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Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Health
Getty ImagesThere is to be a large expansion of the number of people being asked to shield in England.An extra 1.7 million people are expected to be added to the 2.3 million already on the list.Half of the group have not yet been vaccinated so will now be prioritised urgently by their local GPs.It comes after a new model was developed that takes into account extra factors rather than just health.This calculation includes things such as ethnicity, deprivation (by postcode) and weight to work out a person's risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch Covid.It also looks at age, underlying health issues and prescribed medications.Prof Andrew Hayward, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which has been involved in the modelling, said it ...
Covid-19: Canary Islands added to UK quarantine list

Covid-19: Canary Islands added to UK quarantine list

Business
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Coronavirus: Canary Islands added to UK’s safe travel list

Coronavirus: Canary Islands added to UK’s safe travel list

Business
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Coronavirus: Seven Greek islands added to England’s quarantine list

Coronavirus: Seven Greek islands added to England’s quarantine list

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Travellers arriving in England from seven Greek islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Wednesday, Grant Shapps has said.The islands affected are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos (also known as Zante).The government says islands can be treated differently from their mainland countries if infection rates differ.But airlines have been critical of the time it has taken - Easyjet's boss said the change was "too little, too late".Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Transport Secretary Mr Shapps said the government would use better data to pinpoint risks on popular islands. He said that would provide "increased flexibility" to add or remove them from the...
EPFO added just 1.33 lakh net subscribers in April

EPFO added just 1.33 lakh net subscribers in April

Finance
Formal employment generation got hit during the first month of nationwide lockdown with the retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation adding mere 1.33 lakh net subscribers in April. The net additions under the Employees State Insurance Corporation stood at 2,41,422 and that under the National Pension Scheme stood at 64,647, said the ministry of statistics and programme implementation in its monthly report on Thursday. April was the first month of the nationwide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as a result of which all industries and establishments were shut down during this period that got extended to May and partially into June, witnessing even loss of jobs for millions of workers though largely in the unorganised sector. However, these numbers are subj...