Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’

19 horas 17 minutos ago

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at risk

As Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time.

New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average.

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Linda Geddes

In Kawerau one thing impedes the effort to vaccinate Māori: New Zealand’s history

19 horas 38 minutos ago

Low Covid vaccination rates among Māori reflect practical barriers – but they also have good reason to distrust the government

One of my earliest memories is racing up a flight of hollow stairs in Kawerau’s town hall as Tiwi, my first friend, counts down from 20. “Ready or not, here I come” he roars from the stage. I slide through the doorway to the makeup room, carving a two-lane highway into the dusty floors. The lighted mirrors paint the room in yellow and gold. I wriggle my tiny body into one of the cubby holes for bags and belongings. The doorknob turns. The door creeps open. “Found me”, I yell at Tiwi. After a three-second delay he yells back “but where”, still searching behind the velvet curtains on stage.

Dad’s boxing gym is hidden below that stage. The heavy bags, the leather pads, the medicine balls, and the sparring gloves wash the stage in the smell of rubber and sweat. Tiwi and I tutu (fidget) with the flood lighting most weeks, waiting for the boxers to finish their cardio session on stage and head for sparring and pad work downstairs. Dad screams at that perfect decibel level where the soundwaves crash against your ear but the background violence scrambles the electrical signal to your brain. Is he saying “right, left, right” or “left, right, left”? For most of Kawerau in the 1990s the town hall was a boxing gym with cosmetic facilities. For Tiwi and I, it was our playground.

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Morgan Godfery

English vaccine centres to take children’s bookings from next week

19 horas 46 minutos ago

Vaccination of 12- to 15-year-olds for Covid to be extended beyond schools, as PM warns of ‘difficult winter’

Downing Street has confirmed that Covid vaccine appointments for children will be bookable from next week in England, as Boris Johnson said the UK still faced a “difficult winter” as a result of coronavirus and flu putting pressure on the NHS.

After the latest daily number of deaths climbed to 223 – the highest level since early March – the prime minister’s spokesperson echoed concerns from the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, that people needed to be reminded the virus was still circulating in order to drive up vaccination rates.

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Aubrey Allegretti and Heather Stewart

Michael Gove targeted by anti-lockdown protesters in Westminster

19 horas 56 minutos ago

Group surround and shout obscenities at politician in attack labelled ‘abhorrent’ by No 10

Michael Gove has been targeted by anti-lockdown protesters who shouted obscenities at him as he walked alone in Westminster towards his office in an incident branded “abhorrent” by Downing Street.

He was the latest figure to be harassed by hordes of people protesting Covid restrictions – most of which have been lifted – after England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and journalists Nick Watt and Jeremy Vine were also targeted.

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Aubrey Allegretti

Premier League reveals 68% of players are fully vaccinated against Covid

22 horas ago
  • League says 81% have had at least one jab
  • At least 94% of Bundesliga players are fully vaccinated

The Premier League says that 68% of its players are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 after concerns over a lack of take-up.

Estimates had earlier placed the number of double-jabbed players at less than 50%, with a number of managers, including Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, calling on top-flight players to comply.

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Paul MacInnes

Unvaccinated staff ‘made to work in filthy storeroom’ at Italian firm

22 horas ago

Video appears to show piled-up furniture, dirty toilets and animal excrement as Covid pass becomes law

Unvaccinated staff at a company in northern Italy have accused their employer of discrimination after they say they were forced to work “in a filthy storeroom full of animal excrement”.

The claims come a few days after Italy became the first country in Europe to implement a strict Covid-19 vaccine mandate for private and public sector workers. All workers now have to present proof of vaccination, immunity, or of a negative test taken within the previous 48 hours.

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Angela Giuffrida in Rome

UK records highest Covid deaths since March

22 horas 21 minutos ago

Spread of infections beyond younger people pushes up hospitalisations and death rates

The UK has reported its highest number of Covid deaths for seven months, as 223 were recorded within 28 days of a positive test for the virus.

The daily death rate, by date reported, has not been as high since 9 March and brought the weekly toll to 911, a near-15% rise on the week.

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Ian Sample Science editor

Why is England driving the rise in UK Covid cases?

23 horas 1 minuto ago

A drop-off in mask wearing and slow uptake of booster jabs are among the reasons for the continuing growth

Covid cases in the UK are on the rise once more, with 49,156 reported on Monday – the highest figure since mid-July. The increase appears to be driven by growing case numbers in England, but what is behind that increase?

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Nicola Davis and Ian Sample

WSU head coach Nick Rolovich fired from $3m-a-year post over vaccine refusal

23 horas 39 minutos ago
  • Washington requires all state employees to be vaccinated
  • 42-year-old had sought religious exemption from vaccine

Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Washington’s governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, had set a deadline of Monday for thousands of state employees, including the Cougars’ coach, to be vaccinated. Rolovich applied for a religious exemption, which was denied on Monday, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said.

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Associated Press

Army veteran’s Troubles trial contributed to his death, lawyer says

23 horas 54 minutos ago

Dennis Hutchings was three days into hearing in Belfast for 1974 killing when he died from Covid on Monday

The lawyer of a terminally ill 80-year-old army veteran who died of Covid-19 three days into a trial over a fatal shooting during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has said the proceedings contributed to his death.

Philip Barden, who acted for Dennis Hutchings, said he would be “alive today” had he not been compelled to go to Northern Ireland to stand trial over the killing of a 27-year-old man with learning difficulties in 1974.

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Lisa O'Carroll

Minister defends Johnsons’ Christmas ‘childcare bubble’ with Nimco Ali

1 día ago

Anne-Marie Trevelyan says she has no doubt PM and his wife followed the rules during ‘really tough time’

Carrie Johnson needed her friend in her “childcare bubble” with Boris Johnson for extra support over Christmas because of the challenges of running the country and experiencing difficult pregnancies, a cabinet minister has claimed.

It has been revealed that the Johnsons’ friend Nimco Ali, godmother to their son Wilfred, spent Christmas with the family at a time when lockdown restrictions in London prevented almost all household mixing.

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Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent

US to allow Americans to ‘mix and match’ boosters of Covid vaccine

1 día 1 hora ago

Research finds boosters, even when given to people who got a different brand originally, led to an increase in antibody count

American regulators plan to let Americans “mix and match” booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine.

This means that people aren’t required to get the booster from the same brand that was used in their original inoculation, the New York Times first reported late on Monday.

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Abené Clayton and agencies

Offshoot of Covid Delta variant on the rise in England

1 día 2 horas ago

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late July

A newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of Delta.

According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored and assessed.

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Nicola Davis