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Delay of AstraZeneca jab in EU could see Covid deaths rise by ‘thousands’-LATEST UPDATES

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he delay of the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in some European countries could see coronavirus deaths increase by “thousands”, a professor has warned.

It comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed on Thursday that the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is “safe and effective” and its benefits outweigh any risks.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, told Times Radio that the decision to pause use of the Oxford jab in some European countries and the “uncertainty” caused by the move will increase the number of Covid-19 deaths by “thousands”.

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Trooping for the Colour will not go ahead this year

Buckingham Palace has said Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s official birthday parade will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in central London and options for an alternative parade in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle are being considered

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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis says plans in place to hold gig at Worthy Farm in September

The organiser of Glastonbury has said she hopes to stage a concert at the site of the festival in September.

It was announced in January that the festival had been cancelled for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Emily Eavis said in a post on Instagram that an application has been made to put on a concert at Worthy Farm.

“For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we’d usually do Pilton Party),” she wrote.

“Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance.

“Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”

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74 people died in NHS hospitals in England with Covid-19

A further 74 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 85,659, NHS England said on Friday.

Patients were aged between 39 and 96 and all except one, aged 78, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 5 and March 18, with the majority being on or after March 11.

There were 23 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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101 further deaths recorded today as R rate increases

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Here’s the latest on coronavirus deaths in England hospitals:

A further 74 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 85,659, NHS England said on Friday.

Patients were aged between 39 and 96 and all except one, aged 78, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 5 and March 18, with the majority being on or after March 11.

There were 23 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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A total of 23,757,540 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and March 18

The figure includes first and second doses, which is a rise of 556,074 on the previous day.

NHS England said 22,337,590 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 451,465 on the previous day, while 1,419,950 were a second dose, an increase of 104,609.

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There have been three further deaths of patients who previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

Another 137 confirmed cases of the virus were recorded by the Department of Health in the last 24-hour reporting period.

On Friday, there were 166 Covid-positive confirmed inpatients in hospital, of whom 16 were in ICU.

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Half of adults in England are likely to have had their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, new figures suggest

A total of 22,337,590 people had received a first jab as of March 18, NHS England said.

This is the equivalent of 50.5% of the population of England aged 18 and over, based on estimates by the Office for National Statistics.

Some 1,419,950 people have now had both doses of the vaccine: the equivalent of 3.2% of the adult population of England.

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R-rate increases slightly to between 0.6 and 0.9 in UK and London after schools reopen

This week’s figures, revealed by the Government on Friday, compares to between 0.6 and 0.8 both across the country and the capital last week.

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Earlier lockdown would have saved bus drivers’ lives – report

The University College London (UCL) study found that some of the deaths of workers infected by Covid-19 in March 2020 “would not have happened” if movement restrictions and measures to stop the spread of the virus were imposed sooner.

The research, commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), focused on the 27 London bus drivers who had been working in February 2020 and died from coronavirus between March and May.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first national lockdown on May 23 2020, with people only allowed to leave home for limited reasons such as to work or buy food.

UCL’s report found that London bus drivers were three times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the UK average.

It also noted that safety measures such as hand sanitisers, enhanced cleaning and covering holes in protective screens were introduced too late for many of those who died.

TfL insisted it “moved quickly” to ensure bus companies took action to stop the spread of the virus.

The report recommended that all bus drivers need “continued protection” through social distancing and mask-wearing.

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