Latest UK news evening headlines: Covid cases in England climb to highest level since summer, solar storm heading our way tonight

England’s rate of new Covid-19 cases has climbed to its highest level since summer, figures show.

In the seven days ending October 7, a total of 201,660 cases were recorded – that’s 356.6 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest since July 24, when the seven-day rate was 375.1, according to an analysis by the PA news agency.

Data for the last four days (October 8-11) has been excluded because it is incomplete.

Two-thirds of local government in England are currently seeing increases in rates, with Trafford in Greater Manchester having the highest rate in the UK at 832.6.

In second place is Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria (782.3), followed by Kettering (775.8) and Wellingborough (735.5), both in Northamptonshire.

England’s new case rate has been largely up in recent weeks after falling to 256.5 on September 16.

The rate has never been lower than 250 since the beginning of July.

Northern lights could be visible as a geomagnetic storm that is expected to reach Earth

Northern lights could be visible as a geomagnetic storm that is expected to reach Earth

Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on Monday evening as a solar storm is expected to hit Earth.

This is thanks to a coronal mass ejection, a massive eruption of material from the sun that can cause a phenomenon known as a geomagnetic storm that disrupts the Earth’s magnetic field.

According to the US Space Weather Prediction Center, the event could lead to fluctuations in the power grid and “alignment irregularities” for spacecraft.

Scientist dubbed Britain’s worst stalker remains in jail

A scientist dubbed “Britain’s worst stalker” by the police will remain behind bars longer after parole officials have refused to release him.

Richard Jan was imprisoned for life in 2004 for two arson offenses intended to endanger lives and causing public harassment between 1996 and 2003 after targeting 200 victims.

He was branded a “devious and manipulative tyrant” after waging what he called World War III against health officials, lawyers and others whom he believed were part of a “grand coalition” to try to put him under the Mental Health Act.

His trial learned that his “cunning and merciless obsession” had ruined people’s lives and that psychiatrists could not find any evidence of mental illness.

Jan bombed a councilor’s house and set fire to a social worker’s car.

Will there be a pumpkin shortage this Halloween?

Experts warn of a pumpkin shortage in October.

The seasonal vegetables play a central role in Halloween celebrations as many people use them for carving and decoration purposes.

But due to supply chain problems in the UK, pumpkin distribution could be jeopardized this year.

Driver and labor shortages mean that the harvest of vegetables has been halted, according to the Financial Times.

Bad weather conditions have also contributed to the possible shortage.

Whether or not these concerns arise, experts at GardenBuildingDirect.co.uk say it’s a good time to consider other creative ways to have a memorable Halloween by looking at other fruits and vegetables.

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