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Coronavirus latest news: New slogan is ‘keep life moving’ despite ‘pingdemic’ crisis

Britons will be told to “keep life moving” this summer despite concerns that the NHS Covid app is causing widespread disruption.

There is little sign of the so-called “pingdemic” (when people who are alerted by the app to self-isolate after contact with someone with Covid-19) easing off.

The system is being blamed for causing chaos among businesses who say they are unable to function properly with so many members of staff isolating.

Boris Johnson is being warned by cabinet ministers to exempt more people from the “pingdemic”, or face a wave of supermarket, Post Office and restaurant closures.

The Government’s “hands, face, space” slogan will be dropped in favour of a request to “keep life moving”, The Times reported, despite business leaders warning that the number of people in isolation could reach five million if new Covid cases hit 100,000 a day, as predicted.

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More than 12,000 UK children were orphaned

More than 12,000 children in the UK have either been orphaned or lost a caregiver due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a major new study has found.

Almost 10,000 of these are children who have been orphaned (defined as an under-18 who has experienced the death of one or both parents), the figures show.

An international team of researchers from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Imperial College London, and the University of Oxford, among others, compiled the landmark report using data from 21 countries which account for 77 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths.

They calculated that around 1.5 million children in those countries had lost either a parent, grandparent, or caregiver as a direct result of the pandemic in the 14 months between March 2020 and April 2021.

Read the full story here.

5:45AM

Double vaccinated may miss out on holidays

People who have been double jabbed face missing out on holidays abroad because NHS errors mean their second vaccination has not been recorded.

A Telegraph investigation has found that a number of people who have had two doses say they have no official proof, despite repeated efforts to resolve problems with NHS records.

Health officials said errors could happen if vaccine centre staff failed to press a final “save” after inputting data, or if fields were not filled in correctly.

They urged anyone affected to contact their GP, regardless of where their vaccine had been administered.

Read more: Double vaccinated may miss out on holidays as ‘human errors’ mean NHS records aren’t properly saved

3:58AM

Australian cases surge despite lockdown

Australia’s two largest states reported sharp increases in new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a blow to hopes that lockdown restrictions would be lifted with more than half the country’s population under stay-at-home orders.

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New South Wales (NSW) state, home to the country’s most populous city Sydney, logged 110 new cases, up from 78 the day before, nearly four weeks into a lockdown of the city and surrounding areas to contain an outbreak of the virulent Delta variant.

Victoria state clocked 22 new cases, from nine the day before, its biggest increase since the outbreak began this month, as it nears its second week of statewide lockdown.

State premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “Had we not gone into the lockdown a few weeks ago, the 110 number today would undoubtedly have been thousands and thousands.”

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The Central Business District in Sydney on Tuesday

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3:25AM

Covid checks for green and amber arrivals ‘dropped’

Passengers from green and amber list countries may no longer face Covid checks when arriving into England, it has been reported.

Leaked instructions to Border Force staff, reported by The Guardian, said border and customs officials will no longer routinely verify if returning travellers tested negative before departure or completed a passenger locator form.

The change, which reportedly came into effect on Monday, is aimed at reducing queue times at airports.

Under the current rules, all passengers into the UK must provide a negative Covid test taken before departure, regardless of where they are travelling from.

It comes as fully-vaccinated travellers are facing queue chaos at Heathrow airport after E-gates failed to recognise their status.

Read more: Heathrow queue chaos: E-gates fail to work for fully vaccinated travellers

2:44AM

12,000 children orphaned or lost carer during pandemic

More than 12,000 children in the UK have either been orphaned or lost a caregiver due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a major new study has found, Joe Pinkstone writes.

Almost 10,000 of these are children who have been orphaned (defined as an under-18 who has experienced the death of one or both parents), the figures show.

An international team of researchers from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Imperial College London, and the University of Oxford, among others, compiled the landmark report using data from 21 countries which account for 77 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths.

They calculated that around 1.5 million children in those countries had lost either a parent, grandparent, or caregiver as a direct result of the pandemic in the 14 months between March 2020 and April 2021.

Read more: More than 12,000 UK children were orphaned or lost their carer

Listen: Meet the mothers taking on the system over the way children have been sidelined in lockdown decision-making in our Planet Normal podcast

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