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Revellers clearly unable to social distance say Police, but Health Sec claims majority did ‘right thing’

A car tries to drive along a street filled with revellers drinking in the Soho area of London - JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
A car tries to drive along a street filled with revellers drinking in the Soho area of London – JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the vast majority of people who went out on ‘Super Saturday’ were “doing the right thing” and following social distancing, despite contradictory reports from the Police Federation.

“I think that from what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly,” Mr Hancock told Sky News, adding that he was pleased with how the nation reacted as restrictions were eased on Saturday.

“It was really good to see people out and about and largely, very largely social distancing,” he said.

However, the chairman of the Police Federation has said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule after pubs and restaurants were

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An Online Hub, Social Distancing, and Maybe Even a Date Shift

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival may still be months from unfolding in Park City, Utah, but newly-installed festival director Tabitha Jackson has revealed that the festival is planning for a range of scenarios when it comes to imagining what the event will look like during the global health crisis. In a wide-ranging new memo, the former director of Sundance Institute’s documentary film program (who was announced as John Cooper’s successor just five months ago), addressed the current climate and Sundance’s reaction to it.

Although the memo provides few specific details about the next edition, Jackson outlined plans for national screenings, online access to the lineup, and even hinted at a potential date change.

While other festivals have opted to go entirely virtual or postpone their physical editions altogether, heavy hitters like TIFF are carving out the possibility of mounting an event that offers both physical and virtual components. For now, … Read More

Doctors plead with holidaymakers to heed social distancing after public packed beaches

Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. - PA
Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. – PA

Doctors have pleaded with holidaymakers to practise social distancing ahead of the tourism industry reopening next weekend.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has set out guidelines for people in England, who will be allowed to visit hotels, bed and breakfast facilities and campsites from July 4.

It comes as thousands have flocked to beaches and beauty spots on Thursday – the hottest day of the year so far – prompting a major incident to be declared in Bournemouth.

The BMA has advised people not to travel if they are ill or have any Covid-19 symptoms, including a cough, temperature or loss of smell or taste.

The doctors’ union has also said holidaymakers should be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their “bubble” develops symptoms or is told to do so by the NHS

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Teen who pushed boy off Tate viewing platform blamed social services and said he was ‘mad’

Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues - HANDOUT
Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues – HANDOUT

The teenager who threw a six-year-old from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern laughed and told the child’s father “Yes, I am mad” before blaming social services for his actions, a court has heard.

Jonty Bravery, 18, who is autistic, has pleaded guilty to attempted murder after scooping up the boy and hurling him over the railings “without any hesitation” last August in front of his horrified parents. 

A sentence hearing at the Old Bailey heard that he had planned the incident “well in advance” and had researched the easiest way to kill someone as he had been “seriously unhappy” and wanted to get out of his supported accommodation.

Deanna Heer, prosecuting, told the court:  “He said he had to prove a point to ‘every idiot’

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As Black creators gain sudden exposure on TikTok and Instagram, social media platforms begin to acknowledge inherent biases

Black content creators call on followers and social media platforms to acknowledge systematic racism. (Photo: Instagram/heybriajones/areed_1998)
Black content creators call on followers and social media platforms to acknowledge systematic racism. (Photo: Instagram/heybriajones/areed_1998)

The social media landscape has been transformed amid conversations regarding racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. While people from all backgrounds are participating in these discussions and using their platforms to provide information and resources for their followers, it’s Black content creators in particular who have seen a spike in their engagement and follower count on sites like Instagram and TikTok. And with social networks actively giving a boost to these creators’ posts, some feel this is the first time that they’re being both seen and heard by those who ordinarily wouldn’t follow them.

“My platform has blown up. I just hit 30,000 [31,700 as of publishing time] on Instagram, and last week I had, like, 24,000 [followers before]. And

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Social media users more likely to believe conspiracies

Social media app icons are seen on the screen of a smartphone in this close-up photo
Social media app icons are seen on the screen of a smartphone in this close-up photo

From the idea that the coronavirus was created in a lab to the belief that it is all part of a plan to bring in compulsory vaccinations, conspiracy theories have been plentiful in recent months.

Now, research indicates that people who get their news from social media are more likely to believe in such theories – and also more likely to break lockdown rules.

Researchers from King’s College London and Ipsos Mori found that some conspiracy theories were believed by quite a high proportion of the population.

In an online survey of over 2,000 people carried out in late May, 30% thought that the coronavirus was created in a lab, up from 25% in April. A similar proportion thought the true death toll from Covid-19 was being hidden by the authorities.

About 13% believed

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Jobs That Make Social Distancing Difficult

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Photo credit: izusek/istockphoto

Too Close for Comfort

The coronavirus pandemic has made “6 feet apart” a mantra for many, but what about workers whose livelihoods depend on contact with others? Economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Labor to quantify how tough it is to keep a safe distance in various occupations. They assigned a proximity index based on their findings, where 0 means workers can do their job very far from others, while 100 means the opposite. Here are the highest-contact careers where “social distancing” is little more than wishful thinking.

Related: Are You Required to Put Yourself in Harm’s Way? Know Your Rights When Returning to Work

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Photo credit: wavebreakmedia/istockphoto

Hair Stylists and Cosmetologists

Proximity Index: 92.17
It goes without saying that it’s hard to do hair and makeup without touching clients. Adding insult to

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Video showing lack of social distancing at Universal Orlando sparks concern about theme parks reopening

Visitors ride a roller coaster at Universal Studios theme park on the first day of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, on June 5, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Visitors ride a roller coaster at Universal Studios theme park on the first day of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, on June 5, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Universal Orlando reopened in early June and the theme park has already come under fire after suggestions that employees on one ride were not enforcing social distancing.

An account that shares news related to the theme park, called @UniNewsToday, wrote on Twitter over the weekend that “all of the social distancing markers near the load area at Hagrid’s [Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure] are gone. There’s also a Team Member yelling ‘fill in all the available space.’”

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Mecklenburg expects August surge in cases, asks residents to keep social distancing

Mecklenburg officials say there could be a surge in COVID-19 cases in the county in August and September as the state reopens – signaling the latest revision to projections that previously suggested local hospitals would experience their greatest demand on resources in mid-July.

County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a news conference Friday that not enough Mecklenburg residents are continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing. She urged residents to comply with health guidelines to avoid any “significant acceleration or spikes in our curve.”

“The one point I do want to make is that I don’t believe we’re moving into a second wave,” Harris said. “We slowed – almost stopped – our first wave with our social distancing, with our stay-at-home order. We are in the process of resuming that wave.”

Using models to predict the trajectory of cases within two to three months is “challenging,” Harris

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