Covid latest news LIVE: Boris Johnson slams anti-vax ‘mumbo jumbo’ as travel testing ‘could be axed’


Oris Johnson has criticized the anti-vaccines for publishing “complete verbiage” about Covid vaccines while urging the British to come forward and receive their vaccine.

The prime minister said that those who opposed vaccination and spreading disinformation online were “totally wrong.”

“It is time for me, the government, to tell them what they are doing, it is absolutely wrong,” he told ITV News.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps hinted Thursday that all international travel evidence could eventually be scrapped in favor of vaccination status.

The cabinet minister suggested that the British could soon travel abroad without having to take a test as the pandemic recedes.

Speaking to Times Radio Breakfast, he said: “I think I can see a world where you don’t need testing at all.

“I imagine that, for the foreseeable future, we will be living in a world where vaccination status is something that countries are looking for.”

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Covid: around the world

More than 85 percent of the Indonesian population has antibodies to Covid, a government-commissioned survey showed. However, officials cautioned that it was unclear whether this would help contain a new wave of Omicron infections.

– More cities in central China’s Henan Province have imposed restrictions as infections spiked sharply

– Africa’s top public health official said on Thursday that severe shutdowns were no longer the best way to contain Covid, praising South Africa for its approach in responding to its latest wave of infections driven by the Omicron variant. “We are very encouraged by what we saw in South Africa during this period of looking at the data in terms of severity (of infections),” John Nkengasong, director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a conference. press.


Scotland registers more than 11,000 cases of Covid

Scotland had 18 Covid-related deaths and 11,360 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the most recent data.

Figures released by the Scottish Government on Thursday show 57,217 new tests, of which 23.1% were positive.

This is down from 26.9 percent on Wednesday.

Recently recorded deaths take the toll under this measurement, from people who tested positive for the virus in the past 28 days, to 9,890.


The number of fines to the tube is revealed at the end of 2021

Hundreds of people have been fined for not wearing masks on London’s transport network, according to the Mayor of London.

Face coverings became mandatory in November when the Omicron variant began to take the UK by storm.

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A total of 536 people received notifications of fines of up to £ 200 between November 30 and December 21.

Another 287 people have sanctions processed by Transport for London.


PM: ‘Not true’ NHS does not have enough staff to cope

Boris Johnson has denied claims that the NHS does not have enough staff to cope with the pressures it faces.

He said: “First of all, yes, I appreciate that the NHS is under enormous pressure and yes, you are correct in what you say about how it has been continuous for the last 18 months. We have had wave after wave of Covid. and our NHS has responded superbly and moved on.

“And of course, I understand how frustrating it is to see another wave coming, and I thank the doctors, nurses, all the health personnel, everyone, for what they are doing to move forward.”

But he said the number of staff had increased and that, combined with the call back from retired staff and volunteers, it would ease the tension.


Boris Johnson attacks anti-vax activists

Boris Johnson has criticized the “gibberish” and “nonsense” of anti-vaccine activists against coronavirus attacks.

Speaking to broadcasters during a visit to a vaccination center in Moulton Park, Northampton, the Prime Minister said: “I want to say to the anti-vax activists, to the people who are putting this gibberish on social media: they are completely wrong. .

“You haven’t heard me say that before, because I think it’s important that we have a voluntary approach in this country and we are going to maintain a voluntary approach.”

He said other European countries are betting on “coercion”, adding: “What a tragedy that we have all this pressure on the NHS, all the difficulties that our doctors and nurses are experiencing and we have people screaming complete nonsense about vaccination.

“They are totally wrong, and I think it is time for me, the Government, to call their attention to what they are doing. It’s absolutely wrong, it’s totally counterproductive, and what they’re posting on social media is silly. “


Ministers say Omicron will peak ‘relatively soon’

Environment Secretary George Eustice has stated that the country will pass the Omicron infection peak “relatively soon”, and that the NHS ‘struggles will be “fairly brief.”

Speaking to Sky News, the Cabinet Minister said: “This is a difficult situation.

“It will be quite short because obviously we will get past this peak in infections relatively soon, but in the meantime, we have taken that step to reduce the isolation period and we are doing everything we can to make sure we can redistribute resources. (on the NHS) “.

When asked when hospitals are likely to return to “normal,” he added: “We have seen a growing number of infections in recent weeks, but people will start to return.

“So even when some start to leave work, there will be others who return. As I say, it won’t be long before there will be more people returning to work than those who are isolating themselves. “


Downing St says it is correct to look at the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’

Downing Street has said that it is correct to continue to analyze what it means to be fully vaccinated against Covid.

The prime minister’s official spokesman was asked whether entering large places or being free from quarantine after the trip would depend on having the booster hit.

He said: “I think the Prime Minister has spoken about this on a number of occasions and we have always said that given what we know about waning immunity, it is correct to look at what constitutes being fully vaccinated.

“As the Prime Minister said in the press conference, I think that just this week, we also want to make sure that those who had Covid and are more than willing to receive their booster but simply have not been able due to the recruitment of Covid, we want to give them the opportunity to do so.

“So we keep it under review, but obviously we would confirm it if there were any more changes.”


Infections in Israel hit record amidst Omicron surge

Israel is grappling with an increase in the number of Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant, although hospitalizations remain low.

Total hospitalizations on Wednesday rose to 363 patients, after the Health Ministry reported more than 16,000 new cases, a record in Israel since the start of the pandemic.

“Our initial data, which is still not entirely accurate, point to between seven and eight people hospitalized for every 1,000 infected, two of whom will become seriously ill or worse,” Sharon Alroy-Preis, chief of public health, told Army Radio. of the ministry.

“This is a significant change from Delta, which saw many more – at least 10 seriously ill for every 1,000 infections,” he said.


Hospitality Firms See Weakest Growth in 10 Months Amid Omicron Rise

The problems facing UK travel, leisure and hospitality businesses deepened last month, according to a respected monthly survey.

Growth in the services sector slowed to its lowest point since February, as the Omicron variant of Covid prompted a series of cancellations of holiday parties and nights out.

The IHS Markit / CIPS UK services PMI survey, which was closely followed, was 53.6 last month, down from 58.5 in November.

Any score above 50 represents growth, so the sector is growing, but at its weakest rate in the 10 months since the economy began to reopen after winter lockdowns.

Duncan Brock, Group Director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) said: “This unexpected turn of events was a direct result of increased pandemic restrictions as Covid-concerned consumers reduced the number of holiday activities.” .


NHS in Scotland faces ‘tough decisions’ as Omicron peaks

The NHS faces “really tough decisions” in Scotland in the coming weeks as Omicron infections peak, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said.

Mr Yousaf said Scotland is “absolutely heading towards that peak”, adding that this is expected to happen “in the course of the next few weeks”.

“We are clearly in the worst case scenario in terms of infection levels,” Yousaf told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program on Thursday.

However, he said that “fortunately” the variant appears to be less severe and this could “give us a more optimistic picture in terms of hospitalizations.”

But he cautioned: “Even a small percentage of a large number is itself a large number at a time when the NHS doesn’t have much headroom, and that’s putting real pressure, along with staff absences, on our NHS and social media. care system “.


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