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London Covid rates: Omicron in retreat as cases down in most boroughs
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London Covid rates: Omicron in retreat as cases down in most boroughs

Covid cases have fallen in almost all London boroughs indicating that Omicron is in retreat in the capital, official figures have revealed. Confirmed cases were down in 26 out of 32 boroughs in the week to January 5, according to the latest Government data. Just four local authorities saw infection rates increase by any significant margin. All boroughs recorded fewer...

Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date
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Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date

Boris Johnson has already been forced to introduce social restrictions to combat the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and rocketing infection numbers in January could ultimately see him forced to tighten them still further. The prime minister has already brought back mandatory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, cinemas, theatres and places of worship, asked citizens to work from home where possible...

Fewer Covid deaths reported in weekly update
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Fewer Covid deaths reported in weekly update

The number of people who died with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in Scotland fell in the week to Sunday, according to the latest figures. National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics show that in the week to December 19, 68 deaths were registered that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, down 17 on the previous week. As of Sunday,...

Covid-19 boosters for millions more as Omicron cases increase
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Covid-19 boosters for millions more as Omicron cases increase

Covid-19 booster jabs will be available to millions more people in England this week as cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise. The national booking system will open to everyone aged 30 to 39 from Monday so they can make appointments to get a booster three months on from their second Covid-19 jab. The move comes amid concerns...

Covid boosters to be recommended for younger adults ‘within hours’, says minister
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Covid boosters to be recommended for younger adults ‘within hours’, says minister

Top scientists advising Boris Johnson’s government are set to unveil new guidance on extending the rollout of Covid booster shots to younger adults on Monday, a health minister has said. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has been asked to consider boosters for under-40s, as well as reducing the gap between second doses and boosters....

Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says
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Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says

Face masks should be worn in communal areas in England’s schools and colleges as part of efforts to slow the spread of the omicron Covid variant, the government has said. Pupils in year 7 and above, plus staff and visitors, are being “strongly advised” to wear a face covering under the “temporary and precautionary” measure, which will take...

Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans
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Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans

Angela Merkel’s husband has accused unvaccinated Germans of “laziness”, amid calls for the introduction of mandatory coronavirus jabs to combat a dramatic rise in infections. Germany’s Covid-19 resurgence has in part been blamed on its vaccination rate of 68%, which is relatively low compared with western European nations such as France, Italy and Spain. “It...

Tesco Christmas ad: 1,500 complain over Santa with Covid vaccine passport
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Tesco Christmas ad: 1,500 complain over Santa with Covid vaccine passport

Tesco’s festive TV ad featuring Santa Claus bearing a Covid vaccine passport has prompted more than 1,500 complaints, making it the most complained-about advert of the year. The advert, titled “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”, shows the public determined to enjoy a proper Christmas with family and friends after lockdown restrictions prevented gatherings last year. However, in...

Government confirms Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for NHS frontline staff
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Government confirms Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for NHS frontline staff

The government has confirmed it will make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for frontline NHS staff from 1 April next year. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, health secretary Sajid Javid said after considering thousands of responses to a consultation launched in the summer, “I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and...

Vulnerable HIV patient inside detention centre where Covid is rife ‘left without life-saving treatment for 7 days’
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Vulnerable HIV patient inside detention centre where Covid is rife ‘left without life-saving treatment for 7 days’

A vulnerable HIV patient held inside an immigration detention centre has been “left without life-saving treatment and his antidepressants for seven days.” The man, 42, who has asked to remain anonymous, relies on the treatment to reduce his viral load to undetectable levels – but a Covid-19 outbreak that has ripped through the centre has...