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People in England will be fined up to £10,000 (about $12,917) if they're caught not following requests to self-isolate beginning on Sept. 28, according to the BBC.

The state of play: The fine will start at £1,000 and could rise up to £10,000 for repeat offenders, and for the worst offenses. The new fines "could risk a backlash from sections of the public and some Conservative MPs," according to the Independent.

The big picture: The rules require people to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or have been traced to have had close contact with someone who has. They come as the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe have been facing the threat of a second wave of infections, with the U.K. recording a 121% increase in new cases over the last 14 days, according to the New York Times.

What they're saying: "If everybody follows the rules, then we can avoid further national lockdown," U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on the BBC Sunday, declaring that the country is at a "tipping point and we have a choice."

  • "The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus," added Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • "We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives.”

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The U.S. reported 83,718 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, marking the second day in a row that the country topped 80,000 daily infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Why it matters: The coronavirus is surging across the U.S. and threatening to overwhelm hospitals, especially in rural areas. The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci told MSNBC earlier this month the U.S. is "facing a whole lot of trouble" as it heads into the winter, with cold weather likely to contribute to further spread of the virus.

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Japan's new prime minister said on Monday the nation will seek to become carbon neutral by 2050, a move that will require huge changes in its fossil fuel-heavy energy mix in order to succeed.

Why it matters: Japan is the world's fifth-largest source of carbon emissions. The new goal announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is stronger than the country's previous target of becoming carbon neutral as early as possible in the latter half of the century.