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More than 50 million first doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered in the UK, new figures show.

Nearly 42m doses had been given in England by November 1, along with 4.3m in Scotland, 2.4m in Wales and almost 330,000 in Northern Ireland.

The overall number of first doses– 50,025,020 – is the equivalent of 87 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK, or 74.6 per cent of the entire population.

The figures were published by NHS England, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

They suggest around 7.5m people aged 12 or over in the UK who are eligible for a first jab are still unvaccinated.

The government said a further 293 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of today, although the total includes data from NHS England which was not provided in time for Monday’s figures.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 166,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am today, there had been a further 33,865 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.

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Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 19:59

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Netherlands brings back face mask rule

The Netherlands is reimposing the law of wearing face masks in public places after a spike in Covid cases.

Caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte announced this evening in a televised press conference – while a protest happened outside – that face masks must be worn in enclosed spaces such as shops, schools, and public buildings.

He added that the Dutch government is making the “tough” decision to mandate more extensive use of coronavirus passes to show proof of vaccination or post-disease immunity, and urging people to work from home at least half the time and to avoid rush hours.The numbers of cases have increased rapidly in the Netherlands for weeks.

The country’s public health institute reported today that confirmed infections rose 39 per cent compared to the week before and hospital admissions were up 31 per cent.

The upward trend began soon after the government ended most remaining lockdown restrictions in late September. As Mr Rutte spoke, a group of protesters demonstrated outside. Police said some threw fireworks at officers. Earlier today, the Dutch health council advised the government to begin giving vaccine booster jabs to everyone age 60 and older and to nursing home residents.

The health council said it was seeing indications that Covid protection from earlier vaccines was waning among older people. 

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 19:48

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Delta sub-variant expected to be main strain by January

The Delta sub-variant AY.4.2 is slowly spreading throughout the UK is expected to be dominant within a matter of months, experts believe.

AY.4.2 IS thought to be at least 10 per cent more transmissible than original Delta variant.

The UK Health Security Agency has said that early tests do not suggest that AY.4.2 has acquired the ability to evade immunity.

There full story here by our science correspondent Samuel Lovett

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 19:30

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Woman in ‘most’ complex Covid case in appeal to keep her alive

Relatives of a grandmother in her 50s left brain-damaged and paralysed from the neck down after contracting Covid-19 are waiting for an appeal ruling after a judge concluded that she should be allowed to die.

Specialists treating her at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge said life-support treatment should end. The woman’s relatives said she should be given more time, adding that she can “show degrees of emotion” and enjoys watching TV.

Mr Justice Hayden considered evidence in a recent trial at the Court of Protection in London, and concluded that life-support treatment should stop by the end of October.

Relatives asked three appeal judges to overturn Mr Justice Hayden’s decision at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Lawyers say life-support treatment will continue until appeal judges Sir Andrew McFarlane, the most senior Court of Protection judge in England and Wales, Lord Justice Moylan and Sir Nicholas Patten announce their decision.

Edward Devereux QC, the lawyer representing relatives told appeal judges on Tuesday that Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling ignored evidence from “those closest” to the woman, who are her adult children, that said she would have wanted to carry on living.

Lawyers say life-support treatment will continue until the three appeal judges have made a decision.

Doctors had told Mr Justice Hayden that the woman, who was overweight and had underlying health problems, had been the “most complicated” Covid-19 patient in the world after she contracted the virus in late 2020.

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 19:00

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‘Mistake’ for people to not wear masks on transport – professor

It is a “mistake” for people to not be wearing face masks in enclosed spaces, Professor Dame Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser for the Ministry of Defence, has suggested.

She had observed people not even wearing face coverings on the London Underground, where they are mandatory.

Dame Angela spoke at the Jameel Institute’s annual symposium, Data analytics in a pandemic: policy, politics and partnerships, at Imperial College London.

She said: “There is not a lot of mask wearing. Even in the Tube, where it is obligatory, there are lots of people not wearing masks. My personal opinion is that’s a mistake.”

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 18:30

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More than 50,000,000 first doses of vaccine administered

More than 50 million first doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered in the UK, new figures show.

Nearly 42m doses had been given in England by November 1, along with 4.3m in Scotland, 2.4m in Wales and almost 330,000 in Northern Ireland.

The overall number of first doses– 50,025,020 – is the equivalent of 87 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK, or 74.6 per cent of the entire population.

The figures were published by NHS England, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

They suggest around 7.5m people aged 12 or over in the UK who are eligible for a first jab are still unvaccinated.

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 18:00

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293 new daily deaths recorded – after no data yesterday

The government said a further 293 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of today, although the total includes data from NHS England which was not provided in time for Monday’s figures.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 166,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am today, there had been a further 33,865 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 17:30

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JCVI had discussed herd immunity among children

The vaccines watchdog had discussed herd immunity among children before endorsing the roll out of the jab for youngsters aged 12 and over.

Minutes published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have shown that the body discussed the policy.

Read the full story by science correspondentSamuel Lovett

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 17:08

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Experts call for research into Covid-linked diabetes

Experts have called for “urgent” research to explore the link between Covid-19 and new cases of diabetes.

Several studies during the pandemic have reported new-onset diabetes associated with a Covid-19 infection, but the scale of the problem and the mechanisms are not known.

There are likely to be complex processes involved including previously undiagnosed diabetes, stress hyperglycaemia – where a person’s blood sugar levels temporarily rise due to the stress an illness puts on the body – and direct or indirect effects of Covid-19.

Other studies have have linked Covid-19 diagnoses to high blood sugar – also known as hyperglycaemia – among people with and without diabetes, according to a team of experts led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands.

Writing in the journal Diabetes Care, they point out that the phenomenon of new cases of diabetes following hospital admission for other viral infections and acute illness has previously been observed and that “we are likely to see even larger numbers” of cases.

Lamiat Sabin2 November 2021 16:31

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Scotland warning

Over in Scotland, Humza Yousaf, the country’s health secretary, has warned that there are “early signs” that coronavirus case numbers could start to increase again.

He issued the warning as he cited the global Cop26 climate change summit, currently taking place in Glasgow, as being one possible reason for this.

Zoe Tidman2 November 2021 16:05

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