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Experts from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have said that Covid infections have continued to rise around much of the UK. Swab tests in the community indicate 1.3% of the population – or one in 80 people – have the virus. Last week the proportion was one in 100. What is shared amongst the new cases is that the more infectious Delta variant accounts for almost every case. The country is yet to witness the impact of the most recent unlocking, which covers the week up to 17 July. As per the ONS: one in 75 people have the…

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China has overruled terms suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) to further examine the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.  WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has asked China to be more cooperative about the initial stages of the outbreak, comprising with audits of laboratories. Zeng Yixin, the deputy health minister, stated that it showed “disrespect for common sense and arrogance towards science”. He mentioned that the plan was politicized and that China could not take it. The WHO could only send a team of experts to Wuhan, where the virus was first identified in December 2019. Their investigators resolved…

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Between 8 – 15th July, more than 600,000 people using the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales have been sent self-isolation alerts.  Data represents 618,903 alerts were sent – a 17% increase from the last week. However, it will still exempt some fully-vaccinated key workers from self-isolating if the app alerts them as close contact of a positive case. Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng shared with the BBC that a “very narrow” list of jobs would be shared today. He added self-isolation for all fully-vaccinated people alerted by the app as close contacts are due to be brawled by 16…

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Thousands of children in the country with a higher risk of coronavirus infection will be given the Covid vaccine. The evidence on the damages and benefits of vaccination has been reviewed by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI). It has suggested inoculating children aged 12-15 if they are at greater risk of Covid due to: Acute neurodisability (which could comprise conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy) Down’s syndrome A badly weakened immune system, including some children with cancer Intense and multiple learning difficulties Those at higher risk who are already aged 16 or 17 can…

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The number of fatal farming accidents in Wales has more than doubled than last year, as per the official figures.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report showed seven deaths in 2020-21, as compared to three deaths in 2019-20. Farmer Alun Hopkins, 80, mentioned he would take more care after breaking his ankle and was in hospital after being charged by a cow in February. The HSE referred to it as “disappointing” and insisted farmers call out bad practices. The rise in Wales replicated a similar increase across the UK, where there were 41 fatal incidents in 2020-21, compared with…

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted on caution as most legal constraints on social contact are lifted in England.  Restrictions on how many people can meet or attend events have been uplifted, nightclubs reopened at midnight, and table service will not be essential in pubs and restaurants. Face coverings will be suggested in some spaces but not mandated by law. Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi stated government experts had recommended that only a few under-18s be vaccinated. The PM, chancellor and the health secretary are self-isolating, and there are cautions cases of Covid will surge. Mr Zahawi, in a BBC Radio…

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Controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins will be expelled from Australia for being arrogant about flouting hotel quarantine rules states the government.  Ms Hopkins has often drawn anger for racist remarks. She entered the country to star in the TV show Big Brother Australia and on Friday, she posted a video from her Sydney hotel room where she kidded about putting frontline staff at risk. Her comments flickered widespread condemnation. In the video, Ms Hopkins said she planned to “lie in wait” for staff to deliver food to her room so she could open the door “naked with no face mask”.…

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The government will provide free flu vaccines this winter to children aged two to 16 in England and people aged 50 and over or in “at-risk” groups, amidst the double threat of Covid and influenza.   Experts are expecting a record-breaking rollout reaching beyond 35 million people, comprising more teenagers than ever before. Under-16s will be given the vaccine in a nasal spray rather than as a jab. An expanded secondary school program implies, for the first time, pupils up to Year 11 (aged 11 to 16) will be invited, not just those in their first academic year – Year…

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Fully jabbed travelers coming back to England and Wales from France will still have to isolate from Monday. From 19 July, adults who have been fully vaccinated in the UK arriving from amber list countries will not need to quarantine for ten days. However, the government mentioned that the easing would not apply to France due to “persistent” cases of the Beta variant, first spotted in South Africa. There are apprehensions that vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant. There are approx. 10% Beta variant new infections in France, but that comprises the Indian Ocean territories of…

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A heat-health warning has been issued for people in England as temperatures are projected to increase at the weekend.  Issuing the alert, Public Health England (PHE) insisted people take steps to stay calm and aid those who may be at risk in the warmer weather. Temperatures are expected to surge as high as 31C (87.8F) on Sunday and Monday. The Met Office mentioned the level two heat-health alert encompassed the majority of England and remained in force until Tuesday. Will Lang, the Met Office’s head of civil contingencies, mentioned, “Across most parts of the UK we’re expecting to see temperatures…

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