The UK stands “at a critical point” in the Covid-19 pandemic but the data is “heading in the wrong direction”, Chris Whitty will warn at a snap press conference with top experts. The chief medical officer’s stark words follow Boris Johnson cautioning on Friday a second wave “is coming” and may hit the country as winter bites. Whitty will head a snap public briefing at Number 10 on the latest data on coronavirus alongside chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance, at 11am on Monday, Downing Street said. On Friday, the “R” rate jumped again to between 1.1 and 1.4 and daily infection numbers peaked over 4,000 last week for the first time since May. Related...
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The pair are expected to back Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock’s attempts to persuade the public to stick to the new “rule of six” on social gatherings in order to avoid full lockdown. Whitty is expected to say: “The trend in UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic.“We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period.”Would you call the police on a neighbour who's failing to self-isolate?"Yes," says UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, as he tells #Marr how £10,000 fines could be enforcedhttps://t.co/GCTX2iCqwlpic.twitter.com/PHE7eFOLUX— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 20, 2020Using charts and graphs to set out the latest figures, they will also present data on other countries in the grip of a second wave and how this could be replicated in the UK. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Hancock said there was a danger the infection rate could “shoot through the roof”. It came as the government announced those who fail to self-isolate may face a hefty fine of £10,000. Hancock said anyone who saw their neighbours breaking the rules should tell the police, adding: “I am very worried about this second wave.“We have seen in other countries around Europe how it can absolutely shoot through the roof.”The health secretary also hinted a second national lockdown was possible. “The nation faces a tipping point.”He added: “We have a choice. Either everybody follows the rules – the rule of six and the need to self-isolate if you have a positive test or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace – or we will have to take more measures.”Labour leader Keir Starmer has said he will support the government should it impose a second lockdown, but blamed the government’s failure to get a grip of testing for the recent spike in cases. Related...
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The International Space Station is experiencing a "slightly increased" leakage of air, NASA said Thursday.
NASA said the leak "presents no immediate danger to the crew or the space station" and is currently within normal operating limits.
However, due to the new increase, two cosmonauts and an astronaut living aboard the ISS will spend this weekend inside a Russian module to help locate the source.
The crew has a Soyuz spaceship in the event an urgent escape is required, though that is unlikely.
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The International Space Station, a football field-size laboratory, is not perfectly sealed, and is always leaking a bit of air.
But now, that rate of air loss has "slightly increased," NASA says, and the three men living aboard the station have to hunker down while mission controllers on Earth figure out where the problem is — and how to fix it.
In a blog post, NASA said the American and Russian space agencies are now "working a plan to isolate, identify, and potentially repair the source." Vitally, NASA added: "The leak is still within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the space station."
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and his Roscosmos crew mates Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin will spend the weekend huddled inside the station's Zvezda service module. The Soyuz MS-16 spaceship, which the three-person crew rode to the ISS in April — and can whisk them back to Earth in the event of an emergency — is attached to a small laboratory near the Russian module.
To find the source of the leak, which RIA Novosti, a state-controlled media outlet in Russia, first reported on Thursday, astronauts and mission controllers plan to shut all of the space station's hatches by Friday, and monitor the air pressure of each through Monday.
"The test presents no safety concern for the crew. The test should determine which module is experiencing a higher-than-normal leak rate," NASA said. "The US and Russian specialists expect preliminary results should be available for review by the end of next week."
Thursday's report of a leak follows an incident in 2018, in which a small drill hole was found in the wall of a Soyuz ship. Cosmonauts found the source of the leak by spacewalking outside the ISS and cutting through the spaceship's insulation with a knife. The affected part was an interface between the Soyuz and the larger laboratory, so it was patched with epoxy. After a crew left inside the spaceship, the patched part went with it and didn't cause further trouble.
The Zvezda service module was the first livable piece of the ISS, launched nearly 20 years ago, so NASA said the crew "will have plenty of room" for their surprise weekend stay inside of it.SEE ALSO: SpaceX just brought 2 NASA astronauts back to Earth in its Crew Dragon spaceship, kicking off 'the next era in human spaceflight'
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