September 22, 2020

Coronavirus: Morning update as UK daily death toll surpasses Italy and Spain’s worst days

1. UK daily death toll among highest in Europe

It was announced on Friday that another 980 people had died in UK hospitals – bringing the total number of UK deaths to 8,958. It is a record daily number that has exceeded Italy and Spain’s worst daily figures during the pandemic. More than 100,000 people have died from the virus around the world, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in the US.

A patient is admitted to hospital in Italy

2. How can we lift lockdown restrictions?

Although essential for containing the spread of the virus, the government-enforced lockdown has upended normal life for millions of people in the UK. Understandably, many are wondering how and when restrictions can be eased.

BBC health and science correspondent James Gallagher says deciding which measures to lift will be “a difficult balancing act” for the government.

People walk past a sign saying 'Stay Home' projected from Bournemouth pier

3. Virus deepens struggle for migrants

For migrants in Calais and the UK, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of “catastrophic”, says the BBC’s Fergal Keane.

4. Can my dog or cat catch coronavirus?

Could our four-legged friend give us something more than a furry cuddle? Scientists and vets say it is highly unlikely that a dog or cat could transmit coronavirus to a person, and there have been no cases of this so far. But what should you do to protect yourself, your pet and others?

Cat and dog

5. The Ipswich mum behind the global rainbow phenomenon

Crystal Stanley, 31, was credited with popularising the trend of creating rainbows during lockdown, which she called a sign of “positivity, hope and togetherness” during the crisis.

And they even caught the eye of the Queen, who said the rainbows would be the symbol of the UK’s “national spirit”.

Miss Stanley says she is “amazed” it has become a global phenomenon.

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