Covid vaccine news: Student passports axed & 'no jab no job' sparks backlash as experts warn of deadlier virus strains

BRITS should get double-jabbed before returning to the office but No 10 won't make vaccination compulsory for workers, Grant Shapps has said.

The transport secretary insisted it's a "good idea" for everyone who wants to end working from home to become fully vaccinated.

And he predicted many companies will start to enforce Covid papers as a policy for their staff who want to head back to their desks.

But the senior cabinet minister insisted there are no plans for the Government to pass laws requiring workers to be jabbed.

He made the remarks after Google and Facebook said they'll only let vaccinated employees return to the office in the US.

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    ONE IN FIVE PLANNING TO MAKE STAFF REDUNDANT AS FURLOUGH TAPERS OFF

    Extra training is required to deal with the "many thousands" of redundancies being predicted as furlough support tapers off, the British Chamber of Commerce has said.

    A survey of businesses found that one in five firms plan on letting staff go in response to Sunday's furlough policy change, which will see employers asked to contribute 20% towards the salaries of those whose wages are currently being subsided by the state.

    The furlough scheme has seen staff whose jobs have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic guaranteed 80% of their salaries – to a limit – from the Government.

    The support is slowly being made less generous as the Treasury prepares to end the scheme by October.

    In July, employers had to pick up 10% of their employees' salaries, while Government support dropped from 80% to 70%.

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    MEXICO POSTS 18,809 NEW COVID-19 INFECTIONS, 450 MORE DEATHS

    Mexico on Saturday recorded 18,809 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 450 fatalities, according to the health ministry, bringing the total figures to 2,848,252 infections and 240,906 deaths.

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    FOOD DELIVERY AND TAXI-HAILING FIRMS TO OFFER COVID JAB-LINKED INCENTIVES

    Food delivery and taxi-hailing companies are to offer discounted rides and meals for customers who get a Covid-19 jab to help boost vaccine uptake, the Government has announced.

    Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the brands who will be offering incentives to encourage younger people to get vaccinated.

    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said taxi app firm Uber will be sending reminders to all users in August encouraging them to get jabbed.

    The company will offer discounted Uber rides and meals on its Uber Eats platform for young adults who receive a vaccine.

    Uber has previously offered free trips to vaccination centres for NHS staff.

    Bolt, another ride-hailing app, will offer "free ride credit" to vaccination centres following a similar scheme earlier this year when it offered £250,000 worth of free rides to London vaccination facilities.

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    TOKYO DAILY COVID CASES HIT 4,058

    The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo hit 4,058 today, a daily record, city hall said Saturday.

    Critics have long said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate sponsors and media members gather from around the world.

    Athletes are getting tested for the coronavirus every day.

    Twenty-one people working at the Olympics tested positive Saturday, none of them athletes.

    The Games have had 241 positive tests so far, 23 of them athletes.

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    SCOTLAND RECORDS NINE MORE COVID-19 DEATHS

    Scotland has recorded nine coronavirus deaths and 1,018 new cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show.

    It brings the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,939.

    The daily test positivity rate is 4.9%, down from 6.2% the previous day.

    A total of 445 people were in hospital on Friday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down 29 on the previous day, with 64 patients in intensive care, a rise of four.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recorded the most cases in the past 24 hours, with 236, followed by Lothian with 192 and Lanarkshire with 174.

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    25% OF OLDER ADULTS ‘UNABLE TO WALK AS FAR OR IN MORE PAIN SINCE PANDEMIC START’

    Around a quarter of older people were unable to walk as far or were living in more physical pain earlier this year compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, research suggests.

    People reported being less steady on their feet, struggling to manage the stairs and feeling less independent since the start of the crisis, according to polling for Age UK.

    Some 27% of adults aged 60 and over said they could no longer walk as far, while 25% said they were in more pain.

    It also found evidence of accelerated cognitive decline, with more than a fifth (22%) of respondents saying they were finding it harder to remember things.

    The charity fears the adverse effects may prove long-lasting and in some cases be irreversible, heaping pressure on NHS and social care services over the coming years. Some 1,487 people aged 60 and over in the UK were polled by Kantar Polling between January 28 and February 11, during the third national lockdown.

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    EQUALITIES WATCHDOG CAUTIONS EMPLOYERS AMID ‘NO JAB, NO JOB’ POLICY CONCERNS

    Employers have been cautioned by the equalities watchdog to be “proportionate” and “non-discriminatory”, amid concerns over the prospect of “no jab, no job” policies emerging.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it understood firms will want to protect their staff and their customers by requiring employees to be vaccinated, but it advises them to take other factors into consideration.

    In the United States, tech giants Facebook and Google are among those to say their employees would have to show proof they have been fully vaccinated before returning to work.

    In the UK, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested it is a good idea for people to be double jabbed before returning to the office but it will not be required by legislation.

    An EHRC spokesman said: “Employers are right to want to protect their staff and their customers, particularly in contexts where people are at risk, such as care homes.

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    BRAZIL REGISTERS 37,582 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS AND 910 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS

    Brazil has registered 37,582 new cases of coronavirus over the last 24 hours, reaching 19.92 million cases.

    The country had 910 new COVID-19 deaths in the period and the pandemic death toll reached 556,370.

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    PEOPLE NOT GETTING TESTED FOR COVID TO AVOID SELF-ISOLATION, EXPERT SUGGESTS

    People could be refusing to get tested for coronavirus in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate, a Government adviser has said.

    Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

    The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Covid infections are up to their highest level since January in England, and the highest since February in Wales.

    The ONS’s household swab test survey showed that around one in 65 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to July 24 – up from one in 75 in the previous week, and the ninth consecutive week that infections have increased.

    Infections are also estimated to have risen in Northern Ireland, though numbers have dropped in Scotland. In contrast, the Government’s daily testing figures show positive cases in the UK have fallen by 36% in the past seven days, with 29,622 laboratory-confirmed cases recorded on Friday.

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    UK SEES 26,144 LAB CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

    As of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 26,144 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

    A further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 129,654.

    Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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    WATCH: PARIS COPS USE TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE ANTI-VAXXERS HOLDING SIGNS SAYING 'WE ARE NOT GUINEA PIGS' IN JAB PASSPORT PROTEST

    Paris cops use tear gas to disperse anti-vaxxers holding signs saying ‘we are not guinea pigs’ in jab passport protest

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    CHINA IMPOSES COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN ZHENGZHOU

    Authorities are imposing restrictions on Zhengzhou, the capital city of central Henan province, after the discovery of one asymptomatic case, sealing off several residential communities and a local hospital.

    Health officials say the city will do a mass testing of all its residents. Residents will need to have a negative test within 48 hours to leave city limits.

    The city is still trying to recover after being hit by devastating floods last week that left at least 99 people dead.

    On Saturday, the city government said in a short statement that it had removed the party secretary of the citys health committee, as well as the party secretary of Zhengzhou Citys No. 6 Peoples Hospital from their posts.

    China is currently facing an outbreak driven by the delta variant that was traced to one of its major airports, and has since spread to 20 cities across multiple provinces. Authorities have traced 262 cases linked to this latest cluster as of Saturday, although it is unclear if the case in Zhengzhou is linked.

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    TOKYO DAILY COVID CASES HIT 4,058

    The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo hit 4,058 today, a daily record, city hall said Saturday.

    Critics have long said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate sponsors and media members gather from around the world.

    Athletes are getting tested for the coronavirus every day.

    Twenty-one people working at the Olympics tested positive Saturday, none of them athletes.

    The Games have had 241 positive tests so far, 23 of them athletes.

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    SCOTLAND RECORDS NINE MORE COVID-19 DEATHS

    Scotland has recorded nine coronavirus deaths and 1,018 new cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show.

    It brings the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,939.

    The daily test positivity rate is 4.9%, down from 6.2% the previous day.

    A total of 445 people were in hospital on Friday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down 29 on the previous day, with 64 patients in intensive care, a rise of four.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recorded the most cases in the past 24 hours, with 236, followed by Lothian with 192 and Lanarkshire with 174.

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    COVID JABS DELIVERED INSIDE CIRCUS MARQUEE AND AT VACCINE FESTIVAL

    Covid-19 jabs have been administered inside a circus marquee and at a vaccine festival this weekend as part of the latest efforts to boost uptake in England.

    Visitors to the Circus Extreme in Halifax, Yorkshire, one of a host of new vaccine sites across the country, received their jabs with some colourful performers watching on.

    Medical staff set up the seating, screens and equipment for the walk-in pop-up clinic inside a marquee on Saturday.

    In Poplar, east London, jabs were given to people attending a four-day vaccine festival in Langdon Park.

    Live music and free food were laid on for visitors as an incentive for people in the area to receive a vaccine.

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    GRAPH: COVID-19 RATES ACROSS EUROPEAN NATIONS

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    PEOPLE NOT GETTING TESTED FOR COVID TO AVOID SELF-ISOLATION, EXPERT SUGGESTS

    People could be refusing to get tested for coronavirus in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate, a Government adviser has said.

    Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

    The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Covid infections are up to their highest level since January in England, and the highest since February in Wales.

    The ONS's household swab test survey showed that around one in 65 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to July 24 – up from one in 75 in the previous week, and the ninth consecutive week that infections have increased.

    Infections are also estimated to have risen in Northern Ireland, though numbers have dropped in Scotland. In contrast, the Government's daily testing figures show positive cases in the UK have fallen by 36% in the past seven days, with 29,622 laboratory-confirmed cases recorded on Friday.

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    IRELAND CONFIRMS 1,427 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19

    There have been 1,427 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team has said.

    Ireland has reached the milestone of 300,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

    There are 164 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 26 of whom are in ICU.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Today we have reached the milestone of 300,000 cases reported in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic.

    "However, today we have also seen how solidarity continues to be the hallmark of our response with young people across the country lining up to get vaccinated, both to protect themselves and to play their part in protecting the community.

    "I strongly urge anyone eligible for a vaccine to come forward and avail of the opportunity as soon as

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    UK SEES 26,144 LAB CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

    As of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 26,144 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

    A further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 129,654.

    Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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    DAD-OF-5 DIES FROM COVID AFTER TEXTING 'I SHOULD HAVE GOT THE DAMN VACCINE'

    Dad-of-5 dies from Covid after texting ‘I should have got the damn vaccine’

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    COVID CASES DROP AS UK RECORDS 26,144 NEW VIRUS CASES AND 71 MORE DEATHS IN 24 HOURS

    COVID cases have dropped as the UK has reported 26,144 new cases today and 71 more deaths in the latest 24-hour period.

    Yesterday 29,622 coronavirus infections and 68 fatalities were announced and 31,795 cases and 28 deaths were reported this time last week.

    Meanwhile, 35,773 people received their first dose of a Covid vaccine yesterday, taking the overall total to 46,811,298.

    And 164,295 had their second jab, meaning 38,126,702 are now fully inoculated.Advertisement

    It comes as a government expert warned that falling case rates over the last week could be explained by people refusing to get tested in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate. Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

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    BRITAIN'S COVID-19 CASES DOWN BY 33% OVER PAST WEEK

    Britain has reported 26,144 new cases of Covid-19, government data showed on Saturday, meaning the fall in cases between July 25 and July 31 stood at 33% compared with the previous seven days.

    A further 71 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, taking the seven-day increase to 9.2%.

    A total of 46.81 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus by July 30 and 38.13 million people had received a second dose.

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    SCOTLAND RECORDS NINE MORE COVID-19 DEATHS

    Scotland has recorded nine coronavirus deaths and 1,018 new cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show.

    It brings the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,939.

    The daily test positivity rate is 4.9%, down from 6.2% the previous day.

    A total of 445 people were in hospital on Friday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down 29 on the previous day, with 64 patients in intensive care, a rise of four.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recorded the most cases in the past 24 hours, with 236, followed by Lothian with 192 and Lanarkshire with 174.

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    PEOPLE NOT GETTING TESTED FOR COVID TO AVOID SELF-ISOLATION, EXPERT SUGGESTS

    People could be refusing to get tested for coronavirus in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate, a Government adviser has said.

    Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

    The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Covid infections are up to their highest level since January in England, and the highest since February in Wales.

    The ONS's household swab test survey showed that around one in 65 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to July 24 – up from one in 75 in the previous week, and the ninth consecutive week that infections have increased.

    Infections are also estimated to have risen in Northern Ireland, though numbers have dropped in Scotland.

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    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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