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Queen launches Britain's Jab Blitz: Vaccine Superhubs get ready to inject four people a minute


The Queen and Prince Philip got their Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday – and made the fact public to encourage the uptake of the injections that could finally turn the tide of the deadly pandemic.

When Boris Johnson announced an ambitious "Test and Jabs" flash to fight the virus, Her Majesty, 94) and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their injections at Windsor Castle from a doctor in the Royal Household.

They didn't have their first push until it was available to others in the Berkshire area to avoid any suggestion of special treatment. The same applies to the second injection, which is expected in a few weeks.

The palace refused to indicate whether they were receiving the Oxford or Pfizer vaccine, in order not to give the impression of preferring each other.

Well-placed sources, however, said it was "a reasonable assumption" that they had the one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Both accepted the vaccinations on the advice of their doctors and had no side effects.

It came when the UK recorded more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths for the fourth straight day as the new mutation wreaked havoc across the country.

Another 1,035 people died today on the deadliest Saturday since April 18, when the total death toll in Covid since the pandemic began hit a grim 80,000.

The total was up 132.5 percent from the 445 deaths recorded Saturday last week, and was the highest Saturday number since April 18.

In a positive sign, the upward curve could in some cases offset another 59,937 people who tested positive, an increase of just 3.8 percent from last Saturday.

It's also more than 8,000 fewer cases than the 68,053 recorded yesterday – a record high. There were also 1,325 other deaths on Friday.

In other developments:

  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock used an exclusive article in today's Mail on Sunday to announce the introduction of two million rapid lateral flow tests for anyone in England who must leave home for work to determine the estimated three asymptomatic "silent spreaders";
  • The UK's Covid death toll topped 80,000 after a further 1,035 deaths yesterday, adding to fears that the total will exceed 100,000 by the end of the month.
  • The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus rose 59,937 yesterday, 3.8 percent more than last Saturday but by 8,000 the day before.
  • Downing Street is expected to postpone local elections from May to fall due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.
  • An expert study concluded that there is no clear evidence that closing schools can reduce the spread of the coronavirus, despite the fact that the government on Tuesday claimed it had no choice but to shut down the education system.
  • It became known that some state school principals blocked live online classes as it was an invasion of teachers' privacy when Tory MPs urged Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to use Margaret Thatcher's tough approach to striking miners in the 1980s teaching unions with imitation militants;
  • Scientists advising the government claimed lockdown measures needed to be stricter in England as current rules "still allow a lot of activity for the virus to spread";
  • Tory MP Andrew Bridgen urged Derbyshire police to overturn the £ 200 fines handed to friends Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore who had driven five miles to walk at a beauty spot.
  • British vacationers have been warned that if they fail a Covid test they will need to be quarantined abroad for up to a fortnight as they prepare to fly home.
  • Experts said travelers from South Africa would take indirect flights to the UK to evade the travel ban.

When Boris Johnson announced an ambitious "Test and Jabs" flash to fight the virus, Her Majesty, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured in November), 99, received their injections at Windsor Castle from a doctor in the Royal Household

Vaccination booths are pictured at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, one of seven mass vaccination centers to open on Monday

Vaccination booths are pictured at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, one of seven mass vaccination centers to open on Monday

The UK recorded more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 for the fourth straight day as the new mutation wreaked havoc across the country. Pictured: A vaccination booth next to a waiting area at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol

The UK recorded more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 for the fourth straight day as the new mutation wreaked havoc across the country. Pictured: A vaccination booth next to a waiting area at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol

Sunday's mail revealed last month that the queen was about to receive the vaccine and that she was expected to break protocol in order to acknowledge the fact of encouraging others to follow suit.

Senior Whitehall officials were dying to see them bring the nation behind the vaccination program together, even though courtiers have traditionally been unwilling to reveal private medical information.

The Queen previously made an exception when she announced that Prince Charles and Princess Anne had received polio shocks in 1957 to allay fears about the safety of the injections that, like now, threatened admission.

The injections at Windsor Castle came as the first of 630,000 letters inviting people over 80 to be vaccinated is received from people living within 45 minutes of the launch of one of the seven new vaccination super-hubs that are to be started tomorrow. The centers want to vaccinate four people every minute.

The Prime Minister said yesterday evening that the action was aimed at beating 12 million people in England by mid-February.

More than 1.5 million people have been vaccinated to date, but the rate needs to get closer to two million a week for Mr Johnson to achieve his goal. He has promised to call in the army to support the program.

After the Queen and Prince Philip received their vaccine, Mr Hancock said he was "delighted" and tweeted, "We're defeating this vaccine one shot at a time."

While the royal couple wait for their second dose, what is known as the HMS bubble – the protective shield around them created by isolating and regularly testing staff – is maintained.

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues

The Queen, 94, spoke of the coming of "light and hope" embodied in the birth of Christ as she delivered her annual Christmas message at a time when many of her subjects are separated from their families due to the pandemic

The Queen, 94, spoke of the coming of "light and hope" embodied in the birth of Christ as she delivered her annual Christmas message at a time when many of her subjects are separated from their families due to the pandemic

A Buckingham Palace source said the queen had decided to release her vaccine to "prevent further speculation".

Discussions were also held about the possible roles Prince Charles and Prince William could play in promoting vaccination.

Both contracted coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic. Charles has been reported to experience mild symptoms and lose his sense of taste and smell for a period of time, while it has been reported that William was hit "pretty hard" by the virus.

Both princes have stated they will be vaccinated – although 72-year-old Charles said last month he was on the list for a sting.

With royals being offered the vaccine concurrently with others in their age groups, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are unlikely to be vaccinated by the end of this year.

A third vaccine from the US company Moderna was approved for use in the UK on Friday.

The royal historian Hugo Vickers praised the Queen and the Duke's decision to publish yesterday's vaccinations, saying, “They are setting an example as they always have. If anyone had any doubts about the vaccination, they will now say, "Well, if the Queen had it, so will I."

"That was exactly why she published this decision – to encourage others and to spread any nonsense against vaccinations."

A senior SAGE official warned Friday that the actual number of Britons currently being infected on a daily basis is closer to 150,000. He claimed the size of the second wave was now significantly worse than that of the first.

As the UK death toll continues to rise, experts are calling for an even tougher lockdown to tackle the rapidly spreading new variant, while the government launched a new campaign flash to get people to abide by lockdown rules.

England is currently in its toughest and longest period since last spring and may not emerge from it until all of the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, has appeared in advertisements urging the British to act like they have coronavirus to protect the NHS and save lives.

Two terrifying new posters also show a patient dying in hospital and a health care worker wearing full PPE, warning the British, “If you go out, you can spread it. People will die. & # 39;

Everyone in England is told to stay home and act like you have it in a major advertising campaign. including posters (pictured) encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives

Everyone in England is told to stay home and act like you have it in a major advertising campaign. including posters (pictured) encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives

A commuter wears a face mask as he sits in a bus shelter with signs for "Stay Home, Save Lives" in central London

A commuter wears a face mask as he sits in a bus shelter with signs for "Stay Home, Save Lives" in central London

Three face-masked police officers interview a man sitting on a bench in St. James & # 39; s Park in central London this morning

Three face-masked police officers interview a man sitting on a bench in St. James & # 39; s Park in central London this morning

Although around 90 percent of the population “mostly” adhere to regulations, the roads and public transport are still busy this week, allowing the virus to spread. Pictured: Clapham today

Although around 90 percent of the population “mostly” adhere to regulations, the roads and public transport are still busy this week, allowing the virus to spread. Pictured: Clapham today

This week's massive case numbers, which have exceeded 50,000 a day since Monday, have put pressure on the Prime Minister to speed up the sluggish vaccination program that is expected to be phased out in the UK from mid-February.

Scientists have warned that the current lockdown measures are too "lax" and cannot contain the new variant of Covid. They are therefore calling for stricter restrictions as "interactions are now riskier" than in the first wave of the pandemic.

With 90 percent of the population “mostly” adhering to regulations, the UK's roads and public transport remain busy this week to allow the virus to spread. One expert described the new strain as a "pandemic within a pandemic".

As a result, ministers are considering introducing stricter measures as part of the move, including possibly requiring face masks in busy outdoor areas.

On Saturday, Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health England in London, said the more coronavirus patients the NHS had to treat, the more difficult it was to keep other services open as he urged everyone to doubt the seriousness of the situation and to read Listen to the words of staff and patients.

He told BBC Breakfast, “I would encourage people to read and watch the programs that you run on television, where you interview doctors, where you interview patients who have had this very serious illness and have long term effects from it .

& # 39; This is the reality and this is the truth. So the advice would be to listen, read, but stay home. Protect yourself, protect your families. & # 39;

SAGE scientist Professor Susan Michie warned this morning that the current nationwide lockdown was "too lax".

She said the virus thrives in cold weather and people who spend more time indoors are at increased risk of transmission.

She said having a lot of leeway for what counts as a key worker means classrooms are almost half full and public transportation is overcrowded by school pickup and drop-off – in addition to rush hour for key workers.

Allowing household contact for certain occupations – including non-essential traders or nannies – also increases the risk of the virus spreading rapidly, the professor said.

Professor Michie, a professor of health psychology at University College London, told BBC Radio Four's Today program: "This is a pretty loose lock as we still have a lot of household contact. People go in and out of other people's homes out of them when they do. " You are a cleaning lady, a non-essential trading person, or a nanny.

“We also have mass gatherings related to religious events and open kindergartens, and you have this broad definition of critical worker, so we currently have 30 to 50 percent of the classes full and a lot of public transportation to and from these things.

& # 39; It's definitely too loose. If you compare yourself to March, it's winter season and the virus survives longer in the cold. Plus, people spend more time indoors. We now know that indoor aerosol transmission is a very large source of transmission for this virus.

Second, we have this new variant that is 50 to 70 percent more contagious. You put those two things together with the NHS in the crisis. We should have a more stringent lockdown than in March, not a less severe lockdown. & # 39;

People out and about in Clapham, south London today after the Mayor of London reported a serious incident due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in England is currently in their 3rd ban due to Covid 19. Due to restrictions people cannot leave their homes separately. Work, exercise, and shopping for essentials. Pubs and restaurants are closed, stores selling non-essentials are also closed, people have been asked to work from home if possible, and mixing in with other households are not permitted

People out and about in Clapham, south London today after the Mayor of London reported a serious incident due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in England is currently in their 3rd ban due to Covid 19. Due to restrictions people cannot leave their homes separately. Work, exercise, and shopping for essentials. Pubs and restaurants are closed, stores selling non-essentials are also closed, people have been asked to work from home if possible, and mixing in with other households are not permitted

However, Prof. Susan Michie said that in order to get people to abide by the rules, a more positive approach must be taken than stricter enforcement

However, Prof. Susan Michie said that in order to get people to abide by the rules, a more positive approach must be taken than stricter enforcement

Westminster Bridge was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

Westminster Bridge was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Professor Michie's concerns were raised by Dr. Adam Kucharski, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, confirmed who said the new variant should be treated as a "new pandemic within a pandemic".

The Sage member told Radio 4's Today program, “The first signals we're seeing suggest that the population is likely to be less moving than in November, but maybe a little more than in April, and that's obvious worrying because this new twist, essentially every interaction we have, has become riskier than before.

No more warnings: the police promise to get even tougher with fines

Police vow to toughen up fines for bans while scientists call for even stricter restrictions, while No10 pushes an intimidating new ad campaign to try to arrest the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country.

Derbyshire Police were criticized yesterday for going too far against the lockdown after officers attacked two friends for driving only seven miles to walk at a beauty spot.

As a result, the "intimidating" force is reviewing its Covid operations after gaining clarity on the rules. West Mercia police also ridiculed for threatening to fined £ 200 for playing in the snow.

Still, the message from government sources today is that the police should focus more on enforcement than rule-making, now, almost 10 months after the first restrictions came into effect.

This was confirmed by the Wiltshire Police Chief Kier Pritchard, who wrote in the Gazette and Herald: “While we will continue to monitor the police with consent and in an appropriate manner, my officers will move on to enforcement much more quickly when confronted with people that clearly violate the rules.

So far, the police force has focused on engagement, stepping up messaging in our communities, and encouraging the public to abide by it primarily and only return to enforcement when we are subjected to deliberate or repeated violations.

"We will continue to work with our communities, but my officials will quickly move on to enforcement against those who openly break the rules."

& # 39; Even if we went back to last spring's exposure reduction, we couldn't be sure that we would see the same impact as last year due to the increased transmission.

“To some extent, we can think of this as a new pandemic within a pandemic.

& # 39; From the data published, it appears that this is a very serious threat. New data from PHE (Public Health England) released yesterday suggests the per-contact risk is likely 40-50% higher than it was.

'For both the UK and many other countries, we need to get rid of this idea that we are going to see a repeat of what happened to our behavior last spring and really face the possibility that it is much riskier is and we will have to work much harder to reduce the impact. & # 39;

Police have vowed to toughen up the fines despite criticism in Derbyshire for taking the crackdown. They came across two friends who had only driven seven miles to go for a walk in a beauty spot.

As a result, the "intimidating" force is reviewing its Covid operations after gaining clarity on the rules. West Mercia police also ridiculed for threatening to fined £ 200 for playing in the snow.

Even so, the message from government sources today is that the police should focus more on enforcing than explaining rules, now, almost 10 months after the first restrictions came into effect.

However, Prof Michie said getting people to comply would require a more positive approach than stricter enforcement.

"What we know from this pandemic is what really motivates people to know that there is a really serious threat, to know that what they are doing can make a difference, and to know what they are doing, to protect other people and their communities.

& # 39; SAGE's Behavioral Committee consistently says what we need is more support and empowerment for people to keep themselves up, not punishment. For example, an area where compliance is really poor and that has been continuous needs to be isolated at home for the next 10 days.

“Our own data shows that only 30 percent of people with symptoms stay at home. The reasons given are because they may have caring duties outside of the home, may need provisions, or, importantly, they may need to go to work for income.

“To be effective, you need to have people that people trust and identify with. Yes, experts and scholars are much more trusted than politicians, but we should also think of people from our own communities who are respected, especially young men who find compliance the most difficult, and think about who they identify with and with respect, and that is often sports personalities, singers, people from film and television.

"We should be a lot more creative and resourceful about the kind of people who speak up."

Coventry Street was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major incident in London during Covid's third lockdown

Coventry Street was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major incident in London during Covid's third lockdown

The dam in Victoria was quiet this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major event in London during Covid's third lockdown

The dam in Victoria was quiet this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major event in London during Covid's third lockdown

China Town was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

China Town was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

Piccadilly Circus was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major incident in London during the third Covid lockdown

Piccadilly Circus was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan reported a major incident in London during the third Covid lockdown

Leicester Square was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

Leicester Square was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major event in London during the third Covid lockdown

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Shoppers shopping at the Costco supermarket in Bushey, Herts, this morning, stocking up on groceries and toilet paper in the middle of the lock

Last night, Mr Johnson said infections were growing at an alarming rate despite the new national lockdown imposed earlier in the week.

And he warned the only way to prevent thousands more deaths is to follow the rules. The Prime Minister said: “I know the past year has taken its toll.

“But your compliance is now more important than ever. I have to say one more time to everyone to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. & # 39;

Professor Robert West, a participant in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviors (SPI-B) group, said that because of the more contagious variant, the lockdown should be stricter than it is to achieve the same result as the initial shutdown achieved.

Hospital doctors need to choose who will receive intensive care and prioritize young people with the highest chance of survival.

Doctors in overstretched London hospitals need to start "testing" coronavirus patients to decide who will receive intensive care as doctors warn that the NHS is reaching the point where it "is simply no longer able to deal with it".

Doctors in the capital said a critical shortage of beds meant some hospitals were putting in place emergency policies to prioritize treatment for patients with the best chance of survival.

This means that younger patients are offered intensive care compared to older people who are less likely to survive.

And ICUs on the UK frontline of Covid are "extremely concerned" that the total number of cases will continue to rise until the NHS "just can't cope" as the UK continues to breach the lockdown.

Data shows that only 30 percent of people with Covid symptoms actually have to stay home, get work, take responsibility, or buy supplies to force them out.

Intensive care adviser Professor Rupert Pearse, who works at the Royal London Hospital in the hardest-hit capital, said the British are not following the rules as if they were "in the first wave" and putting enormous pressure on the already overwhelmed healthcare system.

Dr. Katharina Hauck of Imperial College London Medical School said: “Hospitals in London are overwhelmed, which is a dangerous situation for any patient in need of urgent care … Unfortunately, some hospitals are now being forced to … follow emergency triage of all patients who need intensive care.

“Effective application of these guidelines means that patients under 65 who are not frail have priority care over the elderly and frail patients. Frail patients would be cared for in a general ward with less intensive care. & # 39;

And the vice chairman of the British Medical Association's advisory committee said the recent wave of Covid infections will only get worse.

He said that up to three patients per critical care nurse, critical health services are being "thinly and thinly distributed" rather than the usual standard of individual care.

He said the current lockdown rules "still allow a lot of activity spreading the virus".

When asked if he thinks they should change, he told BBC News, “Yes, I do. Not only me. I think probably most of the people I speak to are epidemiologists, medical professionals, and virologists. & # 39;

The professor of health psychology at University College London said more children are going to school than in the first lockdown and that schools are "a very important germ of infection in the community".

He added, "Since we have the more contagious variant, which is about 50% more contagious than last time in March, that means we would have to have a more stringent variant if we got the same result as we did in March lockdown, and it is not stricter. It's actually less strict. & # 39;

It is because doctors in overstretched London hospitals have begun "testing" coronavirus patients to determine who will receive intensive care. Doctors warn that the NHS is reaching the point where it "just is no longer able to handle it".

Doctors in the capital said a critical shortage of beds meant some hospitals were putting in place emergency policies to prioritize treatment for patients with the best chance of survival.

This means that younger patients are offered intensive care compared to older people who are less likely to survive.

And ICUs on the UK frontline of Covid are "extremely concerned" that the total number of cases will continue to rise until the NHS "just can't cope" as the UK continues to breach the lockdown.

Data shows that only 30 percent of people with Covid symptoms actually have to stay home, get work, take responsibility, or buy supplies to force them out.

Intensive care adviser Professor Rupert Pearse, who works at the Royal London Hospital in the hardest-hit capital, said the British are not following the rules as if they were "in the first wave" and putting enormous pressure on the already overwhelmed healthcare system.

Dr. Katharina Hauck of Imperial College London Medical School said: “Hospitals in London are overwhelmed, which is a dangerous situation for any patient in need of urgent care … Unfortunately, some hospitals are now being forced to … follow emergency triage of all patients who need intensive care.

“Effective application of these guidelines means that patients under 65 who are not frail have priority care over the elderly and frail patients. Frail patients would be cared for in a general ward with less intensive care. & # 39;

And the vice chairman of the British Medical Association's advisory committee said the recent wave of Covid infections will only get worse.

He said that up to three patients per critical care nurse, critical health services are being "thinly and thinly distributed" rather than the usual standard of individual care.

Elsewhere, Greater Manchester Police have asked people to report non-emergencies online as a number of communications workers are self-isolating.

Police said a number of staff from the operational communications department (OCB) who received 101 calls were forced to self-isolate for Covid-19 reasons, and staff from the transportation unit assisted the department with calls.

Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Bailey said, “All of our employees at OCB have worked extremely hard during this pandemic to keep the communities in Greater Manchester safe, and our technology has made it possible for many to work from home.

“However, some of our officials and employees are inevitably affected by the ongoing pandemic and may need to self-isolate to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe. We support you in this.

& # 39; We therefore had to redeploy some of our resources from the transport unit to temporarily support colleagues in OCB.

“Answering calls from members of the public is vital, and moving officials to the department can help us perform our normal service. For this reason, we continue to ask the public to report non-emergencies online whenever possible. & # 39;

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked families to make a plea, asking them to stay home to save lives as the UK recorded its highest death toll since the pandemic began and the NHS launched a new advertising campaign led by Chris Whitty

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked families to make a plea, asking them to stay home to save lives as the UK recorded its highest death toll since the pandemic began and the NHS launched a new advertising campaign led by Chris Whitty

The high-impact government advertising campaign launched on television last night under the direction of Chief Medical Officer Professor Whitty. He said while vaccines are "clear hope for the future … for now we must all stay at home".

Professor Whitty, the most trusted government official on Covid, said the rapid spread of the virus had "put many people at risk for serious illnesses and put great pressure on our NHS".

Dramatic images carry the blatant message: & # 39; Coronavirus. If you go out, you can spread it. People will die. & # 39;

Prof. Whitty says: “Covid-19, especially the new variant, is spreading rapidly across the country. This puts many people with serious illnesses at risk and puts great pressure on our NHS.

“We all have to stay home again. When going out is important, remember to wash your hands, cover your face indoors, and keep your distance from others.

"Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but now we must all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives." The campaign also urges people to "act as you have it" adding that "anyone can spread it".

The Prime Minister has urged the army to push vaccination rollout in the UK, which offers the only glimmer of hope for lockdowns to end. The sluggish program has been haunted by staffing and supply problems and bureaucratic obstacles that have strangled it in the early stages.

It comes from the fact that police were accused of cracking the lockdown whip too hard after a troop threatened to fined £ 200 for playing in the snow – while elsewhere officers came across two friends who were only seven Had driven miles to walk in a beauty spot.

And # 10 fears that Mr Johnson's home stay order will be disregarded – a suspicion supported by figures from Transport for London.

The number of passengers on the subway was 18 percent yesterday, compared to just 5 percent last April. The bus load is 30 percent of capacity, compared to around 18 percent when it was first blocked.

And the volume of traffic on the main roads in the capital was 76 percent of normal compared to 30 to 40 percent nine months ago.

Apple Mobility Trends shows a 44 percent decrease, a 62 percent decrease and a 68 percent decrease in transit in London

Apple Mobility Trends shows a 44 percent decrease, a 62 percent decrease and a 68 percent decrease in transit in London

According to Tom Tom, commuters drive to work during rush hour as they stay constant at just 25 percent

According to Tom Tom, commuters drive to work during rush hour as they stay constant at just 25 percent

Most of the seats were taken at Canada Water on the Jubilee Line towards the city center, and some people had to stand

Most of the seats were taken at Canada Water on the Jubilee Line towards the city center, and some people had to stand

It shows driving, walking and transit data from Apple Mobility for the capital over the past year

It shows driving, walking and transit data from Apple Mobility for the capital over the past year

Students dab each other while a nurse watches

Students wiped themselves off while school nurses watch, although rapid tests have been shown to only work when administered properly. Students at Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey, received the kits Monday and received instructions from the nurses on how to do the tests themselves.

Only children in need of protection or those whose parents are key workers are allowed to attend classes in person during the last national lockdown. According to figures, up to 20 percent of students could still attend schools. But children are now supervised by nurses, much like some walk-in testing centers run, rather than having a nurse do the tests themselves.

The idea is that fewer medical experts or volunteers are needed so that more people can be tested more quickly. However, several studies show that lateral flow tests – when self-administered – can miss cases due to the force and depth required to collect a sample. The reason is that the demand to limit the number of children in school is increasing and the number of visitors in some areas has risen to over 50 percent.

The main incident explained by Mr. Khan yesterday is a proceeding previously initiated following the Grenfell Tower disaster and major terrorist attacks.

The mayor called for places of worship to be closed and for face masks to be routinely worn outside the home. Downing Street sources said there were "no more lockdowns on the way".

However, the mail knows that Health Secretary Matt Hancock and other ministers are investigating the case to expand the use of masks.

Mr Khan said the situation in the capital was dire, an estimated one in 50 infected Londoners. "It's like being in a theater of war," he said. "If we don't reduce the spread, the NHS will run out of beds."

City hall said Covid cases in the capital had exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 and there were 35 percent more hospital admissions with the virus than last April.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health England for London, said: “This is the greatest threat our city has faced in this pandemic.

& # 39; The introduction of the new variant means that we are setting the record case rate at almost double the national average. At least one in 30 people (in London) now believes they are carrying the virus.

"Our NHS services are under immense pressure and there are currently another 800 people being admitted to our hospitals every day."

The London Ambulance Service receives up to 8,000 emergency calls a day and at a hospital in east London, patients appeared to be waiting for a bed 24 hours after arriving at A&E.

977 patients were hospitalized within 24 hours, according to the NHS London.

Cases a day in London

Cases a day in London

People hospitalized in London

People hospitalized in London

Coronavirus deaths in London

Coronavirus deaths in London

He said the NHS had announced 477 deaths in London hospitals in the past three days alone after testing positive for Covid-19 (Piccadilly Circus pictured today).

He said the NHS had announced 477 deaths in London hospitals in the past three days alone after testing positive for Covid-19 (Piccadilly Circus pictured today).

The nurse catches Covid three weeks after the vaccination as the expert warns that it will take time for immunity to build up

A nurse in Wales caught the coronavirus three weeks after receiving the vaccine and urged experts to warn that it will take some time for immunity to the virus to build up.

The nurse, who worked for the Hywel Dda University Health Board division, said she signed Covid-19 while waiting for the second dose of the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNtech.

While the vaccine "reduces your chances of suffering," the health department said, "no vaccine is 100 percent effective."

Experts have warned that vaccines can take weeks to build immunity and that people still need to be careful to adhere to coronavirus rules after the sting.

Speaking to the BBC, the nurse – who chose not to be identified – said she was "angry and heartbroken" for catching Covid at the time.

She said she was initially relieved to be given the opportunity to get the vaccine, and while battling over an appointment, she received her first dose of the Pzizer BioNtech vaccine in December last year.

& # 39; It gave me peace of mind. I felt more secure and did the right thing for my family … but there is a false sense of security, "she told the broadcaster.

The nurse said she was told it would take 10 days for the vaccine to offer some protection against Covic-19 and reduce the risk of transmission.

But three weeks after the bite, she said she was unwell, had "fairly severe symptoms" such as a bad cough, high temperature, and shortness of breath, and was "shocked" when she tested positive for the coronavirus – followed by her partner and one of their children.

Vaccinations have been shown to prevent serious infections. Even when people become infected, they are protected from serious ailments.

The virus is spreading quickly outside the capital as well. Six out of ten hospitals in England now report more Covid patients than in the first wave – a situation that doctors describe as "catastrophic".

There were fewer than 500 in the hospital in early September, but the figure was 28,246 yesterday. That's an increase of more than 11,000 in two weeks.

A Merseyside doctor said her hospital was "near the limit" as patients had to wait in corridors or ambulances.

Scholars advising the government believe the current lockdown could lead to a plateau of cases across the UK rather than the dramatic cut in the lockdown in March and April.

They estimate that there are currently more than 100,000 new infections per day and possibly more than 150,000.

They believe that this estimate brings the current number of daily cases to a higher level than it was during the first wave of the pandemic. Hospitals are now seeing a lot more younger people than they did during the first wave.

There are also growing concerns about the implications for general public health.

Experts estimate that there will be thousands of deaths in this wave as a result of an interruption in cancer surgery. Some patients had vital operations stopped even after going to the hospital.

Campaign group catching up with cancer: “If you have Covid, you can have a bed, but if you have cancer you cannot have an operation. These cancer patients die at home and will be for the next five years. & # 39;

However, there was an added glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel when a third vaccine fighting the coronavirus was approved for use in the UK on Friday.

The stab from the US biotech company Moderna was given the green light by the MHRA – along with vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Oxford / AstraZeneca.

The approval of the Moderna vaccine means the UK should use three vaccines when it goes live in the spring.

The government has increased the order of the vaccine to 17 million doses – enough to vaccinate 8.5 million people – with batches expected to be released in phases.

It has been shown in clinical studies to be 94 percent effective against Covid-19. Mr Johnson tweeted: & # 39; Excellent news that @MHRAgovuk has approved the use of the @ moderna-tx vaccine.

"Our national vaccination efforts are accelerating to vaccinate priority groups with our two existing vaccines, and the Moderna doses will help when they become available in the spring."

The Bureau of National Statistics found in its mass testing program that nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of the positive tests found in England appeared to be related to the new variant of the virus. In some regions - particularly London and the south - the number was higher but in others it was lower

The Bureau of National Statistics found in its mass testing program that nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of the positive tests found in England appeared to be related to the new variant of the virus. In some regions – particularly London and the south – the number was higher but in others it was lower

In this week's ONS data, picked up by Professor Christ Whitty in a press conference earlier this week, positive cases in London, east and south-east England appeared to be falling or settling down

In this week's ONS data, picked up by Professor Christ Whitty in a press conference earlier this week, positive cases in London, east and south-east England appeared to be falling or settling down

The new variant of the coronavirus (blue line) has become the dominant strain in England, but is not yet more common than other virus types in the rest of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to ONS tests

The new variant of the coronavirus (blue line) has become the dominant strain in England, but is not yet more common than other virus types in the rest of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to ONS tests

The Kent variant of the virus (blue line) has become dominant in London, east England and the south east, but not yet in other parts of the country, although it narrows the gap in most places

The Kent variant of the virus (blue line) has become dominant in London, east England and the south east, but not yet in other parts of the country, although it narrows the gap in most places

A graph presented by Professor Chris Whitty this week showed that the number of people who tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus (blue line) appeared to be falling in London and the South East towards the end of December, although it did in others Countries has risen regions

A graph presented by Professor Chris Whitty this week showed that the number of people who tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus (blue line) appeared to be falling in London and the South East towards the end of December, although it did in others Countries has risen regions

The Covid Symptom Study, which uses reports from around a million people who have the app on their phones, showed that cases have increased steadily since the effects of the second lockdown in England ended in early December

The Covid Symptom Study, which uses reports from around a million people who have the app on their phones, showed that cases have increased steadily since the effects of the second lockdown in England ended in early December

Prince William thanks frontline NHS staff on a video call with Homerton University Hospital staff

Prince William has paid tribute to NHS staff on the front lines of Covid and thanked them for their continued efforts during a particularly challenging time.

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge spoke to staff at Homerton University Hospital on a video call on Jan. 7 to hear about their experience in responding to the pandemic over the past few weeks.

Last week, Homerton University Hospital received the most patients since the pandemic began. There are currently over 200 Covid patients being cared for and employees being transferred to new roles within the hospital to cope with the ongoing pressure on the frontline staff.

During the call, William heard from staff about the key challenges they are facing now and how this time compares to their experience of previous spikes in transfer rates.

He said to the staff, “You are all on my mind and Catherine and I and all the children talk about you all every day.

"We make sure that the children understand the sacrifices you all make."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted, "This is fantastic news and yet another weapon in our arsenal to tame this terrible disease."

Almost 1.5 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with the Pfizer / BioNTech and Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccines. The government plans to stab 15 million of the most vulnerable people by mid-February.

With the current lockdown and rollout of vaccines, coronavirus deaths are expected to fall in February while hospital admissions should fall.

Coronavirus cases are expected to decline in the spring due to vaccinations and the fact that people spend more time outdoors, making it difficult for the virus to spread.

Research released on Friday suggests that Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine appears to protect against mutation in two coronavirus variants.

The pharmaceutical company and researcher from the University of Texas Medical Department performed laboratory tests on the strains from Great Britain and South Africa.

Both variants contain mutations, including N501Y, an alteration in the virus' spike protein that is a target for vaccines.

In the non-peer-reviewed study, subjects administered the Pfzier shock had neutralizing antibody levels that appeared to be effective against N501Y in the new strains.

However, one of the mutations in the South African variant called E484K has not yet been investigated and continues to be a cause for concern for experts.

While scientists at the top of government are increasingly believing that the British variant can be combated with existing vaccines, there is concern that the South African variant has the potential to make it less effective, despite studies being ongoing.

In the coming years, it is assumed that the Covid-19 vaccines will have to be adjusted annually, similar to the winter flu vaccination.

Meanwhile, government-published papers by the Pandemic Influenza Scientific Group on Conduct (SPI-B) advising ministers suggest that communication campaigns will be needed to ensure that those who are vaccinated continue to follow the lockdown rules adhere to.

There was evidence that "some of those vaccinated show a decrease in personal protective behavior due to a lack of mitigation measures," such as wearing masks and social distancing. It is not yet known whether vaccination can prevent people from passing the virus on to others.

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