Britain announces 118 coronavirus deaths – a 30% drop since Sunday

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Britain has announced 118 other deaths from coronaviruses, down 30% from 170 last Sunday, bringing the total to 36,793.

The daily death toll, revealed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at tonight’s daily press conference, is the lowest since the lockdown took effect on March 23.

It is lower than that published earlier in the day (164) because the NHS England, which collects data on deaths in hospitals, said it had added a lump sum of deaths it had missed on 16 may.

Johnson confirmed that he was preparing to further ease the lockdown on June 1, with the promise of garden parties on the horizon. He confirmed that schools are expected to open in a few days.

But government science advisers said Friday that the R number, which reflects the spread of the virus, is still close to dangerous levels. It should stay below 1 to avoid snowballing, and is currently between 0.7 and 1 across the UK.

It appears that Mr. Johnson has publicly expressed his support for his senior advisor Dominic Cummings, who has been charged with breaking coronavirus locking rules three times.

Nine Conservative MPs have asked that Prime Minister’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings resign today – but Johnson said he acted “responsibly and lawfully and with integrity.”

As the R rate drops, more businesses will be able to reopen, said Boris Johnson on May 10. We are currently in step 1. Schools and stores will open in step 2 on June 1 and hotel businesses will begin to open in July. 4, if R continues to decrease

As the R rate drops, more businesses will be able to reopen, Boris Johnson said on May 10. We are currently in Stage 1. Schools and stores will open in Stage 2 on June 1 and hotel businesses will begin to open in July. 4, if R continues to decrease

The Department of Health’s death toll has increased by 118 today, which includes deaths in nursing homes and the community.

Scotland reported nine other deaths, Wales seven and Northern Ireland only one, which include deaths in all settings.

The NHS England has announced 147 new deaths of people testing positive for COVID-19 in English hospitals, which is higher than that reported by the DHSC this afternoon as it includes deaths that had been previously omitted.

A statement said, “The Covid patient notification system did not work for a period of time on Saturday, May 16. The consequences of this may therefore be reflected in the number of deaths reported today by the NHS England and the NHS Improvement. “

The daily death toll follows a drop of almost 37% recorded last Sunday, May 17, and is the lowest since March 23, when the British were subjected to strict lockdowns.

There are also 11% fewer people in hospitals with COVID-19 than a week ago, said Johnson, contributing to a steady decline in hospital admissions in the past few weeks.

LOCKING WAS A “WASTE OF TIME AND COULD KILL MORE THAN IT SAVED”

The coronavirus lockdown could have caused more deaths than it saved, said a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

Michael Levitt, a professor at Stanford University who correctly predicted the initial magnitude of the pandemic, suggested that the decision to keep people inside was motivated by “panic” rather than better science.

Professor Levitt also said that the modeling that led the government to impose the foreclosure – done by Professor Neil Ferguson – had overestimated the number of deaths by “10 or 12 times”.

Professor Levitt told the Telegraph: “I think the lock-up has not saved any lives. I think it may have cost lives. It will have saved a few lives from traffic accidents, things like that, but the social damage – domestic abuse, divorce, alcoholism – has been extreme.

“And then you have those who have not been treated for other conditions.

Professor Levitt, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013 for “developing multiscale models for complex chemical systems,” said for two months that most expert predictions about the coronavirus were wrong.

He also believes that the government should encourage the British to wear masks and find other ways to continue working while distancing themselves socially.

Professor Ferguson’s modeling, on the other hand, estimated that up to 500,000 deaths would occur without social distancing measures.

Professor Levitt added, “For reasons that were not clear to me, I think the leaders panicked and people panicked. There has been a huge lack of discussion. “

The 73-year-old Nobel laureate is not an epidemiologist, but he assessed the epidemic in China at the start of the crisis and made alternative predictions based on his own calculations.

Although Professor Levitt recognizes that blockages can be effective, he describes them as “medieval” and believes that epidemiologists exaggerate their claims so that people are more likely to listen to them.

His comments come as other scientists working in the same field also reported that they could not verify Professor Ferguson’s work.

A total of 259,559 people have now been officially diagnosed with COVID-19, with at least three million tests performed to date.

But the actual size of the epidemic is believed to have seen an estimated 5 million people infected, based on a death rate of 1.04 percent estimated by Stanford University in California.

Today, analysis has shown that excessive deaths in London almost doubled between March 6 and May 8 – a period considered to be the UK coronavirus crisis.

“Excessive deaths” that were not caused by the coronavirus – but other problems such as lack of health care – increased during the pandemic.

Excess mortality provides a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus crisis on countries because it includes all of the deaths to which the coronavirus has contributed.

Britain recorded some 55,000 “excess deaths” – the number of deaths above what would be expected for the time of the year – in 2020, up almost 70% from the five-year average until May 8.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, reviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, show three regions that have recorded an excess death rate over 50% higher since the start of March.

London was the hardest hit with more than 9,000 additional deaths from March 6 to May 8 – an increase of 92% over what would otherwise have been expected.

Some 1,600 of these were not directly caused by COVID-19.

The Northwest is the closest behind, with nearly 7,360 additional deaths between March and now, 52% more than would be expected. Nearly 1,700 of the excess deaths were unrelated to COVID-19.

The West Midlands recorded 6,193 more deaths, 58% more than you would expect for this time of year. Some 1,730 are unexplained and are not caused by COVID-19.

The excessive death toll captures deaths that may have resulted from lack of access to health care, as doctors have warned the public to avoid A&E to protect the NHS.

Conditions like strokes and heart attacks require immediate medical treatment, but it seems that people are delaying presentation to the hospital.

It also includes suicides, which are expected to increase due to the worsening mental health of people during the lockout or their progression due to financial concerns.

He comes like a Nobel An award-winning scientist claimed that locking the coronavirus could have caused more deaths than he saved.

Michael Levitt, a professor at Stanford University who correctly predicted the initial magnitude of the pandemic, suggested that the decision to keep people inside was motivated by “panic” rather than better science.

Professor Levitt also said that the modeling that led the government to impose the foreclosure – done by Professor Neil Ferguson – had overestimated the number of deaths by “10 or 12 times”.

He told the Telegraph, “I think the lock did not save any lives. I think it may have cost lives. It will have saved a few lives from traffic accidents, things like that, but the social damage – domestic abuse, divorce, alcoholism – has been extreme.

“And then you have those who have not been treated for other conditions.

His claims echo those of a JP Morgan report that the blockages did not change the course of the pandemic but, on the contrary, “destroyed millions of livelihoods.”

Author Marko Kolanovic, a physicist by training and strategist for JP Morgan, said governments had been scared off by “flawed science articles” by imposing blockages that were “ineffective or late” and had little effect.

He said the decline in infection rates since the closures were lifted suggests that the virus “likely has its own dynamics” which is “not related to often inconsistent lock-in measures”.

Mr. Johnson is keen to get out of the lockout so that life can return to some form of normalcy as the UK locks out on the 62nd day.

He confirmed tonight that the gradual reopening of schools is “crucial” for children and will continue on June 1 – despite continued criticism from teachers’ unions.

“Today I can announce that we plan to proceed as planned on June 1, a week Monday,” said Johnson.

“Next we plan, starting June 15, that high schools provide contacts for students in grades 10 and 12 to help them prepare for exams next year, with up to a quarter of these students anytime.

“Educating children is crucial to their well-being, their long-term future and social justice. In line with the approach taken in many other countries, we want to start getting our children back to school as manageable and as safe as possible. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a decision to release the lock on June 1, with the promise of garden parties on the horizon. He imagines himself during 'Clap For Our Carers' on May 21

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a decision to release the lock on June 1, with the promise of garden parties on the horizon. He imagines himself during ‘Clap For Our Carers’ on May 21

From June 1, car dealerships, local markets and garden parties should be allowed. But you still will not be able to go to the hairdresser, the pub or a nightclub

From June 1, car dealerships, local markets and garden parties should be allowed. But you still will not be able to go to the hairdresser, the pub or a nightclub

The current foreclosure rules that the Prime Minister talked about on May 10. There are expected to be other changes on June 1, when schools and stores reopen, and July 4, when certain hospitality businesses may obtain permission to trade.

The current foreclosure rules that the Prime Minister talked about on May 10. There are expected to be further changes on June 1, when schools and stores reopen, and on July 4, when certain hospitality businesses may obtain permission to trade.

OXFORD VACCINE TRIAL HAS ONLY “50% CHANCES OF SUCCESS”

A highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine trial has only a 50% chance of success, warned the professor in charge of the project.

Great hopes have been placed on the Oxford University vaccine, with an agreement for 30 million doses by September already in place.

But Professor Adrian Hill has said that the upcoming trial of 10,000 Britons could fail and produce no results because the virus is disappearing in the UK.

Normally, in large trials, participants will receive the vaccine and will mingle with society to see if the vaccine is effective in preventing them from getting the virus – in this case, SARS-CoV-2.

But the virus circulates at low levels. About 0.25% of the population is currently infected, which will further decrease if the lock continues to operate.

Volunteers will have a hard time catching SARS-CoV-2, which means scientists can’t prove if the vaccine really makes a difference.

The fear was also expressed by researchers at Imperial College London, the second UK vaccine candidate who is not yet in clinical trials.

The Oxford jab, previously called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, has been in clinical trials on humans since April 23 to prove he is safe and the team says he is progressing well.

The jab is now called AZD1222 because a partnership with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been concluded in order to produce billions of doses.

Just a few days ago, AstraZeneca announced that it has the capacity to produce one billion doses of the promising Oxford University jab.

Britain agreed to pay up to 100 million “as soon as possible” – ministers hoping a third of them will be ready for September if they prove to be effective.

At that point, people would be allowed to return to work and businesses, given the green light to reopen and start rebuilding the economy.

AstraZeneca also announced an agreement with the United States to produce 400 million doses of the vaccine – which remains unproven.

Professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, told the Telegraph that the rapid disappearance of the virus itself in the UK had cast doubt on the team’s ability to meet the deadline in four month.

If Covid-19 does not spread to the community, volunteers will have a hard time catching, which means scientists cannot prove whether the vaccine actually makes a difference.

Some 10,000 people are recruited to test the jab in the coming weeks.

Phases II and III involve a significant increase in the number of volunteers while expanding the age range to include the elderly, who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill with the infection.

But Professor Hill said he expected fewer than 50 of them to catch the virus. The results could be deemed useless if less than 20 tests were positive.

“We said earlier in the year that there was an 80% chance of developing an effective vaccine by September,” he told the newspaper.

“But right now, there is a 50% chance that we won’t get any results.

“We are in the bizarre position of wanting Covid to stay, at least for a little while. But the cases are decreasing.

The dilemma has led scientists to consider voluntarily infecting volunteers with the virus to see if the vaccine protects them.

This would speed up vaccine development and save lives – but would be difficult to advance for ethical reasons.

Market stalls, garden parties and car dealerships are part of the next wave of activity that is expected to get the green light by June 1.

A selection of businesses and outdoor events are slated to open from next month, with a return to the National Trust parks also on the agenda, as long as indoor attractions remain closed.

The proposals are expected to be revealed when the Prime Minister hosts the Downing Street press conference on Thursday after meeting the ministers at a cabinet meeting earlier in the week on Tuesday.

A high-level government source told The Sun: “There is clear scientific evidence that the infection rate is much less likely outside. The combination of fresh air and sun is bad for the virus, but it makes it safer for everyone.

“So we are planning to open up the outdoors. But everything is done slowly.

“Social distancing must continue and if there is any indication of an increase in the infection rate, or of people hanging out in large groups, the PM will call for a halt. “

Despite concerns, some non-essential stores may also be allowed to reopen as the Prime Minister tries to recover something for families this summer.

But with highs of 77F (25C) and 79F (26C) expected in the South East and in London tomorrow, the public largely decides to go out rather than stay inside.

British beauty spots could see a repeat of Wednesday’s scenes, when temperatures of 80 ° F have seen clashes between locals and tourists seeking sun on the hottest day of the year so far.

In the midst of the holiday sun, Downing Street has been busy today pushing back claims of chief aide Dominic Cummings breaking the lock rules three times.

Fury crossed Britain after the news was announced yesterday, he traveled 270 miles from London to Durham while the public was asked to stay home for the lock, and once left home rather than isolate yourself – a violation of three rules.

The Downing Street councilor was rocked by new allegations of disregard for the strict national guidelines of two other witnesses, which sparked another frenzy for his dismissal.

But during today’s briefing, Mr. Johnson opened with his support for Mr. Cummings, saying, “I had long face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings and I concluded that by traveling to find the right kind of child care, for the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by a coronavirus – and when he had no alternative – I think he followed the instinct of each father and each parent. And I don’t mark it for that.

PM had mounted a determined defense of his controversial lieutenant since the allegations were revealed, telling the allies, “It’s not like he’s visiting a lover” – a reference to Professor Neil Ferguson who resigned from his role as scientific advisor after seeing his mistress during the lockdown.

Other prominent ministers, including Matt Hancock and Michael Gove, have rallied to the Machiavellian figure, insisting that he acted as a concerned parent and broke no rules.

Cummings, with government support, said on Saturday that he had acted “reasonably and lawfully” in response to original allegations that he drove 260 miles from London to County Durham with his symptomatic wife because they wanted to insure the family could take care of their four-year-old son if they got very sick.

There was never any mention of child care in government guidelines on locking rules, but those who led the Downing Street briefing yesterday attempted to defend Mr. Cummings’ actions by suggesting that the rules could be circumvented if there was “an extreme risk to life”.

But as Mr. Cummings arrived in Westminster this afternoon, fueling speculation that he would resign, the first cracks in the unity of the Conservatives appeared.

Steve Baker, former Brexit minister and former outright Brexiteer like Mr. Cummings, broke the cover to ask the Prime Minister to regain control of the wiggling events.

Baker told Sky News that Cummings’ career had always “caused enormous collateral damage”, including the Brexit campaign, adding: “He is not always right and certainly is not essential “

“If he does not resign, we will continue to burn in Boris’ political capital at a pace that we cannot afford in the midst of this crisis,” he said.

“It is very clear that Dominic traveled when everyone understood that Dominic’s slogans meant” stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives “.

“And I think moms and dads who care so much about their kids and who have given up custody of their extended family will wonder why he was allowed to do it.”

“I really do not see, as we approach the Prime Minister (appear) on the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, how it will go unless Dominic leaves. “

A number of Conservative MPs have asked Prime Minister's Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings to resign after allegedly breaking coronavirus locking rules three times

A number of Conservative MPs have asked Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings to resign after he claims to have broken coronavirus locking rules three times

He arrived in Westminster at lunchtime when the first cracks in the unity of the Conservatives emerged as a result of the revelations, he traveled 270 miles from London to Durham while the public was invited to stay at home

He arrived at Westminster at lunchtime when the first cracks in the unity of the Conservatives emerged as a result of the revelations, he traveled 270 miles from London to Durham while the public was invited to stay at home

Mr. Cumming's moves that suggest he broke the lock more than once

Mr. Cumming’s moves that suggest he broke the lock more than once

Cummings Lock Row Timeline

March 23: As the coronavirus crisis escalates, the UK is locked in with strict travel restrictions.

Government directives state: “You should not visit family members who do not live with you”.

Household members with symptoms should “stay at home and not leave home” for up to 14 days.

March 27: Boris Johnson and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock are both positive for the coronavirus, while chief medical officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and self-isolates.

March 30: Downing Street confirms that Mr. Cummings has symptoms of coronavirus and is self-isolating.

March, 31st: Durham police are “informed of reports that a person has traveled from London to Durham and is at an address in the city”.

Police said the police contacted the owners of the address, who confirmed that the person was present and was isolating himself in part of the house.

“In accordance with national policing guidelines, officers have explained to the family the provisions regarding the self-segregation guidelines and have reiterated appropriate advice regarding essential travel.”

April 5: An unnamed neighbor tells the Mirror and the caretaker that Mr. Cummings was seen in his parents’ garden.

“I have had the shock of my life looking towards the doors and seeing it,” they said.

March 30 – April 6: The time when Mr. Cummings’ wife Mary Wakefield described the family’s battle with the coronavirus in the April 25 issue of The Spectator.

She makes no mention of the trip to Durham and describes the challenges of caring for their son while suffering from the symptoms of Covid-19.

She says their grandson nursed Mr. Cummings with Ribena.

April 12: Robert Lees, a retired chemistry professor, says he saw Mr. Cummings 30 miles from his parents’ house at Barnard Castle.

April 14: Cummings returns to work for the first time since the announcement of coronavirus suffering.

Questions are raised about his membership in social distancing boards as he is pictured walking down Down Street with his colleague Cleo Watson.

April 19: A passerby claims to have spotted Mr. Cummings and his family admiring hyacinths with his wife on their return to Durham.

May 22: Latest news in the mirror and Mr. Cummings’ caretaker’s trip to Durham.

May 23: Downing Street stands next to PM’s chief aide, saying in a statement: “Due to his wife’s infection with an alleged coronavirus and the high probability that he will not feel well, he was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure that his young child is properly cared for. for.’

That evening, a joint investigation by Sunday Mirror and Observer reveals the two new eyewitness allegations.

Simon Hoare, MP Tory North Dorset and Chairman of the Select Committee for Northern Ireland then added his voice to the call, tweeting: “With the damage that Mr. Cummings is doing to the reputation of the government, he must take into account his position.

“Lockdown has had its challenges for everyone. He’s his rider. “I do not care; I’m smarter than you, ”which makes people mad. He’s hurting PM / Govt now and I don’t like it.

Damian Collins, former chairman of the culture committee, also made public this morning, tweeting, “Dominic Cummings has a reputation for believing that the rules don’t apply to him and for dealing with the scrutiny that should come to anyone in a position of authority with contempt. The government would be better off without it.

And Sir Roger Gale, the Member of Parliament for North Thanet, said: “Although as a father and grandfather I fully appreciate Mr. Cummings’ desire to protect his child, there can be no law for it. Prime Minister’s staff and another for everyone. He sent the wrong message completely and his position is no longer tenable.

Meanwhile, former immigration minister Caroline Nokes tweeted, “I made my point clear to my whip yesterday.

“There cannot be a rule for most of us and room for maneuver for others. My inbox is full of very angry constituents and I don’t hold it against them. They have made difficult sacrifices in recent weeks. “

This afternoon, Robert Halfon, the former Minister of Skills and another chair of the select committee, apologized for tweeting in favor of Mr. Cummings yesterday.

Writing for Facebook, the MP for Harlow said, “I regret having written the tweet yesterday, as I did for political adviser number 10 and his movements. I’m really sorry.

“I do not support or tolerate anyone who has broken the law or the regulations. Anyone who did it should face the consequences. “

He added: “If it is true, as reported in the Sunday newspapers today, that there were breaches of the regulations by this person, then no doubt action should be taken by the authorities competent. No one – whoever he is – should be above the rules or the rule of law. “

In Downing Street, the allegations – revealed by the Sunday Mirror and Observe – were “false”, and cabinet minister Grant Shapps told Sophy Ridge that Mr. Cummings would not leave.

In other developments today:

  • A study by Imperial College London estimates that coronavirus infections fell from 200,000 to 1.5 million in the nine days before the lockdown when the government hesitated over what to do;
  • Professor Adrian Hill, part of the Oxford University vaccination team, said there was only a 50% chance that the trial would be successful, and that the next trial 10,000 Britons could fail and produce “no results” because the virus is disappearing in the UK;
  • It appeared that travel agencies were already planning to exploit a loophole in the 14-day quarantine period by allowing vacationers to travel to the UK via Dublin (which is exempt from the new isolation rules);
  • Labor leader Keir Starmer said his children attended school during the coronavirus crisis when he called for classes to resume “as soon as possible”;
  • Employers have been told they will have to pay 25 per cent of the wages of staff on leave from August, raising fears of layoffs;
  • Boris Johnson will drop the “track” into his “test, track and trace” system which is designed to break Britain out of the lockdown because the NHSX app will not be ready for weeks.

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