Coronavirus infection rate down from last week as mass testing pilot begins

Hundreds of people have been tested as part of a pilot mass coronavirus (Covid-19) testing programme while new data showed the rate of infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 618,700 people in England – one in 90 – had coronavirus between October 25 and 31, up from 568,100 the week before.But while the infection rate has increased in recent weeks, “the rate of increase is less steep compared with previous weeks”, the ONS said. Testing centresThe latest figures came as queues built up outside new test centres in Liverpool which were opened at midday as part…

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A woman screams ‘you’re breaking my fingers’ as HS2 protest camp eviction begins

Bailiffs, aided by police, are using brutal force to evict an anti-HS2 protest camp in Jones Hill Wood, Buckinghamshire. Protesters are calling for urgent back-up to help them protect the woodland that will soon be destroyed forever. The police have arrested at least three people so far.In the darkness of early morning on Thursday 1 October, around 40 National Eviction Team (NET) bailiffs, working on behalf of HS2, and accompanied by 20 police officers, made their way into the camp. Footage shows a woman screaming in pain as NET officers assault her in an attempt to remove her. “You’re breaking my fingers!” she screams, as police watch on,…

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