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Fans of Channel 5’s latest thriller have compared it to the classic horror Rosemary’s Baby after last night’s intriguing episode. 

The shows, set in Donegal, stars Emmett J Scanlan as broody English teacher and widower Dr Michael Callaghan, Emily Reid as his pregnant and impressionable student mistress, Ophelia Marsh, and Normal People heartthrob Paul Mescal as sexy fireman Sean McKeogh. 

The first episode introduced us to the couple, their extra-marital affair and the mysterious death of Michael’s wife Roisin in a fire on the night he confessed he’d been unfaithful. 

Viewers of last night’s show were quick to notice that Roisin’s mother Mary did not seem bothered about the fact Michael had been cheating on her dead daughter with one of his students. 

In fact, Mary’s concern for Ophelia’s unborn child led to some Rosemary’s Baby comparisons, as viewers wondered whether Mary and Michael planned on killing Ophelia and keeping the child for themselves, and whether Roisin was actually dead at all.

Fans of Channel 5's new thriller The Deceived had compared it to Rosemary's Baby after last night's episode. The shows, set in Donegal county, stars Emmett J Scanlan as broody English teacher and widower Dr Michael Callaghan, Emily Reid as his pregnant and impressionable student Ophelia Marsh and Paul Mescal as sexy fireman Sean McKeogh

Fans of Channel 5’s new thriller The Deceived had compared it to Rosemary’s Baby after last night’s episode. The shows, set in Donegal county, stars Emmett J Scanlan as broody English teacher and widower Dr Michael Callaghan, Emily Reid as his pregnant and impressionable student Ophelia Marsh and Paul Mescal as sexy fireman Sean McKeogh

In the 1968 horror classic starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, a satanist cult befriend a young couple so that the wife gets impregnated by the devil and gives birth to the antichrist

In the 1968 horror classic starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, a satanist cult befriend a young couple so that the wife gets impregnated by the devil and gives birth to the antichrist 

Fans of the show were quick to draw the comparison between Rosemary's Baby and The Deceived

Fans of the show were quick to draw the comparison between Rosemary’s Baby and The Deceived 

The introduction of Mary, played by Eleanor Methven, as Roisin’s mother stunned some fans, especially because she seemed accepting of the fact that Michael had not only cheated on her dead daughter, but was expecting a child with his mistress. 

What’s more, Mary’s numerous questions about the baby and its welfare alerted some fans that she might be a little too interested in Michael’s new child. 

This reminded some of the 1968 horror movie by director Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow as mother-to-be Rosemary Woodhouse. 

In the horror classic, young coupe Rosemary and husband Guy Woodhouse move into a new apartment and befriend their neighbours. 

Mary, played by Eleanor Methven, was the mother of the late Roisin, whom Michael had cheated on with Ophelia. However, she seemed perfectly okay with the fact his mistress was expecting a child

Mary, played by Eleanor Methven, was the mother of the late Roisin, whom Michael had cheated on with Ophelia. However, she seemed perfectly okay with the fact his mistress was expecting a child 

Rosemary quickly gets pregnant and is touched by the way her neighbours care for her, after they refer her to a reputable obstetrician and help with the pregnancy. 

However, the neighbours belong to a satanist cult and had impregnated Rosemary with the devil’s baby, which they intended to keep after he’s born.   

Suspicions that Mary and Michael were after the baby went hand in hand with theories that Roisin, Michael’s wife – who supposedly died in a fire – might be alive and hiding. 

Viewers were already wondering about Roisin’s fate in the first episode after Ophelia heard a loud knocking around Michael’s house at night. 

In last night’s episode, it was the dodgy behaviour of fireman Sean, who was on the scene the night of Roisin’s death, that made people wonder whether he knew more about Roisin’s death than he let on.  

Some viewers wondered whether Michael, played by Emmett J Scanlan, wanted to keep Ophelia's baby but get rid of her

Some viewers wondered whether Michael, played by Emmett J Scanlan, wanted to keep Ophelia’s baby but get rid of her

‘#TheDeceived has a very Rosemary’s Baby vibe about it,’ one said.  

‘Why the hell would Roisin’s mother be so interested in this baby?? Surely you would hate Michael’s guts for having an affair and getting another girl pregnant,’ asked another.  

‘Are Michael, Roisin and Mary trying to get the baby for themselves?’ one asked.  

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Viewers said they felt Mary and Michael were conspiring with Roisin (who some said was still alive) in order to keep the baby and kill Ophelia

Viewers said they felt Mary and Michael were conspiring with Roisin (who some said was still alive) in order to keep the baby and kill Ophelia

‘Okay, no idea where this is going now and I LOVE THAT. Is this “We need a new child born — for reasons” or something more standard murdery?’ another pondered. 

‘Perhaps they are just after the baby,’ another said. 

‘Do you get the feeling they want the baby but not the girl. It’s all very strange,’ an intrigued viewer wrote. 

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Coronavirus cases in the UK could be taking as long as 20 days to double in number, Boris Johnson admitted today as he rowed back from startling claims made by his top scientist only yesterday.

Sir Patrick Vallance warned the doubling time had dropped to just one week, during a televised address to the nation. And he made the terrifying prediction that the UK could be on course to hit 50,000 cases per day by mid-October, unless the outbreak is brought under control.

But Mr Johnson today appeared to distance himself from the pair, as he stood in front of the House of Commons to unveil a wave of new measures designed to stop the spread of the disease, including making the Army available to help police enforce stringent new coronavirus rules.

The Prime Minister, who warned ‘this is the moment when we must act’, told MPs the figure was – ambiguously – somewhere between one and three weeks. Sir Patrick didn’t confess the range could be up to twenty days yesterday, and at the peak of Britain’s first wave, the doubling time of cases was just three days.

Experts lashed out at the ‘implausible’ claim, insisting there was simply no scientific basis for the extraordinary number of infections Sir Patrick had warned about. The stark prediction saw the chief scientific adviser and his colleague, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty , dubbed Professor Gloom and Dr Doom.

Data based on diagnosed cases now suggest the outbreak is taking two weeks to double, rising from an average of 1,022 infections a day on August 22 to 2,032 on September 7 to 3,929 yesterday. Spain and France, whose outbreaks the UK is feared to be on par with, have yet to get anywhere close to the dreaded 50,000 cases a day mark.

One expert, Professor David Paton, said data had been presented unfairly to the public and demanded: ‘If they’ve got an explanation [for why the data was presented like that], then let’s hear it.’ Other critics accused Number 10 of deliberately trying to ‘scare’ people and Piers Morgan urged No 10 to tell the British public how they arrived at 50,000.

It comes as the UK statistics regulator today revealed it has had to ‘step in’ seven times during the pandemic to alert Government departments to ‘transgressions’ when ministers have quoted data that is not then quickly made available to the public.

The head of the Office for Statistics Regulation described such incidents as ‘disappointing’ and said the principle of ensuring such data is published must be ‘more strongly embedded’. Giving an example, he said he had to contact the Department of Health when a figure for the distance people were travelling to get a Covid-19 test was quoted ‘quite widely in the public domain, but the underlying data weren’t available’. 

Experts threw cold water on the dramatic graph presented by Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty, saying it was 'implausible' that case numbers would outstrip France and Spain by so much

Experts threw cold water on the dramatic graph presented by Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty, saying it was ‘implausible’ that case numbers would outstrip France and Spain by so much

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced a tightening of lockdown rules, including a requirement for pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm, which he said could last for another six months

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced a tightening of lockdown rules, including a requirement for pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm, which he said could last for another six months

As he unveiled his raft of new measures today, Mr Johnson said in Parliament: ‘I’m sorry to say that as in Spain, France and many other countries we have reached a perilous turning point. 

‘A month ago, on average, around a thousand people across the UK were testing positive for coronavirus every day. The latest figure has almost quadrupled to 3,929. 

‘Yesterday the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser warned that the doubling rate for new cases could be between seven and 20 days with the possibility of tens of thousands of new infections next month.’

The 3,929 figure the PM referred to is the average number of coronavirus cases diagnosed each day in the week leading up to yesterday, September 21. That has almost doubled from 2,032 on August 22, suggesting a doubling time of two weeks. 

However, testing is still only expected to be diagnosing around half of the true number of Covid-19 cases. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 6,000 people per day are catching the virus in England and Wales, a figure which almost doubled from September 3 to 10. But the estimate was before the ‘Rule of Six’ officially kicked in, meaning the measure could have helped to slow the speed at which the outbreak is growing. 

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The most recent published estimates of the epidemic doubling time – a measure of how fast cases are growing – put it at between seven and 17 days.

The REACT mass testing study, carried out by Imperial College London in conjunction with the Government, predicted on September 11 that it could be as fast as one week (7.7 days) based on test results from between August 22 and September 7.

Using longer term data from tests dating back to July 24, a more conservative estimate was made of a doubling time of 17 days – two-and-a-half weeks. 

Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty, holding a one-off televised briefing together yesterday, warned the public about the worst case scenario.

The chief scientific adviser said: ‘If that [rise in cases] continues unabated and this grows, doubling every seven days, then what you see, of course, let’s say there were 5,000 today, it would be 10,000 next week, 20,000 the week after, 40,000 the week after, and you can see that by mid-October, if that continued, you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October, per day.’

The doomsday prediction was met by outrage in the scientific community, with critics accusing the advisers of ‘scaring people’ and touting ‘implausible’ numbers.

Professor David Paton, an industrial economist at the University of Nottingham, said he was ‘shocked’ at the way the chief scientists presented infections data.

The number of people officially testing positive – now thought to be approximately half the number of true infections – has doubled once a fortnight over the past month

The number of people officially testing positive – now thought to be approximately half the number of true infections – has doubled once a fortnight over the past month

Sir Patrick stressed yesterday that his sobering scenario of 500,000 cases a day was based on a lot of unknowns. And he said it was 'not a prediction'

Sir Patrick stressed yesterday that his sobering scenario of 500,000 cases a day was based on a lot of unknowns. And he said it was ‘not a prediction’

NICOLA STURGEON BANS SCOTS FROM VISITING EACH OTHER IN THEIR OWN HOMES 

Scots will be banned from visiting each other in their own homes from tomorrow, Nicola Sturgeon said today as she reintroduced stringent lockdown rules.

The First Minister said that a ‘high proportion’ of new cases in the country were linked to transmission within private homes where social distancing and ventilation were more difficult than outdoors or public buildings.

She spoke to MSPs at Holyrood minutes after Boris Johnson has unveiled new lockdown measures in England, saying that his steps did not go far enough and her advice was that it ‘will not be sufficient to bring the R number down’ north of the border.

Addressing reports that measures in Scotland could be in place for up to six months, the First Minister said she hoped that would not be the case.

She told MSPs: ‘It is certainly the case, until scientific developments such as a vaccine change the game in the battle against Covid-19, it will have an impact on our lives.

‘That doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the new restrictions I am announcing today will be in place for six months.

‘By acting early and substantially, our hope is that these new measures will be in place for a shorter period than would be the case if we waited longer to act.’

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Reeling against yesterday’s presentation he said in a blog today: ‘Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance are eminent scientists and it is inconceivable that they did not know what they were doing in the briefing. 

‘On one level, they have accomplished their aim: the media is dutifully reporting the frightening ‘50,000 cases by 13th October’ figure and the groundwork has been prepared for the PM’s speech telling us what new restrictions he will be imposing on the country.

‘However, the price of politicising statistics is that you risk undermining public trust in government science.

‘If that is the long term effect of yesterday’s briefing, I wonder if Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick will continue to think it was a price worth paying.’

Professor Paton pointed out that top officials and politicians have warned that the UK is likely following what is happening in France and Spain.

Those nations have recorded a significant rise in daily infections in recent weeks, and hospitalisations and deaths have gone up alongside them.

But they are nowhere near 50,000 per day – with an average 11,105 cases per day in Spain and 10,116 in France.

‘Of course, no-one knows with absolute certainty what will happen to cases in the UK over the next few weeks,’ Professor Paton added.

‘Indicating the likely number of cases if the UK followed Spain or France would not have been an unreasonable approach for Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance to take. 

‘So why didn’t they? The obvious suspicion is that 7,000-10,000 cases per day by mid-October might just not have been scary enough for people to accept imminent new restrictions on their way of life.’

Professor Paul Hunter, a a medical expert at the University of East Anglia, said: ‘What they presented is the very worst possible case, given the state of the epidemic at the moment.

‘I think it is pretty implausible we will be seeing 50,000 cases a day by the middle of October. 

‘It’s important to bear in mind that they were not making a prediction, they were presenting an illustration of what would happen if cases continued to double, which they almost certainly will not.’

Professor Chris Whitty (right, with Sir Patrick Vallance on the left) appealed to the public’s selflessness in adhering to the rules and not just assuming they could 'take their own risks'

Professor Chris Whitty (right, with Sir Patrick Vallance on the left) appealed to the public’s selflessness in adhering to the rules and not just assuming they could ‘take their own risks’

STATS REGULATOR HAS HAD TO STEP IN SEVEN TIMES TO GET DATA PUBLISHED

The UK statistics regulator has had to ‘step in’ multiple times during the pandemic to alert Government departments to ‘transgressions’ when ministers have quoted data that is not then quickly made available to the public.

The head of the Office for Statistics Regulation described such incidents as ‘disappointing’ and said the principle of ensuring such data is published must be ‘more strongly embedded’.

Ed Humpherson, director general for regulation, said there has been a number of occasions on which he has had to intervene by contacting a department to tell them underlying data which is quoted by senior figures should be made available.

He told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: ‘We still find occasions where rightly, a minister from any one of the four administrations, a minister will answer a question using information that they have available to them and that’s quite appropriate and right.

‘Sometimes that information isn’t available publicly. And again that’s fine, if they know the answer to the question they should give the answer.

‘But we see that that is not then followed up by their departments making the data available publicly, and you’ll know chair that we’ve stepped in on seven occasions because I always copy you in to the interventions.’

Committee chairman William Wragg thanked him for ‘highlighting various transgressions’.

Mr Humpherson said it is mostly an issue of ‘awareness’ that figures need to be published once quoted, and that they ‘haven’t had very many repeat offenders’.

He told the MPs that it should be ‘a matter of course’ that the department makes the quoted information available, adding: ‘We will continue to intervene, but I’d much rather we didn’t have to.’

Giving an example, he said he had to contact the Department of Health and Social Care in England when a figure for the distance people were travelling to get a Covid-19 test was quoted ‘quite widely in the public domain, but the underlying data weren’t available’.

He also had to contact NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government when data on antibody testing had been quoted but was not available in the public domain.

In Northern Ireland he contacted health officials when the daily dashboard publication was suspended.

He said: ‘I wrote to the head of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and said, you know, it’s not sufficient just to announce your numbers by Twitter, you need to put them out in a structured, orderly way.’

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The University of Buckingham’s Professor Karol Sikora, who has regularly been critical of the Government’s coronavirus response, said: ‘They’re so negative. The graph for the worst case scenario, for 50,000 cases a day by next month, it’s just scaring people.’

And Steve Brown, a self-employed consultant with 20 years of experience analysing statistical models, told MailOnline: ‘It’s a model. All models are wrong, but some are useful. Whether this one is useful depends on the purpose for which it was intended; if the purpose was to scare everyone, then it seems to have worked quite well, but if the purpose was to make an accurate prediction then less so.’ 

Mr Brown said it was possible advisers were ‘deliberately playing up the worst case’.

‘We know that SAGE is deliberately using personal fear to drive behaviour, that is documented in the minutes and is their policy,’ he said.

‘Although the graph presented by the Government advisors may not have been intended as a prediction, many people will understandably see it as such.’    

Dr Joshua Moon, a global health researcher at the University of Sussex, reiterated that the UK was taking action to avoid this ‘if nothing else was done’ projection.

He told MailOnline: ‘Spain and France actually did things to bring the rate of transmission down. The UK is doing more again to bring transmission down.

‘The trend is based on a standard epidemic curve which is exponential rather than linear so the calculation is based on the current doubling-rate rather than projecting it based on the current rate of case increase.

‘This is a more accurate depiction of how epidemics spread and the exponential growth of epidemics if they are left to their own devices.

‘In a no change scenario 50,000 cases per day is a somewhat realistic estimate. Do I think we will actually get to that? No. But there is a value in knowing the worst-case scenario.’

Piers Morgan, raging about the prediction on Good Morning Britain today, said: ‘If you want the headlines to be 50,000, that’s the figure you use, that’s what they did. 

‘But they haven’t explained, actually, what they’re basing it on given that in every other country nobody is projected to be anywhere near that by the middle of October. 

‘And that’s the problem. That the people who are sceptical about this, and don’t want any action, are saying ‘why have you reached that figure?’ And that’s what Boris Johnson has to answer – is to tell the British public why have we arrived at 50,000?’ 

It comes as the UK statistics regulator today spoke of having to get government departments to publish data they have quoted, saying the principle of ensuring such data is published must be ‘more strongly embedded’. 

Ed Humpherson, director general for regulation, said there has been a number of occasions on which he has had to intervene by contacting a department to tell them underlying data which is quoted by senior figures should be made available.

He told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: ‘We still find occasions where rightly, a minister from any one of the four administrations, a minister will answer a question using information that they have available to them and that’s quite appropriate and right.

‘Sometimes that information isn’t available publicly. And again that’s fine, if they know the answer to the question they should give the answer.

‘But we see that that is not then followed up by their departments making the data available publicly, and you’ll know chair that we’ve stepped in on seven occasions because I always copy you in to the interventions.’

Committee chairman William Wragg thanked him for ‘highlighting various transgressions’. Mr Humpherson said it is mostly an issue of ‘awareness’ that figures need to be published once quoted, and that they ‘haven’t had very many repeat offenders’.

He told the MPs that it should be ‘a matter of course’ that the department makes the quoted information available, adding: ‘We will continue to intervene, but I’d much rather we didn’t have to.’

Giving an example, he said he had to contact the Department of Health and Social Care in England when a figure for the distance people were travelling to get a Covid-19 test was quoted ‘quite widely in the public domain, but the underlying data weren’t available’.

He also had to contact NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government when data on antibody testing had been quoted but was not available in the public domain.

In Northern Ireland he contacted health officials when the daily dashboard publication was suspended.

He said: ‘I wrote to the head of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and said, you know, it’s not sufficient just to announce your numbers by Twitter, you need to put them out in a structured, orderly way.’

Also before the committee was Professor Sir Ian Diamond, national statistician for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

He said while there is a ‘rocky road’ ahead in the coming months there is ‘much better data’ now on coronavirus ‘so the Government has the information on which to make early decisions’.

Sir Ian said: ‘My view, very strongly, is that we are about to enter a rocky road but we have much better information than we had for the first wave on which to plot a route.’

He said as well as its household infection survey, the ONS also has surveys running in communal establishments such as care homes and prisons and will soon have some for schools and universities. He added that ‘it is not impossible that we will do airports and ports’.

Sir Ian was asked whether the increase in incident rate of coronavirus is nationwide and whether, therefore, measures are needed on a national basis.

He told the committee’s MPs: ‘One of the things that we are definitely seeing is that we, unlike some other European countries, do have a pandemic which is largely nationwide.’

He added: ‘My view is that at the moment we have a national – in England – largely national pandemic but one which is concentrated in urban areas.’

Asked about testing and tracing statistics which are published weekly, Mr Humpherson said they are ‘unquestionably more reliable, and they’ve improved out of all recognition’.

He added: ‘In fact, in some ways I now think that the test and trace information for England is more comprehensive than it is for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.’

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Business bosses today savaged Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he endorsed working from home as part of a series of strict coronavirus measures – warning it would be at the expense of the pandemic-ravaged economy.

Mr Johnson set out a raft of new restrictions in the face of rising Covid-19 infections, including the directive to avoid workplaces if possible.

But the new advice came just 21 days after he told his Cabinet ‘People are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country and quite right too’.

And it gave businesses less than 24 hours to work out whether they were coronavirus-secure enough to stay open, as well as wonder whether anyone would still turn up on Wednesday after the Prime Minister’s advice.

The restrictions also signalled a hammer blow to smaller businesses who relied on footfall from office workers to survive.

Mr Johnson’s switch from office to home working came as the economy was starting to show signs of recovery after Britain’s high streets had become ghost towns during lockdown.

The new measures also prompted an avalanche of calls between workers and bosses about whether they would still be in offices. 

Employment law expert Alicia Collinson told MailOnline: ‘I think there will be a lot of conversations like that tonight and tomorrow.’ 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been condemned for mixed messages and advice

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been condemned for mixed messages and advice

The British Chambers of Commerce said before the announcement that ‘Unclear and inconsistent guidance on day-to-day working life will sap business and consumer confidence at a delicate moment for the economy’.

After the PM gave his speech to the commons BCC Director General Adam Marshall added: ‘Businesses understand that further restrictions are necessary to tackle the rising number of Coronavirus cases, but these measures will impact business and consumer confidence at a delicate time for the economy.

‘Businesses, their employees and customers need to see a clear road map for the existing restrictions and those that may be introduced in the future.

‘This must include transparent trigger points, and clarity about the support available to protect jobs and livelihoods.

‘The government should waste no time in setting out a comprehensive support package for firms forced to close or reduce capacity through no fault of their own.’

The measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson come amid mounting fears of mass unemployment when the furlough scheme for workers ends next month.

In London there had been many office blocks completely deserted during the pandemic

In London there had been many office blocks completely deserted during the pandemic

Business hubs, including Canary Wharf pictured, were like ghost towns with no workers

Business hubs, including Canary Wharf pictured, were like ghost towns with no workers

Businesses were also warned by Mr Johnson that they face fines of £10,000 and could be closed if they breach new Covid-19 regulations.

Ray Berg, managing partner of law firm Osborne Clarke, told the Financial Times it had planned to get a quarter of staff back in but was not sure whether it still would continue.

He added: ‘In the City, I felt we were approaching something like critical mass which was enabling restaurants and shops to open.

‘Confidence was returning and revenue has been up quite sharply compared to the spring/summer.

‘This feels like a kick in the teeth in some ways but we will follow what the government advises.’

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, said: “A second national lockdown would be devastating for our economy, so it’s right to prioritise bringing infections under control.

The U-turn came as many officer staff had started returning to work after strict lockdown

The U-turn came as many officer staff had started returning to work after strict lockdown

“But there can be no avoiding the crushing blow new measures bring for thousands of firms, particularly in city centres and for our hospitality sector employing over four million people.

“It is vital that all announcements of restrictions go hand in hand with clarity on the business support that protects jobs.”

Should I stay or should I go? What is the law on working from home?

Office workers and bosses could be locked in talks about working from home – amid fears some staff could refuse to go in or stay home.

Alicia Collinson, solicitor at Leeds employment specialists Thrive Law, said the rules were different from the last strict lockdown. 

She told MailOnline: ‘What we saw last time was specifically the Government work at home when you can.

‘We advise employees to speak to employers. If it’s possible the employee disagrees but actually their boss says they can still come in, to not do so would be failure to follow reasonable management instructions.

‘It won’t be like last time when people weren’t able to leave their homes. The economy needs to keep going and with furlough stopping it’s about people keeping their jobs.

‘If someone said they weren’t going in because Boris Johnson said it was better to work from home, the employer would have to explain why this wasn’t possible. It is not actually law for us to be at home.

‘I think there will be a lot of conversations like this tonight and tomorrow. The use of the word ‘possible’ means that the employer decides if it is possible.’ 

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Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said small firms and the self-employed will be “dismayed” at another six months of restrictions.

He said: “Many businesses – particularly those at the heart of our night-time economy and events industries – are now seriously fearing for their futures.

“Having lost the summer, a lot of them would’ve been pinning their hopes to increased trade in the run-up to Christmas. Their plans are now in disarray.”

He added: “Some of those who’ve taken on emergency finance will be finding that the initial injection of funds will not be enough to keep them afloat for another two quarters.”

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said the new rules could be a “fatal blow” to many pubs, cafes and their suppliers and made a plea for targeted support for the sector once furlough ends.

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said the country was at a critical point in the fight against coronavirus.

He added: ‘Some hospitality businesses will undoubtedly be disappointed and the guidance on homeworking is a major change just when employees were returning to the office.

‘We must not hide away from the fact that a return to homeworking will not be easy for some employers and employees. 

‘Some roles are suited to homeworking while others are not. There is productivity to consider, and it may be problematic from a HR management perspective as well as for those people who do not have ideal homeworking conditions.

‘Many businesses have already carried out a huge amount of work to make their offices Covid-safe and now face implementing fresh working practices.

‘There will be an economic impact from the new measures but the Government is in a high-stakes balancing act and a full national lockdown is the very last thing anyone wants.’

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A Chinese man has taken social media by storm for being ‘exceptionally good looking’ after web users spotted him briefly appearing on a consumer rights TV programme.

Mr Zhang from the city of Ningbo in east China shot to fame after he was filmed by local media complaining about the broken glass door in his bathroom.

But netizens appear to be more stunned by Mr Zhang’s handsome face as the footage has racked up over 50 million views on Chinese Twitter-like Weibo within 24 hours.

A Chinese man has taken social media by storm for being ¿exceptionally good looking¿ after web users spotted him briefly appearing on a consumer rights TV programme

A Chinese man has taken social media by storm for being ‘exceptionally good looking’ after web users spotted him briefly appearing on a consumer rights TV programme

Chinese etizens appear to be more stunned by Mr Zhang¿s handsome face as the footage has racked up over 50 million views on Chinese Twitter-like Weibo within just 24 hours

Chinese etizens appear to be more stunned by Mr Zhang’s handsome face as the footage has racked up over 50 million views on Chinese Twitter-like Weibo within just 24 hours

The 22-year-old was interviewed by Zhejiang Television when he made his cameo appearance on the regional TV station’s consumer rights programme.

Mr Zhang claimed that the sliding glass door in his rented furnished flat had suddenly shattered itself when he was taking a shower on September 8.

The broken glass left him injured with severe cuts on both of his hands. The tenant also spent over 9,400 yuan (£1,084.87) on his medical bills.

Mr Zhang was hoping to seek compensation from the residential management office with the help of the local press.

Mr Zhang from the city of Ningbo in east China shot to fame after footage filmed by local media of him complaining about the broken glass door in his bathroom became viral

Mr Zhang from the city of Ningbo in east China shot to fame after footage filmed by local media of him complaining about the broken glass door in his bathroom became viral

The Chinese man, Mr Zhang, told local media that the sliding glass door in his rented furnished flat had suddenly shattered itself when he was taking a shower on September 8

The Chinese man, Mr Zhang, told local media that the sliding glass door in his rented furnished flat had suddenly shattered itself when he was taking a shower on September 8

But social media users appeared to be more interested in the Chinese man’s face than his bathroom door.

The video quickly became the most trending topic on Weibo on Tuesday, amassing over 50 million views within just 24 hours.

One commenter wrote: ‘Once I saw Mr Zhang’s face, I couldn’t care any less about the news story.’

Another said: ‘I think it’s definitely the apartment and the management office’s fault, no objection. Mr Zhang is too handsome. I don’t think he’ll lie.’

A third user commented: ‘Mr Zhang, do you need a girlfriend?’

The video quickly became the most trending topic on Weibo on Tuesday, amassing over 50 million views within just 24 hours. The Chinese man, who works as a live-streamer for an online retail brand, said he was overwhelmed by the national attention the video attracted

The video quickly became the most trending topic on Weibo on Tuesday, amassing over 50 million views within just 24 hours. The Chinese man, who works as a live-streamer for an online retail brand, said he was overwhelmed by the national attention the video attracted

The Chinese man, who works as a live-streamer for an online retail brand, said he was overwhelmed by the national attention the video attracted.

He told reporters: ‘I think it’s too much. I just wanted to protect my rights. I didn’t think this would happen.’

The residential management office initially denied their responsibility for the broken door as there was no evidence to prove it had shattered itself, said a spokesperson.

They eventually agreed to pay for part of Mr Zhang’s medical bills after the video became viral, according to the tenant.

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