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Door-to-door Covid-19 vaccines may be offered in an effort to reach those yet to have their jabs, reports have suggested, in a bid to stem the current surge in coronavirus cases.

The Mail on Sunday reported a trial which had been carried out in Ipswich, Suffolk, could be expanded across the whole country as the Government attempted to hold out against introducing new restrictions in England.

According to No 10 sources, the aim was to expand the scheme to the rest of the country.

It comes as new coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from today, while Boris Johnson has not ruled out further rules in England.

The three nations will place limitations on large public gatherings, enforce stricter social distancing rules and encourage people to work from home more.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, the Rule of Six will also return in hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cinemas and the closure of nightclubs will be advised.

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Unvaccinated 60 times more likely to end up in intensive care, figures show

Those who have not received Covid-19 jabs are 60 times more likely to need intensive care than vaccinated people, according to most recent data.

Figures released by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC), show that between May and November this year, the rate of hospital admission for those in their 60s who had had two doses of the vaccine was 0.6 cases per 100,000 people per week.

For those of the same age who had not been vaccinated, the rate was 37.3 per 100,000 per week.

Meanwhile, there was a difference of almost 30 per cent among vaccinated and unvaccinated people in their 50s and 70s.

Unvaccinated people in their 30s and 40s were ten to 15 times more likely to end up in intensive care with Covid than those who had received their jabs.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 16:18
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Explainer: New easy-to-use Covid-19 pills come with a catch

Newly infected Covid-19 patients have two new treatment options that can be taken at home.

But that convenience comes with a catch: The pills have to be taken as soon as possible once symptoms appear.

The challenge is getting tested, getting a prescription and starting the pills in a short window.

EXPLAINER: New easy-to-use COVID-19 pills come with a catch

Newly infected COVID-19 patients have two new treatment options that can be taken at home

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 15:30
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Boxing Day under Covid-19 restrictions in pictures

<p>Bathers brave the cold waters of the North Sea as they take part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Redcar Beach on December 26, 2021 in Redcar, England.</p>

Bathers brave the cold waters of the North Sea as they take part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Redcar Beach on December 26, 2021 in Redcar, England.

<p>People queue up outside Selfridges for Boxing Day sales on Oxford Street in London, Britain, 26 December 2021. Retailers may suffer this year from a late Sunday opening hours this Boxing Day.</p>

People queue up outside Selfridges for Boxing Day sales on Oxford Street in London, Britain, 26 December 2021. Retailers may suffer this year from a late Sunday opening hours this Boxing Day.

<p>Members of the  Mersey Morris Men take part in their Boxing Day Morris dance in Willaston, north west England on December 26, 2021.</p>

Members of the Mersey Morris Men take part in their Boxing Day Morris dance in Willaston, north west England on December 26, 2021.

<p>A woman pulls a child through the snow on a sledge in Tow Law, County Durham. Parts of England from the East Midlands to the North-East have joined Scotland in preparing for blizzard-like conditions on Boxing Day as the white Christmas continues.</p>

A woman pulls a child through the snow on a sledge in Tow Law, County Durham. Parts of England from the East Midlands to the North-East have joined Scotland in preparing for blizzard-like conditions on Boxing Day as the white Christmas continues.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 15:10
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Covid-19 inpatient numbers increase in Ireland amid surge in positive cases

Coronavirus inpatient numbers in Ireland have increased by almost 50 as the country recorded a further 10,404 cases – marking another day the country had seen positive tests exceed 10,000.

The Department of Health said “large volumes” of case numbers were anticipated over the coming period.

On Friday, around 83% of the reported cases were believed to be the Omicron variant.

Dr Holohan emphasised that Omicron was more transmissible than Delta and urged that everyone continued to reduce contacts and avoid crowded places as much as possible.

“We know that this variant is more transmissible than even the highly transmissible Delta variant,” he said.

“As such, please do not socialise or meet indoors with people from other households.”

Dr Holohan added: “Avoid crowded places including retail environments.

“Choose to shop online where possible, queue outside and leave any retail environment that does not feel safe and that is not adhering to the public health guidance – implementing social distancing measures and queuing system, limiting numbers in-store and staff wearing masks correctly (covering nose, mouth and chin).

“If you are yet to receive a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, then you should take every measure you can to protect yourself until you are eligible to receive it.”

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 14:50
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Leeds vs Aston Villa postponed due to Covid cases in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad

Leeds vs Aston Villa on 28 December has been postponed due to Covid cases in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad it has been confirmed.

The Premier League match, due to kick off at 5:30pm on Tuesday, will now be rearranged as Leeds “do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper).”

The Whites have not played since a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on 18 December, with their Boxing Day match at Liverpool also succumbing to rising Covid infections in the squad.

Jack Rathborn reports:

Leeds vs Aston Villa postponed due to Covid cases in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad

The Whites have not played since 18 December against Arsenal with their Boxing Day match with Liverpool also postponed

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 14:30
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Ireland records further 10,400 Covid-19 cases

A further 10,404 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

As of 8am on Sunday, 426 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, 91 of whom were in ICU.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 14:10
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Australian state sets two-day Covid-19 case record

Australia’s most populous state New South Wales has reported a record number of new Covid cases during the weekend amid the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Cases in the state have surged over the last two weeks. The state on Sunday reported 6,394 new infections, an increase from the 6,288 cases reported on Saturday.

Over 70 per cent of the cases in some Australian states are related to the Omicron variant. New South Wales, however, does not routinely carry out genome testing to identify the variant, reports said.

State health minister Brad Hazzard has indicated that Omicron is widespread.

“We would expect that pretty well everybody in New South Wales at some point will get omicron,” he said on Sunday. “If we’re all going to get Omicron, the best way to face it is when we have full vaccinations including our booster,” he added.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 13:50
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Covid jabs could be offered ‘door-to-door’ in efforts to reach unvaccinated

Door-to-door Covid-19 vaccines may be offered in an effort to reach those yet to have their jabs, reports have suggested, in a bid to stem the current surge in coronavirus cases.

The Mail on Sunday reported a trial which had been carried out in Ipswich, Suffolk, could be expanded across the whole country as the Government attempted to hold out against introducing new restrictions in England.

According to No 10 sources, the aim was to expand the scheme to the rest of the country.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 13:32
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Crystal Palace fail in bid to get Tottenham clash postponed after Covid outbreak

Crystal Palace failed in their attempt to get Boxing Day’s visit to Tottenham called off due to coronavirus, writes Jonathan Veal.

Palace were in discussions with the Premier League on Christmas Day about postponing their trip across the capital following a number of new positive cases, which include boss Patrick Vieira but the PA news agency understands the league was dissatisfied with the late application.

Former Arsenal midfielder Vieira will not be present at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he begins a period of self-isolation following his positive result, with assistant manager Osian Roberts taking charge.

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 13:25
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How accurate are lateral flow tests?

According to a meta-analysis of studies by medical database the Cochrane Library, lateral flow tests detect an average of 72 per cent of symptomatic cases and 58 per cent of asymptomatic ones — which could be the reason why you’re testing positive one minute and negative the next, writes Laura Hampson.

How accurate are lateral flow tests?

Are lateral flow Covid tests accurate?

Emily Atkinson26 December 2021 13:04

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