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Gareth Southgate joins campaign to encourage people to get Covid vaccine

1 día 12 horas ago

No 10 releases message from England football manager urging younger people in particular to get a jab

The England manager Gareth Southgate has joined the campaign to encourage people to have their coronavirus vaccine, saying it will allow them to “get your freedom back”.

Downing Street has released a message from the football manager thanking the public for their support during the team’s journey to the Euro 2020 final and urging younger people in particular to get the jab.

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Nadeem Badshah

‘Trust the science’ is the mantra of the Covid crisis – but what about human fallibility?

1 día 13 horas ago

Science is the only method we have of understanding the world, making predictions, and rationally adapting our own behaviour

Anyone else nostalgic for a time when we didn’t know the names of the nation’s chief health officers? Or when it would have been slightly ludicrous to declare, as a friend of mine did the other day, that they had a “favourite epidemiologist” among the bevy who are regularly on television?

Marylouise McLaws was my friend’s favourite. Catherine Bennett, on the other hand, was regarded as too willing to take risks.

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Margaret Simons

Facebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdown

1 día 13 horas ago

Claims that supermarkets will close amid Covid outbreak prompt NSW Health to urge people to use ‘trusted and credible sources’

New South Wales Health has issued a warning about misinformation circulating on WhatsApp that claims Sydney supermarkets will close as part of the ongoing lockdown, with owner Facebook saying it is working to limit the spread of misinformation on its private messaging app.

On Thursday, it was reported that a screenshot purporting to be from NSW Health saying that supermarkets would close for four days as part of the Covid-19 response was circulating on WhatsApp.

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Josh Taylor

PHE upgrade Delta variant’s risk level due to reinfection risk

1 día 14 horas ago

Risk of reinfection with Delta may be 46% greater than with the Alpha variant, national testing data finds

Public Health England has upgraded its risk assessment of the Delta variant after national testing data revealed it is more likely to cause reinfections than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in Kent.

The health agency’s analysis found the risk of reinfection with Delta may be 46% greater than with the Alpha variant, with the highest risk seen six months after a first infection – when second cases caused by Delta were 2.37 times more common than with Alpha.

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Ian Sample Science editor

UK supermarkets ask suppliers for payments due to driver shortage

1 día 15 horas ago

Asda, Tesco and others forced to pay delivery drivers more because of scarcity caused by Covid and Brexit

Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are asking some suppliers for extra payments to cover increased costs after being forced to raise wages for delivery drivers because of widespread shortages.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, Asda wrote to suppliers that use its collection service asking for a 5% rise in payments for transport costs and blaming the national HGV driver shortage.

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Sarah Butler

Scientists cautious over whether fall in UK Covid cases is a trend

1 día 16 horas ago

New reported cases are down despite rise in ONS figures, but effects of 19 July easing and school holidays yet to be seen

The recent drop in new daily reported Covid cases in the UK has led some scientists to hope that the country has reached the peak of this wave – but others say the dip could be something of a mirage.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, based on swabs collected from randomly selected households, about 1 in 75 people in the community in England had Covid in the week ending 17 July, up from 1 in 95 the week before. The survey suggests infection levels have also risen in Wales and Northern Ireland, although the trend in Scotland was unclear.

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Nicola Davis Science correspondent

Sage adviser claims ministers trying to get as many as possible infected with Covid

1 día 16 horas ago

Exclusive: Prof Robert West says rhetoric about caution is ‘a way of putting blame on public’

A scientist advising the government has accused ministers of allowing infections to rip through the younger population in an effort to bolster levels of immunity before the NHS faces winter pressures.

The allegation comes after England’s remaining Covid restrictions were eased on Monday, with nightclubs throwing open their doors for the first time in the pandemic and all rules on social distancing and mask wearing dropped even as infections run high.

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Ian Sample and Heather Stewart

UK government opening floodgates to Covid variants, MPs warn

1 día 17 horas ago

Cross-party group says proportion of positive tests analysed for variants among red list arrivals has plunged

The government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions of Covid, a cross-party group of MPs has warned, after revealing a steep decline in the proportion of positive tests being analysed for variants among people arriving from red list countries.

The analysis of NHS test and trace data was carried out by the House of Commons library, commissioned by the chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on coronavirus, Layla Moran.

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Nicola Davis Science correspondent

UK Covid live news: more than 800,000 people had coronavirus last week, ONS estimates – as it happened

1 día 17 horas ago

Cases increased in all four nations, says Office for National Statistics

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4.14pm BST

The UK has recorded 36,389 new coronavirus cases and 64 further deaths, according to the latest update to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

The total number of new cases over the past seven days is still up on the total for the previous week, by 11.4%. But yesterday the equivalent figure was +24.2%, and the previous day it was +35.8%, so the rate of increase does appear to be slowing. Some of this might be related to a slight drop in the number of tests being carried out.

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Andrew Sparrow

By holding the Tokyo Olympics, Japan’s government is gambling with people’s lives | Kosuke Takahashi

1 día 18 horas ago

As Covid cases rise, vaccination lags and costs soar, most Japanese people are extremely cynical about the Games

The Olympic Games begins in Tokyo on Friday, just as Covid-19 blights the city for the fourth time – and a year after the Games were originally scheduled to begin.

Despite the latest alarming spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalisations across the city’s metropolitan area, Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has reiterated his resolve to go ahead with the Games, declaring at a session of the International Olympic Committee held on 20 July that “the Games can be held successfully, with the efforts and wisdom of the people”.

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Kosuke Takahashi