Boris Johnson to isolate himself after exemption protests
Generally, anyone identified as a contact by the tracking scheme is required by law to self-isolate for 10 days.
The pilot program Johnson and Sunak claimed to have participated in is running at 20 workplaces. It is designed to analyze whether daily contact tests are an effective way to identify new cases.
The Health Minister received a positive lateral flow test after feeling “a bit groggy” on Friday night.
The Health Ministry previously announced that all adults had been offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that 87.8 percent of adults had received a first injection. The government says it has also met its goal of giving two-thirds of adults two doses of the vaccine by July 19.
Britain will remove nearly all of its remaining coronavirus restrictions on Monday, even as the country faces a new wave of COVID-19 cases. The ministers argue that the vaccination program has largely broken the link between cases and mortality.
The increase in cases is causing problems for employers. More than half a million people were told to self-isolate in the week through July 7 because they had been exposed to the virus.
Vaccines are not 100 percent effective at preventing infection, but fully vaccinated people are less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19 even if they can test positive.
On Tuesday, Javid was visiting a nursing home in South London, and earlier that day he was in Parliament, mingling with MPs and Cabinet ministers.
Javid replaced Matt Hancock as Health Secretary last month after CCTV footage surfaced showing his predecessor kissing his senior advisor Gina Coladangelo in her office in violation of social distancing rules.
Johnson is proceeding with the full reopening of the economy despite a further surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. New infections are at their highest level since January.
Some scientists have raised concerns about the reopening given high case rates, the substantial proportion of the population that is not yet fully vaccinated, and anticipated increases in hospitalizations and deaths.
Meanwhile, Britain has opted for mass vaccination of COVID-19 for all children and adolescents, and ministers are preparing to offer the blows only to vulnerable children aged 12-15 years and those who are about to turn 18.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization is believed to have advised ministers not to vaccinate all children until more evidence of the risks is available.
Instead, under guidance to be issued tomorrow, jabs will be offered to children between the ages of 12 and 15 who are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19, or who live with adults who are immunosuppressed or at severe risk of contracting the disease. Vaccines will now also be offered to all 17-year-olds who are within three months of their 18th birthday.
The measure contradicts decisions made in countries such as the United States, Israel and France, where children over the age of 12 are routinely vaccinated.
Professor Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the AstraZeneca vaccine, said the benefits of vaccinating children were “much lower and poorer” than those of adults.
She said: “With still a limited number of doses available to vaccinate the world, we should use those doses for health workers and for the elderly in countries that do not yet have a vaccine.”
It is understood that the UK’s decision was made on the basis of a “risk-benefit” analysis based on the protection of children rather than a calculation that takes into account the excess supplies that the country could send for their use. in adults abroad.
Reuters; The Telegraph, London
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