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Health secretary Sajid Javid says rising cases due to lifting of restrictions and more infectious BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron

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The NHS is rolling out a second round of 冠状病毒病 booster vaccines as infections surge across the UK.

From Monday over 75s, care home residents and those with weak immune systems will be able to book another jab.

Covid cases have been steadily increasing since the end of February when the government lifted all remaining restrictions.

Despite the rise in cases 萨吉德·贾维德, the health secretary, said the government’slevel of concernhas not changed.

This, he told the BBC, was because the number of people in hospital with the illnessare still well below their peak”.

He said the rise in cases was due to people mixing more after normal life resumed following the axing of curbs and the more infectious BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron, although “we know that vaccines work just as well against this sub-variant.”

The health secretary also said “that it’s possible there will be an autumn booster campaign, probably for those that are 50 and over”.

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Good morning and welcome to 独立报 rolling coverage of the Covid pandemic.

We’ll bring you updates through the day as Britons are offered a second booster jab amid rising cases.

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Deltacron and Stealth Omicron differences explained as Covid infections in UK surge again

Hopes that the pandemic was over may have been premature if the latest Covid figures are anything to go by.

Overall coronavirus cases in the UK continue to rise, 超过 170,000 new cases reported on March 14 独自的.

New Covid-19 sub-variants are believed to be behind a global surge that has resulted in China’s first deaths in a year, record numbers of infections in South Korea, 一种 14 per cent jump in cases in Africa and, here in the UK, rising hospital numbers.

Deltacron and Stealth Omicron are two strains that appear to be ushering in yet another new phase of the fight against coronavirus.

My colleague Colin Drury 报告:

Deltacron and Stealth Omicron differences explained as Covid infections in UK surge

Two new Covid-19 variants are surging across the globe but what exactly are they? And should we be worried?

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 09:16
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Vulnerable offered second booster jab

Vulnerable people in England will begin receiving invitations for the spring Covid booster from Monday.

People aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed will be able to book from 7am.

The booster will be made available to around five million people, 和 600,000 expected to receive invitations in the first week.

Local NHS teams will also be contacting care homes to arrange the jab for people who are eligible and have been invited.

The move comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended the spring top-up as a precautionary measure.

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 09:27
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Scotland eases restrictions despite record infections

Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland are being eased despite infection levels said to be at record highs.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed last week that from Monday businesses such as bars and restaurants are no longer required to retain customer contact details.

The legal requirement for businesses, places of worship and others to “take reasonably practicable measures” set out in Scottish government coronavirus guidance is also being ended.

The move comes in the wake of figures from the Office for National Statistics showing levels of Covid infection in Scotland have hit another record high.

They have now risen for seven weeks in a row, 和 376,300 people likely to have had the virus last weekor one in 14 – up from one in 18 people the previous week.

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 09:44
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Spring booster jabs: Who is available and how to book

My colleague Laura Hampson has everything you need to know about the spring booster programme:

Covid spring booster jabs: Who is eligible and how to book

The fourth jab will be offered to ‘millions’ of people in England

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 10:02
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6,000 deaths a month in poor countries because of Covid pressures

Thousands of children are likely to have died every month because of the impact of coronavirus on health systems in poorer countries, a Scottish charity has found.

In low- and middle-income countries, surging Covid cases saw health systems buckle, a new report by Edinburgh-based charity KidsOR found, with its researchers estimating the collateral effects saw at least 6,000 children die each month during the pandemic.

There were significant changes in the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients operated on pre- and post-Covidwith more healthier and wealthier patients treatedwith the charity saying the findings raise concerns about hidden morbidity and mortality amongst poorer people.

Because healthier people were more likely to get treatment, they experienced better outcomes, 与 50% drop in the number of people getting sepsis, infection or dying after surgery.

David Cunningham, the charity’s chief executive, 说: “The study suggests the improvements likely reflect a change in the patient population, where sicker patients may not be getting the required care due to increased barriers to access healthcare during the pandemic.

“Our findings add to the growing evidence of hidden morbidity and excess mortality during the pandemic from patients delaying care and potentially dying at home, especially in rural and underserved areas.”

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 10:20
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11,500 people in English hospitals with Covid

一些 11,500 people in English hospitals have Covid-19 but the majority of them have not been admitted because of the disease, the Health Secretary said.

Sajid Javid told Times Radio: “At the moment, in English hospitals we have around 11,500 people that are Covid-positive, but of those people the NHS estimates almost 60% are not there because of Covidthey are there for something else. That might be a hip operation or something, but they happen to be Covid-positive.

So those that are actually there for Covid is a much smaller number and so that does give us a lot of confidence that we are learning to live with Covid.

On infections, 他加了: “We are seeing an increase in the number of cases at the moment and indeed hospitalisations, that said the numbers are significantly below the Omicron peak.

But it’s right that we keep vaccination under review and so I have accepted the latest advice of the JCVIthat’s our expert group of independent advisorsto offer this spring booster jab to anyone that’s 75 or over, residents of elderly people’s care homes, and those that have weakened immune systems.

It will top up their protection against this virus and allow them to go about their daily lives with more confidence.

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 10:51
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Hong Kong to ease strict Covid curbs after business backlash

Hong Kong plans to relax some anti-COVID-19 measures next month, lifting a ban on flights from nine countries, reducing quarantine and reopening schools, after a backlash from business and residents.

The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, come as many countries shift to trying to living with the virus rather than trying to keep it out.

Residents in the Chinese-ruled territory have become increasingly frustrated with the stringent measures, many of which have been in place for over two years.

A ban on flights from Australia, 英国, 加拿大, 法国, 印度, Nepal, 巴基斯坦, Philippines and the United States will be lifted from April 1.

“The flight ban is no longer timely and appropriateit will bring huge disturbances to Hong Kong people who are stuck in these nine countries if we continue the ban,” Lam told a news briefing.

Matt Mathers21 行进 2022 11:12
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Nine Omicron symptoms affecting fully vaccinated and two early signs you might have it

What are some of the signs you might have the Omicron strain of Covid?

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain 报告:

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