Boris Johnson has faced claims that he ignored scientific advice in the run-up to imposing a third national lockdown in England. The prime minister has instructed people to "stay at home" following the surge in coronavirus infections, closing all non-essential shops and ordering schools to move to remote learning. A scientific adviser to the government has said the latest shutdown was "inevitable" after Christmas Day mixing was allowed and a new, more transmissible variant of the virus was identified. But what did experts tell the government behind the scenes in the days and weeks before lockdown was announced, and have ministers been "following the science" as they have repeatedly claimed? Sky News takes a look. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 'Stay at home': New lockdown for England Schools Advertisement Minutes released from a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) revealed … [Read more...] about COVID-19: How scientists warned Boris Johnson in private before ‘inevitable’ national lockdown
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"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?
A QUARTER of people living with their partner are so smitten they are worried about suffering from separation anxiety as restrictions are eased, research has revealed. The survey of 2,000 adults who live with their other half found 68 per cent have “adored” spending more time together over the last year. Being able to go out walking together topped the list of activities people were able to enjoy more of, followed by talking, eating lunch with each other, and watching box sets. And while there has been talk of dogs suffering from separation anxiety when their owners return to the workplace or head on nights out, this also appears to be a ‘pet peeve’ for many couples as well. The research, by wearable technology brand Bond Touch, found 24 per cent are worried about getting separation anxiety from their partner when restrictions are eased - with men and women equally concerned. More than a fifth (21 per cent) are dreading spending time away from their partner when they go … [Read more...] about Quarter of couples worried about suffering separation anxiety as lockdown restrictions ease
Alcohol misuse killed more people last year in England and Wales than in any of the previous 20 years, according to official data. In 2020, there were 7,423 deaths related to alcohol misuse - up from 19.6% in the previous year, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. Deaths increased from March 2020, when the first national COVID-19 lockdown was put in place. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The increase in the number of alcohol-specific deaths increased by 2.1% between 2001 and 2019. Advertisement The majority of deaths were due to problems caused by long-term drinking such as liver disease. Around 80% of deaths were from alcoholic liver disease, 10% from mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use and 6% from accidental poisoning by exposure to alcohol. More on Alcohol Coronavirus: Effects of increased alcohol use in lockdown could last a generation, experts warn … [Read more...] about Alcohol deaths highest for 20 years in England and Wales, new data shows
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a father-of-four who was stabbed to death. James Gibbons died soon after he was attacked in the street where he lived in Laindon, Essex , on Sunday evening - the day of his twin daughters' birthday. Essex Police said the 34-year-old self-employed plumber is believed to have gone to the aid of another man, then died in an altercation that ensued. Six teenagers were arrested as part of the force's investigation. A 16-year-old boy has now been charged with murder and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Friday. Advertisement A 13-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until 14 May. Police said two girls, aged 15 and 16, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, have been told they face no further charges. More on Essex Caroline Community Radio told off by Ofcom for playing 'sexual moaning' song at 8.20am during school run South … [Read more...] about Laindon stabbing: Boy, 16, charged with murder of ‘amazing’ father-of-four who died on his twin girls’ birthday