Mental health was responsible for one in 10 ambulance call-outs during the coronavirus pandemic, figures for London have revealed.

Of 826,396 incidents attended between January and September, 81,644 ñ€“ 10 per cent ñ€“ had a mental health element.

June saw the highest proportion of attended call-outs involving mental health, making up 12 per cent of the total, or one in eight calls.

Lord Mark Sedwill, who until last month was the Government’s most senior civil servant, has said there was a “genuine question” about the Government’s pandemic preparedness. 

Speaking to the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, Lord Sedwill said he took “pride” in the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but said there was a “genuine question” about whether it could have been “better prepared”.

He also called the Prime Minister’s chief advisor, Dominic Cummings’, trip to Durham during lockdown a “mistake” which “clearly undermined” efforts to encourage the public to follow the rules.

The Czech Republic reported 11,984 new cases of coronavirus for Oct. 20, the highest daily tally on record, as the country is struggling with a surge in recent weeks.

The number of people who died of the Covid-19 disease rose to 1,619 from 1,513 over the past 24 hours in the country of 10.7 million, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.

The data on casualties are being assigned to a number of previous days as reports come in with a delay.

United Airlines is set on Wednesday to test a digital health pass under a global pilot program seeking to establish a common international standard for Covid-19 test results that could help reopen borders.

The United flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International in New Jersey follows a pilot by Cathay Pacific this month, and other large airlines are also planning international trials in November and December.

Volunteers on the United flight, which will be observed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will upload Covid-19 test results from a certified lab to their smartphones and complete any required health screening questions to generate a verified QR code that airline staff and border officials can scan.

They will present the code, which can be printed for passengers without mobile devices, before departing and on arrival.

Australian authorities say they’re treating a Covid-19 case in the city of Melbourne as a rare reinfection.

The only coronavirus case reported in the former hot spot of Victoria state on Tuesday had also tested positive to in July.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said on Wednesday an expert panel had decided to classify the case as a reinfection rather than shedding viral remnants of the July infection.

Mr Andrews says the classification reflected “an abundance of caution” rather than conclusive evidence. He assumed further testing would be conducted into the case in search of a definitive result.

A fast and cheap paper-based coronavirus test will soon be available across India, with scientists hopeful it will help turn the tide on the pandemic in one of the world’s worst-hit nations.

The locally developed Feluda, named for a detective in a famous Indian novel series, resembles a home pregnancy paper-strip test and delivers results within an hour.

Researchers are optimistic that its low cost and ease of use can help stem the pathogen’s spread in poor and remote areas.

Mexican authorities are calling on cemeteries to close to public visitors ahead of the Day of the Dead, a celebration that usually draws hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, as officials strive to avert another wave of  infections.

The Nov. 1-2 celebration blends Catholic rituals and the pre-Hispanic belief that the dead return once a year from the underworld, and believers throng cemeteries and public plazas on those days.

Ahead of the holiday, cemeteries will largely remain closed, as they could “become areas of high risk for contagion,” Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told reporters on Tuesday. “The recommendation is to avoid crowds.”

Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free.

A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were on the flight chartered by three fishing companies. Before leaving Moscow, they were supposed to have self-isolated for two weeks and tested negative for the virus. All remain in quarantine at a Christchurch hotel, and health officials say they expect more to test positive.

One of the companies says the workers were brought in because the future of an important industry is at stake. The company says it uses foreign crew because New Zealand workers either aren’t adequately trained or willing to do the work.

Amazon on Tuesday told employees whose work can be done from home that they can do so until June, extending the timeline on a return to office due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021”, an Amazon spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Tuesday, adding the guidance is applicable globally.

Other tech giants have told employees that they can work from home. In May, Twitter became the first major tech company to allow staff to work remotely on an indefinite basis. Microsoft said earlier this month it will let most employees work remotely for up to half their weekly working hours. Facebook will allow its employees to work from home till July next year, while Google’s staff need not return to the office until June.

Chances for approving a new spending package to support the US economy which has been battered by the coronavirus crisis improved dramatically on Tuesday after the senior Democratic lawmaker said a bill is in the works and the top Senate Republican said he would bring it to a vote.

Both sides said they made progress in talks, but whether negotiations can be completed in time for Congress to approve the package before the November 3 presidential election remains a question mark.

Nancy Pelosi, the US House Speaker, said on Bloomberg TV that legislators are starting to commit the measure to paper.

While the bill must go through several legislative steps, “I am optimistic” it can get bipartisan support, Pelosi said, but cautioned” “Legislation is tough”.

Talks between the White House and congressional Democrats over new stimulus measures have dragged on for months.

Labour will use a Commons vote on Wednesday to call for free school meals to be extended over each school holiday from October half-term to Easter 2021.

The party claims that nearly one million children living in areas that are subject to Tier 2 and Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the upcoming holidays.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s party leader, said: “This vote is about our values as a country and whether the Government, in the middle of this crisis, is happy to let our children go hungry.

She added: “No child in our country should be waking up hungry and having to face the day worrying where food might be coming from.”

However, Downing Street has shown reluctance to extend the scheme, with a spokesman indicating last week that ministers would not provide free school meals to children in England during the Christmas break.

Trials of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid vaccine were to resume in the United States as early as this week after it was suspended when a participant became ill.

AstraZeneca’s large, late-stage US trial has been on hold since September 6, after a participant in the company’s UK trial fell ill with what was suspected to be a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis.

Four sources, who were briefed on the matter but asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters they have been told the trial could resume later this week after the US Food and Drug Administration completed its review. It was unclear how the FDA would characterise the illness, they said.

Northern cities have been put on notice that more could follow Manchester into tough Covid restrictions by the weekend as Boris Johnson suggested that full-scale regional lockdowns may be close

The need for a Manchester lockdown has been questioned after figures show intensive care unit occupancy rates at Manchester and Salford NHS trusts are better than they were at this stage last year

There is no sign of a second wave, experts have said as new Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed that deaths are just 1.5 per cent above the five-year average and tracking on a normal trajectory for the time of year

Some of the City’s top restaurants are set to take advantage of a Covid loophole and restart bookings for business lunches despite a ban on household mixing in London

Scots in areas with severe outbreaks will face being placed into near-full lockdowns under a new five-tier system to be unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon this week

Royal Mail has responded to the surge in the number of parcels being sent during lockdown by launching a new parcel collection service that will allow customers to leave packages in a safe place for collection

Melania Trump has cancelled plans to accompany her husband to a rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, citing “an abundance of caution” and a lingering cough following her coronavirus infection

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Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-news-covid-lockdown-manchester-tier-3-uk-cases-deaths/

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