Monday briefing: Experts warn of third wave of Covid

Monday briefing: Experts warn of third wave of Covid

In the news: fears that some measures will extend beyond June 21

Hello, Warren Murray, hope the holiday allows you to relax in the week.

Scientists have warned ministers that a third wave of coronavirus may have started in Britain, casting doubt on plans in England to lift all lockdown restrictions on June 21, three weeks from now. Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi refused to deny that some restrictions such as wearing masks and working from home could remain in place to reduce the spread of the virus. Senior Science Advisors believe that, wherever possible, working from home makes sense beyond June.

The number of age discrimination complaints brought to employment courts has increased dramatically in England and Wales since the Covid lockdown, according to an analysis. Layoffs among the over-50s have reached an all-time high and more than a million over-50s remain on leave, raising fears that their jobs are also at risk. Stuart Lewis, founder of Rest Less, a job site for older people, said: “We know that once laid off, older workers are more likely to fall into long-term unemployment than their younger counterparts. Age is a legally protected characteristic … [but] we know that age is often the last form of tacit and accepted discrimination in the workplace.

Nearly two million private tenants fear they will not be able to find alternative property if they lose their homes after the eviction ban was lifted this week, ministers warned, with a potential ‘cliff edge’ Homelessness looming in the coming months. And as the hospitality industry reopens, pubs, bars, nightclubs and more are grappling with a shortage of workers, with up to 50% of the staff at some companies not returning to work because of the lack of workers. ‘they moved on. . Check out our live blog for more Covid developments.

Bet on a little sun – Today could be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to exceed 25 ° C on this bank holiday Monday. According to the Met Office, most parts of the country will experience a sunny morning and the sun is expected to continue into the afternoon. Clear skies are expected to stay overnight for much of England and Wales. Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland will see thicker clouds forming but will remain largely dry. The sunny end of this month is a stark contrast to the rest of May, which was much wetter and colder than usual. April was unusually dry and cold.

Endangered Netanyahu? Far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Yair Lapid have agreed to forge a coalition government that will overthrow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after 12 consecutive years in power in which he has survived repeated attempts to end his career. Bennett wants to annex most of the occupied West Bank, while Lapid is a former TV news anchor and self-proclaimed centrist popular with the country’s secular middle class. If Lapid can bring in other parties within the next three days, he could inform President Reuven Rivlin that he thinks he can form a government and go to parliament, the Knesset, for a vote. Netanyahu called the deal a “rip-off of the century” – Bennett was his former ally and main collaborator. If Lapid ends up not announcing a government, a fifth Israeli election later this year is a possible outcome.

Fire-fighting cladding continues to increase – More than 70 schools have been fitted with combustible foam plastic insulation since it was banned from high-rise buildings after the Grenfell disaster. A study by insulation maker Rockwool also found that around 25 newly constructed hospitals, nursing homes and sheltered housing complexes were likely to have been built with combustible insulation. Geoff Barton, the secretary general of the Association of School and College Leaders, said it was a “major cause for concern”. The Education Ministry unveiled new fire safety proposals for schools that would continue to allow combustible linings on structures less than 18 meters in height.

Dordogne sniper hunting – French police continued their search for a heavily armed ex-soldier who allegedly opened fire when officers surrendered to a domestic violence conflict. The man, who had an electronic tag due to a previous domestic violence conviction, was still on the run in the woods. “He is athletic and moves quickly,” said Francine Bourra, mayor of the village of Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare in the Dordogne. “Whenever he had contact with him, he opened fire. Police told residents of the village to stay inside.

Alarming news – The BBC has had issues with Bluetooth proximity sensors meant to help with social distancing. A source said that “we started to smoke” and they had to be withdrawn from consumption. “If they can’t stand daily use and start to ignite or overheat, they shouldn’t be here.” Others complained that they kept ringing and that they were so loud that they disturbed the recordings. A BBC spokesperson said: “We are surprised that a problem with one electronic device is the subject of news…” Now there is a bit of irony for you.

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At lunchtime, read: “My job shouldn’t exist”

The Trussell Trust gave hungry Britons 2.5 million food packages last year. A million were for children. Its CEO, Emma Revie, talks about the failure of the benefit system, the strains of the pandemic – and her admiration for the people who are stepping up to help.

Emma Revie, Managing Director of The Trussell Trust, at her food bank warehouse in Fulham, West London. Photographie: Alicia Canter / The Guardian


Thomas Tuchel plans to move for Romelu Lukaku as he reflects on how to build a dynasty at Chelsea and form a side capable of fighting for the Premier League title next season after winning the Champions League on Saturday night. Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 (£ 10,570) for refusing to “honor her contractual media obligations” after her victory in her first round match at Roland Garros. Dominic Thiem became the first big name to fall at Roland Garros after losing a two-set lead to lose in five sets to Pablo Andújar in the first round of the men’s tournament. Jimmy Anderson approaches the final milestones of his record-breaking career by acknowledging his good fortune when it comes to injuries and emphasizing that his preference has always been to do it the hard way.

Following the disruption of 2020, the first Grand Tour of the cycling season marked a return to something akin to business as usual as Egan Bernal won the Giro d’Italia title by a margin of 1m 29s after the closing time trial in Milan. Hal Robson-Kanu will not repeat his exploits at the European Championship this summer after being excluded from Wales’ 26-man squad for this summer’s tournament. Hailed by the first home fans to populate Sandy Park for five months, the Exeter Chiefs proved too much for Newcastle in a 74-3 Premiership demolition. The Harlequins clinched their first Premier 15s title to erase memories of two losses against a Saracen team that had beaten them in the last two finals. And Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier died of injuries sustained in an accident during qualifying on Saturday, MotoGP reported.


Major Asia-Pacific stock markets fell after Japan reported weaker-than-expected industrial production growth and Chinese manufacturing growth was stagnant. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong fell as Seoul wavered between small gains and losses. It’s a bank holiday in London, of course. The pound is worth $ 1,419 and € 1,163.

The papers

Our Guardian splash printed today: “Combustible insulation put 70 schools since Grenfell” but the photo slit goes to “newlyweds # 10” and “mixed reception” to their permission to marry in a Catholic church despite Boris Johnson’s past divorces. the Telegraph says “No honeymoon for Mr. and Mrs. Johnson,” which might be considered a game of criticism, but they’re literally not on their honeymoon, at least not right away. Its main story is ‘UK vaccination passport planned to be abolished’ – there was a big protest over this over the weekend.

Front page of the Guardian, Monday, May 31, 2021. Photography: guardian

Races and ramps elsewhere. “The vaccines have multiplied in the race until June 21,” says the is, while the Time a “Second jab for those over 50 in the race to save on June 21” and the Express reports that, yes, a “race” is underway to “double the jab anywhere in their 50s by June 21”. Splashing with this wedding, the Soleil says “something borrowed” – the Carrie Symonds dress – and “something blue” – the conservative groom? Oh they mean his tie …

A hit of ice is metaphorically the “Taste of Freedom” on the front of the Mirror like ‘the Brits are heading for the beach’ in hot weather on the holidays. the Poster sheds more light on the delays in surgery which he says are caused by the blockages: “Wait 2 years for a hip operation”. And leading the Financial Time: “Concerns over cryptocurrencies are pushing American watchdogs to play a more active role.”

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