Sumary of UK Covid live: record 618,903 people ‘pinged’ in England and Wales; Covid pass could be mandatory for big events:
- Further to Nadhim Zahawi’s announcement (see 12.27pm) that UK nationals vaccinated overseas will be able to have their status authenticated, a reader got in touch to make the point that the stipulation of having to see a UK GP first makes it useless for most people.
- Many of the affected group will be people living permanently in other countries, and thus without a GP in the UK. In fact, many EU countries’ health systems require people to de-register from their domestic health service.
- The Department for Health said they realise this is an issue, and that people in that situation will need to wait for the proposed mutual recognition of vaccination status between 30-plus countries, a process that is ongoing but – officials hope – will be concluded soon.
- The CBI, the leading organisation representing major employers in the UK, has joined those groups calling for an urgent change to the isolation rules for contacts of people testing positive.
- In response to the latest figures showing more than 600,000 people in England and Wales pinged in a week (see 11.02am), Tony Danker, the CBI director general, said in a statement: The current approach to self-isolation is closing down the economy rather than opening it up.
- Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA One in seven people transferred to the test and trace system after testing positive for Covid-19 were not reached in the latest week, PA Media reports.
- PA says: It is the largest proportion not reached since October last year and comes as the number of people testing positive rose to its highest total for nearly six months.
- Some 14.2% of people transferred to test and trace in England in the week ending 14 July were not reached, according to the latest weekly figures (pdf) from the Department of Health and Social Care.