Coronavirus Updates: 22nd May

A summary of the UK’s latest Covid-19 announcements.

A summary of the UK’s latest Covid-19 announcements.

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A New London Transition Board Has Been Announced
It has been announced that a new London Transition Board will co-ordinate London’s COVID-19 response as it emerges from the lockdown and begins to reopen its economy while controlling the virus. The Board will be made up of senior leaders from across the city and provide strategic direction for the next phase of response and restart, focusing on the key issues which London will face over the coming months, including:
infection control phasing in and out of varying levels of lockdown
recovery of public services, such as transport

£300 Million Funding for Local Authorities
Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service across England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Each local authority will be given funding to develop tailored outbreak control plans, working with local NHS and other stakeholders.

University of Oxford Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Is To Begin Human Trials
University of Oxford researchers have begun recruiting for the next phase in human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers. Professor Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said: ‘The clinical studies are progressing very well, and we are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population. We are very grateful to the huge support of the trial volunteers in helping test whether this new vaccine could protect humans against the pandemic coronavirus.’

A Two-week Quarantine for Visitors from Abroad
A Two-week quarantine period will be imposed on new arrivals to the UK from June 8, with fines for anyone who breaches the measure to prevent new waves of coronavirus from overseas. Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that mandatory self-isolation would not apply to people coming from Ireland, medics tackling Covid-19 and seasonal agricultural workers. The restrictions are aimed at preventing a second peak of the disease being introduced by travellers, but the aviation industry has warned they may be devastating for business.

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