Mr Azhar said tier four was a "stark warning that we need to be extra vigilant". Millions more people in England could be placed under the strictest, Tier-4 lockdown measures as soon as Boxing Day. Two areas in the least severe Tier 1 - where people are allowed to mix indoors in groups of up to six - have also gone up to Tier 2. "This means putting even more pressure on our NHS at its busiest time of year".
Despite growing concerns about the new strain, European Union experts believe it will not impact the effectiveness of existing vaccines, Germany's health minister Jens Spahn said. Hancock said there was on average 1909 COVID hospital admissions a day, with 18,943 people now in hospital with the coronavirus , levels not seen since the peak of the first outbreak in April.
It brings the total number of cases for the region to 3,312 since the start of the pandemic, with 721 of them now active, a drop of more than 100 active cases since last week. This comes after the first person in Northern Health was given the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Prince George earlier today (Tuesday ). Due to demand for the vaccine, supplies are limited at first.
Adding up to the already existing woes, a strain very similar to the mutated one has been discovered in South Africa. The World Health Organisation underlined the importance of suppressing transmission of the coronavirus within the community, stressing that the more it is allowed to spread, the more the virus can mutate.
Biden is one of the first high-ranking U.S. officials to have publicly received a COVID-19 vaccine after the sitting vice president, Mike Pence , got his first dose on Friday. The president-elect took a dose of Pfizer vaccine at a hospital not far from his DE home, hours after his wife, Jill Biden, did the same. The president-elect, who said the Trump administration "deserves credit" for getting the development and distribution of vaccines off the ground, has set a goal of distributing 100 ...
In Kolkata , a West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department official said those sitting near the two passengers who were positive will be told to be in home isolation for two weeks. "We need to determine if the viral strain is the newly discovered mutated variant or something different", said a top official. "We have only information about a new strain of the virus but still now we don't have any case with the new strain".