It comes after a prominent professor warned that “winter could come early” if viruses were allowed to spread in the UK.
“I’m not sure about this thing about the epidemic ending before winter – I’m not buying it,” he told Times Radio.
“If you do little to stop it and the spread of other respiratory viruses, which have been very low cases because we’ve been locked out, then our winter could come early, if you will. Winter is far away and we may have new treatments by then. And I prefer to keep incidents as low as possible for as long as possible. “
It comes as the US State Department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both issued their highest warnings against travel to the UK due to a growing number of Covid cases.
News of Ireland’s lifting of restrictions
Time limits are unlikely to be included in the new guidelines for eating indoors in bars and restaurants in Ireland.
Final guidelines for reopening the indoor dining rooms are expected to be considered by cabinet on Wednesday.
Representatives from the restaurant and bar sectors held meetings with government officials on Tuesday ahead of the potential reopening of the domestic service next week.
Discussions focused on trading hours, social distancing between tables and ventilation in bars and restaurants.
Following the meeting, Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland called for a ‘robust state inspection regime to give the general public confidence that restaurants, pubs and cafes are a safe place for meals inside vaccinated customers and those who have recovered from Covid in the past nine months ”.
TUC accuses government of “abandoning” low-wage workers to the detriment of SSP
The TUC accused the government of “abandoning” low-wage workers, saying it had “given up” on plans to reform statutory sickness benefits.
Two million workers do not earn enough to qualify for statutory sickness benefits and 70% of them are women, according to a study by the union organization.
A health consultation published Tuesday evening did not include sickness benefit reform, the TUC said.
General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government has abandoned millions of low-wage workers at the worst possible time.
“With the Covid cases exploding, his refusal to make sickness benefits available to all is blatantly irresponsible and will help increase infections even more.
“This is yet another example of a short-sighted Treasury pinch, which is undermining Britain’s public health effort.
“The millions of low-paid workers who are not eligible for statutory sickness benefits – mostly women – could only dream of a VIP pilot program to enable them to step out of self-isolation in the blink of an eye. ‘eye.
“Instead, they are forced to choose between doing the right thing or being in financial trouble.
“Rather than helping people isolate themselves, ministers are making it financially impossible. “
The first critical workers were exempted from isolation, according to No.10
The first exemptions allowing fully vaccinated critical workers to isolate coronavirus contacts were granted as part of Boris Johnson’s plans to mitigate the “pingemia,” according to Downing Street.
No 10 said on Tuesday that NHS staff and workers in other sectors were among those who have been allowed to bypass quarantine for crucial work reasons as Covid-19 infections skyrocket.
In the face of widespread corporate criticism of staff shortages, the Prime Minister announced a plan for a “small number” of critical workers to continue.
But he faced calls to clarify who would be eligible, after a government statement said it would not be a “blanket exemption for any sector or role.”
Number 10 was unable to say how many people the government would approve for the relaxed rules, before full easing for anyone who suffered a double blow on August 16.
But it was not expected to reach the tens of thousands, which begs the question of whether supermarket workers would benefit.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The first exemptions that I understand have already been granted in some critical sectors, this work is underway given the urgency. This is both in broader areas and in the NHS as well. “
Most Covid-19 hospital admissions unvaccinated, adviser says
Most people admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 are not vaccinated, a Scottish government adviser has said.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Nicola Steedman also said two-thirds of coronavirus cases were unvaccinated.
She was citing Public Health Scotland data from late June and early July.
During the last wave of the pandemic, young people accounted for a greater proportion of cases than in previous periods.
Speaking at the Scottish government coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, Dr Steedman said: ‘Two-thirds of positive Covid cases have been in unvaccinated individuals.
“In terms of positive Covid admissions, 51.6% concerned unvaccinated individuals, of which 70% were under 40 years old.
“So what we’re definitely seeing is that the risk – as one would expect from the vaccine’s effectiveness – is much, much higher in those who are not vaccinated.”
Severe PHE warning
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said: “The past 18 months have been tough for all of us. Now the restrictions have been lifted, many of us want to start doing what we love the most again.
“However, we have to do it with caution and be reasonable. We are in a wave of infections that has seen an increase of over 40% last week, there is still a risk of serious illness for many people. We can all reduce the risk by getting both doses of the vaccine, testing ourselves twice a week at home, and spending more time outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms. Let us all remain vigilant. “
Update on the number of vaccines administered
Government data up to July 19 shows that of the 82,592,996 Covid injections administered in the UK, 46,349,709 were first doses, an increase of 35,670 the day before.
Some 36,243,287 were second doses, an increase of 143,560.
Update of Covid case figures and number of deaths
As of 9 a.m. as of Tuesday, there had been 46,558 more laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.
As of Tuesday, another 96 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, which is the highest daily figure since March 24 and brings the UK total to 128,823.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 154,000 recorded deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Lions to play final two Tests of series against South Africa in Cape Town
The British and Irish Lions will play the final two tests of their series against South Africa in Cape Town to reduce the risk of either side suffering from additional outbreaks of the coronavirus.
After Saturday’s opener at Cape Town Stadium, the tour was due to move to Johannesburg for the remaining matches.
However, the severity of the pandemic in Gauteng, where the Delta variant is causing problems to escalate, has forced a redesign in collaboration with medical experts.
SA Rugby Managing Director Jurie Roux said: “The data only pointed in one direction. The series has already been heavily disrupted by the Covid-19 and a return to Gauteng at this time would only increase the risks.
“We now have two teams in bio-secure environments with no positive cases or isolated individuals. Going back to the Highveld now would put the series at a new risk.
“Everyone wants to see both teams, at their best, play an unforgettable series over the next three weekends and this decision gives us the best opportunity to see that happen.”
Sturgeon Covid-19 briefings attracted 250,000 viewers at height of pandemic, MPs said
About a quarter of a million Scots have logged on to watch Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings at the height of the pandemic, MPs have been told.
As opposition MPs criticized BBC Scotland for broadcasting the briefings – which at one point took place daily – news and current affairs officer Gary Smith said the company had ” decided that it was right to broadcast these briefings on television because we believe they contained important public health information ”.
Mr Smith said the number of hearings for the briefings, in which the prime minister is questioned by reporters about the coronavirus concerns, had “varied”.
But he told MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster: ‘At the height of the pandemic we had something like a quarter of a million people watching live coverage of the briefings, which has now dropped significantly.’
Minister worried about number of men in vaccine decision-making body
Pregnant women were not given priority for the Covid-19 vaccine review due to male dominance of the decision-making committee, according to a Minister of Health.
Nadine Dorries said she was “shocked” to discover the number of men and women on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).
The minister suggested that scientific committees making decisions about women’s health should have a gender balance.