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Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Waitrose and Morrisons urgently recall cheese, chicken and more over safety fears - Chronicle Live
UK supermarkets are recalling these items - and people are being urged to return them immediately
UK supermarkets are recalling a number of products over safety fears. The items are sold at stores including Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi. Shoppers are being urged to return the items as soon as possible for a full refund, KentLive reports. Trading Standards said : "Product recalls are made by traders about products that have problems which could affect the safety of the consumer. The product should not be used and should be returned to the trader." These are the items being recalled: Waitrose Milk Chocolate Waitrose is recalling Waitrose No.1 Dominican Republic Milk Chocolate 49% because some products contain almonds, hazelnuts (nuts) and soya which are not mentioned on the label. Due to a packaging error, some products contain Waitrose No.1 Orange & Almond Chocolate instead. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to almonds, hazelnuts and/or soya. Product details Batch code 0259 Best before end: November 2021 Allergens Nuts (almond, hazelnut), Soya Lidl GB Simply Mature White Cheddar Lidl GB is recalling Simply Mature White Cheddar as it may contain pieces of plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat. Product details Simply Mature White Cheddar Pack size 900g Best before 26 December 2020 Southern Fried Chicken Aldi has recalled Roosters Southern Fried Poppin Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin' Chicken because the products may contain salmonella. Roosters Southern Fried Poppin Chicken Pack size: 210g Batch codes: L15320, L14720, L14820, L14920, L15020, L15120, L16020 Best before: May 25, 2022 Read More Related Articles Roosters Breaded Poppin' Chicken Pack size: 210g Batch codes: L15320, L14720, L14820, L14920, L15020, L15120, L16020 Best before, May 25, 2022 Pork and Chorizo Burgers Waitrose & Partners are recalling their Easy to Cook Pork and Chorizo Burgers because they contain egg which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg. Waitrose has urged not to eat the item if they have an allergy to egg. They are asked to package up the item and return it to their local Waitrose and Partners branch for a refund. Product details Pack size: 280g Use by: All date codes Allergens: Egg Garlic and mango pickle P & B (Foods) Ltd is recalling Ahmed Foods Garlic Pickle in Oil and Ahmed Foods Mango Pickle in Oil because they contain mustard which is not mentioned on the label. This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to mustard. A spokesman said: "If you have bought Ahmed Foods 'Garlic Pickle in Oil' or Ahmed Foods 'Mango Pickle in Oil', do not eat if you are allergic to mustard. "Instead, check at home to see if you have bought any of the affected products - our company name and address must be printed on nthe product. "You can do this by taking a picture of the notice or writing down the batch code. "Return the product to the store for a full refund (with or without a receipt). Ahmed Foods Garlic Pickle in Oil Pack size: 330g Batch code: 036022 - 281FA Best before: April 30, 2022 Allergens: Mustard Ahmed Foods Garlic Pickle in Oil Pack size: 1kg Batch code: 034022 161FA Best before: February 28, 2022 Allergens: Mustard Ahmed Foods Mango Pickle in Oil Pack size: 330gkg Batch code: 036022 - 281FA Best before: April 30, 2022 Allergens: Mustard Ahmed Foods Mango Pickle in Oil Pack size: 1kg Batch code: 034022 161FA Best before: February 28, 2022 Allergens: Mustard Sweeteners Lidl GB is recalling Cologran Stevia sweetener tablets (Stevia variant) because aspartame, (E951) is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to sufferers of phenylketonuria (PKU). Product details Pack size: 100 tablets Batch codes: L 91424 A, L 91424 B, L 91424 C, and L 91424 D Best before: end date - December 2022 Beef Lasagne Worthenshaws Ltd is recalling Kirstys Classic Beef Lasagne because it contains a statement on the label that the product is free from all 14 allergens, which is not accurate as the product contains oats (that are gluten free). Oats is also not emphasised on the label. This means the product is suitable for someone following a gluten free diet, however, it is not suitable for those who have an allergy to Oats. Kirsty's Mini Classic Beef Lasagne Pack size: 250g Use by: All dates between September 2, 2020, to October 19, 2020 Allergens: Gluten (oats) Kirsty's Classic Beef Lasagne Pack size: 400g Use by: All dates between September 10, 2020, to October 24, 2020. Allergens: Gluten (oats) Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Fruit Sherberts Stockleys is recalling Fruit Sherbets because they contain milk which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents. The affected product was only sold in Iceland stores. Product details Pack size: 250g Batch code: 0255 Best before: February 2022 and March 2022 Allergens: Milk Chocolate Mini Cupcakes Waitrose & Partners is recalling Chocolate Mini Cupcakes 9s because of undeclared walnuts (nuts). The product was mis-packed and contains Coffee and Walnut Mini Cupcakes instead. Therefore, the product contains walnuts (nuts) which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to walnuts (nuts). Product details Best before: October 6, 2020 Allergens: Nuts (walnut) Shortcake bites Co-op is recalling 18 Chocolate Caramel Shortcake Bites. This is because some packs contain an incorrect product resulting in barley (gluten) not being mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to barley or gluten. Product details Pack size: 18 pieces Best before: October 16, 2020 Allergens: Gluten (barley) Granola The Paleo Foods Co. is recalling Cocoa and Hazelnut Grain-Free Granola containing Brazil nuts because they may contain salmonella. The recall relates to the product of a pack size of 285g with a best before date of October 2020, November 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021. They are also recalling the 6x285g packs with the same best before dates as above. The products listed above may be contaminated with salmonella. Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them. Instead, return them to the Tesco store or where you bought them from for a full refund. Chicken Breast Toppers Iceland has recalled their own brand Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers because salmonella has been found in the product. Pack size: 400g Best before
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Boris Johnson set to ban trips outside the North East as tighter restrictions revealed - Chronicle Live
The Prime Minister will address the nation on Monday and is expected to ban trips outside the North East apart from in limited circumstances
The Prime Minister is expected to tell people to stay in the North East as a ban on overnight stays is unveiled. Boris Johnson will outline a new tougher three tier coronavirus alert system which is set to see much of the North East facing the toughest restrictions. Residents will be told to only leave home for work, education and health reasons and must return home the same day as overnight trips out of the area are banned, Bars, gyms and pubs are expected to be shut down from Wednesday though there is some hope for restaurants after leaders in Liverpool negotiated restricted hours for eateries after a tense weekend of talks. The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the government's COBRA committee before making a statement to the House of Commons, the Mirror reports. He will then address the nation in a televised address alongside chief medical officer Chris Whitty and Chancellor Rishi Sunak. According to The Sun, the worst affected places will see a ban on overnight visits and people will be told only to leave for work, education and health reasons - and must return that day. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles People will not be allowed to mix with other households, it is thought, with the strict new rules to be reviewed monthly. The Liverpool Echo reports that local leaders had pushed for restaurants to be allowed to stay open under the new measures, expected to come in from Wednesday. The feeling is that well organised restaurants with good hygiene measures and contact tracing systems are safe places for people to go and so will be able to continue opening until 10pm. But pubs, gyms, betting shops and casinos are set to be told to shut their doors by the Government. Merseyside leaders said a suitable economic package to accompany the lockdown rules has still not been agreed. On the looming lockdown announcements, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus, and these measures will help achieve that aim. We must do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on. Merseyside leaders said a suitable economic package to accompany the lockdown rules has still not been agreed. Do you think universities should have returned during the pandemic? Or is it important life goes on? Have your say in our survey below On the looming lockdown announcements, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus, and these measures will help achieve that aim. We must do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on. This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus. On Sunday, Oxford Universitys Professor Peter Horby (CORR), who chairs the Governments New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threat Advisory Group, said hospitals were under increasing pressure. He said: We are already seeing in some parts of the North that some hospitals are starting to see the pressure. We have a doubling time of about eight to 15 days so it is not long before those ICU (intensive care unit) beds could be full and we could be in a really difficult situation. I am afraid we are going to have to make some very difficult choices and act very quickly. He feared a second national lockdown could be needed, telling the BBCs The Andrew Marr Show: I think thats a possibility and we have to do what we can to avoid that at all costs.
Jon Courtenay's Britain's Got Talent win makes history for Ant and Dec - Chronicle Live
Jon Courtenay won Britain's Got Talent 2020 and his victory in the final marked a huge first for the ITV show
Jon Courtenay's Britain's Got Talent win has made history for the show and its hosts Ant and Dec. The Northern singing comedian triumphed in Saturday night's final after seeing off Sign Along With Us choir and variety act Steve Royle in the public vote. Jon brought the judges to their feet with a hilarious and moving final routine which addressed the many struggles we've faced in 2020, ending with a line about Britain' carrying on' in the wake of everything this year has thrown at us, The 47-year-old was gobsmacked as Ant and Dec called him as the winner, gasping "you're not going to make me speak are you?!" but the Geordie duo had plenty to say about his win. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Jon was their Golden Buzzer act and the first ever Golden Buzzer to win BGT in 13 years. The presenting pair punched the air as they revealed that fact with judge Amanda Holden overheard shouting "well done boys!" After the credits rolled on the final, which was slammed by some viewers, Ant and Dec tweeted: "Congratulations to @joncourtenay the winner of @BGT 2020 and our golden buzzer." Chronicle TV & Showbiz If you want to keep up to date with all of our TV and showbiz news, visit our dedicated Chronicle Live TV and showbiz news Facebook group Their post was met with a warm reaction from their many followers. One replied: "What a brilliant end to the series - such a fitting and worthy winner!!! And well done to both of you - it's about time one of your golden buzzers won, and in your 30th anniversary year as well!!" and another reacted: "Congratulations to @joncourtenay a well deserved winner. "Cant believe its the first time a golden buzzer has won BGT and it was @antanddec who did. Simon is going to be so mad with jealousy. Howay the lads!"
Five types of workers left WORSE off under Rishi Sunak's new coronavirus job support scheme - Chronicle Live
Not everyone is set to be better off under the job support scheme for workers due to be affected by tighter restrictions which will be announced on Monday
The Chancellor has revealed a new job support scheme as the country waits with bated breath for new restrictions on our pubs and restaurants. The scheme, which will see tighter restrictions put in place in certain regions - which it is believed will include the North East, will see hospitality staff paid two thirds of their wages in a desperate bid to try and protect jobs. It was Rishi Sunak's latest measure to try and preserve jobs in an industry that has been broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, a huge announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson means a traffic light, three-tier system will be introduced, our region is expected to be in the most severe category, tier three, of a new system. But what does Mr Sunak's new Covid-19 job support scheme mean for workers across the country? Well, it depends - and there are winners and losers depending on what sector you find yourself in. Pubs have warned the new scheme "doesn't touch the sides" - and there are more glaring issues, like the self-employed and arts sector, which do not benefit from the package whatsoever. The Chancellor announced the package on Friday but was immediately met with criticism from people saying the scheme does not go anywhere near far enough, BirminghamLive reports. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Here are 5 types of people actually worse off: Workers signed up So, here's the kicker: anybody actually eligible, and signed up to the scheme, will be worse off. That's plain fact. The scheme means workers whose venues are shut down will get 67% of their wages for staying at home, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. This is a big drop from the 80% they were getting under the original furlough scheme. Self-employed The new announcement includes no changes for self-employed people. Around 2.2 million self-employed people have applied for help under a Government scheme that launched on August 17. It is unclear if there will be any further support for the self-employed. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This scheme will protect jobs in businesses forced to close by local restrictions, but ministers still need to do more to stop the devastation of mass unemployment. "Firms which aren't required to close but will still be hit by stricter local restrictions need a more generous short-time working scheme, and there needs to be extra help for self-employed people in local lockdown areas too. "Nationally, industries like the arts, hospitality, retail and aviation face a long, tough winter. These sectors need targeted help." Hospitality industry In a huge blow to pubs, restaurants, bars and hotels, it emerged the big loser from Mr Sunak's announcement yesterday was the hospitality industry. Anybody working in the industry and sector faces being left worse off as a result of the announcement, which does little to provide them respite. From Monday, pubs across swathes of the north of England could be forced to shut. But the scheme won't help pubs which have to shorten their hours. So anybody hit by the 10pm curfew won't be given any aid. "No, it's not enough, definitely not enough, it doesn't even touch the sides," said Mel Green, 41, manager of The Black Bull in Otley, West Yorkshire. "I think there needs to be more financial support. "£2,000 every four weeks isn't going to cut it. Two-thirds of somebody's wage isn't going to cut it. You've got to remember that we're in a trade where everyone's on national minimum wage pretty much. "They're the ones that are losing out. A lot of them are living hand to mouth already and they've already had hours reduced." Anybody shielding Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people living in coronavirus hotspots could be told to shield this winter under plans reportedly being considered by the Government as infections continue to soar. Ministers are expected to outline a three-tier local lockdown system next week, which may see those most at risk if they catch Covid-19 being told to stay at home for months. The Times said a decision on shielding had not been finalised and may be delayed because of fears for the mental health of those told to avoid seeing other people. The last time 2.2million people had to shield, they could just claim 80% of their wages through the furlough scheme. But that support won't be available now, unless they happen to work in a venue that's been shut down by the government. Arts sector There is also nothing to help venues like theatres, cinemas and weddings venues that are closed in all but name, but aren't actually legally shut. The chief executive of the trade association UKHospitality welcomed the move but called for more clarity and urged the Chancellor to keep the situation under review. Kate Nicholls told the BBC: "This provides some immediate help and support to alleviate concerns for people who are facing imminent threats of lockdown or restrictions to their business, but we still don't know the detail of where they will be. "We also don't know to what extent your business has to be restricted in order to allow you to qualify. "So, while this will undoubtedly help those businesses in our sector like nightclubs, music venues, that are fully closed, and those that are clearly restricted in a local lockdown, there are vast swathes of the country where businesses are still facing in hospitality a loss of a third to half of their income and won't qualify for this enhanced Job Support Scheme. "So we want the Chancellor to keep that under review."
North's leaders unite to demand the Government consult them before imposing new lockdown rules - Chronicle Live
There's fury at reports pubs and restaurants across the North could be forced to close without consulting local councils
The North's leaders have issued a united plea to the Government not to make any decisions about new lockdown measures without consulting them. Boris Johnson's Government is reportedly planning to make an announcement about a new three-tier local lockdown system on Monday, with the rules coming into force on Wednesday. Areas with the highest level of coronavirus infection will be placed in the third tier, where tough restrictions could include pub closures, and this is likely to include much of the North East and North West. But council leaders, mayors and business leaders have insisted that no decisions should be made or announced before the Government shows them evidence that explains why the measures are required. The demand come in a statement from the Convention of the North, chaired by Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes. Other members include Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region chair Steve Rotherham. They called for "an urgent dialogue between Mayors, local leaders and Government to agree the basis of any new system of local restrictions, including any potential tiered framework for local lockdown. "This should include the full sharing of data and evidence that underpins the case for any further restrictions. No decisions should be made or announced before this has happened." What do you think of the Covid-19 outbreaks at North East universities? Let us know by taking our short survey They also called for "a financial support package for places, businesses, organisations andemployees. This should be tailored to the severity of the restrictions, and their likely impacts on specific sectors, as well as on local jobs." The statement said: "It should support affected businesses to remain viable and to be able to adapt to Covid-19 and support people to remain in work. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "Measures should include full financial support for thoseemployees who need to isolate, local extensions of furlough support for at-risksectors and workers where their place of work is closed by Government, enhancingand extending the COVID-19 business grant scheme, and local retraining andreskilling employment support packages for at-risk employees." The statement was issued jointly by the Convention of the North, which represents the politicians, and a body called the NP11, which represents business-led bodies called Local Enterprise Partnerships across the North. It comes after leaders across the North of England complained that they were not being consulted by the Government. North East lockdown restrictions Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes told a meeting of the council: I think it would be a travesty of justice if the Government were to close down the hospitality industry further, as a knee-jerk reaction to rising numbers." Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham, said it was "deeply disappointing" to read media reports about possible new restrictions "rather than hearing it during a genuine dialogue between ministers and local leaders". Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, speaking on a BBC Radio Manchester phone-in, said: "I have been having discussions with ministers this week and at no point did somebody say 'we are closing all hospitality in the north of England on Monday', so what's the point, you ask yourself, of having those discussions if they are not going to be honest with us and you have to read it in a newspaper late at night? "My worry is they are beginning to treat the north with contempt here, and it's my job to stand up to it."
Heat map shows areas at risk of restrictions due to high coronavirus infection rates - Chronicle Live
The Government is set to outline a three-tier local lockdown system next week
This heat map shows which towns and cities across England are most likely at risk of the Government's proposed traffic-light system of restrictions. Ministers are expected to outline the three-tier local lockdown system next week, which may see those most at risk if they catch Covid-19 being told to stay at home for months. Under the plan, all areas in England would be assigned a colour with toughest restrictions in 'red' areas. Pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected places would be forced to close again, and people would be banned from mixing with other households. However, shops, offices and schools would remain open, while a decision is yet to be made on hairdressers and leisure facilities, reports The Mirrror. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under fresh pressure to extend the furlough scheme, which finishes at the end of October. The scheme - which supported millions of workers during the height of the pandemic will be replaced by a less generous Jobs Support Scheme. This will see the Government pay up to 22% of wages for workers who come back part-time from November 1. It comes as Britain recorded 17,540 more cases on Thursday, with the daily rate having nearly tripled in a fortnight. On September 24, a total of 6,634 people tested positive before a Public Health England counting blunder meant last week's data was invalid. (Image: The Mirror) Another 77 coronavirus deaths were confirmed on Thursday, up by 30% on last week and 92% higher than a fortnight ago. Regional leaders have criticised the Government for not consulting them ahead of changes, while Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said he would challenge any closures. "I will use whatever means I can to challenge it to get support for people because otherwise they are going to suffer real hardship this winter - we are going to see businesses failing," he told BBC Question Time. Nottingham council leader David Mellen said delays on implementing restrictions were placing "an unnecessarily huge burden on local resources" as statistics showed the city had the highest Covid-19 rate in England - from 112.3 cases per 100,000 to 689.1 per 100,000 in the seven days leading up to October 5. However, Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from medical advisers to take swift action. Sage member Prof John Edmunds said coronavirus was "holding a gun" to the PM's head over the restrictions being introduced, adding that the nation faces an anxious wait to see the full impact on the NHS. He said: "In the North of England now, we are not that far away from the health service being stretched. "Because even if we turn the epidemic around now, infections that occur today won't go to hospital for another week or two." Dr Stephen Griffin, associate professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, said the increase in cases should "serve as a warning to the Government to take further action without delay". Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "It is clear that the consequences of not suppressing infections sufficiently over the summer may be severe if we cannot get on top of this increase," he said. MPs representing constituencies in the Midlands and North of England - where case numbers are highest - were briefed by the chief scientific adviser Prof Chris Whitty on Thursday. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said the Government had "lost control of the virus" and urged ministers to "get a grip". He wrote: "It was an act of gross irresponsibility for anonymous Number 10 sources to tell a few newspapers on Thursday about plans to impose further restrictions on millions of people, without any detail, without any consultation and without any statement from the Prime Minister. "This has significantly added to the sense of confusion, chaos and unfairness in the approach that is being taken."
Suspected Newcastle drug death students may have been in the city for less than 48 hours - ChronicleLive
It comes as a top Northumbria Police officer has urged the public to hand over any drugs
Two Newcastle University students whose deaths have been linked to ketamine may have been in the city for less than 48 hours. The 18 year olds were among four youngsters who police believe may have suffered drug related deaths over the weekend. Police also confirmed that a 21-year-old Northumbria University student and an 18-year-old from Washington also died on Saturday, with the latter suffering a cardiac arrest at a property on Coach Road Estate. Ten people have so far been arrested in connection with the deaths. All have since been released on bail or under investigation. Tributes have been paid to one of the Newcastle Uni students, Jeni Larmour, who police found dead at her student halls in Richardson Road. The former deputy head girl was about to start a degree in architecture and urban planning having moved from Co Armagh, in Northern Ireland. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles And in a heartfelt post, The Royal School posted a picture of the beaming teenager in her old uniform while opening up about the "profound sense of sadness" at her loss. "Jeni came to the Royal School in Year 8 and in the years that followed was a model pupil, exemplifying many of the values which this school seeks to promote," stated the Armagh school." Her outstanding qualities as a pupil were recognised in her final year when she was appointed Deputy Head Girl, a role she carried out to a very high standard." It added that Jeni, who was in the chamber choir, was "blessed with a beautiful singing voice" and had starred in a school production of Walt Disneys 'Beauty and the Beast'. Last October, she also spent ten days helping in a school charity project in the Trilok Puri slum in New Delhi. "Jeni was a spirited and independently minded girl with clear views which she was happy to articulate in a respectful manner and she was possessed of a well-developed sense of justice," added the school. "We have no doubt, that given her academic ability and personality, Jeni had a bright future ahead of her and we are saddened that has been so suddenly cut short. "We extend to her many friends, her family, brother, and parents our sincerest sympathy at this tragic time and assure them of our prayers and practical support." Her body was discovered at 6.05am on Saturday. Police believe she had taken ketamine. Then, at around 1.10pm on Sunday, police discovered another female dead at the same building. It is believed ketamine had been present at the address. Two males whose bodies were discovered on Saturday and Sunday - are thought to have taken MDMA. At a virtual press conference on Monday, Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor Chris Day revealed the students may have "only been here 24 hours, 48 hours" before tragedy struck. However, when asked if lockdown measures enforced on the student population had played any part in the deaths, Professor Day said they "almost certainly" hadn't. Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University "This happened in the first 48 hours, so freshers' week really had only just started to kick off," he said. "So I think we couldn't attribute any lack of a normal freshers' week as a contributing case at all - it was just too soon." Police have now launched an amnesty-of-sorts to try and rid what could potentially be a bad batch of drugs from the streets. The public can drop off illegal drugs at police stations but Chief Inspector Wykes did not say those who did would avoid any reprimand, adding those who did would face a "proportionate" response. Police and City Council in city centre locations to combat unlicensed cabs. Pictured Insp Steve Wykes (Image: newcastle chronicle) "My priority is public safety - it is vital we take illegal drugs out of circulation, and in particular drugs which may be dangerous," he said. "My objective here is to afford those who may be listening to this, who find themselves in possession of a small amount of drugs the opportunity to dispose of that responsibility." Sniffer dogs have since been used, while Chief Inspector Wykes said that on Sunday night, officers searched several university properties. He said the fact both Newcastle University students were living in the same building was "evidently a line of enquiry" but added that the force was "keeping an open mind" as the investigation continued.
Doctor Hilary Jones issues severe warning on flu vaccine running out in wake of second wave threat - Chronicle Live
Doctor Hilary Jones issued a warning about the flu vaccine and the link between flu and coronavirus
Doctor Hilary Jones has issued a rather alarming warning on the flu vaccine running out in the wake of the very real threat of a second wave of coronavirus. Last week, the TV medic addressed the grave link between seasonal flu and COVID-19, telling Good Morning Britain viewers: "What we do know from recent studies is that if you get COVID-19 and season flu at the same time, your risk of dying is six times greater." And, just as he issued a plea to the North East over lockdown restrictions, GMB's resident health expert revisited the subject and also warned of a potential shortage of flu jabs as more people want to get vaccinated. Dr Hilary said: "The risks are higher if you catch both viruses at the same time, according to recent studies. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "The Government's huge ambition to vaccinate half the population, 30 million people, is potentially achievable but it's a massive logistical task. "And of course, those who are most vulnerable should be vaccinated first by the end of November. "We've always had a problem with seasonal flu vaccines being rolled out quickly enough and there will be supplies in some areas and no supplies in others." Revealing that some pharmacies in the UK are already running low on flu vaccines, he added: "Some pharmacies are already saying they haven't got enough capacity to vaccinate everybody who wants to be. "But whilst we do want to vaccinate everyone over 50 as well as those with pre-existing conditions, they'll be last on the list. "We need to vaccinate the elderly first, then those with pre-existing conditions. "By and large, it is being done, many GPs have plenty of stock, other GPs not so much but that's just a logistical problem."
Third wave of coronavirus in the UK 'entirely possible', health expert warns - Chronicle Live
Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology, also said a vaccine could be available in six months
A third wave of coronavirus is "entirely possible", with lockdowns only deferring the problem, an expert has warned. Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said that while strict measures stop the immediate crisis and quickly reduce transmission, they do not make the virus go away. Speaking on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday he said that modelling had previously shown it was "entirely possible" that a second lockdown would be needed in September. When asked if there could be a third wave of coronavirus he said: "That's entirely possible. "The scenario I mentioned earlier does actually include this possibility and this is just another demonstration of what I was saying earlier that lockdown doesn't solve the problem, it defers its. "That's why we need some kind of cavalry on the horizon or alternatively, if you think that vaccine is not going to be available in six months or 12 months or two years or whenever, it means that we do need alternatives. "The alternatives that have been mentioned so far are things like the Moonshot programme of mass testing." Prof Woolhouse, who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), a subgroup of Sage, said that while a vaccine could be available in six months it was unlikely that it could be rolled out at a mass scale in that time period. He said that Sweden had shown that the virus could be controlled without a "strictly enforced lockdown" and that restrictions needed to be sustainable in the long-term. He added: "I'm afraid I don't see a way through this in the coming months and even years where we don't have some restrictions in place. This is the new normal." Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles When asked if the Government had modelled any other options to a national lockdown at the start of the pandemic, Prof Woolhouse said "basically no". He also said he did not know of any modelling on the effects of closing pubs at 10pm. He added: "Models don't have that sort of granularity. You can't explore in detail different closing times of pubs or even different versions of the 'rule of six' we have, the differences between indoor and outdoor transmission. "So these sort of things have to be judgment calls based on the public health evidence rather than the modelling." But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News's Sophy Ridge On Sunday there was "definitely science" behind the 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants. Mr Dowden said: "There is definitely science behind it, that's why we're requiring people to be seated in pubs and restaurants, so that stops the flow of them to and from the bar. "We are reducing the closing times to stop people staying later and drinking. And the point about all of this is that everyone has their part to play. If we all play by the rules, we can ensure that there are not further, more draconian restrictions." Infectious disease modelling expert Professor Graham Medley said on Saturday he did not recall the curfew being discussed by Sage. Prof Woolhouse also said that outbreaks at universities were "entirely predictable". His comments come as the Government came under pressure to guarantee young people are not confined to their halls of residence over the festive period because of Covid-19 outbreaks on campuses. Thousands of students are currently self-isolating in their rooms following a surge in cases at institutions including Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier. Prof Woolhouse added: "There was some very nice modelling done by Spi-M colleagues at the University of Bristol, what they showed quite clearly was that the risk areas were particularly first-year students in halls of residence as well as face-to-face teaching. "So this was very predictable and it was modelled."
Second coronavirus case confirmed at Churchill Community College in Wallsend - Chronicle Live
On Wednesday, Churchill Community College sent a letter to parents telling them there had been another positive case at the school - the first case was confirmed on Saturday
A second case of Covid-19 has been confirmed at a secondary school in North Tyneside. On Saturday, parents were informed of a youngster's positive diagnosis at Churchill Community College, in Wallsend. The school said only a small number of people had been identified as close contacts of the pupil and they had been asked to self isolate. However on Wednesday, a letter sent out to families stated there had been another case of Covid-19 and students in Year 12 and 13 who had been in close contact with the affected person were being asked to isolate at home. The letter added: "It has been confirmed to us today that there has been a positive case of Covid-19 within the school. "We have been in contact with Public Health England and have followed all their advice in relation to the case. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate any further information we receive. "The students in Year 12 and 13 who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case have been contacted or we are in the process of contacting students and have also received an individual letter. They will be staying at home for seven days. "The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well and have not received a letter from the school. "Please be assured that the school continues to take all advised precautions to prevent transmission of the virus for the safety of our staff and students. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "Once again our bubble system has worked well and we thank staff, students and parents for their support with this. We are pleased that this has again shown the effectiveness of the bubble system." Many schools across the North East have been affected by coronavirus since their reopening earlier this month. Some have asked year groups or bubbles to isolate at home, while others decided to close for a deep clean.