Matt Hancock says he ‘doesn’t think’ he’s desperate
Matt Hancock says he doesn’t think he’s desperate.
Matt Hancock says he ‘doesn’t think’ he’s desperate
The Health Secretary was of course referring to the latest broadside from Dominic Cummings, who posted so-called WhatsApp exchanges in which Boris Johnson called Mr Hancock “hopeless f ***** g.”
Jon SharmanJune 16, 2021 4:34 PM
Over 9,000 new Covid infections in the UK
More than 9,000 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded in the UK today, according to Public Health England.
There were 9,055 new cases and 9 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
Jon SharmanJune 16, 2021 4:16 PM
France relaxes restrictions
France has relaxed several restrictions, with authorities saying it is no longer always mandatory to wear masks outside.
And an eight-month nighttime curfew will end this weekend.
The announcement by French Prime Minister Jean Castex comes as France records around 3,900 new cases of the virus per day, against 35,000 per day at the peak of March-April.
Mr Castex hailed “very good news” and said the curfew would be lifted on Sunday, 10 days earlier than expected.
Wearing a mask would still remain mandatory outdoors in crowded places such as street markets and stadiums, he said. And people were required to wear masks indoors in public spaces, including at work – with the exception of restaurants and bars.
“We have not experienced such a low level of spread of the virus since last August,” Castex said, adding that the situation was improving in all regions of France.
“These positive developments are due to the mobilization of the French and the vaccination campaign,” he said.
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 4:15 PM
The number of hospitalizations increased by almost half in a week, according to Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, opening the debate on regulations to delay the easing of restrictions, told MPs: “Unfortunately, there has been a significant change since we started our journey on the sheet. road in February.
“A new variant has given the virus extra legs – both because it spreads more easily and because there is evidence that the risk of hospitalization is higher than for the Alpha variant, which of course was previously dominant in this country.
“The Delta variant now represents 96% of new cases. The number of cases is increasing and hospitalizations are also starting to increase – they have increased 48% in the past week.
“The number of deaths in England is fortunately not increasing and remains very low. “
He added: ‘We don’t yet know to what extent the link between hospitalization and deaths has been severed, so we propose to give the NHS a few crucial extra weeks to put those remaining jabs in the arms of those who have them. need. ”
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 4:01 PM
No plans yet for office regulations or working from home, says # 10
Responding to a report suggesting that working from home would continue in the long term due to the coronavirus, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “These claims come from a document that we do not recognize and which does not reflect the last thought of the government.
“We have stopped at Stage 3 for up to four weeks due to the new delta variant, and we need to analyze and understand more data on this variant before considering future projects. “
The Politico report suggested that offices might be required to install ventilation systems, self-isolation measures would continue, but Plexiglas screens in workplaces could be scrapped because they are ineffective.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We are collecting additional data on the Delta variant – issues such as its link to hospitalization rates, for example, will all have an impact on what measures may or may not be needed. after step 4.
There are “no current plans to legislate on ventilation standards” and the Plexiglas screen guidelines would remain unless the evidence shows they need to change.
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 3:50 PM
UK study shows benefits of antibody therapy in sickest patients
Scientists have found a new way to help save the lives of the sickest coronavirus patients while reducing their hospital stay and their chances of needing a ventilator.
Giving patients who have not yet developed an immune response to the virus an infusion of lab-cloned antibodies reduces risk of death and other results, latest results from landmark UK recovery trial confirmed . Health correspondent Shaun Lintern reports:
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 3:24 PM
Over 60.86 million jabs given
A total of 60,862,273 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and yesterday, according to data from NHS England, including the first and second doses, an increase of 330,350 the day before.
NHS England said 35,120,392 were first doses, an increase of 154,647 the day before, while 25,741,881 were a second dose, an increase of 175,703.
NHS England data shows a total of 7,937,103 jabs were administered to people in London between December 8 and June 15, including 4,822,457 first doses and 3,114,646 second doses.
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 3:01 PM
EU lifts travel restrictions for US tourists
The European Union recommends that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States.
EU members agreed to add the United States to the list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted.
This decision was adopted at a meeting in Brussels of the permanent representatives of the bloc of 27 nations.
The recommendation is not binding and national governments have the power to demand test results or vaccination records and set other entry requirements.
The European Council updates the list on the basis of epidemiological data and reviews it every two weeks.
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 2:35 PM
Experts won’t support jabs for kids, minister says
Vaccination experts do not plan to give the green light to administer Covid-19 vaccines to children, a Cabinet minister suggested.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is to advise the government on whether to continue a vaccination campaign for those under 18.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told BBC Breakfast: “Of course the government will take the JCVI recommendations very seriously.
“I understand they do not recommend immunization for under 18s, and we will say more on this in due course. “
The UK medicines regulator, Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has approved the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12 and over in the UK United.
But so far, authorities have not confirmed whether the vaccination program will extend to children once the adult vaccination campaign is over.
Some academics argue that the UK should follow the US and Israel and start immunizing children to prevent outbreaks in schools.
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 2:15 PM
G7 summit causes spike of cases in Cornish seaside resort
In case you missed it earlier: Several restaurants have been forced to close in the Cornish seaside resort of St Ives after an increase in coronavirus cases believed to be linked to the recent G7 summit.
At least six restaurants have closed shop after two police officers tested positive for the virus. Molly Codyre reports:
Jane DaltonJune 16, 2021 1:52 PM