Covid UK news today: ‘A new wave is starting now’, warns expert from Sage as UK infections rise

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Britain’s leading scientists have warned the country will see a new wave of infections this month.

Speaking at an Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) briefing, Professor Christina Pagel said: “The new wave is starting now.”

She added: “We will have a new wave of infections this month. Now hopefully it won’t be as high as the previous two waves and could be lower. But we can’t count on that and anyway we’re going to see more infected people. »

It comes as Covid-19 infections in the UK rose for the first time in two months, new data has revealed.

The jump is likely caused by the increase in compatible cases with the original Omicron BA.1 variant and the new BA.4 and BA.5 variants, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 989,800 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus last week, up from 953,900 the previous week.


Shanghai and Beijing hit by new lockdowns and mass testing

Both major Chinese cities entered new lockdowns today with massive rounds of Covid-19 testing.

Beijing has imposed localized lockdowns – closing public places and transport while announcing work-from-home orders.

Lockdown has been imposed on millions of people in five districts of Shanghai, with testing for the virus made compulsory for all residents of the city’s 16 districts.

It comes just over a week after the previous strict Covid rules were lifted.

Read the full story here by Shweta Sharma

Lamiat SabinJune 10, 2022 5:10 p.m.


Thailand may allow visitors without Covid pre-registration

Thailand is considering ending a Covid pandemic program that requires international travelers to check in before arriving in the country.

The requirement for travelers to sign up for a Thailand Pass could end as early as next month if such an agreement is reached at a meeting on June 17.

Travelers may be allowed to visit Thailand without prior registration

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The system had required travelers to pre-register for their trip, upload vaccination information and provide proof of medical insurance covering Covid-19 to allow them to visit the country without having to self-quarantine.

According to Bloomberg, Thai Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told reporters this week that the new proposal to end the Thailand Pass could help the country’s economic recovery and has the support of Thailand’s Ministry of Health. .

He said: “Our country has been battered by this pandemic for so long. It is time to make a full attempt to restore our economic growth through tourism. The removal of the Thailand Pass will make it more convenient for tourists to come. »

Lamiat SabinJune 10, 2022 4:40 p.m.


Covid-19 infections rise in UK

Covid-19 infections in the UK are no longer falling, with some parts of the country showing early signs of a possible increase, figures show.

The increase was likely caused by an increase in infections consistent with the original Omicron BA.1 variant, as well as the newer BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

It comes as separate figures suggest the recent drop in the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 may also have come to a halt.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 4:10 p.m.


Government plans to burn ‘environmentally and cash-costly’ PPE

Government plans to burn £4billion of unusable personal protective equipment (PPE) to generate electricity have been criticized by MPs as potentially costly – both financially and for the environment.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) lost 75 per cent of the £12 billion it spent on PPE in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus due to inflated prices and faulty kit.

This included £4billion which could not be used because it did not meet NHS standards.

The DHSC disputed this, saying not all unusable PPE will be burned and much of it will be used in other settings or recycled.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 3:55 p.m.


China calls COVID ‘lab leak’ theory a lie after WHO report

China has attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated from a Chinese lab leak as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms that a Further investigation is needed to find out if a lab accident may be to blame.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also dismissed accusations that China had not fully cooperated with investigators, saying it welcomed a scientific investigation but rejected any political manipulation.

He also reiterated calls for an investigation into “highly suspicious labs such as Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina” in the United States where China has suggested, without evidence, that the United States was developing the coronavirus as biological weapon.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 3:42 p.m.


Ireland: patient hospitals almost doubled in two weeks

Ireland’s health minister has warned of rising Covid-19 cases after the number of patients in hospital nearly doubled in less than a fortnight.

Stephen Donnelly said it had risen to more than 300 Covid-19 patients from around 160 a week and a half ago.

Figures from the Ministry of Health show a sharp rise since the end of May.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar warned it could be the start of a Covid ‘summer surge’, while Mr Donnelly said they were watching the numbers closely.

“What we are seeing is a very large increase in a very short time. What worries me is that when you look at previous hospitalization patterns, they have increased very, very rapidly,” Mr Donnelly said on Friday.

“Now, thankfully, thanks to the vaccination program and because so many people have participated, even in the Omicron wave, the number of people in intensive care and the number of people who have become really, very sick and the mortality levels are fortunately remained low.

“However, we still had a huge number of Covid patients in hospitals, and this is leading to the cancellation of elective care, which has huge repercussions for non-Covid patients.

“As you know, waiting list management is now a top priority.

“So the advice I have is that while death rates and critical illness rates would likely remain low, if we’re looking at another substantial increase in hospitalizations, that of course impacts our efforts on health lists. waiting and on elective care.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 3:28 p.m.


Biden lifts Covid test for international travelers to US

US President Joe Biden is lifting the pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirement for international travelers to the United States effective Sunday.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 3:13 p.m.


Positive cases increase for 35-49 age group

According to the ONS, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England is estimated to have increased among those aged 35 to 49, with early signs of an increase in people from school year 12 to the age of 2 years.

The trend for the most recent week was “uncertain” in all other age groups.

Among regions in England, infection levels are believed to have increased in the North West, London and the South East, with early signs of an increase in the East of England.

Levels fell in the South West and West Midlands while the trend in all other regions was uncertain.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 2:58 p.m.


Covid: British scientists warn the country is in a new wave

Britain’s leading scientists have warned the country will see a new wave of infections this month.

Speaking at an Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies briefing, Professor Christina Pagel said: “We will have a new wave of infections this month. Now hopefully it won’t be as high as the previous two waves and could be lower. But we can’t count on that and anyway we’re going to see more infected people. »

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Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 2:43 p.m.


Lament the disappearing face mask

A strong theme of the Independent SAGE live stream today was the lack of mask-wearing indoors, particularly in hospitals and on public transport.

A cancer patient asked the panel how she could protect herself, being immunocompromised, when other patients were not wearing masks.

The panel expressed disappointment with the lack of urgency in wearing face masks in hospitals.

Professor Susan Michie, a clinical psychologist, suggested that hospital trusts implement a ‘Clean your air’ campaign, mirroring a 2009 ‘Clean your hands’ campaign which aimed to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings. health.

Dr Stephen Griffin, associate professor at the University of Leeds Medical School, advised immunocompromised patients to wear a properly fitted FFP2 mask which fits better and provides more protection.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 10, 2022 2:29 p.m.

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