Covid news live: latest updates as UK ‘needs to do more than reminders’ to avoid Christmas lockdown threat
Boris Johnson says no further COVID lockdown in UK is planned
A government adviser said it was “fairly questionable” for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to suggest that the vaccine boosters would be enough to prevent future lockdowns.
Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, told Times Radio: “I think we are doing it, we probably need to do more than that now. “
It comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the vaccine alone will not be able to get the world out of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged those eligible for a Covid booster vaccine to get theirs before the winter months, as those eligible for the third jab have been slow to make their appointments.
Cases have increased over the past week to between 40,000 and 50,000 new cases a day last week – sparking fears about hospitalization and death rates during the holiday season.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told Times Radio: “The problem is focusing on one thing, the vaccine is not going to get us out of there.
“We really need to do other measurements.
“We have to be serious so as not to burden ourselves. We should always consider wearing masks, especially when you are indoors. “
Key government science advisers have called on ministers to start preparing for the “rapid deployment” of basic Covid measures such as the return of compulsory mask wearing and working from home.
Workers facing public increasingly abused as lockdown lifted, figures show
According to a report by The Guardian.
Half of workers in jobs such as retail, transportation and hospitality have suffered abuse in the past six months, according to figures from the Institute for Customer Service (ICS).
In May, when Covid measures had yet to be relaxed, the figure was six points lower at 44%.
Of those who had been abused, 27 percent had been physically assaulted, according to the ICS.
Lamiat SabinOctober 23, 2021 3:45 PM
Glasgow residents are advised to only attend A&E if the condition is life threatening
Glasgow Deputy Director of Health Scott Davidson today urged patients not to attend A&E if their problem can be treated at home.
It appeared that a third of those who attended the A&E department at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for a week were there for injuries such as bruises, cut fingers and lower back pain.
Health boards across the country have struggled to cope with normal service amid the Covid pandemic, and the military is already providing additional support to NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Grampian and NHS Borders.
Lamiat SabinOctober 23, 2021 3:15 PM
Northern Ireland records 10 more deaths linked to Covid
Ten more deaths of patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported in Northern Ireland.
Its health ministry has also reported 1,323 other cases of the virus.
To date, more than 2.6 million vaccines have been administered in the north of Ireland.
Lamiat SabinOctober 23, 2021 2:50 PM
Scotland unable to report latest number of Covid deaths
Scotland has recorded 2,403 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Scottish government figures.
A ‘data problem’ means the Scottish government is unable to report the number of deaths on Friday.
The positivity rate for daily tests was 8.7%, up from 8.8% the day before.
There were 896 people hospitalized Thursday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up two the day before, with 61 in intensive care, up one.
So far, more than 4.3 million people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 3.8 million have received a second dose.
Lamiat Sabin23 October 2021 14:30
Taoiseach urges Ireland to ‘behave’ to prevent severe cases of Covid
Up to 150 people could be in intensive care with Covid by the end of next month, the Taoiseach warned.
Micheal Martin also said he couldn’t predict when Ireland would return to normal after the pandemic.
In an interview with Newstalk FM, Mr Martin said the growing number of Covid cases in the country was concerning.
As of Friday, there were 2,466 more confirmed cases, with 457 inpatients, 90 of them in intensive care units.
Le Taoiseach said: “There is the optimistic model, there is the pessimistic model.
“You could see as many as 150 in intensive care by the end of November. This would be serious in terms of the wider impact on health services.
“But if we all behave collectively, what I mean by that is watch ourselves, be a little more careful about how we operate in congregations, we can take that away.”
Lamiat SabinOctober 23, 2021 2:08 PM
Melbourne emerges from nine-month lockdown
Melbourne has started celebrating the end of the world’s longest string of blockages with street parties, beach games, live music and crowded indoor venues.
Australia’s second-largest city, home to around five million people, has been stranded for nearly nine straight months until this weekend.
The ease of the restrictions came as the state’s full vaccination rate reached 70%.
Almost 72 percent of Australian adults are now fully vaccinated and nearly 87 percent have received a vaccine.
According to a national strategy, blockages will be unlikely once 80% of Australians are fully bitten.
Lamiat SabinOctober 23, 2021 1:20 PM
Seventy percent of South Koreans vaccinated
South Korea has announced that it has reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of its 52 million inhabitants.
The country set itself the goal when it launched its Covid vaccination program in February.
Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it was reached at 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT) today.
Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said last week that the government would begin a slow return to “normal operations” from November 1.
Lamiat Sabin23 October 2021 12:50
Billionaire’s businesses received up to £ 6million in leave money
A billionaire real estate mogul has claimed up to £ 6million in cash on leave during the pandemic through shell companies, it was reported today.
This despite the fact that John Christodoulou, who has a net worth of over £ 2 billion, said he “did not borrow anything from the government during the Covid pandemic”.
According to The temperature, Mr Christodoulou’s businesses – Blue Manchester, Blue Liverpool, YFSCR and Octagon Pier – received the money through the coronavirus job retention program from December 2020 to June 2021.
In June, he told an audience at an event that companies that take money from the government are sending the “bad image.”
Mr Christodoulou is not a director or listed as an owner, but the four companies are all controlled by him – the newspaper reported.
Lamiat Sabin23 October 2021 12:30
Councils urge residents to follow stricter rules than government ones
Local councils tell residents to follow tougher Covid measures as the government is resisting the call to implement Plan B measures to stop the spread of Covid.
Residents of Liverpool, Windsor and Suffolk are among those who have been told by public health teams to follow tougher measures.
Lamiat Sabin23 October 2021 12:15
Romanian children to go on two-week “fire-break” school holidays
The Romanian government plans to go out of school for two weeks as part of efforts to reduce the number of Covid cases and deaths.
Authorities are also expected to reintroduce a nighttime curfew and make health passes and face masks mandatory for entry into most public places from Monday.
Weddings and other private events are banned, and the government is also urging employers to send half of their staff to work from home.
The measures which will be in effect for 30 days were approved by the interim government late last night.
Romania has reported a record number of deaths and daily cases of Covid this month, and the healthcare system is stretched to breaking point.
The country has the second-lowest coronavirus vaccination rate in the EU, with just over a third of the adult population fully vaccinated.
“We are in a situation of disaster,” Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said on Friday.
“We have seen other countries go through this when there was no weapon available, namely the vaccine.
“We are in this situation having the vaccine because the majority of us have refused to be vaccinated. This situation could have been avoided.
Lamiat Sabin23 October 2021 12:00