Bowyn Morgan embraces being public enemy No.1 after landing in Sydney for Tim Tszyu fight

Bowyn Morgan touched down in Sydney ready to touch up the city’s favourite boxer next week, and declared he has no problems with being enemy No.1 in Australia.

The defiant Kiwi brushed off the disadvantage of an arena full of haters when he fights Tim Tszyu at Bankwest Stadium next Wednesday night.

“That’s fine, I’ve got no qualms about coming over here, being a huge underdog and having pretty much a whole country against me,” Morgan told News Corp at Sydney Airport.

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Morgan has given up seeing his wife and three daughters on Christmas and New Years’ due to New Zealand’s ongoing 14-day quarantine rules, and is determined to punish Tszyu for the sacrifice.

“Tim does a lot of things well, but he hasn’t been tested before, so I’m the person that’s going to do that to him,” Morgan said.

“It was pretty emotional leaving my family, I’ve got three girls, a 10-year-old, an almost four year old and one who is 14 months.

“We had a minor Christmas celebration before I left. But I’m not looking past this fight as well. So there’s a few things we’ve got planned for when I get home.

“It has been a hell a camp and having the support of my family, and then having to say goodbye, it’s very sad.

“But staying home until now also let me just knuckle down and not have so much media attention as well, so I could just get the job done.

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“It’s about making that all count, all the hard work that’s been done, it’s got to pay back now.”

Morgan (21-1, 11KO) lost his only bout four years ago and has since racked up 14 successive victories, including the past three by knockout.

The undefeated Tszyu (16-0, 12KO) is coming off his most impressive victory so far, an eight-round battering of former world champion Jeff Horn, and is tipped by most to steamroll Morgan.

However, the Christchurch slugger has other plans.

“I think it could come down to who wants it the most,” Morgan said.

When reminded that Tszyu is a fitness fanatic who declares he will always trainer harder than his opponents, Morgan scoffed: “Doesn’t everyone say that?”

Morgan hails from Christchurch, a city that endured the right-wing terrorist massacre last year and 2011 earthquake disaster, so fighting Tszyu will not overwhelm him.

“We’ve got a lot of resilience over there, and everyone coming together and being strong when we need to be,” Morgan said.

“And I’ll have that in my corner come fight night.”

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Tearful husband, 84, tenderly embraces his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife, 82, after weeks apart

It was a simple show of love between husband and wife taken for granted in the days before the arrival of Coronavirus’s dark shadow. 

But yesterday Bob Underhill, 84, was able to finally kiss his beloved Patricia, 82, after cruel Covid restrictions that had separated them were lifted at last.

The emotional scene took place in the care home where she lives due to her Alzheimer’s, but was made possible by a new roll-out of coronavirus tests.

It meant after weeks of separation, Bob was able to comfort his wife and gaze into her eyes as he squeezed her hand. 

Their reunion at Chiswick Nursing Centre was made possible by a million tests promised by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Their kits have already been sent out to almost 400 large care homes, meaning the first visits could take place today – with visitors cleared of Covid on arrival.

Some providers have privately aired concerns over the timing of the announcement, having received no tests and indicating it could take up to a week to get up and running.

But in other parts of the country the new roll-out had been a success.

Bob Underhill, 84, and his wife Patricia, 82, suffering from Alzheimer’s, kiss at last after weeks

The reunion was able to happen in The Chiswick Nursing Centre after new coronavirus tests

The reunion was able to happen in The Chiswick Nursing Centre after new coronavirus tests

Patricia has been unable to have physical contact with her husband due to Covid restrictions

Patricia has been unable to have physical contact with her husband due to Covid restrictions

Staff at Kepplegate Care Home in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs, were in floods of tears as 90-year-old Audrey Abram rose from her chair to embrace her daughter Shelley Anderon earlier today.

Audrey, who had to celebrate her 90th birthday last month by sitting socially-distanced across a room from her daughter was beaming when she learned she would finally be able to hold her. 

Shelley, 58 said the long months of physical separation from her mother had been ‘unbearable’.

She added: ‘Mum’s got dementia, so she doesn’t really understand. She only went into the home last Christmas after we’d cared for her at home for three years, but it began to get unsafe,’ she said.

‘When we visit her, you’d tell her one minute and she understands that she’s not supposed to get close to you, then she’ll get up and want to come towards you and it’s so hard to push someone away.

‘Your instinct with anyone is to give them a hug, especially if they’re upset or anything like that, and they’re upset not seeing you, the rest of the family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

‘It was so amazing to be able to give her that hug – and such a nice surprise. My husband Mark and I arrived this morning, and didn’t realise we’d be the first ones to be able to have a hug with mum. It meant a lot to us and to her as well.

‘For the moment, it will still be just me and Mark seeing her, but there are also four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who are keen to see Mum. Being able to hug her has made our Christmas.’ 

The home, which has allowed indoor socially distanced visits since July, has not had a single case of coronavirus since the pandemic began.

They spent £2,500 from their government-allocated infection control fund to buy 100 ‘lateral-flow’ Covid testing kits, which deliver a result in just 30 minutes.

‘We decided to do that because we didn’t think the government-issued kits would arrive soon enough,’ said manager Adam Purnell, ‘and they certainly haven’t come yet.’

It came after a pilot version of the scheme saw Sylvia Knight finally be allowed to visit her ex-husband Richard in Bereweeke Court Care in Winchester.

She said: ‘I was overwhelmed and overjoyed. It was emotional. Although it was only seven weeks, I feel so sorry for all the relatives who have gone months and months without seeing their loved ones.’ 

Theresa Snelling hugs her daughter Serena as they are allowed to visit with physical contact

Theresa Snelling hugs her daughter Serena as they are allowed to visit with physical contact

The moment 90-year-old Audrey rose from her chair to embrace her daughter Shelly

The moment 90-year-old Audrey rose from her chair to embrace her daughter Shelly

Sylvia Knight hugs Richard during the trial of the scheme rolling out to care homes

Sylvia Knight hugs Richard during the trial of the scheme rolling out to care homes

Sylvia’s visit to Richard showed how the system would operate in practice.

She added: ‘I was rung and told there was going to be a test the relatives pilot going out and would I be interested, I said of course.

‘The test results came through on my mobile phone, so I came here, they took my temperature, I had gloves on and I was gowned up and I signed the register.

‘My phone was checked my phone to make sure it had come through as negative, which it had.

‘Then I was led into Richard’s room to see him and it was just wonderful. I nearly ran in there actually, just wanted to see him and I would do this test every single day if it meant that I could come in and see Richard and I know that I’m going to be on a regular basis now as long as I prove negative.’        

It came as Liverpool City Council this morning revealed staff at 12 care homes had been trained to use the lateral flow devices.

Abbeydale is taking part in the trial and explained how the new system will work. 

Care home staff in Liverpool being trained on how to carry out lateral flow Covid tests

Care home staff in Liverpool being trained on how to carry out lateral flow Covid tests

Adam Purnell, of Kepplegate Care Services, hailed the value of the new lateral tests

Adam Purnell, of Kepplegate Care Services, hailed the value of the new lateral tests

Nursing home manager Kerry Johnson said visitors 24 hours before the planned visit would go to a centre to get a PCR and lateral flow tests.

She added: ‘Depending on whether they’re negative then they’ll come to the care home.

‘They’ll do another lateral flow test, they’ll use correct PPE, which includes mask, gown, gloves, visor, if needed, and then obviously if that becomes negative then they’ll be assisted to their loved ones to have their visit. 

Each care home resident will be able to nominate two loved ones to see them twice a week, regardless of which coronavirus tier they are in. 

Adam Purnell, manager at Kepplegate Care Service, in Preesall, Poulton-le-Fylde, had been doing their own tests previously to let people in to do hugs and hailed the new lateral flow tests.

‘We are touting them as a hug in a box. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic.

‘We can now remove that two metre distance between relative and loved one in the care home and they can have those close contact visits.

‘Doing two tests gives us that added reassurance and it’s just a safety measure we’re happy to take and risk we’re happy to be taking as well.’ 

Care home visits have been tightly regulated all year to try and reduce the risk of people spreading Covid-19 in the homes, where residents are extremely vulnerable to the disease (Pictured: A woman visits her step-father at a home in Falmouth, Cornwall last week)

Care home visits have been tightly regulated all year to try and reduce the risk of people spreading Covid-19 in the homes, where residents are extremely vulnerable to the disease (Pictured: A woman visits her step-father at a home in Falmouth, Cornwall last week)


  • The ‘default position’ of care homes should be to support and enable visits.
  • Care home residents living in all tiers will be able to see their families indoors by Christmas thanks to the distribution of rapid tests.
  • Residents will be allowed to choose two different people as designated visitors, who can visit up to twice a week. The two visitors should remain constant, for example the same family members.
  • They will be tested on arrival at the care home, with rapid lateral flow tests, which give results within 30 minutes.
  • Visitors must wear appropriate PPE, including face masks, and stay two metres apart from other residents and staff.
  • They can hug and hold hands with their loved one although they are advised to minimise contact.
  • Visitors must book slots in advance and homes can manage the number of visits allowed, taking into account the additional workload.
  • All visits, except those for end of life, should stop immediately if there is a Covid outbreak in the care home.
  • More than a million tests have been sent out to the country’s 385 biggest care homes, which will start using them today. Details of the rollout in other homes will be announced shortly.
  • Some residents under 65 are allowed to leave their care homes to join families for Christmas, if they test negative. But they can only ‘bubble’ with one other household and must isolate on return.

The announcement is a major victory for the Daily Mail’s campaign for families to be reunited by Christmas.

‘This is a game-changing moment for visits,’ said Vic Rayner of the National Care Forum.

‘It will be embraced across the country by care home residents, their loved ones and providers.’

Guidelines issued by the Department of Health last night say the ‘default position’ is visits should go ahead in all tiers – unless there is a coronavirus outbreak in the care home.

Most of the country’s 410,000 care residents have been allowed to see relatives only through prison-style screens and windows. Other homes have imposed blanket bans, causing some elderly to ‘give up on life’. 

But in a major shift in policy, Matt Hancock declared all residents will be allowed face-to-face indoor visits by Christmas. The Health Secretary said: ‘I know how difficult it has been for people in care homes and their families to be apart for so long. The separation has been painful but has protected residents and staff from this deadly virus.

‘I’m so pleased we are now able to help reunite families and more safely allow people to have meaningful contact with their loved ones by Christmas.’

The rapid tests will be delivered to all the country’s 16,000 care homes over the course of the month. On arrival, visitors will receive a lateral flow test, which gives highly-accurate results within 30 minutes.

A negative result means they will be allowed indoors and can hold hands or hug their loved one as long as they are wearing PPE.

Over the past three weeks, the Mail’s Christmas campaign has drawn attention to the catastrophic impact of visiting bans on the mental and physical health of residents.

Tens of thousands of the vulnerable and elderly have been forced to die alone, robbed of a last loving hug from their families.

Caroline Abrahams of the charity Age UK said: ‘The Daily Mail’s campaign has highlighted an issue that means everything to hundreds of thousands of older people and their families, and it’s clear it has successfully moved many hearts, as well as minds.

Most of the country’s 410,000 care residents have been allowed to see relatives only through prison-style screens and windows. Other homes have imposed blanket bans. Pictured, Dave Stallard at his care home in West Sussex being visited by his wife Irene

Most of the country’s 410,000 care residents have been allowed to see relatives only through prison-style screens and windows. Other homes have imposed blanket bans. Pictured, Dave Stallard at his care home in West Sussex being visited by his wife Irene

‘It’s really good news that the Government has significantly shifted its position on visiting and we sincerely hope that their new guidance, plus the additional practical support they are offering to care homes, will lead to many families being reunited with their loved ones after an awfully long time.’

Campaign group Rights for Residents said last night: ‘There is no longer an excuse to keep families locked out.’

The Department of Health said it would issue an extra 46million items of PPE, such as face masks and gowns, to care homes for visitors to wear. They said families should minimise contact to cut the risk of transmission.

Fiona Carragher, a director at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Hugs, a smile from a familiar face, holding hands, feeling joy again – these are hugely important, as is the essential care that family carers provide to people with dementia. Quite literally keeping people alive and tethered to the world.

‘We pass on our massive thanks to the Daily Mail for amplifying this absolutely tragic issue. With such a harrowing year, this news of a more joyful Christmas has never been more needed.’

Martin Green of Care England, which represents care providers, warned that homes still faced a ‘huge administrative and logistical burden’ in order to allow visits before Christmas. He criticised the Government for failing to allow provision for the extra staffing that may be required.

He added: ‘There seems to be no understanding that this puts a huge administrative and logistical burdens on care providers.

‘There is all this extra work being put on people and somehow they think there is a bottomless pit of resources available to deal with all these things.’

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, said care homes faced a ‘mammoth task’ to allow family visits before Christmas and many relatives were likely to lose out.

He said: ‘How we are going to get everybody through by appointment to see their loved ones before Christmas is a big challenge for us. We want the visiting to happen, there is no question about that.

‘But I wish the Government had said ‘we will do our best to do this asap’ rather than before Christmas because logistically I don’t know how we can get everybody through safely in the time we have got left before Christmas.

‘My big fear is homes could be blamed for not doing it. It is not our fault. We want this to happen but we haven’t got the tests yet and there is a lot to get through.

‘It seems like the Government has placed us in the firing line if it goes wrong.’ 


Edward Holmes, 81, hasn't been able to see his granddaughter Alysha Astley, since lockdown began in March

Edward Holmes, 81, hasn’t been able to see his granddaughter Alysha Astley, since lockdown began in March

Seven in ten people with a close relative in a care home have been unable to see them since March, shocking new figures reveal.

Hundreds of thousands of family members have undergone ‘eight torturous months’, banned from visiting their loved ones.

Others have been invited to care homes for an ‘end-of-life’ visit – only to be told they must watch their spouse or parent die through a window or on a video call.

A survey by Age UK found that 70 per cent of people have not been able to visit loved ones in person since care homes shut their doors at the start of the epidemic.

And a third have not been offered an alternative to in-person visits, such as a video calls or phone calls.

Some 45 per cent said their loved one was unable to use digital options to communicate, making face-to-face visits vital.

This is due to many residents being deaf, blind or having dementia – meaning they cannot understand or use the technology.

The survey of nearly 3,000 people also highlighted the tragic consequences of visitor bans on bed-bound residents who cannot even stand up to wave at family through a window.

The research, shared exclusively with the Daily Mail, highlights the urgency of our Christmas campaign. 

We are calling for the UK’s 410,000 care home residents to be allowed to hold hands and hug their loved ones through regular testing of visitors.

Thank pod! Relatives can finally talk to their loved ones in care homes as non-profit project makes sealed cabins that allow safe communication via intercom

By Mario Ledwith for the Daily Mail 

Since visits were banned, care homes have been forced to find novel ways to connect families with loved ones.

And these sealed pods show the lengths some have gone to.

The structures sit flush against the windows of care homes, creating a safe place for relatives to communicate via intercom with residents on the other side of the glass.

The pod allows visitor Lynsey to talk to a resident of Care for Veterans charity home

The pod allows visitor Lynsey to talk to a resident of Care for Veterans charity home

One pod has brought a great deal of happiness to the residents of the Care for Veterans charity home in Worthing, West Sussex.

Andy Neaves, head of the charity, said the pod, which is already in use, is ‘a real game-changer’.

The pods are the brainchild of Emma Joanne and Bruce Martindill, a builder and an artist who used their spare time during this year’s lockdowns to launch the SafeTime Pod project. 

Happy talk: Lynsey chats with resident Dudley

Happy talk: Lynsey chats with resident Dudley 

They have now built pods for more than 30 homes across the UK.  

The SafeTime Pod project – which is a not-for-profit scheme – has grown from just two people to a team of 12 creative freelancers working a barn in Ashurst, West Sussex.

The team build all the pods by hand and conduct all the deliveries themselves and now have more than 30 pods installed nationwide from homes in Cornwall to Glasgow.

A further 25 Pods to be delivered before Christmas.

The project has received no funding or loans and has been entirely funded by the founding pair’s own savings.

The SafeTime Pod is wheeled in place at the Care for Veterans charity home in Worthing, West Sussex

The SafeTime Pod is wheeled in place at the Care for Veterans charity home in Worthing, West Sussex

The pods create a safe place for relatives to communicate via intercom with residents on the other side of the glass. Pictured a Christmas themed pod

The pods create a safe place for relatives to communicate via intercom with residents on the other side of the glass. Pictured a Christmas themed pod

England’s biggest care home providers have installed separating windows in specially-built garden rooms and annexes after Ministers said ‘floor to ceiling’ dividers were essential for indoor visits.

The new Covid-secure suites mean elderly residents can see relatives without having to sit outside or resort to video calls.

The team that make the Safe Pod with a Christmas themed pod

The team that make the Safe Pod with a Christmas themed pod

But families are still hoping the ‘prison-style’ rooms will not be needed by Christmas and that they will be allowed to kiss or hug each other for the first time in months.

This relies on the Department for Health and Social Care successfully distributing tens of thousands of coronavirus tests – which can be analysed on the spot and give a result in 30 minutes – to care homes across England instead.

‘Wonderful news for families everywhere’

Commentary by Helen Whately, Minister of State for Social Care

Of all of the sacrifices people have made to control the virus, not seeing loved ones in care homes has been one of the hardest.

The fight against coronavirus has been so painful because the virus thrives on the social contacts that we all cherish.

Christmas is of course a time for family and a time for coming together.

After a year in which we have all made so many sacrifices, we want to support as much social contact as we can safely allow during the festive season.

Throughout this pandemic, our first priority has rightly been protecting people most at risk from the virus, including those who live and work in care homes.

We know that some of the visiting restrictions that we have introduced have been tough, and we have been determined to support visits as soon as we were able to do so safely.

The amazing strides we have seen in testing have allowed us to perform more regular testing in care homes, which is an important step in helping us to reunite families and allowing people to see their loved ones once again.

Over the past few months we have seen promising trials of lateral flow tests, which can produce results in as little as 30 minutes.

As we roll out these tests more widely, we are rightly prioritising the social care sector.

We will send more than one million lateral flow tests to care homes this month.

Using these tests, we are now in a position to enable up to two visitors per resident to see their loved one twice a week.

As ever, we are working closely with the sector and final decisions about how many visits can be safely allowed rest with the care home which knows their residents and settings best.

However, testing on its own is not enough. It must be used alongside PPE and excellent infection control procedures in place in care homes to reduce the risk as much as we possibly can while allowing visits to go ahead.

We are sending 46million items of free PPE to care home providers to boost the equipment they already have available.

This year has been so hard for so many.

I know this news will be welcomed by care home residents and their loved ones, and I wish them all the best as they celebrate Christmas together.

I would like to thank the Daily Mail and all its readers for their campaign and for so powerfully telling the stories of those affected by Covid restrictions.

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Democrat Senate candidate Ossoff embraces far-left lawmaker Sen. Sanders support in Ga. runoff

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Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is embracing far-left lawmaker Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). In an interview on Sunday, Ossoff said he welcomes the self proclaimed democratic-socialist’s support in his race against Republican Sen. David Perdue.

The Democrat also praised Sanders over his far-left “advocacy” regarding health care.

“I welcome his (Sanders) support…his advocacy for ensuring that health care is a human right in this country, for putting the interests of working families over corporate interests is welcome, is necessary, is appreciated,” Ossoff stated. “And so is his (Sanders) support.”

The Vermont lawmaker confirmed he supports Ossoff as well as Democrat Raphael Warnock in a tweet over the weekend.

This comes as Perdue, who has more than once blasted Ossoff as a socialist, put out a new ad highlighting his confidence in the nation’s economic recovery.

Perdue’s race for a second term in the Senate is critical to determining whether the GOP will maintain a majority in the upper chamber.

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Noble embraces North top-four plan

“We’ve got to set a path around long-term, sustainable success. We’re not going to chase wins just for this year, we’re going to chase wins every single time we are out on the paddock, make no bones about it,” Noble told reporters on Monday.

“But we need to do it in a matter that’s going to be sustainable and hold up under finals pressure.

“We’ve got some young talent. We’re going to the draft this year, we’ll probably go to the draft again next year.

“We’ll teach, we’ll educate, we’ll let them fall over and fail and we’ll pick them up and keep moving forward.”

That education is set to be delivered by not just Noble and his assistants but also by the experienced Roos, who helped reset the Melbourne Football Club before handing over to Simon Goodwin.

Chief executive Ben Amarfio confirmed that Roos is likely to have an official role in the football department next season, although the club is still working through the finer details.

“I’m really keen for him to have a role,” Noble said of Roos.

“I think we can absolutely utilise his knowledge and experience. He’s coached two clubs, for me he’ll be a great sounding board, I’m sure he’ll be a good counsel for me a number of times. He’ll be great for our assistant coaches, he worked with John Blakey [at Sydney], he’ll be a great mentor for some of our players.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Roosy … I think he’s got some great experiences that can only make us, as an organisation, better.”

Noble was also asked about the comments from his chairman Ben Buckley, who said earlier on Monday morning in a radio interview that the club expected to be a consistent top-four team and contending for a premiership in two to three years.


The new coach said he agreed with the timeline.

“That’s in line with what we spoke about at the board meeting,” Noble said.

“We’ve got to have ambition, there’s no problem with that. We’ve got to get ourselves organised.”

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White House Embraces Covid-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Declaration

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The White House has embraced a declaration by a group of scientists arguing that authorities should allow the coronavirus to spread among young healthy people while protecting the elderly and the vulnerable — an approach that would rely on arriving at “herd immunity” through infections rather than a vaccine.

Many experts say “herd immunity” — the point at which a disease stops spreading because nearly everyone in a population has contracted it — is still very far-off. Leading experts have concluded, using different scientific methods, that about 85 to 90 percent of the American population is still susceptible to the coronavirus.

On a call convened Monday by the White House, two senior administration officials, both speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to give their names, cited an October 4 petition titled The Great Barrington Declaration, which argues against lockdowns and calls for a reopening of businesses and schools.

“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” the declaration states, adding, “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”

The declaration has more than 9,000 signatories from all over the world, its website says, though most of the names are not public. The document grew out of a meeting hosted by the American Institute for Economic Research, a libertarian-leaning research organization.

Its lead authors include Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, an epidemiologist and infectious disease expert at Stanford University, the academic home of Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s science adviser. Dr. Atlas has also espoused herd immunity.

The declaration’s architects include Sunetra Gupta and Gabriela Gomes, two scientists who have proposed that societies may achieve herd immunity when 10 to 20 percent of their populations have been infected with the virus, a position most epidemiologists disagree with.

Last month, at the request of The New York Times, three epidemiological teams calculated the percentage of the country that is infected. What they found runs strongly counter to the theory being promoted in influential circles that the United States has either already achieved herd immunity or is close to doing so, and that the pandemic is all but over. That conclusion would imply that businesses, schools and restaurants could safely reopen, and that masks and other distancing measures could be abandoned.

“The idea that herd immunity will happen at 10 or 20 percent is just nonsense,” said Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which produced the epidemic model frequently cited during White House news briefings as the epidemic hit hard in the spring.

The move comes amid a coronavirus outbreak at the White House that has now grown to more than 20 people, as evidence mounts that the administration did little to prevent or contain the virus’s spread.

On Tuesday night, officials with the Department of Labor said that the wife of the secretary, Eugene Scalia, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day. Trish Scalia, who was said to be experiencing “mild symptoms,” and her husband were at a Rose Garden event honoring Judge Amy Coney Barrett that is being eyed as the source of several infections in people connected to the White House. The secretary tested negative, officials said, but he will work from home “for the time being.”

Uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. Midwest and Mountain West have strained hospitals, pushed the country’s case curve to its highest level since August and only heightened fears about what the winter might bring.

Sixteen states each added more new cases in the seven-day period ending Monday than they had in any other weeklong stretch of the pandemic. North Dakota and South Dakota are reporting more new cases per person than any state has previously. And in Wisconsin, home to 10 of the country’s 20 metro areas with the highest rates of recent cases, crews are preparing a field hospital at the state fairgrounds.

“While we are hopeful we can flatten the curve enough to never have to use the facility, Wisconsinites across our state are struggling and they are rightfully scared of this virus,” Gov. Tony Evers wrote to legislative leaders this week in a letter seeking support for his mask order and limits on public gatherings.

About 50,000 new cases are being reported each day on average in the United States for the week ending Monday. That is still far less than in late July, when the country averaged more than 66,000 daily cases.

But the country’s trajectory is worrisome — and worsening. Many experts fear what could happen as cold weather encroaches on more of the country and drives people indoors, where the virus can spread more easily.

New cases are trending upward in 36 states, including much of the Northeast, which is starting to backslide after months of progress, and in Illinois, which surpassed 9,000 total deaths this month.

More than 820 new deaths and more than 54,500 new cases were announced across the country on Tuesday. Wisconsin and Idaho set single-day records for new cases. They are also among 14 states that have reported more cases this past week than in any other 7-day stretch of the pandemic.

Hospital beds are filling with virus patients, especially in the Northern Plains states, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. Their data shows that 36,034 people are hospitalized right now with Covid-19, a higher number than at any time since Aug. 29. Testing remains insufficient in much of the country.

“After nine months of battling this virus and hearing the updates each day, many of us forget that the hospitalizations and deaths are more than just numbers,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said on Tuesday. “They are our family, friends, and loved ones who have been directly impacted by Covid-19, which continues to spread.”

A government-sponsored clinical trial testing an antibody treatment made by the drug company Eli Lilly has been paused because of a “potential safety concern,” according to emails that government officials sent on Tuesday to researchers at testing sites, and confirmed by the company.

The news comes just a day after Johnson & Johnson announced the pause of its coronavirus vaccine trial because of a sick volunteer, and a month after AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial was halted over concerns about two participants who had fallen ill after getting the company’s vaccine.

The Eli Lilly trial was designed to test the benefits of the therapy on hundreds of people hospitalized with Covid-19, compared with a placebo. All of the study participants also received another experimental drug, remdesivir, which has become commonly used to treat patients with Covid-19. It is unclear how many volunteers were sick, and what the details of their illnesses were.

In large clinical trials, pauses are not unusual, and illnesses in volunteers are not necessarily the result of the experimental drug or vaccine. Such halts are meant to allow an independent board of scientific experts to review the data and determine whether the event may have been related to the treatment or occurred by chance.

Enrollment for the Eli Lilly trial, which was sponsored by several branches of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among other organizations, had been continuing. But on Tuesday, multiple officials sent emails to researchers telling them to stop adding volunteers to the study out of an “abundance of caution.”

In a statement sent over email, Molly McCully, a spokeswoman for Eli Lilly, confirmed the pause. “Safety is of the utmost importance to Lilly,” she said. “Lilly is supportive of the decision by the independent D.S.M.B. to cautiously ensure the safety of the patients participating in this study” she added, referring to the independent panel of experts, or the data and safety monitoring board.

The N.I.H. and the V.A. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Eli Lilly is one of several companies pursuing experimental treatments for Covid-19 that use monoclonal antibodies — mass-produced mimics of immune molecules the human body produces in reaction to the virus.

Eli Lilly’s product is similar to a treatment designed by the drug company Regeneron, which developed an antibody therapy given to President Trump after he tested positive for the coronavirus this month. Mr. Trump has promoted such treatments, without evidence, as a “cure” for his condition, and has suggested that their approval and widespread distribution could be imminent.

The week after the president was treated, both companies applied for emergency clearance for their products from the Food and Drug Administration. (Eli Lilly has applied for authorization of its drug for mild or moderate cases of Covid-19, not for use in hospitalized patients like those enrolled in the halted trial.)

Antibodies can block the coronavirus from infecting cells, and preliminary data from Eli Lilly and Regeneron have hinted they may be able to tamp down the amount of virus in infected people and reduce their symptoms. Eli Lilly also hopes to collect data to figure out whether antibodies can protect certain people from developing Covid-19 after encountering the virus.

Still, if monoclonal antibodies end up being linked to an unexpected side effect — which has not yet been conclusively shown — it will be crucial to figure out how and why these immune molecules are sickening people, said Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale.

In a statement, an N.I.H. spokeswoman said the trial, which had enrolled 326 Covid-19 patients, was paused when the independent safety board found that after five days of treatment, the group of patients who had received the antibodies showed a different “clinical status” than the group who had received a saline placebo — a difference that crossed a predetermined threshold for safety.

The N.I.H. statement did not specify the nature of the participants’ conditions. But the so-called stopping rules for the trial lay out the conditions for “futility” — the idea that a treatment has a very low chance of working, based on the data so far. A trial could also be halted if there is evidence that patients in one group are faring much worse than those in the other.

The news of the trial’s pause prompted a small decline in Eli Lilly’s stock on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Johnson & Johnson paused the large late-stage clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine because of an “unexplained illness” in one of the volunteers.

The company did not say whether the sick participant had received the experimental vaccine or a placebo. The pause was first reported by the health news website Stat. On Tuesday morning, shares of Johnson & Johnson fell about 2 percent on the S&P 500.

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Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia was discussed as a possible target by members of an anti-government group charged last week with plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday.

During a hearing in Grand Rapids, Mich., Special Agent Richard J. Trask II of the F.B.I. said that Mr. Northam and other officials were targeted because of their aggressive lockdown orders to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Last week, 13 men accused of involvement in the alleged plot were charged with a variety of state and federal crimes including terrorism, conspiracy and weapons possession.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the authorities revealed that the suspects also spoke about “taking” the Virginia governor “based” on coronavirus lockdown orders that restricted businesses.

The F.B.I. alerted members of Mr. Northam’s security team throughout their investigation, Alena Yarmosky, Mr. Northam’s press secretary, said in a statement. The governor was not informed, “per security protocols,” Ms. Yarmosky said, but added that “at no time was the governor or his family in imminent danger.”

Mr. Northam, a Democrat, issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30, instructing residents to leave their homes only for work, medical appointments, family care, shopping for essentials and “outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.”

In April, President Trump had openly encouraged right-wing protests of social distancing restrictions in Virginia, Michigan and other states with stay-at-home orders, a day after his administration had announced guidelines for governors to set their own timetables for reopening. “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment,” the president wrote on Twitter at the time. “It is under siege!”

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Countries across Europe are desperately trying to hold at bay a fast-growing wave of new virus cases, employing targeted closures and travel restrictions to avoid the large-scale lockdowns that crippled economies in the spring.

The European Union on Tuesday adopted new guidelines aimed at coordinating members’ varying travel measures. The bloc will now use a single map with a color-coded system to denote the scale of outbreaks: green at the low end of risk, orange in the middle and red at the high end.

Other measures include unifying how quarantines and testing are done to smooth travel between E.U. countries, and ensuring ample warning when national travel advisories are about to change to ensure that travelers aren’t left stranded.

But the measures are not mandatory, and individual member states said they wanted to reserve the right to take unilateral action, including stepping up restrictions or changing the risk category for regions based on their own assessments.

The action came amid a flood of announcements of tightened policies and pointed warnings from national leaders. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Tuesday voiced concern about the rise in cases “in almost every part of Europe,” Reuters reported.

Officials in the Netherlands announced a four-week partial lockdown on Tuesday. Bars, pubs and restaurants will close, but takeout will be allowed and hotels can stay open. The government is planning to make face masks mandatory in public places, including high schools and shops. Group sports for adults will also be prohibited, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

The Czech Republic, which has reported more cases per capita in the last seven days than most other European countries, announced that it will close schools on Wednesday. Dozens had already been forced to suspend classes after teachers and students fell ill.

The country is also closing theaters, cinemas and zoos. Restaurants and bars will be restricted to takeout orders starting Wednesday, and will have to close at 8 p.m.

The health minister, Roman Prymula, said the new rules should reverse the rise in two to three weeks.

Neighboring Slovakia, which has seen a smaller increase in new cases, announced the closure of high schools on Monday. Most universities had already moved online.

Slovakia is also considering limiting travel to the Czech Republic, which would be an extraordinary development for the two countries, which until 1993 formed one nation, Czechoslovakia.

And in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was in quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. His office said he had not been experiencing any symptoms, and he urged Poles to act responsibly in a video message posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

The virus has also surged again in the countries that were hit hardest in the first wave. Italy announced on Tuesday that it would prohibit parties and recommended that indoor gatherings be limited to six people.

The decree, signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, represents a second crackdown in less than a week as the second wave, which seemed to have hit Italy less violently than other European countries, is now gaining strength.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, one of soccer’s biggest stars and among the world’s most famous athletes, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Portugal’s soccer federation announced Tuesday.

Ronaldo, 35, was removed from Portugal’s training camp in Lisbon and will miss his country’s Nations Cup game Wednesday against Sweden, the federation said. The team said Ronaldo was not displaying symptoms and was in isolation.

“Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests Tuesday morning,” the federation said in a statement. “All tested negative.”

Ronaldo played in Portugal’s scoreless draw against France on Sunday, and posted a photo of himself dining on his social media accounts on Monday.

“United on and off the field,” the caption read.

Ronaldo is not the first soccer star to test positive this fall as Europe’s top leagues start new seasons and players journey home for national team duty. The Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was found to be positive when he turned up for a training camp with France’s national team in August. And weeks before, the Brazilian star Neymar and two of his teammates from the French club Paris St.-Germain tested positive after a postseason vacation in Spain.

While many of Europe’s top leagues were able to resume their seasons after pausing play for several months this spring, the coronavirus remains a significant threat because — and unlike in the restricted environments set up for this summer’s Champions League knockout rounds or the recently completed N.B.A. season — players are free to circulate in their communities.

In other sports news:

  • In college football, the University of Florida announced that the Gators had experienced an increase in positive coronavirus tests among players this week, and had “paused” team activities as of Tuesday afternoon. The team has notified officials from the Southeastern Conference as well as those from their last opponent, Texas A&M, and their next opponent, Louisiana State University who they are scheduled to play Saturday. The team’s status will be re-evaluated by the school Wednesday.

  • For the first time in a decade, and only the third instance in the past 74 years, an N.F.L. game has been played on a Tuesday. Two undefeated teams, the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans, played in Nashville on an off day for most players to because of the league’s first full-blown coronavirus outbreak, which began almost three weeks ago in the Titans’ locker room. After postponing the Titans’ Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oct. 25, the league this weekend also pushed Sunday’s Titans-Bills game to Tuesday after more players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Titans defeated the Bills, 42-16.

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Ohio Wesleyan University is cutting 18 majors and consolidating several departments, reflecting the devastating impact the pandemic is having on the budgets of many colleges.

The move, announced last week in an email to students, will save about $4 million annually and limit faculty layoffs to just one tenured position, the university’s president, Rock Jones, wrote. But it also will sharply reduce academic offerings at the university, which enrolls about 1,425 students.

Black world studies and women and gender studies programs will be consolidated into a single “critical identity studies” department. Classics and modern foreign language will merge to form a new world languages department. Religion and philosophy will become a single department. And majors in comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, urban studies, journalism, neuroscience and many other areas will be eliminated or phased out.

The measures come as universities around the country confront the immense price being exacted by the virus, which has forced campuses to retool instruction, scale up health precautions, suspend sports programs and empty or retrofit dining areas and dorms.

Like many small, private liberal arts colleges, Ohio Wesleyan was facing budget shortfalls even before the pandemic. Demographic shifts have decreased student populations in much of the country. The school had forecast a $7.5 million operating deficit for the 2020-21 academic year and was already reviewing cost-cutting measures in May when Mr. Jones announced the virus had added another $4.5 million in projected red ink.

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. turned his attention on Tuesday to older Americans, making a case in South Florida that seniors were paying the price for the president’s poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The only senior that Donald Trump cares about — the only senior — is senior Donald Trump,” Mr. Biden said in a speech at a community center in Pembroke Pines, a city in the vote-rich Democratic stronghold of Broward County.

Older people are a crucial voting bloc in Florida, a haven for retirees, and they were an important part of President Trump’s winning coalition in 2016 across the nation’s battleground states. But waning support from seniors now poses a serious threat to the president’s re-election bid, and Mr. Biden’s pitch to them on Tuesday was his latest attempt to maximize his standing with those voters.

Mr. Biden, who wore a mask during his speech, offered an unsparing critique of Mr. Trump’s management of the nation’s monthslong public health crisis, assailing the president over his response to the virus as well as his own behavior.

“I prayed for his recovery when he got Covid, and I had hoped at least he’d come out of it somewhat chastened,” Mr. Biden said. “But what has he done? He’s just doubled down on the misinformation he did before.”

He went on to say that Mr. Trump’s “reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis is unconscionable.”

“The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get,” Mr. Biden said. “Thank God we only have three weeks left to go.”

And he alluded to the Rose Garden ceremony held at the White House last month for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Some of those in attendance, including Mr. Trump and the first lady, later tested positive for the virus.

“While he throws super-spreader parties at the White House where Republicans hug each other without concern of the consequences, how many of you have been unable to hug your grandkids in the last seven months?” Mr. Biden said.

He told the crowd that two of his grandchildren lived near his Delaware home, adding that he bribed them during socially-distanced visits with Häagen-Dazs bars. “I can’t hug them,” he said. “I can’t embrace them. And I’m luckier than most, because they’re nearby.”

President Trump and his campaign have repeatedly insinuated — without any evidence — that Mr. Biden is mentally slow.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump posted an image on Twitter of a group of seniors in wheelchairs, one of whom had Mr. Biden’s head crudely pasted onto his shoulders. Beneath the picture, the last word of a “Biden for President” campaign slogan had been altered to say “resident,” an apparent insinuation that the former vice president belonged in a nursing home.

Patricia Mazzei reported from Pembroke Pines, and Thomas Kaplan from Washington.


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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s book on his own handling of the coronavirus crisis debuted on Tuesday, amid a series of hot-spot outbreaks in New York and criticism that it may be too soon for such reflections.

The book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is largely drawn from the governor’s streak of daily press briefings given from March to mid-June, during which time tens of thousands of New Yorkers died related to the virus.

Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, describes the early days of the discovery of the virus in his state as a wake-up call for both state and federal governments. “I knew the country wasn’t prepared,” he writes.

Published by Crown, the book, which is Mr. Cuomo’s second memoir, speaks in detail about his decision-making as well as what he describes as a way of “reintroducing myself to the people of the state.”

“Yes, they knew me, but today everything was different. We were going to a new and different place,” he writes. “Today, I was not just the governor; I was the governor in a historic crisis.”

Mr. Cuomo’s critics have noted that the book coincides with a surging number of new cases and hospitalizations because of clusters of infections in New York City and its suburbs, something that health officials worry may signal a second wave in the city and state.

On Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo reported a statewide daily rate of positive test results of 1.4 percent. Hospitalizations jumped again, to 923, the highest figure since June 26 when the state reported 951.

On Monday morning on the “Today” show, Willie Geist pressed Mr. Cuomo on this issue, asking whether “celebrating the things that you did right feels off and strange” while the virus continues to kill hundreds of Americans a day.

“It’s not a celebration at all,” Mr. Cuomo responded. “The game isn’t over. It is halftime.”

He added, “We had some success. But we are also making a lot of mistakes,” saying the nation had to be ready for “the second half.”

The governor was also asked about his handling of the virus in nursing homes, in particular. More than 6,000 New Yorkers have died in such facilities and a late March memo from his health department — directing homes to take in patients who had tested positive — has been the subject of scrutiny.

He demurred on that question, saying instead that the death toll in the state was the result of failed federal policy. “The reason New York’s numbers were so high was because the virus was coming here for months, undetected,” he said.

In August, Mr. Cuomo declined to discuss his advance for the book, saying “you’ll see it on my financial disclosure.” He said he would make a contribution “to a Covid-related entity,” adding “a lot of it depends on whether or not the book sells.” On Tuesday afternoon, it ranked 160th on Amazon’s best-sellers list.

Elsewhere in the New York area:

  • In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he hoped to know soon whether newly imposed restrictions on parts of the city where the virus positivity rate has spiked could soon be relaxed. “By the end of this week I think we’re going to have a clear sense of whether this is working and whether we’re in range to relax these restrictions after about two weeks,” the shortest amount of time the new rules could be kept in place, he said. “Obviously, that’s a decision we’ll make with the state.” Over the weekend, city agents had issued more than 100 summonses and more than $150,000 in fines, according to Mr. de Blasio. As of Oct. 11, the most recent date for which data was available, the citywide seven-day average positivity rate was 1.48 percent.

  • Mr. Cuomo also said on Tuesday that travelers from Ohio, Michigan and Virginia are now required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, joining a long list of other states and territories. Travelers to Connecticut and New Jersey are also now subject to a 14-day quarantine if they are coming from those same places, though compliance is voluntary in New Jersey and there is a testing alternative in Connecticut.

  • The New York State comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, warned in a report released on Tuesday that if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway, buses and two commuter rails, does not receive federal aid it will be forced to slash service, raise fares and borrow billions of dollars — causing damage that would affect the region’s transportation system for decades. “Without additional help from Washington, the agency is approaching a cliff,” Mr. DiNapoli told reporters Tuesday morning. If the federal government does not provide aid, “it would mark the end of regional transportation as we know it,” he said.

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Outbreaks on farms in Canada have spurred national protests about the systemic vulnerability of migrant farm laborers, a population unknown to many Canadians until they began to fall ill at a rate 11 times that of health workers.

Canadians pride themselves on a liberal immigration system welcoming to an array of ethnicities and nationalities, contrasting their attitude with what many see as xenophobia in the United States.

The reality does not always match the rhetoric, but Canada encourages different groups to maintain their cultures, and an embrace of multiculturalism is enshrined in Canada’s charter and self-image. When other world leaders shunned refugees from Syria’s civil war, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed them in person, handing them winter coats.

But in importing large numbers of seasonal farm laborers from abroad and offering them no path to residence or citizenship, Canada looks disturbingly un-Canadian to many of its people. Canada admits temporary workers who stay for most of a year but requires them to return home when their contracts end.

As in the United States, farm workers live for months on their employers’ property, often in large bunkhouses where disease can spread easily.

“In no other immigration category do you have people who come only from certain countries, are trapped in certain occupations, living only on their work sites and must absolutely leave the country at the end,” said Jenna Hennebry, the director of the International Migration Research Center at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Eighteen members of Tunisia’s Parliament have tested positive for the virus, the body’s doctor, Maher Ayadi, announced on Tuesday.

Several cases among lawmakers were reported following a full parliamentary session on Oct. 2, one of only two such meetings held such July. A number of lawmakers had announced that they tested positive on Facebook.

Tunisia has seen a sharp spike in virus cases in recent days. Of the 32,556 cases reported since the start of the outbreak, more than 10,000 were reported in the last seven days, according to a Times database.

The country had been an exception in the region, reporting very few cases at the start of the pandemic. Tunisia quickly imposed a strict lockdown, including a nationwide curfew and the closure of international borders for almost two months.

But after reopening the borders in June, the country began to report new cases linked to international travel. The authorities imposed a two-week nightly curfew in several cities last week to halt the uptick.

Only a few hundred intensive care beds are available throughout Tunisia, and doctors have expressed concern that the health care system is at risk of being overloaded.

In a meeting of officials tasked with fighting the coronavirus on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi announced that people who do not wear masks in public spaces will be fined starting this weekend.

He added that it was important to balance health and economic concerns as the country confronts the surge in cases, and to “help every sector over the economic crisis.”

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From rural India, he worshiped President Trump like a god, praying to a life-size statue of the American leader in his backyard every morning.

Bussa Krishna, a widowed farmer in his 30s, became a fan about four years ago, when the president appeared to him in a dream to predict that India’s national cricket squad would beat its archrival, Pakistan, in a cricket match.

India won, “and from that day he started worshiping Donald Trump,” said Vivek Bukka, one of his cousins.

The young farmer was also drawn to Mr. Trump’s “straightforward ways and blunt speech,” said Vemula Venkat Goud, the headman of Mr. Krishna’s village in the southern state of Telangana.

As Mr. Krishna’s devotion to Mr. Trump intensified, he commissioned the construction of a shrine in his backyard with the life-size statue, Mr. Vivek said. He worshiped it for an hour or two each morning, as one might when praying to gods in the Hindu pantheon.

When Mr. Trump announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19, Mr. Krishna was devastated.

“I feel very sad that my god, Trump, has contracted the coronavirus,” he said in a tearful video on Facebook. “I ask everyone to pray for his speedy recovery.”

He stopped eating to show solidarity with the president, his family said, and fell into a deep depression. On Sunday, he died of cardiac arrest. There is no evidence linking his death to his fasting.

Mr. Krishna’s devotion had made him into a minor celebrity, and he was the subject of some national headlines. But there is no indication that the White House or Mr. Trump — who said he had recovered from the virus and felt “powerful” after being treated with a cocktail of drugs — was aware of him.

Mr. Krishna had traveled to the United States Embassy in New Delhi ahead of Mr. Trump’s February trip to the country to try to arrange a meeting, said Mr. Venkat, the village headman.

“It’s really sad that his dream never came true,” he said.

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As officials across Britain stitch together different sets of rules over which businesses are allowed to stay open and which must close, nowhere is the Kafkaesque incoherence of their regulations laid bare more clearly than in soccer.

For now, all so-called elite games must be held without fans. Elite, in this sense, applies to the top six tiers of the sport — from the glamorous, cosseted world of the Premier League to divisions where professionalized and semiprofessional teams mix.

Below that, in the squat, sprawling reaches of nonleague soccer, fans are permitted. But the maximum number varies, from about 350 in some leagues to 600 in others.

Those capacities are not related to local rates of virus infections or the severity of regional lockdowns. Instead, it’s a one-size-fits-all formula based on the size of the stadiums in each league.

The situation is so complex that even some who stand to benefit from it describe it as “ridiculous.”

This week, the game’s various authorities — including the Premier League and the Football Association, which governs soccer in England — launched a petition to encourage the government to relax its rules and let fans back into elite games, too, as has happened in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

They believe soccer, and sport more broadly, is being held back even as restaurants, pubs and cinemas are permitted to reopen — and that the rules, as they stand, make little sense.

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Jesse Katayama had planned to end a journey around the world 8,000 feet above sea level at Machu Picchu, the sprawling 15th-century Inca citadel high in the Andes Mountains.

Then the coronavirus happened, stranding Mr. Katayama, a 26-year-old Japanese citizen, in Peru and shutting down tourism sites as a lockdown was imposed across the country.

On Sunday, after a wait of seven months, Mr. Katayama finally got to visit the UNESCO world heritage site. And aside from a few guides, he got it all to himself.

“After the lockdown, the first man to visit Machu Picchu is meeeeeee,” he wrote in a post on Instagram that included photos of him with a park representative.

Alejandro Neyra, Peru’s culture minister, said in a virtual news conference on Monday that Mr. Katayama had been granted special access to the site in recognition of his patience.

“He had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter,” Mr. Neyra said. “The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country.”

Before the pandemic, Machu Picchu welcomed thousands of visitors a day. Tourists typically have to apply months in advance for permits to enter an Inca trail that leads to the ancient fortress.

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