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UK Covid Latest: Ministers Consider Four-Week Covid Reopening Deadline As Health Officials Call For Patience



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Ministers plan to delay the proposed full reopening on June 21 in England to give businesses and people certainty, according to reports.

Plans are under discussion for a two-week or four-week delay, according to the Times, depending on whether the Delta variant continues to lead to a significant increase in infections and, most importantly, hospitalizations.

It comes as health officials have added their voices to calls for a delay.

Jim McManus, vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said the data – not the dates – should drive the final decision, adding, “Patience now will pay off in the long run. “

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One in 560 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to June 5

About one in 560 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to June 5 – up from one in 640 the week before, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the highest level since the week of April 10.

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1 in 8 adults plan to travel abroad this summer – ONS

About one in eight British adults is considering a trip abroad this summer, according to the figures.

Some 12% of adults said they plan to go on an overseas trip before September, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of those, 71 percent said it would be for a vacation.

Younger groups were more likely to plan a trip, with 16% of 30-34 year olds saying they plan to do so, compared to 8% of adults 70 and older.

A risk-based traffic light system with red, amber and green ratings for countries around the world determines the quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements people face upon returning to the UK.

The ONS said it had gathered responses in the week it was announced that Portugal would move from green to orange list.

It analyzed the responses of 4,153 people interviewed between June 2 and 6.

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On track to meet goal of everyone over 50 having a second jab by June 21, according to Vaccines Minister

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said ministers are on track to meet the goal of everyone over 50 being offered their second vaccine by June 21, as he called on those who had not received a first dose to be vaccinated.

“We are on track to give everyone over 50 who has had the first jab their second jab by June 21,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“We have really high absorption levels, in the 90 percent range, but we have to make sure they get their second jab.

“Anyone who hasn’t had the jab, in that 5 or 6% who haven’t had their jab, please show up and have your first jab.

“75% of the 12,500 people infected with the Delta variant, 75%, three-quarters, had not received a vaccine, so this is really important.”

People 50 years of age and over who received both doses

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Data showing the number of people with the Delta variant of Covid who attended A&E after their jab

Of the 1,234 people who attended A&E in England between February 1 and June 7 and who were confirmed to have the Delta variant of the coronavirus, 825 (67%) were not vaccinated, 220 (18%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine, and 83 (7%) were more than 14 days after their second dose, Public Health England said.

Of the 383 cases where A&E attendance resulted in overnight admission, 251 (66 percent) were unvaccinated, 66 (17 percent) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine, and 42 (11 percent) were more than 14 days after their second.

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39,061 cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus confirmed in England

In England, 39,061 cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, along with 3,035 in Scotland, 184 in Wales and 43 in Northern Ireland.

The increase in the UK total – from 12,341 last week to 42,323 this week – was in part due to reduced test turnaround times and a faster process to identify cases of the variant, said Public Health England.

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Over 90% of new Covid-19 cases are now the Delta variant

More than 90% of new cases of Covid-19 are now the Delta variant, which continues to show a significantly higher growth rate than the Alpha (or Kent) variant, Public Health England said.

New research suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an increased risk of household transmission of around 60% compared to the Alpha variant.

Growth rates of Delta cases are high in all regions of the country, with regional estimates of doubling time ranging from 4.5 days to 11.5 days.

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42,323 cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus confirmed in the UK

A total of 42,323 cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus originating in India have now been confirmed in the UK, up 29,892 from last week, Public Health England said.

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Easing coronavirus restrictions saw UK economy grow

The easing of restrictions on coronaviruses saw the UK economy grow in April at the fastest level since July 2020, but it still remains below pre-pandemic levels, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Gross domestic product (GDP) – a measure of the size of the economy – grew 2.3%, led by a 3.4% increase in the service sector, restaurants, pubs and non-retailers. essentials having once again welcomed customers. It was tempered by a drop in construction, the ONS added.

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Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi admits Pfizer supply will be tight in coming weeks

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi admitted that the supply of Pfizer vaccine will be restricted in the coming weeks, but insisted it was “stable”.

It comes after Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf warned that the supply of Pfizer vaccine would be “particularly limited” over the coming weeks.

Mr Zahawi told LBC: “I have no doubts, and I will speak to Humza about this, that we will be able to deliver the Pfizer vaccines Scotland needs to be able to meet its targets by the end of July, as the UK target. “

When asked if it was going to be ‘tight’ in the next few weeks, he replied, “It will be, no doubt about it. Every time I have been on your show, I have said that the determining factor in terms of guns vaccines was the supply.

“And supply is still limited, but it’s stable, and Pfizer has done a great job on meeting their delivery schedule.”

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Lisa Nandy: Highly unlikely full relaxation of coronavirus restrictions will continue

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said it was “very unlikely” that the complete easing of restrictions on coronaviruses would happen later this month.

When asked Friday on BBC Breakfast if “caution and temperance” was needed when opening, she added: “I do, I’m desperate to unlock, I think like everyone else, to try to return to normal.

“Here in the Northwest, a lot of us have been in almost continuous lockdown for almost a year and a half now and it’s really starting to take its toll.

“But I think if we go too fast, if the government can’t control the new variant that has come out that is more heritable than the previous variants, then we might end up in another lockdown and this has to be the last lockdown. . “

When asked if she supported a delay, she replied, “I think it’s highly unlikely that they’ll go ahead with the full unlock on the 21st. [of June]. “



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