Coronavirus UK news – Amber list quarantine to be AXED for anybody vaccinated in US or EU as covid pingdemic rages on

DAILY Covid deaths have risen by the highest toll since March with 131 fatalities reported – but cases fell for the seventh day in a row. 

Though infections have fallen nearly 40 per cent in a week, today's rise in fatalities marks the highest toll in over four months.

Today’s rise in infections of 23,511 is well below the 38,925 recorded last Tuesday, and a significant decrease on the 46,717 reported a fortnight ago. 

Yesterday 24,950 new cases were recorded, down from 29,173 on Sunday, and 31,795 on Saturday.

The figures come eight days after ‘Freedom Day’ when England relaxed almost all Covid restrictions – with the data yet to show a surge prompted by the loosening of measures. 

Today's rise in cases means that a total of 5,745,526 people have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Deaths increased by 131, bringing the total to 129,303. As deaths lag infections by roughly two weeks, the rise reflects the higher caseload a fortnight ago. 

Today's death toll is well over double last week’s figure of 53 and way above the 47 reported on July 13.

Read our coronavirus live blog for the very latest updates..

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    GP ADMINISTERED COVID-19 VACCINES AWAY FROM OFFICIAL VACCINATION CENTRE

    A GP is being investigated for taking 300 Covid-19 vaccines to be administered outside of an official vaccination centre.

    Patients in Portsmouth, Hampshire, who received one of the doses are being offered an additional jab as a precaution.

    The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has warned that the 300 vaccinations given by the GP, who has not been named, might not be as effective if they had not been stored at the correct temperature.

    A spokeswoman said: “These vaccinations were given by a GP outside of an NHS-approved vaccination site.

    “While there is no reason to suggest that people vaccinated at this site are at any increased risk, we are acting on advice from Public Health England and contacting them to offer an additional vaccination as a precaution.”

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    RAIL TRAVEL IS HIT BY ‘PINGEDEMIC’ AS REDUCED TIMETABLES COME IN TO SERVICE

    Workers in the sector are among the vast number of people being pinged by the NHS coronavirus app.

    Reduced timetables have been introduced on railways across England in an attempt to improve reliability after a recent spate of last-minute cancellations due to staff shortages.

    Passengers are being advised to check their train is running before they leave home.

    Thameslink and Southern has cut its weekday timetables on five routes “until further notice”, and warned that further changes could be required.

    Avanti West Coast has reduced the frequency of its services between London Euston and Manchester, Birmingham and North Wales to “manage staff shortages and ensure a reliable service”. A revised timetable with fewer services was also launched by London Northwestern Railway on Saturday.

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    WATCH: SON OF ANTI-VAX NURSE BEING PROBED BY COPS FOR COMPARING NHS MEDICS TO NAZIS SLAMS 'ARROGANT' MUM

    Son of anti-vax nurse being probed by cops for comparing NHS medics to Nazis slams ‘arrogant’ mum

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    DOWNING STREET REFUSES TO DENY IF STUDENTS WILL NEED JABS FOR LECTURES

    Downing Street did not deny reports that students would need to be fully vaccinated to attend university lectures.

    “You have heard what the PM has said before, specifically that the pandemic is not over,” a No 10 spokesman said.

    “We are still looking at the scope for vaccination certifications.”

    Asked if there was concern about take-up of the vaccines in younger age groups, the spokesman said: “I think you continue to see more and more young people coming forward to receive the vaccine, both in terms of first doses and now second doses.

    “Of course, we want to see more people come forward to receive it. We would like to see everybody who is invited to come forward and receive the vaccination to do so. That’s the message we continue to try and give to young people.”

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    RECORD 1.13m PUPILS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL DUE TO COVID-RELATED REASONS

    A record 1.13 million children in England were out of school for Covid-19 related reasons on Friday, Government figures show.

    Around 1,126,000 pupils missed class on July 16, compared with 859,000 on Friday July 9, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

    The figures include 994,000 children self-isolating due to a possible contact with a Covid-19 case, 48,000 pupils with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and 33,300 with a suspected case.

    A further 50,700 pupils were off as a result of school closures due to Covid-related reasons.

    The DfE survey, which has been recording daily attendance in schools over the past year, closed on July 16 – when the number of children absent from class due to Covid-19 reached a record high since all students returned in March.

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    PINGS TO DO

    Only 200 coronavirus testing sites to stop essential workers from self-isolation have been opened.

    Amid growing alarm at the sheer scale of the pingdemic crisis, there has been a scramble to free more essential workers from the draconian rules.

    The NHS Covid-19 App, which "pings" anyone who has been within 2 metres of an infectious person for more than 15 minutes, has caused severe disruption to Brits despite lockdown rules ending last week.

    And business leaders and trade bodies have been calling on the government to take action and change the sensitivity of the app.

    Critical services risked being crippled by staffing crises as record numbers of workers were forced to isolate.

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    SCHOOLS CLOSING ‘COULD BE BEHIND DROP IN COVID-19 CASES ACROSS UK’

    Schools closing for the summer break is likely to be one of the reasons why coronavirus cases are falling across the UK, a leading expert has said.

    Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M) advising ministers, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about dropping cases but only time will tell if the third Covid wave is “turning round”.

    The expert in infectious diseases, from the University of Warwick, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “any situation where cases are falling clearly is good news”.

    But he added: “I think what we need to think about, though, is that there has been a change recently and I think the big one is that, in a lot of parts of the country, schools have now closed for the summer.

    “Now, of course, because of that, what that means is… secondary school children have been doing lateral flow tests twice a week for quite a long period of time and we know at the moment cases are slightly higher in younger people, (and) because schools have now broken up, it may be that part of the reason cases have dropped somewhat is that we’re not detecting as many cases in younger people now.

    “The other thing we do need to look at before we really draw confidence in whether we are seeing everything turning round is what’s happening with hospital admissions and, of course, what’s happening with deaths.”

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    CLOSE RUN PING

    Self-isolation rules could stay in place beyond August 16 if Covid cases start to rise again, a minister suggested today.

    Policing minister Kit Malthouse said No 10 will have to remain “agile” even after new infections dropped for the sixth day in a row.

    He said a final decision on whether to end quarantine for the double-jabbed will be taken on the advice of scientists.

    No 10 has repeatedly insisted that the restrictions will be scrapped on August 16 come what may.

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    WAITING GAME (CONTINUED)

    The source said: "The situation in Spain is beginning to feel a lot like the build-up to the decision on France.

    "The Department of Health are getting very jumpy about the number of Beta cases in parts of the country.

    "We're not talking about the main tourist hotspots, but that might not make any difference – it didn't with France."

    Other officials have downplayed the threat in Spain, saying the country won't be added in the travel review, expected on August 5.

    A Department for Transport spokesperson said: "The travel list allocations have not changed for Spain or Greece."

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    WAITING GAME

    Spain could be replacing France on the amber plus list next week, meaning Brits will not be able to skip the 10-day quarantine even if fully vaxxed.

    Government sources are confident that France will be removed next week after it was added at short notice earlier this month.

    The country was added due to the fears of the Beta variant, meaning France was not included in the easing of the amber list rules which lets Brits with both jabs skip the quarantine back in the UK.

    However, a Whitehall source told the Mail Online that the Department of Health is 'jumpy' about the variant being detected in some parts of Spain.

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    WHAT HELP CAN I GET WHEN MY PAYMENT BREAK ENDS?

    Your lender is still obliged to help you and before the end of the payment break they should have explained the options available after.

    This could include he following if you took a break from paying your mortgage:

    • Extending the length of your mortgage
    • Changing the type of mortgage you have, for example, paying only the interest
    • Deferring interest payments
    • Adding the interest owed onto the mortgage balance

     

    EXTRA HELP

    Vital financial support for Brits struggling because of coronavirus will come to an end this week.

    Millions of people have paused repayments on mortgages, credit cards and loans thanks to emergency rules introduced during the pandemic.

    The payment holiday support was extended several times and now anyone who applied before the final deadline will find their break ending this Saturday.

    The official end to the break will be on July 31 – in just three days time.

    Banks and lenders will still be offering help to anyone who continues to be in financial difficulty because of Covid after this date.

    WHICH CHANGING ROOMS ARE NOT OPEN IN THE UK?

    Next was still deciding on whether to reopen fitting rooms back in April and May when different stage of lockdown lifted.

    Tesco has not reopened its F&F clothing changing rooms yet.

    It’s understood there are currently no plans to get the service back up and running again.

    ARSENAL GOLDEN BOY TORREIRA SAYS HE NEARLY QUIT FOOTBALL FOR GOOD AFTER MUM’S DEATH

    Arsenal star Lucas Torreira has admitted he wanted to quit football after his mum tragically passed away from Covid-19 in March.

    The 25-year-old was on loan at Atletico Madrid at the time, later paying tribute to his mum when the Spanish club won LaLiga in May.

    Speaking to the Metro, Torreira said: “When my mother’s thing happened, I wanted to stop playing soccer.

    “I wanted to stay in Fray Bentos with my family. I had very little desire to go back to Spain because I had to stay alone there.

    “Luckily one of my brothers left with me, but I wanted to be here, with my father, because he was the one who was suffering the most and the one who was hurt the most by this whole situation.”

    CORONAVIRUS RATES PLUMMET IN HALF OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES, DATA REVEALS

    Covid case rates are falling in half of local authorities in England, data reveals.

    The interactive map below shows the rate per 100,000 people in your area, based on the UK data from the Government coronavirus dashboard.

    The figures, for the seven days to July 22, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid with either a PCR or lateral flow test.

    Of the 315 local areas in England, 177 (56 per cent) have seen a fall in new cases per 100,000.

    Read the full story here

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      RECORD 1.13m PUPILS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL DUE TO COVID-RELATED REASONS

      A record 1.13 million children in England were out of school for Covid-19 related reasons on Friday, Government figures show.

      Around 1,126,000 pupils missed class on July 16, compared with 859,000 on Friday July 9, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

      The figures include 994,000 children self-isolating due to a possible contact with a Covid-19 case, 48,000 pupils with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and 33,300 with a suspected case.

      A further 50,700 pupils were off as a result of school closures due to Covid-related reasons.

      The DfE survey, which has been recording daily attendance in schools over the past year, closed on July 16 – when the number of children absent from class due to Covid-19 reached a record high since all students returned in March.

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      DRIVE ON

      Tesco is offering a £1,000 bonus to lorry drivers who join the company before the end of September.

      The bonus is to incentivize new starters amid supermarket staffing pressures caused by the "pingdemic".

      The "pingdemic" has meant large parts of the economy have come to a grinding halt, including within the food sector.

      In response, Tesco has advertised the joining bonus on its website and it will be offered to anyone who takes up one of the HGV driver roles from July 14 until September 30.

      Candidates are told "you'll play a vital role for our customers and communities, representing Tesco on the highways and byways of the UK".

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      NORTHERN IRELAND HAS HIGHEST RATE OF NEW COVID-19 CASES AMONG UK NATIONS

      Northern Ireland has overtaken England to become the UK nation with the highest rate of new coronavirus cases.

      It is also the only one of the four nations that is recording a steady rise in rates.

      A total of 9,832 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Northern Ireland in the seven days to July 21 – the equivalent of 519.2 cases per 100,000 people.

      This is up sharply from 253.4 one week earlier and is the highest rate for Northern Ireland since January 9, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

      By contrast, England now has the second highest rate of the four UK nations and is sitting just behind Northern Ireland on 499.1 cases per 100,000 people.

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      GP ADMINISTERED COVID-19 VACCINES AWAY FROM OFFICIAL VACCINATION CENTRE

      A GP is being investigated for taking 300 Covid-19 vaccines to be administered outside of an official vaccination centre.

      Patients in Portsmouth, Hampshire, who received one of the doses are being offered an additional jab as a precaution.

      The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has warned that the 300 vaccinations given by the GP, who has not been named, might not be as effective if they had not been stored at the correct temperature.

      A spokeswoman said: “These vaccinations were given by a GP outside of an NHS-approved vaccination site.

      “While there is no reason to suggest that people vaccinated at this site are at any increased risk, we are acting on advice from Public Health England and contacting them to offer an additional vaccination as a precaution.”

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      RECORD 1.13m PUPILS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL DUE TO COVID-RELATED REASONS

      A record 1.13 million children in England were out of school for Covid-19 related reasons on Friday, Government figures show.

      Around 1,126,000 pupils missed class on July 16, compared with 859,000 on Friday July 9, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

      The figures include 994,000 children self-isolating due to a possible contact with a Covid-19 case, 48,000 pupils with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and 33,300 with a suspected case.

      A further 50,700 pupils were off as a result of school closures due to Covid-related reasons.

      The DfE survey, which has been recording daily attendance in schools over the past year, closed on July 16 – when the number of children absent from class due to Covid-19 reached a record high since all students returned in March.

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      NORTHERN IRELAND HAS HIGHEST RATE OF NEW COVID-19 CASES AMONG UK NATIONS

      Northern Ireland has overtaken England to become the UK nation with the highest rate of new coronavirus cases.

      It is also the only one of the four nations that is recording a steady rise in rates.

      A total of 9,832 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Northern Ireland in the seven days to July 21 – the equivalent of 519.2 cases per 100,000 people.

      This is up sharply from 253.4 one week earlier and is the highest rate for Northern Ireland since January 9, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

      By contrast, England now has the second highest rate of the four UK nations and is sitting just behind Northern Ireland on 499.1 cases per 100,000 people.

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      DOWNING STREET REFUSES TO DENY IF STUDENTS WILL NEED JABS FOR LECTURES

      Downing Street did not deny reports that students would need to be fully vaccinated to attend university lectures.

      “You have heard what the PM has said before, specifically that the pandemic is not over,” a No 10 spokesman said.

      “We are still looking at the scope for vaccination certifications.”

      Asked if there was concern about take-up of the vaccines in younger age groups, the spokesman said: “I think you continue to see more and more young people coming forward to receive the vaccine, both in terms of first doses and now second doses.

      “Of course, we want to see more people come forward to receive it. We would like to see everybody who is invited to come forward and receive the vaccination to do so. That’s the message we continue to try and give to young people.”

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      DOWNING STREET REFUSES TO DENY IF STUDENTS WILL NEED JABS FOR LECTURES

      Downing Street did not deny reports that students would need to be fully vaccinated to attend university lectures.

      “You have heard what the PM has said before, specifically that the pandemic is not over,” a No 10 spokesman said.

      “We are still looking at the scope for vaccination certifications.”

      Asked if there was concern about take-up of the vaccines in younger age groups, the spokesman said: “I think you continue to see more and more young people coming forward to receive the vaccine, both in terms of first doses and now second doses.

      “Of course, we want to see more people come forward to receive it. We would like to see everybody who is invited to come forward and receive the vaccination to do so. That’s the message we continue to try and give to young people.”

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      RAIL TRAVEL IS HIT BY ‘PINGEDEMIC’ AS REDUCED TIMETABLES COME IN TO SERVICE

      Workers in the sector are among the vast number of people being pinged by the NHS coronavirus app.

      Reduced timetables have been introduced on railways across England in an attempt to improve reliability after a recent spate of last-minute cancellations due to staff shortages.

      Passengers are being advised to check their train is running before they leave home.

      Thameslink and Southern has cut its weekday timetables on five routes “until further notice”, and warned that further changes could be required.

      Avanti West Coast has reduced the frequency of its services between London Euston and Manchester, Birmingham and North Wales to “manage staff shortages and ensure a reliable service”. A revised timetable with fewer services was also launched by London Northwestern Railway on Saturday.

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      THE PANDEMIC WILL BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS

      Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson said the end of Britain's pandemic could be just months away as vaccines have so dramatically reduced the risk of hospitalisation and death.

      "We're not completely out of the woods but the equation has fundamentally changed," Ferguson, whose modelling of the virus's likely spread at the outset of the pandemic in early 2020 alarmed governments across the world, told the BBC.

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