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Coronavirus UK: Blackburn council tries to avoid tough lockdown

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Blackburn could be the next area to be plunged into local lockdown after a spike of coronavirus cases, it has been revealed today.

Civic chiefs in the Lancashire town are imposing new restrictions in a bid to prevent such measures as those put in place in Leicester following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Midlands city last month.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has today announced only two people can now visit another person at home.

Face coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces with immediate effect, the council also said, while civic chiefs are encouraging people to swap handshakes for ‘elbow bumps’ to help reduce hand-to-hand contact.

The rules are set to stay in place for ‘at least a month’, the council has announced. 

It comes after 61 new cases were reported in the area within a week, while mass testing has now started, reports the BBC.

Blackburn (pictured: the town centre) could be the next area to be plunged into local lockdown after a spike of coronavirus cases, it has been revealed today

Blackburn (pictured: the town centre) could be the next area to be plunged into local lockdown after a spike of coronavirus cases, it has been revealed today

Blackburn (pictured: the town centre) could be the next area to be plunged into local lockdown after a spike of coronavirus cases, it has been revealed today

Blackburn with Darwen Council (pictured: an aerial view of the council building) has today announced only two people can now visit another person at home

Blackburn with Darwen Council (pictured: an aerial view of the council building) has today announced only two people can now visit another person at home

Blackburn with Darwen Council (pictured: an aerial view of the council building) has today announced only two people can now visit another person at home

Civic chiefs in the Lancashire town are imposing new restrictions in a bid to prevent such measures as those put in place in Leicester (pictured: a member of the Armed Forces at a mobile testing centre in Leicester last month) following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Midlands city last month

Civic chiefs in the Lancashire town are imposing new restrictions in a bid to prevent such measures as those put in place in Leicester (pictured: a member of the Armed Forces at a mobile testing centre in Leicester last month) following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Midlands city last month

Civic chiefs in the Lancashire town are imposing new restrictions in a bid to prevent such measures as those put in place in Leicester (pictured: a member of the Armed Forces at a mobile testing centre in Leicester last month) following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Midlands city last month

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed at the beginning of this month that while the government's lockdown measures would be lifted for the rest of the country, they would be extended in Leicester (pictured: Members of the army work at a coronavirus testing station set up in Leicester) for at least two weeks after a dramatic surge in cases

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed at the beginning of this month that while the government's lockdown measures would be lifted for the rest of the country, they would be extended in Leicester (pictured: Members of the army work at a coronavirus testing station set up in Leicester) for at least two weeks after a dramatic surge in cases

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed at the beginning of this month that while the government’s lockdown measures would be lifted for the rest of the country, they would be extended in Leicester (pictured: Members of the army work at a coronavirus testing station set up in Leicester) for at least two weeks after a dramatic surge in cases

The unitary authority, which responsible for all local council services in the area, is also encouraging people to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.

In a statement issued today on the council’s website, Blackburn with Darwen’s public health director, Professor Dominic Harrison, said: ‘These steps will help and we are appealing to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to protect themselves and their loved ones.

What rules have Blackburn with Darwen Council put in place? 

These are the rules which Blackburn with Darwen Council has announced today:  

  • A limit of 2 people from the same household allowed to visit another household
  • Please wear face coverings in all enclosed public spaces Avoid hugging or shaking hands with anyone outside of your immediate family
  • Small shops – we will be stepping up our Public Protection advice to ensure that guidelines around face coverings, social distancing, good hygiene and increased ventilation is being followed
  • Get tested – even if you don’t have symptoms this will help with case finding
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‘If we don’t, a local lockdown, like in Leicester, becomes a very real possibility.

‘The council is working with the NHS and the wider community on this – it’s up to us all to help each other stick to the advice that’s been given.

‘We can only avoid further lockdown measures if we work together.’

Prof Harrison said data had shown a rise in infections in the South Asian community and noted there were ‘cluster infections’ among families living in small terraced houses.

The former mill town had a population of 117,963 according to a 2011 census, 148,850 when including Darwen, of whom around 62 per were recorded as ‘White’ and 34 per cent were recorded as ‘Asian’.

Prof Harrison said there would now be increased testing in the area and that the council could consider reversing the easing of the national lockdown laws in necessary.

Meanwhile, council leader Mohammed Khan said residents ‘must all make sacrifices to avoid a local lockdown’.

He said: ‘We are doing everything we can to get a grip on the virus, and we need everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to pull together to help us.

‘Please continue to do your bit to stick to the rules to protect yourself and your family.’

The warning comes after figures revealed the number of coronavirus infections for seven days up to July 10 in the Blackburn and Darwen area rocketed from 29.5 per 100,000 residents to 41 per 100,000 residents.

In nearby Pendle, which is under the authority of Pendle Borough Council and Lancarshire County Council, rose from 14.2 per 100,000 to 67.8 per 100,000.

The figures are still small compared to Leicester, where local lockdown measures were imposed, which has seen the rate fall from 156.8 per 100,000 in the seven days to 26 June, to 114.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to 10 July.

The warning comes after figures revealed the number of coronavirus infections for seven days up to July 10 in the Blackburn and Darwen area rocketed from 29.5 per 100,000 residents to 41 per 100,000 residents

The warning comes after figures revealed the number of coronavirus infections for seven days up to July 10 in the Blackburn and Darwen area rocketed from 29.5 per 100,000 residents to 41 per 100,000 residents

The warning comes after figures revealed the number of coronavirus infections for seven days up to July 10 in the Blackburn and Darwen area rocketed from 29.5 per 100,000 residents to 41 per 100,000 residents

On the figures, Prof Harrison said: ‘We know that people have been worried by the release of figures that show an increase in Coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen, and don’t want a second lockdown to be introduced.

‘The council does not want the borough to be in that position either, which is why we are introducing these new measures to give everyone simple steps they can follow to do their bit to help keep the spread of the virus under control.’

Meanwhile, Lancashire County Council’s public health director, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, told the Lancashire Telegraph: ‘These figures are an early warning sign that coronavirus has not gone away.

‘We all need to be cautious and keep to guidelines about social distancing, face coverings and handwashing to stop it coming back.’

The warning comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed at the beginning of this month that while the government’s lockdown measures would be lifted for the rest of the country, they would be extended in Leicester for at least two weeks after a dramatic surge in cases.

While restaurants and bars were opened for the first time in three months across England on July 4, they remained shut in Leicester, while non-essential shops closed again two weeks after reopening following the introduction of the UK-wide lockdown measures in March. 

Leicester was earlier this month plunged back into a local lockdown after a spike in cases in the area

Leicester was earlier this month plunged back into a local lockdown after a spike in cases in the area

Leicester was earlier this month plunged back into a local lockdown after a spike in cases in the area 

Leicestershire County Council issued this map showing the area that will be subject to strict lockdown measures

Leicestershire County Council issued this map showing the area that will be subject to strict lockdown measures

Leicestershire County Council issued this map showing the area that will be subject to strict lockdown measures 

Schools were also shut again in the Leicester area amid fears the surge in cases was being driven by transmission among children.

Language barriers, high levels of diabetes and poverty among Leicester’s BAME residents were been blamed for the Covid-19 surge in the East Midlands city, while furious Leicester residents blamed an explosion in coronavirus cases on ‘idiots’ flouting social distancing rules

The local lockdown in Leicester is expected to last until at least July 18.

Following the announcement of the local lockdown in Leicester, Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Exeter Medical School predicted more cities will be locked down in the same way.

He said: ‘Going forward; six months, nine months from today, we will have outbreaks in Manchester, Birmingham – other big cities’.

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You’re never too old! A quarter of middle-aged women say sex is still ‘highly important’ to them

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Hitting midlife can still turn up the heat among women – in ways many might not expect.

It’s not just the onset of hot flushes with the menopause – but the fire of passion burning brightly.

Thousands of women aged 45 to 60 were quizzed about their feelings on intimacy in the bedroom… or elsewhere for that matter. 

Hitting midlife can still turn up the heat among women ¿ in ways many might not expect. It¿s not just the onset of hot flushes with the menopause ¿ but the fire of passion burning brightly [File photo]

Hitting midlife can still turn up the heat among women – in ways many might not expect. It’s not just the onset of hot flushes with the menopause – but the fire of passion burning brightly [File photo]

And rather than feeling like the flames of desire had long since gone out, more than a quarter said sex was ‘highly important’ when they got to middle age.

Not only that, it continued to matter as they headed into their senior years. They were also more likely to have better sexual satisfaction with their partners.

Meanwhile nearly half of those in the study told how sex was important during midlife although the buzz faded after 60.

The reactions of the 3,200 women interviewed about how their interest in sex was affected throughout the menopause echoed those of Davina McCall this month. 

Flirty signs your date’s keen on you

Are you the kind of single chap who struggles to tell if your date likes your jokes – or can’t wait to head for the exit door?

Luckily for you, researchers think they’ve identified the look a woman gives when she’s interested in a man.

They cracked the ‘perfect flirting face’, used by women to demonstrate sexual interest. 

The facial cues include a head turned to one side and slightly tilted down, a smile and eyes turned towards the implied target, the study published in the Journal of Sex Research found.

And these expressions are most likely to activate associations with relationships and sex in male brains. Lead author Omri Gillath, of Kansas University, said: ‘Not only were we able to identify the expressions that represent flirting, but we were also able to reveal their function.’

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The TV presenter, 52, rejected the notion that women’s sex lives are ended by the change, insisting she still wants to be ‘naughty’ and women can still enjoy intimacy as they age.

She added: ‘People say, ‘Oh, it’s all gone… menopause… you’re finished’. It’s really important to say that people in their 50s are having the time of their lives.’ 

Scientists say studies like this are important in understanding the needs of women as they age.

Lead author Dr Holly Thomas said: ‘In contrast to prior literature reporting that the importance of sex decreases as women move through midlife, we found that, for a quarter of women, sex remains highly important.’

And rather than feeling like the flames of desire had long since gone out, more than a quarter said sex was ¿highly important¿ when they got to middle age. Not only that, it continued to matter as they headed into their senior years [File photo]

And rather than feeling like the flames of desire had long since gone out, more than a quarter said sex was ‘highly important’ when they got to middle age. Not only that, it continued to matter as they headed into their senior years [File photo]

From an ethnic perspective, black women were more likely to rate sex as important for the duration of midlife.

However, Chinese and Japanese women said more often that it did not matter or that intimacy became less important.

Other variables included women with symptoms of depression, who were more likely to rate sex as mattering less to them.

The results from the University of Pittsburgh study will be presented today during the virtual annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

Medical director Dr Stephanie Faubion said waning sexual desire was often dismissed as a natural part of ageing.

But she added: ‘Often there are other treatable reasons, such as depression.’

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Can you guess the names of iconic TV shows from these minimalist versions of set designs?

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Some TV shows become such a major part of popular culture that actors who star in them are forever known by their characters’ names. 

However, the design of sets also sticks in people’s minds, to the extent that just one image is enough to trigger instant recognition. 

A new quiz developed by HouseholdQuotes puts your telly show knowledge to the test by showing a minimalist take on the sets of some of the world’s most iconic shows.

Among those featured are long-running TV classics as well as more recent global successes. With the help of some handy clues, put your knowledge to the test and then check out the answers below… 

1. Things Are Pretty Strange Around Here 

This one should be pretty easy - especially if you consider the dated style of the furniture

This one should be pretty easy – especially if you consider the dated style of the furniture

2. The One with the New Yorkers 

The signature colour scheme says a lot here, as does the picture frame on the door and the open cupboards

The signature colour scheme says a lot here, as does the picture frame on the door and the open cupboards

3. It’s the Accepted Creation Theory 

Do you get the feeling here that geeks might be somewhere nearby? Batman and Superman are standing in front a nice and clean whiteboard

Do you get the feeling here that geeks might be somewhere nearby? Batman and Superman are standing in front a nice and clean whiteboard

4. Gritty Melodrama, Four Times a Week 

This is almost too easy. Let's just say it has been running since the 1980s and features a very famous pub

This is almost too easy. Let’s just say it has been running since the 1980s and features a very famous pub

5. This Show is a Ball 

This is slightly trickier but it might help if we tell you that a third season is in the pipeline - and it's a very glamorous show...

This is slightly trickier but it might help if we tell you that a third season is in the pipeline – and it’s a very glamorous show…

6. A Show About Very Little 

This show's title character ended up as an unlikely style icon, even though the final episode aired more than 30 years ago

This show’s title character ended up as an unlikely style icon, even though the final episode aired more than 30 years ago

7. Beaming into Your Living Room… 

This set has become a major part of TV fandom, especially for dedicated fans of the show in question

This set has become a major part of TV fandom, especially for dedicated fans of the show in question

8. Vampires Beware 

There's a fair amount going on in this set mock-up, but it shouldn't be too tricky to guess the show

There’s a fair amount going on in this set mock-up, but it shouldn’t be too tricky to guess the show

9. Sitcom. Or Documentary. Meh. 

A version of this show was first made in the UK before it was taken to the US and became even more popular

A version of this show was first made in the UK before it was taken to the US and became even more popular

10. America’s First Family 

This show has been running for so long that many people forget that new episodes are still being made

This show has been running for so long that many people forget that new episodes are still being made

11. It’s the New Upstairs Downstairs 

This creation gripped millions of viewers across the world and turned some stars into household names

This creation gripped millions of viewers across the world and turned some stars into household names

12. Everyone’s Favourite Mum & Daughter Show 

This show first ran in the early 2000s and centred on the relationship between a mother and daughter

This show first ran in the early 2000s and centred on the relationship between a mother and daughter

13. These Girls are Golden 

This show pre-dates another iconic classic but it doesn't mean that people of all generations can't have a good guess

This show pre-dates another iconic classic but it doesn’t mean that people of all generations can’t have a good guess

14. What’s the Weather Like in Philly? 

The familiar shade of slime green in this poster should be a hint for fans of this show, although you can take a guess if you're still not sure

The familiar shade of slime green in this poster should be a hint for fans of this show, although you can take a guess if you’re still not sure

15. A Very Dangerous Game 

Fans of this show were just a little disappointed with the final series' finale but it has still gained global recognition

Fans of this show were just a little disappointed with the final series’ finale but it has still gained global recognition

ANSWERS 

 

1. Stranger Things

2. Friends

3. The Big Bang Theory

4. EastEnders

5. Pose

6. Seinfeld

7. Star Trek

8. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

9. The Office

10. The Simpsons

 

 

11. Downton Abbey

12. Gilmore Girls

13. Golden Girls

14. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 

15. Game Of Thrones

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Sales director, 35, who lost SIX stone after gastric surgery reveals nearly HALF her hair fell out

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A sales director who lost six stone after her gastric surgery has revealed how the trauma of the operation made her lose nearly half of her hair.

Victoria Schofield, 35, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, slimmed down from 19st to 13st, transforming from a size 22 to a slender size 10, after an £8,000 Vertical sleeve gastrectomy operation shrank the size of her stomach by 80 per cent.

However weeks after the surgery, the drastic change her body had incurred meant she began losing her hair, and Victoria says the impact the hair loss had was ‘life-changing’ and ‘traumatic’. 

After four months of suffering, Victoria discovered Hair Gain, a supplement which caused her hair to grow back almost immediately, and restore her well-loved ‘Marilyn Monroe-style blonde curls’.   

Victoria Schofield, 35, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, slimmed down from 19st to 13st, transforming from a size 22 to a slender size 10, after her gastric surgery. Pictured, Victoria before and after her weight loss

Victoria Schofield, 35, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, slimmed down from 19st to 13st, transforming from a size 22 to a slender size 10, after her gastric surgery. Pictured, Victoria before and after her weight loss 

Victoria, pictured before her weight loss, had a body mass index of over 40 and faced serious health issues as she got older if she wasn't able to control her weight

Victoria, pictured before her weight loss, had a body mass index of over 40 and faced serious health issues as she got older if she wasn’t able to control her weight

However weeks after the surgery, the drastic change her body had incurred meant she began losing her hair,  with nearly half of it falling out

However weeks after the surgery, the drastic change her body had incurred meant she began losing her hair,  with nearly half of it falling out 

Prior to surgery, Victoria had always struggled with her weight and at one point it shot up to 23-stone.

She had a body mass index of over 40 and faced serious health issues as she got older if she wasn’t able to control her weight.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Victoria told: ‘I had always lead an active life so I never had any really pressing health issues when I was morbidly obese, even when my weight went up to 23st.

‘But obviously I was aware that I was seriously overweight and there would be issues further down the line.  

After four months of suffering, Victoria discovered a supplement which caused her hair to grow back almost immediately. Pictured, Victoria before and after using Hair Gain

After four months of suffering, Victoria discovered a supplement which caused her hair to grow back almost immediately. Pictured, Victoria before and after using Hair Gain

Victoria lost her hair due to Telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event

Victoria lost her hair due to Telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event

‘There was just a realisation on my part that I was going to be constantly battling my weight if I did not do something drastic. 

‘I had obviously tried various diets and lost weight before, but I had always put it back on again. I knew I was never going to crack this problem without surgery.’

While Victoria has always been active, her demanding job in sales meant staying in hotels and indulging in wine and full English breakfasts, while often going out for work lunches and dinners.

‘I have a demanding job in sales and I would be on the go all the time’, she said, ‘staying in hotels and assisting clients. I would regularly have a full English breakfast while working and then follow that up with work lunches and dinners.

Pictured, Victoria before her weight loss

Pictured, Victoria after her weight loss

While Victoria has always been active, her demanding job in sales meant staying in hotels and indulging in wine and full English breakfasts, while often going out for work lunches and dinners. Pictured, Victoria before and after her weight loss

The trauma to her body coupled with drastic reduction of calories over a prolonged period meant that Victoria's wouldn't necessarily grow back . Pictured, Victoria before her hair fully grew back

The trauma to her body coupled with drastic reduction of calories over a prolonged period meant that Victoria’s wouldn’t necessarily grow back . Pictured, Victoria before her hair fully grew back

‘If you add in a few glasses of wine and other drinks and not enough exercise because I was on the go the whole time and it is very easy to put on weight over a long period of time. I wasn’t a binge eater – it was more a steady accumulation over several years.’ 

In November 2018, Victoria chose to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy at the private Spire Healthcare Hospital in London, which drastically cut the size of her stomach. 

But while excess weight fell off her and she lost six stone in less than a year, the impact on her hair was devastating, with clumps of her hair beginning to fall out soon after the surgery. 

‘The doctors explained in advance of the operation that hair loss was a fairly common side effect of such major surgery’, says Victoria.

VICTORIA’S DIET BEFORE AND AFTER  

 BEFORE

Breakfast: Cereal or toast 

Lunch: Buffet style lunch 

Dinner:  Buffet style dinner with wine

 AFTER

Breakfast: Egg or protein shake

Lunch:Ham/chicken salad

Dinner: Protein based meal 

 

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‘I was prepared it, but you forget just how important your hair is to your self-esteem. For a woman like me, working in a pressured environment like sales and always very proud of my lush blonde locks, the loss of 40 per cent of my hair was absolutely devastating.’ 

Victoria lost her hair due to Telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event.

But coupled with drastic reduction of calories over a prolonged period the hair doesn’t always grow back because the body prioritises vital organs for nutrients first over your hair and nails. 

‘The doctors explained it was the caused by trauma from the operation and that my body would adjust and my hair would grow back in time’, said Victoria, ‘That is all very well but, as a woman, you don’t want to wait. 

Victoria had always been proud of her Marilyn Monroe-style blonde curls before her weight loss surgery, and was heartbroken when she began to lose her hair, calling the experience ‘traumatic’.  

She went on: ‘When your hair falls out, you want it back immediately. 

‘I know men suffer hair loss all the time and, for most of them, it is permanent, but female hair loss is much more traumatic. 

‘We are expected to have gorgeous full hair and, when you have had that all your life, to have it taken away is life changing.’  

Victoria disguised her hair loss by wearing scarves and hair bands and, with her weight under control, she started dating again on the app Bumble, where she met the man of her dreams, Rick Colton, 38. 

The sales consultant spent lots of time researching a product that could help and eventually discovered Hair Gain, a supplement product made from organic pea shoots. 

She began taking it at Christmas and noticed results immediately, with her hair now thicker than it has ever been.

Victoria disguised her hair loss by wearing scarves and hair bands and, with her weight under control started dating again, meeting Rick Colton, 38 (pictured)

Victoria disguised her hair loss by wearing scarves and hair bands and, with her weight under control started dating again, meeting Rick Colton, 38 (pictured)

‘My hair started growing back immediately after I started taking Hair Gain’, said Victoria, ‘Which was around four months after the operation. I benefitted too from the Covid crisis and not being able to see my hairdresser in the first few months.

‘It meant I was not putting added stress on my hair through dying and bleaching. My hair could grow back naturally, boosted by the nutrients in Hair Gain.’

‘It really has changed my life and completely restored my hair. It gradually improved month by month and now my hair is as lustrous as it has ever been. I have my Marilyn curls again.’ 

Victoria and Rick have now bought a house together and will marry in 2022 after Rick proposed earlier this year.

She said: ‘I am the happiest I have ever been. My weight is under control, my ‘Marilyn’ hair is back and I cannot wait to become Rick’s wife.

‘He was a rock throughout all the trauma of my hair loss and never stopped telling me how beautiful I am.’ 

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