Covid UK News Live: Government Denies ‘Rudderless’ Travel System



Boris Johnson hints at U-turn on amber watchlist

Boris Johnson’s government has denied claims that Covid’s travel rules assessment system was left “rudderless” after the head of the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) left her post.

The development comes as the government faces accusations that the international travel system is in “chaos” after proposals for a new category of Amber Watchlist were dropped.

Earlier on Tuesday, it emerged that Dr Clare Gardiner had stepped down as chief executive of JBC – the crucial data body that advises ministers on restrictions – with no successors in place.

A health commentator, meanwhile, said England could be “on the brink” of the third wave of Covid-19 infections.

Jamie Jenkins, former head of health statistics at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said AML cases in England and Wales have been declining since July 19 and “we may start to overtake the hill now “regarding deaths.

“We’re probably on the wave of the wave right now,” he said, but added, “Let’s be a little cautious as the fall season approaches.”

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New PPE for medical staff hailed as a “game changer”

A hospital consultant hailed the development of new balaclavas for medical staff as a “real game changer”.

The full face shield, with a large transparent visor that can be worn as personal protective equipment (PPE), was designed free of charge.

Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems partnered with Lancashire-based family business Lancastle to create what has become the Morecambe Bay Hood.

During the pandemic, images of healthcare workers wearing often uncomfortable PPE for hours on long shifts have become familiar.

The makers of the new hood said it provided a continuous flow of clean filtered air, significantly reduced “fogging” and helped improve communication between staff and patients, as facial expressions can be seen more. clearly and lip reading is easier.

Motorized air-purifying respirators are expected to be deployed to hospital wards in Lancashire and southern Cumbria in the coming weeks.

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 1:05 PM

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Government denies travel rules system ‘rudderless’ after data agency chief leaves

Boris Johnson’s government has denied claims that Covid’s crucial travel rules assessment system was left “rudderless” after the head of the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) left her post.

The move comes as the government has been accused of being in “chaos” of the international travel system after proposals for a new category of Amber Watchlist were dropped.

My colleague Adam forrest has more on this:

Chiara GiordanoAugust 3, 2021 12:39

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Inexpensive Covid Drug Could Fight Heavy Periods, Study Finds

Dexamethasone – the inexpensive drug that’s used to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals – could also be used to fight heavy periods, a new study suggests.

If approved for use, the steroid could offer a new treatment option for women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding – the first option in 20 years.

Many women who experience a heavy period, also known as menorrhagia, are offered treatment with an interuterine system, which is a hormone-releasing device inserted into the uterine cavity.

But some are unhappy with the side effects and the new trial, from the University of Edinburgh, could lead to an alternative treatment.

Chiara GiordanoAugust 3, 2021 12:21

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The Joint Biosafety Center “continues to function regularly” despite the departure of the director, according to the government

The Joint Biosafety Center “continues to operate steadily” despite the departure of chief executive Clare Gardiner, the health and social affairs ministry said.

Dr Gardiner, who was seconded to this post in June 2020, previously served as Director of National Resilience and Strategy at the National Cyber ​​Security Center and returned to “a role in national security.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: “The Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) is part of the UK Health Security Agency and is professionally headed by the Chief Executive Officer.

“The former Director General (DG) has returned as planned to a role in national security.

“JBC continues to operate steadily under strong interim arrangements.

“A formal open competitive recruitment process has been completed and the new CEO will be announced imminently.”

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 11:58 AM

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Amber Watchlist, Amber Plus and Green Watchlist are all ready to go, travel expert says

Travel expert Paul Charles, director of consultancy firm The PC Agency, said he expected further changes to the rules this week – saying “high-level” sources told him the categories “amber plus” and “green watch list” would also be deleted.

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 11:27 AM

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Almost half of landlords reduced or suspended rent payments in 2020

Almost half (46 percent) of private landlords say they reduced or suspended their tenants’ monthly rent payments last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 28% of landlords surveyed for Shawbrook Bank said they gave their tenants payment holiday – a period during which they did not have to pay rent.

Another 18 percent offered a rent reduction for a certain period.

On average, rent payment holidays lasted three months, compared with rent cuts that lasted four months, according to the survey of 1,000 landlords.

Landlords who gave their tenants a holiday pay estimate lost £ 7,500 on average, while those who offered rent cuts estimate it typically cost them £ 6,500.

More than a third of landlords who gave some form of rent reduction said they proactively offered it to their tenant. Concerns about time off, job security and layoffs were all common reasons a rent cut or pay holiday was suggested.

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 10:58 AM

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Government must confirm Orange Watchlist plan is dead, says Labor

Labor MP Wes Streeting attacked the ‘chaos and confusion’ over travel rules – and urged ministers to confirm the idea of ​​an Orange Watchlist is dead.

The shadow minister for child poverty said: “We’ve had this mess of briefing and counter-briefing from people at the top of government… It’s really not fair to holidaymakers or British businesses.”

He added: “What we need to see by the end of the day are senior ministers… come out and be clear with the country on travel arrangements.

Referring to reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak urged No 10 to ease travel restrictions, Streeting said: “Boris Johnson has to bang his head in the cabinet because they are fighting like rats in a sack.”

Adam forrestAug 3, 2021 10:37 AM

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Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson to take down Orange Travel List altogether

Boris Johnson is now facing pressure from Tory MPs and the travel industry to ditch the government’s traffic light system altogether after plans for an ‘orange watch list’ were scrapped.

My colleague Joe middleton has more on this:

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 10:21 AM

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UK Covid deaths total 155,133

A total of 155,133 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number of deaths in a single day was 1,484 on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8, 2020.

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 10:05 AM

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Latest statistics on Covid deaths in nursing homes

A total of 35 deaths of nursing home residents involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were recorded in the week to July 23, up from 27 deaths the week before.

A total of 42,649 nursing home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the start of the pandemic.

The ONS figures cover the deaths of nursing home residents in all settings, not just in nursing homes.

Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021, 10:00 am


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