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

Schools in England shut early for summer as record numbers are forced to isolate | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Schools across England are closing early for the summer break or moving to online teaching as tens of thousands of pupils are forced to isolate at home amid soaring levels of Covid infection. At the same time, there is growing evidence of exasperation among parents, with some already taking pupils out of school rather than … Read more

Summer chaos predicted as up to 1.6m in England told to isolate in a week | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Up to 1.6 million people in England have been told to isolate in a single week, Guardian analysis has found as the government said the Covid app is unlikely to be changed for weeks. The number of new UK coronavirus cases climbed to 48,553 on Thursday – the highest since mid-January and the start of … Read more

I’m an intensive care doctor. Covid patients are younger this time | Coronavirus | The Guardian

“We’re once again seeing increasing numbers of Covid patients coming in through A&E. This is translating into admissions to critical care. Nearly half of the beds in our critical care unit are now dedicated to Covid-19 patients. The feeling on the ground is we’re very much at the start of the next wave and that … Read more

NHS hospitals forced to cancel operations again by unfolding third wave | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Hospitals are again having to cancel operations, including cancer surgery, because they are treating growing numbers of patients with Covid and losing staff who are having to isolate. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust has had to call off some planned non-urgent operations this week to help it cope with an influx of patients who have … Read more

Data predicts 2m UK summer Covid cases with 10m isolating | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Two million people could contract Covid this summer, potentially meaning up to 10 million must isolate in just six weeks, Guardian analysis shows, prompting warnings over risks to health and disruption to the economy. The figures come as Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said England was entering “uncharted territory” in its wholesale scrapping of lockdown … Read more

Boris Johnson says most Covid rules likely to end in England on 19 July | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Boris Johnson has told the public in England that from 19 July they must use their own judgment to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infections, wiping hundreds of regulations on mask-wearing, social distancing, gatherings and home working and heralding a return to normality. The prime minister will also announce plans for those who have been … Read more

Ministers urged to keep some Covid restrictions after 19 July due to ‘alarming’ rise in cases | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Leading doctors are urging the government to keep some measures in place in England after 19 July in a bid to help control the spread of Covid amid the “alarming” rise in cases. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that keeping some protective measures in place was “crucial” to stop spiralling cases numbers having a … Read more

Double-jabbed UK tourists could skip amber-list quarantine under proposals | Coronavirus | The Guardian

British travellers who have had two Covid vaccines could be allowed quarantine-free entry into England under plans being considered by ministers, the Guardian understands. As the government grapples with allowing more trips abroad while trying to prevent the importation of new variants, changes are being considered to the traffic light system under which places are … Read more

Covid jabs to become mandatory for care home staff in England | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Covid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff under plans to be announced by ministers, as they consider extending the move to all NHS staff. The controversial measure sets up a likely battle with staff in both services and could lead to the government being sued under European human rights law or equalities … Read more