Man's bizarre McDonald's excuse after Covid lockdown breach

Nadine Carroll
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A man in England has been fined for breaching Covid-19 restrictions after he was caught driving more than 160 kilometres, claiming he was trying to get to a McDonald’s.

Wiltshire police said the 34-year-old man from Luton had already received a warning on Thursday (local time) when he was stopped again by police that evening in Devizes, more than a two hours’ drive away from where he received the first warning.

The man told officers he was headed to a McDonald’s, but the town of Devizes doesn’t have one.

Luton, where the man was from, has several McDonald’s locations.

A McDonald's sign is pictured.
The UK man told police he had travelled more than 160 kilometres to go to McDonald's. Source: Getty

England is currently in lockdown with residents ordered to stay at home unless they are shopping for basic necessities, exercising, seeking medical assistance, or for essential work and study.

Residents are also encouraged to stay in their local area regardless of their reason for leaving home.

The man was issued with a £200 (AU$350) penalty notice for breaching Covid regulation currently in place.

His car was also seized for lack of insurance.

UK has highest daily Covid-19 death rate in the world

The UK has recorded more than 3.4 million Covid-19 infections, with more than 90,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Meanwhile new Oxford University figures show the country has the highest daily death rate in the world.

Figures compiled by Our World in Data show an average of 935 daily deaths in the UK over the last week was the equivalent of more than 16 people in every million dying each day from coronavirus.

The UK recorded 599 more coronavirus deaths and another 37,535 cases on Monday.

The number of people in hospital with the virus is at its highest level yet – at 37,435 – with someone being admitted every 30 seconds.

But the growth in coronavirus patients in hospital is slowing in every region of England, suggesting the country is approaching the peak of the second wave of coronavirus.

Latest government figures show that between January 10 and 17, the total number of Covid patients in hospital increased by 8 per cent. That’s down from a 23 per cent increase between January 3 and 10.

The week-on-week growth rate has slowed in every region.

with Yahoo UK

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