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Coronavirus latest – Covid deaths fall 70% in a month as PM denies sick ‘bodies pile high’ lockdown comment

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have fallen by a staggering 70 per cent in a month.

This comes as Boris Johnson denied making a sick comment about letting covid victims’ “bodies pile high” to avoid another lockdown.

The Prime Minister quickly blasted the allegations as “lies” – and it is clear from the fact national and localised lockdowns continued that lives were actually saved as a result of his actions.

He also said that Britain has a “very good chance” of “opening up totally” on June 21 amid steadying Covid rates.

The claims appeared in the Mail on Sunday over the weekend, with the PM’s controversial former close aide Dominic Cummings accused of being behind them as part of a well-planned revenge hit on his former boss.

But as well as Boris branding those allegations “total rubbish”, Cummings’ claim he’d been cleared of being the so-called ‘Chatty Rat’ who leaked information about the UK lockdown in November were also dismissed.

While the PM’s actions do speak louder than any words he may or may not have said, new alleged witnesses have come forward to insist he did make the sick comments that he has since denied, according to MailOnline.

Both the BBC and ITV claim to have independently verified the Mail on Sunday’s story as correct having spoken to new “ear witnesses” who hadn’t spoken with the newspaper themselves.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…


    Mild Covid vaccine side-effects that make you feel unwell only affect one in four people, a study has found.

    Even when someone suffers from temporary symptoms such as fatigue and nausea it is a sign the jab is doing its job, experts say.

    But it is not an indication of how much protection a person builds against the virus.

    Headache was the most common side effect, as well as fatigue and tenderness at the injection site, according to the latest research published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. 

    Most effects of either a Pfizer or AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine peak within 24 hours after vaccination, usually lasting one to two days.


    Spain has confirmed for the first time it will welcome Brits back to its beaches in June.

    UK holidaymakers are to be allowed to travel there with a digital health pass following discussions between the two governments.

    Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

    “By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”


    Omni’s vaccine queue calculator will estimate how many people are ahead of you in the wait for a jab in the UK, accounting for the delay in the first-dose rollout.

    You can also use the calculator that only applies to England, which is more specific.

    All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.


    Good Morning Britain’s Dr. Amir Khan shared his fears for his family living in India today after they told him the “coronavirus situation is desperate”.

    Speaking to presenters Susanna Reid and Adil Ray he said: “It is hard, my mum speaks to them every day.

    “They are calling this a very difficult situation, like many people in India are.

    “They are being told to stay at home, but they can’t afford to stay at home. The state funding to get people to stay at home and stay safe, just isn’t there.”


    Boris Johnson has denied reports he said he’d rather see “bodies pile high in their thousands” than order Britain back into lockdown for a third time.

    The PM dismissed claims he made the remarks after a No 10 meeting, and insisted Covid restrictions do work.

    The PM allegedly made the comments after being told he had no choice but to put the country back under harsh restrictions last October.

    But asked during a visit to Wrexham if he had said such a thing, Boris replied: “No.”

    He then added: “But I think the important thing that people want us to get on and do as a Government is to make sure that the lockdowns work, and they have.”


    A man has been arrested in Spain for allegedly deliberately infecting 22 people, including three babies, with Covid by coughing.

    The 40-year-old suspect is said to have walked around his workplace and gym in Manacor, Majorca, saying I am going to infect you all with the coronavirus.”

    Spanish police said he had a fever of 40C and was awaiting the result of a Covid test at the time.

    He reportedly had his mask pulled down at work and was coughing while threatening to infect people.

    Spain’s national police arrested the man after launching a probe into the incidents at the end of January.


    A quarter of UK adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a record number of second doses delivered in the past seven days, latest figures show.

    A total of 13,201,811 people have now received both jabs – the equivalent of 25.1% of the adult population.

    Wales is estimated to have given two doses to 27.8% of adults, ahead of England (24.9%), Scotland (24.9%) and Northern Ireland (24.5%).

    The figures are for vaccinations reported by the UK’s health agencies up to and including April 26, and reflect the pace at which second doses have been ramped up across the country during the past month.


    Scammers are making hundreds of pounds by selling Covid vaccine cards on eBay amid rumours that immunity passports could be needed for international travel this summer.

    A probe found that listings on the online auction site were offering NHS cards for just £5 – with nearly 80 purchased in 24 hours. 

    The cards are given to patients who have received their first dose of the jab, and contain details such as the date and type of vaccine used. 

    More on the story here


    The Irish Cabinet has approved a recommendation from public health chiefs that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines be administered to people over 50.

    The Johnson & Johnson jab, also known as the Janssen vaccine, has been granted approval for use in Ireland among the age cohort, while the restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca have been revised from over-60s only to those over 50.

    The proposed changes by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) were approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin admitted that “a number of weeks” have been lost due to the changes to the rollout, but said it is now “full steam ahead”.


    Covid booster jabs which will tackle new strains of the virus could be ready by September, an Oxford chief has said.

    Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and chief investigator of the Oxford vaccine trial, also claimed the existing vaccines would provide some protection against the new mutations.

    Prof Pollard predicted “updated” vaccines to protect against the South African and potentially other new variants would be ready by September or October.

    He said: “They can certainly be available for the last quarter of this year. We are talking to the other developers and everyone is working towards that timeline to have updated vaccines available.

    “The main thing is to change the sequence of the spike protein so it matches some of the new variants.”


    Fewer members of the public anticipate using buses, trains and planes after Scotland has emerged from lockdown, according to new research.

    An Edinburgh Napier University survey suggests the coronavirus pandemic may have long-term repercussions for the country’s public transport.

    It found 42% of respondents (994 Scottish residents) think they will not fly as much, with 36% using buses less and 34% not travelling by train.

    Dr Achille Fonzone, associate professor of transport analysis and planning at Edinburgh Napier, said: “Although part of it may be due to current overexposure to discussions about infective diseases and so be transient, such lack of confidence in public transport is not good news for the industry.

    “It is not good news for Scotland either, considering the importance of public transport to ensure an equitable and sustainable mobility.”


    Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

    “By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”

    He said Spain was pushing for the UK’s proposed digital pass to be “mutually recognised”, adding he welcomed PM Boris Johnson’s plans to restart international travel.

    Spain — the destination for 17.4million Brits a year before the pandemic — is desperate to restart tourism.


    Critics have branded the rules “irresponsible” and called for life-saving jabs to be placed into arms.

    It comes as Germany battles a third Covid wave that experts warn could be the deadliest so far.

    The seven-day infection rate has risen to 169 new cases per 100,000 people, just below the record peak of shortly before Christmas.

    And the number of free intensive care beds is close to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic with the country in partial lockdown since November.

    Almost 83,000 people have died in Germany since the pandemic struck, with more than 3.3 million cases.

    But Jana Husemann, chairman of the Hamburg General Practitioner Association, says doctors are throwing spare vaccines away over fears they’ll be liable for any damage from administering the jabs.


    More than 40,000 Covid vaccine doses have been thrown away at a German vaccination centre, it’s claimed.

    Medical staff at the Hamburg centre are said to have binned them as they aren’t allowed to use leftover doses, NDR reports.

    An extra dose of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines can be extracted from their vials.

    But if they are used it breaches the number of vaccination doses approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) per container.


    Experts warn of two weeks of hell as India’s virulent Covid variant rips through the country — which currently accounts for 40 per cent of the world’s cases. The official death toll climbed to 200,389 yesterday.

    There were 314,554 cases and another 2,509 deaths — marginal falls on the previous two days, which followed five consecutive days on which India had the world’s highest infection rate.

    Experts believe the death toll could be five times higher and it is projected that the virulent, more deadly variant could wipe out up to 5,700 people a day before the current wave peaks.

    Indian PM Narendra Modi has been criticised for his response to the country’s current second Covid wave and its Supreme Court has launched an investigation into the steps taken.

    In south eastern city Chennai, critics said officials should be charged with ­murder for allowing mass rallies to take place without proper social distancing.


    Britain spearheaded the desperate fight against India’s Covid apocalypse — flying in the first life-saving aid to reach virus-ravaged capital New Delhi today.

    Some 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators were among 600 pieces of medical gear sent to help ease pressure on overwhelmed hospitals as medics warned that the emergency in a nation of 1.4billion was “beyond crisis point”.

    Harrowing scenes overshadowed the first rays of hope as children’s playgrounds and city parks were filled with ­blazing funeral pyres.

    Hundreds of flower-decked victims were ceremonially burned because the nation’s overstretched crematoria were too busy to cope with the death toll. An ever-growing line of shrouded bodies snaked along streets up to the Shubash Nagar facility in New Delhi.


    He said Spain was pushing for the UK’s proposed digital pass to be “mutually recognised”, adding he welcomed PM Boris Johnson’s plans to restart international travel.

    Spain — the destination for 17.4million Brits a year before the pandemic — is desperate to restart tourism.

    It will begin a trial of accepting digital passes for its own nationals at Spanish airports next month with the aim of preparing for UK holidaymakers arriving in June.

    We revealed last Thursday that Brits would be welcomed with open arms to European hotspots this summer thanks to the UK’s jabs success.


    Spain has confirmed for the first time it will welcome Brits back to its beaches in June.

    UK holidaymakers are to be allowed to travel there with a digital health pass following discussions between the two governments.

    Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

    “By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”


    A health minister has likened being asked about coronavirus rules to having to take part in a “pub quiz”.

    Lord Bethell of Romford, a parliamentary under-secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care, appeared to hesitate when MPs asked him to confirm whether social distancing was a law or government guidance.

    During a discussion on whether the rules were easy for the public to understand and follow, he said it was “unambiguous” that social distancing was part of the latest laws – only for the accuracy of this to also be questioned.

    The Commons Justice Committee spoke to government ministers on Tuesday as part of its inquiry into coronavirus laws.


    Benidorm has become a ghost town after the annual influx of British tourists to the Spanish resort has dried up in the pandemic.

    Now, with the economy decimated, around four destitute expat families A WEEK are returning home to the UK, The Sun can reveal.

    Benidorm’s British Businesses Association says the number of families it is helping to repatriate has “shot up” over the last 12 months.

    President Karen Maling Cowles said: “We’re assisting with around four repatriations a week.

    “One family went last week and three are going this week. We’re talking about people who haven’t got the resources to pay for the trip.

    “In many cases they’ve worked here for years and have made their life here and it’s very hard for them.”


    A blundering hospital accidentally gave a woman the wrong Covid vaccine when she went for her second jab – the first error of its kind in Britain.

    The woman was given the Pfizer jab despite being given the AstraZeneca jab first time around at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.

    The hospital said it was carrying out a review to ensure lessons are learned from the incident and it doesn’t happen again.

    Despite the mix-up the woman reportedly felt okay afterwards, but she and her husband, who want to remain anonymous, said they were still furious at the error.

    They said when she booked her appointment at the hospital in Swindon, Wilts., she made it clear she had already been given the AstraZeneca vaccine.


    On Thursday, April 22, 2021, three newspapers claimed – according to No10 sources – that Dominic Cummings was behind a series of leaks targeting the Prime Minister.

    The allegations suggested the Prime Minister said he would rather bodies “piled high in their thousands” than order another lockdown in the autumn of 2020.

    The Daily Mail cited unidentified sources, claiming he told a Downing Street meeting: “No more f**king lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands.”

    These allegations have been backed up by ITV and the BBC who claim to have confirmed the comments with their own sources.


    A single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can slash transmission by up to half, according to a new study from Public Health England.

    The breakthrough findings offer further hope that the pandemic can be brought under control as vaccinated people are far less likely to pass the virus onto others.

    The new study found that people given a single dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines – and who became infected at least three weeks later – were between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to people living in their homes, compared to those who were unvaccinated.

    Protection was seen from around 14 days after vaccination, with similar levels regardless of a person’s age.


    Coronavirus deaths have plunged by 70 per cent in a month with 17 deaths and 2,685 infections recorded in the last 24 hours.

    It comes as Boris Johnson said that Britain has a “very good chance” of “opening up totally” on June 21.

    Today’s rise in fatalities brings the total number of deaths in the UK to 127,451.

    Yesterday cases dropped by 30.3 per cent in just a week along with six deaths recorded in 24 hours.

    Last week there were 33 deaths in the UK recorded while 2,524 people tested positive for the virus.

    Compared to this time last month, the number of new cases and Covid-related deaths are very low.

    In March more than 4,000 people had tested positive with 56 Brits succumbing to the deadly virus.


    Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron told the MailOnline: “We are sleepwalking into a cancer crisis and the lack of action from the Government has left the cancer community in shock.

    “The Government and NHS leaders keep saying they have it under control, but right at the moment we need action.”

    Some 2,000 cases of child cancer are suspected to have been missed in the year of Covid lockdowns.

    Chris Thomas, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), warned the drop “risks creating a ticking time bomb for missed cancer cases and a decade of disruption for health services, unless urgent action is taken”. 

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