Russia announces start of large-scale coronavirus vaccinations to be rolled out NEXT WEEK



RUSSIA is set to begin large-scale vaccinations against Covid-19 next week.
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Keir Starmer has demanded to know why Boris Johnson decided to overrule Priti Patel and not introduce strict border controls in March 2020.The home secretary has claimed she was an “advocate” of closing the UK’s borders 10 months ago to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.The prime minister has been under pressure to explain his decision not to introduce tough entry requirements sooner.While some travel restrictions were in force during March, it was not until June that everyone arriving by plane was finally required to self-isolate.On Monday, the government finally introduced rules requiring new arrivals to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.All travel corridors, allowing travellers from some countries to arrive without the need to quarantine, were also shut.“Why did the prime minister overrule the home secretary?” Starmer asked Johnson during PMQs on Wednesday.“What the home secretary said last night is not disputed. It’s that she was saying last March to the prime minister: ‘You need to shut the borders.’”Johnson defended his decision and said the UK now had “one of the toughest border regimes in the world” and was doing “everything we can”.In comments revealed by Guido Fawkes, Patel told a video meeting with the Conservative Friends of India group on Tuesday night: “On ‘should we have closed our borders earlier?’, the answer is yes – I was an advocate of closing them last March.”The UK has been much slower in introducing strict incoming travel rules than many other countries, having chopped and changed various restrictions since the first case was identified almost one year ago.New Zealand, which confirmed its first case of Covid on February 28, closed its borders to all non-residents on March 19. Residents returning home were required to self-isolate. On April 10 the rules were tightened with the isolation having to take place in government-run hotels.Australia confirmed its first case on January 25 and its borders were closed to non-residents on March 20. From March 27 people returning home to Australia had to quarantine for two weeks, again in government-run hotels.Professor John Edmunds, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told Times Radio on Sunday ministers had taken a “rather lax” approach to travel.It comes as Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, said scientists and the government had learned lessons over the last year .But he told Sky News he had always advised ministers to “go earlier than you think you want to, go a bit harder than you think you want to, and go a bit broader than you think you want to, in terms of applying the restrictions.“I’m afraid that’s a grim message but that is what the evidence says – you’ve got to go hard, early and broader if you’re going to get on top of this. Waiting and watching simply doesn’t work.”Related... One Day More: James Corden Says Goodbye To Trump With Stirring Les Misérables Spoof Pfizer Vaccine Appears Effective Against UK Variant Of Covid-19 I Worked In Intensive Care In The First Wave. What I Saw Was Traumatising
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In a new study by the Office for National Statistics, University College London and the University of Leicester, almost a third (29.4%) of people who were hospitalised for coronavirus were later readmitted to hospital.While this study is yet to be peer reviewed, it can make for alarming reading for anyone who is slowly recovering from Covid-19, not least because a diagnosis can have a real impact on your mental health. If you’ve felt panic, worry or anxiety in the weeks after a diagnosis, you’re not alone. So, what can you do to give your mind and body the best chance or recuperating? Keep rested and hydratedIf some of your symptoms are persisting, take things slowly and get the basics right, says Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, a GP based in East London who’s Joint Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs. “Take rest, keep up fluids, and paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with a high temperature. A teaspoon of honey (for those aged over 12 months) and laying on your side or sitting upright and avoiding lying on your back can help with a cough,” she tells HuffPost UK. Getting enough sleep is crucial to recovery.“If a patient is still having difficulty managing a cough they should contact their pharmacist, via the phone or an online system, for further treatment advice. Also, turning down the heating or opening a window may help if a patient is breathless.”If you’re worried about oxygen levels in your blood, you might find it reassuring to track it with a pulse oximeter, which are sold in pharmacies and online. Read our guide to using them – which includes the latest research on the ways they can help, as well as information on their possible pitfalls.READ MORE: The Truth About 'Boosting' Your Immune System Against Covid-19 Make sure you’re eating enoughEven after those initial symptoms have passed, you’re unlikely to feel your usual self right away. To get your strength back, it’s important to ensure you are eating enough to prevent unnecessary weight loss and replenish your body, says Dr Jenna Macciochi, an immunologist based at the University of Sussex.“Choose calories wisely so that you are eating foods of a high nutritional quality to recover essential vitamins and minerals,” she says. “Try to spread nutrition out across your day and choose small nourishing meals.”Protein will be important, particularly for someone who has been bedridden for several days and may not be able to move around like normal during recovery. READ MORE: These Are The Risk Factors For Long Covid You Need To Know “Protein at each meal will help to minimise lean muscle wasting. Aim for 25g per meal,” adds Dr Macciochi. “Make sure you are taking your vitamin D supplement daily.”If you are only eating small amounts or are unable to eat all the recommended food groups, you may wish to consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. 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So, if people start to deteriorate again during the recovery phase, they should contact their GP or call 111.”Remember, be kind to yourself and be patient – and if you’re struggling, talk to someone. Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.READ MORE: Long Covid Could Be 'Bigger Public Health Problem' Than Covid Deaths How To Talk To Friends And Family Breaking Lockdown Rules 3 In 4 Covid Hospital Patients Struggling With Long Covid Six Months Later
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UK Records 1,610 More Covid Deaths In 24 Hours – Highest Daily Total So Far The most recent record for a daily report was set on Tuesday, which saw 1,610 deaths recorded in a single 24-hour period.But if we’re looking at what the actual deadliest day of the pandemic is, we need to know when those people died, which this figure alone doesn’t tell us.So when did the most people actually die?Despite much greater daily totals of deaths reported being announced right now, during the second wave of the pandemic, the current record for the number of Covid-19 death by actual date of death is still April 8, which saw 1,073 – one of which was reported as recently as this week.Even though more than nine months have now passed since that date new deaths are continually added as the records are updated and reflected in the overall toll – though this happens much more rarely now the vast majority of Covid deaths on April 8 have now been recorded.But the April 8 record could soon be surpassed by a much more recent date, January 11, which currently stands at 1,064 and is likely to more new individual deaths added to it than April 8 as the days and weeks go by. The three following days, January 12 to 14, all currently have death tolls (by date of death) of 1,000 or more, and all could easily exceed the 1,073 record set in April if the pattern of late additions to the overall toll continue. These are the 20 deadliest days of the pandemic so far according to the most recent data, though these totals – especially the later ones – are likely to change as records update.April 8, 2020 – 1,073 January 11, 2021 – 1,064January 12, 2021 – 1,052January 13, 2021 – 1,018January 14, 2021 – 1,000April 7, 2020 – 999April 9, 2020 – 999January 7, 2021 – 967 January 10, 2021 – 959April 12, 2020 – 957 April 11, 2020 – 956January 9, 2021 – 956April 10, 2020 – 941 April 5, 2020 – 915 January 8, 2021 – 906 April 4, 2020 – 905 January 6, 2021 – 896 April 13, 2020 – 893 April 6, 2020 – 892 April 15, 2020 – 879As you can see, four of the top five, and 10 of the top 20, have taken place in January, which seems likely to overtake April as the deadliest month so far.Why don’t we report on these figures instead?The main reason the daily increase – that is, deaths by date of report rather than by date of death – makes headlines is that it comes reliably and regularly. Every day from 4pm, the government’s dashboard is updated.By contrast, the information about fatalities by date of death doesn’t come to light immediately.A death on, for example, December 20 might take more than a day to verify – say, if there is confusion over test results, or a delay in submitting data from a particular health trust, or simply because it has to work its way through a number of databases before reaching the government.So that person’s death wouldn’t make it into the December 21 data, which would therefore be inaccurately low if we reported it on the day.How bad is the problem? Well, in reality, the majority of deaths aren’t reported the next day, meaning this method of reporting would be extremely inaccurate if we did it in real-time.Just 140 of the 765 hospital deaths reported in England on April 9 had actually taken place on April 8. One of the deaths in that dataset had occurred as far back as March 16. 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