The UK could be ‘on the brink’ of the third wave of Covid-19, a health commentator has said.
Jamie Jenkins, former head of health statistics at the Office for National Statistics, told LBC this morning: “(The cases) in England and Wales have been declining since July 19.
“The cases have been going down for a few weeks there.
“I think looking at the data we normally see fatalities peaking around 14 days after cases have dropped, I think we might start to go over the hill now when it comes to fatalities. “
The amber watchlist is said to have applied to countries at risk of falling into the red category – requiring hotel quarantine for 10 days at a cost of £ 1,750 for an adult. The planned move has drawn strong criticism from tourism executives.
Attention now turns to Thursday, when the government is expected to take stock of travel restrictions, including countries moving to the green list.
Sturgeon: “No one can guarantee that the restrictions will not come back”
No one can guarantee that the Covid-19 restrictions will not have to be reimposed, said Nicola Sturgeon.
The Prime Minister told MSPs: “We all hope – I know I certainly do – that the restrictions we lift next Monday will never have to be reimposed again. But no one can guarantee it.
“This virus remains a threat – and as we move into winter, it may well challenge us again.
“So, as we have done throughout, the government will seek to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the security of the country.
“But as has also been the case throughout, we all have a role to play in keeping the virus under control. “
The public has always been ahead of the government on Covid, experts say
A leading behavior scientist praised the British public for always being one step ahead of the government in terms of awareness of the dangers of Covid-19.
Stephen Reicher, a member of the Independent Pandemic Influenza Behavioral Panel (Spi-B) which advises the Scientific Advisory Panel for Emergencies (Sage), told Sky News: “The public has always behaved responsibly .
“What’s remarkable when you look at the data is that people have always been ahead of government by being aware of the dangers (of Covid).
“The problem, to some extent, is that the government does not match the public with its own responsibilities. “
Professor Reicher testified to his claim with the YouGov poll which suggests the majority of the public supports mandatory indoor face coverings despite the government’s removal of the mask mandate on July 19.
Scottish pupils will wear masks during lessons
Face masks will have to be worn during lessons by high school students at the start of the school year, said Nicola Sturgeon.
These measures, which also include the need for a social distance of one meter in schools, will be kept under review, the prime minister said.
She told MSPs: “We have also decided, after careful consideration, to keep the current face covering requirements in schools for staff and for children 12 years of age or older.
“This includes asking young people and secondary school staff to wear face coverings during lessons and inside school buildings.
“I am fully aware that many young people find this difficult – and this will be kept under review – but for now we see it as important protection for them and for others at home. school. “
The Scottish government will also require schools to have access to CO2 monitors to ensure proper ventilation, backed by an investment of £ 10million.
Underwater engineers create Covid safe hood
BAE Systems, which normally makes submarines, has produced a full headgear to protect NHS workers from the coronavirus.
The design – a full protective hood delivering a continuous flow of clean filtered air – dramatically reduces ‘fogging’ and improves communication and empathy between healthcare workers and patients, as facial expressions can be seen more clearly and lip reading is easier.
Stuart Hosking-Durn, Resilience and Patient Flow Manager for UHMBT, said: “The dedication of our frontline workers has been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19, but the Morecambe Bay Hood will be a game-changer for us as we continue to care for patients, dramatically improving comfort, sustainability and communication.
“This is a success story in the UK, with our thriving tech sector supporting our frontline workers as they help our country emerge from the pandemic. The hoods could be rolled out more widely across the UK and could allow the NHS to treat patients with infectious diseases more safely. “
Nurse fired for jabbing family members
A veteran nurse was fired after giving three remaining doses of the Pfizer jab vaccine to her daughter and nephews, Australian TV reported.
Kirsten Peterson, 67, had vaccinated elderly and disabled people living in care homes in Sydney, but was reprimanded for deciding to give the remaining doses to the family instead of throwing them in the trash.
But Ms Peterson’s employer, Healthcare Australia, fired her for “failure to follow current health service protocols.”
The nonprofit has argued that its employees should follow the procedure – which involves throwing away excess doses if they cannot be redistributed to local hospitals and other Pfizer centers.
Only one in six feels their life is back to what it was before the pandemic – YouGov poll
On July 19, dubbed “Freedom Day” by many, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all social distancing restrictions ended in England.
But the latest YouGov poll shows Britons are not feeling back to normal despite dropping social distancing measures.
In early June, only 16% were of this opinion and this number has not exceeded this point in the polls since.
In fact, the lowest figure we’ve seen was 10% on July 20 – the day after Freedom Day, itself down 4 points from the previous survey four days earlier.
Currently, three-quarters of Britons (77%) say they don’t feel their life has returned to normal.
There is little difference between social and voting groups on this point of view.
Jeremy Clarkson criticized the Covid-19 lockdowns, saying, “If you die, you die. “
Speaking to the Radio Times, Clarkson, 61, said: “I think politicians should sometimes tell the Communists of Sage to get back to their business. Let’s all walk through life with our fingers crossed and a smile on our face.
“I can see Boris doesn’t want to open it and close us again. But if it has to be four years… and who knows, it could be 40 years. ‘
Adding that he had read that it could be “forever,” Clarkson said, “Well, if it’s gotta be forever, let’s open it and if you die, you die. “
UK death toll exceeds 155,000
A total of 155,133 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.
The highest number of deaths in a single day was 1,484 on January 19.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8, 2020.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tested positive for Covid-19
US Senator Lindsey Graham has revealed he caught Covid-19 despite his double vaccination.
He added, “I feel like I have a sinus infection and right now I have mild symptoms. I will be in quarantine for ten days. I am very happy to have been vaccinated because without vaccination I am sure I would not feel as well as I do today. My symptoms would be much worse.
It comes as a row between Democrats and Republicans over wearing masks in Congress has erupted, with Nancy Pelosi insisting on covering her face on her side of the House.
Although the House has mandated the masks, the directives to the Senate are only a recommendation. This sparked a predominantly partisan split in the Upper House. Democrats largely wore masks when walking between their offices and Capitol Hill, although many lost them when they were on the floor with other senators.
Republicans have largely stopped wearing masks.
Lincoln emerges as UK’s latest Covid hotspot
Lincoln is seeing the fastest rise in coronavirus cases nationwide – city council urging people to “work together to bring that number down.”
Figures from Public Health England show Lincoln recorded 649 new cases in the seven days leading up to July 29 – the equivalent of 653.6 per 100,000 people.
The figures are based on the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by sample date.
This means Lincoln tops the list of local authorities both in terms of the number of cases and the rate at which they are increasing.