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Latest 2023 UK Trending Coronavirus (COVID-19) News | COVID Breaking News | Sub-variants – Omicron, XBB 1.5, XBB  Infection Cases | Tests & Testing | Vaccines & Vaccines Administration | Vaccinations | Healthcare | Treatments | Restrictions | Deaths

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UK becomes the first nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine

(Updated) Latest Trending Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News: COVID Breaking News, Cases, Tests & Testing, Vaccines Administration (Vaccinations), Healthcare, Treatments, Restrictions, Deaths in UK – January 2023, 2022

The difference between Long COVID and Acute COVID Symptoms Identified

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 1 February 2023:

There are two forms of COVID – long and acute which differ markedly. There are differences in the symptoms of Long COVID and Acute COVID, in today Coronavirus News, UK.

An estimated 2.1 million people in the UK (3.3 per cent of the population) were experiencing self-reported long Covid as of early December 2022, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show, according to inews COVID UK News.

According to scientists, building the evidence base regarding typical long COVID-19 symptoms will help improve diagnosis and treatment, according to the European Journal of Epidemiology.

Long COVID Symptoms

Scientists said they had identified three types of long Covid, each with a unique set of symptoms.

The largest group was those with neurological symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog, with separate groups for those suffering breathing problems and symptoms including changes to hair and skin, vaccination status not considered

Acute COVID Symptoms

The UCL studies included information on between 16 and 28 symptoms reported across 15 months of the pandemic, from July 2020 to September 2021. Some symptoms such as a runny nose or sneezing were not more common in those with or without COVID, or those reporting long COVID, suggesting they are not COVID-19-specific. 

 

Unvaccinated COVID patients ‘at greater risk of death’ for at least 18 months after infection

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Unvaccinated COVID patients retain a greater risk of death and cardiovascular disease for at least 18 months after infection, new research suggests, in our today’s coronavirus UK News.

The fact that the research took place in 2020, it only takes into account people who had not been vaccinated at the time they were infected with COVID, however, the sheer number of people who fell ill in the first wave, the study’s authors say, can still help evaluate future outbreaks

According to the UK COVID-19 News, those who caught the disease between March and November 2020 were found to be up to 81 times more likely to die within the first three weeks of infection.

And they remained up to five times more likely to die than uninfected people a year and a half later.

Patients also had a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, again up to 18 months after infection, which researchers say forms part of long COVID.

This included coronary heart disease, heart failure and deep vein thrombosis.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Monday, 30 January 2023 are captioned Difference in Long COVID and Acute COVID Symptoms Identified and Unvaccinated COVID patients ‘at greater risk of death’ for at least 18 months after infection

UK COVID-19 Emergency Surge Vaccine Responses: People most at risk from COVID to receive Boosters

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Sunday, 29 January 2023

UK government has planned to give Coronavirus boosters to people who are most at risk from COVID in the spring and autumn, in our COVID-19 News blog.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that a group of people, such as those who are older or are immunosuppressed, should get an extra booster in the spring, according to the Sky UK Coronavirus News report.

The report added that “emergency surge vaccine responses” to target more people could be needed if a new variant emerges that is different enough from Omicron.

The 2022 COVID autumn booster programme launched back in early September, and since then more than 82% of people aged 75 and over have received the jab and a total of 64.5% of those aged 50 and over have also had a booster vaccination.

In England, the closure of the current autumn booster campaign and the first booster offer will be on 12 February 2023 and everyone who is eligible to receive the dose has been “strongly” encouraged to come forward before then, the UK News report concluded.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News is captioned UK COVID-19 Emergency Surge Vaccine Responses: People most at risk from COVID to receive Boosters

 

Chasing COVID-19 Debts: UK Firms Facing Collapse

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UK firms facing collapse as tax officials chase COVID-19 debts, ‘red flag alert’ report has warned, in our today’s coronavirus UK News blog.

A “red flag alert” by insolvency firm Begbies Traynor has said tax authorities are chasing debts over Covid support which will send many smaller businesses over the edge into administration., according to a report from inews COVID New UK.

COVID-19 support debts are being called in and small businesses face strain from ‘rising costs, higher energy bills and an economy likely heading into recession’, according to the news from UK. As a result, the UK faces a wave of companies going bust.

Insolvency experts have warned that the number of firms in “critical financial distress” has jumped by more than a third.

The report says there was a 36 per cent increase in distressed companies in the last three months of 2022, compared with the same period a year before and a total of 610,405 UK businesses are rated as being in “significant financial distress”, up 4 per cent on a year ago.

The hospitality sector was especially hard-hit, with financial distress levels increasing 157 per cent. Energy cost problems featured highly and the report warned of concerns, after April, that insolvency rates in this sector could spike due to reduced levels of government support.

The Government approved more than 1.6 million loans worth £80.3bn during the pandemic. The equivalent of 28 per cent of businesses benefited from one of the various COVID-19 support schemes, with the largest proportion (98 per cent) being Bounce Back Loans, the UK News report revealed.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News is captioned UK Firms Facing Collapse over COVID-19 Debts.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Cases in UK: 3 Million COVID Cases and Flu Patients in Hospitals Rising by 50%

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 11 January 2023: COVID-19 infection cases in the UK jumped to the highest level since summer, with nearly three million people likely to have had the virus over Christmas in our latest coronavirus news in UK.

Ambulance handover delays have hit a new high along with flu cases in hospitals as the NHS continues to struggle with bed shortages and a surge in winter viruses.

Covid-19 infections in the UK have jumped to their highest level since the summer, with nearly three million people likely to have had the virus over Christmas, the Office for National Statistics said. An estimated 2.97 million people in private households are estimated to have had coronavirus in the week ending December 28, more than double the number at the start of the month.

An average of 5,105 flu patients were in general hospital beds last week, up 47 per cent on the previous week and nearly seven times the number at the start of December, NHS England figures show, according to the iNews COVID-19 UK News report.

Patients in critical care beds have also jumped sharply, up 26 per cent week-on-week from 267 to 336. At this stage, last winter, just 38 patients were in the hospital with flu and only two were in critical care.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of patients waited over an hour to be handed to A&E teams and around four in 10 (44 per cent) waited at least 30 minutes. This compares with 10 per cent waiting more than an hour at this point last year.

The delays reflect the ongoing struggle by hospitals to find space for new arrivals. Last week, an average of 12,809 beds a day last week were filled with patients ready to leave – so-called “bed blockers” – up almost a third on this time last year (9,858), the latest COVID News, UK revealed.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 11 January 2023: Ambulance handover delays hit a new high with 3 million Covid cases and flu patients in hospitals rising by 50%

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Cases & Deaths in UK

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 11 January 2023: Coronavirus infection cases and deaths have continued to increase in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland in UK, in our today’s COVID UK News report.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Cases in UK – England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

COVID-19 infections continued to increase in England and Scotland and increased in Wales in the week ending 28 December 2022. In Northern Ireland, COVID-19 infections increased in the week ending 22 December 2022.

The estimated percentage of people living in private households (those not in care homes or other communal establishments) testing positive for COVID-19 was:

  • 4.52% in England (1 in 20 people)
  • 5.70% in Wales (1 in 18 people)
  • 6.43% in Northern Ireland (1 in 16 people)
  • 4.05% in Scotland (1 in 25 people)

Coronavirus infection cases and deaths continued to increase in England, UK

Coronavirus Infection Cases in England

In England, the infection rate increased for those aged 2 years to school Year 6 and those aged 50 years and over in the week ending 28 December 2022.

The overall hospital admission rate of patients with confirmed COVID-19 in England continued to increase to 11.79 in the week ending 25 December 2022. This was the highest rate seen since the week ending 9 October 2022. The rate decreased to 10.71 per 100,000 people in the latest week (ending 1 January 2023), according to the latest COVID-19 UK News from the from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Coronavirus Deaths in England

In England, deaths involving COVID-19 rose to 364 from 295 in the week ending 16 December 2022. In the week ending 23 December 2022, deaths continued to rise to 397.

There were 450 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the week ending 23 December 2022, accounting for 3.0% of all deaths in those countries.  

Due to the recent bank holidays, data for Scotland are not available so we cannot provide a Scotland or UK figure for the latest week, the coronavirus UK News data revealed.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 11 January 2023: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Cases & Deaths in UK

 

The New COVID-19 XBB 1.5 Sub-variant Cases Rise in UK: UK Government Launches Monitoring Programme Random COVID Tests’ for Travellers from Mainland China to UK

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 Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Monday, 9 January 2023: The UK Government (uk gov) has launched a ‘Monitoring Programme Random COVID Tests’ for travellers from Mainland China to UK as the new COVID-19 XBB 1.5 Sub-variant cases continue to rise in the country in one of our latest coronavirus news in UK.

As incidents of COVID-19 infection cases soar across China, which has been making news headlines for two weeks now, the UK Health Security Agency launches a new testing system at Heathrow, which will also help to identify new variants.

It is anticipated the currently low numbers of travellers from China will increase from today, as quarantine requirements on return to China are removed, so the new surveillance will begin, according to the COVID-19 UK News report.

Since 5 January, people travelling from mainland China have been asked to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test., but the UKHSA said its new programme would also see “a sample of passengers arriving in England from mainland China tested for COVID-19 at the point of their arrival”.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay said as China reopened its borders, it was right for the UK to take a balanced and precautionary approach by announcing these temporary measures while they assessed the data that would allow their world-leading scientists at the UK Health Security Agency to gain rapid insight into potential new variants circulating in China, the Sky COVID-19 UK News revealed.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Monday, 9 January 2023: The New COVID-19 XBB 1.5 Sub-variant Cases Rise in UK: UK Government Launches Monitoring Programme Random COVID Tests’ for Travellers from Mainland China to UK

 

UK GOV releases Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 6 January 2023

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Saturday, 7 January 2023: The UK Government (uk gov) has the information about the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in private residential households in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, including regional and age breakdowns, in our latest UK COVID News post.

Click here to see the details of the release titled: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 6 January 2023

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The New COVID-19 XBB 1.5 Sub-variant Cases Surge in UK: Infections leap to six-month high after Christmas as one in 20 test positive in England

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Saturday, 7 January 2023: Following the recent new COVID-19 XBB 1.5 sub-variant cases surge in UK, Infections have leaped to a six-month high after Christmas as one in 20 test positive in England, UK, in our latest coronavirus UK News.

COVID cases in the UK have jumped as the country faces its worst flu season for a decade and a spate of NHS strikes.

According to a COVID report by a news agency in UK, almost three million people across the UK tested positive for COVID in late December, the highest number since July and the rise in infections comes as the UK faces its worst flu season for a decade and lengthy queues outside A&Es caused by ambulance handover delays.

The UK COVID-19 News cases analysis by the media agency revealed that 1 in 20 people in England is likely to have had COVID over the Christmas period, the Office for National Statistics said, with 1 in 18 infected in Wales and 1 in 25 testing positive in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, 1 in 16 are estimated to have had COVID in UK during the festive season, a nine-month high, the news estimated.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Saturday, 7 January 2023: The New COVID-19 XBB 1.5 Sub-variant Cases Surge in UK: Infections leap to six-month high after Christmas as one in 20 test positive in England

 

The New Omicron XBB 1.5 COVID-19 Sub-variants in UK Gets another New Name

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Saturday, 7 January 2023: The new Omicron XBB 1.5 COVID-19 sub-variants – the infection cases of which are rising continuously in UK has gotten another new name in one of our latest coronavirus news UK.

The new COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant that has already been dubbed “The Kraken” is currently surging across the US and has already been spotted in parts of the UK as Health experts have issued a warning over a new “ultra-transmissible” COVID-19 strain spreading across the UK, the news report has revealed.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) technical lead for COVID-19 Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove has expressed her concern about the growth of the new variant, the COVID UK News report concluded.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Saturday, 7 January 2023: The New Omicron XBB 1.5 COVID-19 Sub-variants in UK Gets another New Name

New Omicron XBB 1.5 & XBB COVID-19 Sub-variants in UK: The Top 10 Common Symptoms Revealed

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Friday, 6 January 2023: Here are 10 common symptoms of Omicron relatives XBB and XBB.1.5 reported in several nations, including the UK, leading to British health officials to urge the take-up of COVID vaccines and other protections against the virus, in our latest news post on coronavirus in UK:

The top 10 symptoms reported in the past month, according to a UK COVID-19 News media report :

  1. Sore throat – 57.3 per cent
  2. Blocked nose – 57.8 per cent
  3. Runny nose – 55.5 per cent
  4. Sneezing – 52 per cent)
  5. Cough with no phlegm – 50.7 per cent
  6. Headaches – 49.6 per cent
  7. Cough with phlegm – 47.3 per cent
  8. Hoarse voice – 41.4 per cent
  9. Muscle pain – 24.7 per cent
  10. Altered smell – 22.32 per cent

The 10 common symptoms identified were data obtained and submitted in the 30 days up to 3rd January 2023 from the COVID ZOE app and then analysed by King’s College London, which tracks COVID infections across the UK and identifies who is most at risk, according to the news report.

COVID ZOE app which was founded by Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London allows infected people to report their symptoms via the app while allegedly suffering from the virus in the interest of attaining a better understanding of coronavirus and its evolution in UK, the news report disclosed.

The XBB.1.5 COVID-19 variant is thought to be behind at least 4 per cent of infections currently being sequenced. In October 2022, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there was early evidence to suggest that XBB has a higher reinfection risk, compared to other circulating Omicron sub-variants.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned that COVID-19 and flu are currently “circulating at high levels”, which is likely to continue rising in the coming weeks and had advised Britons to stay at home when feeling unwell or wear face masks when going outside in a bid to stem the risk of a new coronavirus wave, as gathered from the news report.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Friday, 6 January 2023: New Omicron XBB 1.5 & XBB COVID-19 Sub-variants in UK: The Top 10 Common Symptoms Revealed

 

The New “highly infectious” COVID-19 XBB.1.5 Sub-variant Cases Surge – The UK Government not prepared for Another COVID Wave

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Thursday, 5 January 2023: The UK Government is not prepared for another COVID-19 wave, experts warn, as the new “highly infectious” COVID-19 XBB.1.5 sub-variant cases continue to rise in the UK, in our latest trending UK COVID-19 News report.

University of Warwick virologist Professor Lawrence Young told The Independent that the UK is not at all prepared for another wave if the highly transmissible sub-variant continues to spread rapidly, according to the latest UK COVID-19 News report.

COVID XBB.1.5 sub-variant is the highly transmissible version of COVID that caused cases to surge in the UK last winter. The variant is thought to constitute at least 4 per cent of COVID-19 viruses being sequenced.

People have been urged to wear masks and remain at home if feeling unwell as the new variant coronavirus XBB.1.5 has led to concerns about the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Trending Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Thursday, 5 January 2023 is captioned: The New “highly infectious” COVID-19 XBB.1.5 Sub-variant Cases Surge – The UK Government not prepared for Another COVID Wave

 

New COVID-19 Sub-variant News UK: What you need to know about the latest Coronavirus Sub-variant, XBB.1.5

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Thursday, 5 January 2023: As the new coronavirus cases linked to the newest sub-variant XBB.1.5 continues to rise in the UK, what do you need to know about XBB.1.5 sub-variant, in our latest trending UK COVID News report?

What is new about COVID-19 variants in the UK and the rest of the world?

Omicron COVID variant which itself followed the earlier alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants outperforming all previous versions of coronavirus since it emerged in late 2021, and has given rise to many sub-variants which are even more contagious than the original, including XBB.1.5

What is XBB.1.5?

XBB.1.5 itself, evolved from XBB as a sub-variant of COVID-19, began circulating in the UK in September 2022 but is yet to be classified as a so-called “variant of concern” by UK health authorities. XBB.1.5 is yet another offshoot of the globally dominant Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Is XBB.1.5 more infectious or dangerous than earlier variants?

Scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Wednesday that XBB.1.5 has a “growth advantage” above all other sub-variants seen so far, according to BBC Coronavirus UK News report.

But they said there was no indication it was more serious or harmful than previous Omicron variants.

The WHO said it would keep a close watch on lab studies, hospital data and infection rates to find out more about its impact on patients.

What are the symptoms of XBB.1.5?

XBB had a mutation that helped it beat the body’s immune defences, but this same quality also reduced its ability to infect human cells, according to the latest report. However, symptoms of the COVID XBB.1.5 sub-variant are thought to be similar to those of previous Omicron strains, but it’s still too early to confirm this. Most people experience cold-like symptoms.

Could the XBB.1.5 variant take off in the UK?

Yes, it is likely owed to the variant is thought to constitute at least 4 per cent of COVID-19 viruses being sequenced in the UK.

Prof Paul Hunter from the University of East Anglia, said: “The balance of probabilities is that XBB.1.5 will trigger a wave here later this month, but we can’t be sure.”, and Prof Barclay said she expected more hospitalisations in the UK if the variant takes off here, “as we expect it to do”.

Figures for the week to Saturday 17 December from the Sanger Institute in Cambridge suggested that one in 25 COVID-19 cases in the UK were XBB.1.5.

Don’t forget that The UK had five Omicron waves in 2022, and further spikes in cases are inevitable.

Which countries are experiencing the spread of XBB.1.5 more?

The new coronavirus sub-variant XBB.1.5 is causing some concern in the US, where it is spreading rapidly. COVID hospital admissions have been rising in recent weeks across the US.

Over 40% of Covid cases in the United States are estimated to be caused by XBB.1.5, making it the dominant strain in the country

The XBB subvariant has been found in around 70 countries and caused Covid case surges in places like Singapore and India in October 2022, according to the World Health Organization.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 4 January 2023: Trending COVID Breaking News, Cases, Tests, Vaccines Administration (Vaccinations), Healthcare, Treatments, Deaths in UK

 

New Coronavirus Cases Rise: Ministers yet to finalise the details of COVID-19 testing plans for travellers from China

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Wednesday, 4 January 2023: Ministers are yet to set out details of the new COVID-19 testing policy in the UK for arrivals from China that comes into force this week, including whether it will apply to people flying from Hong Kong or to those who travelled to the UK indirectly from China, in our latest UK COVID-19 News report.

Downing Street confirmed that people flying to the UK from China would need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling, and would not be allowed to travel if they tested positive for the virus, the news report established.

However, on arrival in the UK, only an as-yet unknown sample of passengers will be tested, on a voluntary basis, and anyone who is found to be infected with COVID-19 will not be obliged to quarantine.

Rishi Sunak’s, the Prime Minister of the UK, the official spokesperson described the system as “striking the right balance” between monitoring for any potential new variants of concern while acknowledging that one in 45 people in the UK currently have COVID-19 and that the main government strategy over the virus was vaccines, the news report revealed.

Officials confirm new policy for England will begin on Thursday but say they are still working on final details.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023 is captioned: New Coronavirus Cases Rise: Ministers yet to finalise the details of COVID-19 testing plans for travellers from China

 

New COVID-19 Variant Cases Rise: New COVID variant ‘could be the one to watch out for in 2023’ after the surge in cases, expert warns

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News: An expert has warned that the new COVID variant ‘could be the one to watch out for in 2023’ after the surge of the new COVID-19 variant, in our latest UK COVID-19 News report.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, highlighted a COVID Omicron variant after a scientist said cases had more than doubled in the US in a week, as reported in news channels.

A new COVID variant could be the one to “watch out for” this year after a surge in cases in the US, an expert has said.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, highlighted an Omicron variant after a scientist said cases had more than doubled in America in a week.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023: New COVID-19 Variant Cases Rise: New COVID variant ‘could be the one to watch out for in 2023’ after the surge in cases, expert warns

 

New COVID-19 Cases Rise: Doctors warn new Coronavirus variant XBB.1.5 is spreading in the UK

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023: Doctors have warned that a new Coronavirus variant XBB.1.5 is spreading in the UK amidst the new COVID-19 cases rising in the country, in our latest UK COVID-19 News report.

Doctors have urged that a new Coronavirus variant which is ‘already linked to one in 25 cases in the UK’ should be a wake-up call, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

UK Medical Experts have warned that the new variant could pile more pressure on an already overstretched NHS as winter continues and health services battle increasing flu cases, even though it has also been said that there is no indication the XBB.1.5 strain causes more severe illness than previous variants.

According to the Sanger Institute, one of the UK’s largest COVID-19 surveillance centres, in the news report, four per cent of Coronavirus cases in the week of December 17 were caused by XBB.1.5. The variant is a mutated version of Omicron XBB, which was detected in Singapore, India and 33 other countries in October, according to the World Health Service.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at Warwick University, told MailOnline that the new mutated variant is a ‘wakeup call’ and could exacerbate the NHS crisis and called for continued monitoring of levels of coronavirus infection with different variants in the UK, giving encouragement to those who are eligible to get their boosters shots.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023 is captioned: New COVID-19 Cases Rise: Doctors warn new Coronavirus variant XBB.1.5 is spreading in the UK

 

New UK COVID-19 Cases Rise: UK Government Gives 4 Steps to Help Protect Back-to-school Children

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023: Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are currently rising at high levels and are likely to continue to increase in the coming weeks in the UK, not just in the UK, but in many countries experiencing winter season, and high numbers of scarlet fever, which is caused by group A streptococcus, also continue to be reported, in our today’s COVID-19 UK News.

As a result of the high level of flu, scarlet fever and COVID-19 infection circulation, the United Kingdom (UK) Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reminded the people that winter illnesses continue to circulate at high levels as pupils and students return to school following the Christmas break, giving for 4 simple back-to-school steps parents and guidance can follow for UK kids’ protection from winter illnesses associated with the high level of flu, scarlet fever and COVID-19 infection

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Tuesday, 3 January 2023 is captioned: New UK COVID-19 Cases Rise: UK Government Gives 4 Steps to Help Protect Back-to-school Children.

 

COVID-Induced Work from home and popularity in the use of trainers in the UK: Shoe polish giant company leaves UK

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A representative photo of Kiwi shoe polish. Shoe polish giant Kiwi is pulling its products from the UK. Image age credit: The Mirror.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Monday, 2 January 2023

The shoe polish giant is pulling its products from the UK to focus on countries where shoe shining “remains relevant”, with a shoe repair businessman admitting it’s a “sign of the times”, in our latest COVID UK News of today.

According to the news report from the Mirror, the shoe polish company, Kiwi – a leading shoe polish manufacturer is pulling its products from the UK due to a steady decline in popularity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of trainers. COVID has seen more and more people opting to work from home and people’s preference for trainers these days – footwear that doesn’t require shining. accelerating a drop in sales.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Monday, 2 January 2023 was captioned: Shoe polish giant pulls products from UK as sales plummet due to trainers and Covid

 

 

Coronavirus Isolation Measures & Severe Flu Outbreak in UK: NHS under more pressure now than at peak of COVID-19 pandemic, leading doctor says

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Monday, 2 January 2023

Pressure on the NHS is worse now than it was at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading doctor, Dr Tim Cooksley, has said, in our latest COVID UK News of today.

Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said “urgent action” is required to bring the NHS back from the brink.

Speaking to Sky News, he said the National Health Service is under the most pressure it has ever experienced, including difficult winter periods.

His comments come after the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Adrian Boyle, said on New Year’s Day that between 300 and 500 people are dying each week because of delays in emergency care, according to the Sky News report.

He added that a severe flu outbreak, made worse by a lack of immunity in people due to COVID isolation measures, has meant that bed occupancy is at a record level.

Nurses also went on strike over a dispute about pay and conditions for two days in December as did paramedics, and the British Medical Association said it will ballot junior doctors this month.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Monday, 2 January 2023 is captioned: Coronavirus Isolation Measures & Severe Flu Outbreak in the UK: NHS under more pressure now than at peak of COVID-19 pandemic, leading doctor says

 

 

New UK COVID-19 Cases Rise: England, UK to Require Negative Coronavirus Test for Arrivals from China

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England, UK require a negative coronavirus test from travellers from China before allowed into the country. Image credit: Aljazeera

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Sunday, 1 January 2023

Due to new coronavirus cases rising in the UK, China, and even US, England, the UK will require a negative COVID-19 test for arrivals from China, in our latest UK COVID-19 News report.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said people travelling from China on direct flights from 5 January will be asked to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and from 8 January, the UK Health Security Agency will also launch surveillance, which will see a sample of passengers arriving from China tested for the virus as they arrive, according to BBC Coronavirus News, UK reports.

The new requirement for travellers from China to provide negative coronavirus tests was welcomed by Tory MP Steve Brine, chairman of the Commons health and social care committee after the UK government had said that they were reviewing the situation. Health Secretary Steve Barclay said the government was taking a “balanced and precautionary approach”, adding the measures were “temporary” as officials assess the latest Covid data.

Several countries – US, Japan, Israel, India, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, France, and Malaysia already have coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions placed on travellers from China and have imposed testing

Countries that plan to test travellers say the policy will help spot worrying new variants early and prevent an influx of cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Beijing to share “real-time” information on Covid – including on deaths, hospitalisations and vaccinations.

The UN body said it was willing to offer support on data-sharing, adding that it was “understandable” that some countries were now imposing fresh restrictions.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: New COVID-19 Cases Rise: England, UK to Require Negative Coronavirus Test for Arrivals from China

 

 

New UK COVID-19 Cases Rise: Jersey Hospital Visitors Reminded to Wear Face Masks

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Sunday, 1 January 2023

Jersey Hospital visitors have been reminded to wear face masks due to the new coronavirus COVID-19 cases rising in the UK, in one of our latest COVID-19 News UK.

According to the latest BBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) News, UK, Jersey’s government is reminding people to wear a face mask when they visit patients in the hospital.

The government is also reminding people that visitors should only come into the General Hospital one at a time.

There were 765 known COVID-19 cases in Jersey last week, based on the BBC UK coronavirus news report, with 20 in hospital, according to the latest statistics.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: New COVID-19 Cases Rise in UK: Jersey Hospital Visitors Reminded to Wear Face Masks

 

 

UK COVID News: COVID-19 Cases Tests U-turn on Travellers from China by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – a Political Move, according to scientists

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Sunday, 1 January 2023.

Scientists in the UK have described the coronavirus COVID-19 cases tests U-turn on travellers from China by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as a political move, according to one of our latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news UK.

Rishi Sunak’s decision to perform a U-turn and impose COVID-19 cases test checks on travellers from China was dismissed on Saturday night as a purely political manoeuvre that would make no difference to the rise or fall of cases in the UK, the Guardian News gathered.

The health secretary Steve Barclay was briefed by the chief medical officer Chris Whitty on Thursday and was told there was no clear evidence of significant benefits from testing travellers from China and scientists speaking to the Observer agreed with Whitty that screening people coming from China would make little difference as COVID-19 cases rise were already very high in the UK and since 60% of the coronavirus infection cases were not detected by point-of-entry and point-of-exit screening during the outbreak, according to the news report from the Guardian.

The British Medical Association also warned that Britain was entering the New Year with the NHS “on its knees” and urged the government to take further action to prevent a “crippling increase” in COVID-19 cases in the UK amid an already overwhelmed healthcare system as a result of the workforce crisis and the “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus (COVID-19), the news report hinted.

Several countries – the US, Japan, Israel, India, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, France, and Malaysia already have coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions placed on travellers from China.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: COVID-19 Cases Tests U-turn on Travellers from China by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – a Political Move, according to scientists.

 

 

New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Rise in China: UK Government Stills Reviewing Situation as Several Other Countries Impose Travel Restrictions

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Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News – Sunday, 1 January 2023

The UK Government has said that it still reviewing the situation of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions news, according to one of our latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news UK.

Sky COVID-19 UK News reports that UK Health Minister Will Quince said that while the UK government is keeping the situation “under review”, the “key threat” was the potential for the emergence of new variants. However, Professor Andrew Pollard, the chairman of the Joint Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination and Immunisation, said the imposition of travel restrictions in the UK was unlikely to prove effective in stopping variants reaching the country.

 

What is the Cause of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions?

The cause of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions is the coronavirus (covid-19) cases rising in China, according to a UK news source, prompting the UK and many other countries – US, and EU countries – France, Spain, Italy to be at alert to avoid the latest covid-19 impending pandemic.

According to the UK news source on the new COVID-19 travel restrictions, coronavirus infections have risen sharply across China in December after Beijing scrapped its zero-COVID policies, including regular PCR testing on its population.

UK, US, Japan, India, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, Australia, France, EU, Malaysia, Philippines Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions

There are fears that the end of almost three years of strict measures in the country of 1.4 billion people could result in a massive spread of the disease worldwide after China said this week that it would end mandatory quarantine on arrival, prompting many Chinese people to make plans to travel overseas.

This is how the above countries are keeping a tight leach about their new coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions. Countries imposing coronavirus travel restrictions or considering controls cite a lack of information from China on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections.

UK COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The UK government is yet to place covid-19 travel restrictions on travellers from China or any other country for now as the government wants to observe the situation and see how things unfold.

US COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Beginning on 5 January 2023, the US will bring in mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers from China as part of the US COVID-19 travel restrictions. All plane passengers aged two and above will have to have a negative result no more than two days before leaving from the mainland, Hong Kong or Macau.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans should also reconsider travel to those places, as part of the coronavirus travel restrictions, according to the Sky COVID-19 UK News reports

Japan COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

From midnight of 30 December 2022, Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China as part of the Japanese coronavirus travel restrictions. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. The government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China.

India COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

From 1 January 2023, people travelling to India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand must have a negative COVID before their departure and upload it on an Indian government website, as part of the India coronavirus travel restrictions.

Italy COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

As part of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Italy has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers coming from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, has started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.

Taiwan COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Beginning on 1 January, as part of the coronavirus travel restriction, according to the Sky COVID-19 UK News reports, all passengers on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival.

South Korea COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Sky COVID-19 UK News has reported that South Korea will require travellers from China to provide a negative COVID test result before departure as part of the coronavirus travel restrictions.

Spain COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The Spanish government said that people travelling from China to Spain will be required to test negative for COVID or prove they have been fully vaccinated against the disease as part of the coronavirus travel restrictions.

Malaysia will screen the body temperatures of all inbound travellers, including those from China, as part of the COVID-19 travel restrictions as cases soured much higher in China as reported by Sky COVID-19 UK News, and those detected with fever or other symptoms will be tested for COVID. It will also sample wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for coronavirus and will conduct tests to detect the entry of any new variants.

On Friday, Malaysia announced it will screen the body temperatures of all inbound travellers, including those from China, and those detected with fever or other symptoms will be tested for COVID.

It will also sample wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for coronavirus and will conduct tests to detect the entry of any new variants.

France COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

France has said that negative tests will be needed before flying from China from 1 January 2023 and masks must be worn on the plane and tests will also be carried out on arrival in France.

Australia Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australia was continuing to monitor the situation in respect of China “as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID here in Australia as well as around the world”.

EU Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

EU has placed no coronavirus travel restrictions on travellers coming from China. the European Union’s health agency said on Thursday it believed the introduction of mandatory COVID screenings of travellers from China was “unjustified”, according to the Sky Coronavirus News, UK, report.

Philippines COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The country is being “very cautious” as part of the travel restrictions and could impose measures such as testing requirements on visitors from China, but not an outright ban, transportation secretary Jaime Bautista said.

On Friday, Malaysia announced it will screen the body temperatures of all inbound travellers, including those from China, and those detected with fever or other symptoms will be tested for COVID-19 infection.

It will also sample wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for coronavirus and will conduct tests to detect the entry of any new variants.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Rise in China: UK Government Stills Reviewing Situation as Many Others Countries Impose Travel Restrictions.

 

 

UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) R number News: UK Plans to Stop Coronavirus Modelling Data Publications after 3 Years but COVID data news in the UK will still be available from the Office for National Statistics.

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) News, UK – Sunday, 1 January 2023

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The UK Government has planned to stop the coronavirus modelling data publications after three years in coronavirus (COVID-19) R number, but COVID data news in the UK will still be available from the Office for National Statistics., according to one of our latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news UK.

According to the Sky coronavirus (COVID-19) news report, the UK Health Security Agency will stop publishing COVID modelling data next month, January 2023 after almost three years.

Thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines and therapeutics, the increasingly sporadic updates on the virus’s R number will cease in the UK from 6 January, with it deemed “no longer necessary’

The coronavirus (COVID-19)’s reproductive rate, R number, which referred to the number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to, debuted back in May 2020 in the UK and was published weekly during the peak of the pandemic, according to the news report.

Since April 2021, the COVID-19 R number only referred to England rather than the UK as a whole, and since April 2022, it has been updated fortnightly instead of every week.

Along with the daily COVID cases in UK and death numbers, it helped give the public an idea of how prevalent the virus was.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: Coronavirus (COVID-19) R number News: UK Plans to Stop Coronavirus Modelling Data Publications after 3 Years, but COVID data news in the UK will still be available from the Office for National Statistics.

 

 

UK Government Issues Civil Legal Proceedings against a Firm Linked to Tory Peer for an Alleged Row over Coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE Supply

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Tory Peer Baroness Michelle Mone, a Member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament. Image credit: BBC

Eduonwheels’ Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) News UK – Sunday, 1 January 2023

The UK government has issued civil legal proceedings against a firm allegedly linked to Tory Peer Baroness Michelle Mone which is at the centre of a row over Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies during the pandemic, in one of the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK News.

According to the Sky News report, a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesperson has said: “We can confirm that we have commenced legal proceedings in the High Court against PPE Medpro Limited for breach of contract regarding gowns delivered under a contract dated 26 June 2020.

The Peer may have profited from the firm winning contracts worth more than £200m to supply equipment after she recommended it to ministers in the early days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rise in the UK according to the news reports – denied by Lady Mone.

PPE Medpro, London, UK has said that the coronavirus (covid-19) sterile gowns supply case over would be “rigorously defended” and accused the DHSC of a “cynical attempt to recover money from suppliers” who acted in good faith.

That notwithstanding, ministers are under significant pressure to explain how they assessed PPE Medpro, UK fit to receive government contracts worth more than £200m during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, according to the news report.

Eduonwheels’ updated & latest coronavirus (COVID-19) UK news post of Sunday, 1 January 2023 is captioned: UK Government Issues Civil Legal Proceedings against a Firm Linked to Tory Peer for an Alleged Row over Coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE Supply.

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