Today was a big day for easing lockdown restrictions in England and Wales with the opening of all non essential shops. In England outside hospitality also opened but wales has to wait another fortnight. click for full source article. In the meantime, a “significant” cluster of the South African Covid-19 variant has been found inContinue reading “Surge testing in London for South African variant as lockdown eases”
Three countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. They have all managed to inoculate a high percentage of their population, but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease. Israel has done so well it is resuming university lectures, concerts and other mass gatherings, and has openedContinue reading “Vaccination programme may not be enough – can we learn from Israel & Chile ?”
When I started this blog a year ago today, the Prime Minister was still in hospital and cases and deaths were surging in the first wave of the pandemic. Since the death of Prince Phillip yesterday, there has been continuous wall to wall coverage on all mainstream channels, with tributes to his life and times,Continue reading “Virus hotspots could lead to third Covid wave in UK”
The Welsh government has announced they will accelerate the easing of Covid restrictions as new infections fall, providing major ammunition to lockdown-sceptics in England. Mark Drakeford has announced a number of changes to the country’s unlocking roadmap – which was already faster than England’s. Changes include : Two households being able to meet indoors aContinue reading “Wales follows the data rather than dates !”
The UK started the rollout of its third coronavirus vaccine, the Moderna jab, in Wales. Unpaid carer Elle Taylor was the first to receive the vaccine at the Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, and described feeling “very excited and happy”. “I’m an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that IContinue reading “Moderna vaccine starts in Wales – Astra Zenica problems continue”
The claim that unusual blood clots on the brain have occurred in a number of people, mainly young adults, after they were injected with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rumbles on. These “cerebral venous sinus thromboses” or CVSTs have led some countries – including Germany, France and Canada – to restrict who can be given the jab.Continue reading “AstraZeneca vaccine: Is there a blood clot risk?”
The weekly death toll in England and Wales from all causes is below every year since 2014. How can this be possible in a pandemic ? In the week ending 19 March, 10,311 deaths were registered in England and Wales. From a statistical perspective, this is a remarkably low total, the lowest since 2014 for that week.Continue reading “Weekly death rate in England and Wales well below average”
Government plans for a Covid passport scheme will be trialled this month at a series of pilot events. Football cup finals, the World Snooker Championship, a comedy club and a cinema will be used to test vaccine passports over the next few weeks, as a potential route out of lockdown. Pilot venues will be announcedContinue reading “Covid passport trials start this month…….in England”
Today, Scotland joined England and wales in easing stay at home restrictions after three months of lockdown. However, people have been told to “stay local” and to remain within their local authority boundaries for the next three weeks. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the vaccination programme’s progress had been “better than we could have daredContinue reading “Easing Lockdown in Scotland”
As lockdown restrictions in Wales continue to ease, France is introducing strict lockdown measures in response to an overwhelming third wave of coronavirus. The differences could not be more stark. Wales In a statement titled Moving Wales into Alert Level 3, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The sacrifices we have all made are having a positiveContinue reading “A tale of two Countries – Wales and France”
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