Morning headlines about the coronavirus as the two-meter rule is questioned and dentists in Wales warn you may not get a seal before 2021 (Thursday, June 11)


Here is an overview of the latest news in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday June 11. Follow updates on the global coronavirus pandemic on our live blog and subscribe to our email newsletter alerts by going here.

Confirmed cases worldwide: 7,458,921

Confirmed deaths: 419,020

Confirmed recoveries / exits: 3,778,218.

In Wales, new more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

The total number of deaths in people with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus since the start of the epidemic has reached 1,419, Wales Public Health said yesterday.

An additional amount of 38 new virus cases have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in Wales to 14.518 since the start of the epidemic.

Two-meter restriction “could be reduced to help schools and pubs reopen”

Boris Johnson plans to reduce the social distance restriction by two meters to allow schools in England to reopen completely by September.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer criticized the British government’s efforts to bring students back to England to class, using a Daily Telegraph article to claim that “mismanagement” endangered well-being and education of children.

The newspaper reported that Mr. Johnson planned to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and reduce the distance between people from two meters to one – advice already followed by countries like France, Denmark and Singapore. .

On Wednesday, during Prime Minister’s questions, he promised to “keep this two-meter rule under constant surveillance”.

In addition to helping to facilitate the opening of schools, the reduction of the restriction on social distance could help pubs and restaurants to restart, the secretary of the affairs Alok Sharma accepting this week that “for economic reasons, the companies will want to take a look at this two meter rule. ”

In a sign that the government could prepare to announce a change, Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser to the United Kingdom, said at the daily press conference at Downing Street that the two meter notice was not “Not a rule”.

He said, “It is wrong to describe this as a scientific rule that says it is two meters or nothing – it is not what the advice was and it is not what it is now. ”

But Wales chief medical officer Frank Atherton said there was “good evidence” that the two-meter rule worked.

He said, “There are between two and 10 times the benefits of staying two meters apart from one meter. A passage to one meter would be problematic and not the one we recommend in Wales. “

Warning of lack of routine dental care in Wales until 2021

Dentists say routine dental work, such as getting a filling, will not be available until the New Year as they struggle with current guidelines on coronaviruses and a growing backlog of cases.

Some say they are forced to pluck perfectly “recordable” teeth and organize treatment in England on weekends due to the current rules in Wales.

There are even reports of a patient traveling to Sweden to have a chipped tooth repaired and people waiting for false teeth after their dog has eaten their dentures.

Cardiff dentist Dr. Charlie Stephanakis warned that there was an “imminent disaster” for the dental health of the Welsh public and said that people in Wales were discriminated against. Learn more here.

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No more restrictions relaxed in England

A further easing of the lockout for England was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Some couples separated by lockout restrictions may meet on Saturday and some grandparents may hug their grandchildren as part of Mr. Johnson’s plan for “support bubbles”, allowing single adults or single parents to mix with another household.

They could interact as one household, spend time together indoors, without having to follow the two-meter rule, and would be allowed to stay overnight.

At the press conference, Johnson said, “We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely because of the lockdowns.” ”

He also posted an update on the reopening of stores and zoos in England, which may reopen next week.

All stores in England can also reopen from Monday, said Johnson, while places of worship in England will be allowed to open for individual prayer from this weekend. Learn more about what he said here.

Opening hours of stores and other businesses in Wales

Economy Minister Ken Skates in Wales has suggested that non-essential stores could reopen in less than two weeks.

He said at the briefing on Wednesday that he would “absolutely” like to see non-essential retailing open in Wales on June 22 if coronavirus infections continued to decline.

Skates also detailed the dates for the next three lock-up exams in Wales and the types of businesses the Welsh government hopes to take over in each – provided the “R” infection rate remains below 1 and the virus is still on the decline. More details on the Wales calendar are here.

Students return to school at least “three times” before the end of the term

All students in Wales should be able to attend school at least three times before the end of the term when they reopen on June 29, the Welsh government said in guidelines released Wednesday.

But it will be more a record than a catch-up of missed work and social distancing will not be possible at all times in primary schools, the document on how schools should reopen admissions.

When the guidelines were released, a teachers’ union called on the Welsh government to rethink its plans, saying it was too early to open schools.

No more than one in three students are expected to attend school at one time. Read tips for schools in Wales here.

Death toll could have been halved

An expert who had informed the government suggested that imposing the closure a week earlier in March could have halved the number of dead.

Professor Neil Ferguson’s comments come as the number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK exceeds 52,000, according to the analysis of the latest available data.

The academic at Imperial College London told the Commons Science and Technology Committee: “The epidemic doubled every three to four days before the introduction of the lockout interventions.

“So if we had introduced lockdowns a week earlier, we would have cut the final death toll by at least half.”

Professor Ferguson’s modeling of the infection was instrumental in the lockdown, but he later left the science group of the Emergency Advisory Group (Sage), advising ministers after flouting the restrictions.

You can read more about Professor Ferguson’s claims here.

Asked about Professor Ferguson’s claim, Mr. Johnson said that “all of these judgments will need to be reviewed in due course.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, when asked about the professor’s remarks about ITV’s Peston program, said: “There will be a time when we will have to watch the lessons. “

Revenue drop potential of £ 168 million at the top university

Job losses are expected at Cardiff University as it faces a potential drop of £ 168 million in revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Presenting the situation in a grim message to 7,000 employees, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, said his goal was to protect jobs and avoid layoffs, but said he could not not rule that out.

“Whatever possible cost saving measures we have to face the reality we face,” said Professor Riordan.

The university is discussing with unions possible voluntary wage reductions or a collective agreement to reduce salary levels on a temporary basis.

Shortage of yeasts affecting the pot

The pot can only produce small pots due to the coronavirus pandemic, suggested a tweet.

The spread, made from yeast extract, is now only produced in a 250 g jar due to the difficulty of obtaining brewer’s yeast, according to a message sent on Wednesday to the company’s official account. .

When asked by a customer why it was difficult to get larger 400g jars at the moment, the company replied, “Due to the shortage of brewer’s yeast (one of the main ingredients in the pot) , the pot supply has been affected.

“Temporarily, we have stopped production of all sizes except our 250g jar, available at most major retailers.”

The brewers slowed down and stopped production when the pubs were forced to close in order to slow down the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beer isn’t the only thing missing.

Supermarket buyers left shelves of flour, pasta and other staples such as toilet paper in the spring as families stocked up at the start of the foreclosure.

Covid-19 Self-Employed Program Legal Action Taken To High Court

The High Court has challenged the government’s plan to support the self-employed during the coronavirus crisis.

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which is bringing the action with one of its members who works as an Uber driver, argues that the protection offered by the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) is worse than that offered. employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Program (JRS).

It indicates that SEISS discriminates against many self-employed workers, such as those working in the concert economy, in particular because the regime excludes a number of people, including those who became self-employed after 6 April of last year and those earning less than 50% of their self-employment income.

The union also claims that the current statutory sickness benefit of £ 95.85 per week discriminates against women, black and ethnic minority workers (BAME) and those working in the concert economy .

The case will be heard on Thursday by two senior judges at a remote hearing.


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