Boris Johnson got ‘big calls right’ on Covid, says Michael Gove
The UK has announced 120,821 new Covid cases and 379 deaths for the last 24-hour reporting period.
The number of new cases has steadily declined since January 4, when 218,376 cases were reported.
However, deaths have increased. The most recent seven-day average for Covid-related deaths – on January 10 – was 191.
The weekly average death toll has risen steadily since the seven-day average of 85 was reported on 28 December.
Meanwhile, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that restrictions on outdoor events will be removed from Monday, but the limits on indoor table service in hospitality and social distance in public places will remain until at least 24 January.
The cap of 500 people at major outdoor events will be removed so that football and rugby fans in the country can return to the matches.
Three million Britons were taken ill in the first week of January
When Omicron created chaos, at least three million Britons had to miss work during the first week of this year in January, according to a Bloomberg News report.
The highly transmissible variant of coronavirus has led to a sharp increase in the number of people who are out of work at a time when cases are at a high level and not yet peaking, the report said.
Absence of employees rose sharply by 18 percent to an estimated 1.6 million between 3.-9. January, according to GoodShape’s traces of work-related illness and well-being among UK employers.
At least 3.1 million Britons were affected in the past week, even though the year started on the weekend and the first working Monday was January 3, GoodShape estimated.
The report added that staff magazines highlight the impact Omicron-related increases will have on the UK economy.
The absence costs Britain £ 1.3 billion, GoodShape’s calculation based on data from official population and wage statistics showed, to extrapolate nationwide figures, Bloomberg reported.
Arpan Rai12 January 2022 06:42
China will test 14 million people in Tianjin
All 14 million people in China’s Tianjin city should see another round of Covid-19 testing, authorities said after 97 new cases of the Omicron variant were discovered.
The latest cluster of Covid infections emerged during a first round of screenings over the weekend.
Residents have been asked to stay where they are until the results of all the nucleic acid tests are released.
The first infection in Tianjin was discovered on Saturday, with just under a month left until the Winter Olympics on February 4th. The city is located an hour from Beijing, which is to host the global sporting event.
Nearly 12 million tests have been performed so far, with 7.8 million samples returned, officials said.
All those who tested positive in the initial test round turned out to be infected with the Omicron variant, officials from Tianjin’s Prevention and Control Office said.
Officials have not yet traced the source of the recent outbreak due to fears that many are spreading the load unconsciously as they remain asymptomatic.
Arpan Rai12 January 2022 06:27
Covid deaths cause Rolls-Royce to record car sales: ‘Life is too short’
The CEO of luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce chief has said Covid deaths pushed car sales to a record high last year after the super-rich exhibited a “life can be short” mindset in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
When the pandemic sent these people back indoors and away from luxury travel, they had more money to spend on “the lovely, lovely things in the world,” Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said according to a report.
“Many people also witnessed in their communities that people died of Covid, and it made them believe that life can be short and that you had better live now than postpone it to a later time,” said Mr. .Muller-Otvos and explained how people sprayed their money. on luxury goods.
This, in turn, made for a “phenomenal year” for Rolls-Royce.
At least 5,586 Rolls Royce cars were purchased last year, according to data from the BMW-owned company. This is an increase of almost 50 percent (49 percent) and higher than at any point in the brand’s 11-year history.
This is “much because of Covid, the whole luxury business is booming all over the world,” Mr Muller-Otvos said.
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Arpan RaiJanuary 12, 2022 5:32 AM
Covid loses 90 percent of its power to infect within 20 minutes in the air
Within 2 minutes after the coronavirus has been airborne, it loses at least 90 percent of its ability to infect us, a new study shows on simulations of how the virus survives in the exhaled air.
Most of the loss in its ability happens within the first five minutes, the study said.
The study also highlighted the importance of short-distance covid transmission. It considered physical distancing and mask wearing to be among the most effective means of preventing infection.
A minor impact was noticed from ventilation, though this was still worthwhile, according to the study.
The study’s lead author Professor Jonathan Reid told The Guardian: “People have been focused on poorly ventilated spaces and think of airborne transmission over meters or across a space. I’m not saying it does not happen, but I still think the biggest risk of exposure is when you are close to someone.
“When you move further away, not only is the aerosol diluted down, there is also less infectious virus because the virus has lost its infectivity [as a result of time], ”Said Prof Reid, director of the University of Bristol’s Aerosol Research Center.
Arpan Rai12 January 2022 04:58
WHO warns against repeated boosters of genuine Covid vaccines
The World Health Organization has said repeated booster doses of the first generation of Covid-19 vaccines are not a viable strategy to combat new coronavirus variants.
“A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition will hardly be appropriate or durable,” the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Covid-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-Co-VAC) said on Tuesday.
Simply providing fresh plugs of the existing vaccines was not the best way to combat the pandemic, according to the WHO panel of experts assessing the effectiveness of Covid vaccines.
The WHO has also sought new Covid vaccines that can provide better protection against transmission.
It emphasized that the vaccines “are based on strains that are genetically and antigenically close to the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variant (s)” in a statement.
Preliminary data showed that the existing vaccines were less effective in preventing symptomatic Covid disease in individuals receiving the latest coronavirus variant Omicron.
Protection against serious illness, for which the vaccines were specifically intended, “is more likely to be maintained”.
The panel has asked manufacturers to develop vaccines that not only protect people from becoming seriously ill, but also better prevent infection and transmission in the first place.
Arpan Rai12 January 2022 04:29
Unvaccinated adults must be taxed in Canada’s Quebec
Canada’s second most populous province of Quebec is set to charge adults who refuse to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by paying a “health contribution” as the burden on its health infrastructure increases due to hospitalizations.
The proposal and its details, which are still under consideration, will not apply to those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons.
Recent trends show that unvaccinated people account for significant hospitalizations in countries affected by the Omicron-driven increase.
Unvaccinated people place a financial burden on others, Prime Minister Francois Lagault said Tuesday during a briefing. Sir. Lagault added that the province’s finance ministry is setting a “significant” amount to be paid by unvaccinated residents.
The amount would not be less than C $ 100 (£ 58), the premiere said.
A comprehensive tax on unvaccinated adults is a rare and controversial feature that sets in motion a debate on individual rights.
Among the milder restrictions worldwide, the authorities have imposed movement restrictions on unvaccinated people.
Arpan RaiJanuary 12, 2022 3:59 AM
Record Covid deaths in Australia’s New South Wales
New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, experienced the deadliest day since the pandemic began on Wednesday, after at least 21 deaths due to Covid were recorded.
The state also made it mandatory for people to report the results of rapid antigen tests.
Residents who fail to register positive rapid antigen tests will face a fine of up to A $ 1,000 (£ 528) from next week onwards, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said.
This stringent measure coincides with the Australian state’s highest increase ever in cases on Wednesday, after 34,759 infections were detected in 24 hours. These include 2,242 admissions and at least 175 patients in intensive care.
The 21 deaths recorded on Wednesday broke the previous day’s highest number of 18, official data showed.
On Tuesday, Australia as a whole registered 66,825 new cases of Covid, of which nearly 100 are in ventilator, government official data showed.
Arpan RaiJanuary 12, 2022 3:25 AM
MPs vote to recognize pandemic pressure on companies
Calls on the government to recognize the strain that companies have been through during the pandemic has been voted through Commons.
MPs voted 219 in favor, no one against, an opposition proposal put forward by Labor to “recognize the strain companies are under after a difficult Christmas period and two years of disruption during the Covid-19 eruption”.
The non-binding proposal presented Labor’s calls to reform business prices, the tax that companies pay.
Lamiat Sabin11 January 2022 19:50
Police issued more than 800 fines in Week No. 10 held party
Police handed out more than 800 fines to individuals accused of breaking Covid laws during the week of Downing Street’s bring your own booze “garden party on May 20, 2020.
Lamiat Sabin11 January 2022 19:25
Nurse in Italy arrested and charged with falsifying vaccines
A man has been arrested in Italy and accused of falsifying giving Covid vaccines to at least 45 people in his job as a nurse.
It is alleged that he falsified the vaccinations so that the “patients” could fraudulently obtain a health passport without actually being stung.
He is accused of throwing the vaccines and putting plasters on the people so that no one should suspect the scam where he received cash.
Police in Ancona, on Italy’s east coast, have also placed four alleged accomplices – who are accused of buying anti-vaccine customers – under house arrest.
The 45 people who allegedly received the passport are under investigation and must check in with the police daily.
Italy has cracked down harder on the unvaccinated, demanding proof of vaccination or a recent recovery from Covid in order to access a wide range of leisure activities as well as services such as public transport.
Italy has reported a record 220,532 new Covid cases as well as 294 deaths today.
Lamiat Sabin11 January 2022 19:05