CHILDREN will be tested with lateral flow tests twice a week - with 32 million test kits being sent out. And just one single dose of a Pfizer/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine can give 90 per cent protection from the disease, as new figures show jabs are slashing hospitalisations. Meanwhile Boris Johnson this weekend pledged to get Britain's workers back to their offices "soon" as the UK officially passed 19 MILLION first doses today. Speaking at a rail industry conference, the PM dismissed the idea that the lockdown would lead to a permanent shift towards Brits working from home. And former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “We need to get people back to work as soon as possible. “There are lots of reasons why work is important to our lives. It affects people’s physical and mental wellbeing and there are issues around productivity. Follow our live blog below for the very latest on the UK 's path out of lockdown ... Niamh Cavanagh 3 … [Read more...] about Covid vaccine news UK – 32 MILLION tests being sent to kids on Monday as figures show single jab ’90 per cent effective’
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RISHI Sunak has hinted at an extension to England's furlough scheme, promising “a Budget that provides support for people" as Covid lockdown rules are eased. Ahead of Wednesday's budget, the chancellor insisted he would continue to do whatever it takes to support people and businesses in the UK through the pandemic. At the earliest restrictions in England are set to be fully lifted by 21 June. Mr Sunak said he would provide help during that period but added that he wanted to "level with people" about the "shock to the economy". It comes comes as the government announced £5-billion to help high street businesses following the Covid-19 crisis. Follow our live blog below for the very latest on the UK 's path out of lockdown ... Niamh Cavanagh 24 minutes ago CONTINUED The Eat Out to Help Out scheme was introduced last year after the first lockdown was lifted to get Brits eating out again. Influential think-tank The Resolution Foundation … [Read more...] about Covid UK news – Rishi Sunak hints at furlough extension as Chancellor plans stealth rise in income tax
Joan Wakefield has barely been able to walk for the best part of six months. The 72-year-old from Stockport had a knee replacement in October and has since suffered infections in the scar tissue, causing agonising pain. Then at the beginning of this month she received the first dose of AstraZeneca 's Covid-19 vaccine. 'I woke up the next morning and the leg pain and stiffness was gone,' she says. 'I couldn't believe it. I joked with my partner about whether the vaccine had anything to do with it. Previously, I couldn't even bend my leg. Now I can extend it fully, and even put my shoes and socks on. I'm optimistic I'll be able to return to work sooner, rather than later, now.' It seems ludicrous – a vaccine designed to protect against one virus can, somehow, improve other totally unrelated elements of health. But Joan Wakefield is far from alone. A man receives his Covid-19 vaccinations at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire earlier this week RELATED … [Read more...] about The coronavirus jab’s most tantalising side effects? It may help fight cancer, chronic pain… and even Alzheimer’s
It doesn't seem that long ago, but it was 20 years today that Pokémon was born - and along with it Pikachu. Since then it's spawned game and after game , tons of Pokémon, an animated series, movies and even random merchandise like the huge Snorlax sleeping cushion (we all need one). But while you may think you know everything about the popular brand , there's probably a few facts that have slipped past you. Here are 20 random facts to mark Pokémon's 20th anniversary. 1. 'Pokémon' is just the joining of two words Pocket and monster. It was inspired by creator Satoshi Tajiri's love of insect collecting as a kid (as you do). He wanted everyone to enjoy collecting bugs, even if they lived in the city. Yeah... 2. It could have all been very different While we all know Pikachu from the animated series, she wasn't the intended sidekick. The original partner was Clefairy. Bonus fact: Pikachu's name is a combination of the Japanese onomatopeia for sparkle, pikapika, and the … [Read more...] about 20 things you probably didn’t know about Pokémon as it turns 20
Surge testing will take place from Monday after cases of the Brazil COVID-19 "variant of concern" were found in England and Scotland. The variant is the latest to be detected in the UK as the government hopes to reduce transmission through lockdown measures and the vaccine roll-out. Sky News takes a look at where the new variant was found, whether it is more transmissible than other strains, and if vaccines will work to stop infection. What is the Brazil 'variant of concern'? The variant, called P1, is a branch of the B.1.1.28 lineage that was first detected in Japanese travellers who had visited Brazil, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said. Advertisement It has three mutations in its spike protein receptor binding domain. It was designated "of concern" as it shares some important mutations with the variant first identified in South Africa. More from UK COVID-19: New Brazil COVID 'variant of concern' discovered … [Read more...] about Brazil COVID variant: Where in the UK was it found, is it more deadly and do vaccines work against it?