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Rule of six must be scrapped and households banned from mingling, warns Sage advisor

Boris Johnson on Downing Street - Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Boris Johnson on Downing Street – Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a wave of new coronavirus restrictions today – but the plans do not go far enough, a SAGE advisor has warned.

Professor Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool said this morning: “The numbers are rising and tracking the current worst case scenario, so there is significant anxiety amongst the scientific community.”

On the ‘Rule of Six’ he said: “Based on the numbers I’m seeing, it isn’t going far enough.”

One of the measures the Prime Minister is set to announce is a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants from Thursday. 

Other measures look to include a return to working from home, where possible, and a drive to encourage mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.

Plans for a partial return of sports fans to stadiums from October 1 have been

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  • September 22, 2020

WeChat is a lifeline for the Chinese diaspora. What happens now that Trump banned it?

Cindy Wang’s whole life is on WeChat.

Through the Chinese everything app, the 24-year-old shops for clothing and sends photos and audio messages to her grandma and uncle in Guangzhou. It’s how she schedules appointments with her hairstylist and where she found her bao supplier — a local woman who sells the steamed buns out of her car.

For millions of people around the globe, and in swaths of the United States with concentrated Chinese populations — including Southern California communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Irvine, where Wang lives — WeChat is a way of life.

“We always use WeChat because everyone else uses it,” Wang said. “It’s like Facebook messenger but ten times better, ten times more sophisticated.”

But with the Trump administration targeting the app, she worries that soon she and her parents will be cut off from their cultural community in the U.S. and lose

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  • August 12, 2020

Germans flock to Spain after Britons banned

Quiet streets in Mallorca
Quiet streets in Mallorca

Travel website Trivago has revealed some interesting booking trends after the FCO advised Britons against all but essential trips to Spain.

While enquiries and searches for trips to the Mediterranean country drastically dropped within the UK between July 25-27, as would be expected, our European friends seem to have had a very different reaction to the news. 

In comparison, over the same dates, enquiries from other European countries increased by 55 per cent, while searches increased by 28 per cent. It would appear that a destination is more appealing to our neighbours once they know that we will be absent. 

The most keen to avoid Brits abroad? The Germans, where enquiries increased by an impressive 50 per cent. The Portuguese followed at 37 per cent, the French at 29 per cent and the Dutch at 10 per cent. It’s good to feel loved. 

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