Sajid Javid was ‘shocked’ by NHS waiting lists, but he’s still pushing to ease restrictions

Support us and go ad-free New health secretary Sajid Javid has warned that NHS waiting lists could rocket to 13 million in the coming months. However, Javid has also pushed for the 19 July easing of restrictions. That’s despite risks like long Covid and the potential for widespread infections to give rise to new coronavirus …
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Experts continue to warn of dangers of ending coronavirus restrictions on 19 July

Support us and go ad-free High levels of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination rates could “challenge the virus” to mutate into variants against which the jab is less effective, a government advisor has warned. It comes amid fears it “would be dangerous” to return to life as normal on 19 July. Dr Mike Tildesley is a member …
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Government plan to end restrictions is a ‘dangerous and unethical experiment’, experts say

Support us and go ad-free More than 100 scientists and doctors have signed a letter accusing the UK government of conducting a “dangerous and unethical experiment”. And they’re urging the government to reconsider its plans to abandon all coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. Any strategy that “tolerates high levels of infection is both unethical and illogical”, according …
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Government plans to lift restrictions could have devastating consequences

Support us and go ad-free The prime minister is said to be announcing the 19 July lifting of coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions this afternoon. Instead of relying on laws, the government will reportedly allow people to make ‘personal decisions’ about virus protection measures. Measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing are likely to become voluntary in …
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While government may end restrictions, experts say they won’t ditch face masks

Support us and go ad-free An expert advising the government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) response has said he’ll continue to wear a face mask “indefinitely”. That’s despite reports that there are plans to scrap the measure. Boris Johnson is understood to be preparing to update the nation on plans for “freedom day” on 19 July. Multiple newspapers …
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NHS staff ‘terrified’ of end to coronavirus restrictions while experts urge delay

Easing coronavirus restrictions too soon will be a “recipe for disaster”, a doctor has warned. It comes amid concerns for an NHS already struggling with a backlog of non-coronavirus patients. Several frontline NHS workers have expressed fears about the impact of reopening in the coming weeks. Some described the health service as still “on its …
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How Lifting Intellectual Property Restrictions Could Help World Vaccinate 60% of Population by 2022

As new coronavirus cases surge across India, overwhelming hospitals and crematories, calls are growing louder for wealthy countries to stop hoarding excess supply of COVID-19 vaccines and to loosen intellectual property restrictions preventing more countries from making their own vaccines. We speak with economist Jayati Ghosh and Congressmember Ro Khanna of California. Source link

Indian variant could ‘scupper’ plans to ease coronavirus restrictions

The Indian coronavirus (Covid-19) mutation could “scupper” the UK’s march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned. This despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low. Coronavirus infections across the UK dropped to the lowest level since the autumn, according to the latest figures. But a professor of immunology …
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Secret Teacher | Schools urgently need funding to tackle the impact of a year of restrictions

Now that school life is getting back to some form of normality (whatever that is these days), we’re starting to see the serious effects of a year of restrictions on the children in school: emotional fragility, stability issues, and, of course, the social maladjustment as a result of the ‘bubble’ system. All of these are …
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Texas Gov. Lifts Pandemic Restrictions, Defying Public Health Experts, and Blames Migrants for COVID

Texas is the largest state to lift its mandate on face masks and fully reopen businesses, joining a growing movement in states governed by Republicans to ease pandemic restrictions even as experts warn it is too soon to do so, despite the accelerating pace of vaccinations in the United States. “This is completely politically motivated,” …
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