Prime Minister promises review on issues of vaccine passports

Boris Johnson has reluctantly announced a review of the concept of vaccine passports, a concept that is blindingly obvious to many countries. Vaccine passports have been discussed by countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Greece, and operators such as Saga Cruises, as a way to safely reopen international leisure travel. However, Ministers have frequentlyContinue reading “Prime Minister promises review on issues of vaccine passports”

USA passes the milestone of 500,000 Covid deaths

Today, the US has passed 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, the most for any country in the world. It comes just over a year after the first infection of the novel coronavirus, first detected in China, was recorded on the US west coast. The grim milestone will be marked by a candle-lighting ceremony and moment ofContinue reading “USA passes the milestone of 500,000 Covid deaths”

Roadmap for lifting lockdown in England

There’s only one main story today – the much awaited “roadmap” for easing Covid restrictions in England, which was announced by the prime minister this afternoon. After the first stage in March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met – such as the vaccine rollout going to plan. The aimContinue reading “Roadmap for lifting lockdown in England”

Will easing of lockdown restrictions let us have a holiday after Easter ?

Early last week, we booked a weeks holiday in Llandudno, North wales, taking a gamble that Mark Drakeford, First Minister would start to ease lockdown restrictions over the coming weeks. He had hinted in a number of interviews that self-contained holiday accommodation could reopen for Easter. We decided to book a nice apartment which didContinue reading “Will easing of lockdown restrictions let us have a holiday after Easter ?”

Coronavirus is here to stay — what does that mean ?

In January this year, Nature asked 119 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists working on the pandemic whether it could be eradicated. Almost 90% of respondents think that coronavirus will become endemic — meaning that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for many years to come. Eradicating this virus right now from theContinue reading “Coronavirus is here to stay — what does that mean ?”

Are the new variants more transmissible ? apparently not !!

Here is a recent clip from Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, speaking at the International Covid-19 Symposium, on February 12 2021. Despite daily new cases plummeting world-wide, including the majority of countries where new variants have been detected such as the UK andContinue reading “Are the new variants more transmissible ? apparently not !!”

German Study: Laboratory Accident Most Likely Cause of Coronavirus Pandemic

This report confirms what many people have thought and speculated over the past year, including myself, that the occurrence of the start of the worldwide pandemic starting in a City with the World’s foremost laboratory on the study of coronavirus in bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a coincidence is beyond belief. ProfessorContinue reading “German Study: Laboratory Accident Most Likely Cause of Coronavirus Pandemic”

Sharp decline in coronavirus since January

There has been a “strong decline” in levels of coronavirus infections in England since January. Imperial College London’s React study found infections have dropped by two-thirds across England since lockdown began, with an 80% fall in London. Virus levels are still high, with one in 200 testing positive between 4 and 13 February. This isContinue reading “Sharp decline in coronavirus since January”

Understanding how Coronavirus is mutating and evolving

Update 17th February Worrying development from the USA : Two variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes covid-19 have combined their genomes to form a heavily mutated hybrid version of the virus. The “recombination” event was discovered in a virus sample in California, provoking warnings that we may be poised to enter a new phase of theContinue reading “Understanding how Coronavirus is mutating and evolving”