Coronavirus news UK latest – Schools 'MUST return to normal after July 19' say MPs as new Covid cases rise 70% in a week

COVID infections have more than doubled in a WEEK in the biggest daily surge since January – as the UK death toll also begins creeping up.

Another 27,989 new cases were recorded today and 22 fatalities have been recorded by the government. 

Meanwhile, Tory MPs are demanding the school bubble rules are scrapped on Freedom Day – and school life can return to normal from July 19.

Gavin Williamson has been urged by almost 50 Tory MPs to ensure that schools "go back to normal" after Freedom Day.

Powerful backbenchers have written to the Education Secretary demanding he end Covid rules like class bubbles from July 19.

Read our Coronavirus blog below for the latest news and updates...

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    TAX BREAK

    You could claim up to £500 extra cash due to working at home.

    Even if you’re now returning to the office, you can claim tax back on household expenses for time you’ve worked from home, dating back four years.

    Since the beginning of the new tax year this April, nearly 800,000 employees have already claimed the tax relief.

    You can claim up to £125 per year and with the option to backdate claims by up to four years, this means you could claim up to £500 in total.

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently revealed that thousands of Brits have claimed the money to cover household related costs.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    TORY BACKBENCHERS DEMAND RETURN TO NORMAL AFTER JULY 19

    Almost 50 Tory MPs have written to Boris Johnson to demand schools “go back to normal” when lockdown restrictions in England are lifted – set for July 19.

    Former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is among 48 MPs who have signed a letter saying the current policy on self-isolation was causing “unnecessary and significant disruptions”.

    They said it was “vital that all schools go back to normal from July 19 when restrictions lift, even if just for the last few days of term”.

    They added: “This will send an important signal ahead of the autumn that the route to freedom is a ‘one way road’ and genuinely ‘irreversible’.”

    Other signatories include former cabinet minister Esther McVey and the Commons Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    STATE OF PINT

    Pub bosses want Covid rules relaxed to pack in punters for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final on Saturday.

    Hospitality chiefs are urging the government to ease social distancing restrictions for the crunch tie with Ukraine.

    Thousands of Brits will hit the pub for Saturday’s game as the country roars on Gareth Southgate’s boys.

    The 2-0 win over Germany has sent the country into footie fever pitch, sparking a scramble for pub table bookings.

    Patrick Dardis, chief executive of brewery Young’s, which runs 270 pubs, told The Telegraph: “The appetite is huge.”

    He added: “We will not be able to meet the demand due to the Freedom Day delay, unless the Prime Minister gives dispensation for the next one, two, or even better three England games, given 1966 was England’s last success.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOSPITAL APOLOGISES TO WOMAN WHO WAS UNABLE TO VISIT DYING SON

    A hospital has apologised to a woman who was prevented from seeing her dying son in his final weeks.

    Ollie Bibby, 27, of South Benfleet in Essex, died of leukaemia on May 5 at University College London Hospital (UCLH). The hospital has pledged to review how it implements national visiting guidance during the pandemic.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, noting that Mr Bibby died the day before CCTV footage captured then-health secretary Matt Hancock breaching social distancing rules in an embrace with aide Gina Coladangelo.

    Mr Bibby's family and friends were unable to spend time with him and when he was in hospital he begged to see his family, Mr Starmer told the Commons. He said they followed the rules and only one member of his family was allowed to see him.

    Mr Bibby's mother, Penny Bibby, said: "I'm livid. We did everything we were told to do and the man who made the rules didn't. How can that be right?"

    In his response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to Mr Hancock's resignation as a "Westminster bubble" issue.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NHS PLANNING FOR COVID BOOSTER JAB PROGRAMME FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER

    The NHS in England is starting to plan a coronavirus booster jab programme from September for millions of people most vulnerable to the virus.

    In a letter to senior leaders, GPs and hospital bosses, NHS England said health systems should prepare to deliver booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine between September 6 and December 17 as "quickly and safely as possible".

    It comes after experts advising the Government published new interim guidance setting out the priority list for who should get a third jab if a booster programme is needed.

    The priority groups in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) interim guidance cover around 32 million people including over-70s, health and care workers, older care home residents, the clinically extremely vulnerable and people who are immunocompromised.

    Final guidance from the JCVI will be set out before September.

  • Joseph Gamp

    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRAZIL: MORE THAN 65,000 NEW COVID CASES AND 2.029 DEATHS IN LAST DAY

    Brazil registered 65,163 new coronavirus cases today, the nation's health ministry has confirmed.

    Sadly, the South American nation also recorded 2,029 new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND WARNS CASE RATE RISING IN ALL AGES GROUPS

    Case rates in England among all age groups are continuing to rise, Public Health England said.

    The highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 424.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 27, up week-on-week from 274.0.

    This is also the age group to see the biggest week-on-week increase.

    The second highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, up from 220.7 to 369.4.

    For people aged 60 and over, the rate is 27.2, up slightly from 17.6.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOLOHAN: DELTA VARIANT WILL DRIVE SIGNIFICANT TRANSMISSION OF NEW COVID CASES

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has warned that there is going to be "very significant transmission" of Covid cases driven by the Delta variant.

    The assessment came as Ireland recorded its 5,000th Covid death on Thursday.

    The Department of Health confirmed 448 more positive cases and two further deaths. Dr Holohan was addressing the media during a National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) briefing at which he said the Delta variant would become the dominant strain in Europe.

    He said: "We are not going to stop this happening, this variant is sufficient in the way of fitness to become the dominant strain across Europe and that is what going to happen. It was a question of when, rather than if, and that we would try to slow it down as much as possible while we give as much protection as possible to people who are vaccinated.

    "The evidence is that we have slowed this down somewhat, we would like to have slowed it down further. A couple of weeks back it began to move."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: IAIN STIRLING REVEALS LOVE ISLAND'S EXTREME LENGTHS TO MAKE IT SAFE FOR ISLANDERS TO SNOG EACH OTHER

    Iain Stirling reveals extreme lengths that Love Island are going to so that islanders can snog each other

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS ‘TO FACE FIVE WINTERS OF COVID RESTRICTIONS INCLUDING MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING’ TO PROTECT VULNERABLE

    HEALTH officials have reportedly drawn up plans to protect Brits from Covid for the next FIVE winters – including mask wearing and social distancing. 

    A draft blueprint created for ministers suggests a number of policies to help prevent future waves of infection from overwhelming the NHS. 

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXTRA SHOT FOR OVER-50s THIS AUTUMN

    Covid booster jabs are being lined up for over-50s in the UK this autumn to head off another spike in virus deaths.

    The NHS has been told to get ready for a rollout of third doses beginning as soon as September.

    Millions could get a third shot alongside the annual flu programme after advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    The JCVI, which advises the government on how to use vaccines in the UK, said that Brits “should be prepared” for another round of jabs.

    Ministers will make a final decision later in the summer about whether to use a booster campaign.

    The extra jabs could be called off if studies show they’re not needed, considering two vaccines are highly effective already.

  • Joseph Gamp

    AT LEAST NINE IN 10 OVER-50S IN MOST AREAS OF ENGLAND ARE FULLY VACCINATED

    At least nine in 10 people aged 50 and over in most local areas of England are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, figures suggest.

    The estimates range from 90.1% in Liverpool and Oldham to 99.5% in Stratford-on-Avon.

    In total, 276 out of 314 local areas have at least 90% of people aged 50 and over likely to be fully vaccinated.

    The figures cover vaccinations delivered up to June 27 and have been published by NHS England.

    Of the 38 local areas below the 90% threshold, 24 are in London.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SPAIN'S COVID-19 CASES JUMP BY 12,345 DESPITE RECORD VACCINATIONS

    Spain reported 12,345 new coronavirus infections and eight deaths on Thursday,.

    The infection rate measured over the past 14 days rose to 134 cases per 100,000 people from 117 on Wednesday, accelerating a rise that began in mid-June after the rate hit its lowest level since August, of about 90 cases per 100,000.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ALMOST 50 TORY MPS WRITE TO GAVIN WILLIAMSON WARNING HIM SCHOOLS MUST GO ‘BACK TO NORMAL’ WHEN LOCKDOWN ENDS ON JULY 19

    GAVIN Williamson has been urged by almost 50 Tory MPs to ensure that schools "go back to normal" after Freedom Day.

    Powerful backbenchers have written to the Education Secretary demanding he end Covid rules like class bubbles from July 19. Ex leader Iain Duncan Smith is those who signed the letter railing against "unnecessary and significant disruptions" caused by current restrictions.

    The 48 Tory MPs it was "vital that all schools go back to normal from July 19 when restrictions lift, even if just for the last few days of term".

    They added: "This will send an important signal ahead of the autumn that the route to freedom is a 'one way road' and genuinely 'irreversible'."

    Other signatories include former cabinet minister Esther McVey and the Commons Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LABOUR DEMANDS PROBE AFTER EMAILS SUGGEST VIP ‘FAST TRACK’ FOR COVID TESTING

    Labour is calling for an investigation into claims of a “VIP lane” for coronavirus testing contracts after documents emerged suggesting bids from companies with political connections were fast tracked.

    A senior civil servant advised ministers in an email in April last year to write “FASTTRACK” on any offers they received for testing kits, according to documents revealed by the Good Law Project.

    The emails were disclosed by the campaign group as part of its legal challenge against the Government over personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts.

    The Good Law Project says millions of pounds of equipment was purchased in April and May 2020 without proper technical checks, at inflated prices, as a result of contracts provided through a “VIP lane”.

    The email to ministers, seen by the PA news agency, shows ministers were told to forward requests from those who wanted to supply tests to a dedicated email address, where they would be “triaged”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ITALIAN EMBASSY IN LONDON WARNS ENGLAND FANS AGAINST TRAVELLING TO ROME FOR EUROs

    The Italian embassy in London has warned fans planning to travel to Rome for the quarter final match against Ukraine on Saturday.

    The embassy says fans arriving in Rome will not be admitted to the stadium, even if they have ticket, unless they have a negative PCR or antigen test, have filled in a passenger locator form and had quarantined for a least five days upon arrival.

  • Joseph Gamp

    JUST OVER 1% OF LONG COVID CASES RECORDED BY GPs

    Only a small minority of cases of long Covid are being recorded by GPs, a study has suggested.

    Previous research estimated that as many as two million people in England are suffering ongoing symptoms after a Covid-19 infection.

    A new study has found that only 23,273 cases were formally recorded between February 2020 and April 2021 at GP practices.

    Experts analysed data from GP records of 57.9 million patients in England – about 96% of GP patients across the nation.

    More than a quarter of practices (26.7%) had never logged a case, according to the article in the British Journal of General Practice.

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    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    SAMOA BECOMES SECOND COUNTRY TO WITHDRAW SOME ATHLETES FROM TOKYO OLYMPICS

    Samoa has become the second country to withdraw some athletes from the Tokyo Olympics as fears grow of a depleted Games being staged under a renewed state of emergency.

    Meanwhile, visiting officials and media have been handed a Big Brother-style warning that that they risk being watched and shamed on social media if they fail to adhere to stringent quarantine conditions.

    The Samoan Olympic Committee confirmed it has withdrawn three weightlifters who had qualified for Tokyo, but said eight other team members, none of whom are based on the Pacific island, will still attend the Games.

    A statement said the decision over the weightlifters, who are all based in Samoa, was taken reluctantly in order to "protect our borders", citing the continued struggle to contain the virus on nearby Fiji.

    So far, North Korea is the only other nation to have voluntarily withdrawn athletes, having announced in April that it would not be sending any athletes to the Games due to risks associated with the virus.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITISH KIDS COULD ‘GET COVID VACCINE EVEN IF THEIR PARENTS DON’T WANT THEM TO’

    BRITISH kids and teenagers could get a Covid vaccine even if their parents don’t want them to.

    Experts say youngsters may be able to give consent, as long as they are fully informed and deemed mature enough to make their own decisions.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM RAISES HOPES FOR JULY 19 BUT ACKNOWLEDGES 'SOME PRECAUTIONS' MAY REMAIN

    Boris Johnson has pledged to reveal details of what the end of lockdown restrictions will look like in the coming days as he acknowledged some "extra precautions" may be needed.

    The Prime Minister said it is "ever clearer" that vaccines are reducing deaths, despite increasing levels of infections involving the Delta variant of coronavirus.

    He said he has increasing confidence that he can go ahead with the final phase of his plans to end England's lockdown on July 19 to "get back to life as close to it was before Covid".

    During a visit to the Nissan plant in Sunderland on Thursday, the Prime Minister told reporters: "I know how impatient people are to get back to total normality, as indeed am I. I will be setting in the course of the next few days what Step 4 will look like exactly.

    "But I think I've said it before, we'll be wanting to go back to a world that is as close to the status quo, ante-Covid, as possible. Try to get back to life as close to it was before Covid. But there may be some things we have to do, extra precautions that we have to take, but I'll be setting them out."

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK COVID CASES SURGE 70% IN A WEEK WITH 27,989 NEW INFECTIONS AND 22 DEATHS

    UK Covid cases surge 70% in a week with 27,989 new infections and 22 deaths

  • Joseph Gamp

    CASES IN SCOTLAND SHOOT UP BY 4,234

    Cases in Scotland have also shot up 4,234 coronavirus cases in a day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

    Six deaths of Covid patients were also registered, meaning the death toll under this daily measure now stands at 7,722.

    It is the third time this week that the record for positive cases over 24 hours has been broken.

    Data from Public Health Scotland published on Wednesday shows there were almost 2,000 people who attended a Euro 2020-related event while infectious with the virus.

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK COVID CASES SURGE 70% IN A WEEK WITH 27,989 NEW INFECTIONS AND 22 DEATHS

    COVID infections have more than doubled in a WEEK in the biggest daily surge since January – with deaths rising from yesterday.

    Another 27,989 new cases were recorded today and 22 fatalities have been recorded by the government. 

    Read more here.

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