Latest coronavirus: keep certain Covid measures after July 19, says BMA, such as “quarantine to be completed for double bites”
Many doctors have urged the government to keep certain measures in place after the July 19 reopening amid rapidly increasing Covid cases.
The British medical association has called for maintaining face masks in public spaces, including public transport, and for the government to improve public messages about how the virus is spread and the importance of good ventilation.
BMA board chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said easing restrictions was not an ‘all or nothing’ decision, and that ‘sensitive and prudent’ measures will be vital to minimize the impact of new waves, new variations and blockages.
It comes amid reports that ministers plan to drop all legal requirements, including self-isolation for fully vaccinated people who come in contact with an infected person.
The Times reported that ministers are expected to sign a plan that will mean fully vaccinated people will be “advised” to take daily tests but will not be required to do so and will not be required to self-isolate.
Scrapping of quarantine for double hit is ‘considered’, confirms No 10
Proposals to remove quarantine requirements for those who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine are under consideration, the government confirmed.
Downing Street has said it is seeking to drop all legal self-isolation measures for fully vaccinated people who come into contact with an infected person “in the post-Stage 4 world.”
It comes after The Times reported that a Covid operations committee meeting will take place on Monday in which ministers are expected to sign a plan that means those who have been hit twice will be “advised,” after which ‘we call “freedom day” July 19, to pass daily tests without having to.
Italy breaks EU’s bogus COVID pass systems
Italian police said on Saturday they had cut off a number of online programs offering to sell fake digital European Union Covid status certificates or alleged coronavirus vaccines.
The investigation, coordinated by the Cybercrime Prosecutor’s Office in Milan, showed thousands of people were willing to pay for fake certificates, according to a police statement.
The EU on Thursday launched a Covid digital certificate designed to help citizens travel across the bloc of 27 countries and open up summer tourism.
The certificate has a “QR” code, which indicates whether a traveler has been fully vaccinated or has recently recovered from a Covid infection or has tested negative.
Police said they took control of 10 channels on the encrypted messaging service Telegram linked to anonymous accounts on marketplaces in the so-called dark web, through which it was possible to contact sellers, which required payment in cryptocurrency.
Ukraine investigates cause of death of man after COVID shooting
Ukraine’s health ministry is investigating why a 47-year-old man died four hours after being injected with Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, the ministry said on Friday evening.
He said the death may have had no connection with the shooting and that five other people vaccinated from the same vial as the deceased man were in satisfactory condition.
The ministry said that under Ukrainian law and international standards for the organization of pharmacovigilance for adverse events after vaccination, every death occurring within 30 days of vaccination should be investigated. .
“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved family. We take the adverse events potentially associated with our Covid-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, very seriously. We note at this point that no causal link has been established in this matter, ”Pfizer said in a statement.
“To date, more than 400 million people around the world have been vaccinated with our vaccine. It is important to note that serious adverse events that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a rate similar to that in the general population, ”Pfizer said.
About 2 million people in Ukraine have received their first injection since February, but no deaths from vaccination have been reported.
Deadly fungal infection associated with Covid-19 patients in India detected in Afghanistan
A deadly fungal infection first seen in Indian Covid-19 patients has been identified in Afghanistan, which is battling a third wave of the virus, Health Minister Wahid Majroh said.
One death was recorded, while the black fungus was detected in two other patients, Majroh said in comments reported by The Associated Press.
Despite low levels of testing, cases have increased by 1,272 in the past 24 hours and 92 deaths have been recorded.
Only 2.5% of the country’s 36 million people have been vaccinated.
Nurses hold rally outside Downing Street on NHS anniversary
Nurses hold a rally outside Downing Street to protest the deaths of hundreds of health and care workers during the pandemic.
It comes as today marks the 73rd anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS).
Greece plans to vaccinate adolescents
Greece plans to vaccinate adolescents as cases start to rise again, a government science adviser has said.
Vana Papaevangelou, a member of the infectious disease expert committee advising the government, said the group plans to advise vaccination of 15 to 17 year olds, the Kathimerini newspaper reports.
“June was an exceptional month. Cases have fallen 75 percent, ”she said at a briefing. However, the number of new infections started to rise again over the past week.
65.9 million vaccines administered in England
A total of 65,932,869 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and July 2, according to NHS England data, including the first and second doses, an increase of 250,234 the day before.
NHS England said 37,859,897 were first doses, an increase of 107,959 the day before, while 28,072,972 were a second dose, an increase of 142,275.
Russia Says Record Daily Death Toll
Russia has reported its highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic – on the fifth day in a row it set this record.
The government’s coronavirus task force reported 697 deaths and 24,439 new cases, the highest number since early January, according to Reuters.
Moscow accounted for 7,446 of these cases.
Italian healthcare workers launch legal offer in vaccine row
Hundreds of healthcare workers in Italy have launched a legal offer against the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to media.
The case, brought by professionals from all over northern Italy, will be heard on July 14.
“This is not an anti-vaccine battle but a democratic battle,” constitutional lawyer Daniele Granara, who helped mount the case, told Giornale di Brescia newspaper. “We are forcing people to take a risk or they will no longer be allowed to practice their profession.”
Since April, any person exercising public or private social health functions, including in pharmacies and medical offices, is required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or to be suspended without pay, unless their employer can reassign her to a less sensitive position.
Iran fears ‘fifth wave’ of Covid linked to Delta variant
President Hassan Rouhani has expressed fears that Iran will be hit by a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to an outbreak of the Delta variant.
“There is concern that we are on the way to a fifth wave across the country,” Rouhani said at a meeting of the Iranian anti-virus task force, warning the public to be careful because “the Delta variant spread “in the southern provinces.
Iran battles the deadliest virus outbreak in the Middle East.
Covid-19 has killed more than 84,000 people out of more than 3.2 million infections detected in the Islamic Republic, according to official figures which authorities say do not account for all infections.
Strangled by US sanctions which have made it difficult to transfer money to foreign companies, Iran says it has difficulty importing vaccines for its population of 83 million.
Just over 4.4 million people received a first dose of the vaccine in Iran, while only 1.7 million received the necessary two doses, according to the health ministry.