As the UK suffers a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths, its doctors and nurses prepare for an expected flood of new patients over the next six months without a clear government strategy to contain the virus and quickly occupy intensive care units.

As a result, morale is dwindling among overworked health workers. Hospitals have canceled unnecessary surgeries and moved patients to nearby facilities, due to overcrowding caused in part by government efforts to resume electoral processes that were halted in the spring. Some emergency rooms already tell patients who don’t need urgent care to stay away.

Quote: “We’ve been through it before and it wasn’t very nice, but there was an end,” said Dr. Alison Pittard, the dean of the Intensive Care Faculty. “While that will take a lot longer now. We did not have enough staff. “

Connected: prime minister Boris Johnson has hired a well-connected former political journalist to hold re-televised press conferences so his messages can remain unfiltered by a press corps that has been increasingly critical of Downing Street’s unpredictable handling of Covid-19.

Since a Muslim teenager beheaded Samuel Paty, the French school teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class, France has carried out dozens of raids against suspected Islamic extremists, closed a large mosque and shut down some Muslim aid groups.

While these actions are widespread at home, they and the tone of top French officials have opened France to criticism from the Muslim world that the nation’s complicated post-colonial relationship with its six million Muslim citizens has taken an ugly turn. Thousands demonstrated against France and its President Emmanuel Macron in Turkey and Bangladesh, while leaders in Kuwait and Pakistan spoke out against Mr Macron.

Go deeper: For generations, French public schools have welcomed immigrant children into society by introducing national ideals. Critics, many in the Muslim community, are now wondering whether the French model of integration, including its schools, needs to be updated or revised.

Trying to assimilate risks that lead to some form of xenophobia among the broader population, said Hakim El Karoui of the Montaigne think tank institute: “The message is: ‘We don’t want you to be different because we want you to be like us . ‘“

More than 64 million Americans have already voted in the November 3rd presidential election – and about half of them are in a dozen or so competitive states that will ultimately decide who wins on the electoral college. Early votes in these battlefield states already accounted for more than half of the total votes of these states in 2016.

For one week until Election Day, former Georgia Vice President Joe Biden, who the Democrats had not run in presidential elections since 1992, fought while President Trump held rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska.

Former President Barack Obama gave a withering speech in Orlando, Florida, joking that his successor was “jealous of Covid’s media coverage”. Mr. Obama was delighted with the chance to strike back Mr. Trump and was ready to throw blows on behalf of his former Vice President.

You can follow our election updates here.

In a sport that featured athletes of different sizes, shapes, abilities and gender identities, transgender rugby players like Grace McKenzie have felt blind in recent months when it became known that world rugby is excluding transgender women from women’s teams at top international events wanted about safety concerns.

After nine months of review and deliberation, World Rugby said that in a collision sport that typically involves at least one injury per game, “the safety and fairness of women playing contact rugby against trans women cannot be guaranteed at this time”.

Climate change: The Trump administration The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is setting new limits that would undermine action against global warming. It recently replaced the agency’s chief scientist.

Polish protests: Tens of thousands of Poles have defied Covid-19 restrictions to protest a new Supreme Court ruling that puts a near-complete ban on abortion, blocks major roads and bridges, and sings anti-government slogans. Here’s what you need to know.

Pakistan: At least eight people were killed and more than 100 injured when a massive explosion broke through an Islamic religious school in the suburbs of Peshawar. No group immediately took responsibility for the bombing.

Snapshot: Family members wept over the coffin of Amar Isakli, a 23-year-old Azerbaijani soldier who was killed in a shelling near the frontline town of Terter. The victims in the conflict with Armenia are already in their thousands.

Missing Dolphin: Fungie, the bottlenose dolphin who helped transform the Irish village of Dingle from a small fishing and farming community into a global tourist destination, has disappeared after 37 years. Two weeks after the last confirmed sighting, hope is fading.

Lived life: Ming Cho Lee, the fabled set designer whose ideas continue to influence the field, died Friday at the age of 90. His work in theater, dance, and opera helped redefine American set design.

What we read: This excerpt in The New Yorker on US health care reform from the upcoming memoir of former President Barack Obama. “There are many fascinating details about American politics, but also some touching passages about fatherhood, the family dog ​​and sailing,” writes Carole Landry of the briefing team.

Cook: This Japanese-style tuna noodle salad is served with a sweet and salty vinaigrette made from soy, sesame oil, mirin and rice vinegar.

Listen: These kids’ news podcasts are perfect for young people looking for a better understanding of what adults are upset about (and useful to their parents, too).

To do: Herbal teas can soothe and restore. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to grow brew-friendly plants at home.

We love to share our At Home collection about what to read, cook, see and do while staying home safe.

In June, when a national uproar over police brutality and systemic racism sparked an examination of fairness and justice in many areas of life – including the food media – NYT Cooking began the long overdue project of giving receptors to reporters and contributors to The Times. Credit for their work.

What sounded like a simple change took months to complete the collaboration between editors, product managers, and engineers, and it was repeatedly and double-checked. Owen Dodd, a senior product designer, said the most difficult aspect of the project was the amount of data. “There were roughly 4,000 recipes that were attributed in some form,” he told Times Insider.

The efforts reflected the journalistic rigor with which recipes for NYT Cooking are developed and written, whether or not they come from another source.

This change comes in the midst of a broader discussion about racism in the food media and food organizations. Bon Appétit’s top editor resigned in June after a culturally insensitive photo of him resurfaced online and the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance faces the resignation of his record on diversity.

“There are historical journalistic practices that need revision or revision,” said Darun Kwak, product manager at NYT Cooking.

Sam Sifton, the head of Cooking, said it was a matter of transparency: even if one reporter has done a lot of work making someone else’s recipe available to home cooks, it’s not fair to keep that recipe under the reporter’s direction only execute.

“We’ve talked a lot at a high level about diversity, equity and inclusion issues at NYT Cooking and indeed at The Times,” said Sifton. “The question of prescription ownership, in my opinion, fits right in with the discussions we have had about justice.”

Today’s backstory was taken from this Times Insider article.

And a correction: a caption from yesterday’s briefing described that the UK has registered more cases than any other European country in the past week. Indeed, France recorded significantly more.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Until tomorrow.

– Natasha

Thank you very much
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