UK Covid LIVE: Scramble to book summer vacation in Balearic Islands and Malta as UK registers 35,000 more Delta cases
Tickets for a round-trip flight to Ibiza on July 3 and 10 have reportedly jumped from £ 149 to £ 314 – same-day flights to Mallorca dropping from £ 153 to £ 478.
Meanwhile, leaders in London are gathering for a vaccine summit in a bid to increase the number of people receiving coronavirus vaccines – as figures show the capital continues to lag behind the rest of England.
The latest data show that around 83.1% of those over 50 in London had received both doses of the vaccine as of June 20. But all other parts of the country are above 90%, according to figures released by NHS England.
Separate figures released on Friday showed an additional 35,204 cases of Delta variants were discovered over the past week, bringing the total to 111,157.
ERP Report Shows ‘Time To Fully Open Night Economy’, Says Industry Leader
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the results of the ERP report showed it was time to “fully open up the night time economy.”
He said: “Finally, the report of the research program on events that the government has been holding back for weeks has been released.
“Of the first nine test events, in which 58,000 participated, only 28 cases were recorded. Only 11 of the 28 were classified as potentially infectious.
“We are marginalized by a government that has no regard or value to our sector, we have businesses that suffer, people’s livelihoods destroyed and youth culture excluded.
“It is time to give ourselves the certainty that we are asking for and fully open the night economy, no more excuses.”
Almost 400,000 new jabs given according to government data
Government data up to June 24 shows that of the 75,963,777 jabs administered in the UK so far, 43,877,861 were first doses – an increase of 221,534 the day before.
Some 32,085,916 were second doses, an increase of 177,813.
Nearly 16,000 new cases of Covid confirmed by the government
The government said as of 9 a.m. on Friday there had been 15,810 other laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.
The government also said 18 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the UK total to 128,066.
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.
Coronavirus cases are expected to peak “at the end of next month” in Wales, the Prime Minister warns.
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that coronavirus cases are expected to peak in the country “at the end of next month”.
He said new infections were highest among those under 25, with the gap between the youngest age groups and the most vulnerable over 60 potentially showing the “positive impact” of vaccination. .
Wales became the first country in the UK to fully vaccinate 50% of the population on Friday, with the Welsh government aiming to offer second doses to all adults by the end of September.
Drakeford said the number of Delta variant cases more than doubled in one week to around 1,100 cases, and previous waves have shown there was a four-week lag between infections and an increase in the number. people admitted to hospital and deaths.
Speaking at the government press conference on Friday, he said: “If this wave follows the same pattern, we can expect them to peak in August.
“What we do not yet know is what impact our high vaccination rates will have and how much the relationship between infections on the one hand and hospitalizations on the other has been weakened by vaccination.”
Large events pilot program does not detect significant coronavirus outbreaks
A pilot program exploring the impact of large-scale events on the spread of the coronavirus has found “no substantial outbreaks,” according to a new report.
Only 28 cases of infection have been linked out of tens of thousands of participants.
The Events Research Program (ERP), commissioned by the Prime Minister in February, saw 58,000 participants visit indoor and outdoor locations across the country, including Liverpool, Sheffield and London.
The ERP aims to assess the safety of mass gatherings during the pandemic and whether they are affecting infection rates.
A delayed report on data from the first nine pilots of the first phase of the ERP in April and May, which included the FA Cup final, the Brit Awards and the World Snooker Championship, revealed 28 potentially positive Covid cases related.
Of these, 11 were identified as “potentially infectious during an event” while 17 others were “potentially infected at or around the time of an event,” according to the report released Friday.
However, Nicholas Hytner and David Ross, ERP chief advisers, said the report “does not make conclusive public health recommendations on reopening the events at this point.”
Scotland’s Covid cases drop due to testing lab delays
More than 1,700 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours amid a delay in figures reported by one of the country’s main testing sites.
The 1,747 new cases come after 2,999 positive tests were recorded on Thursday, a slight increase from the 2,969 recorded on Wednesday.
He scored two consecutive records for daily infection statistics.
The Scottish government on Friday warned that Public Health Scotland “is investigating a potential delay in the laboratory processing of samples at Lighthouse Laboratories” at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
“This resulted in a lower sample count than one would expect from around 800 to 1,110 cases based on historical reporting patterns,” he said on Twitter.
Matt Hancock admits to breaking social distancing guidelines by kissing his assistant
Matt Hancock was pictured kissing Gina Coladangelo on May 6 in what appear to be CCTV footage from inside the Department of Health and Welfare.
The legislation in force at the time stipulated that “no one may participate in an assembly” which “is composed of two or more people … and which takes place inside”.
The only exception to this rule was “for professional purposes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services”.
Guidelines in place until May 17 also said people should continue to keep their distance from anyone outside of their home or bubble of support.
Strong demand for vacations in new green list destinations
Vacationers are rushing to book trips to destinations added to the government’s non-quarantine list.
Companies are seeing increased demand for locations such as the Spanish Balearic Islands, Malta, Madeira and several Caribbean countries.
They are among the 14 countries and territories passed to the green list on Thursday.
People arriving in the UK from these locations after 4 a.m. on Wednesday June 30 will no longer be required to self-isolate.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of tour operator Tui, said he saw an “immediate increase in searches and bookings” following the announcement, particularly in the Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.
British Airways has added flights to its schedules and plans to use larger planes on routes serving the new greenlist locations to meet travel demand.
Another airline, Jet2.com, on Thursday recorded its largest volume of bookings to the Balearic Islands in almost a year.
Mark Drakeford says Delta variant spreads freely
The Delta variant “is spreading freely in communities across Wales,” warned Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.
There were just under 500 confirmed cases of the variant in the country last Friday, but that has now more than doubled to around 1,100 cases, he told a press conference in Cardiff.
Drakeford said the incidence rate of the coronavirus in Wales has risen to 37 cases per 100,000 people and was highest in North Wales, where four of six local communities have rates above 50 cases per 100,000 people.
‘Up to 97% of new coronavirus cases in North Wales are caused by the Delta variant,’ Mr Drakeford said.
“The latest information I have is that 15 people were admitted to hospital after contracting the Delta variant in Wales.”
Mr Drakeford said Wales was “two to three weeks behind” compared to the Covid-19 situation in the rest of the UK.
Covid 19 in Scotland
In Scotland, around one in 220 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to June 19 – up from one in 600 the week before, and the highest level since the week to February 19.
For Wales and Northern Ireland, the ONS called the trend “uncertain”.
In Wales, it is estimated that around one in 830 people had Covid-19 in the week leading up to June 19, compared to one in 1,500 the week before.
In Northern Ireland, the latest estimate is one in 720, up from one in 610 the week before.
All figures relate to persons living in private households.