For the first time since the outbreak, the UK on Wednesday registered more than 100,000 cases of the corona virus in 24 hours due to the omigron variant, which imposes new restrictions after Christmas, excluding the UK.
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The country, which has been hardest hit since the outbreak, has seen 147,573 deaths, including 140 in the last 24 hours. More than 11.6 million people have tested positive since the virus appeared in the UK in early 2020, with 106,122 registered on Wednesday.
Faced with this skyrocketing outbreak of the epidemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday warned that he would “do not hesitate” to introduce more control measures than wearing masks in transport and shops and the televising recommendation currently in place. .
The government has further reduced the isolation period in the UK from ten days to seven days for those vaccinated against COVID-19.
Those who underwent two negative antigen tests at six and seven days can now come out of isolation.
According to the government, more people can celebrate Christmas with their families without the risk of the virus spreading.
Wales, where every British province decides its health policy after Scotland on Tuesday, has already announced a screw-up after Christmas: from December 26, groups in pubs, restaurants and theaters will be limited to a maximum of six people.
The Northern Irish government has announced similar measures, as well as the closure of nightclubs.
Across the UK, nearly one million booster doses are given each day and efforts are being made to speed up vaccination.
The booster campaign injected an additional dose to 30 million people or nearly 54% of the population over the age of 12.
The goal is to provide a reminder to everyone over the age of 18 by the end of the year.
The British regulator on Wednesday approved a modified formulation of Pfizer / BioNTech’s COVID vaccine for 5-11 year olds, but scientists have so far advised the government to only vaccinate children at risk.
Although the UK has so far taken a very cautious stance on childhood immunizations, the UK regulator (MHRA) considers the Pfizer vaccine to be “safe and effective” for 5-11 year olds, according to data. “Positive risk-benefit ratio”.
“No new security concerns have been identified,” MHRA Managing Director June Rain said in a statement.
The JCVI, which advises the government on the vaccination campaign, recommends vaccinating this age group at risk or family members with severe immunity.
He recommends giving them two doses of 10 micrograms, one-third of the dose given to adults at eight-week intervals.
Recommendations for all 5-11 year olds will be published later.
Although most children under this age are “at a very low risk of becoming seriously ill”, those with “underlying health problems” are at higher risk, said Professor Wei Shen Lim, co-chair of JCVI.
JCVI recommends extending the recall campaign to older children and eligible adults.
British Health Minister Sajid Javed announced on Wednesday that he had signed two new agreements with Merck and Pfizer, from which the United Kingdom will purchase 1.75 million and 2.5 million additional pills against COVID – molnupiravir and PF-07321332 / ritonavir, respectively.
Antivirals work by reducing the replication ability of a virus, thus slowing the progression of the disease. These tablet treatments can be taken at home and are a new essential weapon in the fight against Govt-19.