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US election debate: Biden renews attack on Trump’s Covid record

Joe Biden renewed his attacks on Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during the final debate of the presidential election campaign.

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,” Democratic candidate Mr Biden told the event in Nashville, Tennessee.

The encounter represented one of the Republican president Mr Trump’s last remaining opportunities to reshape a campaign dominated by the virus.

Mr Trump defended his approach to the outbreak and claimed the worst of the pandemic was in the past.

Tougher coronavirus restrictions begin for nearly 6 million people

Stricter coronavirus rules are coming into force for nearly six million people within the next 24 hours.

Greater Manchester moved into the highest alert level , Tier 3, this morning, and Wales will introduce its two-week “firebreak” lockdown at 6pm.

Coventry, Stoke and Slough will enter Tier 2 on Saturday , while talks between Westminster and Nottingham over possible Tier 3 restrictions are continue on Friday.

Under Tier 3 measures, pubs and bars are closed, unless they are serving substantial meals, for a 28-day period, along with casinos, bingo halls and bookies.

Nottingham hospitals postpone some non-urgent surgeries over ‘dramatic rise’ in Covid admissions

Hospitals in Nottingham have postponed some non-urgent surgeries due to a “dramatic rise” in Covid-19 admissions, the local NHS trust has said.

It comes as it was confirmed that the city and the wider Nottinghamshire region were in discussions with the government about entering Tier 3 restrictions.

Tracy Taylor, the CEO of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said it had been a “difficult decision” to postpone some appointments.

Oxford coronavirus vaccine ‘works perfectly’

The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University works perfectly, a new study has found.

A study using cells in the laboratory found it delivers instructions for the Covid protein, which cells copy thousands of times to produce it in large amounts.

This means a vaccinated person’s immune system would recognise the virus and be able fight it off without them falling ill.

Rashford and his mother visit food charity naming warehouse in her honour

England football star Marcus Rashford and his mother have visited a food charity which is naming a new warehouse in her honour.

The pair’s visit to FareShare Greater Manchester came a day after a Labour motion for the free school meals scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021 was defeated in the House of Commons.

The campaign has been championed by Rashford and he called on people to “unite” to protect the most vulnerable children after the vote.

On this day…

4004 BC: According to Archbishop James Usher, this is the day God created the world. Although there are 140 conflicting versions of the date, Usher’s is the only one that matches the chronology of the authorised version of the Bible.

42 BC: Brutus, whose army was crushed by Anthony and Octavian at Philippi, committed suicide by falling on his own sword.

1642: The Royalists narrowly beat the Roundheads at Edgehill in the first major battle of the Civil War. Both sides claimed victory.

1707: The first Parliament of Great Britain met.

1844: The “Divine” Sarah, actress Sarah Bernhardt, was born in Paris.

1915: The legendary cricketer WG Grace died.

1942: The Second Battle of El Alamein began with a thousand tanks aimed on Italian and German troops.

1950: Al Jolson, US singer who billed himself “the world’s greatest entertainer”, died. He starred in the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer.

1956: The Hungarian uprising against Soviet leadership began in Budapest.

1987: Lester Piggott, former British champion jockey and later a top trainer, was jailed for three years for tax evasion.

1991: The House of Lords ruled that husbands could legally be convicted of raping their wives.

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