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Scotland's stages: how coronavirus lockdown will be eased

Unlike England’s roadmap, Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘strategic framework’ avoids setting specific datesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a “cautious and gradual” plan for how coronavirus lockdown measures will be eased in Scotland.Unlike Boris Johnson’s “roadmap”, the “strategic framework” deliberately avoids specific dates. “If we open up too quickly to meet arbitrary dates, we risk setting our progress back,” the first minister says in a foreword...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, Scotland, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Scotland's vaccine rollout suggests delaying the 2nd COVID-19 shot is a bad idea

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The UK strategy to delay the second coronavirus vaccine dose for up to 12 weeks carries real risk. New data from Scotland showed protection against hospitalization peaking after five weeks — and then declining. Vaccine developers and public-health experts told Insider it's a mistake to...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Obama, Scotland, Israel, Trends, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Philadelphia, Pfizer, Children s Hospital, Patel, Paul Offit, Livingston Montana


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world UK data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows

First real data from mass vaccinations programmes in England and Scotland is promising Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one dose of vaccine gives high protection against severe disease and admission to hospital – and protects against even mild disease with no symptoms in younger people.The first real data from the mass vaccination programmes is promising, and although the resul...
Tags: Health, England, Scotland, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Scotland drugs policy minister resolves to reduce horrific death toll

Angela Constance says she is committed to introducing full range of treatments in ‘national mission’Scotland’s new minister for drugs policy, Angela Constance, has said she is determined to see a reduction in the country’s horrific drug-related death toll and significantly more people in treatment within the year.“I’m talking about the full range [of treatment]: residential, in the community, harm reduction, recovery services, medication where it’s appropriate … I’m not punting my preferred opti...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Constance, Angela Constance


Scotland Covid vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissions

Pfizer jab cuts risk of admission by up to 85% four weeks after first dose, while AstraZeneca one cuts risk by 94%, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 vaccination programme has been linked to a substantial reduction in hospital admissions, experts have said.Researchers examined coronavirus hospital admissions in Scotland among people who have had their first jab and compared them with those who had not yet received a dose of the vaccine. Continue ...
Tags: Health, Science, Scotland, UK News, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


"I had to isolate, using Being Famous as an immense excuse for never facing anything. Because I was Famous, therefore I can’t go to the movies."

"I can’t go to the theater. But then sitting in this [Hong Kong hotel] room, taking baths, which I noticed Yoko did, every time I got nervous — I must have had about 40 baths — I’m looking out over the Hong Kong Bay, and there’s something ringing a bell. It’s like, what is it? And then I just got very, very relaxed. And it was like a recognition: this is me! This relaxed person is me!.... I rediscovered [in Hong Kong], the feeling I used to have as a youngster, walking in the mountains of Scotla...
Tags: Psychology, Hong Kong, Music, Law, Scotland, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John, Richard, Beatles, Lennon, Solitude, Jerry Lee Lewis, Yoko, Ann Althouse, Hong Kong Bay


A coronavirus variant with a mutation that 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist working on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new coronavirus variant has been reported in the US, the UK, and nine other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said. Mutations are seen as one of the biggest obstacles to ending the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new coronavirus variant with three mutations "of biological significa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


A coronavirus variant with a mutation which 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist works on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new variant of the coronavirus has been reported in the US, UK, and 9 other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said.  Mutations in the virus are one of the biggest obstacles to ending the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new variant with three "mutations of biological significance" has been detect...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


UK Covid live: Keir Starmer and Nicola Sturgeon criticise government over 'too leaky' borders

Labour leader says all arrivals in UK should have to face hotel quarantine as Sturgeon calls UK borders ‘too leaky’ to protect against variantsHealth secretary goes cool on prospect of summer holidays for BritonsHancock announces shake-up giving ministers more power over NHSAstraZeneca says vaccine against new variants may take six months40% of staff at biggest UK care home firm have not had vaccineCoronavirus – latest global updates 2.11pm GMT Here are the main lines from today’s Downing St...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, London, Scotland, UK News, Disability, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Learning disability, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Sturgeon


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail terms, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures as Scottish government announces even stricter plansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravellers arriving from coronavirus hotspots could face £10,000 fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years under a package of measures designed to stop new variants entering Britain.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said people who travelled to England from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in government-design...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Air transport, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Covid in Scotland: Vaccines 'exceeding expectations' says Health secretary

Latest figures reveal 93% of over-80s received a vaccine by its target date of Friday.
Tags: Health, UK, News, Scotland


UK Covid live: Hancock says 'we need to come down hard' on South African variant after 105 cases identified

Latest updates: UK records 18,607 further cases and 406 deaths; 9.2 million people have now had at least one vaccine doseSouth African variant of Covid found in eight areas of EnglandWhat we know about the South African variant of CovidBoris Johnson suggests England will not return to regional tiersHalf of care home staff at UK’s largest provider have not had vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates - live 6.11pm GMT This is from Alastair McLellan, editor of the Health Service Journal, commenting o...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Social Care, Vaccines and immunisation, Care workers, Health Service Journal, Hancock, JCVI


UK Covid live: Matt Hancock leads news briefing after 105 cases of South African variant identified in Britain

Latest updates: UK records 18,607 further cases and 406 deaths; 9.2 million people have now had at least one vaccine doseSouth African variant of Covid found in eight areas of EnglandBoris Johnson suggests England will not return to regional tiersHalf of care home staff at UK’s largest provider have not had vaccineTwo London clinics mistakenly offer Covid jab to young peopleGlobal coronavirus updates - live 5.20pm GMT Q: What assurances can you give people in priority groups who are housebou...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Social Care, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Care workers


Coronavirus live news: Germany bans travel from UK, Brazil and South Africa; Covid spread slows in every global region

German measures also affect travellers from Ireland and Portugal and will start on Saturday; fewer new cases recorded as pandemic pace easesJohnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine shown to work against CovidOxford/AstraZeneca vaccine given full approval by EU regulatorAstraZeneca must deliver doses from UK to EU, says Von der LeyenHow effective is Novavax vaccine and will it work on new variants?Everyday Covid mistakes we’re all still makingUK coronavirus updates – live 5.27pm GMT In a press conf...
Tags: Health, UK, Scotland, Germany, Eu, World news, Ireland, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Portugal, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pascal Soriot, Johnson, Western Isles, Stornoway


UK COVID-19 death to case ratio increased in December 2020, say researchers

Researchers in Scotland have conducted a study showing that the proportion of deaths due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) resulting from infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) increased in the UK after November 2020.
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UK Covid live: 1,820 deaths reported in new record high alongside 38,905 new cases

Latest updates: a further 1,820 die in the UK within 28 days of a Covid test; Downing Street says police must wait for phase two of vaccine rolloutUK reports 1,820 Covid deaths in record daily highVaccines may need updating to protect against new variantPriti Patel says she wanted UK borders shut last MarchTalking can spread Covid as much as coughing, says researchCoronavirus – latest updates 5.18pm GMT 5.16pm GMT Nicola Sturgeon has announced more than £250m of extra funding for Scotla...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Wales, Scotland, Police, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Pmqs, Downing Street, Keir Starmer


Scotland's Covid lockdown tightened with click and collect and takeaway curbs

Non-essential click and collect services and outdoor alcohol consumption to be bannedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShops in Scotland have been ordered to stop non-essential click-and-collect services and alcohol consumption is to be banned outdoors, in a further tightening of lockdown measures.Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, said shops would be allowed to offer click and collect only for essential goods such as clothes, shoes, baby equipment, books and homeware...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus


Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs

Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing th...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus


UK coronavirus live: hospital numbers in east and south-east England more than double first wave peak

Latest updates: hospitals in England treating 50% more Covid patients now than in April; vaccine may be needed every six months; UK reports 52,618 new casesPM promises to immunise every elderly care home resident by FebruaryCovid kills half of Sussex care home’s residents over ChristmasThird vaccine set for UK approval but arrival delayed by BrexitDire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmedClap For Carers founder distances herself from latest UK eventGlobal coronavirus updates - live...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Scotland, UK News, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Simon Stevens, Health policy, Boris Johnson


UK coronavirus live: PM says people should be able to get vaccine within 10 miles of home; death toll rises by 1,162

Latest updates: PM says more local sites will have vaccine by end of week; vaccine may be needed every six months; UK reports 52,618 new casesCovid kills half of Sussex care home’s residents over ChristmasThird vaccine set for UK approval but arrival delayed by BrexitDire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmedClap For Carers founder distances herself from latest UK eventGlobal coronavirus updates - live 5.28pm GMT Q: Do you blame President Trump for what happened in Washington?Jo...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, London, Scotland, America, UK News, University, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Sussex


UK coronavirus live: Hancock tells MPs people may need to get Covid vaccine every six months

Latest updates: health secretary questioned by MPs; total of 311,372 people tested positive at least once in week to 30 DecemberCovid kills half of Sussex care home’s residents over ChristmasDire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmedEngland: GP surgeries to start offering Oxford vaccineClap For Carers founder distances herself from latest UK eventGlobal coronavirus updates - live 4.08pm GMT Jeremy Hunt, the committee chair, and a former health secretary, ends the session by than...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, London, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump


UK coronavirus live: Hancock faces MPs' questions; 24% rise in people testing positive in England last week

Latest updates: total of 311,372 people tested positive at least once in week to 30 DecemberCovid kills half of Sussex care home’s residents over ChristmasDire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmedEngland: GP surgeries to start offering Oxford vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates - live 3.30pm GMT Q: Why is there no dashboard available providing local information about vaccinations?Hancock says, as the programme expands, more and more information will be released. 3.27pm GMT Ha...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Labour, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Sussex


UK coronavirus live: 24% rise in people testing positive in England last week

Latest updates: total of 311,372 people tested positive at least once in week to 30 DecemberCovid kills half of Sussex care home’s residents over ChristmasDire warning that London hospitals could be overwhelmedEngland: GP surgeries to start offering Oxford vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates - live 12.21pm GMT Scotland recorded another 383 deaths from Covid over the Christmas and New Year period, nearly all taking place in hospitals and care homes, National Records of Scotland has reported.The...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Labour, Oxford, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Sussex, Priti Patel


UK politics: Labour calls Johnson 'spineless' over Trump as Patel says US president provoked violence – live

Latest updates: PM accused of not being critical enough of US president after Trump supporters storm Capitol in WashingtonCongress confirms Biden after pro-Trump mob storms capital - live 10.21am GMT The Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former Foreign Office minister, is also effectively calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK after the leaves office (because that would be one effect of Magnitsky-style sanctions).We should consider Magnitsky style sanctions against all those who incited v...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Scotland, White House, US, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Chris Bryant, Foreign Office


Could asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 screening in dental practices help prevent silent transmission?

Researchers conducted a mass, asymptomatic screening of patients in dental surgeries across Scotland to assess illustrate its potential utility in curbing silent transmission.
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UK coronavirus live: cases hit new daily record high in seventh day over 50,000 ahead of PM address to nation

Latest updates: Boris Johnson to make TV address this evening; UK records 58,784 further cases and 407 deathsScotland to go into full lockdown at midnight, Sturgeon announcesBoris Johnson set to tighten England Covid-19 lockdownTier 5, closed schools, lockdown? The new rules England could faceMan, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.29pm GMT Schools in Wales will begin to reopen this month unless the evidence about the new strain of coronav...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: PM to outline further steps to tackle Covid in 8pm address; Scotland to lock down at midnight

Latest updates: Johnson to make TV address this evening; Welsh lockdown restrictions set to last for whole of JanuaryScotland to go into full lockdown at midnight, Sturgeon announcesBoris Johnson set to tighten England Covid-19 lockdownTier 5, closed schools, lockdown? The new rules England could faceMan, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.29pm GMT This is from the BBC’s Nick Eardley.NEW: Sources have told the BBC the Covid threat level - ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Education, Scotland, UK News, Bbc, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Severin Carrell


UK coronavirus live: Sturgeon announces full lockdown for Scotland from tonight

Latest updates: first minister says B117 variant now accounts for almost half new cases; Welsh lockdown restrictions set to last for whole of JanuaryJohnson: ‘no question’ England will need tougher lockdown rules soonTier 5, closed schools, lockdown? The new rules England could faceMan, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 2.34pm GMT Turning back to England, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers (Solace) has called ...
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