Coronavirus latest news: Death toll reaches 45,312 as Gov says vaccine trial is 'a major breakthrough' – LIVE updates

A CORONAVIRUS vaccine developed by Oxford University can trigger an immune reaction, findings of the first phases of a study suggest.

Trials showed the jab led to people making antibodies and white blood cells that can fight coronavirus.

Scientists first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine.

Such early trials are usually designed only to evaluate safety, but in this case experts were also looking to see what kind of immune response was provoked.

The findings on the Oxford vaccine trial were published in medical journal, The Lancet.

Boris Johnson congratulated the team, tweeting: "A huge well done to our brilliant, world-leading scientists & researchers at Uni of Oxford."

The Department of Health and Social Care has also described the latest results as a "major breakthrough" and said the trial represented "a positive step towards a coronavirus vaccine."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the news as "very encouraging" and the Government had ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine ready to use if it ultimately proves to be successful.

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  • ORGY GUESTS TESTED FOR COVID-19

    Guests invited to a high-end sex party were requested to take a Covid-19 test by organisers.

    Only negative guests will be able to take part in the millionaires' orgy planned for this Sunday at a private villa in Comporta, an hour from Lisbon.

    More than 40 people have signed up for the party at the private suite of the rental property which is set to cost up to £2,700 per couple.

  • SOME BRITS CAN HAVE A FACE MASK EXEMPTION CARD

    The government announced that from July 24 people entering shops will have to wear a face covering.

    Customers who do not wear one will face a £100 fine, but it could be cut to £50 if they pay within a fortnight.

    Also, it has been compulsory for travellers to wear a mask on public transport since June 15, 2020.

    But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “There will be exceptions to these rules for very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.”

    According to the official Government guidance, the following groups are not required to wear a

    face-covering while using public transport or in a shop:

    • A child under the age of 11
    • An employee of the transport operator, when they are acting in the course of their employment
    • Any other person providing services to the transport operator, under arrangements made with the transport operator, who is providing those services
    • A constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty
    • An emergency responder such as a paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
    • An official, for example, a border force officer, acting in the course of their duties
    • If you are allocated a cabin, berth or other similar accommodation, at any time when you are in that accommodation, either alone, or only with members of your own household or a linked household
    • If you are on board public transport but remain in your private vehicle, for example on a car ferry

    TURKEY WARNING AS HOTELS 'FAIL CORONAVIRUS SAFETY GUIDELINES'

    Turkey hotels have been caught ignoring safety guidelines and social distancing despite promises of “safe tourism” certificates.

    In a bid to encourage tourists to return, hotels and resorts have been signing up to the scheme backed by the government which proves they are following 132 safety measures set out.

    Any hotel with more than 50 rooms must prove they have followed the guidelines to be able to open, with health inspections proving additional cleaning, social distancing and new safety procedures are in place.

    However, an investigation by The Times has found many hotels are still failing to follow the new rules.

    A five-star hotel which was certified to be following the safe tourism plans failed to enforce social distancing with a busy bar and restaurant despite still not being at full capacity.

    Guests were also not wearing masks, with staff being forced to wear them while serving, while other hotels still had shared implements including food tongs at food service stations.

    Masks were rarely spotted while in popular tourist areas such as the beach and resorts, or those that did wear them, having them on without covering the mouth or nose.

    MOUTH RASH COULD BE SYMPTOM

    A new study published by JAMA Dermotology suggests that a rash inside the mouth could be a new symptom of COVID-19.

    Doctors in Spain examined the mouths of 21 coronavirus patients who had rashes on their skin to see if they had enanthem or a rash inside the body on the mucous membrane.

    On average it took around 12 days for the patients to develop a rash on their mucous membrane after they showed known COVID-19 symptoms.

    Patients at Roman y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, were diagnosed with the coronavirus and had dermatology appointments between March 30 and April 8, 2020.

    Researchers found six (29 percent) of the patients had some form of enanthem in their mouths.

    These patients were between 40 and 69 and four (66 percent) were women.

    DISNEY WORLD BANS EATING AND DRINKING WHILE WALKING

    Disney World has banned guests from eating and drinking while walking around the park after people were using the loophole to avoid wearing face masks.

    Less than 10 days after reopening, the theme park has updated its face mask policy which now explicitly warns people to stay in place and away from others if they remove their mask to eat.

    The policy explains: “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.”

    It has since been updated to warn: “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”

    Disney Parks blog Walt Disney World News Today asked a Disney cast member at the Epcot park about the new rule this weekend and was told “guests are now being asked to find a safe spot six feet from other guests before removing their masks to eat and drink.”

    If guests do not wear a face mask, the blog reported, they will be asked to put one on or leave.

    CHINA ACCUSED OF USING UIGHUR SLAVES TO MAKE FACE MASKS

    China is said to be using “Uighur slaves in hellish camps to make coronavirus face masks to export around the world”, a report has claimed.

    Some companies in China are using a government-sponsored programme that experts claims often puts people to work against their will in order to meet demand for PPE.

    Uighurs, mainly from the Xinjiang region of northwest China, are a largely Muslim ethnic minority.

    The programme sends Uighurs, along with other ethnic minorities, into factory and service jobs.

    Only four companies in Xinjiang produced medical grade protective equipment before the pandemic, according to China’s National Medical Products Administration.

    But as of June 30, that number had increased to 51.

    At least 17 of those companies were found to be participating in the labour transfer programme, according to the New York Times.

    The companies mainly produce equipment for domestic use but the paper identified several other companies outside Xinjiang that use Uighur labour and export around the world.

    The Times traced a shipment of coronavirus face masks to a medical supply company in Georgia, US, from a factory in China’s Hubei Province, where more than 100 Uighur workers had been sent.

    Workers there are required to learn Mandarin and pledge loyalty to China during weekly flag-raising ceremonies.

    The Chinese state says the programme is a form of poverty reduction.

    CHOLESTEROL DRUG COULD REDUCE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

    A drug used to lower cholesterol could reduce coronavirus symptoms to the level of a common cold, a study claims. 

    Doctors found fenofibrate, which has been on the market for decades, significantly downgrades the severity of Covid-19 and could almost completely eliminate it in less than a week.

    Scientists studying the drug discovered coronavirus prevents the routine burning of carbohydrates.

    This results in fat build-up inside lung cells – something the virus needs to reproduce.

    So depriving the virus of these conditions could mean it is better controlled – and reduce symptoms to those of an ordinary cold.

    Professor Yaakov Nahmias and Dr Benjamin tenOever screened various medications that interfere with the virus' ability to reproduce.

    They found the cholesterol-loweing drug fenofibrate, sold under the name Tricor, showed very promising results.

    BOOZY BRITS REFUSING TO SOCIAL DISTANCE BLAMED FOR OUTBREAKS

    Nightclubs and illegal raves in Spain which are popular partying British holidaymakers are being blamed for a Covid-19 spike in the country.

    Health bosses fear revellers ignoring social distancing are behind a driving a coronavirus outbreak as bars and nightspots are shut — and tourists fined for not wearing masks.

    Fresh fears of a second wave are growing in the country which experienced one of Europe's worst outbreaks, with a total of 28,420 killed by the bug.

    Recent outbreaks have been traced to a beach in Barcelona, a Red Cross centre in Malaga and an Iberia Express flight from Madrid to Vigo.

    The country has also seen a concerning rise in weekly infections with 5,695 cases recorded this week – a sharp increase on last week’s figure of 2,944. 

    And new clusters of infections are partly blamed on nightclubs and bars which are popular with Brits.

    Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Covid-19 team, told El Pais nightspots “could involve people from multiple places that cause a diffuse transmission everywhere that they have been”.

    UK CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES BY 11 – IN JOINT LOWEST DAILY JUMP

    The UK coronavirus death toll today rose by 11 – in a joint lowest daily jump since lockdown.

    The last time the daily death figure was this low was on July 13 and before that was on March 13 when one further death was recorded.

    A total of 295,372 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across Britain – up 580 cases from yesterday.

    Today's death toll refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

    The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the Department of Health is lower than it was yesterday, when 27 more deaths were logged.

    Reporting figures from the weekend are typically lower than during the week, but today's figures are some of the lowest since lockdown began in March.

    The last time the daily rise went below 11 was on March 13 when one coronavirus death was recorded.

    In England, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 29,187 today – up  six from yesterday.

    NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 78 and 98 years old and all had known underlying health conditions. 

    No new deaths were announced in Scotland, leaving the deadly toll there at 2,491.

    CARE HOMES 'WORKING BLIND' AFTER POTENTIALLY UNSAFE KITS PULLED

    A care home was forced to place an elderly patient with dementia into isolation after the withdrawal of potentially unsafe Covid-19 tests.

    Staff at the home in Nottingham Care Village said they had no choice but to place the new patient into “barriered nursing” for 14 days after they were ordered to halt a testing system they had in place.

    Mary McGowan, director of Nottingham Care Village, in Lambley, Nottinghamshire, said that staff have been left “working blind” since the decision, with no indication from Public Health England about when replacement kits will be available.

    LONDON'S BEEFEATERS FACE THE BOOT

    The Tower of London’s iconic Beefeaters face the axe for the first time in 500 years — because of coronavirus.

    The 37 Yeoman Warders have been told redundancies are looming after visitor numbers ­collapsed, leaving a huge hole in finances.

    John Barnes, head of the Historic Royal Palaces charity that runs the Tower and other attractions, said: “We are heartbroken that it has come to this.

    “We simply have no choice but to reduce our payroll costs.”

    The 37 Yeoman Warders, who guard the Crown Jewels, are military ­veterans with at least 22 years’ service.

    They live inside the Tower’s grounds with their families.

    It is believed to be the first time the Yeoman Warders, nicknamed Beefeaters, have faced job cuts since they were formed by Henry VII in 1485.

    The charity has warned them of ­compulsory redundancies.

    BRITS WHO SLEPT WITH GUARDS IN AUSSIE QUARANTINE HOTEL COULD BE BEHIND SURGE

    Brits who romped with guards in Victoria’s quarantine hotels may be responsible for every case in the huge coronavirus spike.

    A $3million (£1.7m) inquiry launched today will examine the possibility that every coronavirus case in Victoria is linked to the bungled hotel quarantine programme.

    The inquiry into Victoria's bungled coronavirus hotel quarantine programme won't cross-examine witnesses for at least another fortnight.

    The first public hearing got under way in Melbourne today where it heard short opening statements from Jennifer Coate, AO, who is leading the inquiry, and senior counsel assisting the inquiry, Tony Neal, QC.

    No witnesses were called today, and Neal told the inquiry the first evidentiary public hearing would start on August 6 when the examination of witnesses would commence.

    He said evidence already available to the inquiry suggested the possibility of a link between many of the cases of coronavirus identified in the Victorian community in the past few weeks and people who were quarantined under the hotel programme.

    “Comments made by the chief health officer to the media have suggested that it may even be that every case of Covid-19 in Victoria in recent weeks could be sourced to the hotel quarantine programme,” Neal said.

    “Increasingly over recent weeks there has been growing and understandable community concern about transmission from that programme into the general community.”

    AMERICANS BANNED FROM TRAVELLING TO THE BAHAMAS

    As of Wednesday, Americans will not be able to travel to the Bahamas as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the US.

    The vacation destination will close its borders strictly for US tourists.

    Travelers from the UK, the European Union, and Canada will still be allowed to enter the Bahamas.

    The office of Hubert Minnis, the Bahamian Prime Minister, issued a statement announcing the country will not allow US travelers to enter.

    The ban was encouraged due to the coronavirus spike in the US.

    “Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy,” Minnis said.

    “It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders.”

    OXFORD DOCTOR SAYS VACCINE WON'T BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE IMMEDIATELY

    Dr Sandy Douglas, who has been working on developing a large-scale manufacturing process for the coronavirus vaccine, said it was “possible” a final version might be available to high-risk groups by the end of the year.

    The University of Oxford scientist told a webinar organised by the Science Media Centre: “It won’t be made available to everybody immediately.

    “It is likely to be given to those who have most to benefit from it earliest, and then gradually introduced to other people.”

    HANCOCK ON NEXT STEP OF ANTIGEN TESTING

    Matt Hancock outlined the Government's antigen testing target ahead of winter.

    He told the Commons: “We're now setting the target for the nation of a half a million antigen tests a day by the end of October, ahead of winter.

    “I'm sure that as a nation we will meet this challenge too.”

    He added that “the plan is working”.

    CHIEF NURSE SAYS SHE WAS DROPPED FROM DOWNING ST BRIEFINGS

    Chief nursing officer Ruth May has said she was dropped from No 10’s daily coronavirus briefings.

    She said: “It is indeed true that I was dropped from a briefing but that happens to many of my colleagues as well.

    “That is a regular occurrence.”

    Pushed on why she was barred, she said: “I don’t know why I was dropped, chair.”

    MAN SLAPPED WITH £6K LOCKDOWN BREACH FINE

    A man has been fined a whopping £6,000 for breaking lockdown rules.

    Gareth Le Monnier, 37, breaching self-isolation rules in Guernsey after travelling from the neighbouring island of Jersey on the Channel Chieftain on 3 July.

    He appeared at Guernsey Magistrates Court today (Monday) where he pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching self-isolation rules. He was fined £3000 for each breach of the rules.

    WHERE ARE THE OUTBREAKS IN SPAIN?

    SIX MORE ENGLISH HOSPITAL DEATHS

    A further six people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,187, NHS England said.

    Patients were aged between 74 and 98 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

    The Department for Health and Social Care said on Friday it was “pausing” publication of daily death figures for the whole of the UK after Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered a review into claims by researchers that there were “statistical flaws” in the way they are calculated.

    SPAIN HIT BY 200 SEPARATE OUTBREAKS

    Spain has been hit by 200 separate coronavirus outbreaks since the easing of lockdown.

    The new spike in infections comes just as Brits are flocking back to the tourist paradise for the summer holidays.

    Fresh fears of a second wave are growing in the country which experienced one of Europe's worst outbreaks, with a total of 28,420 killed by the bug.

    Recent outbreaks have been traced to a beach in Barcelona, a Red Cross centre in Malaga and an Iberia Express flight from Madrid to Vigo.

    The country has also seen a concerning rise in weekly infections with 5,695 cases recorded this week – a sharp increase on last week’s figure of 2,944.

    And new clusters of infections have also forced the closing of bars, summer language schools and sports events.

    OXFORD VACCINE RESULTS ‘VERY ENCOURAGING’

    A senior immunologist involved in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine at Oxford University has announced the latest results as “very encouraging”.

    Prof Andrew Pollard, of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said the vaccine they were working on was “very well tolerated” by more than 1,000 volunteers involved in the trial.

    “We are seeing good immune responses – exactly the sort of response we were hoping for – including neutralising antibodies and T-cell responses that seem to be those that are associated with protection,” he said.

    “This is an important milestone on the path and we are now moving rapidly forward to see if it actually protects the population by conducting large-scale trials and we have 10,000 people already vaccinated around the world.”

    PM ON OXFORD VACCINE

    Boris Johnson tweeted: “This is very positive news. A huge well done to our brilliant, world-leading scientists & researchers at @UniofOxford.

    “There are no guarantees, we're not there yet & further trials will be necessary – but this is an important step in the right direction.”

    TOP 10 AREAS AT RISK OF LOCAL LOCKDOWN

    ‘HONK FOR HOPE’ PROTEST AT PARLIAMENT SQUARE

    Hundreds of coach drivers have been honking their way around Parliament Square in a bid to draw attention to the crisis facing the industry due to coronavirus.

    The Honk For Hope protest has seen around 500 coaches from across the country make their way to central London in convoy.

    The Metropolitan Police issued a warning to the demonstrators after complaints from the Palace of Westminster over the noise from their horns.

    Many social media users spotted the line of buses making its way into the capital along the A4, with the traffic said to reach back several miles.

    Coach businesses have said they feel let down by the response of the Government during the coronavirus pandemic, with some claiming they face bankruptcy.

    OXFORD VACCINE ‘PRODUCES IMMUNITY’

    The first round of trials for the Oxford university vaccine has shown the jab “produces immunity”.

    A total of 1,077 healthy adults were involved in the trial.

    Results show the vaccine show induced strong antibody and T-cell immune responses for up to 56 days in patients.

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