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Covid-19 information: England will see extra areas moved into tier three

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Newest coronavirus information as of 5 pm on 17 December

Areas within the east and south-east of England face tier three guidelines from Saturday

Nearly 70 per cent of England’s inhabitants will probably be dwelling below strict tier three coronavirus guidelines from Saturday as “pressures on the NHS stay”, mentioned UK well being minister Matt Hancock on Thursday. Areas within the east and south-east of the nation, together with Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire will transfer into tier three one minute after midnight on Saturday 19 December, as will components of Surrey, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire. “I do know that tier three measures are robust, however the easiest way for everybody to get out of them is to tug collectively, not simply to comply with the principles, however to do all the pieces they presumably can to cease the unfold of the virus,” Hancock advised parliament. There will probably be 38 million individuals within the nation dwelling in tier three from Saturday, together with different components of England already below tier three guidelines.

Hancock mentioned instances within the south-east of England had risen by 46 per cent in per week, with hospital admissions up by greater than a 3rd, whereas instances within the east of England had gone up by two-thirds in per week and hospital admissions had risen by practically half. He additionally introduced that Bristol and North Somerset would be capable to transfer right down to tier two on Saturday and that Herefordshire would additionally be capable to transfer down, to tier one. “I feel this can be a sensible precautionary measure – to damp down virus transmission within the lead as much as the Christmas 5-day leisure – and afterwards, to limit wider virus  transmission popping out of this break,” mentioned Julian Tang on the College of Leicester, UK, in a assertion

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Yesterday, the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments launched a joint assertion with recommendation on family mixing throughout Christmas. “The most secure approach to spend this Christmas is with your personal family or your present help bubble in your personal residence – and we strongly advocate that that is what you do if in any respect attainable,” the assertion mentioned. It additionally pressured that “scientific recommendation is evident: the longer you meet others for, the upper the danger of you catching and spreading the virus” and that “when you do intend to type a bubble, you must preserve the bubble small and your visits brief”. 

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Two healthcare staff in Alaska developed allergic reactions after receiving the coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech, together with a lady who didn’t have a historical past of allergic reactions to vaccines and who was admitted to hospital. Each people obtained remedy and have recovered. The lady’s response seems to be just like the allergic reactions skilled by two healthcare staff who have been vaccinated within the UK final week. Following the 2 allergic reactions within the UK, US Meals and Drug Administration officers mentioned they’d require Pfizer to observe extreme allergic reactions and submit information on this afterward.

French president Emmanuel Macron examined constructive for the coronavirus. In a press release, the Élysée Palace mentioned Macron would “self-isolate for seven days according to the well being protocol relevant to everybody” and that he would proceed to work remotely. 

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Earlier updates

A waiter works at a restaurant in London, UK, on 15 December

A waiter works at a restaurant in London, UK, on 15 December

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16 December

UK nations subject sterner suggestions about family mixing over Christmas

The UK’s 4 nations will subject stricter warnings concerning the dangers of blending between households through the Christmas interval, however present plans to ease restrictions between 23 and 27 December will largely stay in place in England, Scotland and Northern Eire. In Wales, solely two households (plus one extra one that lives alone) will probably be allowed to satisfy through the Christmas interval, and the nation will enter a nationwide lockdown from 28 December. 

The UK authorities has been below strain to desert its deliberate easing of restrictions over Christmas. On Wednesday, Johnson mentioned individuals should present “private accountability” and attempt to keep away from contact with individuals from susceptible teams. Throughout a Downing Road press convention, Johnson mentioned: “After we say three households can meet on 5 days, I need to stress, these are maximums, not targets to purpose for, and it’s all the time going to be most secure to minimise the variety of individuals you meet.” Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned she recommends that folks spend Christmas at residence with their very own family the place attainable.

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A Royal Society for Public Well being survey discovered that folks from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds within the UK are much less more likely to settle for a covid-19 vaccine than the inhabitants as an entire. The ballot discovered that 57 per cent of respondents from BAME backgrounds have been more likely to settle for a covid-19 vaccine, in comparison with 79 per cent of white respondents or 76 per cent for the inhabitants as an entire. Confidence was lowest amongst individuals of Asian ethnicity – 55 per cent mentioned they have been more likely to settle for a covid-19 vaccine. Within the US, a survey by the Kaiser Household Basis discovered that 35 per cent of Black respondents mentioned they undoubtedly or most likely wouldn’t get vaccinated. In each the UK and US, individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds have been discovered to be disproportionately in danger from covid-19.

Germany entered a strict new lockdown, with faculties and non-essential companies closed from Wednesday till at the least 10 January. Over Christmas, one family will probably be allowed to host as much as 4 shut relations from one different family.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.63 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 73.6 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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Christmas hats cover beer taps inside a pub in London, UK, on Monday 14 December

Christmas hats cowl beer faucets inside a pub in London, UK, on Monday 14 December

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15 December

UK below strain to desert easing of restrictions over the Christmas interval

The UK authorities is below rising strain to implement stricter coronavirus measures over the Christmas interval. A joint editorial by the BMJ and the HSJ requires the federal government to “reverse its rash determination to permit family mixing and as a substitute prolong the tiers over the 5 day Christmas interval.” The article urges the UK to “comply with the extra cautious examples of Germany, Italy and the Netherlands” as a substitute of lifting restrictions over Christmas as presently deliberate. This follows related calls from Unbiased SAGE, a gaggle of scientists publishing various recommendation for the UK authorities. They revealed a report on 11 December arguing that the UK’s coverage to permit as much as three households to satisfy indoors between 23 and 27 December carries a “very actual hazard of a 3rd wave of the pandemic.” 

On Tuesday, a authorities supply advised the Guardian {that a} assembly had been convened to debate the UK-wide strategy to coronavirus guidelines throughout Christmas. UK cupboard workplace minister Michael Gove will meet representatives from Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire, after Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned her authorities was now contemplating whether or not any adjustments to the Christmas guidelines have been vital.

“From a purely epidemiological standpoint we must always not chill out our guard at Christmas, significantly because the prevalence of [covid-19] in the neighborhood stays dangerously excessive,” John Edmunds on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs mentioned in a assertion.

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The European Medicines Company is anticipated to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech on 23 December, Reuters reported. “Will probably be the primary common approval of a [covid-19] vaccine on the earth,” German well being minister Jens Spahn advised a information convention. The Pfizer/BioNTech jab has already been authorised for emergency use in a number of international locations, together with the UK and the US, the place vaccinations have already begun.

The US Meals and Drug Administration is anticipated to authorise a coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Moderna on Friday for emergency use, the New York Instances reported. Knowledge launched on Tuesday confirmed the vaccine had an efficacy charge of 94.1 per cent in section III trials.

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A girl on Oxford Road in central London. London strikes into Tier 3 restrictions at 00.01 AM on Wednesday 16 December

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14 December

UK well being minister claims new coronavirus variant is related to quicker unfold

A brand new variant of the coronavirus that could be related to quicker unfold has been recognized in southeast England, UK well being minister Matt Hancock mentioned right this moment. Nevertheless, researchers have responded sceptically to the declare. Eric Topol at The Scripps Analysis Institute mentioned, “That is going to require rigorous evaluation earlier than it may be confirmed. New variant positive, functionally vital unlikely. Suspect will probably be refuted or critically questioned.”

Talking in parliament, Matt Hancock mentioned, “Preliminary evaluation means that this variant is rising quicker than the prevailing variant.” Over 1000 instances involving this variant have been recognized within the UK, he mentioned, suggesting the true quantity is far larger as figuring out the virus requires sequencing, which isn’t usually performed. Nevertheless, Hancock additionally mentioned related variants have been recognized in different international locations over the previous few months and there was nothing to recommend that this variant is extra more likely to trigger critical illness or evade vaccine safety. Well being authorities are nonetheless analysing the info. 

Mass vaccinations start within the US 

Vaccinations towards covid-19 have begun within the US, with the primary being given to a nurse in a medical centre in Queens, New York. Canada can be anticipated to start vaccinating individuals right this moment. Each international locations final week granted emergency use authorisation for the coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech.  “We’ve received to persuade as many individuals as attainable on this nation and worldwide to get vaccinated when it turns into accessible,” Anthony Fauci, head of the US Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, advised CBC. “If we get the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants vaccinated, we will really get a level of herd immunity on this nation and elsewhere that would really crush this epidemic.” 

Within the US, the whole variety of reported deaths from covid-19 is about to move 300,000. The precise quantity could possibly be considerably larger.

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Within the UK, more durable restrictions will probably be launched in London, and components of Essex and Hertfordshire, from Wednesday resulting from rising instances numbers. These areas are being put in Tier 3, the very best stage of restrictions, which amongst different issues means bars, pubs, cafes, eating places and social golf equipment should shut, apart from supply companies.

Some faculties in London are closing early forward of the vacations or transferring classes on-line due to hovering case numbers. The federal government has been insisting faculties stay open regardless of fears of older relations being contaminated over Christmas.

Individuals could possibly journey freely between Australia and New Zealand from early subsequent yr, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has mentioned. Individuals arriving in Australia from New Zealand are already exempt from the same old two-week quarantine. 

Singapore right this moment authorised use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Others to take action embody Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

A plan for employees on the White Home to be among the many first individuals within the US to get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been delayed after US president Donald Trump tweeted that it will not go forward.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.62 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 72.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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Customers in London’s most important high-street purchasing district on Regent avenue

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11 December

London might face tier three restrictions quickly to fight surging coronavirus instances

Instances in London proceed to rise, making it more and more probably that town will probably be put below tier three coronavirus guidelines. “We all know that as instances go up, hospitalisations and deaths comply with. The present trajectory is a worrying one,” Public Well being England (PHE) London director, Kevin Fenton, advised the Night Normal. The seven-day common throughout England is 153 instances per 100,000 individuals. London now has a case charge of 191.2 per 100,000, with 22 of the 32 boroughs above the nationwide common. 4 boroughs within the north east Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest and Redbridge have case charges above 300 per 100,000. Final week Fenton warned Londoners: “If we need to keep away from being positioned in tier three, it is important we preserve transmission down.” And after a gathering of London MPs with well being minister Helen Whately on Thursday, one MP advised Sky Information: “It was a really clear preparation for tier three. I feel the choice is just about made.” The UK authorities is predicted to evaluate the tier allocation for London, in addition to for all different areas in England, on 16 December.

Throughout the UK as an entire, the R quantity has elevated barely to between 0.9 to 1.0 in the newest official estimate, from between 0.8 and 1.0 within the earlier week’s estimate. The R quantity estimate for London is barely larger than that for the UK as an entire, at between 0.9 and 1.1. These estimates are most certainly to characterize the scenario two or three weeks in the past resulting from a time lag within the information used to mannequin the R. The newest UK authorities figures point out the variety of new infections throughout the nation is shrinking by between 0 and a pair of per cent every day. 

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The US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) is anticipated to grant emergency use authorisation for the coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech. A panel of impartial specialists beneficial its use yesterday, saying that the advantages of the vaccine outweighed the dangers in individuals aged 16 and over. The panel spent a day discussing information from trials of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, and voted 17-4 in favour of the authorisation, with one abstention. A ultimate determination from the FDA might come within the “subsequent couple of days”, Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s analysis workplace, advised the Monetary Instances. The vaccine has already been authorised to be used within the UK, Bahrain, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

A coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by UK firm GlaxoSmithKline and its French companion Sanofi has been delayed till late 2021, after interim evaluation of outcomes from a section I/II trial confirmed that it didn’t produce a sufficiently robust immune response in individuals aged 50 and older. 

Australia halted trials of a vaccine being developed by Australian firm CSL in partnership with the College of Queensland after some trial individuals obtained false constructive HIV check outcomes.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.58 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 69.8 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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A nurse checks on a covid-19 affected person at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, California

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10 December

Each day covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths reached new data within the US on Wednesday

Greater than 3000 individuals died in a single day from coronavirus for the first time within the US, and new data have been set for instances and hospitalisations as some US states arrange discipline hospitals to deal with individuals. Throughout the nation on Wednesday, there have been 221,276 new instances recognized, 106,000 individuals hospitalised with covid-19 and 3124 individuals who died from the illness. California, Texas and Rhode Island are establishing discipline hospitals in preparation for a possible overflow of coronavirus sufferers as intensive care items proceed to fill. Two weeks in the past, US well being adviser Anthony Fauci urged individuals to comply with covid-19 pointers throughout Thanksgiving. The vacation nonetheless noticed greater than 1,000,000 individuals passing via airports within the US, and some days later, Fauci mentioned the nation might anticipate to see “surge upon surge” of instances as individuals returned residence. 

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Canada’s well being regulator permitted the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday. It’s anticipated that the primary individuals will probably be vaccinated subsequent week. Canada is the third nation to authorise the vaccine after the UK and Bahrain. At this time a panel of impartial specialists is assembly to think about whether or not the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) ought to authorise the jab for emergency use. In a report back to the panel revealed on-line on Tuesday, the FDA endorsed the vaccine’s security and efficacy. 

Full outcomes from section III trials of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been revealed within the New England Journal of Drugs right this moment. The paper confirmed findings introduced earlier by the 2 corporations that the vaccine had the same charge of efficacy throughout all teams of age, intercourse, race, ethnicity, weight and underlying persistent situations, and concluded that the security profile over a median of two months after vaccination was just like that of different viral vaccines. It additionally talked about one case of extreme covid-19 within the vaccinated group, in comparison with 9 within the placebo group.

London had the highest coronavirus an infection charge in England within the week as much as 6 December, in response to Public Well being England, growing the prospect town will probably be moved into tier three – the very best stage of coronavirus restrictions – within the coming days. London’s case charge per 100,000 individuals was 191.8 within the seven days as much as 6 December, larger than different areas presently below tier three guidelines, such because the West Midlands the place the case charge was 158.4 per 100,000 individuals throughout the identical interval.

Coronavirus instances are rising in Japan. Tokyo reported a file 602 new instances on Thursday, out of 2078 each day new instances throughout the nation. Japan introduced plans to purchase 10,500 deep freezers to retailer coronavirus vaccines after they arrive.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.57 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 69.1 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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Husband and wife Vic and Penny Griffiths receive the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, England

Husband and spouse Vic and Penny Griffiths obtain the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at Basildon College Hospital in Essex, England

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9 December

UK regulator says individuals with historical past of great allergic reactions shouldn’t get Pfizer vaccine

Individuals with a historical past of great allergic reactions mustn’t obtain the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and its companion BioNTech, which is being rolled out within the UK this week, in response to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA). The recommendation was launched after two healthcare staff skilled allergic reactions shortly after receiving their first doses of the vaccine yesterday. Each people have a historical past of significant allergic reactions and so they have since had remedy and recovered. “The immediate reporting of those occasions […] and the fast issuing of extra info to information follow exhibits that the security monitoring system is working nicely,” mentioned Penny Ward at King’s School London in a assertion. “As these two occasions occurred in individuals with a historical past of extreme allergy, it’s smart of the MHRA to attract consideration to those reviews and to recommend that people with a historical past of extreme allergy not obtain the vaccine at the moment,” mentioned Ward.

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The UK authorities is below strain to impose tighter coronavirus restrictions in London. “The newest information exhibits case charges are on the rise once more in most London boroughs, together with within the at-risk over 60s,” Kevin Fenton, London regional director for Public Well being England (PHE), advised the Guardian. Town is presently below tier two restrictions however the prevalence of an infection is rising: London had a case charge of 170 instances per 100,000 individuals within the week as much as 2 December, in response to PHE figures, up from 156 per 100,000 the earlier week. John Ashton, former regional director for public well being for north-west England, mentioned pressing motion is required. “If London doesn’t need hospitals to be full over Christmas the federal government must get a grip right this moment,” Ashton advised the BBC. “Deaths will begin going up through the Christmas interval and new yr until one thing is finished,” he mentioned. The federal government is predicted to evaluate coronavirus restrictions for every area in England on 16 December.

India’s well being ministry introduced that coronavirus vaccines, together with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the vaccine being developed by the College of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca, are more likely to obtain licenses within the subsequent few weeks. India’s preliminary plan includes vaccinating about 300 million of the nation’s 1.4 billion individuals, with precedence for healthcare and different frontline staff, in addition to individuals above age 50 or those that are clinically susceptible to extreme covid-19.

A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Chinese language pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm has 86 per cent efficacy, in response to interim information from section III trials launched by the well being ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the place the vaccine is being trialled. The UAE’s well being ministry advised state media 31,000 volunteers have participated within the trial, and that it has formally registered the vaccine, although it’s unclear whether or not it has been permitted for wider use.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.56 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 68.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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8 December

FDA says Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information suits its steerage on emergency authorisation

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and its companion BioNTech has moved one step nearer to approval for emergency use within the US. The US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) launched paperwork right this moment, which mentioned figures on the vaccine’s security and efficacy meet its expectations for emergency use authorisation. The paperwork mentioned the two-dose vaccine is very efficient at stopping confirmed instances of covid-19 at the least seven days after the primary dose. Additionally they mentioned there wasn’t sufficient information to conclude whether or not the vaccine is secure in individuals below 16, people who find themselves pregnant and people whose immune methods are compromised. The company is predicted to decide on whether or not to authorise the vaccine inside days or even weeks. 

The US has bought 100 million doses (sufficient for 50 million individuals) of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine with an possibility to purchase as much as 5 occasions extra. Nevertheless, the Trump administration opted to not safe an extra 100 million doses through the summer time for supply within the second quarter of subsequent yr, in response to the Related Press. The choice might delay US supply of a second batch of vaccine doses in 2021.

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Margaret Keenan, 90, and William Shakespeare, 81, are the primary individuals to participate within the UK’s mass vaccination programme, the biggest within the nation’s historical past.

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First individuals participate in UK’s mass vaccination programme

A 90-year-old girl turned the first individual to participate within the UK’s mass vaccination programme this morning when she was given the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 subsequent week, obtained the primary of two doses of the vaccine at College Hospital in Coventry. She advised the BBC, “I really feel so privileged to be the primary individual vaccinated towards covid-19, it’s the most effective early birthday current I might want for.” A person named William Shakespeare, 81, was the second individual to obtain the injection on the identical hospital. “At this time is a superb day for medical science, and the long run,” England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, tweeted. Vaccinations have additionally taken place right this moment in Northern Eire, Wales and Scotland. 

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Extra details about the section III trials of the vaccine being developed by the College of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca has been revealed in The Lancet. The peer reviewed paper lays out the info for the interim findings of three section III trials, which had been partially launched in a press assertion on 23 November. The headline determine stays the identical: the vaccine could be very secure and 70.4 per cent efficient on common. However relying on the dosing regime it may be as excessive as 90 per cent or as little as 62.1 per cent efficient. AstraZeneca has begun the method of looking for regulatory approval within the UK, Canada, EU, Brazil, India, Russia and different international locations, in response to Mene Pangalos, AstraZeneca’s government vp of biopharmaceuticals R&D. 

Coronavirus instances are on the rise in Wales and ministers are contemplating whether or not new restrictions will probably be required after the Christmas interval. On 1 December, Wales had a seven-day common case charge of 267.8 per 100,000 individuals, up from 251.6 per 100,000 individuals on 30 November. Yesterday there have been greater than 1800 individuals in hospital with covid-19 throughout Wales, the very best quantity recorded to this point and 400 greater than Wales’ earlier peak in April. The nation’s coronavirus case charge overtook that of England on 23 November, the identical day Wales entered a 17-day “firebreak” nationwide lockdown, which lasted till 9 November. England had a one month nationwide lockdown from 5 November to 2 December. 

Hong Kong introduced new restrictions on hospitality and leisure geared toward curbing a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. Yesterday, Hong Kong recorded 78 new coronavirus instances, and each day new instances have surpassed 100 – the very best stage since July – on a number of events in latest weeks. 

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.54 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 67.8 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

7 December

Healthcare workers training in the covid-19 vaccination clinic at the University Hospital in Coventry, England, on 4 December

Coaching within the covid-19 vaccination clinic on the College Hospital in Coventry, England, on 4 December

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First Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations will probably be administered within the UK beginning Tuesday

The UK is making ready to manage the primary doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and its companion BioNTech tomorrow, lower than per week after the vaccine was given non permanent authorisation for emergency use. The primary doses of the vaccine have been delivered to hospitals on Sunday, which is the place the primary vaccinations will happen throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire tomorrow. In England, vaccinations will probably be administered at 50 hospital hubs. The primary to obtain the photographs are anticipated to be older individuals already attending outpatient hospital appointments, and people being discharged residence after a hospital keep. Different individuals over 80 will even be invited to go to hospitals to obtain the injection, and care residence suppliers will be capable to e-book appointments for his or her workers. Healthcare staff who’re at highest danger of getting severely in poor health with covid-19 will probably be supplied any unused appointments. Older individuals, care residence residents and workers, in addition to frontline well being and social care staff would be the first to obtain the vaccine in Scotland. In Wales, frontline well being and social care staff are anticipated to be first in line, whereas in Northern Eire care residence residents and healthcare staff are anticipated to be prioritised.

“As a physician this can be a actually thrilling second,” mentioned Stephen Powis, NHS England medical director. “NHS workers across the nation at vaccination hubs have been working tirelessly to be sure that we’re ready to start vaccination on Tuesday,” he mentioned, talking yesterday outdoors Croydon College Hospital in London one of many first to obtain supply of the vaccine. Nevertheless, Powis cautioned that the distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can be a “marathon not a dash” and that it will take “many months” to vaccinate everybody. 

One other potential barrier to widespread vaccination is vaccine hesitancy. Multiple in three individuals (35 per cent) in a latest UK survey by market analysis company Opinium mentioned they’re unlikely to take the coronavirus vaccine when it turns into accessible. One in 5 (20 per cent) mentioned they have been unlikely to take it whether it is accessible and the federal government recommends that they take it.

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Greater than 23 million individuals in southern California have been positioned below a strict new lockdown, after the state reported a file each day improve in new coronavirus instances on Friday with 25,068 new confirmed infections. On Saturday, the state reported that solely 12.5 per cent of intensive care beds remained accessible. Persons are required to remain at residence and minimise contact with these from different households. The brand new guidelines got here into pressure on Sunday and can stay in place for at the least three weeks.

Serum Institute of India, the Indian producer of a vaccine candidate being developed by UK-Swedish firm AstraZeneca in partnership with the College of Oxford, utilized for emergency use approval of the vaccine in India right this moment, a authorities official advised Reuters. Pfizer utilized for emergency use approval in India for its vaccine over the weekend, in response to the identical authorities official.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.53 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 67.2 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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The place did coronavirus come from? And different covid-19 questions answered

What’s covid-19?

You can be spreading the coronavirus with out realising you’ve received it

Which covid-19 remedies work and the way shut are we to getting extra?

What’s going to it take to get a covid-19 vaccine to the world?

What to learn, watch and hearken to about coronavirus

Race In opposition to the Virus: Hunt for a Vaccine is a Channel 4 documentary which tells the story of the coronavirus pandemic via the eyes of the scientists on the frontline.

The New York Instances is assessing the progress of various vaccine candidates and potential drug remedies for covid-19, and rating them for effectiveness and security.

People of COVID-19 is a venture highlighting the experiences of key staff on the frontline within the struggle towards coronavirus within the UK, via social media.

Stomach Mujinga: Looking for the Reality is a BBC Panorama investigation of the dying of transport employee Stomach Mujinga from covid-19, following reviews she had been coughed and spat on by a buyer at London’s Victoria Station.

Coronavirus, Defined on Netflix is a brief documentary sequence analyzing the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to struggle it and methods to handle its psychological well being toll.

New Scientist Weekly options updates and evaluation on the newest developments within the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees professional journalists from the journal focus on the most important science tales to hit the headlines every week – from expertise and area, to well being and the atmosphere.

COVID-19: The Pandemic that By no means Ought to Have Occurred, and Find out how to Cease the Subsequent One by Debora Mackenzie is about how the pandemic occurred and why it should occur once more if we don’t do issues in another way in future.

The Guidelines of Contagion is concerning the new science of contagion and the shocking methods it shapes our lives and behavior. The writer, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs, UK, and within the e-book he examines how ailments unfold and why they cease.

A Community Organized Relief Effort worker hands a coronavirus test kit to two women, at a walk-up covid-19 testing site in Los Angeles, California on 1 December

A Group Organized Aid Effort employee fingers a coronavirus check equipment to 2 ladies, at a walk-up covid-19 testing website in Los Angeles, California on 1 December

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4 December

US coronavirus instances, hospitalisations and deaths reached new file each day figures

The US reported file each day will increase in coronavirus instances, hospitalisations and deaths yesterday. There have been 217,664 new instances, 100,667 individuals hospitalised with the virus and 2879 individuals who died from covid-19 all file excessive figures since its epidemic started. US well being adviser Anthony Fauci warned that the scenario is more likely to grow to be even worse within the coming weeks. “I feel January goes to be horrible since you’re going to have the Thanksgiving surge super-imposed upon the Christmas surge,” Fauci advised Newsweek. “It’s solely conceivable that January could possibly be the worst,” he mentioned. 

California, the place hospital admissions have risen by 86 per cent prior to now 14 days, is likely one of the newest US states to introduce new restrictions. Yesterday, the state’s governor Gavin Newsom introduced a brand new stay-at-home order in addition to restrictions on companies and on non-essential journey. “That is probably the most difficult second for the reason that begin of the pandemic,” Newsom advised a press convention. “Lives will probably be misplaced until we do greater than we’ve ever performed. We’re being referred to as to do all the pieces in our energy to make the sort of robust selections which can be required to get via this,” he mentioned.

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The UK’s R quantity the typical variety of individuals every individual with coronavirus infects has fallen barely to between 0.8 and 1.0, in response to the newest official estimate, down from between 0.9 and 1.0 the earlier week. That is most certainly to characterize the scenario two or three weeks in the past resulting from a time lag within the information used to mannequin the R. The newest figures additionally recommend the variety of new infections is shrinking by between 1 and three per cent every day. The figures are per the newest outcomes from a random swab testing survey by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS). The ONS estimates there have been 25,700 new coronavirus instances per day in England within the week as much as 28 November, down from 38,900 through the week as much as 14 November.

London is susceptible to being moved from present Tier 2 restrictions into Tier 3 as a result of the autumn in confirmed instances is beginning to stage out, significantly in outer boroughs, in response to Kevin Fenton, London director for Public Well being England. “If we need to keep away from being positioned into Tier 3, it is important we preserve transmission down,” he advised the Night Normal.

Switzerland tightened restrictions as coronavirus instances within the nation stay at a excessive stage described by the nation’s well being minister as “very worrying”. The federal government mentioned ski resorts ought to be capable to stay open to home vacationers with security measures in place. Germany, France and Italy are shutting ski lifts over Christmas, and France mentioned it should additionally impose border checks to cease individuals travelling from France to Switzerland to go snowboarding.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.51 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 65.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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An employee checks boxes at a Pfizer manufacturing plant in Puurs, Belgium on 3 December

An worker checks packing containers at a Pfizer manufacturing plant in Puurs, Belgium on 3 December

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3 December

UK hospitals are anticipated to get first batch of vaccines earlier than care properties

The primary batch of vaccine doses created by Pfizer and BioNTech have been despatched to the UK from Belgium right this moment. Distribution of the vaccine will probably be “an immense logistical problem”, UK prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned throughout a briefing yesterday. The order during which individuals will get vaccinated is beneficial by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) however in the end determined by the UK authorities. Yesterday, the JCVI beneficial that precedence be given first to care residence residents and their carers. Nevertheless, as a result of strict storage necessities of the newly authorised Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the federal government mentioned will probably be delivered first to hospitals, with care residence workers, NHS workers and sufferers more likely to obtain the primary doses. “As quickly as it’s legally and technically attainable to get the vaccine into care properties, we’ll accomplish that,” mentioned England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, talking on the identical briefing as Johnson. “However this can be a complicated product with a really fragile tradition. This isn’t a yoghurt that may be taken out of the fridge and put again in a number of occasions.”

Deputy chairman of the JCVI Anthony Harnden advised BBC Radio 4 that care residence residents and their carers stay a precedence. “The clear checklist that we’ve drawn out is an inventory of precedence when it comes to vulnerability,” he mentioned. “I feel the very short-term sensible difficulties of getting this out from a storage perspective mustn’t allow us to all lose sight of the truth that these care residence residents and their workers are our utmost precedence and it could be attainable to get the care residence workers to be immunised inside a neighborhood hospital setting.”

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US regulators are anticipated to satisfy to debate emergency use authorisation of a vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical firm Moderna on 10 December. They are going to meet once more on 17 December to debate the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was granted non permanent authorisation for emergency use within the UK yesterday. US well being adviser Anthony Fauci advised Fox Information he thought UK regulators have been too fast to authorise the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. “Now we have the gold customary of a regulatory strategy with the [US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)],” he mentioned. “The UK didn’t do it as fastidiously and so they received a few days forward,” mentioned Fauci. He referred to as the FDA approval course of “the proper method”, including that “We actually scrutinise the info very fastidiously to ensure to the American public that this can be a secure and efficacious vaccine.”

The US reported file each day will increase in coronavirus instances and hospitalisations yesterday. New instances elevated by 195,695 and 100,226 individuals have been hospitalised with covid-19 the very best figures for the reason that pandemic started. The US additionally recorded 3157 new deaths from the illness yesterday, its highest variety of each day covid-19 deaths since its earlier peak of 2607 on 15 April. 

The World Well being Group (WHO) is investigating the potential use of digital vaccination certificates for travellers, Reuters reported. The WHO doesn’t advocate the usage of “immunity passports” for individuals who have recovered from covid-19 or been contaminated with the coronavirus prior to now. It nonetheless isn’t clear how lengthy any immunity to covid-19 induced by a vaccine would possibly final.

Researchers at IBM uncovered a world phishing marketing campaign concentrating on organisations engaged on coronavirus vaccine provide chains, which they are saying could also be state-backed.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.49 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 64.7 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in a laboratory

Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in a laboratory

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2 December

UK authorities first on the earth to provide Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine non permanent authorisation

The UK authorities has grow to be the primary on the earth to give the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine non permanent authorisation for emergency use. The UK has pre-ordered 40 million doses – sufficient for 20 million individuals at most, as it’s a two-shot vaccine – and can begin to vaccinate individuals presumably as early as subsequent week. To distribute the vaccine, Pfizer has designed particular cardboard packing containers that may be full of dry ice, enabling the vaccine doses to be saved at -70°C throughout transport. They will then be saved in a traditional fridge for as much as 5 days.

This afternoon the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) launched its recommendation on who will obtain precedence for the vaccine. It beneficial that precedence be given first to care residence residents and their carers, then to frontline well being and social care staff and other people aged 80 and over. Individuals 75 and over will probably be subsequent, adopted by these aged 70 and above and people who find themselves clinically extraordinarily susceptible. The vaccine won’t be given to pregnant ladies or to most kids below 16, as a result of there is no such thing as a security information for these teams.

Additional particulars are skinny on the bottom. The announcement was made by the Division of Well being and Social Care in a brief press assertion, which confirmed that “The Authorities has right this moment accepted the advice from the impartial Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s covid-19 vaccine to be used. This follows months of rigorous medical trials and a radical evaluation of the info by specialists on the MHRA who’ve concluded that the vaccine has met its strict requirements of security, high quality and effectiveness.”

The MHRA obtained the info from Pfizer and BioNTech – more likely to run to hundreds of pages – on 23 November. In a assertion the pinnacle of the company, June Raine, mentioned: “Now we have been capable of progress growth within the quickest method attainable. It’s been performed utilizing a course of referred to as a rolling evaluate. That doesn’t imply that any corners have been minimize – none in any respect.”

The data has additionally been reviewed by one other impartial advisory physique, the UK’s Fee on Human Medicines. Munir Pirmohamed, chair of the physique’s professional working group, mentioned his group has referred to as on the usage of a “wide selection of specialists” of their analysis, and labored with “unprecedented uncooked information”. He mentioned the group has suggested NHS colleagues on stability points associated to distribution of the vaccine at ultra-low temperatures, the Telegraph reported right this moment.

Emergency use purposes often solely contemplate security, however the vaccine has reportedly additionally been assessed for effectiveness. “At this stage it is extremely, essential that folks don’t get their hopes up too quickly concerning the velocity with which we can roll out this vaccine,” mentioned UK prime minister Boris Johnson.

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A revised three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions got here into pressure in England right this moment, marking the tip of the nation’s second nationwide lockdown. Underneath the new guidelines, most of England is below tier two and tier three, which means individuals stay banned from assembly these from different households indoors.

Russian chief Vladimir Putin has ordered authorities to begin mass voluntary vaccinations with the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine subsequent week. He mentioned Russia could have 2 million doses of the two-dose jab prepared throughout the subsequent few days. 

Coronavirus instances in Poland handed 1 million right this moment, in response to its well being ministry. Poland has a scarcity of docs and medical provides, which is making it tough to fight the nation’s second wave of coronavirus.

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Medical syringe is seen with Pfizer and BioNTech logos displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

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1 December

Evaluation of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines delayed by European regulator

The European Medicines Company (EMA) has delayed its evaluation of coronavirus vaccines being developed by US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer in partnership with German biotechnology firm BioNTech and by US pharmaceutical firm Moderna for emergency regulatory approval. This might push again distribution of vaccines in Europe. The EMA mentioned it should decide concerning the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on 29 December and that it might make a separate determination on the same mRNA-based vaccine being developed by US firm Moderna on 12 January. Each vaccines have been submitted for emergency regulatory approval this week and have been initially presupposed to be assessed by the EMA on 22 December, in response to paperwork seen by the Monetary Instances. In a press release, Pfizer and BioNTech mentioned that if their vaccine is permitted by the EMA on 29 December, it might nonetheless doubtlessly be rolled out in Europe earlier than the tip of this yr. The UK Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company might decide on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine this week.

A US Centres for Illness Management and Prevention panel is set to subject recommendation on who must be prioritised within the roll-out of a possible coronavirus vaccine within the US. Public well being officers have mentioned that healthcare staff must be first to obtain the vaccine, adopted by the aged and different susceptible teams and important staff. Nevertheless, will probably be as much as particular person states to determine tips on how to distribute a vaccine. US well being secretary Alex Azar has urged the primary individuals might begin being vaccinated earlier than Christmas. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccine candidates are each being reviewed for emergency use authorisation by the US Meals and Drug Administration.

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The UK has no plans to introduce so-called “vaccine passports” to permit individuals who have been vaccinated towards the coronavirus to entry locations reminiscent of pubs and eating places as soon as a vaccine turns into broadly accessible, UK cupboard workplace minister Michael Gove mentioned right this moment. “Let’s not get forward of ourselves. That’s not the plan,” Gove advised the BBC’s Breakfast present. Gove was responding to feedback made by Nadhim Zahawi, a minister who has been tasked with overseeing the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine in England. He advised the BBC yesterday that the federal government was “wanting on the expertise” to offer some type of “immunity” passport to permit individuals to entry eating places, bars and cinemas, along with growing a method for individuals to tell their GP that they’ve been vaccinated. “After all particular person companies have the capability to make selections about who they’ll admit and why however crucial factor that we must be doing is concentrating on ensuring that the vaccine is rolled out,” Gove mentioned right this moment. Whereas quite a lot of coronavirus vaccine candidates have been discovered to be very efficient at stopping sickness, it nonetheless isn’t identified whether or not any vaccine can cease individuals from spreading the virus to others and thus whether or not vaccine passports would offer any profit.

MPs are voting right this moment on a stricter three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions set to return into pressure after England’s nationwide lockdown ends tomorrow. The brand new measures are anticipated to move.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.47 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 63.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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Every little thing it’s good to know concerning the pandemic

The place did coronavirus come from? And different covid-19 questions answered

What’s covid-19?

You can be spreading the coronavirus with out realising you’ve received it

Which covid-19 remedies work and the way shut are we to getting extra?

What’s going to it take to get a covid-19 vaccine to the world?

What to learn, watch and hearken to about coronavirus

Race In opposition to the Virus: Hunt for a Vaccine is a Channel 4 documentary which tells the story of the coronavirus pandemic via the eyes of the scientists on the frontline.

The New York Instances is assessing the progress of various vaccine candidates and potential drug remedies for covid-19, and rating them for effectiveness and security.

People of COVID-19 is a venture highlighting the experiences of key staff on the frontline within the struggle towards coronavirus within the UK, via social media.

Stomach Mujinga: Looking for the Reality is a BBC Panorama investigation of the dying of transport employee Stomach Mujinga from covid-19, following reviews she had been coughed and spat on by a buyer at London’s Victoria Station.

Coronavirus, Defined on Netflix is a brief documentary sequence analyzing the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to struggle it and methods to handle its psychological well being toll.

New Scientist Weekly options updates and evaluation on the newest developments within the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees professional journalists from the journal focus on the most important science tales to hit the headlines every week – from expertise and area, to well being and the atmosphere.

COVID-19: The Pandemic that By no means Ought to Have Occurred, and Find out how to Cease the Subsequent One by Debora Mackenzie is about how the pandemic occurred and why it should occur once more if we don’t do issues in another way in future.

The Guidelines of Contagion is concerning the new science of contagion and the shocking methods it shapes our lives and behavior. The writer, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs, UK, and within the e-book he examines how ailments unfold and why they cease.

A student looks in the mirror as they take a swab for a lateral flow covid-19 test at a new asymptomatic testing site at the University of Hull in England

A pupil takes a swab for a lateral movement covid-19 check at a brand new asymptomatic testing website on the College of Hull in England

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30 November

Coronavirus instances in England have fallen throughout nationwide lockdown

Coronavirus infections in England dropped by about 30 per cent after three weeks of the nation’s second nationwide lockdown, in response to preliminary outcomes from a random swab testing survey by researchers at Imperial School London. The examine discovered that the prevalence of an infection fell from about 1320 infections per 100,000 individuals between 16 October and a pair of November, to roughly 960 per 100,000 individuals between 13 and 24 November. It estimated England’s R quantity to be 0.88, including to UK authorities information final week, which estimated the UK’s R quantity at between 0.9 and 1.0. An R quantity beneath 1.0 signifies the epidemic is shrinking. The autumn within the variety of infections is just not uniform. “There’s a blended image throughout the nation,” mentioned Simon Clarke on the College of Studying in a assertion. “Infections are falling extra rapidly within the North, however not so rapidly within the Midlands, South or London. This most likely displays the truth that massive components of the North have been below extra extreme restrictions earlier than going into lockdown and must be a warning to MPs and councils lobbying for his or her native areas to be positioned in decrease tiers,” mentioned Clarke. 

England went right into a second lockdown on 5 November and is because of transfer right into a three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions from 2 December. Underneath the up to date three-tiered system of restrictions, most of England will probably be positioned below tier two and tier three, which means individuals will stay banned from assembly these from different households indoors.

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A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by US pharmaceutical firm Moderna was discovered to have an efficacy of 94 per cent in full outcomes from the corporate’s section III trial. The result’s based mostly on a complete of 196 symptomatic coronavirus instances among the many 30,000 trial individuals. Half of the individuals obtained a placebo somewhat than the vaccine, and simply 11 of the symptomatic coronavirus instances occurred within the vaccinated group. One of many trial individuals within the placebo group died of covid-19. The vaccine is predicated on a novel, mRNA expertise, as is the vaccine being developed by US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer in partnership with German biotechnology firm BioNTech. Pfizer and BioNTech launched promising full outcomes from their section III coronavirus vaccine trial on 18 November, displaying 95 per cent efficacy, and requested emergency use authorisation from the US Meals and Drug Administration shortly afterwards. Moderna can be submitting for emergency regulatory approval, within the US and Europe.

A preliminary examine discovered that population-wide coronavirus testing in Slovakia, mixed with different management measures, was extremely profitable in quickly lowering the prevalence of infections within the nation. Slovakia turned the primary nation to make use of fast antigen checks to carry out mass testing in October. The UK additionally plans to make use of mass testing to attempt to management infections till a vaccine turns into accessible.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.46 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 62.9 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

Students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland wearing personal protective equipment participate in the testing of a lateral flow antigen test facility

College students on the College of St Andrews in Scotland take part within the testing of a lateral movement antigen check facility

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27 November

The UK’s R quantity is between 0.9 and 1.0 in response to the newest estimate

The newest estimate of the UK’s R quantity – the typical variety of individuals every individual with coronavirus infects – has fallen to between 0.9 and 1.0 for the primary time since mid-August. “It’s more and more clear that the stricter measures carried out in latest weeks are having an influence,” mentioned Liam Smeeth on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs in a assertion. “A interval of tiered measures in December is warranted now to assist enable some social mixing at Christmas that’s so essential to many. I believe an extra circuit breaker in January or presumably February could be wanted as a result of Christmas will place such upward strain on transmission charges,” mentioned Smeeth. 

His feedback are echoed in paperwork from the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) dated 5 November however launched right this moment. “Many celebrations contain households and households travelling throughout the nation or internationally. If there’s regional variation in prevalence, then this has the potential to seed an infection from areas of excessive prevalence to low,” SAGE warned. 

The SAGE report added that elevated transmission from a brief interval of relaxations, reminiscent of these anticipated below the UK Christmas plan, might doubtlessly be compensated for by “implementing sufficiently restrictive measures of ample period earlier than and/or after the occasion”. It mentioned preliminary modelling means that for every day that measures are relaxed, 5 days of stringent measures can be required to maintain the epidemic in test. Nevertheless, it added: “Given the potential for elevated inter-generational mixing and the publicity of extra susceptible individuals, compensating earlier than the elevated interval is drastically preferable. A interval of excessive transmission throughout December will deliver ahead any rise in an infection throughout January.”

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Coronavirus instances and hospitalisations within the US continued to surge over the Thanksgiving vacation. There have been 110,611 new instances recorded within the US on Thursday and 1232 new deaths. On the identical day 90,481 individuals have been hospitalised with covid-19, in response to the COVID Monitoring Challenge.

In Denmark, there are issues that farmed mink contaminated with the coronavirus might have escaped and might unfold the virus to wild animals. Sten Mortensen, veterinary analysis supervisor on the Danish Veterinary and Meals Administration, advised the Guardian that just a few thousand mink escape from farms yearly and that there’s a danger 5 per cent of people who escaped this yr have been contaminated with covid-19.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.43 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 61.2 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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People wearing face coverings walk along a shopping street in Hull city centre in England

Customers in Hull metropolis centre in England

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26 November

Most of England to be put below the 2 strictest ranges of restrictions subsequent week

UK well being minister Matt Hancock revealed which components of England will probably be below which tier of restrictions after the nationwide lockdown ends on 2 December. The hardest measures will probably be utilized to the components of the nation the place instances and strain on the NHS are highest, Hancock advised parliament right this moment. Particularly, the federal government will use 5 standards to determine the tier for every space, which will probably be reviewed each 14 days. These embody case charges throughout all age teams, case charges in individuals over 60, the speed at which instances are rising or falling, the check positivity charge and the estimated strain on the NHS in a specific space. “The present epidemiological proof and medical recommendation exhibits that we should make the tiers more durable than they have been earlier than to guard the NHS via the winter months and avert one other nationwide lockdown,” Hancock added. 

Underneath the new guidelines, about 55 million individuals will stay banned from assembly these from different households indoors –  below tier two and tier three guidelines. Roughly 23 million individuals will probably be below the very best stage of restrictions – tier three – together with the cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. This implies they may solely be allowed to satisfy individuals from different households in sure outside public areas, reminiscent of parks, with a most group measurement of six. Solely the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are below tier one guidelines, which means that folks will probably be allowed to combine with individuals from different households indoors in teams of not more than six. Gyms and hairdressers will probably be allowed to open throughout England. 

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The Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention, an African Union company, mentioned that mass vaccination towards the coronavirus is unlikely to start out in international locations in Africa till midway via subsequent yr. “We’re very involved as a continent that we are going to not have entry to vaccines in a well timed style,” mentioned the company’s director John Nkengasong at a information convention. “It won’t be, for my part, as much as [the] center of subsequent yr earlier than we really begin to get vaccination into Africa,” he mentioned. The US, Germany and the UK have plans to start out rolling out vaccines as early as subsequent month. Nkengasong mentioned there will even be key logistical issues to beat in lots of African international locations, significantly these with scorching climates and challenges with supplying electrical energy, since most vaccines should be saved cool.

The covid-19 pandemic might set again features in gender equality, in response to a report by UN Ladies. With extra individuals world wide staying at residence resulting from lockdowns and different restrictions, the necessity for family chores has elevated, says the report. However evaluation of knowledge from 38 international locations means that, whereas all individuals have elevated their unpaid workloads, “ladies are nonetheless doing the lion’s share”. The report additionally discovered that ladies are taking up a higher depth of care-related duties in comparison with males. “Every little thing we labored for, that has taken 25 years, could possibly be misplaced in a yr,” UN Ladies deputy government director Anita Bhatia advised the BBC.

Germany will prolong its partial lockdown till at the least 20 December and can restrict personal gatherings to a most of 5 individuals from as much as two completely different households. German chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned the aim is to push the variety of new coronavirus instances in every area of the nation beneath 50 per 100,000 individuals per week. As of right this moment, solely two of the nation’s 16 federal states have case charges beneath this stage. “Now we have to proceed to pursue this aim,” Merkel advised journalists in Berlin right this moment.

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Individuals sporting face coverings stroll alongside a purchasing arcade in London, UK

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25 November

Authorities science advisers warn UK Christmas plan more likely to result in rise in instances

Scientists advising the UK authorities warned that its plan to chill out restrictions throughout Christmas is more likely to lead to an increase in coronavirus instances, hospitalisations and deaths. “It’s more likely to result in a 3rd wave of an infection, with hospitals being overrun, and extra pointless deaths,” Andrew Hayward at College School London, a member of the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), advised the BBC’s Newsnight programme. Graham Medley on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs, additionally a member of SAGE, advised the Guardian that the relief of guidelines might result in additional lockdown measures being wanted within the new yr. “I feel it’s inevitable that if lots of people do take that danger, even when it’s a small danger, then we find yourself with lots of people in hospital and doubtlessly having to take measures in January to lock down once more,” mentioned Medley.

Underneath the federal government’s new steerage, individuals throughout the UK will probably be allowed to collect in three-household teams of limitless measurement for a five-day interval round Christmas. “All of the governments agreed that we must always steadiness the necessity to shield public well being with additionally permitting individuals to be with their family members,” mentioned cupboard workplace minister, Michael Gove.

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Senior US well being adviser Anthony Fauci urged individuals within the nation to keep away from gathering for Thanksgiving, according to US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommendation. “Preserve the gatherings, the indoor gatherings, as small as you presumably can. Everyone knows how tough that’s, as a result of that is such an exquisite, conventional vacation. However by making that sacrifice, you’re going to forestall individuals from getting contaminated,” he advised ABC’s Good Morning America programme right this moment. “A sacrifice now might save lives and sickness and make the long run a lot brighter as we get via this,” mentioned Fauci. “We’re going to get via this. Vaccines are on the horizon,” he added.

A examine that analysed coronavirus genome sequences from 46,723 individuals with coronavirus world wide discovered that not one of the mutations recognized are inflicting the virus to unfold extra rapidly. The researchers found 12,706 positions within the genome with mutations. “Thankfully, we discovered that none of those mutations are making covid-19 unfold extra quickly, however we have to stay vigilant and proceed monitoring new mutations, significantly as vaccines get rolled out,” Lucy van Dorp at College School London, one of many lead researchers on the examine, mentioned in a assertion. The examine is revealed within the journal Nature Communications.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.41 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 59.9 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

A nurse holds a vaccine vial and syringe in front of her face as she prepares Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for inoculation in a trial in Moscow

A nurse prepares Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for inoculation in a trial in Moscow

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24 November

Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95 per cent efficient, says Russia 

The Russian authorities says preliminary outcomes from trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate Sputnik V have proven it to be greater than 95 per cent efficient after two doses. This is a rise from the 92 per cent effectiveness reported for the Sputnik V vaccine earlier this month. The newest outcomes are based mostly on a trial in about 19,000 volunteers. Sputnik V is predicated on related viral vector expertise to that used within the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine candidate, which early outcomes point out could also be as much as 90 per cent efficient. However a full comparability between the 2 vaccines will solely be attainable when all the info is launched, mentioned Ian Jones on the College of Studying, UK, in a assertion

Every dose of the vaccine would price lower than $10, in response to the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF). “It’s greater than twice as low cost as different vaccines which have the identical efficacy ranges,” the pinnacle of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, advised a briefing. 

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UK well being minister Matt Hancock mentioned it’s attainable some social distancing measures might stay in place as vaccines are rolled out, till it’s decided how efficient they’re at stopping coronavirus transmission along with stopping symptomatic covid-19. Hancock was talking throughout a joint session of the UK well being and science committees right this moment. He additionally mentioned the NHS ought to routinely check individuals for sicknesses reminiscent of flu after the coronavirus pandemic, and that he thinks the UK’s tradition of “soldiering on” and going to work whereas in poor health ought to finish.

The UK authorities introduced it should introduce a new “check and launch” system in England on 15 December, which can enable passengers arriving from sure high-risk international locations to finish their quarantine early in the event that they check destructive for the coronavirus after 5 days of quarantine. Passengers will probably be required to e-book their checks with a supplier from a authorities permitted checklist and to pay for their very own checks. The brand new system “will give passengers the arrogance to e-book worldwide journeys within the information that they’ll return residence and isolate for a shorter interval if they’ve obtained a destructive check”, the federal government mentioned in a press release.

A Microsoft Excel error that resulted in 15,841 instances not being instantly referred to the contact tracing system in England between 25 September and a pair of October might have been linked to 125,000 subsequent instances and 1500 deaths, in response to modelling by researchers on the College of Warwick, UK. 

There have been 2466 deaths involving covid-19 in England and Wales within the week as much as 13 November, accounting for 20.1 per cent of all deaths that week in England and Wales, in response to the newest figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. This is a rise from the earlier week, throughout which 1937 individuals died from covid-19.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.40 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 59.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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23 November

Oxford vaccine researcher says UK is on observe to vaccinate high-risk teams  in December

Individuals in high-risk teams within the UK could possibly get a coronavirus vaccine by December, with doses for the broader public being made accessible by subsequent spring, mentioned Adrian Hill on the College of Oxford right this moment. Hill is the pinnacle of the institute behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine candidate, which could also be as much as 90 per cent efficient in response to preliminary outcomes revealed right this moment. “I feel we’re on observe for the timeline […] to start out getting this vaccine rolled out from December,” mentioned Hill. “Hopefully there will probably be a vaccine accessible for all adults, however that’s more likely to be springtime somewhat than in January.” Along with the UK, governments within the US and Germany are additionally making ready to start out vaccinating some individuals in December. 

The UK has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, in addition to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine candidate and 5 million doses of Moderna’s candidate. “The majority of the vaccine rollout programme will probably be in January, February, March. And we hope someday after Easter issues will be capable to begin to get again to regular,” UK well being minister Matt Hancock mentioned right this moment. It isn’t but clear how lengthy any immunity generated by coronavirus vaccines would possibly final.  

COVAX – a world coronavirus vaccine allocation coalition with the World Well being Group – has been working to discourage governments from hoarding vaccines and make sure the most susceptible teams in every nation are vaccinated first. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is already a part of COVAX, which goals to distribute about 2 billion doses to 92 low- and middle-income international locations at a most value of $3 per dose. In a assertion right this moment, AstraZeneca mentioned it should search an emergency use itemizing from the WHO to speed up entry to its vaccine candidate in low-income international locations. 

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson introduced extra particulars about England’s deliberate return to a three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions, after the nationwide lockdown ends on 2 December. Parliament will vote on the plan later this week. Underneath the brand new system, extra areas will probably be positioned within the larger tiers in comparison with earlier than the present nationwide lockdown. On Thursday, the federal government will affirm which areas will fall below which tiers. This will probably be based mostly on evaluation of instances amongst all age teams, significantly these above 60, in addition to the speed at which instances are rising and falling and the present and projected strain on the NHS within the area, Johnson advised parliament right this moment, which is according to recommendation from the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. Johnson additionally revealed plans for a programme of mass testing, just like that which occurred as a part of a pilot in Liverpool, to be rolled out in all tier-three areas in England after the lockdown ends. Johnson mentioned fast coronavirus checks are already being deployed within the NHS and in care properties, with the aim of permitting each care residence resident to have two guests who could be examined twice per week by the tip of the yr. 

Covid-19 hospitalisations proceed to surge within the US, with a brand new file of 83,870 individuals hospitalised with the illness within the nation on Sunday. There have been reviews of crowding in US airports forward of Thanksgiving this week, regardless of the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention lately warning towards journey for the nationwide vacation. Senior US well being adviser Anthony Fauci warned yesterday that spikes in instances wouldn’t grow to be evident till weeks after Thanksgiving. He advised CBS this might create a “very tough” scenario as winter approaches.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.39 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 58.8 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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Odds of dying: Through the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the an infection fatality charge – what number of contaminated individuals die – might have been 1 per cent for high-income international locations with older populations.

Hurdles to ending the pandemic: Promising early outcomes from vaccine trials provide hope of defeating covid-19, however vaccines could also be much less efficient in the actual world and other people’s security issues might hamper take-up.

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20 November

NHS England’s draft plan goals for widespread vaccination of adults by begin of April

A draft of NHS England’s plan for the roll-out of a coronavirus vaccine goals for widespread vaccination of all keen adults in England by early April, if ample doses and different essential provides can be found. Underneath NHS England’s draft covid-19 vaccine deployment programme, which was outlined in a leaked doc dated 13 November seen by HSJ, most doses of the potential vaccine can be administered between early January and mid-March, at a charge of between 4 and 5 million every week. The vaccinations would happen at hundreds of “neighborhood mass vaccination websites” organized by native GPs, with extra “massive scale mass vaccination centres” in stadiums and convention centres. Precedence will probably be given to healthcare staff and care residence residents who would begin to be vaccinated in early December, adopted by individuals aged 80 and above, these of their seventies and people of their late sixties. Adults below 50 might begin getting vaccines late January, with the bulk vaccinated in March. The draft plan depends on greater than 7 million doses of a vaccine being accessible in December. The doc doesn’t point out which vaccine will probably be used, and it’s not identified what number of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will probably be accessible by then. The doc additionally consists of little or no element about how the NHS will surmount the numerous logistical issues with delivering vaccines that require strict temperature-controlled provide chains.

US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and German firm BioNTech mentioned they utilized to the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) right this moment for emergency use authorisation for his or her coronavirus vaccine candidate within the US. This week, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was discovered to be 95 per cent efficient in section III medical trials. The UK authorities has pre-ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccines, and lately secured an preliminary settlement with US pharmaceutical firm Moderna for 5 million doses of their vaccine candidate, which preliminary outcomes point out is nearly 95 per cent efficient. 

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Coronavirus infections in England could also be levelling off, in response to the newest outcomes of a random swab testing survey by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. Estimated each day new infections in England decreased barely to 38,900 new instances per day through the week ending 14 November, in comparison with 47,700 through the earlier week. “These numbers can be the primary the place we’d hope to see the nationwide lockdown starting to influence,” mentioned James Naismith on the College of Oxford in a assertion. “We all know that social restrictions are the best approach to deliver down the variety of new infections.”

The World Well being Group has suggested that Ebola remedy remdesivir shouldn’t be utilized in individuals hospitalised with covid-19. The FDA permitted remdesivir to be used in individuals over 12 who’re hospitalised with covid-19 final month. “The trials reported to this point have proven no influence of remdesivir on survival,” mentioned Martin Landray on the College of Oxford in a assertion. “This can be a drug that must be given by intravenous infusion for five to 10 days and prices round £2000 per course. So remdesivir is just not low cost, it’s not handy, and it has no influence on the mortality among the many individuals at highest danger.”

Private protecting tools ordered by the UK authorities might have come from factories utilizing North Korean slave labour, the Guardian reported.

The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention suggested individuals within the US to not journey for the upcoming Thanksgiving vacation.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.36 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 57.1 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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19 November

‘Substantial dangers’ with socialising over Christmas, warns UK science adviser

Individuals mixing from completely different households through the Christmas interval poses “substantial dangers”, significantly for older people who find themselves extra susceptible to extreme covid-19, a scientist advising the UK authorities has warned. Socialising through the holidays is more likely to lead to elevated contact between youthful generations “with excessive incidence of an infection”, and older individuals, mentioned Andrew Hayward at College School London, who’s a member of the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. “My private view is we’re placing far an excessive amount of emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas,” Hayward advised BBC Radio 4. “We all know respiratory infections peak in January so throwing gas on the hearth over Christmas can solely contribute to this.” England entered a four-week nationwide lockdown on 8 November, which is because of finish on 2 December. Subsequent week, the UK authorities is predicted to set out proposals for alleviating restrictions in December.

Town of Hull presently has the highest an infection charge in England at 751 per 100,000 individuals, in comparison with 274 per 100,000 throughout England as an entire. Native MPs have requested the UK authorities for assist, together with help from the navy to hold out mass testing within the metropolis. Final week, the navy was deployed to assist the NHS with mass testing in Liverpool. The federal government mentioned its coronavirus job pressure would focus on response measures with leaders in Hull. 

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Preliminary outcomes recommend an arthritis drug might enhance outcomes in extreme covid-19. The findings, which haven’t but been revealed or peer-reviewed, point out that critically in poor health covid-19 sufferers handled with Roche’s anti-inflammation drug Actemra usually tend to survive after being admitted to hospital for covid-19. The drug, additionally referred to as tocilizumab, is considered one of a number of being evaluated as a part of the REMAP-CAP trial, led within the UK by researchers at Imperial School London and the Intensive Care Nationwide Audit & Analysis Centre. Different research have proven blended outcomes on the effectiveness of tocilizumab in covid-19 sufferers, mentioned Athimalaipet Ramanan on the College of Bristol in a assertion

The Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine candidate is secure and induces an immune response in individuals of their 60s and 70s, in response to outcomes from a section II trial revealed within the Lancet. The outcomes are based mostly on a examine in 560 volunteers. The findings are vital, as a result of the danger of extreme covid-19 will increase with age. Knowledge from on-going section III trials will reveal whether or not the vaccine candidate can forestall individuals from turning into in poor health with covid-19.

The variety of covid-19 sufferers in US hospitals has doubled prior to now month, with new file each day numbers of hospitalisations reported every single day this week. Nearly 77,000 individuals have been hospitalised with the covid-19 within the US as of Tuesday and greater than 250,000 individuals have died from the illness within the nation for the reason that begin of its epidemic.

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The worldwide covid-19 dying toll has handed 1.35 million. The variety of confirmed instances is greater than 56.4 million, in response to Johns Hopkins College, although the true variety of instances will probably be a lot larger.

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