Covid UK News – live: Train traffic to be throttled because of ‘Pingdemic’ as a new variant under investigation
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Dozens of trains, including a London Underground line, have already had to cease operations due to the associated shortage of staff.
Thursday’s numbers showed that the NHS Test and Trace app alerted more than 600,000 people to self-isolating after close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Public Health England has since confirmed that a new variant of the coronavirus is being investigated in the UK.
Sixteen cases of the variant known as B.1.621 have been identified across the country, most of which have been linked to international travel with no apparent community transmission.
PHE has said it doesn’t seem to make vaccines any less effective or cause more serious illness.
Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway are cutting services
Avanti West Coast will cut trains on its routes between London Euston and Manchester, Birmingham and North Wales starting Monday.
A spokesman said the cuts were intended to “address staffing shortages and ensure reliable service.”
The London Northwestern Railway will also introduce a revised timetable with fewer connections from Saturday.
Lawrence Bowman, LNR’s Customer Experience Director, said, “Nobody wants trains to be canceled, especially in the short term.
“But we’re seeing more of this in all of our services as more and more employees are pinged by the Test and Trace app.
“We’re sorry we had to make the decision to change some services. However, the changes will help us to provide a more reliable and consistent timetable for the passengers in our network. “
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 7:36 PM
Covid patients in English hospitals increase 30 percent in a week
The number of Covid patients in English hospitals has increased by 30.7 percent within a week and has reached its highest level in four months.
The latest figures from NHS England show 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed Covid patients on Friday, the highest since March 22nd
The current numbers have risen from 3,367 Covid patients in the hospital on July 16.
The North East and Yorkshire had the highest number of occupied hospital beds, reporting 1,026 hospitalized Covid patients.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 remains increasing, but remains well below the high at which 34,336 people were hospitalized on January 18.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 7:17 pm
UKHospitality Chief: “We are now facing a summer of closings”
Kate Nichols, UKHospitality executive director, said the hospitality industry is “facing the fallout” of “pingdemy” as it was not placed on the government’s list of critical workers exempted from self-isolation.
She said, “We are now facing a summer of closings and limited service when we should reach a seasonal high. The sector will go out of their way to provide great service but for now he will be handcuffed behind his back.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated should test after a ping and, if the result is negative, be able to continue their life. For those who are not fully vaccinated, two negative tests should be enough to get back to work. “
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 7:02 p.m.
Voices: As a Japanese citizen and advisor, I know why the Tokyo Olympics became such a disaster
“The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are a textbook example of organizational mismanagement and misaligned incentives, and evidence of the dangers of isolated, undiversified leadership,” writes Aya Shimada, Japanese national and Wall Street advisor.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it was like “watching a runaway train” in many ways.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:43 PM
Thameslink and Southern Rail Services are shortening timetables on weekdays
Thameslink and Southern Rail Services will cut their weekday schedules to five routes starting Monday, warning that additional changes may be required, including on weekends.
Steve White, Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to reduce some weekday services.
“Unfortunately, like other industries across the country, the coronavirus continues to affect our operations.
“We currently have fewer colleagues available as the number of people affected by Covid-19 has increased significantly recently.
“Our colleagues have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and we are really sorry for the inconvenience caused by the latest changes.
“By introducing a reduced timetable now, it helps to reduce short-term cancellations and give customers more security.
“We strongly advise passengers to inquire before traveling, including on weekends.”
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:24 PM
Nine out of 10 ambulances in England are now putting their trust at the highest pressure
Nine out of 10 ambulance trusts in England are currently operating at the highest level as the summer crisis hitting the NHS worsens, the health correspondent writes Shaun Lintern.
The number of 999 calls from the population, coupled with long delays in hospitals, leads to exceptional waiting times for ambulances – sometimes up to 28 hours.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service has announced that approximately 999 callers classified as urgent but not life threatening will no longer receive an ambulance unless a paramedic has spoken to the patient and confirmed that an ambulance is required.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 6:05 pm
Government Announces Additional Covid Support For Seven Local Authorities In The Northeast To Slow Down Delta Variation
The government has announced that seven local authorities in the northeast will receive additional Covid support to help slow the growth of the Delta variant. Sky news has called.
These local authorities include Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and five local authorities in the Tees Valley, areas that currently have some of the highest Covid rates in the country.
Support should start on Monday and last five weeks. It includes the option to conduct additional testing, logistical support to maximize vaccine and test uptake, and help with local health campaigns.
Health Secretary Jo Churchill said, “As the data changes, it is vital that our public health response continues to change.
“By working closely with local authorities and public health directors, this additional support should help change these growing case numbers and expand the barrier that vaccines create in the country.
“We all have a role to play in the ongoing battle against the virus, and our message is clear: the best we can all do to protect ourselves and our loved ones is to be stung.
“If you have not received your first or second dose, I would urge you to book your vaccination at the first opportunity.”
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:45 p.m.
BMA calls for an “urgent reconsideration” of the government’s Covid strategy
The British Medical Association has called for an “urgent reconsideration” of the government’s Covid strategy, arguing that it would “not work” and increase pressure on health services.
The chairman of the BMA council, Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, said the government should never have abandoned restrictions as infection rates are rising, adding that “this will make the situation worse”.
He also said the focus on “excessive pinging” related to the NHS Test and Trace app was a direct result of the government’s decision to allow the virus to “break out” across the nation, killing thousands of lives and one to fuel the long Covid crisis.
Science correspondent Samuel Lovett reported.
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:43 pm
TfL has announced no service on the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines this weekend due to “Pingdemic”
Transport for London has announced that there will be no trains running on the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines this weekend as more than 300 employees are self-isolating.
TfL also warned that there would be changes to the District and Metropolitan lines due to the closings, adding that last minute cancellations could be made elsewhere.
Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “We apologize to customers for the impact on underground services while addressing staff shortages across the network due to self-isolation.
“We strive to offer a regular and reliable service, but with a reduced number of available employees this is not always possible.
“I would like to encourage everyone who will travel in the coming days to inquire before they travel and to thank them for accompanying us through this difficult time.”
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:24 pm
Covid-19 rates for parishes in England
In the seven days leading up to July 19, Covid rates rose week-to-week in 307 out of 315 local areas.
Redcar and Cleveland have the highest rate with 2,090 cases in the week ending July 19 – that’s 1,532.9 per 100,000 people versus 1,017.9 the previous week.
Middlesbrough had the second highest rate at 1,420.8 per 100,000 population with 2,003 new cases, followed by Stockton-on-Tees with 1,222.7 cases per 100,000 population and 2,413 new cases.
The five areas with the greatest increases from week to week are:
Copeland: 1,171.8 cases per 100,000 versus 5.41.2
Redcar and Cleveland: 1,523.9 cases per 100,000 population, down from 1,017.9
Great Yarmouth: 791.3 cases per 100,000 population, down from 320.1
Castle Point: 781.2 cases per 100,000 population, down from 344.1
Stockton-on-Tees: 1,222.7 cases per 100,000 population, up from 788.5
Celine WadheraJuly 23, 2021 5:10 pm