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

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

Delta variant 30-100% more transmissible, says UK Covid expert | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown. Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the government at the … Read more

Thailand’s new quarantine rules not set in concrete – Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s new quarantine rules not set in concrete By Barry Kenyon Hopes that relaxation of the country’s quarantine rules for overseas visitors will boost international arrivals may be premature. According to government spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the unpopular hotel-based and supervised isolation will be reduced from 14 to 10 days starting April 1. Entrants with a … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Third of parents ‘have still not signed Covid test consent forms’ | Daily Mail Online

A third of children won’t have a coronavirus test when they return to school – partly because many parents have still not signed consent forms, it was claimed today. Headteachers in England have raised major concerns about the spread of Covid-19 among students and also fear younger children may be too scared to be tested. … Read more