Travelers arriving in the UK from these countries after 4 a.m. on Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
This came when new restrictions on the household mix were announced for the city area of Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough in an attempt to curb the rise in coronavirus infections.
Our travel correspondent, Simon Calder, contains more details about the new travel rules for Turkey and Poland below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 5:57 PM
Vaccination of UK population could take more than a year, experts warn
Vaccinating the UK population against the coronavirus could take more than a year due to a series of “bottlenecks” that could slow the project down, experts have warned.
Professor Nilay Shah, head of chemical engineering at Imperial College London, said life would not immediately return to normal if a vaccine became available by the end of 2020 or early next year.
Our journalist, Samuel Lovett, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 5:54 PM
University campus becomes first in UK to offer end-to-end coronavirus testing
A university campus became the first in the UK to offer end-to-end on-site coronavirus testing after a new lab opened.
The University of Birmingham said its facilities would increase the capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system and be able to process up to 3,500 tests per day over the next few months.
The lab’s work will also complement the recently launched Southgate on-site testing site, open to residents, students and staff with symptoms.
This means that the university can now offer both swab testing and the lab’s ability to process those tests in one place.
The laboratory, based at the university’s medical school, will house a team of 40 people and will be supervised by Professor Alan McNally, an expert in infectious diseases.
“What has been achieved in establishing this lab in such a short time is a testament to the dedication of the university team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that we are able to start processing samples as early as next week. Prof. Says McNally.
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 5:40 PM
Turkey, Poland and Caribbean Islands removed from quarantine exemption list
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Turkey and Poland had been removed from the government’s list of countries exempt from travel quarantine measures.
The Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba were also removed from the list.
The ruling means travelers arriving in the UK from those locations after 4 a.m. on Saturday will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 5:20 PM
Middlesbrough mayor swears his town will ‘challenge’ the local lockdown order
The Mayor of Middlesbrough has vowed to “challenge” the government on a local foreclosure order, arguing that the ban on mixing households indoors is “based on ignorance”.
Andy Preston said he did not agree to the new measures, which would come into effect at midnight Friday, and claimed the government’s strategy was based on “factual inaccuracies and a monstrous and frightening lack of communication.”
Our Deputy Political Editor, Rob Merrick, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 5:11 PM
Nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases reported in UK
A further 6,914 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UK, bringing the country’s total to 460,178, according to government figures.
Official figures also showed a further 59 people had died within 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the UK death toll to 42,202.
However, separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there are now nearly 57,900 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Although daily confirmed cases remain much higher than during the first wave of the pandemic in March, experts have warned that the number of people infected at the height of the first wave was unclear due to a lack community testing at the time.
“The number of cases reported in March was almost certainly a very big underestimate of the total,” Sir Patrick Vallance, UK chief scientific adviser, said on Wednesday.
“It’s much more likely that in March and April, at the height of this situation, we were seeing over 100,000 cases per day at certain times.”
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 4:51 PM
New areas added to official coronavirus watch list
A number of areas in the Northwest and other areas have been added to the government’s official coronavirus watch list following spikes in cases.
Areas of concern are the subject of targeted actions – such as additional testing in nursing homes and increased community engagement with high-risk groups – to reduce the prevalence of Covid-19.
Areas requiring enhanced support are those with a medium-high risk of intervention where there is a more detailed plan, agreed with national authorities.
The changes to the official watchlist today are below:
North West: Barrow-in-Furness, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East were added as areas of concern.
West Yorkshire: Wakefield has become a matter of concern.
Yorkshire du Sud: Sheffield has been transformed into an area of enhanced support, while Rotherham is now an area of concern.
East England: Luton became a matter of concern, while Hertsmere was taken off the list.
East Midlands: Blaby went down one level to become a concern.
South East: Spelthorne has been removed from the watch list.
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 4:37 PM
Blood plasma from coronavirus patients should be collected as soon as possible, researchers say
Blood plasma should be collected as soon as possible after a donor has recovered from the coronavirus, as the antibodies begin to disappear after three months of onset of symptoms, researchers said.
While trials are still ongoing to analyze the clinical benefits and role of convalescent plasma in treating coronavirus, a new study has suggested that it may be more effective if collected early.
Convalescent plasma treatment involves newly ill people receiving plasma from a person who has recovered from a virus.
It is hoped that receiving plasma from patients with Covid-19 could help strengthen the body’s ability to fight the virus and limit its severity.
“While many clinical trials are underway to better understand whether convalescent plasma is clinically beneficial for the treatment of Covid-19, a key question is when is it most efficient to collect donor plasma based on the presence of antibodies that help fight the virus. Said Renee Bazin, author of the study.
“According to our findings, antibodies to the novel coronavirus do not last forever.”
The small study, published in the journal Some blood, collected from 282 Covid-19 plasma donors in Quebec, Canada.
He followed 15 adults – 11 men and four women – who were subsequently diagnosed and recovered from Covid-19.
Participants each donated their plasma between four and nine times, with the first donation occurring between 33 and 77 days after symptom onset and the last donation between 66 and 114 days.
Dr Bazin found that people who produced antibodies to the virus later became HIV negative, meaning that there were no detectable antibodies left after a certain point.
“Antibodies go away quickly, so people recovering from Covid-19 and wanting to donate blood plasma should not wait too long once they are eligible to donate,” added Dr Bazin.
“Based on our results, clinicians should ideally use plasma collected soon after the onset of symptoms from a donor and check for the presence of antibodies before donating donor plasma to a patient.”
Conrad DuncanOctober 1, 2020 4:20 PM
Starmer calls for ‘quick review’ of local lockdowns
Sir Keir Starmer called for a “quick review” of the local lockdown strategy.
The Labor leader said his party had supported the restrictions, but that after today’s announcement there are now ‘more than 50 areas in local restrictions and over weeks and months only one domain came out of these restrictions ”.
“We need a strategy, a roadmap, people have to hope that it will work,” he said.
Sir Keir told reporters in Westminster that the government needs to “massively improve” the way it communicates and provides economic support to regions at the same time as restrictions are imposed.
“I think we need a quick review of the local lockdowns because what we are seeing is that in some areas that are locked out, the infection rates are on the rise, not the drop,” did he declare.
“In other areas, they’ve been on local lockdown for months, so there’s a need for a quick review – what works, what doesn’t, what science tells us about it. “
The Labor leader also called on the government to consider whether the 10pm curfew should remain in place, following concerns raised by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and others.
Chiara GiordanoOctober 1, 2020 3:44 PM
Middlesbrough mayor vows city to ‘challenge’ local lockdown
An elected mayor has sworn his city will “challenge” a local lockdown order, in an open display of defiance against Boris Johnson.
A ban on mixing with other households inside Middlesbrough, which is due to go into effect at midnight on Friday, is “based on ignorance”, an enraged Andy Preston said.
Deputy Political Editor Rob Merrick reports:
Chiara GiordanoOctober 1, 2020 3:18 PM