Scotland will return to a national lockdown again from midnight tonight, while Boris Johnson has announced that stricter measures to combat coronavirus will be announced soon as England is likely to be placed under a new national lockdown.
Nicola Sturgeon announced that it is a legal requirement for everyone on mainland Scotland to stay home except for essential purposes.
At the same time, teachers’ unions have called for a « break » in returning to schools as many elementary school children are now expected to return to the classroom.
As all elementary schools in London and some of the surrounding areas are reopening by 18th. In other parts of England, Council Chairs in other parts of England have asked the government to allow schools to remain closed and move to distance learning.
It is as if the first doses of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine have been given. Just over half a million doses will be available as of Monday in what Matt Hancock, the Minister of Health, described as a « crucial moment » in the UK’s fight against coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of letting the coronavirus « get out of control » and insisted that new restrictions be put in place immediately.
Downing Street announced the government is « ramping up » coronavirus vaccination program with the introduction of the Oxford-AstraZeneca sting.
« The NHS is able to deliver vaccines once they are manufactured and have passed the appropriate security checks, » said the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.
« We are increasing the vaccination program. More and more general practitioners and hospitals are being put into operation.
« Our priority has always been and always is to get the vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. The NHS is set up for this. «
Nicola Sturgeon has announced new lockdown rules, which will apply from midnight tonight through the end of January, which are a legal requirement that everyone in Scotland must stay home except for essential purposes.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced new lockdown rules, which will run from midnight tonight through the end of January, which legally require everyone on mainland Scotland to stay home except for essential purposes.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for an immediate new national lockdown while the vaccine is rolled out for those most at risk.
Mr Hunt, who is now the chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee, said the NHS has never seen a crisis like it is now.
« All the evidence is very clear that countries that act earlier and more decisively will end up saving more lives and protecting their economies, » he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One. « This is a new strain, it’s incredibly dangerous, but in some ways it’s easier to act because we have the vaccine.
« We know that it is essentially a period of 12 weeks by the end of which anyone who needs it has been vaccinated. For this period, it’s just worth biting the bullet on it. «
In this hands-on article, Chiara Giordano explores what a new national lockdown would look like and how it would differ from the current Tier 4 restrictions:
Vaughan Gething said at a press conference that coronavirus cases « remain very high » in Wales, despite rates falling from « incredibly high levels » before Christmas.
« The overall incidence rate for Wales is of 636 cases per 100. 000 people on 17. December dropped to 446 cases today, « said Gething.
« That’s still way too high. There have been falls in most parts of Wales, except North Wales where falls are increasing rapidly. We believe this is due to the new, fast moving strain.
« It is too early to know if these falls were due to the holiday season and fewer people are showing up for testing, or if they are early, positive signs of an ongoing slowdown in this terrible virus. «
Mr Gething said that while the number of people tested had decreased, the positive rate of tests across Wales was 25 percent.
Boris Johnson said earlier today that there was « no question » that tougher measures are now needed to combat the rising Covid infections.
According to Glenn Campbell, Political Editor for BBC Scotland, Scotland could announce a new lockdown due to take effect from midnight tonight, with a « legally enforceable stay at home rule ». .
Dr. June Raine, executive director of MHRA, said she was « very much looking forward to the months ahead » after the agency approved two coronavirus vaccines.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, she said, “This is an exciting time and we are optimistic about the development of effective and safe vaccines and possibly drugs that will be put in the pipeline to fight this terrible virus.
« It is a feeling of great optimism and I really think the regulator has the role that the regulator can play in delivering safe vaccines and drugs with this independent seal of approval to patients, the public and the health system. ”
When asked about safety concerns, Dr. Raine: “I want everyone to be absolutely confident that the standards of rigor, science, and thoroughness were exactly what everyone would expect. ”
Jeremy Hunt, the former health minister, has called on the government to close schools, borders and immediately ban the mixing of households, warning that the pressures on hospitals are « worse than before » during winter crises.
The chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee wrote on Twitter: “Time to act: Think about why we need to close schools and borders and prohibit all household mixing RIGHT AWAY.
« For those who argue, winter at the NHS is always like this: you are wrong. I faced four major winter crises as Health Sec, and the situation is now worse than any.
« It’s true that we often had to cancel elective care in January to protect emergency care, but that too is under a lot of pressure as the record-breaking car is waiting for the sickest patients. « . ”
The chairman of England’s largest council has asked the government to impose a new national lockdown.
Ian Ward, chairman of Birmingham Labor City Council, said he fully expected the government to « acknowledge the gravity of the situation » and to reverse it by announcing tighter restrictions earlier this week.
He said the city of Birmingham was « unable to wait » for cases to rise to the level of some London boroughs and urged the minister to « act early and be one step ahead of the curve ». .
The Birmingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (UHB), which operates four hospitals across the city, currently has an intensive care bed occupancy rate of 98 percent, added Ward.
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