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Poll puts Biden up big in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

New poll puts Joe Biden well ahead in Michigan, Wisconsin and must-win Pennsylvania – the states which handed White House to Trump in 2016

  • The poll reveals Biden’s lead in the three battlegrounds is holding steady 
  • Trump holds three rallies in Pennsylvania Monday
  • People who didn’t vote in 2016 or backed minor parties breaking Biden’s way 
  • On Tuesday Trump heads to Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska
  • Had to move desired Las Vegas event to Arizona due to distancing restrictions
  • Trump made two stops Sunday, as White House dealt with outbreak on Pence staff
  • Five advisors to Pence tested positive for COVID-10 
  • Joe Biden heads to Georgia on Tuesday hoping to snatch away a Trump state
  • Mike Pence keeping up his schedule despite being a ‘close contact’ of infected aide Marc Short, due to being an ‘essential employee’ 
  • ‘I have plenty to say about the dishonesty of the Media and Sleepy Joe. A terrible coverup is happening in our Country!!!’ 

Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a substantial lead in three crucial midwest battlegrounds that are key to his plan for victory, according to a new poll.  

Biden’s lead hits 10 points in Michigan, eight points in Pennsylvania, and nine points in Wisconsin, according to the University of Wisconsin / YouGov polls released Monday. 

All three show a solid lead, and slightly above the consistent lead Biden has held in polling averages.

Biden’s lead, if it holds through Election Day, would have Biden reclaiming the ‘blue wall’ that fell to Trump in 2016.

The difference, according to Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison research, is that undecided voters and those backing minor party candidates are starting to break Biden’s way. 

Biden already has a big lead among people who have already voted in the states. ‘Although Trump is favored by those who are yet to vote, the margin is not large enough to compensate for Biden’s advantage in the early vote,’ according to the poll. 

Trump however was defiant as he landed in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the first of three rallies Monday. Biden’s lead over Trump in Pennsylvania was 52 to 44 in the poll.

‘I think we’ll win Pennsylvania by more than we did last time,’ Trump predicted. Asked why he is giving up on the pandemic, Trump replied: ‘I’m not.’  

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in the midwest battleground of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in a new poll. He unexpectedly went to a Democratci campaign office in Chester, PA, Monday

U.S. President Donald Trump points a finger as he arrives to hold a campaign event, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 26, 2020. He attacked Joe Biden, Lesley Stahl, Savvanah Guthrie, and Rep. Adam Schiff at his Allentown event as he started a day of three rallies in must-win Pennsylvania 

Biden is running up huge leads among people who have already voted – 87 per cent in Pennsylvania and 75 per cent in Michigan.  

Trump headed back on the road Monday for his extended rally tour with three events scheduled in Pennsylvania even as he got bad polling news there – with the coronavirus interfering with other campaigns later this week.

The president has three rallies on his schedule for Pennsylvania, a state that was key to his 2016 victory – first in Allentown, then Lititz in Lancaster County then Martinsburg, just outside Altoona.

Trump was back on the road just hours after returning from trips to New Hampshire, a state Hillary Clinton barely carried in 2016, and Maine, where he is hoping to pry a single electoral vote from Joe Biden’s column.

It is impossible to separate the coronavirus from Trump’s final campaign push. He fused his claims about the virus with encouragement for Americans to vote in his Monday morning tweets.

‘The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!’ he wrote. In another: ‘Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!’

Trump also hyped his rallies and attacked his Democratic opponent. ‘Three BIG Rallies today. Heading to Pennsylvania. I have plenty to say about the dishonesty of the Media and Sleepy Joe. A terrible coverup is happening in our Country!!!’

Three rallies in one say: The importance of Pennsylvania to Trump’s re-election was underlined by his campaign schedule Monday

‘I think we’ll win Pennsylvania by more than we did last time,’ Trump predicted before he took the stage 

Vote for me: Trump told the rally that if he wins Pennsylvania, he wins the election 

Vice President Mike Pence makes a fist at the end of a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S., October 25, 2020. He campaigned despite being exposed to staff members who tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House said he was an ‘essential’ employee and met an exception to health guidelines for potential exposure

His frantic push for votes will take Trump to Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday.  

Trump also heads to Nebraska in pursuit of a single electoral vote (Nebraska divides its electoral votes by congressional district).

Then he heads west, but his plan to hold an event in populous Las Vegas ran smack into Gov. Steve Sisolak’s social distancing guidelines.

Instead, he will rally supporters across the state line in Arizona, an hour and a half drive away, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. 

Nevada GOP chair Michael McDonald blamed the governor’s enforcement. ‘He has such a large following in Southern Nevada and also in Nevada, this could be possibly one of the largest rallies he has ever held.’

The rally push comes as Vice President Mike Pence keeps up his own travel, despite give advisors testing positive for the coronavirus.

Pence flies to Hibbing Minnesota, birthplace of singer Bob Dylan, as Republicans hope to flip a state that Clinton closely won in 2016. 

Pence is keeping up his schedule despite being a ‘close contact’ of infected aide Marc Short, due to being an ‘essential employee.’ He campaigned in North Carolina Sunday, just hours after news broke about infections among his top advisors. 

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LSU fan bashed, robbed in stadium bathroom after game

An LSU fan says he was brutally beaten and robbed inside a bathroom after a game at Tiger Stadium over the weekend.

Daniel Dwyer, a longtime LSU fan, told The Advocate he lingered inside the stadium Saturday after LSU’s 52-24 rout over South Carolina to hear the university’s marching band play, as he typically does.

“Normally, there’s 80,000 to 100,000 people at an LSU game,” Dwyer told the newspaper. “You’re never alone. During these unfortunate times, with the lower number of people, there’s more opportunity for a one-on-one encounter.”

But Dwyer’s typical postgame routine took a turn when he stopped inside a stadium bathroom while headed to his car, he recalled.

“There were three or four men and a young man who had a broom and a dustpan, and a bucket behind him,” Dwyer said. “Apparently, the three or four guys I saw were on the way out or had left, because the next thing I knew, there were two or three blows to the back of the head.”

Dwyer said restrooms at the Baton Rouge stadium are usually teeming with fans after a game, but the coronavirus pandemic has slashed attendance there by 75 percent, the newspaper reported.

“Everything was so quiet,” Dwyer said. “It forced me to kind of back up and go down on my knees. He continued to rain blows down on my head and the side of my head.”

At one point, Dwyer tried to put up his hands to stop the onslaught that lasted about 30 seconds, but his assailant reached down and grabbed his wallet, which contained a small amount of cash, he said.

Dwyer’s daughter-in-law, meanwhile, identified the suspect on Facebook as a man aged around 18 to 25, who was wearing a face mask while “sweeping the bathroom floor” as Dwyer used a urinal in a bathroom on the lower level of the stadium’s south end zone.

“Once my [father-in-law] was the only remaining fan in the bathroom, the attacker locked the front entrance to the bathroom, hit my [father-in-law] over the head several times until he fell to the floor and then continued to beat him,” Anna Dunn Dwyer wrote.

The alleged attacker, who robbed Dwyer of less than $100, also yelled for him to “stay down, motherf–ker,” Dunn Dwyer’s post continued.

The attacker then fled the bathroom and Dwyer told state troopers about the robbery before he was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and later released for three cuts to his head, The Advocate reported.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard confirmed to The Post in an email Monday that the incident remains under investigation.

Dwyer, meanwhile, quipped that it was just par for the course this year.

“It was a typical 2020 night,” he told The Advocate. “If you have to wrap up the year 2020, this would fall right in place.”

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Trump says he may swear in Amy Coney Barrett tonight after Senate vote

President Trump on Monday said that the White House is preparing for a “very nice event” to swear in Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice.

Barrett is all but guaranteed confirmation by the Republican-held Senate on Monday evening. It’s unclear when exactly the subsequent White House event will happen.

“We’re going to see [an event] probably at the White House later on this evening,” Trump told reporters during a campaign trip to Pennsylvania.

Trump said it would be a small event — after many attendees of Barrett’s Sept. 26 unveiling in the Rose Garden, including Trump, caught COVID-19.

“No, not a large event. Just a very nice event,” Trump said.

Barrett, 48, will be Trump’s third confirmed justice on the nine-person court — a frequent campaign-trail boast ahead of the Nov. 3 election. She will replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially shifting the ideological balance of the court for decades.

Barrett is a favorite among religious conservatives and emerged unscathed from Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings. The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, enraged fellow Democrats by saying it was “one of the best set of hearings that I have participated in.”

Barrett, an Indiana resident and judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year and is believed to be immune.

It’s unclear if Vice President Mike Pence will attend the ceremony at the White House. Five Pence aides, including his chief of staff Marc Short, reportedly were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week. Pence has been testing negative for the virus.

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Shock moment Borat in KKK robe strolls through Conservative Conference yelling he's Trump adviser Stephen Miller

SACHA Baron Cohen was seen in the new Borat film entering the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year dressed in KKK robes – and claiming he was Stephen Miller. 

The movie, released last Friday, includes the bizarre scene at the conference, run by the American Conservative Union (ACU) and known as CPac, in February of this year.


Baron Cohen’s character Borat was trying to find a way to “deliver” his daughter, named Tutar, to President Donald Trump on behalf of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the former president of Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev wants to join a "strong man's club" of politicians with who Trump is friendly.

Borat questions in the film: “How would I slip into this conference of Republicans unnoticed? Suddenly, I had an idea.”

At that point, Borat is seen entering the lobby of the convention dressed in a full hood and robe that members of the Ku Klux Klan wore.

The group of American white supremacists, known for its hatred and terror, targets black people, Jews, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community, among others.

“I’m Stephen Miller,” Borat says in the movie, released on Friday. “Sorry I’m late.”

Miller is a top aide to Trump who has created and pushed for strict immigration policies on those seeking refuge in the US.

In the film, people are seen staring at Borat as he walks through the lobby, to a bathroom, where he changes into a costume of Trump.

Borat explains that he needed to figure out a way to get Tutar to Vice President Mike Pence, “the only man that Trump would trust.”

“But who does Pence trust? I knew the disguise I had to use,” he says as he puts on a body suit and blows air into it, before putting on a suit eerily similar to that of Trump’s usual outfit and wearing a mask of his face. 

The movie cuts to Matt Schlapp, a lobbyist and the chairman of the ACU, introducing Pence to the convention. 

The vice president makes his way to the stage as Borat is seen running through the lobby – dressed as Trump – while carrying Tutar over his shoulder. 

Pence addressed the crowd on coronavirus.

“As of today, we have 15 cases of coronavirus that have been detected in the United States, with only one new case detected in the last two weeks,” he says as the audience cheers.

“While the risk to the American public remains low, as the president said yesterday, we’re ready. We’re ready for anything,” Pence says to more claps and a standing ovation from the crowd.

Suddenly, Borat rushes in and shouts: “Michael Pen-is, Michael Pen-is, I brought the girl for you! Don’t worry, I won’t get jealous – she’s not Ivanka [Trump.]”

Boos and “get out” are heard from the audience, as the vice president appears to look directly at Borat. 

“P***y on Pen-is,” Borat shouts as security guards work to get him out of the room. “Mike! Help me! Mike! You’re fired!”

Members of the audience begin to shouts four more years, to which Borat, dressed as Trump, says: “Four more years! 100 more years! If you release me, I’ll give you my Klan robes.”

After he’s escorted from CPac, Borat is seen in the next shot sending a letter, explaining he has “unfortunate news.”

“Michael Pence did not accept [Tutar] as a gift.”

The ACU and Stephen Miller did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Sun.

However, The Washington Times reported on Sunday that the ACU has threatened legal action against Baron Cohen for entering CPac.

In a letter last week, attorneys for the ACU told Baron Cohen to remove “any content” from Borat 2 that was filmed at CPac. 

“Any implication that KKK style hatred would be welcome at CPAC is false and malicious,” said the letter, per the news outlet.

“We demand that you immediately cease and desist from using any content filmed during CPAC in Borat 2 and its trailer.”


“Should you not make these modifications to Borat 2, we will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies.”

Another scene from the film drew headlines before it was released on Amazon Prime.

Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was seen sitting down in a New York City hotel room in July with Tutar, who was posing as a conservative journalist, to talk about the Trump administration’s Covid response.


After Borat, dressed in disguise, interrupts the interview, Tutar brings Giuliani to a bedroom, where she takes off his microphone.

Giuliani is seen laying down on the bed, seemingly tucking in his shirt, but stills released ahead of the film’s premiere were framed to seem as though Giuliani inappropriately had his hand down his pants. 

Giuliani denied anything inappropriate happened, and claimed he only prayed with Tutar. He later called the police after Borat barged in dressed in women’s lingerie. 

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Girl, 11, dies in hospital four days after she was hit by Toyota

Girl, 11, dies in hospital four days after she was hit by Toyota and paramedics battled to revive her at the roadside

  • Girl, 11, was hit by a Toyota Verso while walking in Coventry on Thursday evening
  • She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead by medics this morning
  • West Midlands Police say they will speak to the driver of the car ‘in due course’ 

An 11-year-old girl has died in hospital four days after she was hit by a car leaving paramedics battling to revive her at the road side.

The girl was rushed to hospital after she was hit by a Toyota Verso in Coventry on Thursday evening.

Police did not speak to the 53-year-old driver, who remained at the scene, as he was receiving medical attention.

Bystanders started CPR on an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a car on Tamworth Road, Coventry, on Thursday. She was rushed to hospital, but police announced she had died in the early hours of this morning

West Midlands Police said they will speak to him ‘in due course’.

Bystanders had already started CPR when paramedics rushed to treat the girl at Tamworth Road, near the junction of Waste Lane.

She suffered critical injuries and was rushed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire hospital, where she remained in a serious condition. 

West Midlands Police announced she died in the early hours of Monday morning. 

A statement from the constabulary read: ‘The 53-year-old driver of the Verso remained at the scene, but was not spoken to at the time as he required medical attention.

‘He will be spoken to in due course as we seek to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

‘The family of the girl is now being supported by specialist officers as our investigation continues.

‘We’re keen to hear from anyone with dash cam footage, or who was in the area at the time and has not spoken to us already.’

Witnesses to last Thursday’s incident can contact police on 101, quoting log number 3979 of 22/10/20.

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Who is in the cast of The Sister on ITV?

THE Sister, starring Russell Tovey, tells the story of a man fighting against the dark secrets of his past.

ITV's scary new thriller is great news for those looking for their fix of spooky shows this October.

Who is in the cast of The Sister on ITV?

The Sister tells the story of a man who has is life is turned upside down by the return of an unwelcome face from his past.

Nathan is settled into a new marriage, haunted by the memories of one terrible night a decade ago: a party that led to the death of a young woman.

The thrilling new series stars some familiar faces:

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey stars as good but aimless Nathan.

Russell is best known for appearing in The History Boys, Years and Years and Being Human.

Russell has had a busy year, having already appeared in 2020 drama Flesh And Blood.

Bertie Carvel

You may recognise Bertie Carvel for his role as the adulterous husband, Simon, in Doctor Foster.

He also played Robin Day in The Crown.

Carvel has previously starred in Les Misérables, Baghdad Central, and The Pale Horse.

Simone Ashley

Simone Ashley is best known for her role as Olivia in Netflix's comedy series Sex Education.

She has also had roles in Broadchurch and Strike.

Amrita Acharia

Amrita Acharia starred in Game of Thrones as Irri.

You also may recognise her as Dr Ruby Walker from The Good Karma Hospital.

Ashley has also starred in Acquitted , I Am Yours, and Red Dwarf.

Nina Toussaint White

Nina Toussaint White played DS Rayburn in BBC One’s Bodyguard.

She has also appeared in Doctor Who and GameFace.

Toussaint White also played nurse Syd, Bradley Branning's love interest in EastEnders.

Paul Bazely from Benidorm

Paul Bazely is known his role as Troy Ramsbottom in the ITV sitcom Benidorm.

He has also appeared in the likes of Making Out, Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Holby City.

You may also recognise him as Grahame McKenna in BBC's Doctors.

When does The Sister start on ITV?

The Sister starts on Monday, October 26 at 9pm on ITV

It will air on four consecutive nights form Monday.

All episodes will be available to watch on the ITV Hub from Monday.

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Entire region in China's Xinjiang is tested for COVID-19

Entire region in China is tested for COVID-19 after officials detected ONE case in new virus outbreak

  • Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang reported a new asymptomatic infection on Saturday
  • Officials launched an emergency response to test the whole region for the virus
  • Another 137 symptomless patients were found yesterday from the mass testing
  • It is the highest single-day increase of such cases recorded in China since April 1 
  • Over half of the area’s 4.75million residents have been screened for COVID-19

China has screened an entire region in Xinjiang for the coronavirus after authorities found a single new case in a local outbreak. 

Health authorities reported the first infection on Saturday, a 17-year-old female garment factory worker in Xinjiang’s north-western region Kashgar, home to ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.

Another 137 symptomless patients were found yesterday after the local government launched an emergency response to test all 4.75million people in the entire region.

Health authorities reported the first case on Saturday, a 17-year-old female manufacturing worker in Xinjiang’s northwestern region Kashgar, home to ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. The file photo shows residents being screened in Urumqi, Xinjiang on August 13

More than 2.84million people in the Kashgar area had been tested as of Sunday afternoon with the rest expected to be completed by Tuesday.

Kashgar, a vast region in Xinjiang covering 162,000 square kilometres (62,549 square miles) of land, is consisted of one county-level city, Kashgar city, and 11 counties with 4.75million residents.

Xinjiang last saw a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in July, one of the handful of flare-ups in China since its initial outbreak appeared to have been contained. 

A total of over 890 cases were reported during the outbreak in Xinjiang’s regional capital, Urumqi. No new cases had been found in the region since August 15.

But Xinjiang has been hit by a new wave of infections over the weekend after reporting the highest single-day increase of new symptomless infections in nearly seven month – since China began reporting daily counts of those cases on April 1.

The first patient, a 17-year-old woman, was found after being tested during a regular inspection and has been transferred to a hospital in the city, the Xinjiang health commission said. 

She was said to have been discovered during routine weekly testing in Xinjiang for what state media called key groups of people. It did not specify who was in those groups or why she was among those tested. 


China has recorded the highest number of asymptomatic coronavirus infections since April after detecting a local outbreak linked to a garment factory in Xinjiang. Social media footage allegedly shows residents in Kashgar lining up to receive coronavirus tests over the weekend

Social media footage allegedly shows Kashgar residents lining up to receive COVID-19 tests while the city centre turned into a ghost town with empty streets. A total of 138 asymptomatic coronavirus cases has been found in the north-western region of Xinjiang since Saturday

Another 137 asymptomatic cases were found on Sunday during a drive to test 4.75 million people in the Kashgar area following the first reported infection. 

It was not clear how the teenager was infected though, the official Xinhua news agency said. All of the new cases were linked to another garment factory where the patient’s parents work. The parents had not tested positive for the virus, however, it said. 

All close contacts of the Kashgar patient have been isolated for medical observation and local authorities are carrying out epidemiological investigations, the Xinjiang health commission said. 

Many Kashgar-bound flights were cancelled on Saturday, according to travel platforms. Schools in the region have been closed and residents are not allowed to leave the city unless they have a negative test report.

Social media footage allegedly shows Kashgar residents lining up to receive COVID-19 tests while the city centre turned into a ghost town with empty streets.

A total of 20 new confirmed and 161 new asymptomatic cases were reported in the mainland on Sunday, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

Health authorities reported the first case on Saturday, a 17-year-old female manufacturing worker in Xinjiang’s north-western region Kashgar. Women wearing face masks work at a garment factory in a resettlement area on June 21, 2020 in Yecheng County, Xinjiang

Xinjiang last saw a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in July, one of the handful of flare-ups in China since its initial outbreak appeared to have been contained.  A medical worker is pictured giving a child nucleic acid testing in Urumqi, Xinjiang on July 19 during the local outbreak

The scale and speed of the testing is in line with efforts to stamp out other recent clusters of infection in China, including one in Qingdao city this month.

Earlier this month, the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao reported 13 confirmed coronavirus infections, with most of the cases linked to a local hospital, prompting authorities to test nearly 11million residents within four days to curb the virus spread.

The government said that the cause of the city’s latest health crisis was traced to two infected patients who were responsible for unloading frozen seafood at the port. 

Though the number of new cases is down sharply in mainland China from peaks in February, the government is wary of another wave of infections and maintains mass, rapid testing capabilities.

The virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year. The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China stands at 85,810, while the death toll unchanged at 4,634.

Chinese health expert suggests new COVID-19 outbreak in Xinjiang is triggered by ‘dropped temperature’ 

Beijing’s top epidemiologist has claimed that the new coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang’s Kashgar could be triggered by ‘dropped temperature’.

Yang Gonghuan, a former deputy director of the Chinese CDC, told reporters today that the infection cluster is associated with the change of temperature as the winter is approaching. 

She added that coronavirus cases are expected to rise in the winter season, but they could be contained with appropriate lockdown measures.

‘If the quarantine measures are efficient enough, it would not spread on a large scale,’ Yang told the Red Star News. 

‘I don’t think [Xinjiang’s outbreak] would be like the one we had in January [in Wuhan].’

As of Sunday, a total of 138 asymptomatic infections has been reported in Xinjiang’s Kashgar. Chinese authorities said they are still investigating the source of the local outbreak.

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One in six doctors catching up on their Covid backlog, survey suggests

Only one in six doctors are catching up on their backlog of treatments caused by the coronavirus lockdown, survey suggests

  • Just one in six doctors have started catching up on backlog caused by lockdown
  • More than 4.2m patients are waiting for hospital treatment and facing delays
  • A survey of over 6,000 doctors found they were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the Government’s pandemic strategy

Fewer than one in six doctors have started catching up on treatment backlogs caused by the lockdown, a major survey shows.

The British Medical Association research also found that two thirds worry about how they will cope over the winter months amid high levels of stress.

More than 4.2million patients are waiting for hospital treatment, including 111,000 for longer than a year.

But the survey of 6,610 NHS doctors in England, carried out last week, found only 15 per cent had started tackling their lists.

Just one in six doctors have started catching up on treatment backlog caused by lockdown wtih more than 4.2million patients are waiting for hospital treatment (stock image)

It means the lengthy delays causing misery and distress for millions of patients are likely to get even worse over winter.

One in four doctors said they were already seeing more Covid-19 patients than during the first wave as hospital admissions surge in northern England. 

Five in six said they were worried about coping with demand from patients with other health conditions, such as cancer or heart trouble.

Most said they were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the Government’s pandemic strategy.

A mere 6 per cent of doctors said they believed the approach of dividing England into three ‘tiers’ with different lockdown restrictions would significantly reduce the spread of the virus.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA, said: ‘Doctors know this winter is likely to be one of the most difficult times of their careers.

‘They are extremely worried about the ability for the NHS to cope and their ability to care for the needs of their patients. 

‘Meanwhile there remains a backlog of millions of patients not receiving treatment during the first peak, and with only 15 per cent of doctors reporting that they have started to tackle the backlog, millions are still left waiting to be seen. 

A survey from the British Medical Association of over 6,000 doctors found the majority were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the Government’s pandemic strategy. Pictured: Clinical staff wear PPE as they care for a patient at the ICU

‘As the waiting lists continue to grow and more and more beds are needed by those with Covid, this second wave could be devastating for patients, the health and social care service and those working in it.’

The BMA is calling for the Government to be ‘honest and realistic with the public about whether the NHS can cope with routine care and Covid care this winter’.

An investigation by the Daily Mail has found that several major hospitals are calling off routine surgery and outpatient appointments as they deal with a surge in virus admissions. 

This may have devastating consequences for the almost two million patients who have waited beyond the 18-week target for routine treatment such as cataract operations or hip and knee surgery.

Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, told the Mail on Saturday he was ‘determined’ that routine services should keep running despite the second wave.

The professor said operations must not be cancelled this winter unless ‘absolutely unavoidable’. 

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GUY ADAMS visits stores in Wales to investigate new shopping rules

The land where books are banned: GUY ADAMS visits stores in Wales to investigate bizarre new coronavirus shopping rules and discovers that magazines are ‘essential’… and so is wearing clothes (despite what one cheeky customer thought)

The security guards were looking jumpy as we trundled into the vast Tesco ‘Extra’ megastore just outside Newport at lunchtime yesterday. And who can blame them?

Some 24 hours earlier, they’d confronted a local man called Chris Noden, who’d wheeled his trolley across the threshold while completely naked aside from his underpants, a face mask, and some extravagant tattoos.

‘Clothes are now deemed non-essential,’ announced Noden’s wife, Dawn, who followed just behind. 

‘Mark Drakeford [Wales’s First Minister] said they are non-essential. Your store’s policy says they are non-essential. So let him in!’

Socks were allowed, but not tights. Baby clothes could be purchased, but the aisle selling toddler gear was blocked off. Guy Adams is seen above in a supermarket in Wales

There followed a heated discussion in which the hapless guard insisted that clothing is, in fact, very essential indeed if you want to tread the hallowed aisles of Tesco.

A video of the incident, that quickly went viral after being uploaded to Facebook by the formidable Dawn, saw the couple sternly advised that if they had a problem with that state of affairs they should ‘take it up with the government’.

They won’t be the only ones doing so, judging by the furious punters I bumped into on a surreal tour of Spytty Park, an out-of-town shopping centre just off the M4.

In Boots, they’d responded to recent edicts from the Welsh First Minister’s shopping Stasi – who have outlawed purchases of goods deemed ‘non-essential’ – by banning the sale of aftershave and make-up.

Socks were allowed, but not tights. Baby clothes could be purchased, but the aisle selling toddler gear was blocked off. Hairdryers were off limits, but for some reason, they were still letting people buy Brita water filters.

‘Ridiculous,’ said Pat Rees, who’d popped in to pick up a prescription for her elderly mother. 

The security guards were looking jumpy as we trundled into the vast Tesco ‘Extra’ megastore just outside Newport at lunchtime yesterday. And who can blame them? Some 24 hours earlier, they’d confronted a local man called Chris Noden, who’d wheeled his trolley across the threshold while completely naked aside from his underpants, a face mask, and some extravagant tattoos

‘They say stuff isn’t essential, but nothing is essential until you need it. Hairdryers aren’t essential until one breaks. And who the Hell is Mark Drakeford to tell me I can’t buy lipstick?’

At Tesco, they’ve actually banned books. Black and yellow scene-of-crime tape is preventing access to shelves ‘in line with government guidelines’ – no sinister historical precedents there! – though, oddly, magazines remain on sale for now on the shelves opposite.

Meanwhile a six-foot-high wall of toilet roll has been erected at either end of the clothes department in order to stop bourgeois shoppers updating their wardrobe.

And with rain forecast to continue through half-term, and Welsh families banned from leaving their homes, the sale of such seditious middle-class products as board games, toys, puzzles, DVDs and video games has been declared verboten.

‘This is mad,’ said Mark Evans, who I bumped into at the Tesco pharmacy. 

‘They’ve just told me I’m not allowed to buy an electric razor, because the government says you can’t sell anything that’s battery powered. But six feet away, they’re selling normal razors. They’re talking the p***. It’s the arrogance of power, isn’t it?’

Elsewhere, there were rumours (currently unconfirmed) of checkout assistants at some stores banning the sale of pumpkins to shoppers who intend to turn them into Halloween lanterns (only those using them as food were allegedly allowed past the till.

In Cardiff, the Mail visited an outlet of The Range where shoppers were being interrogated about the purpose of their visit before they were allowed to cross the threshold.

This absurd state of affairs has come about because of a decision by Mr Drakeford’s Labour administration to impose a ‘fire-break’ lockdown on Wales – as per Keir Starmer’s UK-wide policy – for a period of 17 days, from 6pm on Friday, in an effort to halt a ‘second-wave’ of Covid.

Much like in March, leaving home for almost any reason apart from exercise, (some) work, and visiting stores which sell food, fuel and other ‘essential’ supplies has been declared illegal.

This time, however, they have decided to go one step further.

In a move virtually unprecedented in the UK outside wartime, they have decided which ‘essential’ goods shoppers are allowed to put in their baskets.

Elsewhere, there were rumours (currently unconfirmed) of checkout assistants at some stores banning the sale of pumpkins to shoppers who intend to turn them into Halloween lanterns (only those using them as food were allegedly allowed past the till. A book aisle is seen closed off by tape

Which is why on Thursday – roughly 24 hours before the lockdown started – written guidance was issued prohibiting the sale of a host of products, including clothes, homeware, toys, phones, and electrical goods.

The lengthy document outlining the move said that stores allowed to remain open would have to ensure that areas where they usually sell these products were ‘cordoned off, or emptied, and closed to the public’.

Cue outrage. And while Mr Drakeford claimed the rules were designed to make things ‘fair’ to retailers forced to close during his lockdown, critics pointed out that shoppers would simply take their custom online. 

As North Wales police and crime commissioner Arfon Jones put it, ‘the only people who benefit will be online sellers like Amazon’.

Other political opponents regard the very concept of State intrusion into the contents of people’s shopping trolleys as sinister.

‘It’s regulation after regulation, a constant barrage, like in one of those Eastern European dictatorships, where they used to make lists of everything people were and weren’t allowed to do,’ says Andrew RT Davies, the Tory shadow health spokesman for Wales.

‘They say they’re doing it to keep the country safe. But when they shot people climbing over the Berlin Wall they used to say the same thing.

‘The rhetoric is the same, and the sad thing is that it breeds contempt not just for these rules but for all the rules that are being introduced to combat this pandemic. In fact, it has turned Wales into a laughing stock.’

In some areas, things got off to a seriously fractious start when the new policy came in. In Bangor on Friday night, one Gwilym Owen marched into a different branch of Tesco and began ripping apart plastic sheets that were preventing shoppers from accessing children’s clothes. ‘Rip the f***ers off!’ he shouted. ‘Kids’ f***ing clothes! It is a f***ing disgrace!’

Mr Owen was arrested and charged with criminal damage, along with a range of public order offences.

In Cardiff, a woman called Chelsea Jones, whose daughter was admitted to hospital late on Saturday, told the BBC that she’d been unable to buy her child new pyjamas to replace a set that were ‘soaked in blood’ after the nearby supermarket refused to sell them.

‘I was driving around crying in a panic trying to find somewhere that I am able to pick up some essentials for my child,’ she said.

‘I have never felt so angry, frustrated or upset, ever. You just never know when a ‘non-essential item’ will become ‘essential’ to you. I am not one to undermine the seriousness of Covid and always try my best to follow the rules, but these rules need to change.’

As surreal pictures of cordoned off shopping aisles flood the internet, Drakeford has said he will ‘review’ the bizarre rules tomorrow

Some 60,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Mr Drakeford’s government to do just that.

They include Robert Stone, a businessman from Penarth, who had spent several hours touring South Wales in search of paper for his computer printer. Two previous supermarkets sent him packing. However Newport’s Tesco Extra was allowing the sale of stationery.

‘I need paper to do my job, because they won’t let me go into the office next week,’ he said. 

‘Because of their stupid rules, I’ve just wasted half a day, and gone into three separate stores in two different cities. How is that helping anyone stop the spread of Coronavirus?’

As surreal pictures of cordoned off shopping aisles flood the internet, Drakeford has said he will ‘review’ the bizarre rules tomorrow.

However his senior ministers spent yesterday insisting that the rules will be clarified, rather than scrapped.

Meanwhile, there remains one place in Wales where clothes, books, and even pints of draft beer can still be freely bought and sold: Cardiff International Airport. And who owns and operates it? Why, Mr Drakeford’s Welsh government.

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Black passenger arrested in viral TikTok after not showing ID had active warrants, police say

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A viral TikTok showing a Black man being aggressively pulled out of the passenger seat after refusing to show his ID forced police in Maryland to respond Saturday, noting that the man had warrants out for his arrest.

The 23-year-old man repeatedly refused to step out of the vehicle on his own, forcing officers to take action, Anne Arundel County police said.

The cell phone video recorded Oct. 19 shows Antoine Lee Wedington sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The footage later posted to TikTok has since been viewed 4.4 million times and received nearly 170,000 comments.

Police can be heard saying they pulled over the driver, Heather Janney, for driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone. Wedington, addressing the camera held by his girlfriend, asks, “If they pulled her over for a traffic ticket, how is it lawful to get the identification of the passenger?”

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Two officers then grab onto Wedington, one by his feet, another at his neck, while he asks why he can’t take his time getting out of the car.

“Can’t you see I’m on the phone," he says, telling the officers to get off him.

“Give me a kiss, babe,” Wedington says calmly, leaning toward his girlfriend. He asks again why he can’t get out of the car himself. One officer replies, “We gave you multiple chances.”

“Do you understand that you’re under arrest?” another officer asks from outside the vehicle.

“Do you understand they pulling on me like they dogs? I’m a human being,” Wedington says. He tells the officers that there’s a child in the car and repeats that he wants to get out on his own, while grabbing onto the door frame and roof of the vehicle.

After receiving an outpouring of criticism online, the Anne Arundel County Police Department released a statement Saturday "in reference to the national and local media coverage of a video that was released through social media." It was posted to the department’s Twitter page with the hashtag #restofstory.

“We felt it necessary to provide necessary contextual information which was missing from the video in order to provide clarity to our community members and those who viewed the video," the statement said. 

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The department said officers were conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Shady Side Road and Deal Churchton Road and, at approximately 3:18 p.m. on Oct. 19, pulled a vehicle over for speeding.

“While completing the traffic stop, officers obtained information regarding the identity of the passenger, Antoine Lee Wedington,” the statement said. “Officers learned Wedington had two active arrest warrants on file through Anne Arundel County. At that time, officers advised Wedington of the active warrants and that he was under arrest.”

Antoine Lee Wedington, 23, of Brooklyn, Maryland was charged with resisting arrest. He had two outstanding warrants. (Anne Arundel County Police Department) 

Officers asked Wedington to exit the vehicle, but after giving him “numerous verbal requests” and “multiple opportunities” to step out “willingly,” he still refused, according to the department. That’s when police said officers “physically removed him from the vehicle and placed him under arrest.”

The statement said Wedington made no complaint of injury during the course of the arrest.

The driver was cited for a traffic violation and released at the scene. Wedington was transported to the county detention center and charged with resisting arrest.

Police told Fox 5 DC that Wedington was wanted for failure to appear in court and a second retake warrant from the parole commission. Officers said they recognized Wedington during the traffic stop and were able to identify him, according to the station.

Wedington said in the video that he did not give officers any form of identification before they pulled him out of the car. 

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The video was first posted to TikTok by Janney, who told TMZ the couple might pursue legal action against the police department. 

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