Coronavirus UK news latest – New 'triple mutant' Covid variant in Yorkshire with 49 cases but experts say 'don't panic'

INDIAN variant cases have now risen by 2,111 in the space of a week to 3,424 – as Britain accelerates its jab roll out in a race against the clock.

Cases are still largely affecting the North West of England – particularly Bolton – but clusters of cases are now being seen across the country, with infections having now risen from 2,323 on Monday, to 2,967.

It comes as experts warned Britain may be heading for a third Covid wave because home quarantines "are not working" as cases of the Indian variant continue to rise.

Professor Andrew Hayward, an infectious disease expert and Sage member, told BBC Breakfast yesterday how he remains “very concerned” about the spread of the B1.617.2 variant.

Asked if the UK is at the start of a third wave of Covid infections, he replied: “I think so.”

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    LATEST FIGURES – WALES

    In Wales, around one in 4,340 is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – compared to one in 4,230 in the previous week, and the lowest since ONS estimates began in late July 2020.

    In Northern Ireland, the estimate is around one in 1,550 people, down from one in 1,430 in the previous week.

    The estimate for Scotland is around one in 1,960, down from one in 1,250 and the lowest since estimates began for Scotland in October.

    All figures are for people in private households.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SPREADING INDIAN VARIANT COULD 'BECOME MAJOR ISSUE IN ROADMAP WAITING GAME'

    Spreading Indian variant could ‘become major issue in roadmap waiting game’

  • Joseph Gamp

    THOUSANDS CONTINUED TO SHIELD DESPITE NO LONGER NEEDING TO, DATA SHOWS

    Half of the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people in England continued to shield despite Government advice that they no longer needed to, new figures show.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 50% of CEV people said they were continuing to shield when asked between April 26 and May 1.

    But an ONS analysis, published on Friday, found that 84% of CEV people reported being aware that Government advice to shield had been paused and that two-thirds (67%) had received two doses of coronavirus vaccine.

    Tim Gibbs, head of the public services analysis team at the ONS, said: “Since April 1 2021, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people have been advised that they no longer need to shield to protect themselves from Covid-19.

    “Our results today show that although Government advice to shield has paused, half of those identified as CEV reported continuing to shield. We’ve recently seen lockdown restrictions ease significantly, this is great to see, however, it’s critical that we continue to monitor the impact of these changes on groups such as the clinically extremely vulnerable.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    PLANE SENSE AT HEATHROW AIRPOT

    Heathrow will separate out travellers from red list countries like India after chaotic scenes in which they were made to mix in long queues with arrivals from safer destinations.

    Britain’s biggest airport has announced it’ll reopen Terminal 3 from the start of next month and use it exclusively to process those people coming from the most high-risk places.

    Bosses say they’ll then switch the facility to Terminal 4 “as soon as operationally possible” but have warned the changes are going to be “logistically very challenging”.

    But that means passengers from countries with dangerous variants of the virus will still be mixing with holidaymakers returning from green destinations like Portugal for another 10 days.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COVID PASSED FROM DOGS PUTS KIDS IN HOSPITAL, STUDY FINDS

    A new coronavirus from dogs has been found in hospitalised children.

    It’s the eight coronavirus known to infect humans – with the virus that causes Covid-19 being one other.

    US researchers said if the virus can start spreading with ease among humans, “all bets are off” and it could cause another pandemic. 

    They identified the virus, named CCoV-HuPn-2018, from old samples taken in Sarawak, East Malaysia, in 2018.

    It was well before SARS-CoV-2 had emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, causing the Covid pandemic.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NEW ATTACK

    Doctors in India have warned that white fungus could infect Covid patient’s lungs and it could be as deadly as the black mould outbreak.

    It comes after medics in India said that black fungus had been rotting organs and limbs of some patients.

    One expert today warned that the white fungus could even appear in patients who have already recovered from the coronavirus.

    Dr S N Singh, who is head of microbiology at Patna Medical College in Bihar, India, said like the black fungus, white fungus was also likely to be seen in diabetic patients.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LATEST FIGURES FOR ENGLAND

    A total of 49,682,934 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 20, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 601,960 on the previous day.

    NHS England said 31,354,838 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 234,818 on the previous day, while 18,328,096 were a second dose, an increase of 367,142.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TRAFFIC LIGHT TRAVEL LIST EXPLAINED

  • Joseph Gamp

    LATEST FIGURES – WALES

    In Wales, around one in 4,340 is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – compared to one in 4,230 in the previous week, and the lowest since ONS estimates began in late July 2020.

    In Northern Ireland, the estimate is around one in 1,550 people, down from one in 1,430 in the previous week.

    The estimate for Scotland is around one in 1,960, down from one in 1,250 and the lowest since estimates began for Scotland in October.

    All figures are for people in private households.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BORIS JOHNSON: THERE'S STILL NOTHING IN THE TO DEVIATE FROM COVID ROADMAP

    Boris Johnson says still nothing in the data that make govt deviate from Covid roadmap

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    GLASGOW PUBS WARN OF 'EXCRUCIATING SITUATION' AS INDOOR DRINKING BAN REMAINS

    Pubs and restaurants in Scotland's largest city are stuck in an "excruciating situation" and need more financial support, industry bosses have said.

    From next week, Glasgow will be the only place in the UK where establishments are banned from serving alcohol indoors, said the Federation of Small Business Scotland policy chairman Andrew McRae. Moray, which had remained with Glasgow in Level 3 of coronavirus restrictions, will now join the rest of the mainland in Level 2 from Saturday.

    The drop to Level 2 means widespread relaxations over rules in hospitality and entertainment, including venues being able to serve alcohol indoors and the reopening of cinemas, theatres and casinos.

    It was confirmed on Friday that Glasgow will remain in Level 3 for at least another week.

    Mr McRae said: "Understandably, business owners and their customers are intensely frustrated. While we want to see new financial support for Glaswegian operators, especially those that took on new staff for reopening, we must also see the Scottish Government investigate whether a new approach is required for the city.

    "If the virus has not been brought under control while Glasgow businesses have faced almost nine months of restrictions, then surely the problem lies elsewhere."

  • Joseph Gamp

    COVID PASSED FROM DOGS PUTS KIDS IN HOSPITAL, STUDY FINDS

    A new coronavirus from dogs has been found in hospitalised children.

    It’s the eight coronavirus known to infect humans – with the virus that causes Covid-19 being one other.

    US researchers said if the virus can start spreading with ease among humans, “all bets are off” and it could cause another pandemic. 

    They identified the virus, named CCoV-HuPn-2018, from old samples taken in Sarawak, East Malaysia, in 2018.

    It was well before SARS-CoV-2 had emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, causing the Covid pandemic.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    GLASGOW PUBS WARN OF 'EXCRUCIATING SITUATION' AS INDOOR DRINKING BAN REMAINS

    Pubs and restaurants in Scotland's largest city are stuck in an "excruciating situation" and need more financial support, industry bosses have said.

    From next week, Glasgow will be the only place in the UK where establishments are banned from serving alcohol indoors, said the Federation of Small Business Scotland policy chairman Andrew McRae.

    Moray, which had remained with Glasgow in Level 3 of coronavirus restrictions, will now join the rest of the mainland in Level 2 from Saturday.

    The drop to Level 2 means widespread relaxations over rules in hospitality and entertainment, including venues being able to serve alcohol indoors and the reopening of cinemas, theatres and casinos.

    It was confirmed on Friday that Glasgow will remain in Level 3 for at least another week.

    Mr McRae said: "Understandably, business owners and their customers are intensely frustrated.

    "While we want to see new financial support for Glaswegian operators, especially those that took on new staff for reopening, we must also see the Scottish Government investigate whether a new approach is required for the city.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BORIS JOHNSON CALLS FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

    Boris Johnson has said the world was "just as disunited as Achilles and Agamemnon" before the coronavirus pandemic as he called for a new international treaty to tackle not just this global threat, but any in the future too.

    Addressing the Global Health Summit hosted by Italy and the EU in Rome, the Prime Minister referenced the Iliad as he drew comparisons between the plague in the ancient Greek epic and the coronavirus outbreak.

    Speaking virtually at the event, Mr Johnson said: "I would like to remind everybody, certainly my fellow Europeans, that Western literature begins with a bitter political fight about how to handle a zoonotic plague, because, as you will recall, the Iliad, the fountainhead of Western literature, opens with a row between Achilles and Agamemnon after a fatal new zoonotic disease arrives, hitting first the mules and then the dogs, and then the human beings."

    Mr Johnson said while Achilles would have been "very much in the pro-lockdown party" and "he says they need to get out of there, whereas Agamemnon vehemently disagrees".

    He said: "My point is that almost 2,800 years later, the world has been just as disunited, I'm afraid, as Achilles and Agamemnon. And I think now is the time to come together and to defeat the pandemic and to prevent another."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PLANE SENSE

    Heathrow will separate out travellers from red list countries like India after chaotic scenes in which they were made to mix in long queues with arrivals from safer destinations.

    Britain's biggest airport has announced it'll reopen Terminal 3 from the start of next month and use it exclusively to process those people coming from the most high-risk places.

    Bosses say they'll then switch the facility to Terminal 4 "as soon as operationally possible" but have warned the changes are going to be "logistically very challenging".

    But that means passengers from countries with dangerous variants of the virus will still be mixing with holidaymakers returning from green destinations like Portugal for another 10 days.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NEW ATTACK

    Doctors in India have warned that white fungus could infect Covid patient's lungs and it could be as deadly as the black mould outbreak.

    It comes after medics in India said that black fungus had been rotting organs and limbs of some patients.

    One expert today warned that the white fungus could even appear in patients who have already recovered from the coronavirus.

    Dr S N Singh, who is head of microbiology at Patna Medical College in Bihar, India, said like the black fungus, white fungus was also likely to be seen in diabetic patients.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LATEST FIGURES – ENGLAND

    A total of 49,682,934 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 20, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 601,960 on the previous day.

    NHS England said 31,354,838 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 234,818 on the previous day, while 18,328,096 were a second dose, an increase of 367,142.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EU REGULATOR BACKS EXTENDING APPROVAL FOR REMDESIVIR FOR ANOTHER YEAR

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today recommended extending conditional marketing approval by a year for Gilead Sciences' COVID-19 treatment, remdesivir, the only drug so far that has been authorised for use in the region.

    The regulator said its human medicines committee (CHMP) found that benefits of the drug outweighed risks, although the company was required to submit more data by the end of the year for the next scheduled renewal.

    Remdesivir, sold under the brand name Veklury, was conditionally authorized in July last year for treating COVID-19 in adults and adolescents over 12 years with pneumonia requiring oxygen support.

    In December, the regulator recommended changing some terms of the conditional approval after doubts over remdesivir's effectiveness were raised following a World Health Organization (WHO) panel's findings that there was no evidence the drug improved survival or reduced the need for ventilation.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LATEST FIGURES – WALES

    In Wales, around one in 4,340 is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to May 15 – compared to one in 4,230 in the previous week, and the lowest since ONS estimates began in late July 2020.

    In Northern Ireland, the estimate is around one in 1,550 people, down from one in 1,430 in the previous week.

    The estimate for Scotland is around one in 1,960, down from one in 1,250 and the lowest since estimates began for Scotland in October.

    All figures are for people in private households.

  • Katie Davis

    OFFICIAL R RATE CREEPS UP

    The official R rate has crept up to 1.1 in some parts of England, and could be 1.2 in the North West amid spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.

    Figures also show “potential early signs of increase” across the country’s case numbers.

    Experts have said it was always expected there would be a slight increase in the R rate once people were given more freedoms to socialise.

    But cases have remained at a very low level in good signs the vaccines are working to suppress transmission.

    However, there are concerns the Indian variant could scupper England’s chances at coming out of all Covid restrictions in June.

  • Katie Davis

    CONTINUED

    The swabs of 301 people hospitalised with pneumonia were analysed this year, and eight were positive for some kind of canine coronavirus. 

    All but one were children, with one just five and a half months old.

    Co author of the study Dr Anastasia Vlasova, of The Ohio State University, looked closely at one sample.

    She grew the virus in the lab and was able to confirm it had come from man’s best friend, but had fragments of viruses from cats and pigs, too.

    The infected humans all showed respiratory symptoms, but in dogs, it would cause stomach issues.

    All patients had recovered and were discharged after four to six days, following oxygen therapy to help them breathe.

  • Katie Davis

    COVID PASSED FROM DOGS PUTS KIDS IN HOSPITAL, STUDY FINDS

    A new coronavirus from dogs has been found in hospitalised children.

    It’s the eight coronavirus known to infect humans – with the virus that causes Covid-19 being one other.

    US researchers said if the virus can start spreading with ease among humans, “all bets are off” and it could cause another pandemic. 

    They identified the virus, named CCoV-HuPn-2018, from old samples taken in Sarawak, East Malaysia, in 2018.

    It was well before SARS-CoV-2 had emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, causing the Covid pandemic.

  • Katie Davis

    WHO IS PERFORMING AT VIRTUAL GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL?

    Glastonbury Festival‘s ‘Live At Worthy Farm’ livestreamed event is kicking off this Saturday.

    The festival was cancelled for the second year running earlier in 2021 because of the coronavirus, but now people across the world can watch huge acts performing virtually, live from their homes on 22 May.

    On Saturday, Coldplay will headline, with Damon Albarn playing in the Stone Circle after their performance at 9:50pm.

    Also playing are HAIM, George Ezra, Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka, IDLES and Kano.

  • Katie Davis

    ONE IN SEVEN SUFFER WITH LONG COVID

    One in seven people who have coronavirus infection have “long Covid”, research suggests.

    The debilitating set of symptoms don’t just affect those who are old or have been severely ill.

    Young and once fit and healthy people are also struck with persistent symptoms or health problems that force them to take time off work.

    US researchers looked at almost 267,000 adults who had Covid between January and October 2020.

    They recorded if any had been diagnosed with one of 50 conditions six months after testing positive. These included chronic respiratory failure, heart rhythm problems, diabetes, anxiety, fatigue and memory loss. 

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