Meanwhile, Michael Gove warned that every hospital in England could be overwhelmed with coronavirus cases if new tier restrictions are not introduced.
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Two old rivals go head to head in Group A of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup at Llanelli’s Parcy y Scarlets this afternoon. Six Nations champions England - who thumped Georgia 40-0 in their opening contest - travel across the Severn Bridge in tremendous form, having cemented their place as pool leaders with an 18-7 win over Ireland at Twickenham last time out. Jonny May scored two fantastic quick-fire tries in that contest, while Eddie Jones’ men produced a ferocious defensive display to continue physical England’s impressive winning run.
India’s capital was gearing up for a half marathon but experts warned world’s top athletes warming up for Sunday’s event could be running a risk in the city of 550,000 Covid-19 cases and toxic air flagged as unhealthy. Forty-nine elite runners including women's marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei from Kenya will take the start of the 21-kilometre race which kicks off from a city stadium.Despite a much-needed breeze picking up on Saturday, pollution levels in smog-laden Delhi were nearly four times higher than deemed fit to breathe.Bad cocktail Organisers insisted they had taken all precautions for the spectator-less event but experts such as epidemiologist Preeti Kumar of the Public Health Foundation of India termed the conditions a “bad cocktail” for the long-distance race.“Delhi’s pollution and its Covid situation is definitely a bad cocktail and they would be running a risk for themselves, the community and their families by participating in this event,” Kumar told RFI.Kosgei concernedWorld champion Kosgei acknowledged her concerns over the grim situation in Delhi, which has reported 550,000 coronavirus cases so far.“We have definitely been affected by Covid-19. I had to convince my parents and family back home to allow me to visit Delhi for the half-marathon,” she said and conceded restrictions in Kenya had put the spikes in her training.The authorities in Delhi have jacked up cash penalties by 400 percent to 22 Euros for not wearing face masks in public and said they could impose night-time curfew in the overcrowded city, which has been daily posting some 5,000 new infections over the past week.'Irresponsible' Some slammed the organisers for maintaining the half-marathon, calling it an “irresponsible” act."When the pollution levels are high, when it is colder and there is a Covid pandemic, I think it is totally irresponsible to hold a marathon and give people a false sense of security," R.V. Asokan of the Indian Medical Association told NDTV.The Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s top clinical research agency, appeared bemused by the event, which will also see defending champions Andamlak Belihu and Tsehay Gemecu of Ethiopia.“They could have avoided it because we have to take care of our health and of others also,” Council spokesman Rajnikanth Srivastava, a scientist, told RFI.On Sunday, Belihu will be bidding for a heart-stopping third successive title in the Indian capital.Also on the start line will be world half marathon record holder Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia.“I am coming here looking to show what I can do after finishing fifth at the World Half, “ the athlete told reporters as health officials worked with the organisers to keep the heavily-policed route safe for the celebrity road runners.Virtual marathonHundreds of amateurs are also to take part in the Delhi half-marathon but they have been told to run their favourite route and post their timing online.“I’ll be just running a park near my home as it is also a virtual event,” one runner said.Almost all sporting events have been put on hold in India, which has 9.35 million Covid-19 cases and 136,000 deaths by a latest tally on Saturday.Abhinav Brindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist shooter, called it the right move."This is a very important step towards resuming competitive sport in India,” the 38-year-old ace shooter told a pre-race news conference in the Indian capital.
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Florida State’s has had a home football game postponed on the day it was scheduled to be played for the second straight week. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Saturday that the Seminoles' game against Virginia would not be played because of COVID-19 issues within Florida State’s program. Last week, Florida State’s game against Clemson was called just a few hours before a noon kickoff because medical personnel from each school could not agree on whether it was safe to proceed.
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Los Angeles County officials have announced a new stay-at-home order to take effect Monday, Nov. 30. The three-week order was announced on Friday, as the county confirmed 4,544 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 new deaths. This brought the county's five-day average up to 4,751. Though the new order is not as restrictive as the […]
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Police have arrested more than 60 people after anti-lockdown protesters gathered in central London in breach of coronavirus restrictions. A number of demonstrators could be seen being handcuffed by police officers on Saturday afternoon. Demonstrators - many of whom were not wearing face masks - booed at police and shouted "shame on you" as disorderly scenes unravelled.
Police in London said on Saturday that they had made over 60 arrests and expected that figure to rise, as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests. The police said that the arrests had been made for different offences including breaching coronavirus restrictions. Earlier police lined up in a number of streets in central London's West End shopping district and confronted crowds of protesters in St James's Park, near Westminster.
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West Ham will be looking to continue their excellent recent form when they host Aston Villa at the London Stadium on Monday night. The Hammers have lost just one of their last seven games despite facing some tough fixtures in that run and had risen to eighth in the Premier League table going into the weekend. Dean Smith’s men have lost three of their last four in the Premier League, but did earn a superb win against Arsenal on their last visit to the capital.