Covid news live: New wave in Europe inevitable without action, warns WHO

England may still need “extra precautions” to protect against the coronavirus even after the final step in easing the lockdown, Boris Johnson said.

The prime minister said he would explain “over the next few days” what that might entail. The lifting of restrictions scheduled for June 21 has been postponed to July 19 due to the increase in cases caused by the Delta variant, and infections continue to rise.

It came as the World Health Organization warned that Europe would inevitably face a new wave of Covid-19 infections unless the public and national governments remain disciplined in their attempts to control the disease. pandemic.

The agency’s European head, Hans Kluge, said the three conditions for a wave of excessive deaths were now met: low vaccination rates; increased social diversity; and new variants.


Google Brings ‘Covid Cards’ to Android Phones That Show If You Have Been Vaccinated or Have Been Tested

Google is bringing digital Covid documents, which it calls a “Covid card” to Android phones and tablets, written Adam smith.

The feature is part of its Passes API, which is used for loyalty cards and airport boarding passes, and would be used to display vaccination and testing statuses.

“Starting today, developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies and organizations authorized by public health authorities to distribute COVID vaccines and / or tests will have access to these APIs to create a digital version of information on COVID vaccination or testing, “Google said in its blog post announcing the update.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 2:22 PM


Israel sees increase in Covid cases despite world-leading vaccination program

Israel is seeing an increase in new Covid-19 infections despite having vaccinated more of its population than any other country in the world, figures show.

Authorities on Wednesday recorded 307 new cases, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 2:04 PM


Full report: Johnson comments on Covid restrictions during visit to Sunderland

Earlier we brought you some of Boris Johnson’s comments during his visit to a Nissan auto factory in Sunderland.

Our political correspondent Jon stone has a full envelope below:

Matt MathersJuly 1, 2021 1:50 PM


Ethnic Minority Students Missed More Schools Than White Peers, Study Finds

Children from most ethnic minorities missed more school sessions in England in the fall of last year than their white counterparts due to Covid-19, new figures suggest.

Almost one in 10 Asian students (9.2%) was absent from school due to circumstances related to the coronavirus – the highest of all major ethnic minority groups, according to data released by the Ministry of Education (DfE).

Métis students have absence rates of 7.3% and black students 7.2%, compared to 6.6% for white students.

In more detail, the DfE said that pupils from the Gypsy / Roma and Pakistani ethnic groups had the highest absence rates, with rates of 10.9% and 10.8% respectively.

This compares to 7.0% for all students.

Chinese students were the least likely to miss school, with 6.1% absent due to the virus.

Matt MathersJuly 1, 2021 1:35 PM


Children may need to be vaccinated to achieve collective immunity, warns government adviser

Children may need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order for the British population to achieve herd immunity, according to an adviser to the Government’s Vaccine Task Force.

Professor Jeffrey Almond told Sky News jabs for young people may be needed to reach the benchmark for herd immunity.

“At the beginning, we estimated that it takes about 65% to 70% of the whole population to be immunized in order to have this herd immunity that prevents the spread of the virus,” he said.

“Because with 80% of the adult population (vaccinated), if that is only 50% of the total population, we are still too low to prevent the spread of the virus and it will spread to children.

“So I am in favor, if we can and when we can, of vaccinating children as well so that the entire population is so immunized that the virus can no longer circulate.”

Matt MathersJuly 1, 2021 1:20 PM


PM: Two doses of vaccine will be a “liberator” by allowing people to travel without quarantine

Boris Johnson has suggested that people who have received two doses of the vaccine will be able to travel abroad without the need for quarantine upon arrival home.

The prime minister said a plan would be drawn up in the “coming days”. The rules are expected to apply to Amber List countries.

Speaking to reporters on a visit to a Nissan factory in Sunderland, Mr Johnson said: “I am very confident that the double hits will be a liberator and allow people to travel.

“We’ll talk about it in a lot more detail over the month of July and over the next few days – on how we see it working.”

He added: “But there is no doubt that once you have both jabs, you are in a much better position.”

Matt MathersJuly 1, 2021 1:00 PM


Conservative MPs urge prime minister to end school bubbles on July 19

Boris Johnson is under further pressure from Tory MPs to end school “bubbles” when lockdown restrictions in England are lifted later this month.

Former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is among 48 MPs to sign a letter to the PM warning that the current policy is “disproportionate” and “unsustainable”.

The call came after official data showed 279,000 children in England are in isolation due to possible contact with a Covid-19 case.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested the school bubbles will end when classes resume after summer break in September.

But the letter said it was critical that schools “get back to normal” when the lockdown is lifted – set for July 19 – even if it is “only for the last days of the term.”

“This will send an important signal before the fall that the road to freedom is a ‘one-way road’ and truly ‘irreversible’,” the letter said.

Matt MathersJuly 1, 2021 12:43 PM


England will still need ‘extra precautions’ against Covid even after lockdown, PM says

Boris Johnson has admitted that some “extra precautions” may be needed to protect against Covid-19 after the fourth stage of his plans to end England’s lockdown.

During a visit to a Nissan factory in Sunderland, the Prime Minister said: “I know how eager people are to return to total normalcy, as I am indeed.

“I will define over the next few days what exactly the fourth stage will look like.

“But I think I’ve said it before, we’ll want to get back to a world as close to the status quo as possible, ante-Covid, as much as possible. Try to come back to life as close as before. Covid.

“But there might be some things we need to do, some extra precautions we need to take, but I’ll outline them.”

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 12:24 PM


Nightclubs to reopen without Covid testing requirements, report says

Nightclubs and concert halls would be allowed to reopen from July 19 without requiring revelers to produce a negative Covid test or show vaccine passports at the entrance.

According to Standard Evening, ministers believe that having people wishing to go out at night to pass Covid tests would be “too complicated” for the public and companies in the nightlife industry, written Kate ng.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is leading a review of how certification of Covid status could play a role in fully reopening the economy.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 12:15 PM


Quarantine of hotels reach record level

Some 10,289 people began quarantining themselves at a quarantine hotel managed in England in the week to June 23, the highest number since the quarantine system began in February, according to figures from Test and Trace.

Anyone authorized to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) is required to self-quarantine for 10 days, along with people who have visited or passed through a country and a territory where travel to the UK is prohibited (so-called “red list” countries) required to self-quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.

Only UK or Irish nationals or persons with UK residence rights are allowed to enter England via a Red List country.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 12:00

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