The UK’s 20 best countryside walks for social distancing

Long walks are within the rules again, and how we’ve missed them. Here’s our guide to some of the best in Britain, away from the crowds

My goodness. After all these weeks of house arrest, to be told, “You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance” is dizzying. For those who have always wondered what it would feel like to be given the Freedom of Las Vegas, now we know.

So The Telegraph today presents 20 walks of the off-the-beaten-track variety, just in time to celebrate the first weekend of the slight lockdown-loosening that came into effect on Wednesday. Though we are all still required to stay at home as much as possible, we can now exercise outdoors as often as we wish, and we can take trips in private vehicles to do so.

Naturally, there are umpteen important caveats. You must stay at least two metres from anyone who’s not a member of your household [ . . . ]

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Theatre stands on the brink of ruin

The West End producer says 70 per cent of performing arts companies will close by Christmas if there is no government rescue package

British theatre is on the brink of total collapse. All the performing arts – theatre, dance, opera, comedy, theatre in education, Christmas pantomime, community shows – are facing the real possibility of complete obliteration. I know it sounds melodramatic. It beggars belief – but it is a statement of fact.

Without an urgent government rescue package, 70 per cent of our performing arts companies will be out of business before the end of this year. More than 1,000 theatres around the country will be insolvent and might shut down for good.

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UK coronavirus death toll may be over 32,000 – 54% higher than reports

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK might be 54 per cent higher than reported – meaning the grim death toll could be at least 32,000.

The Office for National Statistics today found there were 22,300 deaths involving Covid-19 in and outside of hospital up to April 17 but registered to April 25.

his is compared to 14,451 reported by the Department of Health for England and Wales at the same time.

The number means the UK death toll could be around 54 per cent higher than the current total of 21,092 – bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to at least 32,000.

The figures explore deaths that happened outside hospital – including care homes and private houses – as well as backdated hospital deaths.

“Every death from this virus is a tragedy. This is being exacerbated by the fact some social care staff and other frontline workers still lack the necessary PPE to protect themselves and the people they care for from contracting coronavirus.”

Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board

It also includes hidden deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a suspected cause of death but the victim has not necessarily tested positive for the disease.

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