Health chief urges Javid to be a ‘voice of caution’
New Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there was “no turning back” on the lifting of England’s remaining Covid restrictions.
Mr Javid spoke to reporters this morning during a visit to St Thomas’ Hospital in London and before a statement to Parliament later.
The former chancellor said he would present his updated roadmap out of the restrictions when addressing MPs in the Commons.
“I want to see the restrictions lifted and life back to normal as quickly as possible,” he said. “It will be irreversible, there is no going back. That is why we want to be careful during this process.
Health bosses had previously urged Mr Javid to be a “voice of caution” within the cabinet in the face of pressure the pandemic is putting on the NHS.
Meanwhile, top military leaders are self-isolating after Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the British military tested positive for the coronavirus. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is among those affected.
Elsewhere, India has said it needs 1.8 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to inoculate its entire adult population by the end of this year, as promised, as concerns about a third wave of pandemic are increasing.
Don’t insult us with 1% pay rise, nurses tell Javid
Sajid Javid should not “insult nurses” by giving them a 1% pay rise, field executives said.
NHS staff were due to increase their salaries in April, but ministers said they would await recommendations from the body reviewing salaries.
Comments from the NHS Pay Review Body will likely be in Mr Javid’s bin, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said.
The government has recommended that some NHS staff, including nurses, receive a 1% pay rise.
But Pat Cullen, acting chief executive and secretary general of RCN, told BBC Breakfast: “We understand that the Pay Review Body – the body that recommends awarding compensation to healthcare staff, including nurses – could very well be in his baccalaureate. this morning.
“And what we’re telling him, please don’t insult nurses by giving them a 1% salary.
“It won’t do anything to try to keep these fantastic nurses that we have in our system, none of them can afford to lose, but it would also attract [more nurses], and [attract new] nurses in the system.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 12:05 PM
“No turning back” on lifting restrictions, says Javid
New Health Secretary Sajid Javid said lifting restrictions on coronaviruses as soon as possible was his “top priority”, but stressed the need to exercise caution to ensure changes are ” irreversible “.
During a visit to St Thomas’ Hospital in London, he told broadcasters: “I want to see the restrictions lifted and life back to normal as quickly as possible.
“Here and now is my top priority. I want to see these restrictions lifted as soon as possible, as quickly as possible.
“In terms of the roadmap, you will have to wait for my statement to Parliament later today.
“It’s going to be irreversible, there is no going back. That’s why we want to be careful during this process.”
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 11:49 AM
Vaccinating teens may be needed to prevent third wave, suggests expert
Vaccination of adolescents may be necessary to prevent another outbreak of Covid-19 this winter, an expert has suggested.
At present, the vaccination program is only open to adults and certain children in exceptional circumstances.
But Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Nervtag advisory group, said offering the vaccines more widely to people over 12 years of age could be the key to “halting” the spread of the virus.
He told Sky News: “I think it is highly likely, unless we do something drastic enough to stop the spread of this virus, that we will need to extend vaccination to adolescents in order to avoid an outbreak. new epidemic during the coming winter and the following spring.
“I think we know that (vaccines) are very effective at inducing an antibody response and that they are safe – this has to be weighed against the relatively low risk of disease.
“The risk of disease is not zero and of course there are more and more descriptions of adolescents infected and then of prolonged effects of the so-called long Covid.”
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 11:27 AM
Russia reports 21,650 new cases of Covid, 611 deaths
Russia reported 21,650 new cases of Covid on Monday, including 7,246 in Moscow, bringing the official national tally since the start of the pandemic to 5,472,941.
The government coronavirus task force said 611 people had died from coronavirus-related causes in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 133,893.
The federal statistics agency kept a separate count and said Russia recorded around 270,000 COVID-19-related deaths from April 2020 to April 2021.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 11:05 AM
Lifting of July 19 lockdown may need to be delayed, government adviser suggests
There is a “possibility” that the so-called Terminus Day must be pushed back, a scientist advising the government has said.
When asked if the date should be pushed back, Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Nervtag Advisory Group at Imperial College London, told Sky News: “I think it is possible that this Delta agent is fiercely contagious and we can see the impact it has on relatively unvaccinated populations – Australia for example.
“It is so important that we get the vaccination rates as high as possible before we consider easing the current restrictions which are not really keeping the epidemic going, you can see the numbers increase, despite the measures we have in place. for the time being .
He added: “At the moment I hope we can get very high vaccination rates and the 19th is a reasonable date, but I think we just have to keep in mind that what we are fighting here is a virus, this is not a polarized political debate, it is a battle against the virus.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 10:46 AM
Indonesian regulator recommends Chinese Sinovac for children over 12
Indonesia has recommended the Covid vaccine made by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech for children over 12, a spokesperson for its coronavirus task force said on Monday.
Spokeswoman Wiku Adisasmito said childhood immunizations will begin once the National Food and Medicines Agency approves the vaccine for emergency use.
Indonesia has seen an upsurge in infections and is stepping up its vaccination program.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 10:29 AM
Spain strengthens Covid rules on access to Balearic Islands for Britons
British tourists traveling to the Spanish Balearic Islands will soon have to show proof of Covid vaccination or produce a negative test on arrival, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.
Ministers added the Baleric Islands – including Ibiza and Mallorca – to the UK’s green list last week.
But a spike in cases in some holiday hotspots appears to have forced Spain to rethink its border policy.
“What we are going to do is apply to British tourists going to the Balearic Islands the same demands that we place on other European citizens,” Mr Sanchez told Spanish radio Cadena SER.
“They will need a full dose of vaccine or a negative PCR,” he added, referring to a type of test for the coronavirus.
Spain had previously decided to lift the requirement for Britons to present a negative PCR test from May 20.
Authorities in Mallorca, a popular holiday destination for Spaniards and foreigners, are investigating a coronavirus outbreak involving more than 600 students.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 10:05 AM
China administered 1.1 billion doses of vaccine
China administered around 20.6 million doses of the Covid vaccine on June 27, bringing the total number of doses administered to 1.186 billion, according to data from the National Health Commission.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 9:51 AM
Rethinking may be needed on class bubbles, government adviser says
Covid protections in schools must be re-examined as students prepare to return to school after the summer, a government adviser has suggested.
Professor Russell Viner of University College London said ministers need to assess bubbles in classrooms to see how well they protect society at large and how much they could harm children.
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 09:28
Ireland will make a lockdown announcement on Tuesday
The Irish government will announce on Tuesday whether the restrictions on Covid can be relaxed further, the Minister for Higher Education said.
Simon Harris said whatever decision is made, people will be able to do more in July than in June.
He told RTE Morning Ireland program: “I expect Cabinet to make this decision tomorrow. I think it would be important for us to make this decision tomorrow.
“I heard very clearly a very reasonable demand from people, especially working in the hospitality industry throughout the weekend, where they said, ‘At the very least, can you give us clarity? and certainty as early as possible in the week? ‘
“The Taoiseach made it clear yesterday that he wants this to happen, and I would expect the Cabinet to now be in a position to make the decision tomorrow.”
Matt MathersJune 28, 2021 9:09 AM