Wednesday briefing: Experts 'expect more Leicesters' | World news

Wednesday briefing: Experts 'expect more Leicesters' | World news

Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories this Wednesday morning. A rise in coronavirus infections has been detected in areas of England, Scotland and Wales, raising fears of renewed Leicester-style lockdowns as the countries prepare to ease restrictions. The Medway in Kent, the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing in London, and Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland saw a rise in infections in the week to 25 June, according to official data. Other areas seeing higher rates included Bedford, Barnsley and Flintshire. The much-awaited reopening of pubs is set for Saturday throughout England, and from 15 July in Scotland. “I am expecting there to be a number of Leicesters,” said Prof Deenan Pillay, a virologist at UCL. Some clothing factories in Leicester remained open during the national lockdown and ordered workers to work even when they were sick, labour campaigners have claimed, amid concerns that the city’s garment industry has played a key role in the resurgence of cases. The government has been criticised for “sowing confusion” about the city’s new lockdown, while residents and businesses said they were baffled by the messaging. The Trump administration has bought up the world’s entire supply of remdesivir for the next three months, denying any other countries access to a drug which can help coronavirus victims recover more quickly. It sparked alarm that the US could use similar leverage to corner the market in any future Covid-19 vaccine. The US’s top infectious diseases expert says the ...
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