Coronavirus news UK – Boris Johnson urged to rethink July 19 as Delta variant brings 32,551 new Covid cases & 35 deaths

BORIS Johnson has been urged to rethink July 19 lockdown lift by scores of global health experts as Delta variant cases rise in the UK.

More than 100 scientists said it would be "dangerous and premature" to lift Covid restrictions in England this month and urged the PM to pause until more people are jabbed.

Writing in the Lancet, the global health experts warned that removing restrictions will result in millions of infections and risk an entire generation suffering decades of chronic health issues and disability from long Covid.

Meanwhile, Covid deaths increased by 35 on Thursday – the third time this week the figure has been higher than 30 – with a further 32,551 new cases taking the UK's infection total past 5million.

It comes as children and fully vaccinated adults will not need to quarantine on their return to England from amber list countries from July 19.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps detailed his plans to MPs today to free up foreign holidays as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

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    BRAZIL REGISTERS 53,725 NEW COVID CASES AND 1,639 NEW DEATHS IN LATEST DAILY UPDATE

    Brazil registered 53,725 new COVID-19 cases and 1,639 new deaths in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

    This brings the total in Brazil to nearly 19 million cases and 530,179 deaths.

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    NHS COVID-19 APP ALERTS AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JANUARY

    A total of 356,036 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID-19 app in England in the week to 30 June.

    These were notifications telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

    The figure is up from 219,391 the previous week – a jump of 62% – and is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January.

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    BRITS CAN TRAVEL QUARANTINE-FREE TO OVER 100 COUNTRIES FROM JULY 19 – PROVIDING THEY'RE DOUBLE JABBED BY THE NHS

    The government announced double-jabbed Brits can travel quarantine-free to over 100 countries from later this month.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the plans to MPs this morning.

    But holiday joy will only apply to the people in England – and expats jabbed abroad will still have to isolate when they come back to the UK.

    He said: "I can confirm today that from the 19th of July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated, through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self, isolate when they return to England."

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    COVID UK NEWS: THE LATEST

    • Holidays are back on as double-vaccinated Brits can skip quarantine on July 19
    • Amber list countries could turn red at short notice this summer
    • The Delta variant has driven a surge in cases in 25 areas
    • A third lockdown with 10,000 extra deaths is "inevitable" as the NHS is broken, doctors have said

    UK DAILY COVID DEATHS ABOVE 30 FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS WEEK AS 35 NEW FATALITIES AND 32,551 CASES ARE RECORDED

    Covid deaths have today increased by 35 – the third time this week the figure has been higher than 30. 

    Cases jumped by 32,551 as the total number of infections passed the 5 million mark.

    It marks the highest increase in cases since January 23 when 33,522 infections were recorded.

    Today’s figures mean that 5,022,893 Brits have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 128,336 people have died.

    Deaths are up slightly on yesterday's figure of 33, but lower than the 37 reported on Tuesday.

    Read more here.

     

    NO SPECTATORS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS THIS SUMMER AFTER STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

    Spectators will be barred from Olympic venues in Tokyo this summer, with organisers insisting it was the "only choice" after a new state of emergency was declared in the Japanese capital.

    The news is the latest setback for the Games, which was initially postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The global health crisis continues to have a major impact on preparations for the event, with rising infection rates in the Tokyo region prompting the Japanese government to reimpose emergency measures for a fourth time.

    Olympic events taking place in regions of Japan where emergency measures have not been imposed may still admit spectators if the relevant local authorities opt to do so, a statement from the organisers said.

    Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said on Thursday: "This is a sorry message that we have to announce, but this was the only choice available to take."

    NORTHERN IRELAND SET FOR WAVE OF COVID-19 RELAXATIONS ON JULY 26

    Stormont ministers have agreed a further wave of Covid-19 relaxations for Northern Ireland.

    The measures, which include the end of social-distancing requirements for outdoor activities and a reduction of the distance to one metre for indoor settings, are set to come into effect on July 26.

    From that date people returning from amber list countries who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will not have to self-isolate on arrival in Northern Ireland or take a test eight days after their return.

    A PCR test on day two of return will still be required.

    While the move on international travel quarantine has been given a firm green light for July 26, the other relaxations agree by ministers that are earmarked for that date will need final ratification by the Executive on July 22.

    HOW DO I REARRANGE MY COVID JAB?

    Covid vaccines are still being rolled out across the UK with millions of Brits able to now get their second jab eight weeks after the first.

    It is very straightforward to cancel or rebook your slot, should you need to make it earlier or rejig due to illness or other commitments.

    If something has come up and you need to reschedule your jab slot you need to let the NHS know – or you want to bring your second jab forward, you can do.

    But you must make sure that it is not moved to earlier than eight weeks after your first dose.

    If you already have a slot you need to go to the NHS vaccine portal, by clicking here.

    NEW VACCINATION CHECKS AT BORDERS LIKELY TO CAUSE QUEUES – SHAPPS

    New checks on the vaccination status of Brits could cause queues at airports and ports, including the busy cross-Channel route, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

    “These additional checks are likely to cause delays potentially on both sides of the border of the Channel this summer,” Shapps said today.

    “I am working closely with my French counterpart to try to minimise any delays as much as possible.”

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      GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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      NHS TEST AND TRACE 'HAS BEEN A SUCCESS', SAYS FORMER BOSS BARONESS HARDING

      The much-criticised NHS Test and Trace programme has proved a "success" in fighting the Covid pandemic, the organisation's former head has said.

      Baroness Harding rejected accusations that it had failed in its objectives after the country was forced into a second national lockdown last winter.

      Giving evidence to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, she said it was responsible for helping to break the chains of virus transmission, reducing infections by up to a third.

      "I do appreciate that a lot of people listening to this will find this rather incredulous given some of the way it's been reported, but I would actually argue that NHS Test and Trace has been a success, that it has delivered on the objective to help break the chains of transmission," she said.

      Her comments come amid widespread criticism of its performance, with the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) having said it had only a marginal impact on transmission, despite a budget of £37 billion over two years.

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      SAJID JAVID 'COMFORTABLE' WITH TIMETABLE FOR ENDING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

      Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was "comfortable" with the timetable for ending England's lockdown despite the surge in coronavirus cases.

      "We feel very comfortable with the plans we have set out, despite the rise we are going to see in infections," he told the Local Government Association.

      "I think they are going to be a lot higher by July 19 than they are today, I think into August they are going to be even higher than that.

      "But it's the vaccine that's working and that's what gives us the confidence."

       

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      ONE IN 17 OVER-80S IN ENGLAND MAY NOT HAVE ANY COVID-19 VACCINE, FIGURES SUGGEST

      Some 6% of people aged 80 and over in England may not have received any doses of Covid-19 vaccine, new data suggests.

      The figure is the equivalent of around one in 17 over-80s, or just over 171,000 people, with 47,000 of them in London.

      Other age groups among the over-50s are likely to have a much lower percentage of unvaccinated individuals, with estimates of 0.5% for 70 to 79-year-olds, 2.3% for 60 to 69-year-olds and 4.9% for 50 to 59-year-olds.

      The data has been published by NHS England and covers vaccinations delivered up to July 4.

      The Government has said all adults in England will have been offered a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine by July 19.

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      JAVID HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO OPEN UP IN THE SUMMER AHEAD OF WINTER FLU CHALLENGES

      This winter's flu season could be more challenging than previous years due to a lack of confidence in the vaccine and low natural immunity due to lockdown, Sajid Javid warned.

      The Health Secretary said the potential problems from flu underlined the need to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England this summer rather than risk a wave of Covid-19 cases coinciding with the annual NHS winter pressures.

      The Government has targeted July 19 to lift the major remaining restrictions and Mr Javid said that while he understood concerns about the approach, it was a matter of getting it done before the winter.

      He warned that experts had concerns about the impact of flu this winter because of the lack of natural immunity because of low prevalence during the lockdown last winter and "less confidence" in this year's vaccine due to a lack of data from southern hemisphere cases.

      "There are people who are anxious and want us to be more cautious with opening up and I totally understand that, I absolutely get that," he told the Local Government Association conference.

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      PM’S COVID APPROACH ‘AN EXCEPTION’, SAYS STURGEON IN PLEA FOR CAUTION

      The UK Government’s approach to dropping coronavirus regulations “is something of an exception”, Nicola Sturgeon said as she stressed she and her ministers will have to “think carefully about what steps we do take at this juncture”.

      The Prime Minister has promised to tear up most of England’s coronavirus regulations at Step 4 of the road map on July 19, but Scotland’s First Minister said many protections will be retained north of the border.

      Ms Sturgeon told a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing on Thursday that current high case numbers are concerning, but there is a “suggestion that the recent surge in cases may be to some extent levelling off”.

      Case numbers are now 1,432 lower than they were last Thursday, she said, adding that the seven-day average also appears to show a “slowdown in the rise of positive cases”.

      She added: “This is encouraging news but obviously case numbers remain high and that is a worry.”

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      BOOST FOR HOLIDAYS AS DOUBLE-VACCINATED BRITS AND THEIR KIDS CAN SKIP QUARANTINE ON JULY 19 FROM AMBER COUNTRIES

      Boost for holidays as double-vaccinated Brits and their kids CAN skip quarantine on July 19 from amber countries

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      NORTHERN IRELAND CONFIRMS 627 NEW COVID CASES – BUT ZERO DEATHS

      A further 627 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said.

      There were no further coronavirus-linked deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

      On Thursday morning there were 48 Covid-positive inpatients in hospital, of whom three were in intensive care.

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      MAPPED: THE FIVE AREAS WHERE COVID CASES ARE RISING FASTEST

       

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      NEW VACCINATION CHECKS AT BORDERS LIKELY TO CAUSE QUEUES – SHAPPS

      New checks on the vaccination status of Brits could cause queues at airports and ports, including the busy cross-Channel route, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

      "These additional checks are likely to cause delays potentially on both sides of the border of the Channel this summer," Shapps said today.

      "I am working closely with my French counterpart to try to minimise any delays as much as possible."

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      AMBER LIST QUARANTINE EXEMPTION APPLY TO THOSE JABBED BY NHS ONLY

      Downing Street has confirmed that the exemption to quarantine for holidaymakers returning from amber list nations will only apply to those who have been vaccinated by the NHS.

      The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "It does need to be a vaccine administered through the NHS rollout so you would need to have received your vaccine through the NHS rather than in a different country."

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      NHS COVID APP ALERTS JUMP MORE THAN 60% AS VIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

      The number of exposure alerts sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app in England has risen by more than 60%, according to the latest contact tracing figures, as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

      A total of 356,036 alerts were sent to users of the app in England in the week to June 30, telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

      This is up from 219,391 the previous week – a jump of 62% – and is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January and comes as the Government and health officials have suggested self-isolation rules could be adapted to take into account the number of people who have been vaccinated.

      The head of the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries, told the Commons Public Accounts Committee on Thursday that work was being done to "tune" the app to work within an increasingly vaccinated population to ensure it was there "for a purpose, not for annoyance".

      Ministers have been warned that millions of people could be "pinged" by the app or ordered to self-isolate by Test and Trace, with infections expected to hit around 100,000 cases a day in the summer.

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      NHS WAITING LIST AT RECORD HIGH BUT HOSPITALS ADMITTING MORE PATIENTS

      The number of people admitted to hospital for surgery and routine treatment is getting back to pre-pandemic levels, although the overall NHS waiting list has reached a new record high, figures show.

      The total number of people admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England in May was 242,064 – more than four times the number a year earlier (54,550), when hospitals were treating thousands of Covid patients.

      Before the pandemic struck, the NHS admitted 295,881 people for routine treatment in May 2019, suggesting the health service is getting close to dealing with pre-pandemic numbers of patients.

      However, the overall number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high, the NHS England data shows.

      A total of 5.3 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of May 2021 – the highest number since records began in August 2007.

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      GRANT SHAPPS EXPLAINS TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR BRITS TRAVELLING TO AMBER DESTINATIONS

      Grant Shapps said: "They'll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they're negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test."

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      PM'S COVID APPROACH 'AN EXCEPTION', SAYS STURGEON IN PLEA FOR CAUTION

      The UK Government's approach to dropping coronavirus regulations "is something of an exception", Nicola Sturgeon said as she stressed she and her ministers will have to "think carefully about what steps we do take at this juncture".

      The Prime Minister has promised to tear up most of England's coronavirus regulations at Step 4 of the road map on July 19, but Scotland's First Minister said many protections will be retained north of the border.

      Ms Sturgeon told a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing on Thursday that current high case numbers are concerning, but there is a "suggestion that the recent surge in cases may be to some extent levelling off".

      Case numbers are now 1,432 lower than they were last Thursday, she said, adding that the seven-day average also appears to show a "slowdown in the rise of positive cases".

      She added: "This is encouraging news but obviously case numbers remain high and that is a worry."

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      GMB'S RICHARD MADELEY IN HEATED ARGUMENT WITH DOCTOR AND PSYCHOLOGIST ABOUT END OF LOCKDOWN

      Richard Madeley in heated argument with doctor and psychologist about end of lockdown

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