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Meanwhile, riot police are being deployed to the French city of Marseilles to enforce the country’s increasing number of coronavirus restrictions after a number of violent incidents by protesters. Approximately 130 riot police will descend on the streets of the southern city to enforce the wearing of masks as authorities increase the areas where face coverings are mandatory. The councils of Paris and Marseilles have made face masks compulsory in most public areas, after both cities were declared high-risk coronavirus hotspots. Bars, cafés and restaurants have been forced to shut and strict social distancing guidelines are in force on public transport.
Yesterday France saw its largest spike in infections since they eased lockdown measures in May.
On Monday France recorded 3,310 new cases of coronavirus.
The country has 17 new clusters where the coronavirus reproduction rate is increasing.
The total number of clusters now numbers 252 across the country.
To date more than 30,400 people have died from infection with coronavirus in France, giving the country one of the world’s highest fatality rates.
Follow our live blog with all the latest updates below.
French riot police are sent to Marseilles
11.30pm update: Brazil COVID-19 cases exceed 3.4 million
Brazil has recorded 47,784 new confirmed infections of coronavirus, taking its caseload past 3.4 million to 3,407,354.
It also reported 1,352 new deaths, taking its death toll past 109,000.
Brazil has the world’s second highest death toll, second only to the United States.
9.30pm update: Northern Ireland on ‘slippery slope’ over Second COVID spike
Robin Swann, Stormont health minister, says Northern Ireland is in danger of heading down a “slippery and treacherous slope”.
He is “as worried today as I have been for some time”, adding that a second spike is “not inevitable”.
“We can still arrest that slide but this requires decisive action from all of us,” speaking today.
“This virus has not lost its energy or potency, it has not got tired of spreading.
“We cannot and should not give into fatigue or complacency. COVID-19 won’t go away just because we are fed up with it.”
8pm update: 190 new cases in Ireland
Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said 190 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
He said: “We’re now seeing multiple clusters throughout the country, in people’s homes, in multiple workplaces and in a number of other social settings.
“Our 14-day cumulative cases per hundred thousand population, a key measure looked at by NPHET, is now 26 – that’s come up from four.
“Our five-day average of new cases is 116 new cases per day and rising.
“Today, the total number of new cases is 190.”
6.30pm: Council finances to be placed under great pressure
Financial pressure on councils as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue into the next year “and beyond”, it has been suggested.
A new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicates that the crisis is pushing up councils’ spending and reducing their locally-sourced incomes by billions of pounds.
The document, produced by IFS researchers and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Local Government Association, suggests that councils’ forecasts of the spending and non-tax income pressures resulting from the crisis will exceed the additional funding made available this year by around £2 billion.
5.50pm: Depression doubles during pandemic
The number of adults experiencing depression has almost doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures suggest.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that nearly one in 10 (9.7 percent) British adults suffered some sort of depression between July 2019 and March 2020.
But when the same group was assessed again in June, the figure had risen to 19.2 percent – nearly one in five.
The majority (84 percent) of people experiencing some sort of depression cited stress and anxiety affecting their wellbeing, and 42 percent said their relationships had been affected.
The ONS research examined data from the same 3,500 British adults both before and during the pandemic.
Statisticians found those most likely to say they had been affected by depression in June were younger adults (aged 16 to 39), women, those “unable to afford an unexpected expense”, and disabled people.
Latest COVID-19 cases in the UK
5pm update: UK COVID-19 deaths update
The Government said 41,381 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of 5pm on Monday, an increase of 12 on the day before.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Government also said that as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 1,089 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Overall, a total of 320,286 cases have been confirmed.
3.55pm update: Relief for Leicester businesses as lockdown measures eased
Minal Parmar, owner of the Beauty Refinery in Leicester, welcomed the easing of Lockdown measures after five months of closure.
“I’m super excited because we have been closed since March and obviously lost lots of business throughout,” he said.
“I’ve answered so many phone calls from clients during lockdown and I just can’t wait to be open tomorrow.
“Luckily, we have four treatment rooms so we can take one client at a time in each room. We have PPE (personal protective equipment) too, face masks and we’ve obviously always been using the gloves.”
3.15pm update: Latest on Covid-19 restrictions in Leicester
Current restrictions on gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place in Leicester but the Department of Health and Social Care said there will be relaxations for some businesses from Wednesday.
They include tanning booths, spas, massage and tattoo parlours and body and skin piercing services, while guidance for music venues and theatres to stay closed will be dropped.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “My gratitude goes out to the people of Leicester who have all made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay and protect their local communities.
“The rate of infection has now dropped to a safe enough level to allow further businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and some outdoor venues to reopen in the area.
“Current restrictions on gatherings must remain in place to further bring down the rate of infection.”
Here is the weekly ONS graph which shows fatalities by the actual date of death.
Cases have been ticking up for well over a month now, yet thankfully fatalities are continuing to fall.
As always, caution is required but panic will just set us back. pic.twitter.com/PBnxdAJo4U
— Professor Karol Sikora (@ProfKarolSikora) August 18, 2020
2.30pm update: Although infection rate has increased fatalities from coronavirus have fallen according to Office of National Statistics data.
Professor Karol Sikora viewing the current Office of National Statistics graph showed fatalities for coronavirus continued to fall.
He tweeted: “Cases have been ticking up for well over a month now, yet thankfully fatalities are continuing to fall.”
2.00pm update: The UK coronavirus hospital death toll went up by 6 in today, in the lowest Tuesday increase for 5 months.
England recorded 5 new deaths. Northern Ireland recorded one. Scotland has not recorded a coronavirus death for more than a month, and Wales also had no new fatalities today. The nation’s overall fatalities from the disease now stand at 57,000.
1.00pm update: Depression doubles during coronavirus pandemic
The Office for National Statistics figures suggest one in five people appeared to have depressive symptoms compared with one in ten before the pandemic.
The conclusions are based on a survey of more than 3,500 adults followed up over a 12-month period.
12.00pm update: Jeremy Corbyn calls for extension on the ban on evictions for those that cannot pay rent due to the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Corbyn tweeted: “A ban on evictions must be extended for at least another year and rent arrears cancelled. More than 11 million people rent privately yet for too long our system has prioritised the private profits of landlords over the rights of tenants.”
11.00am update: No recourse to public funds for migrants to the UK exposes financial hardships in post-lockdown economy.
Migrants across the UK who work in casual and low-paid roles saw their jobs disappear or incomes slashed during the coronavirus lockdown.
Because they have no recourse to public funds they have no welfare safety net to fall back on. Recently-released government figures show that applications to the Home Office for the ban to be lifted rose by more than 500percent.
10.00am update: Coronavirus lockdown restrictions hit retailers leading to thousands of job-cuts.
Of the high-street retailers affected, Debenhams announced 2,500 job cuts last week, on top of 4,000 in April. WH Smith is cutting 1,500 jobs, after its high street and airport stores were hit by falling sales and SSP, the owner of Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, said in July it was axing 5,000 jobs out of its 9,000 UK workforce.
9.30am update: Actress Sharon Stone speaks out about lack of testing in the US and how her sister and her sister’s husband are fighting for their lives
The actresses sister Kelly Stone, who has lupus, says she is “gasping for every breath with oxygen” while fighting the virus.
8.50am update: Marks & Spencer is set to cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management.
It said the coronavirus pandemic had made it clear there had been a “material shift in trade”.
In-store sales of clothing and home goods were “well below” 2019.
Global coronavirus figures
8.15am update: The French government has announced that riot police will be deployed in the Marseille region in France.
130 police officers were dispatched to the Marseille area after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases and an increasing in violent incidents in protest against the new restrictions.
8.00am update: New coronavirus clusters in Glasgow and Lanarkshire have been linked to house parties.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire said the two boards were working together on the latest outbreak.
A total of 14 linked coronavirus cases have been identified in north-east Glasgow in addition to eight North Lanarkshire cases.
7.30am update: Gavin Williamson has made a specatcular u-turn in how A-level and GCSE results are assessed.
Instead of using the Ofcal algorithm to determine grades, he now has said that all A-level and GCSE results in England will be based on teacher-assessed grades.