Latest Covid news: Daily death toll still ‘staggering’, WHO warns

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The number of coronaviruses in the UK is still “absolutely staggering”, the senior adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organization has said.

Asked if the principle of learning to live with the virus was dangerous, Dr Bruce Aylward pointed to the two million daily cases and the 5,000 daily deaths still recorded.

He told BBC Radio 4 Today program: “The numbers are absolutely staggering, and what we are learning to live with is not just this virus, but what should be an unacceptable burden of disease, an unacceptable number of deaths every day, especially when it there are the tools to stop or at least slow this thing down, manage it, control it.

Meanwhile, British families are en masse canceling mid-term holidays to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands as new rules have been implemented meaning children over 12 would have to be double-vaccinated for enter.

According to the BBC, hoteliers are asking the government to relax the rules after some lost “millions” in business.

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Sweden halts large-scale Covid testing

Sweden has moved to end large-scale free Covid testing across the country, putting it at odds with most of Europe.

Instead, only healthcare and elderly care workers, as well as the most vulnerable, will be eligible for free PCR tests if they are symptomatic. Others will be asked to stay home if they show symptoms of coronavirus.

However, people will be able to purchase antigen tests and private healthcare providers will perform tests for international travel, but the cost will not be reimbursed by the state or health insurance, PA reported.

The head of Sweden’s Public Health Agency, Karin Tegmark Wisell, said the cost was “no longer justifiable”.

She told national broadcaster SVT: ‘We have reached a point where the cost and appropriateness of testing is no longer justifiable. She added: “If we were to have extensive testing suitable for everyone who has Covid-19, that would mean half a billion crowns a week (around £40m) and 2 billion a month (around £160m). pound sterling).”

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 9:51 a.m.

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Tory health minister apologizes for continuing to meet bereaved parents despite positive Covid test

Health Minister Gillian Keegan has apologized for going ahead with an in-person meeting with bereaved parents after learning she had tested positive for Covid.

The Tory MP said she was told a lateral flow test had returned positive on Tuesday as she addressed a group in her role as care and mental health minister.

Adam Forrest has the full story:

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 9:18 a.m.

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Vaccines for children over 5 ‘won’t make much difference’, says medical professor

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Professor Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said it would be pointless to vaccinate the over-5 age group.

He said infection rates are falling and vaccines haven’t “done much” to stop school disruptions.

Mr Hunter said: ‘I would be opposed to offering it to this age group for a number of reasons, particularly although you said we have seen very high infection rates in children these last few weeks, they’re actually dropping very quickly at the moment.

“And we’re seeing less than half the cases in that age group even a little over a week ago, so I think in many ways we’re past the point where vaccines are actually going to make a big difference.”

He added: “We haven’t seen that vaccines have actually done much to stop these interruptions, so I think the benefits are marginal, and it’s probably too late, because most kids have already had Omicron.”

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 9:03 a.m.

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Sajid Javid pledges to hire 15,000 more health workers by the end of March

The Health Secretary has promised to recruit 15,000 more health workers by the end of March to help tackle the backlog in the NHS.

It comes after the government was warned that waiting lists may not decrease until 2024.

Of the 15,000 recruits, 10,000 would be overseas nurses and 5,000 would be healthcare support workers.

Around six million people in England are on the NHS waiting list for treatment and there could be more who have not come forward during the pandemic.

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 8:47 a.m.

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British families cancel mid-term holiday in Spain due to vaccination rules

British families are en masse canceling mid-term holidays to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands as new rules have been implemented meaning children over 12 would need to be double-vaccinated to enter.

According to the BBC, hoteliers are asking the government to relax the rules after some lost “millions” in business.

Portugal and Greece both announced a relaxation of their entry rules this week, while holiday provider TUI said Mexico and Turkey were proving popular alternatives.

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 8:28 a.m.

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Covid death toll ‘unacceptable’, WHO adviser warns

The number of coronaviruses in the UK is still “absolutely staggering”, the senior adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organization has said.

Asked if the principle of learning to live with the virus was dangerous, Dr Bruce Aylward pointed to the two million daily cases and the 5,000 daily deaths still recorded.

He told BBC Radio 4 Today’s program“The numbers are absolutely staggering, and what we are learning to live with is not just this virus, but what should be an unacceptable burden of disease, an unacceptable number of deaths every day, especially when there is has the tools to stop or at least slow this thing down, manage it, control it.

“But you can’t do it with only half the world protected, half the world tested.

“You need this $16 billion investment. It’s a very good buy to get out of this pandemic, or at least the acute phase. »

“That sounds like a lot of money, but it’s less than what the world is losing every month right now,” he said.

Ella GloverFebruary 9, 2022 8:18 a.m.

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CDC warns against removing mask mandates from schools

With the United States still seeing 1.86 million cases per week, ‘now is not the time’ to drop mask mandates in schools and public places, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention has said. (CDC) of the United States.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky told Reuters her agency’s guidelines had not changed.

“I know people are interested in taking the masks off. I too am interested. It would be a sign that we have much of the pandemic behind us,” Ms Walenksy said.

“At this time, our CDC guidelines have not changed … We continue to endorse universal masking in schools.”

“We have and continue to recommend masking in areas of high and substantial transmission – that is basically anywhere in the country in indoor public places,” she said.

She said she sees the ongoing health crisis becoming rampant when infections are at a steady rate.

She is “cautiously optimistic” that Covid infections in the US will decline below crisis levels, but added, “we’re not there yet.”

Shweta SharmaFebruary 9, 2022 07:07

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Trump tells Joe Rogan to ‘stop apologizing’ for vaccine misinformation

Donald Trump has urged popular podcast host Joe Rogan not to back down amid a wave of backlash against Spotify for spreading Covid misinformation on its platform.

In one declaration published on Monday evening, Mr. Trump wrote that the host should ignore the attacks on him and resist efforts to silence him or change his ways.

“How many ways can you say you’re sorry?” Joe, do what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and scared.

Read Andrew Naughtie’s detailed report.

Shweta SharmaFebruary 9, 2022 6:56 a.m.

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Protest by Canadian truckers threatens trade with the United States

Protesting truckers have blocked a crucial trade link between the United States and Canada, raising concerns among Canadian politicians about the economic impact of the disruptions.

Truckers blocked the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., which carries 25% of all Canada-US trade.

Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the blockade could have serious consequences for the economy and supply chains.

“I’ve heard from automakers and food grocers before. It really is a serious cause for concern,” he said.

Protesters also closed another major border crossing between the United States and Canada in Coutts, Alberta.

In his remarks on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the protesters “a few people shouting and waving swastikas” and said they don’t define Canadians. His comments came after some raised flags with Nazi symbols in the early days of the protest.

Vehicles block the road from the Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit and Windsor,

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Shweta SharmaFebruary 9, 2022 06:50

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‘VIP lane’ for PPE contracts is bigger than government admits, campaign group says

A new report from a legal campaign group has claimed the list of companies getting ‘VIP’ treatment for Covid contracts is longer than Boris Johnson’s government has previously admitted.

The Good Law Project said it had leaked internal documents showing that 18 other companies – having secured almost £1billion in PPE contracts between them – were also referred to as “VIPs”.

Read the detailed report by The Independents Adam Forest.

Shweta SharmaFebruary 9, 2022 6:25 a.m.

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