Coronavirus UK news – Brits could have three Covid jabs by Christmas as death toll sees biggest jump since May

BRITS could have three Covid jabs by Christmas, with officials estimating the drugs will slash coronavirus deaths by up to 90 per cent.

Government adviser Prof Sir John Bell told MPs he was confident we can “hit the New Year with two or three vaccines”.

He added he expects the world-leading Pfizer vaccine to be ready for use by mid-December.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News he hoped to begin deploying the vaccine at the start of December, although elderly patients and those most at risk of catching coronavirus would get it first.

Hancock described the news as "promising" but warned Brits to continue to abide by the second lockdown and follow coronavirus protocols in the short terms as the vaccine was not yet ready for mass roll out.

It comes as UK coronavirus deaths rose by 532 yesterday – the highest the figure has been for six months.

Another 20,412 tested positive for the deadly bug, bringing the total number of positive tests in the UK to 1,233,775.

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    PIERS MORGAN VOWS TO HAVE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE ON LIVE TV

    Piers Morgan has vowed to have the coronavirus vaccine on live TV.

    He has also told anti-vaxxers that they should be banned from flights.

    The GMB host, 55, is known for his opinions and the news we could be close to getting a vaccine to fight Covid-19 is a hot topic for him.

    He tweeted: “To all the anti-vaxxer Covidiots predictably now screaming that they won’t have the jab, let me say this: a) If it’s approved then I will have it done live on TV. b) If you refuse to have it then no more flying for you, and no using the NHS if you get covid. Deal?”

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    PATIENTS HAVE LONG COVID SYMPTOMS SEVEN WEEKS AFTER DISCHARGE

    More than two-thirds of patients hospitalised due to coronavirus continue to suffer from debilitating symptoms more than seven weeks after being discharged, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that 54 days after discharge, 69% of patients were still experiencing fatigue, and 53% were suffering from persistent breathlessness.

    They also found that 34% still had a cough and 15% reported depression.

    In addition 38% of chest radiographs (X-rays) remained abnormal and 9% were getting worse, according to the study carried out in collaboration with clinicians at the Royal Free London and University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.

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    UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL HOME IN DECEMBER

    University students in England will be allowed to travel home in early December so families can be reunited for Christmas under Government guidance for the coronavirus pandemic.

    Institutions will be told by the Department for Education to end in-person teaching and switch to online classes so they can return between December 3-9.

    The boost for students comes as the NHS was preparing to be able to start delivering a potential Covid-19 vaccine from the beginning of next month in the event it is approved.

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    SENIOR TORIES JOIN REBEL GROUP TO OPPOSE A FURTHER NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

    Boris Johnson will face sustained pressure from within his own party not to extend the national lockdown next month after senior Tory backbenchers formed a group to resist any such move.

    Some 32 Conservatives rebelled against the Government when the Commons approved the second lockdown for England which lasts until December 2.

    The Prime Minister said he expects the nation to return to a tiered local system by then and promised MPs a vote for the replacement to the four-week lockdown.

    Former chief whip Mark Harper and ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker will lead the “Covid recovery group” to resist any extension of the measure in the Commons vote.

    Mr Harper said: “The cure we're prescribing runs the risk of being worse than the disease.”

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    MINISTERS LOCKED IN LATE NIGHT TALKS OVER NEW NI RESTRICTIONS

    Stormont ministers were locked in late night negotiations on Tuesday amid efforts to agree new coronavirus restrictions for Northern Ireland.

    There were angry exchanges at the outset of the meeting when the DUP moved to block a proposal from health minister Robin Swann to extend the region's current circuit-break lockdown for two more weeks.

    Mr Swann and senior health officials had warned that Covid-19 cases were likely to spike again in mid-December if the fortnight extension was not approved.

    The DUP has been strongly opposed to extending the full complement of restrictions beyond the original four-week period.

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    CHANGE TO TRAVEL RULES FOR PASSENGERS FROM 'RED' LISTED COUNTRIES

    People travelling to Ireland from “red” listed regions will no longer have to restrict their movements once they receive a negative Covid-19 test after arriving in the country.

    The test must be taken five days after arrival in Ireland.

    The new travel rules are due to come into effect from midnight on November 29.

    The government agreed the changes at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday in a bid to bring Ireland in line with the EU's traffic light system.

    It will have a significant impact on people travelling at Christmas as it will limit the number of days people have to spend in self-isolation once they arrive.

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    COVID MINK STRAIN MAY HAVE 'GRAVE CONSEQUENCES', WARNS HANCOCK

    A new Covid strain passed from mink to humans would have “grave” consequences if it were to spread as it might not respond to a possible vaccine, Matt Hancock said today.

    The Health Secretary told MPs this afternoon that ministers acted “quickly” last week to try and clamp down on any possible cases from Denmark reaching the UK.

    Danish scientists are concerned about one particular mink-related strain, which has been found in 12 people.

    Mr Hancock today warned that the variant “did not fully respond to Covid-19 antibodies” and therefore may have potential knock-on effects on a future vaccine.

    He told the House of Commons: “Although the chance of this variant becoming widespread is low, the consequences should that happen would be grave.”

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    NUMBER OF SCHOOLS WITH PUPILS SELF-ISOLATING DROPS

    Only about 4% of pupils in England were at home because of coronavirus on the day the second lockdown began, Government figures suggest.

    The majority of pupils (between 3.2% and 3.7%) absent from class last week were self-isolating due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside or outside the school, the Department for Education analysis says.

    About 0.3% of pupils were absent as their school was closed for coronavirus-related reasons, 0.3% were off as they suspected they had Covid-19 and 0.1% were off after testing positive for the illness.

    Overall pupil attendance remained the same (89%) on the day new national restrictions came into force in England as on October 15 – the week before some schools went on half-term, the data suggests.

    Around 87% of secondary school pupils were in classes last week, up slightly on 86% three weeks before.

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    WALES SCRAPS END OF YEAR EXAMS FOR 2021

    End of year exams in Wales will be scrapped in 2021, Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams has announced.

    GCSE, AS-level and A-level exams will be replaced by coursework and assessments amid ongoing disruption to schools caused by the coronavirus.

    Ms Williams said the ongoing pandemic made it “impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place” and the decision “removes pressures from learners”.

    She said: “The well-being of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision-making process.

    “In line with the recommendations of both Qualifications Wales and the Independent Review, there will be no exams for GCSE or AS level learners next year. A-level students will also not be required to sit exams.”

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    MORE THAN 15,000 MINK IN US DIED OF CORONAVIRUS SINCE AUGUST

    More than 15,000 mink in the United States have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities are keeping about a dozen farms under quarantine while they investigate the cases, state agriculture officials said.

    Global health officials are eying the animals as a potential risk for people after Denmark last week embarked on a plan to eliminate all of its 17 million mink, saying a mutated coronavirus strain could move to humans and evade future COVID-19 vaccines.

    The US states of Utah, Wisconsin and Michigan – where the coronavirus has killed mink – said they do not plan to cull animals and are monitoring the situation in Denmark.

    “We believe that quarantining affected mink farms in addition to implementing stringent biosecurity measures will succeed in controlling SARS-CoV-2 at these locations,” the US Department of Agriculture told Reuters on Tuesday.

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    BORIS JOHNSON TO MEET BILL GATES TO DISCUSS VACCINE ROLLOUT

    Boris Johnson will meet with Bill Gates to plan a national vaccine rollout plan with the pharma giants.

    The PM and the Microsoft co-founder will hold a roundtable this evening to tackle the coronavirus crisis and discuss future plans to stop more pandemics.

    Mr Gates's foundation – the Bill and Melida Gates Foundation – has helped spearhead research into pandemics and ploughed £27billion into finding a vaccine for coronavirus.

    Speaking to the Wall Street Journal last month, Mr Gates said: “The allocation within the US, and between the US and other countries, will be a very top point of contention.”

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    COPS RAMP UP BORDER CHECKS BETWEEN ENGLAND AND WALES

    Pub patrol police officers have ramped up border checks to stop people in England sneaking over to Wales for a pint.

    Cops have said extra checks will be carried out on drivers after Wales came out of its “firebreak” lockdown yesterday.

    England, however, went on a nationwide lockdown on November 5 following a rise in coronavirus infections.

    A joint operation by officers on both sides of the border has now been launched to catch out English people who attempt to sneak to Wales to “take advantage” of its open pubs.

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    RISE IN DEATH TOLL TODAY WAS HIGHEST IN SIX MONTHS

    UK coronavirus deaths rose by 532 today – the highest the figure has been for six months.

    Today's rise in deaths is the highest it has been since May 1, when 567 Covid fatalities were recorded.

    The figure is considerably bigger than it was last Tuesday, when 317 died with the bug.

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    PIERS MORGAN'S NIECE RECOVERS FROM COVID-19

    Piers Morgan has wished his 'lovely' niece a happy 21st birthday – after having just fought off coronavirus.

    The TV host shared a cute throwback snap of the uncle and niece duo twinned alongside a birthday picture of Georgie on her big day.

    The Good Morning Britain presenter wrote on social media: “Happy 21st to my lovely niece Georgie Tomlinson.

    “She’s just recovered from covid and can’t have a party, but is making the best of it. Have a good one G-Dog!”

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    CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN EUROPE SURPASS 300,000

    More than 300,000 people have died of COVID-19 across Europe, according to a Reuters tally on Tuesday.

    With just 10% of the world's population, Europe accounts for almost a quarter of the 1.2 million deaths globally from the disease, and even its well-equipped hospitals are feeling the strain.

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    SPECIAL SHIPPING FOR PFIZER VACCINE WITH REMOTE TEMPERATURE MONITORING

    The Pfizer vaccine is to be shipped in special storage containers which will keep it at ultra-low temperatures until it is ready to be administered.

    Special GPS trackers will mean that the temperature of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can be remotely monitored to ensure it stays at the correct heat to keep it effective.

    Details of how the vaccine could be transported and stored have emerged following concerns that the NHS may face difficulties handling a vaccine which needs to be stored at -70C.

    But Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he has “confidence” the NHS can deliver the vaccine, should it be granted regulatory approval, despite the logistics involved.

    Pfizer has designed a suitcase-sized container that will keep the doses at -70C for up to 10 days using dry ice. Each container holds around 1,000 doses.

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    GRAN WITH SUSPECTED COVID DIED AFTER OXYGEN TANK EXPLODED

    A granny with suspected Covid burnt to death after an oxygen tank exploded “like a Roman Candle firework” and blew the roof off her home.

    Lynn Hadley, 68, was killed in the blast which destroyed the roof of her end-terraced house in Walsall, West Mids., on Easter Monday, an inquest heard.

    Black Country Coroner's Court heard that ambulance crews had been called to the property after she had started to show symptoms of Covid-19, including breathing difficulties.

    But as crews began oxygen treatment, sparks flew from the device in a way which was compared to a Roman Candle and a “humongous box of sparklers being set off”.

    An inquest was told today how paramedic Emma Spencer shouted “Oh God” as the flames ignited the armchair where Mrs Hadley was sitting.

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    GOVERNMENTS URGED TO WORK TOGETHER TO BETTER ADDRESS THREAT OF VIRUSES

    There must be a balance in weighing up the positives and risks of rolling out any new Covid-19 vaccines, ministers have been told.

    Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Conservative Bill Wiggin urged governments, medical professionals, scientists and regulators to work together in addressing the threat of viruses.

    And the MP for North Herefordshire welcomed the announcement of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, with early data suggesting it protects more than 90% of people from developing Covid symptoms.

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    PFIZER VACCINE IS GLIMMER OF HOPE, WALES' FIRST MINISTER SAYS

    A new vaccine for coronavirus offers a “glimmer of hope” – but its efficacy in older people is currently unknown, Wales' First Minister has said.

    Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Parliament that he was concerned about the “triumphalist way” in which news of the Pfizer vaccine – which could prevent up to 90% of people from getting Covid-19 – had been reported by some.

    He said it was “welcome” that the stage three trial for the vaccine had been met with success, but cautioned it was “not the end of the story at all”.

    He said: “While we look forward to the day when there is a vaccine, we need to be cautious in the way we approach it and not persuade people to act as though coronavirus is over and help is just around the corner.

    “It really isn't going to be like that.”

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    SELF-ISOLATION PERIOD FOR CORONAVIRUS WILL NOT BE CUT IN SCOTLAND

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there are no plans to reduce the self-isolation period for coronavirus in Scotland.

    She was pressed on the issue after it was reported the length of time people are required to stay at home and away from others to try to curb the spread of the disease could be cut from 14 days to 10.

    Dominic Cummings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's most senior aide, is said to have been pushing for this to be reduced even further, Scottish Greens co-leader Alison Johnstone said.

    Recalling how the adviser travelled to Durham after his wife started showing Covid-19 symptoms, she said: “Dominic Cummings is the last person we should listen to when it comes to self-isolation.”

    Ms Johnstone called on Ms Sturgeon to “confirm that Scotland will not support this move” to cut self-isolation periods. The First Minister said there are no plans in place to do this.

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