Coronavirus UK live news: Lockdown relieves hopes of zero daily deaths
The UK has not reported any new daily coronavirus deaths for the first time in nearly a year, fueling hopes that remaining lockdown restrictions will be lifted on June 21.
Tuesday marked the first time that no deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 have been reported since July 30 of last year.
The UK is also close to reaching the milestone of three-quarters of adults receiving their first vaccine against Covid-19.
The latest government data suggests that so far, more than 39.4 million people have received their first dose, or 74.9% of adults.
In a speech on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will say the government “has backed a lot of horses” and invested “at risk” in various projects as it began work on a Covid hit ahead of the arrival of the first case in UK.
His comments come as debate continues over whether the final stages of unlocking restrictions in England can take place later this month amid concerns over the spread of the Indian variant.
Help Vaccinate The World Or Variants Will Return To “Bite Us”, Expert Says
An expert has warned the UK could be “slammed” by new variants of the coronavirus unless more is done to help poorer countries vaccinate their populations.
Although the vaccines were effective against the Delta variant first identified in India, protection against future variants is “not guaranteed forever,” Professor Sir John Bell said.
As the disease rages in other parts of the world, new variants could emerge that will return to “bite us,” warned Oxford University professor regius of medicine.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 11:15 AM
Scotland Covid restrictions could ease at different speeds due to third wave, Health Secretary says
Parts of Scotland that have been kept under Covid Level 2 restrictions could see them removed at ‘different speeds’, the country’s Health Secretary said, as he warned Scotland could be early of a third wave of the virus.
Humza Yousaf said the government was still “very concerned” about the risk of “overwhelming the NHS” if coronavirus cases rose again.
His comments came after Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that a planned easing of coronavirus restrictions would not take place in many areas.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 10:59 AM
UK Covid deaths at lowest since September
The proportion of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales is at its lowest level in more than eight months, figures show.
There were 9,860 all-cause deaths recorded during the week ending May 21, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Of these, 1.1% (107 deaths) had a “new coronavirus” mentioned on the death certificate.
The last time the proportion was so low was during the week ending September 11, when the virus accounted for 1% of deaths.
At the height of the second wave, in the week ending January 29, Covid-19 accounted for 45.7% of recorded deaths.
The latest figure is the lowest number of coronavirus-related deaths since the week ending September 11, and a 29% drop from the previous week.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 10:41 AM
Covid mentioned on 153,229 death certificates in UK
A total of 153,229 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the ONS.
The highest number of deaths in a single day was 1,477 on January 19.
In the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8, 2020.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 10:27 AM
Nursing home Covid deaths drop
Some 25 deaths of nursing home residents involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were recorded in the week to May 21, down 17% from the previous week.
A total of 42,486 nursing home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the start of the pandemic.
The ONS figures cover the deaths of nursing home residents in all settings, not just in nursing homes.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 10:09 AM
Latest Covid death statistics for England
A total of 107 deaths recorded in England and Wales during the week ending May 21 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the lowest number since the week ending September 11, 2020.
The figure is down 29% from the previous week.
About one in 91 (1.1%) deaths recorded in the week before May 21 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 9:51 AM
State extends Melbourne lockdown to curb outbreak
An instant lockdown in Melbourne has been extended for a week as part of efforts to curb an outbreak of the highly contagious variant of Covid-19 first detected in India.
Residents of the Australian city face an additional seven days of being allowed to leave their homes only for essential reasons, including to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, authorities have confirmed.
My colleague Zoe Tidman has more details:
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 9:30 AM
School lunch breaks could be reduced by half an hour due to lack of funding
The education secretary suggested that school lunch breaks could be reduced by half an hour to give children more time for lessons, amid a lack of funding from guardians.
Ministers are looking for ways to help students make up for lost time due to Covid-19 without spending the amount of money their advisers deem necessary for additional resources.
Our political correspondent Jon stone has more details:
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 9:16 AM
Education secretary refuses to reveal whether he has asked for more financial investment in catch-up plans
When asked if he had wanted more financial investment from the Treasury for the coronavirus catch-up plans, the Education Secretary said he was “absolutely thrilled with £ 1.4 billion” .
Pressed further on LBC radio to find out if he had asked for ‘an additional £ 5-6 billion’, Gavin Williamson said: ‘It is incredibly tempting to get involved in the disclosure of private conversations with the Chancellor and the Prime minister, but maybe I’m going to avoid this one, if that’s okay? “
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 8:53 AM
“Zero deaths is promising but we cannot be complacent,” says education secretary
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had not recorded any coronavirus deaths Tuesday was “promising” but urged the public not to be complacent.
Speaking to LBC radio, he said: “It shows that the enormous sacrifices of the British people are starting to bear fruit.
“The fact that the British went there with gusto and enthusiasm and actually got vaccinated when so many other countries did not have the same level of participation is a real credit.
“It promises what we’ve seen in terms of zero deaths, but we can’t be complacent.
“We continue to be cautious and we need to make sure we keep getting vaccinated.”
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 8:25 AM