Coronavirus News Live: Latest Third Wave, Indian Variant & Green List Updates
Grant Shapps refuses to say if he is ‘responsible’ for traveling to an Amber List country
Coronavirus cases in England appear to be on the rise, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
After dropping for five consecutive weeks, the percentage of people testing positive showed “the first signs of a potential increase,” the ONS said on Friday, with 49,000 people believed to have tested positive in the week to May 15. . nearly 9,000 on the previous week’s estimate.
The situation for the UK as a whole was ‘mixed’, with data showing cases in Wales remained about the same as the week before, a decrease in Scotland and an uncertain trend in Northern Ireland . In England, Yorkshire and the Humber was the region with the highest proportion of people testing positive at one in 520, followed by the North East, then the South East.
It comes as popular European holiday destinations Spain, Greece, Italy and France appear unlikely to be on the UK’s travel ‘green list’ in the next update, scheduled for June 7, despite the assertion of the Secretary of Justice that ministers are countries as possible “above.
Boris Johnson told MPs last night that “several” countries – including Malta, Fiji, Finland and various Caribbean islands – are vying to be added to the list, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Police fined for breaking Covid rules after joining Ranger celebrations
A police officer has been fined for breaking coronavirus rules after being spotted among thousands of Rangers fans in George Square in Glasgow.
Thousands of supporters defied Covid-19 warnings against large gatherings and gathered in the city center last Saturday to celebrate the club winning their first Scottish Premiership Championship since 2011.
The 23-year-old on leave was identified from photos posted online.
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 2:25 PM
Wales reports 28 new Covid cases and three deaths
There have been 28 more cases of the coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 212,388.
Public Health Wales said there had been three more deaths, bringing the total in the country since the start of the pandemic to 5,564.
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 2:13 PM
Latest growth rate of Covid
Figures for R and growth rate are provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
The growth rate, which measures how quickly the number of infections changes from day to day, ranges from minus 2% to plus 1% for England.
This means that the number of new infections could be broadly stable, decreasing by up to 2% each day or increasing by up to 1% each day.
Sage said R estimates now extend to 1 for parts of England.
However, he added that these estimates do not necessarily mean that R is definitely greater than 1 and that the epidemic is increasing, just that the uncertainty means that it cannot be ruled out.
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 2:03 PM
Covid R rate increases slightly in England
The coronavirus reproduction number, or R-value, in England has increased slightly and is now between 0.9 and 1.1, according to the latest government figures.
Last week it was between 0.8 and 1.
R represents the average number of people infected by each person positive for Covid-19.
When the number is greater than 1, an epidemic can grow exponentially, but when it is less than 1, it means that the epidemic is decreasing.
An R number between 0.9 and 1.1 means that on average, every 10 infected people will infect between 9 and 11 other people.
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 2:02 PM
People are advised not to worry about the new Yorkshire variant
People were told ‘please don’t worry’ after a new variant of the coronavirus was identified in the Yorkshire region.
Greg Fell, director of public health in Sheffield, said his team was monitoring the new strain – called VUI-21MAY-01 or AV.1 – after Public Health England (PHE) announced 49 cases had been identified, mostly in Yorkshire and the Humber region.
But he pointed out that there was no evidence to suggest the strain is more transmissible than other variants or that vaccines don’t work against it.
Mr Fell issued a statement as Downing Street also said the emergence of the new variant will continue to be watched.
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 1:41 PM
Trump sued for calling Covid ‘Chinese flu’
Donald Trump is being sued by a Chinese-American civil rights group for his use of terms such as “Chinese virus” to describe the novel coronavirus.
During his tenure, the former US president also often referred to the disease as the “Wuhan virus” and “Kung flu”.
My colleague Louise room has more on this story below:
Chiara GiordanoMay 21, 2021 1:25 PM
Take a closer look at UK Covid case rates
As the ONS signals a ‘potential increase’ in the rate of Covid cases in England, we are examining the situation around the UK.
In Wales, around one in 4,340 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – up from one in 4,230 the week before, and the lowest since ONS estimates began at the end of July 2020.
In Northern Ireland, the estimate is around one in 1,550, compared to one in 1,430 the week before.
The estimate for Scotland is around 1 in 1,960, down from 1 in 1,250 and the lowest since the estimate for Scotland began in October.
All figures relate to people living in private households and have been compiled by the ONS.
Sam hancockMay 21, 2021 1:15 PM
Dogs May Detect Covid in Humans Better Than Lateral Flow Tests – Study
Dogs can detect Covid-19 in humans better than many lateral flow tests, according to study. Talk about man’s best friend.
The French trial indicated that dogs are able to detect the presence of coronavirus in a human with an accuracy of 97%. They were also 91% accurate at identifying negative samples, the results showed.
Lateral flow tests, on the other hand, correctly identify an average of 72% of people infected with Covid who show symptoms, writes Eleanor sly.
Sam hancockMay 21, 2021 1:05 PM
Sturgeon announces travel ban to Bolton, Blackburn and Bedford
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a travel ban for people planning to travel to Scotland from Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen and Bedford, all in England.
The measure will come into effect from Monday and aims to curb the current surge in cases related to the so-called Indian variant. She did not confirm how long the measure would be in effect.
During a speech in Holyrood, the Scottish Prime Minister said that early indications are that the country’s R rate is now back above 1.
But, balancing the bad with the good, she announced that Moray would move from Level 3 restrictions to Level 2 due to progress made after a week-long extension of tighter restrictions.
Glasgow will remain at Level 3, she said, while the much-discussed East Renfrewshire will remain at Level 2 – although it now has a higher case rate than the city. Ms Sturgeon said this was because the situation in Glasgow was more serious and on a much larger scale.
Sam hancockMay 21, 2021 12:31 PM
‘Potential increase’ in rates of Covid cases in England – ONS
The proportion of people testing positive for the coronavirus in England is showing “the first signs of a potential increase” although rates remain low, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
About one in 1,110 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – compared to one in 1,340 the week before, according to the latest estimates from the ONS.
It comes as the so-called Indian variant continues to spill over into pockets of the country, particularly in the North West of England. Hospital admissions in Bolton reportedly increased yesterday.
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Sam hancockMay 21, 2021 12:22 PM