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Daily News Briefing: PM faces revolt, NHS app a ‘shambles,’ Prince Charles warning for young people & global Covid-19 updates

Johnson faces revolt on Covid diktats as poll figures slump

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In today’s briefing update, the Sunday Papers report the PM is facing a “massive” revolt for imposing Covid-19 restrictions on the public without consulting Parliament. Prince Charles has warned one million young people are in need of urgent help and the new NHS contact tracing app is branded a “shambles.”  

In our special feature, we look at global coronavirus updates. 

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Johnson faces revolt on Covid diktats as poll figures slum

The Observer says the PM is facing a “massive” revolt from MPs for imposing Covid-19 restrictions on the public without consulting Parliament first. The paper says a “cross-party backlash” is taking shape. It also cites an opinion poll, which shows Labour ahead of the Conservatives – a sign that confidence in his leadership is collapsing in the party and across the country, the paper adds. 

Read the full story on the Guardian 

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We are not Appy!

Sunday’s Daily Star takes a look at the new NHS contact tracing app in England.  It illustrates Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock as clowns. The paper says the new app has been branded  a “shambles” as problems emerged – including being unable to record “tens of thousands of tests.” 

Read the full story on the Daily Star

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Honours joy for NHS heroes 

The Sunday Express reports hundreds of “coronavirus heroes” working in the NHS will be recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list when it is published next month. The paper says the prime minister has paid tribute to such workers, saying the nation owes them a “great debt of gratitude.” Also sharing the front splash is photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. 

Read the full story on the Daily Express

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1m young people need urgent help says, Prince Charles

The Sunday Telegraph carries a photo of the Cambridges on its front page as they met with Sir David Attenborough – but leads with another royal story. Prince Charles has written a piece for the paper, warning that one million young people could need “urgent help” to protect their futures from the worst effects of the pandemic. Charles says it’s a difficult time for anyone, but “a particularly difficult time to be young.”

Read the full story on the Telegraph

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BBC critics set for top jobs in broadcasting

The Sunday Times reports on the figures who could take up two of the top jobs in broadcasting. The paper says No 10 is in talks with former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to be the next chairman of the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. And former Daily Telegraph editor Lord Moore has been asked by the PM to become BBC chairman. The Times says Mr Dacre will want to encourage the BBC to downsize although adds that he is on record as wanting to preserve it. 

Read the full story on the Times

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It will be cool again today, and with winds continuing to ease. It will mainly be dry with hazy sunshine in the west, but cloudy in eastern England, with a few spots of light rain or drizzle.

Tonight

Still cloudy and breezy across eastern England this evening and overnight, with a few showers. Elsewhere, it will be dry and mostly clear. Chilly, with a chance of frost in sheltered spots.

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In today’s special feature we look at global coronavirus updates

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 33,072,164

DEATHS: 998,927

RECOVERED: 24,416,022

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France’s second coronavirus wave ‘arriving faster than we thought’

France24 says France will face a months-long coronavirus epidemic that will overwhelm its health system if something does not change, one of the country’s top medical figures warned Sunday.

“The second wave is arriving faster than we thought,” Patrick Bouet, head of the National Council of the Order of Doctors, told the weekly Journal du Dimanche.

Read the full story on France24

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Morocco faces down Covid-19 spread with some tough rules

Arab News says Morroco has pulled out all the stops to stanch the spread of the coronavirus, including closing air and seas borders for months and eight of its cities barring people from entering and leaving. 

But still, the Kingdom – a magnet for tourists in better times – has registered more than 110,000 cases since March and has a death toll of 2,041 — the highest among its North African neighbours.

Morocco first introduced lockdown measures in March but has been gradually easing restrictions. A recent upsurge in infections, however, has forced targeted measures.

Read the full story on Arab News

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Israelis protest against Netanyahu despite coronavirus lockdown

Aljazeera says thousands of Israelis have gathered in Jerusalem to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a day after the country tightened its lockdown aimed at stemming surging coronavirus cases.

Long processions of cars carrying people from throughout the country caused traffic jams in the city, with hundreds of small protests held at bridges and junctions nationwide.

Read the full story on Aljazeera 

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US reports highest new case total for a single day since mid-August 

CNN says there were 55,054 new coronavirus cases reported across the United States on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That’s the highest single-day reporting of new cases since August 14, when the US reported 64,350 new cases in 24 hours.

The seven-day average of new cases reported in the US for the past week was 44,111, according to data from JHU.

Read the full story on CNN

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Victoria health minister resigns after being accused of botching Covid-19 quarantine program 

RT News says Jenny Mikakos, the health minister of Victoria, Australia, has stepped down after the state’s premier claimed she mismanaged a hotel quarantine scheme. Victoria has seen nearly five months of strict Covid-19 measures.

“I am disappointed that my integrity has sought to be undermined,” she wrote in a one-page statement announcing her resignation. She said that she “strongly disagreed” with “elements” of Andrews’ statement to the inquiry and that as a result, she could no longer serve in his cabinet. She said she also plans to vacate her seat in parliament. 

Read the full story on RT News

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