Covid-19: Over-40s urged to get second jab sooner and couples await 21 June weddings announcement

Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning.

6/13/2021 9:58:00 AM

Covid-19: Government 'cautious' about unlocking and shipping disruption to continue

Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning.

1. Over-40s in Scotland urged to get second vaccine soonerPeople over the age of 40 in Scotland are beingurged to have their second Covid jab as soon as possible.The UK vaccines committee has recommended shortening the interval between jabs from 12 to eight weeks, amid a rising number of cases of the Delta variant. The Scottish government has said anyone in that age group who has a scheduled appointment more than eight weeks after their first jab should seek an earlier slot. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: "Boards are boosting their capacity to administer second doses alongside the delivery of first doses to younger cohorts and appointments are now being issued in accordance with the new recommendation of an eight week gap." You can read more about the impact of the

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first identified in India, here.image copyright2. Government cautious about 21 June unlockingThe governmentmust "be cautious"in deciding whether to end all Covid restrictions in England on 21 June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. Details of the next stage in the roadmap out of lockdown are due to be announced on Monday. But Mr Johnson warned that hospitals admissions were increasing, in part fuelled by the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. The prime minister told the BBC it was important any easing of restrictions was "irreversible". Our

, while infection rates were always expected to rise at this point, the current trajectory is steeper than government scientists had captionBoris Johnson: "In order to have an irreversible road map you got to be cautious"3. The engaged couples who could be affected

Couples preparing to wed areamong those who could be affected by England's unlocking being delayed. Sian Holmes and Daniel Whiteley have planned a 54-guest wedding on 25 June. However, the couple from Liverpool will lose "thousands of pounds" if the 30-person cap isn't lifted from 21 June, as had been planned. Miss Holmes said she "struggled to understand the disparity" in rules between weddings and larger sporting events. "It's not just a party. It is an important life event for people to celebrate together."

media captionEngaged couple Daniel Whiteley and Sian Holmes from Liverpool are due to marry on 25 June4. Huge queues at pop-up vaccine siteA pop-up Covidvaccine clinic in Sheffield reached capacityshortly after opening - prompting officials to ask people not to attend. Over-18s were invited to attend no-appointment drop-in sessions at the Crucible Theatre on Saturday. An online post advertising the clinic, open between 09:00 and 14:00 BST, was shared thousands of times.

5. Shipping disruption could last until ChristmasDisruption in the global container shipping industry couldlead to shortages in the run-up to Christmas, industry experts have said. In what is the latest in a series of severe setbacks for the industry, an outbreak of Covid-19 in Guangdong province in southern China has caused acute congestion at the region's ports. It means shipments have been delayed, exacerbating tensions within global supply chains. The knock-on effects could take many months to resolve.

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China's Zhengzhou begins cleanup after deadly storms

Residents of the storm-ravaged central Chinese city of Zhengzhou have begun shoveling mud from their homes and hauling away wrecked cars and piles of destroyed belongings following floods that killed at least 33 people in the city and surrounding areas

Vietnam approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency useVietnam has approved the COVID-19 vaccine jointly made by Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) for domestic emergency use, the government said on Saturday.

Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soarMOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's mayor on Saturday ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. I feel sorry for the people of Russia with Putin the Poisoner as current Czar of Russia.

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YouTube Suspends GOP Sen. Ron Johnson For COVID-19 'Misinformation'The Wisconsin Republican's one-week ban from uploading videos stems from his comments to the Milwaukee Press Club event, which were posted on the platform. That’s right, I remember he strode the halls of the Capitol during the Jan 6 tourist incursion. Had full confidence in not being harmed! As opposed to Pence etc... Aww, is that all? They only sensor Republicans! 🙄