Covid news live: New wave in Europe inevitable without action, warns WHO

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Europe will inevitably face a new wave of Covid-19 infections unless the public and national governments remain disciplined in their attempts to control the pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned.

The agency’s European head, Hans Kluge, said the three conditions for a wave of excessive deaths were now met: low vaccination rates; increased social diversity; and new variants.

It came as scientists warned that failure to expand the UK’s official list of recognized coronavirus symptoms could result in the absence of new infections.

Unofficial symptoms like a runny nose or headache show up earlier than the officially listed cough, fever and loss of taste or smell, wrote experts, including Sage advisor Calum Semple, in the British medical journal.

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Nearly 1 million people report long Covid in UK

Almost a million people have reported suffering from a “long Covid” in the UK.

The ONS figures have been incorporated into this handy chart by Statista, the statistics firm.

Long-term symptoms can be crippling, depending on those affected

(Statista / The Independent)

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 10:53 AM

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Europe faces new wave of Covid-19, WHO warns

Europe will inevitably be inundated with a new wave of Covid-19 infections unless the public and politicians stand firm in their attempts to tackle the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The European head of the United Nations body, Hans Kluge, told a press conference that a 10-week drop in infections was now over. Last week, the number of new cases increased by 10%.

“This is taking place against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving situation. A worrying new variant – the Delta variant – and in a region where despite considerable efforts by member states, millions of people still remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Kluge.

“There will be a new wave in the WHO European region if we don’t stay disciplined,” he added.

By the time the region emerges from the various lockdowns currently in place, its population will still not have been vaccinated, Dr Kluge said. Some 63 percent of citizens are still waiting for their first jab.

People have to accept the offer of a vaccine, he said.

Dr Kluge said the three conditions for a wave of excessive deaths in the fall were now in place: low vaccination rates; increased social diversity; and new variants.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 10:41 AM

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Weddings: has the pandemic changed them forever? Join our free virtual event as industry experts chat

Marriage has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit sectors during the 15 months of the pandemic.

Often seen as a luxury more than a necessity, they are always a milestone in life to be celebrated and remembered for decades to come. And as an industry that contributes over £ 14billion a year, it’s not one to sniff out, written Emma Henderson.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 10:14 AM

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Nearly 390,000 people have had a “long Covid” for a year or more

An estimated 385,000 people in private households in the UK suffered a self-reported ‘long Covid’ that lasted at least a year, new figures suggest.

This is an increase from 376,000 in a similar survey carried out a month earlier.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are based on responses collected in the four weeks leading up to June 6.

They also suggest that a total of 962,000 people in the UK experienced long-term Covid during the period of investigation, defined as symptoms that persist for more than four weeks after their first suspected coronavirus infection.

Fatigue, muscle pain and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms of the disease.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) suggested in March that the long Covid could be made up of four distinct syndromes, which for some patients may mean active disease and organ damage resulting in debilitating symptoms and disability.

Some patients experienced effects on their brains while others suffered from blood clots and inflammation.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 10:04 AM

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TipTok tips for faking positive Covid tests for leaving school seen millions of times

Videos circulating on TikTok that show UK teens sharing tips and tricks on faking positive Covid tests for leaving school have been viewed millions of times, written Celine Wadhera.

The clips show teens applying everyday substances – including applesauce, Coca-Cola, vinegar, hand sanitizer, kiwi fruit, strawberries and ketchup – to lateral flow tests , some giving positive results.

Videos uploaded and shared with the hashtag #fakecovidtest have been viewed over 6.5 million times, while the now-deactivated @fakecovidtests account has gained over 20,000 subscribers.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 09:45

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Calum Semple explains call to expand symptom list

Calum Semple, a member of the government committee of Sage advisers, explained why he thinks ministers should expand the official list of symptoms of Covid-19.

He told the BBC Breakfast: “As older people are vaccinated, proportionately more young people get sick and have a different set of symptoms.

“By expanding the list of symptoms, we think we’ll pick up about a third of more cases. But, more importantly, we’ll pick them up a day sooner and this provides a greater opportunity to break the chains of transmission and stop the spread of the virus. “

He added that the challenge is to make sure people get the “right” test for their symptoms, but also encouraged anyone who isn’t feeling well with any of the symptoms of the coronavirus to get tested.

“We don’t want to overwhelm PCR testing; we probably want to encourage more people to do lateral flow testing in the community and then get a PCR to confirm it.”

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 09:26

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Scientists say UK should expand list of Covid symptoms

Failure to expand the official list of Covid-19 symptoms could hamper efforts to control the spread of the virus in the UK, scientists have warned.

Write in the British medical journal, experts say the unofficial symptoms are appearing earlier than the three Britain recognizes, namely loss of smell or taste, cough and fever.

The World Health Organization and the EU’s health body list many more than the UK, the authors note.

They wrote: “The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control described a range of symptoms associated with mild to moderate covid-19, the most commonly reported being headache (70%), nasal obstruction ( 68%), weakness or fatigue (63 percent), myalgia (63 percent), rhinorrhea (60 percent), taste dysfunction (54 percent), and sore throat (53 percent).

“Many infected people do not have the symptoms used in the UK case definition: loss of taste or smell, cough or fever which, before the vaccination rolled out, were reported by 70%, 63% and 45% symptomatic cases. cases, respectively.

“While restricting access to symptomatic testing to those with ‘official’ symptoms may control the volume of testing, this narrow definition is now likely to hamper the control of transmission.”

Authors include Calum Semple, a member of Sage’s government advisory committee.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 9:05 AM

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Men who caught Chris Whitty in video posted online apologize

A man apparently docked with Professor Chris Whitty in a park has apologized to the top doctor after losing his job as a real estate agent.

Lewis Hughes, of Romford, Essex, said if he made England’s chief medical officer “uncomfortable” then “I’m sorry”.

Boris Johnson was among those who struck after a video posted online appeared to show Professor Whitty being harassed in St James’ Park in London.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021 9:04 AM

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Biden late on jab-sharing promise

Joe Biden is a long way from meeting his goal of delivering 80 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to the rest of the world by the end of June, as a host of logistical and regulatory hurdles have slowed the pace of US diplomacy vaccines.

Although the Biden administration has announced that about 50 countries and entities will receive a share of excess doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the United States has shipped less than 24 million doses to 10 recipient countries, according to a tally from the Associated Press.

The White House said more will be sent in the coming days and stressed that Mr Biden has done everything in his power to honor the pledge.

It is not for lack of doses. All American snapshots are ready to ship, the White House said.

On the contrary, it takes longer than expected to sort through a complex web of legal requirements, health codes, customs clearance, cold storage chains, language barriers and delivery schedules. To complicate matters further, no two expeditions are the same.

One country requires an act of its cabinet to approve vaccine donation, others require inspectors to perform their own safety checks on U.S. doses, and still others have yet to develop critical aspects of their vaccine distribution plans. vaccines to make sure doses can reach people’s arms. before they spoil themselves.

A U.S. official said that as of Wednesday, all intended recipient countries have received official offers from the United States of a specific number and type of vaccine, and all legal and logistical hurdles on the U.S. side had been lifted.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021, 8:45 a.m.

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Regular annual Covid jabs are possible, expert says

Professor Adam Finn, of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said regular and annual Covid vaccines could happen “but maybe not for everyone”.

He told the BBC Breakfast: “The uncertainty will decrease over time and we will really see how much of a lifelong problem we have with this virus and how it behaves and evolves.

“But I think it is very likely that we will continue to see people infected with this virus in the future, and the need to immunize people, especially vulnerable people, to get them seriously ill, yes . “

Experts are “very concerned” about the potential for a very large flu epidemic this winter, he added, saying people should be able to get their Covid supplement and flu shots in the same visit , if the additional blow from Covid was ultimately judged. necessary.

Jon sharmanJuly 1, 2021, 8:35 a.m.



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