Covid News Live: Latest updates as Johnson said to delay exit from lockdown and new travel rules take effect
British vaccinations against Covid-19: latest figures
Boris Johnson faces pressure to delay the end of all remaining lockdown restrictions on June 21 amid concerns about the increase in coronavirus cases and the spread of the Indian variant.
Nervtag member Professor Ravi Gupta told BBC Radio 4 today that the June release date should be delayed by “a few weeks”.
“I think people are not saying we should drop the June 21 date altogether, but just delay it for a few weeks while we collect more information,” he said.
Meanwhile, new travel restrictions for UK holidaymakers and others on non-essential trips have come into force in France.
From today, Britons must self-isolate for a week upon arrival in the European country, as well as undergo testing beforehand.
The UK was placed on France’s “ orange list ” equivalent last week due to concerns over the Indian variant.
Vaccine expert minimizes threat of third wave
The likelihood of another lockdown is “fairly low” unless the vaccines are ineffective against the new variants, an expert said.
Professor Robert Read, who is a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, told BBC Radio 4’s PM program that he disagreed that the UK was in the early days of ‘a third wave.
He said, “Although we are seeing increases, we are not quite at this point where you would call it a third wave.”
Professor Read said the full reopening scheduled for June 21 depended on “vaccine failure”.
“In my opinion, it’s entirely possible that the government will do a full reopening, but that really depends on a lot of things.
“One of the most important things for me would be whether we see any cases of vaccine failure with the Indian variant, because that would mean that the vaccination program we are rolling out is less effective than we think.
“But at the moment, we think it’s very effective.”
Pressed on the chances of the Indian variant resulting in another lockdown, the University of Southampton added: “You have to remember that if you have had all your children over 50 vaccinated, the likelihood that there is a catastrophe The effect on health and in particular the NHS in this country is quite small, unless of course you get a complete escape from the vaccine, which is extremely unlikely.
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 6:09 PM
Portuguese government under fire for Champions League final
The Portuguese Prime Minister has been accused of spreading mixed messages around the Champions League final after allowing thousands of English football fans to violate social distancing measures over the public holiday weekend in Porto.
The match – which was played between Chelsea and Manchester City and won by the former – drew maskless crowds who were pictured drinking and singing in the streets while it was currently banned from consuming alcohol. alcohol outside authorized places in Portugal.
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 5:44 PM
Latest vaccine figures
More than 320,000 people in the UK received a vaccine yesterday, according to the latest figures.
This includes 120,243 first doses and 204,282 second doses.
This brings the total to 39,379,411 first doses (nearly three-quarters of the adult population) and 25,537,133 second doses (48.5% of the adult population).
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 5:21 PM
Twickenham Stadium has been converted into a mass vaccination center as medics tackle an outbreak of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
Up to 15,000 first doses of a vaccine have been prepared for people living nearby at an event called ‘Let’s Tackle Covid’.
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 5:02 PM
Scotland: more than 1,600 patients have died after catching coronavirus in hospital
More than 1,600 patients have died after catching coronavirus in hospital in Scotland, the AP reports.
NHS Scotland figures show 1,137 patients who were permanently infected in a ward died within the next 28 days, in addition to 524 deaths linked to “probable” cases of hospital-acquired coronavirus.
Data from Public Health Scotland covers March 7, 2020 through March 31.
Data report produced by Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland says people who died were more likely to be older, spend more time in hospital and have underlying health conditions .
He said: “As 28-day all-cause mortality is no different in patients admitted to hospital with probable community acquisition to those who develop nosocomial Covid-19 (probable or definitive onset in hospital) , preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in all is essential to reduce morbidity and mortality from Covid-19. “
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 4:50 PM
UK reports Covid death in latest daily figures
The UK has recorded one additional death and 3,383 cases of Covid, according to official government figures.
It brings the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test to 127,782.
Rolling weekly figures show an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared to last week, as the UK is at the start of a ‘third wave’.
Peter StubleyMay 31, 2021 4:38 PM
South Korea reports blood clot after AstraZeneca vaccine
South Korea has reported its first case of rare blood clotting linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
A medical facility worker in his 30s was taken to hospital on May 12 after receiving the April 27 vaccine and experiencing headaches and cramps.
The man’s condition has improved since then, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
Regulators in Europe and the United States have concluded that there appears to be a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as the one made by Johnson & Johnson, and clots, but say the injections are safe and the benefits of being vaccinated outweighs the risks. .
AstraZeneca said it was working to understand individual cases and “the possible mechanisms that could explain these extremely rare events,” while J&J said no clear causal relationship had been established between the vaccine and the clots. .
Joanna taylorMay 31, 2021 4:20 PM
Scotland: latest figures
One death from coronavirus has been recorded in Scotland, along with 490 new cases in the past 34 hours.
Government figures show the positivity rate for daily tests to be 4.2 percent, down from 3.2 percent from the previous day.
A total of 110 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19, including eight in intensive care.
Joanna taylorMay 31, 2021 3:50 PM
The Indian variant spreads across England
The Indian variant is spreading across England, suggests genome sequencing.
Previously, the B.1.617.2 variant was detected in parts of London and northern England, including Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen.
But it has spread to the Forest of Dean, Babergh, Wycombe and Cornwall, according to data released by the Wellcome Sanger Institute.
The variant also appears to be becoming more common in parts of the Midlands and south-east England, although rates remain relatively low.
Joanna taylorMay 31, 2021 3:27 PM
France enacts restrictions on British holidaymakers
France has started restricting non-essential travel from the UK.
The nation announced last week that British travelers must self-isolate for a week upon arrival in France.
The move, which is tantamount to putting the UK on the ‘Amber List’, was taken due to concerns about the Indian variant and came into effect today.
Holidaymakers and other non-essential travelers should also take a Covid test 36 hours before arrival or present an additional negative antigen test dated within 24 hours.
Fines for quarantine violation start at € 1,000 (£ 870).
Joanna taylorMay 31, 2021 3:17 PM