Portugal officially moves to amber list, while health secretary says hospitalisations


COVID news live: 21 June England lockdown end date decision to be taken on Monday, says minister, warning we’re ‘not ruling anything out’


COVID news live: 21 June England lockdown end date decision to be taken on Monday, says minister, warning we’re ‘not ruling anything out’

Key points: 

  • Over-25s in England are being offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine from today – but some are reporting they’ve been told they’re not eligible as thousands join online queues
  • It also marks six months since the first vaccine was administered outside of a trial in the UK and the western world
  • Government ‘not ruling anything out’ on 21 June decision – as environment secretary tells Britons to holiday at home this summer
  • Hospital admissions are ‘broadly flat’ despite rising cases of the Indian (Delta) variant, says health secretary
  • Portugal officially moves to amber travel list as ‘cheated’ holidaymakers arrive home
  • New artificial intelligence could calculate someone’s risk of death from coronavirus and variants, study suggests
  • Live reporting by Emily Mee

China approves vaccine for children as young as three – AFP 

The Sinovac jab, which is already being rolled out to adults in China, has reportedly been approved for children aged three to 17.

If it pushes ahead, China would become the first country to offer jabs to young children.

It’s not known when young children could be given the shot, but the schedule will be decided by the National Health Commission “according to China’s current epidemic prevention and control needs and vaccine supply”, a spokesperson told AFP news agency.

Early phase trials of the jab have been completed in children and adolescents and will be published in the Lancet scientific journal.

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Weekly coronavirus deaths continue to fall in England and Wales

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 has decreased in both England and Wales in the week leading up to 28 May, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In England, deaths fell to 92 compared with 100 the previous week. Deaths involving the virus in Wales dropped from seven to three.

Government ministers will be looking very closely at the data before making a decision on the 21 June unlocking and will be particularly interested in whether the vaccines have severed the link between cases and deaths.

And others say they’ve been told they’re not eligible – despite being over 25… 

 

 

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