Other blockages possible this winter, according to Dr.Susan Hopkins
More closures may be needed this winter, an expert has warned, as thousands more people over 18 line up outside vaccination centers.
Dr Susan Hopkins, director of Covid-19 at Public Health England, told The Andrew Marr Show: ‘We may have to do more blockages this winter, I can’t predict the future – it really depends whether hospitals are starting to be overwhelmed at some point.
However, she stressed that people would not normally be taken into custody for severe cases of the flu – and that the country must move to a situation where people can “live with it”.
The scientist’s comments came as thousands more people lined up outside vaccination centers for a second day in a row after opening the vaccine to everyone over 18.
Giant jab clinics have been set up at major London football stadiums, while smaller events have also taken place in community venues over the weekend with the aim of vaccinating as many Londoners as possible.
More than 700,000 Covid-19 jabs have been set aside on the day the NHS vaccination program was opened to people aged 18 to 20.
The British made 721,469 appointments via the national reservation service on Friday, more than 30,000 per hour or more than eight per second.
Non-regular ad goers ‘might never come back after lockdown eases’
Casual pub-goers may never return after the lockdown restrictions are relaxed, posing a risk to the survival of the country’s pub culture, research shows.
Dr Sianne Gordon-Wilson of the University of Portsmouth has found that the majority of people who visited pubs less frequently before the pandemic have since found other ways to socialize.
However, the study, published in the International review of hotel management, found that regulars were likely to return as there was no substitute for the ‘home away from home’ feel of their local pub.
Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 2:53 PM
Sick and disabled people denied medical treatment in hotel quarantine “in violation of the law”
Sick and disabled people were denied basic facilities and medical care while quarantined in a hotel, which lawyers say is a violation of the law.
In one case, a four-month-old baby with a severe leg infection was prevented from going to A&E for hours by hotel staff.
Our social affairs correspondent Mai Bulman has more details in this exclusive report:
Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 2:43 PM
Scotland records zero new Covid deaths and 1,205 cases
Scotland has recorded no new coronavirus deaths and 1,205 cases in the past 24 hours, the Scottish government has said.
That means the death toll according to this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – remains at 7,692.
New figures show that 254,325 people have now tested positive for the virus and the positivity rate for daily tests is 5.8%, up from 4.5% the day before.
So far, 3,611,266 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, up from 19,628 the day before, and 2,555,308 have received their second dose, up 19,505.
NHS Lothian recorded the most new cases, with 321, followed by Greater Glasgow and Clyde with 294 and Lanarkshire with 125.
Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 2:32 PM
People over 30 in London may not be doubly vaccinated by ‘Freedom Day’, says PHE regional chief
People over 30 in London may not be doubly vaccinated until ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19, the capital’s PHE regional director said.
Speaking to LBC, Professor Kevin Fenton said: “We are certainly working to ensure that all of our over 40s are doubly vaccinated by the end of July 19 and to get a first dose in as many 30 year olds as possible. “
But he continued: “The population of London is younger than the rest of the country, we have a much larger 30-year-old group now taking the vaccine. “
Instead, he said most over-30s in London would not get their second dose until late July or early August to account for the eight-week gap between the first and second dose.
Leonie Chao-FongJune 20, 2021 2:22 PM
More than 700,000 Covid jabs reserved in 24 hours after deployment open to over 18s
More than 720,000 Covid vaccinations were reserved on the day the deployment opened for anyone aged 18 and over, written Peter Stubley.
NHS England said on Friday that a total of 721,469 appointments had been made through the online booking service.
That works out to over 30,000 per hour or eight per second – and that figure does not include appointments through local services run by general practitioners or people who have presented to walk-in centers in the city. hope to get their first shot.
The increase in bookings came at the end of a week that saw more than 2.5 million appointments made in just four days.
Leonie Chao-FongJune 20, 2021 2:07 PM
Unvaccinated youth in Ireland ‘can travel overseas this summer,’ says Tanaiste
Young people in Ireland who are not fully vaccinated will be able to travel abroad this summer, said Tanaiste Leo Varadkar.
People under the age of 30 are unlikely to have received both doses of the vaccine by September at the earliest and Mr Varadkar said it would be “unfair” to ask them not to travel, when the certificate of EU digital travel will allow travel for people who do PCR tests or who have previously had Covid.
His comments came after Ireland’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan advised people not to travel if they are not fully vaccinated.
Mr Varadkar said the advice from the CMO was “totally based on scientific and medical grounds”, but due to “injustice” towards young people, he is giving them the green light to travel.
Leonie Chao-FongJune 20, 2021 1:57 PM
A ‘miserable winter’ ahead with possibility of additional lockdown, scientists warn
New respiratory viruses could mean the UK is set for a “pretty miserable” winter ahead with further possible lockdowns, scientists have warned.
Professor Calum Semple, member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said children and the elderly will be vulnerable to endemic viruses at the end of the year.
Speaking to Times Radio on Sunday morning, he said, “I suspect we’ll have a pretty miserable winter because the other respiratory viruses are going to come back and bite us pretty hard.
“There is a sting in the tail after each pandemic, because social distancing will have reduced exposure, especially pregnant women and their newborns, they will not have been exposed to the usual endemic respiratory viruses.
“The protection that a pregnant woman would give her unborn child has not happened.
“We will therefore see an increase in a disease called bronchiolitis and an increase in community-acquired pneumonia in children and the frail elderly, other respiratory viruses for which we have no vaccines.
“That’s why we’re expecting July and August to be difficult, followed by a difficult winter period. “
Leonie Chao-FongJune 20, 2021 1:32 PM
We could be at the ‘buttress’ of another wave of Covid, says PHE regional director for London
PHE’s regional director for London has warned that we could be at the ‘buttress’ of another wave of Covid-19 cases, and people must continue to practice preventive measures.
Professor Kevin Fenton told LBC it is unlikely that the capital will have everyone over 30 doubly vaccinated by July 19, when all restrictions are expected to be relaxed.
“We are at the foot of what could be a third wave, we should do hands, face, space, ventilate, prevent,” said Professor Fenton.
He continued, “Get the first dose as soon as possible because even with the first source you will receive some protection.
“And we will continue to practice these preventative measures – the vaccination now will not stop the increases we are seeing in the community this week, but they will start to build the city’s resilience as July 19 approaches.” “
Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 1:13 PM
London enters ‘spring summer’ to hit as many people as possible
The London regional director of Public Health England (PHE) said the capital was entering a “summer sprint” to get as many people vaccinated as possible by July 19.
The absorption rate in London has been slower than elsewhere, but Professor Kevin Fenton said he has made “incredible progress” in recent weeks.
“We are about to enter a last summer sprint, where we are working with local authorities to increase prices for all over 18s, but especially those over 40,” he said. he declares.
“It’s our number one goal in the city now. “
Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 1:00 PM
Andy Burnham calls for ‘compensation’ from Nicola Sturgeon for travel ban
Andy Burnham has demanded “compensation” for Manchester from the Scottish government for advice banning travel to the north-west.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester accused Nicola Sturgeon’s administration of acting “hypocrisy” for imposing the restrictions without consultation and said the policy had come out “out of the blue”.
Our political correspondent Jon stone explains more below: