Covid cases have remained equal between men and women throughout the pandemic, but since the football final, cases have increased disproportionately in men.
The latest data comes as the UK prepares to end all lockdown restrictions on Monday, July 19.
Covid rules will be scrapped from law but ministers and other political leaders are urging the public to continue to wear face coverings in crowded spaces and public transport.
No10 has said facemasks were still “expected and recommended” even after July 19.
The Prime Minister has told the public to exercise “extreme caution” and to take “personal responsibility” wherever possible.
The PHE data also suggests the 20-29 age group is now leading Covid cases, as youngsters are the last group to be vaccinated.
Experts have argued the recent rise in Covid cases among young men has been caused by gatherings to watch the football – including revelling in the streets, homes and pubs.
Huge crowds of people gathered across the nation to cheer on the England squad in the Euro 2020 final – many of which did not observe social distancing.
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While there has been no confirmed link between the Euro gatherings and the sudden surge, Scottish scientists have previously made a connection between cases and watching the England v Scotland game on June 18.
Public Health Scotland (PHS) confirmed over 1,200 cases were linked to fans who had travelled to London to watch the Euro 2020 matches.
In a report, the health service said: “PHS is working with Test & Protect and NHS boards to ensure that all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases as part of the 32,539 cases that were reported to the Test & Protect Case Management System during this period (June 11-28).”
On Thursday, Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, warned the epidemic could easily “get into trouble again surprisingly fast.”
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He said: “We are not by any means out of the woods yet on this, we are in much better shape due to the vaccine programme, and drugs and a variety of other things.
“But this has got a long way to run in the UK, and it’s got even further to run globally.”
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All the UK approved vaccines dramatically decrease the chances of someone dying, or being hospitalised, with Covid-19. However there are concerns younger adults, who may be less at risk from the virus, are failing to get vaccinated.
Experts warn most adults, of all ages, need to get vaccinated if Britain is to achieve herd immunity.
This would prevent another surge in coronavirus infections, especially when England’s remaining restrictions end on July 19.
According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), vaccine uptake amongst young people was raised at a meeting of the North West London health overview committee, on Wednesday.
The publication reports Pippa Nightingale, chief nursing officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said they have enough doses but are struggling to attract younger people.
There are reports some young people are failing to come forward for vaccines (Image: GETTY)
A queue for coronavirus vaccines in London (Image: GETTY)
She commented: “We’ve got all of our vaccination centres only really operating at about 30 percent of their capacity because that’s the people that are turning up.
“So we’ve got staff there, we’ve got vaccines there, but we are really struggling.
“That’s the picture across London, it’s also a picture across the country.”
Ms Nightingale warned some young people think they “don’t need the vaccine” because, if they catch Covid they are less likely to end up in intensive care.
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57 percent of 18-24 year olds have had their first Covid jab (Image: GETTY)
All adult age groups are now able to get coronavirus vaccines, with the youngest becoming eligible in June.
NHS England figures show 56.7 percent of those aged 18-24 have received their first dose, along with 64.8 percent of those aged 25-30.
There are reported to be particular difficulties persuading young people to get vaccinated in London.
Speaking to HSJ an insider said: “First doses are really off the wall low in London, huge numbers of under-40s, and especially under-30s not coming in.
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The Government believes vaccination is the best way to beat coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
A queue for coronavirus vaccines at the Arsenal stadium (Image: GETTY)
“They’re just not interested and it’s not sinking in.
“Lots of supply available in London, it’s all demand based.
“When we raise that it’s a public health issue to weigh in on, we get told to just keep offering appointments.”
More than half the UK’s adult population has now received two coronavirus jabs.
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From July 19, in England, the remaining legal restrictions on gatherings will be removed.
On Wednesday another 49 deaths were reported, across the UK, of people who tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 28 days.
Another 42,302 coronavirus cases were reported, the highest figure since January.
New cases across the UK have now exceeded 30,000 for eight days in a row.
The UK has recorded over 128,000 coronavirus related deaths (Image: GETTY)
On Tuesday 158,276 people received their second coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with another 59,073 getting their first dose.
Speaking to Express.co.uk an NHS spokesperson said: “Take up of the Covid-19 vaccine remains high with more than 85% of adults having their first jab, including three in five people aged 18-24 and thousands still coming forward each week.
“Local teams have been working hard to ensure it is as easy as possible for young people to get their jab offering both appointments and walk-ins at convenient locations.”
State Pension age will be important to Britons as it is at this point they will be able to unlock their sum. The amount a person can receive is usually based on National Insurance contributions, but can climb up to £179.60 per week. State pension age is currently set at 66, however, a new petition on the official Parliament website has called for a reconsideration of this matter.
The impacts of the pandemic across the board have been wide-ranging, and with support measures set to draw to a close, many fear a jobs crisis.
Redundancies are expected when the furlough scheme ends in September, meaning many more people could be competing for employment.
The petition, then, poses an earlier retirement as a potential solution, to take older Britons out of the jobs market and allow young people to come to the fore.
Currently, at just over 1,000 signatures, the petition will need to garner at least 10,000 before an official Government response is triggered.
The age at which people become entitled to the state pension has often been a topic of controversy.
Previously, state pension age stood at 60 for women and 65 for men.
However, following changes to ensure gender parity, the state pension age was set at 65.
Subsequently, the state pension has been undergoing gradual increases, meaning eligibility age has become further off.
Now at 66, the state pension age is set to rise even further in the future, meaning Britons will have to wait longer to receive their sum.
The increase to state pension age, the Government has explained, is a result of rising life expectancy.
Now, Britons are expected to spend a larger proportion of their lives in retirement than ever before.
With an ageing population, to ensure everyone is able to receive a state pension, the age is being gradually increased.
But with a moving barometer, many Britons may want further clarity on what a state pension age change could mean for them.
The Government’s state pension age calculator, accessible through its official website, may be able to help in this regard.
The online tool can help individuals discover a number of important entitlements, which include:
When a person will reach state pension age
When a person will qualify for Pension Credit
When a person will be eligible for free bus travel
People may also wish to use the state pension forecast tool in order to find out how much money they are due to receive.
A DWP spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “The Government decided over 25 years ago that it was going to make the state pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality.
“Raising State Pension age in line with life expectancy changes has been the policy of successive administrations over many years.”
Five young men have been convicted of attempted murder and aggravated violence after two violent incidents at Torshov in Oslo last year. In both episodes, the victim was stabbed with a machete.
Both the accused and the victim are young men in their upper teens and early 20s who had previously been together in two different apartments in an apartment building in Torshov. They belong to two different groups of friends, according to the verdict from the Oslo District Court.
The two incidents – where so severe violence was used that the court has found sufficient evidence to convict three of the accused of attempted murder – took place just two minutes apart in two parallel streets in Torshov, just after midnight on March 20 last year. Two other defendants took part in the violence. They were convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
None of the defendants pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Nevertheless, the main perpetrator and the accomplice in the first case have been sentenced to five and a half and three years and three months’ imprisonment, respectively. The victim suffered life-threatening head injuries after being attacked with a machete.
The main perpetrator of the second violent attack, which took place just two minutes after the first episode, has been sentenced to six years and four months in prison in a joint sentence with a previous sentence.
The other two perpetrators have been sentenced to three years and eight months and three and a half years, respectively, for complicity in inflicting grievous bodily harm. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries as he was stabbed in the chest with a machete.
On 2 July 2021, in Jamestown, Accra, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project (www.SEEDProject.org) and DUNK Grassroots, together with some 200 youth, inaugurated the newly renovated basketball court at the GaMashie Development Agency.
The renovation and inauguration are part of a project titled “Playground” that was created to empower young people to create viable alternatives to irregular migration. It leverages the educational power of basketball to equip the youth with life skills and self-resilience.
“Using basketball as a vehicle to foster life skills, is a fantastic approach that will be beneficial for the youth of Jamestown and neighbouring communities. Our youth has a lot of potential, and they need safe spaces to grow and thrive. This is an opportunity to allow them to create their own alternatives to irregular migration,” said the Mayor of Accra, Honourable Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
The Playground project is a partnership made possible through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
“Playground has the youth and community at its heart. We work with our partners to inform about safe migration options as well as the dangers of irregular migration,” said Abibatou Wane-Fall, Chief of Mission IOM Ghana. She added: “Together, we bring the vision of an open and inclusive space to life – a space for girls and boys, young women and young men, from all walks of lives and backgrounds, migrants, returnees, neighbours, and locals. Everyone is invited to play and learn and grow together.”
The Playground project partners work together to empower young people to make well-informed migration choices, to decide on their own futures and to build their dreams. Together with local partners, it builds a culture of self-development and pride on and beyond the court.
“Ensuring youth have access to safe places to play is fundamental, as it’s the place where all the life skills programmes, games and community outreach occur – it all begins on the court,” explained Mactar NDiaye, Director of Operations, SEED Project. “This is why we at SEED are incredibly honored to have worked on the ground with the community of Jamestown to refurbish this basketball court, which also helps better secure their actual needs and ownership.”
This inauguration event concludes a series of youth engagement initiatives designed to empower young people. Implemented under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative since 2017 in 12 countries in the region, these activities mostly happen in public spaces using sports and art. IOM has supported over 1800 Ghanaian migrants to voluntarily and safely return home. Over 700 returnees have completed their reintegration to date, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. Overall, over 300 awareness-raising sessions have taken place in communities and schools across the country, while radio and TV broadcasts have reached approximately 1,100,000 Ghanaians nationwide. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project. For more information: Visit: https://yenna.org/playground
Juliane Reissig Public Information at IOM Ghana [email protected] +233 (0)302 742 930
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Teenage wildcard Emma Raducanu reached the Wimbledon third round on her Grand Slam debut on Thursday night – and then claimed it was like being on holiday. The Londoner, 18, won her first ever Tour-level match in the opening round just two months after finishing her A Levels.
And on Thursday evening Raducanu, who is world No 338, shocked former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 12.
“I feel like I am on a holiday,” beamed Raducanu. “It is unbelievable. And I want to stay here as long as I can.
“Playing in front of a home crowd helps, the support is so loud, they are so behind me. I have that in the back of my mind.
“I have tried to play every point like it was my match point or the last point of Wimbledon. I have been playing that trick with myself.”
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, hundreds of young people joined the queue as jabs were dished out from 10am to 6pm yesterday. Tottenham stars of the past including Ossie Ardiles and Ledley King joined in to help. Stadiums in Bristol and Merseyside were also among those brought into action after a social media blitz.
Health chiefs thanked those who had come forward to do their bit.
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, told the Daily Express: “We need everyone’s help to protect the country and we are so grateful to the many young people who have come forward so far, to either get their jab or to book in. By playing their part and getting protected, they are helping our country to save lives.
“If you have not been vaccinated yet please do take up the offer and if you know someone who has not yet done so please urge them to book a jab.
“The more of us who are vaccinated the safer we all are.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “It’s great to see young people stepping up and playing their part in the national effort.”
Latest data showed more than 42.9 million people had received a first dose in the UK, accounting for 81.6 per cent of adults.
Some 31.3 million had received a second dose – almost three in five adults.
The vaccine booking figures for Friday and Saturday do not include appointments made through GP-led vaccination services or those jabbed at walk-in centres, meaning the true figure will be even higher.
Sir Simon added that the programme “continues in full swing as the finishing line comes into sight”.
He said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people coming forward to play their part, protecting themselves, their friends and their family – nearly nine million people in their 20s and 30s have now had their first dose.
“NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to get jabs in arms with pop-up sites in shopping centres and mass events at football stadiums all adding to the huge network of services that have now delivered more than 62 million lifesaving jabs.”
In a bid to reach as many young people as possible, the Government has joined forces with social media giants offering extra features such as stickers and photo filters in support of the vaccine programme.
Mr Hancock said: “I am delighted that Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and YouTube are coming together to support the most successful vaccine effort in NHS history.
“The vaccine programme has put us on the road to recovery and I urge everyone to come forward for the offer, roll up their sleeves and join the millions that already have the fullest possible protection from two doses.”
Snapchat will also host a series of Q&A sessions with medical experts on the Prime Minister’s account to build confidence and tackle misinformation.
Reddit is hosting live “ask me anything” events with experts on its coronavirus forum. TikTok is offering “I’ve had my Covid vaccine” stickers for users to share and is supporting scientists and doctors to share information through videos.
In collaboration with the NHS, YouTube has rolled out a campaign with the tagline “Let’s Not Go Back” to remind its core 18-34 year old audience of the importance of getting the jab. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our vaccine rollout has been a great success and is now available to all adults.
“We have worked closely with social media platforms throughout the pandemic to promote life-saving vaccine information, and this new initiative with popular platforms will help drive take-up even higher.
“We are also tackling misinformation online through our Online Safety Bill to make sure people are not bombarded by harmful content.”
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and we have made incredible progress so far with more than four in five adults receiving at least one dose and all adults being invited.
“I encourage everyone to get the jab. It could stop you becoming seriously ill and protect your loved ones.”
A further 9,284 cases of Covid were confirmed yesterday, lower than on the previous three days, but up 24 percent compared to the previous Sunday. Six coronavirus deaths were reported, down slightly from eight a week earlier.
BILLINGS, Mont. — From the moment Silver Little Eagle decided to run for Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, people dismissed her as too young, too green. But she was determined. Wooing voters with coffee, doughnuts and vows of bringing new energy to tribal issues, she won as a write-in candidate, becoming her tribe’s youngest councilwoman at age 23.
Then last month, Ms. Little Eagle was beaten and robbed inside a Billings hotel room by two other women. News of the assault of a young Native American leader traveled fast, shocking people far beyond Montana. But it was only the start of Ms. Little Eagle’s travails.
In the month since the May 16 assault, Ms. Little Eagle said she had been bullied and harassed, and failed by the very tribal systems she had campaigned to change. To some, her story has become an example of the shame and indifference Indigenous women confront as victims of violence, even from their own communities.
“I was thrown to the wolves,” Ms. Little Eagle said, sitting inside a safe house where she has been staying with relatives. Cedar smoke from a family prayer drifted through the living room.
As Ms. Little Eagle talked about her assault one recent morning, her left eye was still bloodied and swollen. The bandages had just come off her broken nose. Her right arm was a fading map of bruises.
The deeper wounds were harder to see.
Ms. Little Eagle and her family said tribal agencies and law enforcement had been slow to take her attack seriously. A tribal judge dismissed their efforts to get a permanent restraining order. People on local social media groups have spent weeks maligning her. Ms. Little Eagle said she no longer felt safe on the reservation. She does not know when she will return to the tribal council.
“It just leaves me wondering who I am,” she said.
More than 80 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives become victims of violence, according to the Justice Department, a long-running crisis that activists say is worsened by inconsistent and haphazard responses from law enforcement. On some reservations, Native women are 10 times as likely to be killed as the national average, according to the Indian Law Resource Center.
Under pressure from activists and victims’ families, leaders in Washington as well as state and tribal governments have passed laws and created task forces to address the violence and improve coordination between law enforcement agencies. But activists said little had actually changed on the ground when it came to prosecuting those who commit violence or addressing the needs of victims and their families.
“It’s so pervasive that it even happens to our elected tribal leaders, and there’s no recourse,” said Desi Small-Rodriguez, a demographer and sociologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Northern Cheyenne citizen. “In Montana, Indian women are not safe. We’re not even safe among our own people.”
Ms. Little Eagle’s story began far from the small safe house where she now shuttles back and forth between doctor’s visits and counseling sessions. She grew up among the rolling grasses and rocky hills in the tiny reservation town of Lame Deer, population 2,000.
She got a scholarship to Dartmouth College but felt out of place, at the bottom of a hierarchy of class and money. She left after a year.
After coming home, she got a job as an activities coordinator for the Northern Cheyenne Elderly Program, spending her days making dolls and balms, playing cards and planning outings. Ms. Little Eagle had been raised by her grandmother, and said she sometimes felt like an elder who happened to inhabit the body of a 20-something. A desire to help tribal elders propelled her to run for council, she said.
“It took a long time and a lot of hard work and prayer to get where I am,” she said.
When Covid-19 tore through the reservation late last year, she joined in efforts to protect elders by ferrying meals of ham steaks and sweet potatoes down winding country roads to people’s homes. She shooed elders home if she saw them driving around. But several died of the virus, including Ms. Little Eagle’s grandfather.
Ms. Little Eagle’s case was far from the first time Indigenous victims have felt stymied by the justice system in Montana.
Family members spent years asking the authorities for answers and attention in the deaths of 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, whose body was found in a yard in Hardin, or 14-year-old Henny Scott, who was found dead on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation 20 days after the authorities say she walked away from a house in Lame Deer and died of hypothermia in 2018. Nobody has been charged in their deaths.
At the same time, Ms. Little Eagle’s story has stirred pained conversations about violence within Indigenous communities, and the price of speaking out. Ms. Little Eagle said her assailants were two other Native women — she said she knew one through intramural volleyball.
On the night of the attack, they had gone out together in Billings and ended up in Ms. Little Eagle’s room at the DoubleTree, according to Ms. Little Eagle and her family. The last thing Ms. Little Eagle remembered was being kicked in the head.
When she woke up the next morning, her money, identification and phone were gone, and her car had been stolen, according to Ms. Little Eagle and the Billings police. When she staggered into the bathroom to wash off the blood, she said, she could barely recognize her swollen face in the mirror.
The police in Billings said that Ms. Little Eagle’s attack was not random or racially motivated, and that they were seeking to interview two women, 25 and 27 years old, whom they described as “persons of interest.” Nobody has been arrested.
Ms. Little Eagle and her family said the assault had forced them onto a frustrating quest for justice.
When the family called a tribal agency that helps victims of violence, they were told the sparse staff was too busy working on budgets and a new computer system to immediately help. The tribal council has made no public statements about the attack.
Ms. Little Eagle was able to get a temporary protective order against the two women she says assaulted her, but it expired after a tribal judge would not let her attend a court hearing remotely. Her family said driving to court in Lame Deer would have been too dangerous and traumatizing. They said they had to start over and fill out paperwork for a restraining order in Yellowstone County’s courts, off the reservation.
The Northern Cheyenne Nation’s president, judges and council leaders did not respond to several messages seeking comment.
As Ms. Little Eagle sought justice, her case became grist for voracious gossip and speculation on social media.
Local Facebook groups have become no-holds-barred public squares source in many rural communities where local news sources are shutting down. A scrappy newspaper that had served the community, A Cheyenne Voice, closed in 2016. Into the void stepped groups like Cheyenne Truth, a Facebook group whose 6,400 members outnumbered the population on the reservation.
People on the group traded rumors and falsehoods about the assault. Some minimized Ms. Little Eagle’s injuries. Others speculated that Ms. Little Eagle had been having an affair with the husband of one of her assailants, and that her attack had been some form of retribution.
One person wrote: “Held accountable is what needs to happen to Silver!” Another said: “Silver Little Eagle you need to resign!”
Ms. Little Eagle said there was no affair, but said the question was beside the point. The rampant shaming and dissection of her personal life would never have happened if Ms. Little Eagle were a man, she said. The online gossip became like a second assault.
“My healing was stripped away,” she said. “I wish I knew what was hurting them that made them want to hurt me.”
Facebook removed the Cheyenne Truth group for violating its policies against bullying and harassment after being contacted to comment for this article.
Others inside and outside the tribe rallied to her aid. Ms. Little Eagle’s family created a fund-raising page that quickly raised more than $ 25,000 to cover medical and legal bills. Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation drove from Pine Ridge, S.D., to deliver a red quilt emblazoned with their tribal flag. There has been an outpouring of support on social media to counter the criticism.
“It’s important to support young female leaders,” said Kevin Killer, president of the Oglala Lakota.
At the same time, her case has caused some families to ask why one act of violence draws media coverage, thousands of dollars in donations and a public outcry while other victims struggle for attention.
These days Ms. Little Eagle is trying to shift attention away from her case to those of other Indigenous women who have faced violence or have gone missing altogether.
Indigenous people are four times as likely to go missing in Montana as non-Indigenous people, and Ms. Little Eagle recently drove five hours to the Blackfeet Reservation in western Montana to join a search party looking for Arden Pepion, a 3-year-old girl who has not been seen since April. There was slim hope of finding Arden, but Ms. Little Eagle said she needed to be there.
She said she wanted, more than ever, to help other families and keep them from going through what she had.
“I was turned away from support and help,” Ms. Little Eagle said. “I’m fortunate to have support that other women don’t. That has to change. There are so many other women who ask for the same help, and they’re not able to get it.”