More than 10,000 turkeys are to be culled at a farm in North Yorkshire after an outbreak of bird flu.
It comes after avian influenza of the H5N8 strain was confirmed at a turkey fattening premises near Northallerton.
An exclusion zone has been put in place around the infected site to limit the risk of the disease spreading, and a detailed investigation is in under way to try and pinpoint the most likely source of the outbreak.
It is not expected to have an impact on the supply of turkeys or other birds over Christmas.
Public Health England (PHE) has said the risk to public health from the virus is very low.
Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss, said: “Avian flu has been confirmed at a commercial turkey fattening farm near Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Immediate steps have been taken to limit the risk of the disease spreading and all the remaining turkeys at the farm will be culled.
“PHE has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
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“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.
“We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this farm to control and eliminate it.”
Dr Gavin Dabrera, consultant in acute respiratory infections at PHE said: “To date the World Health Organisation has never confirmed any cases of H5N8 in humans and the risk to the public is considered very low.”
A Food Standards Agency spokesman said bird flu poses a very low food safety risk, and added: “Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, remain safe to eat.”
Wild birds migrating from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has defended filming with bugs in Wales following reports that police are investigating the show over concerns it is using non-native wildlife.
A spokesman for the hit ITV series, which has moved from Australia to the UK this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, said all insects used for bushtucker trials are “non-invasive species” and only released in a contained area.
But North Wales Police is reportedly investigating the show over its use of insects such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms, according to The Guardian, following complaints the species could threaten wildlife in the area around Gwrych Castle, near Abergele.
There is a potential breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act if the programme failed to get a licence for the release of the bugs, the newspaper said.
Following the report, the RSPCA reiterated its previous calls for I’m a Celebrity “to be a highly entertaining show without the use of animals” and encouraged viewers to contact Ofcom.
The I’m A Celebrity spokesman said: “All of the insects used on I’m A Celebrity are non-invasive species.
“They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming.
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“The bugs are UK-bred and are commercially purchased in the UK for birds and exotic animal feed for pets and zoo keepers in normal circumstances.
“Our insects have been donated to local wildlife sanctuaries, trusts and zoos for their exotic animal and bird feed after filming.”
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Welsh naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams has criticised the show for its use of the creatures.
In a tweet last week, he said: “As well as the moral issue of using wild animals for entertainment, surely there are huge ecological issues here also.”
Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “I’m not sure which species they’re releasing, but I can tell you they’re not native. We don’t have those cockroaches here in the UK and we certainly don’t have them in North Wales.”
Celebrities including athlete Sir Mo Farah, Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, EastEnders actor Shane Richie and TV presenter Vernon Kay are among the stars competing in this series of the show, which has been running for 18 years.
Sky News has contacted North Wales Police and Natural Resources Wales for comment.
Weekly coronavirus deaths have climbed by 1,937 in England and Wales – marking the second week running that the total has reached four figures.
The Office of National Statistics, which counts death certificates where COVID-19 is mentioned, showed a rise of 558, or 40.5%, on the previous seven days – when the figure stood at 1,379.
Last week’s figure was the first time since June that weekly coronavirus deaths had exceeded 1,000.
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The latest data from the week up to 6 November take the total number of deaths with COVID-19 across England and Wales to 59,473.
This number is different from the total put out by the UK government, which records deaths with coronavirus in hospitals across the UK.
When all causes of death are taken into account 11,812 people died in the week to 6 November in England and Wales – 1,481 more than the five-year average.
It is the third week in a row that the number of people dying is higher than the average.
The data showed that number of deaths related to the coronavirus increased in all English and Welsh regions.
The north west of England had 568 deaths involving COVID-19 in the first week of November – the highest number in the area since the middle of May.
It was a similar situation in Yorkshire and the Humber – with the 329 deaths recorded there the largest figure since the week ending 15 May.
There were 152 deaths in the north east of England in the latest ONS figures – the highest toll since the week ending 22 May.
It comes after reports that two different vaccines have performed well in trials.
US company Moderna said their inoculation may be 94.5% effective against the virus, a week after Pfizer and BioNTech released preliminary results from third phase trials suggesting their vaccine had an efficacy of 90%.
Manchester United have seen their earnings slump by nearly a fifth in the first financial quarter as they continued to lose out on ticket sales from fans unable to attend matches due to the coronavirus crisis.
The top flight club said playing matches behind closed doors and cancellation of the pre-season tour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis had hit income, although this was partly offset by higher broadcasting revenue.
The results, which were mistakenly released a day in advance due to an error by the publishers of its filings, showed matchday revenue dived by 92% to £1.7m in the three months to September, compared to the same period last year.
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However, broadcasting revenue leapt by 45% to £47.6m.
It meant overall earnings for the period were down 19.5% to £109m, leading to a loss of £30m.
The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with the sporting calendar, forcing the suspension of English Premier League fixtures for three months, with fans still unable to attend matches.
Manchester United have urged the government to allow fans back into stadiums, adding they can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford while maintaining social distancing.
It remains uncertain whether fans would be welcomed back in the near future after England imposed a one-month lockdown this month.
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view.
“The club’s resilience and our strong commercial business continue to provide a solid foundation and gives us confidence in our long-term outlook beyond the pandemic, both on and off the pitch.”
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He added: “We recognise that not all football clubs are in as robust of a financial position and that the Premier League has a responsibility to support the wider English football pyramid.
“We will continue to push for this support, both through emergency assistance during the pandemic, and through longer-term reforms to ensure that the success of the Premier League is reinforced for the benefit of the national game as a whole.”
The results come at a time when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future was questioned after a shock 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last week, but those concerns were eased following a win at Everton.
Woodward added: “On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop.
“We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible.”
A “traditional” COP26 climate change conference may not be possible in Glasgow next year if the world has not recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish climate secretary has told Sky News.
This week should have seen the arrival of thousands of delegates for the landmark climate conference where it was hoped world leaders would cement ambitious pledges to meaningfully cut greenhouse gasses and reduce global warming.
COP26 is now due to take place in November 2021.
But even with a 12-month delay, Roseanna Cunningham says she expects some elements of the conference will still have to be virtual.
She said: “I’m wary of trying to make any predictions at this stage.
“But our hope is that we can still deliver some form of COP in physical form as well as anticipating that there will be an enormous amount of virtual input.
“It will depend a lot on the progress in terms of defeating the pandemic.”
The SEC Centre, where the event was due to start this week, has now been turned into a Nightingale hospital for coronavirus patients.
The delay gives more time for diplomats to try to generate greater commitment towards tackling climate change and more time for Glasgow to prepare as the host city.
Hosting such a high profile climate event – the biggest since Paris in 2015 – will also hold a mirror to Glasgow’s climate credentials.
Critics say the city’s public transport system isn’t a great advert for it. There are also calls for more car-free zones.
Ellie Cunningham, chair of Get Glasgow Moving, a grassroots public transport campaign, told Sky News: “When visitors arrive from all over the world for COP26, they’ll be shocked at how expensive, incoherent and ineffective Glasgow’s public transport system is.
“This is exacerbating inequalities in our city, leaving some communities completely stranded, and causing a climate catastrophe as people are forced to buys cars.
“Any self-respecting city wanting to parade climate credentials and become carbon neutral by 2030 must have a world-class, fully integrated and affordable public transport system to match.”
Roseanna Cunningham added: “I think Glasgow’s working incredibly hard.
“It’s a city that has a good public transport system but knows it can be better.
“It’s not just about inviting people to come and learn from us, but it’s also challenging us to learn from others and there will be other cities with different solutions that we can learn from.”
Climate Ready Clyde, an initiative which is helping the Glasgow city region adapt and prepare for climate change, says if measures are not taken to tackle climate change it could cost the city region £400m a year by 2050.
Chairman James Curran said of Glasgow’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030: “It’s a very tall order, but this city is up for a challenge.
“The biggest challenge for Glasgow is the biggest challenge for everyone all around the world and that’s getting the investment in.
“This is a huge investment challenge and globally it needs trillions of dollars spent on it and the public sector alone cannot possibly do that. It needs the private sector involved as well.”
Glasgow’s adaptation of its canals shows how the city is trying to transition from its industrial heritage to a sustainable future.
The canals are being used to drain surface water from land prone to flooding. It means thousands of new homes are being built close to the city centre – brownfield land which otherwise wouldn’t have been so easy to build on.
Peter Robinson, head of engineering at Scottish Canals, says they’re trying to build “20-minute communities” – so people can live, work and go to school within a 20-minute walk.
The hope is that residents are not so reliant on cars or public transport so they can reduce their carbon footprint.
He said: “What we’ve put in place is the ability to get that surface water away in a controlled manner.
“Climate change is having to make engineers think very differently. We’re having to get on the front foot.
“We’re having to re-evaluate everything we do and make sure we are building things that are much more resilient than they were.”
The locals I spoke to don’t need any convincing about the spectre of climate change.
Stuart Ferguson and Henry Toal are enjoying a cup of tea in front of Stuart’s first floor flat.
Now retired, both men have worked outdoors all their lives – one as a labourer and the other as a binman.
Stuart said: “The rain seems to be getting heavier. Sometimes you look up and it’s bucketing down.”
Outside the corner shop we met Jean Keith – who admitted to a touch of eco-anxiety.
She said: “I do get worried it rains more, but we’ve got the conference in Glasgow so maybe people will talk and help change the climate for the future. It will definitely put Glasgow on the map. “
But the final word has to go to a woman named Greta.
Not the Greta. Greta from Venezuela – who lives in Glasgow – and calls the climate-campaigning Swedish Greta Thunberg an inspiration.
She said: “All of those things that Greta Thunberg was doing, you just don’t really hear about it anymore, so it’s sad.
“In Glasgow a lot of people are interested in the climate but not enough is being done to get people more involved. The climate is being forgotten.”
Britain’s human rights watchdog is investigating the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) healthcare workers.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it will consider the “structural issues which have left people from a range of ethnic minorities at greater risk” from coronavirus across England, Scotland and Wales.
It comes after a study commissioned by London mayor Sadiq Khan last month found that black people are at almost twice the risk of dying from COVID-19 as their white counterparts.
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Research published by the Resolution Foundation think tank last month showed that around 22% of BAME workers who had been supported by government subsidies were unemployed in September, compared with a figure for the general population, which stood at 9%.
EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said the inquiry would help to answer questions about racial inequality “and make recommendations that can be applied to a number of other working environments where ethnic minorities are over-represented at the lowest-paid levels”.
“This includes those on the front line who have been supporting all of us through the immense challenges we have faced this year,” she added.
A call for evidence is set to be announced in the coming weeks, along with more information about an external advisory group, which will guide the investigation.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband has told Sophy Ridge on Sunday it is “shameful” to have been found “colluding… in what is essentially racist behaviour” when asked about Labour’s antisemitism report.
He said: “You can’t think of anything more shameful really than to be found to be colluding, conniving in what is essentially racist behaviour or actions.
“So this is painful, this is shameful, as [leader] Keir Starmer said, I think he used that word, for every member of the Labour Party and it’s a stain that has to be erased with absolute drive and determination.”
Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from Labour on Friday after saying complaints of antisemitism in the party were “overstated”, in a damning report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The report concluded the party broke the law in its failure to handle antisemitism complaints and that there were “serious failings” by its leadership.
Mr Miliband, who is now chief executive of the International Rescue Committee, told the show it was “definitely” right that Mr Corbyn had been suspended from the party, and that the former Labour leader’s response “showed all of the blindness, all of the arrogance, all of the sticking of your fingers in your ears that we’d seen in his time as leader”.
He accused Mr Corbyn of having “suspended himself”, and “put himself beyond the pale”.
Speaking from his home in New York, the former Labour minister told Sky News the issue extended to other members of the “hard left”.
He said: “I’ve always been more on the centre-left and I’ve had disagreements with those on the hard-left but never in my worst thoughts did I think that the hill that they would choose to fight on would be the hill of anti-Semitism.
“I mean, they put themselves beyond the pale and I think the hard questions frankly are for them.”
Speaking about the party’s history, Mr Miliband said Mr Corbyn was “never going to be elected as prime minister”.
“If you have a candidate who attracts people, you can win elections and put your values into practice.
“If you have a candidate like Jeremy Corbyn who repels voters, you’ve got no chance of being able to put your values into practice and that is the tragedy of British politics over the last 10 years.”
He criticised President Trump, saying he had made no progress engaging with North Korea or China and that Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than four years ago.
He added: “When it comes to engagement with China, obviously American farmers and consumers have paid the price of the tariffs that have come in and China is actually in a much stronger position today than it was four years ago.”