Scientists have warned that the UK could go “more catastrophic” than Christmas, with increasing cases of corona virus in some parts of the country following the end of the second national lockout.
A public health expert described the government’s decision as “wrong” as the easing of restrictions during the five-day festive season created the “real danger” of the third wave of Govt-19.
As the reproduction number or R value of the corona virus outbreak in the UK advanced to 1, London and the southeast of the UK experienced the highest rates of new infections.
Meanwhile, the government has announced that local authorities will be given a quick check on the highest level of restrictions from Monday.
Police are urging the public to abide by the rules when it comes to London Faces Tier 3
Police have criticized “selfish” individuals for hosting parties, big weddings and unlicensed music events as London Faces will be placed on Tier 3 next week.
Matt Twist, deputy assistant commissioner for Med-led Govt-19 operations, said: “During the week a vaccine finally began its release to the most vulnerable, giving us all a ray of hope, and we face the possibility of tougher controls.
“But infection rates show that we are not all careful enough. It’s important not only to follow the rules, but also to take all precautionary measures we can in every aspect of our lives. We have a greater chance of contact, catching or spreading the virus.
“We understand the test of enjoying the festive season – we want to do so after a difficult year, but now we need to work together as a city to control the virus. Very simple.
“That’s why we continue to see a small minority of selfish people parties, big weddings, unlicensed musical events or poorly managed demonstrations, and although these events are not the only reason for the increase in epidemics they undoubtedly contribute to the problem.
“We therefore do not apologize for deliberately exercising enforcement powers in the face of such provisions, dangerous or overt violations, and our new digital penalty increases the penalties for system organizers and participants.
“We will not allow the irresponsible and selfish actions of a few to affect the security of the entire city, but we urge everyone to make sure they accept personal responsibility to do everything possible to protect themselves and their community.”
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 13:08
A Hanoi official has been jailed in connection with the Govt budget scandal
Kovit, head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been jailed for 10 years for exaggerating the cost of testing methods.
The 57-year-old Nguyen Nat Game caused a loss of 5.4 billion dong (3,233,483) in the state budget due to his mistakes, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security.
The report said the actions of Cam and his associates would negatively affect the image of doctors and the anti-Govt-19 agency, which would anger the public and undermine confidence in the health sector.
A further 9 were sentenced to three to 6.5 years in prison for their involvement in the affair.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 12:57
Daily case registration in Japan
According to the NHK, Japan has for the first time recorded more than 3,000 new infections in a single day in the novel Corona Virus.
A total of 3,041 people have been newly affected in 621 in the Japanese capital and the largest city, Tokyo.
Japan, with a population of 125 million, has so far avoided the massive eruptions seen in the United States and parts of Europe, but with the advent of winter the epidemics have worsened.
The death toll stands at 2,588.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 12:38
Here is a brief overview of some of the reasons given by observers for refusing the vaccine, after being told that up to 40 percent of employees do not want to be vaccinated.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 12:19
The period of self-isolation is reduced to 10 days
Here is a reminder that the isolation period for positive corona virus case contacts and those coming to the UK from most places should be reduced from two weeks to 10 days.
The new rules will take effect in the UK, Scotland and Northern Ireland from Monday, December 14, and will apply to anyone currently self-isolated, including those who have begun to do so before that date.
Wales reduced its need for self-isolation from 14 on Thursday to 10 on Thursday.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 12:00
The prince pays homage to the leading workers
Prince William and his family attended a Christmas party in London on Friday night, where he paid tribute to the efforts of medical staff and other leading staff during epidemics.
William, his wife Kate and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louise, observed a traditional British pantomime show at the Palladium organized to thank the city’s essential workers and their families.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 11:49
Winter swimming becomes popular during the lockout
More than 500 swimmers dared to take part in a giant swimming relay in Estonia yesterday near freezing temperatures.
Participants each swam 25 meters (27 yards) marked on a former submarine building in the port of Tallinn. It took them 4 hours and 50 minutes.
They ranged in age from a 9-year-old boy to an 83-year-old girl. He joked that a pregnant woman should count her effort to two.
Winter swimming activist Iver Duketam, who organized the event, said the sport has become popular since Estonia first went for a corona virus lock.
“From the spring until now, I would say the number of winter swimmers in Estonia has tripled. It has become wild and very popular,” he said.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 11:40
‘Up to 40% of caregivers may reject the vaccine’
Four out of 10 caregivers may choose not to be vaccinated with the Govt-19 vaccine, as recommended by an industry director.
Nadra Ahmed, president of the National Care Association, said research shows that more than half of research staff are “very eager” to be vaccinated, while others are adamant that it should not be, and that some are “not determined by their uncertainty, which can be triggered by fear”.
He told the BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “Depending on personal services, 50-60% of employees say they are definitely vaccinated and very interested.
“We understand that about 17-20% of employees in the service say they certainly don’t have it, and then wait to see the rest.
“So, we see 40% of people deciding not to.”
However, he said employees are more likely to change their minds because the vaccine is readily available and they see colleagues having it.
“I think uncertainty is somewhere around fear, but there are also those who are advised that it should not be, so the film is a bit blurry at this point, but we are doing everything we can.”
Bobby Ahmed, an employment lawyer, suggested that employees be forced to get vaccinated.
He told the show: “I think there is definitely a care home that sets up a workplace-specific argument to support vaccines as a prerequisite for work.
“In that sense, while there are no legal positions to allow the UK government to vaccinate individuals, there is legislation in the employment environment that can certainly be obtained by care providers themselves.
“Important here is the Health and Safety Work Act 1974, which compels employees to take reasonable steps to reduce workplace risks and in the context of vulnerable workers, this is evident.”
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 11:26
Algeria – President Abdelmadjit Debauen marks one year in office today – but his whereabouts and his health have been shrouded in mystery since Kovit-19 was deported to Germany for treatment six weeks ago. The last update came on November 30, when the 75-year-old left a “special” medical facility and was told by the president’s office to “return home in the coming days.”
Russia – A further 560 deaths and 28,137 new corona virus cases were reported today, bringing the total to 46,453 and 2,625,848 since the outbreak.
Japan – Tokyo recorded 621 new corona virus cases on Saturday, setting a new record in the capital, where the lack of government action has sparked concerns about the holiday uprising. Nationwide, a total of 174,000 cases have been reported in Japan, and about 2,500 people have died since the outbreak began.
Indonesia – A clergyman has turned himself in to authorities after being accused of inciting people to transgress epidemics by holding events with large crowds. Rizik Shihab, leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, arrived at the Jakarta police headquarters. “With God’s permission, I can come to the Jakarta Police for investigation according to the laws and regulations,” he said before questioning.
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 11:08
UK tour showing signs of recovery after Govt collapse
According to Visit Britain, tourism to the UK is likely to return to only half of its pre-epidemic stages by 2021.
The Tourism Board predicts that foreign arrivals will increase to 16.9 million next year following a massive decline this year.
This is an increase of 73 percent in 2020, but less than half of the 40.9 million visits seen in 2019.
Meanwhile, incoming visitor spending is projected to reach $ 9 billion next year, up 59 percent from 2020, according to Visit UK, but less than a third of all time spending of $ 28.4 billion in 2019.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said the government is committed to bringing incoming tourism to “full strength”.
“This forecast shows that our tourism sector can look forward to 2021 with renewed hope for recovery,” he added.
Patricia Yates, Director of Visit Britain, said: “The onset of signs of some green shoots is encouraging for industry and the economy as we look forward to 2021 and beyond.
“Tourism is a fiercely competitive global industry and the key to success is attracting visitors, who are now able to travel, and the need to quickly recoup international travel expenses and stimulate bookings.”
Peter Stabley12 December 2020 10:55