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Quarantine exemption for business chiefs condemned as ‘offensive slap in the face’ – follow live

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Schools minister says daily Covid testing ‘possible alternative to self-isolation’

Senior executives will be allowed to leave self-isolation on arrival in the UK if their work is likely to be of significant economic benefit, the government vandag aangekondig.

The move immediately drew condemnation, with Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner calling it an “offensive slap in the face” for the lowest paid workers, who she said had got the country though the coronavirus krisis.

Vroeër, Boris Johnson described his “shock” at seeing the “despicable harassment” of Professor Chris Whitty, after England’s chief medical officer was filmed being accosted in a park near Westminster.

Met Police said they are aware of the clip and will investigate the incident, while Labour’s Jim McMahon called for Prof Whitty to receive greater security measures from the government. Priti Patel, the home secretary, refused to comment on the suggestion during an interview with Times Radio this morning.

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Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 05:04
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Automatic isolation for school pupils ‘to end from September’

School pupils will no longer have to automatically isolate after contact with a positive Covid case under new rules to come into force from September, it was reported last night.

Ministers plan to change existing rules under which children are forced to quarantine at home if anyone in their group tests positive.

While there has been no immediate confirmation from the Department for Education, it has been suggested a new system that aims to keep pupils in school as much as possible will be in place when England’s new school year begins in September.

Our deputy news editor Alastair Jamieson berigte:

Automatic Covid isolation for school pupils ‘to end from September’

Thousands of pupils have missed school because another has tested positive for Covid-19

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 07:45
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Police probe video of Whitty being grabbed by ‘thugs’ in London park

Police are investigating an incident in which “thugs” grabbed Professor Chris Whitty in a London park and jeered, after video of the episode circulated online.

A clip of the chief medical officer for England being put into a headlock was posted to Twitter on Monday night and was quickly condemned.

At least two young men are seen grabbing the scientist as they ask him to stop for a photo in the park, near Westminster. Another voice can be heard saying: “Leave the gentleman alone.”

Read our full report here:

Professor Chris Whitty grabbed by ‘thugs’ in London park as video investigated by police

‘This is disgusting and these thugs must be found and charged’ says minister

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 07:50
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Children’s commissioner calls for end of bubbles and isolation for kids

Bubble arrangements and self-isolation for school pupils should end as soon as possible, the new Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

Dame Rachel de Souza said there was an urgent need for children to get back to normal as lockdown restrictions had been a “real trauma” for many young people.

In 'n onderhoud met The Daily Telegraph, Dame Rachel said the need for children to go in and out of isolation was “a really big issue” and was proving “incredibly frustrating” for pupils and teachers alike.

“With bubbles, I think everybody would like it if we could get back to normal, as soon as possible. Obviously we have to be safe, and we have to take advice, but it’s very very restrictive," sy het gese. “The experience of lockdown has been a real trauma, and I think we shouldn’t underestimate it. Children are really troubled, and it’s right across the board.”

She added young people, who had seen their normal childhood disrupted in order to protect older people, were now struggling with their mental health.

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 07:57
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Top quality masks reduce infection risk for health workers, navorsing bevind

The quality of face masks healthcare workers wear makes a significant difference to their risk of becoming infected by coronavirus, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust research has found.

Wearing a high grade mask known as an FFP3 can provide up to 100 per cent protection but, in kontras met, there is a still a far greater chance of staff wearing standard issue surgical masks and catching the virus.

FFP3 masks have a close fit and are specifically designed to filter out aerosols, unlike the standard issue surgical masks which are the popular blue-like colour coverings you see in day-to-day life.

While the trust’s results are published in a pre-print paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed, it suggests staff caring for Covid patients on “red” wards faced a risk that was up to 47 times higher than those on “green” or non-Covid wards.

The hospital therefore made a decision to upgrade protection on red wards when the second wave of Covid hit last December.

Uiteindelik, the study concludes that “cases attributed to ward-based exposure fell significantly, with FFP3 respirators providing 31-100 per cent protection (and most likely 100 persent) against infection from patients with Covid-19”.

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:11
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Ministers conducting review into ‘replacing isolation with daily testing in schools’

A decision on replacing self-isolation requirements for school bubbles with contact testing will be made before 19 Julie, when all Covid restrictions are due to end in England, according to minister for school standards Nick Gibb.

He told Sky News the government was in the process of conducting a review into how the process would work. The trial ends ends tomorrow.

“We have to do everything we can to minimise the risk of transmission of this virus and that’s why all those measures have been taken in schools to keep children and staff safe," hy het gesê.

“What matters also is that we keep the school safe and if you go around our schools, you will see a raft of measures to reduce the infection rates within schools. There’s extra hygiene, there’s staggered breaks, we keep children in bubbles, and there’s extra ventilation in classrooms to minimise the risk of transmission.”

He added that about 3 per cent of students are currently self-isolating, but stressed this figure is lower than it was in the autumn.

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:19
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Javid condemns ‘appalling’ footage of Whitty being grabbed in park

Sajid Javid, the new health secretary, has spoken out about the footage of Chris Whitty being harassed – calling it “appalling and totally unacceptable”.

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:29
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Gibb joins ranks of MPs condemning video of Whitty

Doing the media rounds this morning, Nick Gibb joined the ranks of politicians criticising the men who filmed themselves badgering Chris Whitty.

The school standards minister said England’s chief medical officer had been “first class” and described the men in the clip as “yobbos”.

“I’ve seen those appalling scenes in that video footage,” he told LBC. “Chris Whitty has been a first class chief medical officer throughout the pandemic, providing very high quality advice to government, providing very calm advice to the public in those press conferences.”

Hy het bygevoeg: “Of course that has made him a well known figure, and that makes the behaviour of those yobbos just even worse.”

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:38
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Hancock’s breach of Covid rules could influence others, warns professor

A leading academic has criticised Matt Hancock’s breach of his own coronavirus regulations, saying he fears it means others will begin to disobey them.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Vandag programme on Tuesday if Mr Hancock’s actions will encourage people to ignore the regulations, Professor Robert West, who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), gesê: “I think that, in and of itself, that is already being priced in because people don’t really trust politicians. The risk is if that seeds a wider norm around other people.

“So I think it’s really up to everyone else, who people do trustpublic health officials, the NHS, other public figuresnot to go down that route and not to get drawn into that kind of double-speak, as it were.”

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:43
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Hancock’s breach of Covid rules could influence others, warns professor

A leading academic has criticised Matt Hancock’s breach of his own coronavirus regulations, saying he fears it means others will begin to disobey them.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Vandag programme on Tuesday if Mr Hancock’s actions will encourage people to ignore the regulations, Professor Robert West, who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), gesê: “I think that, in and of itself, that is already being priced in because people don’t really trust politicians. The risk is if that seeds a wider norm around other people.

“So I think it’s really up to everyone else, who people do trustpublic health officials, the NHS, other public figuresnot to go down that route and not to get drawn into that kind of double-speak, as it were.”

Sam Hancock29 Junie 2021 08:45