#AceHealthReport – July.01: Minister tells England fans not to travel to Italy for Euro quarter-finals: Roughly 400 of these fans were at Wembley to see the game, while the others watched from elsewhere in the English capital.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – #COVID19 Scotland game in London linked to rise in cases as Downing Street warns England fans against Rome trip as they have to self-isolate for 5-days meaning they will miss the match with almost 1,300 people in Scotland tested positive for coronavirus after travelling to London to watch a Euro 2020 match, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed according to the Independent today….
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Fans have been urged not to travel to Italy to watch England’s Euro 2020 quarter final clash with Ukraine as coronavirus restrictions mean those who were lucky in the ballot cannot use their tickets.
The side’s landmark 2-0 defeat of Germany set up the clash in Rome but rules in Italy for arrivals from the UK mean fans would face five days of quarantine, which would see them miss the match this Saturday.
The FA was entitled to an allocation of 2,560, equating to 16 per cent of the agreed capacity of 16,000 at the Stadio Olimpico, but will not take this up, meaning those tickets will go on general sale.
It added it was working with Uefa and the British Embassy in Italy to “facilitate” ticket sales to English residents in Italy, which is also on the UK’s amber list requiring self-isolation for 10 days upon return.1625062939
Downing Street urges England fans not to travel to Rome
Downing Street has urged fans not to travel to Rome for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final tie with Ukraine on Saturday.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “People should not be travelling to amber list countries.
“Obviously we appreciate how fans will want to do everything possible to support the England team but we do need to balance that against the need to protect public health.
“We would urge everyone to comply with the guidelines and rules that we have in place.”
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 15:221625062548
Long Covid cases under-reported in NHS GP records, study finds
Cases of Long Covid are under reported in NHS GP records, researchers have found.
Through analysing the GP records of 57.9 million patients in England, they found formally recorded diagnoses of Long Covid are substantially lower than previous survey estimates.
The researchers say the results raise important questions about how the disease is diagnosed, recorded and managed by the NHS.
Samuel Osborne30 June 2021 15:151625061919
NHS prepared for spike in admissions of Covid patients to intensive care, says Downing Street
Downing Street has said the NHS is prepared for an increase in admissions of coronavirus patients to intensive care.
New figures show the number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England’s hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said the increase had been anticipated and that the country remained in a “good position” to continue with the lifting of lockdown restrictions later this month.
“We have put in a number of additional measures, not least additional ventilators, so we are prepared for this,” the spokesman said.
“As we have said all along, we know cases will rise, sadly we know that will lead to an increase in hospitalisations and whilst the increase has not been as significant as in the past we have seen numbers increase.
“We are aware of the huge challenge this pandemic continues to pose to the country but it is thanks to the significant defences that we have built up through our vaccination programme that we have been able to be one of the most unlocked countries in Europe and in a good position still to take a further step later this month.”
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 15:051625061348
Scotland records three more coronavirus deaths
Scotland has recorded three coronavirus deaths and 3,887 cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish government figures show.
It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – stands at 7,716.
The daily test positivity rate is 9.8 per cent, down from 11.6 per cent the previous day.
A total of 235 people were in hospital on Monday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 20, with 19 patients in intensive care, down one.
So far, 3,799,467 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,712,237 have received their second dose.
Samuel Osborne30 June 2021 14:551625060628
Education secretary says he wants to end regular Covid testing for schoolchildren ‘at earliest and most realistic possible stage’
The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has told MPs he wants to end regular Covid-19 testing for schoolchildren “at the earliest and most realistic possible stage”.
Conservative former chief whip Mark Harper, who chairs the lockdown sceptic Covid Recovery Group, said: “He’s clearly I think indicating where he wants to go on getting rid of bubbles. I’m not really sure though why we can’t do it now because we’re then going to cause a huge problem for the rest of term, we’re not going to give a lot of time for teachers and schools to prepare for the autumn.”
On testing, Mr Harper said: “Given we’ve now vaccinated all of those adults at risk of being seriously ill from Covid, is he really suggesting – given that Covid is going to be endemic – that for the rest of time we’re going to be testing our schoolchildren on a regular basis?
“I think we need to move back to normal. Once we’ve protected everyone who is vulnerable to Covid – children are not largely – we need to get back to normal, not ensuring that our children have to be continually tested for the entirety of their school careers.”
Mr Williamson replied: “We do want to see schools return to normality and we don’t want children to feel as if there’s an extra layer of things that they have to do that we as adults don’t have to do and I think that is very important.”
He said testing has been an “incredibly important tool” in helping schools return and the issue is “under review”, adding: “Much longer-term do I see testing as something that we expect children to continuously do always in the future? No I don’t, and I ideally want to move away from that at the earliest and most realistic possible stage.”
Samuel Osborne30 June 2021 14:431625059788
Official Covid-19 symptoms list may miss ‘many cases’, experts warn
The official list of Covid-19 symptoms should be expanded as the existing one could “miss many Covid-19 cases”, experts have argued.
The UK should follow other countries and include a broader range of symptoms that have been linked to a Covid-19 infection, according to a group of scientists, including one of the experts advising the Government on the pandemic response.
Classic symptoms of Covid-19, according to the NHS website, are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change to a person’s sense of smell or taste.
But the most commonly reported symptoms by people taking part in the Office for National Statistics Covid-19 Infection Survey are cough, headache and fatigue.
The latest ONS release shows 61 per cent of people who tested positive reported symptoms.
Of these, 42 per cent had a cough, 39 per cent reported headache and 38 per cent reported fatigue, according to the ONS.
Muscle ache was reported by a quarter of people and 32 per cent reported having a sore throat.
Meanwhile a third reported fever and 21 per cent reported loss of smell and 15 per cent reported loss of taste.
Samuel Osborne30 June 2021 14:291625058940
Covid patients on ventilators at highest level for more than two months
The number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England’s hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months, new figures show.
Analysis by the PA news agency shows that the average number of patients in hospitals in England is also climbing, with younger people driving the rise.
The average number of patients with Covid-19 in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to the NHS England figures.
This is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, having dipped as low as 113 on May 29.
The number is still far below the peak of the second wave, when the average hit a high of 3,676 on January 26.
But the trend suggests there is still enough of a link between Covid-19 infection and hospital admissions to result in a growing number of people needing intensive treatment.
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 14:151625058054
Government resists Tory MPs’ calls to scrap ‘fearful’ daily Covid figures
Boris Johnson’s government has resisted calls from Conservative backbenchers to stop releasing daily Covid-19 figures, amid concern that regular statistics create a “fear factor”.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said daily updates on case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths made people “irrational” – calling on the government to “stop it now”.
Adam Forrest has more details here:
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 14:001625057214
Police tell England fans they are prepared for ‘football to come home’
Police have said they are prepared for “football coming home” after huge celebrations over England’s victory over Germany in the Euros.
Senior officers reminded football fans that “we are still in a pandemic” and said they may have to disperse crowds if they become disorderly or breach Covid laws.
Our home affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden has more on this story below:
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 13:461625056300
Almost 1,300 new cases linked to Scottish fans travelling to London for Euro match
Almost 1,300 people in Scotland tested positive for coronavirus after travelling to London to watch a Euro 2020 match, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has confirmed.
Roughly 400 of these fans were at Wembley to see the game, while the others watched from elsewhere in the English capital.
Rory Sullivan has more details:
Chiara Giordano30 June 2021 13:31:
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