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Covid news latest – People ‘not getting tested to avoid self-isolation’ as Euro 2020 ‘supercharged’ coronavirus cases

BRITS should get double-jabbed before returning to the office but No 10 won't make vaccination compulsory for workers, Grant Shapps has said.

The transport secretary insisted it's a "good idea" for everyone who wants to end working from home to become fully vaccinated.

And he predicted many companies will start to enforce Covid papers as a policy for their staff who want to head back to their desks.

But the senior cabinet minister insisted there are no plans for the Government to pass laws requiring workers to be jabbed.

He made the remarks after Google and Facebook said they'll only let vaccinated employees return to the office in the US.

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  • DAD-OF-5 DIES FROM COVID AFTER TEXTING 'I SHOULD HAVE GOT THE DAMN VACCINE'

    Dad-of-5 dies from Covid after texting 'I should have got the damn vaccine'
  • COVID CASES DROP AS UK RECORDS 26,144 NEW VIRUS CASES AND 71 MORE DEATHS IN 24 HOURS

    COVID cases have dropped as the UK has reported 26,144 new cases today and 71 more deaths in the latest 24-hour period.

    Yesterday 29,622 coronavirus infections and 68 fatalities were announced and 31,795 cases and 28 deaths were reported this time last week.

    Meanwhile, 35,773 people received their first dose of a Covid vaccine yesterday, taking the overall total to 46,811,298.

    And 164,295 had their second jab, meaning 38,126,702 are now fully inoculated.Advertisement

    It comes as a government expert warned that falling case rates over the last week could be explained by people refusing to get tested in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate. Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

    Read more here.

  • BRITAIN'S COVID-19 CASES DOWN BY 33% OVER PAST WEEK

    Britain has reported 26,144 new cases of Covid-19, government data showed on Saturday, meaning the fall in cases between July 25 and July 31 stood at 33% compared with the previous seven days.

    A further 71 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, taking the seven-day increase to 9.2%.

    A total of 46.81 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus by July 30 and 38.13 million people had received a second dose.

  • SCOTLAND RECORDS NINE MORE COVID-19 DEATHS

    Scotland has recorded nine coronavirus deaths and 1,018 new cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show.

    It brings the death toll under the daily measure - of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days - to 7,939.

    The daily test positivity rate is 4.9%, down from 6.2% the previous day.

    A total of 445 people were in hospital on Friday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down 29 on the previous day, with 64 patients in intensive care, a rise of four.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recorded the most cases in the past 24 hours, with 236, followed by Lothian with 192 and Lanarkshire with 174.

  • PEOPLE NOT GETTING TESTED FOR COVID TO AVOID SELF-ISOLATION, EXPERT SUGGESTS

    People could be refusing to get tested for coronavirus in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate, a Government adviser has said.

    Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

    The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Covid infections are up to their highest level since January in England, and the highest since February in Wales.

    The ONS's household swab test survey showed that around one in 65 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to July 24 - up from one in 75 in the previous week, and the ninth consecutive week that infections have increased.

    Infections are also estimated to have risen in Northern Ireland, though numbers have dropped in Scotland.

  • BIDEN CONSIDERING MAKING JABS MANDATORY

    President Joe Biden is considering making vaccines mandatory nationwide, the head of the CDC revealed on Friday.

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confirmed that with stalling vaccination rates in the US, the Biden administration was “looking into” whether or not to force Americans to get their Covid-19 jab.

    “Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?” Fox News anchor Baier asked her during an interview on his show “Special Report.” 

    “That’s something that I think the administration is looking into. It’s something that I think we are looking to see approval of from the vaccine,” Walensky said. 

    “Overall, I think in general, I am all for more vaccination.

    “But, I have nothing further to say on that except that we are looking into those policies.”

  • BIDEN CONSIDERING MAKING JABS MANDATORY

    President Joe Biden is considering making vaccines mandatory nationwide, the head of the CDC revealed on Friday.

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confirmed that with stalling vaccination rates in the US, the Biden administration was “looking into” whether or not to force Americans to get their Covid-19 jab.

    “Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?” Fox News anchor Baier asked her during an interview on his show “Special Report.” 

    “That’s something that I think the administration is looking into. It’s something that I think we are looking to see approval of from the vaccine,” Walensky said. 

    “Overall, I think in general, I am all for more vaccination.

    “But, I have nothing further to say on that except that we are looking into those policies.”

  • RUSSIA REPORTS 23,807 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 792 DEATHS

    Russia reported 23,807 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, including 3,514 in Moscow, taking the national tally of infections to 6,265,873.

    Russia’s coronavirus task force said that 792 more deaths of coronavirus patients had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, raising the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 158,563.

  • WATCH: DAILY COVID CASES AND DEATHS BOTH DROP AS BRITAIN FINALLY TURNS THE TIDE ON VIRUS

    Daily Covid cases and deaths both DROP as Britain finally turns the tide on virus
  • COVID IS 'STILL EVOLVING'

    Covid is still evolving and if two concerning variants combine, it could become significantly more deadly, Sage papers say.

    The mortality rate of Covid is somewhere around 1-3 per cent, according to estimates, meaning less than five in every 100 people who catch it die in the absence of vaccines.

    But there is a “realistic possibility” this will increase - maybe even to a rate similar to SARS and MERS, experts say.

    SARS and MERS are two other human coronaviruses that are no longer in circulation, first emerging in 2000 and 2012, respectively.

    Some 10 per cent and 30 per cent of people who caught SARS and MERS, respectively, died.

  • DAD WHO DIED OF COVID: 'I SHOULD HAVE GOT THE JAB'

    A father of five died from Covid-19 on Thursday just hours after penning a heartbreaking final message to his wife that he regretted not getting vaccinated.

    "I should have gotten that damn vaccine," 39-year-old Michael Freedy, of Las Vegas, texted his fiancee Jessica DuPreez shortly before doctors put him under sedation in the ICU.

    But the casino worker would never regain consciousness and he was taken off life-support on Thursday.

    A heartbroken DuPreez told Fox 5: "He is only 39. Our babies now don't have a dad. You can't say I am young and it won't affect me because it will."

    Just over two weeks earlier, Freedy and DuPreez had been vacationing in San Diego with their five children when suddenly he fell ill.

  • EXTRA POLICING IN EUROPE TO STOP COVID FLOUTERS

    Extra police have been deployed to Mykonos and Ios amid fears social distancing is not being obeyed.

    Government minister Nikos Hardalias said the two popular isles are “one step” away from new curbs.

    He also raised the alarm over Zakynthos, Tinos, Lefkada, Santorini, Paros and Rhodes.

    Meanwhile, bars and nightclubs in Portugal will stay closed until October due to its outbreak.

    But No 10 is closing in on an EU-wide deal with Brussels to open up hols for double-jabbed Brits.

  • EUROPEAN HOLIDAY CHAOS

    Data expert Tim White said “very high infection rates” mean ministers could create a new “amber watchlist” for countries that could move to red — including Italy and Canada.

    Italy has also opted to keep in place rules which force British holidaymakers to quarantine for five days upon their arrival.

    Ministers are still trying to persuade the US to open up its borders to us — as double-jabbed visitors from the States are now free to come here.

    The Sun understands that the extra category for France is set for the axe within days — if Beta variant cases continue to fall there.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted yesterday that the concerns over the Beta variant were based on cases in mainland France, not the tiny department of Reunion island in the Indian Ocean.

  • FRANCE TO 'GO BACK ON AMBER LIST'

    Amber plus rules for travel to France are expected to be binned within days in another Government U-turn.

    It follows a furious backlash from France and our own MPs who called it discriminatory and “scientifically unfounded”.

    Under the rules, holidaymakers have to quarantine for ten days on their return to Britain — even if they are double jabbed.

    But experts warned of more gloom on the horizon for sunseekers with the possibility of tougher rules for Spain where cases are looking “worrying” and “bleak”.

  • ONLY A FEW PEOPLE TURN UP TO JAB FEST

    A festival where music fans could get a jab along with free food hit a flat note when only a few turned up.

    Vegan burgers, mac ’n cheese and Chinese dumplings were enough to tempt unvaccinated Clark Lin, but others who are unvaccinated were not taking the bait.

    The small crowds were treated to music from Lewis Floyd Henry – a one man rocking band, and those there danced away to Nacho Stax – a mix of beatbox and afro-beat grooves.

    The festival, organised by Tower Hamlets council and Barts NHS Trust, at Langdon Park in Poplar, East London, is on all weekend.

    Mum Dhilshana Shiraj said: “I got the jab and brought the kids along to enjoy themselves.”

  • BIDEN CONSIDERING MAKING JABS MANDATORY

    President Joe Biden is considering making vaccines mandatory nationwide, the head of the CDC revealed on Friday.

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confirmed that with stalling vaccination rates in the US, the Biden administration was “looking into” whether or not to force Americans to get their Covid-19 jab.

    "Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?" Fox News anchor Baier asked her during an interview on his show “Special Report.” 

    "That's something that I think the administration is looking into. It's something that I think we are looking to see approval of from the vaccine," Walensky said. 

    "Overall, I think in general, I am all for more vaccination.

    "But, I have nothing further to say on that except that we are looking into those policies."

  • EQUALITIES WATCHDOG CAUTIONS EMPLOYERS AMID 'NO JAB, NO JOB' POLICY CONCERNS

    Employers have been cautioned by the equalities watchdog to be "proportionate" and "non-discriminatory", amid concerns over the prospect of "no jab, no job" policies emerging.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it understood firms will want to protect their staff and their customers by requiring employees to be vaccinated, but it advises them to take other factors into consideration.

    In the United States, tech giants Facebook and Google are among those to say their employees would have to show proof they have been fully vaccinated before returning to work.

    In the UK, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested it is a good idea for people to be double jabbed before returning to the office but it will not be required by legislation.

    An EHRC spokesman said: "Employers are right to want to protect their staff and their customers, particularly in contexts where people are at risk, such as care homes. However, requirements must be proportionate, non-discriminatory and make provision for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons."

  • RUSSIA REPORTS 23,807 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 792 DEATHS

    Russia reported 23,807 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, including 3,514 in Moscow, taking the national tally of infections to 6,265,873.

    Russia's coronavirus task force said that 792 more deaths of coronavirus patients had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, raising the country's COVID-19 death toll to 158,563.

  • ISRAEL TO OFFER A BOOSTER SHOT FOR OVER 60s

    Israel will begin offering a third shot of the Pfizer/Biontech COVID-19 vaccine to people aged over 60, a world first in efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Israeli TV and radio said on Thursday.

    Those eligible will be able to get the booster shot as long as they received their second dose more than five months ago, Channel 13 TV and Kan public radio reported.

    Israel was a world leader in the vaccination rollout, with many seniors getting their jabs in December, January and February as they were regarded as the most vulnerable sector of the population.

    But since the emergence of the Delta variant, the health ministry has twice reported a drop in the vaccine’s effectiveness against infection and a slight decrease in its protection against severe disease.

    The booster campaign, expected to be announced formally soon, will effectively turn Israel into a testing ground for a third dose before approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • UK DAILY COVID CASES RISE FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW

    The UK’s daily Covid cases have risen for the second day in a row with 31,117 reported in the last 24 hours.

    However, infections are still on a downward curve – with infections down 24 per cent compared to last week.

    This day last week 39,906 cases were reported along with 84 deaths.

    Meanwhile Covid deaths have fallen slightly with a further 85 losing their lives to the killer bug.

    It brings the total number of UK Covid deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive test result to 129,515.

  • ED DAVEY SAYS USING NHS APP FOR VACCINE PASSPORTS 'AN ABUSE OF DEMOCRACY;

    Sir Ed Davey said changes to the NHS app to allow it to double up as an electronic vaccine passport was an "abuse of democracy".

    Setting out his objections to plans for a domestic scheme for people to have to prove their vaccine status, the Lib Dem leader told Times Radio: "Frankly, this Government has given everybody many reasons, time and time again not to trust them.

    "I do not trust Boris Johnson, I do not trust his ministers and we will watch them like hawks, and we will come down on them - that's what we are doing now.

    "They are trying to do this in the recess when Parliament isn't sitting - it is a disgrace.

    "It is an abuse of democracy, it is an abuse of power and it threatens taking people's freedoms away and stigmatising young people, hitting businesses - that is not acceptable and the Liberal Democrats are going to call them out."

  • LIB DEM LEADER SAYS DOMESTIC VACCINE PASSPORTS 'UNWORKABLE, EXPENSIVE AND DIVISIVE'

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said using vaccine passports domestically was "unworkable, expensive and divisive". The former cabinet minister and his party are calling for Parliament to be recalled from its summer recess after changes were rolled out to the NHS app, allowing people to prove their vaccine status in domestic settings.

    Asked why there needed to be a parliamentary debate on vaccine passports, Sir Ed told Times Radio: "Because the Government told us they weren't going to do this.

    "We've all agreed that for international travel you'll need to have Covid options but domestically, sort of Covid ID cards, the Liberal Democrats have led the campaign against them, we've seen MPs in other parties share our views that this would be a real attack on people's freedoms and particularly hit businesses and young people - it is unworkable, it is expensive and it is divisive.

    "That's why the Government haven't gone ahead with it previously. Now we hear, in the recess when Parliament can't debate it, they've by stealth changed the rules so your NHS app could be used as a Covid ID card across venues.

    "That's completely wrong, it is undemocratic, they are not being held accountable to it, so Liberal Democrats are saying, given that serious undermining of civil liberties without any debate in Parliament, Parliament should be recalled."

  • EQUALITIES WATCHDOG CAUTIONS EMPLOYERS AMID 'NO JAB, NO JOB' POLICY CONCERNS

    Employers have been cautioned by the equalities watchdog to be "proportionate" and "non-discriminatory", amid concerns over the prospect of "no jab, no job" policies emerging.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it understood firms will want to protect their staff and their customers by requiring employees to be vaccinated, but it advises them to take other factors into consideration.

    In the United States, tech giants Facebook and Google are among those to say their employees would have to show proof they have been fully vaccinated before returning to work.

    In the UK, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested it is a good idea for people to be double jabbed before returning to the office but it will not be required by legislation.

    An EHRC spokesman said: "Employers are right to want to protect their staff and their customers, particularly in contexts where people are at risk, such as care homes.

  • 25% OF OLDER ADULTS 'UNABLE TO WALK AS FAR OR IN MORE PAIN SINCE PANDEMIC START'

    Around a quarter of older people were unable to walk as far or were living in more physical pain earlier this year compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, research suggests.

    People reported being less steady on their feet, struggling to manage the stairs and feeling less independent since the start of the crisis, according to polling for Age UK.

    Some 27% of adults aged 60 and over said they could no longer walk as far, while 25% said they were in more pain.

    It also found evidence of accelerated cognitive decline, with more than a fifth (22%) of respondents saying they were finding it harder to remember things.

    The charity fears the adverse effects may prove long-lasting and in some cases be irreversible, heaping pressure on NHS and social care services over the coming years. Some 1,487 people aged 60 and over in the UK were polled by Kantar Polling between January 28 and February 11, during the third national lockdown.

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