Daily Covid cases surpass 40,000 as Scotland and Wales keep masks on – follow live
The UK’s daily number of coronavirus cases climbed to more than 42,000, before new coronavirus restrictions were lifted on July 19.
This is the highest number of Covid-19 infections reported in a 24-hour period since January 15.
It is estimated that two-thirds of UK adults are double-bitten, according to data released by the country’s four public health bodies. However, vaccine rollout has slowed in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, the government has backed a move to make masks mandatory on the London Underground, despite Boris Johnson’s decision to end laws requiring their use. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said the move was “very much in line” with what ministers wanted to happen.
Wales will end restrictions on August 7, but face masks will continue to be worn indoors and on public transport, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said. Nicola Sturgeon has made similar commitments in Scotland.
Three-quarters of Britons told pollsters they would likely continue to wear face coverings in stores and using public transport, even when they are no longer required.
Unvaccinated people must remain vigilant, Irish chief medical officer says
Unvaccinated people must remain vigilant against Covid-19, after Ireland recorded its highest daily number of infections since February, its chief medical officer said.
During a public health briefing, Dr Tony Holohan said: “You don’t have to go inside. We know that Delta transmission in children can occur. “
“For people who are not vaccinated, we can see a significant change in the pathway to infection, and we have been saying for some time that this infection poses a risk to them.
“You have to be very careful and at a minimum try to differentiate between activities that we would consider high risk activities. “
He added that unvaccinated people should avoid socializing indoors, if spaces are poorly ventilated or overcrowded.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 7:20 PM
Covid surge in Middle East could have ‘catastrophic consequences’, WHO warns
The spread of new variants and low vaccination rates could lead to a “catastrophic” outbreak of Covid-19 in the Middle East, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
The warning comes as coronavirus cases in Iran, Iraq, Libya and Tunisia have risen sharply, with the region due to celebrate Eid al-Adha next week.
“The WHO is concerned that the current upsurge in COVID-19 will continue to peak in the coming weeks, with catastrophic consequences,” the health agency said.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 19:00
The Balearics have moved to the “orange list”
The Balearics will be placed on the government’s orange travel list from July 19, after being demoted from green.
The change means unvaccinated adults will need to be quarantined for 10 days upon their return from the islands, which include Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.
Those who have suffered a double bite will not have to self-isolate, under a new policy that begins Monday.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 6:40 PM
Thailand plans to limit exports of AstraZeneca vaccines
Thailand could impose an export limit on locally made AstraZeneca vaccines amid its worst coronavirus outbreak to date.
Speaking on Wednesday, Nakorn Premsri, a key member of the National Vaccines Committee, said the decision was “agreed in principle” but had not been finalized.
It is not known how much the quota might be set, but it would undoubtedly slow down the deployment of the vaccine in neighboring countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
AstraZeneca said its vaccines made in Thailand are “of critical importance” to other countries in the region.
“We are actively working with the Thai government and governments across Southeast Asia to continue to provide equitable access to vaccines in the region,” the Anglo-Swedish company said in a statement.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 6:20 PM
41 Covid deaths among double-bite Scots, data shows
A total of 41 fully vaccinated Scots have died from Covid-19, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed.
The deaths occurred on July 7, with all of the deceased catching the virus two weeks or more after their second bite.
“This equates to 0.001% of those who received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines,” noted PHS.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 6:00 PM
PHE urges people to get vaccinated amid surge in Covid cases
People should reserve a vaccine urgently, the medical director of Public Health England said.
Dr Yvonne Doyle’s advice comes amid the surge in coronavirus cases in the UK.
“The cases are increasing rapidly. We knew that as we opened cases would increase, but luckily due to the vaccine, deaths and hospitalizations are not increasing as fast as cases. If you haven’t received the vaccine, book your first and second doses as soon as you can, ”she said.
Dr Doyle added that people should continue to wear masks in confined spaces, even after the requirement to do so on Monday was lifted.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 5:43 PM
Ministers ask companies to fix poorly ventilated spaces
The government has asked companies to identify poorly ventilated spaces and block them or fix them, ahead of a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday.
Ministers are advising companies to use CO2 monitoring equipment to determine whether their indoor areas are sufficiently ventilated to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
The new government advice says, “A CO2 monitor could help you assess whether a space is poorly ventilated. If you cannot improve ventilation in poorly ventilated spaces, minimize the use of those spaces.
“People breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2) when they breathe out. If there is a build-up of CO2 in an area, this may indicate that ventilation needs to be improved.
Jon stone has the details:
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 5:22 PM
Hong Kong, Taiwan to be added to ‘green list’, report says
Hong Kong and Taiwan will be upgraded to the England travel green list, a Guardian reporter said.
The reporter added that Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be placed on the red list, which means travelers returning from those countries will have to self-quarantine in a hotel.
An official announcement on any changes to the travel rules will be given later today.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 5:02 PM
UK records 42,302 new Covid infections and 49 deaths
Another 42,302 coronavirus infections and 49 deaths from the disease have been recorded, the highest total since January 15, the government said.
The latest British daily figures come after 36,660 new cases and 50 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
The UK is seeing a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, ahead of the lifting of new restrictions on July 19.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 4:55 PM
Bulgaria to administer vaccine doses to Bhutan despite low adoption
Bulgaria will give 172,500 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bhutan, its government pledged on Wednesday.
The donation comes as the vaccination rate is extremely low in the Balkan country, with only 15% of the adult population fully vaccinated.
The country will also donate 150,000 additional photographs to the countries of the Western Balkans.
Bulgarian authorities have warned of a potential new wave of Covid-19 in the fall.
Rory sullivanJuly 14, 2021 4:42 PM