Covid UK news live: government declared the lifting of restrictions on July 19 “maybe too early”
Vaccinations in the United Kingdom against Covid-19: the latest figures
Lifting all restrictions on July 19 is “maybe too soon”, the government has been warned, with public health experts calling for more caution in the coming weeks amid the continued spread of the highly transmissible variant Delta.
Delta’s rapid emergence forced Downing Street to delay a full reopening of the company on June 21 for four weeks, and some scientists fear the UK remains vulnerable to a significant increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths once all measures removed later next month.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is reportedly “urging” Angela Merkel to drop EU-wide quarantine plans for UK arrivals in a face-to-face meeting in London on Friday. A UK government source told the To post that the Prime Minister will encourage the German Chancellor to abandon the plans, which are expected to be offered to the EU this week.
The chairman of the UK Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (NERVTAG) said he believed a “stronger” border could have delayed or prevented the Delta variant from arriving in the UK.
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Professor Sir Peter Horby said “tougher border measures may have delayed this, or even prevented” Delta from arriving from India, where it was detected for the first time. He also predicted that it would spread across Europe.
Sadiq Khan, also appearing on the program, said London would “hopefully” reopen fully on July 19 despite an increase in infections, and called on young people to “please, please, please. please ”get vaccinated against Covid.
As hundreds of thousands of people aged 18-29 turned out for vaccinations across the UK on Saturday, Mr Khan said he hoped to reopen in nearly three weeks – and that he was “reassured” by Wembley which hosts the final of Euro 2020 a fortnight.
Across the UK, half of all adults between the ages of 18 and 29 will have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by Sunday in England – three weeks after appointments open at least 30 years old.
Amid fears of a third wave of Covid, the UK recorded 18,270 infections on Saturday – its highest figure in four months, and a 20% increase on Friday. 28 additional deaths were recorded, bringing the country’s toll to 128,089.
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Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 7:56 AM
Case at a high in February, with 18,270 confirmed on Saturday
The number of daily Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to 18,270 on Saturday as stadiums, shopping malls and other large sites were opened as walk-in vaccination centers to increase the number of people vaccinated.
This is the highest figure since February 3, and a 20% increase from Friday’s total.
The steady rise in cases comes as experts warn the country is in the throes of a third wave of Covid-19 thanks to the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 8:02 AM
UK sequences half a million Covid tests
Scientists have sequenced half a million Covid tests in the UK, officials said on Sunday, with the country accounting for nearly half of all such tests performed globally.
Genomic sequencing – which allows scientists to detect whether the virus has mutated – has kept the UK government ahead of emerging variants including Alpha and, more recently, Delta.
Lord Bethell, UK Minister for Innovation, said the milestone in sequencing was “a testament to the hard work, dedication and genius of researchers and laboratory scientists across the country, as well as those who are at the forefront of our battle against this miserable virus. “
Jenny Harris, Managing Director of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) added: “The UK has shared its exceptional genomic capabilities with the world during this global pandemic and our expertise in this area will be at the heart of our mission at UK Health. Security agency.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 8:17 AM
UK population with first dose at 83.7%
As of Saturday, more than 44 million people had received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 32 million had received a second dose, across the UK.
It amounts to 83.7% of the adult population receiving a first dose and 61.2% receiving a second.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 8:26 AM
Half of those under 30 will be vaccinated by Sunday
Half of all adults under the age of 30 in England will have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by Sunday, officials said, with more than 4.2 million young people already injected.
This comes three weeks after the opening of Covid vaccines to people in their twenties – eliminating initial concerns that young people would not be part of the vaccination effort.
Nadhim Zahawi, the British Vaccine Minister, hailed the “phenomenal achievement”.
“It’s fantastic to see so many young people showing up for their jabs, doing their part to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 8:33 AM
Experts call for children over 12 to be vaccinated
Children over 12 in the UK must be vaccinated “as soon as possible” in order to reach the vital level of herd immunity needed to suppress the exponentially increasing Delta variant, scientists have warned.
The call – from virologists in Oxford and Leeds – came as it emerged that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) will not make a decision until the end of next month.
This is despite the fact that the UK medicines regulator approved the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech jab for 12 to 15 year olds three weeks ago.
Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, said leaving millions of children unvaccinated would likely prevent the UK from reaching the ’85-90 percent’ threshold of immunity needed in the population. to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 8:50 AM
Arrests made on the day of the demonstrations
Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London on Saturday, some throwing tennis balls at the UK parliament.
“They have little messages on them. Most of them are not very nice,” an anonymous protester said of the bullets.
In total, three arrests were made by the metropolitan police during a day of multiple protests, including a protest on climate change.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 09:17
Sadiq Khan defends London’s vaccination rate
Sadiq Khan has defended the vaccination rollout in London after the BBC’s Andrew Marr asked him why the city is “holding the country back”.
Mr Khan said on Sunday that London was doing “much better” than other cities around the world of similar size on vaccinations, given a younger and diverse population.
“The reason we face challenges in London as a global city is that our population is younger, more mobile and more diverse. We are less likely to be registered with a general practitioner, which means that the normal communication channels, the textual information sent to your patient, the call from your patient, are not there ”.
“But we also have a large population of migrants,” continued Mr Kahn, “who are less likely to be registered with a general practitioner, but more than that, less likely to share their data to receive a jab.” .
According to the mayor, more than 8.5 million Londoners have received a first dose of a Covid vaccine and 3.5 million have received both doses, placing the city 8% behind the rest of the effort UK vaccination program.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 9:42 AM
The mayor of London “hopes” for the reopening of July 19
Asked about the risks of the capital reopening in a month, the mayor told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “Although the number of cases is increasing, those who are hospitalized are stabilizing and are much lower than those in the first or the second wave. “
“And indeed, if you received both vaccines, you are more than 90 percent less likely to be hospitalized, which was not the case in the first wave or the second wave.”
“The reality is that we won’t be able to reopen on July 5th. I think we should hopefully cross our fingers, fully reopen on July 19. The bottom line though, is that most of us get the jab. Why? Because it protects you from the consequences of the virus, but also because you are less likely to be hospitalized ”.
The mayor also told “The Andrew Marr Show” that he was “reassured” by UEFA and the government about hosting fans at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final, amid an increase in costs. Delta variant infections.
“This gives us time to make sure that as many of us are protected,” he added of the four week delay for the reopening of theaters, pubs and other venues on July 19.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 9:59 AM
‘Busy weekend’ for London after anti-Covid protest
An anti-Covid protest on Saturday was one of a number of protests planned throughout the weekend in London, with Metropolitan Police describing it as a “busy weekend”.
Thousands of people marched from Hyde Park Corner to Westminster with signs reading ‘my body, my choice’ and chants of ‘shame on you’ and boos at No.10 on Saturday.
Many of the protest participants had traveled from all over the UK, including a 29-year-old woman from Manchester who reportedly camped at Clapham Common for four weeks to take a stand against the UK’s vaccination initiative.
A protester who traveled from Devon, Iain McCausland, added that he was marching because “the lockdown came at the cost of our freedom and our rights. Our freedom to meet, our freedom to travel and to work.
Despite the protest – which took place alongside the trans pride and climate marches – hundreds of thousands showed up at vaccination centers across London and the rest of the UK on Saturday.
Gino SpocchiaJune 27, 2021 10:32 AM