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UK Covid live: Lockdown restrictions ease as vaccine for under 50s could begin soon

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ub gardens and eating places with out of doors eating have opened as additional lockdown restrictions have been eased on Monday.

From April 12 retailers, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, gyms and out of doors hospitality venues such as beer gardens have been allowed to reopen.

Most out of doors points of interest, such as zoos and theme parks, can reopen, and funerals can proceed with as much as 30 folks, and the numbers capable of attend weddings, receptions and commemorative occasions such as wakes will rise from six to fifteen.

It comes as vaccines for under 50s in England could begin imminently as the deadline to supply the jab to highest danger group approaches.

Reports counsel that some wholesome adults of their 40s could be supplied the jab as soon as Tuesday after the Government has met its goal for providing the vaccine to over 50s and people deemed clinically susceptible.

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Turkey to tighten restrictions

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca stated on Monday that the coronavirus science council will suggest a tighter set of measures in opposition to the Covid-19 outbreak unfold as the outbreak reached what the minister referred to as “a 3rd peak.”

In a information convention, Koca additionally stated additional shipments of coronavirus vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Pfizer and BioNTech within the coming months.

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Irish well being authority cancels all AstraZeneca vaccination clinics

The HSE has cancelled all AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination clinics deliberate for Tuesday in mild of NIAC’s newest suggestion.

In a press release the HSE stated it had written to hospital teams and group healthcare organisations on Monday night to advise them that every one AstraZeneca clinics deliberate for Tuesday “needs to be cancelled in mild of up to date steering obtained from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, and the Department of Health”.

“Anybody attributable to attend an AstraZeneca clinic is due to this fact suggested not to take action,” the HSE stated.

It added it is going to be involved with sufferers in the end to rearrange their appointments.

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India approves Russian vaccine

The Russian Direct Investment Fund stated on Monday the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had authorized the usage of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in opposition to coronavirus within the nation.

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Surge testing in south London as instances of South African variant discovered

Surge testing is being deployed in components of south London after instances of the South African Covid-19 variant have been discovered.

Additional testing and genomic sequencing will happen predominantly in Wandsworth and Lambeth, the place 44 confirmed instances and 30 possible instances of the variant first recognized in South Africa have been discovered.

All recognized instances are isolating or have accomplished their isolation, and their contacts have been traced and requested to isolate.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser for NHS Test and Trace, stated the cluster of instances is “vital”.

“It’s actually essential folks within the native space play their half in stopping any additional unfold inside the local people,” she stated.

“PCR testing is now out there for all and I’d strongly encourage everybody, whether or not they dwell, work or journey by the boroughs, to get examined even when they don’t have any signs of coronavirus.”

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Ireland says AstraZeneca shouldn’t be given to under-60s

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine shouldn’t be administered to folks under the age of 60, the Irish National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has stated.

In a press release NIAC stated the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine “is just not beneficial for these aged under 60 years together with these with medical situations with very excessive or excessive danger of extreme Covid-19 illness”.

The advisory physique added the vaccine needs to be restricted to these “aged 60 years and older”.

It later added that anybody under the age of 60 who had had their first dose of the vaccine with a “very high-risk or high-risk medical situation” ought to obtain their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled.

But anybody aged under 60 who is just not thought-about to be excessive danger ought to have the second dose of the vaccine prolonged to 16 weeks “to permit for additional evaluation of the advantages and dangers as extra proof turns into out there”.

Anyone aged 60 and older ought to obtain their second dose of AstraZeneca 12 weeks later as scheduled.

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‘Joyous day’ as coronavirus restrictions lifted

A scientist has described “a joyous day” as folks flocked to excessive streets and pubs after coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in England.

Lawrence Young, a virologist and professor of molecular oncology at Warwick Medical School, stated a decline in instances was indicative of a profitable vaccine rollout and lockdown, however warned folks ought to stay cautious.

He stated: “It’s a joyous day in any case that we’ve got sacrificed over the previous couple of months.

“The present discount in instances and hospitalisations is just not solely as a result of success of the vaccine rollout but additionally the affect of lockdown in stopping virus unfold.

“So whereas taking the chance to take pleasure in purchasing and outdoors hospitality, we should stay cautious – the virus remains to be on the market and really infectious.

“We can’t ignore what’s happening in the remainder of the world – each different day new variants are being reported and an infection is rife.”

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Russia restricts flights from Turkey

Russia will prohibit flights to and from Turkey from April 15 to June 1 attributable to an increase in Covid-19 instances in Turkey, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova stated on Monday, amid rising political tensions between the 2 nations.

The choice to drastically reduce the variety of flights to Turkey, which is closely reliant on overseas vacationers as a supply of earnings, comes in opposition to the backdrop of tensions over Ukraine.

Golikova, talking on the Russia-24 TV Channel, didn’t talked about politics within the choice to limit flights to Turkey, a well-liked vacation spot for thousands and thousands of Russian vacationers.

She stated the variety of Covid-19 instances in Turkey had been on the rise.

A senior authorities official stated earlier on Monday that Turkey’s day by day coronavirus an infection numbers had soared above 50,000, and President Tayyip Erdogan was more likely to order a tightening of restrictions this week forward of the important tourism season.

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Football has risen by 146 per cent

Footfall in any respect the UK’s retail locations had risen 146% by 5pm on Monday in comparison with the identical time every week in the past, based on figures from Springboard.

Shopping centre footfall rose 217%, whereas excessive avenue footfall rose 174%, the figures present.

Across all locations footfall was nonetheless down 16% in comparison with Monday April 15, 2019. It rose 481.5% in comparison with Monday April 13, 2020 – the peak of the primary lockdown.

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Close to 40m Covid jabs given in UK

Government knowledge as much as April 10 reveals that of the 39,846,781 jabs given within the UK up to now, 32,190,576 have been first doses – an increase of 69,223 on the day before today.

Some 7,656,205 have been second doses, a rise of 189,665.

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UK data 13 extra deaths

The Government stated an additional 13 folks had died inside 28 days of testing optimistic for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the UK complete to 127,100.

Separate figures revealed by the UK’s statistics businesses present there have been 150,000 deaths registered within the UK the place Covid-19 was talked about on the loss of life certificates.

The Government additionally stated that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been an additional 3,568 lab-confirmed instances within the UK.

It brings the whole to 4,373,343.