Covid UK news LIVE – Zero weekly deaths reported for FIRST TIME since coronavirus pandemic began in Wales

Covid UK news LIVE – Zero weekly deaths reported for FIRST TIME since coronavirus pandemic began in Wales

WEEKLY coronavirus deaths in Wales have reached zero for the first time since the start of pandemic, new data has revealed.

With the UK's incredible vaccine rollout driving hospitalisations down, Wales has been able to celebrate a full seven days without a single person being recorded as dying of Covid-19.

Office for National Statistics figures show deaths from all causes are below average again thanks to lockdown restrictions – the 14th week out of the last 16 that has taken place.

And just one single Covid patient was admitted to hospital in Wales yesterday – again, for the first time during the pandemic.

Read our Coronavirus blog below for the latest news and updates...

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    BUSH-TUCKERED

    I’m A Celebrity’s plans to film in Australia have had a shadow cast over them – after a Covid-19 outbreak shut down Queensland.

    ITV bosses had been given the green light for filming to go ahead Down Under with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, after coronavirus forced them to relocate the last series to Wales.

    However news yesterday that Queensland and other states had been put into lockdown meant bosses were facing what could be their worst nightmare later down the line.

    A source said: “The plan is for I’m A Celebrity to be filmed in Australia and at the moment that is still the case.

    “But seeing Queensland and other parts of Australia go into lockdown because of Coronavirus outbreaks is the kind of news they dread."

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    ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’

    The “disgusting yobs” filmed grabbing Chris Whitty “must be found and charged” over their “appalling behaviour”, ministers have blasted.

    They were speaking after the yobs filmed themselves putting England’s chief medical officer in a headlock and pushed in London’s St James Park.

    In the footage, the two yobs can be seen approaching the top medic – who has been heralded for his sensible approach to guiding the UK through the pandemic – before suddenly grabbing him around his shoulders in London.

    The upsetting footage shows the professor’s face turn red with the effort of trying to free himself from their clutches.

    The new Health Secretary Sajid Javid branded the incident “appalling and totally unacceptable”.

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    CLASS RETHINK 

    Draconian measures which mean entire school classes have to isolate if one child gets Covid-19 could be ditched, Sajid Javid hinted last night.

    The new Health Secretary has ordered officials to look again at the policy in a bid to keep millions in school.

    Read more here.

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    MATT HANCOCK WON’T TAKE £16,000 SEVERANCE PAY OUT AFTER QUITTING IN DISGRACE OVER AIDE AFFAIR

    Matt Hancock will reportedly NOT accept £16,000 in severance pay after quitting in disgrace over his fling with Gina Coladangelo.

    The Health Secretary, 42, resigned amid mounting pressure over images of him kissing and cuddling the aide in breach of Covid restrictions.

    And despite admitting he had “let down” millions who had made painful sacrifices during the pandemic he is, in theory, eligible for thousands of pounds.

    However, the Daily Telegraph understands Mr Hancock will not take the severance payments.

    Any decisions to take severance pay outs are published in annual parliamentary accounts – so the actual answer may not be known until next summer.

    Read more here.

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    SURGE IN COVID CASES LIKELY 'LINKED TO FOOTBALL FANS WATCHING THE EUROS, SAYS SCOTTISH HEALTH SECRETARY

    The surge in coronavirus cases is partly linked to football fans watching the Euro 2020 tournament indoors, Scotland's Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has said.

    A number of cases have also been linked to coaches transporting fans to London to watch Scotland play, Mr Yousaf added.

    On Monday, the daily coronavirus figures showed 3,285 people had reported positive Covid-19 tests overnight, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

    However, vaccination has weakened the link between cases and being taken to hospital.

    Speaking to the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Yousaf said the Government was being cautious, but ministers are not looking at introducing further restrictions in the worst-affected areas.

    He said: "If we look at the data that's presented, it's very clear that it's skewed disproportionately towards young males, those under 40."

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    SCHOOL ISOLATION RULES COULD END IN AUTUMN, SAYS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    School isolation rules in England could be brought to an end this autumn, the Department for Education has confirmed.

    There are growing concerns about the rising number of children who have to quarantine because they are the contacts of confirmed cases.

    The department said ministers have written to secondary schools asking them to prepare to potentially replace isolation rules with testing.

    A spokesman said: "We are provisionally asking secondary schools and colleges to prepare to offer on-site testing when students return for the new academic year, so that schools are ready in case it is needed to keep as many children as possible in face-to-face education.

    "We will provide further details about the approach to protective measures and test and trace in education from September in due course."

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    KEYWORKERS AND ‘INSPIRATIONAL INDIVIDUALS’ GIVEN STANDING OVATION AT WIMBLEDON

    Medical staff and other “inspirational individuals” who have been invited to the Royal Box on the first day of this year’s Wimbledon were given a standing ovation before the first match on Centre Court.

    Guests included Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of veteran fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over £32 million for the NHS, as well as designers of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

    Announcers paid tribute to the “important work” done by keyworkers before the first game on Centre Court which saw defending champion Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Jack Draper from the UK in four sets.

    Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, also attended the Royal Box, and she and her colleagues were applauded and cheered by other match-goers.

    Tributes were also paid after the match, led by the Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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    UPDATED COVID DEATHS

    A total of 102 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending June 18 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – up 21% on the previous week.

    It is the first time the number of deaths has been above 100 since the week ending May 21.

    All of the 102 deaths were registered in England.

    This is the first week since the start of the pandemic that Wales has registered zero deaths involving Covid-19, the ONS said.

  • John Hall

    UPDATED COVID DEATHS

    A total of 102 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending June 18 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – up 21% on the previous week.

    It is the first time the number of deaths has been above 100 since the week ending May 21.

    All of the 102 deaths were registered in England.

    This is the first week since the start of the pandemic that Wales has registered zero deaths involving Covid-19, the ONS said.

  • John Hall

    CLASS RETHINK 

    Draconian measures which mean entire school classes have to isolate if one child gets Covid-19 could be ditched, Sajid Javid hinted last night.

    The new Health Secretary has ordered officials to look again at the policy in a bid to keep millions in school.

    Read more here.

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    COVID-19 ANTIBODY LEVELS VARY ACCORDING TO VACCINE AND PAST INFECTION – STUDY

    Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine induces lower levels of antibodies against the variant first detected in India than against other strains, new research suggests.

    The laboratory findings from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre compared the results to their findings in relation to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

    The data suggests that both vaccines induce lower levels of antibodies targeting the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

    Researchers found that two doses of the Oxford jab generate antibody levels that are 2.5 times lower against the Delta variant than the Pfizer vaccine.

    While antibody levels alone do not predict vaccine effectiveness, the study confirms that two doses of either vaccine are essential to boost antibodies to levels that are likely to maximise the amount of protection against severe disease and hospital admission.

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    MIX SUCCESS

    A mix-and-match approach to vaccines could be used in the future to give a even better protection against Covid-19, a study has found.

    Using different brands of jab for first and second doses could "give greater flexibility for a booster programme", according to experts.

    The Com-Cov trial studied the efficacy of either two doses of Pfizer, two of AstraZeneca or one of them followed by the other.

    All of the combinations worked well and were found to prime the immune system.

    The trial also hinted that people who have already had two doses could have a stronger immune response if they were given a different jab as a booster later in the year.

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    CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR AN END TO SCHOOL BUBBLES

    Bubble arrangements and self-isolation for school pupils should end as soon as possible, the new Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

    Dame Rachel de Souza said there was an urgent need for children to get back to normal as lockdown restrictions had been a “real trauma” for many young people.

    Her call came as The Guardian reported ministers are preparing to overhaul the system for schools in England when they return in September following the summer break.

    The paper said an announcement may be made in the coming days to allow schools time to prepare, with the requirement to quarantine expected to be replaced with a new testing regime.

    Currently children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their bubble tests positive for coronavirus.

  • John Hall

    'ZERO TOLERANCE'

    The "disgusting yobs" filmed grabbing Chris Whitty "must be found and charged" over their "appalling behaviour", ministers have blasted.

    They were speaking after the yobs filmed themselves putting England's chief medical officer in a headlock and pushed in London's St James Park.

    In the footage, the two yobs can be seen approaching the top medic – who has been heralded for his sensible approach to guiding the UK through the pandemic – before suddenly grabbing him around his shoulders in London.

    The upsetting footage shows the professor's face turn red with the effort of trying to free himself from their clutches.

    The new Health Secretary Sajid Javid branded the incident "appalling and totally unacceptable".

  • John Hall

    MATT HANCOCK WON’T TAKE £16,000 SEVERANCE PAY OUT AFTER QUITTING IN DISGRACE OVER AIDE AFFAIR

    Matt Hancock will reportedly NOT accept £16,000 in severance pay after quitting in disgrace over his fling with Gina Coladangelo.

    The Health Secretary, 42, resigned amid mounting pressure over images of him kissing and cuddling the aide in breach of Covid restrictions.

    And despite admitting he had “let down” millions who had made painful sacrifices during the pandemic he is, in theory, eligible for thousands of pounds.

    However, the Daily Telegraph understands Mr Hancock will not take the severance payments.

    Any decisions to take severance pay outs are published in annual parliamentary accounts – so the actual answer may not be known until next summer.

    Read more here.

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    GRANT SHAPPS SAYS QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL FOR BRITS WITH TWO JABS WON’T BE READY FOR FREEDOM DAY

    Travel to amber countries won’t be relaxed for double-jabbed Brits in time for Freedom Day on July 19, Grant Shapps admitted today.

    With holiday hopes taking a blow, a blow the Transport Secretary said it will be “complicated” to exempt the fully vaccinated from quarantine.

    When asked about that prospect today, Mr Shapps replied: “It’s unfortunately more complicated than that.

    “One of the very big areas is what do you do if children are not going to be getting vaccinations?

    “So we’ll probably focus in phase one on UK people who’ve been double vaccinated, and what that means for their travel into other areas.

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