Latest coronavirus: School bubbles could be removed by fall as hopes fade for travel to the United States
The empty school bubble arrangements are expected to end as soon as possible, the new England Children’s Commissioner has said.
Dame Rachel de Souza said there was an urgent need for children to get back to normal as the lockdown restrictions had been a “real trauma” for many young people. His call came as The Guardian reported that ministers were preparing to overhaul the school system in England when they returned in September after the summer recess.
It comes as hopes of a US-UK travel corridor before the end of the summer fade.
According to reports in The Times, talks are unlikely to reach a positive conclusion until the end of next month despite intense lobbying from airlines. The stalemate arose due to anxiety over the spread of the Delta variant in the UK and uncertainty over the status of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the US.
WHO Covid-19 envoy warned against dropping all remaining virus protection on a particular date
A World Health Organization special envoy on Covid-19 has warned against dropping all remaining protections against the virus on a given date.
Discussing concerns over the emergence of a new variant that eludes vaccines, Dr David Nabarro told Radio 4’s PM show: “We need to be prepared for the inevitability that viruses will continue to be a problem. problem for us.
“We’re going to have to seriously consider continuing to practice a certain degree of physical distancing, a certain degree of mask wearing, a certain degree of hygiene, a certain degree of protection for those who are most at risk, as long as there will be these nasty viruses. around whether we are vaccinated or not.
“It makes people really angry because they want to be able to stop paying attention but that’s my advice, and it’s just based on studying these things over the years, is that it doesn’t. it’s not a good thing to just abandon our preventative measures on a particular date because we hope this is going to be associated with less risk – the risks are going to stay.
20,479 other laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK have been confirmed
As of 9 a.m. as of Tuesday, there had been 20,479 more laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.
The government said 23 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 128,126.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 153,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
77,303,533 Covid shots given to the British
Government data up to June 28 shows that of the 77,303,533 Covid injections administered in the UK so far, 44,581,771 were first doses – an increase of 127,260 the day before.
Some 32,721,762 were second doses, an increase of 138,016.
Irish government warned of over 2,000 deaths by fall in Nphet’s ‘pessimistic’ model
Public health chiefs have warned the government of more than 2,000 deaths by fall in its most “pessimistic” model of the Delta variant trajectory.
A letter from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly warned that a “significant fourth wave of infection” was likely, as the Delta variant would “quickly” become the dominant strain in Ireland .
On Tuesday, the Cabinet agreed to delay the return of domestic hospitality after the notice.
It presented four scenarios describing the impact that the Delta variant could have on the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The most optimistic scenario predicts 165 deaths between July 1 and September 30, while the most pessimistic predicts 2,170 deaths over this period.
The other two scenarios modeled, one central and two central, project between 545 and 1,230 deaths over this period.
Scottish government lifts travel ban on Manchester and Salford
The Scottish government has announced it will lift its ban on non-essential travel from Manchester and Salford.
It follows a dispute between Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham over the Covid rules, which went into effect on June 21.
Mr Burnham said the ban was disproportionate and the Scottish government had behaved disrespectfully.
Talks took place between the two sides last week.
On Tuesday, the Scottish government said its policy would change following a review of the data.
The ban on non-essential travel from Manchester and Salford will end on Tuesday evening.
Travel restrictions on Bolton are also easing, but the rules for Blackburn and Darwen remain in place.
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “No one wants travel restrictions in place longer than is absolutely necessary.
“The imposition of travel restrictions between Scotland and parts of north-west England was only taken after extremely careful review and analysis of the data to help prevent the spread of worrying variants. “
Covid-19 in Ireland: Government faces criticism over plans to limit indoor activities
The government’s plan to limit indoor activities to those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 has been described as “discriminatory and” unenforceable “in the Dail.
In questions to the leaders, Labor leader Alan Kelly called on the government to overturn its decision, calling it “absolutely banana”.
“This is actually something shocking. Amateur hour, ”he said.
“What you’re saying is I can go out and have a meal on the street in a restaurant or go for a pint. My colleague here, Duncan Smith, sitting behind me, cannot, ”he added.
“I have to leave him sitting in front of the door. It’s discrimination. It’s wrong. In Ireland we do not discriminate. Governments certainly shouldn’t insist, and that is what you are doing. And I think you’re going to learn a great political lesson over the next few days, weeks. No, I will rephrase that. Over the next few seconds, minutes, hours, compared to that decision.
“You’re going to have to cancel it. It is not practical. It is inapplicable and it is discriminatory.
Covid-19 in Scotland: the country records one death from coronavirus
Scotland has recorded one coronavirus death and 3,118 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish government figures.
That means the death toll according to this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – stands at 7,713.
The positivity rate for daily tests is 11.6%, compared to 12.6% the day before.
A total of 215 people were hospitalized on Monday with a recently confirmed Covid-19, up from 13, with 20 patients in intensive care, no change.
So far, 3,781,887 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 2,701,195 have received their second dose.
Covid-19 in Scotland: Sturgeon says fewer people hospitalized gives confidence in deployment
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said the changes to those admitted to hospital for coronavirus give confidence that the vaccination program is working.
She said: ‘Fewer people who contract Covid-19 now have to go to hospital and a higher proportion of people who have to go to hospital are not staying in hospital that long.
“Both of these factors obviously help reduce the impact of the virus on serious illnesses, but they also help protect the NHS from all the pressure that numbers of cases like this would have piled up prior to vaccination.
“These factors are also what continue to give us confidence that the vaccination is going to get us out of there.”
Absence of students from schools due to Covid reaches new record
Student absence from schools due to Covid has reached a new record since classes returned in March, figures show.
Data from the Department of Education, covering England, shows that around one in 20 students (5.1%) in public schools did not attend classes for reasons related to Covid-19 on June 24, against 3.3% on June 17 and 1.2% on June ten.
About 279,000 children have self-isolated due to possible contact with a case of Covid-19, another 24,000 students had a suspected case of coronavirus and 15,000 had a confirmed case.
This came after the Department of Education (DfE) confirmed that school isolation rules in England could be lifted this fall.
The growing number of children who need to be quarantined is causing growing concern as they are the contacts of confirmed cases.
Scotland overtakes North West England as UK’s main Covid-19 hotspot
Parts of east-central Scotland have passed north-west England to become the UK’s main Covid-19 hotspot, according to a new analysis.
East Lothian is now the local area with the highest rate of new cases in the UK, with 595.8 cases per 100,000 population in the seven days leading up to June 24.
In second place is Dundee, with 587.3 cases per 100,000.
Hyndburn in Lancashire is third at 547.9, but is followed by two other areas in Scotland’s central belt: Midlothian (520.2) and Edinburgh (503.5).
These four parts of Scotland are currently seeing their highest rate of new cases since comparable figures started last summer, when mass testing was first introduced in the UK.
Hyndburn is recording its highest rate since mid-January.
The analysis, carried out by the PA news agency, also shows Scotland is on track to record its highest nationwide rate of new coronavirus cases on record.