Here are the morning headlines of Monday, January 10, as pregnant women urged to be vaccinated against Covid to reduce risk to babies.
UK government warns nearly all pregnant women in UK admitted to hospital with symptoms of Covid were not vaccinated in a multi-month scan last year, as it launches campaign advertisement encouraging pregnant women to be boosted.
The campaign calls on pregnant women not to wait to receive their first, second or booster, and it will highlight the risks of Covid-19 for mothers and babies, with testimonials from pregnant women who have received the vaccine to be broadcast on radio and social networks.
The UK government has said it is clear, with medical experts and institutions, that Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and have no impact on fertility.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs cited statistics from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System which it said showed that 96.3% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 between May and October did not were not vaccinated, a third of whom required respiratory assistance.
About one in five women admitted to hospital with the virus must give birth preterm to help them recover, and one in five babies needs care in the neonatal unit, the health and social services ministry said. .
Since April 2021, around 84,000 pregnant women have received one dose and more than 80,000 have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the department said.
Dr Jen Jardine, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who is seven months pregnant and had her Covid-19 booster injection, said: ‘As a doctor and a pregnant mother myself, we can now be very confident that the Covid-19 vaccinations provide the best possible protection for you and your unborn child against this virus.
“I would strongly urge all pregnant women like me, if you have not yet received the vaccine, to speak to your GP or midwife if you still have any questions, then to book today. “
Professor Lucy Chappell, chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health and Social Affairs, said: “Getting a vaccine against Covid-19 is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do this year for. protect herself and her baby from this virus. as possible.
“We now have a lot of evidence to show that vaccines are safe and that the risks posed by Covid-19 are much greater.
“If you have not received your Covid-19 vaccine, I urge you to speak to your clinician or midwife if you have any questions or concerns, and to reserve your vaccine as soon as you can.”
Djokovic wins case and will play at Australian Open
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to deny him a visa before the Australian Open.
The 34-year-old tennis world No. 1 will be free to leave the Park Hotel in Carlton, where he has spent the last four nights alongside refugees and detainees, at 7:00 p.m. Australian time.
Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly’s ruling is a blow to the government, which hoped he would be deported this afternoon after claiming he had relied on outdated ATAGI advice to enter in the country.
The virtual hearing in Melbourne, with Djokovic appealing against the cancellation of his visa, came amid growing public debate over a positive coronavirus test that his lawyers used as grounds for seeking a medical exemption from the strict rules Australian Vaccination Program.
The top-ranked Serb, who will now defend his title at the Australian Open and win a 21st men’s Grand Slam singles title, was refused entry upon arrival at Melbourne airport last Wednesday.
Boris Johnson under pressure from MPs over restrictions
Boris Johnson was under pressure from Tory MPs to draw up plans to ease restrictions on Covid-19 and offer a vision for living with the virus.
Cabinet Minister Nadhim Zahawi ruled out that universal free lateral flow testing would be further reduced, but suggested the reduction in isolation times could be used to alleviate staffing issues.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak was also among ministers interested in the economic benefits of reducing the period from seven to five days, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Former Chief Whip Mark Harper, an influential lockdown skeptic within the Conservative Party, has urged the Prime Minister to declare coronavirus restrictions end. Read Mark Drakeford’s attack on PM as he says England doesn’t follow science
Mr Harper has warned Mr Johnson he could face an even bigger rebellion than when he presented his Plan B measures if he tried to extend them later this month.
The Prime Minister, however, was believed to be unlikely to make further plans as case rates remain so high and NHS strains come under significant pressure.
With 141,472 additional laboratory-confirmed cases announced on Sunday, the figure fell for the fifth day in a row. However, this should be treated with caution as reports often fall on weekends. The latest cases for Wales are here.
Education Secretary Zahawi insisted the lateral flow tests will remain free for the time being after The Sunday Times reported their offer could be drastically reduced.
But he did not say how long they will remain free and he stated the ambition for the UK to be “one of the first major economies to show the world how you go from a pandemic to an endemic”, or occurring regularly.
He said the UK Health Security Agency would investigate the possibility of reducing the isolation period to five days, telling Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “It would certainly help alleviate some of the pressure on schools, on the workforce. essential work and others.
“But I would be absolutely motivated by the advice of the experts, the scientists, on whether we should go from seven days to five days. What you don’t want is to create the wrong result by levels of infection higher. “
Mr. Harper, chairman of the containment-skeptic Covid Recovery Group, warned that the rebellion if the prime minister tried to extend Plan B beyond January 26 could be even larger than the 100 Tories who challenged him during of their introduction last month.
“I think there will be even more people against it,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times. “I think the intellectual argument is now even weaker.”
Asked when Mr Johnson is expected to officially declare the restrictions end, the MP replied: “If not now, when is it?”
Latest update on Omicron in Wales from the Premier
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said Wales is not yet atop Omicron, despite infection rates reaching their highest figures at any stage of the pandemic.
Responding to questions about why Wales is operating under alert level two restrictions – stricter measures than other parts of the UK – the Prime Minister said Wales does not was “not yet at the top” of the latest wave of coronavirus.
He said he hoped the restrictions would be in place “for as short a time as possible” but said Wales needed to pass the peak for them to be relaxed.
He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips: “There is a little good news in the fact that the modeling that we have shows a very big increase in Omicron cases,” he said.
“We’re not at the top of that wave yet, but once we get to the top, the modeling also shows a relatively rapid drop from that top.
“As soon as we are able to see the peak passed and the position improve, of course we will want to go back to the much more modest level of protection that we had in place just a few weeks ago.
“We hope that the level of protection we currently have in place will be sufficient to mitigate the impact of Omicron in helping our NHS cope with the astonishing pressures it faces every day.” Read more here.
German vaccine mandate “may take months to pass”
Ruling parties in Germany are slowing plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccination, saying it may take months for politicians to properly debate the contentious measure in parliament.
The Berlin daily Tagesspiegel quoted Dirk Wiese, vice-chairman of the Social Democratic parliamentary caucus, on Sunday as saying that the Bundestag should aim to complete its deliberations on the vaccines mandate in the first quarter of 2022.
Green Party caucus leader Britta Hasselmann told media group Funke that the first debate could take place at the end of January.
With few parliamentary sessions in February, that could mean the lower house won’t pass a bill until the end of March.
The Bundesrat, Germany’s upper house, would then take up the matter in April, meaning it could enter into force no earlier than a month later.
Tagesspiegel said implementation could be delayed until June to ensure technical conditions, such as a national vaccine registry, are in place.
A poll published by the weekly Bild am Sonntag on Sunday showed that nearly two-thirds of Germans support a vaccination mandate, with around one-third against.
Among those opposed are members of the Free Democrats, who are part of the ruling coalition, and the former German health minister, who pledged last summer not to introduce a general mandate on vaccines.
Party leaders have agreed to let politicians vote according to their own conscience rather than party lines on the issue.
The impending tenure was also a rallying point for vocal anti-vaccine activists who took part in protests against Germany’s pandemic restrictions.
Some recent protests have turned violent, with protesters attacking police after being ordered to disperse.
Almost 72% of Germans are considered “fully vaccinated“, while 42.3% have received an additional booster.
The German disease control agency reported 36,552 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and 77 deaths.
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