News – GB – UK Covid live: Sturgeon sets a schedule for easing restrictions by April

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The Scottish Prime Minister says the information on the impact of the vaccination program is “extremely encouraging”

This graphic from the Covid “Strategic Framework Update” (pdf) of the Scottish Government summarizes the plans announced by Nicola Sturgeon

Regarding what will happen between now and April, Sturgeon said the first step came with the partial reopening of the schools yesterday

She says this will involve the next phase of school return – with the rest of the elementary school years going back and bringing more upper secondary students into class for at least some of the time she says non-contact outdoor sports should then be for 12- to 17-year-olds are allowed And the limit for mixing outdoors will be relaxed, so that four people from two households can meet – not just two people from two households as before

At this stage, the rest of the students could return, she says. She says the joint service is allowed to begin. And the rules for shuffling outdoors could be further relaxed so that six people from two households can meet

And retail will open up at this stage, she says, expanding the expansion of the essential retail and removing the click-and-collect restrictions

Sturgeon says the next phase will begin on Jan. April could start if hopefully all of Scotland could move to Level 3 restrictions, albeit possibly with some changes

It is of course important to stress that all of this depends on us continuing to suppress the virus now – and continue to accept some compromises for a period of time, such as international travel, but if we do, I am optimistic that we will can make good progress in returning to normalcy in our lives and in the economy

I know this is still a cautious approach that is extremely difficult for many businesses, even though it is essential to fighting the virus and protecting health

According to Sturgeon, today’s report will be followed by a document in mid-March that will provide more detailed information on easing the lockdown

She also says that while she is making plans today, “in the coming weeks, if data allows and positive trends persist, she will seek to accelerate the easing of restrictions”

At this point, we hope that all parts of the country that are currently at Level 4 can go back from Level 4 to Level 3 – possibly with a revision of the contents of the levels – and then to Level 3 values, which are from the incidence and prevalence of the virus at that time will depend

There will be a “gradual but significant reopening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality, and services like gyms and hairdressers,” she says

starting the last week of April

And R, the reproduction number, is not far below 1. That means, “We have only very limited leeway at the moment to relax the restrictions,” she says

There is little doubt that we now have much firmer reasons to be optimistic that vaccination and the other tools at our disposal provide a path back to greater normalcy

However, by being cautious, careful and patient for the next period – as the vaccination program progresses – we will make this path as safe and sustainable as possible

According to Sturgeon, nearly a third of Scottish adults have now received their first dose of vaccine

She says the government expects to have a first dose by mid-April to everyone on the JCVI’s priority list – everyone over the age of 50 and people with underlying health conditions

And she expects to be offering a first dose to every adult in Scotland by the end of July – not by September as originally planned

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, says she will set an indicative timeframe for the cautious easing of the lockdown

She starts with the statistic There were 56 more deaths, she says there are 1076 Covid patients in hospital – 65 fewer than yesterday And there were 655 more cases

Journalists have learned a little more about government thinking about “vaccination records” Boris Johnson has previously voiced some of his own concerns in an interview (See 123 p.m.) Officials have said nothing more in public, but reporters are told that ministers are not interested in a system of making a decision about whether or not someone does something may or may not do, depends entirely on whether or not he has received a vaccine

Instead, there is a much greater interest in whether information about vaccinations can be combined with information about test results to allow venues or services to be opened up to people

There is still no firm plan, however, it will be a really open evaluation

Ministers also accept that companies can already choose to deny people access for a variety of reasons. One function of the review may be to determine the extent to which employers and companies can consider vaccination status rather than when deciding whether to use people Employ or serve as clients Laws already exist, but attorneys have argued that they would likely need to be examined in court to determine how they would be applied to vaccine documents

Sky’s Sam Coates posted the full Boris Johnson clip on Twitter this morning that talks about journalism It was “a great job,” Johnson said. But he continued:

But the problem is that sometimes you are always abusing people or attacking [people] being critical when you may sometimes feel a little guilty for not taking the place of the person you are criticizing

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Johnson spoke of journalists criticizing politicians because he felt guilty for criticizing politicians and thought he would try politics himself

But as LBC’s James O’Brien argues, that comment may have been an admission that Johnson’s own columnist career included multiple instances of Johnson insulting people – often entire cities, nationalities, or minority groups

‘He admits he has spent his entire journalistic life abusing people instead of criticizing behavior and behavior, James O’Brien responds to Boris Johnson and talks about why he left journalism for politics @ Mrjamesob ImageTwittercom / 9fgUqomYSc

PA Media submitted the full citations from Boris Johnson’s radio interview this morning while attending school in Lewisham. Here are the key points

This is an area where we are looking for something new for our country We have never had anything like it We never thought of having something that you had to show in order to go to a pub or a theater

There are deep and complex issues that we need to investigate and ethical issues about the role of government in mandating, or in mandating people, or in banning people from doing such things

We cannot discriminate against people who for whatever reason cannot have the vaccine There may be medical reasons why people can’t have a vaccine, or some people generally refuse to have one I think this is wrong I think everyone should have a vaccine, but we have to beat it all up

Johnson didn’t say what would likely complete the review, but he certainly didn’t sound like a passionate enthusiast about using “vaccination cards” in the home context, and (as you’d expect, given his background) sounded like it was he’s closer to the libertarian end of the spectrum on this issue

What I want to see is a proper review of the issue This is being led by Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who will bring the best scientific, moral, philosophical and ethical viewpoints on it and find a way forward

In December last year, Gove told the BBC that the government had no plans for so-called vaccination certificates

If you look at the international side of things, international travel, there is no question that many countries will go there and insist on vaccination certificates, just as people used to insist on evidence I had been vaccinated against yellow fever or whatever, so it’s going to be on the international stage whatever

I am hopeful but obviously nothing can be guaranteed and it all depends on how we continue to be careful and continue to follow directions at each stage

Really, because of the immense possibilities of the rollout, because science has given us this opportunity to create a shield around our population, we can do this date of the 21st Really look at June with some optimism

I guess that’s how I would put it I’m very optimistic that we can get there

Some people will say we’re going too fast, others will say we’re going too slow I think the balance is right, I think it’s a cautious but irreversible approach, which is exactly what people want to see

Boris Johnson spoke about journalism while attending a school in South London during a meeting with students I’m not sure if he was in front of the camera. But he said, “The problem with journalism is that it’s great – but you always criticize when you don’t bring yourself forward”

This is a long-standing view from Johnson; When explaining his decision to give up journalism for politics, he reportedly said that “nobody ever puts up statues of journalists” (This could explain why Johnson is interested in a new law to prevent people from dismantling statues, it’s also not entirely true. In London, off Fleet Street, there is a beautiful statue of journalist and MP John Wilkes from the 18th Century with an excellent commentary by Jeremy Paxman)

The latest report on universal credit statistics released this morning by the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP) shows that in the first week of 2021, around 446 people were still applying for universal credit every hour, 45 total Millions of people have been entitled to the benefit since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the UK in March 2020

It happens that many people who first applied for a universal loan during the pandemic have not been able to set aside enough money to save £ 10 a month, eat healthily or regularly, or pay bills because of the Current study found benefit payment too inadequate

Thomas Lawson, executive director of Turn2us, a national charity that provides hands-on assistance to people in financial difficulty, said the numbers underscore the need to extend the £ 20 universal loan increase announced last year. He said:

The continued high number of new universal loan applications further shows that the economic fallout from this pandemic is still in full swing, and for this very reason it would be a terrible idea to cut the benefit payments by £ 20 a week now

The DWP report also shows that 620000 families with children have applied for universal loans since the pandemic began – an increase of 51%

Providing support for just another six months is not enough The Universal Loan increase in March last year was a clear recognition by the UK government that people who lost their jobs during the pandemic needed additional financial support

The UK government needs to do the right thing and extend the £ 20 increase for at least a year to give families the opportunity to rebuild their lives and prevent even more children from growing up in poverty

The UK should opt for an elimination policy aimed at not causing coronavirus cases in communities, experts from Australia and New Zealand have warned

The government’s current strategy is to keep infections below 10000 when Boris Johnson declared his roadmap unlocked on Monday, but experts in countries where cases have been drastically reduced have argued that the approach should be to eradicate the virus completely

At a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on the subject of coronavirus (APPG), the leading epidemiologist Prof Catherine Bennett in Australia and New Zealand: “Getting rid of the virus was the idea“

Prof Michael Baker, acting director of public health at the University of Otago in New Zealand, said a key factor was how the problem was “conceptualized” early on – with people treating it like influenza and thinking about herd immunity

He said New Zealand would do the same thing as the UK until it saw the strict Chinese lockdown where it was treated like a Sars virus and then changed direction

In interviews this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed the UK never had a national shortage of PPE in the past year, repeating when asked about last week’s court ruling that it illegally failed to publish PPE contracts on time Argument that it was right for his officials at this point to focus more on purchasing PPE than on complying with the disclosure plan. He told the Today program:

Also, these questions are easy to ask, but difficult to deliver PPE in the teeth of a pandemic.And that’s exactly what my team did.And yes, there have been individual challenges in accessing PPE, but we had because of mine Teams never have a national deficiency

But at another point in the same interview last year, Hancock said, “Obviously there has been a massive shortage of a large amount of items” and the demand for PPE has increased tenfold. He seemed between global and local bottlenecks that he accepted and a national deficiency that he claims did not occur

Rosena Allin-Khan, a shadow health secretary, said it was “an insult” to Hancock to claim there was no shortage of PPE. She said:

Much of it was inadequate and ill-fitting, and some NHS staff had to make their own clothes from garbage bags

The fact is, it was a blast for Tory donors and friends, and protecting workers who put themselves at risk of caring for people seems to have been an afterthought

A National Audit Office report on PPE procurement last year said that while the government deserved some credit for “building a new international supply chain and distribution network quickly”, it “took a long time to Ordered large quantities of PPE until they received them. ”The NAO also said,“ There were further difficulties with distribution to vendors, and many frontline workers reported that there was a shortage of PPE as a result ”

More than a third of the claims made since Universal Credit was launched have been made during the coronavirus pandemic, reports PA Media, PA says:

There were 45 million Benefit entitlements between the 13th March 2020 and 14 January this year, according to the Ministry of Labor and Pensions (DWP)

This corresponds to 39% of the 114 million Claims since the introduction of the universal credit in April 2013

According to the latest quarterly figures, the total number of UC employees increased on Jan. January to 6 million – a 98% increase from Jan. March 2020

When asked about vaccination records, Johnson says this is a difficult subject There are deep and complex issues to investigate, including ethical issues

He says the government cannot be discriminatory. And there may be medical reasons why people cannot be vaccinated, which would mean they cannot get “vaccination certificates”

Johnson says he knows libertarians would object, but other people are pushing for these measures, he says

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News – GB – UK Covid live: Sturgeon sets schedule for easing Restrictions until April

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