Coronavirus - 18 June


• Germany removes France, Greece and Spain from risk travel list
• Italy imposes quarantine measures on UK travellers
• One vaccine dose reduces hospitalisation by 76%, PHE
• R number in England stays at between 1.2 and 1.4
• UK retail sales fell by 1.4% between April and May

World news

• A report by Public Health England suggests a single dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine reduces your chances of hospitalisation by 76%. Link

• AstraZeneca must deliver vaccines to the EU from a factory in Britain if it is needed to meet its commitments with the EU, an EU judge ruled.

• The R number in England remains unchanged from last week and is between 1.2 and 1.4.

• 806 people in England have been admitted to hospital with the Delta variant as of 14 June, up 423 on the previous week, according to data from Public Health England. Of the 806 hospitalisations: • 527 (65%) people were unvaccinated.

• 135 (17%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine.

• 84 (10%) were more than 14 days after their second dose.

As of 14 June, there were 73 deaths in England of people who were confirmed as having the Delta variant and who died within 28 days of a positive test. Of the 73 deaths:

• 34 (47%) were unvaccinated.

• 10 (14%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine.

• 26 (36%) were more than 14 days after their second dose.

• UK retail sales fell by 1.4% between April and May, with food sales dropping by 5.7%. However, average total retail sales volumes were still 7.7% higher than in March 2021. Link

• People aged 18 and over in England are being invited to book their first vaccination.

• The Portuguese government has imposed a weekend travel ban on the capital Lisbon.

• Moscow has today introduced a limit of 1,000 people at entertainment events and has extended a ban on cafes and restaurants allowing visitors indoors at night until 29 June.

• A dispersal order for Central London has been issued ahead of this evening's Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland at Wembley.

• Denmark will administer vaccines for those aged 12 to 15.

• The US is giving US$3.2bn to speed development of antiviral pills to treat Covid-19 and for possible future viral pandemics.

• Israel will send around 1m doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, with a reciprocal arrangement in place that Palestinians will send a similar amount back to Israel later in the year.

• The organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival in London have cancelled the event for the second year running.

• The more infectious Delta coronavirus variant will become dominant in Germany in Autumn at the latest, the country’s top public health official said.

• Germany removes France, Greece, Spain and other countries from its risk travel list. This means that people entering Germany from these regions will no longer be required to quarantine for 10 days. Belgium, the southern part of Denmark, Estonia, Jordan, Lithuania, three provinces in the Netherlands, Norway, the Palestinian Territories, several regions in Slovenia and St. Lucia were also removed from the risk list.

• Italy has introduced mandatory testing and a five-day quarantine for all travellers coming from the UK, and simultaneously lifted restrictions for travellers from the US, Canada, Japan and EU countries if they have a green pass.

Company news


 Bloomsbury – has said vaccines will be compulsory for staff returning to the office when it reopens.