Boris Johnson to announce Freedom Day on July 19 – .

Boris Johnson to announce Freedom Day on July 19 – .

Boris Johnson will announce that the easing of all remaining restrictions on July 19 – known as “Freedom Day” – will continue.

The prime minister is expected to make the announcement on Monday, after 18 months of unprecedented restrictions and three nationwide lockdowns.

However, Mr Johnson will warn the British to be extra careful with their new-found freedom.
It is believed he will also abandon his pledge that the lift is “irreversible” amid warnings that they could reimpose restrictions if there is a fourth wave in winter.
All legal Covid measures are due to end on July 19, with face masks and social distancing warrants removed and mass events allowed.

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Scotland registers 2,048 new cases of coronavirus

Scotland has registered 2,048 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures.
No new deaths have been recorded, although registrars are generally closed on weekends.
Scottish government figures for Sunday also showed the positivity rate for daily tests to be 11.2%.
A total of 444 people were hospitalized with recently confirmed Covid-19, with 40 patients in intensive care.
So far, 3,928,409 people in Scotland have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 2,877,326 have received their second dose.

Brighton vaccination site postponed following anti-lockdown protest

Vaccinations at a Brighton site have been postponed following anti-containment protests in the city.
Protesters surrounded a vaccination bus on the waterfront on Saturday, images on social media suggest.
NHS Brighton and Hove CCG announced that vaccinations on Hove Lawns were postponed on Sunday “to ensure that everyone can receive their vaccine safely and without any pressure on them”.
The health care provider said its staff “suffered disruption as anti-lockdown measures protested in the city.”
Vaccines are still available elsewhere in the city.

Israel offers third injection of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adults at risk

Israel said on Sunday it would start offering a third dose of Pfizer Inc’s vaccine to adults with weakened immune systems, but it was still weighing whether to make the booster available to the general public.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant has boosted vaccination rates in Israel as new infections have risen from a figure to around 450 per day over the past month, and the country has decided to speed up its next Pfizer shipment. .
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said that from now on, adults with weakened immune systems who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine may be given a booster, with the decision pending further distribution. large.
Pfizer and its partner BioNTech SE, the main providers of a rapid Israeli vaccination rollout that began in December, said on Thursday that they would ask US and European regulators in a matter of weeks to allow the booster injections.
The two companies spoke of an increased risk of infection after six months of requesting authorization for a third injection.

GPs warn of long cases of covid putting them under increasing pressure

Scottish GPs have warned the number of long Covid cases is putting them under increasing pressure.
Doctors’ executives said the potential need to complete two vaccination programs, both for seasonal flu and coronavirus booster doses, could also stretch their services in the coming months.
Dr Patricia Moultrie, deputy chairman of the Scottish GPs committee at the BMA, told Scotland on Sunday that the union is “more concerned than it has been for a long time”.
She said: “General Practices are in a very difficult place in terms of workload, and we’re very concerned about what the weeks and months ahead hold.
“It seems that for a long time Covid is a disease that is going to be managed in the community, and it is good that fewer people are admitted to the hospital.
“But looking at the numbers that we are seeing, we are very concerned about the workload that is going to be on the community with the pandemic. “

Double-pricked NHS staff already don’t need to self-isolate if alerted by the Covid app, says Zahawi

Mr Zahawi said it was already true that NHS staff who had received both coronavirus vaccines did not need to self-isolate if they were alerted by the Covid application.
He told the Andrew Marr Show that he did not know the number of nurses currently in isolation.
But he said, “If the nurse or doctor or any front-line worker is wearing the right equipment, the right PPE, and they’re double vaccinated, which they all are – or most, I should. say not all but the majority are because it has been so high, so 94% of double vaccination use – then they do not need to self-isolate. “

Life could be ‘massively disrupted’ by people urged to self-isolate as Covid-19 cases increase over summer, according to Spiegelhalter

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said life could be ‘massively disrupted’ by people being asked to self-isolate as Covid-19 cases increase over the summer, and that it would make sense to get the rules “in proportion”.
He told the Andrew Marr show: “Not many people who have been asked to self-isolate actually have an infection, and especially if they are vaxxed, and so I think it makes sense. to get this in proportion to actually “what are the benefits of this massive disruption?” “
Asked about stories of people removing or disabling the NHS Covid app to avoid being ‘pinged’ and self-isolating, he said: ‘I’m not going to say if I think it’s a good one or a bad thing to do. “
He added that if people are vaccinated and then polled by the app, it is a “very small percentage that you have actually contracted the virus.”

It is ‘absolutely inevitable’ there will be a ‘big wave’ of coronavirus cases as restrictions are relaxed, says Professor Spiegelhalter

University of Cambridge statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said it was “absolutely inevitable” that there would be a “big wave” of coronavirus cases as restrictions were lifted.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has previously said the number of cases could reach 100,000 a day in the summer as measures are relaxed.
Sir David told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show: ‘Frankly you know, unless tomorrow an immediate lockdown is announced – which I think is pretty unlikely – there is bound to be a big wave of cases. to come, absolutely inevitable. It was to be expected from the start of the roadmap announcement in February.
“Of course, this was made worse by the Delta variant. And I guess, you know, 100,000 a day is totally possible, and relaxing everything at the same time on July 19 is only going to make that more likely. “
He said it would be “mostly youth cases”.

Prof Diamond: Experts “closely monitor, minute by minute, the number of Covid-19 infections”

Professor Sir Ian Diamond said experts are ‘keeping an absolutely close eye, minute by minute, on the number of Covid-19 infections’, and that in terms of antibody levels, the UK is doing well. ” very good “.
He told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday: “I think when it comes to antibodies we are doing very, very well. I have to say that antibodies are not perfect protection, but at the same time we are saying very clearly that we think about nine in ten people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and about eight in ten in Scotland has antibodies right now, and let’s be honest, it’s down from two out of 10 in January, so I think that’s a huge increase.
Sir Ian said the group with the lowest antibody level are those aged 15-24, showing that the vaccination program “remains incredibly important”.
He said that although infections “are increasing quite rapidly”, with around one in 160 people in private households in England having the virus in the week of July 3, it remains at “just under a third of what we were the second in January of this year ”.
He said there was “very, very little increase” in people over 50 and called it “encouraging.”

Link between infections and being admitted to hospital, having serious illness and even dying has been ‘severely weakened’, says Professor Diamond

UK national statistician Professor Sir Ian Diamond said the link between infections and being admitted to hospital, having serious illness and even dying has been “severely weakened”.
He told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday: “We have a younger cohort of people hospitalized right now and as hospitalizations increase they are now far from some of the levels we’ve seen before.
“And so I’m hopeful that we really made a solid breakup, but at the same time I have to say for now that all the evidence allows me to say severely weakened. “

Labor supports easing of restrictions on July 19 if data backs it up, says Kate Green

Kate Green told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday that Labor supported the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on July 19 if the data supported it, but that some measures should remain in place.
The shadow secretary of education said: “What we don’t want is to lift the restrictions without keeping the mitigation measures in place that would allow it to happen more safely.
“So, for example, that’s why we said that the compulsory wearing of the mask should continue in public places.
“That’s why we said there should be more support and demands on public spaces to have proper ventilation systems.
“That’s why we said that the financial support for low-income people who need to self-isolate must be adequate so that they can afford to do so.
“So yes, we want to see the restrictions lifted if the data confirms it’s the right thing to do, and hopefully, and the indications seem to be that it will work.” But we want that with the mitigations maintained. “


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