UK Covid news LIVE: 90% of ICU patients ‘not boosted’ as Sturgeon maintains Hogmanay borders
Oris Johnson said the “overwhelming majority” of people in intensive care have not had a Covid-19 booster because the Prime Minister urged people to get one so they can enjoy the New Years “in such a way reasonable and prudent “.
Speaking on Wednesday, the prime minister said there were 2.4 million eligible double-injected people who had yet to accept the offer of a booster.
“I have spoken to doctors who say the numbers reach 90% of people in intensive care, who are not boosted,” he said.
Meanwhile, pharmacists are calling for immediate action to address the shortage of lateral flow tests amid unprecedented demand for the kits.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon called for caution over the New Year as the country saw another record increase in Covid cases.
It comes as global Covid-19 infections have turned out to be at an all time high as the Omicron variant spirals out of control across swathes of the planet.
According to Reuters, nearly 900,000 cases were detected on average every day around the world between December 22 and 28, with a myriad of countries setting new all-time highs in the past 24 hours, including the United States, the Australia and many European countries.
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Over 800,000 boosters distributed at Christmas
More than 800,000 recalls and third doses of the Covid vaccine have been recorded across the UK over the five-day Christmas period, according to figures.
A total of 33,091,891 additional doses had been delivered by December 28 – the first time a UK-wide figure had been available since December 23, when the number stood at 32,290,487.
This means that 801,404 booster doses and third doses were added over the five days from Christmas Eve to December 28.
About 62% of adults in the UK received a booster or third dose, and up to 65% in Scotland.
WHO: World leaders must ‘speak the talk’ on vaccine equity
The World Health Organization holds its weekly technical briefing on Covid-19.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on world leaders to “walk the talk” on vaccine equity.
He said now is the time to end global immunization inequalities, calling on countries to reach the goal of 70% global immunization coverage by July 2022.
The focus on boosters in rich countries meant poorer countries were running out.
“Ending vaccine inequalities remains the key to ending the pandemic,” he said during the press briefing.
The WHO chief said vaccines needed to be shared more quickly amid fears the Delta and Omicron cases could lead to a “tsunami of cases”.
Getting Boosted Could Save Your Life – Sturgeon
Anyone who chooses not to receive a callback “for no good reason” is acting irresponsibly, said Nicola Sturgeon.
75 per cent of people eligible for a booster or third dose have now received one in Scotland, she said.
But for maximum benefit Scotland needs as many people as possible to get their third jab, the PM told Holyrood.
She urged all who are eligible to “show up and get the jab,” and those who are booked for January to move forward until this week.
The more we are boosted, the less severe the effects of Omicron will be and the sooner we can all get back to normal, Ms. Sturgeon said.
Sturgeon: we plan to reduce the period of self-isolation
The prime minister also said no decision had been taken on exempting or reducing isolation requirements for key workers in “critical services”.
She said ministers “hope to make decisions next week with changes taking effect from January 5”.
Scotland currently requires anyone who tests positive for Covid to self-isolate for 10 days.
Use caution in the New Year, urges Sturgeon
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to ‘exercise caution’ during the New Years period.
She said during Hogmanay and the first week of January the Scottish government advises everyone to stay at home more than usual, limit social mix, ventilate rooms and take tests Covid.
The additional restrictions for large public events and hospitality announced last week are expected to remain in effect until January 17 at the earliest.
Scotland sees another record increase in Covid cases
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there were 15,849 positive cases reported yesterday, the highest in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.
As of Tuesday evening, 679 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, 80 more than the day before, and 36 were in intensive care – a decrease of one.
There were three more deaths, bringing the total to 9,836.
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not be introducing any new restrictions on coronaviruses at this point as coronavirus cases in Scottish hospitals have “remained broadly stable”.
The Omicron variant now accounts for 80% of all cases in Scotland, she added.
Defending champion Gerwyn Price calls for postponement of World Darts Championship
Gerwyn Price has called for the postponement of the William Hill World Darts Championship following a coronavirus outbreak at the event.
World champion Price wrote on his Instagram story: “The tournament must be postponed”.
He then added in a second post: “I have been in their shoes, so I feel for the players who had to withdraw, there is a lot of hard work to organize events like the World Championships, so postpone n probably not the best option, but one that I wouldn’t disagree with, it’s time to protect myself and stay out of touch… protect yourself all ”.
Pharmacy displays out-of-stock sign for lateral flow testing
A pharmacy displays a sign advising customers that there is no rapid antigen test in stock in London.
This is because the CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, Leyla Hannbeck, said the current daily supply of nearly 900,000 lateral flow tests is not sufficient to meet demand.
Ms Hannbeck also urged the government to improve its “patchy” offer of lateral flow testing.
What is the Covid situation in your London borough?
There are signs that the increase in the number of cases in London is leveling off after weekly cases nearly doubled before Christmas.
the Standard Evening analyzed the latest data district by district for the week to December 23.
To find out about the Covid situation in your London borough, click here.
World Darts Championship player withdraws after testing positive for Covid
The world darts championship has been hit again by the coronavirus after Dave Chisnall became the last player to step down.
The world number 14 withdrew after testing positive, following both Michael Van Gerwen and Vincent Van Der Voort withdrawn from competition prematurely.
A statement from the PDC read: “Dave Chisnall withdrew from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 before his match with Luke Humphries.”
Chisnall was due to face Luke Humphries on Wednesday in the final 32, with Humphries receiving a pass.