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Ban on social mixing could be reimposed, suggests minister

The Government is considering further restrictions if coronavirus infections continued to rise, a minister has suggested, saying the country faces “a choice” about what happens next. 

Asked about reports this morning that further national restrictions are looming Helen Whately, the care minister, pointed to existing restrictions on household mixing in the North East as a possible next step. 

It is thought that the rest of the North and London, where rates have been rising and last week was placed on the at-risk list, could be next to come under more draconian restrictions, including shutting all hospitality and banning household mixing. 

“We don’t want to bring in more restrictions but of course we keep a constant eye on what’s going with the Covid rates and we have seen these upward trends in recent weeks,” Ms Whately told Sky News.

“This is the moment in time we have an opportunity, we have

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  • September 28, 2020
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Canadians don’t understand social gathering rules, second wave will be ‘more complicated’, officials

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

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  • September 15, 2020
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Rosario Dawson, Abrima Erwiah Talk Voter Registration, Social Change, Entrepreneurship

New York Fashion Week is all about change, so fittingly IMG started the week with a discussion titled “Fashion’s Power to Create Change.”

Presented by Visa and moderated by Tiffany Reid, the virtual talk featured Studio One Eighty Nine’s founder Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, designer Tanya Taylor and Visa’s Mary Ann Reilly. In a wide-swinging conversation, they discussed how fashion can help to create social change, how small businesses can have a huge impact, the importance of female founders, their commitment to voter registration and the power of consumers’ voting with their wallets.

Dawson and Erwiah stressed the importance of speaking up — uninterrupted. They also championed Fashion For Our Future 2020, an initiative with other designers that offers products designed to encourage voting and inform voters. “We hope that on Nov. 3 we’re all going to turn up and celebrate our right to vote, because we can. And

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  • September 14, 2020
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NYC is reopening indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity. Here’s how restaurants in the world’s densest cities have reopened with coronavirus-era social distancing.

An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020. <p class="copyright">DANIEL MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images</p>
An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.
  • New York restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on September 30.

  • We looked at how restaurants have brought back business safely in the world’s densest cities so far.

  • To inform this list, Business Insider referred to Our World in Data, a 2014 project about population density by Global Change Data Lab using information from the United Nations.

  • The population density of a city comes from the number of people per square kilometer.

  • Here’s how the experience of dining out has changed in the 19 densest cities in the world, with robots and reduced capacity. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Restaurants in cities across the world closed in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many have since reopened

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  • September 11, 2020
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6-foot social distancing won’t protect you from a sneeze, scientists find

Everything you’ve been told about social distancing was most certainly not a lie. But it could use some revisions.

Health officials have been recommending people keep a 6-foot distance from others throughout the coronavirus pandemic, saying that will help stop the spread of COVID-19. But scientists have found that may not be far enough, especially when sneezes are involved, and are working on a new formula that will could keep everyone even safer, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Researchers at the University of Florida are among scientists suggesting that 6-foot social distancing “is too close in some instances and based on science that is decades old,” the Tampa Bay Times writes. After all, sneezes can send saliva droplets flying up to 21 feet away, while smaller particles can hang in the air for hours and even travel throughout a building. Humidity and small room sizes make it even more likely

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  • September 8, 2020
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Grand Central Rail passengers told social distancing impossible ‘because it’s a bank holiday’

A passenger shot of the packed 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service: Twitter
A passenger shot of the packed 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service: Twitter

Furious passengers have slammed a train company after being crammed into packed carriages with no social distancing “because it’s a bank holiday”.

Travellers on the 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service between York and London King’s Cross on Monday evening boarded a packed and “uncomfortable” train, with many forced to stand for the journey duration despite pre-booking and reserving seats.

One passenger told Mirror Online that upon arrival at York station, a train worker announced to the packed platform that “they cannot ensure social distancing on this service due to the bank holiday”.

The woman, who asked not to be named, spoke of her disbelief at seeing the number of passengers waiting for the service at York.

“The journey was very uncomfortable and we had to stand up for the entire journey. God knows how it must have been

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  • September 2, 2020
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Photos show how restaurants are reopening with social distancing regulations in the world’s densest cities

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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.
  • Restaurants in cities across the world are reopening with new social distancing regulations in place.

  • We looked at how restaurants are bringing back business safely in the most packed cities.

  • To inform this list, Business Insider referred to Our World in Data, a 2014 project about population density by Global Change Data Lab using information from the United Nations.

  • The population density of a city comes from the number of people per square kilometer.

  • Here’s how the experience of dining out has changed in the 19 densest cities in the world, with robots and reduced capacity. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

19. Cairo, Egypt. Population density: 8,600 people per square kilometer

People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo, Egypt, on July 9, 2020. 

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  • August 28, 2020
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Alleged rapists arrested in Iran and Egypt after MeToo-inspired social media movement

Campaigners say police are paying attention to cases that otherwise would have gone unheard - Olivier Douliery/AFP
Campaigners say police are paying attention to cases that otherwise would have gone unheard – Olivier Douliery/AFP

Campaigners have hailed a rare victory against sexual violence in the Middle East after prosecutors in Iran and Egypt announced the arrest of alleged rapists who were named online by women.  

Victims of sexual assault in conservative Muslim societies have taken to social media to identify their alleged tormentors in a series of high-profile cases inspired by the “Me Too” movement.

In Tehran, Police Chief Hossein Rahimi announced the arrest of Keyvan Emamverdi, a former art student of Tehran University, who stands accused of multiple counts of rape.

Dozens of women had launched an online campaign to accuse Mr Emamverdi, who owns a bookshop close to the university, of luring them to his house and getting them intoxicated before allegedly raping them.

After one alleged victim named Mr Emamverdi on Twitter with the

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  • August 26, 2020
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Budweiser and Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the giant Sturgis motorcycle rally undercuts their COVID-19 advertising strategies, which emphasize social distancing

Real Pinard, who recovered from a 15-day bout of COVID-19, said many rally goers believe that the pandemic is a hoax designed to throw Trump's re-election. <p class="copyright">Jim Urquhart for Insider</p>
Real Pinard, who recovered from a 15-day bout of COVID-19, said many rally goers believe that the pandemic is a hoax designed to throw Trump’s re-election.
  • Brands like Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, and PepsiCo are sponsoring this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as they have in years past.

  • That contrasts with many of their own ads about staying home and staying safe to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

  • Meanwhile, many rally attendees have gathered at concerts and drinking establishments sans mask — piquing the concerns of public health officials.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The continued spread of COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of an untold number of gatherings large and small, but it hasn’t stopped the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Even amid the pandemic, city planners in the otherwise sleepy South Dakota town expected 300,000 to 350,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to attend this year’s iteration

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  • August 13, 2020
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Hotels housing college students in effort to social distance

When Bailey Hedges requested where she wanted to live on campus this fall during her first semester at the University of Pittsburgh, staying in a hotel wasn’t an option.

Until it was.

The university followed up with Hedges, 18, after she submitted her initial on-campus housing application to find out if she’d want to live at a hotel instead. She said yes – skeptically.

“I didn’t know if other people were going to be in the hotel that weren’t students,” she told USA TODAY. But it turned out her hotel, the Wyndham University Center, located on campus, would be completely full of first-year students, so “it feels like I’m dorming anyway,” she said. Her room includes traditional hotel room decor like a dresser and desk, but her One Direction shower curtain is a reminder the room belongs to a student.

Hotel chains, including Wyndham, Hilton and Graduate Hotels, are working

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  • August 13, 2020