Coronavirus UK LIVE: Shielding paused as Boris Johnson announces face mask crackdown and deaths hit 46,084

IT is good news for those on the clinically, extremely vulnerable list as shielding was paused.

It means more than two million people will now be able to go into other households and visit shops.

But Boris Johnson announced there will be a crackdown on the wearing of face masks in public places as the death toll creeps up.

The official UK death toll has now passed 46,000 as a further 120 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded.

During yesterday’s press conference, Mr Johnson slammed the breaks on further lockdown relaxation, postponing the opening of many leisure businesses for another two weeks.

Casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks were meant to reopen on August 1, but will remain closed.

Wedding receptions of up to 30 guests are also not permitted but ceremonies may still go ahead.

Meanwhile, Leicester’s local lockdown was last night partially lifted with pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen on Monday whilst parts of northern England including Greater Manchester entered a local lockdown on Friday.

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  • Hana Carter 's avatarHana Carter31st Jul 2020, 00:21


    Cases of Covid-19 in Cornwall have tripled in a week as more tourists flock to the coastline.

    The South West has the worst R rate in the country.

    UK holiday bookings are booming following the last-minute travel ban in Spain, with fears of other European countries facing similar restrictions.

    Yet in Cornwall, the rolling seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 people has risen from 0.9 to 3.3, with 19 new cases confirmed, according to Cornwall Live.

    Infection rates in the South West are now the highest in the country.

    The R rate, which indicates how fast coronavirus is likely to spread, is now above 1 in the South West, estimated to be around 1.04.

    The overall R rate in the UK is 0.8-0.9 <a href=”“>according to the government, with it needing to remain under 1.

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