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TFL removes Banksy coronavirus artwork from underground tube train - Bristol Live
The artist filmed himself spray painting his famous rats inside a London Circle Line train
Banksys latest artwork on the spread of coronavirus has been removed from the inside of a London Underground train carriage. The Bristol street artist posted a video on his Instagram account showing him spraying his well-known rats sneezing over the inside of the carriages. The artist appears prominently in the video himself, donning a mask and PPE suit, before carrying a paint sprayer and stencils onto the Circle Line train. At one point in the video, captioned 'If you don't mask - you don't get', he is approached by a fellow traveller and waves them away from the area where he sprayed his graffiti. For news tailored to your local area, powered by In Your Area: However, the artwork is now no more as Transport for London (TfL) confirmed on Tuesday evening (July 14) the work was removed some days ago due to strict anti-graffiti policy. However, it added it would welcome Banksy to recreate his message in a suitable location. A TfL spokesperson said: We appreciate the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings, which the vast majority of customers on our transport network are doing. In this particular case, the work was removed some days ago due to our strict anti-graffiti policy. Wed like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location. The artwork was the first public output from the Bristolian artist since his suggestion last month of what should be placed on the plinth of the statue of Edward Colston.
Coronavirus death toll continues to rise, latest figures - Bristol Live
One more death in Bristol recorded over past 24 hours
Another person has died after contracting coronavirus at a Bristol hospital trust. The University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, which runs Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital, reported one new death on Wednesday, bringing its total to 143. While North Bristol NHS Trust - which covers Southmead Hospital - recorded no new deaths on June 17. There have been 118 at the trust. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles As for positive Covid-19 tests, Public Health England's figures published at 4.02pm, yesterday, show North Somerset has reported a further three confirmed cases. This is the first time since Friday (June 12) the district has reported a positive lab result for Covid-19. There were no new cases in Bristol yesterday, with the city's total still standing at 720. And both Bath and North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have not seen an increase for a week (June 9), with the number of cases in these areas standing at 237 and 406 respectively. PHE's figures show there has been 42,153 coronavirus-related deaths across the UK after 184 more were recorded on Wednesday. There's also been 299,251 confirmed cases of the deadly virus across the UK since the pandemic started. And it was revealed on Wednesday that the government's track and trace app might not be released until the winter months. The Health Secretary originally promised the app, still under testing on the Isle of Wight, would be rolled out across the nation in mid-May. Read More Related Articles He told Brits it was their duty to download it in large numbers in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. Now, Health Minister Lord Bethel indicated the delivery of the app had slipped even further. He told the Science and Technology Committee the pilot of the app on the Isle of Wight had been successful, but also showed that people prefer human contact to a technological one. Speaking of the app, he said: "We're seeking to get something going for the winter, but it isn't the priority for us at the moment."
Minister warns South West could face local lockdown as R-rate increases - Bristol Live
It could mean people are advised to 'stay home' once again
The Health Secretary has warned local lockdowns could be on the cards as the R-rate continues to rise in certain regions. Earlier it was reported that the R-rate has risen to 1 in the South West, meaning our area now has the second highest rate of coronavirus transmission in the UK. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Matt Hancock said Sage believes the R is below one and said local lockdowns could be used when flare-ups are spotted, reports Devon Live. The Health Secretary told the Downing Street briefing on Friday: Youre right that the R is closer to one in the South West and in the North West, the advice from Sage is that R is below one in all regions. However, we want to increasingly have an approach in tackling local lockdowns where we spot a flare-up." (Image: PA) The South West is different to the North West because we have lower numbers of new cases, according to Mr Hanock. Weve been doing this over the last few weeks, for instance there was a flare-up in Weston-super-Mare which we successfully got under control," he said. Public Health England's regional breakdown estimate the North West and South West's transmission number, or R value, is around one. PHE said latest estimates, worked out in conjunction with Cambridge Universitys MRC Biostatistics Unit, show it is highly likely that R is below one in each other region of England. Read More Related Articles The brand-new analysis shows that the North West now running above that at 1.01, the highest in the country, up from 0.73 a few weeks ago when the data was last released. The South West is listed as exactly 1, meaning it is the second highest R value in England, although the researchers believe the number of new daily infections in the region to be 'relatively low'. This comes as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased across England, meaning more people are returning to work, and some schools have reopened. The South West is followed by the South East on 0.97, London on 0.95 - a huge increase from its last value of 0.4 - and the East of England on 0.94.