Health chief urges Javid to be a ‘voice of caution’
New Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to be confident to lift England’s remaining lockdown restrictions on July 19.
Mr Javid, a lockdown skeptic, will address MPs in the Commons later today after replacing Matt Hancock over the weekend.
The former chancellor is expected to say that, as Covid cases increase, hospitalizations and deaths remain relatively low and therefore the rules can be relaxed.
But health bosses are urging Mr Javid to be a “voice of caution” in the cabinet in the face of pressure the pandemic is putting on the NHS.
NHS Confederation Chief Executive Matthew Taylor told BBC Radio 4 Today program: “The Covid is the most pressing problem, the number of cases in the hospital is increasing.
“There needs to be a voice of caution in Cabinet in terms of potential pressures on health services. “
Meanwhile, top military leaders are self-isolating after Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the British military tested positive for the coronavirus. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is among those affected.
Elsewhere, India has said it needs 1.8 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to inoculate its entire adult population by the end of this year, as promised, as concerns about a third wave of pandemic are increasing.
Ireland will make a lockdown announcement on Tuesday
The Irish government will announce on Tuesday whether the Covid restrictions can be relaxed further, the Minister of Higher Education said.
Simon Harris said whatever decision is made, people will be able to do more in July than in June.
He told RTE Morning Ireland program: “I expect Cabinet to make this decision tomorrow. I think it would be important for us to make this decision tomorrow.
“I heard very clearly a very reasonable demand from people, especially working in the hospitality industry throughout the weekend, where they said, ‘At the very least, can you give us clarity? and certainty as early as possible in the week? ‘
“The Taoiseach made it clear yesterday that he wants this to happen, and I would expect the Cabinet to now be in a position to make the decision tomorrow. “
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 9:09 AM
The vaccine chief running to test the impact of booster injections
The scientist leading the government’s trial to determine whether people in the UK need a booster vaccine has urgently called for volunteers to complete the research by the fall.
Study leader Professor Saul Faust is in a race against time to determine whether booster shots will be effective in fighting a potential wave of winter infections, and wants more people who have received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine join the project. .
Our scientific correspondent Samuel Lovett reports:
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 8:50 AM
Traffic light travel tips: Simon Calder answers all your vacation questions
Green list, orange list, red list: not sure what the rules are for summer vacation abroad and how vaccines could affect that?
Our travel correspondent Simon Calder answered some of your most pressing questions here.
Simon will answer more questions at a virtual event on Wednesday. You can register for free here.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 8:36 AM
Portugal demands quarantine of unvaccinated Britons
With Covid infection rates soaring in the UK, Portugal has become the latest country to impose a quarantine on unvaccinated UK visitors.
The Lisbon government has put the UK in the same high risk category as South Africa, Brazil, India and Nepal.
Our travel correspondent Simon Calder reports:
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 8:25 AM
Javid faces “huge spike” in cases, health boss says
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of the NHS Providers organization, said the new Health Secretary must immediately deal with the new wave of Covid-19, a “huge spike” in demand for emergency services and backlog of people awaiting NHS treatment.
She told BBC Breakfast: “We know there are probably three key issues the new Secretary of State will face.
“We have this new wave of Covid so the fight against what is going to be absolutely critical and everything is focused on that besides thinking about how we are closing the huge backlog of care that has arisen – we know the lists wait times are at their highest level out of 5.1 million and those who have waited more than a year is also an incredibly high level.
“What’s more, what we’ve seen recently is a huge increase in the demand for emergency and mental health care.
“So alongside the broader issues like supporting the workforce, there are also these immediate operational challenges. “
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 8:12 AM
Chiefs of the British Army and the Secretary of Defense all self-isolate after the Chief of the Army tested positive for Covid
The highest commanders of the British armed forces have been self-isolating since the weekend after General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the British army, tested positive for the coronavirus.
My colleague Shweta Sharma reports:
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 7:54 AM
India overtakes the United States in number of doses administered
India’s health ministry said on Monday that the country had overtaken the United States in the number of Covid-19 vaccines administered to date.
Data from the Indian government showed that 323.6 million doses had been administered in the country through June 28, and the United States had administered 323.3 million doses.
However, there is a significant difference in the percentage of the total population that was inoculated in the two countries.
While more than 46% of the US population is fully vaccinated, India has inoculated only around 5% of its population, according to Reuters Covid-19 vaccination tracker.
Akshita JainJune 28, 2021 7:01 AM
Bhutan seeks vaccine alternatives after India export ban
Bhutan is asking countries for help procuring doses of the Covid-19 vaccine after India banned the export of vaccines to focus on national needs.
Bhutan Health Minister Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo said The Hindu in an interview: “We pray that countries will come forward to help Bhutan, understanding the risks we run as a small nation, understanding the health system we have as a small nation. “
India supplied 550,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Bhutan earlier this year, but then suspended exports as it was hit by a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also said he was open to mixing and matching Covid-19 vaccines as the deadline for the second dose for 90% of the population is only a few away. days.
Akshita JainJune 28, 2021 6:37 AM
Gyms and yoga institutes to reopen from today in Delhi
Gyms and yoga institutes will be allowed to reopen with 50% capacity in Delhi from today as Covid-19 restrictions loosen in India’s national capital. Weddings are also allowed, but the government has capped the number of guests at 50.
Delhi imposed a lockdown in April to curb the spread of Covid-19 and only started unlocking on May 31 as the number of cases declined. 89 new infections were reported on Sunday and the positivity rate in Delhi is 0.12%.
Akshita JainJune 28, 2021 6:15 AM
India presents plan to immunize all adults by 2022
The Indian government says it aims to have delivered 516 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by July 31, nearly 30% of the 1.8 billion doses needed to inoculate the entire adult population.
The Modi administration has pledged to deliver two doses to each adult by the end of this year, which means it must deliver an additional 1.3 billion between August 1 and December 31.
It says it will come from five manufacturers, including 500 million doses of Covishield – the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India – and 400 million doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech.
But that still leaves a shortfall of some 400 million doses ahead of other vaccines that haven’t even received regulatory approval yet, like domestic manufacturers Biological E and Zydus Cadila.
The Russian Sputnik V is also manufactured in India, but not yet on the massive scale required to meet the government’s ambitious goal.