Level 3 to cover large areas of southeast England

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Christmas gathering is “not worth the risk” of catching Covid-19.

With more than two-thirds of England’s population living under Tier 3 measures as of Saturday, the World Health Organization said “the safest thing at the moment is to stay home”.

“There is still a difference between what your powers allow you and what you must do,” said the organization’s regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge.


The report revealed a “lack of leadership” in the UK’s preparation for biosecurity risks, the report found

A compelling parliamentary report on the UK’s handling of the Coronavirus found that the “blatant absence of leadership” left the country unprepared for the pandemic, Political Editor Andrew Woodcock Reports.

The Joint Committee on National Security Strategy report said Covid-19 revealed “profound shortcomings” in the government’s efforts to protect the UK from biosecurity risks.

Samuel OsborneDecember 18, 2020 09:52


The professor talks about sleepless nights during vaccine development

Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccination at the University of Oxford, told BBC Radio 4 Today Program She had sleepless nights while trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

“I had no doubts about what we were doing. The doubts I had in the early parts of the year were about our ability as a university to actually do this,” she said.

“Because that’s not what the university usually does. And I think it all worked because we had a lot of people inside the university who really wanted this to work and were willing to work together and put together a great team.

“At the start of the year, I spent sleepless nights wondering what we hadn’t thought about – what problem was going to get us stuck, because no one realized that we needed to do it, but, in reality, this never happened. Someone was always thinking. in everything “.

Samuel OsborneDecember 18, 2020 09:31


Nurses and healthcare workers share cheerful vaccine pictures with the hashtag #covidvaccine

Nurses and health care workers, especially those who have been on the front lines for more than three months during the coronavirus pandemic, share cheerful photos of themselves receiving a vaccine with the hashtag #covidvaccine. Mayank Aggarwal Reports.

Samuel OsborneDecember 18, 2020 09:13


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Professor Sage says the restrictions are likely to be tightened after Christmas

Professor John Edmonds, a member of Sage’s science advisory committee, said measures are likely to be tightened after Christmas.

He told Sky News: “At the moment, it doesn’t seem like the level system is stopping the wave of the pandemic again, unfortunately. So I think we’ll have to look at these measures and maybe tighten them up, we will really do that. It’s horrible to say but we’re in a very difficult situation. “.

But Professor Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, noted that while easing restrictions at Christmas “may not be good for the epidemic”, “it may be good for people’s well-being in other ways.”

He said he will not mix with his elderly relatives during the holiday season, and is choosing to wait until they are vaccinated.

He said, “I personally don’t see my older relatives at Christmas. I’ll go and see them once they get vaccinated. And I think a lot of people would probably do something similar and I think it’s true, the sensible thing to do.”

“But I think we are leaving people to make that decision themselves. To some extent I can understand that. As long as people understand the risks and know what’s going on, I think that making those decisions is up to them.”

Samuel OsborneDecember 18, 2020 09:01


“We are not ruling anything out,” the minister said of a possible post-Christmas closure

“We’re not ruling anything out,” said Schools Secretary Nick Gibb when asked about a possible closure of my homeland after Christmas.

He was asked if the government would prepare the rest of the country for lockdown, following announcements in Northern Ireland and Wales.

He told the BBC breakfast: “We (in England) have a very local approach because we have data from the comprehensive test. 46 million tests have been released through this test and trace system since the beginning.

“This means that we can identify places with high infection rates, especially in local areas, and then we can apply these restrictions on a region-by-region basis through the tier system, and when infection rates rise, we will increase the level from level two to level three. When they fall, we’ll shrink it like we did in Bristol, North Somerset and Herefordshire. “

And repeat the caution warning about Christmas.

That’s why we all have to be very careful during the Christmas period, ”he said.

“To spend a short period of Christmas, to keep a few people joining you at Christmas, to make sure that we keep this deadly virus under control.”

Samuel Osborne18 December 2020 08:41


The number of Covid patients in English hospitals is now greater than it was in November

There are now more patients in hospitals with the Coronavirus in England than during the height of the second wave in November, less than a week before the government lifted restrictions on Christmas. Health Correspondent Shawn Lintern Reports.

According to the latest data for hospitals in England, which was shared with The Independent, there were 15,698 hospital patients with Covid-19 Thursday morning. The peak of November, during the second national lockdown, saw 14,467 patients hospitalized.

London hospitals are already having to cancel operations and redeploy staff after the number of Covid patients in critical care jumped 8.6 per cent in one day.

Samuel OsborneDecember 18, 2020 08:25


Head nurse warns that relaxing the rules over Christmas could lead to a “relentless tsunami”

Ms Donna Kinnear, CEO and Secretary General of the Royal College of Nursing, has warned that easing coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a “relentless tsunami” of cases.

“After a difficult year, it is everyone’s instinct to be together and see their loved ones – especially those who live far away or feel isolated. But what is at stake has become a sharp focus,” she said.

“The travel and family visits associated with this time of year will undoubtedly lead to more cases, more pressure on the National Health Care Services, and more deaths. By turning the second and third waves into a relentless tsunami, we will start 2021 at the worst possible time. The Road. “

Samuel Osborne18 December 2020 08:11


A government minister has said keeping schools open during the coronavirus crisis is a national priority.

Schools Secretary Nick Gibb said Radio Times: “Our national priority is to keep schools open. We wanted schools to remain open until the end of the semester.

“What happens in January. Primary schools will still return on January 4. So are all vulnerable students, or children of basic workers, and in fact, children who are in exam years, Year 11, and Year 13.

“ But in the first week, the first five days, other high school students will learn from home from distance education so that schools can prepare to test all high school students in those first few weeks of the semester.

Therefore, it is a national system and a national strategy. ”

Samuel Osborne18 December 2020 07:57


The World Health Organization warns that the Christmas gatherings are “not worth the risk”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned people to stay home over Christmas because it is “not worth the risk” of catching Covid-19.

“There is still a difference between what your powers allow you to do and what you must do,” said FAO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge.

“We have yet another few months of sacrifice and can now act in a way that we are collectively proud of. When we look back at these unprecedented times, I hope we all feel that we acted in the spirit of common humanity to protect those in need,” he said in a statement.

Dr Kluge said the “devastation” the pandemic wreaked on societies across Europe.

“Covid-19 has forced families and communities to separate, companies have bankrupted, and people have been deprived of opportunities that were taken for granted a year ago,” he said.

“ From concerns about virus transmission, the psychological impact of lockdowns and self-isolation, to the effects of unemployment, financial concerns and social exclusion – the impact of the pandemic on mental health will be long-term and long-term.

“What has resulted is a growing mental health crisis in Europe.”

Samuel Osborne18 December 2020 07:48


Good morning and welcome to the latest coronavirus update.

Samuel Osborne18 December 2020 07:40