Coronavirus UK news latest – Delta variant symptoms 'like a cold for most covid sufferers' who don't know to isolate

CORONAVIRUS symptoms for the feared Delta variant are more like a cold for the majority of sufferers, experts have revealed.

A headache, sore throat and a runny nose and now the most reported symptoms for those with covid in the UK, overtaking a cough, fever and a lose of taste or smell.

Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, says catching the Delta variant can feel "more like a bad cold" for younger people.

The fear is that those with mild symptoms may mistake their covid for a cold or a bad hangover and not think to take a test or self-isolate.

However the Delta strain is believed to be far more contagious than the earlier variants and possibly more deadly too – meaning that sufferers ignoring symptoms risks spreading the virus and killing those at risk.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    MICHAEL GOVE "CONFIDENT AS CONFIDENT CAN BE" ABOUT 19 JULY BEING THE END OF LOCKDOWN

    Michael Gove said the Government is "as confident as confident can be" about July 19 being the date for the end of England's coronavirus restrictions.

    He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "The data shows that we should be in a position to have vaccinated so many people by that date in July that we will be able to lift restrictions.

    "Now, you know, none of us can predict the future with 100% certainty – there could be something bizarre and unprecedented that occurs.

    "But, on the basis of all the information that we have, then we will have successfully protected such a large section of population, and of course children will be facing summer holidays and that brings the infection rate down. So we're as confident as confident can be about that date."

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    WHERE IS THE DELTA VARIANT DOMINANT?

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    HEALTH STAFF RELUCTANT TO GIVE COVID ADVICE TO PREGNANT WOMEN DUE TO UNCERTAINTY

    Medics are reluctant to give advice to pregnant women for fear of getting it wrong, a health minister has said.

    Tory frontbencher Lord Bethell said it was a “commonplace” problem that sometimes led to no guidance being offered at all.

    He made his comments as he was tackled at Westminster over concerns at the absence of advice provided to pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers about having a Covid-19 vaccine.

    Liberal Democrat Baroness Brinton cited the frustrated efforts of a close family member to secure information about receiving a coronavirus jab.

    She said: “It’s evident that there is no clear guidance to frontline staff on what to tell mums.

    “Can this be remedied as a matter of urgency?”

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    WATCH: PM ON DELAYING 'FREEDOM DAY' TO 19 JULY

    Boris Johnson says work from home should continue until July 19 as June 21 pushed back

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    PM FACING POTENTIAL REBELLION OVER FREEDOM DAY DELAY

    Boris Johnson is facing a potential backbench rebellion over the delay to the end of restrictions.

    Yesterday the Government lifted the 30-person cap on weddings but other restrictions such as the ban on indoor dancing and social distancing requirements remained.

    But a group of Conservative MPs are unhappy about the plans and may vote against the Government if the extension plans come to the House of Commons for a vote.

    Former minister Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) of Tory MPs, told LBC radio he thinks "we could have moved ahead perfectly safely on the 21st of June".

    He said: "I listened carefully to what the Prime Minister said yesterday and I was in the House of Commons for the Health Secretary's statement, and it seemed to me we don't know anything today that we didn't know when the Prime Minister was telling us he was happy to move ahead on the 21st of June."

    He added that the Prime Minister's comments about the July 19 date "are exactly the same words as he was using about the 21st of June, so some of us, I'm afraid, are a bit worried that we're not going to actually move forward on the 19th of July".

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    MICHAEL GOVE INSISTS GOVERNMENT IS NOT 'SHOULDER-SHRUGGING' OVER COVID

    Michael Gove said no-one is "shoulder-shrugging" about people dying with coronavirus in the future, but that the best way to protect everyone is by getting vaccinated.

    Gove told BBC Breakfast: "I'm not an epidemiologist, so I can't predict with confidence what the likely level of the circulation of the virus will be and what the public health impact will be. But what I do know is that the best way of minimising the number of people who go into hospital, and who face terrible consequences as a result, the best way of reducing that number is by increasing vaccination.

    "So I don't think we're at all blase or shoulder-shrugging about anyone dying, but the best way that we can ensure that we protect everyone, including the vulnerable is by all of us getting the jab."

    Gove said he wants "as few restrictions as possible" after July 19, but added that he will be "guided by clinical advice from doctors and scientists".

    Asked if mask-wearing will be used over winter, he said: "I want as few restrictions as possible, but I'm not an epidemiologist or a virologist and I will listen to those who are and weigh their advice in the balance."

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    RECORD SURGE OF PAYROLLED WORKERS AS FIRMS PREPARE FOR INDOOR REOPENING

    Britain saw a record surge in the number of workers on payrolls last month as hospitality and entertainment firms hired for indoor reopening, official figures have shown.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were 197,000 more people in payrolled employment last month compared with April, the highest rise since these records began in 2014.

    Figures also showed the jobless rate dropped once more, to 4.7% between February and April, down from 4.8% in the previous three months.

    The ONS said that for the first time since the pandemic struck, the hardest-hit sectors such as hospitality, accommodation and arts and entertainment saw the strongest growth in payrolled workers.

    It comes after indoor hospitality reopened on May 17 in a boost to cinemas, restaurants, pubs and bars, which have been battered by lengthy Covid-19 restrictions.

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    DANISH FOOTBALLER’S COLLAPSE NOT CAUSED BY COVID VACCINE

    Inter Milan has been forced to deny rumours Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest was related to the Covid vaccine as has not even got the jab yet.

    The Denmark midfielder, 29, was given CPR on the pitch after collapsing during the team’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday.

    Conspiracy theorists have now spread claims online that the horror was down Eriksen getting the Covid vaccine or contracting the virus.

    But Inter Milan have quashed the rumours, which were also shared by ex-Southampton and England player Matt Le Tissier.

    The Italian club confirmed their star player has not been vaccinated and does not have the virus.

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    DANISH FOOTBALLER’S COLLAPSE NOT CAUSED BY COVID VACCINE

    Inter Milan has been forced to deny rumours Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest was related to the Covid vaccine as has not even got the jab yet.

    The Denmark midfielder, 29, was given CPR on the pitch after collapsing during the team’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday.

    Conspiracy theorists have now spread claims online that the horror was down Eriksen getting the Covid vaccine or contracting the virus.

    But Inter Milan have quashed the rumours, which were also shared by ex-Southampton and England player Matt Le Tissier.

    The Italian club confirmed their star player has not been vaccinated and does not have the virus.

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    COVID NEWS ROUND UP

    • Brits must be “really careful” not to “squander hard-fought gains”, a minister has warned
    • The UK economy grew 2.3 per cent in April as lockdown restrictions eased
    • Theresa May blasts ‘chaotic and incomprehensible’ holidays ban despite world-beating vaccine rollout
    • Matt Hancock admitted the first lockdown was delayed – despite warnings one million might die
    • The Indian – or Delta – strain is up to 60 per cent more infectious, experts say
    • Cases passed 8,000 today with cases of the Indian variant tripling in a week

    UNLOCKING TOO QUICKLY WILL ‘FAN THE FLAMES’ OF THIRD COVID WAVE

    Boris Johnson risks “fanning the flames” of a new wave of coronavirus infections if he lifts lockdown restrictions too quickly, a scientist advising the Government has warned.

    Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Nervtag group which advises ministers on new respiratory diseases, said it was clear the country was facing a “substantial” third wave of the disease.

    He said: “I think if we were to open up more that would really fan the flames and lead to this increasing even faster.”

    UPDATED UK COVID-19 DEATH TOLL

    The Government said a further three people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the UK total to 127,907.

    Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

    The Government also said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 7,742 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

    HEALTH STAFF RELUCTANT TO GIVE COVID ADVICE TO PREGNANT WOMEN DUE TO UNCERTAINTY

    Medics are reluctant to give advice to pregnant women for fear of getting it wrong, a health minister has said.

    Tory frontbencher Lord Bethell said it was a “commonplace” problem that sometimes led to no guidance being offered at all.

    He made his comments as he was tackled at Westminster over concerns at the absence of advice provided to pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers about having a Covid-19 vaccine.

    Liberal Democrat Baroness Brinton cited the frustrated efforts of a close family member to secure information about receiving a coronavirus jab.

    She said: “It’s evident that there is no clear guidance to frontline staff on what to tell mums.

    “Can this be remedied as a matter of urgency?”

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    DANISH FOOTBALLER’S COLLAPSE NOT CAUSED BY COVID VACCINE

    Inter Milan has been forced to deny rumours Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest was related to the Covid vaccine as has not even got the jab yet.

    The Denmark midfielder, 29, was given CPR on the pitch after collapsing during the team’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday.

    Conspiracy theorists have now spread claims online that the horror was down Eriksen getting the Covid vaccine or contracting the virus.

    But Inter Milan have quashed the rumours, which were also shared by ex-Southampton and England player Matt Le Tissier.

    The Italian club confirmed their star player has not been vaccinated and does not have the virus.

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      ALL ELIGIBLE ADULTS IN WALES HAVE BEEN OFFERED THEIR FIRST DOSE, SAYS MINISTER

      All eligible adults in Wales have been offered their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Wales’ economy minister has confirmed.

      Vaughan Gething told a press conference in Cardiff that the incidence rate in Wales was now 18.1 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people – the lowest rate of the UK nations.

      Mr Gething said the vaccination programme was making “excellent progress”, with 1.4 million people in Wales having received both jabs, equivalent to 54.9% of the country’s adult population.

      “Over recent weeks, as restrictions have gradually been lifted, we have been able to reconnect and enjoy more aspects of life before Covid in a safe way. That progress is obviously good news for the economy,” Mr Gething said.

      “However, we do know that despite our success in controlling rates of Covid-19 and rolling out the vaccine programme, the Delta variant continues to present real challenges.”

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      LOCKDOWN DELAY COULD CAUSE CONSERVATIVE BACKBENCH REBELLION

      Boris Johnson’s expected announcement that ‘Freedom Day’ will be delayed until 19 July is likely to provoke a backbench rebellion which could see his own MPs voting against the Government in parliament.

      The announcement, expected at 6pm tonight, means that limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas are likely to remain in place, nightclubs will stay closed and people will be encouraged to keep up social distancing and working from home.

      The move is likely to provoke fury among the more restless backbench MPs who believe restrictions should ease now more than 80% of the country have received their first vaccination.

      Conservative MP Peter Bone said a delay to the lifting of restrictions should not happen “without really good reason” and that currently he “can’t see the evidence why we should be postponing our freedom”.

      He said there should only be restrictions “if there is a very clear danger to society”.

      Asked if he would vote against a delay in Parliament, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What I would do is listen to what the Prime Minister says, listen to the arguments, and if I’m not convinced that these restrictions are necessary then I would of course vote against it and I hope every member of the House of Commons will listen to the argument and make their minds up.”

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      CASE FEARS

      The UK faces 100,000 Covid cases every day by July, scientists have warned.

      The number of new Delta variant infections is doubling every nine days, pushing Boris Johnson to prepare to delay the June 21 ‘freedom day’.

      The PM is set to announce he is postponing the full lockdown lift to July 19 due to “worrying stuff in the data”.

      He said yesterday: “We are seeing the delta variant causing an increase in cases, we are seeing an increase in hospitalisations.”

      Johnson added: “The whole point of having an irreversible roadmap is just that, to make it irreversible, and to do that sometimes, as I’ve said repeatedly, you have to be cautious.

      “And where it’s necessary to be cautious, we will be.”

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      HEART OF IT CONTINUED…

      the CDC stressed there is no conclusion yet, while scientists have said even if a link is proven, the risk is extremely small.

      The UK has not seen any link yet but medicine regulators at the MHRA are “closely monitoring” the situation.

      The conditions reported are myocarditis, which causes inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, which is inflammation of the lining outside the heart.

      Both are usually caused by a viral infection, bacteria, parasite or fungi.

      Covid itself can lead to heart inflammation, doctors say, sometimes lasting several months as a symptom of long Covid.

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      HEART OF IT

      A link between the Covid vaccines and a heart condition is being probed, after more cases have been diagnosed.

      US health chiefs said there was a higher than normal rate of heart inflammation in men who had received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna jab.

      But the cases are still tiny compared to the millions of people in the US who have gotten a vaccine.

      The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on June 10 it would be holding an “emergency meeting” on the topic on June 18.

      Dr Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, said: “We clearly have an imbalance here.”

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      UK CANNOT FOLLOW A “ZERO COVID APPROACH”, SAYS HEALTH MINISTER

      Health minister Edward Argar said that there cannot be a “zero Covid approach” and that vaccination was the key to living with the virus.

      On those admitted to hospital with the virus, he told Sky News: “We are seeing some really positive news on that, although with the Delta variant we are seeing the numbers in hospital creeping up a bit, I think they were just over 1,000 at the weekend.

      “But when you look back, it was something like 38,000 at the peak in January. So we are seeing that severing of the link between the disease and hospitalisations and death.

      “I think that on that basis, everyone will recognise that there comes a point where we do have to live with this disease and recognise that you cannot go for a zero Covid approach, you have to live with it, and vaccination is the key to that.

      “So I think once we have got those second doses in people’s arms, once we have got that level of protection up to around that 81%, then I think people will be more comfortable with it.”

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      WATCH: CAROL VORDERMAN REVEALS LONG COVID BATTLE

      Carol Vorderman reveals long covid battle and says she ‘couldn’t walk 100 yards’ for MONTHS

       

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      CHANCELLOR WILL NOT EXTEND FURLOUGH DESPITE FREEDOM DAY DELAY ACCORDING TO REPORTS

      Rishi Sunak has refused to extend the furlough scheme despite desperate pleas from businesses, it was claimed last night.

      The Chancellor will continue to wind down wage support from next month – even though Boris Johnson is set to delay Britain’s June 21 ‘freedom day’.

      The coronavirus job support scheme will continue to cover a portion of people’s salaries until September – three months after all Brits were told the pandemic would be over.

      But the Government will stop covering 80 per cent of wages for those not at work from next month as employers are forced to start chipping in.

      Sunak said businesses will have to contribute 10 per cent of the cost from July, increasing to 20 per cent in August and September as the economy hopefully reopens.

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      FIRST DOSE OF VACCINE ONLY 30% EFFECTIVE AGAINST “HORRID” DELTA VARIANT, SCOTLAND’S TOP DOCTOR WARNS

      The first dose of coronavirus vaccine only offers about 30% protection from the “horrid” Delta variant, Professor Jason Leitch has warned.

      Scotland’s national clinical director stressed the need to get both vaccinations to offer “decent” protection and suggested eight to 10 weeks of progress thanks to the vaccine had been “lost” because of the variant, first identified in India.

      Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, Prof Leitch said the new strain of Covid-19 has “changed the game” in terms of the vaccine rollout because of the lack of protection offered by the first dose alone.

      He said a four-week delay for first doses could allow nine million second doses across the UK, but said the government was “trying desperately” to not impact the vaccine rollout for younger people.

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      UNLOCKING TOO QUICKLY WILL ‘FAN THE FLAMES’ OF THIRD COVID WAVE

      Boris Johnson risks “fanning the flames” of a new wave of coronavirus infections if he lifts lockdown restrictions too quickly, a scientist advising the Government has warned.

      Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Nervtag group which advises ministers on new respiratory diseases, said it was clear the country was facing a “substantial” third wave of the disease.

      He said: “I think if we were to open up more that would really fan the flames and lead to this increasing even faster.”

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