Monday, 12 April 2021

Coronavirus Log - Part 8 - from 12 April 2020

This post is a continuation of the Coronavirus Log.  See Coronavirus Log Part 1 - (December 2019 to 28 April 2020) - Part 2 (29 April 2020 to 24 May 2020) - Part 3 (25 May to 21 June 2020) - Part 4 (22 June to 26 July 2020) - Part 5 (27 July to 1 November - Part 6 (2 November 2020 to 13 February 2021) - Part 7 (13 February 2021 to 11 April 2021)

Law and Lawyers - Coronavirus Restrictions England - Changes from 12 April 2021

International comparisons may be seen via the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

On 12 April, the total number of UK deaths from coronavirus stood at 127,087. This was the highest in Europe.  

(Monday) 12 April - Government data reported that up to 11 April there had been 127,087 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1730 new positive tests reported on 11 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,121,353 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 7,466.540 a second dose) up to and including 10 April 2021

13 April - England moved from Step 1 to Step 2 on Monday 12 April. Shopping areas were busy (with minimal "social-distancing") and pubs and bars opened for outdoor service only - BBC News Covid Lockdown eases: England 'buzzing' after first night out in 97 days. It remains to be seen whether the easing of coronavirus restrictions results in a significant rise in infections. Internationally, there are serious concerns regarding Brazil and India. Brazil is included in the UK's "red list" for international travel but India is not.

13 April - BBC News - All over-50s and high risk groups offered first dose

13 April - BBC News - Surge testing in Wandsworth and Lambeth after cluster found

13 April -  The Guardian - Boris Johnson: Easing lockdown will increase Covid infections

13 April - Government data reported that up to 12 April there had been 127,100 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 3568 new positive tests reported on 12 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,190,576 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 7,656,205 a second dose) up to and including 11 April 2021

14 April - BBC News -  'Mix and match' UK Covid vaccine trial expanded

14 April - Government data reported that up to 13 April there had been 127,123 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2472 new positive tests reported on 13 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,250,481 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 7,857,396 a second dose) up to and including 12 April 2021

15 April - Government data reported that up to 14 April there had been 127,161 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2491 new positive tests reported on 14 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,326,604 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 8,170,081 a second dose) up to and including 13 April 2021

16 April - Government data reported that up to 15 April there had been 127,191 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2672 new positive tests reported on 15 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,444,439 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 8,513,864 a second dose) up to and including 14 April 2021

16 April - The Guardian - UK strategy of backing several Covid vaccines seems to be paying off

16 April - The Guardian - Covid variant first detected in India is found in UK

17 April - Government data reported that up to 16 April there had been 127,225 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2596 new positive tests reported on 16 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,574,221 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 8,931,547 a second dose) up to and including 15 April 2021

18 April - Government data reported that up to 17 April there had been 127,260 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2206 new positive tests reported on 17 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,693,527 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 9,416,968 a second dose) up to and including 16 April 2021 

(Monday) 19 April - Deaths due to Covid-19 have exceeded 3 million (Channel 4 News).

19 April - The Guardian - The world needs a patent waiver on Covid vaccines. Why is the UK blocking it?

19 April - international travel to/from UK continues. Accoding to the National Air Traffic Services website, aircraft movements are at 23% of the 2019 level. A number of countries are on the UK government's "Red List" but there is serious concern that India is not included - Sky News Mounting calls for India to be put on travel 'red list' amid variant fears.

Government data reported that up to 18 April there had been 127,270 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1882 new positive tests reported on 18 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,849,223 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 9,930,846 a second dose) up to and including 17 April 2021 

19 April - BBC News Scotland - The full picture of Covid-linked deaths in Scotland's care homes

20 April - India to be on Red List for travel but from Friday 23 April - Sky News.

20 April - Government data reported that up to 19 April there had been 127,274 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2963 new positive tests reported on 19 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 32,932,448 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 10,152,039 a second dose) up to and including 18 April 2021 

21 April - Government data reported that up to 20 April there had been 127,307 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2524 new positive tests reported on 20 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,032,120 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 10,425,790 a second dose) up to and including 19 April 2021 

21 April - The Guardian - UK in drive to develop drugs to take at home to 'stop Covid in its tracks'

21 April - The Guardian - Some Police Forces in England and Wales did not follow Covid rules, say inspectors - the article refers to an Inspection report issued on 20 April by HMICFRS.  "Based on an inspection of policing between March and November 2020, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said that although there were some inconsistencies, in general police forces took immediate and decisive action to respond to the extreme circumstances of the pandemic."

21 April - The Telegraph - article by Jonathan Sumption (former Justice of the Supreme Court) -  Keir Starmer has betrayed a chiling truth about lockdown

22 April - Government data reported that up to 21 April there had been 127,327 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2396 new positive tests reported on 21 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,139,742 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 10,775,817 a second dose)* up to and including 20 April 2021 

22 April - BBC News - Heathrow refuses to allow extra flights from India

23 April - Government data reported that up to 22 April there had been 127,345 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2729 new positive tests reported on 22 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,257,651 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 11,192,601 a second dose) up to and including 21 April 2021

24 April - Government data reported that up to 23 April there had been 127,385 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2678 new positive tests reported on 23 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,388,637 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 11,623,671 a second dose) up to and including 22 April 2021 

25 April - Government data reported that up to 24 April there had been 127,417 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2061 new positive tests reported on 24 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,508,590 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 12,071,810 a second dose) up to and including 23 April 2021  

(Monday) 26 April - Government data reported that up to 25 April there had been 127,428 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1712 new positive tests reported on 25 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,666,638 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 12,587,116 a second dose) up to and including 24 April 2021  

26 April - BBC News - EU sues Astrazeneca over vaccine delivery delays

27 April - Government data reported that up to 26 April there had been 127,434 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2064 new positive tests reported on 26 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,752,885 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 12,897,123 a second dose) up to and including 25 April 2021  

28 April - Government data reported that up to 27 April there had been 127,451 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2685 new positive tests reported on 27 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,843,580 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 13,201,811 a second dose) up to and including 26 April 2021  

29 April - Government data reported that up to 28 April there had been 127,480 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2166 new positive tests reported on 28 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 33,959,908 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 13,581,076 a second dose) up to and including 27 April 2021  

30 April - Government data reported that up to 29 April there had been 127,502 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2445 new positive tests reported on 29 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,094,048 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 14,043,961 a second dose) up to and including 28 April 2021   

1 May -  Government data reported that up to 30 April there had been 127,517 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2381 new positive tests reported on 30 April. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,216,087 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 14,532,875 a second dose) up to and including 29 April 2021   

2 May -  Government data reported that up to 1 May there had been 127,524 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1907 new positive tests reported on 1 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,346,273 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 14,940,984 a second dose) up to and including 30 April 2021   

(Monday) 3 May (Bank Holiday) -  Government data reported that up to 2 May there had been 127,538 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1671 new positive tests reported on 2 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,505,380 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 15,329,617 a second dose) up to and including 1 May 2021    

3 May - The Guardian - NHS faces exodus of doctors after Covid pandemic, survey finds.

4 May - The Guardian - Pub and restaurant bosses lose legal fight over England Covid closures 

4 May -  Government data reported that up to 3 May there had been 127,539 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1649 new positive tests reported on 3 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,588,600 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 15,500,949 a second dose) up to and including 2 May 2021

5 May -  Government data reported that up to 4 May there had been 127,543 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1946 new positive tests reported on 4 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,667,904 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 15,630,007 a second dose) up to and including 3 May 2021

5 May - BBC News - Covid-variant vaccines fast-tracked with more investment 

6 May -  Government data reported that up to 5 May there had been 127,570 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2144 new positive tests reported on 5 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,795,074 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 15,887,493 a second dose) up to and including 4 May 2021

7 May -  Government data reported that up to 6 May there had been 127,583 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2613 new positive tests reported on 6 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 34,934,171 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 16,291,719 a second dose) up to and including 5 May 2021

7 May - BBC News - Concern increases over India variant in UK - (action ought to be taken urgently to address this).  

8 May - The Guardian - People under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab

8 May - The Guardian - Indian Covid variant is 'of concern', says Public Health England

8 May - The Guardian - England puts 12 destinations on Covid 'green list' for trips from 17 May

8 May -  Government data reported that up to 7 May there had been 127,598 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2490 new positive tests reported on 7 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,069,641 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 16,764,720 a second dose) up to and including 6 May 2021

9 May -  Government data reported that up to 8 May there had been 127,603 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2047 new positive tests reported on 8 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,188,981 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 17,214,436 a second dose) up to and including 7 May 2021 

(Monday) 10 May -  Government data reported that up to 9 May there had been 127,605 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 1770 new positive tests reported on 9 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,371,669 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 17,669,379 a second dose) up to and including 8 May 2021 

BBC News 10 May - Zero Covid deaths for England, Scotland and NI - Zero coronavirus deaths have been announced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday. Wales recorded four deaths, meaning that, overall, the UK showed a slight increase on the two deaths recorded on Sunday.  

10 May - Prime Minister's statement 10 May 2021 and Data Slides 10 May 2021

10 May - BBC News - What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown? 

11 May -  Government data reported that up to 10 May there had been 127,609 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2357 new positive tests reported on 10 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,472,295 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 17,856,552 a second dose) up to and including 9 May 2021  

Public Health England - Variants of concern in the UK - Public Health England (PHE) releases weekly updates on the number of confirmed new cases of variants of concern and variants under investigation identified in the UK.

UK government - Covid in shools: study shows drop in infections

UK government - Covid vaccines: further evidence of success

UK government - JCVI advises on Covid-19 vaccine for people aged under 40 

11 May - BBC News - WHO says India covid variant of 'global concern'

World Health Organization (WHO)

11 May - The Telegraph - Covid lockdown roadmap: the rules that are changing from 17 May

12 May -  Government data reported that up to 11 May there had been 127,629 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2474 new positive tests reported on 11 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,587,348 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 18,088,385 a second dose) up to and including 10 May 2021.

The number of new positive tests for the period 5 May to 11 May is an increase on the previous 7 day period (28 April to 4 May). 

There is also increased concern about the "Indian variant" which was first detected in the UK around 16 April. Indian was not "red-listed" until 23 April. The concern is set out in The Guardian 12 May 2021 - Indian Covid variant calls into question 17 May reopening in UK, say experts.

12 May - BBC News - Will UK vaccine success keep virus at bay? - "Next week will see the most significant lifting of restrictions yet in England, with indoor mixing to be allowed. The rest of the UK is making similar steps. It means the onus is increasingly shifting on to the vaccines, rather than social distancing and restrictions, to keep the virus at bay. How well do they work? And is there now enough immunity in the population to protect us all?"

13 May -  Government data reported that up to 12 May there had been 127,640 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2284 new positive tests reported on 12 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,722,461 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 18,438,532 a second dose) up to and including 11 May 2021.

On 12 May the Prime Minister announced a public inquiry to commence taking evidence in spring 2022 - Law and Lawyers 12 May.

14 May - Government data reported that up to 13 May there had been 127,651 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2657 new positive tests reported on 13 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 35,906,671 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 18,890,969 a second dose) up to and including 12 May 2021.

14 May - The Telegraph -Boris Johnson to push ahead reopening despite rise in Indian variant cases

15 May - BBC News - Indian variant could disrupt 21June  easing , PM says - several entries in this part of the log refer to the "Indian variant" - see above 13,16, 19, 20, 22 April amd 7, 8, 11, 12, 14 May.

15 May - Government data reported that up to 14 May there had been 127,668 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2193 new positive tests reported on 14 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 36,115,955 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 19,319,010 a second dose) up to and including 13 May 2021.

16 May - Government data reported that up to 15 May there had been 127,675 deaths (within 28 days of first positive test) due to Covid-19. There were 2027 new positive tests reported on 15 May. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK .  The data also reported that 36,320,867 people had received a first dose of vaccine (and 19,698,121 a second dose) up to and including 14 May 2021.

16 May - BBC News - No 10 defends India travel ban timing amid variant fears

16 May - The Guardian - We are responding calmly to India Covid variant, says UK health minister

16 May - On 15 May the legislation was made enabling the whole of England to move to Step 3 with effect from 17 May - see this post of 15 May. (Given the India variant this appears questionable. The Prime Minister has warned that the next date for relaxing the restrictions - 21 June - could be at risk).

... continued in Part 9 .....


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