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Coronavirus UK news live – Sage warns tens of thousands more deaths in 2021 despite lowest daily fatalities in ten weeks


THE UK will face “tens of thousands” more Covid deaths as lockdown is lifted – despite the UK seeing its lowest daily fatalities in 10 WEEKS.

Scientists at SAGE have been modelling the path of the outbreak under various unlocking scenarios to warn Boris Johnson against moving too fast.

According to documents given to the Prime Minister to inform his lockdown roadmap, there will be another wave in July, very slowly fizzling out by the end of 2021 – plus an additional 30,000 to 80,000 deaths on top of the 120,000 so far.

During a Downing Street press conference yesterday, Mr Johnson hailed spring and summer as “the seasons of hope” – and that the vaccine had “helped us change the odds”.

As part of his four step approach, schools will reopen in early March and Brits will be able to meet up to five friends within a matter of weeks.

According to the PMs lockdown roadmap, the first date for your diary will be March 8 when schools reopen and you’ll once again be able to meet one friend or family member in an outside space for a picnic or a coffee.

Despite the positive feeling around the roadmap, Boris reminded Brits that all steps towards easing are reliant on cases, hospital admissions, vaccinations and deaths continuing to fall.

Follow our coronavirus live blog below for the very latest news and updates on the pandemic

  • COVID ‘SHADOW’

    A GROOM-to-be was given the devastating news that he had incurable cancer just one hour after he tested positive for Covid-19.

    Zach Stockford, 25, was told he had aggressive bowel cancer after a “shadow” was found during a CT scan.

    Just an hour before he was told the shattering news, he received an email from NHS test and trace, confirming that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

  • LOCKDOWN PLANS CANNED

    PLANS to lift the Covid lockdown by Easter were canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 extra deaths.

    A proposal to reopen outdoor pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops by the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – with all curbsgone in April – was among several considered.

    However, the date was pushed back after experts forecast it would cause tens of thousands more deaths and overwhelm hospitals with Covid patients, the Daily Mail reported.

  • ROYAL ALBERT HALL BOSS UNSURE IF PROMS WILL GO AHEAD WITH AUDIENCE

    The head of London’s Royal Albert Hall has said he believes the Proms will go ahead this year – but that it has not yet been decided if they will feature an audience.

    Chief executive Craig Hassall said the famous London venue, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, was now looking at reopening to the public in June.

    He told the PA news agency it appeared likely the Proms, which usually run from July until the second Saturday in September, would take place, although he did not know in what form.

    The 2020 edition featured a reduced orchestra of 65 instead of the usual 300 – but without an audience due to coronavirus restrictions – with the singers placed in the stalls to ensure social distancing.

  • US TOPS 500,000 VIRUS DEATHS, MATCHING THE TOLL OF 3 WARS

    The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.

    President Joe Biden held a sunset moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House and ordered American flags lowered at federal buildings for the next five days.

    “We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow,” Biden said.

    “We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or a blur”

    The half-million milestone, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, comes as states redouble efforts to get the coronavirus vaccine into arms after last weeks winter weather closed clinics, slowed vaccine deliveries and forced tens of thousands of people to miss their shots.

  • JOHNSON SAYS LOCKDOWN ROAD MAP WILL BRING ‘INCOMPARABLY BETTER’ LIVES

    Boris Johnson has said spring and summer in England will usher in changes to make lives “incomparably better” as he set out a plan to fully ease the lockdown by June 21.

    The Prime Minister defended his “cautious but also irreversible” approach to relaxing restrictions with a four-step plan on Monday, arguing he will not be “buccaneering” with people’s lives.

    But despite billing his plans as a “one-way road to freedom”, he admitted he cannot guarantee that the vaccination programme will prevent restrictions from ever returning.

    His tentative schedule for easing restrictions will be followed on Tuesday afternoon by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon detailing her own plan for easing Scotland’s lockdown.

    The Prime Minister accepted that scientific modelling suggested that lifting measures will increase Covid-19 cases and ultimately deaths, but said restrictions cannot continue indefinitely.

  • WATCH: 2 YEARS TO RETURN TO NORMAL BUT WE’LL HAVE TO LIVE WITH COVID AS ZERO CASES ‘IMPOSSIBLE’

    Life will take two years to return to normal but we’ll have to live with Covid as zero cases ‘impossible’, expert warns
  • BALD TRUTH

    A quarter of Covid patients suffer hair loss in the six months following infection – and women are more at risk, a new study finds.

    Researchers studying a range of long-term symptoms found 359 out of 1,655 patients hospitalised in Wuhan, China, suffered with hair loss.

    Read more about the story here.

  • CHRIS WHITTY WARNS OF ‘RAPID SURGE IN INFECTIONS’ IF PEOPLE RELAX TOO EARLY

    Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty urged the public to stick to the rules as lockdown is eased, warning of a “very rapid surge in infection” if they relax too early.

    He said there are still “very significant” numbers of people with coronavirus every day and many people still in hospital with the disease, but said now is the point for a “steady, risk-based, data-driven opening up”.

    Professor Whitty added that coronavirus was “likely to be a problem” during the winter months “for the next few winters”.

    The Government launched a review looking at the use of “Covid status” certificates, which could be used by people to demonstrate they had received a jab or a negative coronavirus test in order to enter venues, or allow firms to reduce restrictions as a result of the status of their customers.

    Mr Johnson said there are “clearly some quite complex issues, some ethical issues” including discrimination surrounding them, but added: “There may well be a role for certification but we just need to get it right.”

  • MINISTERS TO REVIEW WHETHER ‘DISCRIMINATORY’ VACCINE PASSPORTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED

    There will be a review into whether vaccine passports could be deployed as part of the road map for releasing the lockdown, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

    Boris Johnson said the Government wanted to determine whether offering “Covid status certificates” could help venues to open again.

    Senior ministers have frequently appeared to dismiss the idea of introducing vaccine passports in the UK.

    Nadhim Zahawi, the Government’s vaccines minister, labelled them “discriminatory” as ministers looked to persuade the public to take up the offer of a jab without the threat of being barred from entering hospitality or other venues if they do not get inoculated against Covid-19.

    But the Prime Minister on Monday confirmed that a study into the use of vaccine and testing certificates will be one of four reviews conducted as part of easing the current restrictions.

  • SPAIN ADMINISTERS OVER 3M VACCINES AS COUNTRY RECORDS 535 NEW DEATHS SINCE FRIDAY

    The Health Ministry recorded 20,849 new infections and 535 deaths since Friday, bringing the pandemics confirmed totals to 3.1 million infections and 67,636 fatalities.

    Spain has administered over 3 million vaccine doses, with nearly 1.2 million fully vaccinated, mostly residents in nursing homes, their caretakers and health workers.

  • LOVE ISLAND’S DR ALEX GEORGE HAILS ‘REAL GLIMMER OF HOPE’ OFFERED BY ROAD MAP

    Former Love Island contestant and Government adviser Dr Alex George has hailed news that coronavirus restrictions could finally be lifted by June 21 as “a real glimmer of hope”.

    The A&E doctor, who appeared on the ITV reality programme in 2018, was appointed as a youth mental health ambassador earlier this year.

    He described the four-stage plan, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, as “a real glimmer of hope”.

    He wrote on Instagram: “WE HAVE A DATE FOR THE DIARY. All going well we could see an end to restrictions on the 21st of June. This is SUCH good news and a real glimmer of hope.

    “Let’s use this motivation to keep going, look after ourselves, protect the NHS and move forward with a clear goal in sight.”

  • LOW INCOME PARENTS WHO HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE DUE TO KIDS CAN CLAIM £500 HARDSHIP PAYMENTS

    Low income-parents who can’t work because their children are self-isolating will be able to claim hardship payments worth £500.

    The one-off support payments can be claimed from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme, which is being extended into the summer.

    Read more here.

  • EXPLAINED: HOW LOCKDOWN PLAN WILL AFFECT FOOTBALL

    The target of May 17 for allowing at least some fans back into stadiums comes a week before the final day of the Premier League of May 23.

    It’s great news for the 10 clubs due to be at home, although others must hope to host test events the previous weekend.

    The FA Cup final is slated for May 15 and the Championship, League One and League Two seasons wrap up on May 9, but fans could be back for the play-off finals at the end of the month.

    The Carabao Cup final was moved from February to April in the hope of welcoming fans but still comes too soon.

    The target of June 21 to lift all restrictions comes midway through the rearranged Euro 2020 finals, and the day before England are due to face the Czech Republic at Wembley. The national stadium is due to host the final of the tournament on July 11

  • RISHI SUNAK TO EXTEND FURLOUGH ‘UNTIL AT LEAST JULY’

    Rishi Sunak is set to extend furlough until at least July, The Sun can reveal.

    The Chancellor will cough up mega bucks at next week’s Budget to throw a lifeline to workers whose businesses are forced to stay closed.

    Read more here.

  • POLICE ATTEND ‘PEACEFUL PROTEST’ BY PEOPLE QUARANTINED AT HEATHROW HOTEL

    Cops were called to Heathrow as travellers who had been quarantined there staged a ‘peaceful protest’.

    The Telegraph reports how quarantine guests refused to return to their rooms at Heathrow’s Radisson Blu hotel after their 15 minute cigarette or fresh air break.

    Security guards, charged with ensuring guests follow the rule that they must isolate for ten days after returning to Britain, called the police when they didn’t comply.

    After being confronted by officers, protesters – who have been charged £1,750 each to quarantine on arrival at the airport – agreed to return to the hotel.

  • TEAROOM HONOUR FOR PARLIAMENTARY WORKER WHO DIED AFTER CONTRACTING COVID-19

    A tearoom for MPs is expected to be renamed in honour of a parliamentary worker who died after contracting Covid-19.

    Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle led tributes to Julia Clifford, commonly known on the parliamentary estate as Julie, who died last week having getting the virus after “bravely fighting cancer”. He told MPs he has asked the House authorities to consider renaming the Members’ Tea Room in her honour.

    MPs heard Ms Clifford, 54, joined the Commons in October 1985 and was a “very hard-working and popular member” of the parliamentary family who “always had a smile and time for everybody”.

    Sir Lindsay added: “She will be greatly missed and in her honour I have asked the House authorities to consider renaming the Members’ Tea Room to Julie’s Tea Room.

    “Our condolences go to her husband John and to her sons, Ben and Jack and the rest of the family.”

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  • JOHNSON SAYS ‘SEASONS OF HOPE’ ARE APPROACHING AS HE SETS OUT LOCKDOWN ROAD MAP

    Boris Johnson has said England is approaching “seasons of hope” that will usher in changes making lives “incomparably better” as he set out a plan to ease the lockdown by June 21.

    The Prime Minister defended his “cautious but also irreversible” approach to relaxing restrictions with a four-step plan on Monday, arguing he will not be “buccaneering” with people’s lives.

    But despite billing his plans as a “one way road to freedom”, he admitted he could not guarantee that restrictions will not have to return, as he aims for the impact of the vaccination programme replacing the need for lockdown measures.

    He accepted that scientific modelling suggested that lifting measures will increase Covid-19 cases and ultimately deaths, but insisted the restrictions could not continue indefinitely.

  • GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

  • WHITTY CONFIDENT BOTH COVID JABS GIVE GOOD LEVELS OF PROTECTION ACROSS ALL AGE GROUPS

    Professor Chris Whitty said he is “confident” both Covid jabs provide significant protection across all age groups from the first dose.

    England’s chief medical officer said the link between rising infections and deaths was being broken by the vaccine blitz.

    He also praised the public’s “extraordinary levels of uptake” – with well over 90 per cent of people so far taking up the offer.

    Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, Prof Whitty said: “Until we had vaccination the inevitable result of cases rising was elderly people’s cases rising, hospitalisations rising and deaths rising.

    “The advantage of the vaccination is it allows us to break that absolute inexorability that there was up to this point in time, and above all to protect those who are most vulnerable from hospitalisation and death.”

  • SIR VALLANCE: STICKING TO RULES WILL MINIMISE NUMBER OF DEATHS

    The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said sticking to the rules would help minimise the number of deaths due to the easing of restrictions.

    He told a Downing Street press conference: “In terms of minimising the number of deaths, it’s about going slowly and it’s about us all sticking with the rules.

    “So when there’s a chance to do a bit more, that isn’t an invitation to do a lot more, it’s an invitation to do a bit more.”

    That is “how we have got to behave as we go through this rollout”.

  • WHITTY SLAPS DOWN REPORTS THAT HE AS UNHAPPY OVER SCHOOL REOPENINGS

    Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty came out to unequivocally back the reopening of schools.

    He furiously slapped down reports he had been wobbly about the March 8 reopening.

    He told the No10 press conference: “It is absolutely universally accepted that there are huge advantages for children to be in school, from a health point of view, mental and physical, as well as from educational and from a life force point of view.

    “Those are overwhelming and they are not in any dispute, everyone accepts that.

    “If you keep children out of school, every single one of the children you keep out of school is disadvantaged.”

     

  • BORIS SAYS IT ‘IS NOT THE END TODAY’

    Boris Johnson said: “This is not the end today but it is very clearly a road map that takes us to the end.”

    He told a Downing Street press conference it would be a “one-way journey, we very much hope”.

  • PM: VACCINE PASSPORTS ‘MAY HAVE A ROLE’ IN THE FUTURE

    When asked about the vaccine passport, Mr Johnson says “there are clearly some quite complex issues, about discrimination, some ethical issues, and so on.”

    “All that needs to be gone into, so we’re going to have a review of that issue before we come to it,” he continued:

    “At the moment the emphasis is on vaccinating all adults, and that’s the nondiscriminatory way to go.

    “There may well be a role for certification, we just need to get it right. And always remember the advantages of lateral-flow testing.”

    He added: In the course of the coming steps, we’ll be setting out more on issues like air travel, on mass events, on social distancing and on certification.”

  • CHRIS WHITTY: RISK OF REOPENING SCHOOLS IS ‘INCREDIBLY LOW’

    Mr Whitty said: “One of the few good things about Covid is that the risks are so much smaller than they are for adults.”

    “The residual risk is strongly in favour from a child’s point of view of going to school and the data on that are unambiguous.”

  • CHRIS WHITTY: PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO GET USED TO CORONAVIRUS

    England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said people would have to get used to coronavirus, in the same way as flu and pneumonia, which kill thousands each year.

    He told a Downing Street press conference: “Every year in the UK, as in every other country, you get substantial numbers of people dying from respiratory infections.”

    Flu kills around 9,000 a year, and bad years are “significantly more”, but there are also pneumonia and adenoviruses and other respiratory infections.

    “I’m afraid, for the foreseeable future, coronavirus is going to be added to that list of things that those who are vulnerable – even despite vaccination – can be at risk of,” he said.

    Prof Whitty said it was “likely to be a problem, in particular, in the winter for the next few winters”.





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