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Rita Ora sparks engagement speculation with a ring on her wedding finger on night out in London

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She’s been putting on a loved-up display with beau Roman Gavras throughout the summer on their sun-soaked holidays to Ibiza and Corfu.

And Rita Ora sparked engagement speculation as she stepped out wearing a ring on her wedding finger on Friday.

The Girls singer, 29, appeared to be in good spirits as she left Mexican restaurant Taqueria in Notting Hill, London, and flashed her dazzling jewel at photographers.

Happy news?  Rita Ora sparked engagement speculation as she stepped out wearing a ring on her wedding finger after dinner out in London on Friday

Happy news?  Rita Ora sparked engagement speculation as she stepped out wearing a ring on her wedding finger after dinner out in London on Friday

Rita put on a stylish display as she headed home from the evening out with her sister Elena and pals while wearing a shiny black padded jacket and soft hat.

She kept things casual with the rest of her ensemble, donning a pair of jogging bottom trousers and a jumper with a red and white pattern on it.

However it was the blonde beauty’s accessories which really caught the eye, with her showing off what appeared to be a sapphire ring on her wedding finger. 

A diner at restaurant told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Rita was showing off the ring on Thursday with the women seemingly cooing over it. 

Casual: The singer cut a fashionable figure as she stepped out in a shiny black jacket and comfortable trousers

Casual: The singer cut a fashionable figure as she stepped out in a shiny black jacket and comfortable trousers

Dazzling: Rita flaunted the sparkling jewel which appeared to be a sapphire and diamond ring

Dazzling: Rita flaunted the sparkling jewel which appeared to be a sapphire and diamond ring

‘She seemed in high spirits when she left the restaurant and then shoved her hand in her pocket.’

While James Constantinou of Prestige Pawnbrokers said Rita’s new piece of jewellery appeared to be a sapphire and diamond cluster ring, which if an antique piece, could cost around £50,000. 

However despite the speculation, a source close to Rita told the publication that the singer has simply treated herself to a new flashy piece of vintage jewellery. 

MailOnline has contacted Romain Gavras representative for a comment. While Rita’s spokesperson declined to comment.

Couple: Rita and Romain have enjoyed trips to Ibiza and Corfu over the summer and were first seen together in July (pictured in Ibiza in August)

Couple: Rita and Romain have enjoyed trips to Ibiza and Corfu over the summer and were first seen together in July (pictured in Ibiza in August)

Relaxed: Rita kept things casual for dinner, donning a pair of jogging bottom trousers

Splash of colour: She added a red and white patterned hoodie to her ensemble

Relaxed: Rita kept things casual for dinner, donning a pair of jogging bottom trousers and a jumper with a red and white pattern on it

Speculation: A source said Rita 'was showing off the ring with the women seemingly cooing over it'

Speculation: A source said Rita ‘was showing off the ring with the women seemingly cooing over it’

Eye-catching: The large ring appeared to be a sapphire surrounded by sparkling diamonds

Eye-catching: The large ring appeared to be a sapphire surrounded by sparkling diamonds

Rita has been dating Greek-French director Romain, 39, for the past few months after they were first seen together in July after a night of partying.  

Speaking to The Sun, friends insisted she was involved with the filmmaker after she was seen enjoying a boozy night out with business tycoon Faton Gashi. 

A source said: ‘Rita was hitting the town with friends including Faton. But she’s in a serious thing with Romain and properly loved up. It’s the first time she’s been serious with someone in ages.’

Her previous boyfriends include Calvin Harris, Andrew Garfield, Rob Kardashian, musician Andrew Watt and Ricky Hil – the son of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. 

Heading out: The singer ensured to stay safe and don a face mask as she left the restaurant

Heading out: The singer ensured to stay safe and don a face mask as she left the restaurant 

Wrapped up: Rita layered up her look with a winter coat, jumper and hat

Accessories: She also toted a black leather backpack

Wrapped up: Rita layered up her look with a winter coat, jumper and hat

Style: Rita kept her other jewellery to a minimum adding some earrings and a simple gold band to her other hand

Style: Rita kept her other jewellery to a minimum adding some earrings and a simple gold band to her other hand

It has been a busy week for the singer turned actress as she celebrated the trailer for her upcoming move Twist being released on Wednesday.

Rita will appear alongside two-time Academy Award winner Sir Michael Caine, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and Raff Law in the film.

Rita transformed into a very edgy Artful Dodger in the action-packed first look at the blockbuster.  

Rita plays Dodge in the modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist opposite Law in the title role, Caine as Fagin and Headey as Sikes.  

Impressive: James Constantinou of Prestige Pawnbrokers said Rita's new piece of jewellery appeared to be a sapphire and diamond cluster ring

Impressive: James Constantinou of Prestige Pawnbrokers said Rita’s new piece of jewellery appeared to be a sapphire and diamond cluster ring

Busy week: Rita has been celebrating the release of the trailer for her upcoming film Twist

Busy week: Rita has been celebrating the release of the trailer for her upcoming film Twist

Big news? a source said Rita 'shoved her hand in her pocket' to try and hide her shining ring

Big news? a source said Rita ‘shoved her hand in her pocket’ to try and hide her shining ring

The singer looked sensational in the trailer and rocks an array of looks including one high-impact sequence where she throws a punch in a bar fight while wearing a leopard print jacket.

Although relying on her fists in that scene, the Girls singer holds onto a baseball bat and later dresses up as a police woman with a blonde wig as Twist scales his way down an elevator shaft. 

Twist brings Dickens’ iconic novel into the 21st Century, as a group of street smart young hustlers plan the heist of the century for the ultimate payday in the heart of bustling London. 

Treat: Despite the speculation, a source close to Rita told The Sun that the singer has simply treated herself to a new flashy piece of vintage jewellery

Treat: Despite the speculation, a source close to Rita told The Sun that the singer has simply treated herself to a new flashy piece of vintage jewellery

Fashion: Rita wore her long blonde locks down and tucked under her warm hat

Organised: She carried a large quilted backpack

Fashion: Rita wore her long blonde locks down and tucked under her warm hat

Journey: Rita appeared to be relaxed as she stepped out of the Mexican restaurant

Journey: Rita appeared to be relaxed as she stepped out of the Mexican restaurant 

Rafferty Law – son of actor Jude and Sadie Frost – appears as the titular hero, while Rita stars as the elusive Artful Dodger.

Traditionally a male character, Artful – the assumed name of child criminal Jack Dawkins – was originally presented as an adept pickpocket, famed for his incredible skill in separating unsuspecting victims from their wallets and purses. 

But in keeping with the new film’s present day setting, the character’s criminal background has been appropriately tweaked – along with his gender. 

The Dodger’s name also been tailored, with Rita’s interpretation responding to the abbreviated ‘Dodge’ in the new film. 

Coming up: The singer plays Dodger in the upcoming Twist movie alongside Rafferty Law

Coming up: The singer plays Dodger in the upcoming Twist movie alongside Rafferty Law

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Lockdowns’ full costs should be disclosed, says senior Tory MP

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Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said that figures for excess deaths and lost jobs should be shown alongside Covid-19 statistics

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said that figures for excess deaths and lost jobs should be shown alongside Covid-19 statistics

A senior Tory MP has called for the full cost of lockdowns to be disclosed as he highlighted their ‘extraordinary toll’ on mental health, the NHS and the economy.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said that figures for excess deaths and lost jobs should be shown alongside Covid-19 statistics.

The influential Tory MP represents a northern constituency, Altrincham and Sale West, which is among those now under the harshest Tier Three restrictions.

In a warning to the Prime Minister, he said that the current lockdown strategy let ‘people fall through the cracks’ and in some cases cost them their lives.

The measures were taking an ‘extraordinary toll’ on peoples’ lives and were having ‘severe’ effects on the economy without continued Treasury support, he added.

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In a warning to the Prime Minister, Sir Graham said that the current lockdown strategy let ¿people fall through the cracks¿ and in some cases cost them their lives. (Above, file image of an intensive care unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital)

In a warning to the Prime Minister, Sir Graham said that the current lockdown strategy let ‘people fall through the cracks’ and in some cases cost them their lives. (Above, file image of an intensive care unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital)

Writing on the Conservative Home website, he warned: ‘Suicide rates are up. People are missing out on life-saving operations and essential care.’

‘Millions are struggling with their mental health as restrictions cut them off from friends, family, and other support. 

‘Domestic violence is on the rise as women are trapped at home with violent partners.

‘Young people, amongst those least at risk from Covid-19, are paying a huge price. School has been disrupted, formative moments and milestones missed, and now many are confined to their dormitories at university. 

‘Does anyone honestly think this is sustainable for a year, or more?’

He added: ‘As we brace for what might be a long-haul fight against the pandemic, the Government must start accounting properly for the real costs of Covid-19.

‘The Department of Health should compile and publish the statistics for excess deaths arising from reduced access to care. 

‘The Treasury should do the same for shuttered businesses and lost jobs.

‘The Government is rightly committed to trying to save as many people as possible. 

‘A strategy which fixates on Covid patients at the expense of letting other people fall between the cracks does not do this.’  

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Test and Trace ‘even worse than we think’: Experts say missing data means infections could be higher

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Britain’s test and trace system is ‘getting worse’ and struggling to cope with the resurgence of coronavirus, according to experts.

Gaps in the data make it impossible to know whether official restrictions are reducing the spread of infection, say the researchers.

Scientists led by University College London say the gaps are starkly illustrated by their new ‘data dashboard’ Covid Red, which is designed to bring together all available virus information.

Professor Christina Pagel, a co-developer, said: ‘We don’t know what percentage of people with symptoms are actually isolating for the full length of time or their contacts.’

Scientists led by University College London say Britain's test and trace system is struggling to cope with the resurgence of coronavirus. Pictured: NHS England's Test and Trace app

Scientists led by University College London say Britain’s test and trace system is struggling to cope with the resurgence of coronavirus. Pictured: NHS England’s Test and Trace app

She added: ‘If people are not isolating then it’s just window dressing. We would like that to be collected and reported weekly. It is such an important thing.’

Researchers also found that some of the best available data was up to two weeks old. 

They urged health authorities to prioritise real-time information to ‘inform and support the necessary responses, including regional or local lockdowns’.

Covid Red – full name the Covid Response Evaluation Dashboard – has been designed for use by both officials and the public. 

It collates and presents data from the Office of National Statistics, Public Health England and the NHS under five categories: Find, test, track, isolate and support for those asked to isolate.

A new 'data dashboard' has shown a rising number of people test and trace has failed to find within 24 hours, as well as a rising number only traced after 72 hours which is 'too late' to stop infection spread, Professor Christina Pagel from University College London said. Pictured: A worker advises a woman attending a drive-in test facility

A new ‘data dashboard’ has shown a rising number of people test and trace has failed to find within 24 hours, as well as a rising number only traced after 72 hours which is ‘too late’ to stop infection spread, Professor Christina Pagel from University College London said. Pictured: A worker advises a woman attending a drive-in test facility

It shows a rising number of people that test and trace fails to find within 24 hours, along with a rising number only traced after 72 hours, which Professor Pagel said was ‘too late’ to stop infection spread.

Getting contacts of new cases to isolate was vital to ‘break the chain of transmission’, she added. Numbers missed had hugely increased since September, showing the ‘system starting to get overloaded’.

Co-developer Professor Deenan Pillay said coronavirus case numbers were now doubling every two weeks and real-time data was essential to monitor ‘hotspots’ of infection going into winter.

He added: ‘We will depend on test and trace in the long term for ensuring we capture infections, we don’t continue to have to go into more and more lockdowns.’

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Holidaymakers are no more likely to get infected than if they stay at home, study suggests 

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Travel bosses demanded an end to quarantine last night as data revealed the infection rates of people who travel abroad are similar to those who stay at home.

Ministers insist the 14-day quarantine policy is essential to stop large numbers of coronavirus cases being brought into the country.

An ONS study previously found that there were more cases of the virus among people who had travelled abroad compared to those who had not.

The percentage of travellers who tested positive after returning from abroad was as high as rate of people testing positive who stayed in the UK between September 25 and October 8

The percentage of travellers who tested positive after returning from abroad was as high as rate of people testing positive who stayed in the UK between September 25 and October 8

But data from September 25 to October 8 shows there is now barely any difference between the two groups.

According to the study 0.58 per cent of people who recently travelled abroad tested positive for coronavirus. This compared to 0.49 per cent who tested positive having not left the country.

Katherine Kent, co-head of analysis for the ONS Covid-19 infection survey, said: ‘Analysis now shows that, unlike before, there is no longer a difference in the rate of infections between those who have travelled abroad and those who haven’t.’

Aviation industry leaders said the study proves there is little justification for forcing passengers to quarantine on arrival.

The policy has been blamed for destroying the holiday hopes of millions while severely hampering Britain’s economic recovery.

Spain and Italy have both seen infections increase to record levels along with those in France, Britain and other countries, although the Czech Republic and Belgium have the highest rates of any major countries in Europe

Spain and Italy have both seen infections increase to record levels along with those in France, Britain and other countries, although the Czech Republic and Belgium have the highest rates of any major countries in Europe  

The Daily Mail’s Get Britain Flying Again campaign has led calls for the rule to be scrapped and replaced with an air passenger testing regime to rescue the aviation industry and bolster the economy.

Business chiefs have warned failure to act will lead to tens of thousands of job losses in the months to come as airports and airlines desperately try to save money.

Although Transport Secretary Grant Shapps recently announced a ‘global travel taskforce’ to look at halving the quarantine time to seven days, airline executives say any length of quarantine will continue to strangle the economy.

Travel consultant Paul Charles, of The PC Agency, said: ‘The Government’s own statistics now show that those entering the UK hardly carry the virus, so the current blunt quarantine rules should be abandoned.’

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership of travel agents, said: ‘The recent addition of the Canary Islands last week on to the safe corridor list provided a much-needed boost to the industry and customers alike. Let’s keep the momentum going, get rid of quarantine regulations that have no bearing on our health and focus on a considered testing regime to getting the country travelling safely again.’

It comes as Airports Council International revealed yesterday that nearly 200 airports in Europe will face insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start recovering by the end of the year. Sources said this includes regional airports in the UK.

Olivier Jankovec, director-general of ACI, said: ‘The figures paint a dramatically bleak picture. Eight months into the crisis, all of Europe’s airports are burning through cash to remain open, with revenues far from covering the costs of operations, let alone capital costs.’

Separately the International Air Transport Association warned yesterday that the average airline has just 8.5 months of cash left.

The global trade body predicted a 46 per cent drop in total industry revenues in 2021 compared to 2019.

Alexandre de Juniac, director-general of IATA, said: ‘Unless governments act fast, some 1.3million airline jobs are at risk. And that would have a domino effect putting 3.5million additional jobs in the aviation sector in jeopardy along with a total of 46million people in the broader economy whose jobs are supported by aviation.’

A Department for Transport spokesman said: ‘We’re now working at pace to make international travel smoother and our global travel taskforce is exploring how a testing model can be implemented in the UK.’

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