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Already, dozens of trains, including a London Underground line, have been forced to suspend service due to associated staff shortages.
Figures on Thursday showed more than 600,000 people had been alerted by the NHS Test and Trace app to self-isolate after close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Public Health England has confirmed that a new variant of the coronavirus is under investigation in the UK.
Sixteen cases of the variant known as B.1.621 have been identified across the country, most of which have been linked to travel abroad, with no apparent community transmission.
PHE said it doesn’t appear to make vaccines less effective or cause more serious illness.
Voice: As a Japanese citizen and consultant, I know why the Tokyo Olympics have become such a disaster
“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are a classic example of organizational mismanagement and misaligned incentives, and proof of the dangers of insular and undiversified leadership,” writes Aya Shimada, Japanese citizen and Wall Street consultant.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in many ways watching the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics has been like ‘watching a runaway train‘.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:43 PM
Thameslink and Southern rail services cut weekday schedules
Thameslink and Southern rail services will reduce their weekday schedules on five routes starting Monday, warning that further changes may be needed, including on weekends.
Steve White, COO at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to cut some services on weekdays.
“Unfortunately, like other industries across the country, the coronavirus continues to affect our operations.
“We have fewer colleagues available at the moment due to a recent significant increase in the number of people or people affected by Covid-19.
“Our colleagues have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic and we are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by the latest changes.
“By introducing reduced hours now, it will help reduce short-term cancellations and give customers more certainty.
“We strongly advise passengers to check before traveling, including on weekends.”
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:24 PM
Nine out of 10 ambulance trusts in England are now at the highest level of pressure
Nine out of 10 ambulance trusts in England are currently operating at their highest level of demand as summer NHS crisis worsens, health correspondent writes Shaun lintern.
The volume of 999 calls made by the public, coupled with long delays in hospitals, are fueling extraordinary waits for ambulances – up to 28 hours in some cases.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service said some 999 callers classified as urgent but not life threatening will no longer receive an ambulance unless a paramedic speaks to the patient and confirms an ambulance is necessary.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:05 PM
Government announces additional Covid support to seven local authorities in the northeast to slow the Delta variant
The government has announced that additional support for Covid is being rolled out to seven local authorities in the northeast to slow the growth of the Delta variant, Sky News reported.
These local authorities include Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and five local authorities in the Tees Valley, areas which currently have some of the highest Covid rates in the country.
Support is expected to start Monday and run for five weeks. It will include the possibility of providing additional testing, logistical support to maximize the use of vaccines and tests, and support for local public health campaigns.
Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said: “As the data changes, it is essential that our public health response continues to change with it.
“By working closely with local authorities and public health directors, this additional support should help turn the tide on this growing number of cases and expand the wall of protection that vaccines are creating in the country.
“We all have a role to play in the continued fight against the virus and our message is clear: the best thing we can all do to protect ourselves and our loved ones is to get bitten.
“If you haven’t received your first or second dose, I urge you to reserve your vaccination at the earliest opportunity. “
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:45 PM
BMA calls for “urgent rethinking” of the government’s Covid strategy
The British Medical Association has called for an “urgent overhaul” of the government’s Covid strategy, arguing that it “is not working” and is increasing pressure on health services.
BMA board chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the government should never have abandoned the restrictions as infection rates skyrocket, and added that the situation “will continue to worsen as a result. “.
He also said the focus on ‘excessive pings’ related to the NHS Test and Trace app was a direct result of the government’s decision to allow the virus to ‘release’ across the country, putting people at risk. thousands of lives and fueling a long Covid crisis.
Scientific correspondent Samuel lovett reports.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:43 PM
TfL does not announce any service on the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines this weekend due to a “pingdemic”
Transport for London has announced that no trains will run on the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines this weekend, as more than 300 staff self-isolate.
TfL also warned that there would be changes to the District and Metropolitan lines following the closures, adding that short-term cancellations could occur elsewhere.
Andy Lord, Managing Director of the London Underground, said: “We apologize to customers for the impact on underground services, as we face staff shortages on the network due to auto- isolation.
“We are committed to providing frequent and reliable service, but with a reduced number of staff available, this is not always possible.
“I encourage anyone traveling in the next few days to check before traveling and thank them for being with us during this difficult time.”
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:24 PM
Covid-19 tariffs for local authorities in England
In the seven days leading up to July 19, 307 of 315 local areas saw Covid rates rise week-over-week.
Redcar and Cleveland have the highest rate, with 2,090 cases in the week to July 19, or 1,532.9 per 100,000 population, up from 1,017.9 the week before.
Middlesbrough had the second highest rate, at 1,420.8 per 100,000 people, with 2,003 new cases, followed by Stockton-on-Tees with 1,222.7 cases per 100,000 people and 2,413 new cases.
The five areas with the greatest week-over-week increases are:
Copeland: 1,171.8 cases per 100,000 versus 5,41.2
Redcar and Cleveland: 1,523.9 cases per 100,000 population, compared with 1,017.9
Great Yarmouth: 791.3 cases per 100,000 population, compared to 320.1
Castle Point: 781.2 cases per 100,000 population, compared to 344.1
Stockton-on-Tees: 1,222.7 cases per 100,000 population, compared to 788.5
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:10 PM
Government response to steel industry advocacy
In response to calls for steel to be added to the list of sectors benefiting from self-isolation exemption, the government has said that the “small and targeted” exemptions only apply to services “critical” for construction. security and functioning of society.
A government statement said: “This is a small, targeted intervention to ensure that services essential to the safety and functioning of our society can continue.
“This means allowing individuals to get to work when failure to do so would have a major detrimental impact on the availability, integrity or delivery of essential services – including services whose integrity, if it was. compromised, could result in loss of life or significant casualties, and / or where there is an immediate risk to defense or security.
“This process is only supposed to take place until August 16, 2021, when close contacts who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from self-isolation. The government will continue to work closely with employers over the summer.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 4:51 PM
Government data up to July 22 shows that of the 83,239,491 Covid jabs given in the UK.
46,476,845 jabs were the first doses, an increase of 43,000 from the previous day.
Some 36,762,646 injections were second doses, an increase of 174,742 from the previous day.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 4:32 PM
The latest Covid figures
The latest government figures show 36,389 people have tested positive for Covid-19, and 64 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
In the past seven days, there have been 309,742 positive cases, an 11.4% increase week-over-week.
In the past week, there were 402 deaths, an increase of 45% week-over-week.
The latest hospitalization figures show 870 patients were admitted to hospital on July 19, of which 5,322 were admitted that week, a 28% increase week-over-week.
In terms of immunization, nearly 88 percent of the adult population, or 46,476,845 people across the country, have received a first dose of the vaccine, and nearly 70 percent – 36,763,646 people – are fully immunized. .
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 4:10 PM