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Watch live as Matt Hancock faces grilling from MPs over handling of Covid crisisCoronavirus case rates have increased across every region in England with the sharpest rise seen in the northwest, new figures from Public Health England show.Earlier, the head of the UK’s Health Security Agency warned the UK was going in the wrong direction…

Watch live as Matt Hancock faces grilling from MPs over handling of Covid crisis

Coronavirus case rates have increased across every region in England with the sharpest rise seen in the northwest, new figures from Public Health England show.

Earlier, the head of the UK’s Health Security Agency warned the UK was going in the wrong direction on Covid-19 cases, with pockets of unvaccinated people in some areas remaining at risk.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the new body set up in the wake of the pandemic, said it was still too early to make a decision on ending lockdown on 21 June and the next week would be crucial.

The health chief’s warning came as Matt Hancock revealed the Delta variant of coronavirus is now responsible for 91 per cent of new UK cases, as he took part in a Commons committee hearing about his efforts in the pandemic response.

In evidence to MPs, the health secretary also disclosed that the government was warned in January last year that as many as 820,000 people could die in the UK due to the virus. By early March, he said, it was clear that the development of the outbreak was pointing towards the worst-case scenario coming true if no action was taken.

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NHS told to identify patients actually sick from Covid-19 separately to those testing positive

Hospitals have been told to change the way they collect data on patients infected with coronavirus to differentiate between those actually sick with symptoms and those who test positive while seeking treatment for something else.

The move would reduce the overall number of patients in hospital for coronavirus as until now data from hospitals has included all patients who tested positive for Covid-19, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not.

NHS England has instructed hospitals to make the change to the daily flow of data sent by NHS trusts and told The Independent that the move was being done to help analyse the effect of the vaccine programme and whether it was successfully reducing Covid-19 sickness.

It has not yet committed to publishing the data but the change could prove crucial to the government’s decision to end lockdown on 21 June.

Read more about this exclusive by Shaun Lintern here:

Leonie Chao-Fong10 June 2021 20: 36

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NHS waiting lists reach record high of 5.1 million

The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high.

A total of 5.12 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of April 2021, according to the latest data from NHS England.

Of those, 2,700 patients have waited over two years to be seen.

This is the highest number since records began in August 2007, writes Shaun Lintern.

Leonie Chao-Fong10 June 2021 20: 20

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Covid outbreak closes G7 staff hotel

A hotel in Cornwall reportedly housing security staff for the G7 summit has been forced to close due to a coronavirus outbreak.

The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives said a number of staff had been affected and it would close for deep cleaning following discussions with Public Health England.

A sign taped to the door of the hotel reads: “Sorry we are temporarily closed. Access is for residents only.”

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US will push for Covid vaccine waivers, but it ‘may take time’

The Biden administration is committed to pursuing a waiver of intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, but it may take time, Katherine Tai, the US trade representative, said.

Washington will raise the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ms Tai said a month after President Biden backed a proposed waiver in the face of opposition from the pharmaceuticals industry.

“We will actively participate in text-based negotiations at the WTO that will be needed to make this happen. And this may take time given the complexity of the issues involved, but our goal remains to get vaccines to as many people as fast as possible,” Ms Tai said.

Liam James10 June 2021 19: 19

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Vaccine data analysis

Some analysis here of the figures in the previous post from PA news agency:

At a local level, the highest estimated proportion of people aged 50 and over to be fully vaccinated is in Stratford-upon-Avon (96.0 per cent).

This is followed by Bath & North East Somerset (93.7 per cent), Warwick (93.6 per cent) and Mid Suffolk (93.5 per cent).

The lowest proportion is in the London borough of Westminster (59.3 per cent), the City of London (60.6 per cent) and the London borough of Tower Hamlets (62.2 per cent).

Among younger age groups, 35.5 per cent of people aged 40 to 49 are now estimated to have had both doses, along with 22.6 per cent of people aged 30 to 39.

Liam James10 June 2021 18: 58

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More than 85% of over-50s in England fully vaccinated

Around six in every seven people in England aged 50 and over are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, new figures suggest.

An estimated 85.8 per cent of people in this age group had received two doses of a vaccine by 6 June.

The government has set a target to offer both jabs to everyone aged 50 and over by 21 June.

Within this age group, 91.8 per cent of people aged 80 and over are now estimated to have received both doses, along with 97.4 per cent of people aged 70 to 79 and 90.8 per cent of people aged 60 to 69.

PA

Liam James10 June 2021 18: 46

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Hospital admissions highest since April in England

A total of 147 people were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in England on Tuesday, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

This is up from 115 a week earlier and is the highest number since 14 April.

The seven-day rolling average for admissions currently stands at 112, the highest since 24 April.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospital in England stood at 906 as of 8am today, NHS England said.

Liam James10 June 2021 18: 29

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EU parliament backs vaccine patent waiver

The European Parliament has backed a waiver on intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, with MEPs saying it would accelerate the global vaccination process.

Members voted 355 to 263 in favour of a resolution urging the European Union to support a waiver. The resolution also called on the US and UK to end alleged “export bans” on vaccines and raw materials.

Earlier, Germany said it would remain opposed to a waiver. A senior German official told reporters: “We don’t think a waiver is helpful or is actually the problem, and nothing has changed about that.”

Liam James10 June 2021 18: 10

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Latest Covid deaths data

Seven more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, according to the latest government data.

Government figures put the total number of deaths from the virus at 127,867 – but the Office for National statistics records 153,000 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The government also said there had been a further 7,393 lab-confirmed cases in the UK as of 9am today.

Liam James10 June 2021 17: 48

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Covid case rates rise in every English region

Coronavirus case rates have increased across every region in England with a sharp rise in the northwest, new figures from Public Health England show.

Rates in northwest England increased to 149.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 6 June, up week-on-week from 89.4, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from PHE.

This is the highest for the region since the week ending 21 February and is also the highest in England. The lowest rate was recorded in southwest England at 20.8, up from 9.7.

Liam James10 June 2021 17: 27

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