Coronavirus UK news live: testing and traceability “still fail to effectively curb Covid”


Vaccinations in the United Kingdom against Covid-19: the latest figures

England’s test and traceability system still fails to effectively curb Covid as its staggering £ 37bn budget is wasted on underemployed staff, tests are not returned and the rules are self-isolation are being violated, a watchdog warns.

The much-criticized organization still has a long way to go “to achieve its goals,” said the National Audit Office, warning of the danger of further degradation in performance.

Only 14% of the 691 million lateral flow tests sent in late May have been recorded, with tests and traces in the dark to see if the rest have been used.

Leaders in London will meet for a vaccine summit on Friday with the aim of increasing turnout in the capital, after figures showed they continued to lag behind the rest of England.

While all other regions have been fully vaccinated, at least over 90% of those over 50, the latest data shows around 83.1% of those over 50 in London had received two doses as of June 20. Westminster has the lowest percentage of local authorities in England, with just 64.3% having had both shots.


Travel Industry Welcomes Green List Additions

Airlines and vacation companies have cautiously welcomed the expanded “green list” of non-quarantine locations – and criticized the delay in allowing fully vaccinated travelers to avoid quarantine.

Malta, which has the highest vaccination rates in Europe, has finally been added to the green list – the club’s only ‘die-hard’ new member without quarantine.

The Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, as well as Madeira and the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados and Grenada, are on the “green watch list”, which means that amber status could be re-imposed on short term.

Cléa SkopelitiJune 25, 2021 8:27 AM


Government could “respond quickly” to green list countries, Transport Secretary warns

Grant Shapps, the transportation secretary, said he hopes the announcement of a green watchlist will provide people with vacation options despite travel not reverting to pre-pandemic conditions.

The cabinet minister told Sky News: “It means there is a bit of relief for the travel industry and for people who want to get away from it all. It won’t be quite like 2019 and the good old days, but we are moving in a positive direction. “

He said countries on the green watch list were on the green list, but involved “one or two concerns” that could mean the government must “respond quickly” to remove it from the green list.

Mr Shapps added: “I have to tell anyone who books to go anywhere this summer, travel insurance, make sure your flights are changeable, make sure the accommodation is changeable – all of those things are fine. be very important in this particular year and I think people will have to assess whether it will work for them or not.

Cléa SkopelitiJune 25, 2021 8:00 AM


London leaders to hold vaccine summit to raise rates in capital

Leaders in London will meet for a vaccine summit on Friday with the aim of increasing turnout in the capital.

Mayor Sadiq Khan and Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi aim to increase the numbers, within a month of the government target date of July 19 to deliver a first dose to all adults. London is the only region in England where less than 90% of those over 50 are fully immunized.

London regional medical director Dr Vin Diwakar will also join the summit on Friday afternoon alongside other officials, health specialists and community representatives.

The event in Stratford, east London, aims to discuss what more can be done to speed up vaccine deployment and ensure all Londoners can have access to vaccines.

Assurances such as not having to share ID or being registered with a GP to get a vaccine will be discussed as part of the event, before Mr. Khan and others visit the area. Westfield vaccination clinic nearby.

Cléa SkopelitiJune 25, 2021 7:47 AM


India urges countries to standardize travel with it

India has urged countries, which have restricted the entry of travelers from India after an increase in Covid-19 cases, to normalize travel.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said some initial steps have been taken by countries in this direction and the Indian government will continue to prioritize this issue.

As the devastating second wave of the pandemic hit India, many countries have stopped traveling to and from India.

Akshita JainJune 25, 2021 6:49 AM


Prime Minister of Bhutan says ready to mix vaccine doses in times of shortage

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has said he has no problem mixing and matching doses of Covid-19 as the country grapples with a vaccine shortage.

He said more than 90 percent of the eligible population in Bhutan has received the first dose, and the 12-week deadline for the second dose will end this month.

India previously supplied 550,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Bhutan, but has now halted exports to focus on domestic needs.

Akshita JainJune 25, 2021 6:32 AM


Pfizer says its vaccine is very effective against Delta variant

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant of Covid-19, which was first detected in India, a Pfizer official said.

Alon Rappaport, medical director of Pfizer in Israel, told local Army Radio that the data “indicates that our vaccine is very effective, around 90%, in preventing coronavirus disease,” according to Reuters.

The Delta variant has been classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, which said it had spread to 92 countries.

Akshita JainJune 25, 2021 6:00 AM


India reports 51,667 new cases of Covid-19

India reported 51,667 new Covid-19 infections in the 24 hours ending Friday morning, bringing the total to more than 30 million.

The country has recorded 1,329 deaths and the death toll now stands at 393,310.

Akshita JainJune 25, 2021 5:39 AM


Hello and welcome to The independents coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Friday, June 25, 2021.

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