Follow live as scientists tell the prime minister to delay his lockdown exit date by ‘weeks’ and Brits begin self-isolating in France
Nervtag member Professor Ravi Gupta today told BBC Radio 4 that the June exit date should be delayed by “a few weeks”.
“I think that people are not saying we should abandon the June 21 date altogether but just to delay it by a few weeks while we gather more intelligence," il a dit.
pendant ce temps, new travel restrictions on British holidaymakers and others taking non-essential trips have come into force in France.
From today, Brits must self-isolate for a week on arrival in the European country, as well as undergoing testing beforehand.
The UK was placed on the equivalent of France’s ‘amber list’ last week because of concerns about the Indian variant.
Latest vaccine figures
Plus que 320,000 people in the UK received a vaccine yesterday, according to the latest figures.
That includes 120,243 first doses and 204,282 second doses.
It brings the total to 39,379,411 first doses (nearly three-quarters of the adult population) et 25,537,133 second doses (48.5 per cent of the adult population).
Twickenham Stadium has been converted into a mass vaccination centre as medics battle a surge in the Indian variant of coronavirus.
Up to 15,000 first doses of a vaccine have been prepared for people who live nearby in an event called “Let’s Tackle Covid”.
Quelque 15,000 doses prepared at home of England rugby as Indian variant surges in nearby Hounslow
Scotland: Plus que 1,600 patients died after catching coronavirus in hospital
Plus que 1,600 patients have died after catching coronavirus in hospital in Scotland, PA reports.
NHS Scotland figures show 1,137 patients who were definitely infected while on a ward died in the subsequent 28 days in addition to 524 deaths linked to “probable” cases of hospital-acquired coronavirus.
The Public Health Scotland data spans from 7 Mars 2020 à 31 Mars 31.
A report produced by Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland on the data says that those who died were more likely to be older, spend longer in hospital and have underlying health conditions.
Ça disait: “As 28-day all-cause mortality is no different in patients admitted to hospital with likely community acquisition to those who develop nosocomial Covid-19 (probable or definite hospital onset), preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in all settings is critical to reducing morbidity and mortality from Covid-19.”
UK reports one Covid death in latest daily figures
The UK has recorded one further death and 3,383 Covid cases, according to official government figures.
It takes the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test to 127,782.
The rolling weekly figures show increases in cases, hospitalisations and deaths compared to last week, amid claims that the UK is in the early stages of a “third wave”.
South Korea records blood clot case after AstraZeneca vaccine
South Korea has reported its first case of rare blood clotting linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
A medical facility worker in his 30s was taken to hospital on 12 May after receiving the jab on 27 April and experiencing a headache and cramps.
The man’s condition has since improved, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency says.
Regulators in Europe and the US have concluded that there appears to be a link between the AstraZeneca’s vaccine, as well as one made by Johnson & Johnson, and the clots, but say the shots are safe and that the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh the risks.
AstraZeneca has said it is working to understand individual cases and “possible mechanisms that could explain these extremely rare events”, while J&J has said that no clear causal relationship has been established between the vaccine and the clots.
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Scotland: Derniers chiffres
One coronavirus death has been recorded in Scotland, aussi bien que 490 new cases in the last 34 les heures.
Government figures show that the daily test positivity rate is 4.2 pour cent, à partir 3.2 per cent from the previous day.
Un total de 110 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19, including eight in intensive care.
Indian variant spreads across England
The Indian variant is spreading across England, genome sequencing suggests.
Previously, the B.1.617.2 variant has been detected in parts of London and northern England including Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen.
But it has spread as far as the Forest of Dean, Babergh, Wycombe and Cornwall, according to data published by the The Wellcome Sanger Institute.
The variant also appears to be becoming more common in parts of the Midlands and south-east England, although rates remain relatively low.
France enacts restrictions on UK holidaymakers
France has begun restricting non-essential travel from the UK.
The nation announced last week that travellers from Britain must self-isolate for a week on arrival in France.
The move, which is the equivalent of putting the UK on the ‘amber list’, was made over concerns about the Indian variant and came into effect today.
Holidaymakers and other non-essential travellers must also complete a Covid test 36 hours before arrival or present an additional negative antigen test no older than 24 les heures.
Fines for breaching quarantine begin at €1,000 (£870).
Angela Rayner: Failure to remove Matt Hancock after rules breach sets a ‘concerning precedent’
Allowing Health Secretary Matt Hancock to keep his job after he breached the ministerial code sets a dangerous future precedent, Labour has said.
Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministerial standards, found that Mr Hancock had committed a “minor” breach of the rules when he failed to declare that his sister’s company – in which he owns a stake – had become an approved NHS provider and did not recommend his removal from office.
Labour minister Angela Rayner responded to the findings by saying that the decision sets a “concerning precedent” for the future.
“This sets a concerning precedent that the rules don’t apply equally, or indeed they don’t apply at all,” she wrote on Twitter.
She added that such a precedent risks “weakening the ministerial code system” and “giving carte blanche to other ministers” to break rules without sanction.
Cross-party MPs call on government to urgently publish Covid review
Cross-party MPs are demanding that the prime minister publishes an internal review reportedly carried out into the workings of the Department of Health and Social Care during the pandemic.
Conservative MP Dan Poulter – a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Covid – told L'indépendant that it’s “welcome” the review was carried out, but added there’s “no reason whatsoever not to share that and to make that public”.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who chairs the APPG on Covid, said that it “beggars belief” that ministers refuse to publish the review, adding that failure to do so “makes a mockery” of their claim to be transparent.
The Covid-19 bereaved families for justice organisation has echoed MPs’s calls for the review to be published.
The group’s co-founder Matt Fowler said that refusal to make the documentation public shows that the government are “scared of scrutiny”.
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‘Essential’ Department of Health assessment is released, Conservative MP Dan Poulter tells The Independent