Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown to RETURN in 11 WEEKS with hospitalisations rising by 2,000 every day, experts fear

BORIS Johnson has begged Brits not to go crazy next week as Covid restrictions are eased – and stressed July 19 should not be “treated as a great jubilee”. 

The PM urged the public to exercise “extreme caution” as the country unlocks fully, warning that hospitalisations could rise this summer. 

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference that the pandemic is “not over” as he said mask use will be advised in crowded and enclosed spaces even after legal controls end.

He said that "the unlocking should not be taken as an invitation by everybody to have a great jubilee".

The PM said: “It is absolutely vital that we proceed now with caution and I cannot say this powerfully or emphatically enough: this pandemic is not over.

“This disease, coronavirus, continues to carry risks for you and your family.

“We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday July 19 to life as it was before Covid.

"We will stick to our plan to lift legal restrictions and to lift social distancing, but we expect and recommend that people wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with those you don't normally meet, such as on public transport.”

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    ANTI-VAX BEAUTY THERAPIST REFUSES TO TREAT JABBED CUSTOMERS

    Anti-vaxxer Sarah McCutheon announced that her business, Wellness and Wellbeing With Sarah, will not “conduct treatments on any vaccinated person.”

    McCutcheon posted the message on her Facebook page for the business, based in Glasgow, Scotland, claiming that her “long term clients follow a very natural path.”

    But a national beauty trade body has said that her policy goes against UK government guidance, which has been put in place to keep customers safe.

    According to the Daily Record the health and beauty therapist shared the message from an Australian hair salon which read: “We are not your hairdresser if you have had the Covid vax.”

    She added: “We agree and will not conduct massages or treatments on any vaccinated people.”

    When one follower asked why she had decided to take the stance, the business responded: “Many of my loyal long term clients follow a very natural path and I want to ensure they feel safe in the environment".

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    SAGE WARNS GOVT MAY HAVE TO REVERSE LOCKDOWN EASING WITH THIRD WAVE PEAK COULD SEE 200 DAILY DEATHS

    The third Covid peak will hit the young just weeks after Freedom Day, experts have warned.

    Sage experts warned the Government to be ready to halt on lockdown easing if cases rocket and hospitals struggle.

    Professor Chris Whitty also begged Brits to “go slowly, and steadily and cautiously” upon release from lockdown.

    And Sir Patrick Vallance added, at a Downing Street press conference: “There is no doubt that step four will bring an increase in spread of infection.”

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    HEATHROW PASSENGER NUMBERS REMAIN ALMOST 90% DOWN ON PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS

    Heathrow passenger numbers remain almost 90% down on pre-pandemic levels and significantly lower than EU rival airports, new figures show.

    Airport bosses revealed just 957,000 passengers passed through its terminals in June compared with 7,246,157 who used the west London airport in June 2019.

    The number of passengers travelling through the airport covers the month where Portugal was moved from the green list of countries to amber and led to widespread fury in the travel sector over the speed of rule changes for travellers.

    Following the latest data, Heathrow bosses urged the Government to do more to support the sector.

    They pointed out that Schiphol and Frankfurt airports in the Netherlands and Germany respectively have surpassed their 2019 cargo volumes, growing by 14% and 9% respectively compared to 2019.

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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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    THOUSANDS OF WORKING PLAN TO HEAD BACK TO OFFICES IN ‘GRADUAL RETURN’ TO THE WORKPLACE – YOUR RIGHTS EXPLAINED

    Thousands of workers will be ordered back to offices from July 19 – but the return will be phased. 

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed in the Commons that final stage of his roadmap out of lockdown can go-ahead next week but warned the pandemic is far from over. 

    Mr Javid said: “We have looked closely at the data against these four tests and we firmly believe this is the right time to get our nation closer to normal life.

    “There will never be a perfect time to take this step because we simply cannot eradicate this virus – whether we like it or not, coronavirus is not going away.”

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    FEAR DAY

    Millions of high risk Brits will have to "avoid the unjabbed" and limit contacts after July 19 when restrictions are lifted.

    Government guidance has told the clinically extremely vulnerable to steer clear of people who could pass on Covid to them.

    But ministers have been accused of imposing "de facto shielding advice", as cases rise and mingling increases.

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham slammed the plans, warning of the damage it will do to vulnerable people.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The test is this: is expecting and recommending people to wear face masks enough to give those people the confidence that they can go out and about on public transport safely?

    "I don't think it is and that is why one person's freedom day is another person's fear day. Many people will feel fearful next week."

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    POSSIBLE THAT DAILY COVID CASE NUMBERS COULD HIT 100,000

    Health minister Edward Argar said it is “possible” that daily coronavirus case numbers could hit the 100,000 mark but stressed that vaccines are helping to protect people from serious illness and hospital admission.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “You’ve seen the Secretary of State and others talk about between a range of 50,000 to 100,000 is possible.”

    Mr Argar added: “If you look at hospital admissions, and forgive me if my figures are a little bit out, but the seven-day rolling average of hospital admissions for now, when we’re seeing this level of infection rate, is roughly between 350 and 400 a day.

    “Back in January, with an equivalent infection rate, we were seeing 1,800 to 2,000.

    “So you can see how that vaccine programme may not have broken it by 100% because the vaccine isn’t 100% effective, but it has really severely weakened that link and therefore the numbers we are going to see in hospital are going to be much smaller.”

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    COVID CASES RISE FOR CORONATION STREET AND EMMERDALE STARS AS THEY ‘REFUSE THE VACCINE’

    Stubborn big-name stars and backroom staff on ITV’s Coronation Street and Emmerdale are refusing to be jabbed by the Covid vaccine, claim on set sources – leading to a rise in cases on the soaps. 

    The household name stars are risking the lives of older cast members and jeopardising production by exercising their right not to be vaccinated, insist soap insiders.

    An ITV insider told us: “It is, of course, everyone’s personal choice whether they are vaccinated or not.

    “On both soaps, there’s a handful of cast members as well as production staff who say they won’t be vaccinated and that’s up to them.”

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    JULY 19 UNLOCKING WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE TOP DOCTOR WARNING – BUT DOWNING STREET ADMITS THERE WILL BE ‘DIFFICULT DAYS’

    It is full steam ahead for the lifting of lockdown restrictions later this month, but Downing Street has admitted there will be “difficult days” ahead.

    All legal Covid measures are due to end on July 19 – with face masks and social distancing mandates scrapped and mass events permitted.

    Quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK from abroad will also be ditched, as will the school bubble system.

    Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the move, with No 10 sources saying the PM trusts “the innate good sense of the British people” not to act “recklessly”, the Daily Mail reports.

    But the great unlocking is likely to prompt a significant surge in already rising cases.

    Experts have warned infections could reach a peak of 100,000 a day.

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    COVID FEAR CONTINUED

    Professor Dingwall told Sky News "I think the situation that we're dealing with now is really more of a psychological one than an epidemiological one.

    "Over the last couple of weeks the data haven't really changed, the science hasn't really changed, but I think we have seen the consequences of the levels of fear and anxiety that have been generated in the population over the last 12 to 15 months.

    "And it's going to take some time for those to subside as people get used to Covid as an endemic infection that sits in the background, that doesn't really represent the sort of catastrophic threat that it might have presented when it first appeared last spring," he said.

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    IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GET OVER THE FEAR OF COVID-19, SAYS EXPERT

    It will take people "some time" to get over the fear and anxiety that has arisen as a result of the pandemic, a sociology expert has said.

    Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, said the concerns which have arisen over the last 15 months would take time to subside as people get used to living with Covid-19 as an infection which circulates in society.

    And he said that the focus on masks and face coverings "signal of the levels of fear".

    Prof Dingwall said that it was time for the Government to "make a much more conscious shift towards positive messaging" around coronavirus.

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    HERD IMMUNITY CAN STOP FUTURE ‘BIG WAVES’ IN THEIR TRACKS SAYS PATRICK VALLANCE

    On herd immunity, Sir Patrick Vallance says “we are getting to really quite decent level of antibody”, which will make it harder for the virus to spread. 

    “Whether you reach the stage where you get to true herd immunity is a different issue,” he says.

    “It is really important we get to everybody,” he adds, particularly young people. 

    “The possibility of future big waves would go at that point.”

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    VALLANCE: VACCINES REDUCING COVID TRANSMISSION BY 75%

    The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has said vaccinations are reducing the overall chances of someone transmitting the virus by about 75%.

    Sir Patrick told a Downing Street news conference that people who had been vaccinated were both less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

    He said there was “no doubt” the country was in a third wave of the virus that would lead to an increase in the number of hospital admissions.

    “If behaviour returns immediately to pre-pandemic levels that will be a very, very big rise. If we go slowly and cautiously, it will be less of a rise,” he said.

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    FORMER HEAD OF AMAZON UK DOUGLAS GURR APPLIES TO HEAD UP NHS AS SERVICES FACE 5 MILLION PATIENT BACKLOG

    The British businessman, who has net worth of more than £1million, would replace Lord Stevens of Birmingham who leaves the role next month.

    According to the The Times, Gurr was interviewed by Treasury officials last week, which involved a number of evaluations and ten rounds of interviews.

    The 57-year-old, who divides his time between London and Yorkshire, served as global vice-president of the online shopping giant between 2016 and 2020.  

    Since leaving Amazon, he has been the director of the Natural History Museum and chairman of the British Heart Foundation.

    He is also believed to have close ties with the UK government – something he utilised when he was allegedly given free access to NHS data as Amazon boss in 2019.

    The Times sources listed him as one of many applicants vying to become the head of Europe’s largest employer which oversees a huge £150 billion budget.

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    RUSSIA REPORTS 25,140 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 710 DEATHS

    Russia reported 25,140 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 5,403 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,808,473.

    The government coronavirus task force said 710 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 143,712.

    The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has said Russia recorded around 290,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to May 2021.

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    MORE THAN 250 DELTA VARIANT DEATHS

    As of June 21, there had been 257 deaths in England of people who were confirmed as having the Delta variant and who died within 28 days of a positive test, Public Health England said.

    Of this number, 26 were under the age of 50 and 231 were aged 50 or over.

    Of the 231 aged 50 or over, 71 were unvaccinated, one was within 21 days of a first dose of vaccine, 41 at least 21 days after one dose of vaccine and 116 had received both doses.

    Of the 26 under 50, three were at least 21 days after a first dose of vaccine, two had received both doses and 21 were unvaccinated.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ‘SICKENED’ BY ‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’ RACIST ABUSE OF ENGLAND’S SAKA, RASHFORD & SANCHO AFTER EUROS FINAL

    Prince William has slammed vile racists who posted messages of abuse to three young black Lions after last night’s heartbreaking defeat.

    The royal – who was at yesterday’s game with wife Kate and son George – said he’s “sickened” at the disgusting trolls who targeted Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

    And Gareth Southgate has told journalists the attacks are “unforgiveable” – and it’s “just not what we stand for”.

    The Duke of Cambridge, who serves as president of The FA, tweeted: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

    “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.   It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W.”

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    MAJOR HOLIDAY BOOST AS MORE COUNTRIES TO BE ADDED TO THE GREEN LIST THIS WEEK

    England fans can drown their penalty drubbing with pasta and pizza on sun-kissed Italian beaches – with Italy set to be added to the Green list just days after the Wembley defeat. 

    Insiders say the data for many top Euro destinations are looking “positive” with the quarantine-free list set to expand next week.

    But the Whitehall insiders say that more holiday destinations will go green. 

    One said: “The landscape is looking more positive for a number of destinations, so we should see some more additions to the list.”

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    MINISTERS TOLD TO ‘BRACE FOR 2MILLION COVID CASES IN THE WEEKS AFTER FREEDOM DAY’

    Ministers have reportedly been told to brace for two millions Covid cases in the weeks after Freedom Day.

    Restrictions are set to lift entirely from next Monday – with thousands more infections expected as Delta still runs rampant.

    It is thought ministers are prepping for at least one to two million new cases, sparked by the unlocking, the Guardian reports.

    Public alarm has been growing in the face of rising case numbers fuelled by the super-infectious Delta variant.

    Labour has called the “big bang” reopening “reckless” and urged the PM to instead take baby steps back to normality.

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    SIMPLE BLOOD TEST COULD DIAGNOSE LONG COVID WITHIN MONTHS, FIRST STUDY FINDS

    A simple blood test could confirm if you’re suffering with long Covid within months, a study has found.

    Scientists noticed a pattern of irregularities in people with the debilitating condition.

    Imperial College London researchers discovered rogue antibodies in the blood of afflicted people.

    Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial, said: “It’s hard to escape a prediction that 100,000 new infections a day equates to 10,000 to 20,000 long Covid cases a day, especially in young people.

    “That’s a lot of damage to a lot of lives. And it’s hard to see that we’d have the healthcare provision to deal with it on that scale.

    “All of us working on this could not be more alarmed.”

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    FLU JABS ‘PROTECTS AGAINST SOME SEVERE COVID EFFECTS’, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

    Flu jabs protect against some of the serious effects of Covid, scientists have discovered.

    It serves as another reason to get the vaccine in the autumn, when it’s feared flu and Covid could cause a double whammy of disease.

    Researchers looked at the health records of almost 37,400 people who had gotten Covid from the UK, US, Germany, Italy, Israel and Singapore.

    Half of them, in the first group, had gotten the flu jab between two weeks and six months before a Covid diagnosis, while those in the second group had not been vaccinated against the flu.

    Those who had not gotten a flu jab were up to 20 per cent more likely to have been admitted to ICU with Covid.

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    POSSIBLE THAT DAILY COVID CASE NUMBERS COULD HIT 100,000

    Health minister Edward Argar said it is “possible” that daily coronavirus case numbers could hit the 100,000 mark but stressed that vaccines are helping to protect people from serious illness and hospital admission.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “You’ve seen the Secretary of State and others talk about between a range of 50,000 to 100,000 is possible.”

    Mr Argar added: “If you look at hospital admissions, and forgive me if my figures are a little bit out, but the seven-day rolling average of hospital admissions for now, when we’re seeing this level of infection rate, is roughly between 350 and 400 a day.

    “Back in January, with an equivalent infection rate, we were seeing 1,800 to 2,000.

    “So you can see how that vaccine programme may not have broken it by 100% because the vaccine isn’t 100% effective, but it has really severely weakened that link and therefore the numbers we are going to see in hospital are going to be much smaller.”

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    ANTI-VAX BEAUTY THERAPIST REFUSES TO TREAT JABBED CUSTOMERS

    Anti-vaxxer Sarah McCutheon announced that her business, Wellness and Wellbeing With Sarah, will not “conduct treatments on any vaccinated person.”

    McCutcheon posted the message on her Facebook page for the business, based in Glasgow, Scotland, claiming that her “long term clients follow a very natural path.”

    But a national beauty trade body has said that her policy goes against UK government guidance, which has been put in place to keep customers safe.

    According to the Daily Record the health and beauty therapist shared the message from an Australian hair salon which read: “We are not your hairdresser if you have had the Covid vax.”

    She added: “We agree and will not conduct massages or treatments on any vaccinated people.”

    When one follower asked why she had decided to take the stance, the business responded: “Many of my loyal long term clients follow a very natural path and I want to ensure they feel safe in the environment that they come to relax in”.

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    MASK FORCE

    Brits will be “expected” to wear masks in indoors and enclosed spaces, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed yesterday.

    Face coverings will no longer be mandatory from July 19 once all Covid curbs are lifted.

    Boris Johnson is expected to confirm tomorrow that all remaining restrictions will be lifted on Freedom Day.

    Last week, the PM said masks would become a “personal choice” as he tore up laws making them a legal requirement on buses, trains, and in shops and other indoor venues.

    But new guidance to be published on Monday will advise people to wear masks in crowded, indoor settings, Mr Zahawi told Sky News this morning.

    Mr Zahawi said: “I think it is important that we remain cautious and careful and the guidelines that we will set out tomorrow will demonstrate that.

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