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  1. #1521
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    England death toll rises by 185, Northern Ireland by two

    A further 185 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals across England, latest daily figures show.

    It takes the total to 26,234, NHS England said.

    The latest death toll comes as Northern Ireland also reported two more deaths, taking the total number in the region to 518.

    UK-wide figures are expected later.


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    Boris Johnson is setting out more steps to ease lockdown in England

    He says that from 1 June up to six people can meet outside, provided those from different households stay two metres apart

    Primary schools and nurseries in England will reopen to more children from Monday

    Some retail stores will open on Monday - such as car sales - and more may follow on 15 June, depending on the infection rate

    A "track and trace" system has been launched today in England and Scotland


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    The daily press conference was led by the prime minister, Boris Johnson. He was joined by Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.

    Here's what they told us:

    The government has decided that its tests (protecting the NHS, consistent falls in death rates, consistent falls in the infection rates, solving operational problems, and avoiding a second peak) for lifting lockdown restrictions have been met

    On Monday, schools will re-open for children in receptions, year one and year six. From 15 June, years 10 and 12 will start to receive some face-to-face teaching

    From Monday, some non-essential retail will open, with more to come on 15 June, depending on the infection rate

    From Monday, six people will be able to meet, so long as they keep to social distancing rules (staying 2m from people from outside your household) and remain outside. People will be able to meet in private outdoor spaces. The public is advised to avoid mixing with multiple different households in quick succession to avoid quick transmission of the virus

    The rate of infection is still near to one (between 0.7 and 0.9), meaning lifting measures has to be done very carefully. People who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable must remain shielded. However if the absolute number of infections falls, some lifting of shielding may be possible


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    Six-person meet-ups banned in England until Monday, government warns

    Downing Street has warned people in England that new rules allowing groups of six to meet up outdoors do not come in until Monday.

    Currently, people can only meet one other person from another household at a distance in a public place.

    The prime minister's official spokesman said Boris Johnson had made the announcement on Thursday to "give a period of notice".

    The reminder comes as much of the UK enjoys sunny weather, and on the same day that people in Scotland are given the go-ahead to meet in groups of up to eight.

    When new rules do come in for England, people will be allowed to meet in parks and private gardens, as well as host barbecues, as long as households keep two metres apart.

    Downing Street has confirmed that police do not have the powers to enter gardens to check on the six-person rule under coronavirus legislation, unless officers "believe serious criminality is taking place".

    The PM's spokesman added that they were "sure that members of the public will show common sense and will want to abide by the rules".

    But one behavioural expert has suggested the government has not been clear enough on the rules for maintaining social distancing during barbecues.

    Professor Patricia Riddell, from the University of Reading, suggested people consider one-way systems around the grill and bringing their own condiments.

    Further guidance is expected to be published tomorrow.


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    Daily death toll rises in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    A further 149 people have died in hospitals in England after testing positive for coronavirus, latest daily figures from Public Health England show.

    It brings the total number of hospital deaths to 26,383.

    In Wales, a further 10 people have died with Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 1,317.

    In Northern Ireland, three more deaths were reported in a day, bringing the total death toll 521.

    Earlier, Scotland reported a further 15 hospital deaths - increasing the total number to 2,331.

    UK-wide figures are expected shortly.


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  8. #1528
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    Police in England & Wales have issued nearly 17,000 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown rules


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    Relaxing lockdown is a risk because levels of the coronavirus are still at "very high" levels, one of the government's top science advisers says.

    Prof John Edmunds said it was a "political decision" to lift lockdown and that "many" scientists would wait.

    The warning comes as Sage, the scientists advising government, publish details of their confidential meetings.

    One meeting on 23 April estimated there would be only 1,000 cases per day by mid-May.

    Instead, estimates by the Office for National Statisticssuggest there are currently 8,000 cases per day in England alone. Those figures don't include cases in care homes or hospitals.

    'Little time for stringent measures'

    "Many of us would prefer to see the incidence down to lower levels before we relax measures," Prof Edmunds, from the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, said.

    Newly-published Sage documents also warned of the dangers of having high numbers of cases.

    They say this would "give little time to re-impose more stringent measures" if the infection rate (the R-number) started to increase.

    Disease modellers feeding into Sage discussions said having high levels of the virus could allow restrictions to be eased as more people would develop immunity to the virus.

    But that would "result in tens of thousands of direct deaths" and could not be achieved by autumn without intensive care units being overwhelmed.



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    Went down to local shopping precinct and it was a mad rush. Queues everywhere when normally it would just be the biggest supermarket.

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    Scientists 'not entirely sure' about effect of easing lockdown

    More on Prof Peter Horby's comments on England's lockdown measures being eased from Monday. More than two people will be able to meet outside when the rules change.

    Prof Horby, who's on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), says advisers have always been clear that the test, trace and isolate system "needs to be in place and fully operational" before social distancing measures can be safely relaxed.

    "We're not entirely sure what the effect of relaxing the social measures will be," he told Radio Four's Today programme, adding that advisers "don't have a great handle" on the role children in schools play in transmission.

    "So we need to have that safety net of the test, trace and isolate system."

    The test and trace programme began in England and Scotland on Thursday, but Prof Horby says it is not yet fully operational. Northern Ireland has its own version already and Wales' scheme is due to start in early June.

    He adds that such systems can be a "very good tool in keeping low levels of infection under control" - but levels in the UK are "not very low" and so it will be under "a lot of pressure".


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    Government 'informed by data and evidence' - No 10

    No 10 says policy has "at all times been informed by the data and evidence" after scientific advisers to the government warned of the risk of lifting the lockdown in England.

    Referring to the R number - the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average - a Downing Street statement said: "This package of measures has been carefully designed so that we can ease the burdens of lockdown while expecting to keep that R below one."


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    BREAKING: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland virus deaths

    NHS England has announced 146 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,529.

    In Scotland, another 22 people who tested positive have died, taking the total deaths to 2,353.

    In Northern Ireland, there has been one further Covid-19 related death since Friday recorded by its Department of Health, bringing total deaths there to 522.


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    UK lockdown-easing row a significant moment

    Throughout the pandemic, scientists and politicians have been following the same script.

    Now there is a public split between some of those advising government and those “following the science”.

    They may not be household names, but those speaking out are big figures in their fields and sit on the UK's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) for a reason.

    On Thursday, Boris Johnson confirmed the relaxing of the lockdown.

    At the same televised briefing, the PM’s chief science adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned there was “not a lot of room” for manoeuvre and the data “urges caution”.

    This is largely a disagreement about “when” to start lifting the lockdown rather “how”.

    If you go early then we all get a bit of our lives back sooner, but it means we will stay close to the figure of 8,000 cases a day and have less time to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed if a second wave comes.

    If you wait longer, then cases are much lower and the virus easier to control; the price is keeping the lockdown and all the pain it is causing.


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    There have been 215 more deaths from coronavirus in the UK in the last 24 hours across all settings, the government has announced.
    A total of 38,376 have now died after testing positive for coronavirus.


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    What did we learn from the UK briefing?

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has just finished leading the UK government’s daily briefing. He was joined by England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.

    Here are the key points:

    The UK recorded 215 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths in all settings to 38,376

    The level of testing is staying "very" steady, at around 120,000 tests a day, says Van-Tam

    Competitive sport will be allowed behind closed doors in England from 1 June, paving the way for the first live action in almost three months.

    "I can now make it official: football is coming back,” says Oliver Dowden

    Premier League set to resume on 17 June, with tennis, horse racing, F1, cricket, golf, rugby and snooker also given the green light

    Professional sport resuming behind closed doors will not have “a meaningful effect” on the R rate, says Van-Tam

    People in England will be able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from Monday

    That means small groups of sport teams can resume fitness sessions, but contact sessions remain banned

    When a journalist raises the row about the PM's aide Dominic Cummings and asks whether people in authority should follow the rules, Van-Tam says the rules have "always been clear" and apply to all.


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    Although outdoor gatherings in groups larger than two isn’t permitted in England until Monday, from when people can meet outdoors in groups of up to six, large crowds flocked to beaches and parks on the weekend.

    Here a picture of a crowded beach on Saturday at Durdle Door, a famous beauty spot on England’s Jurassic Coast.


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    Although outdoor gatherings in groups larger than two isn’t permitted in England until Monday, from when people can meet outdoors in groups of up to six, large crowds flocked to beaches and parks on the weekend.

    Here a picture of a crowded beach on Saturday at Durdle Door, a famous beauty spot on England’s Jurassic Coast.
    There are people who think Social distancing is still a thing lol.

    Itís all over. There are yoga mums outside doing group yoga and cardio sessions in groups of 8-10 just around the corner from me. Benches packed with families, friends enjoying drinks and snacks. Groups enjoying Barbecue.

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    Most vulnerable in England can spend time outdoors from Monday

    The more than 2 million people who have been “shielding” from COVID-19 in England because they are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks.

    The government said on Saturday that the 2.2 million will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household.

    “I do not underestimate just how difficult it has been for you, staying at home for the last 10 weeks, and I want to pay tribute to your resilience,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

    Those shielding remain at risk however and the government said they should only leave the house once a day, not go to work or the shops and should avoid crowded places where they cannot social distance.

    Support provided to those with serious medical complications, such as the delivery of food, medicines and phone calls, will continue.

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    Hundreds of revellers have gathered at an illegal party in east London despite lockdown measures, police say.

    Pictures and videos posted on Snapchat show large crowds gathered in Detmold Road, Clapton, as a DJ plays in the street.

    At around midnight on Sunday, Hackney Police said officers were at the scene and a police helicopter was also being used.

    In a tweet, it said: "There is a large scale unlicensed music event in a residential street in E5 involving many hundreds of revellers.

    More Snapchat footage shows police cars and officers at the scene as it becomes dark outside.

    in one video, a man says: "Check this out, there's a party going on in the park. There's like a DJ down this side."

    Crowds were seen at a number of beauty spots in England on Saturday as many took advantage of the warm weather.

    Large groups were spotted at Clapham Common in south London, while many people were also seen on Bournemouth beach.

    At Durdle Door, near Lulworth, three people were seriously injured after jumping off cliffs.

    An air ambulance was called and large crowds had to be moved from the beach to allow the helicopter to land.
    The public has been warned not to go beyond official guidance as lockdown measures are eased further on Monday.

    England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said now is a "very dangerous moment" and that the public and the government have a "dual responsibility" to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

    Speaking at the government's daily briefing, he warned: "Don't tear the pants out of it, and don't go further than the guidance actually says."

    From Monday, people will be able to meet in groups of up to six outside, as long as they stay two metres apart.

    Meanwhile, four members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) spoke out to say the government is easing the lockdown too soon.

    Professor Anthony Costello, a former World Health Organisation director also warned of a possible resurgence of the virus.

    In a tweet, he wrote: "We have 8,000 cases daily, a private testing system set up without connection to primary care, call-centre tracing that appears a fiasco, and no digital app. After 4 months. Unless the population has hidden (T cell?) immunity, we're heading for resurgence."

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...ondon-11997798


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    England, Wales and Scotland report 105 more deaths

    The daily death figures are beginning to come in from the nations of the UK.

    NHS England reported 85 more deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in all settings - taking the total to 26,614.

    Of those deaths 15 occurred on Saturday, 31 on Friday and seven on Thursday. The other deaths recorded happened earlier but have only now been registered as coronavirus-related.

    Public Health Wales said a further 11 people had died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,342.

    In Scotland there have been nine further deaths registered in the last 24 hours of people who had tested positive. This brings the total - under this measurement - to 2,362.

    The figures for Wales and Scotland include mostly, although not exclusively, patients who have died in hospital.

    We expect an update from Northern Ireland soon, as well as the daily UK-wide figure that is calculated differently by the Department of Health later.


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    In the UK, the Department of Health said 38,489 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Saturday, up by 113 from 38,376 the day before.

    In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Sunday, 115,725 tests were carried out or dispatched with 1,936 positive results.

    Overall, a total of 4,285,738 tests have been carried out and 274,762 cases have been confirmed positive.

    Daily coronavirus testing capacity reached 200,000 on Saturday, including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day, meeting the target to reach the milestone by the end of May, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.


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    Protesters outside US Embassy today



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    The easing of lockdown is "not a dash" and the government is taking "cautious steps", says UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

    Asked on BBC Breakfast about concerns voiced by some of the government's scientific advisers, he says: "Their overall view is that you must do this cautiously - that is precisely what we’re doing."

    "What they’ve also said is that if people comply with the rules and the test and trace system is up and running, which it has been since Thursday, then there is a good likelihood that we will not reach the R value factor above one," he adds. The R number is the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average.

    He says easing restrictions is a "delicate balance" and that authorities will "take action" if parts of the country see higher levels of infection.

    On the reopening of schools and businesses, he adds: "I’m confident that if guidelines are followed that people will stay safe."

    When asked, he was not able to say how many people are being tested each day.


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    The government’s target of hitting 200,000 Covid-19 daily tests by Monday has been described as “meaningless” by senior scientists, who say that the published data on testing does not adhere to the basic rules of statistics.

    Experts told the Guardian the published daily testing figures appeared “almost designed to confuse” and made it impossible to judge whether current levels of testing are adequate to support the track, trace and isolate programme that is said to be essential for easing lockdown.

    Concerns included the failure, for the past five days, to release data on how many people have been tested, the reported double-counting of multiple swabs (nose and saliva) from the same individuals, and the inclusion of tests that have been mailed out to homes and satellite labs, but not returned, in the daily tally.

    How Covid-19 contact tracing can help beat the pandemic
    Prof John Ashton, a former regional director of public health and regional medical officer for the north-west of England, described the published statistics as “all over the place”.

    “It’s very difficult, even for someone like me whose living has centred on numbers, to know exactly what is going on. We don’t know how many people have been tested. We don’t know how many tests have been satisfactory. There’s a real problem of transparency and trust,” he added.

    Prof Sheila Bird, formerly of the Medical Research Council’s biostatistics unit at the University of Cambridge, described the reported double-counting of tens of thousands of swabs where saliva and nasal samples taken from the same patient were counted as two tests, as “pretty incredible stuff”.

    “Considering the swab of the left nostril and the right nostril of the same person as two tests would be most unfortunate,” she said. “If there are those issues in the hinterland, they need to come to the fore and be explained.”

    “Good statistical practice says that you must first define what you’re counting,” she added. “That would be a good start.”

    On 6 May, Boris Johnson said that “the ambition clearly is to get up to 200,000 [tests] a day by the end of this month”.

    However, on 26 May, 117,000 daily tests were performed or mailed out and no total figure was available for how many people were tested. And there are unexplained gaps in the published daily figures that raise further questions about the true extent to which testing capacity has been scaled up in the past month.

    Since testing was expanded to include home testing and tests mailed out to satellite sites, a gulf has opened between the number of pillar 2 tests carried out each day and the number of people tested – by 21 May the gap had reached more than 500,000 tests (45% of the total).

    The Department of Health said this is due to retests and because some tests mailed out have not yet been returned or used. It declined to say what proportion of tests have left the system and not come back.

    For the past five days, no figures have been provided for the number of people tested in pillar 2 – or overall – and the latest bulletin states reporting of these figures have been temporarily paused “to ensure consistent reporting across all pillars”.

    David King, former government chief scientist and chair of the independent Sage committee, said the lack of transparency over figures was “very concerning” and that his advisory committee had reached a point of “sheer frustration” over the handling of testing.

    “The real value of testing in the middle of a pandemic is to couple testing with the track and isolation that follows,” he said. “We’re opening up from the lockdown without having the test, track and trace process fully operative. It should’ve been tested for a week beforehand and showing good results.”

    “We have to ask what’s the point of aiming for 200,000 if we haven’t even got up to 100,000 with track and trace?” he added. “We’re much more likely to go into a second peak in the outbreak unless we have test, trace, isolate fully in place.”

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    England and Wales report latest death tolls

    NHS England has announced 108 more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 26,722.

    A further five people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total there to 1,347.

    Public Health Wales said there were another 59 people testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 14,054.

    Earlier, Scotland announced just one additional death. Figures for Northern Ireland and a UK-wide total covering deaths in all settings are expected later.


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    Travel firms appeal for UK quarantine plan to be scrapped

    Under new quarantine plans, anyone arriving in the UK from abroad from 8 June will be told to isolate for 14 days.

    But now a group of 200 travel companies has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel, making a last-minute appeal for the proposal to be scrapped.

    They say that travel should be possible without quarantine if people are moving between destinations "deemed safe from coronavirus".

    Among the signatories to the letter are hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, hotels The Ritz, The Connaught and Mandarin Oriental, and upmarket travel agent Kuoni.


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    Matt Hancock's press conference - Summary


    Hancock, the health secretary, said that the latest daily figure for the number of UK coronavirus deaths, at 111, was “the lowest figure since lockdown began on 23 March”. But the figure is only this low because some coronavirus deaths added to the overall total have been treated as historic additions, not new additions (ie, they have been added to previous totals, not yesterday’s.)

    Hancock urged people not to throw away the progress made in fighting the disease. He said:

    We must all remember that in the war against this virus we are all on the same side. We have come so far together, we can take these steps together. But do not step too far, the disease is not done yet. We mustn’t throw away the progress that has been made.

    He said that, although reimposing lockdown measures nationally was not being ruled out, the government was more likely to do so locally. He said:

    We are attempting to move the system from these national, blanket measures to a more targeted approach - this is why test and trace is such an important part of that.

    But we have always said that we are prepared to reintroduce measures - whether that is nationally or in response to a localised outbreak - if that is necessary.

    He said that the “vast majority” of new coronavirus infections were being traced through the new test and trace system. But he refused to give precise figures, or to say how many contacts were being identified, and what proportion of them were agreeing to self-isolate.

    Prof John Newton from Public Health England said data would be published in due course. When it was put to him that some contact tracers have said they have had nothing to do, Hancock said that was a good thing. He explained:

    The level of incidence of disease has come down and so actually we have more capacity than we need, this is a good thing.

    I think to err on the side of having too many contact tracers is the right side to err on. I’d rather have too many people trained and ready to go.

    Hancock said the new joint biosecurity centre, that will have to assess the coronavirus alert level, was still in the process of being set up.


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    Sunak considers national insurance holidays as part of stimulus - Telegraph

    British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak is considering national insurance holidays for companies as part of a coronavirus stimulus package that will be announced in July, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported late on Monday.

    Tax rate increases that have been under consideration are likely to be delayed until economic growth recovers, the newspaper reported, citing sources close to the discussions.

    An option under consideration for economic recovery is giving employers who hire new staff a National Insurance Holiday, according to the newspaper.

    The report adds that Sunak’s focus is on stemming unemployment with options being considered including tax incentives or subsidies for employers who hire new staff, job guarantees for young people and skills retraining.

    The Treasury said it had no comment on the Telegraph report.

    British media has previously reported that Sunak is planning to launch a big stimulus package before the summer. [nL8N2DC07D]

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  38. #1558
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    Relaxing UK travel quarantine 'will depend on progress'

    Any relaxation over the coming months of the UK's 14-day quarantine rule for people entering the country "will depend on progress", a government minister has said.

    Housing minister Simon Clarke told BBC Breakfast the measure was a "temporary, time-limited matter", but said it was "absolutely vital...we do this as long as required".

    He added that it was necessary to have the rule in place for now to avoid increasing the risk of a second spike "with new cases coming into the UK... [when] we are starting to get numbers coming down quite strongly in our own country".

    Asked whether he had any summer holidays planned, Mr Clarke said he had been set to travel to Jersey in August but said, "I haven't got my bucket and spade out yet."

    Ministers 'looking at ways to relax travel quarantine rule'
    Meanwhile, former transport minister Stephen Hammond has called for the quarantine measure to be scrapped in favour of so-called air bridges between low-risk countries.

    The Tory MP told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that air bridges would be a "sensible, targeted response".


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  39. #1559
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    England, Wales and Scotland report new Covid deaths

    NHS England has announced 143 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,865.

    Public Health Wales said a further seven people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,354.

    In Scotland, a further 12 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours of people who had tested positive for Covid-19. This brings the total deaths to 2,375.

    Northern Ireland's Department of Health said two more people had died with Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths there to 526


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    What did we learn from today's UK briefing?

    The daily press conference was held by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was joined by Prof John Newton, who leads the UK's testing programme.

    Here's what they told us:

    In order of significance, demographic factors which affects people's susceptibility to coronavirus include:
    Age, sex, living in a city, and ethnic background. The government is looking at how to close these gaps, with work led by the equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch

    Other health inequalities, linked to occupation, income and deprivation, also apply and may partially explain the effect of ethnicity

    Each day, just over 40,000 antibody tests, which can tell whether someone has previously had the virus, are being administered to NHS and care staff. The government wants to roll them out to the public but Mr

    Hancock stressed that we do not yet know whether antibodies convey significant immunity

    After criticism from the statistics watchdog, the government committed to working with the watchdog to publish its statistics in the best way

    If someone tests negative while isolating due to an instruction from a contract tracer, they must still complete the isolation period. This is because it is possible to test negative while incubating the virus


  41. #1561
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    Latest UK headlines

    Good morning, and welcome to those of you joining us from the UK. We’ll be keeping you updated on all the latest developments from Westminster and around the country.

    Here’s what you need to know this morning:

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of mismanaging the easing of virus restrictions in the UK by Labour leader Keir Starmer, who said the PM was "winging it"

    Mr Johnson and Sir Keir will later go head-to-head later at Prime Minister's Questions for the first time since the row erupted over the prime minister's chief adviser Dominic Cummings

    The government will also give more details of its proposals to require the majority of those arriving in the UK from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days amid criticism of the quarantine plan

    Portugal’s foreign minister says British tourists will be “most welcome” this summer. Augusto Santos Silva says Portugal is in talks with the UK and is hoping to reach an agreement so people returning from holidays in the country don't have to isolate

    Universities are setting out plans for social distancing when campuses re-open in the autumn. Students may have to live and study with the same small group of people.


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    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in charge of the government’s coronavirus response and always has been, a junior minister said on Wednesday after a report that Johnson was taking control of the crisis.

    With a suspected COVID-19 death toll of nearly 50,000, Britain has been one of the worst hit countries in the world and the government has faced criticism for being too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to protect the elderly in nursing homes and too slow to build a test and trace system.

    The Telegraph newspaper said Johnson was taking back control of the crisis with a Downing Street shakeup: two committees will make decisions about the government’s response.

    “The prime minister is the head of this government and the prime minister runs this government. The prime minister has always been in charge,” junior health minister Edward Argar told Sky News when asked who had been in charge until now.

    Asked about Britain’s COVID-19 tracing system, he said: “We are into the thousands being successfully traced at the moment, I don’t have the precise figures because we are working with the UK Statistics Authority to agree the process to make sure that they accept it’s reliable.”

    Johnson will chair a new committee on strategy, while another on operations will be led by senior minister Michael Gove, the Telegraph reported.

    Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said there was growing concern the government was now “winging it”.

    “I am putting the prime minister on notice that he has got to get a grip and restore public confidence in the government’s handling of the epidemic,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

    “If we see a sharp rise in the R rate, the infection rate ... responsibility for that falls squarely at the door of No 10. We all know the public have made huge sacrifices. This mismanagement of the last few weeks is the responsibility of the government.”


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  43. #1563
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    A severely reduced number of passengers will be allowed to use the Tube network in order to stick to strict social distancing rules, a leaked Transport for London report has warned.

    The report, seen by BBC London, shows that even with a 100% service and two-metre social distancing, only 50,000 passengers could board every 15 minutes. That compares to 325,000 normally boarding every 15 minutes at the peak of rush-hour prior to lockdown.

    Even with a reduced one-metre social distancing and a full service, the Tube could handle only 80,000 passengers boarding every 15 minutes.

    London's transport bosses are grappling with how lifting the lockdown will affect services and are facing unprecedented challenges on many fronts.


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  44. #1564
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    over 60k dead...but everyone do the conga

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    Labour urges PM to stop 'winging it' over easing restrictions

    Boris Johnson's "mismanagement" of the easing of virus restrictions risks a second wave of infections, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned.

    In a Guardian interview, he urged the PM to "get a grip" and restore public confidence in ministers' handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    But No 10 said it was proceeding with caution to secure a safe recovery.

    It comes as the government is to outline further details of its quarantine plans later.

    Home Secretary Priti Patel is to tell MPs that the proposals - which have been met with criticism from many Conservative MPs - are necessary to avoid the risk of another wave of coronavirus infections.

    From Monday, the majority of those arriving in the UK will be told to self-isolate for 14 days.

    But Portugal's foreign minister has told the BBC that his government is talking to Home Office officials about a so-called "air bridge" agreement so that tourists returning from his country can avoid the restrictions.

    Health minister Edward Argar said he hopes people will be able to go on holiday this year but cautioned "I'm not going to say a particular date on when that might happen".

    "We will have to be guided by how the disease behaves, controlling any risk of a second wave and controlling the disease," he told BBC Breakfast.

    In the Guardian, the Labour leader also said there was a growing concern that Mr Johnson was now "winging it" over moves to reopen schools and relax shielding advice.

    Echoing Sir Keir's criticism of the government, shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have seen an exit from the lockdown with no strategy to make it work."

    The Labour MP said the easing of lockdown restrictions was "the time of maximum danger" and that the party was calling for an "effective" test, trace and isolate strategy, "fast access to testing" and "clear" public messaging.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-52900206


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  46. #1566
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    Death toll rises in England, Scotland, Wales and NI

    A further 179 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals in England, latest daily figures show.

    It takes the total number of deaths reported by Public Health England to 27,044.

    In Scotland, 11 more people have died in hospitals after testing positive - bringing the total to 2,375.

    In Wales, 17 more have died - taking the total number to 1,371.

    And in Northern Ireland, eight more people have died - with the total figure now at 534.

    Unlike England, death tallies reported by Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not include those who had positive test results from commercial labs.

    UK-wide figures, which are collated differently, are expected later.


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  47. #1567
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    UK COVID-19 death toll surpasses 50,000: Reuters tally

    LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that highlighted the country’s place as one of the worst hit in the world.

    New data from Scotland brought the toll to 50,059, a dire milestone for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he tries to ease the stringent coronavirus lockdown.

    The figure is the highest in Europe and puts the UK behind only the much larger United States in a pandemic that has killed more than 379,000 people around the world.


    Such a large death toll has prompted criticism of Johnson, who opposition parties say was too slow to impose a lockdown or protect the elderly in nursing homes or to build a test and trace system.

    The government says that while it may have made some mistakes, it is grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak and that it has ensured the health service was not overwhelmed.

    The Reuters tally comprises fatalities where COVID-19 was mentioned on death certificates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to May 22, and up to May 31 in Scotland.

    Unlike the daily death toll published by the government, the death certificate figures include suspected cases.

    The tally also incorporates deaths that took place in English hospitals after May 23, and in Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The death toll surpasses even some projections by the government’s own scientific advisers.

    In March, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. In April, Reuters reported the government’s worst-case scenario was 50,000 deaths.

    Epidemiologists say excess mortality - deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year - is the best way of gauging deaths from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable.

    Although these figures take longer to compile, Britain is faring badly here too.

    Some 62,000 more people than usual have died in the United Kingdom during this year’s pandemic, according to the latest available data, an expert from the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN23A1Q4


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  48. #1568
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    Patel criticised over UK quarantine plan

    The BBC's chief political correspondent Vicki Young says the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel has had "a very difficult time" in Parliament over her quarantine plans.

    Our correspondent says MPs have expressed concerns about job losses in aviation and tourism, while Labour are arguing the "horse has bolted" as millions of people entered the UK unchecked when the virus was widespread abroad.

    Those to criticise Patel from her own party included Conservative MP Ben Spencer, who described the measures as a "very blunt tool with many downsides" and urged her to bring in a more "precise and targeted approach".

    Tory former cabinet minister Theresa Villiers urged Patel to suspend the introduction of the "blanket quarantine" to allow time to bring in air corridors in order to "save jobs".

    Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said the measures were "too late".


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    What's been happening in the UK?

    Today’s UK coronavirus press briefing is due to begin in about 30 minutes.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be joined by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government.

    While we're waiting for that, here's a round-up of the coronavirus-related stories coming out of the UK today:

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed plans to force almost all arrivals to the UK to isolate for 14 days – with fines of up to £1,000 for those who don’t comply

    All schools in Wales will reopen on 29 June, but with staggered class times to ensure only a third of pupils are in school at any one time

    The PM has promised all coronavirus tests will be turned around within 24 hours by the end of June

    Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer clashed over the government’s handling of coronavirus at Prime Minister’s Questions

    In Scotland more people have now died with coronavirus in care homes than in the country's hospitals

    A contact tracer working on the NHS Test and Trace coronavirus scheme says she has not been asked to speak to anyone since beginning work last week


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  52. #1572
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  53. #1573
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    Business Secretary Alok Sharma is self-isolating and has been tested for coronavirus after becoming unwell in Parliament on Wednesday.

    Sharma looked uncomfortable while taking part in a debate earlier, mopping his brow several times with his handkerchief while speaking.

    House of Commons authorities have confirmed that they carried out "extra cleaning" after Mr Sharma departed.

    He was one of a handful of ministers to attend Tuesday's cabinet meeting in Downing Street in person.

    In April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus before making a recovery.

    In March, England's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had also contracted coronavirus, while Health Minister Nadine Dorries was the first government minister to be diagnosed with coronavirus.



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    UK sees another 140 deaths recorded on Thursday

    NHS England has announced 115 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,159.

    Of the 115 new deaths announced on Thursday, 24 took place on 3 June, 49 were on 2 June and nine were on 1 June.

    The figures also show 25 of the new deaths took place in May, seven occurred in April, while one was one 20 March.

    A further eight people have died in Wales taking their total number of deaths up to 1,379, while another 35 people have tested positive for the virus bringing the number of confirmed cases up to 14,238.

    Northern Ireland, has registered one more death over the last 24 hours, taking their total number of hospital deaths up to 535 since the outbreak began.

    Scotland recorded nine new deaths on Thursday, taking its total up to 2,395. It is the first time the nation's daily death toll has dropped to single figure on a weekday since 27 March.


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  55. #1575
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    UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma has tested negative for coronavirus.

    It comes after he appeared to be unwell while speaking in the House of Commons yesterday.

    His spokeswoman said: "Mr Sharma would like to thank the parliamentary authorities and Speaker and also for the kind words from parliamentary colleagues and others who have expressed their well wishes over the last 24 hours."

    Asked about Mr Sharma's condition at the Downing Street daily press conference, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was "doing fine".

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    Coronavirus: Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

    Wearing face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June, the transport secretary has said.

    Grant Shapps said "every precaution" must be taken as passenger numbers are expected to increase when lockdown measures are further eased.

    People will be have to wear coverings on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries.

    Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties will be exempt, he said.

    It comes as the UK recorded the deaths of another 176 people who tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the UK to 39,904.

    Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Mr Shapps said face coverings would be "a condition of travel" and not wearing one could "ultimately" lead to a fine.

    But he added: "Why wouldn't people want to do the right thing?"

    Mr Shapps said surgical masks must be kept for clinical settings and instead travellers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home.

    The change coincides with the planned reopening of non-essential retail and return of some secondary school pupils in England from 15 June, which Mr Shapps said would put "more pressure" on the public transport network.

    Earlier, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her government was considering whether to make it mandatory to wear face coverings in some situations.

    Scotland currently recommends wearing coverings in shops and on public transport.

    In Wales, face coverings have not yet been recommended for the general public. In Northern Ireland, people have been told to consider wearing them in places where they cannot observe social distancing.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52927089

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    What did we learn from today's UK briefing?

    Today's government press conference was led by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who was joined by Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail.

    Here's what they told us:

    From 15 June, face coverings (not clinical masks) will be mandatory on all public transport in England. Passengers who refuse to comply will be refused travel or fined, which will be enforced by staff and British Transport Police

    The Cycle to Work tax break is being extended to apply to e-bikes

    Travel companies have a duty to offer a refund for cancelled holidays if the customer does not want a voucher, he reiterated

    Grant Shapps says he spoke to Business Secretary Alok Shama, who has been tested for coronavirus after falling ill in the House of Commons yesterday, and says he is feeling well and working from isolation

    Holidays are not advised at the moment. Foreign Office advice is against all but essential travel abroad and the rules mean people can't spend the night away from home within the UK.

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    The number of people with coronavirus has more than halved in the last week, according to the latest official figures.

    Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed 53,000 people in England had the virus at any one time during the last two weeks of May.

    That's down from 133,000 in the last round of figures.

    The ONS says there is now a consistent downward trend - from more than 0.4% of the population being infected at the end of April down to 0.1% at the end of May.

    The data also shows an estimated 39,000 people a week are currently catching COVID-19, down from 54,000 last week.

    It hasn't updated its estimate of the number of people who have had the virus over the course of the outbreak, which remains at 6.8%.

    The analysis also found that 28% of excess deaths registered between 7 March and 1 May in England and Wales did not involve coronavirus, totalling 12,900 deaths out of 46,380.

    Excess deaths is the number of deaths above the average total for this period in the last five years.

    Many of the non-coronavirus excess deaths have occurred in older age groups, particularly those with underlying health conditions.

    Around two-thirds of non-coronavirus excess deaths in this period were linked to dementia, Alzheimer's disease and "symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions" mainly indicating old age, the analysis found.

    But the ONS said undiagnosed COVID-19 is a "likely explanation" for some of the excess deaths of elderly people with underlying health conditions not linked to coronavirus.

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...gures-12000892


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  60. #1580
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    UK passes 40,000 coronavirus deaths

    The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has passed 40,000.

    It comes as another 357 people were reported to have died with the virus in hospitals, care homes and the wider community, according to the Department for Health. It brings the total to 40,261.

    The UK is only the second country in the world to pass that number of deaths from Covid-19.

    In March, the government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a "good outcome".

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    England, Scotland, Wales and NI report more virus deaths

    Another 123 people have died in hospitals in England after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total in the nation to 27,282.

    Of the 123 new deaths:

    19 occurred on 4 June
    50 occurred on 3 June
    23 occurred on 2 June
    seven occurred on 1 June

    The figures also show 19 of the new deaths took place in May, four occurred in April, and the remaining one death took place on 25 March.

    Meanwhile, 14 more people have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total there to 2,409.

    Public Health Wales has announced four more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total there to 1,383.

    And Northern Ireland's Department of Health has reported one further Covid-19-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing its total to 536.


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    Health Secretary Matt Hancock starts by sharing the latest data.

    He says figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people who have coronavirus in England has fallen.

    "It demonstrates that the percentage of the population testing positive has fallen consistently in recently weeks," he says.

    The R number - rate of infection - is between 0.7 and 0.9.

    These are "encouraging trends", he says, adding that 207,231 tests were carried out or posted out to people yesterday.

    But the government has again been unable to specify exactly how many people were tested.


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  63. #1583
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    Today's government press conference was with Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It was the first time the minister giving the briefing has not been joined by a government scientist.

    Here's what he told us:

    People who have had coronavirus can help people currently in hospital by donating their blood plasma, which will contain antibodies. Mr Hancock said he had done so this morning

    From 15 June, all hospital visitors and out-patients will have to wear face coverings (not surgical masks)

    All hospital staff, whether working in a clinical setting or not, will have to wear a type one or two surgical mask

    He implored people not to attend large gatherings, including protests over the killing of George Floyd by police in the US

    The R-number (which measures rate of infection) is higher in the North West and South West of England, but remains below 1. The national R number is between 0.7 and 0.9


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    Hancock challenged on UK death toll and the R number

    BBC health editor Hugh Pym asks about the UK death toll, which is now more than 40,000. He also asks about regional variations in the R number - the rate of infection - in the South West and North West and whether that is a concern?

    Hancock says the day the number of deaths has gone over 40,000 is "a time of sorrow".

    "My heart goes out to them all," he says.

    "It makes me redouble my determination to deal with this virus."

    He says the regional data is "getting better" and the R number is closer to 1 in the south-west and north-west of England.

    But the advice is that the R number is still below 1 in regions, he says, and the government will look at "local lockdowns" to address flare-ups in regional areas.

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    Two different estimates of the reproduction number - the R number, which tells us if the epidemic is growing or is shrinking - have been published for different English regions today.

    They disagree on whether any region is over the crucial figure of 1 - meaning the epidemic is growing - and on how close other regions are to it. One puts the South West at 1 and the rest of England below it, while the other has the North West just over at 1.01.

    But these are only two of the many models that feed into the UK government's group of scientific advisers, Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). Each model gives slightly different patterns about where is doing worst.

    But the chair of Sage’s pandemic modelling group says there is little evidence of a significant regional variation in R. That’s because differences in overall cases in each region are not big enough to give a clear signal.

    And all models agree that everywhere in the country is pretty close - there’s not much wriggle room.

    Of course, there is some local variation – driven by outbreaks in care homes or in a hotspot – but regional R numbers need to be treated with care.


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