Diary - coronavirus continues to raise its ugly head

A glorious sunny day. Coronavirus has raised its ugly head again with the Government announcing that separate households would not be allowed to meet indoors in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire from midnight. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an "increasing rate of transmission" had been identified in those areas. "The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding by social distancing," he said. Abroad, passengers arriving in the UK from Luxembourg from Friday will have to isolate for 14 days after the country was taken off the quarantine-free list. The government said there had been a "consistent increase" in Covid-19 cases in the country since the end of June. Nearer to home, the leader of the Scottish Conservative, Jackson Carlaw, resigned after only six months in the job. Mr Carlaw said he had come to the "painful conclusion" that he was not the best person to lead the case for Scotland remaining in the UK ahead of next year's Holyrood election. Over in the US, President Trump stirred the pot by suggesting in a tweet that the Presidential election should be delayed over concerns about electoral fraud. But the idea was rejected by top Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea.