OTTAWA — Canada is set to detail what quarantine rules citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon have to follow when entering the country. Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said last week that “measures” would be announced today that will apply to immunized Canadians, as well as foreign nationals who are permitted entry. Currently, those without citizenship or resident status can enter the country only if their travel is related to work, school or other essential business, but not for leisure. Newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox As […]
A government scientific adviser has said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is “definitely under way” as the vaccine programme races to outpace the Delta variant’s spread across the UK. It comes after Public Health England reported a 79% rise in the number of cases of the variant first identified in India in just one week. Hospital cases have almost doubled. Experts say the sudden increase is being driven by younger age groups. The vaccination programme was opened up to people aged 18 and over on Friday and surge testing is being rolled out in parts of south London […]
Some who received Sinovac jab might need third booster shot, major HKU study suggests. This content was originally published here.
Covid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists. A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Data from nearly 110,000 swab tests carried out across England between 20 May and 7 June suggests Covid cases are doubling every 11 days, with the highest prevalence in the north-west and one in 670 people infected. MPs have approved an extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until […]
Covid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff under plans to be announced by ministers, as they consider extending the move to all NHS staff. The controversial measure sets up a likely battle with staff in both services and could lead to the government being sued under European human rights law or equalities legislation for breaching the freedom of people who work in caring roles to decide what they put into their bodies. The Guardian understands that ministers will confirm they are pushing ahead with compulsory vaccination for most of the 1.5 million people working in social care […]
Cue the fireworks: New York state has crossed the 70% threshold for COVID-19 vaccinations that Governor Andrew Cuomo has set to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions. This content was originally published here.
Headaches, a sore throat and a runny nose are the most common symptoms associated with the UK’s most widely established Covid variant, researchers have said. The data, collected as part of the app-based Zoe Covid symptom study, suggests that the Delta variant first detected in India feels like a “bad cold”, according to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, who is leading the work. “Covid is … acting differently now, it’s more like a bad cold,” he said. “People might think they’ve just got some sort of seasonal cold, and they still go out to […]
CARBIS BAY, UNITED KINGDOM — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged 13 million surplus vaccines to help the world get immunized against COVID-19 as he and other G7 leaders wrapped up a weekend summit in Britain dominated by the pandemic, climate change and China. Canada previously said it would offer up to 100 million vaccine doses to help poorer countries beat back the global pandemic, but was the only country from the G7 to not say how many of those would be actual shots rather than money. Trudeau on Sunday said in addition to the 13 million shots it deemed as […]
No foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform the Hajj once again this year after Saudi Arabia restricted the annual pilgrimage to citizens and residents, and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Those wishing to perform the hajj must be free of chronic diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. “In light of what the whole world is witnessing with the coronavirus pandemic … and the emergence of new variants, the relevant authorities have continued to monitor the global health situation,” […]
Boris Johnson today said he was determined not to repeat mistakes made earlier in the pandemic, hinting that he would delay June 21’s ‘Freedom Day’ as Britain recorded another 8,125 coronavirus cases in the biggest spike since February. The figure was 30 per cent up on last Friday’s and means that, since Monday, 34,789 people have tested positive compared to 22,390 between Monday and Friday last week. Another 17 deaths were recorded – 55 per cent more than last week but part of a broadly flat trend – and 173 more people were admitted to hospital on Monday, the most recent NHS […]