Vaccinations in the United Kingdom against Covid-19: the latest figures
Experts have warned that a third wave of Covid infections has already started in the UK and that some strict lockdown rules may have to be reintroduced if infections increase.
“We are at the beginning of [the third wave] now, ”Imperial epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson said today.
The number of daily coronavirus infections today exceeded 10,000 for the first time since February 19, as the upward trend that began a month ago continued.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the current outbreak will “definitely” result in hospital admissions and “definitely” more deaths. And Professor Graham Medley said it was “not impossible” that restrictions would have to be reinstated if hospitalizations start to increase.
Meanwhile, an internal NHS email seen by Channel 4 says hospitals have been urged to prepare for a likely third peak in early August. He warns “we are preparing for a third wave” and adds “the peak should be August 1”.
Latest Test and Trace data confirms rising trend in infections
Some 41,143 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in England at least once in the week to June 9, up 63% from the previous week, according to the latest figures from Test and Trace.
This is the highest number of people testing positive since the week of March 3, data shows.
Britain today reported its biggest daily increase in new Covid-19 cases in nearly four months, with 11,007 new infections recorded – up from 9,055 the day before.
This is the highest daily tally since February 16, when 11,083 new cases were recorded, and it is the first time since February 19 that the daily tally has exceeded 10,000.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 7:55 PM
Moscow attributes new ‘aggressive’ variant of Covid to increase in cases
Russian authorities attribute the new variants of Covid to a sudden increase in coronavirus cases in Moscow, as well as a slow vaccination rate.
The Russian capital reported 7,704 new infections on Sunday, the most in a single day since December 24.
As of that day, authorities have confirmed 14,723 nationwide cases, the highest one-day total since February 13, and daily numbers have remained high this week.
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Friday’s workload would be over 9,000, the most recorded in Moscow since the start of the pandemic, and the situation in the city was deteriorating.
Until early June, daily new infections were mostly below 3,000 for months.
“A new mutation has arrived, a new strain is active. It’s more aggressive, it’s harder to recover, it spreads faster. It is much more likely to penetrate a person’s immune system, ”Sobyanin said, according to the RIA news agency.
Some 60 percent of all service workers in Moscow – just over two million people – have been ordered to be fully immunized by August 15, including taxi drivers, facility staff cultural and restaurant workers.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 7:40 PM
Travel to and from Lisbon banned as cases rise in Portugal
Lisbon residents will not be allowed to leave the area on weekends, the government said earlier, as authorities scramble to control a spike in Covid-19 infections.
AP reports that the ban in the region where some 2.8 million people live will go into effect at 3 p.m. local time on Friday, cabinet spokeswoman Mariana Vieira da Silva said.
“The government took this decision so that the situation in Lisbon does not spread to the rest of the country,” she said at a press conference.
Coronavirus cases in Portugal jumped by 1,350 on Wednesday, the largest increase since the end of February, with 804 of the 1,233 new cases detected believed to be from the Lisbon region.
Ms da Silva said the situation could be worse in Lisbon than in other regions due to the variant of the Delta coronavirus, which was first identified in India but is spreading rapidly in Britain, although the experts believe that there is community transmission of the highly contagious strain.
Foreign tourists visiting Lisbon are exempt from the weekend rule and can still travel to and from the region. Flights departing from Lisbon airport are exempt from the ban, as are work-related travel.
The region this week crossed the red line established by authorities of a 14-day cumulative case notification rate per 100,000 out of 240 inhabitants. Today, Lisbon’s notification rate was 254. The national rate was from 90.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 7:25 PM
US Spends $ 3 Billion to Develop Covid Drugs
The Biden administration is expected to spend $ 3.2 billion on a program dedicated to developing antiviral drugs to fight the coronavirus in the early stages of infection.
The antiviral program for pandemics was announced Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The initiative will see efforts to support clinical trials to test “priority drug candidates” for Covid-19 accelerated and expanded, reports Chantal da Silva.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 7:10 PM
Spike among U.S. embassy staff in Kabul forces virtual closure
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has ordered an almost complete lockdown due to a massive spike in cases among employees.
Already on uncertain grounds due to the imminent withdrawal of US forces from the country, the embassy in Kabul has ordered the remaining staff to go into near isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has already killed at least one person and sent 114 to quarantine.
The embassy said in a notice to employees that almost all group activities, including business meetings and recreational gatherings, are prohibited because intensive care units at military medical facilities in Afghanistan are at full capacity and number of cases forced it to establish temporary Covid rooms. to treat patients requiring oxygen.
He said the restrictions will remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken. Violators will be kicked out of the country on the next available flight.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 6:52 PM
The low vaccination rate in London “could lead to an increase in hospitalizations”, warns prof
Why do Londoners refuse to get bitten? Jeremy Brown, professor of respiratory infection at University College London and member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), is not sure either.
In a grim warning, he said low vaccine uptake in parts of the capital could lead to January-type hospitalization levels later this year.
Some 69.7 percent of adults received one dose of a vaccine in London and 44.6 percent received two doses, while 80.1 percent and 58.2 percent respectively in the UK.
In an interview with Times Radio tonight, Professor Brown said the London figures masked considerable local variation. In wealthy neighborhoods, the vaccination rate was quite close to national figures, but in other areas it was much lower, he said. In Lambeth, for example, only 50 percent of people received a first dose and only 30.7 percent received both doses.
He said, “So you have this really complicated situation where the variant can spread faster, but the population is more resilient and how that translates into actual hospitalizations – it’s really pretty hard to draw any solid conclusions. [about] how it will unfold.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 6:45 PM
Ireland said not to cross the border to NI or to UK
Ireland’s chief medical officer has advised the public against non-essential travel to the UK over concerns over the rapidly spreading Delta variant, first identified in India.
Dr Tony Holohan told a public health briefing today that a decision to travel to Northern Ireland from the Republic had not been officially made, but said they were ‘concerned’ about the situation across the border.
“We strongly advise against non-essential travel between here and the UK, due to transmission concerns of the Delta variant,” he said.
When asked if the advice applied to Northern Ireland, he said: “The seven-day impact that we have seen in Northern Ireland, and in particular in Derry, in recent days, we know this will be of concern to our colleagues in Northern Ireland and concerns us.
“We express our concern about this. We have not officially given a notice on this at this time. We are watching this very closely. “
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 6:30 PM
Hospitals must prepare for a double wave of Covid and childhood infections
Hospitals are being asked to prepare for a third wave of Covid-19 along with a spike in serious infections in very young children.
The email, sent by a London NHS trust to clinical staff and seen by Channel 4 News, says ‘national planning guidance’ has been released, telling hospitals to expect 50% of cases of Covid observed during the first wave of the pandemic.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 6:15 PM
Surrey deploys surge tests after discovery of Delta variant
Surge tests are being rolled out in parts of Surrey after a number of confirmed cases of the Delta variant, first identified in India, have been confirmed.
Additional testing will begin on Friday in two targeted areas of Reigate and Banstead, including Banstead, Walton-on-the-Hill and Tattenham Corner and downtown Reigate, the Department of Health said.
Anyone who lives or works in these areas is strongly encouraged to take a PCR test whether or not they show symptoms of coronavirus.
Sam HancockJune 17, 2021 6:05 PM
Vaccinated Britons can travel to Faroe Islands without quarantine
Some news from the trip. Danish authorities today announced that the Faroe Islands will allow British double-bitten tourists to enter, provided they can produce negative PCR tests.
But don’t get too excited about the idea of a Copenhagen city break: mainland Denmark is still on the UK’s ‘orange list’, which means returning travelers face a 10-day quarantine. upon their return to the UK.
The Faroe Islands, however, have been on the UK’s slim green list since May 17; holidaymakers returning directly from there do not need to self-isolate and are simply required to pass a Covid test before departure and one after arrival, writes Jade Bremner.