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The R number in the UK is between 0.9 and 1.0 according to the latest estimate
The last estimate of the United Kingdom R number – The average number of people any person infected with coronavirus has dropped to 0.9-1.0 For the first time since mid-August. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the stricter measures implemented in recent weeks are having an impact,” said Liam Smeeth of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in a Explanation. “A phase of phased action in December is now warranted to allow for the social mingling at Christmas that is so important to many. I suspect another breaker might be needed in January or possibly February as Christmas is going to put such pressure on transfer rates, “Smeeth said.
His comments can be found in documents of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) dated November 5 released today. “Many of the celebrations involve families and households traveling across the country or internationally. If there are regional differences in prevalence, it can lead to infection of areas with high to low prevalence, ”warned SAGE.
The SAGE report added that increased transmission from a brief period of relaxation, as is expected within the framework of the UK Christmas schedule, could possibly be compensated for by “implementing sufficiently restrictive measures of sufficient duration before and / or after the event”. Preliminary modeling suggests that for every day measures are relaxed, it would take five days of rigorous action to keep the epidemic in check. However, it added: “Given the potential for increased intergenerational intermingling and vulnerability to more vulnerable people, offsetting is very preferable to the longer period. A period of high transmission in December will lead to an increase in infections in January. “
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Coronavirus Cases and hospital stays in the US continued to increase about Thanksgiving. As of Thursday, 110,611 new cases and 1,232 new deaths were recorded in the U.S. On the same day, 90,481 people with covid-19 were hospitalized, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
In Denmark there are concerns that have been managed Mink infected with the coronavirus can have escaped and could spread the virus to wild animals. Sten Mortensen, veterinary research manager at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, said the Guardian that a few thousand minks flee farms every year and that there is a risk that 5 percent of those who escaped this year are infected with Covid-19.
The global Covid-19 death toll has exceeded 1.43 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 61.2 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
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Most of England will be subjected to the two most severe restrictions next week
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced What parts of England will be under what grade? of restrictions following the end of the statewide lockdown on December 2nd. The toughest measures are being applied in the parts of the country where cases and pressures on the NHS are highest, Hancock told Parliament today. In particular, the government will use five criteria to determine the level for each area, which will be reviewed every 14 days. These include fall rates in all age groups, fall rates in people over 60, the rate at which cases are rising or falling, the test positivity rate, and the estimated pressure on the NHS in a given area. “Current epidemiological evidence and clinical recommendations show that we need to make the stages tougher than before to protect the NHS during the winter months and prevent another national lockdown,” added Hancock.
Under the New rulesAround 55 million people are still not allowed to meet people from other households indoors – according to the rules of levels two and three. Approximately 23 million people will be subject to the highest restrictions – level three – including the cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. This means that they are only allowed to meet people from other households in certain outdoor public areas such as parks with a maximum group size of six people. Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are subject to Tier 1 rules, which means that people in groups of no more than six are allowed to mix with people from other households indoors. Gyms and hairdressers are allowed to open all over England.
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The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the African Union, said a mass vaccination against the coronavirus is in progress It is unlikely to start in countries in Africa until the middle of next year. “We are very concerned as a continent that we will not have timely access to vaccines,” said the agency’s director, John Nkengasong, at a press conference. “In my opinion it won’t be [the] In the middle of next year, before we really start getting vaccinated in Africa, ”he said. The US, Germany and the UK plan to introduce vaccines next month. Nkengasong said there will also be key logistical problems in many African countries, especially in countries with hot climates and problems with electricity supplies as most vaccines need to be kept cool.
The Covid-19 pandemic could Take back profits in gender equality, according to a report by UN Women. As more people around the world stay at home due to lockdowns and other restrictions, the need for chores has increased, the report said. Analysis of data from 38 countries, however, shows that while all people have increased their unpaid workload, “women still make up the lion’s share”. The report also found that women are more intensely caring than men. “Anything we’ve worked for that took 25 years could be lost in a year,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director BBC.
Germany will extend its partial suspension until at least December 20 and limits private gatherings to a maximum of five people from up to two different households. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the goal is to reduce the number of new coronavirus cases in every region of the country to below 50 per 100,000 people per week. From todayOnly two of the country’s 16 federal states have case rates below this level. “We must continue to pursue this goal,” Merkel told journalists in Berlin today.
The global Covid-19 death toll has exceeded 1.42 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 60.6 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
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Government scientific advisors warn of a UK Christmas schedule that is likely to spike in some cases
Scientists advise the British government warned that his plan to relax restrictions There is likely to be an increase in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths during the holiday season. “There is likely to be a third wave of infections, with hospitals overcrowded and more unnecessary deaths,” Andrew Hayward of University College London, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), told the Newsnight program BBC. Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also a member of SAGE, said that Guardian that the relaxation of the rules could result in the need for further lockdown measures in the new year. “I think it is inevitable that if a lot of people take this risk, even if it is a small risk, a lot of people will end up in the hospital and possibly have to take action in January to re-lock.” said Medley.
Under the government new instructionsPeople across the UK are allowed to gather in groups of three households of unlimited size around Christmas for a period of five days. “All governments agreed that we should balance the need to protect public health by allowing people to be with loved ones.” said Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove.
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Senior US health advisor Anthony Fauci urged people in the country to do so Avoid gathering for Thanksgivingconsistent with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Keep the meetings, the indoor meetings, as small as possible. We all know how difficult it is because this is such a beautiful, traditional holiday. But by making that sacrifice, you are preventing people from becoming infected, ”he told ABC’s Good Morning America program today. “A victim could save life and disease now and make the future a lot brighter if we get through this,” said Fauci. “We’ll make it through this. Vaccines are on the horizon,” he added.
ONE Study that analyzed coronavirus genome sequences Of 46,723 people around the world with coronavirus found that none of the identified mutations caused the virus to spread faster. The researchers discovered 12,706 positions in the genome with mutations. “Fortunately, we have found that none of these mutations are causing Covid-19 to spread faster, but we need to remain vigilant and continue to monitor new mutations, especially as vaccines are introduced,” said Lucy van Dorp of University College London, one of the lead researchers on the study said in a Explanation. The study is published in the journal Communication with nature.
The global Covid-19 death toll has exceeded 1.41 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 59.9 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
According to Russia, the Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95 percent effective
The Russian government says preliminary results from trials with its coronavirus vaccine candidate Sputnik V showed this more than 95 percent effective after two doses. This is an increase over that 92 percent effectiveness Reported for the Sputnik V vaccine earlier this month. The latest results are based on a study with approximately 19,000 volunteers. Sputnik V is based on a similar viral vector technology as that in the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine Candidate who, according to initial results, can be up to 90 percent effective. However, a full comparison between the two vaccines will only be possible once all the data is published, said Ian Jones of the University of Reading, UK, in one Explanation.
Any dose of the vaccine would cost less than $ 10according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). “It is more than twice as cheap as other vaccines with the same effectiveness,” said the head of the RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, in a briefing.
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UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was possible social distancing measures could remain in place When vaccines are introduced, it will determine how effective they are in preventing the transmission of coronavirus in addition to preventing symptomatic Covid-19. Hancock spoke today during a joint meeting of the UK Health and Science Committees. He also said the NHS should routinely test people for illnesses like flu after the coronavirus pandemic and that he believes the British culture of “going on” and going to work while sick should come to an end.
The British government announced the introduction of a new “Test and Release” system in England on December 15, so that passengers from certain high-risk countries can end their quarantine early if they carry out a negative coronavirus test after five days of quarantine. Passengers must book their tests with a provider from a government approved list and pay for their own tests. The new system “gives passengers the confidence to book international travel in the knowledge that they can return home and isolate for a shorter period of time if they test negative,” the government said in a statement.
A Microsoft Excel bug that resulted in 15,841 cases not being immediately forwarded to the UK contact tracing system between September 25 and October 2, has potentially been linked to 125,000 subsequent cases and 1500 deaths Model by researchers at the University of Warwick, UK.
In the week ending November 13, there were 2,466 deaths from Covid-19 in England and Wales, representing 20.1 percent of all deaths that week in England and Wales National Statistics Office. This is an increase from the previous week, in which 1937 people died from Covid-19.
The global death toll from Covid-19 has exceeded 1.40 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 59.4 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
The UK is well on its way to vaccinating high-risk groups in December, according to the Oxford vaccine researcher
People in risk groups in the UK may be able to get one Coronavirus vaccine by DecemberAdrian Hill of Oxford University said today that cans will be available to the general public by next spring. Hill is the head of the institute behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine candidate, the can be up to 90 percent effective according to preliminary results published today. “I think we are on the right track for the timeline […] to begin rolling out this vaccine in December, ”said Hill. “Hopefully there will be a vaccine for all adults, but that’s probably more spring than January.” In addition to Great Britain, there are also governments in the USA and Germany Preparing to vaccinate some people In December.
The UK has pre-ordered 100 million doses of vaccine candidate Oxford-AstraZeneca, as well as 40 million doses of vaccine candidate Pfizer-BioNTech and 5 million doses of the Moderna candidate. “Most of the vaccine rollout program will take place in January, February and March. And we hope things can return to normal sometime after Easter, ”said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today. It is not yet clear how long immunity generated by coronavirus vaccines could last.
COVAX – a global coronavirus vaccine allocation coalition with the World Health Organization – has been working on this Stop governments from hoarding vaccines and ensure that the most vulnerable groups in each country are vaccinated first. Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine is already part of COVAX, which aims to distribute around 2 billion doses at a maximum price of $ 3 per dose to 92 low and middle income countries. In one Explanation AstraZeneca announced today that WHO will be soliciting an emergency inventory list to expedite access to its vaccine candidate in low-income countries.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further details over England’s planned return to a three tier system of coronavirus restrictions after nationwide lockdown ends December 2nd. Parliament will vote on the plan later this week. Under the new system, more areas will be placed at the higher levels than before the current nationwide lockdown. On Thursday the government will confirm which regions will fall under which levels. This will be based on an analysis of cases of all ages, especially those over 60, as well as the rate at which cases are rising and falling and current and projected pressures on the NHS in the region, Johnson told Parliament in today Consistent with recommendations from the government’s Emergency Scientific Advisory Group. Johnson also revealed plans for a program of mass testing, similar to that held as part of a Pilot in Liverpoolto be rolled out in all third-tier areas in England after the lockdown ends. Rapid coronavirus testing is already underway at the NHS and nursing homes, with the goal of allowing each resident of a nursing home two visitors, who can be tested twice a week by the end of the year, Johnson said.
Covid-19 In the USA, hospital stays continue to increase, with a new record of 83,870 people hospitalized with the disease in the country on Sunday. There were Reports of crowds at US airports before Thanksgiving this week, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned against traveling for the National Day. Senior US health advisor Anthony Fauci warned yesterday that spikes in cases would not become visible until weeks after Thanksgiving. He said CBS This could lead to a “very difficult” situation as winter approaches.
The global Covid-19 death toll has exceeded 1.39 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 58.8 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
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The draft plan from NHS England provides for comprehensive vaccination of adults by early April
A draft of NHS England’s plan for the introduction of a coronavirus vaccine calls for all willing adults in England to be fully vaccinated by early April, provided that adequate doses and other vital supplies are available. According to NHS England’s draft Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Program, disclosed in a leaked November 13 document by HSJMost doses of the potential vaccine would be given between early January and mid-March, at a rate between 4 and 5 million per week. The vaccinations would take place at thousands of “community mass vaccination centers” organized by local GPs, with additional “large mass vaccination centers” in stadiums and conference centers. Priority will be given to healthcare workers and nursing home residents who will start vaccinating in early December, followed by those aged 80 and over, those in their seventies, and those in their late sixties. Adults under 50 could start vaccinating in late January, with the majority being vaccinated in March. The draft plan calls for more than 7 million doses of a vaccine to be available by December. The document makes no mention of which vaccine is used, and it is not known how many doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available by then. The document also gives very few details on how the NHS will overcome the significant logistical problems in the supply of vaccines that require tightly temperature-controlled supply chains.
The US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech have applied to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today Emergency approval for their coronavirus vaccine candidate in the United States. This week, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was found to be 95 percent effective in Phase III clinical trials. The UK government did 40 million cans pre-ordered of Pfizer vaccines and recently signed an initial agreement with US pharmaceutical company Moderna for 5 million cans preliminary results show the vaccine candidate is nearly 95 percent effective.
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Coronavirus infections in England can flatten outAccording to the latest results of a random swab test survey by the National Statistics Office. The estimated daily new infections in England fell slightly to 38,900 new cases per day in the week ended November 14, compared with 47,700 the previous week. “Those numbers would be the first where we could hope the national lockdown is starting to take effect,” said James Naismith of the University of Oxford in one Explanation. “We know that social restrictions are the most effective way to reduce the number of new infections.”
The World Health Organization has recommended Ebola treatment Remdesivir should not be used in people hospitalized with covid-19. The FDA approved remdesivir for use in people over 12 years of age who were hospitalized with covid-19 in the last month. “The studies reported so far have shown no effects of remdesivir on survival,” said Martin Landray of the University of Oxford in a Explanation. “This is a drug that has to be given intravenously for 5 to 10 days and costs around £ 2000 per class. So remdesivir is not cheap, not convenient, and does not affect the mortality of the people at highest risk. “
Personal protective equipment ordered by the UK government may have come from factories that do North Korean slave labor Guardian reported.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people in the US not to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day.
The global Covid-19 death toll has exceeded 1.36 million. The number of confirmed cases is loud. More than 57.1 million Johns Hopkins Universityalthough the true number of cases will be much higher.
The British science advisor warns of “considerable risks” if he makes contacts over Christmas
People Mix A researcher advising the UK government warns that there are “significant risks” from various households during the holiday season, particularly for older people who are more prone to severe Covid-19. Socializing during the holidays is likely to lead to increased contact between younger generations “with high levels of infection” and the elderly, said Andrew Hayward of University College London, who is a member of the government’s scientific advisory group on emergencies. “In my personal view, we put way too much emphasis on a near-normal Christmas,” Hayward told BBC Radio 4. “We know that respiratory infections peak in January, so it can only help fuel ins over Christmas Throw fire. ”England entered a four-week nationwide lockdown on November 8th, slated to end on December 2. Next week, the UK government is expected to come up with proposals in December to ease the restrictions.
The city of Hull currently has the highest infection rate in England at 751 per 100,000 people compared to 274 per 100,000 across England. Local MPs have sought help from the UK government, including helping the military run mass tests in the city. The military was deployed last week to help the NHS Mass tests in Liverpool. Die Regierung sagte, ihre Coronavirus-Task Force werde mit den Führern in Hull über Reaktionsmaßnahmen sprechen.
Vorläufige Ergebnisse legen nahe Ein Arthritis-Medikament kann die Ergebnisse verbessern bei schwerem covid-19. Die Ergebnisse, die noch nicht veröffentlicht oder von Experten begutachtet wurden, deuten darauf hin, dass kritisch kranke Covid-19-Patienten, die mit dem entzündungshemmenden Medikament Actemra von Roche behandelt wurden, eher überleben, nachdem sie wegen Covid-19 ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert wurden. Das Medikament, auch Tocilizumab genannt, ist eines von mehreren Medikamenten, die im Rahmen der REMAP-CAP-Studie evaluiert wurden, die in Großbritannien von Forschern des Imperial College London und des National Audit & Research Centre für Intensivmedizin durchgeführt wurde. Andere Studien haben gemischte Ergebnisse zur Wirksamkeit von Tocilizumab bei Covid-19-Patienten gezeigt, sagte Athimalaipet Ramanan von der University of Bristol in a Erklärung.
Der Oxford-AstraZeneca Coronavirus-Impfstoffkandidat ist sicher und induziert eine Immunantwort bei Menschen in den 60ern und 70ernNach Ergebnissen einer Phase-II-Studie, die in der Lanzette. Die Ergebnisse basieren auf einer Studie an 560 Freiwilligen. Die Ergebnisse sind signifikant, da das Risiko für schweres Covid-19 mit dem Alter zunimmt. Daten aus laufenden Phase-III-Studien werden zeigen, ob der Impfstoffkandidat verhindern kann, dass Menschen an Covid-19 erkranken.
Die Zahl der Covid-19-Patienten in US-Krankenhäusern hat im letzten Monat verdoppelt, mit neuen Rekordtageszahlen an Krankenhausaufenthalten, die diese Woche jeden Tag gemeldet werden. Fast 77.000 Menschen wurden am Dienstag und in den USA mit dem covid-19 ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert Mehr als 250.000 Menschen sind gestorben von der Krankheit im Land seit dem Beginn seiner Epidemie.
Die weltweite Zahl der Todesopfer bei Covid-19 hat 1,35 Millionen überschritten. Die Zahl der bestätigten Fälle beträgt laut. Mehr als 56,4 Millionen Johns Hopkins Universität, obwohl die wahre Anzahl der Fälle viel höher sein wird.
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