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Can you still attend group exercise class in a gym, yoga studio or dance studio under the latest government guidelines? It’s a question many have been asking on social media since Tuesday, after Boris Johnson announced the rule of six will now apply to indoor grassroots team sports for adults in England. The official guidelines on the government’s website state: “Organised indoor sport or exercise classes can take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than 6 do not mix.”READ MORE: Hopeless, Forgotten, Livid: How Couples Feel About The New Weddings Restrictions The wording left us scratching our heads, so we asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to clarify what is and isn’t allowed under the new rules. “Gym classes and other indoor and outdoor sports will be able to continue, providing they adhere to the government’s Covid-secure guidance that they had to meet to reopen earlier this summer,” a spokesperson confirmed via email.“So in an exercise class for instance, you’d have individuals maintaining social distancing alongside all the other technical guidance (one way systems in gyms, for example).”The spokesperson added that while indoor sports such as five-a-side football, netball and basketball will be limited to a maximum of six adults per training session, exercise classes – be that yoga, spin or dance – can continue with more than six attendees, providing social distancing is possible. Supervised activities provided for children, including indoor team sports, are exempt from the rule of six.  READ MORE: Will There Be A Second Lockdown In England? Will A Curfew Work? Here's What Scientists Think How To Know When It's Time To Seek Help For Your Anxiety
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Ex-Goldman Sachs economist told CNBC: "I suspect Chinese GDP growth could actually end 2020 as net positive still."
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The Reno 4 series new product dubbed the OPPO Reno 4 SE was officially released today. The company has invited a well-known celebrity Wang Junkai ... The post OPPO Reno 4 SE Smartphone Announced, Starting St 2499 Yuan ($369) appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Early on in the pandemic, there was some controversy over the use of homemade and reusable face masks, with the public expressing concerns over whether these common materials could suitably slow the spread of airborne droplets. A number of studies have validated the use of these masks, though they’ve focused on smaller droplets, not the larger ones expelled forcibly when … Continue reading
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Image: Apple Apple’s new Apple One bundle, which gives customers an assortment of Apple-owned services for a monthly fee, is likely to help out subscriptions for all of its offerings, but few need it as much as TV Plus. Apple has been relatively quiet about anything related to TV Plus’ metrics in the almost year it’s been out. There are no subscriber numbers, no big displays of bragging about The Morning Show or Ted Lasso’s viewership figures. (In fairness to Apple, the company hasn’t given an update on Apple Music subscribers since June 2019, and while CEO Tim Cook did share this year that Apple News has 125 million subscribers, he chose not to disclose how many people signed up for $10 subscription version.) All that exists is reports from... Continue reading…
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A previous version of the policy appears to contain a typo allowing the use of monitoring apps to track adults without their consent.
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So, you think you’ve got coronavirus. Now what? Getting tested to confirm your suspicions or put your mind at ease would be the obvious first step, but sadly, it’s not that easy. Supposedly, anyone who has coronavirus symptoms can get a test. The list of test-worthy symptoms now includes: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.However, with Covid-19 cases rising in the UK, there have been widespread reports of people struggling to access tests, including in coronavirus “hotspots”  and within the NHS. Related... Covid Tests To Be Rationed As Matt Hancock Told System In Chaos How are you supposed to get a test?  If you believe you have coronavirus symptoms, the government is still advising people to get a test done “as soon as possible”. Tests should be done within  the first five days of having symptoms. There are two ways to get tested: booking a visit to a test site or ordering a home test kit. Both methods require you to self-refer via the government’s website. During this process, you’ll need to fill out an online form with some personal details. You can also book a test in this way for someone you live with who is displaying symptoms. If you’re having problems using the online service, you should call 119 if you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or 0300 303 2713 if you’re in Scotland.However, the government says these numbers shouldn’t be used if you’ve simply been told no tests are available. “No extra tests are available through the helplines,” it confirms. There’s a separate testing service for care home residents or staff members. In these groups, you can still get tested even if you do not have symptoms.READ MORE: Help! I I Can't Stop Arguing With My Partner About Coronavirus Risks What problems are people having?People have reported trying the government website “hundreds of times”, but continually receiving a message that no tests are available. Worryingly, NHS staff are being forced to stay off work and self-isolate because they cannot access coronavirus tests for themselves or family members. Some people have also reported having to drive long distances to access a test, but the government insists the average distance travelled to a test site is now 5.8 miles, down from 6.4 miles last week.The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed it “pauses” the booking portal for home testing when there’s high demand, to prevent backlogs at laboratories. Appointments at testing sites are also limited.  Who will be prioritised for testing?  The government is yet to release an official priority list for testing, although this is expected in the coming days.  Health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed tests will be rationed in some capacity, though. He said patients with acute medical needs and people in care homes will be at the front of the queue for Covid-19 checks under a new system. “Throughout this pandemic, we have prioritised testing according to need. Over the summer, when demand was low, we were able to meet all requirements for testing, whether priorities or not,” he said.  “But as demand has risen, we are having to prioritise once again and I do not shirk from decisions about prioritisation. They are not always comfortable, but they are important.”Related... UK May Need To Do 10m Covid-19 Tests A Day, Expert Says What to do if you’re struggling to access a test  When asked what people should do if they are struggling to access a test, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson didn’t exactly answer the question. “NHS Test and Trace is working and our capacity is the highest it has ever been but we are seeing a significant demand for tests including from people who do not have symptoms and are not otherwise eligible,” they told HuffPost UK.“New booking slots and home testing kits are made available daily for those who need them and we are targeting testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, and prioritising at-risk groups.”Your best bet is to check the government website at different times of the day. Booking slots for Covid testing sites are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and on the morning for afternoon appointments. Remember, you need to self-isolate if you think you have Covid-19 symptoms. Use the following services if you need medical advice:England: NHS 111 online coronavirus serviceScotland: NHS informWales: NHS 111 WalesNorthern Ireland: get advice from a GP or GP out-of-hours service.Call 999 if you think there’s something seriously wrong.READ MORE: The Most (And Least) Risky Activities For Spreading Covid-19 Here’s How To Cope With Lockdown Déjà Vu When Will We Be Able To Ditch Face Masks?
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This popular SUV's freshened styling, additional amenities and enhanced tech should make it more competitive with rivals.
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It’s been confirmed that this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing will be going ahead with a live studio audience, albeit in a slightly different way to usual.A post on the BBC’s website has revealed that Strictly fans can now apply for tickets, which will be allocated in groups of four, with audience members watching the show at cabaret-style tables rather than the usual rows of seats.This means people from the same household or social bubble will be able to sit together to watch the show, either at tables or in a balcony seating.Audience members will have to wear face coverings as long as they are at Elstree Studios, where Strictly is filmed, with the BBC stating: “We would be grateful if you could bring plain black face coverings.”It's time...https://t.co/FWXVp6caE7 Check it out before 10pm on 20th September!! pic.twitter.com/TSP3Fs6bWV— BBC Shows and Tours (@bbcshowstours) September 14, 2020Groups of fewer than four members will not be allowed to apply for tickets, “to allow us to make the most of the space in the studio”.The listing also suggests that this year’s Strictly live shows will begin on Saturday 24 October, with filming also taking place on Monday 12 October, for what is presumably a pre-recorded launch show.This year’s series will be markedly different to past runs, due to coronavirus restrictions.For one thing, the show is running for less time than usual, with the number of contestants reduced to 12.Long-serving judge Bruno Tonioli will also not be appearing on the panel for the first time in Strictly history, due to filming commitments in the US, where he lives most of the time.It’s also been revealed that Strictly will not be able to take its annual trip to Blackpool Tower in 2020, although producers will be paying tribute to the iconic ballroom in their own way.All 12 of this year’s contestants have now been revealed, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, comedian Bill Bailey and former home secretary Jacqui Smith among the stars taking part.Olympic boxer Nicola Adams will be part of Strictly’s first ever same-sex pairing, while Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing will be returning, a year after an injury cost him his spot on the show.MORE STRICTLY: Craig Revel Horwood Has Already Started On This Year's Strictly Stars Before They've Even Danced A Step Strictly Come Dancing Forced To Axe Competition Landmark Due To Coronavirus Here's A Rundown Of The 12 Celebrities Taking Part In Strictly Come Dancing This Year
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ThredUP makes donating and upcycling clothes as easy as possible. Order a bag online, fill it up, and schedule a USPS pickup. Here's exactly how it works.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci disputed the quotes in Bob Woodward's book and said he did not "recall" making those statements.
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US president Donald Trump knew in early February that coronavirus posed a unique and deadly threat to the country, and was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”At the time, Trump repeatedly publicly downplayed the virus as no more dangerous than the flu.The revelation is one of many in journalist Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, “Rage”, for which Trump granted Woodward a series of interviews. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a February 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”“This is deadly stuff,” he repeated.“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward on March 19, according to a copy of the book obtained by CNN. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”But by ignoring reality in public, the president didn’t prevent panic, he provoked it. Many statements Trump made as the virus spread in the US were outright falsehoods:“We have it very much under control in this country.” “It’s going to be just fine.” “It’s one person coming in from China.” “We’re doing a great job with it.” “It’s going to have a very good ending for us.” “We’re in great shape.” “We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” “Just stay calm. It will go away.” “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.” “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Responding to the bombshell on Wednesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump “has never lied to the American public on COVID” and also claimed he “never downplayed the virus.”Republican lawmakers greeted the news with mixed reactions.When asked about Trump’s admission in Woodward’s book that he downplayed the coronavirus, senator Mitt Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill: “It doesn’t sound ideal to me.”“I don’t think he needs to be on TV screaming, ‘We’re all going to die,’” Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of the president, countered. “His actions shutting the economy down were the right actions.”Trump repeatedly resisted calls to shut down businesses in order to save lives. In March, he claimed that the US would see more deaths from an economic shutdown than from coronavirus.Nearly 190,000 Americans so far have died of Covid-19, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. According to The Washington Post, the book is based in part on 18 on-the-record interviews with Trump from December through July. Woodward also interviewed former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and former Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. In addition to documenting the Trump administration’s failed and fragmented coronavirus response, the book also chronicles Trump’s response to anti-racism demonstrations, North Korean diplomacy and other topics.Igor Bobic contributed reporting.Related... Three Times The Government Raised Our Hopes Of Having A 'Normal' Christmas What It Actually Means If The Government Breaks International Law So, Is Christmas Cancelled? Coronavirus Experts Make Their Predictions
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla will now come one week early, as Ubisoft has shifted the date to match the Xbox Series X's launch.
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There were 1,838 new Covid-19 cases on Labor Day. The last time new cases were this low was on June 15, officials say.
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