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Coronavirus latest news: Possibility of two-week delay to end restrictions discussed

A two-week delay to the planned easing of restrictions in England on June 21 is being considered after the number of people in the country with Covid-19 rose by 75pc.

Plans to lift restrictions could be scaled down, with social distancing and face coverings set to continue amid concerns the Indian variant is fuelling a surge in cases.

The UK on Friday recorded its highest number of new cases – 6,238 – since late March.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested the number of people who had the virus in England increased by around three quarters in a week, taking it to its highest tally since mid-April, with the R value between 1 and 1.2.

Ministers hope accelerating the vaccine rollout will allow them to keep to the June 21 lifting of restrictions – but the possibility of a two-week delay has been discussed.

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7:55AM

‘We know that the hospitalisations are increasing’

The chief executive of NHS Providers said the number of people in hospital with the coronavirus variant first identified in India is increasing, but not significantly.

Chris Hopson told BBC Breakfast today that the number of people in hospital in Bolton with Covid-19 peaked at 50, compared to 170 in November and 115 in January and February.

Mr Hopson said: “Infection rates have been increasing in a number of different places.

“We know that the hospitalisations are increasing, the rates of people coming into hospital in those areas are rising. But they are not rising very significantly.”

He added: “Areas that were at the front of this wave, areas like Bolton, what’s particularly interesting is that they have now got to the point where their community infections have started to decline.”

7:54AM

Coronavirus news from around the world

  • Afghanistan is battling a brutal surge in Covid infections as health officials plead for vaccines, only to be told by the World Health Organisation that the three million doses the country expected to receive by April will not be delivered until August.

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A street vendor sells masks to help fight the spread of coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Rahmat Gul/AP

  • Taiwan reported 511 new domestic Covid cases today, including 35 cases added to totals for recent days as authorities readjust infection numbers after delays in reporting positive tests.
  • Coloradohas picked its first $1 million (£706,000) winner in a US lottery that is trying to inspire residents to get vaccinated against coronavirus. Every resident who was vaccinated by the end of May was entered in the first draw. 

  • India today reported 120,529 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,380. The tally of infections has reached 28.69 million and the death toll is 344,082.

  • The Australian state of Victoria today reported an increase in locally acquired Covid cases as authorities hunt for the source of a highly infectious variant that has been detected in a new cluster. Five new local cases were reported, taking Victoria’s total to 70 in the latest outbreak.

7:22AM

Dementia diagnoses collapse in pandemic

GPs have missed the opportunity to diagnose nearly 35,000 people suffering with dementia in the past year because of poor access to surgeries, experts have warned.

In stark evidence of the indirect toll of the pandemic, the number of assessments for the disease by family doctors fell by more than half in the 12 months to March this year.

Meanwhile, the number of referrals for memory assessments – a key gateway to a diagnosis of dementia – fell by 46 per cent.

Campaigners at the Alzheimer’s Society, which analysed the NHS data, said it showed that tens of thousands of people are currently going without the support they need to cope with the degenerative disease.

READ MORE: Failure to see GPs means 35,000 people not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s this year

5:55AM

Japan shares vaccines to help other countries in need

Japan is considering sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam, NHK public television reported today, a day after Japan delivered more than a million doses of vaccines to Taiwan.

Vietnam, which had early success in coping with the pandemic, is battling a new and more stubborn wave of infections and is trying to speed up its vaccine procurement.

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Japan has received a request for vaccines from Vietnam, and could dispatch them as early as this month, NHK said.

Japan on Friday delivered 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to Taiwan for free.

5:00AM

China reports more local infections

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Property management workers in protective suits deliver goods to residents at a compound under lockdown due to the recent coronavirus outbreak in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in China

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China today reported 24 new coronavirus cases on the mainland for June 4, the country’s health authority said.

Of the new infections, 11 were imported, the National Health Commission said, and the 13 local cases were all in southern Guangdong province. There were no new deaths reported.

China also reported 28 new asymptomatic patients.

4:45AM

Vaccine fear rules in rural India

When health worker Neelam Kumari knocks on doors in Indian villages the occupants sometimes run out the back, terrified that she wants to vaccinate them against Covid-19.

With India’s devastating recent virus surge easing in cities, the deadly pandemic is ravaging the vast poverty-stricken rural hinterland. But here, ignorance and fear rule.

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An Accredited Social Health Activist worker, right, speaks to a family during a door-to-door Covid-19 vaccine awareness campaign in Kalwa village on the outskirts of Jind in India

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MONEY SHARMA/AFP 

“A lot of people in my village don’t want to take the vaccine. They fear that they will die if they take it,” she told AFP in Dhatrath, a collection of two-storey buildings in Haryana state with buffaloes wandering the streets.

“One of the villagers was so angry that he beat up a (health) worker who was trying to convince him to take the vaccine.”

Just 15pc of people in rural areas, compared with 30pc in towns and cities, have received at least one vaccine dose – even though two-thirds of cases are being reported in the countryside, according to an analysis by The Hindu daily.

4:23AM

Boost in number of people beating vaccine hesitancy

There has been a jump in people overcoming vaccine hesitancy and coming forward for their Covid-19 jab in England, health officials said.

Confidence in the jab has grown among both men and women under 45, according to new analysis produced by ORB International and the Vaccine Confidence Project.

NHS England said there had been an increase of more than a fifth among adults under 45 who would definitely get their vaccine according to the new study, which surveyed 16,610 people from a nationally representative sample.

More people from a range of ethnic and religious groups also intend to say yes to protection from the virus, NHS England said.

3:53AM

Possibility of two-week delay to end restrictions

A two-week delay to the planned easing of restrictions in England on June 21 is being considered after the number of people in the country with Covid-19 rose by 75pc.

Plans to lift restrictions could be scaled down, with social distancing and face coverings set to continue amid concerns the Indian variant is fuelling a surge in cases.

The UK on Friday recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases – 6,238 – since late March.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested the number of people who had the virus in England increased by around three quarters in a week, taking it to its highest tally since mid-April, with the R value between 1 and 1.2.

3:45AM

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