Covid Briefing: Five things you need to know as pregnant women urged to get vaccinated against Covid

Here are the morning headlines on Monday, January 10, as pregnant women are urged to get the COVID vaccine to reduce risk to babies.

The UK government is warning that almost all pregnant women across the UK were hospitalized with symptoms of Covid, which were disproved in an analysis over several months last year, as it shut down an advertising campaign. Which encourages pregnant mothers.

The campaign is calling on pregnant women not to wait for their first, second or booster jab, and it will highlight the risks of Covid-19 for mothers and babies with testimony from pregnant women who have had vaccine transmission. To be done. Radio and social media.

The UK government says that together with medical experts and institutions, it has become clear that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and have no effect on fertility.

The Department of Health and Social Care cited data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System, which said 96.3% of pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms between May and October were shown to be unvaccinated, including one required respiratory support.

The Department of Health and Social Care said one in five women hospitalized with the virus need to deliver prematurely to help them recover, and one in five of their babies are cared for in a neonatal unit. is required.

The department said that since April 2021, around 84,000 pregnant women have received one dose and over 80,000 have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Jane Jardine of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who is seven months pregnant and who has had her Covid-19 booster jab, said: “As both a doctor and expectant mother, we can now be very confident that Covid-19 vaccines provide the best possible protection for you and your unborn baby against this virus.

“I would strongly call on all pregnant women like me, if you haven’t had the vaccine yet, talk to either your GP or midwife if you still have questions and then book today.”

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, said: “Getting a Covid-19 vaccine is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do this year to keep herself and her baby safe from this virus. is possible.

“We now have extensive evidence to show that vaccines are safe and that the risks posed by COVID-19 are far greater.

“If you do not have your COVID-19 vaccine, I would urge you to speak with your doctor or midwife if you have any questions or concerns, and book in your vaccine as soon as possible.”

Djokovic wins court case, will play in Australian Open

World number one male tennis player Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to deny him a visa ahead of the Australian Open.

The 34-year-old world tennis number 1 will be free to leave the Park Hotel in Carlton, where she has spent the last four nights with refugees and detainees, at 7 pm (Australia time).

Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly’s decision is a major blow to the government, who expected him to be deported this afternoon after he claimed to have relied on old ATAGI advice to enter the country.

The virtual hearing in Melbourne, with Djokovic appealing against the cancellation of his visa, comes amid growing public debate over a positive coronavirus test, which his lawyers have used as grounds for applying for a medical exemption to Australia’s strict vaccination rules used.

The top-ranked Serb, who will now defend his title at the Australian Open and win a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title, was denied entry when he arrived at Melbourne’s airport last Wednesday.

Boris Johnson under pressure from his MPs over sanctions

Boris Johnson has been under pressure from Tory lawmakers to come up with a plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions and provide a vision for living with the virus.

Cabinet minister Nadim Jahvi ruled out rolling back universal free lateral flow tests for now, but suggested the reduction in isolation times could be used to ease staffing issues.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak was also among ministers keen on 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 Tory party, urged the prime minister to announce an end to coronavirus restrictions. Read Mark Drakeford’s attack on PM as he says England is not following science

Mr Harper warned Mr Johnson that he could face an even bigger rebellion if he tries to raise him later this month.

However, the prime minister was unlikely to set out further plans, while the rate of cases is so high and the NHS is under significant pressure.

With 141,472 additional cases announced on Sunday, the figure fell for the fifth consecutive day. However, this should be treated with caution as reports often fall on weekends. Here are the latest cases for Wales.

The Education Secretary, Mr. Jahvi, insisted that the lateral flow test would remain free of charge for some time after the Sunday Times reported that their provision could be reduced in a big way.

But he did not indicate how long they would be free and he had ambitions for the UK to be “one of the first major economies to demonstrate to the world how you transition from pandemic to endemic”, or regular naturally occurring.

He said the UK’s Health Protection Agency would investigate whether the isolation period could be reduced to five days, telling Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “It will certainly affect schools, the critical workforce and others.” Will help relieve some of the pressure.

“But I would be completely inspired by the advice of experts, scientists whether we should move from seven days to five days. What you don’t want is to create false results from high levels of infection.”

Mr Harper, chairman of the lockdown-skeptical Covid Recovery Group, warned of a revolt if the prime minister tries to extend Plan B beyond January 26, which could be bigger than the 100 conservatives who introduced it last month. He was disregarded.

“I think there will be more people against it,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times. “I think intellectual reasoning is even weaker now.”

Asked when Mr Johnson should formally announce the end of restrictions, the MP said: “If it is not now, when is it?”

Latest update on Omicron in Wales from First Minister

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has said Wales is yet to peak Omicron, despite the infection rate reaching its highest figure at any stage in the pandemic.

Responding to questions about why Wales is operating under alert level two restrictions – a stricter measure than other parts of the UK – the First Minister said Wales was “not yet on top” of the latest coronavirus wave.

He said he expected the restrictions to be in place “for as short a time as possible”, but said Wales needed to reach a peak in easing them.

He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips: “There’s a little bit of good news in that the modeling we have shows a very rapid increase in omicron cases,” he said.

“We’re not at the top of that wave yet, but once we get to the top, modeling shows a relatively rapid decline from that peak as well.

“As we get past the peak and see the situation improving, of course we would like to return to a more modest level of safety a few weeks ago.

“We hope the level of protection we currently have will be sufficient to mitigate the impact of Omicron to help our NHS cope with the surprising pressures it is facing every day.” Read more here.

German vaccine mandate ‘could take months’

Germany’s ruling party is putting the brakes on plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccination, saying it could take months for politicians to properly debate the controversial measure in parliament.

The Berlin daily Tagesspigel quoted Dirk Wiese, the deputy parliamentary party leader of the Social Democrats, as saying on Sunday that the Bundestag should aim to complete its deliberations on the vaccine mandate during the first quarter of 2022.

Green Party caucus leader Britta Hasselman told the Funke media group that the first debate could take place in late January.

With few parliamentary sessions in February, this could mean the lower house will not pass a bill before the end of March.

Germany’s upper house, the Bundesrat, will take up the matter in April, meaning it could come into force a month later at the earliest.

Tagespigel pointed out that implementation could be delayed until June to ensure technical conditions like the Nationwide Vaccine Register.

A poll published on Sunday by the weekly Bild am Sonntag showed that nearly two-thirds of Germans support a vaccine mandate, while almost a third are against it.

Among those opposed are some members of the Free Democrats, who are part of the ruling coalition, and Germany’s former health minister, who last summer pledged not to introduce a general vaccine mandate.

Party leaders have agreed to let politicians vote according to their conscience rather than across party lines on the issue.

The emerging mandate has also been a rallying point for outspoken anti-vaccine campaigners participating in the protests against Germany’s pandemic restrictions.

Some recent demonstrations have turned violent, with protesters attacking police officers after they were ordered to disperse.

About 72% of Germans are considered “fully vaccinated”, while 42.3% have received an additional booster jab.

Germany’s disease control agency reported 36,552 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 77 deaths in the past 24 hours.

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