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Covid live news: cases increase in 75% of UK local authorities; France reports sharp rise in cases

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A third dose likely needed to be fully vaccinated, says Dr Antony Fauci

Dr Antony Fauci said an additional boost could become the standard in determining which American is fully vaccinated. A majority of Americans who have been vaccinated should receive the booster shot, he said.

Reuters reported Fauci and other disease experts are expecting Covid-19 will transition this spring from a pandemic in the United States to an endemic disease. An endemic disease means smaller, less significant, outbreaks of covid in the coming years.

Seven doctors contract Covid after attending Florida anti-vaccine summit

After attending anti-vaccine summit, seven anti-vaccine doctors contracted covid-19.

Littell told the Daily Beast that six other doctors among 800 to 900 participants at the event tested positive or developed Covid-19 symptoms “within days of the conference”.

Littell, an Ocala family physician, raised the suggestion that the conference was therefore a supers-spreader event but rejected it, vehemently saying: “No.”

Professor Tim Spector has told Sky News that covid cases should stay “fairly flat”. But expects cases will get “worse again” post-Christmas.

The head of the ZOE covid study app added that any significant rise would be driven by children infecting unvaccinated people.

“I think it’s going to be story of areas of the country that have these pockets of unvaccinated people that are going to suffer the most,” said Professor Spector.

Despite nearly 200 million Americans fully vaccinated, this upcoming Thanksgiving will still be celebrated with caution. The Associated Press reported regions in America are experiencing surges of Covid-19.

It brings attention to hospitals in Michigan which has reported about 3,800 covid patients in the beginning of the week.

According to the latest covid data tracker by CDC, Michigan is ranked the highest with 616 in a 7-day case rate per 100,000.

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Good evening, it is Streisand here. I will bring you the latest covid headlines for the next couple of hours.

The Washington Post reported the Biden administration wants “as soon as possible” the federal appeals court to bring back its covid vaccination or testing requirement for private businesses.

The Justice Department said that the federal government should be allowed to address “the grave danger of Covid-19 in the workplace.”

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Here’s a summary of the latest developments …

  • Justin Trudeau has said that his top priority for his new government is to get Covid-19 in Canada under control and get more people vaccinated. In a speech outlining his legislative agenda for a new session of parliament after September’s election, the Canadian prime minster pledged support to Canadian industries, which he said were still struggling due to the pandemic.
  • According to an analysis of the Covid case rates across the UK, 75% of local authorities experienced a week-on-week rise in the seven days to 19 November. The figures, calculated by PA Media, found that Torridge in Devon had the highest rate in the UK, followed by Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland and Gwynedd in Wales.
  • Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned that European airlines face a slump in Christmas and early summer travel, claiming lockdown fears are putting people off booking holidays.
  • There were a further 42,484 Covid-19 cases confirmed by labs in the UK and 165 additional deaths, official data shows. The weekly tally was up by 9% to reach 297,658 who have tested positive.
  • France has announced that there were more than 30,000 Covid infections in the past 24 hours. On Monday, France reported 5,266 new cases.
  • Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands hit a new weekly record on Tuesday – rising by 39% – and intensive care unit admissions rose sharply. The figures show a 19% rise in hospital admissions over the last week and a 26% rise in intensive care unit admissions.
  • Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has urged people to get a Covid test before all social occasions as she called for an “extra effort” in the leadup to Christmas.
  • People in the UK were today urged to take a rapid Covid test before mixing in crowded indoor spaces, marking a change in government and NHS guidance. Previously, the guidance advised the public to use lateral flow tests twice a week.
  • Spanish government researchers have signed a licensing agreement for their coronavirus antibody test that means other manufacturers will be able to make it. It is hoped that the move, which marks the first time a manufacturer has allowed its Covid test to be included in a World Health Organization technology pool, will boost testing in poor countries.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband has told of his astonishment that around a third of Germans are not vaccinated, blaming it in part on “a certain German laziness and complacency”. Joachim Sauer, who until his retirement four years ago was a professor of quantum chemistry, told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, as reported by its German partner Die Welt: “It’s astonishing that a third of the population is not following scientific evidence.”
  • The Netherlands has started transporting coronavirus patients to Germany in a bid to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to cope with a surge in cases. Health authorities said that one patient was transferred by ambulance from Rotterdam to Bochum, a city 150 miles away in western Germany, this morning and that another would be transported to the same hospital later today.
  • Europes coronavirus death toll is likely to exceed 2 million by March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. The global health agency said that Europe remains “in the firm grip” of the pandemic. Daily deaths have risen to nearly 4,200 a day – double the figure for the end of September.
  • Stormont ministers have agreed a series of new Covid measures for Northern Ireland. Ministers met this morning to continue discussions on proposals recommended by health minister Robin Swann.

That’s it from me for today. Handing over to my colleague Streisand Neto. Thanks for reading.

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More detail from Reuters on Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s speech opening the new parliamentary session:

The best thing we can do for the economy remains ending the pandemic for good.

Trudeau says getting Covid-19 under control is top priority for Canada under new government

Justin Trudeau has said that his top priority for his new government is to get Covid-19 in Canada under control and get more people vaccinated.

In a speech outlining his legislative agenda for a new session of parliament after September’s election, the Canadian prime minster pledged support to Canadian industries, which he said are still struggling due to the pandemic.

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, stands during the playing of the nation anthem at the Senate of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, today.
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, stands during the playing of the nation anthem at the Senate of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, today. Photograph: Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images

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Covid cases have increased in 75% of UK local authorities

According to an analysis of the Covid case rates across the UK, 75% of local authorities underwent a week-on-week rise in the seven days to 19 November.

The figures, calculated by PA Media, found that Torridge in Devon had the highest rate in the UK, with 697 new cases during the period (equivalent to 1,014 per 100,000 people), followed by Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland, with 1,277 new cases (857 per 100,000), and Gwynedd in Wales, which had 1,059 cases (846 per 100,000).

Moray had Scotland’s highest rate with 542 cases per 100,000 people.

The five areas in the UK with the biggest week-on-week rises were: East Hampshire, Richmondshire, Elmbridge, the Shetland Islands and Mid Ulster.

Ryanair boss warns of slump in Christmas and early summer travel amid lockdown fears

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned that European airlines face a slump in Christmas and early summer travel, claiming lockdown fears are putting people off booking holidays.

He said:

I think we’re in for a fraught period between now and Christmas where it looks like Europe is going to get very nervous again at the worst time of the year when people are making their Christmas travel plans.

I think it’s inevitable we will undermine confidence between now and Christmas, and that will disrupt Christmas and New Year when they would normally start booking their summer holidays.

Mark Sweney reports:

Scientists have reacted with scepticism to claims by AstraZeneca’s CEO that low uptake of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab among elderly Europeans could explain the current surge in Covid-19 infections in mainland Europe.

Guardian science correspondent Linda Geddes reports:

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