Covid UK News Live: Thousands Over 18 Line Up For Vaccine



More lockdowns possible this winter, says Dr Susan Hopkins

More closures may be needed this winter, an expert has warned, as thousands more people over 18 line up outside vaccination centers.

Dr Susan Hopkins, director of Covid-19 at Public Health England, told The Andrew Marr Show: ‘We may have to do more blockages this winter, I can’t predict the future – it really depends on find out if hospitals are starting to be overwhelmed at some point.

However, she stressed that people would not normally be taken into custody for severe cases of the flu – and that the country must move to a situation where people can “live with it”.

The scientist’s comments came as thousands more people lined up outside vaccination centers for a second day in a row after opening the vaccine to everyone over 18.

Giant jab clinics have been set up at major London football stadiums, while smaller events have also taken place in community venues over the weekend with the aim of vaccinating as many Londoners as possible.

More than 700,000 Covid-19 jabs were set aside on the day the NHS vaccination program was opened to people aged 18 to 20.

The English took 721,469 appointments via the national reservation service on Friday, more than 30,000 per hour or more than eight per second.

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Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 11:51 AM

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Minister does not rule out winter lockdown after PHE expert says ‘we may have to’ reimpose measure

A cabinet minister refused to rule out another Covid-19 lockdown this winter after Dr Susan Hopkins said it may be necessary to control the virus.

Dr Hopkins, director of Covid-19 at Public Health England, said Britain needs to move to a situation where we can ‘live with this’ in the longer term.

Read the full story below:

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 11:59 AM

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Thousands more line up for the vaccine

Thousands more people lined up outside vaccination centers for the second day in a row after opening the vaccine to everyone over 18.

Giant jab clinics have been set up at major London football stadiums, while smaller events have also taken place in community venues over the weekend with the aim of vaccinating as many Londoners as possible.

More than 700,000 Covid-19 jabs were set aside on the day the NHS vaccination program was opened to people aged 18 to 20.

People line up at an NHS vaccination clinic at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in north London on Sunday

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People line up at an NHS vaccination clinic at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in north London on Sunday

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People line up outside an NHS vaccination clinic at London’s West Ham Stadium in Stratford, east London on Saturday

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Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 12:07 PM

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Relaxing restrictions such as overseas travel and self-isolation is not ruled out, Justice Secretary says

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said ministers had not ruled out easing restrictions, such as overseas travel and self-isolation, for those who received both vaccines against the coronavirus.

He told the Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “I think experts like Susan Hopkins are absolutely right to remind us that the evidence continues to grow on double vaccinations.

“It looks great, it looks really encouraging, we try to be as flexible as possible.

“We will continue to review all of these proposals and flex as appropriate.”

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 12:17

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Let’s get everyone over 40 double-bitten by Freedom Day, says PHE expert

A senior director of Public Health England (PHE) said she hoped the delay until the lockdown was over would allow time for all people over 40 to get their shots twice.

Dr Susan Hopkins, strategic director for Covid-19 at PHE, said getting as many people bitten as possible by July 19 should mean that the latest wave of coronavirus cases caused by the Delta variant will not be not as deadly as previous waves.

Last week, the government was forced to delay so-called Freedom Day by four weeks, when all restrictions are lifted, due to a worrying increase in positive tests.

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 12:26

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Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships get the green light for the first time

Civil marriage and partnership ceremonies will be permitted for the first time outdoors in England and Wales from July.

This will allow couples to hold outdoor ceremonies from July through next April and means more guests will be able to attend gatherings that would otherwise have been affected by social distancing restrictions.

My colleague Kate ng has more details:

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 12:36

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Andy Burnham calls for ‘compensation’ from Nicola Sturgeon for travel ban

Andy Burnham has demanded “compensation” for Manchester from the Scottish government for advice banning travel to the north-west.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester accused Nicola Sturgeon’s administration of acting “hypocrisy” for imposing the restrictions without consultation and said the policy had come out “out of the blue”.

Our political correspondent Jon stone explains more below:

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 12:49

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London enters ‘spring summer’ to hit as many people as possible

The London regional director of Public Health England (PHE) said the capital was entering a “summer sprint” to get as many people vaccinated as possible by July 19.

The absorption rate in London has been slower than elsewhere, but Professor Kevin Fenton said he has made “incredible progress” in recent weeks.

“We are about to enter a final summer sprint, where we are working with local authorities to increase prices for all people over 18, but especially those over 40,” a- he declared.

“It’s our number one goal in the city now. “

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 1:00 PM

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We could be at the ‘buttress’ of another wave of Covid, says PHE regional director for London

PHE’s regional director for London has warned that we could be at the ‘buttress’ of another wave of Covid-19 cases, and people must continue to practice preventive measures.

Professor Kevin Fenton told LBC it is unlikely that the capital will have everyone over 30 doubly vaccinated by July 19, when all restrictions are expected to be relaxed.

“We are at the foot of what could be a third wave, we should do hands, face, space, ventilate, prevent,” said Professor Fenton.

He continued, “Get the first dose as soon as possible because even with the first source you will receive some protection.

“And we will continue to practice these preventative measures – the vaccination now will not stop the increases we are seeing in the community this week, but they will begin to build the city’s resilience as July 19 approaches.”

Chiara GiordanoJune 20, 2021 1:13 PM

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A ‘miserable winter’ ahead with more possible lockdowns, scientists warn

New respiratory viruses could mean the UK is set for a “pretty miserable” winter ahead with further possible lockdowns, scientists have warned.

Professor Calum Semple, member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said children and the elderly will be vulnerable to endemic viruses at the end of the year.

Speaking to Times Radio on Sunday morning, he said, “I suspect we’ll have a pretty miserable winter because the other respiratory viruses are going to come back and bite us pretty hard.

“There is a sting in the tail after each pandemic, because social distancing will have reduced exposure, especially pregnant women and their newborns, they will not have been exposed to the usual endemic respiratory viruses.

“The protection that a pregnant woman would give her unborn child has not happened.

“We will therefore see an increase in a disease called bronchiolitis and an increase in community-acquired pneumonia in children and the frail elderly, other respiratory viruses for which we do not have vaccines.

“This is why we are anticipating difficult July and August, followed by a difficult winter period. “

Leonie Chao-FongJune 20, 2021 1:32 PM



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