Vaccinations in the United Kingdom against Covid-19: the latest figures
Boris Johnson did not deny that up to 3.5 million people per week will be forced into self-isolation by his decision to remove all coronavirus restrictions on July 19.
The Prime Minister has been repeatedly pressed in the Commons to issue predictions of deaths, hospitalizations and self-isolation orders, and has been reprimanded twice by President Sir Lindsay Hoyle as he dodges the question.
Meanwhile, cancer patients in one of England’s largest hospital trusts are at risk of having their surgeries canceled after the number of coronavirus cases rises.
A Nobel laureate in medicine has warned that the decision to lift rules such as mandatory face coverings could trigger a “vaccine-resistant variant.”
Sir Paul Nurse, chief executive of the Francis Crick Institute, which has been heavily involved in Covid-19 research, questioned the wisdom of opening up ‘so so fast’ when infections were rising rapidly.
He said the policy could “create a vaccine resistant variant.”
Experts warn the policy change will condemn thousands of young Britons to long Covid, with the British Medical Association saying The independent that up to 10,000 people could be affected by this debilitating condition in the coming weeks.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the coronavirus, said people with long-lasting Covid would be the “collateral damage” of Boris Johnson’s approach, and activists wrote to the secretary of Health Sajid Javid to urge him to reconsider.
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Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 1:45 PM
Scotland lifts travel ban in North West England
The Scottish government is lifting its latest non-essential travel ban in North West England.
From Thursday, restrictions on the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council area will be lifted.
Last week, travel restrictions on Manchester, Salford and Bolton were lifted.
The introduction of these rules has led to a political row between the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Scottish Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: ‘No one wants travel restrictions in place longer than is absolutely necessary.
“Restrictions on non-essential travel between Scotland and parts of the North West of England were introduced according to the evidence and have been removed as the situation changed.”
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 1:35 PM
The United Kingdom “very close to collective immunity”, because 90% of adults have antibodies
Around nine in ten adults in the UK are thought to have Covid antibodies, new figures show.
The Office for National Statistics said that in England 89.8% of the adult population would likely have tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus during the week starting June 14 – suggesting they had infection in the past or have been vaccinated. Tom Batchelor reports:
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 1:15 PM
Cancer surgery delayed at major hospitals as summer NHS crisis worsens
Cancer patients in one of England’s largest hospital trusts are at risk of having their surgeries canceled after the number of coronavirus cases increased, which senior doctors said “was affecting all of our services everywhere.”
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said it had seen a marked increase in Covid admissions and now had to cancel surgery for urgent patients ‘who have already waited too long’. Exclusive to health correspondent Shaun Lintern:
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 1:03 PM
Scotland killed 21 people in one week
A total of 21 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in Scotland over the past week, an increase of four from the previous seven days.
Data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows the Falkirk Council region recorded the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the week to July 4 with four, followed by Glasgow with three, while Clackmannanshire , Perth and Kinross and South Lanarkshire both had.
The figures cover the week of June 28 to July 4.
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 12:51 PM
PM does not deny millions will be forced into self-isolation after Covid reopens
Boris Johnson did not deny that up to 3.5 million people per week will be forced into self-isolation by his decision to remove all coronavirus restrictions on July 19. Andrew Woodcock has the breaking story:
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 12:22
Erectile Dysfunction Could Be A Symptom Of A Long Covid, Scientists Say
Inflamed blood vessels triggered by Covid may cause erectile dysfunction in some patients after their recovery, according to parts of the scientific community.
Ryan Berglund, of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said he saw anecdotal evidence of the disease, writes Tom Batchelor:
Jane daltonJuly 7, 2021 12:18 PM
Can you afford to have your second jab earlier?
Although you can’t pay to advance your second vaccination, the interval between injections is reduced from 12 to eight weeks for those under 40.
My colleague Joe sommerlad has the details:
Rory sullivanJuly 7, 2021 12:15
Tokyo to declare state of emergency, media report says
A state of emergency will be declared in Tokyo just two weeks before the start of the Olympics, local media reported.
The Sankei daily made the claim, citing government sources.
The decision to continue gambling despite the increase in coronavirus infections is proving unpopular with many Japanese citizens.
Rory sullivanJuly 7, 2021 12:00
Video: Maintaining self-isolation rules until August “isn’t perfect,” says Kwarteng
Maintaining self-isolation rules for six more weeks is “not perfect”, minister says
Rory sullivanJuly 7, 2021 11:45 AM