Coronavirus news latest – Fears Covid wave will continue until August after RISE in cases and hospitalisations in a week

Coronavirus news latest – Fears Covid wave will continue until August after RISE in cases and hospitalisations in a week

UK COVID hospital admissions have surged by more than HALF in a week with 565 patients in 24 hours.

The rise – the highest daily total since March – comes just over a week before England is set to completely unlock on July 19.

Today's rise in hospitalisations marks a 45 per cent rise on last week's total of 387.

Coronavirus cases have risen by 32,367 in the last day, bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 5,089,893.

And 34 more fatalities were reported today, making the grim total 128,339.

This means that there has been a 30 per cent rise in cases – and a 62 per cent rise in deaths – in the last seven days

And according to Government data up to July 9, of the 80,327,679 Covid jabs given in the UK so far, 45,786,550 were first doses – a rise of 88,675 on the previous day.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

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    SCOTLAND RECORDS SEVEN NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAST 24 HOURS

    Scotland has today seen a further 7 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours according to the latest figures,

    There have also been a further 2,190 cases in the same time period.

    The Scottish Government’s figures for Saturday also showed the daily test positivity rate was at 9%.

    A total of 435 people were in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19, with 42 patients in intensive care.

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    ONE IN 17 OVER-80S IN ENGLAND MAY NOT HAVE ANY COVID-19 VACCINE, FIGURES SUGGEST

    Some 6% of people aged 80 and over in England may not have received any doses of Covid-19 vaccine, new data suggests.

    The figure is the equivalent of around one in 17 over-80s, or just over 171,000 people, with 47,000 of them in London.

    Other age groups among the over-50s are likely to have a much lower percentage of unvaccinated individuals, with estimates of 0.5% for 70 to 79-year-olds, 2.3% for 60 to 69-year-olds and 4.9% for 50 to 59-year-olds.

    The data has been published by NHS England and covers vaccinations delivered up to July 4.

    The Government has said all adults in England will have been offered a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine by July 19.

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    TOKYO UNDER STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR OLYMPICS DUE TO RISING COVID INFECTION RATES

    Tokyo will be in a state of emergency for the Olympic Games after the Japanese government took action against rising coronavirus infection rates.

    The measures are set to remain in place until August 22, a fortnight after the Games finish, Japanese agency Kyodo News reported.

    The decision throws into doubt the possibility of even limited numbers of Japanese spectators attending the Games, with overseas fans having been barred in April.

    “We must take stronger steps to prevent another nationwide outbreak, also considering the impact of coronavirus variants,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in quotes reported by Kyodo News.

    Games organisers last month put in place plans to allow venues to be 50 per cent full, up to a maximum of 10,000 people.

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    EXTRA QUEUES FOR HOLIDAYS FOR COVID CHECKS, TRANSPORT SECRETARY WARNS

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has warned that holidaymakers should expect additional queues when they check in for their flights home due to the need for coronavirus checks.

    Mr Shapps told BBC Breakfast: “Before you board a plane you would need to show you have completed your passenger locator form, that you have carried out a pre-departure test, that you have got your test booked for day two and all of that needs to be checked by the carrier – the airline usually – before you travel.

    “So the place to expect queues is the airport you are coming from. Once you get back to the UK all of that is starting to be automated.

    “People should expect more disruption than usual but I know that everyone is working very hard to minimise those queues.”

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    R-AMPING UP

    The UK’s official R rate has gone up to 1.5 – as Covid cases reach highs not seen since February.

    It is quite a leap on from last week, following on from dramatic increases in infections all over the country.

    The R rate, also known as the reproduction number, helps the government measure the rate of coronavirus infections.

    An R number between 1.2 and 1.5 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people.

    It gives an indication of the number of people that one person with coronavirus is likely to pass it on to.

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    VACCINE IN NUMBERS: MORE THAN 34 MILLION SECOND COVID-19 JABS ADMINISTERED

    Vaccine in numbers: More than 34 million second Covid-19 jabs administered

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    EU DELIVERS ENOUGH DOSES TO VACCINATE 70% ADULTS, VON DER LEYEN SAYS

    The EU has delivered enough coronavirus vaccine doses to member states to vaccinate at least 70% of adults, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.

    Von der Leyen urged the EU countries to increase vaccinations and said that about 500 million doses would be distributed across the union by Sunday.

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    HOSPITAL WORKER’S HEARTACHE AS TWO FRIENDS REFUSE JAB THEN DIE OF COVID AND BEGS ‘PLEASE TAKE IT’

    Grace Manuputty revealed her heartache after a colleague passed away from the disease despite being offered the jab in her work for the NHS.

    The 50-year-old was then dealt a double devastating blow when a second friend died under the same circumstances.

    She is now begging others not to make the same mistake and get the vaccine when it is offered to them after working on the "harrowing" frontline.

    Grace, who works at Singleton Hospital, Swansea, told Wales Online: "I cried after my first jab, not because it hurt, but because I felt proud to be contributing to society by becoming part of the solution to this terrible pandemic.

    "If you care about people you love, please take it, if you want to go back to the normal life that's the only way, just take it."

    Grace added: "My mum passed away last year and I couldn't even go home because of the restrictions to say bye to her, we have to beat it to go back to normal life."

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    OVER 250 DEATHS OF PEOPLE WITH DELTA VARIANT

    As of June 21, there had been 257 deaths in England of people who were confirmed as having the Delta variant and who died within 28 days of a positive test, Public Health England said.

    Of this number, 26 were under the age of 50 and 231 were aged 50 or over.

    Of the 231 aged 50 or over, 71 were unvaccinated, one was within 21 days of a first dose of vaccine, 41 at least 21 days after one dose of vaccine and 116 had received both doses.

    Of the 26 under 50, three were at least 21 days after a first dose of vaccine, two had received both doses and 21 were unvaccinated.

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    MATT OUT AND ABOUT

    Matt Hancock was spotted today for the first time since The Sun revealed his affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo.

    The former Health Secretary was spotted at a jab centre at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk – and appeared to be alone in a parked car.

    Student Guilherme Cavaleiro, 20, said: "He looked very thoughtful, just staring at his mobile."

    Meanwhile, the UK's Covid death tally rose by 29 yesterday – but scientists are hopeful cases will plateau despite a spike in numbers.

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    NHS TEST AND TRACE ‘HAS BEEN A SUCCESS’, SAYS FORMER BOSS BARONESS HARDING

    The much-criticised NHS Test and Trace programme has proved a “success” in fighting the Covid pandemic, the organisation’s former head has said.

    Baroness Harding rejected accusations that it had failed in its objectives after the country was forced into a second national lockdown last winter.

    Giving evidence to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, she said it was responsible for helping to break the chains of virus transmission, reducing infections by up to a third.

    “I do appreciate that a lot of people listening to this will find this rather incredulous given some of the way it’s been reported, but I would actually argue that NHS Test and Trace has been a success, that it has delivered on the objective to help break the chains of transmission,” she said.

    Her comments come amid widespread criticism of its performance, with the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) having said it had only a marginal impact on transmission, despite a budget of £37 billion over two years.

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    ANTI-VAX BEAUTY THERAPIST REFUSES TO TREAT JABBED CUSTOMERS

    Anti-vaxxer Sarah McCutheon announced that her business, Wellness and Wellbeing With Sarah, will not “conduct treatments on any vaccinated person.”

    McCutcheon posted the message on her Facebook page for the business, based in Glasgow, Scotland, claiming that her “long term clients follow a very natural path.” 

    But a national beauty trade body has said that her policy goes against UK government guidance, which has been put in place to keep customers safe. 

    According to the Daily Record the health and beauty therapist shared the message from an Australian hair salon which read: “We are not your hairdresser if you have had the Covid vax.”

    She added: “We agree and will not conduct massages or treatments on any vaccinated people.”

    When one follower asked why she had decided to take the stance, the business responded: “Many of my loyal long term clients follow a very natural path and I want to ensure they feel safe in the environment that they come to relax in".

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    UK COVID HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS SURGE BY MORE THAN HALF IN A WEEK

    UK Covid hospital admissions have surged by more than HALF in a week with 565 patients in 24 hours.

    The increasing number – which is the highest since March – comes just over a week until England is set to completely unlock on July 19.

    Coronavirus cases have risen by 32,367 in the last day, bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 5,089,893.

    And 34 more fatalities were reported today, making the grim total 128,339.

    This means that there has been a 30 per cent rise in cases – and a 62 per cent rise in deaths – in the last seven days.

    And according to Government data up to July 9, of the 80,327,679 Covid jabs given in the UK so far, 45,786,550 were first doses – a rise of 88,675 on the previous day.

    Some 34,541,129 were second doses – an increase of 166,883.

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    TOP DOC WARNS: UK SHOULD NOT RETURN TO NORMAL ON JULY 19 AFTER ‘DANGEROUS’ RISE IN COVID CASES (Continued…)

    But this comes at a time when cases are rising – and Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said deaths were beginning to rise again too.

    She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I have been profoundly concerned for a week or two since talk of July 19 is ramping up. 

    "There seems to be a misapprehension that life will return to normal from then (July 19), and that we can throw away all the precautions, and frankly, that would be dangerous.

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    TOP DOC WARNS: UK SHOULD NOT RETURN TO NORMAL ON JULY 19 AFTER ‘DANGEROUS’ RISE IN COVID CASES

    Throwing away all coronavirus precautions on Freedom Day is alarming and will "add fuel to the fire" as Britain is already battling a "dangerous wave," Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said.

    Britain is also facing an NHS backlog that has built up over the last 15 months – which will increase pressure on the health service.

    Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling Government advisory panel also agreed that "there is a risk" with the planned July 19 reopening.

    All Covid restrictions, including mask-wearing, isolation, and social distancing, are set to come to an end in just over a week's time.

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    KATE MIDDLETON ENJOYS WIMBLEDON FINAL WITH PRINCE WILLIAM AFTER COMING OUT OF SELF-ISOLATION

    William and Kate arrive for Wimbledon ladies’ final

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    NHS TEST AND TRACE ‘HAS BEEN A SUCCESS’, SAYS FORMER BOSS BARONESS HARDING

    The much-criticised NHS Test and Trace programme has proved a “success” in fighting the Covid pandemic, the organisation’s former head has said.

    Baroness Harding rejected accusations that it had failed in its objectives after the country was forced into a second national lockdown last winter.

    Giving evidence to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, she said it was responsible for helping to break the chains of virus transmission, reducing infections by up to a third.

    “I do appreciate that a lot of people listening to this will find this rather incredulous given some of the way it’s been reported, but I would actually argue that NHS Test and Trace has been a success, that it has delivered on the objective to help break the chains of transmission,” she said.

    Her comments come amid widespread criticism of its performance, with the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) having said it had only a marginal impact on transmission, despite a budget of £37 billion over two years.Edit

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    MAPPED: WATCHLIST OF UK AREAS WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID CASES

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    NEARLY 4M PEOPLE GIVEN FIRST VACCINE DOSE IN SCOTLAND, WITH 2.8M GIVEN A SECOND JAB

    So far, 3,920,145 people in Scotland have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures on Saturday showed.

    The Scottish Government figures show 2,861,110 Scots have received their second jab.

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    SCOTLAND RECORDS SEVEN NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAST 24 HOURS

    Scotland has today seen a further 7 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours according to the latest figures,

    There have also been a further 2,190 cases in the same time period.

    The Scottish Government's figures for Saturday also showed the daily test positivity rate was at 9%.

    A total of 435 people were in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19, with 42 patients in intensive care.

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    FIFTH OF STAFF AT ONE NHS TRUST COULD BE ABSENT BY END OF THE MONTH'

    Up to a fifth of staff could be absent from one NHS trust in just three weeks from now, potentially leading to the cancellation of as many as 900 operations, a representative organisation has warned.

    NHS Providers, the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England, said a combination of staff having to self-isolate due to rising coronavirus infection levels and people "rightly" taking annual leave that was delayed due to the pandemic is likely to put a strain on the health service.

    The organisation said a growing number of trusts had told them of their concerns in recent days about how self-isolation of staff is now "significantly impacting their ability to deliver care".

    NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said: "Covid-19 infection rates are rising rapidly, with the Secretary of State predicting 100,000 cases a day. This will mean the number of staff having to self-isolate will continue to rise if current procedures are kept in place.

    "Trusts are also expecting a very stretched holiday and leave period this summer, with high numbers of staff rightly taking annual leave that was delayed due to Covid-19 pressures early this, and late, last year. One trust is predicting that its overall absence rates are potentially going to reach 20% in three weeks' time, which means they would have to cancel up to 900 operations."

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    CORONAVIRUS SITUATION IN SCOTLAND REMAINS 'FRAGILE', EXPERT WARNS

    The coronavirus situation in Scotland remains "quite fragile" as hospitals are expected to come under increased pressure, a public health expert has said.

    Professor Linda Bauld said the recent rise in cases appeared to be levelling off but the time lag of the virus meant hospital admissions would grow in coming weeks. Daily cases peaked at 4,234 on July 1 following a sharp rise over the previous month.

    Prof Bauld spoke to the BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Saturday, saying the latest estimates for Scotland's R number were between 1.2 and 1.5.

    She said: "We are still going to see more people in hospital over the next few weeks. We know that there's at least three or four health boards in Scotland that are expressing real concern about their capacity.

    "So unless things improve significantly over the next little while, you know the situation does remain really quite fragile."

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    EU DELIVERS ENOUGH DOSES TO VACCINATE 70% ADULTS, VON DER LEYEN SAYS

    The EU has delivered enough coronavirus vaccine doses to member states to vaccinate at least 70% of adults, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.

    Von der Leyen urged the EU countries to increase vaccinations and said that about 500 million doses would be distributed across the union by Sunday.

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    GRAPHIC: COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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