‘Every hospital in England’ could be overwhelmed without tier measures, says minister
Summary of recent events
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For the moment, here’s quick summary of recent updates:
- The UK currently has the 7th highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, and has recorded 57,648, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
- Coronavirus rates in India have dropped yet again on Saturday. Single-day cases have remained below the 50,000-mark for three weeks.
- South Korea has reported more than 500 cases for a third day in a row.
- The government in Hungary has come under fire over suggestions it might source its vaccine from Russia, despite having a go-it-alone policy.
- Germany has recorded more than 21,000 infections in one day.
South Korea reports more than 500 cases for a third day
Germany’s infections rise by 21,000 in a day
One new case in the Australian Capital Territory
People at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.
People aged 18 or older deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are in the same priority group as those aged 70 and over, according to the provisional vaccine priority list published by Public Health England.
It means people with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer, chronic kidney disease and Down’s syndrome have been placed in priority group four of nine.
The updated list, which is subject to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approving a vaccine supply, also lists the conditions that fall in priority group six for at-risk adults aged 18 to 65.
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