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    Coronavirus: Italy president fires back at Boris Johnson over COVID remark

    Italy's president has hit back at Boris Johnson after he suggested the UK had higher coronavirus infection rates because it was a more "freedom-loving country". In parliament this week, the prime minister was quizzed about why Germany and Italy appeared to have lower COVID-19 rates than the Britain. Mr Johnson disputed a claim that the relative success of different countries' test and trace schemes was a factor.

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    Coronavirus: UK reports highest ever number of new daily cases

    The true number of new cases at the peak of the first wave is likely to be well in excess of 100,000 a day.</p><p>Even now it's estimated that only around a third of cases are being picked up by the testing system.</p><p>Research by Imperial College London suggest two-thirds of cases may be asymptomatic.

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    Trump booed and heckled by mourners while paying respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Donald Trump has been booed and heckled while paying his respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death has triggered a political row. The president and wife Melania, both wearing masks, stood silently behind the late Supreme Court Justice's coffin in Washington DC as her body lay in repose at the country's highest court. On Friday, she will be moved to lie in state at the US Capitol - the first woman to receive such an honour, before being buried next week in a private service at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    Coronavirus test shortage forcing thousands of GPs and nurses to stay off work, government told

    Thousands of GPs and nurses are being forced to stay off work as they cannot get tested for COVID-19, the professional body for general practitioners has said. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has written to Dido Harding, head of the government's £10bn test-and-trace programme, warning that staff absences could hit the flu vaccination drive that ministers say is vital to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter. Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP, told Sky News that test and trace logistics and capacity must "urgently improve" in order to help tackle COVID-19.

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    Sir Harold Evans was the greatest newspaper editor of the last 100 years - and an icon for honest journalists

    Murdoch made Evans editor of the Times, but the two were unlikely to get on for long, especially during the heyday of Margaret Thatcher.</p> <p>In 1984 Harry moved to the US, eventually becoming an American citizen.</p><p>A few years earlier he had married his second wife, Tina Brown, the British journalist who would go on to relaunch Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.</p><p>In the US he had a thriving career as an editor, publisher and author - mainly of history books. Friendly, intense and taking no prisoners, what struck me was his piercing curiosity and love of information.

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    Coronavirus: Test and trace figures show positive cases up almost three times on end of August

    The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England is almost three times as many as at the end of August, official data shows. The new numbers from the NHS Test and Trace system show 19,278 new people tested positive between 10-16 September. Since the end of August there has been a substantial increase of 180% in positive cases, according to stats from NHS Test and Trace.

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    Coronavirus: Israel heads into 'hermetic' lockdown after infection figures surge

    <p>The cabinet met late into Wednesday night and concluded, not without huge disagreement, that a "hermetic" lockdown must be implemented by Friday.</p><p>The country's infection rate is by far the highest among known rates globally.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around the world</strong></a></p><p>Prime Minister <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Benjamin Netanyahu</a></strong> told minsters: "I know that it is late but in more than one sense, we are facing the moment of truth.</p><p>"The number of severe cases is rising. To my sorrow, so is the number of deaths.</p><p>"Over the past two days we have heard from the experts that if we do not take tough and immediate measures, we will reach the edge of the abyss."</p> <p>Sky News analysis of data from the Johns Hopkins University shows that Israel currently has a daily infection rate of 55 cases per 100,000 (seven-day rolling average).</p><p>This compares with Spain at 24.2, Brazil with 11.8, and the United States with 13.6.</p><p>The data also shows that Israel has had the biggest global increase in infection rates over a 14-day period.

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    Coronavirus curfew could kill the heart of London as revellers melt into the night

    The eager few remain, but tonight's 10pm curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants has been described as the final nail in the coffin for the hospitality sector in London.</p><p>The legendary party district of London is preparing to bear the brunt of the latest round of coronavirus restrictions. Businesses in Soho have survived the summer of uncertainty, but a curfew threatens to close some venues forever.</p><p>Milk & Honey is the latest to go under.

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    Trump takes a swipe at Meghan Markle after she urged Americans to vote: 'I'm not a fan of hers'

    As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity."</p><p>Former Suits actress Meghan, 39, described the November election as "the most important election of our lifetime".</p><p>"When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard," she said.</p><p>"Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the US will not pay for their security protection.

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    Coronavirus: Rule-breakers hit with £1,000 fines - including two people in virus hotspot Bolton

    Two people in Bolton who "recklessly" flouted self-isolation rules have been hit with £1,000 fines. The town in Greater Manchester has been at the top of coronavirus infection rate tables for weeks and residents are already under stringent measures to curb the rise in cases.