Covid news today: Hospital admissions rise again in England amid fears of a new wave

Unicef’s “Covid generation” appeal

Covid hospital admissions are on the rise again as experts warn there could be another wave of infections.

The number of people in England being admitted to wards with Covid has started to rise, according to new NHS data.

Analysis by John Roberts of the Covid Actuaries group, set up in response to the pandemic, showed that hospital admissions had stopped falling after a period of decline.

Tuesday’s figures showed weekly admissions were up 4% across England to June 5 and 33% in the North East and Yorkshire.

Asked if the UK was heading for another wave, Mr Roberts told The Independent: ‘Yes we could be, but… the scale of this wave and the severity of it in terms of ‘Admissions and deaths are very, very difficult to judge at this stage.’

Elsewhere, nearly 3 million people in Shanghai are set to be plunged into another draconian lockdown as Covid cases rise.

Minhang in central Shanghai will be placed under a “closed management” order on Saturday morning.

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New containment in Shanghai

Nearly 3 million people in Shanghai are set to be plunged into another draconian lockdown as Covid cases rise.

Communist Party officials will put an entire district of China’s largest city under house arrest to carry out mass testing.

It comes just days after restrictions in the city of around 25 million people were eased after months of lockdown.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 9:56 a.m.

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14,000 cases recorded in the UK

Some 14,055 Covid cases were recorded in the UK on Wednesday, figures show.

That was up from 10,237 the day before.

Cases, however, have been steadily declining since around mid-March.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 10:16 a.m.

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Testing the new normal in China

Thousands of COVID-19 testing sites have appeared on sidewalks in Beijing and other Chinese cities as part of the latest twist in the country’s “zero-COVID” strategy.

Lines are forming every day, rain or shine, even when the spread of the virus has largely stopped. Some people have to go to work. Others want to go shopping. All are effectively forced to get tested by having to show a negative test result to enter office buildings, shopping malls and other public places.

Liu Lele, who works for a live-streaming company, has no problem getting tested regularly, but said daytime opening hours don’t always fit into his schedule.

“Sometimes I get held up at work,” he said after completing a test on Thursday near Beijing’s historic Bell and Drum towers. “I would like there to be sites open 24 hours a day or only closing at 7 or 8 p.m.”

Regular screening of residents is becoming the new norm in many parts of China as the ruling Communist Party firmly sticks to a “zero-COVID” approach that is increasingly at odds with the rest of the world.

Major cities have been asked to set up testing stations within a 15-minute walk for all residents. Beijing and Shanghai alone have hosted 10,000 or more each. Some consist of folding tables and chairs under a temporary canopy. Others are closed square booths from which gloved workers reach out through openings to quickly take a throat swab from the next person in line.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 10:30 am

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White House ‘not too worried’ about slow pre-orders of children’s Covid vaccine

Vaccine pre-orders for children under 5 have been slow, but top Biden administration officials say they are not alarmed and expect the pace to pick up after more federal approvals later this month.

The administration expects vaccinations for young children to begin in earnest as soon as June 21, if the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approve the vaccines at separate meetings scheduled for next week, officials said. officials to reporters on Wednesday.

The vaccines will be distributed to pediatricians, children’s hospitals, local pharmacies and local health clinics, officials said.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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Experts fear a new wave despite falling UK cases

Experts fear another wave of Covid infections could occur despite falling cases across most of the UK.

Some 14,000 infections were recorded on Wednesday, but health chiefs say new variants – BA.5 and BA.4 – could push cases up again.

It comes as the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid in England increases.

John Roberts, of the Covid Actuaries group, set up in response to the pandemic, said another wave is possible.

“Yes, we could,” he told The Independent when asked if another wave was possible. “But the magnitude of this wave and its severity in terms of admissions and deaths are very, very difficult to judge at this stage,” he added.

Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas reports:

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 11:11 a.m.

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Nine symptoms of Omicron affecting fully vaccinated people – and signs you may have

Here we look at some of the most common symptoms associated with the variant for fully vaccinated people – and two warning signs you may have.

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussian reports:

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 11:30 am

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Covid incubation period: how long are you infectious?

My colleague Joe Sommerlad reports:

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 11:50 am

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Covid-related hospitalizations on the rise in England

Covid hospital admissions are on the rise again as experts warn there could be another wave of infections.

The number of people in England being admitted to wards with Covid has started to rise, according to new NHS data.

Analysis by John Roberts of the Covid Actuaries group, set up in response to the pandemic, showed that hospital admissions had stopped falling after a period of decline.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 12:27 p.m.

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Officials: millions of COVID-19 vaccines ordered for youngest

Millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been ordered for young children ahead of possible federal authorization next week, White House officials say.

The government allowed pharmacies and states to start placing orders last week, with 5 million doses initially available – half of them vaccines made by Pfizer and the other half the vaccine produced by Moderna, senior administration officials said.

As of this week, about 1.45 million of Pfizer’s 2.5 million available doses have been ordered, and about 850,000 available Moderna injections have been ordered, officials said. Further orders are expected in the coming days.

Young children are the latest group of Americans who have not been recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Up to about 20 million American children under the age of 5 would become eligible for vaccination if the government authorized one or both vaccines.

It’s unclear how popular the snaps will be. A recent survey suggests that only 1 in 5 parents of young children would get their children vaccinated right away.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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New vaccine could be an option for troops with religious concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine that may soon gain federal approval could give the U.S. military a boost: an opportunity to vaccinate some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.

At least 175 active duty and reserve service members have already received the Novavax vaccine, with some even traveling overseas at their own expense to obtain it. The vaccine meets Department of Defense requirements as it has emergency use approval from the World Health Organization and is used in Europe and other regions. The Food and Drug Administration is considering giving it emergency use authorization in the United States

The Novavax vaccine may be an acceptable option for some of the 27,000 service members who have requested religious exemptions from the mandatory vaccine. Military officials say many troops who refuse injections cite the remote link of some COVID-19 vaccines to abortions.

Matt MatherJune 9, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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