"The government continues to face criticism for its chart projecting 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by the middle of October. The lowest estimates suggest the UK could have been on track for around 8,400 cases by 13 October, with cases doubling every 20 days as opposed to every seven to eight days. The Government Office for Science says the graph was based on figures from Imperial College. The NHS plans to ramp up its in-house testing to 100,000 a day amid fears over staff absences because of the failing test and trace system. The overall NHS sickness absence rate for England was 6.2% during the height of the pandemic in April – the highest monthly rate in more than a decade. Cinema, theatres and takeaway delivery services are all exempt from the new 10 p.m. curfew. The government reportedly adopted the measure after similar restrictions were imposed in Belgium due to evidence that drunk people were spreading Covid-19." Source: that notorious left-wing propaganda sheet The Spectator.