Coronavirus latest: Boris Johnson expects to confirm lifting remaining Covid restrictions as NHS waiting list explodes

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Coronavirus latest: Boris Johnson expects to confirm lifting remaining Covid restrictions as NHS waiting list explodes

Mr Johnson will host a press conference this afternoon where he is expected to say the country can move to Step 4 of the plan to lift measures, including ending the legal requirement to wear masks.

However, he is expected to draw a cautious note as Covid cases continue to rise.

it comes NHS Heads of state warned that waiting lists could reach nine million patients by the end of the year while Health Minister Sajid Javid warned they could reach 13 million patients.

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Passenger numbers at Heathrow remain nearly 90% below pre-pandemic levels

New figures show that passenger numbers at Heathrow are still nearly 90% below pre-pandemic levels and well below competing airports in the European Union.

Airport chiefs revealed that only 957,000 passengers passed through their terminals in June, compared to 7,246,157 passengers who used West London Airport in June 2019.

The number of passengers traveling through the airport covers the month in which Portugal was moved from the green list of countries to amber, sparking widespread outrage in the travel sector over the speed of changing rules for travelers.

Following the latest data, Heathrow chiefs urged the government to do more to support the sector.

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Cuba sees largest protests in decades as pandemic exacerbates problems

Cubans have gathered by the thousands to demand vaccines and food as the country grapples with a period of economic crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

People have criticized President Miguel Diaz-Canel, saying “Down with the dictatorship,” according to the Miami Herald. According to Reuters, Díaz-Canel, in a speech to the country, blamed the United States for the unrest.

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The best period for batter buns is 8 weeks, says top professor

Professor Adam Fane, from the Joint Government Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), said the current advice was not to reduce the gap between Covid-19 vaccine doses to less than eight weeks.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Monday, he said: “There is of course an advantage in giving the second dose earlier, in the current circumstances with all the cases we’re seeing because you get more of a boost, but the downside to that is ‘is the size of that boost smaller and it probably means’ The duration of protection you get from that second dose will be shorter.

“So there’s a good point, and for now, the advice we’ve been given is that we shouldn’t shorten the interval less than eight weeks.”

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Long coronavirus tests could be available this year

Scientists said they found irregularities in the blood of Covid patients long ago that could one day pave the way for testing for the condition.

Imperial College London researchers have found a pattern of rogue antibodies in the blood of a few people with long-term COVID-19.

They hope this will lead to a simple blood test within six to 18 months.

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Johnson expected to confirm lifting the rest of the Covid restrictions

Boris Johnson is expected to continue to open up Covid restrictions at a press conference this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said: “We are dramatically close to the final stage in our roadmap to exit from lockdown, but the plan to restore our freedoms must come with a caveat.

“While the massive vaccine launch has provided every adult with some protection against the virus, and the critical link between cases, hospitalizations and deaths is weakening, the global pandemic is far from over.

“Cases will rise when we open, so to confirm our plans today, our message will be clear. Caution is absolutely vital, and we must all take responsibility not to hold back on our progress, and ensure we continue to protect the NHS.”

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