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Birmingham City manager Ward 'angry and disappointed' after lockdown party

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:28
Birmingham City manager Carla Ward says she was "very angry and disappointed" to learn two of her players had attended a party earlier this month.
Categories: Birmingham

Leeds United v Aston Villa

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:26
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Leeds United and Aston Villa.
Categories: Birmingham

Where has been hit hardest by Covid-19?

BBC Camberidgeshire Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:16
Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.
Categories: Cambridgeshire

Where has been hit hardest by Covid-19?

BBC Essex - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:16
Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.
Categories: Essex

Where has been hit hardest by Covid-19?

BBC Beds Bucks Herts - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:16
Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Pupils both relieved and upset as GCSEs and A-levels cancelled

BBC Camberidgeshire Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:15
Students react to the news that their grades will be decided by teachers rather than exams.
Categories: Cambridgeshire

Pupils both relieved and upset as GCSEs and A-levels cancelled

BBC Beds Bucks Herts - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:15
Students react to the news that their grades will be decided by teachers rather than exams.

Derbyshire and Kent schoolboys deny terrorism offences

BBC Kent - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:11
The pair, 15 and 16, will stand trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 June.
Categories: Kent

George Williams column: England & Canberra half-back on NRL pre-season & Ryan Sutton's accent

BBC Manchester - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:05
In his first BBC Sport column, England half-back George Williams discusses pre-season in Canberra - and Ryan Sutton's dodgy Aussie accent.
Categories: Manchester

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

BBC Sussex News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:05
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Categories: Sussex

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:05
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Categories: Birmingham

Coronavirus: 40-49 year olds next to be offered vaccine

City of London News Stream by Cityam - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:00

People aged 40-49 will be the next group to be prioritised for coronavirus vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has today announced.

For phase two of the programme, some had argued that vaccines should be offered on the basis of how much risk different occupations faced.

Read more: EU vaccine passports will be ‘ready by summer’, leaders agree at summit

But the body, which advises the Department of Health on vaccine strategy, said that age was still the dominant factor in terms of the risk of severe illness.

The group’s chair Professor Wei Shen Lim said that after the 40-49 year olds, 30-39 year olds would be offered the jab, followed by 18-29 year olds.

He added that the group had considered an occupational risk based rollout, but said the complexity of designing such a strategy could lead to delays.

“Getting vaccines into arms as quickly as possible is the fastest way and the best way to maximise benefit to the population, taking all these factors into account”, he said.

“We know the age based programme is simple and works very well, and therefore, it seems sensible to continue with that, keeping an eye on speed.”

He also said that it was possible that using an occupation based programme could see people missed out.

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A spokesperson for the government said all four nations of the UK would follow the JCVI’s advice.

“The independent JCVI has today published its interim advice for phase two of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, setting out that the most effective way to minimise hospitalisations and deaths is to continue to prioritise people by age”, they said. 

“This is because age is assessed to be the strongest factor linked to mortality, morbidity and hospitalisations, and because the speed of delivery is crucial as we provide more people with protection from Covid-19.”

Source: JCVI

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Response from Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the plan, but added that the government should continue to monitor whether key workers and those from BAME backgrounds needed more protection.

“Many people aged 16 to 65 with health conditions are now eligible for the vaccine, but as the restrictions start to be lifted, it is even more important that the Government make sure that vulnerable people aren’t going out to work being left exposed to the virus”, he said.

“Among groups such as care workers, a worrying number of people still haven’t had the jab – this must be addressed by ministers as a matter of urgency, alongside an increased drive to tackle vaccine hesitancy.”

Read more: London Mayor Sadiq Khan becomes latest politician to have Covid-19 jab

The JCVI gave its recommendations after a number of pieces of recent data suggested that vaccines were having a positive impact on the number of cases of severe infection and death.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, says that there was evidence one dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduces risk of symptomatic case in older people. 

This protection kicks in after three weeks, she said, and has an even bigger impact on reducing severe cases of the disease.

Over 18.6m people have received a first dose of the vaccine so far, with over 700,000 people having received a second dose.

The government has said that all adults in the UK will be offered a vaccine by July.

Read more: Vaccine passports: a free market and plentiful pubs mean they won’t work in the UK

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Categories: City of London

Covid-19: Pride in London parade to return in September

BBC London News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:51
The parade, which was not staged at all in 2020, will be held this year on 11 September.

Jack Stevens: Oxford United goalkeeper agrees new three-year contract

BBC Oxford - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:21
Oxford United goalkeeper Jack Stevens agrees a new three-year contract with the club.
Categories: Oxford

Darwen Moor fire: 'Reckless' pair sentenced over barbecue moor fires

BBC Lancashire - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:20
Two men whose barbecue started a huge moorland fire are told to "put right the damage" they caused.
Categories: Lancashire

France announces new regional lockdowns

City of London News Stream by Cityam - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:19

The French government has placed Dunkirk and Nice under weekend lockdowns, and Paris may soon follow suit.

French health minister Olivier Véran announced on Wednesday a new lockdown in the city of Dunkirk and the Hauts de Flandres region for the next to weekends.

The decision was made alongside local officials due to the “worrying and alarming” situation in the city’s hospitals.

Read more: France v Scotland Six Nations match postponed after further Covid-19 cases in Les Bleus squad

The Alpes Maritimes region in the south of France is also affected by these measures, with Nice going into partial lockdown for the next two weekends.

Paris may soon follow suit, as the city hall is set to propose a three-week lockdown to the government, with the aim of being able to open all restaurants and cultural sites when it is lifted.

President Emmanuel Macron in January had promised to avoid a third national lockdown. Cases remained stable over the last two months, but the situation in France deteriorated in the last week.

The country’s slow vaccination pace is also raising fears that hospital intensive care units will become saturated once again.

Read more: Why have almost half EU countries restricted use of the Astrazeneca vaccine?

3,400 intensive care unit beds are currently occupied, half of last April’s peak, and about 50 per cent of new cases are caused by the “British” Covid-19 variant.  

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced yesterday that after several months where new cases remained between 15,000 and 20,000 per day, infections have experienced a surge in the last week, with 30,000 new cases registered on Thursday.

This is the highest daily figure since mid-November, just before the government imposed a second month-long lockdown.

Twenty other départements (counties), have been placed under “reinforced surveillance”, and risk going into another lockdown from the 6th of March if the situation does not improve.

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Categories: City of London

Council tax: Kent, Surrey and Sussex to see increases

BBC Sussex News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:18
Councils have passed their annual budgets, and tax is set to rise across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Categories: Sussex

Support to get to COVID vaccinations safely

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:10

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and Dorset Council, in partnership with Public Health Dorset, are offering support to help people get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments safely.

The vaccination programme in Dorset is well underway, but with COVID-19 infection rates still high across the county, Public Health Dorset is encouraging residents to remain vigilant and avoid putting themselves at risk by sharing a car with people outside of their household or support bubble to get to their vaccination appointment.

Anyone who needs support to get to their vaccination appointment can contact their council’s COVID-19 helpline for advice and information about local public transport, taxi services and community transport.

Both Dorset Council and BCP Council are also offering support to those eligible towards the costs of a taxi journey to local vaccination appointments.

How to request help

Residents in the Dorset Council area should call the Dorset Together helpline on 01305 221000 or complete the online form.

To speak to someone about the travel support available, BCP Council residents should contact the community response helpline on 0300 1237052 or complete the online form.

COVID-secure travel

The transport companies involved in the scheme have been reviewed by Public Health Dorset to ensure they have the necessary COVID-secure measures in place. This includes the use of face coverings and plastic screens as well as enhanced cleaning measures.

For those who are housebound, a roving service is well underway and is being coordinated locally with GPs. Those who require this service will be contacted about when they’ll be visited for their vaccination.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for COVID-19 Resilience and Public Health at BCP Council, said:

“Our colleagues in the NHS are doing a fantastic job of rolling out the vaccine in our local community, and we want to do everything we can to support people to get to their appointments safely. Our team are on-hand to offer help and advice so please get in touch if you’re worried about travel – and remember that COVID-19 remains a very real threat in our community, so don’t take any risks.”

Councillor Laura Miller, Dorset Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:

“Many residents will be anxious to get to their vaccination appointments but it’s important to get there safely. If you can’t get to your appointment independently and there isn’t someone in your household or support bubble who can help, there are safe options available to you.

“Those living in the Dorset Council area can call our Dorset Together helpline on 01305 221000 or request help online at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/coronavirus.”

Dr Karen Kirkham, local Dorset GP, and Clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme, said:

“There are currently 20 sites in Dorset that are delivering COVID-19 vaccinations, with clear priority order to ensure that those who need it most get it first. With the announcement of the national booking service we recognise more people may choose to travel to get their jab and I encourage them to do it safely and as soon as you are called as getting the vaccination is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family. Your local GP-run vaccination services are continuing to roll out the vaccination programme and getting a national booking letter doesn’t mean you have to travel long distances and patients may prefer to wait and be called their local services. Once you have an appointment with any of the sites it is really important that you keep that appointment to avoid cancellation or missed appointments.”

Both councils can only answer questions about travelling to vaccination appointments.

More information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Dorset

Dorset is working to the national guidance on priority groups so residents will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to book an appointment.

More information about the vaccination programme in Dorset can be found on the NHS Dorset CCG website. 

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