Coronavirus latest news: One in eight had Covid antibodies in December, ONS figures suggest

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It is estimated that one in eight people in England had Covid-19 by December last year, up from one in 11 in November, new figures show.
Antibody data on infection in private households suggests that one in 10 in Wales was also infected by December, one in 13 in Northern Ireland and one in 11 in Scotland.
The numbers come from the Covid-19 infection survey conducted by the Office for National Statistic in collaboration with Oxford University, Manchester University, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.
Last week, the Medical Research Council (MRC) Covid-19 Working Group on Biostatistics at Cambridge University announced that the proportion of the population ever infected was 30% in London, 26% in the North West and 21% in the North East. This decreased to 13% in the southeast and 8% in the southwest.
Follow the latest updates below.
11:57 am
The death toll in nursing homes in the UK is more than 25,000
The number of deaths from Covid-19 in UK care homes has exceeded 25,000, a new analysis by the PA news agency shows.
As of January 8, 2021, a total of 21,621 Covid-19 deaths had been recorded in nursing homes in England and Wales on Tuesday, according to the National Statistics Office.
Separate figures released by the National Records of Scotland last week showed that as of January 10, Scotland had registered 2,768 deaths in nursing homes.
In Northern Ireland, as of January 8, 619 nursing home deaths had been recorded, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Taken together, these totals mean that there have now been 25,008 deaths in nursing homes in the UK where Covid-19 is listed on the death certificate.
11:49 a.m.
The City Police Commissioner calls for police officers to be placed on the vaccine priority list
In an interview with LBC this morning, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was "stunned" about why police officers are not being given a priority for the vaccine.
Police officers in the UK are not in the first row of vaccination priority groups, but "many other countries prioritize police officers and law enforcement colleagues," she told the radio station.
She said there had been 97 incidents of someone mentioning or threatening Covid before coughing an officer with 48 spitting attacks. About 126 people were charged, with almost two thirds sentenced to imprisonment.
11:37 a.m.
Thailand defends the royal company's role in vaccination strategy
The Thai government on Tuesday defended its coronavirus vaccine strategy against criticism from the opposition that it relied too heavily on a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
The attack by banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit came as Thailand battled its biggest spike in infections and after months of youth-led protests that presented the monarchy with a rare challenge. Criticizing the royal family is illegal.
"These baseless and inaccurate allegations should not be linked to the work of the institution we adore and love," said Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, referring to the monarchy.
He said that royally owned Siam Bioscience was the obvious choice for many companies being considered for technology transfer from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to manufacture 200 million doses of vaccine annually for Thailand and other nations.
This photo taken on Sept. 24, 2020 shows Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C) and Queen Suthida (R) at an event at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. - STR / AFP
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Thailand has ordered 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be ready in June, and 2 million doses of China's Sinovac, due to be given next month.
Mr Thanathorn made no allegations of inappropriateness against AstraZeneca, but said the Crown's Siam Bioscience had no experience making vaccines and the government relied too much on them.
11:25 am
Love your neighbor and get yourself a covid puff, says Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby received a Covid-19 vaccine and urged people around the world to accept the sting. Vaccination is part of the Christian commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The leader of the Anglican community, which includes 85 million people in around 165 countries, tweeted a picture of himself when he received the shot, describing the rapid development of vaccines against the new coronavirus in response to prayer.
"Jesus Christ calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The vaccine is part of that commandment: we can show our love for one another by protecting one another from this terrible disease," he said in a statement.
"To everyone in this country and around the world, please, please accept the invitation to have the push when it comes - and encourage everyone around you to do the same."
Welby, 65, received the vaccine as part of the priority group of frontline health workers because he volunteered as part of the hospital's pastoral care team at St. Thomas' Hospital across from his London residence at Lambeth Palace.
He said health workers at the UK's National Health Service and around the world on the front lines of the pandemic were under immense pressure and that getting the vaccine was something people could do to relieve them.
11:10 a.m.
Rwanda's capital is strictly closed
The president of Rwanda has ordered a major lockdown in Kigali, the country's capital, to combat "unprecedented increases in cases, deaths and transmission rates," Will Brown reports.
The government has banned entry and exit of the city and cited an increase in the number of cases found in a given sample of tests called the positivity rate. According to Rwanda, the number of tests with positive results for Covid-19 has tripled from 2.6 percent at the beginning of this month to 7.7 percent.
Like much of Africa, Rwanda has been spared the havoc the virus has wreaked in the US and Europe. So far, the Central African nation has recorded 11,259 cases of the coronavirus and only 146 deaths.
Experts say this is partly due to the stringent health measures put in place by President Paul Kagame's administration and a very young population. In recent weeks, however, many officials across the continent have been alarmed about the new, more contagious South African variant of the virus, which has led to an increase in infections and hospital admissions in South African countries. It is not yet known whether the variant has spread to Rwanda or not.
10:52 am
More than 106,000 Covid deaths in the UK
More than 106,000 deaths from Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.
According to the latest reports from the UK statistical authorities, 99,813 deaths have been recorded in the UK so far, with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
That includes 90,720 deaths in England and Wales as of January 8, which the ONS confirmed Tuesday.
Since these statistics were compiled, an additional 6,447 deaths have occurred in England, plus 146 in Scotland, 260 in Wales and 181 in Northern Ireland. This comes from additional data published on the government's coronavirus dashboard.
Taken together, these totals mean that there have been 106,847 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK to date.
10:39 a.m.
Singapore's national airline aims to ensure that all crew members are vaccinated
The national airline of Singapore hopes to be the first in the world to have all crew members vaccinated against Covid-19, reports Ben Farmer.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has offered free shots from the government to all publicly available staff, including pilots, gate agents and flight attendants, CNN reported.
"We are grateful to the Singapore government for making the aviation sector a priority in vaccinating the country," the airline's executive director told employees.
"This reflects the importance of the sector and the critical role we play in both Singapore's economic recovery and the fight against the pandemic." Around 5,200 SIA employees have already signed up for jabs, reducing the burden of coronavirus restrictions and tests.
10:24 am
Biden blocks Trump's plan to lift travel restrictions on Covid-19 UK
Joe Biden is set to block Donald Trump's plan to lift travel restrictions on Covid-19 between the US and the UK once he takes office.
Mr Trump on Monday signed a resolution to lift the restrictions he imposed early last year in response to the pandemic, after receiving support from members of the coronavirus task force and public health officials.
Shortly after Trump's order was released, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki tweeted, "On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on January 26th."
She added: "With the pandemic worsening and contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel."
10:15 am
One in ten Welsh households likely had Covid antibodies in December
The ONS also estimates that one in ten people in private households in Wales likely tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in December 2020, up from one in 19 in November.
In Scotland, the estimate is one in eleven in December versus one in 15 in November.
In Northern Ireland, the estimate is one in 13 versus one in 29.
10:00 A.M
Doctor "disappointed" with insufficient vaccine supply
Dr. David Holwell said it was "disappointing" that vaccine numbers in his area fell due to a lack of supplies.
The general practitioner told BBC Breakfast Tuesday that they had given 2,000 vaccinations a week in his part of West Sussex but only received 300 doses last week.
He said, "We got an average of 2,000 vaccinations a week, then we got 300 last week and this week we will get 800 so it's disappointing.
"We just want to keep vaccinating, we've come to a big point, we've certainly started eating the patients under 80.
"But we are limited by the range of vaccinations."
9:57 am
No complacency with my patients, says GP
Dr. Zoe Norris said the people vaccinated in her area are not complacent about continuing to obey restrictions.
When asked at the BBC breakfast about concerns that vaccinated people would complain about compliance, the East Yorkshire general practitioner said, "I haven't seen this in our patients at all.
"They were very compliant when we asked them to come in. They were still very aware and very concerned about social distancing, face masks, even to the extent that they were keen to leave the vaccination center even though we are absolutely glad it was safe and followed all instructions. "
GP Dr. David Holwell added, "I think anyone who walks in when they come down for the vaccine is sometimes the first time since the initial lockdown that they are very aware of the risk they are taking and just feel very grateful . "
9:56 am
UK leads survey on vaccine intake
When asked if they would agree to the comment, "If I were given a COVID-19 vaccine this week, I would definitely get it," the UK prevailed.
09:46 am
"Call the police on your neighbors," says Cressida Dick
City Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said Londoners should call the police if their neighbors persist in breaking Covid-19 rules.
She told LBC Radio, "If you are concerned that someone is persistent in violating restrictions and regulations, you should speak to us.
"If you feel comfortable about it, talk to us."
Dame Cressida said the force receives "hundreds of calls a day" from those affected, with fines to those who are "completely reckless", throw house parties or keep a restaurant, pub or coffee shop open.
09:43 am
Nursing Homes: 70% in Wales to get a sting by the end of this week
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said 70 percent of nursing home residents and workers in Wales should have received the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this week.
Mr Gething told BBC 5Live that 70% of people over 80 in Wales should also get a sting by the end of this week, and a "significant effort" has been made to vaccinate health and social workers on the front lines.
"We really work through the population, now we have a combination of Pfizer and AstraZeneca," said Gething.
"I expect to post numbers later this week with more detailed information on how it's done, but we know that every frontline medic on the front lines in Wales has either got a stab or was offered one. "
Mr Gething said he expected those over 70 in Wales to be invited to have their vaccinations "in the near future".
09:39 am
One in eight people had Covid in England in December
It is estimated that one in eight people in England had Covid-19 as of December last year, according to antibody data from the Office for National Statistic's Covid-19 infection survey.
09:38 am
Cressida Dick 'baffles' why officials don't have vaccination priority
City Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was "stunned" why officials at the front were not closer to the head of the queue to receive the vaccine.
She told LBC Radio, "In cohort five to nine you have people in my age group and I'm really amazed why, but obviously this is a decision the government has made so far on the basis of what is known as a JCVI (Joint Committee for vaccination and immunization) who are experts.
"But in many other countries, police officers and law enforcement colleagues are prioritized and I want my officers to get the vaccination."
Dame Cressida said there have been 97 incidents of someone mentioning or threatening Covid before coughing an officer with 48 spitting attacks.
Around 126 people were charged, and almost two thirds received imprisonment.
The commissioner said three colleagues, none of whom were police officers, died after contracting Covid-19, including a police officer last week.
09:36 am
"I don't think becoming a Mystic Meg helps," says the Welsh Minister of Health
Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said coronavirus measures in the country - including school closings - are being reviewed every three weeks.
"The next one will be at the end of this month, we can then look ahead, we will then also be able to check again during half-time," he told BBC 5Live.
"When school openings and face-to-face lessons change, we want to let both our staff and parents know as early as possible.
"I don't think it's helpful to try to become a Mystic Meg and forecast months and months into the future."
9:33 am
Matt Hancock self-insulating
The Minister of Health is self-isolating after receiving a Track & Trace alarm.
09:31 am
Coronavirus around the world, in pictures
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Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) ride an elevator at Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea - SeongJoon Cho / Bloomberg
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A health care worker stands in a container and waits for a visitor at a temporary Covid-19 test station in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul - SeongJoon Cho / Bloomberg
09:17 am
"We can't patrol and we won't patrol all supermarkets," says Met Commissioner
When asked about people who refuse to wear face masks in stores, the commissioner said staff should call the police if someone is "very rude or violent".
But she added: "We cannot patrol and we will not patrol all supermarkets - it will be impossible and inappropriate.
"I think there is a responsibility for stores and shopkeepers and store managers. I don't underestimate that it can be a difficult task at times."
09:17 am
Cressida Dick: 'Small minority' who are not complying with the lockdown
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner said a "small minority" of people are violating Covid-19 regulations.
Dame Cressida Dick said over an LBC radio phone, "I think it is perfectly right that my officials out there with people, the small minority who disobey, and occasionally issue tickets or refuse to give their names and addresses, and some people do, then of course they can be arrested. "
That came after the Met issued more than 140 fixed criminal charges (FPNs) totaling £ 39,000 over the weekend in the Tower Hamlets and Hackney counties alone, while 14 fish trucks protested the Brexit fishing deal in Whitehall on Monday have been fined.
09:14 am
Many intensive care units "already overwhelmed"
Alison Pittard, dean of the intensive care faculty, said many intensive care units were "already overwhelmed".
She told Sky News, "There are many intensive care units and hospitals across the country that are already overwhelmed - an unprecedented number of cases, large numbers of very, very sick people, many of whom are dying.
"And there are employees who are almost on their knees and have been through these for months and months and months without a break.
"I think that health professionals who say their situation is not overwhelmed are unfair."
She added, "We're still a long way from that right now," she added, and the intensive care units expect another surge in patients over the next seven to ten days.
09:04 am
"To keep things moving, we'll see some overlap."
When asked about some of the oldest patients in some areas who have not yet received their coronavirus sting, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said "there will be an overlap" as the government kicked off vaccinating the next priority group.
He told LBC: "We are very confident that areas should go through most of the first cohort before moving on to the second cohort, but there will be an overlap.
"The reality is that there will be some overlap as you move through this and introduce the second cohort.
"While they are still finishing the first cohort, some people from the second cohort will get their vaccines and be contacted.
"That's understandable because the other alternative is to go through the first cohort and take a break before you can start the second cohort, and that would be wrong."
He added, "To keep things going and moving, we'll see some overlap, but areas should go through the majority of Cohort 1 before transitioning into Cohort 2."
09:02 am
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8:55 am
"Carrying a virus is like carrying a loaded gun that can accidentally go off."
Professor Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics, compared the virus to "carrying a loaded gun" but said those who had demonstrated immunity should not be withheld.
"There is a serious ethical problem that you are only entitled to restrict people's freedom in a liberal society if they pose a threat to other people," he told the Today program.
"Carrying a virus is like carrying a loaded gun that can accidentally go off.
"We have the right to hold people back and see if they have a gun, but if they don't have a gun to hold them back, that is a false detention."
Prof. Savulescu added that the lockdown has "life or death consequences" and that efforts should be made to allow people with "certain immunity" to return to work and normal life and "not just the pub".
8:14 am
Scientist: Jab is not a passport to freedom
Responding to a poll of public compliance with coronavirus regulations after vaccination, Prof. Lord continued, "That's what is worrying about the idea of ​​a passport (coronavirus immunity).
“People may think (it's a) passport to freedom, and even those who haven't been vaccinated will see them change their behavior and think, 'Well why should I care if nobody else is is? '
"That is the real concern we have right now."
8:06 am
"Don't hug your grandchildren yet," warns the scientist
Professor Janet Lord, director of the Institute for Inflammation and Aging at the University of Birmingham, urged continued caution as the number of people vaccinated increased.
When asked if people who received the bump could hug their children, she told BBC Radio 4's Today program: "I would definitely advise against doing this because, as you probably know, they with the vaccines for several weeks before they are maximally effective.
"It's really important that people stay on guard even after they get that first vaccination. If people relax about what they're doing, it reduces the benefits of the vaccination."
8:04 am
"Too early" to say how the lockdown will be eased, says Minister
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said it was "too early" to explain how England's national lockdown will be eased.
He told BBC Breakfast: "I'm afraid it's a little early to outline this. The Prime Minister said when we put these restrictions in place that we would have a review point in mid-February, we are still a few weeks away from even that review point .
"I think we have to wait until we get to that point and see where we are, how the vaccination program is being implemented, how the restrictions have worked, and then we can look at the next steps.
"But whether that is in February or if we are making progress in March, it is now, relatively early in January, simply too early to give an overview."
07:49 am
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07:38 am
A vaccine could make the public abandon rules, say scientists
Ministers have been warned that after vaccination, millions of people are likely to start ignoring Covid's restrictions, reports our health editor Laura Donnelly.
Government scientists are concerned that those receiving bumps may relax their attitudes towards social distancing and lockdown rules, according to articles published by The Telegraph.
In the minutes of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), a survey is cited that 29 percent of people will comply with less stringent restrictions after vaccination, while 11 percent "probably no longer follow the rules" ".
Articles published by Sage reveal concerns that changes in the behavior of those receiving the sting could more than "offset" the benefits of the vaccination program over the next several months.
07:30 am
People over 80 should be vaccinated in front of lower priority groups.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the "vast majority" of residents of over 80s and nursing homes should be vaccinated before areas move to lower priority groups.
He told Sky News, "Different local areas will address their local needs and how they navigate and decisions they make. However, we care for everyone equally to make sure people across the country are getting the vaccinations." good time.
"We are very confident that the areas should go through and treat people and not move on to the second cohort until the vast majority of the first cohort has been vaccinated."
He said there would be a "small overlap" to avoid the risk of a "gap and pause" when switching between groups.
07:05 am
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06:35 am
Pfizer vaccine "may prevent transmission"
According to the author of an Israeli study, Pfizer vaccine recipients are unlikely to transmit the virus to others.
Survey respondents developed up to 20 times more antibodies within a week of receiving the second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
The survey, which reviewed data from 102 of approximately 1,000 Sheba Medical Center medical workers who received both recordings, found that only two subjects developed low levels of antibodies - one of the subjects suffered from a weakened immune system.
There was no explanation as to why the second person did not develop antibodies, and the hospital said it was investigating.
The rest - 98 percent - have developed antibody levels that were even higher than those seen in patients who have recovered from a serious coronavirus-induced condition, the hospital said in a statement released Monday.
Read more: Pfizer Vaccine "May Prevent Coronavirus Spreading To Others"
06:04 am
Japan fears the strain could spread to the UK
Three new cases of the rapidly spreading British variant of Covid-19 have been discovered in Japan. Officials admit they couldn't determine how they were infected, writes Julian Ryall.
The three people live in Shizuoka Prefecture west of Tokyo and have not traveled to the UK, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.
Officials also said there was no evidence that any of the three had come into contact with any of the 42 people in Japan who were diagnosed with the UK virus strain, increasing the possibility that it is already spreading in the general population.
Read more: Japan fears the spread of the British Covid strain
3:51 am
Germany wants to tighten lockdown
Angela Merkel and the heads of state and government of the 16 German federal states are expected to extend and tighten a partial lockdown beyond January today as fears about contagious virus variant strains increase.
Germany closed restaurants, leisure and sports facilities in November and expanded the closure to include schools and most shops in mid-December to stop the growth of new coronavirus infections.
The measures ordered by the end of January have "flattened the infection curve", said Chancellor spokesman Steffen Seibert and noted that the number of intensive care patients had also decreased slightly.
"This trend is cautiously positive and an achievement of the restrictions of the past few weeks," he said. "But it only gets us to the point where we still have a long way to go before we can say we have the infections under control."
A teacher stands in an empty classroom in Dinslaken and teaches children at home with a tablet - EPA
03:34 am
Lockdown affects the mental health of young people
Einer von vier jungen Menschen fühlt sich unfähig, mit dem Leben fertig zu werden, wie eine Umfrage von Prince's Trust ergab, da die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation die psychischen Auswirkungen der Coronavirus-Pandemie auf die unter 25-Jährigen aufzeigt.
Die Krise hat bei Teenagern und jungen Erwachsenen einen "verheerenden Tribut" gefordert, und Arbeitslose fühlen sich eher depressiv, heißt es.
Viele verlieren aufgrund einer gestörten Ausbildung, eines schrumpfenden Arbeitsmarktes und der Isolation von ihren Freunden und Angehörigen die Hoffnung auf die Zukunft.
Die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, die 1976 vom Prince of Wales gegründet wurde, sagte, ihre Umfrage unter 2.180 Menschen im Alter von 16 bis 25 Jahren in ganz Großbritannien habe ergeben, dass mehr junge Menschen Angst haben als jemals zuvor in den letzten 12 Jahren.
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02:36 Uhr
Die Top-Storys von heute
Die Minister wurden gewarnt, dass Millionen von Menschen wahrscheinlich anfangen werden, die Covid-Beschränkungen zu ignorieren, sobald sie geimpft wurden
Einer von vier jungen Menschen fühlt sich unfähig, mit dem Leben fertig zu werden, wie eine Umfrage von Prince's Trust ergab, da die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation die psychischen Auswirkungen der Coronavirus-Pandemie auf die unter 25-Jährigen aufzeigt
Die walisische Regierung ist unter Beschuss geraten wegen ihrer "wirklich verwirrenden" Politik, die Einführung von Coronavirus-Impfstoffen zu verzögern, wobei die British Medical Association und Nummer 10 die Kritik anführen
Nicola Sturgeon ist zunehmend verärgert über Schottlands langsame Einführung von Impfstoffen, nachdem bekannt wurde, dass ihre Regierung mehr als 400.000 nicht verwendete Dosen hat und Englands Einsatz am vergangenen Wochenende fast doppelt so schnell war
Führungskräfte und Millionärsunternehmer müssen unter Quarantäne gestellt werden, nachdem sie ihre Befreiung davon verloren haben, selbst wenn sie in Großbritannien eine Investition in Höhe von mehreren Millionen Pfund tätigen müssen
Großbritannien könnte von einem massiven Steuerüberfall verschont bleiben, wenn sich die Wirtschaft bei der Einführung von Impfstoffen stark erholt, sagte ein Finanzminister
Kalifornien hat New York für die meisten Todesfälle in Covid überholt, und die Krankenhäuser sind voll. Die Gesundheitsbehörden warnen davor, dass die härtesten Wochen noch bevorstehen
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