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The prime minister insisted on Thursday that testing was the “sensible thing to do” as he appealed for patience from the public on the issue of disrupted travel this summer.
“You’ve got a balance our very strong desire to get people travelling with the need to protect us against new variants,” Mr Johnson told reporters.
It came as the number of confirmed daily Covid cases rose by 30,215, com outro 86 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, according to official figures.
Separate figures by the Escritório de Estatísticas Nacionais (NÓS) also revealed that an estimated 380,000 people in the UK have experienced long Covid for at least a year, including tens of thousands of children.
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India removed from UK’s ‘red’ travel list
In a major relief to the diaspora, Indians will soon be able to travel to the UK, as per the latest travel update released by Britain.
The UK government has moved India from ‘red’ to the ‘amber’ list from next week.
As per the fresh travel advisory issued by the UK government, fully vaccinated Indians flying to the UK will no longer need the mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine.
Those travelling from India will need to take a Covid test within three days before their flight and book in advance for two Covid tests to be taken on arrival in England as well as complete a passenger locator form on arrival, relatórios disseram.
Indian nationals can now quarantine at a location of their choice for 10 days after arriving in the UK.
Covid-19 in children “rarely” causes long-lasting symptoms, Lancet study reveals
In a new study published in Lancet, researchers found that Covid-19 in children “rarely” causes any long-lasting symptoms.
As per the study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, só 4.4 per cent of children who tested positive for coronavirus experienced symptoms after 28 dias.
The study revealed that most children who develop a symptomatic Covid-19 infection “recover in six days” and the number who experience symptoms after four weeks is low.
The study, carried out by researchers in the United Kingdom, collected data through a mobile application from more than 250,000 children in the country aged between five to 17 anos.
The study revealed that the most common symptoms experienced by the children were headache (62.2 por cento) and fatigue (55 por cento). “The average duration of illness for the children who tested positive for Covid-19 was six days,”Disse. And most children recovered within four weeks.
No need for kids to be vaccinated to attend school: QUEM
The World Health Organisation has said that children do not need to be vaccinated to attend school.
WHO emphasised that it was more important for adults around children to be fully vaccinated.
Dr Katherine O’ Brien, a member of the WHO Covid-expert committee said: “There is no requirement for teenagers or kids to have to be vaccinated in order to attend school.”
Ela adicionou: “That should not be a barrier for them to attend school. It’s about the protection of the adults around them, who are the ones who really have more risk of disease.”
Enquanto isso, na Índia, earlier last month, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi had also said that the country “should consider reopening schools in a “staggered way.”
Schools in India have been shut since March 2020 when lockdowns were first imposed across the country.
WHO calls for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters until September
The World Health Organisation has called for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the move will ensure vaccination for at least 10 per cent of the population in every country.
Mr Tedros said: “I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it.”
Reuters reported that the high-income countries administered around 50 doses for every 100 people in May. And as per WHO, that number has since doubled.
And low-income countries have only been able to administer 1.5 doses for every 100 pessoas, due to lack of supply.
Mr Tedros said: “We need an urgent reversal from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries to the majority going to low-income countries.”
Global coronavirus infections reach 200 milhão
The global tally of coronavirus infections has now surpassed 200 milhão, according to the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
In the US alone, Covid-19 has led to the death of more than 614,000 pessoas. No Brasil, the official number is 550,000.
Na Índia, isto é 425,000 and Mexico has seen the death of more than 240,000 due to coronavirus.
The official global death toll, as of Wednesday, estava 4.2 million — seen as a substantial under-estimate given the number of unrecorded deaths in many different countries.
Enquanto isso, nos Estados Unidos, pelo menos 93 million people have chosen not to get vaccinations despite rising Delta variant deaths.
Blood thinning drug helps hospitalised Covid patients
Blood thinning drug heparin may be able to reduce the need for organ support in moderately ill patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19, estudos sugerem, reports PA.
Contudo, the study, published in the the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates the medicine does not benefit patients who are critically ill with the disease in intensive care units.
The findings come from a global clinical trial involving 1,074 critically ill and 2,219 moderately ill patients, recruited between April and December 2020.
Researchers in the US studied the effects of using a full dose of heparin versus a low dose of the drug in moderately and critically ill patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
Moderately ill patients are defined as those admitted to hospital with Covid-19 without the requirement of organ support, while critically ill patients are defined as people requiring an intensive care level of support, such as mechanical ventilation.
The team found that full-dose heparin did not reduce the need for organ support – and may even cause harm in critically ill patients – but benefitted those moderately ill.
Millions of Covid vaccines at risk of being discarded
Millions of Covid vaccine doses are at risk of being thrown away every month by poorer countries due to difficulties in administrating jabs, a new study has said.
Researchers are confident that enough supplies will be available by the end of 2021 to inoculate the 3.2 billion people that make up priority populations globally.
Contudo, there is concern that many nations will struggle to roll out their doses due to logistical issues and vaccine hesitancy.
Collectively, a 92 poorest countries in the world will need to increase their “absorptive capacity” – the ability to receive and then administer supplies through their health systems – a partir de 170 million to 410 million doses per month by the end of 2021, according to modelling from the Global Health Security Consortium.
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Vacina Pfizer a ser oferecida a 16 and 17-year-olds – with a further review for those aged 12+
Na quarta-feira, o Comitê Conjunto de Vacinação e Imunização (JCVI) advised that 16 and 17-year-olds should be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – the only Covid-19 jab approved for use for people over the age of 12 no Reino Unido.
But officials are not ruling out vaccinations for otherwise healthy 12 to 15-year-olds – though they said they wanted to look at more information first.
Atualmente, crianças com mais de 12 are only eligible for a vaccine if they have certain medical conditions that put them at risk from Covid-19 or are teenagers who live with people who are immunocompromised.
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Rollout of doses for teenagers set to begin later this month
‘Matter of time’ before 12-year-olds offered jab, diz especialista
Dr Peter English, a retired consultant in communicable disease control, and former chair of the BMA public health medicine committee, has said the JCVI appeared to be adopting “an abundance of caution” and queried why they had not gone further, sooner.
Ele disse: “Why they did not recommend vaccinating 12+-year-olds outside risk groups in mid-July, and why it seems they will restrict their recommendation to people aged 16+ hoje, are questions that remain unanswered to my satisfaction.”
He added that he believes it is “just a matter of time” before jabs are recommended for everyone aged 12 and above.