Covid UK News Live: Scotland’s London game linked to spike in cases as England fans urged not to travel to Rome
Minister tells English fans not to travel to Italy for Euro quarter-finals
Nearly 1,300 people in Scotland have tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling to London to watch a Euro 2020 match, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed.
Around 400 of those fans were at Wembley to watch the game, while the rest were watching from elsewhere in the English capital.
Fans have been urged not to travel to Italy to watch the Euro 2020 quarter-final match between England and Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions mean those who were lucky during polls cannot use their tickets.
The team’s historic 2-0 loss to Germany set up the clash in Rome, but rules in Italy for UK arrivals mean fans would face five days of quarantine, which would see them miss the game this Saturday.
The FA was entitled to an allocation of 2,560, which equates to 16% of the agreed capacity of 16,000 at the Stadio Olimpico, but will not accept it, meaning these tickets will go on general sale.
He added that he was working with UEFA and the British Embassy in Italy to “facilitate” the sale of tickets to English residents in Italy, which is also on the UK’s orange list requiring self-isolation during 10 days upon his return.
Police plan to crack down on illegal raves
Britain’s largest police force is set to crack down on illegal raves over the summer, with senior officers fearing events could be dangerous and spark unrest.
Metropolitan Police Commander Ade Adelekan said officers would aim to stop so-called unlicensed music events before they take place.
His comments came as a senior Sussex Police officer warned potential revelers they would face “the full force of the law”, following a rave that thousands attended Sunday.
Mr Adelekan told reporters today: “We will have a preemptive response regarding unlicensed music events.
“We will be looking to make sure we thwart those where they are likely to occur, as they are no longer just anti-social and, in fact, present a real safeguard problem and a real threat around the mess.”
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 3:32 PM
Downing Street urges England fans not to visit Rome
Downing Street has urged fans not to travel to Rome for the Euro 2020 quarter-final between England and Ukraine on Saturday.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “People should not travel to Orange List countries.
“Obviously we appreciate the way the fans will want to do everything possible to support the England team, but we have to balance that with the need to protect public health.
“We urge everyone to abide by the guidelines and rules we have in place. “
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 3:22 PM
Long Covid cases underreported in NHS GP files, study finds
Long Covid cases are underreported in NHS GP records, researchers have found.
Analyzing GP records of 57.9 million patients in England, they found that officially recorded diagnoses of Long Covid are significantly lower than estimates from the previous survey.
The researchers say the findings raise important questions about how the disease is diagnosed, recorded and managed by the NHS.
Samuel osborneJune 30, 2021 3:15 PM
NHS braced for spike in ICU Covid patient admissions, Downing Street says
Downing Street said the NHS was prepared for an increase in admissions of coronavirus patients to intensive care.
New figures show the number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in English hospitals has reached its highest level in more than two months.
The prime minister’s official spokesperson said the increase was anticipated and the country remained “in a good position” to continue lifting the lockdown restrictions later this month.
“We have put in a number of additional measures, including additional fans, so we are prepared for this,” the spokesperson said.
“As we have said from the start we know the cases will increase, unfortunately we know this will lead to an increase in hospitalizations and although the increase has not been as large as in the past we have seen the number increase.
“We are aware of the enormous challenge this pandemic continues to pose to the country, but it is thanks to the significant defenses that we have built through our vaccination program that we have been able to be one of the most unblocked countries in the world. ‘Europe and in a good position to take it to the next level later this month. “
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 3:05 PM
Scotland records three more coronavirus deaths
Scotland has recorded three coronavirus deaths and 3,887 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish government figures.
That means 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 – stands at 7,716.
The positivity rate for daily tests is 9.8%, compared to 11.6% the day before.
A total of 235 people were hospitalized on Monday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 20, with 19 intensive care patients, down by one.
So far, 3,799,467 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 2,712,237 have received their second dose.
Samuel osborneJune 30, 2021 2:55 PM
Education secretary says he wants to end regular Covid testing for schoolchildren “at the earliest and most realistic stage possible”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs he wanted to end regular Covid-19 testing for schoolchildren “at the earliest and most realistic stage possible.”
Former Tory chief whip Mark Harper, who chairs the Covid-skeptical recovery group, said: “He’s making it clear, I think, where he wants to keep getting rid of the bubbles. I’m not sure why we can’t not do it now because then we’re going to pose a huge problem for the rest of the term, we’re not going to give teachers and schools a lot of time to prepare for fall. “
Of the tests, Mr Harper said: “Given that we have now vaccinated all of those adults who are at risk of being seriously ill from Covid, does he really suggest – given that Covid is going to be endemic – that for the rest of the time we will be going to test our schoolchildren on a regular basis?
“I think we have to get back to normal. Once we have protected everyone who is vulnerable to Covid – the kids are not largely – we have to get back to normal, without making sure our kids have to be. continuously tested throughout their school career. “
Mr Williamson replied: ‘We want to see schools back to normal and we don’t want children to feel like there’s an extra layer of things they need to do that we, as adults, don’t have to and I think that’s very important. “
He said testing has been an “incredibly important tool” in helping schools get back and that the issue is “under review”, adding: “Do I see much longer term testing as something that we expect children to do continually in the future? No I don’t, and ideally want to get away from it as early and as realistic as possible. “
Samuel osborneJune 30, 2021 2:43 PM
Official Covid-19 Symptom List May Miss ‘Many Cases’, Experts Warn
The official list of symptoms of Covid-19 should be extended as the existing one could “miss many cases of Covid-19”, experts argued.
The UK should follow other countries and include a wider range of symptoms that have been linked to a Covid-19 infection, according to a group of scientists, including one of the experts advising the government on the response to the pandemic.
Classic symptoms of Covid-19, according to the NHS website, are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and / or a loss or change in a person’s smell or taste.
But the most common symptoms reported by people participating in the Office for National Statistics Covid-19 Infection Survey are cough, headache and fatigue.
The latest version of the ONS shows that 61% of people who tested positive reported symptoms.
Of these, 42% coughed, 39% reported headaches and 38% fatigue, according to the ONS.
Muscle pain was reported by a quarter of people and 32 percent reported having a sore throat.
During this time, a third reported fever and 21 percent reported loss of smell and 15 percent reported loss of taste.
Samuel osborneJune 30, 2021 2:29 PM
Covid patients on highest level respirators for more than two months
The number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in English hospitals has reached its highest level in more than two months, according to new figures.
Analysis by the PA news agency shows that the average number of patients in hospitals in England is also increasing, with young people driving the increase.
The average number of Covid-19 patients in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to figures from NHS England.
That figure is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, after falling to 113 on May 29.
The number is still well below the peak of Wave 2, when the average peaked at 3,676 on January 26.
But the trend suggests that there is still a sufficient link between Covid-19 infection and hospital admissions for an increasing number of people to require intensive treatment.
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 2:15 PM
Government resists calls from Tory MPs to remove ‘creepy’ daily Covid numbers
Boris Johnson’s government has resisted calls from Tory backbench MPs to stop releasing daily Covid-19 numbers, fearing that regular statistics create a ‘fear factor’.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said daily updates on the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths were making people “irrational” – calling on the government to “stop it now”.
Adam forrest has more details here:
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 2:00 PM
Police tell England fans they are ready for ‘football to come home’
Police have said they are ready for the “homecoming of football” after huge celebrations of England’s victory over Germany at the Euro.
Senior officers reminded football fans that “we are still in a pandemic” and said they may have to disperse crowds if they become messy or break Covid laws.
Our home affairs correspondent Lizzie dearden has more on this story below:
Chiara GiordanoJune 30, 2021 1:46 PM