State and city leaders blame social gatherings, not businesses or schools, for coronavirus uptick in New London

Connecticut and local officials said Monday that the recent uptick in coronavirus cases in New London can be traced back to a series of social gatherings and other small social interactions — not to local school or business reopenings, or to the nearby casinos.

“We’re being told by the contact tracers that it’s not coming from any institutional or business setting, it’s coming predominantly from social spread … where people are letting their guard down,” said New London Mayor Michael Passero.

He pointed to situations — such as small family gatherings that are well within the state limits on gathering size — where people may feel relaxed enough that they remove their masks or sit nearby one another. But COVID-19 can still spread, even among a small group of people and even from people who aren’t displaying any symptoms.

“The institutional environments — nursing homes, schools, even the casino —

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(WATCH) London Marathon 2020 Live: Watch Full Event Now

TV London Marathon Live: The London Marathon 2020 may be taking place virtually this year, but here’s everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated event.

The London Marathon may look a little different this year, but it’s still going ahead on Sunday – with runners all over the UK taking part in the virtual race for the event’s 40th birthday.

Over 45,000 runners are predicted to be taking on the weighty challenge, which takes place virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, and gives participants 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete 26.2 miles anywhere in the UK.

When is the London Marathon 2020?

The London Marathon 2020 takes place on Sunday 4th October, and begins at 7.15am, with different groups beginning the race at different times.

Race start times (ET)

Elite women — 2:15 a.m.

Elite men — 5:15

Elite wheelchair — 8:10

How to

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London transport faces ‘doomsday scenario’ without extra help

Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said that daily income has dropped from £13m a day to £5m. Photo: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said that daily income has dropped from £13m a day to £5m. Photo: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Without a second bailout, London’s transport network faces a “doomsday scenario” the Transport for London (TfL) network has warned.

As the 17 October deadline nears for the expiry of the current £1.6bn ($2.07bn) bailout package from the government granted in May, people using public transport is still nowhere near levels seen pre-coronavirus.

TfL’s income suffered a big hit due to people working from home during the pandemic, plunging by 90% as lockdowns set in.

Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said that daily income has dropped from £13m a day to £5m.

Without a renewed cash injection TfL would be forced to issue a Section 114 order. This is the equivalent of bankruptcy.

Under this “doomsday scenario” the Woolwich Ferry, linking Woolwich and North Woolwich, would be the only

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‘Dramatic’ plunge in London air pollution since 2016, report finds

Air pollution in London has plunged since Sadiq Khan became mayor, with a 94% reduction in the number of people living in areas with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide. The number of schools in such areas has fallen by 97%, from 455 in 2016 to 14 in 2019.



the tower of the city: Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters


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Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Experts described the reductions as dramatic and said they showed the air pollution crisis was not intractable. More than 9,000 people in the capital were dying early each year due to dirty air in 2015.

The report from the mayor of London, reviewed by scientists, shows that more than 2 million people in the capital lived with polluted air in 2016, but this fell to 119,000 in 2019. The report, which does not include the further falls in pollution seen after the Covid-19 lockdown began in March, shows levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2

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London borough triggers its own local lockdown

Sadiq Khan has called for tighter rules in London in recent days, saying the capital is at a 'tipping point'. (Getty)
Sadiq Khan has called for tighter rules in London in recent days, saying the capital is at a ‘tipping point’. (Getty)

A London borough has urged residents to avoid mixing with other households “unless absolutely necessary”.

It comes amid fears coronavirus is spreading more rapidly in the capital than official figures show.

In an open letter, the mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London John Biggs wrote: “Despite a fall over the summer, we are seeing cases of COVID-19 rise and we need to accept that the situation is once again worsening. Tower Hamlets now has one of the highest levels of COVID-19 in London.

“As a second rise in infections hits us, we must take all steps necessary to limit the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk.”

He added: “With this in mind, now is the time we must take further action. I am clear

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