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Coronavirus news UK LIVE – Two MONKEYPOX cases found in Wales as lockdown lift expected to be delayed until July 19

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THE UK is “dealing with” an outbreak of monkeypox, Matt Hancock has revealed.

The health secretary did not give any details of where cases were, or how many. But The Sun has been told there are two cases in North Wales.

The first case caught the virus abroad before passing it onto someone in the same house.

They were admitted to a hospital in England, where one remains.

Both are being monitored by Public Health Wales and Public Health England.

The cases would be only the fifth and sixth cases ever recorded in the UK.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates...

  • RETURN TO WORK ‘DELAYED FOR A MONTH’ AS FREEDOM DAY SET TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 19 - continued

    And nightclubs would have to stay completely closed if the June 21 date to end lockdown restrictions is pushed back.

    Pubs and restaurants won't be able to open to full capacity, with the number of customers allowed in limited by social distancing rules, and table service remaining.

    It will mean still only six people can eat together inside, with gatherings of up to 30 people allowed outside.

    Senior government sources have also said a cap on the number of people at weddings is likely to remain - after officials from Matt Hancock's health department warned that they could become "super-spreader" events.

    A two-week review will be included meaning Covid restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.

    Read the full story here

  • ON HOLD 

    RETURN TO WORK 'DELAYED FOR A MONTH' AS FREEDOM DAY SET TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 19

    A RETURN to the workplace is set to be delayed by a month and nightclubs are to stay closed as "Freedom Day" is put back to July 19.

    Covid curbs are due to remain for up to four weeks more as an explosion of the Indian - or Delta - variant pushes back the final step of the government's roadmap to exit lockdown.

    Working from home and social distancing are set to continue for another month after an end to restrictions on June 21 was delayed.

    The Sun revealed last night that Boris Johnson is poised to delay Step 4 until July 19 after cases of the Indian variant surged by 240 per cent in just a week.

    Under the plan expected to be announced, social distancing rules and the rule-of-six will remain in place, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  • COVID STUDY: HALF OF ANTI-VAXXERS HAVE BEEN JABBED - continued

    Dr Siobhan McAndrew, of the University of Bristol, which conducted the research with King’s College London, said: “The high rates accepting a vaccine are extremely encouraging. There’s a large difference in intention to get vaccinated between religious groups, with Muslims in particular standing out.”

    Some 4,896 UK adults were polled in April, after a similar survey in December. 

    Yesterday, data showed 96,800 people — one in 560 — had Covid in England last week.

    Analyst Sarah Crofts said infections are still relatively low but increasing, probably because of the Delta variant.

    Scientists also revealed yesterday that natural protection from Covid lasts at least nine months after getting it. 

    Experts from the Government’s emergency virus group said antibodies may stay in the blood for years, like they do with SARS or flu.

    Read the full story here

  • FLU-TURN 

    COVID STUDY: HALF OF ANTI-VAXXERS HAVE BEEN JABBED

    HALF of anti-vaxxers have been jabbed with the Covid vaccine, a new study has revealed.

    Thousands who said they will “definitely not” get a Covid vaccine have since been won over.

    The research also showed 94 per cent of people offered a vaccine have taken it up.

    Muslims are least likeliest to accept, with almost a fifth wrongly believing they contain pork. 

    But among that group jab confidence has risen since December from 23 per cent to 67 per cent.

    Nearly 75 per cent of people from ethnic minorities say they will have a vaccine, up from 36 per cent at the end of last year.

  • LEADING DOCS URGE BORIS TO DELAY EASING RESTRICTIONS AFTER NEW VARIANT TRIPLES IN A WEEK - CONTINUED

    'HUGE RISK'

    He highlighted that the current data and evidence shows that "ending restrictions in just over a week would not meet the government’s own four tests".

    "It is vital that the Prime Minister honours his own commitment to the population on how to safeguard the health of the nation," he added. 

    UK daily Covid cases have passed 8,000 for the first time in four months - as the Indian variant continues to spread.

    There were 8,125 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, while there were 17 deaths from the bug in the same timeframe.

    It comes as:

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  • LEADING DOCS URGE BORIS TO DELAY EASING RESTRICTIONS AFTER NEW VARIANT TRIPLES IN A WEEK

    THE full easing of lockdown restrictions should be delayed due to "rapidly rising Covid cases", top doctors have warned. 

    The British Medical Association has begged Boris Johnson to push back England's June 21 'Freedom Day' after the number of new variant infections tripled in a week.

    It said the fourth stage in the roadmap back to normality should simply not go ahead until there is a better understanding of the implications of the rising cases.

    Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA Council, said: "The UK’s vaccination programme has been a tremendous success, and this, together with the hard work and sacrifices of so many, and measures such as social distancing and mask wearing, has helped us come a long way in our fight against this terrible virus.

    "However, case numbers are now rising rapidly, and we know that those who are unvaccinated or have had only one dose of the vaccine remain vulnerable to getting the virus."

  • BORIS JOHNSON ANNOUNCEMENT COULD SEE LOCKDOWN LIFT DELAYED

    A two-week review will be included meaning coronavirus restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.

    But sources told The Sun the chances of lifting restrictions as planned on June 21 were close to zero due to a 240 per cent surge in the Indian strain, now known as the Delta variant. 

    This is a huge blow to Wembley's hosting of some crucial Euros matches.

    Group games will have a 25 per cent stadium cap - 22,500 fans - with that hopefully rising to around 45,000 people for the Semis and the July 11 Final.

    It had been hoped Wembley could be full of fully vaccinated or tested fans by then, but the delay to the last phase of the roadmap has scotched that.

    Read the full story here

  • NHS WAITING LISTS HIT RECORD HIGH AS 5 MILLION WAIT FOR TREATMENT

    England’s NHS waiting list has topped five million for the first time since records began, new figures have revealed.

    Over a quarter of a million Brits have waited more than a year to start hospital treatment, with appointments pushed back by the pandemic, data from NHS England showed.

    Around 385,490 had to wait over a year, with 5.12million still on the waiting list at the end of April.

    Experts today warned that delays on this scale can “cost lives” and the British Medical Association (BMA) warned that the backlog is “dangerously close to crippling” the NHS.

    In England, A&E attendances last month was 65 per cent higher than a year ago.

    NHS England said this is a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for May 2020, which were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In May this year, a total of 2.08million attendances were recorded – up from 1.26million in May 2020.

  • ENGLAND'S COVID-19 R NUMBER RISES TO 1.2 TO 1.4

    The estimated COVID-19 reproduction "R" number in England has risen to between 1.2 and 1.4 with the daily growth rate of infections also up compared to last week, Britain's health ministry said on Friday.

    An R value between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people. It is up from 1.0-1.2 last week.

    The daily growth rate of infections was estimated between 3% and 6%, up from 0% to 3% last week.

  • POSITIVE COVID TESTS INCREASING IN WEST MIDLANDS, LONDON, SOUTH EAST AND NORTH WEST

    The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in north-west England, the West Midlands, London and south-east England.

    There are also early signs of a decrease in eastern England while the trend is uncertain for other regions, the ONS said.

    In many regions positivity rates are very low, meaning trends are difficult to identify since they are affected by small changes in the number of people testing positive from week to week.

    North-west England had the highest proportion of people of any region in England likely to test positive for coronavirus in the week to June 5: around one in 200.

    South-west England had the lowest estimate: around one in 1,920.

  • BRIDES-TO-BE SUFFERING ‘SLEEPLESS NIGHTS’ AMID WEDDING RESTRICTION UNCERTAINTY

    Brides have said the uncertainty surrounding wedding restrictions has left them suffering “countless sleepless nights” and feeling they would be better off getting married at “half time in a football match”.

    It has been reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson may lift the 30-person limit on wedding receptions on June 21 – even if the easing of other lockdown restrictions is delayed.

    However, the continued uncertainty over what will happen has left some couples anxious and frustrated.

    Rebecca Lee and her fiance Joe Henderson, both 30 and from Manchester, initially planned to get married on August 22, 2020 – but have had to move the date twice to May 7 and then August 5 of this year.

    “My anxiety levels are through the roof. I’ve had countless sleepless nights now with the stress of it all,” Ms Lee, a PR director, told PA. “Our original wedding caterer reluctantly had to back out of servicing our wedding because his costs were just spiralling – I felt so sorry for him.”

  • UK COVID CASES PASS 8,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR MONTHS AS INDIAN VARIANT TRIPLES IN A WEEK AND 17 DEATHS

    UK daily Covid cases have passed 8,000 for the first time in four months - as the Indian variant continues to spread.

    There were 8,125 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, while there were 17 deaths from the bug in the same time frame.

    The last time cases surpassed 8,000 was on February 26 this year, when there were it was 8,523.

    Cases in the UK on Wednesday rose by 7,540 - the highest leap in daily infections since February.

    This was followed by an increase of 7,393 yesterday.

    Last Thursday, there were 18 deaths recorded over a 24-hour period.

    Cases of the Indian variant have more than tripled in a week - with 42,323 confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 strain this week, up from 12,431 one week ago.

  • LONDON WALK IN VACCINE SITES

    While 25-29 year olds can now book their coronavirus online, there are still sites that accept walk-ins for those eligible.

    Some centres are only for healthcare workers and others will only admit those aged 40 or over, so be sure to check your eligibility.

  • BORIS JOHNSON PLANS TO DELAY JUNE 21 LOCKDOWN LIFT UNTIL JULY 19 AFTER DELTA VARIANT TRIPLES IN A WEEK

    Boris Johnson is set to delay lockdown lifting “freedom day” to July 19 after cases of the mutant Indian strain exploded by 240 per cent in just a week, The Sun can reveal.

    Under plans drawn up to be announced on Monday, a two-week review will be included meaning Covid restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.

    But multiple sources told the Sun the chances of lifting restrictions as planned on June 21 were close to zero - in a massive blow to Wembley hosting of the Euros.

    Group games will have a 25 per cent stadium cap - 22,500 fans - with that hopefully rising to around 45,000 for the Semis and the July 11 Final.

    It had been hoped Wembley could be full of fully jabbed or tested fans by then, but the delay to the last phase of the roadmap has scotched that.

    Running the big matches as pilots for Covid certification trials means the capacity numbers can be stretched, but there will still be thousands of empty seats.

    Boris Johnson plans to delay June 21 lockdown lift until JULY 19 after Delta variant triples in a week
  • TWO CASES OF MONKEYPOX FOUND IN NORTH WALES

    TWO cases of monkeypox have been found, health bosses said. The patients from the same household in North Wales were taken to a hospital in England, with one since discharged.

    Public Health Wales said the initial infection was caught overseas. Consultant Richard Firth, right, said: "Confirmed cases of monkeypox are rare in the

    UK and the risk is very low. Actions have been put in place to minimise further infection."

    He said the disease was mainly seen in central and west African countries.

    He added: "Monkeypox in most cases is a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects. Most people recover within a few weeks."

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    Arlene Foster breaks into song at British-Irish Summit
  • WE SHOULD COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN ON JUNE 21 ACCORDING TO NHS HOSPITAL DATA

    Hospitals are no where near as full with Covid patients as what scientists had modelled earlier in the year.

    Models given to Sage - the Govt scientific advisory group - date back to February, when ministers were considering how and when to exit the crippling lockdown.

    Data shows that the number of patients in beds across England is currently ten times lower than worst-case predictions.

    Boris Johnson will be looking at hospital data to see if vaccines have succesfully prevented severe disease, case rates and the threat of new variants.

    But the Sage models have since been updated to reflect the new Covid variant (Delta), showing to cause more severe disease, has become dominant.

  • NEED A JAB? HERE ARE A LIST OF WALK IN VACCINE SITES IN LONDON

    While 25-29 year olds can now book their coronavirus online, there are still sites that accept walk-ins for those eligible.

    Some centres are only for healthcare workers and others will only admit those aged 40 or over, so be sure to check your eligibility.

  • NEED A JAB? HERE ARE A LIST OF WALK IN VACCINE SITES IN LONDON

    While 25-29 year olds can now book their coronavirus online, there are still sites that accept walk-ins for those eligible.

    Some centres are only for healthcare workers and others will only admit those aged 40 or over, so be sure to check your eligibility.

    • Thamesmead Mooring, Greenwich: Thursday 10 June, 10am to 4:30pm (For people aged 40+, you do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number)
    • Plumstead Health Centre SE18 1BH: Friday 11 June, 9am – 1pm and from 2pm – 6pm (For all eligible, you do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number)
    • Streatham Place Surgery, Lambeth SW2 4QY: Every Wednesday, 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4.45pm (For people aged 40 plus who are Lambeth residents or front line health and care workers. First dose only.)
    • Fairlee Pharmacy, Queenstown Road SW8 3RX: Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 June – 9am to 5pm (First dose clinic for people who live in Lambeth who are age 25 to 39 or age 16 to 39 and have health problems that put you at high risk from Covid-19.)
  • NHS WAITING LISTS HIT RECORD HIGH AS 5 MILLION WAIT FOR TREATMENT

    England’s NHS waiting list has topped five million for the first time since records began, new figures have revealed.

    Over a quarter of a million Brits have waited more than a year to start hospital treatment, with appointments pushed back by the pandemic, data from NHS England showed.

    Around 385,490 had to wait over a year, with 5.12million still on the waiting list at the end of April.

    Experts today warned that delays on this scale can “cost lives” and the British Medical Association (BMA) warned that the backlog is “dangerously close to crippling” the NHS.

    In England, A&E attendances last month was 65 per cent higher than a year ago.

    NHS England said this is a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for May 2020, which were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In May this year, a total of 2.08million attendances were recorded – up from 1.26million in May 2020.

  • MATT HANCOCK DENIES HE USED SCIENCE AS A SHIELD FOR COVID MISTAKES

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has denied a claim by Dominic Cummings that he used the phrase “we follow the science” to shift blame for government failures.

    The former No 10 adviser claimed he heard Hancock tell the prime minister they could say they were misled by the science whenever they made mistakes in their Covid response.

    But Hancock hit back claiming he tried to avoid using that phrase and had even defied scientific advice at the start of the pandemic by forcing people to isolate when they returned from Wuhan in February and March 2020.

  • BORIS JOHNSON OPENS G7 SUMMIT AT CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL, WITH CALL TO LEVEL UP AS WORLD COMES THROUGH COVID PANDEMIC

    Boris Johnson opens G7 Summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, with call to level up as world comes through Covid pandemic
  • UK COVID CASES PASS 8,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR MONTHS AS INDIAN VARIANT TRIPLES IN A WEEK AND 17 DEATHS

    UK daily Covid cases have passed 8,000 for the first time in four months - as the Indian variant continues to spread.

    There were 8,125 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, while there were 17 deaths from the bug in the same time frame.

    The last time cases surpassed 8,000 was on February 26 this year, when there were it was 8,523.

    Cases in the UK on Wednesday rose by 7,540 - the highest leap in daily infections since February.

    This was followed by an increase of 7,393 yesterday.

    Last Thursday, there were 18 deaths recorded over a 24-hour period.

    Cases of the Indian variant have more than tripled in a week - with 42,323 confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 strain this week, up from 12,431 one week ago.

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