Coronavirus UK news – 100k covid cases EVERY DAY within weeks, plus Pfizer vaccine's Delta efficacy fears after study

BRITAIN will be suffering 100,000 Covid-19 cases EVERY DAY within a matter of weeks, new Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted today.

Coronavirus cases will spike following Britain's July 19 Freedom Day, Sajid said, but added that Britain had built a 'Wall of Protection' thanks to our incredible vaccine rollout.

Sajid added that while the rise in cases was inevitable, what really mattered was hospitalisations and deaths remaining low – something he and many top experts are "optimistic" about.

Even 'Professor Lockdown' Neil Ferguson admitted he was feeling positive about the "gamble" the Government is taking but cautioned in his view 200,000 cases a day was a more realistic number.

He did, however, warn that lockdown measures may need to reimposed at a later date if vaccines prove less effective and deaths begin to rise.

That fear was raised today, when a new Israeli study found the Pfizer vaccine is far less effective against Delta variant infections than first thought, down from being 94% effective to just 64%.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest lockdown updates…

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    HOW DO I REARRANGE MY COVID JAB?

    Covid vaccines are still being rolled out across the UK with millions of Brits able to now get their second jab eight weeks after the first.

    It is very straightforward to cancel or rebook your slot, should you need to make it earlier or rejig due to illness or other commitments.

    If something has come up and you need to reschedule your jab slot you need to let the NHS know – or you want to bring your second jab forward, you can do.

    But you MUST make sure that it is not moved to earlier than eight weeks after your first dose.

    If you already have a slot you need to go to the NHS vaccine portal, by clicking here.

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    ROUND UP: THE KEY POINTS FROM BORIS’ RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

    • Boris Johnson FINALLY lifts lockdown from July 19 but urges public to be cautious and ‘think of others’
    • Festivals and full stadiums to return after July 19 as Boris Johnson lifts Covid restrictions on mass events
    • Covid restrictions ‘not needed in winter as Britain “well prepared” to leave lockdown with booster jab plan’
    • UK daily Covid cases more than double in just two weeks – but only nine deaths are recorded ahead of July 19 unlock

    WHERE DOES THE LAMBA VARIANT COME FROM?

    The Malaysian Health Authority claims the variant comes from Peru, a country with one of the highest Covid mortality rates in the world.

    Also known as C.37, the Lambda strain was first detected in Peru last year before quickly spreading to 30 countries, including Britain.

    Of particular concern to virologists is the L452Q spike protein because of its potential to infect human cells like the L452R mutation in the highly infectious Delta variant.

    Peruvian scientists noticed the variant in December when it accounted for “just one in every 200 samples”.

    By March, that jumped to 50 per cent of cases. Now that figure is a whopping 82 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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      AMBER LIST UPDATE: VACCINATED BRITS TO FIND OUT THIS WEEK WHEN THEY CAN SKIP QUARANTINE FOR SPAIN & GREECE HOLIDAYS

      NEW rules which will allow fully vaccinated Brits to return from amber list destinations without having to quarantine are to be announced this week, the prime minister has confirmed.

      Holiday destinations including Spain, Greece and Portugal are currently on the UK’s amber list, meaning Brits have to quarantine for 10 days when returning to the country.

      While it was hoped that the new rules could be introduced by July 19, the UK’s “Freedom Day,” government sources have warned this is too early for the amber list restriction changes, calling it “ambitious,” the Mail Online reported.

      Instead, the new rules could be introduced from July 26, but won’t be enforced until next month – half-way through the school summer holidays.

      According to The Times, it will more likely be introduced from August 2, with the government expected to sign off the rule change this week.

      Read more here.

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      COVID CASES COULD REACH 100,000 PER DAY AFTER FREEDOM DAY

      Coronavirus case numbers could reach 100,000 per day in the summer as restrictions are eased, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

      "By the time we get to the 19th, we would expect case numbers by then to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 new cases a day," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

      "As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers.

      "We want to be very straightforward about this, about what we can expect in terms of case numbers.

      "But what matters more than anything is hospitalisation and death numbers, and that is where the link has been severely weakened."

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      WATCH: HEALTH SECRETARY WARNS OF FUTURE LOCKDOWNS

      Health Secretary Sajid Javid warns of future local lockdowns in the event of a vaccine busting covid variant

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      WHITTY AND VALLANCE PLEDGE TO WEAR MASKS IN SOME SITUATIONS

      The Government’s top scientists have pledged to wear face masks in some situations as Boris Johnson said they would become voluntary from July 19 across England.

      England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said he would wear a mask “under three situations, and I would do so, particularly at this point when the epidemic is clearly significant and rising.”

      He told a Downing Street briefing: “The first is in any situation which was indoors and crowded, or indoors with close proximity to other people.”

      He said he would also do so if he was asked by any “competent authority” and thirdly, as a “common courtesy” if others felt uncomfortable.

      The Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said: “I’m exactly the same in terms of mask-wearing.”

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      WARNING ISSUED OVER END TO REMAINING COVID RESTRICTIONS

      Boris Johnson's pledge to end nearly all of England's remaining coronavirus restrictions in one move despite cases rapidly rising has triggered a series of warnings.

      Labour criticised the Prime Minister's plan to gamble on public responsibility and the immunity from vaccines as "reckless" and called for him to maintain protections such as mask wearing.

      Shuttered business welcomed the opportunity to reopen but medics raised concerns of rising hospital admissions and charities representing the clinically vulnerable also warned of their heightened risk.

      Mr Johnson accepted the pandemic is "very far from the end" as he said there could be 50,000 new cases detected daily by July 19 – the point he has signalled that restrictions will end.

      But he suggested it is this month or never to lift controls by taking advantage of the vaccine roll-out and the upcoming "natural firebreak" offered by the school holidays and good weather.

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      MINISTERS DO NOT RULE OUT DOMESTIC VACCINE PASSPORTS IN ‘A DIFFICULT SITUATION’

      Coronavirus health certificates will not be mandatory for entry to venues such as pubs, theatres and stadiums, but individual businesses will be permitted to use them.

      A Government review published on Monday also did not rule out the possibility of making the use of so-called vaccine passports compulsory if England faces “a difficult situation in autumn or winter”.

      Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove was tasked with investigating the potential use of certificates showing negative tests or immunity gained through vaccination or infection.

      The review found that while “there would be a public health benefit” it would currently be outweighed by the negatives, such as the burden on those who have not received two jabs.

      Their mandatory use will instead be kept “under consideration”, while the go-ahead for the NHS app to demonstrate status was approved from Step 4 of the plans to ease lockdown, which is expected on July 19.

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      FESTIVALS, NIGHTCLUBS, GIGS AND HOUSE PARTIES SET TO RETURN JULY 19

      Covid lockdown restrictions will be rolled back on ‘Freedom Day’ by Boris Johnson as the vaccination programme continues to roll on.

      Nightclubs and gig venues will reopen on July 19 – and there’ll be no need for Covid tests or proof of jabs.

      Social distancing will be scrapped, meaning drinkers will once again be able to get served at a bar.

      Meanwhile house parties and large music festivals will once again be allowed, just in time for summer, the Sunday Times reported.

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      THE SIX BIG FREEDOMS ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 19 BY BORIS JOHNSON

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      WELSH GOVERNMENT WON’T GUARANTEE NO MORE LOCKDOWNS

      Welsh health minister Eluned Morgan has said she cannot give assurances that “this is the end of the road” in terms of further lockdown measures in Wales.

      She told a press conference in Cardiff: “We will have to learn to live with this virus and what I won’t give you is any assurances that this is the end of the road.

      “We don’t know. There may be a new variant that escapes our vaccines, so I can’t make those kind of predictions.

      “I’m surprised the UK Government is able to make them but certainly here in Wales we won’t be giving those kind of assurances that there won’t be any lockdowns in the future.

      “Of course we will avoid them if we possibly can.”

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      ROUND UP: THE KEY POINTS FROM BORIS’ RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

      • Boris Johnson FINALLY lifts lockdown from July 19 but urges public to be cautious and ‘think of others’
      • Festivals and full stadiums to return after July 19 as Boris Johnson lifts Covid restrictions on mass events
      • Covid restrictions ‘not needed in winter as Britain “well prepared” to leave lockdown with booster jab plan’
      • UK daily Covid cases more than double in just two weeks – but only nine deaths are recorded ahead of July 19 unlock

      CAN YOU GET THE VIRUS IF YOU’VE HAD THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

      No vaccine is 100 per cent effective and the Covid jabs are no different.

      It takes up to two weeks for the vaccines to kick in, so during that period of time you are still vulnerable to infection.

      If you test positive for Covid after your vaccine it’s likely that you had contracted it before you were given your jab.

      You cannot catch the virus from the vaccine, so it’s likely you were already carrying the bug on inoculation

      AMBER LIST UPDATE: VACCINATED BRITS TO FIND OUT THIS WEEK WHEN THEY CAN SKIP QUARANTINE FOR SPAIN & GREECE HOLIDAYS

      NEW rules which will allow fully vaccinated Brits to return from amber list destinations without having to quarantine are to be announced this week, the prime minister has confirmed.

      Holiday destinations including Spain, Greece and Portugal are currently on the UK’s amber list, meaning Brits have to quarantine for 10 days when returning to the country.

      While it was hoped that the new rules could be introduced by July 19, the UK’s “Freedom Day,” government sources have warned this is too early for the amber list restriction changes, calling it “ambitious,” the Mail Online reported.

      Instead, the new rules could be introduced from July 26, but won’t be enforced until next month – half-way through the school summer holidays.

      According to The Times, it will more likely be introduced from August 2, with the government expected to sign off the rule change this week.

      Read more here.

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        MORE THAN HALF OF BRITS ARE FULLY PROTECTED FROM COVID AFTER HAVING BOTH VACCINATIONS

        The continued success of the UK’s world-leading jabs rollout comes as remaining lockdown restrictions are set to lift on ‘Freedom Day’ later this month.

        There were 137,389 first dose Covid vaccinations given out yesterday, with 196,209 second doses administered.

        Those figures mean more than half of all Brits have now had two vaccinations.

        There have been 33,614,952 second doses of the vaccine given out in total across the UK – more than half of the population.

        Meanwhile 45,274,497 Brits have received their first dose.

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        MINISTERS DO NOT RULE OUT DOMESTIC VACCINE PASSPORTS IN ‘A DIFFICULT SITUATION’

        Coronavirus health certificates will not be mandatory for entry to venues such as pubs, theatres and stadiums, but individual businesses will be permitted to use them.

        A Government review published on Monday also did not rule out the possibility of making the use of so-called vaccine passports compulsory if England faces “a difficult situation in autumn or winter”.

        Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove was tasked with investigating the potential use of certificates showing negative tests or immunity gained through vaccination or infection.

        The review found that while “there would be a public health benefit” it would currently be outweighed by the negatives, such as the burden on those who have not received two jabs.

        Their mandatory use will instead be kept “under consideration”, while the go-ahead for the NHS app to demonstrate status was approved from Step 4 of the plans to ease lockdown, which is expected on July 19.

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        JOB WOES

        Up to 350,000 young people could be at risk of losing their jobs as the furlough scheme is wound down, according to the latest research.

        The 18 to 24-year-old age group were more likely to be furloughed during the pandemic than older adults, but that could leave them more vulnerable as support is withdrawn.

        The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that young people today could “bear the scars of the recession for years to come” without sufficient support.

        Research showed that in the first three months of this year, around 400,000 extra young adults weren’t working any hours.

        This figure reflects people becoming furloughed, unemployed or otherwise inactive.

        But just 50,000 more young Brits were unemployed at the beginning of this year compared to the end of 2019.

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        SAJID JAVID SAYS SCHOOL BUBBLES WILL END ON JULY 19 IN MAJOR BOOST FOR PUPILS AND PARENTS

        SAJID Javid has said school bubbles will end on July 19, giving a major boost to pupils and parents.

        The announcement came as something of a surprise as Boris Johnson and previously suggested the change would not be made until September and rumours had indicated a decision would not be made until later this week.

        The Health Secretary, 51, though told MPs: “That on July 19 it is our plan to remove bubbles and to end the requirement for early years settings, schools and colleges to routinely carry out contact tracing”.

        Mr Johnson had confirmed the policy would be ditched but did not give a firm date as to when this would happen.

        He set out the Government’s intention to “remove bubbles and contact isolation for pupils” as fears have risen about the number of ids being forced to stay at home.

        Read more here.

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        WHERE DOES THE LAMBA VARIANT COME FROM?

        The Malaysian Health Authority claims the variant comes from Peru, a country with one of the highest Covid mortality rates in the world.

        Also known as C.37, the Lambda strain was first detected in Peru last year before quickly spreading to 30 countries, including Britain.

        Of particular concern to virologists is the L452Q spike protein because of its potential to infect human cells like the L452R mutation in the highly infectious Delta variant.

        Peruvian scientists noticed the variant in December when it accounted for “just one in every 200 samples”.

        By March, that jumped to 50 per cent of cases. Now that figure is a whopping 82 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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        WATCH: UK DAILY COVID CASES MORE THAN DOUBLE IN JUST TWO WEEKS

        UK daily Covid cases more than double in just two weeks – but only nine deaths are recorded ahead of July 19 unlock

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        FRANCE AND ITALY ‘TO JOIN TRAVEL GREEN LIST THIS MONTH’

        France and Italy are among more than 20 nations set to join the green list of countries open to Brit holidaymakers, it has been reported.

        Stabilising Covid infection rates mean Brits could soon visit the countries without having to quarantine.

        It comes as holidaymakers have started to arrive in Majorca and Ibiza, just hours after the Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira were added to the UK green list.

        Italy and France could join them before the end of the month, according to analysis by former British Airways strategy chief Robert Doyle, the Telegraph reports.

        He claims to have cracked the formula the government uses to decide which countries go on the green list to make his prediction.

        As well as the two Brit favourites other countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Norway, Vietnam, Denmark, Slovakia, North Macedonia and the Czech Republic.

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        GRAPH: COVID VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

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        WHAT IS THE LAMBDA VARIANT?

        A new coronavirus variant that experts say is “deadlier” than the Delta strain has already ripped through 30 countries.

        Public Health England (PHE) states there are currently eight known cases of the C.37 variant, as of June 21.

        The variant is currently classed as “under investigation” and experts could then classify it as “of concern” once they have done a risk assessment.

        This will depend on how transmissible the variant is and how many cases have been detected.

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        JOHNSON EYES 'SUMMER FIREBREAK' AS OPPORTUNITY TO RIP UP LOCKDOWN RULES

        Boris Johnson has promised to tear up England's coronavirus regulations despite warning it is "very far from the end" of the Covid-19 pandemic.

        The Prime Minister has gambled on trusting the public's judgment and the "wall of immunity" offered by vaccines as he announced an intention to scrap mandatory mask-wearing and lift social distancing requirements.

        The so-called "freedom day" is expected on July 19, at a time when the Prime Minister acknowledged there could be 50,000 new cases detected daily.

        But Mr Johnson indicated that if restrictions were not lifted this month, taking advantage of a "summer firebreak" offered by improved weather and school holidays, then controls may have to remain in place until next year.

        At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson acknowledged the pandemic was "far from over" with cases rising "fairly rapidly".

        "There could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th," he said.

        "We are seeing rising hospital admissions and we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from Covid."

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