Coronavirus news UK – Be careful as two vaccine jabs no guarantee you won't catch and spread covid, Oxford expert warns

TWO doses of the coronavirus vaccine is not a 100% guarantee you won't catch and spread coronavirus, an expert has warned.

Sarah Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at Oxford University, said that while both doses WILL stop people going to hospital or dying, you can still catch the virus and spread it to others. 

"You can get Covid again, and we saw this, even with people who'd had two doses of Pfizer vaccine," She told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme.

"And people who had Covid before – there was a reduction, but there were still cases of people getting Covid with with low viral load and without symptoms, and they can almost certainly transmit the virus, albeit at a lower rate."

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    WALES FIRST MINISTER HOPES INDIA COVID CRISIS GIVES UK GOVERNMENT 'REAL PAUSE FOR THOUGHT'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said he hoped the coronavirus situation in India gave the UK Government "real pause for thought" about reopening international travel on May 17.

    Mr Drakeford said: "We have cases of the Indian variant in Wales, as we've had cases of the South African variant.

    "The UK Government has a very important decision to make about May 17 and the reopening of international travel.

    "I really hope that what we've seen in India in the last week will give them real pause for thought, and that we don't run the risk of opening up international travel too quickly on too broad a front, and that results in the virus coming back into Wales."

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    MAP REVEALS WHERE LOCKDOWN SHOULD BE LIFTED FASTER

    Exclusive by Terri-Ann Williams

    COVID restrictions should be eased faster in the South of England where cases are lowest, one expert has said.

    Infections are plummeting and look set to fall below the milestone of 1,000-a-day this week.

    Cases have fallen a staggering 28 per cent in the last seven days, according to the latest data from Zoe, the symptom tracking app.

    There are currently around 1,165 new symptomatic cases each day in the UK, compared to 1,601 a week ago, according to the team from Kings College London (KCL).

    If rates continue to fall, KCL's Prof Tim Spector, says "hopefully we'll drop below the milestone of 1,000 cases in the next few days towards our record low last year in August".

  • Joseph Gamp

    UP TO 30 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS COULD BE ON THE ‘GREEN LIST’ THIS SUMMER INCLUDING PORTUGAL, DUBAI AND THE MALDIVES

    AS MANY as 30 holiday destinations could be included on the UK's green list, although the majority of Europe is likely to miss out.

    The UK's traffic light system will put countries on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose in regard to their Covid situation abroad.While green countries will avoid quarantine, amber and red countries will have to quarantine, at home and at a hotel, respectively.

    The green list is yet to be announced with hopes it will reveal the destinations by May 1, although experts initially feared the majority of Europe could be left off the list due to the third wave hitting many of the countries. PC Agency's Paul Charles has predicted up to 30 destinations could be on the green list, depending on the vaccination rollout and new infections, saying: "As such, it’s highly likely 20-30 countries could be green from the outset."

    For Europe, he says Portugal, Gibraltar and Malta are likely to be the only ones on the list, while popular British hotspots UAE, which includes Dubai, and Maldives could also make it.

    The other countries that could be green include:

    • Seychelles
    • Israel
    • Barbados
    • Morocco
    • Sri Lanka
    • Grenada
    • St Lucia
    • Antigua
    • Turks & Caicos
    • Falkland Islands
    • St Helena
    • Joseph Gamp

      OXFORD PROFESSOR CLAIMS YOU CAN STILL CATCH COVID EVEN IF YOU'VE HAD TWO VACCINES

      You can still catch Covid even if you've had both jabs, says Oxford professor
      People who have had coronavirus can catch it for a second time even if they have had both doses of the vaccine, an Oxford professor has said.

      Sarah Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at Oxford University, said that while both doses will stop people dying or going to hospital, transmission was still possible among those fully inoculated.

      She told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "You can get Covid again, and we saw this, even with people who'd had two doses of Pfizer vaccine.

      "And people who had Covid before – there was a reduction, but there were still cases of people getting Covid with with low viral load and without symptoms, and they can almost certainly transmit the virus, albeit at a lower rate."

    • Joseph Gamp

      KITTEN'S LUNG SCARRED AFTER CATCHING COVID

      Prof James Wood, head of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge, said: “Careful monitoring of the health of animals in contact with human patients is warranted.

      "Owners should try to separate themselves from their animals when they are clinically unwell.”

      Eleanor Riley, professor of infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh, said: “It is vitally important to monitor Covid infections in animals, both domesticated and free-living, as they offer a potential reservoir for virus persistence, mutation and re-emergence into the human population.”

      In July last year, the Government revealed a domestic cat in the UK had Covid after its owners tested positive.

      The cat – and its humans – recovered from the virus.

    • Joseph Gamp

      DECISION TO PLACE INDIA ON RED LIST SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED 'EARLIER' SAYS EXPERT

      The UK closed its borders to India at 4am this morning amid a spiralling catastrophe in the nation of 1.3 billion, which registered 300,000 new cases in a single day yesterday.

      Some scientists and politicians have criticised No 10 for not moving to put the country on the red list sooner, imposing hotel quarantine on arrivals and restricting travel to UK citizens and residents.

      Mark Harris, a professor of Virology at the University of Leeds, told Sky News the decision should've been taken weeks ago.

      He said: "We've seen cases increasing in India for several weeks now and it would've been prudent to have put India on the red list earlier.

      "It's obviously a tough decision because there's a lot of communication travel between India and the UK but I think it wold've been the right thing to do a few weeks ago."

    • Joseph Gamp

      MINISTER DEFENDS DECISION NOT TO SHUT BRITAIN'S BORDERS SOONER

      SCIENTISTS are "confident" the current Covid vaccines will work against the Indian variant, a minister said today, as she defended the decision not to close Britain's borders to the country sooner.

      Culture minister Dinenage said there wasn't "any proof" the crop of jabs used by Britain won't be effective at "dealing with" the latest mutant but said the Government would be cautious.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      FELINE FLU

      CATS have caught Covid from their owners in the UK, a new study has found – leading to fears of a pet pandemic.

      Two kitties were found to have contracted the virus, including a four-month-old ragdoll kitten which suffered breathing problems and later died.

      The second was a six-year-old female Siamese cat which was taken to the vet with a runny nose and sore eyes.

      It was diagnosed with Covid as part of a screening programme but survived.

      Researchers believe the problem could be widespread and fear Covid could run rampant in the UK cat population – before jumping back to humans.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WATCH: COVID VACCINES WILL WORK AGAINST INDIAN VARIANT, SAYS MINISTER, AS SHE DEFENDS DECISION NOT TO CLOSE BORDER SOONER

      Covid vaccines will work against Indian variant, says minister, as she defends decision not to close border sooner

    • Joseph Gamp

      RETAIL SALES BOOSTED AS SHOPPERS SNAP UP NEW OUTFITS AHEAD OF LOCKDOWN EASING

      Retail sales in March beat expectations, with shoppers spending more in preparation of going out again once lockdown restrictions ease, according to new data.

      The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the amount spent by shoppers increased 7.3% in March and quantity bought rose 7.2% compared with the same month a year earlier – just as the first Covid-19 lockdown started.

      Sales were also up 5.5% compared with February and saw March mark a return to sales levels beating pre-pandemic figures, unlike January and February – despite non-essential retailers remaining closed.

      Non-essential stores reopened this month and saw strong demand and long queues by customers.

      Total retail sales in March also marked a return to sales levels higher than those witnessed in February 2020 – up 1.6% – before the pandemic began, despite continued restrictions to non-essential retail.

    • Joseph Gamp

      GRAPHIC: COVID VACCINATIONS IN THE UK TO DATE

       

    • Joseph Gamp

      LOVELY JABBLY

      So far 33.1 million Brits have had a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Moderna jabs – with more than 10.7 million having had a second.

      It was also revealed this week that a single dose of a Covid jab slashes hospitalisation risk in elderly Brits by as much as 98 per cent.

      Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Vaccines work and today’s findings from the ONS and Oxford University provide further evidence that both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are having a significant impact on reducing infections across the UK.”

      Health minister Lord Bethell added: "These real-world findings are extremely promising and show our historic vaccination programme is having a significant impact across the UK by reducing infections among people of all ages, including those with underlying health conditions.”

      While jabs have helped lower infection rates Sir Jeremey Farrah of the Wellcome Institue this morning said the pandemic is continuing across the world. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme he said: "This can't give us a false sense of security, the pandemic will reverberate around the world until we can bring it to a stop."

    • Joseph Gamp

      COVID-19 NEWS ROUND UP: THE LATEST

      • Dr Hilary tells GMB Covid jabs success is ‘beyond our wildest dreams’
      • Nearly £4billion worth of Covid PPE contracts appear to be corrupt, bombshell report reveals
      • Mourning families forced to endure funeral agony as ‘another 80,000 cremations and burials will fall under Covid curbs’
      • Surge Covid testing deployed in Birmingham to try and stop spread of South African variant
      • ‘World’s most mutated’ Covid strain with 34 mutations is found as fears grow super-variant may prolong pandemic

      BRITAIN NO LONGER IN A PANDEMIC (CONTINUED…)

      One of the new studies, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, is based on data from the national Covid Infection Survey run by the University of Oxford and the Office for National Statistics.

      Sarah Walker, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford and chief investigator on survey, said Britain had “moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation”, the Telegraph reports.

      Prof Walker said she was “cautiously optimistic” that the vaccination programme could keep Covid under control.

      She added: “Without vaccines, I don’t think getting close to zero is really feasible in the situation now in the UK where we’re effectively endemic, we’ve moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation.”

      BRITAIN ‘NO LONGER IN A PANDEMIC’ AS JAB ROLL OUT SLASHES COVID INFECTIONS BY 90 PER CENT, EXPERTS SAY

      BRITAIN is no longer in a Covid pandemic as data shows the jabs rollout has cut symptomatic infections by 90 per cent.

      The virus has now dropped to the third biggest killer in England for the first time in six months as millions of Brits have now received their first and second jab doses.

      Data from the first large real-world study of the impact of vaccination shows jabs slash infection and are likely to cut transmission.

      Just one dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines leads to a two-thirds drop in coronavirus cases and is 74 per cent effective against symptomatic infection.

      And two doses of Pfizer, there was a 70 per cent reduction in all cases and a 90 per cent drop in symptomatic cases – the people who are most likely to transmit coronavirus to others.

      • Joseph Gamp

        WALES: FIRST MINISTER BRINGS FORWARD EASING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS BY TWO WEEKS

        First Minister Mark Drakeford has brought forward the easing of some Covid restrictions in Wales by two weeks.

        Indoor activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the reopening of community centres were all meant to happen on May 17. 

        However, the deadline has been brought forward to May 3 due to the low case rate in Wales.

        Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio 5 Live: "The rates of coronavirus in Wales are now the lowest in the United Kingdom, our vaccination rates are the highest in the United Kingdom, and that has created some extra headroom for us to be able to continue what we've been doing now for quite a few cycles.

        "We continue to proceed in Wales in a cautious step-by-step way. But the fact that we have these low rates is the product of that way of doing things.

        "It's because we've done it in the way we have that we're now able to accelerate some of the decisions because the prevalence of coronavirus has fallen to the lowest extent we've seen since the summer."

      • Joseph Gamp

        BRITAIN'S DEFICIT PUSHED TO HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE WWII BY COVID SPENDING

        Government spending during the Covid-19 crisis has pushed Britain's deficit to its highest point since the end of the Second World War.

        New figure from the Office for National Statistics show that public sector net borrowing – the Government's deficit – reached £303.1 billion in the financial year to the end of March.

        This was 14.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), the highest level since 1946, when the deficit hit 15.2% of GDP.

        Today's figures show a rise from a deficit of £57 billion in the tax year ending March 2020.

      • Joseph Gamp

        GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

      • Alex Winter

        'IT'S REALLY GOOD NEWS'

        Kate Garraway asked GMB's medic about the report that the UK is out of a pandemic.

        She asked if Brits should think it was "VE Day" and asked: "Is it all over?"

        Dr Khan said: "I wish I could say yes, but I think we should be cautious."

        He said cases can surge very quickly if restrictions aren't lifted carefully – but said: "It's really good news."

      • Alex Winter

        'IT SOUNDS LIKE THE NEWS WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR'

        News that Britain is apparently now out of a pandemic has been discussed on Good Morning Britain today by medic Dr Amir Khan.

        The UK first went into a pandemic – officially – on March 11 last year.

        Now Sarah Walker, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford, says the country is in an "endemic" situation instead.

        Dr Khan said: "It sounds like the news we've been waiting for.

        "It's a very bold statement."

        He said transmission has been cut by the vaccine – but urged caution.

        More on this next.

      • Alex Winter

        INDIA GOES ON 'RED LIST' AS HOSPITALS RUN OUT OF OXYGEN

        India joined the UK's travel 'red list' today, effectively banning travel.

        Six hospitals in capital Delhi have completely run out of oxygen, while others have just a few hours remaining.

        Tanks of oxygen are being shuttled across the country to hotspots to keep up with the demand.

        But it's claimed many of the life-saving have been intercepted by other states en route to be used to meet local needs.

        Here's our story on the horrifying spike.

        Image: Getty
      • Imogen Braddick

        APP DELAY

        The new Covid vaccine passport app will not be ready for the end of lockdown, Cabinet ministers warned last night.

        Holidaymakers will be given jab certificates this summer but a new NHS app for stadiums and festivals is still "months away" from being ready.

        Whitehall tech bosses are converting the NHS app to store data about jabs, tests and antibodies – but it is far from ready.

        Read our exclusive story here.

      • Imogen Braddick

        MILLIONS JABBED

        So far 33.1 million Brits have had a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Moderna jabs – with more than 10.7 million having had a second.

        It was revealed today that a single dose of a Covid jab slashes hospitalisation risk in elderly Brits by as much as 98 percent.

        The rollout of jabs and the success of the third national lockdown has meant that Brits are currently allowed to go to the pub outdoors, visit non-essential shops and hit the gym.

      • Imogen Braddick

        BRITAIN NO LONGER IN A COVID PANDEMIC

        The UK is no longer in a Covid pandemic as data shows the jabs rollout has cut symptomatic infections by 90 percent.

        The virus as now dropped to the third biggest killer in England for the first time in six months as millions of Brits have now received their first and second jab doses.

        Sarah Walker, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford, said Britain had “moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation”, the Telegraph reports.

        Professor Walker said falling cases over the last three months had been due to both lockdown and vaccines – contradicting Boris Johnson’s statement that it was lockdown alone.

        “Long-term lockdown isn’t a viable solution so vaccines are clearly going to be the only way that we are going to have a chance to control this," she said.

        Read the full story here.

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      • Imogen Braddick

        JABS FOR THE KIDS

        Kids as young as 12 will get Covid jabs from September in plans by the Government to stop a winter wave.

        The leaked "core planning" scenario reveals children will be given a single dose when schools open.

        Official documents, seen by The Sun, reveal ministers are readying for a repeat of last year’s bumper flu immunisation drive with half the country eligible for a shot.

        It will form a third line of protection against winter fatalities.

        A source said: "Plans are in place to vaccinate children aged 12 upwards, and senior government officials have been briefed. Though controversial, it is deemed necessary to stop the UK regressing in its remarkable fight against Covid."

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