Covid news live: New wave in Europe inevitable without action, warns WHO
Boris Johnson: ‘additional precautions’ against Covid may be needed after July 19
England may still need “extra precautions” to protect against the coronavirus even after the final step in easing the lockdown, Boris Johnson said.
The prime minister said he would explain “over the next few days” what that might entail. The lifting of restrictions scheduled for June 21 has been postponed to July 19 due to the increase in cases caused by the Delta variant, but infections continue to rise.
Almost 28,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported Thursday – the highest daily infections reported since late January – along with 22 additional deaths recorded within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.
Meawnhile, the World Health Organization has warned that Europe will inevitably face a new wave of Covid-19 infections unless the public and national governments remain disciplined in their attempts to control the pandemic.
The agency’s European head, Hans Kluge, said the three conditions for a wave of excessive deaths were now met: low vaccination rates; increased social diversity; and new variants.
Self-isolation rules for healthcare workers ‘a source of frustration’, says NHS official
Current rules on self-isolation for double-vaccinated health workers are a “source of frustration” for some staff, according to a senior NHS official.
Saffron Cordery, deputy managing director of NHS Providers, suggested that the rules can sometimes be ‘disruptive’ and prevent some staff from returning to work.
“Ensuring the safety of patients and staff is a top priority for trusted leaders, and no one underestimates the critical importance of strong infection control,” said Ms. Cordery.
“But we know that the demands of continued self-isolation are a source of frustration for some staff, especially those who are double-bitten, tested negative and want to support their colleagues.
“These rules can be disruptive, so it’s important to make sure they’re evidence-based and under scrutiny.”
Conrad DuncanJuly 1, 2021 4:34 PM
UK reports nearly 28,000 new cases of Covid, 22 new deaths
According to government data, another 27,989 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday – the highest daily cases since the end of January.
Government data also showed that another 22 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the official UK death toll to 128,162.
However, separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 153,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations are broadly stable, with 259 patients admitted in the past 24 hours, down slightly from the 264 reported yesterday.
Conrad DuncanJuly 1, 2021 4:14 PM
Scottish health council issues warning as Covid patients double overnight
NHS Tayside Health Council urged people to follow coronavirus advice on social distancing and regular testing after the number of Covid patients in its hospitals doubled overnight.
Dr Pamela Johnston, operational medical director, said her colleagues were very busy assessing patients and warned the department was under increasing pressure.
“We currently have 36 hospital patients requiring care for Covid, some of them requiring more intensive care in our intensive care and HDU,” said Dr Johnston.
“Many of these patients are under 40 and we expect that number to increase in the coming weeks.”
She added: “As part of our plans to care for these patients, we have opened two additional wards at Ninewells Hospital, which means we now have three dedicated wards with almost 60 beds for Covid-19 patients. . “
Conrad DuncanJuly 1, 2021 3:58 PM
Italy warns English football fans against any attempt to sneak into Euro 2020 clash
Italy has warned English football fans not to try to use loopholes in Covid’s travel restrictions to watch the Euro 2020 game between England and Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.
In June, the country introduced a five-day quarantine for anyone coming to Italy who had visited the UK in the previous two weeks as part of efforts to prevent the Delta variant from entering.
However, there are exemptions in the guidelines for short-term business travel and visitors in transit.
“Being exempted from quarantine in Italy for any legal reason whatsoever will not result in permission to enter the stadium,” the Italian embassy in London said on Thursday.
“UK-based fans should therefore not travel to Italy to watch Saturday’s game at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.”
Large-scale checks are expected when people enter the stadium, with anyone who ignores general quarantine rules could face a fine of up to 3,000 euros, according to the website of the Italian Ministry of Health.
UEFA said 16,000 fans would be allowed to take part in Saturday’s game, or 25% of its total capacity.
Conrad DuncanJuly 1, 2021 3:46 PM
Ugandan police track down phony doctor, arrest nurses in Covid vaccine scam
Ugandan police arrested two nurses and were looking for a man who posed as a doctor to sell and administer fake coronavirus vaccines to hundreds of people, authorities in the African country said on Thursday. East, in the midst of a second growing wave of infections.
The bogus doctor had persuaded several companies to pay for their employees to receive vaccines, charging between 100,000 and 200,000 Ugandan shillings (£ 20-41) per injection, according to the head of a public health surveillance unit in the country. within the president’s office.
Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 3:30 PM
North East England Becomes Region With Highest Covid Case Rate
The north-east of England has overtaken the north-west to become the region of England with the highest rate of Covid-19 cases, with numbers now close to those seen at the peak of the second wave the last winter.
A total of 346.4 cases per 100,000 people were recorded for the north-east of England in the seven days to June 27, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England (PHE).
That figure is up sharply week-to-week from 175.3 and is the region’s highest rate for the seven days to January 10.
Across the pandemic, rates peaked in the Northeast at 452.9 in the week to January 3.
North West England now has the second-highest regional rate, with 325.3 cases per 100,000 population, up from 244.3 week-to-week.
However, PHE said on Thursday that rates in all parts of England continued to rise.
“In all parts of the country, cases are increasing rapidly, although it is encouraging to see that hospitalizations and deaths are not increasing at the same rate,” said PHE Medical Director Yvonne Doyle.
“Case rates are currently highest in the younger age groups, who are less likely to be hospitalized – so the vaccine works to reduce serious illness in the most vulnerable groups.”
Conrad DuncanJuly 1, 2021 3:20 PM
Accept our vaccines or face the consequences, India warns EU
India has warned the European Union that it will not recognize the EU vaccine certificate unless the bloc accepts vaccines made in India for its digital green pass, written Shweta sharma.
New Delhi officials have called on EU member states to individually consider accepting vaccines made in India.
Eight EU countries subsequently approved an Indian shot, sources said.
Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 3:12 PM
Scotland breaks new one-day infection record
Scotland has recorded more than 4,000 cases of coronavirus in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Scottish government figures released on Thursday showed there had been 4,234 positive tests in the previous 24 hours.
Six deaths of Covid patients have also been recorded, meaning the death toll according to this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – now stands at 7 722.
This is the third time this week that the 24-hour record for positive cases has been broken.
Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 2:56 PM
Almost all guests at Sydney’s birthday party test positive for Covid except for six people who are fully vaccinated
In a warning to Australians about the importance of getting vaccinated, the government said that a large majority of guests at a recent birthday party in New South Wales were infected with Covid – while those who had their vaccine remained safe.
The party that took place on June 19 in West Hoxton, Sydney was dubbed a super-spreader event after tests showed 24 unvaccinated guests contracted the Delta variant of the virus, written Maroosha Muzaffar.
Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 2:40 PM
53 cases of re-infection with Covid-19 confirmed in England
Some 53 cases of people re-infected with Covid-19 have been confirmed in England, according to health experts.
Public Health England, in its latest coronavirus surveillance report, said genetic samples proved patients had been infected twice.
Reinfection is defined as a positive test twice at least 90 days apart.
Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 2:28 PM