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Daily uk news Matt Hancock warns hug 'carefully': Brits are urged to be cautious as country unlocks tomorrow with pubs finally allowed to serve customers inside and theatres, cinemas and art galleries sold out ahead of reopening MetiNews.Com

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Daily uk news  Matt Hancock warns hug 'carefully': Brits are urged to be cautious as country unlocks tomorrow with pubs finally allowed to serve customers inside and theatres, cinemas and art galleries sold out ahead of reopening MetiNews.Com
16 May 2021 - 13:27

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Matt Hancock today warned people to 'be careful' when hugging others on Monday, as England prepares to finally unlock from Covid lockdown.Theatres, cinemas and art galleries will be allowed to open across the country for the first time this year when more lockdown measures are eased tomorrow.Restaurants and pubs will also be able to serve customers indoors for the first time since December.Ahead of the big unlock, venues have already begun selling out.Seats at the famous Globe Theatre reportedly unavailable now until the middle of next monthAnd Grayson Perry's Manchester Art Gallery exhibition is also said to booked out throughout May and into June.But delivering a stark reality check, the Health Secretary today warned about the 'risk' of meeting indoors.The warning comes as fears continue over the spread of the Indian Covid variant in the UK.Speaking to Sky News this morning, Mr Hancock said: 'We should all be careful, we all know the risks, outside is safer than inside - so even though you can, from tomorrow, meet up inside, it's still better to meet up outside. Matt Hancock today warned people to 'be careful' when hugging others on Monday, as England prepares to finally unlock Theatres, cinemas and art galleries will be allowed to open across the country for the first time this year when more lockdown measures are eased tomorrow Restaurants and pubs will also be able to serve customers indoors since December. Pictured: A waitress at a bar brings out pints to customers in Edinburgh Ahead of the big unlock, venues have already begun selling out, with the famous Globe Theatre reportedly sold out until the middle of next month. Pictured: The National Theatre in London is also opening tomorrow 'We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will overcome': Matt Hancock backs jabs to beat Indian Covid variant Matt Hancock backed England's vaccine roll-out to beat the new Indian Covid variant today, saying there was evidence existing jabs could deal with the highly contagious new strain and keep the move out of lockdown on track.The Health Secretary said that a new Oxford University investigation showed that the innoculations available were effective against the variant which is now dominant in some Northern towns. Four people are known to have died from the Indian variant but appearing on TV this morning Mr Hancock said those who had been hospitalised were 'largely people who are eligible for the vaccine but have not taken it'.It came as Boris Johnson today pledged to increase the speed of Britain's vaccine roll-out to a million jabs a day in an attempt to beat the increasing prevalence of the variant amid fears it could derail the country's exit from lockdown. Appearing on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday he said: 'There's new very early data out from Oxford University, and I would stress that this is from the labs, it's not clinical data, and it's very early.'But it does give us a degree of confidence that the vaccines work against this Indian variant, but it is clearly more transmissible and has been spreading fast in the groups where there's a cluster.'That means that we can stay on course with our strategy of using the vaccine to deal with the pandemic and opening up carefully and cautiously but we do need to be really very vigilant to the spread of the disease.'We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will overcome.'But Mr Hancock did strike a note of more caution over the final release from lockdown on June 21, saying the final decision would not be taken until June 14. Sage's Professor John Edmunds urged the country not to panic over the new variant, telling the BBC's Marr that those who have been vaccinated are unlikely to experience more than mild Covid symptoms from it. Meanwhile a growing number of questions are also being asked about the failure to make people arriving into the country from India quarantine earlier, after it emerged the government failed to put India on the 'red list' even though infection rates were nearly 50 times higher among arrivals from the country than the rest of the UK. Of the 3,345 people touching down in Britain from India between March 25 and April 7, some 4.8 per cent tested positive for Covid, compared to just 0.1 per cent of people in England, Public Health England data shows.    adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement 'Of course there are people who have been yearning to have some physical contact - you should do that carefully. 'If you've had both jabs more than two weeks ago, that's much safer.Asked who he planned to hug first, with the Government set to relax rules tomorrow on contact with close family and friends, he said: 'I was asked on Tuesday and I said the thing I'm really looking forward to is hugging my mum, she's had two jabs - actually dad got quite upset about that.'I'm really looking forward to hugging you as well, dad, but we'll probably do it outside and keep the ventilation going: hands, face and space.'It comes as art venues will be able to indoor areas for the first time this year.Measures are being lifted on Monday to allow all art venues, museums and theatres to open as part of a raft of new lockdown easing measures.But, with Britons now having had their freedoms curtailed for the last five months, many are now rushing to get back to visit their favourite cultural sites.According to the Sunday Times, Shakespeare’s Globe in London tickets are sold out until the middle of next month.And the paper reports that Grayson Perry's upcoming exhibition at Manchester's has also booked out until the end of next month.The vast majority of free tickets up until June were reportedly booked within eight hours of going online.A waiting list has been set up, with opening times to be extended, with 500 people already signed up.Similarly, tickets for exhibitions at the Tate Modern and David Hockney’s exhibition at the Royal Academy have also sold out until later this year.  In the cinemas, families are busy booking up Peter Rabbit 2, while Oscar-winning Nomadland is expected to be a firm favourite with movie-fans. It comes as, despite his cautious tone, Mr Hancock backed England's vaccine roll-out to beat the new Indian Covid variant.He said there was evidence existing jabs could deal with the highly contagious new strain and keep the move out of lockdown on track.The Health Secretary also said that a new Oxford University investigation showed that the innoculations available were effective against the variant which is now dominant in some Northern towns. Four people are known to have died from the Indian variant but appearing on TV this morning Mr Hancock said those who had been hospitalised were 'largely people who are eligible for the vaccine but have not taken it'.It came as Boris Johnson today pledged to increase the speed of Britain's vaccine roll-out to a million jabs a day in an attempt to beat the increasing prevalence of the variant amid fears it could derail the country's exit from lockdown. Appearing on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday he said: 'There's new very early data out from Oxford University, and I would stress that this is from the labs, it's not clinical data, and it's very early.'But it does give us a degree of confidence that the vaccines work against this Indian variant, but it is clearly more transmissible and has been spreading fast in the groups where there's a cluster.  Boris Johnson (pictured) will proceed as planned with tomorrow's reopening of pubs and restaurants for indoor dining, but has warned that the Indian variant poses 'a real risk of disruption' to the end of social distancing on June 21 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will... 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Share this article Share 'That means that we can stay on course with our strategy of using the vaccine to deal with the pandemic and opening up carefully and cautiously but we do need to be really very vigilant to the spread of the disease.'We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will overcome.'But Mr Hancock did strike a note of more caution over the final release from lockdown on June 21, saying the final decision would not be taken until June 14. Sage's Professor John Edmunds urged the country not to panic over the new variant, telling the BBC's Marr that those who have been vaccinated are unlikely to experience more than mild Covid symptoms from it.  Over 35s will be invited to get their Covid jabs this week as Britain steps up its vaccine drive amid Indian variant fears By Georgia Simcox for MailOnlineThose aged over 35 will be invited to get their Covid-19 jabs this week amid fears over the Indian variant, the Health Secretary said. Matt Hancock announced that those in the younger age bracket will be able to start booking their jab within days as Britain steps up its vaccine drive. He told the BBC: 'This coming week we're going to be opening up vaccination to the 35s-and-over across the country because this isn't just about accelerating the vaccination programme in Bolton, it's about going as fast as we possibly can nationwide.'The Health Secretary said the Indian variant is 'relatively widespread' but in lower numbers currently across most of the country. Mr Hancock added that it is 'quite likely' the Indian variant of Covid-19 will become the dominant variant in the UK. He told the Andrew Marr show: 'I think it's quite likely this will become the dominant variant. We don't know exactly how much more transmissible it is but I think it is likely it will become the dominant variant here.'What that reinforces is the importance of people coming forward for testing and being careful because this isn't over yet.'But the good news is because we have increasing confidence that the vaccine works against the variant, the strategy is on track - it's just the virus has just gained a bit of pace and we've therefore all got to be that bit much more careful and cautious.' adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Meanwhile a growing number of questions are also being asked about the failure to make people arriving into the country from India quarantine earlier, after it emerged the government failed to put India on the 'red list' even though infection rates were nearly 50 times higher among arrivals from the country than the rest of the UK. Of the 3,345 people touching down in Britain from India between March 25 and April 7, some 4.8 per cent tested positive for Covid, compared to just 0.1 per cent of people in England, Public Health England data shows.  It is the latest statistic to be brandished at the Prime Minister, with pressure growing over his decision to delay banning travel from the Asian nation until late April, even though flights to and from neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh were restricted two weeks earlier. Labour's Yvette Cooper today called for tomorrow's lifting of the ban on international travel to be halted. Mr Hancock defended the timing of when the Government put India on the travel 'red list' although he sidestepped questions on whether the decision was linked to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's planned - and then postponed - trip to the country.The Health Secretary told Sky News: 'This variant was notified as a variant under investigation after we'd already put India on the red list. The decision to put India on the red list was taken because of the high positivity rate of people coming from India and looking at the epi-curve in India.'When we put Pakistan on the red list at the start of April that's because the proportion of people testing positive coming in from Pakistan was three times higher the proportion coming from India, and it was only after we put India on the red list that this variant went under investigation, and then earlier this month it became a variant of concern.'Asked about the impact of Mr Johnson's planned trip to India in late April in a bid to assist trade talks, Mr Hancock replied: 'We take these decisions based on the evidence.'He then went on to repeat comments made about the Government's approach to India.Prof Edmunds also defended the Government, saying that closing the border earlier would have delayed the variant's arrival but not prevented it.He added that people should be 'concerned but not panicking' when it comes to the spread of the Covid-19 variant first identified in India.He said while the variant is a 'new threat' the UK is in a much better position compared to before Christmas when the Kent variant was detected.Speaking on BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he said: 'I think we should be concerned but not panicking. We're in a much, much better place now than we were when the Kent variant first hit us back in November, December.

.'So we are in a much better position now to cope with this new threat - and it is a new threat - but we're not in the same position as we were back in December.' What can people in England do from May 17? Can people come over to my house again?Yes. Up to six people from multiple households or an unlimited number of people from two households will be allowed to visit you inside your house again.Can people stay over at my house again?Yes. People from outside your household will be allowed to stay overnight, as long as you stick to within the rule of six or two households.Can I still meet people outside?Yes. You will now be able to meet in groups of up to 30 people outside. Bigger groups will be illegal. Until May 17, you can still only meet outside in groups of six. A member of bar staff wearing a face masks serves drink in a pub in East London in July 2020Can I hug my friends and family again?Yes. The Government has said you can hug 'close friends and family' from outside your own household - for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020.However, people are being urged to be 'exercise their own personal judgement in line with the risks.' There is no legal definition on who 'close friends and family' are.  The Government also said wider social distancing rules will remain in place in adult social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.Can you sit inside a pub again?Yes, indoor hospitality will resume – so you can sit inside a pub or restaurant with people from other households, as long as the rule of six (or two households) is met.Will there be a substantial meal or curfew requirement for pubs?No. As with step two on April 12, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. An audience sit at the Pavilion theatre in Weymouth for a pantomime in December last year Will you be able to stand at the bar?No. Customers will still have to order, eat and drink while seated at a hospitality venue – even though they will now be allowed inside.Will indoor entertainment venues now be allowed to reopen?Yes. Cinemas, theatres, museums and indoor children's play areas will all be allowed to reopen, but must follow guidelines on social distancing and face masks.Concert halls, conference centres and sports stadia will also be allowed to reopen, with larger events in all venues able to resume with capacity limits (see below). Will venues face capacity limits?Yes. Larger performances and sporting events will be capped in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is a lower number. For outdoor venues the cap will be 4,000 people or half-full - again, whichever is lower.In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend - or a quarter-full, whichever is lower. Football fans at Wembley Stadium at a pilot event for the FA Cup semi-final last month Will social distancing and face masks rules remain for now?Yes. The one-metre (3ft) rule remains in place in public settings such as pubs, shops and restaurants. You should wear a face mask when walking around these places.What about children wearing masks in schools?Secondary school children will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and corridors from May 17. However, those aged 11 and above will still be required to wear the masks in public settings such as shops, unless they have a medical exemption.Ministers said infection rates among students and staff continue to decrease in line with wider community transmission, but twice weekly home testing will remain. Will students be able to attend university lectures in person again?Yes. All university students in England can return to campus next week for in-person teaching. They will be expected to get tested for Covid-19 twice a week.Most students, apart from those on critical courses, were told not to travel back to term-time accommodation as part of the third national lockdown in January.Students on practical courses, who require specialist equipment and facilities, began returning to face-to-face teaching on March 8. But it is estimated that about half of university students have not been eligible to return to in-person lessons. Cinema-goers in their seats for a film at the Odeon Leicester Square in London last AugustCan I go on holiday abroad again?Yes, but with many restrictions. Last Friday, the UK Government cleared just 12 destinations for quarantine-free tourist trips for Britons from May 17.However, many of the destinations are remote islands or have very strict entry measures or blanket bans on UK tourists, further reducing the list of options.Portugal and Gibraltar are the only countries on the 'green list' that most Britons will realistically be able to visit for a warm weather holiday this month.You can technically also go on holiday to 'amber list' and 'red list' countries again too, but you will need to complete a period of quarantine as follows:For amber list, you must quarantine at home for ten days on your return and take a PCR test on days two and eight - as well as a lateral flow test before the return flight.Or there is an alternative option that you could pay for an additional 'Test to Release' on day five to end self-isolation early. There is also a chance the country turns red.Those returning from a red list country must stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 11 nights upon their return at a cost of £1,750.Will there be a new limit on wedding numbers?Yes. Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.Will funerals also now be limited to 30 people?No. There will now be no limit of the number of mourners at funerals, although the venue must operate in a socially distanced way and within capacity guidelines. Travellers arrive at London Heathrow Airport on May 3. Non-essential travel is set to reopenCan you stay overnight somewhere with people from another family?Yes. The rest of the accommodation sector will now reopen, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs - and people from different households can share the same room.Up until May 17, if you want to stay at a hotel or self-catering accommodation, you must only do so with members of your own household or support bubble.Can I go to indoor sport classes now?Yes. All indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will be allowed again, five weeks after gyms were allowed to reopen under step two on April 12.Will closed parts of leisure centres now be allowed to reopen?Yes. Saunas and steam rooms will now be allowed to reopen, following on from swimming pools and gyms on April 12. There will be no more limits on mourners at funerals. Above: File picture of a funeral last JulyWill there be limits on numbers in support groups?Yes. The Government has said 30 people will now be able to attend a support group or parent and child group. The limit does not include children aged under five.Will restrictions on care home visiting be changed?Yes. Care home visiting will be eased further, with residents able to have up to five named visitors and more freedom to make ‘low risk visits’ out of the home.Will the guidance on working from home change?No. People are still being advised to 'continue to work from home where they can'. Hugs with family and friends will be allowed again from May 17 (file picture posed by models)What is the exact time that the rules change on May 17?Unconfirmed. This is not yet clear, but the April 12 rule change towards step two came in at midnight, so it is likely this will be the same for May 18.Are there businesses that still cannot reopen?Yes. Nightclubs are the only businesses that must remain shut until at least June 21.Is there a confirmed date for when all Covid rules will cease?Not yet. The Government hopes that on June 21 it will be able to drop all legal limits on social contact, but this will be confirmed nearer the time.Before this date, the Government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures such as face masks and guidance on working from home. All university students in England can return to campus next week for in-person teaching (file)Why can we now move into Step 3 on May 17?The Government has set four tests to further ease restrictions, which have now been met. These are that:The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully;Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated;Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS;Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern.It also comes after the UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed this morning that the UK Covid-19 alert level should move from level four to level three. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Read more: Gig economy: music, art and theatre shows selling out fast | News | The Sunday Times DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has('external-source-links', 'externalLinkTracker'); });

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Daily uk news Matt Hancock warns hug 'carefully': Brits are urged to be cautious as country unlocks tomorrow with pubs finally allowed to serve customers inside and theatres, cinemas and art galleries sold out ahead of reopening MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Matt Hancock warns hug 'carefully': Brits are urged to be cautious as country unlocks tomorrow with pubs finally allowed to serve customers inside and theatres, cinemas and art galleries sold out ahead of reopening MetiNews.Com

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