Covid could ‘reignite’ despite vaccine success, Mark Walport warns
Masks and social distancing could remain after the government’s “roadmap to freedom” ends on 21 June, Dominic Raab said as he urged caution in the “last lap” of the fight against Coronavirus.
The foreign secretary said some extra safeguards would be needed when life returns to “close to normal” to ensure the many sacrifices are not squandered.
The warning came even as the UK reached the milestone of 15 million fully-vaccinated people.
Meanwhile secondary school pupils will reportedly be offered Covid-19 vaccinations from September under plans being developed by the NHS.
Health service officials are compiling planning documents which include a measure to offer a single dose of the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 and older when the new school year starts, according to The Sunday Times.
Thousands of revellers have come together for a pilot music festival hailed as a milestone towards getting live events running again.
Around 5,000 descended on Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday for the outdoor gig which includes performances from Blossoms, The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.
Attendees had to produce negative coronavirus tests to enter the event but did not have to wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules.
Alastair Jamieson2 May 2021 19:47
PM pledges more help to India — but faces calls to forgo vaccines
The prime minister isis facing calls to scrap a deal under which Britain is to receive 5 million vaccination doses made in India, which is struggling with a coronavirus crisis.
“The UK will always be there for India in its time of need,” Boris Johnson said as he announced the dispatch of an additional 1,000 ventilators.
Alastair Jamieson2 May 2021 19:01
Johnson hails milestone as 15 million now fully vaccinated
Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked those who had made the vaccination rollout possible as the UK reached the milestone of 15 million fully vaccinated people.
He tweeted: “15 million people across our United Kingdom have received two doses of a COVID vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Please keep coming forward to get your jabs to give yourself maximum protection from the virus.”
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “The biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues to break records thanks to careful planning and, just as we promised, April has seen a focus on second doses with over 15 million people now benefiting from the maximum immunity offered by the vaccines.
“It is vital that when it is your time everybody gets their second dose for stronger and longer lasting protection.”
Alastair Jamieson2 May 2021 17:54
41.7m Covid vaccinations given in England
A total of 41,730,517 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between 8 December and 1 May, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 452,789 on the previous day.
NHS England said 28,895,159 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 123,619 on the previous day, while 12,835,358 were a second dose, an increase of 329,170.
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 15:59
UK sends 1,000 ventilators to India but pressure grows to let it keep vaccines
The UK is sending another 1,000 ventilators to Covid-stricken India – but Boris Johnson is facing calls to scrap a deal to take 5 million vaccination doses from the country.
Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has more details:
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 15:44
Prince Harry takes pride in charity being able to help children during Covid crisis
The Duke of Sussex has expressed pride that his Sentebale charity has managed to continue helping children in Africa during a year which “hasn’t been easy” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 to help vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi – including those who are affected by extreme poverty and the HIV/Aids epidemic.
Covid-19 meant tried-and-tested programmes, which involve people coming together in groups, were ruled out at a time when support for children and young people was “needed more than ever”, according to Harry and Sentebale co-founder Prince Seeiso of Lesotho state.
They point out, in a joint foreword for the charity’s annual report for the year ending in August 2020, that Sentebale was able to call on its experience in responding to the HIV/Aids epidemic to act as a trusted information source.
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 15:21
People will be able to go on holiday this summer ‘within limits’, expert says
People will be able to go on holidays “within limits” this summer, a leading expert has claimed, while ministers said the travel green list will be coming soon.
However, Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said it was vital people did not drop their guard because there would likely be further outbreaks of coronavirus.
Prof Openshaw, who is also a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nertag), told the Andrew Marr Show the UK needed to be cautious and prepare.
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 15:04
One new Covid death in Northern Ireland
There has been one further death of a person who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.
The Department of Health also confirmed that another 69 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 14:55
Latest regional vaccination figures
NHS England data shows a total of 5,138,786 jabs were given to people in London between 8 December and 1 May, including 3,611,726 first doses and 1,527,060 second doses.
This compares with 5,550,858 first doses and 2,379,828 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 7,930,686.
The breakdown for the other regions is:
– East of England: 3,462,371 first doses and 1,547,278 second doses, making 5,009,649 in total
– North East and Yorkshire: 4,565,870 first and 2,080,505 second doses (6,646,375)
– North West: 3,669,516 first and 1,715,269 second doses (5,384,785)
– South East: 4,723,171 first and 2,068,576 second doses (6,791,747)
– South West: 3,134,123 first and 1,476,043 second doses (4,610,166)
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 14:32
Scotland records no new deaths and 146 cases
Scotland has recorded no new coronavirus death and 146 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to latest data.
It means the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,660.
Scottish government figures published on Saturday show the daily test positivity rate remained at 1.1 per cent.
Chiara Giordano2 May 2021 14:22