NEWS OF THE WEEK 02/10/20
On Tuesday, the world saw the first debate between the two Presidential candidates: Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It was a chaotic event, with Trump interrupting Biden no less than 73 times.
Coronavirus was, of course, discussed early on. Trump defended his government’s approach to handling the pandemic, arguing that he prevented a further 200,000 deaths with the preventative measures he took.
In light of the civil rights movements seen across the globe this year, race issues and urban violence were discussed in the debate. Trump brought up Biden’s support for the 1993 anti-crime bill that lead to a higher incarceration of African Americans. However, Trump also declined the opportunity to denounce white supremacy and instead told the far-right group Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’.
PLASTIC STRAW SUPPLY BAN
As of October 1st, businesses are now banned by law to supply or sell single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. The change comes as movements for more environmentally friendly alternatives grow.
The law does not apply to hospitals and restaurants who supply the items to disabled people or people with medical conditions that require them.
770 students at Northumbria University have tested positive for coronavirus since the semester officially began on the 21st of September. Only 78 of the students have been symptomatic, showing how far coronavirus can spread without showing any signs.
Northumbria University were warned that is was too early to have students return to campus and the University and College Union have called the situation ‘another preventable crisis’.
The students and their close contacts are now isolating for 14 days.
UK AND CORONAVIRUS
This week, Turkey and Poland were added to the quarantine list, meaning that anybody coming back from these countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days. This came into effect at 4am on Saturday.
On Friday, COVID-19 cases in the UK reached 467,146, rising by 6,968 that day. It is now being suggested that the peak we saw in May was largely underestimated due to the lack of testing.
Additionally, the Office for National Statistics has suggested that 1 in 500 people have COVID-19 in England (as of 24/09/20).
Many areas across the country have additional restrictions put upon them. In Leicester, you are unable to mix with people outside of your own household, you can however travel out of your local area. These rules are also applied extensively to the entirety of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Many counties in Wales are also subject to ‘local lockdowns’.
You can find more information on the rules in your area here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54373904