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Nadhim Zahawi says people will have to wear masks in confined spaces indoors

Boris Johnson will share the latest government coronavirus data with the nation tomorrow and is expected to confirm the next phase of easing restrictions on July 19, according to Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Appearance on Sky News’ Trevor Phillips dimanche, Mr Zahawi revealed that the guidelines would include “wearing masks in confined spaces indoors” – although the legal requirement to do so would be dropped.

Meanwhile, the government’s Test and Trace service is “panicking” as it rushes to fill thousands of vacant contact tracing positions – just months after laying off thousands of clinical staff – amid fears that a summer wave of coronavirus only knows 100,000 infections per day.

According to plans, new hires will have no clinical training and will be paid at significantly lower rates than nurses and other clinical staff who were laid off en masse in May, as test and tracing leaders said. that the demand on the service had decreased.

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Fears London will be hit hardest once Covid restrictions are lifted

There are fears that London will be hit hardest after all restrictions are lifted on July 19 due to the high number of people over 50 in the capital who have not been vaccinated.
More than 20% of those over 50 in 16 of the 33 districts of the capital have not yet received a single dose of the vaccine, according to a modeled analysis.
Amid rising rates across the city, there are a total of 554,620 Londoners in this age group who have not been vaccinated against the highly transmissible Delta variant. For the rest of England, 97.3% of those over 50 received at least one dose.
Our scientific correspondent Samuel Lovett has the full report:
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 11:43 AM
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Video: Marr asks Zahawi about PM saying link between infections and death has been ‘broken’

Marr asks Zahawi about PM saying link between infections and death has been severed
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 11:15 AM
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“Panic” as Test and Trace recruits thousands of people before the summer wave

The government’s Test and Trace service ‘panics’ in the rush to fill thousands of vacant contact tracing positions – just months after laying off thousands of clinical staff – amid fears a summer wave of coronavirus could hit 100,000 infections per day.
According to plans, new hires will have no clinical training and will be paid at significantly lower rates than nurses and other clinical staff who were laid off en masse in May, as test and tracing leaders said. that the demand on the service had decreased.
Another 8,000 contact tracing staff were made redundant with just a week’s notice in March, as the service downsized from 22,000 to 14,000 after the January outbreak passed. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has confirmed it is re-recruiting staff to deal with the increase in infections seen across the country.
Follow our health correspondent Shaun Linternthe exclusive story from here:
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 11:00 AM
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Link between infection, hospitalization and death “weakened” but not broken – prof

The UK’s national statistician said the link between infections and being admitted to hospital, having serious illness and even dying has been “severely weakened”.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond said Trevor Phillips dimanche on Sky News: “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. “
It comes after Boris Johnson claimed last week that the link between Covid infection and serious illness and death had been ‘severed’, although Sir Ian was quick to differentiate his response from that of the Prime Minister.
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 10:40 AM
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Bill and Melinda Gates among those stepping in to cover the cut in UK foreign aid

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to reverse his government’s multibillion-pound cut in foreign aid, after a group of super-rich charities and philanthropists pledged to help bridge the gap with funds emergency.
Criticism of the government cut, which amounts to a shortfall of £ 4 billion a year, came from Labor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The donation from charitable organizations – including the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the ELMA Foundation and the Open Society Foundations – aims to target projects to fight preventable diseases and provide family planning, according to a report by Le Sunday Times.
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 10:28 AM
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‘Inevitable’ wave of Covid cases over summer, statistician says

Back to Professor David Spiegelhalter now. The Cambridge University statistician also told Andrew Marr it was “absolutely inevitable” that there would be a “big wave” of coronavirus cases as the restrictions were lifted.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has already said this week that the number of cases could reach 100,000 per day in the summer as measures are relaxed.
Sir David told the BBC Spectacle d’Andrew Marr: “Frankly, you know, unless tomorrow immediate containment is announced – which I think is quite improbable – 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 added that these will be “mainly young cases”.
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 10:15 AM
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Burnham and Khan to impose mandatory masks after July 19 – Labor

London and Manchester could continue to impose compulsory masks on tubes and trams, according to the Labor Party.
Kate Green, the shadow secretary for education, said “from what she understands” Labor mayors Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan plan to make the decision after July 19.
“I hope they will and I believe, I think I am right that Andy has already indicated that here in Manchester, that is what he will do,” she said.
“I certainly think that having traveled both on the metro and the tram regularly throughout the pandemic when I was allowed to do so, that wearing masks and seeing others wearing masks is a source of great assurance and people want to do it. “
The Welsh government confirmed over the weekend that Wales will continue to require face masks in some public places until Covid-19 is no longer a threat to public health.
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 10:06 AM
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Labor slams decision to drop masks – and ‘disturbing’ NHS Covid application

The Shadow Education Secretary said today that Labor supports lifting coronavirus restrictions on July 19 if the data supports it, but some measures should remain in place.
Kate Green told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips dimanche: “What we don’t want is to lift restrictions without keeping mitigation measures in place that would allow this to happen more safely. So for example, that’s why we said that the compulsory wearing of the mask should continue in public places. “
She continued, “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 indicate that it will work. But we want that with the mitigations maintained. “
Ms Green then repeated her feelings on the BBC Spectacle d’Andrew Marr, where she then slammed the NHS Covid phone app.
“I have to say, Andrew, that I was recently contacted and told to isolate for five days – why five days when it’s supposed to be 10?” She said, adding, “Well, it’s because the system couldn’t identify me for 10 days, which is really worrying.” “
Green on BBC’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ This Morning

(BBC)

Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 09:46
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Vaccinated adults “20 times safer than unvaccinated”, says professor

Speaking about the likelihood of catching coronavirus, a prominent statistician said you are “probably at least 20 times safer [after a jab] only if you are not vaccinated.
Speaking to Andrew Marr on Sunday, Professor David Spiegelhalter said he, a 67-year-old man who is “double eyed,” was even more at risk of dying from Covid than a “30-year-old unvaxxed” .
Sir David also stressed the importance of receiving a jab, saying it “cannot be underestimated”.
Sam HancockJuly 11, 2021 09:38
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Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has all the details on Nadhim Zahawi’s face mask remarks here:

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