s thought to be around the 110,000-mark. Capacity was bolstered by standby beds commandeered through a deal with private facilities, plus extra space at seven Nightingale hospitals purposely built to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed. 

Separate data also shows NHS hospitals across England and Wales are still recording hundreds of fewer deaths than expected every week since the outbreak began to tail off in May. But the number of patients dying from the coronavirus did rise slightly in the week ending September 20, in line with a national spike in cases, from 64 to 98. 

Deaths of people in their own homes from causes other than the virus continued to run at far above average rates. There were 2,962 such fatalities during the week, 711 more than the average for the time of year, and doctors noted Covid-19 symptoms in only eight of their cases.

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Welsh Ambulance Service (999) patients (excluding children) will be diverted temporarily to alternative sites, namely Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend, Prince Charles Hospital Merthyr Tydfil and University Hospital of Wales Cardiff.

The health board says there will be no change to the self-contained paediatric wards at Royal Glamorgan Hospital which will remain open.

The Tirion Birthing Centre, which has been temporarily closed during the pandemic, is due to re-open on October 5.

The hospital says it is currently working with the clinical teams to review that this can go ahead in light of the current situation at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board added: ‘We are working closely with Public Health Wales to increase the capacity and speed of testing and results for both patients and staff.

‘The changes will be reviewed on a daily basis and decisions to re-start emergency admissions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be made in conjunction with Public Health Wales.’

Paul Mears, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: ‘We recognise the concern that these temporary changes will cause and would like to assure our patients and communities that managing this outbreak is our key priority.

‘Our teams continue to work to take all necessary measures to achieve this and we have taken range of swift and decisive actions to try to manage this outbreak which include immediate closure of affected wards, risk assessments of affected and at-risk wards, reviews of infection prevention and control measures and their implementation, increased testing of healthcare staff and testing of all hospital admissions.

‘These decisions have not been taken lightly, and we understand that they will impact our patients, their families, our staff and partner organisations.

‘However, the safety of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance and we believe this is the right course of action, based on the professional advice given to us.

‘It’s important to state that Royal Glamorgan Hospital is still open for patients requiring emergency department services, although we would encourage everyone at this time to consider where alternative services can provide the care suitable for their needs such as the NHS 111 Wales website, minor injury units and GP services. Details can be found on our website.’ 

Rhondda Cynon Taf became the second area in Wales to be placed under a local lockdown following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced.

The county went into lockdown on September 17 which banned residents from meeting households indoors, travelling outside of the council area and face masks must be worn in shops. 

Rhondda Cynon Taf will be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Thursday following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced. Stanleytown is pictured

Rhondda Cynon Taf will be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Thursday following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced. Stanleytown is pictured

Rhondda Cynon Taf will be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Thursday following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced. Stanleytown is pictured

The cluster in cases was blamed on pubs – with the De Winton pub in Tonypandy and the Players Sports Bar in Pontypridd being closed by health officials.

Another cluster was reported at Penygraig rugby club and one more with a coach trip to Doncaster races stopping off at a series of pubs on the way. 

Meanwhile more than 500,000 people in North Wales will be plunged into a local lockdown amid a spike in infections, the country’s health minister announced tonight.

From 6pm on Thursday, residents of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham will be banned from mixing indoors with other households.

People will also not be allowed to enter of leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as work or education.

However, travel will be permitted through the affected areas to avoid cutting off motorists from getting to or out of Gwynedd and Anglesey on the A55. 

The recent rise in coronavirus cases has been blamed on people socialising indoors.

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A woman has claimed she spotted a cat ‘bigger than a Great Dane’ walking by her house when she looked back over her CCTV.

Sandy Bawa captured images of a black cat-like creature outside her home in Eastbourne just before 6am on Sunday morning.

She thought it was ‘some sort of wild cat’ and has been looking at her CCTV footage daily to try to see it again.

Ms Bawa told the Eastbourne Herald: ‘It’s bigger than a Great Dane dog and the face is like a cat.’

She added that it looked ‘very weak’ and she wasn’t afraid of it walking so close to her house.

Sandy Bawa captured images of a black cat-like creature (pictured) outside her home in Eastbourne just before 6am on Sunday morning

Sandy Bawa captured images of a black cat-like creature (pictured) outside her home in Eastbourne just before 6am on Sunday morning

Sandy Bawa captured images of a black cat-like creature (pictured) outside her home in Eastbourne just before 6am on Sunday morning

A photograph taken from the CCTV showed a black figure appear to walk along the path outside her seafront home.

She showed the footage to her friend Ann Newton-Mercial, who said she thought it might have been a horse when she first saw it. 

‘It does look big. The wall in front of her house isn’t very large,’ she said.

It comes after a wildlife expert revealed there could be as many as 500 wild big cats roaming the UK. 

A photograph taken from the CCTV showed a black figure appear to walk along the path outside her seafront home

A photograph taken from the CCTV showed a black figure appear to walk along the path outside her seafront home

A photograph taken from the CCTV showed a black figure appear to walk along the path outside her seafront home

Big cats have been spotted in different locations around the UK over the past twenty years

Big cats have been spotted in different locations around the UK over the past twenty years

Big cats have been spotted in different locations around the UK over the past twenty years

Rick Minter, who worked as a policy officer for the Countryside Commission and then the Countryside Agency for 18 years, said he believes there could be around 250 black leopards and 250 pumas in the wild.

There have been claimed sightings of big cats in the British countryside for decades, captured with blurry photographs, but there has been little evidence, The Times reported.

Overall, there have been more than 1,300 big cat sightings across the UK in the last 10 years.

Mr Minter said that, because of the consistency of sightings, lack of signs on inbreeding and skill at deer hunting, around 80 per cent of the reports he received were credible.

He said most of the witnesses and informants are reliable people, such as police officers and scientists.

On August 9, a large wildcat resembling a Savannah cat was caught on camera around 4pm wandering across Coldham’s Common in central Cambridge.

  • Have you seen a big cat in the Eastbourne area? Email emer.scully@mailonline.co.uk 

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