•   
  •   

UK News The measures scientists say are needed to ease lockdown

04:40  25 september  2020
04:40  25 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

North East lockdown: 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and ban on household mixing

  North East lockdown: 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and ban on household mixing New local restrictions are being introduced in northeast England - including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and a ban on people mixing with others outside their household. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the measures in a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday morning after the government's talks with North East councils and local MPs.They will come into force from Friday in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.

The scientists said countries should aim not to ease coronavirus restrictions until they have a robust test-and-trace system in place. Britain must follow in the footsteps of New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Korea if it wants to thwart a second wave of coronavirus and ease lockdown , scientists say .

Lockdown is the world's biggest psychological experiment - and we will pay the price. What will the psychological impact be for 2.6 billion people under With some 2.6 billion people around the world in some kind of lockdown , we are conducting arguably the largest psychological experiment ever

a screenshot of a cell phone: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Britain must follow in the footsteps of New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Korea if it wants to thwart a second wave of coronavirus and ease lockdown, scientists say.

Researchers from the UK and Asia analysed the Covid-19 responses around the world and highlighted the three countries as shining examples of how to successfully squash Covid-19 outbreaks.

They have urged health bosses in the UK to adopt New Zealand's social bubble policy, Hong Kong's real-time reproduction 'R' rate surveillance programme and South Korea's rapid test and trace strategy to add to their arsenal of Covid-19-beating tactics.

New lockdown restrictions begin in North East as Lancashire expected to follow

  New lockdown restrictions begin in North East as Lancashire expected to follow People in northeast England will not be able to meet others outside their household from today - as Lancashire is also expected to be placed under tighter restrictions. More than 10 million people across the UK are now in lockdown, after new restrictions in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham began at midnight.Residents in these areas are banned from socialising with others outside their household or bubble, food and drink venues are restricted to table service only and all leisure and entertainment venues must close at 10pm.

As lockdowns ease , what are the risks of getting infected as people come into closer contact again? Scientists investigating the infections reached a conclusion about the most likely route of "The key factor for infection was the direction of the airflow," their study says , blaming two air conditioning units

Some scientists advising the British government are warning that a planned move to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures in England risks being implemented too soon. Several members of the UK government's scientific advisory group have voiced concerns after an expert in infectious diseases

In New Zealand, people can form 'bubbles' of up to ten other people who they can see without having to wear a mask or socially distance. These people must be close family, local friends, caregivers, or those from a single-person household.

The UK has also adopted a stricter version of the strategy, which only allows carers, or people from one-man homes to 'bubble' with another family.  The researchers believe the more lenient rule Down Under has made people more likely to stick to the guidelines.

In Hong Kong, rapid testing means their R rate closely mirrors the situation on the ground, allowing authorities to respond quickly to an outbreak. In the UK, a shortage of tests has meant the R rate is up to a week behind the actual rates of infection, leaving local authorities unable to respond swiftly to sudden surges.

NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham on high alert to reopen as cases soar

  NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham on high alert to reopen as cases soar GoPros are great little cameras for runners. They're small, light, easy to carry, and remarkably powerful, however, they haven't been the most stable to film with while running. The Hero 9 Black adds some significant improvements in resolution, battery life, and stabilization, making it the best GoPro for runners we've seen yet.

Two scientists who advise the government have warned lockdown is being eased too soon in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week announced further Sir Jeremy said the newly-introduced NHS test and trace system needed to be "fully working" before measures were eased .

But state epidemiologist says the country 'deserves' another national lockdown . Spain 'deserves' to go back into a second full lockdown , one of the country's top epidemiologists has said Speaking as officials mull the new measures , Mr Martinez said : 'We probably need another national lockdown

In South Korea, the vast majority of tests are turned around in 24 hours and most close contacts of infected patients are hunted down and isolated. Britain, on the other hand, has struggled to ramp up capacity, leaving people unable to access tests, and improve its turnaround time on swabs - fewer than a third of Brits who take a 'walk-in' test get a result within a day.

Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and National University of Singapore, who did the study, said the UK's failure to keep a lid on the epidemic this autumn was 'an important reminder of the enormous potential for resurgence'.

How to exit a Covid-19 lockdown, according to scientists

In their paper the researchers argue countries must have the below five conditions before exiting lockdown.

Man Utd defender Smalling could return to Roma 'in next few days' - Fonseca

  Man Utd defender Smalling could return to Roma 'in next few days' - Fonseca Chris Smalling starred on loan for Roma last term and head coach Paulo Fonseca is hopeful of re-signing the defender from Manchester United.Smalling impressed during his season on loan in the Italian capital last season, playing 37 times as Roma finished fifth in the league and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.

The source said : “The scientists are very clear. There’s no loosening of measures we can do that Downing Street sources played down the significance of the traffic light paper, saying many options Before ministers can finalise a plan for easing the lockdown , they will need to have put in place an

Some scientists say they don't go "anywhere near far enough", while others say they need time to work. A large range of measures was now needed to stop the epidemic growing any further, he said , casting doubt Lockdown -style measures have a greater impact when they are taken earlier.

Knowledge of infection status

Community engagement

Public-health capacity

Health-system capacity

Measures for border control

In the paper published in the Lancet, the researchers looked at the Covid responses in five Asian countries (Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea) and four European countries (Germany, Norway, Spain and the UK).

They recommended that countries pursue a 'challenging' zero Covid-19 strategy, to eliminate the virus, due to the expected burden of long Covid.

Writing in the study, the authors say governments 'should consider five key strategies for easing lockdown restrictions: Knowledge of infection levels, community engagement, public health capacity, health system capacity, and border control measures.'

They cautioned that countries are gradually transitioning to a 'new normal', rather than to the world before March 2020, and should be careful when loosening restrictions.

Asian nations were praised for having greater success in squashing their pandemics.

Experts believe this is due to previous experience battling with infectious diseases through the SARS outbreak in 2003 and MERS in 2015.

What national lockdown options are the Cabinet likely to consider?

  What national lockdown options are the Cabinet likely to consider? The Prime Minister is rumoured to be preparing to unveil further national lockdown measures on Tuesday.The Government has already imposed a host of local lockdown stipulations on large stretches of England, including the North East, the majority of Lancashire, and parts of the Midlands, as part of attempts to control outbreaks.

But even after the first relaxation of some lockdown measures , expected to be announced by Boris Johnson on Sunday, it will remain the case that those who can work from home must continue to do so. Shielded “extremely vulnerable” people will be banned from any work that isn’t carried out at home.

She said any easing of restrictions would be "very risky" at this stage, but said the Scottish government may be prepared to allow people to spend more time She added that media reports about the prime minister planning to ease the lockdown had not been discussed with the Scottish government.

Dealing with those outbreaks allowed the Governments there to establish robust contact tracing systems.

Behaviours such as wearing face masks were also widespread before the virus hit, making it easier to control the outbreak.

European countries on the other hand, with the exception of Germany, had weakened their health systems through years of austerity the researchers said, making it harder for them to respond to the virus.

Lead author Dr Helena Legido-Quigley, from the National University of Singapore and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said Covid-19 is a 'serious disease' that will 'be with us for a long time'.

'There is increasing realisation that the easing of lockdown is not about returning to pre-pandemic normal, and governments have to find strategies that will prevent rapid growth of infections in ways that are sustainable and acceptable to the public over many months,' she said.

'Our review of international experiences identifies lessons governments can learn from each other's successes and failures.

'We are not advising that the exact same measures should be replicated in different countries, but it is not too late for governments to consider novel policy solutions developed by other countries and adapt them to fit their own context.'

Boris warns critics of 'many more deaths' as he brings in new lockdown

  Boris warns critics of 'many more deaths' as he brings in new lockdown The Prime Minister said he was 'deeply, spiritually reluctant' to make the changes but they were necessary in order to avoid a dramatic surge in deaths and a new total lockdown.In a televised address to the nation the Prime Minister, flanked by a Union Jack, said he was 'deeply, spiritually reluctant' to make new 'impositions, or infringe anyone's freedom' after unveiling new measures in Parliament today.

Paper co-author Professor Martin McKee, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: 'As some countries around the world begin to see a resurgence in cases and retighten restrictions, it is imperative that countries learn the lessons that we've laid out for the future.

'There are no simple solutions but great benefits from learning from the experiences of others.'

On the UK's experience of the pandemic, they write it is one of the countries that has been worst affected. They add that years of austerity left the country in a difficult position to battle the virus when the virus first struck

'Easing restrictions is something that should be managed with great care and continued vigilance,' they said, 'and, at the time of writing, Spain, Germany and the UK have offered a reminder of the enormous potential for resurgence if comprehensive safeguards are not in place'.

To date the UK has recorded 410,000 cases of the disease, and 41,862 deaths.

Read more

NHS contact tracing app finally launched in England and Wales .
The NHS coronavirus contact tracing app has finally been launched in England and Wales after months of delay and questions about its effectiveness. The app was trialled first on the Isle of Wight and in the London Borough of Newham and was used to send alerts to users after someone had tested positive.It uses an Apple and Google-developed system, using Bluetooth to keep an anonymous log of people a user has been close to.

usr: 0
This is interesting!