Boris Johnson hints at U-turn on amber watchlist
Boris Johnson’s government has denied claims that Covid’s travel rules assessment system was left “rudderless” after the head of the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) left her post.
The development comes as the government faces accusations that the international travel system is in “chaos” after proposals for a new category of Amber Watchlist were dropped.
Earlier on Tuesday, it emerged that Dr Clare Gardiner had stepped down as chief executive of JBC – the crucial data body that advises ministers on restrictions – with no successors in place.
A health commentator, meanwhile, said England could be “on the brink” of the third wave of Covid-19 infections.
Jamie Jenkins, former head of health statistics at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said AML cases in England and Wales have been declining since July 19 and “we may start to overtake the hill now “regarding deaths.
“We’re probably on the wave of the wave right now,” he said, but added, “Let’s be a little cautious as the fall season approaches.”
What changes have been made to the NHS app to make pingemia easier?
The NHS Covid-19 app was significantly changed on Monday, so that fewer contacts will be asked to self-isolate after a surge in the number of respondents since the lockdown restrictions ended last month.
My colleague Joe middleton provides an overview of all the changes in this explainer:
Chiara Giordano3 August 2021 14:30
Scotland to lift most coronavirus restrictions next Monday, Sturgeon says
Most of the legal restrictions on coronaviruses in Scotland are due to be lifted on August 9, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament.
Follow our last minute story for more on this:
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 2:08 PM
Scotland to remove most restrictions and remaining Covid system levels, says Nicola Sturgeon
Scotland will remove most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions from Monday and end use of its tier system, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 2:05 PM
New Look sales rebound
New Look said larger shopping sprees have offset the drop in footfall as the fashion retailer seeks to recover from a difficult year amid the pandemic.
The high street brand revealed that total revenue more than doubled for the first quarter of the current year.
However, it came as the company also announced that sales fell 40% to £ 542.2million for the year to March in its last full year of trading.
Managing Director Nigel Oddy said New Look’s numbers for last year “clearly do not reflect the health of the business as it stands today.”
The company confirmed in its accounts that it closed 39 stores to increase its portfolio to 472 sites by year-end.
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 1:40 PM
Launch of a study to find the best Covid vaccine gap for pregnant women
A clinical trial is being launched to determine the best time to give pregnant women their second dose of a Covid vaccine, the government said.
Under current guidelines, most people are told to leave a gap of at least eight weeks between their first and second jab.
Matt Mathers has more details:
Chiara Giordano3 August 2021 13:30
New PPE for medical staff hailed as a “game changer”
A hospital consultant hailed the development of new balaclavas for medical staff as a “real game changer”.
The full face shield, with a large transparent visor that can be worn as personal protective equipment (PPE), was designed free of charge.
Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems partnered with Lancashire-based family business Lancastle to create what has become the Morecambe Bay Hood.
During the pandemic, images of healthcare workers wearing often uncomfortable PPE for hours on long shifts have become familiar.
The makers of the new hood said it provided a continuous flow of clean filtered air, significantly reduced “fogging” and helped improve communication between staff and patients, as facial expressions can be seen more. clearly and lip reading is easier.
Motorized air-purifying respirators are expected to be deployed to hospital wards in Lancashire and southern Cumbria in the coming weeks.
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 1:05 PM
Government denies travel rules system ‘rudderless’ after data agency chief leaves
Boris Johnson’s government has denied claims that Covid’s crucial travel rules assessment system was left “rudderless” after the head of the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) left her post.
The move comes as the government has been accused of being in “chaos” of the international travel system after proposals for a new category of Amber Watchlist were dropped.
My colleague Adam forrest has more on this:
Chiara GiordanoAugust 3, 2021 12:39
Inexpensive Covid Drug Could Fight Heavy Periods, Study Finds
Dexamethasone – the inexpensive drug that’s used to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals – could also be used to fight heavy periods, a new study suggests.
If approved for use, the steroid could offer a new treatment option for women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding – the first option in 20 years.
Many women who experience a heavy period, also known as menorrhagia, are offered treatment with an interuterine system, which is a hormone-releasing device inserted into the uterine cavity.
But some are unhappy with the side effects and the new trial, from the University of Edinburgh, could lead to an alternative treatment.
Chiara GiordanoAugust 3, 2021 12:21
The Joint Biosafety Center “continues to function regularly” despite the departure of the director, according to the government
The Joint Biosafety Center “continues to operate steadily” despite the departure of chief executive Clare Gardiner, the health and social affairs ministry said.
Dr Gardiner, who was seconded to this post in June 2020, previously served as Director of National Resilience and Strategy at the National Cyber Security Center and returned to “a role in national security.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: “The Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) is part of the UK Health Security Agency and is professionally headed by the Chief Executive Officer.
“The former Director General (DG) has returned as planned to a role in national security.
“JBC continues to operate steadily under strong interim arrangements.
“A formal open competitive recruitment process has been completed and the new CEO will be announced imminently.”
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 11:58 AM
Amber Watchlist, Amber Plus and Green Watchlist are all ready to go, travel expert says
Travel expert Paul Charles, director of consultancy firm The PC Agency, said he expected further changes to the rules this week – saying “high-level” sources told him the categories “amber plus” and “green watch list” would also be deleted.
Chiara GiordanoAug 3, 2021 11:27 AM