Latest coronavirus: quarantine for close contacts, as Spain expects green list


The 10-day quarantine for close contacts of a person infected with Covid will remain after June 21, even if people have received both doses of the vaccination.

Imposing quarantine on those who have been vaccinated could mean people delay returning to overcrowded events for fear of notification from the NHS, the Telegraph reported.

Spain expects to be added to the green list when the next review is announced on June 7.

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Unions demand mass tests and vaccines as part of Glasgow exit plan

Mass testing and contextual vaccination clinics should be set up in Glasgow to ensure the city can upgrade to Level 2 along with the rest of the country, Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar said.

“I want us to recognize that we have a specific challenge in Glasgow and I don’t think it’s fair for Glasgow to continue to lock down perpetually – that in itself would have a negative effect on people’s health and well-being,” said Mr Sarwar told the AP agency.

“I think we need urgent action – not a half-hearted response, not an inconsistency of the message, not an inconsistency in decision-making.

“Let’s identify these sensitive areas, move on to mass PCR testing, door-to-door if necessary, organize pop-up clinics for the vaccine for anyone aged 18 and over, whether they have an appointment or no, she can show up and get her vaccination and let’s open our city again.


Travel advice is ‘disproportionate’, says Redfearn

The Labor mayor-elect of North Tyneside said travel advice was “out of proportion”.

Norma Redfearn said: “We have not received any consultation or communication regarding this advice which has implications for the people of North Tyneside and the wider region.

“It is essential that the government explain what this opinion means in practice.

“We have implemented improved supplemental screening and immunization services and are working hard to reduce infection rates.

“This advice is disproportionate to North Tyneside.”


Northumberland FA asks for advice on amateur football matches with North Tyneside

The Northumberland FA said it was seeking advice on amateur football matches involving teams from North Tyneside.

He tweeted: “We are receiving inquiries regarding the impact of new government guidelines for travel in and out of North Tyneside on grassroots football.

“We are currently awaiting information from our partner local authorities and the government on this matter and we will keep you informed as soon as possible.”


Study could lead to ‘new treatments for Covid-19 and any future coronavirus’

A new ‘pioneering’ study could pave the way for more treatments for Covid-19 variants and fresh coronaviruses in the future, scientists have suggested.

The team of scientists – led by the universities of Glasgow and Oxford and the Rosalind Franklin Institute – studied the key viral RNA molecule that is “at the heart” of the life cycle of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 .

The results, published in the journal Molecular Cell, showed that viral RNA interacted with dozens of cellular proteins, many of which have “great potential for new therapeutic approaches against Covid-19”.

Dr Alfredo Castello, of the Center for Virus Research (CVR) at the University of Glasgow, said the results were “extremely exciting” and could “pave the way for the identification of the best potential therapeutic targets”.

He said: “With just the first available inhibitor that we tested in cell models, we were able to inhibit virus replication, so the possibility of new treatment options is positive.

“In addition, in parallel studies, we have found that many of these proteins are also involved in the infection of other RNA viruses, so there is potential to discover treatments that have a broad spectrum of action and that could be prepared if a new coronavirus emerges.

“As we move into the next stage of the pandemic, developing treatment options that can work against new variants is a priority.”


Lancashire leaders to discuss new directions

Lancashire leaders are due to discuss the new directions with the government today, a spokesperson said.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum spokesperson said: “We have raised this issue with the government and are having discussions later today.”


Blackburn MP ‘firmly’ against changes to Covid-19 restrictions

Blackburn MP Kate Hollern said she was “strongly” opposed to changes to coronavirus restrictions in her constituency, which she called a “lockdown-lite.”

The Labor MP tweeted: ‘On Friday evening the government deployed the lockdown-lite through the back door. The guidelines are likely to have major implications for businesses, schools and the hospitality industry and I am furious that the government has not bothered to consult with the local authorities concerned.

“I strongly oppose the government’s attempt to introduce new measures stealthily and without consultation. Instead, the government must continue to make sure it gets vaccines where they are needed most.

“The government must also immediately explain why it has issued new guidance and publish the risk assessment it has carried out so that affected areas can understand the impact that the new guidance will have.

“If the government continues on this path, it must be ready to provide all the necessary financial support. This means business support in Blackburn, self-isolation support that matches time off and support for schools. “


Starmer calls on government to provide clear travel advice ‘quickly’ for eight England hot spots

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to ‘quickly’ clarify changes to advice on travel in and out of eight hot spots in England battling the Indian variant of the coronavirus.

He tweeted: “Making a major change that will impact so many people without even telling them is utter shame. The government needs to be clear, quickly. Local lockdowns are not the right approach for both public health and local economies.

“The government repeatedly fails to learn lessons. We need the right support to self-isolate, decent sick pay, a functioning test and traceability system, and the vaccine rollout as quickly as possible. “


A total of 153,093 Covid-19-related deaths have now occurred in the UK

A total of 153,093 deaths have now occurred in the UK, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number of deaths in a single day was 1,477 on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8, 2020.


Thirty deaths of nursing home residents involving Covid-19

Around 30 deaths of nursing home residents involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were recorded in the week to May 14, double the number from the previous week.

The week-to-week change will have been affected by the May 3 public holiday, when registrars were likely to be closed, the ONS said.

A total of 42,461 nursing home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the start of the pandemic.

The ONS figures cover deaths of nursing home residents in all settings, not just in nursing homes.


151 deaths recorded in England and Wales – ONS

A total of 151 deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending May 14 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – up 17% compared to the previous week.

The May 3 holiday will have affected the number of deaths recorded the week before, when civil registration offices were likely to be closed, the ONS said.

About one in 66 (1.5%) deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week of May 14 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

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