Covid news live: Latest lockdown updates as vaccine milestone reaches
The UK has taken an important vaccination milestone as three-quarters of adults have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
A total of 39,585,665 first doses have been delivered since the start of the vaccination rollout almost six months ago.
This is the equivalent of 75.2 percent of all people aged 18 and over.
It came as Boris Johnson insisted the lifting of all Covid restrictions on June 21 was currently on track, but admitted the latest data was “ambiguous”.
The Prime Minister said: “I can’t see anything in the data at the moment that means we can’t go ahead with step 4.”
But he then added: “What we need to determine is how well the immunization program has protected enough of us, especially the elderly and vulnerable, against a new wave – and here I am afraid that the data is not yet ambiguous. “
On Tuesday, the UK reported no new daily coronavirus deaths for the first time since July 30 last year, fueling hopes that the remaining lockdown restrictions will be lifted later this month.
Downing Street reacts to education Czar’s resignation
Downing Street said Boris Johnson was “extremely grateful” for the work done by Sir Kevan Collins following the Czar’s resignation from the Covid Education Catch up today, citing insufficient funding for the recovery project.
A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘The Prime Minister is extremely grateful to Sir Kevan for his work in helping students catch up and recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“The government will continue to focus on resuming education and ensuring that no child is left behind in their learning, with over £ 3 billion committed to catching up so far.”
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 6:45 PM
Our Deputy Political Editor, Rob merrick, has compiled the day’s top news below, as the government deliberates whether to move forward with the lifting of all Covid restrictions on June 21:
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 6:29 PM
Labor say education tsar’s resignation a ‘damning indictment’ of government plan
Labor’s shadow education secretary described the resignation of education czar Sir Kevan Collins as a “damning indictment” of the Tories’ Covid catch-up plan.
“He was recruited by Boris Johnson because of his experience and expertise in the field of education, but the government rejected his ideas when it came to finding the money to implement them,” Kate Green said.
“Labor has laid out a plan to implement bold policies that will boost children’s recovery from the pandemic, recognizing that learning and well-being go hand in hand.
“Our children, their future ambitions and their chances in life depend on our success. The Conservatives’ failure to deliver for children now could cost our country dearly in the long run.
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 6:14 PM
Education catch-up czar Sir Kevan Collins resigns, blow to Boris Johnson
The government czar for catching up with coronavirus in schools has resigned, dealing a blow to Boris Johnson after principals called a funding project “pitiful.”
In a letter to the PM published by the Educational Supplement TimeSir Kevan Collins said: “I do not think it will be possible to achieve a successful recovery without much more support than what the government has so far indicated it intended to provide.”
Our political correspondent, Ashley cowburn, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 6:06 PM
Free beer, babysitting and sports tickets to boost vaccination in the United States
The Biden administration is using a series of incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid, including free beer, child care and sports tickets to persuade Americans to get vaccinated before the July 4 vacation.
Joe Biden called for a “month of action” on Wednesday, with a series of new measures to ease barriers to vaccination and make the vaccine more attractive to those who have yet to receive doses.
The US president aims to have at least partially immunized 70% of adults by Independence Day, as the country hopes to return to some form of normalcy this summer.
“We view June as a critical month on our road to normal and a critical month to continue the progress we are making on our vaccination campaign,” Courtney Rowe, a White House Covid-19 response official. team, told the AP.
Anheuser-Busch announced a promotional giveaway on Wednesday morning, saying it would “buy Americans 21 and over a beer round” once Mr Biden’s 70% target is met.
Additionally, the White House is partnering with early years centers such as KinderCare, Learning Care Group, Bright Horizons, and more than 500 YMCAs to provide free child care coverage to Americans seeking vaccines or having need help recovering from side effects.
Other incentives for getting a jab include cash gifts, sports tickets, or paid time off.
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 5:55 PM
Queen and Professor Van-Tam urged adoption of ‘open-air’ vaccine, Hancock says
Matt Hancock praised the work of famous faces, such as the Queen and England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, to help foster ‘high’ confidence in vaccines in the UK .
The Health Secretary said on Wednesday that nine in ten adults said they will get or have had their Covid-19 injection.
“Numbers ranging from cricket to comedy to cooking, and things like the NHS campaign which has resulted in a huge increase in vaccination, including an increase of around 20% in Asian communities,” said Mr. Hancock at the World Summit on Confidence in Vaccines.
“We use voices of trust in a joyful and positive way, from Her Majesty The Queen to Sir David Attenborough, they have made it public that they have received the vaccine and they have played their part in normalizing the acceptance of the vaccine. . “
He added: “Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, our deputy chief medical officer, who heads the vaccine project, has become a household name, with people wearing T-shirts and mugs with his face on.
“Because people admire his straightforward approach and I think he helped build confidence. “
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 5:33 PM
You can find below some data of the I‘s Hugo gye on the percentage of people by age group who have so far received their first and second dose of a Covid vaccine:
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 5:12 PM
Greek Islands and Malta ‘Could Be Added to Green Travel List’ This Week
Several Greek islands, Malta and parts of the Caribbean could be added to the green travel list on Thursday, according to an industry expert.
Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said a number of popular holiday destinations “really deserve” to be moved to the low-risk level, which allows UK travelers to visit without isolate themselves upon their return home.
Mr Charles told the PA news agency on Wednesday that he expected additions to the list to include the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Kos, the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Antigua, as well as than Malta and Finland.
He added that adding these locations to green status would be “a boost” to the struggling travel industry.
“We need to see the government expand the number of green destinations to help the sector recover and protect jobs and livelihoods, which the prime minister has promised,” he said.
“It would be a boost to see them added. I still think we will add the majority of European countries at the end of June, but that would be an encouraging step forward. “
However, Mr Charles also warned that Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia could be added to the red list, meaning people returning to the UK must spend 11 nights in a hotel. quarantine.
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 4:55 PM
UK reports 12 new Covid deaths, 4,330 new cases
On Wednesday, 12 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, according to government figures.
The new data means the official UK death toll now stands at 127,794 – although separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show there are now 153,000 recorded deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The government also reported that there had been 4,330 other lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Conrad DuncanJune 2, 2021 4:29 PM
Vaccination passport plans
Asked by the PA News Agency about whether the vaccination passport plans for mass gatherings are being scrapped, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “One part of the fourth step is to establish four exams, one of them is certification.
“Being able to certify that you have been vaccinated is going to be necessary for international travel as some countries have already indicated that they require proof that you have been vaccinated, and that means being able to authoritatively prove that you ‘I had one of the jabs and the confidence in which jab has accepted for this proof – which is the business of each country.
“We have provided the ability to show it through the NHS app, so we are putting this certification in place where we know it will be needed.
“When it comes to using certification for domestic purposes, this is the review that Michael Gove is leading, and we will present the findings soon. “
Chiara GiordanoJune 2, 2021 4:17 PM