Britain’s Johnson under increasing pressure for national lockdown Oct 18, 2020 0 33 12345 LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under increasing pressure to implement a “circuit-breaker” national lockdown on Saturday as coronavirus case numbers are rising and local authorities push back against his new three-tier system.Many British hospitals have been overwhelmed by the pandemic and may soon no longer be able to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients.There were nearly 16,000 new virus infections recorded within 24 hours on Friday, according to government figures. However, it is believed that the real number is higher, with the ONS statistical office estimating nearly 28,000 daily infections in England alone.Under Johnson’s new system, which outlines three different levels of controls, almost 28 million people are living under heightened restrictions as of Saturday - more than half the population. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES PM Ardern wins landslide in New Zealand’s ‘Covid election’ Oct 18, 2020 0 381 Anti-Trump women’s rallies draw thousands Oct 18, 2020 0 191 Trump stumps in Florida, Georgia, countering signs of Democratic surge Oct 18, 2020 0 29 Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring virus caseload Paris: Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” .. Beheaded France teacher had been target of threats AFP Conflans-Sainte-Honorine A history teacher beheaded in a Paris suburb on Friday had been the target of online threats for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in class, France’s anti-terror .. Austrian foreign minister tests positive for coronavirus Vienna - Austria’s chief diplomat, Alexander Schallenberg, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his spokeswoman said on Saturday. The 51-year-old foreign minister is quarantining at home but does not have .. US shoots down Putin proposal for one-year New START extension AFP Moscow Russia and the United States on Friday were at a new impasse over the last major nuclear arms reduction accord, with the United States calling President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for an unconditional one-year .. As US battles COVID-19, flu shot misinformation spreads AFP Washington US health officials are pushing Americans to get vaccinated against the flu to help prevent hospitals already busy battling COVID-19 from being overwhelmed this winter, but false claims are threatening ..