Covid cases in England are 26 times higher than a year ago | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Coronavirus infections in England are now 26 times the levels that were experienced this time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Scientists described the figures as “sobering”. They warned that the reopening of schools in England this week was likely to trigger further rises in Covid cases – with more to follow … Read more

UK pushes for fully vaccinated to be exempt from Covid self-isolation | Coronavirus | The Guardian

People who have received both Covid-19 jabs may soon no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days after having come into contact with a person infected with the virus. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, is said to be pushing for the replacement of self-isolation with daily testing – a policy that may come into effect … Read more

Third wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expert | Coronavirus | The Guardian

A government scientific adviser has said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is “definitely under way” as the vaccine programme races to outpace the Delta variant’s spread across the UK. It comes after Public Health England reported a 79% rise in the number of cases of the variant first identified in India in just … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Scientists demand RETHINK on June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson was today urged by scientists to delay the Government’s decision on whether to fully lift the national Covid-19 lockdown in three weeks’ time on June 21 until the latest data can be ‘scientifically considered’. The British Medical Association warned the UK was at a ‘pivotal moment’ in its fight against coronavirus and urged the … Read more

End of England Covid lockdown on 21 June increasingly in doubt | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The 21 June target for scrapping England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions appears increasingly under threat, as a senior government adviser said the country was in the early stages of a third wave. Prof Ravi Gupta, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there had … Read more

Coronavirus: Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is linked to MORE blood clots than AstraZeneca’s in the UK | Daily Mail Online

Pfizer’s Covid vaccine has been linked to more blood clots than AstraZeneca’s in reports from the UK, statistics show amid Europe’s ‘baffling’ mass revolt against the jab.  Thirteen countries across the continent have now turned their backs on the Oxford University jab in a knee-jerk reaction over unproven blood clot fears.  The European Medicines Agency … Read more

Coronavirus: adults aged 40-49 will be next in line for Covid vaccine across UK | World news | The Guardian

Adults over the age of 40 have been prioritised as the first group to be vaccinated once all at-risk groups in phase 1 have been offered at least one dose of the vaccine. Vaccination will then proceed down the age groups, with all those aged 30-39 the next in line, followed by everyone aged 18-29. … Read more

Covid jabs to be accompanied by organ music at Salisbury Cathedral | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Soothing organ music will be played as people over 80 receive Covid jabs in what must be the UK’s most spectacular and historic vaccination centre – Salisbury Cathedral. Local GPs have invited a group of patients to be vaccinated in the 800-year-old building and the cathedral has organised a programme of music, which will be … Read more