The UK is facing an uncertain winter amid the spread of coronavirus and flu and all those eligible for vaccination should take up the offer to protect themselves, the chief executive of the UK health authority said.
Dr. Jenny Harries said this year’s flu could be “multi-stemmed,” reiterating natural immunity is lower after being locked out last year, having affected much less than an average winter.
She said it was difficult to predict what will come with Covid-19 as immunity to vaccines in some elderly people wanes, but adopted an optimistic tone, adding that she considered a winter lockdown “very unlikely”.
Dr. Harries stated that this year’s flu could be made up of different strains, and said the vaccine being offered this winter season is designed to protect against four of them.
She said, “We have pretty good choices in our toolbox to try to hit the dominant one, but there could be more than one this year and people’s immunity will be lower.
“I think the real trick here is to get vaccinated – against both Covid and flu – but obviously continue to follow the good hygiene we have practiced throughout the Covid period.”
1,000 cross the canal in 48 hours as Britain was asked to pay France £ 54million
More than 1,000 people boarded small boats and made the dangerous journey across the English Channel to Britain in two days, despite temperatures plummeting after the end of summer.
After 10 days in which no crossings were possible due to weather conditions, at least 40 boats reached Great Britain on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the UK has been urged to keep his word by a French minister who alleged that none of the £ 54 million France pledged to help deal with migrant transitions had been paid.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said after his visit to Dunkirk on Saturday that “not one euro was paid”.
Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold funding unless more people were prevented from reaching the UK.
According to the PA news agency, more than 18,000 people have managed to reach Great Britain on board small boats since the beginning of the year.
A spate of crossing attempts on Friday resulted in 624 people reaching the UK – the fourth highest daily number recorded during the current crisis.
Crossings continued on Saturday, with at least 491 people including children arriving in the UK after the dangerous journey.
Netflix Squid Game warning issued by schools
Schools have started warning parents about the violent Netflix hit series Squid Game.
It comes after students started asking teachers to run competitions included in the South Korean program that has become Netflix’s most watched show in 90 countries.
And schools have said that students started playing the game in playgrounds – with reports of children beating up the “eliminated” players.
In the fictional series, hundreds of indebted participants take on survival tasks – masked as popular playground games – for a huge cash prize.
The name Squid Games comes from a Korean school playground game in which children run to the finish line when called “green light” and then freeze when called “red light” – all players caught moving are eliminated.
But on the Netflix show, players caught moving will be shot.
Now schools are warning parents that the show and its violent and cruel scenes are not suitable for teenagers. reports Der Spiegel.
Vape liquid “contains thousands of chemicals that could be harmful to health”
Vapers are warned that e-cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals that could harm their health, new researchers warn.
They contain potentially toxic industrial substances and caffeine – for that extra kick.
The compounds are not disclosed by the manufacturers – and are not found in conventional cigarettes.
Scientists analyzed four popular tobacco-flavored liquids, including Mi-Salt, Vuse, Juul, and Blu.
They identified the unique “fingerprints” of almost 2,000 chemicals using state-of-the-art scanning technology.
Six were potentially harmful – including three that have never been found in e-cigarettes before. The vast majority were not identified.
Worryingly, hydrocarbon-like compounds have been discovered – typically associated with combustion – which manufacturers say does not occur.
Boris Johnson vacationing in Spain during the crisis is sensible, says minister
A cabinet minister has defended Boris Johnson for going on vacation while the government struggles to contain a cost of living crisis and the aftermath of rising gas prices.
Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng insisted it was “sensible” for the Prime Minister to take a break after reportedly flying to Marbella to vacation in a private villa on the Costa del Sol.
Mr Kwarteng said he is in “regular WhatsApp contact” with the prime minister, who he found recently lost his mother.
Downing Street did not deny that Mr Johnson had traveled to Spain, but refused to say whether the Prime Minister was instead working at No. 10 or Checkers as usual.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson was traveling with pregnant Ms. Carrie and their one-year-old son Wilf after the Conservative Conference last week.
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