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Coronavirus roundup

Drive-through test motorist given parking fine

A DRIVER says he was ‘flabbergasted’ at receiving a parking ticket for taking his family to a drive-through coronavirus test centre. Geoff Pugh (pictured), 52, received the £90 fine after using the facility at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in north London on July 7. Highview Parking said it had ‘incorrectly’ issued tickets that day because the council hadn’t told them they had repurposed the car park for tests.

Minister insists school reopening ‘not open for debate’

MINISTERS have admitted the struggling test-and-trace system must improve — but still insist schools will reopen in September. Local government minister Simon Clarke insisted the system was working but conceded there was ‘more to do’ after a study warned a second wave of coronavirus could be twice as bad as in the spring. However, he said: ‘One thing is clear, schools are going to reopen in full in the autumn, that is not up for debate.’

Covid Aussies facing a £10k fine for going out

INFECTED residents who breach quarantine rules repeatedly are to face fines of more than £10,000 in Australian state Victoria. Cases have shot up by 439 in a day and nearly a third of people officials checked on had gone out. ‘There is literally no reason for you to leave your home,’ said Victoria premier Daniel Andrews.

Infections rise to 43 on Norwegian cruise liner

A TOTAL of 43 passengers have tested positive for Covid-19 after an outbreak on a Norwegian cruise ship. MS Roald Amundsen is docked at Tromso, where 41 have been admitted to hospital. Two new cases — including a child under ten — were confirmed in Trondheim yesterday among passengers who were on the ship.

India records 50,000 cases a day for a week

CONFIRMED coronavirus infections in India have topped 50,000 for a seventh day. The 52,050 cases on Tuesday took the total to 1,855,745, the health ministry said. Another 803 deaths were also recorded, bringing the toll to 38,938. Home minister Amit Shah is among those in hospital.

GETTING NHS services to near-normal levels before winter will be a ‘big stretch’, an expert warns. Niall Dickson, head of the NHS Confederation, said the health services had been ‘turned inside out’ by the pandemic. Meanwhile, 19,775 patients in London are waiting more than a year for treatment — compared with 1,154 across England 18 months ago, according to data seen by The Independent.