UK Covid Live: Oxford vaccine team given honours

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine mastermind Professor Sarah Gilbert and the ex-chair of the UK vaccine taskforce Kate Bingham are both recognised with damehoods. Researchers Andrew Pollard, Peter Horby, Martin Landray, Catherine Green, Teresa Lambe and Adrian Hill are among those also honoured. Professor Gilbert becomes a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her key role in creating the jab, which has gone into the arms of tens of millions of people around the world.

Public Health England estimates the vaccination programme has prevented 42,000 hospital admissions and more than 14,000 deaths in older adults in England alone.

Venture capitalist Ms Bingham is similarly honoured after overseeing the acquisition of the millions of vaccine doses now giving hope to the nation that the fight against the virus is being won. She hailed the efforts to develop jabs as “a triumph of scientific and industrial collaboration”.

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Vallance says Delta varient increasing in UK

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance would not be drawn on the decisions facing ministers about England’s road map, but noted the “Delta variant increasing in the UK”. At a briefing for journalists at the G7 summit, Sir Patrick again suggested that there would be “durable” lessons from the pandemic even once restrictions are eased.

“One can think of areas like continued hand hygiene, testing continues to be important – and there’s an opportunity on the back of what’s happened to think about more regular testing for infectious agents, including applying that to regular seasons flu and other winter viruses as we expect there to be increased pressure from coronavirus in the winter again. “Self-isolation on symptoms, really important and will remain so – and I think that’s actually a lesson for all infectious diseases, to be more willing to be able to take time off if you are ill and self-isolate. “And ventilation is clearly important – ventilation in buildings is going to be a critically important thing.

“So I think there are a few things that one could think of even when you are past the immediate problems that many countries face now.”


Nearly 500k jabs handed out over past day

Government data up to June 11 shows that of the 70,741,984 jabs given in the UK so far, 41,291,331 were first doses – a rise of 202,846 on the previous day. Some 29,450,653 were second doses, an increase of 285,513.


EU president commits to 700 million vaccines for other countries by end of 2021

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has pledged 700 million doses by the end of this year – and two billion by the end of 2022. She pledged the doses to WHO’s COVAX programme that shares out vaccines to countries that cannot afford them.


The UK recorded a further 12 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday as official figures showed cases had risen by more than 50 per cent in a week.

There were a total of 7,738 new infections on June 12. Over the last week 47,868 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 52.5 per cent compared to the previous 7 days.


0 Covid-19 deaths reported in Ireland

A further 431 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland.

On Saturday morning, there were 58 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 22 were in intensive care.


Leeds Rhinos announce four further coronavirus cases

Leeds Rhinos’ next Super League fixture against Catalans Dragons in the south of France looks certain to be called off after the club announced another four positive Covid-19 cases. The Rhinos’ round nine match with St Helens, which was due to be played at Headingley on Friday night, was postponed after two players reported positive test results, with several others forced to self-isolate as a result. Now the total of positives has gone up to six, with another seven players forced to isolate after coming into close contact, the Rugby Football League’s multiple case group has announced the closure of Leeds’ training ground for five days.

The club will carry out a further round of PCR testing on Monday, five days after their last training session together.


7,705,141 jabs given to Londoners

NHS England data shows a total of 7,705,141 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and June 11, including 4,700,982 first doses and 3,004,159 second doses. This compares with 6,436,052 first doses and 4,857,705 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 11,293,757. The breakdown for the other regions is:

– East of England: 4,111,883 first doses and 2,999,288 second doses, making 7,111,171 in total – North East and Yorkshire: 5,353,886 first and 3,953,437 second doses (9,307,323) – North West: 4,352,280 first and 3,160,805 second doses (7,513,085)

– South East: 5,613,259 first and 4,094,493 second doses (9,707,752) – South West: 3,642,636 first and 2,818,836 second doses (6,461,472)


Scotland: Two deaths and more than 1,000 new Covid cases

Scotland has recorded two deaths and more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The latest daily figures show 1,030 newly-reported infections of Covid-19.

However, the Scottish Government said it is aware of a delay at the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow, which may mean tests and cases reported over the last 48 hours were fewer than in the previous days. On Saturday, the test positivity rate stood at 4.1 per cent. A total of 3,477,378 people have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 2,402,700 have had a second.


Almost 60 million vaccines administered in England

A total of 59,460,783 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and June 11, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 428,780 on the previous day.

NHS England said 34,499,129 were first doses, a rise of 177,139 on the previous day, while 24,961,654 were a second dose, an increase of 251,641.


Moscow mayor makes June 15-19 non-working days amid COVID rise

Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, on Saturday said June 15 to 19 would be non-working days and that all bars, restaurants and venues should close by 11 p.m. in the capital until June 20 amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

“To stop the rising rate of sickness and to save lives, today I signed a decree providing for non-working days from 15 to 19 June 2021 with pay for employees,” Mr Sobyanin said on his official blog.

He said the decision would not affect organisations that maintain the city’s infrastructure and the military.