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Man, 41, is charged with murder after 42-year-old male was stabbed in neck in sleepy Norfolk town

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A man has been charged with murder after a 42-year-old man was knifed in the neck in a sleep Norfolk town. 

Matthew Constantinou, 41, of North Walsham, has been charged on suspicion of murder, and remanded in police custody, to appear before Norwich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Thomas Moore, 42, died in the street after a disturbance at a bungalow around 150 yards away in Antingham Drive, North Walsham, Norfolk.

Paramedics battled to revive him opposite a cemetery in Bacton Road on Friday night, but he died at the scene. 

Police were initially called to the incident by paramedics just before 11.30pm on Friday.

Matthew Constantinou, 41, of North Walsham, has been charged on suspicion of murder. He is accused of stabbing Thomas Moore, 42, in the neck and killing him

Matthew Constantinou, 41, of North Walsham, has been charged on suspicion of murder. He is accused of stabbing Thomas Moore, 42, in the neck and killing him  

Officers arrived to find Mr Moore on Bacton Road. He received treatment, but died at the scene.

Constantinou was arrested on suspicion of murder and another man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of assault. Both were arrested at the scene.  

The man in his 30’s who had been arrested on suspicion of assault, has been released, with no further action taken against him.

A police cordon that was in place at a property in Antingham Drive has now been lifted.

Police were initially called to the incident by paramedics just before 11.30pm on Friday

Police were initially called to the incident by paramedics just before 11.30pm on Friday 

A police cordon that was in place at a property in Antingham Drive has now been lifted

A police cordon that was in place at a property in Antingham Drive has now been lifted 

Detective Inspector Lewis Craske said: ‘We are working to establish what happened in the events leading up to Friday’s death. In particular we want to understand the relationship, if any, between the victim and the suspect, but at this early stage we believe this to be an isolated incident.

‘If anyone has any information that would help in our investigations, we would be very keen to hear from them.’

Anyone with information should contact DI Lewis Craske of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101.

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Public health expert blasted for ‘fat shaming’ Santa on Good Morning Britain

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A public health expert has been blasted for ‘fat shaming’ Santa and claiming he’s a Covid risk by visiting homes, as anxious Britons fear spending Christmas apart from their families.

Social media users took to Twitter to slam comments made by Professor Emer Shelley in a tongue-in-cheek section of Good Morning Britain today.

Professor Shelley, of Public Health Medicine Ireland, appeared on the ITV show, where she explained that Father Christmas had undergone a serious risk assessment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She described him as being a ‘risk of transmitting the virus’, that he was ‘not exactly thin’ and that he would be ‘at risk of being admitted to intensive care’.

Studies have shown obese people may suffer more from Covid-19 because their weight damages their immune system.

But Professor Shelley said Father Christmas would still be able to visit homes because he ‘won’t come across anybody’ and he ‘travels so quickly’.

However, the mock report was met with a mixed reaction on Twitter, with some slamming Professor Shelley for ‘fat shaming Santa’.

One, Louise Robson, said: ‘Have I seriously just heard a doctor on GMB fat shaming Santa Claus? Christmas spirit eh?’

Social media users took to the Twitter to slam comments made by Professor Emer Shelly in a tongue-in-cheek section of Good Morning Britain today

Social media users took to the Twitter to slam comments made by Professor Emer Shelly in a tongue-in-cheek section of Good Morning Britain today

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Another, including an image saying ‘right…’ said: ‘The people on GMB doing a full analysis of whether Santa is at risk from coronavirus due to his age/weight and deciding on whether he is a super spreader…’

Jonathan Eley said: ‘Can’t quite believe I’m watching Ireland’s top public health official discussing Santa Claus’s vulnerability to Covid on GMB “he is quite obese and so high risk”.’

Another added: ‘I’ve accidentally switched on GMB to hear a group of adults discussing whether Santa could visit this year and if he does, would he be a super spreader?! I’m going to bed.’

Julie Kinsey took a similar line, saying: ‘I can’t believe this panel of experts were also discussing whether Santa should do worldwide travel at Christmas when he is clinically obese and at greater risk of contracting Covid. Back to bed for me!’ 

Others took an even stronger line, with one branding the talk ‘disgusting’.

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Sarah Campbell said: ‘What a disgusting thing to put on TV this morning to try and scare our children. What was the need for that!

‘How dare you try scare children to death by telling them that if Santa got Covid he would be very ill. Like you children don’t already have enough to worry about! Appalling.’

But the tongue-in-cheek conversation was not met entirely with criticism, with some viewers loving the discussion.

Danielle Mill said: ‘Love that Santa has been discussed in the Covid-19 Christmas update. My six-year-old is in the room and his ears perked up!

‘Bringing the Christmas magic in a time of uncertainty makes my heart smile. Thank you!’ 

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Another said: ‘Loved the chat about Santa! My 8-year-old is so happy, you’ve made our day.’

Kerrie Rourke said: ‘Emer Shelley thank you for the magic moment on GMB this morning… So relieved and happy that Santa is OK to arrive.

Another added: ‘So pleased Santa and his ‘entourage’ have been properly risk assessed.’  

The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins.

During the broadcast, Professor Shelley said: ‘We have considered whether or not Santa clause can travel this Christmas.

‘It’s a serious issue we’ve just been talking about travel between countries but of course Santa travels all around the world, is he at risk of transmitting the virus right around the world and is there risk for Santa Claus himself

The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins

The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins

‘He’s not exactly thin in fact if he were having a medical exam he would be clinically obese, that puts him at higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

‘So if he were to catch Covid he would be at risk of catching a very serious version of it and being admitted to intensive care so that was a real worry.’

However, she added: ‘ Discussing it with colleges we realised everyone is asleep when Santa calls so he won’t come across anybody and secondly he travels so quickly.

‘If even a part of his entourage were to have the virus they travel so quickly there is no risk of transmitting the virus to anybody around the world.’

The issue of weight and the impact of Covid-19 has been a major talking point throughout the pandemic.

Boris Johnson, who was taken into intensive care with coronavirus at the start of the pandemic, later blamed his weight on his struggles with the illness.

He pledged to get fitter, and has since been seen regularly exercising, and has urged others to do the same in a bid to minimise the impact on the NHS.

Last month, researchers from the University of Michigan found that people who are seriously overweight are more likely to suffer from severe coronavirus symptoms.

This could be because their excess weight means their immune systems are constantly under strain and running at a higher baseline than people of a healthy weight, the study found.

High levels of fat and sugar in the blood can trigger swelling inside the blood vessels and organs.

As a result, when someone gets an infection, their already-running immune system is closer to tipping over the edge into over-reaction than a healthy person’s is.

The body’s own overreaction, which can cause sepsis and deadly organ damage, has been seen repeatedly in the sickest patients with Covid-19. 

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Coronavirus France: Macron’s 5,000-a-day cases target is impossible, scientific adviser says

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French lockdown restrictions due to come into force Friday morning at 00:01am

French lockdown restrictions due to come into force Friday morning at 00:01am

Emmanuel Macron’s target of slashing France’s coronavirus infections to 5,000 a day is impossible to achieve in the month-long lockdown he announced last night, his top scientific adviser said today. 

Professor Jean-Francois Delfraissy said France would ‘need more time’ to bring infections down from their current rate of nearly 40,000 a day, meaning the lockdown may have to continue beyond December 1. 

‘By December 1, we will not be at 5,000 infections per day. I can tell that to you straight away today,’ the head of the government’s scientific advisory council said.  

With the lockdown set to come into force tonight, France’s health minister warned today that up to a million people may be infected with the disease right now – while prime minister Jean Castex extended mask requirements to schoolchildren as young as six. 

French schools will stay open but the stay-at-home measures for adults are as strict as in the spring, with written paperwork needed to go outside for shopping, medical care or one hour a day of exercise.     

Macron said a curfew in Paris and other major cities had failed to stem the tide of infections, claiming that 400,000 people would die of Covid-19 if drastic action were not taken. 

‘Our target is simple: sharply reducing infections from 40,000 a day to 5,000 and slowing the pace of admissions to hospital and intensive care,’ he said. 

Hospitals are already scrambling for intensive care beds and ‘no matter what we do, nearly 9,000 people will be in intensive care by mid-November,’ he said. 

The French leader called the new restrictions ‘heartbreaking’ but said he ‘could never stand by and see hundreds of thousands of our citizens die’.  

Bars, shops and restaurants are closing entirely again while France’s government is urging businesses to have employees work from home ‘five days a week’.  

Macron, 42, said some shops could be allowed to open in mid-November if the situation improves – but his scientific adviser’s warning raises the prospect of lockdown measures continuing up to Christmas.   

France’s current average is 39,700 cases per day, a figure which has more than doubled from 19,700 only a fortnight ago, with daily deaths also surging to nearly 250 per day.    

France announced 36,437 new infections on Wednesday night, taking the total above 1.2million, while another 244 deaths brought the total to 35,785. 

With deaths rising across the continent, Europe is on the brink of recording more per-capita deaths than the United States for the first time since April. 

Europe’s infection rate has already overtaken America’s for the first time since March, although cases are rising again in the US just days from the presidential election. 

Germany also took action last night as Angela Merkel announced a so-called ‘lockdown light’, shutting bars and restaurants to fend off a ‘national health emergency’ while saying that schools and shops could stay open.  

The return of lockdown measures across Europe has led to protests breaking out in Spain and Italy where crowds have let off fireworks and looted luxury stores to voice their rage at the tightening controls on public life. 

In Britain, daily Covid-19 infections hit 24,701 last night in the first drop for a month – but deaths rose to 310 – up from 191 last Wednesday.  

France has seen a dramatic spike in Covid-19 infections with daily cases now averaging nearly 40,000 per day - with Emmanuel Macron saying they need to come down to 5,000 per day. Deaths have also surged to 248 a day on average

France has seen a dramatic spike in Covid-19 infections with daily cases now averaging nearly 40,000 per day – with Emmanuel Macron saying they need to come down to 5,000 per day. Deaths have also surged to 248 a day on average 

This map shows the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Europe. Most of France is in the highest category of 240 or more cases per 100,000 people, along with most of Spain, all of the Czech Republic, the North of England and many other regions around the continent. French leader Emmanuel Macron last night announced a new nationwide lockdown, claiming that 400,000 people will die of coronavirus if the country does nothing to control a second wave that will be 'more deadly' than the first

This map shows the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Europe. Most of France is in the highest category of 240 or more cases per 100,000 people, along with most of Spain, all of the Czech Republic, the North of England and many other regions around the continent. French leader Emmanuel Macron last night announced a new nationwide lockdown, claiming that 400,000 people will die of coronavirus if the country does nothing to control a second wave that will be ‘more deadly’ than the first

Europe's infection rate has surged ahead of America's for the first time since March, although cases are also rising again in the US just days before voters decide whether to give Donald Trump a second term

Europe’s infection rate has surged ahead of America’s for the first time since March, although cases are also rising again in the US just days before voters decide whether to give Donald Trump a second term 

Europe's resurgent death rates are on the brink of overtaking America's for the first time since April, with France among the countries now seeing hundreds of deaths on a regular basis again

Europe’s resurgent death rates are on the brink of overtaking America’s for the first time since April, with France among the countries now seeing hundreds of deaths on a regular basis again 

Macron announced the lockdown in a televised address from the Elysee Palace last night (pictured), saying that failing to act would lead to as many as 400,000 extra deaths from coronavirus

Macron announced the lockdown in a televised address from the Elysee Palace last night (pictured), saying that failing to act would lead to as many as 400,000 extra deaths from coronavirus  

French PM Jean Castex said today that the compulsory mask age was being lowered from 11 to six after Macron announced that schools were staying open. 

The tougher measures were needed ‘to protect all our children, teachers and parents’, Castex said as he prepares to unveil financial support measures for businesses.  

Universities, which have been the source of several virus clusters since they resumed teaching in September, will have online classes only.

Factories and farms will also be allowed to operate, and some public services will function, to limit the economic damage that would come from shutting down the country completely. 

Macron said in his address: ‘Having spoken with scientists, representatives from the economy, as of Friday we will have to go back into a lockdown that put a halt on the spread of the virus.      

‘If within two weeks we are in control the situation, we can then reassess things and hope to open some businesses, especially in this very important period before the Christmas holidays.’ 

Macron had explained how hospitals were once again becoming overwhelmed by patients suffering from Covid-19. 

‘The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated,’ Macron said. ‘Like all our neighbours, we are submerged by the sudden acceleration of the virus.’

‘We are all in the same position: overrun by a second wave which we know will be harder, more deadly than the first.’   

Addressing the need to ‘protect our economy’, Macron said: ‘We can’t pit one against the other. We can’t have a prosperous economy, when you have a virus that is circulating throughout the nation actively, and [you can’t] have a well founded health system if you don’t have a solid economy to keep it propped up.’

Macron also urged citizens to continue to order meals for delivery from restaurants to keep the economy afloat.   

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Coroanvirus cases are rising rapidly in most major European countries, prompting leaders to consider more lockdown measures. Curfews are now in place in Spain, Italy, and UK, with France and Germany considering circuit breaker shutdowns 

Spain and Italy have both seen deaths increase in recent weeks, although they are lower than during the first wave - unlike in the Czech Republic and other countries in Eastern Europe where deaths have risen to record levels

Spain and Italy have both seen deaths increase in recent weeks, although they are lower than during the first wave – unlike in the Czech Republic and other countries in Eastern Europe where deaths have risen to record levels  

People enjoy a drink on a restaurant terrace shortly before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew tonight, as France prepares to lockdown on Friday morning

People enjoy a drink on a restaurant terrace shortly before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew tonight, as France prepares to lockdown on Friday morning

French bar goers watch as Macron delivers his speech, plunging the country into lockdown until December 1

French bar goers watch as Macron delivers his speech, plunging the country into lockdown until December 1 

The first lockdown brought cases down to below 1,000 per day in the summer, but France has seen one of the most dramatic resurgences in the second wave sweeping across Europe. 

Saying that measures such as herd immunity or increasing medical capacity would not work well enough, Macron told the country that letting the virus circulate would lead to 400,000 additional deaths.

‘France could never stand by and see hundreds of thousands of its citizens die, those are not our values,’ he said. 

Macron said added the medical workforce had been expanded with 7,000 nurses and doctors trained to work in ICU and bed capacity ramped up since the start of the pandemic, but said this would not be ‘sufficient’.    

In his speech, Macron said he would take ‘full responsibility for the reactions this [the lockdown] will cause’, in the wake of violent anti-lockdown protests in Italy and Spain this week.  

In Italy, violence was reported in at least two major northern cities, Milan and Turin, as vast crowds protested the new restrictions. 

Witnesses said luxury stores including a Gucci shop were ransacked in Turin as crowds of youths took to the streets after nightfall, letting off huge firecrackers and lighting coloured flares.  

On Tuesday, a restaurant owners protested in front of Milan’s city hall while snack bar owners waved banners at the Lombardy regional headquarters.

‘No one has thought of us,’ said Giacomo Errico, the Lombardy president of FIVA Commercio representing 6,000 concession stand owners in the northern region who that have been out of work since February. 

Italy’s prosecutor for terrorism and organised crime, Federico Cafiero de Raho, said far-right subversives and far-left anarchists have infiltrated peaceful anti-lockdown protests in the country.  

Investigators have also looked into claims that organized crime groups in the Naples area provoked violence at a peaceful protest. 

Workers of several sectors including restaurants, bars, hotel, taxi, and nightclubs march during a protest against the latest virus restrictions in Barcelona, Spain, today. Since October 14 bars and restaurants have been closed

Workers of several sectors including restaurants, bars, hotel, taxi, and nightclubs march during a protest against the latest virus restrictions in Barcelona, Spain, today. Since October 14 bars and restaurants have been closed

A protester holds a banner that reads 'we are not the problem' as workers of night clubs protest against the restrictions in the sector due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that has brought the night life to a halt in Barcelona, Spain, today

A protester holds a banner that reads ‘we are not the problem’ as workers of night clubs protest against the restrictions in the sector due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that has brought the night life to a halt in Barcelona, Spain, today

Demonstrators protest against the lockdown measures for COVID-19, tonight in Rome, Italy

Demonstrators protest against the lockdown measures for COVID-19, tonight in Rome, Italy

Italy registered over 21,000 new infections and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours. Anti-lockdown protestors in Rome tonight

Italy registered over 21,000 new infections and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours. Anti-lockdown protestors in Rome tonight

In Spain, protests have erupted in Barcelona and Seville with demonstrators setting up barricades, throwing fireworks and lighting rubbish bins on fire on Monday and Tuesday night. 

Madrid and other parts of Spain banned all but essential travel in and out of their regions. 

Health experts in Spain have warned that another full lockdown could be on the cards as intensive care units fill up, with some said to be at risk of ‘collapse’.

Intensive care wards are 25 per cent full with Covid patients across Spain, while the figure is 39 per cent in Madrid and higher in some regions.   

In Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa, the situation is dire – with two thirds of beds currently occupied. 

New measures also prompted unrest in Germany, where thousands staged a protest at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to demand more financial support from the government. 

Under a so-called ‘lockdown light’ announced by Merkel on Wednesday, shops and schools will remain open but bars will be closed and restaurants limited to takeaway food.  

While there is no mandatory stay-at-home order like in France, Merkel appealed to people not to make unnecessary journeys and said hotels would not be able to accommodate people on tourist trips.

On Thursday morning, Germany announced another one-day high with 16,774 new infections, bringing the country’s total to 481,013. 

Germany, the most populous country in Western Europe with 83million people, also announced 89 more deaths to take the total to 10,272. 

Italian police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators at Piazza del Popolo during a protest against the lockdown, in Rome, tonight

Italian police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators at Piazza del Popolo during a protest against the lockdown, in Rome, tonight

Italian police form a wall with riot shields as crowds of protestors clash with authorities in Rome, Italy, tonight

Italian police form a wall with riot shields as crowds of protestors clash with authorities in Rome, Italy, tonight

Protesters took to the streets of Berlin on Wednesday to demand more support for the government, even as Angela Merkel plunged the whole country back into a 'lockdown lite'

Protesters took to the streets of Berlin on Wednesday to demand more support for the government, even as Angela Merkel plunged the whole country back into a ‘lockdown lite’

A coffin is driven past the Reichstag building, as entertainment workers demand more support for the 'dying' industry

A coffin is driven past the Reichstag building, as entertainment workers demand more support for the ‘dying’ industry

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A wave of anti-lockdown protests have swept Europe as governments impose harsher lockdowns to curb the resurgence of coronavirus

People gather during a demonstration on October 28, 2020 in Barcelona against the closure imposed by the regional government on bars, restaurants and clubs

People gather during a demonstration on October 28, 2020 in Barcelona against the closure imposed by the regional government on bars, restaurants and clubs

Protesters are seen at a demonstration on October 28 in Barcelona, Spain against the closure imposed by the regional government on bars, restaurants and clubs

Protesters are seen at a demonstration on October 28 in Barcelona, Spain against the closure imposed by the regional government on bars, restaurants and clubs

Hospitals in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid, Castille and Leon, Navarra, Rioja, and Ceuta are all around 40 per cent full, according to La Vanguardia. Pictured: Barcelona)

Hospitals in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid, Castille and Leon, Navarra, Rioja, and Ceuta are all around 40 per cent full, according to La Vanguardia. Pictured: Barcelona)

The resurgence in Europe and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through financial markets on Wednesday. In London, the FTSE 100 tumbled to its lowest level in six months as investors dumped riskier assets. 

‘We are deep in the second wave,’ European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. ‘I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.’    

More than two million new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported globally in the past week, the shortest time ever for such an increase, and 46 per cent of those were in Europe. 

While increased testing means second wave totals are not comparable to the first wave, the rate at which cases are increasing – along with hospital admissions – is causing panic among European leaders. 

Deaths are also on the rise in Europe, with about a 35 per cent spike from the previous week, the World Health Organization said. 

Von der Leyen said Europe is being confronted with ‘two enemies.’

‘We’re dealing with the coronavirus – the virus itself – and also corona fatigue,’ she said. ‘That is, people are becoming more and more fed up with the preventive measures.’ 

Even Sweden, which avoided a national lockdown and generally imposed far lighter measures than other European countries, is now urging people to avoid stores and public transportation. 

Sweden, whose approach had been praised for avoiding a severe economic downturn, reported a record 5,000 cases from the weekend on Tuesday. 

Protesters clashed with police on the streets of Rome overnight in the fifth straight night of unrest in Italy over new coronavirus curfews

Protesters clashed with police on the streets of Rome overnight in the fifth straight night of unrest in Italy over new coronavirus curfews

Italy introduced an overnight curfew in Rome to try and slow the spread of coronavirus, amid fears that tougher measures could follow

Italy introduced an overnight curfew in Rome to try and slow the spread of coronavirus, amid fears that tougher measures could follow

Protesters in Rome took over the Piazza del Popolo on Tuesday night until they were dispersed by police dressed in riot uniforms

Protesters in Rome took over the Piazza del Popolo on Tuesday night until they were dispersed by police dressed in riot uniforms

Police move in to clear protesters from the streets of Rome on Tuesday night, following similar demonstrations earlier in the week in Milan and Naples

Police move in to clear protesters from the streets of Rome on Tuesday night, following similar demonstrations earlier in the week in Milan and Naples

Protests in Seville

Protests in Seville

Protesters burned wheelie bins and set off fireworks in the Spanish city of Seville overnight to protest against coronavirus curfews

A man watches fireworks go off in Seville, to protest against new coronavirus curfews

A man watches fireworks go off in Seville, to protest against new coronavirus curfews

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Spain has also announced fresh curfews and raised the prospect of another nationwide lockdown after cases soared (left) and deaths continued to creep upwards (right)

Italy cases

Italy deaths

Italy announced coronavirus curfews for major cities including Rome, Naples and Milan this week, after coronavirus cases began rising sharply and deaths also began to mount

A restaurant-owner in Rome leaves a skeleton sitting outside his establishment, to protest the industry being 'killed off' by the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic

A restaurant-owner in Rome leaves a skeleton sitting outside his establishment, to protest the industry being ‘killed off’ by the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

Top chefs and restaurant owners from Venice, Italy, gather around empty place settings in the Campo Santo Stefano after the government announced fresh hospitality curfews

Top chefs and restaurant owners from Venice, Italy, gather around empty place settings in the Campo Santo Stefano after the government announced fresh hospitality curfews

A man wears a protective face mask as taxi drivers in Barcelona protest falling demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns

A man wears a protective face mask as taxi drivers in Barcelona protest falling demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns

In Belgium, which has the most cases per capita in the world, the number of coronavirus hospital admissions all but matched the level in the first wave in the spring, public health institute showed.

The government will meet again on Friday, and Prime Minister Alexander de Croo could announce more stringent measures.

Medics in one hospital in Belgium are so overstretched that some staff who are themselves infected with Covid are continuing to treat patients.   

The Czech government has further tightened its regulations, imposing a nationwide curfew between 9pm and 6am that started Wednesday. 

It previously limited free movement, closed stores, schools and restaurants, made it mandatory to wear face masks indoors and outdoors and banned sport competitions, but the number of infections has continued to rise.

Several demonstrations against the virus restrictions were planned for Wednesday in the capital Prague.   

As European Union countries weigh tougher coronavirus restrictions, top EU officials on Wednesday urged the bloc’s 27 nations to introduce common rules to test for the disease and track its spread to help prevent further damage to their economies.

European Council President Charles Michel, who will chair an extraordinary summit of EU leaders on Thursday evening focused on the pandemic, also urged them to prepare for logistical challenges likely to plague the rollout of any vaccines. 

‘We are in a storm. We are all in the same boat. And in this storm, we must keep cool heads,’ Michel told French radio RTL.  

Michel also urged the leaders to prepare for prioritizing vaccinations. ‘Based on the information we have, at the end of the year or early next year, 3 or 4 vaccine candidates could be available,’ Michel said.  

Merchants, restaurateurs and workers hold a mock funeral for their industry which they say is being killed by shutdowns

Merchants, restaurateurs and workers hold a mock funeral for their industry which they say is being killed by shutdowns

Business owners organized a staged funeral to protest against the lockdown imposed by the Italian government in Como

Business owners organized a staged funeral to protest against the lockdown imposed by the Italian government in Como

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Polish spy drives through abortion law protesters as fury over restrictions grows

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Poland’s new abortion laws have been thrown into chaos after a spy mowed down protestors, a glamourous TV presenter quit her job, and the president’s daughter and wife slated the new bill, saying they think women have the right to choose.

A spy working for Poland’s equivalent of MI5 has been arrested after ploughing his car into a group of women protesting against the country’s new abortion laws.

The 44-year-old man was captured on mobile phone camera ramming his BMW into the protesters as they tired to block traffic in the Polish capital Warsaw. 

It follows a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal court that abortion due to foetal defect was unconstitutional, a decision which has sparked outrage across the county.

A spy working for Poland's equivalent of MI5 ploughed his car into a group of women protesting against the country's new abortion laws

A spy working for Poland’s equivalent of MI5 ploughed his car into a group of women protesting against the country’s new abortion laws

The 44-year-old man was captured on mobile phone camera ramming his BMW into the protesters as they tired to block traffic in the Polish capital Warsaw

The 44-year-old man was captured on mobile phone camera ramming his BMW into the protesters as they tired to block traffic in the Polish capital Warsaw

Glamorous TV presenter Zaneta Rosinska (pictured) from the state-owned TVP3 channel quit her job in disgust at the new laws

Glamorous TV presenter Zaneta Rosinska (pictured) from the state-owned TVP3 channel quit her job in disgust at the new laws

The video posted on YouTube shows the officer, identified by local news outlet TVN24 as working for Poland’s Internal Security Service (ABW), shoving through the protestors and leaving one sprawling on the floor as he speeds off.

The woman later needed to be hospitalised.

A police spokesman said: ‘Currently, police investigators, under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, are analysing all the evidence from the accident. No decisions have yet been made as to what specific charges will be presented to the man.’

They added that he may face up to three years in jail for endangering life.

On Wednesday, the country’s abortion laws were thrown into further chaos when Kinga Duda, the daughter of Poland’s president Andrzej Duda, posted a direct criticism of the new bill saying ‘I cannot accept […] the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal.’

Poland's President Andrzej Duda (pictured) said women themselves should have the right to abortion in case of congenitally damaged foetuses, apparently breaking ranks with conservative leadership

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda (pictured) said women themselves should have the right to abortion in case of congenitally damaged foetuses, apparently breaking ranks with conservative leadership

Posting on Twitter, the 24-year-old, who was educated in England and did a scholarship at the prestigious WilmerHale law firm in London before taking up a job as a consultant for her president dad, said she was unable to ‘fully put herself in the position of a woman who, while expecting a child, learns that it has been diagnosed with severe and irreversible damage or an incurable disease that threatens its life.

‘I believe that according to my personal beliefs, I would not decide to terminate the pregnancy. I do not think, however, that other women should think and act in the same way as me. Every human has free will.’

This was followed by her mother, Poland’s First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, also calling the government’s decision into doubt, posting on Twitter: ‘Over the last 5 years, I have met many women who, having such a right, decided not to terminate their pregnancy.(…) These women are the Heroines. But my question is: can women be forced into heroism? I have doubts here.’

Earlier, glamorous TV presenter Zaneta Rosinska from the state-owned TVP3 channel quit her job in disgust at the new laws.

Rosinska, who has been at the station for three years, posted on social media: ‘Today I resigned from working on TVP3 Poznan.

‘I am glad that I was able to meet people whose views are similar to mine.’

She then added a lightning bolt to her profile photo symbolizing the protests against the Constitutional Tribunal’s verdict limiting the right to abortion. 

Rosinska, who has been at the station for three years, posted on social media: 'Today I resigned from working on TVP3 Poznan'

Rosinska, who has been at the station for three years, posted on social media: ‘Today I resigned from working on TVP3 Poznan’

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said women themselves should have the right to abortion in case of congenitally damaged foetuses, apparently breaking ranks with a conservative leadership that pushed a ban that has led to mass street protests.

‘It cannot be that the law requires this kind of heroism from a woman,’ Mr Duda said in an interview with radio RMF FM. 

He spoke after seven straight days of huge protests across Poland following a constitutional court ruling declaring it unconstitutional to terminate a pregnancy due to foetal congenital defects.

The ruling effectively bans almost all abortions in a country that already had one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.

That ruling has triggered huge nationwide protests, with young people heeding a call by women’s rights activists to come to the streets to defend their freedoms.

Deep divisions that had been brewing for a long time in Poland are now erupting on the streets.

Men with a far-right group, All-Polish Youth, attacked women taking part in protests overnight in some cities, including Wroclaw, Poznan and Bialystok.

Their actions came after Poland’s most powerful politician, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, called for his supporters to turn out on the streets to defend churches after women disrupted masses last Sunday and spray-painted churches.

Many interpreted Mr Kaczynski’s call as permission for violence against the protesters.

Mr Duda’s comments were in sharp contrast to his initial reaction last week, when he welcomed the ruling, and stressed his opposition to abortion even when a foetus is irreversibly damaged.

He also signalled a difference of opinion with Mr Kaczynski on the issue of security, saying police should have the sole responsibility for protecting the streets.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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