Watch reside: Boris Johnson holds coronavirus briefing
Journey corridors, which allowed transport between the UK and overseas nations with out requiring any quarantine time, have been scrapped outright – the prime minister has introduced.
Unveiling the the coverage shift in a press convention, Boris Johnson stated it could be a short lived transfer, aligned with the delayed “test-before-travel” scheme.
The PM additionally confirmed nearly one in 20 of the UK inhabitants – greater than 3.2 million folks – have now been vaccinated towards coronavirus for the reason that rollout of the jab started.
In the meantime France is banning the usage of speedy Covid-19 checks for non-EU travellers, prompting fears there will likely be a return to the chaos seen on the borders earlier than Christmas. Travellers would require a detrimental PCR take a look at lower than 72 hours outdated to enter France, the identical system the UK is introducing from Monday.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps stated he believed there can be an exemption for lorry drivers to proceed receiving the 30-minute checks – that are much less correct than the PCR take a look at – however admitted that was solely “in the interim”.
Hospitals advised to unencumber beds forward of inflow of sufferers as ‘hardest half’ of pandemic looms
Hospitals have been advised to search out as many beds as potential in preparation for an inflow of Covid sufferers within the north of England and midlands.
Throughout the nation, hospitals have been advised to arrange additional wards and demanding care beds to deal with a flood of sufferers over a minimum of the subsequent week to 2 weeks as well being chiefs warn the NHS is about to face the “hardest half” of the pandemic.
Get all the small print from our well being correspondent Shaun Lintern:
Joe Middleton15 January 2021 20:45
Footballers shouldn’t be held answerable for rise in Covid instances, says Pep Guardiola
Footballers shouldn’t be held answerable for fuelling coronavirus infections due to how they have fun, Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has stated.
Metropolis’s gamers, amongst others, confronted criticism this week after they got here collectively to have fun Phil Foden’s purpose towards Brighton, regardless of renewed warnings from the Premier League to keep away from hugging and kissing.
Julian Knight, the Conservative MP who chairs the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport committee, referred to as their antics “brainless”, whereas one other committee member, Labour MP Clive Efford, described them as an “insult to the NHS”.
Joe Middleton15 January 2021 20:20
At the very least 35 South African variants uncovered within the UK
A complete of 35 genomically confirmed and 12 genomically possible instances of the Covid-19 variant which originated in South Africa have been recognized within the UK as of January 14, Public Well being England stated.
Two variants of curiosity have additionally been recognized in Brazil; the primary has a small variety of mutations and eight genomically confirmed instances of this variant have been recognized within the UK, whereas the second, which has been detected in Manaus and travellers arriving in Japan, has not been detected within the UK.
Dr Susan Hopkins, Covid strategic response director at Public Well being England, stated: “We’re persevering with efforts to know the impact of the variants on transmissibility, extreme illness, mortality, antibody response and vaccine efficacy.
“For now, our recommendation stays the identical following detection of a Brazilian variant within the UK, despite the fact that this isn’t the variant detected in Manaus with extra mutations: one of the simplest ways to cease the unfold of the virus is to clean your fingers, put on a face protecting and maintain your distance from others.
“While in lockdown, it is vital that we additionally keep at house until it’s completely important to exit.”
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 20:04
Anxiousness soars as lockdown units in
Anxiousness soared and happiness and life satisfaction fell as Britain entered its third nationwide lockdown, figures have proven.
Ranges of hysteria are at their highest since final April, when the primary wave of coronavirus was at its peak, the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) stated.
Some 42 per cent of adults reported excessive ranges of hysteria, the very best proportion since April 3 to 13, when 46 per cent reported this.
Folks surveyed between January 7 and 10 additionally stated they had been much less completely satisfied, much less happy with their lives total and had been much less more likely to really feel issues they’re doing are worthwhile.
The autumn in wellbeing coincides with the beginning of England’s third nationwide lockdown, introduced on January 4, when folks had been advised to remain at house.
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 19:32
Settlement to have firefighters help NHS and care sector scrapped
A groundbreaking settlement enabling firefighters to assist the NHS and care sector reply to the coronavirus disaster has been scrapped, in response to union officers.
Negotiations over well being and security measures for firefighters finishing up Covid-19 duties had been out of the blue ended, stated the Fireplace Brigades Union (FBU).
Common secretary Matt Wrack stated: “This irresponsible transfer from fireplace and rescue service employers threatens to hazard the lives of firefighters, their households, and the general public.
“The FBU has persistently labored with employers and fireplace chiefs in good religion to allow firefighters to securely tackle new work to assist their communities by this pandemic.
“Somewhat than help firefighters’ life-saving work, employers have walked away from the very settlement which enabled it.
“By eradicating nationwide security requirements, they’re exposing workers and companies to a virus – all apparently to make a political assault on a commerce union just because we are attempting to make sure work is protected.
“Firefighters finishing up Covid-19 duties have undoubtedly saved lives and we’re proud to have helped them do it safely.
“We deeply remorse that employers have scrapped this significant settlement and urge them to reintroduce very important nationwide security protections and resume talks.”
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 19:07
Authorities motion ‘has come too late’
Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon accused the Authorities of “closing the door after the horse has bolted” after Boris Johnson scrapped the UK’s journey corridors.
Mr McMahon stated: “On worldwide journey all through this disaster the Authorities has lurched from one disaster and rushed announcement to a different.
“Sadly this announcement was inevitable. Nevertheless, it’s closing the door after the horse has bolted and comes too late to have stopped the arrival of the worrying Brazilian and South African strains of the virus.
“The Authorities urgently must put in place a ahead wanting technique testing on borders and wider controls, whereas additionally delivering on the lengthy promised sector particular help for these industries who will likely be so onerous hit by this information.”
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 18:53
Labour welcomes shift on journey – however criticises authorities’s tempo
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has welcomed the choice to droop journey corridors however criticised the Authorities for being sluggish to behave.
“I feel many individuals will say ‘Why on earth did not this occur earlier than?’ Many nations have taken this step earlier than we did. Proper step, however sluggish once more,” he stated.
“We’re nonetheless in a really severe scenario, the an infection charges are going up, the NHS is absolutely struggling. Due to this fact all people has to adjust to the Authorities steering.”
Sir Keir referred to as for better Authorities help for the aviation sector following the most recent restrictions.
“They’ve been hit time and time once more. They had been promised help months in the past however that package deal hasn’t been put in place. The Authorities now must urgently handle that.”
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 18:28
Covid international dying toll tops two million, Johns Hopkins knowledge reveals
Two million folks have now died worldwide with coronavirus, figures present.
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 18:03
Peak of latest Covid variant an infection ‘handed’ in some components however dying toll spike ‘nonetheless to return,’ says Whitty
The brand new variant of coronavirus has had its peak of an infection in some components of England, Chris Whitty has stated – although he warned the variety of deaths is more likely to improve but.
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 17:51
‘At this significant stage what we are able to’t have is new variants with unknown qualities coming in from overseas’
Requested why the border controls had been solely being launched now, the Prime Minister stated: “What we’re doing now’s taking steps that you simply’d anticipate to guard towards the brand new variants as a result of the scenario now’s we’ve got a really excessive fee of home an infection within the UK mixed with a large vaccination programme.
“There’s going to return a degree we hope within the subsequent few weeks and months when the vaccination programme will actually begin to take an impact and that impact will likely be that so many individuals are vaccinated you do begin to see a decline within the dying fee and that will likely be extremely vital and inspiring when it occurs.”
Mr Johnson went on: “At this significant stage what we won’t have is new variants with unknown qualities coming in from overseas and that is why we have arrange the system to cease arrivals from locations the place there are new variants of concern and arrange the additional powerful measures that I’ve outlined.”
Vincent Wooden15 January 2021 17:41