Coronavirus UK news – Casual sex BACK from May 17 for millions of romp-starved Brits thanks to vaccines and covid tests

CASUAL sex is back ON with Boris Johnson set to lift the indoor mixing rules and allow hugging and kissing again from May 17.

For the first time this year, people from different households are expected to be allowed to mix indoors from Monday next week – in a big win for Brits looking for hook-ups.

On May 17, people will finally be able to meet their loved ones inside their homes again – as long as they follow the Rule of Six.

The Prime Minister finally announced Brits can hug family and friends from next week, after months of social distancing.

The Prime Minister set out the rules on hugging loved ones and attending wedding and funerals yesterday.

He told the nation to use their “personal judgement” and “common sense” when hugging pals and family members after May 17.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    OVER A THIRD OF ADULTS IN ENGLAND HAVE NOW HAD TWO COVID JABS

    A third of adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine, NHS England says.

    A total of 44,449,424 Covid-19 jabs took place in England between December 8 and May 8, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 541,513 on the previous day.

    NHS England said 29,578,216 were the first dose, a rise of 137,003 on the previous day, while 14,871,208 were a second dose, an increase of 404,510.

    Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: “Yet another incredible NHS milestone has been reached as one in three adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine – meaning that they have maximum protection from the virus.

    “Reaching this milestone is no accident – it is down to months of hard work and everyone in the NHS who has played a role in this is helping to protect millions of people from serious illness and saving lives

  • Joseph Gamp

    HANCOCK: GOVERNMENT TAKING 'CAUTIOUS APPROACH' TO EASING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government is taking a "cautious approach" to easing travel restrictions to ensure the progress in combating coronavirus was not jeopardised by new variants from overseas.

    Mr Hancock told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "We have some degree of confidence that the vaccine works effectively against the so-called Indian variant, and then against the South African variant we are a little bit more worried, but we don't have full data on those yet.

    "These are reasons to take a cautious approach at the borders in order to protect the progress that we have made at home.

    "People would be loath to see us put that at risk by going too fast at the borders. But on the other hand we are seeing countries get this virus under control in the same way we appear to be able to get it under control."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MATT HANCOCK: EMERGENCE OF COVID VARIANTS REPRESENT 'BIGGEST RISK' TO LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the emergence of new coronavirus variants represent the "biggest risk" to lockdown easing in England.

    Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast: "There is no doubt that a new variant is the biggest risk. We have this variant that was first seen in India – the so-called Indian variant – we have seen that grow.

    "We are putting a lot of resources into tackling it to make sure everybody who gets that particular variant gets extra support and intervention to make sure that it isn't passed on.

    "However, there is also, thankfully, no evidence that the vaccine doesn't work against it."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SPORTING VENUES WILL WELCOME BACK SUPPORTERS FROM MAY 17

    Sporting venues across England will be able to welcome back spectators from next Monday, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

    Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that the Government was proceeding with its plan to take the third step in its coronavirus recovery road map, first set out on February 22.

    “We’ll unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia subject to capacity limits,” Johnson said in his opening speech as he detailed the further easing of lockdown in England.

    It means larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.

  • Joseph Gamp

    A SINGLE DOSE OF AZ VACCINE REDUCES CHANCE OF DEATH BY 80%

    Public Health England (PHE) said analysis shows that people who have a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80% lower risk of death with Covid-19 compared with people who have not had been vaccinated.

    Their data showed that Covid-19 cases who had been given a single dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccines had similar levels of protection against mortality – at 44% and 55% respectively, compared with unvaccinated cases.

    When this is combined with the protection vaccines offer against becoming a case in the first place, PHE said it is equivalent to approximately 80% protection against mortality in people who have had a first dose of either vaccine.

    The data also shows that protection against mortality from the Pfizer vaccine is even higher (around 69%) for confirmed cases who had their second dose at least seven days before their positive test, PHE said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EASING OF RESTRICTIONS TO START MAY 17

    Boris Johnson has confirmed the following easing of restrictions from May 17

    • Hotels, B&Bs can also reopen.
    • Everyone can travel within Britain and stay overnight. 
    • Face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms.
    • All remaining students can return to in-person teaching where they are tested next week. 
    • Care home residents can now have up to five named visitors. 

    CASUAL SEX IS BACK ON!

    CASUAL sex is back ON with Boris Johnson set to lift the indoor mixing rules and allow hugging and kissing again from May 17.

    For the first time this year, people from different households are expected to be allowed to mix indoors from Monday next week – in a big win for Brits looking for hook-ups.

    On May 17, people will finally be able to meet their loved ones inside their homes again – as long as they follow the Rule of Six.

    HEATHROW LOST NEARLY 6.3MILLION PASSENGERS IN APRIL

    Heathrow lost nearly 6.3 million passengers in April compared with the same month in 2019.

    Just 536,000 people travelled through the London airport last month, a 92% reduction on the total for April 2019.

    Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "The Government's green list is very welcome but they need to expand it massively in the next few weeks to include other low-risk markets such as the United States, and remove the need for fully-vaccinated passengers to take two expensive PCR tests.

    "Border Force's claims that 'long queues in immigration are inevitable' smack of complacency. They are completely avoidable if ministers ensure that all desks are staffed at peak times."

    CELEBS CALL FOR NATIONWIDE 'THANK YOU DAY'

    A host of celebrities including Dame Judi Dench and Gary Lineker are calling for a nationwide Thank You Day as we emerge from the pandemic.

    Adventurer Bear Grylls has added his support, as has chef Ainsley Harriott, astronaut Tim Peake, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and actors Felicity Kendal and Michael Sheen.

    And today, The Sun is urging YOU, our amazing army of readers, to join in.

    Countless acts of kindness have helped see us through this devastating year.

    Whether it’s an NHS hero, a volunteer who took groceries to someone shielding, binmen or friends making us smile over Zoom, we all have someone to thank.

    The idea, proposed by community leaders across the UK, is to join together with neighbours, friends and families in a huge celebration on Sunday, July 4.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WOMAN, 23, GIVEN SIX DOSES OF PFIZER VACCINE

      A woman has been rushed to hospital after she was accidentally given SIX doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine.

      A nurse reportedly injected an entire vial into the student, 23, by mistake instead of one single dose.

      The patient, from Tuscany, Italy, is reportedly in good condition and is receiving fluids and painkillers following the infection yesterday.

      Studies into overdoses of the American-made vaccine were limited to just four doses, news agency AGI reports.

      The incident in Tuscany has been reported to the country's medical regulator. Meanwhile, Italy recently hit its targets of administering half a million jabs in one single day.

    • Jon Rogers

      UK 'IN VERY GOOD POSITION' AGAINST CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS

      The UK is in a "very good position" against emerging coronavirus variants, with vaccines working and disease rates falling, an expert has said.

      The comments come after Public Health England (PHE) upgraded the strain first detected in India – B.1.617.2 – to a variant of concern.

      Sharon Peacock, director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK), and professor of public health and microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said that, based on current evidence, there is nothing to suggest the Indian variant causes more severe disease than the Kent variant which is dominant in the UK.

      However, she warned that a lack of evidence is not the same as no evidence, and that there is just not enough data at the moment.

      Prof Peacock said: "Public Health England have said that they've put an assessment of moderate confidence of increased transmissibility based on the mutation profile and supported by the evidence that actually this does appear to compete with our current circulating variant, the Kent variant, and modelling on growth estimate suggesting that transmissibility is at least equal to B.1.1.7."

    • Jon Rogers

      THIRD OF ADULTS IN ENGLAND HAVE HAD BOTH COVID JABS

      A third of adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine, NHS England says.

      A total of 44,449,424 Covid-19 jabs took place in England between December 8 and May 8, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 541,513 on the previous day.

      NHS England said 29,578,216 were the first dose, a rise of 137,003 on the previous day, while 14,871,208 were a second dose, an increase of 404,510.

      Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: “Yet another incredible NHS milestone has been reached as one in three adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine – meaning that they have maximum protection from the virus.

      “Reaching this milestone is no accident – it is down to months of hard work and everyone in the NHS who has played a role in this is helping to protect millions of people from serious illness and saving lives.”

    • Jon Rogers

      ULRIKA JONSSON ADMITS BREAKING SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR HUGS

      Ulrika Jonsson has admitted breaking social distancing rules to hug friends after taking a "calculated risk".

      Ulrika appeared on Good Morning Britain today after having a nasty reaction to her second Covid jab.

      "I'm a very tactile person," she told the show.

      "I struggled most in this last lockdown. Often on dog walks I meet people and I'm holding their hands, rubbing their arms or embracing them. I don't even mind touching people I don't know very well."

      Quizzed by guest host Alastair Campbell about whether she has "lapsed" with the no-contact rules, Ulrika replied: "Oh obviously."

      She added: "I shouldn't be saying this, but of course, all the time. It's such a natural thing and sometimes it's so spontaneous you don't stop yourself.

      More on this, here.

    • Claudia Aoraha

      SPORTING VENUES CAN WELCOME BACK SUPPORTERS

      Sporting venues across England will be able to welcome back spectators from next Monday, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

      Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that the Government was proceeding with its plan to take the third step in its coronavirus recovery road map, first set out on February 22.

      “We’ll unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia subject to capacity limits,” Johnson said in his opening speech as he detailed the further easing of lockdown in England.

      It means larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.

    • Jon Rogers

      SINGLE DOSE OF AZ VACCINE REDUCES CHANCE OF DEATH BY 80%

      Public Health England (PHE) said analysis shows that people who have a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80% lower risk of death with Covid-19 compared with people who have not had been vaccinated.

      Their data showed that Covid-19 cases who had been given a single dose of either the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccines had similar levels of protection against mortality – at 44% and 55% respectively, compared with unvaccinated cases.

      When this is combined with the protection vaccines offer against becoming a case in the first place, PHE said it is equivalent to approximately 80% protection against mortality in people who have had a first dose of either vaccine.

      The data also shows that protection against mortality from the Pfizer vaccine is even higher (around 69%) for confirmed cases who had their second dose at least seven days before their positive test, PHE said.

    • Jon Rogers

      EASING OF RESTRICTIONS TO START MAY 17

      Boris Johnson has confirmed the following easing of restrictions from May 17

      • Hotels, B&Bs can also reopen.
      • Everyone can travel within Britain and stay overnight. 
      • Face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms.
      • All remaining students can return to in-person teaching where they are tested next week. 
      • Care home residents can now have up to five named visitors. 

      CASUAL SEX IS BACK ON

      CASUAL sex is back ON with Boris Johnson set to lift the indoor mixing rules and allow hugging and kissing again from May 17.

      For the first time this year, people from different households are expected to be allowed to mix indoors from Monday next week – in a big win for Brits looking for hook-ups.

      On May 17, people will finally be able to meet their loved ones inside their homes again – as long as they follow the Rule of Six.

      PUBS MUST KEEP TABLE SERVICE

      Table service and social distancing measures are among the rules that will remain in place at bars and restaurants as they are allowed to reopen for serving indoors.

      It's the first time in months that indoor dining and boozing will be allowed after England was plunged into the third coronavirus lockdown on January 4.

      Pub beer gardens and restaurant terraces opened again on April 12 for outdoor dining and drinking as part of the staged roadmap for leaving lockdown behind.

      ENGLAND 'ON TRACK' TO END LEGAL RESTRICTIONS

      Boris Johnson said England remains "on track" to end all legal restrictions on June 21 and said an update later this month would set out what role, "if any", could be played by coronavirus health certificates and social distancing.

      He told the Downing Street press conference: "This unlocking amounts to a very considerable step on the road map back to normality and I am confident we will be able to go further.

      "Subject to the impact of step three on the data, we remain on track to move to step four on June 21.

      "And to give business more time to prepare we will be saying more later this month about exactly what the world will look like and what role there could be – if any – for certification and social distancing."

      SPORTING VENUES CAN WELCOME BACK SUPPORTERS

      Sporting venues across England will be able to welcome back spectators from next Monday, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

      Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that the Government was proceeding with its plan to take the third step in its coronavirus recovery road map, first set out on February 22.

      "We'll unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia subject to capacity limits," Johnson said in his opening speech as he detailed the further easing of lockdown in England.

      It means larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.

      BRITS TOLD TO STAY WORKING FROM HOME

      Brits should continue to work from home if they can from May 17 – despite lifting rules on pubs, restaurants and allowing people to mix inside.

      Workers are currently allowed to come back into office buildings if they wish, subject to social distancing requirements and building limits.

      However, the PM has confirmed tonight that people are still to be told to work from home if they can, until at least June 21.

      A review of social distancing and whether it should stay is expected to form a key part of lifting all rules next month.

      • Jon Rogers

        BRITS URGED TO KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES WHEN NOT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

        Boris Johnson has said people should continue to follow social distancing rules when not with family and friends.

        He told a Downing Street news conference: "We only have to look at the very sad situation in other countries to see the lethal potential of this virus and we must continue to fight the spread of variants here in the UK.

        "While we have no evidence yet to believe these variants are completely vaccine resistant, we must remain vigilant."

      • Jon Rogers

        HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WELCOMES MAY 17 DECISION

        In response to the Prime Minister's confirmation that indoor hospitality will reopen on May 17, Kate Nicholls, chief executive of industry body UKHospitality, said: "This is a much welcome and vitally important next step, as we continue along the road map to remove restrictions.

        "There is a huge sense of relief within the sector, in particular for the six in 10 venues that were not able to reopen over recent weeks due to a lack of outdoor space.

        "However, with significant restrictions still in place, this is a psychological opening rather than an economic one, with the profitability of the sector still a huge issue.

        "This is why sticking to the road map and the removal of all restrictions by June 21 is absolutely crucial, enabling venues to finally operate in viable conditions, after 14 months of severely disrupted trading."

      • Jon Rogers

        BRITS URGED TO STILL THINK OF VULNERABLE LOVED ONES

        Boris Johnson said: "This doesn't mean that we can suddenly throw caution to the winds.

        "We all know that close contacts such as hugging is a direct way of transmitting this disease," he said.

        "So I urge you to think about the vulnerability of your loved ones."

      • Jon Rogers

        NOT SO WARM WELCOME

        Just four of the countries included on the "green list" will allow Brits into the country without quarantining.

        The list, revealed on Friday, includes 12 destinations that have been deemed low-risk, and won't require a 10-day self-isolation period when returning to the UK from May 17, when holidays can go ahead.

        However, the majority of the countries on the list are still not letting tourists in – Australia's and New Zealand's borders remain closed to Brits along with Singpore.

        The Faroe Islands, Falkland Islands and Brunei, also all on the green list, require quarantines on arrivals between 10 to 14 days.

        Only Portugal, which includes the islands of Azores and Madeira, along with Gibraltar, are open to Brits without enforcing a quarantine on arrival from May 17, although are likely to need a negative Covid test if not vaccinated.

        Flights and holidays have also ready soared in price to both of the destinations.

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