If no new variant strikes, 3rd Covid wave to be mild: Study
Monday, 2 August 2021 IIT researchers who predicted a nearly accurate peak of the Covid-19 second wave believe that the third wave, if at all it comes, may not be as scary as the second one as long as no new mutant which may pass through all kinds of immunity arrives on the scene. Their mathematical model suggests a rise in cases of infection this month and a peak of over 1 lakh of daily cases in October in the worst-case scenario.
Concern is growing as the dangerous Delta variant sends COVID cases skyrocketing across the country, and while some states are re-imposing mask mandates, it's not the case in the Tri-State Area just yet; CBS2's Cory James reports.
Those eligible for a Covid booster jab can book an appointment for one online if they have not received an invitation from the NHS, the Health Secretary has said. It applies to over-50s and other priority groups who are six months past receiving their second dose of coronavirus vaccine. Sajid Javid: "Please get on to the national booking service and book online, or phone 119, not just to save lives but to keep your freedoms too." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The UK has agreed two "landmark" deals with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) to secure "hundreds of thousands" of doses of new Covid treatments.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "These antivirals have the potential to speed up recovery time and to stop infections from progressing … we'll keep working to secure even more of these incredible treatments." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The government will not be implementing its 'Plan B' for dealing with coronavirus this winter, despite rising cases, the Health Secretary has said.
The contingency measures would have seen a return to compulsory face masks and working from home. Sajid Javid said in a press conference on Wednesday: "This pandemic is not over … we'll be staying vigilant, preparing for all eventualities, while strengthening our vital defences." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn