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The UK could see 100,000 cases of coronavirus a day this winter, Sajid Javid has warned.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, the Health Secretary added that the Covid-19 restrictions could be reintroduced if people did not do their ‘part’.
As part of the government’s attempt to encourage the public to take their individual responsibilities, it has advised people to get vaccinated, have regular lateral flow tests, and socialize outdoors where possible. Otherwise, the UK “could lose” its progress against the virus, he said.
It comes as nearly 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the UK on Wednesday, a day after the country saw its highest daily death toll since March.
Rejecting calls from NHS leaders for the government to introduce mandatory masks and other measures as part of ‘Plan B’, Mr Javid said the pressure the NHS was currently facing was not ‘unsustainable “.
However, Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, told reporters in Downing Street that it was “really important” for those vaccinated to wear masks, a “plan B” position.
She added that the country was “starting winter” with very high rates of coronavirus cases and the daily death toll “was going in the wrong direction.”
Health Secretary encourages Tory MPs to wear masks in Commons
At the end of this afternoon’s Covid-19 press conference, Sajid Javid urged Tory MPs to wear masks in parliament.
My colleague Tom Batchelor has more details:
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 9:01 PM
41% of people in the Caribbean and Latin America are fully immunized
Forty-one percent of people in the Caribbean and Latin America are now completely stung, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
In a press conference on Wednesday, Carissa Etienne, the director of PAHO, said vaccination rates were not distributed evenly across the region.
She urged countries to prioritize public health measures against the virus.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 8:45 PM
Poland plans ‘drastic’ action amid Covid ‘explosion’
Poland could take “drastic” measures to contain a recent “explosion” of coronavirus cases, its health minister said.
“We have week-to-week increases of 85% and over 100%,” Adam Niedzielski told reporters on Wednesday.
He added that daily infections could climb “well above” 5,000 by the end of this month. Poland reported 5,559 new cases of Covid-19 and 75 deaths on Wednesday.
In response to the surge in infections, Mr Niedzielski said stricter enforcement of mandatory mask wear and social distancing could be introduced.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 8:23 PM
Voice: Covid Plan A is not working
Winter is coming and coronavirus infection rates are skyrocketing but government is doing nothing about it, says political sketch editorTom peck.
Here is his verdict from the Secretary of Health’s press conference on the coronavirus a few hours ago:
“And so, came out the Secretary of Health, Sajid Javid. And what did he have to say? Well, really nothing. Keep doing your best. Keep on going.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 8:04 PM
Eligible people must book Covid booster jabs immediately, says Javid
Eligible people can reserve Covid-19 boosters before receiving an invitation from the NHS, the government said.
Doses are available for those who received their second vaccine more than six months ago.
Speaking earlier at a coronavirus press conference, Sajid Javid said: ‘If you have not been invited within a week of reaching this six month milestone, please log into the national service. and book online, or call 119, not just to save lives but to keep your freedoms too.
It is estimated that 4.05 million booster doses have been administered in England so far.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 7:46 PM
The Taoiseach says Ireland’s proximity to UK is responsible for high Covid cases
Public health experts believe Ireland’s proximity to the UK is one of the reasons for its high level of coronavirus infections, Micheal Martin said.
Asked by Labor leader Alan Kelly why cases had increased so rapidly, the Taoiseach said another factor was the increase in indoor activity due to the cold.
Mr Kelly then criticized Mr Martin for the government’s plans to reopen the hospitality industry, suggesting that an appropriate framework was not in place, including advice on ventilation.
“It is impractical and incomprehensible. The government should have consulted in advance, ”Kelly said of the plans.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 7:31 PM
Government not doing enough to protect public this winter, Ashworth warns
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the government’s handling of a peak in Covid-19 cases “falls short of protecting the public this winter”.
He added: “The so-called Covid defense wall is collapsing and today we needed a plan to rebuild it.
“Despite a shocking warning about the daily cases, we had a complacent press conference from the Secretary of Health who, while the antiviral announcement was welcome, did not come up with any action to bring the vaccination program under control. tottering. ”
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 7:06 PM
‘Vital’ Covid Pills Could Be Given To Vulnerable People This Winter
Vulnerable people could benefit from antiviral drugs that reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19, the government said.
The antivirals, known as molnupiravir and PF-07321332 / ritonavir, will be supplied by Merck and Pfizer, respectively, and may be deployed to patients this winter.
In total, ministers have ordered 730,000 courses of medication.
Our scientific correspondent Samuel lovett has all the details:
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 6:54 PM
Labor slams Health Secretary for ‘occasional’ dismissal of threat to NHS
The shadow health secretary denounced his counterpart Sajid Javid, saying the government was “relaxed” in its rejection of threats to the NHS.
After calling the pressures on health services “immense,” Jonathan Ashworth said: “I was frankly shocked at the flippancy with which the Secretary of Health fired them.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 6:32 PM
Javid encourages conservative MPs to wear masks
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has hinted that Tory MPs should wear masks.
In a question posed during the press conference, the FT Sebastian Payne pointed out that many of the Health Secretary’s peers did not wear face coverings in the Commons this week, as the government now urged the public to take the same precaution.
In response, the minister said: “I think that is a very fair point.”
“We also have a role to play in setting an example as individuals, I think that’s a very fair point and I’m sure a lot of people will have heard you,” he said.
Rory sullivanOctober 20, 2021 6:26 PM