A heat wave is expected to hit the UK this week as Covid-19 restrictions in England are relaxed – more than three months after the country was plunged into its third lockdown.
Golfers tackled each other at midnight using neon colored balls and swimmers braved the cold for morning dives as the “rule of six” returned on Monday.
Outdoor sports and leisure activities like football and cricket grounds, tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming pools have also reopened. Organized team sport can also resume.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reminding people to stay vigilant as restrictions are lifted, warning that the pandemic is not over yet.
“Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to play by the rules, remember the hands, the face, the space and come forward for a vaccine when called,” he said. declared.
Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer is urging Mr Johnson to tighten quarantine measures for travelers entering the UK to avoid derailing the roadmap outside of the lockdown.
The Labor leader called for a “comprehensive quarantine system”, highlighting third waves emerging in European countries such as France, Germany and Italy.
The easing of restrictions on Monday comes after the UK’s highly successful vaccination program reached 30 million vaccinations on Sunday. It came when ministers announced that Moderna’s coup is expected to arrive in the UK from April.
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“I know how much it will have meant for millions of people to have joined someone else for a cup of tea in the garden,” said the Prime Minister.
He adds that he looks forward to getting back to playing tennis himself, but preaches caution before making the following announcement on vaccine production in the UK.
Here’s Jon Stone in more detail.
Joe Sommerlad29 mars 2021 17:08
Boris Johnson leads Covid press briefing as lockdown eases
The Prime Minister has just launched today’s press conference with Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.
We’ll bring you the latest updates.
Boris Johnson leads Covid press briefing as lockdown eases
Joe Sommerlad29 mars 2021 17:03
Hospitals and laboratories must prioritize Covid testing for mental health patients
Coronavirus tests for patients in mental health hospitals should be mailed to testing labs and prioritized for results to prevent patients from being forced to self-isolate longer than necessary, according to de new directives.
Our health correspondent Shaun Lintern to the story:
Kate Ng29 mars 2021 16:45
23 more people die from Covid, 4,654 new infections in the UK
The government said 23 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the UK total to 126,615.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths in recent days, show there have now been 150,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
As of 9 a.m. as of Monday, there had been 4,654 more laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK.
This brings the total to 4,337,696.
Kate Ng29 mars 2021 16:25
When do the indoor pools open?
Our Associate Lifestyle Editor Sophie Gallagher look at the tips:
Matt Mathers29 mars 2021 16:15
Palestinian Authority receives 100,000 doses of vaccine
The Palestinian Authority has received a shipment of 100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China. Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said the Sinopharm vaccines that have arrived in Ramallah “will go a long way to speed up the community vaccination campaign.” Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority received 62,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine as part of a World Health Organization partnership designed to help poor countries.
The PA also received 2,000 doses from Israel and 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
Authorities in the Gaza Strip, led by the Islamic militant group Hamas, received 60,000 doses of a political rival from United Arab Emirates-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel has faced international criticism for not sharing more of its vaccines with the Palestinians.
Israel has said its priority is to vaccinate its own citizens, but recently began vaccinating the estimated 100,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in Israel and the Jewish settlements.
Matt Mathers29 mars 2021 16:00
Britons share ‘cautious optimism’ about lifting lockdown restrictions
“It will be really good to see people again, especially with the weather improving. The lockdown was lonely, and this third was particularly difficult.
My colleague Kate Ng talks to Londoners about easing today’s lockout:
Kate Ng29 mars 2021 15:45
Office of Health Promotion Must Be Created to Address Obesity and Poor Mental Health
A new health promotion office will be formed to tackle obesity and poor mental health, as lockdown restrictions are relaxed and the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
My colleague Eleanor Sly reports:
Matt Mathers29 mars 2021 15:30
Zero Covid deaths in Scotland for three consecutive days
No deaths of recent coronavirus patients have been recorded in Scotland for the third day in a row, official figures show.
The death toll according to the Scottish Government’s daily data – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – remains at 7,584.
Previously, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon had pointed out that the number of deaths recorded over the weekend could be artificially low as registrars are usually closed at that time.
The latest data released by the Scottish Government indicates that there have been 352 positive tests in the past 24 hours.
The positivity rate for daily tests is 3.2%, down from 2.6% on Sunday.
A total of 217,479 people in Scotland have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
There are 259 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a drop of five in 24 hours, and, of those, 22 patients are in intensive care, no change from the previous day.
A total of 2,409,826 people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 326,263 received their second dose.
Matt Mathers29 mars 2021 15:12
Northern Ireland Mass Vaccination Center hailed as ‘milestone’ in JAB deployment
Northern Ireland’s Mass Vaccination Center has been hailed as a ‘milestone’ in the fight against the coronavirus.
The SSE Arena in Belfast will have the capacity to administer jabs to 40,000 people per week.
A slowdown in UK vaccine supply lines will see the center treating around 11,000 people per week initially, with numbers rising as more AstraZeneca jabs become available.
The ESS will function as a mass vaccination site for the whole of Northern Ireland.
Several regional centers will continue to administer vaccines, as will general practitioner surgeries.