Chelsea vs Watford LIVE stream and what TV channel: Where to watch Premier League action today

Chelsea will be desperate to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss at West Ham when Watford visit Stamford Bridge tonight.

The chasing pack are now hot on Chelsea’s tail in the scrap for Champions League football, with Manchester United and Wolves just two points back.

Lampard’s team could kick-off tonight in sixth if results go against them.

Watford, meanwhile, face a battle to avoid the drop and have not won since Premier League football resumed. Will they boost their chances by condemning Chelsea to another damaging defeat.

Here’s how you can follow all the action…

Date, time and venue

Chelsea vs Watford is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

The match will be behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: Chelsea vs Watford will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.

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How Rock Against Racism brought together Britons of all ethnic backgrounds – Channel 4 News

It was a reaction against the National Front – the 1970s forerunner of today’s far right. Rock Against Racism concerts swept the country to a sound track of punk and reggae – bringing together Britons of all ethnic backgrounds.

Today in a world being forced again to reckon with racial injustice, a new documentary White Riot has scoured the archive to bring us an extraordinary insight into the movement.

We spoke to the director of White Riot, Rubika Shah and the former member of Steel Pulse who played at Rock against Racism – Mykaell Riley.

We began by asking him about the overwhelmingly white crowd at Rock Against Racism.

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Jurgen Klopp on Pep Guardiola rivalry and admiration for all Premier League bosses

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are creating one of the most memorable managerial rivalries in English club football but have nothing but mutual respect.

And Klopp believes he will never develop any animosity towards fellow managers.

He explains: “I don’t know most of them on a personal level so why should I have rivalry with a person I don’t know?

“I don’t have to hate the manager of the other team to want to beat him. That’s just not me.

“When I started playing football, I only played with my best friends. There were only ten or so. We played five-a-side and they were absolutely my best friends until they were on the other team.

There is plenty of respect between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

“Then, I wanted to beat him desperately just to win the game. And when the game was over, it was over and we went and did something completely different.

“We are constantly competing against our rivals when we are on the pitch but I don’t have enough time to think about all these other things.

“I don’t have anything but respect for the other managers because I know how difficult a job this is.”

Klopp watched on as his Liverpool side were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad on Thursday night.

The pair have been contesting honours in England for four years

The German and his Reds team received a guard of honour from their opponents after they assumed their crown.

And rather than mull over their defeat he was proud that his outfit had topped a team like Guardiola’s City.

“I think we proved that point, that City is an unbelievable team,” he said.

So, isn’t it nice that in this league another team can be champions even when City is around and plays this kind of football, that’s a surprise as well.”

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes end first day back in impressive form in Austrian Grand Prix practice

Naturally, the on-track action will look mostly the same but for empty grandstands. What happens behind the scenes, though, is different. We have Phil Duncan on the ground, who filed this report from behind F1’s cordon sanitaire. 

Spectators have been banned, team numbers have been slashed from around 130 to 80 and there will be no customary champagne spraying for the top-three drivers here on Sunday. The sport’s star-studded paddock, usually a hive of activity throughout a race weekend, is to replicate something of a ghost town. The extravagant team hospitality suites – described by F1 motorsport Ross Brawn as Gin Palaces where celebrities, sponsors and guests scoff on champagne – are gone. They have been replaced by office blocks.

The teams are operating in closely-monitored bubbles, roughly consisting of four people, to ensure, unlike in Melbourne, a positive test will not close the show. They all arrived deep in the Styrian Mountains – 120 miles south west of Vienna – on chartered planes with only F1 personnel on board.

Hamilton will stay at the track in his own motorhome. Other drivers, including the young Briton Lando Norris, will effectively be under lock and key at his nearby team hotel. He ate on his own in his room on Wednesday night. The 20 year-old has packed his laptop to contend with the probable boredom.  

Just 20 journalists from around the world have been granted access through the gates – a 10th of the regular number – but the paddock is off limits, with interviews to be conducted remotely. All press must have proof of a negative test taken not more than 72 hours earlier, and will be tested while attending the event. It is all part of a package of measures to ensure the sport is taking the minimum risk possible to ensure competition starts up again safely.

You can read his full piece here.  But in the meantime, it’s only an hour or so until we get the first running of F1 cars in 2020 and I don’t think I have ever felt as excited to watch practice. I’ll be here with all the updates from first and second practice today. 

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Coronavirus: Variant mutation lets it copy itself more efficiently

Senior health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that a new mutation of coronavirus could spread easily across America. 

It comes as infections soar across eight states, with more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 671 deaths, bringing the confirmed total to 2.74 million cases and 128,742 deaths. 

A small change to a variant of the novel coronavirus has helped it better copy itself but not make it more deadly, a new study suggests.

Researchers found there were two strains of the virus circulating when it reached the US: the original D614 and a mutation, G614. 

This mutation is not a deadlier version of the coronavirus but it does help the virus copy itself better, which results in a higher viral load in patients. 

Senior health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) has warned that a new mutation of coronavirus could spread easily across America. This mutation is not a deadlier version of the coronavirus but it does help the virus copy itself better, which results in a higher viral load in patients

Researchers found the most dominant strain of the virus by mid-March was a mutation of the original variant called G614 (right, in blue), not the original virus D614 (left, in green)

Researchers found the most dominant strain of the virus by mid-March was a mutation of the original variant called G614 (right, in blue), not the original virus D614 (left, in green)

Dr Erica Ollmann Saphire, a professor of at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology in California, says viruses often mutate to ‘escape’ antibodies created by our immune systems.

This phenomenon of viruses making enough changes to ‘drift’ away from the original virus is known as antigenic drift.

It’s one reason why new flu shots are needed every fall, because the dominant strain is often so different from the one the year before.  

Health experts say coronavirus mutates at a slower rate than several other respiratory viruses, particularly the the flu. 

The lab-based research, published in the journal Cell, suggests this current mutation is more transmissible between people in the real world compared to the previous iteration, but this hasn’t yet been proven. 

‘I think the data is showing that there is a single mutation that actually makes the virus be able to replicate better, and maybe have high viral loads,’ Anthony Fauci, the United States’s top infectious disease specialist, who wasn’t involved in the research, commented to Journal of the American Medical Association.

‘We don’t have a connection to whether an individual does worse with this or not. It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible, but this is still at the stage of trying to confirm that,’ he added. 

‘But some very good viral phylogeneticists are working on that right now, and it does look like a particular mutation may make the virus more transmissible.’ 

For the study, the team tracked the spread of both the G and D viruses. 

The G strain is not a deadlier version, but it allows the virus to copy itself more easily and create higher viral loads in patients. Pictured: Paula Johnson, a nurse, administers a deep suction tube into the lungs of a coronavirus patient, in the ICU of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, April 22

The G strain is not a deadlier version, but it allows the virus to copy itself more easily and create higher viral loads in patients. Pictured: Paula Johnson, a nurse, administers a deep suction tube into the lungs of a coronavirus patient, in the ICU of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, April 22

They found that while both the D virus and the G virus spread widely around the world, the G strain was more dominant by mid-March. 

Next, researchers analyzed at antibody samples from six San Diego residents who had previously been infected with COVID-19.

They wanted to see if which variant would be harder to neutralize.

Results showed the new G virus was just as well neutralized – and sometimes even better – as the original D virus. 

This means the immune system doesn’t need to produce more or better-acting antibodies against the G virus, despite it being better at spreading. 

‘These findings suggest that the newer form of the virus may be even more readily transmitted than the original form,’ said senior author Dr Bette Korber, a fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.     

‘Whether or not that conclusion is ultimately confirmed, it highlights the value of what were already good ideas: to wear masks and to maintain social distancing.’ 

Saphire says the virus ‘wants’ to be transmissible, which is why many get a mild cases, or have no symptoms at all.

‘A virus that kills its host rapidly doesn’t go as far–think of cases of Ebola,’ she said.

‘A virus that lets its host go about their business will disseminate better – like with the common cold.’ 

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Coronavirus: Quarantine scrapped for arrivals from ‘low risk’ countries to England

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People arriving in England from countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July, the government has confirmed.

A full list of exempt countries posing “a reduced risk” from coronavirus will be published on Friday.

Most travellers to the UK currently have to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Foreign Office is also changing its advice against all but essential travel to a number of countries from Saturday

The quarantine restrictions came into force in early June, to try to prevent coronavirus being brought in at a time when infections in the UK were falling.

The new exemptions mean people arriving from selected destinations will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate, unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

About 60 countries are expected to be included, according to BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nick Watt.

However, the announcement did not guarantee reciprocal arrangements with foreign countries – meaning travellers from the UK may have to self-isolate on arrival there.

The Department for Transport (DfT) added the devolved administrations “will set out their own approach to exemptions” and passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “should ensure they follow the laws and guidance which applies there”.

Last week the Scottish government said it had not yet made a final decision on easing restrictions on international travel.

The Welsh government is also yet to decide whether it will follow England in relaxing restrictions. In Northern Ireland, quarantine regulations remain in place for travellers arriving from outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Traffic light system

The confirmation of the first four countries to be exempt in England follows weeks of speculation over how the quarantine rules could be relaxed.

Last weekend the government said a traffic light system would be introduced, with countries classified as green, amber or red, depending on the prevalence of coronavirus.

Ministers have been under pressure to ease quarantine measures because of the impact on the travel industry, and a number of holiday companies and airlines had been urging the government to drop the arrangement.

The DfT said a risk assessment had been conducted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the chief medical officer.

It considered factors including the prevalence of the virus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination, the department said.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office will also set out exemptions for a number of destinations from its current advice against non-essential international travel, which has been in place since 17 March.

The list of exempted countries will be kept “under constant review”, so that if the health risks increase, self-isolation measures can be re-introduced, it added.

The government said its “expectation” was that a number of the exempted countries would also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate and it would continue to work closely with international partners to discuss arrangements for UK travellers.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move marked “the next step in carefully reopening our great nation”.

“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with,” he said.

All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK, including details of countries or territories they have been in or through during the previous 14 days.

A spokesman for trade association Airlines UK said the announcement was “very welcome” and meant airlines would “be able to re-start services to many key markets in time for peak summer travel”.

“There’s no doubt quarantine has had a devastating impact on our industry and whilst it’s welcome the Government has removed its blanket ban we would encourage rigour and science is applied in all future decisions surrounding our businesses,” he said.

The quarantine policy has also been criticised by some Tory MPs, including former transport minister Theresa Villiers.

She said it had caused “damage” to the travel industry without cutting the risk from coronavirus.

The announcement comes as the prime minister is due to lead a press conference, ahead of businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas reopening in England on Saturday.

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 89 to 43,995

The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has risen by 89.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 43,995 people had died in the nation’s hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the disease as of 5pm on Wednesday.

The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 54,000.

Of these, a further 35 deaths occurred in England’s hospitals, according to Public Health England (PHE), while Wales saw another eight, and Scotland and Northern Ireland each reported one additional fatality.

The DHSC also confirmed that another 576 people had tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of cases to date to 283,757.

More follows…

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Thousands of jobs axed in Covid-induced downturn – Channel 4 News

Yesterday the Prime Minister was promising to “build, build, build” the country out of an ailing Covid-induced downturn.

Today the reality: axe, axe, axe – thousands of jobs.

Most of the carnage is in retail. John Lewis, Topshop and Harrods cutting their workforces.  The company which owns Upper Crust, best known for its baguettes, announced 5,000 jobs could go.

Aviation was also hit again as EasyJet said it could pull out of Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

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EastEnders Martin Fowler star hints steamy relationship with Ruby could get even hotter

EastEnders may have gone on a break thanks to the coronavirus halting filming, but it looks like there’s a lot of drama in store when it finally returns.

James Bye, who plays Martin Fowler, has dropped a huge hint about his character’s relationship with Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton).

Before the show went off air we saw the duo growing close and James, 36, says they could “get it on” again when we return to Albert Square.

He told new! magazine: “I can’t wait to get back and see what EastEnders has in store.

“I think where they left Martin before the break was quite an interesting position, with the hint that Martin and Ruby were getting it on.

Ruby and Martin have grown close in EastEnders

They’ve gone behind Stacey’s back

“I’m excited to see where that goes.”

James also said he was excited to see how the BBC soap will be filmed now bosses have to implement social distancing on set.

He said he looked forward to “the challenges we’re going to face as actors on the floor and directors with the social distancing.

James Bye said he was ‘excited’ to see where the storyline goes

“But I’m always up for a bit of a challenge, so I look forward to seeing how we’re going to do it as a team.”

EastEnders stopped filming in March after the coronavirus lockdown came into place.

The show was rationing to just two episodes a week to keep it on air for as long as possible.

How will Stacey react to the affair?

But last month EastEnders went off-air for the first time in 35 years after it ran out of episodes.

The cast returned to the set this week but have to follow strict rules during filming.

They must stay two metres apart at all times and will have their temperatures checked every time they’re on set.

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What areas are included, and what are the rules?

Leicester has become the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown after public health officials voiced concern at the city’s alarming rise in Covid-19 cases. 

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday night, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that from Tuesday 30 June, non-essential shops in the city will be forced to close, and starting from Thursday 2 July, schools will be shut to all but the most vulnerable children, as well as the children of key workers. 

Residents have been advised to “stay at home as much as you can”, while members of the public outside of the city have been told to avoid all non-essential travel to the region. 

The lockdown, which was signed off by Boris Johnson, was a difficult decision to make, the Health Secretary said. 

He told Parliament: “I know that this is a worrying time for people living in Leicester and I want you to know you have our full support.”

“We do not take these decisions lightly but with the interests of the people of Leicester in our hearts.”

Why has Leicester been chosen for a local lockdown?

In recent weeks, health officials in Leicester have reported an increasing number of infections within the city. 

In the two weeks leading up to June 23, for example, Leicester City Council reported 944 positive coronavirus tests.

In Monday’s announcement, Matt Hancock revealed the city’s seven day infection rate was “three times higher than the next highest city”, while in the past week, the city accounted for 10 per cent of all positive Covid-19 cases throughout the country. 

The Health Secretary said that targeted action at hot spots such as schools and workplaces, had failed to reduce the number of infections and as a result “broader measures” such as a localised lockdown were needed. 

What areas are included in Leicester’s lockdown?

In Monday’s announcement, Mr Hancock  said the lockdown would cover the city of Leicester as well as “the surrounding conurbation including for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield”.

On Tuesday 30 June, the official map of the lockdown boundaries was released with areas such as Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston all included. 

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