Covid News Live: Boris Johnson Under Pressure To Delay Release From Lockdown
Up to 75% of Covid cases caused by Indian variant, confirms Hancock
A “sense of confusion” is undermining government efforts to suppress the coronavirus, a Sage psychologist has warned. Professor Stephen Reicher told BBC Radio 4 Today program that Westminster is in a ‘pickle’ because it appears to have abandoned its ‘data, no dates’ principle ahead of its scheduled June 21 lockdown release.
Professor Reicher has also accused the government of contradicting itself in current posts, for example by telling people they can travel legally and kiss each other – but “please don’t”.
His warning comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces mounting pressure to delay lifting all lockdown restrictions as experts warn cases could increase exponentially once roadmap step 4 is reached .
Cambridge University professor Sir Tim Gowers, credited with warning the government of its initial herd immunity strategy, said things “are going to turn bad very, very quickly” if the time is right. poorly assessed because the number of daily infections reached its highest level since the end. March. Downing Street says it’s too early to make a decision on any potential delay.
Vaccinating children remains a ‘complicated’ question, says JCVI scientist
A JCVI scientist said he does not believe the UK will be able to prevent “huge amounts” of virus transmission by vaccinating children, and that whether or not to vaccinate young people remains a “complicated” issue.
Professor Anthony Harnden, vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), told BBC Breakfast there are “ethical issues” to consider when it comes to vaccinating people. children, including the degree of protection it could offer teachers and whether it is fair to vaccinate such a low-risk group when few adults have been vaccinated elsewhere.
“Obviously with children there is a range of different options that involve choosing certain children to be vaccinated on the basis of risk, we know the majority of children do not have a huge risk of complications, that we are vaccinating for educational purposes, we are vaccinating to protect other members of the population, these are the ethical questions, there are a lot of problems to think about ”, he declared.
“It’s a complicated position to decide on childhood immunizations, of course, and then there’s the larger global ethical argument about using the vaccine in children when there are other people in it. world who may not be vaccinated.
“So we have to think about all these questions, we are probably going to give the government a range of options.”
He added: “It’s complicated, but we’re going to think deeply about these issues and give some really good advice.
Professor Harnden said vaccines help fight transmission, but “only to a certain extent” and that “I don’t think we will be able to immunize children to prevent huge amounts of transmission within. the community”.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 11:04 AM
Face masks and working from home could expand beyond June
Face masks and home guiding work can remain in place after June 21, Time reports.
The newspaper says the government is increasingly concerned about the spread of the Indian variant and can only partially lift the coronavirus guidelines even as the fourth stage of the non-lockdown roadmap is reached.
Ministers would prioritize dropping social distancing rules as well as the ‘rule of six’ inside to help the economy recover from the pandemic.
A review of the measures to be relaxed from June 21 was scheduled for the end of May, but has been postponed while the Indian variant is monitored.
But the prime minister remains optimistic the lockdown can end as planned, telling reporters on Thursday that he “hasn’t seen anything in the data right now” to ensure a delay.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 10:42 AM
Easing lockdown will be ‘gradual process’ even after June 21, JCVI scientist says
Easing the lockdown will be a “gradual process” even if the fourth stage of the prime minister’s roadmap is reached on June 21, a JCVI scientist said.
Professor Anthony Harnden, vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), told BBC Breakfast people will have to continue to “exercise caution, even though the June 21 date is brought forward”.
“Even if we unlock, if you are in a vulnerable position, especially if you have not been vaccinated, you have to continue to be careful, even though the June 21 date is advanced,” he said.
“So I think we’ve all gotten used to living within limits at the moment and I think it’s not all or nothing, I think it will be a gradual process even as the June 21 date continues.
Professor Harnden added that the government will need to “carefully consider” the data on the spread of the Indian variant in the UK before committing to June 21 as the date on which all legal restrictions will be lifted.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 10:28 AM
This government asks “who are we saving?” scares people with disabilities
Former Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cummings tweeted an image with “who aren’t we saving?” before his explosive testimony in Parliament on the government’s handling of the pandemic.
The response from Britain’s disability community would probably be something like this: “Thank you Dom. But I think we knew what the answer to that question would be before it was even asked.
Keep reading this article from James Moore:
Contradictions and confusion undermine government messages, Sage psychologist says
A Sage psychologist accused the government of undermining its own efforts to suppress the coronavirus through contradictions and confusion.
Professor Stephen Reicher, who sits on Sage’s subcommittee that advises the government on behavioral science, told BBC Radio 4 that Westminster was in a ‘pickle’ as it appears to have abandoned its’ data, not dates ”before the scheduled lockdown. released on June 21.
“The data we’re seeing right now suggests we have a problem. We don’t know how big the problem is: it could be serious, it could be very serious, we will learn in the next week or two, ”he said.
“But the problem for the government is: on the one hand, it cannot delay what it has been promising for so long, but on the other hand it is aware of the dangers of doing so.
“And so you see it in the fact that they’re starting to act in a pretty contradictory way.
“They tell us, for example when traveling: ‘You can travel abroad, but don’t do it’.
“They say of social contact ‘you can hug, but please don’t.’ They say about the restrictions, “no restrictions, but please do not enter and exit hotspots”.
“This contradiction, this feeling of confusion, I think, undermines the answer.”
Downing Street has previously said it is too early to say whether the June 21 date set for the fourth stage of the non-lockdown roadmap should be continued.
For more, read the report from Kate Devlin, editor-in-chief of Whitehall:
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 9:37 AM
Highly transmissible hybrid of British and Indian variants found in Vietnam, health minister says
A new variant of the coronavirus that spreads quickly by air and includes a mixture of mutations found in variants from Kent and India has been discovered in Vietnam, local media said citing the country’s health minister.
Vietnam will soon announce the new variant to the world, Nguyen Thanh Long said, according to VnExpress.
Continue reading Andy Gregory’s report here:
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 9:28 AM
Glasgow coronavirus cases on the rise, health secretary warns
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has warned that coronavirus cases are on the rise in Glasgow.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that in “a few concentrated hot spots” Glasgow is experiencing “significant community transmission”.
“The levels and number of cases continue to increase,” he said.
“What we’re seeing is that it’s happening in areas where there’s a large, diverse community, so there’s a likelihood that the variant came from international travel.
“Therefore, we are trying to get to the bottom of how he got in.”
Other parts of Scotland are experiencing “relatively contained” outbreaks, he added.
Glasgow is the only part of Scotland still subject to level three restrictions, which will remain in place for at least a week.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 9:12 AM
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be used as a booster shot, expert says
The newly approved Johnson & Johnson single-injection vaccine could be used as a booster, a vaccine expert said.
Cambridge immunologist Klaus Okkenhaug told Times Radio that the vaccine has been shown to be “really effective” and may be “beneficial” for people who have received two doses.
“I can see that being really beneficial, for example, someone who had two AstraZeneca jabs a year or two later could benefit from a Janssen jab,” he said, adding that he was “interesting” that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had alluded to this.
The vaccine, manufactured by the Janssen subsidiary of the American company Johnson & Johnson, was approved by British regulators on Friday.
It is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be approved in the UK, and the first to be given as a single injection.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 9:01 AM
Daily cases exceed 4,000 for the first time since March
The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases exceeded 4,000 for the first time since March Friday.
Deaths have also increased slightly – from 35 the week before May 20 to 42 the week before May 27.
While scientists remain concerned about the spread of the Indian variant, there is some positive news when it comes to vaccines.
More than 53 million doses have now been administered in England, according to NHS data.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 8:46 AM
Vaccinating teens could help stop spread to teachers, vaccine expert says
There is a good argument to be made for offering the coronavirus vaccine to children aged 12 and older, according to a vaccination expert.
Klaus Okkenhaug, professor of immunology at the University of Cambridge, told Times Radio that vaccinating children “reduces their chances of passing this virus on to their teachers.”
“I think given the phenomenal safety records of some of the vaccines, there is a good case for going forward at least with older children, say 12 and over,” he said.
But it is “a small balance because they are so unlikely to be affected by the virus,” he added.
Joanna taylorMay 29, 2021 8:27 AM