UK extends coronavirus self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days Jul 31, 2020 0 1292 12345 LONDON: Britain on Thursday extended the period of coronavirus self-isolation from seven to 10 days, as fears grew over a surge in cases.The UK’s chief medical officers said scientific evidence now showed that people with the virus have a “real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days”.“It is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from seven to 10 days,” they said, as ministers hinted they would take new precautions to try and contain the pandemic.At the weekend, Britain introduced a 14-day quarantine period for anyone returning from Spain, the UK’s most popular tourist destination. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “second wave” of cases in Europe and health secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday the government would announce similar measures to those imposed on Spain elsewhere, if necessary. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus deaths top 150,000 in worst-hit US Jul 31, 2020 0 3162 NASA’s Perseverance rover bound for Mars to seek ancient life Jul 31, 2020 0 1610 (Stand-alone) Jul 31, 2020 0 1288 French cities tighten virus measures as cases rise AFP Lille, France Several French cities on Thursday announced new face mask requirements and other measures to contain the coronavirus as the number of new cases continues to increase after a long lull, officials said. .. Coronavirus numbers improve slightly in Spain’s hotspots MADRID: The number of daily new coronavirus infections has slightly declined in Spain’s hardest-hit regions, authorities said on Thursday. Especially in the Catalan regions Lleida and Barcelona, which recently .. Scottish schools set for full return in mid-August LONDON: Children in Scotland can return to schools full-time in the middle of next month, the devolved government said on Thursday as it eases coronavirus lockdown measures. It will be the first time since March that .. WHO says it overestimated ability of wealthy countries to fight COVID-19 DPA Geneva The health systems of wealthy countries performed more poorly than expected during the early phase of the COVID-19 crisis, WHO emergency operations chief Mike Ryan said on Thursday in Geneva. It was .. Hong Kong row has ‘poisoned’ ties with UK: China’s ambassador AFP London Britain’s “interventions” in Hong Kong have “seriously poisoned the atmosphere” of relations with China, Beijing’s ambassador in London warned on Thursday. Liu Xiaoming also accused Western powers and .. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists barred from election HONG KONG: A dozen Hong Kong democracy activists were disqualified on Thursday from standing in September’s legislative elections, a move decried by candidates as the most pressing assault yet on Beijing’s critics in .. Trump suggests delay in presidential election over coronavirus fears AFP Washington US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election, in which he is currently lagging badly in the polls, citing the coronavirus and what he said would be “fraudulent” voting. ..