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Coronavirus roundup

Starmer self-isolates after symptoms alert

SIR Keir Starmer has gone into self-isolation after a member of his household developed Covid-19 symptoms. The situation emerged shortly after the Labour leader took part in a show on LBC where he shared a studio with host Nick Ferrari. His office has alerted the broadcaster. Sir Keir (pictured) continued working from home yesterday but did not take part in Commons proceedings. A spokesman said he was advised to self-isolate after a ‘member of his household showed possible symptoms’. They are awaiting test results.

Hidden health crisis of alcohol ‘needs to be tackled’

ALCOHOL harm is a ‘hidden health crisis’ that has become more urgent during the pandemic, a report urging the government to tackle the issue has warned. The Commission on Alcohol Harm said it was the leading risk factor for death and disability in those aged 15 to 49 in England, and children with alcohol-dependent parents were three times as likely to consider suicide. ‘We need to acknowledge the true scale of the harm,’ the group’s Baroness Ilora Finlay said.

■ THE parents of premature twins thought to be the first in the UK born with coronavirus are celebrating a ‘miracle’ after they both made a full recovery. Sarah Curtis, 32, and husband Aaron, 33, were horrified when tests revealed she had Covid-19 just days before she gave birth on July 3. But sisters Lissa and Kenna have now been given the all-clear and are home from hospital in Distington, Cumbria.

■ A WOMAN who went for a Covid test on August 23 says she is still awaiting the outcome — after results for a family of three were texted to her in error. Amanda Greenfield said names and dates of birth were included. ‘It’s a massive data breach. Who has my result?’ said the 33-year-old, who had to self-isolate for ten days in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The government said: ‘The overwhelming majority report no issues.’

■ FACE masks must still be worn on public transport in Germany, police say, after thousands protested the rule. The number of cases there rose by 927 to 260,355 and the death toll rose by one to 9,350, the Robert Koch Institute reported yesterday. Meanwhile, Germany is one of six EU countries that have begun trialling a virtual ‘gateway’ to ensure national tracing apps can work across borders.

■ AN AUSTRALIAN health official has revealed she has been under police protection because of death threats over border quarantine restrictions.Queensland state chief health officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with an escort. ‘It has taken an enormous toll on me but then this has taken an enormous toll on everyone,’ she said. Travellers must spend two weeks in hotel quarantine when they cross the state border from other parts of Australia.