First Minister Mark Drakeford Barred from 100 Pubs

Following yesterday’s post about the new restrictions in Wales, there has been a furious backlash in some quarters about the hospitality ban on alcohol in pubs and restaurants from 6pm December 4th. First Minister Mark Drakeford has come under pressure from his own Labour backbenchers over his ban on the sale of alcohol in WelshContinue reading “First Minister Mark Drakeford Barred from 100 Pubs”

Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants

Welsh pubs, restaurants and cafes will be banned from serving alcohol from Friday, 4th December and will have to close by 18.00 hours (6.00pm). However, businesses can offer a takeaway service after 18:00, and if they have an off-licence can sell takeaway alcohol up until 22:00. It reminds me of the of the old AustralianContinue reading “Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants”

Will different age groups get different vaccines ?

Last week, I posted twice about the Oxford vaccine and its efficacy rate, and it turns out I was not alone in not fully understanding the trial results. Indeed, concerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines. Their results announced lastContinue reading “Will different age groups get different vaccines ?”

Wales to join rest of UK in new restrictions before Christmas

At the end of our holiday in North Wales , I posted on November 20th – ” with the very high levels of continuing infection in the Valleys, it does seem inevitable that there will be more restrictive measures during early December, in order to allow an easing of restrictions over Christmas, followed by furtherContinue reading “Wales to join rest of UK in new restrictions before Christmas”

Lockdown in England ends in Tiers

Today, the Government announced which level of new, tougher three-tiered system each local authority will be placed in when the National lockdown ends on 2 December in England. Large parts of the Midlands, North East and North West, including Manchester, as well as Kent, will be in tier three and remain banned from mixing with other households indoors.Continue reading “Lockdown in England ends in Tiers”

Covid Christmas at home and abroad – guaranteed third wave in new Year

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that agreement had been reached across the four nations for coronavirus restrictions to be eased for Christmas to allow people to mix with a slightly wider circle of family and friends. Between 23 and 27 December, the three households will be allowed to form a temporary “Christmas bubble”. They canContinue reading “Covid Christmas at home and abroad – guaranteed third wave in new Year”

Oxford vaccine…. continued…including 2 important updates 26/11/20

Since the results of the Oxford vaccine trial were announced yesterday, I have been trying to understand how the efficacy rates for the different vaccine dosage regimens were calculated. This is the year that some of us became amateur epidemiologists and virologists, talking about terms such as the “R number”, “asymptomatic” and “exponential growth”, asContinue reading “Oxford vaccine…. continued…including 2 important updates 26/11/20”

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection – Really ??

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70% of people developing Covid symptoms, a large-scale trial shows. It will be seen as a triumph, but it comes off the back of Pfizer and Moderna showing 95% protection. The Oxford jab has the benefit of being far cheaper than its rivals, and isContinue reading “Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection – Really ??”

Will mass testing in Merthyr Tydfil work ?

Following the mass testing programme pilot in Liverpool, the programme was rolled out yesterday to the Welsh valleys town of Merthyr Tydfil. Mass testing means asking everyone to be tested, whether or not they have symptoms. The idea is to find healthy people who may be infected, but not yet displaying symptoms. They and theirContinue reading “Will mass testing in Merthyr Tydfil work ?”

Ambitious vaccine delivery programme

Yesterday, the Health Service Journal delivered the most positive scoop of the week, revealing NHS England’s draft plan to roll out Covid-19 vaccines to all adults in England from January 2021, and to have all over-18s in England who want one, vaccinated by April 2021. Each vaccination requires two doses, taken 28 days apart. TheContinue reading “Ambitious vaccine delivery programme”