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Latest updates from Prime Minister, including new law for wearing face masks

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Boris Johnson has announced the latest updates in a coronavirus press conference this afternoon, which sees face masks mandatory in more places. 

The prime minister is currently answering questions from the media after his coronavirus press conference where he announced some new rules regarding coronavirus lockdown.

The latest updates come after evidence suggests the infection rate has risen across the country. 

Johnson adds that progress continues and death numbers are falling but some European countries are ‘struggling’ to control coronavirus and the UK must be ready to ‘react’.

The updates that were set to take place from tomorrow (August 1st) such as the national pause on shielding and advising employees to head back to work remain the same. 

However, the easing of some restrictions is being delayed until at least August 15th. This includes bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos, Boris Johnson says.

Spectators will also no longer be permitted to attend the sport pilot events that were planned in the coming days. 

From August 8th, face masks will be mandatory in new settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as museums, cinemas and places of worship.

“We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings and this will become enforceable in law from the 8 August,” he says.

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Johnson also reiterated that people should continue to wash their hands regularly and get tested if they develop symptoms. 

The Prime Minister added that the new restrictions in place in the North West of England are not a ‘return to lockdown’.

Professor Chris Whitty confirms the rise in infection rates in several parts of the world ‘is not a second wave’. Whitty adds it is necessary to ‘pull back’ from easing restrictions to prevent this. 

The Chief Medical Officer explains that the UK has ‘probably reached or neared the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society’.

Regarding opening school in Autumn, Whitty said that the “idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control” is wrong, he said, but it is clear that “schools are an absolute priority” for society.

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You should wear masks and avoid kissing during sex to stop spread of coronavirus, experts say

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A sexual health charity has published advice on sex in a pandemic, and it includes avoiding kissing, wearing face masks and not using face to face positions.

Terrence Higgins Trust has said that 84% of people have abstained from having sex with a partner they don’t live with throughout the lockdown, but the charity urges officials that this is no longer realistic.

Asking people to refrain from sex completely is no longer realistic now there has been easing of the lockdown measures. 

The charity said we need to find a way ‘to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19’. 

The charity’s advice is simple, the best sexual partner during a pandemic is either yourself or a partner you already live with. 

The advice explains that masturbation, sex toys, phone sex or online sex are all great and safe alternatives. 

If you are having sex with someone you don’t live with, the charity suggests limiting the number of sexual partners. It also provides a list of other precautions you should take, and some might seem a bit unusual at first.

First up, like anything these days, before and after sex you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Nothing gets you in the mood quite like lathering up your hands as you hum Happy Birthday twice over!

Next, the advice states to avoid kissing, to wear a face mask during intercourse and to pick positions that are not face to face – get creative! 

The charity also warns that the virus can be found in some bodily fluids, so ensure you are wearing condoms and dams for oral sex. 

Other advice has even gone one step further, and suggested using physical barriers like glory holes that prevent face-to-face contact but allow sexual contact. 

Dr Michael Brady, the charity’s medical director, said: “We’re clear that abstaining from sex is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus, but we hope by issuing this advice we will help people to manage the risks of Covid-19 while also being able to have and enjoy sex.”

The charity also stresses the importance of practising good sexual health beyond the pandemic, including getting tested before becoming sexually active again.

Find out more about how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 while having sex here, including how to get tested for STIs and HIV

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Jet2 plane circles Greater Manchester after people report hearing ‘loud bang’

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A plane was spotted circling the skies above Greater Manchester this afternoon, with witnesses reporting that they heard a ‘loud bang’.

The Manchester Evening News reports that a Jet2 Boeing 757 took off from Manchester Airport, but ended up circling the skies above Greater Manchester – as seen on online flight trackers.

According to the MEN, the flight has now landed safely back down at Manchester Airport.

A Twitter user said: “I saw the plane as it flew overhead. Following the noises, it stopped climbing and banked left. Looks to be trying to return to the Airport. Fingers/eyes/toes crossed that everyone & everything is okay x”.

Others reported they heard a ‘loud bang’ that could have been an ‘engine backfiring’. 

One user wrote: “That was scary to hear and witness flames coming out of the right engine! Never heard anything like it before living under flight path”.

Some reports on Twitter suggest the noise could’ve been a bird strike. 

The latest update from the MEN says the plane was on a test flight, with the airline set to issue an official statement shortly.

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The ‘best meteor shower of the year’ will be visible over the UK this week

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The Perseid meteors are active between mid-July and the end of August, and this year they will be reaching their peak this week. 

There is set to be as many as 50 to 100 comets flying across the sky each hour, as part of the spectacle this week.

To get the best glimpse of the meteor shower, you’re gonna have to stay up late. The Royal Observatory advises that The Perseids will be most visible between midnight and 5:30am.

The meteors will be flying across the skies on the nights of August 11th and 12th, meaning you can get a glimpse as early as tomorrow evening!

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According to the Royal Observatory: “[The shower] is always above the horizon as seen from the UK, which means that observers in the UK should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets.

“Therefore, it is worth looking up in the early evening.

“It is always favourable to try and spot meteors when the Moon is below the horizon or when it is in its crescent phase, because otherwise it will act as a natural light pollution and will prevent the fainter meteors from being visible.”

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Many stargazers wait all year for this extra special meteor shower due to the rate and brightness of the meteors.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused as the Earth moves through a stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has a huge 133-year orbit.

The particles hit the Earth at a super speed of 37 miles per second, burning and streaking across the sky.

It is possible to see some rare meteors just before midnight that graze the Earth’s atmosphere and produce the occasional bright long trail, called a ‘fireball’.

The Royal Observatory recommends heading to the countryside for the best view, and to ensure you’re in an area of clear skies.

Find out more about the Perseid meteor shower here

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