Train services to be cut due to ‘pingdemic’ as support given to seven local authorities

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Travel industry crisis as airports expect as few as 20 per cent of normal passenger numbersThe scale of Britain’s travel industry crisis will has been laid bare by figures showing the country’s major airports will only have a fraction of their normal passenger numbers on what should have been one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, writes travel correspondent

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Simon Calder.Manchester airport is set to handle fewer than 40 per cent of the flights it managed two years ago, while Gatwick will only see a fifth of its usual passenger volume in August.Exclusive polling for The Independent shows just 12 per cent of Britons intend to go abroad this summer

Celine Wadhera1627069829Top U.S. diplomat concerned about food shortages in North Korea due to covid-19A top U.S. diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages due to covid-19 and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently warned of a “tense” food situation and admitted his country faces “the worst-ever” crisis.But his government has insisted it won’t rejoin the talks unless Washington drops its hostility.“We all feel for the people of the DPRK ( North Korea’s official name), who are indeed facing all the most difficult circumstances given the pandemic, and what it means as well for their food security,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in Seoul.

“We only hope for a better outcome for the people of the DPRK,” she said.Sherman spoke after meeting South Korean officials, during which both maintained that they will continue diplomatic efforts to convince North Korea to return to the nuclear talks.

Experts have warned if the economic situation declines, North Korea may be compelled to reach out to the United States.Charlene Rodrigues1627068804The return of parkrunAfter a hiatus since 15 March 2020, parkrun will be returning to parks across the UK tomorrow morning.

In order to re-launch the weekly 5km events, parkrun UK is requiring all volunteers and participants to self-assess, ideally using lateral flow tests, for Covid symptoms prior to attending, and to refrain from attending if at all symptomatic.The organisation also launched new Covid-19 codes to protect runners, walkers and volunteers. Measures include distancing yourself from others, positioning yourself according to your estimated finish time, and refraining from spitting, high-fiving and all non-essential contact.

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Celine Wadhera1627068653Covid-19 hospitalisations in England surge by 30 per cent in a weekData shows that the number of people in hospital with coronavirus in England has risen to its highest level in four months.Latest figures from NHS England show that confirmed Covid-19 cases occupied 4,401 hospital beds on Friday, the highest level since March 22.

This is a week-on-week rise of 30.7 per cent from the 3,367 people in hospital on July 16.But the numbers are still much lower than the peak of the second wave when patient levels in England reached 34,336 on January 18.Charlene Rodrigues1627068194Closures on London underground as 300 staff self-isolate

Transport for London said there will be no service on the Circle or Hammersmith and City line this weekend.There will also be reduced service on the District and Metropolitan lines due to staff shortages.Charlene Rodrigues1627067664Scottish Labour responds to new rules around self-isolation for key workers in Scotland

Scottish Labour has said the government’s exemptions for self-isolation for key workers raised “as many questions as answers”.Scottish Labour’s spokesperson Jackie Bailie said: “We do need a plan to ease self-isolation requirements but the government’s sticking plaster solution raises as many questions as answers.

“The current situation of staff shortages faced by businesses and essential services is not sustainable, but changes cannot come at the expense of frontline workers’ safety or public health.“For this to work, there is a need for a robust and reliable testing scheme so that people can return to work safely.”

Celine Wadhera1627066937Childhood respiratory infections rise ahead of winter in response to covid-19 restrictionsHealth chiefs in England are encouraging parents to be vigilant of the signs of respiratory illnesses in young children, asdata from Public Health England (PHE)

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has revealed cases are starting to rise in parts of the country.PHE said respiratory illnesses, including colds and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are very common in young children, which they see every year.But, last winter due to the various restrictions in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), there were far fewer infections in younger people.

This means many will not have developed immunity and so we may see more cases this year than in a typical season, PHE warned.For the majority of children, these illnesses will not be serious and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.

Charlene Rodrigues1627066524Simon Calder’s expert travel advice for your most urgent holiday queriesAs we all attempt to navigate the summer holidays and the UK’s increasingly complex traffic light system for international travel,The Independent’stravel correspondent answers your most pressing travel questions.

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The climate talks ended with an agreement on Saturday, after 15 days of deliberations. Although, a late disagreement over the wording on fossil fuels saw pledges on coal watered down.

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All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben JenkinsLiving in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insane

All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben JenkinsLiving in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insane good Ben should listen to the original Johnny Morris recordings of the books. Gentle and calming. Unlike trucks. Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh said the trucks. the French Embassy, ​​Consulates in Israel victim of infiltration and espionage !!! 2015/2021

Business in revolt as pingdemic empties shelves, cuts shop opening hoursFrustration is beginning to boil over as parts of the economy start to seize up due to workers being ordered to self-isolate, writes James Moore

Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy HuntScrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaos Of course it is. By design. Undermine, then ignore, and hang the consequences thanks Is that because the cabinet have started dismissing it as a 'pingdemic'?

Supermarket crisis LIVE: Panic-buying fears as shelves left empty after 'pingdemic' chaosA RECORD number of people were told to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app last week, sparking fears of a 'pingdemic' crisis in UK supermarkets. Brexit means Brexit Daily Express 😂 Supermarkets have urged customers not to panic buy in response to reports of emptying shelves, saying they are continuing to receive regular deliveries. Read more: Same photo used during the Brexit referendum

Hospitalisations rocket to highest since Feb as 'pingdemic' chaos hits policeSUPERMARKETS say there’s just 48 hours to fix the pingdemic or shoppers will face empty shelves, with stores already running out of staples such as beer and bread. Huge numbers of staff have … Here we go again the scaremongering from the pathetic British press. Pingdemic what next