Speech on coronavirus restriction tiers, vaccines and testing

first_imgSpeech on coronavirus restriction tiers, vaccines and testing Good afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for today’s coronavirus briefing.I’m joined by Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Susan Hopkins, the Chief Medical Advisor to Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.We all know that 2020 has been a hard year.And it is ending in this festive period, which is going to be very different.After all the efforts that we’ve gone through to control this virus, and in many parts of the country, this virus is under control.Just as we’ve got a tiering system in place that was able to control this virus, we’ve discovered a new, more contagious virus, a variant which is spreading at a dangerous rate.And I know that the vast majority of people watching today and across the country understand what we need to do together to get through this.So today we’re announcing further action within the tiering system and also some further progress on vaccines and on testing.And I just wanted to say this before I set out the details of what we’re going to have to put in place: I know this action has consequences.And I know how difficult it is.But I also know that it is right to take the action that is necessary to control this virus.Across the country, cases have risen 57% in the last weekThe average daily COVID hospital admissions are 1,909 a day – that’s the highest figure since mid-April.There are 18,943 people in hospital right now, that’s almost as many as at the peak.And yesterday, 691 deaths from coronavirus were reported. That’s 691 people who have died just before Christmas. And our hearts go out to their families and loved ones as with all those that have died from this horrible disease.I know the pain this causes.So against this backdrop of rising infections, rising hospitalisations and rising number of people dying from coronavirus, it is absolutely vital that we act.We simply cannot have the kind of Christmas that we all yearn for.Of course, it’s the social contact that makes Christmas so special. But it is that social contact that the virus thrives on, and that’s how the virus has spread from one person to another.So it’s important that we all minimise our social contact as much as is possible this Christmas, and that will help protect ourselves, our loved ones and the whole country.We’ve got to keep our resolve. We’ve got to keep going through this.And there are 4 areas of our response that I want to update you on today very specifically.Local actionThe first are those tiering decisions that I’ve just mentioned.We know that the 3-tiered system worked to control the old variant, and is working now in large parts of the country, especially in Northern England.But, we also know that Tier 3 is not enough to control the new variant.That is not a hypothesis, it is a fact, and we’ve seen it on the ground.We have seen case rates rise in some of places close to where the current Tier 4 restrictions are, in places like East Anglia, where we’ve also detected a significant number of the new variant as we’ve seen case rates rise sharply.It is therefore necessary to put more of the East and South East of England into Tier 4.We are also taking action in parts of the South West, where there are some early signs of the new variant, and where cases are rising.Even though case rates in some of these areas are not as high as in some areas badly affected, in London for instance and in Kent, the direction is clear, and in many cases is quite stark.The doubling times are short.And we have learnt that when it’s a matter of when, not if we take action.It is better to act sooner.So, from one minute past midnight on Boxing Day, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, those parts of Essex not yet in Tier 4, Waverley in Surrey, and Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton, but with the exception of the New Forest, will be escalated to Tier 4.Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, including the North Somerset Council area, Swindon, the Isle of Wight, New Forest and Northamptonshire, as well as Cheshire and Warrington, will be escalated to Tier 3.And I’m afraid Cornwall and Herefordshire have seen sharply rising rates and need to be escalated to Tier 2.This is not news that anybody wants to deliver.And I am truly sorry for the disruption that it causes.But I think people know how important it is that we take decisions like this to keep people safe and to protect the NHS.South AfricaThe second piece of new I want to tell you about is developments on another new strain of this virus.Of course, the fight against this virus is a global effort.And we are constantly vigilant and looking around the world.As part of our surveillance, and thanks to the impressive genomic capability of the South Africans, we have detected 2 cases of another new variant of coronavirus here in the UK.Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks.The Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer and others met their South African counterparts over the last day.We are incredibly grateful to the South African Government for the rigour of their science, and the openness and the transparency with which they have rightly acted, as we did when we discovered the new variant here.This new variant is highly concerning, because it is yet more transmissible and it appeared to have mutated further than the new variant that has been discovered here.We have taken the following action.First, we are quarantining cases, and close contacts of cases, found here in the UK.Second, we are placing immediate restrictions on travel from South Africa.Finally, and most importantly, anyone in the UK who has been in South Africa in the past fortnight, and anyone who has been in close contact with anyone who has been in South Africa in the last fortnight, must quarantine immediately.By quarantine, I mean they must restrict all contact with any other person whatsoever.We will be changing the law to give this legal effect imminently.These measures are temporary, while we investigate this further new strain, which is currently being analysed at Porton Down.And I want to thank everyone involved for the seriousness with which I know they will take these instructions.TestingI’d like to now move onto some more positive developments.The third thing I wanted to talk about was an update on testing.As you know, we continue rapidly to expand testing capacity here in the UK.We are expanding community testing yet further in areas where the rate of infection is highestSo we can identify people, and especially to identify the around 1 in 3 people, who carry the virus without displaying any symptoms at all.116 local areas have now signed up for this community testing, and we are in discussion with more.These rapid turnaround tests are proving to be extremely effective at finding cases where we otherwise wouldn’t.And I am today publishing an assessment of the Liverpool community testing project, which shows how effective this can be.I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to take part to protect their local area.And at the same time we are boosting rapid testing in care homes, with a further £149 million to support that effort.So all those who work in care homes in England will receive 2 rapid tests a week, in addition to their weekly PCR test.VaccinesFinally, amid all this difficulty, the great hope for 2021 is of course the vaccine.The vaccine is our route out of all this.And, however tough this Christmas and this winter is going to be, we know that the transforming force of science is helping find a way through.I am delighted to be able to announce that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, developed here in the UK, has submitted its full data package to the MHRA for approval.This is the next step towards a decision on the deployment of the vaccine, which is already being manufactured including here in the UK.We are, of course, continuing to deploy the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which is being delivered now from over 500 sites all across the UK, and we are adding more all of the time and we are accelerating the rollout.I am also delighted to be able to announce that we have begun vaccination in care homes.We know that people who live in care homes are amongst those most vulnerable to this disease, and I’m delighted that we’re able to do this. It is another enormous logistical challenge, and I am very grateful to colleagues in the NHS and social care sector, who have worked so hard together to make this happen.This afternoon, it gives me great joy to tell you that the Chelsea Pensioners will be vaccinated, along with care home residents right across the country.I think we all need a bit of good news.And the reality is this vaccine programme is the we are going to get this.Because every time someone is vaccinated, our country becomes a little bit safer, they become a little bit safer and we get a little bit closer to the life that we all want to get back to.Achievements this yearAs I sincerely hope this is my last press conference before Christmas.I want to take a moment firstly to thank you, and everyone watching, for the sacrifices you’ve made.And I want to thank my whole team, who have done so much, including those here, including Susan and Jenny, but including the huge team in the NHS, in the Department and right across the board.As a country, we have been faced with the most enormous challenges, and it has been very tough.But I especially want to thank those who help this country to become the first in the world to roll out a clinically approved vaccine.I want to thank all those that have helped us build a bigger capacity genomic testing than anywhere else in the world – and of course the biggest testing capacity in Europe.I want to thank our scientist who discovered the first proven treatment for coronavirus.And I want to thank everybody working in the NHS and in social care for the work that they’ve done this year, and also for the work that’s going to carry on this winter.And especially to colleagues are going to work over Christmas, which of course is so important in the NHS and in social care.Look, I know how hard 2020 has been for everybody.And after delivering some really difficult news, if I may I want to end on a reflection about where we are as a country.This Christmas, and the start of 2021, is going to be tough.The new variant makes everything much harder, because it spreads so much faster.But we mustn’t give up now. We know that we can control this virus, we know that we can get through this together.We’re going to get through it by suppressing the virus, until a vaccine can make us safe, and that has been our strategy and that’s what we must do.And I know that we can do this. We’ve seen so much sacrifice.We’re not going to give up now, especially after so much sacrifice.I know that some of these decisions are tough.But I believe that everybody making the right decisions, and I believe that everybody will do what is needed to keep themselves and others safe, especially this Christmas.And I know from the bottom of my heart that there are brighter skies ahead. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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Gary Heminger Joins PPG Board Of Directors

first_imgPPG has announced that Gary Heminger, chairman and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corp., has been elected to join its board of directors, effective immediately. He will serve on the PPG board’s audit committee and its nominating and governance committee.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHeminger has been chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corp. since April 2016 and its CEO since July 2011. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is one of the largest independent petroleum product refining, marketing, retail and pipeline transportation companies in the United States and its Speedway subsidiary owns and operates one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains.“Gary’s proven leadership and comprehensive understanding of the energy industry and experience overseeing all aspects of the company, with industrial, transportation and retail businesses, will add valuable depth as PPG continues to grow our operations throughout the world,” said Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and CEO.Heminger has spent more than 40 years in a variety of leadership, financial and marketing positions with Marathon. He served as president of Marathon Petroleum Corp. from July 2011 to July 2017 and, in January 2011, was appointed to the board of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corp. From September 2001 to July 2011, Heminger served as both executive vice president – downstream, Marathon Oil Corp. and as president of Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC. Previously, he served in a variety of executive-level operational, marketing and business development roles.Since June 2012, Heminger also has served as chairman of the board and CEO of MPLX GP LLC, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp. and the general partner of MPLX LP, a consolidated master limited partnership formed to own and operate midstream energy infrastructure assets.AdvertisementHeminger has served on the board of directors of Fifth Third Bancorp since 2006 and serves on the boards of directors and executive committees of the American Petroleum Institute (since 2011) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. He is an emeritus trustee of the board of trustees at Tiffin University, serving as a trustee beginning in 1991 and as chairman from 1996 to 2014.last_img read more

Harry: Wright-Phillips still has future at QPR

first_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 QPR boss Harry Redknapp has insisted that out-of-favour wide-man Shaun Wright-Phillips still has a future at the club.The former England international has been overshadowed by Junior Hoilett this season and been pushed further down the pecking order following the arrivals of Matt Phillips and Niko Kranjcar.But despite Wright-Phillips being well out of the first-team picture of late, Redknapp says he is not intending to offload him when the transfer window reopens in January.AdChoices广告“He’s got a future here, for sure,” said Redknapp.“I’m not really looking in the January transfer window to bring players in – I’ve not really thought about that.“I’m happy with the group of players I’ve got here and I wouldn’t really be looking to shift anyone either.“I’ve been pleased with Shaun. He’s a smashing lad, a good trainer and hasn’t been a minute’s problem.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pattaya’s oppressive weather

first_imgPlease Support Pattaya Mail Thursday 18th June Eastern StarOur venue for Thursday 18th June was Eastern Star. The course was in reasonable condition after the heavy rain the night before. It was the same oppressive weather with a dark sky. We had only a few drops. This weather is exhausting to play.Tim Knight was in a good shape Thursday with steady long drives. It seemed he had no problems with the weather. He won with 37 Stableford points. Second was Neil Harvey with 33 points.The near pins were a problem today. Nobody landed their tee-shot on any of the 4 greens. Loading…Sponsored Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?brainberriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morebrainberries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parksbrainberries7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganbrainberriesPattaya’s Bunker Boys golfers brave threat of rain for successful week of …The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsonbrainberries28 Awesome Shower Curtains To Make Your Bathroom Less Boringbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesPattaya Pressure at the Emerald – Pattaya Mail20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew Aboutbrainberries8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthbrainberriesAlbino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate BeautybrainberriesCaptain Cripple achieves high score on wet Pattaya day – Pattaya MailCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaybrainberriesBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldbrainberriescenter_img The weather was oppressive and dark clouds stayed around us, but we kept dry.The results were not very impressive. Willem Lasonder won with 33 Stableford points and Dan Garvey was second with 32 points.The near pins were won by Rosaleen Garvey, Dave Smith and Jonathan Pratt. PSC Golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday 16th June Pattana A & BOn Tuesday 16th June we went to Pattana where we played the A & B loop. It was some time ago we played here. We were always impressed by the quality of this golf course, however, this time we were disappointed by the course conditions. The quality was not as it usually is, maybe the heavy rain was a problem for course maintenance.last_img read more

Join AFL’s 400-club for lunch

first_imgTHE AFL’s only four 400-game players head the bill for the third annual Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

GUI Interprovincial Championship Results

first_imgDayOne Wednesday28 AugustsMunster5 Connacht 6FoursomesP O’Keeffe & E Griffin bt R Mullarney & JMcDonnell 5&4; G O’Mahony & S Desmond lost to J Lyons & S Walker3&1; G Lenehan & P Murray lost to TJ Ford & S Flanagan 1H; AMcCormack & C Butler halved with H Gillivan & A HillSinglesP O’Keeffe halved with J McDonnell; E Griffin bt SWalker 1H; S Desmond lost to R Mullarney 4&3; G Lenehan bt H Gillivan3&2; G O’Mahony lost to J Lyons 3&2; P Murray bt TJ Ford 1H; C Butler lost to S Flanagan 5&4Ulster3 Leinster 8FoursomesT McLarnon & C Campbell lost to R Brazill &R Lester 1H; M McClean & M McKinstry lost to A Fahy & H Foley 5&3;R Williamson & J Hood lost to R Moran & G Dunne 2&1; R Black &W Small lost to P O’Hanlon & K Egan 1HSinglesM McClean bt R Brazill 3&2; M McKinstry lost toR Lester 3&2; T McLarnon lost K Egan 2&1; R Williamson lost to H Foley2H; C Campbell bt R Moran 3&1; R Black lost to A Fahy 2&1; J Hood bt PO’Hanlon 6&5Day2Thursday29 AugustConnacht5 Ulster 6FoursomesR Mullarney & J McDonnell lost to T McLarnon& C Campbell 4&3; J Lyons & S Walker bt M McClean & M McKinstry3&2; S Flanagan & TJ Ford bt R Black & W Small 2&1; H Gillivan& A Hill halved with R Williamson & J HoodSinglesR Mullarney bt M McClean 3&2; S Flanagan lost toT McLarnon 4&2; S Walker lost to C Campbell 2&1; A Hill halved with MMcKinstry; H Gillivan lost to W Small 1H; TJ Ford bt R Williamson 2&1; JMcDonnell lost to J Hood 1H;Munster2.5 Leinster 8.5FoursomesP O’Keeffe & E Griffin lost to R Brazill & RLester 4&2; A McCormack & G O’Mahony lost to H Foley & A Fahy5&3; C Butler & S Desmond lost to R Moran & G Dunne 1H; G Lenehan& P Murray lost to P O’Hanlon & K Egan 3&2SinglesE Griffin halved with R Lester; P O’Keeffe lost to RBrazill 5&4; S Desmond lost to K Egan 1 hole; G Lenehan bt H Foley 1H; AMcCormack halved with G Dunne; C Butler lost to R Moran 4&3; P Murrayhalved with A FahyDayThreeFriday30 AugustUlster9 Munster 2FoursomesT McLarnon & C Campbell bt P O’Keeffe & GLenehan 5&4; M McClean & M McKinstry bt S Desmond & E Griffin 1H; RBlack & W Small bt C Butler & G O’Mahony 3&2; J Hood & RWilliamson lost to P Murray & A McCormack 1HSinglesM McClean bt P O’Keeffe 2&1; T McLarnon lost toE Griffin 5&3; C Campbell bt G Lenehan 3&2; M McKinstry bt S Desmond4&3; R Black bt P Murray 1H; W Small bt G O’Mahony 2H; J Hood bt AMcCormack 2HLeinster4 Connacht 7FoursomesR Brazill & R Lester bt H Gillivan & A Hill3&2; A Fahy & H Foley lost to S Flanagan & TJ Ford 5&4; R Moran& G Dunne halved with S Walker & J Lyons; K Egan & P O’Hanlonhalved with R Mullarney & J McDonnellSinglesR Lester bt A Hill 2&1; R Brazill bt S Flanagan6&5; K Egan lost to R Mullarney 2&1; H Foley lost to J McDonnell 2H; GDunne lost to S Walker 1H; R Moran lost to TJ Ford 1H; P O’Hanlon lost to JLyons 1Hprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Final Table1Leinster 2Ulster3Connacht4MunsterScoreslast_img read more