Coronavirus UK news – Boris Johnson to self isolate on Freedom Day but says Monday right time to lift Covid restrictions

BORIS Johnson has abandoned plans to avoid quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a furious political backlash.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak had originally planned to take daily tests rather than self-isolate following meetings last week with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who has tested positive for Covid-19.

But in a dramatic turnaround Downing Street said the two ministers would be self-isolating rather than taking part in a daily contact testing pilot.

“The Prime Minister has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say he is a contact of someone with Covid,” a spokesman said.

“He was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate. He will not be taking part in the testing pilot. He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot.”

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    KEIR STARMER ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF DOUBLE STANDARDS OVER PREVIOUS PLANS TO AVOID QUARANTINE

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the Government of "double standards" and being "contemptuous of the British public" over the Prime Minister's now abandoned plans to avoid quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

    Speaking to the media in north London, Sir Keir said: "Yet again, it's double standards from the Government.

    "The Prime Minister is causing utter chaos with his reckless decision making and that means infection rates are going through the roof, hundreds of thousands of people are having to self-isolate, and they're doing the right thing.

    "What happens when the rules apply to the Prime Minister? He tries to wriggle out of them and to pretend that he's on some pilot scheme that exempts him. So I'm afraid yet again, we see it's one rule for them and another rule for everybody else."

    Sir Keir added of the Prime Minister: "The only reason that he's U-turned on this is because he's been busted. It's like bank robbers who've got caught and now they're offering the money back.

    "One rule for them, another rule for everybody else. It's contemptuous of the British public."

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    SIX GB ATHLETES ISOLATING AFTER BEING DEEMED CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID PASSENGER

    Six British athletes have been forced to quarantine in Tokyo after being deemed close contacts of an individual who tested positive for coronavirus following their flight to Japan.

    The six, all members of the athletics team, plus two support staff, are now isolating in their respective hotel rooms at Team GB's training camp in Yokohama.

    In addition, the PA news agency understands that two members of Team GB's HQ team are in isolation in the Olympic Village following close contact with another individual who tested positive in Japan, taking the total number of affected Team GB individuals to 10.

    The British Olympic Association confirmed that the group of eight have all tested negative for the virus and will continue to follow the direction of Games and Japanese government officials. It is understood the same applies in the further two cases.

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    IRELAND REPORTS A FURTHER 1,179 COVID CASES

    A further 1,179 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland,

    As of Sunday morning, there were 91 Covid positive patients in hospital with 22 in intensive care.

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    US ADMINISTERS 337MILLION DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES

    The United States has administered 337,740,358 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    Those figures are up from the 337,239,448 doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Saturday.

    The agency said 186,038,501 people had received at least one dose while 161,232,483 people were fully vaccinated as of Sunday.

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    JOHNSON TO SPEND COVID ‘FREEDOM DAY’ IN SELF-ISOLATION

    Boris Johnson will spend so-called “freedom day” self-isolating after being “pinged” by Test and Trace following a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

    The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who also met Mr Javid on Friday – initially tried to get round the requirement to quarantine by saying they would join a workplace testing scheme.

    But after a furious outcry with accusations of hypocrisy at a time when staff shortages due to people being forced to self-isolate were threatening supply chains, the two men hurriedly agreed to do so.

    In a video statement posted on his Twitter feed, Mr Johnson said they had “briefly” looked at joining the daily contact testing scheme which is being trialled in the Cabinet Office and a number of other public and private sector organisations.

    However, he added: “I think it is far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules and that’s why I’m going to be self-isolating until July 26.

    “I know how frustrating it all is but I really do urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course action when you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.”

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    WATCH: UK COVID CASES RISE 100% IN A FORTNIGHT WITH 25 DAILY DEATHS

    UK Covid cases rise 100% in a fortnight with 25 daily deaths

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    PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER SAY 'FREEDOM DAY' IS MEANINGLESS AND FRIGHTENING

    People living with cancer in England say the so-called "Freedom Day", marking an end to the remaining coronavirus restrictions, is "meaningless" and "really frightening".

    Those with the illness say they, like others, are "chomping at the bit" to return to normal life but have urged more care and caution to be taken to protect the vulnerable.

    From Monday, restrictions such as limits on gatherings and social distancing guidance will no longer be legal requirements, but recommendations on measures such as face coverings will remain.

    Lara Montgomery, who was diagnosed with womb cancer in 2019, said the term "Freedom Day" did not "capture the feeling of the whole country".

    "I think the terminology of 'Freedom Day' is awful, it just doesn't capture the feeling of the whole country," she told the PA news agency.

    "For a lot of people… it's not freedom day at all. People are just going to become too relaxed (and) the situation for people like ourselves… is going to become really frightening.

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    UNCERTAINTY OVER WHETHER COUNTRY WILL NEED TO LOCK DOWN AGAIN BEFORE XMAS AS THIRD WAVE WONT PEAK UNTIL AUGUST

    Prof Neil Ferguson said he "can't be certain" over whether the country will need to lock down again before Christmas.

    Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he was asked if there was a likelihood of a return to restrictions.

    Prof Ferguson said this would be a Government decision, adding: "Clearly, if we end up in a more, let's say, worst-case scenario … at the higher end of the modelling and the projections of two, three thousand hospital admissions per day, there may be a need to basically slow spread to some extent."

    Asked if there could be a lockdown again before Christmas, he replied: "You're asking me about six months ahead, that's harder."

    He added: "I hope not, but I can't be certain."

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    MACMILLAN: ONE IN FIVE WITH CANCER CANNOT RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE ON 'FREEDOM DAY'

    One in five people living with cancer in England say they will not be able to return to normal life on so-called "freedom day", despite the success of the UK vaccine programme.

    Out of an estimated 2.4 million people living with the condition in England, 21% said they could not enjoy day-to-day activities until new coronavirus cases had stopped being reported.

    According to research done by Macmillan Cancer Support, 3% (around 70,000 people) said they did not think it would ever be safe for them to return to the way their life was before the pandemic.

    It comes as the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England are lifted on Monday July 19, marking the return of major social freedoms.

    Social distancing rules have been dropped along with limits on social gatherings, although mask-wearing in certain spaces, including supermarkets and on public transport, is still encouraged and will remain mandatory in some situations.

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    COVID-19 NEWS: THE LATEST

    • Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will isolate following a furious reaction at their 'VIP' scheme to dodge self-isolation
    • More lockdowns are possible by Christmas and cases could hit 200,000, Prof Neil Ferguson has warned
    • The Covid third wave will peak in August with "challenging weeks ahead", a minister admitted
    • Boris Johnson cancelled his "Churchillian Freedom Day" launch speech amid a surge in cases
    • Fury is growing at the government's U-turn after France was excluded from relaxed travel rules

    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY (JULY 18)

    UK COVID CASES RISE 100% IN A FORTNIGHT WITH 25 DAILY DEATHS BUT BORIS JOHNSON SAYS NOW IS RIGHT TIME TO UNLOCK

    COVID cases have risen 100 per cent in a fortnight with a further 48,161 infections reported today. 

    Deaths increased by 25 as Boris Johnson stressed that now IS the time to unlock. 

    Cases are up 53 per cent on last week’s total of 31,282 – and well over double the 23,858 infections reported a fortnight ago on July 4. 

    Deaths have dropped slightly from the 26 recorded a week ago but remain above the 15 reported a fortnight ago. 

    A further 740 people were hospitalised in the past 24 hours – an uptick on last Sunday’s figure of 585, and well above the 460 recorded on July 4. 

    IRELAND REPORTS A FURTHER 1,179 COVID CASES

    A further 1,179 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland,

    As of Sunday morning, there were 91 Covid positive patients in hospital with 22 in intensive care.

    WEARING A FACE MASK CAN HELP REDUCE RISK OF PASSING ON COVID, SAYS NEIL FERGUSON

    Wearing a face mask can help reduce the risk of someone passing on a Covid infection, Prof Neil Ferguson said.

    He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that masks were not “perfect” but had some effect on transmission.

    He added: “They work best at preventing you infecting someone else and lots of people, including double-vaccinated people, such as Health Secretary, are getting infected, are probably infectious and if they wear a mask, even if they don’t know they’re infectious, that will reduce the risk, but probably only by 20% or so.”

    Mr Marr noted that Prof Ferguson had worn a mask when he came in to the BBC studio and asked if would carry on wearing them.

    Prof Ferguson replied: “Given the circumstances, I’m going to continue my behaviour as I have been really for the last few months, at least until the autumn.”

    JOHNSON TO SPEND COVID 'FREEDOM DAY' IN SELF-ISOLATION

    Boris Johnson will spend so-called "freedom day" self-isolating after being "pinged" by Test and Trace following a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

    The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who also met Mr Javid on Friday – initially tried to get round the requirement to quarantine by saying they would join a workplace testing scheme.

    But after a furious outcry with accusations of hypocrisy at a time when staff shortages due to people being forced to self-isolate were threatening supply chains, the two men hurriedly agreed to do so.

    In a video statement posted on his Twitter feed, Mr Johnson said they had "briefly" looked at joining the daily contact testing scheme which is being trialled in the Cabinet Office and a number of other public and private sector organisations.

    However, he added: "I think it is far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules and that's why I'm going to be self-isolating until July 26.

    "I know how frustrating it all is but I really do urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course action when you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace."

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      WHAT IS THE WORKPLACE CONTACT-TRACING PILOT SCHEME CAUSING A POLITICAL ROW?

      A pilot scheme which allows contacts of people testing positive for coronavirus to carry out essential activities and not self-isolate has been the centre of a furious political row on Sunday.

      The scheme hopes to help avert the so-called “pingdemic.”

      The workplace pilot scheme will assess the effectiveness of daily contact tracing for those who have been in contact with people testing positive for coronavirus.

      The study is being led by Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

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      FED-UP HOLIDAYMAKERS SKULK BACK FROM FRANCE AFTER LAST-MIN AMBER LIST QUARANTINE RULE CHANGES SPARKED HOLIDAY CHAOS

      FED-UP holidaymakers have skulked back from France today after the last-minute amber list quarantine rule change.

      Double-jabbed Brits will still have to isolate on return from France, sparking holiday chaos – both for people rushing to get back, and people forced to cancel their trips.

      Disgruntled passengers arrived at London’s St Pancras station today following the last-minute announcement that France won’t be a part of the ‘normal’ amber list rules.

      Travellers disembarked the Eurostar from Paris – with 10 days of isolation now ahead of them.

      Holiday plans for thousands and hopes of rebuilding the battered tourism industry were left in turmoil as damaging self-isolation restrictions were brought in.

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      BLAIR CALLS FOR AN END TO QUARANTINE FOR THE DOUBLE-JABBED

      Tony Blair has called on ministers to drop the requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

      The former prime minister said the the current system was "not rational" and was in danger of losing public support.

      "We're at risk of moving in two contradictory directions," he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One

      "On the one hand we're going to open everything up, free restriction altogether, and on the other hand we've still got this pinging track and trace system where people have got to go into complete isolation if they're pinged in circumstances where probably the vast majority of those people do not need to do so."

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      FED-UP HOLIDAYMAKERS SKULK BACK FROM FRANCE AFTER LAST-MIN AMBER LIST QUARANTINE RULE CHANGES SPARKED HOLIDAY CHAOS

      FED-UP holidaymakers have skulked back from France today after the last-minute amber list quarantine rule change.

      Double-jabbed Brits will still have to isolate on return from France, sparking holiday chaos – both for people rushing to get back, and people forced to cancel their trips.

      Disgruntled passengers arrived at London’s St Pancras station today following the last-minute announcement that France won’t be a part of the ‘normal’ amber list rules.

      Travellers disembarked the Eurostar from Paris – with 10 days of isolation now ahead of them.

      Holiday plans for thousands and hopes of rebuilding the battered tourism industry were left in turmoil as damaging self-isolation restrictions were brought in.

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      SCOTLAND RECORDS 1,735 COVID-19 CASES IN 24 HOURS

      Some 1,735 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in Scotland, figures show.

      A total of 2,390,353 people in Scotland have now been tested for coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, with the number confirmed as positive at 329,387.

      Forty-six people were in intensive care and 511 in hospital on Saturday with recently confirmed Covid-19, Scottish Government figures published on Sunday afternoon show.

      There were no new reported deaths of people who had tested positive for the virus, but the Government noted register offices are generally closed at weekends.

      The overall death toll, under the measure of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days, remains at 7,800. Overall, 3,976,022 people have now received the first dose of the vaccination and 2,966,054 have had their second dose.

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      SURGE IN DELTA VARIANT CASES STARTS TO SLOW WITH 36,000 NEW CASES IN THE LAST WEEK

      The surge in Delta Covid cases has shown signs of slowing down.

      Some 36,000 extra cases have been detected in the past week – up by 17 per cent.

      Last week, a 34 per cent increase was recorded by Public Health England. It suggests the rate of growth is slowing down. But it comes ahead of “Freedom Day” on Monday, when the remaining restrictions in England are lifted.

      Experts say even if case rates are flattening, they will probably spike again – with the “peak” modelled around late August. 

      Delta, which was first detected in India, can spread faster than original variants, and poses a risk to both unvaccinated and vaccinated. It currently accounts for approximately 99 per cent of cases across the UK.

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      WEARING A FACE MASK CAN HELP REDUCE RISK OF PASSING ON COVID, SAYS NEIL FERGUSON

      Wearing a face mask can help reduce the risk of someone passing on a Covid infection, Prof Neil Ferguson said.

      He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that masks were not “perfect” but had some effect on transmission.

      He added: “They work best at preventing you infecting someone else and lots of people, including double-vaccinated people, such as Health Secretary, are getting infected, are probably infectious and if they wear a mask, even if they don’t know they’re infectious, that will reduce the risk, but probably only by 20% or so.”

      Mr Marr noted that Prof Ferguson had worn a mask when he came in to the BBC studio and asked if would carry on wearing them.

      Prof Ferguson replied: “Given the circumstances, I’m going to continue my behaviour as I have been really for the last few months, at least until the autumn.”

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      JOHNSON TO ISOLATE AT CHEQUERS FOLLOWING FURY OVER QUARANTINE ESCAPE PLAN

      Boris Johnson has abandoned plans to avoid quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a furious political backlash.

      The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak had originally planned to take daily tests rather than self-isolate following meetings last week with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who has tested positive for Covid-19.

      But in a dramatic turnaround Downing Street said the two ministers would be self-isolating rather than taking part in a daily contact testing pilot.

      “The Prime Minister has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say he is a contact of someone with Covid,” a spokesman said.

      “He was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate. He will not be taking part in the testing pilot. He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot.”

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      PICTURED: QUEUES OF BRITISH TOURISTS LINE UP AT PALMA DE MALLORCA AIRPORT

       

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      BRITS QUEUE FOR COVID TESTS IN IBIZA AMID RACE TO FLY HOME IN AMBER LIST SCRAMBLE

      Brits queue for Covid tests in Ibiza amid race to fly home in amber list scramble

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