UK govt steps up coronavirus threat level after rise in cases Sep 22, 2020 0 1427 12345 AFPLondonThe UK government on Monday upgraded its coronavirus alert level, as top advisers warned England could see up to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and a surging death toll unless action is taken immediately.Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said rates of infection in England were replicating the strong resurgence seen in France and Spain, roughly doubling every seven days.“We are seeing a rate of increase across the great majority of the country,” he said, urging the public to respect stricter guidelines on social distancing. “This is not someone else’s problem. It’s all of our problem.”The government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre later changed its COVID-19 alert level from three to four to reflect the increase in cases.Level three states that a COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation while level four reflects that “transmission is high or rising exponentially”.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce tougher rules on Tuesday to try to flatten the curve going into the winter months when other respiratory infections are typically high. He called rising infection rates “a cause for great concern”. RELATED ARTICLES Navalny says Novichok found ‘in and on’ his body Sep 22, 2020 0 735 Trump’s US Supreme Court push ‘abuse of power’: Biden Sep 22, 2020 0 977 Support for Taiwan independence doomed to fail: Beijing Sep 22, 2020 0 497 No EU sanctions on Belarus despite oppn leader plea AFP Brussels EU foreign ministers on Monday failed to agree sanctions over the political crisis in Belarus, despite a plea for support from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The former Soviet republic has been .. Trump to name Supreme Court pick at end of week US President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his nominee for the empty Supreme Court seat at the end of this week. “I will announce it either Friday or Saturday and then the work begins, but hopefully it won’t be .. US announces ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran, Venezuela’s Maduro AFP Washington The United States said on Monday it was imposing sanctions on Iran’s defence ministry and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro under a contested UN authority and demanded that Europe follow suit. .. US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election AFP Washington The United States edged close to registering 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump stays in office. .. Guterres calls for international cooperation on United Nation’s 75th anniversary (DPA) NEW YORK UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for more international cooperation in the face of global challenges at an event marking the world body’s 75th anniversary. “Today we have a surplus of ..