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North East and Newcastle latest local lockdown rules: currently in Tier 2

Can I travel in the lockdown areas?

You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, the Government advises you to:

Share the transport with the same people each time. Keep to small groups of people at any one time Open windows for ventilation Travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them. Face away from each other. Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle. Clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch. Ask the driver and passengers to wear a face mask.

Can I visit my family in one of the lockdown areas?

If you are in a Tier 2, or high alert, area, then you cannot meet other households in any indoor setting. However, you

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  • October 17, 2020
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Birmingham latest local lockdown rules: currently in Tier 2

Can I travel in the lockdown areas?

You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, the Government advises you to:

Share the transport with the same people each time. Keep to small groups of people at any one time Open windows for ventilation Travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them. Face away from each other. Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle. Clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch. Ask the driver and passengers to wear a face mask.

Can I visit my family in one of the lockdown areas?

If you are in a Tier 2, or high alert, area, then you cannot meet other households in any indoor setting. However, you

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  • October 16, 2020
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The Latest: Germany sees 7,000 new infections for first time

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A health worker makes a heart sign while she and her fellow workers celebrate as the last three patients are released from a field hospital at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha, after recuperating from COVID-19, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

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BERLIN — Germany has confirmed more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time, its second consecutive daily record.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national disease control center, said early Friday that 7,334 new cases were confirmed in the previous 24 hours. That compares with 6,638 a day earlier.

Until this week, Germany’s highest recorded figure was nearly 6,300 in late March, though testing has expanded vastly since then. Figures tend to peak around the end of the week, but the latest reading underlines a sharp upward trend in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the federal and state governments agreed to toughen mask-wearing rules

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  • October 16, 2020
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The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble

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A medical staff takes a swab from a child near a residential area in Qingdao in east China’s Shandong province on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. A hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao have been fired after China’s latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong and Singapore say they have agreed to a bilateral air travel bubble, re-establishing travel links as coronavirus infections in both cities decline.

Under the air travel bubble, travelers from Hong Kong and Singapore will not be restricted on their travel purposes, Hong Kong commerce minister Edward Yau said at a news conference on Thursday. This means that tourists from each city will be able to visit the other.

Both Hong Kong and Singapore temporarily closed their borders earlier this year, banning short-term visitors from entering

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  • October 15, 2020
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The Latest Microsoft Surface Pro and More Top-Rated Laptops Are on Major Sale for Prime Day

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With many schools adapting to an online-only curriculum and work from home becoming increasingly more common, this year has proven to be quite a time for computers. Now more than ever, having a reliable laptop is a worthwhile investment.

Luckily, this year’s Amazon Prime Day shopping event has followed through with impressive deals on tech essentials to make the adjustment to this new lifestyle a bit smoother. Along with steep markdowns on iPads, laptops are another sale shoppers are scrambling to take advantage of: Like the one on the latest Microsoft Surface Pro 7 laptop, which you can get for $229 off right now.

Best Microsoft Surface Pro and Laptop Deals:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (10th Generation), $1,170 (orig. $1,399)

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 6, $729.99 (orig. $899)

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (10th Generation), $1,133.05 (orig. $1,299)

  • Apple MacBook Air (13-inch), $899.99 (orig. $999)

  • Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch), $1,699.99 (orig.

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  • October 14, 2020
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The Latest: Delta barely a hurricane, weakens moving inland

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Bernie Arnould, center, gets help from Kaden Ashley and D.J. Hebert, left, all with Pelican Companies, as they board up the windows to the front of MC Bank in Amelia, La., Wednesday, Oct., 7, 2020, in In preparation for Hurricane Delta.

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The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT):

9:45 p.m.

Forecasters say Delta remains barely a hurricane with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta is moving further inland over southwestern Louisiana as a weak Category 1 hurricane. Approaching 10 p.m. CDT Friday, the storm was located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Cameron, Louisiana. It is moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

The storm is expected to continue rapid weakening and be downgraded to a tropical storm in coming hours.

It’s expected to continue moving over central and north Louisiana

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  • October 11, 2020
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The Latest: Delta Barely a Hurricane, Weakens Moving Inland | Mississippi News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT):

Forecasters say Delta remains barely a hurricane with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta is moving further inland over southwestern Louisiana as a weak Category 1 hurricane. Approaching 10 p.m. CDT Friday, the storm was located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Cameron, Louisiana. It is moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

The storm is expected to continue rapid weakening and be downgraded to a tropical storm in coming hours.

It’s expected to continue moving over central and north Louisiana in coming hours. After that, the system is forecast to move across northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley.

Hurricane Delta cut through parts of Louisiana’s Acadiana region — a unique part of the state named after the French emigrants kicked out of Nova

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  • October 10, 2020
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The Latest: Delta Driving Inland Amid High Winds, Heavy Rain | Louisiana News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT):

Hurricane Delta is driving further inland as strong winds continue to hammer the southwest Louisiana coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta was centered at 8 p.m. CDT about 20 miles (35 kilometers) east-northeast of Lake Charles, the main city in the region. Maximum sustained winds have dropped to 85 mph (140 kph) and forecasters say Delta is expected to weaken to a tropical storm in coming hours as it heads deeper into the South.

The hurricane center warns heavy rainfall remains a threat in parts of Louisiana through Saturday as the storm crosses the state. It says that could lead to major river flooding. Additional flooding is possible elsewhere this weekend around the central Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley, according to the forecast.

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The mayor of Lake Charles in southwest

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  • October 10, 2020
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The Latest: Commission won’t rethink shift to virtual debate

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NBC news chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, right, is lit for the cameras outside the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington.

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The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

The chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates says it is not reconsidering shifting the second debate from virtual back to in-person, despite a request from President Donald Trump’s team.

Frank Fahrenkopf told The Associated Press late Thursday that the nonpartisan group’s decision was not going to be reversed. That means the second debate is probably not going to happen at all.

The commission decided to make the Oct. 15 debate virtual after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. Fahrenkopf says the group wanted to “protect the health and safety of all involved” and that the decision was guided by the advice of the Cleveland Clinic,

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  • October 9, 2020
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Here’s everything you need to know about Huawei’s latest software announcements

If you’re a developer, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Huawei’s annual Developer Conference (HDC). This year’s HDC2020 saw the arrival of some cool new gadgets for consumers but also some cutting edge software updates that we’re sure devs will be pretty excited about.

But, in case you missed the conference, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ll give you a quick rundown of the key software highlights and take-aways. If you want to know more about the new hardware announcements, check out this article.  

But first, here’s a quick recap video of everything you need to know about Huawei’s new software offering:

HarmonyOS 2.0

Huawei’s open source microkernel-based operating system just got an upgrade which will have you jumping for joy. This new version is made with a UX adaptive framework, meaning you can build your app on one platform and seamlessly scale it across other devices from smartphone to

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  • October 8, 2020