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Johnson under pressure as scientists say ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown could save thousands of lives

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to impose stricter Covid-19 rules as scientists advising the Government calculated that a “circuit-breaker” lockdown could save thousands of lives.

As the three-tier Covid alert level system came into force across England , the Prime Minister faced calls to go further by introducing a fortnight of nationwide curbs to bring the coronavirus resurgence under control.

Downing Street is understood to be keeping the idea on the table, after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said a two to three-week national lockdown over the October half term was needed to prevent a “sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter”.

Northern Ireland set to impose ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown for four weeks

Northern Ireland is set for a period of intensified coronavirus restrictions after executive ministers agreed to closures of schools, pubs and restaurants.

It is understood that pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, with the exception of takeaways, while schools will close for two, one of which will cover the half-term Halloween break.

The moves do not amount to a full scale lockdown similar to that imposed during the first wave of the virus, but the measures nevertheless mark a significant ramping up of the administration’s response to spiralling infection rates.

Liverpool’s coronavirus inpatients ‘to surpass first peak within seven to 10 days’

Liverpool health officials expect to see the number of coronavirus patients in the city’s hospitals surpass the levels of the first peak in the next seven to 10 days.

There were around 277 confirmed cases currently in hospital as of Monday, compared to around 400 during the pandemic’s first peak.

Around half of the intensive care beds across the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are currently occupied by those being treated for the virus.

Meghan compares ‘very unhealthy’ social media use to drug addiction

Meghan Markle drew parallels between “unhealthy” social media use and drug addiction during a discussion at Fortune’s virtual Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit.

The Duchess of Sussex said she had “a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with [social media] and it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

A rare sighting of a Siberian tiger hugging a tree has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Sergey Gorshkov’s photograph, The Embrace, which took more than 11 months to capture with hidden cameras, will go on display this week in the Natural History Museum’s annual exhibition.

These Amur tigers are found only in one region of Russia, and were hunted to near-extinction in the past century.

This image will be displayed alongside the other winning pictures, including harrowing shots of a performing polar bear and a chained up baby monkey.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

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Life in the balance by Jaime Culebras, Spain Winner 2020, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

2/17

The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment GRAND TITLE WINNER

Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

3/17

The pose by Mogens Trolle, Denmark Winner 2020, Animal Portraits

Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

4/17

Show Business by Kirsten Luce, USA Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalism: Single Image

Kirsten Luce/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

5/17

A mean mouthful by Sam Sloss, Italy/USA Winner 2020, 11-14 years old

Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

6/17

When mother says run by Shanyuan Li, China Winner 2020, Behaviour: Mammals

Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

7/17

Etna’s river of fire by Luciano Gaudenzio, Italy Winner 2020, Earth’s Environments

Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

8/17

The last biteby Ripan Biswas, India Winner 2020, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award

Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

9/17

Backroom business by Paul Hilton, UK/Australia Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award

Paul Hilton/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

10/17

The fox that got the goose by Liina Heikkinen, Finland Winner 2020, 15-17 years old, YOUNG GRAND TITLE WINNER

Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

11/17

Watching you watching them by Alex Badyaev, Russia/USA Winner 2020, Urban Wildlife

Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

12/17

Eleonora’s gift by Alberto Fantoni, Italy Winner 2020, Rising Star Portfolio

Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

13/17

Out of the blue by Gabriel Eisenband, Colombia Winner 2020, Plants and Fungi

Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Great crested sunrise by Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez, Spain Winner 2020, Behaviour: Birds

Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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The golden moment by Songda Cai, China Winner 2020, Under Water

Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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A tale of two wasps by Frank Deschandol, France Winner 2020, Behaviour: Invertebrate

Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

17/17

Perfect balance by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco, Spain Winner 2020, 10 years and under

Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanc/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

1/17

Life in the balance by Jaime Culebras, Spain Winner 2020, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

Jaime Culebras/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

2/17

The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment GRAND TITLE WINNER

Sergey Gorshkov/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

3/17

The pose by Mogens Trolle, Denmark Winner 2020, Animal Portraits

Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

4/17

Show Business by Kirsten Luce, USA Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalism: Single Image

Kirsten Luce/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

5/17

A mean mouthful by Sam Sloss, Italy/USA Winner 2020, 11-14 years old

Sam Sloss/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

6/17

When mother says run by Shanyuan Li, China Winner 2020, Behaviour: Mammals

Shanyuan Li/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

7/17

Etna’s river of fire by Luciano Gaudenzio, Italy Winner 2020, Earth’s Environments

Luciano Gaudenzio/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

8/17

The last biteby Ripan Biswas, India Winner 2020, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award

Ripan Biswas/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

9/17

Backroom business by Paul Hilton, UK/Australia Winner 2020, Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award

Paul Hilton/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

10/17

The fox that got the goose by Liina Heikkinen, Finland Winner 2020, 15-17 years old, YOUNG GRAND TITLE WINNER

Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

11/17

Watching you watching them by Alex Badyaev, Russia/USA Winner 2020, Urban Wildlife

Alex Badyaev/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

12/17

Eleonora’s gift by Alberto Fantoni, Italy Winner 2020, Rising Star Portfolio

Alberto Fantoni/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

13/17

Out of the blue by Gabriel Eisenband, Colombia Winner 2020, Plants and Fungi

Gabriel Eisenband/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

14/17

Great crested sunrise by Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez, Spain Winner 2020, Behaviour: Birds

Jose Luis Ruiz/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

15/17

The golden moment by Songda Cai, China Winner 2020, Under Water

Songda Cai/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16/17

A tale of two wasps by Frank Deschandol, France Winner 2020, Behaviour: Invertebrate

Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Perfect balance by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco, Spain Winner 2020, 10 years and under

Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanc/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On this day…

1066: The Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill, in Sussex, at which William of Normandy defeated Harold of England to claim the English throne.

1644: Quaker leader William Penn – founder of the state of Pennsylvania – was born in London.

1890: Dwight D Eisenhower – nicknamed “Ike” – Second World War military leader and 34th US president, was born in Dension, Texas.

1893: The first performance of The Gaiety Girl, considered the first musical comedy, took place in London.

1913: Britain’s worst pit disaster took place at Senghenydd, Glamorgan – 439 died after an explosion.

1939: The Royal Navy battleship Royal Oak was torpedoed and sunk in Scapa Flow.

1944: Erwin Rommel, known as the “Desert Fox”, took cyanide tablets and died within minutes – before he could be arrested for his part in the plot to kill Hitler.

1947: Chuck Yeager in his Bell X-1 rocket plane became the first man to break the sound barrier.

1969: The 50p decimal coin was first issued in Britain, replacing the 10 shilling note.

1990: Five days after announcing his retirement through ill health, conductor Leonard Bernstein died.

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