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UK News Ministers launch new ‘stay at home’ drive as Covid rates continue to fall

23:32  24 february  2021
23:32  24 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The Government has launched a new “ stay at home ” drive despite falling coronavirus rates , the success of the vaccine rollout and the announcement of a road map out of lockdown. © Mike Egerton The Government insists people must continue to stay at home to help save lives (Mike Egerton/PA). Ministers said it was essential that people continued mask-wearing, social distancing and hand washing as restrictions in England began to ease to keep the disease under control.

Gavin Newsom introduced a new regional stay - at - home order on Thursday, days after he said that most of the state’s intensive care beds could be over capacity within weeks amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The order, which will be applied by region, will require bars, wineries, hair salons and other nonessential Four of the five regions are expected to fall below the 15 percent threshold within days, he said. Only one — the San Francisco Bay area — will likely come later. Our ICUs are climbing quickly toward their capacity. Our death rate is rising. To slow the surge of # COVID 19 and save lives, CA is

The Government has launched a new “stay at home” drive despite falling coronavirus rates, the success of the vaccine rollout and the announcement of a road map out of lockdown.

a person walking down a city street: The Government insists people must continue to stay at home to help save lives (Mike Egerton/PA) © Mike Egerton The Government insists people must continue to stay at home to help save lives (Mike Egerton/PA)

Ministers said it was essential that people continued mask-wearing, social distancing and hand washing as restrictions in England began to ease to keep the disease under control.

As a new advertising blitz was launched, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said “we must all continue to play our part” in controlling the spread of the virus.

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Police are being granted new powers to enforce the " stay at home " lockdown message. "Right now Northern Ireland has the highest vaccination rate in the UK and the world. "We are not advising CEV people to stay permanently indoors, and I would encourage CEV people to continue to go outside for Covid -19 testing is available to one visitor per care home resident per week over the Christmas

The regional stay - at - home orders were instituted in early December as Covid -19 cases surged. The order went into effect if ICU capacity dropped below 15% in one of five regions into which the state is divided: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern The mandate, aimed at slowing the spread of Covid -19, instructed residents to stay home as much as possible and not mix with other households. It closed hair salons, museums, movie theaters, and restricted restaurants to takeout or delivery service. The Greater Sacramento region exited the order

Earlier, the deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam acknowledged that there had been a “slowdown” in the vaccine rollout due to supply fluctuations.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Professor Chris Whitty said everyone has a ‘part to play’ in keeping rates down (Leon Neal/PA) © Provided by PA Media Professor Chris Whitty said everyone has a ‘part to play’ in keeping rates down (Leon Neal/PA)

But he insisted he remained confident the targets of giving a first dose to the top nine priority groups by mid-April and to all adults by the end of July will be met.

The latest Government data up to February 23 showed 18,242,873 across the UK had received a first dose of a vaccine – a rise of 326,692 on the previous day.

In other developments:

– The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the Government and the NHS to invite more people with learning disabilities to receive Covid-19 vaccines.

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The Ontario government has issued a stay - at - home order for the province beginning on Jan. Here is a full rundown of the new measures being implemenented by the Ontario government as COVID -19 Facilities across the province are continuing to deal with devastating outbreaks of COVID -19 during Dr. Barbara Yaffe and Dr. Dirk Huyer say although COVID -19 cases are continuing to fall across the

Gavin Newsom lifted stay - at - home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, a surprising move hailed by beleaguered businesses but that prompted caution from local health officials concerned the public may let down its guard. “We’re seeing a flattening of the curve — everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down — case rates , positivity rates , hospitalizations, ICUs," Newsom said at a virtual news conference.

– Education Secretary Gavin Williamson set out a £700 million support package to help pupils in England catch up after the disruption to their schooling.

– Ghana became the first country in the world to receive coronavirus vaccines through the United Nations-backed Covax initiative.

The call for people to maintain social distancing came amid continuing pressure from some Conservative MPs for the Government to move faster on lifting restrictions.

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Under the plan set out by Boris Johnson on Monday, England’s stay at home order will remain in place until at least March 29 despite the minor easing of restrictions and the return of schools on March 8.


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Prof Whitty said that while infection rates were falling, overall numbers remained “very high”, putting pressure on hospitals across the country.

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If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work in Where people cannot work from home , employers should take steps to make their workplaces COVID -19 secure and help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk. COVID -19 secure guidelines are available for sectors across the economy to substantially reduce the risk of transmission.

A formal announcement on what the new stay - at - home rules will be is expected to be made Wednesday, Ferrer said today. She did not unveil any more specifics this morning. (UPDATE: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti called into CNN later in the day to defuse the firestorm of “panic” that quickly followed Ferrer’s Ferrer’s remarks earlier today follow remote testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci in front of the Senate warning against economically challenged states and municipalities reopening too soon and too fast as coronavirus continues to spread. The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and

“Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all continue to play our part in protecting the NHS and saving lives,” he said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that while the vaccine rollout was going well, it was not the only way to keep rates down.

“I know it’s been a long year but we can’t let up now. Everything we’re doing is bringing us one step closer to beating this virus,” he said.

“So let’s keep going. I encourage everyone to keep playing their part and stay at home – keep washing your hands, wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance which will ensure that, together, we beat this.”

At a No 10 press conference, deputy chief medical officer Dr Jennie Harries acknowledged that the restrictions had had a particular impact on children, but urged them not to start embracing their grandparents again as soon as they received the jab.

“Having got so far down the line with this now … I would encourage children – even if their grandparents have had their vaccinations – not to go hugging them too much until we are absolutely sure what the impact of that vaccine rollout has been,” she said.

Stormont ministers stick with phased plan for school return

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“I am sure it is going to be positive but we just need to take a steady course out.”

Prof Van-Tam said he understood people’s frustrations with the pace of the road map, but said it was essential to avoid the need a reimposition of restrictions.

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“I completely get it, I am desperate for the football to be back, but actually I would rather do this once and get it right and not have to make any U-turns or backtracking, I would rather just go slowly and steadily and get there in one go,” he said.

He also called on all health and care workers to take up the offer of a vaccine.

NHS England has said around 88% of patient-facing NHS trust healthcare workers in England are likely to have had their first dose of a vaccine, but there are no published figures for people working in social care.

Prof Van-Tam told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that healthcare workers had a “professional responsibility to take steps themselves to prevent them from being in a position where they could harm patients through infectious diseases they might have”.

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