New contact-tracing app launches – your questions answered

An NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app has launched across England and Wales.

As of Thursday evening, it had been downloaded more than one million times by Android users, according to the Google Play Store.

The total figure is likely to be higher when iPhone downloads are included, but Apple does not provide similar figures for app downloads.

NHS coronavirus contact tracing app
Image: The NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app has been downloaded more than a million times

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called the new mobile phone app an “important step forward” in the UK’s fight against COVID-19.

It asks users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were in close proximity to someone with coronavirus.

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Morrisons resumes rationing as customers stock up

Morrisons has become the first supermarket chain to reinstate rationing on essential goods after evidence that some customers were stockpiling.

Britain’s fourth-biggest grocer said it was limiting consumers buying products such as toilet roll, disinfectants and bleach to a maximum of three items.

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Shoppers are faced with partially empty shelves at a supermarket in London on March 14, 2020, as consumers worry about product shortages, leading to the stockpiling of household products due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has faced criticism for his country's light touch approach to tackling the coronavirus outbreak, is preparing to review its approach and ban mass gatherings, according to government sources Saturday. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Shelves were stripped bare amid panic-buying in March

It comes as the government introduces new measures in an effort to hold back the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Earlier this week, the chief executive of Tesco urged consumers to avoid a “return to unnecessary panic buying”, in an interview with Sky News.

All the major supermarkets had introduced temporary restrictions in March after shelves...

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Where are Europe’s hotspots for coronavirus infections?

European Union health officials are urging member nations to move quickly to slow the latest wave of COVID-19 infections to avoid a repeat of the broad lockdowns that paralysed the continent’s economy in the spring.

EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the most recent risk assessment showed that some countries are reporting more cases now than they did during the earlier pandemic’s peak.

She said now “might be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring”.

More than three million cases have been reported in Europe since the beginning of the year, including 187,509 deaths, according to figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

These maps and graphs show how the picture is changing across Europe.

This map shows that Mon...

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راه اندازی رستوران با سه شرط ساده

صنعت رستوران داری یکی از مشاغل پر سود در دنیای امروز است. البته به شرط اینکه به ذائقه مشتریان خود آشنایی کافی داشته باشید. از سوی دیگر برای راه اندازی رستوران باید تمامی شرایط و توصیه های بازاریابی را هم بدانید. رستوران داری به سرمایه زیادی نیاز دارد. رستوران ساز در این کار بی پروا هزینه می کنید، باید مراقب باشید تا هر آن سرمایه گذاری شما با شکست روبرو نشود.

چند نکته مهم می تواند در راه اندازی رستوران به شما کمک کند.

جمعیت و بازار هدف را در نظر بگیرید...

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افزایش اعتماد به نفس در زنان با چند راهکار ساده

کمبود اعتماد به نفس در زنان یکی باعث پسرفت یک جامعه می شود. زیرا زنان نقش مهمی را در تربیت نسل آینده برعهده دارند. وقتی این گروه جنسی خودشان را نپذیرند، مطمئنا نمی توانند نسلی سالم و موفق را تربیت کنند. برای افزایش اعتماد به نفس در زنان راههای زیادی وجود دارد. ما در ادامه قصد داریم به این راه‌ها بپردازیم.

عادت ها را به چالش بکشید

برای افزایش اعتماد به نفس در زنان لازم است تا با عادت های منفی بجنگید. شما به ندرت زنی با اعتماد به نفس را پیدا می کنید که زندگی او بدون هیجان و تکراری باشد...

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با راه های افزایش عزت نفس پادشاه جمع های دوستانه شوید

اعتماد به نفس به معنای خودباوری است. وقتی شما خودتان را باور داشته باشید، در برابر کوهی از مشکلات مقاوم و استوار می مانید. کسانی که در برابر کوچکترین مشکلات سریع رنگ می بازند، در واقع اعتماد به نفس کافی ندارند. راه های افزایش اعتماد به نفس زیاد است. ما در این مطلب قصد داریم به همین موضوع بپردازیم.

1. خود را با دیگران مقایسه نکنید

یکی از مشکلات افرادی که به کمبود اعتماد به نفس مبتلا هستند، مقایسه کردن خود با دیگران است. این کار باعث می شود تا خود را دست کم بگیرید...

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UK reports highest ever number of new daily coronavirus cases

The UK has reported 6,634 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily total ever recorded.

A further 40 people are reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19, official figures show. The last time the daily death toll was higher than 40 was on 14 July, when 44 deaths were recorded.

All of the deaths happened in England, apart from two in Scotland and one in Wales.

England recorded the vast majority of Thursday’s coronavirus cases – 5,632 – followed by Scotland with 465 infections, Wales with 348 and Northern Ireland with 189.

The numbers take the seven-day rolling average for cases to 4,964 – up from 3,354 last Thursday.

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Denmark, Slovakia and Iceland added to England’s travel quarantine list

Denmark, Slovakia and Iceland have been added to England’s travel quarantine list – meaning travellers returning from 4am on Saturday will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Caribbean island of Curacao has also been added to the list.

The government’s “red list” is aimed at stopping coronavirus spreading from countries with high infection rates.

Anyone who fails to quarantine after returning from these countries – apart from a small list of exemptions – faces a fine starting at £1,000.

No countries have been removed from the red list this week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland usually update their own lists following the UK government’s announcement of its changes for England.

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Key announcements from chancellor’s coronavirus support plan

The chancellor has unveiled his “Winter Economy Plan” to protect jobs as the UK continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

With Britons warned the latest COVID-19 restrictions could last as long as six months – and the looming end of the furlough scheme – Rishi Sunak has set out a raft of new measures.

These are the key coronavirus announcements from his Commons address:

  • A new jobs support scheme – which will replace furlough – will see the government “directly support” the wages of people in “viable” jobs working at least a third of their normal hours
  • The government will top up a third of the worker’s salary that would have otherwise been lost as a result of working reduced hours – capped at £697.92 a month – which means a third will go unpaid
  • It will start in November and run for ...
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Is Christmas cancelled? How will COVID rules affect the year’s big celebrations?

Boris Johnson has said new restrictions to curb the rise in coronavirus cases could last six months.

They include a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants and add to measures already in place, such as the ‘rule-of-six’.

It means some activities and events could be disrupted until well into 2021.

Here’s a rundown of how some of the upcoming big events could be affected.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A member of the bar staff loads drinks onto a tray to deliver to customers on the first day of pubs reopening at the Job Bulman pub in Gosforth on July 04, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Image: New closing times in pubs and bars will mean many people have to call it a night much earlier


The ban on social gatherings of more than six indoors and outdoors in England could affect families and friends looking to join together as a big group.

The tradition of children knocking on stranger’s doors for sweets will have to be restricted in most areas to smaller grou...

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