Coronavirus news UK latest – Sajid Javid says lockdown to remain until July 19 to protect 'as many people as possible'

SAJID Javid confirmed England WON'T unlock early on July 5 – as he urged Brits to hang on three more weeks for Freedom Day.

Making his first appearance in the Commons on Monday, the new Health Secretary said the Government will look to scrap the majority of restrictions on July 19.

The new Health Secretary ripped up the doomster handbook left by disgraced predecessor Matt Hancock, saying it was his “immediate priority” to end the restrictions.

The former Chancellor ripped up cushy consultancy jobs worth over £300,000 a year to become the people’s freedom fighter.

The business champion turned healthcare chief is well aware of the crippling effect of the pandemic restrictions on the nation’s economy.

Read our Coronavirus blog below for the latest news and updates...

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    COVID-19 ANTIBODY LEVELS VARY ACCORDING TO VACCINE AND PAST INFECTION – STUDY

    Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine induces lower levels of antibodies against the variant first detected in India than against other strains, new research suggests.

    The laboratory findings from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre compared the results to their findings in relation to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

    The data suggests that both vaccines induce lower levels of antibodies targeting the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

    Researchers found that two doses of the Oxford jab generate antibody levels that are 2.5 times lower against the Delta variant than the Pfizer vaccine.

    While antibody levels alone do not predict vaccine effectiveness, the study confirms that two doses of either vaccine are essential to boost antibodies to levels that are likely to maximise the amount of protection against severe disease and hospital admission.

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    CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR AN END TO SCHOOL BUBBLES

    Bubble arrangements and self-isolation for school pupils should end as soon as possible, the new Children's Commissioner for England has said.

    Dame Rachel de Souza said there was an urgent need for children to get back to normal as lockdown restrictions had been a "real trauma" for many young people.

    Her call came as The Guardian reported ministers are preparing to overhaul the system for schools in England when they return in September following the summer break.

    The paper said an announcement may be made in the coming days to allow schools time to prepare, with the requirement to quarantine expected to be replaced with a new testing regime.

    Currently children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their bubble tests positive for coronavirus.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COVID-19 ANTIBODY LEVELS VARY ACCORDING TO VACCINE AND PAST INFECTION – STUDY

    Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine induces lower levels of antibodies against the variant first detected in India than against other strains, new research suggests.

    The laboratory findings from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre compared the results to their findings in relation to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

    The data suggests that both vaccines induce lower levels of antibodies targeting the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

    Researchers found that two doses of the Oxford jab generate antibody levels that are 2.5 times lower against the Delta variant than the Pfizer vaccine.

    While antibody levels alone do not predict vaccine effectiveness, the study confirms that two doses of either vaccine are essential to boost antibodies to levels that are likely to maximise the amount of protection against severe disease and hospital admission.

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    BIG TASK AHEAD SAYS SAJID JAVID DURING COMMONS ADDRESS

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid, making his first Commons appearance in his new role, told MPs: “There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.

    “So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS.”

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    GRANT SHAPPS SAYS QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL FOR BRITS WITH TWO JABS WON’T BE READY FOR FREEDOM DAY

    Travel to amber countries won’t be relaxed for double-jabbed Brits in time for Freedom Day on July 19, Grant Shapps admitted today.

    With holiday hopes taking a blow, a blow the Transport Secretary said it will be “complicated” to exempt the fully vaccinated from quarantine.

    When asked about that prospect today, Mr Shapps replied: “It’s unfortunately more complicated than that.

    “One of the very big areas is what do you do if children are not going to be getting vaccinations?

    “So we’ll probably focus in phase one on UK people who’ve been double vaccinated, and what that means for their travel into other areas.

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    GRANT SHAPPS SAYS QUARANTINE FREE TRAVEL FOR BRITS WITH TWO JABS WON’T BE READY FOR FREEDOM DAY

    Travel to amber countries won’t be relaxed for double-jabbed Brits in time for Freedom Day on July 19, Grant Shapps admitted today.

    With holiday hopes taking a blow, a blow the Transport Secretary said it will be “complicated” to exempt the fully vaccinated from quarantine.

    When asked about that prospect today, Mr Shapps replied: “It’s unfortunately more complicated than that.

    “One of the very big areas is what do you do if children are not going to be getting vaccinations?

    “So we’ll probably focus in phase one on UK people who’ve been double vaccinated, and what that means for their travel into other areas.

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    SAJID JAVID LIKES CHEEKY MEME JOKING ‘THAT’S WHERE I PUT THE CAMERA’ AFTER HE GETS SHAMED MATT HANCOCK’S HEALTH GIG

    SAJID Javid liked a cheeky meme joking “that’s where I put the camera” after Matt Hancock’s affair with his aide was exposed by The Sun. 

    The disgraced former Health Secretary resigned on Saturday after CCTV footage emerged of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo.  Mr Javid was announced as the new health minister on Sunday after Hancock caved to pressure to quit. 

    And tonight the Cabinet minister appeared to see the funny side about Hancock’s affair as he liked a meme posted by The Times’ columnist Matt Chorley. 

    The tweet shows Boris Johnson and Javid sat at a computer with Javid pointing at the screen, and is captioned: “That’s where I put the camera”.

    Javid has now unliked the tweet.

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    KEYWORKERS AND 'INSPIRATIONAL INDIVIDUALS' GIVEN STANDING OVATION AT WIMBLEDON

    Medical staff and other "inspirational individuals" who have been invited to the Royal Box on the first day of this year's Wimbledon were given a standing ovation before the first match on Centre Court.

    Guests included Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of veteran fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over £32 million for the NHS, as well as designers of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

    Announcers paid tribute to the "important work" done by keyworkers before the first game on Centre Court which saw defending champion Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Jack Draper from the UK in four sets.

    Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, also attended the Royal Box, and she and her colleagues were applauded and cheered by other match-goers.

    Tributes were also paid after the match, led by the Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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    MEXICO REPORTS 1,661 NEW CASES OF COVID-19, 44 MORE DEATHS

    Mexico's health ministry on Monday reported 1,661 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and 44 more fatalities, bringing its total to 2,507,453 infections and 232,608 deaths.

    The government has said the real number of cases is likely significantly higher, and separate data suggested the actual death toll is at least 60% above the confirmed figure.

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    SAJID JAVID CONFIRMS JULY 19 AS DATE FOR ENGLAND'S LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO END

    Boris Johnson and his new Health Secretary Sajid Javid have confirmed their intention for July 19 to mark the end of England's lockdown restrictions.

    Mr Javid resisted pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward the date of Step 4 of the road map, but he said there was "no reason" why the July 19 deadline would not be met.

    The Prime Minister signalled that the "terminus" date would mean going "back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible".

    In his first Commons statement since replacing Matt Hancock, Mr Javid told MPs: "There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.

    "So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS."

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    MATT HANCOCK WON’T TAKE £16,000 SEVERANCE PAY OUT AFTER QUITTING IN DISGRACE OVER AIDE AFFAIR

    MATT Hancock will reportedly NOT accept £16,000 in severance pay after quitting in disgrace over his fling with Gina Coladangelo.

    The Health Secretary, 42, resigned amid mounting pressure over images of him kissing and cuddling the aide in breach of Covid restrictions.

    And despite admitting he had "let down" millions who had made painful sacrifices during the pandemic he is, in theory, eligible for thousands of pounds.

    However, the Daily Telegraph understands Mr Hancock will not take the severance payments.

    Any decisions to take severance pay outs are published in annual parliamentary accounts – so the actual answer may not be known until next summer.

    Read more here.

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    NICOLA STURGEON ISSUES URGENT WARNING TO SCOTS AS COVID FIGURES LEAP TO RECORD HIGH 24-HOUR SPIKE

    Nicola Sturgeon issues urgent warning to Scots as Covid figures leap to record high 24-hour spike

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    MATCHES CANCELLED AS RAIN HAMPERS FIRST DAY AT WIMBLEDON

    The two-year wait for tennis at Wimbledon ended but the bad weather on Monday saw a number of matches cancelled, which included British number one Dan Evans.

    Fans were back at the All England Club for the first time since 2019 after last year’s tournament did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Play was due to start on the outside courts at 11am but more rain prompted organisers to push it back until the afternoon with several matches eventually moved to day two.

    Aryna Sabalenka claimed the first win of the Championships with a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Monica Niculescu on Court One but not long after her victory 16 first-round ties were cancelled.

    Evans, seeded 22, will have to wait before he can face Feliciano Lopez while fellow British player Harriet Dart saw her Court-18 battle with Elise Mertens rearranged.

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    LABOUR SLAMMED FOR PAMPHLET SHOWING BORIS JOHNSON WITH INDIAN PM WITH NOTE ‘DON’T RISK A TORY MP WHO IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE

    LABOUR has been slammed for peddling "nasty divisive politics" after carpeting Batley & Spen with "dog-whistle" leaflets stoking religious tensions.

    The provocative pamphlet shows Boris Johnson shaking hands with Indian PM Narenda Modi — who is Hindu — and warns: "Don’t risk a Tory MP who is not on your side".

    Tensions are at boiling point in the West Yorkshire town, where many voters are of Pakistani-Muslim descent and massive critics of the Indian regime.

    Far-left firebrand George Galloway, who is also running in the contest, has spent months playing on these divisions in his bid to snatch the Red Wall seat.

    Fuming Tory MPs accused local Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater of descending into gutter politics with the material.

     

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    GRAPHIC: COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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    SCHOOLS IN WALES ‘TO DECIDE ON OWN COVID RULES’

    Schools in Wales will soon be able to decide on their own coronavirus rules – including facemasks and self-isolation, the country’s education minister has said.

    Jeremy Miles said there was a need for a “more localised approach rather than a blanket approach”, with interventions based on the prevalence of the virus in particular communities.

    A “national framework” will be published by the Welsh Government to guide education settings in easing or escalating rules depending on a low, medium, or high risk of harm to learners and staff when they return in September.

    All Welsh schools, colleges and universities currently follow set national guidance, despite the number of Covid-19 cases in the country varying between regions.

    Places in like Flintshire and Denbighshire in North Wales have the highest seven-day rate – with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, while others like Newport and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales are at 20 and 16 cases respectively.

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    MAPPED: UK AREAS ON THE COVID WATCHLIST

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    MATT HANCOCK ONLY QUIT AFTER 80 MPS TOLD HIM TO GO AND REST OF CABINET REFUSED TO BACK HIM AMID ‘GROUNDSWELL’ OF ANGER

    MATT Hancock was forced forced to resign after being warned of the "groundswell" of public anger against him, a senior minister said today.

    Justice Secretary Robert Buckland insisted his shamed former Cabinet colleague had made the "right" choice to fall on his sword.

    Read more here.

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    SAJID JAVID CONFIRMS LOCKDOWN WON’T END ON JULY 5

    SAJID Javid today confirmed England WON’T unlock early on July 5 – as he urged Brits to hang on three more weeks for Freedom Day.

    Making his first appearance in the Commons, the new Health Secretary said the Government will look to scrap the majority of restrictions on July 19.

    Read more here.

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    US ADMINISTERS 324 MILLION COVID VACCINE DOSES

    The United States has administered 324,414,371 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday.

    The figure is up from the 323,327,328 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by June 27 out of 381,282,720 doses delivered.

    The agency said 179,615,165 people had received at least one dose while 153,776,118 people are fully vaccinated as of Monday.

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    WOMAD MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELLED TO 'GUARANTEE ITS SURVIVAL'

    The Womad music festival has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

    The cancellation comes after Genesis musician Peter Gabriel, who co-founded the event, warned last week that the festival industry stood "on the brink of collapse".

    In a statement on Monday, he said this year's festival could not go ahead without Government-backed insurance or inclusion in the pilot events scheme.

    "Without the simple support of a government insurance scheme or the guarantee of Test Event status, we cannot continue and put Womad's long-term future at risk," he said.

    "We feel that our audience, artists, staff, and contractors, who have been amazingly supportive throughout all this, will understand the need for us to act to guarantee our survival."

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    MATCHES CANCELLED AS RAIN HAMPERS FIRST DAY AT WIMBLEDON

    The two-year wait for tennis at Wimbledon ended but the bad weather on Monday saw a number of matches cancelled, which included British number one Dan Evans.

    Fans were back at the All England Club for the first time since 2019 after last year's tournament did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Play was due to start on the outside courts at 11am but more rain prompted organisers to push it back until the afternoon with several matches eventually moved to day two.

    Aryna Sabalenka claimed the first win of the Championships with a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Monica Niculescu on Court One but not long after her victory 16 first-round ties were cancelled.

    Evans, seeded 22, will have to wait before he can face Feliciano Lopez while fellow British player Harriet Dart saw her Court-18 battle with Elise Mertens rearranged.

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    WATCH: COVID CASES RISE BY 70% IN A WEEK IN BIGGEST DAILY SURGE SINCE JANUARY WITH 22,868 NEW INFECTIONS

    Covid cases rise by 70% in a week in biggest daily surge since January with 22,868 new infections

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    GRAPHIC: COVID VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

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    HEALTH SECRETARY JAVID ‘CONFIDENT’ OF JULY 19 FREEDOM DAY

    Sajid Javid said he is “very confident” about easing restrictions in England on July 19.

    The Health Secretary stressed the importance of the vaccination programme, telling MPs: “The more people that are getting vaccinated, we’re seeing clear evidence that we’re breaking the link – and this is absolutely crucial – between people getting infected by Covid-19, so the number of cases, versus those that are ending up, sadly, in hospital or even in some cases losing their lives.

    “The more evidence we see of that, the more confident that can make us that we’ll put this pandemic behind us.

    “That’s what gives me confidence about July 19 and all the data that I’ve seen – yesterday I sat down and discussed it with the experts, some of my colleagues – it’s very clear that we’re heading in the right direction and I am very confident about that date, July 19.”

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