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2021-07-01 10:47:13
UK on course to repeat Covid mistakes of last summer, Sage expert warns

The UK is in line to repeat its lockdown easing mistakes of last summer, a top scientist who advises the government on its coronavirus response fears.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a psychologist on Sage’s subcommittee on behavioural science, said that Boris Johnson told people it was their “patriotic duty” to go to the pub and also take part in Rishi Sunak’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, designed to boost the ailing hospitality sector.

But speaking to Times Radio on Wednesday, he warned these decisions meant that Covid infections were never at a low enough level and later spiked in the Autumn after children went back to school.

Prof Reicher added that when restrictions are ditched - a step the government currently has pencilled in for 19 July - infections need to be at a much lower level, test and trace needs to work more effectively, and further support is still needed for people who need to self-isolate.

He told Times Radio: “My fear is that we’re on line to repeat the mistakes of last summer - if you remember, the prime minister told us it was our patriotic duty to go to the pub, that people should go to work or they might lose their jobs, we had eat out to help out.

“The consequence was we never got infections low enough to be able to deal with the disease and so when conditions changed in the autumn, when schools went back and people went back to work and universities went back and the weather got worse and we went inside, so infections spiked.

“And I think this time round, we should learn from that and we should get infections low to a point where we we’re in a much better place in the autumn, where we don’t have to reimpose restrictions.

“So I think the real question is how can we do that without inconveniencing people too much?”

Health secretary Sajid Javid said this week that lifting coronavirus restrictions as soon as possible is his “absolute priority”, but stressed the need for caution in order to make sure changes are “irreversible”.

In Parliament he confirmed that the government is still on course to “commence” Step 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown on 19 July.

But Prof Reicher added that test and trace was still not working properly or contacting people quickly enough, and pointed to the lack of support for people to self-isolate.

He added: “It seems to me that if we got right the basic public health moves to suppress infection, we wouldn’t be talking about a high reservoir of infection which can then spike very quickly when conditions change.”
2021-07-01 10:48:49

南韓新增762宗確診 首都圈延遲一周實施新版防疫


2021-07-01 12:05:17


New cases are increasing.
2021-07-01 12:07:08
26,068 new cases and 14 new deaths in the United Kingdom

Worsening rapidly.
2021-07-01 12:08:27
291 new cases in Israel

Keep worsening
2021-07-01 14:29:26
新冠肺炎今增47例本土、添13死 陳時中:7/12解封規劃持續籌備中




2021-07-01 19:36:47
23,543 new cases and 672 new deaths (new national record) in Russia

Keep worsening!
2021-07-01 19:43:53
24,836 new cases (new national record) and 504 new deaths (new national record) in Indonesia

Worsening rapidly!
2021-07-02 08:45:34

英國新增確診再創近期新高 官員擔心歐國盃加劇疫情


2021-07-02 09:00:27
27,989 new cases and 22 new deaths in the United Kingdom

Keep worsening.
2021-07-02 09:01:51
21,584 new cases and 382 new deaths in South Africa

Keep worsening.
2021-07-02 09:23:44
8,301 new cases and 143 new deaths (new natioanl record) in Bangladesh

Keep worsening rapdilly.
2021-07-02 10:08:25
6,776 new cases (new nationalrecord) and 106 new deaths in Tunisia

Worsening rapidly.
2021-07-02 12:29:19


2021-07-02 13:10:05

Woman dies after receiving first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine

A woman has died five weeks after receiving her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with her symptoms suggesting she had blood clots.

The woman received the jab in Australia before travelling to the UK where she died.

If confirmed to be TTS (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome), it will bring the total number of clotting cases to 69 out of 4.8 million doses to date.

“While some of her symptoms, imaging results and pathology tests suggested TTS, the woman had another very serious and recent underlying health condition, and UK authorities have ordered a post-mortem to assess whether this condition, along with the impact of long plane and car travel from Australia to the UK, had a role in her death,” the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) said on Thursday.
2021-07-02 14:11:16

新冠肺炎今增57例本土、1例境外 增15死、累計676人病逝



7-day moving average drops below 65!. Keep improving.
2021-07-02 17:46:18
23,218 new cases and 679 new deaths (new national record) in Russia
2021-07-02 19:39:57
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2021-07-02 21:55:02
2021-07-03 09:04:02
2021-07-03 09:10:00


2021-07-03 09:57:07
18,399 new cases and 322 new deaths in the United States

Worsening rapidly again!
2021-07-03 18:21:38
cases and 10 new deaths in Taiwan

Just a little bit improvement.
2021-07-03 18:22:04
80 new cases
2021-07-03 18:23:26
27,913 new cases (new national record) and 493 new deaths in Indonesia

keep worsening!
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