Baby Health in Winter Wednesday morning news briefing: After hibernation, the contradictions

Baby Health in Winter

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Public required to do heavy lifting of new rules

It was the moment millions had been waiting for. After three months in lockdown, we were finally being released from what Boris Johnson described as “our long national hibernation”. Yet as we were encouraged to ditch coronavirus-induced dormancy, the cumbersome new set of dos and don’ts only served to add a touch of the crazies to Britain’s supposedly “new normal”. While some of the changes for England were straightforward, others prompted more questions than they answered. As Camilla Tominey writes, it soon became apparent that the public was once again being asked to do the heavy lifting on common sense. But Allison Pearson argues: Who wants to live in this new normal?

The Prime Minister said families and friends would be able to mingle indoors and even go on holiday together from July 4, when pubs and restaurants will also reopen and the two-metre rule will be reduced to one metre. His announcement effectively signals the end of lockdown in England, which will be replaced with a set of complicated rules governing everything from how we see our families to having a pint. I can recommend our simple guide to what the new rules means for you. And, of course, Matt has a humorous take on them for today’s cartoon.

Health leaders say UK must prepare for second wave

As the lockdown eases, experts are urging caution amid concerns of a second wave of coronavirus. Health leaders called for an urgent review to ensure Britain is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a renewed outbreak over winter. The appeal for action to prevent further loss of life is backed by the presidents of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons, GPs and Nursing. It came as Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that many of the new social distancing measures would have to remain in place “until this time next year” because a coronavirus vaccine is still a long way off. Health Editor Laura Donnelly explains the science that allows the UK to take these “baby steps”.

Lockdown turned us into a nation of Zoom addicts

Britain’s lockdown has dramatically changed the way people of all ages use the internet. An Ofcom study has revealed that older people on Zoom and teenagers becoming addicted to TikTok mean Britons are spending record amounts of time online. The media regulator found people were now on the internet for more than a quarter of their waking hours, with adults spending on average an extra 37 minutes a day during lockdown. Social Media Correspondent Mike Wright explains how the pandemic is changing the UK’s internet habits and behaviour indelibly.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Exclusive | A good samaritan who ran towards danger to tend to the victims of the Reading attack urged them to “keep going” as they lay dying on the grass. James Antell, 25, took off his shirt and used it to try to stem the flow of blood as he attempted to save the lives of two of the three men knifed to death. He spoke to Chief Reporter Robert Mendick because the reactions of passers-by who helped and the emergency services “exemplify the spirit, bravery and resilience of the people”.  

Editor’s choice: Features and arts

  1. The Great British staycation wardrobe | Nine essential pieces to know now
  2. Like mother, like son | As they reel over Steve Bing’s death, the enduring Hurley bond
  3. Diversity drive | Reality TV’s blatant racism problem is even worse than we imagined

Comment and analysis

Around the world: Surge of Covid-19 cases in Brazil

Close watch | A surgeon checks the intravenous drip of one of his Covid-19 patients at the Oceanico Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has seen 1.12 million confirmed cases of the virus and had more than 51,500 deaths. View a gallery of how the world is adjusting to life after lockdown.

Business and money briefing

Booking boom | Hotels and restaurants were flooded with customer bookings after ministers gave vast swathes of the hospitality industry permission to reopen on July 4. As Hannah Uttley reports, it raises hopes of a rapid summer recovery for thousands of ailing businesses.  

Sport briefing

Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham United 0 | Harry Kane may have been rusty, he may have been shattered, but he proved that he will always retain that killer instinct. Read Matt Law‘s match report after the player scored his first goal for Spurs since returning from injury.  

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

Metal’s moral backbone | Randy Blythe, singer with one of rock’s heaviest bands, has been tested by alcoholism, record companies and manslaughter charges. What next? Ian Winwood examines the uncompromising, righteous rise of Lamb Of God.

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