Latest Covid update: Weekly deaths in England and Wales hit 10-month high

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A major trust has warned of a decline in demand for Covid booster shots and said rates of young people getting the third shot have dropped.

Leeds Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust said the decline in uptake may be due to messages about the “less serious” nature of Omicron.

It comes as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in England and Wales has risen to its highest level in 10 months.

A total of 1,382 deaths recorded in the week ending January 14 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is 50% more than the previous seven days and is the highest number since 1,501 deaths were recorded in the week to March 12, 2021.

Meanwhile, experts at Israel’s Health Ministry have recommended a fourth dose of the vaccine for all adults who received their first booster at least five months ago.

The recommendation, which will expand the limited rollout of Israel’s fourth vaccine to Israelis over 60 and at-risk adults, is still pending approval.

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We are pausing live updates on the Covid blog for tonight.

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Sir Elton John tests positive for Covid

Sir Elton John has tested positive for Covid-19 and expressed his “disappointment” at having to reschedule some of his US shows.

“If you have tickets, we will contact you with the new dates very soon.

“It’s always a huge disappointment to move shows and I’m so sorry to anyone who’s been upset about this, but I want to keep myself and my team safe.

“Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated and boosted and my symptoms are mild, so hopefully I can do the Arkansas shows this weekend.

“As always, thank you for all your love and support, I can’t wait to see you all soon!”

joe middleton25 January 2022 18:25

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Partygate investigator ready to deliver report to Boris Johnson

Sue Gray’s long-awaited report on allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at 10 Downing Street could be on Boris Johnson’s desk tonight.

The Whitehall mandarin has completed her investigation and is only awaiting police clearance to hand over the potentially explosive document. Downing Street has said the prime minister wants to publish it, in whole or in part, “as soon as possible”, meaning his findings may be known on Wednesday.

Plans to bring the investigation to a swift conclusion this week were thrown into chaos today by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick’s bombshell announcement that the force will mount its own investigation into possible criminal offences.

andres woodcock Y adam forrest have the latest:

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There will be more variants of Covid, says Sajid Javid

The Health Secretary is currently appearing before MPs in the Commons Health and Social Care Committee.

Mr. Javid was asked about the possibility of more Covid variants. He responded that there will be more variants of Covid, saying the UK has the “best surveillance system in the world”.

joe middleton25 January 2022 17:21

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Thousands urged to try Covid antiviral treatment in new study

The government has urged the British public to take part in a study of antiviral drugs designed to help the NHS treat coronavirus patients.

The volunteers will receive doses of molnupiravir, a drug that was approved by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in early November. It was the first regulator to give it the green light.

The decision came after clinical research found the antiviral could reduce the risk of hospitalization by around 30 percent, with MHRA chief executive Dr June Raine describing the drug as “another treatment to add to our arsenal against Covid-19”.

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RFK apologizes for anti-vaccine rant comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has apologized for referring to Anne Frank during an anti-vaccine tirade that compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.

Kennedy claimed imposing vaccine passports was akin to Nazi Germany in a speech at an anti-vaccine protest march in Washington DC on Sunday.

The comments drew widespread condemnation.

In a tweet on Tuesday, he said: “I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to the families who suffered the horrors of the Holocaust.”

joe middleton25 January 2022 16:49

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Britain registers 94,326 cases of covid, 439 deaths

Britain reported 94,326 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and a further 439 deaths, official data showed.

The figures compare with the 88,447 cases and 56 deaths reported on Monday.

The numbers are typically highest on Tuesdays, when most of the weekend’s deaths are included in the tally.

The total number of cases, deaths and hospital admissions have been slowly falling from a peak after Christmas.

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FDA Revokes Approval Of Covid Antibody Drugs That Don’t Work Against Omicron

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked its approval for covid-19 antibody drugs that do not work against the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Omicron now offsets almost all new infections in the US, and the FDA announced Monday that it would withdraw its emergency authorization for Regeneron and Eli Lilly’s antibody drugs.

The drugs have been bought by the US government and given to millions of Americans with covid-19.

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