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The prime minister said the curbs would be phased out over the next two weeks if conditions permitted.
“We can now look to the future with more confidence and plan to phase out the second-level warning restrictions, starting with outdoor action,” Drakeford said.
“But the pandemic is not over,” he warned. “We will closely monitor the public health situation – this is a rapidly changing and volatile variant that can change suddenly. I urge everyone to continue to follow the rules and have their own vaccines to keep Wales safe. “
Matthew Taylor, executive director of the NHS Confederation, noted that despite the positive signs in the data, the country is far from out of the woods.
For this day, we conclude our live blog Covid.
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Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 2:44 PM
Good morning and welcome Independent’s Covid liveblog.
We will keep you informed about the pandemic news throughout the day.
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 9:14 AM
Full report: Wales will draw up a two-week plan for chopping curbs
The Welsh government is set to draw up a two-week plan to ease coronavirus restrictions.
Bronwen Weatherby has a story:
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 9:15 AM
Matthew Taylor: NHS care is at stake
NHS supplies are threatened by the Covid Omicron wave, the NHS chief said.
Matthew Taylor, executive director of the NHS Confederation, said the figures were encouraging, but the country was far from out of the woods.
“One NHS fund manager in the north told me they feel they are at least a week away from their peak, while more than one in ten of their employees has been absent,” he said.
“On top of that, they have medically fit patients who are stuck in hospital beds because the pandemic has reduced social care capacity.”
He added: “We may be at the end of the beginning of this wave, but we are far from out of the woods.
“NHS leaders are doing everything in their power to keep their services running, but they are placed in a worrying situation where the quality of care their teams can provide is sometimes compromised.”
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 9:21 AM
The UN predicts lower global economic growth for 2022 and 2023
The United Nations on Thursday forecast lower global economic growth for 2022 and 2023, saying the world is facing new waves of coronavirus infections, persistent labor market challenges, long-standing supply chain problems and rising inflationary pressures.
According to the UN, the world economy is expected to grow by only 4% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 after 5.5% growth in 2021 – the highest level of global economic growth in more than four decades.
Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a news conference announcing the economic report that two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, “we are still living in a time of great uncertainty.”
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 9:35 am
Teachers face half-empty classrooms like a virus outbreak
Teachers across the U.S. are facing classrooms in which as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been kept at home by families due to a growing coronavirus.
Extended absences have only exacerbated difficulties in keeping students on track for another school year plagued by a pandemic. Attendance in the largest district in the country was so low that New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday overturned an earlier promise to keep children in schools and said he would consider returning to some form of virtual tuition.
“It really has a big impact on learning. If you have three kids in a class one day and you should have 12, you have to learn everything again two weeks later when those kids come back,” said Tabatha Rosproy, a teacher in Olathe, Kansas. national teacher in 2020.
Some of the largest school systems in the country report absenteeism rates of around 20% or slightly higher, with some individual schools noticing a much higher percentage of missing students.
Matt Mathers14 Jan 2022 09:50
The study shows that one in ten people with Covid is still contagious after 10 days
Research shows that one in 10 people with Covid-19 can remain contagious after 10 days.
The time it takes for people who have been positive for the virus to isolate themselves has been reduced to five days in England.
My coworker Liam James has more details:
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 10:05 AM
Exception, Detention, Cancellation: How Novak Djokovic’s Australian Visa Saga unfolded
Novak Djokovic’s defense for the title at the Australian Open remains in doubt after Australian immigration officials revoked his visa for the second time.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to challenge the dramatic decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawk on Friday, a day after the nine-time first-round champion faced Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic.
Here’s a look back at how the saga unfolded:
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 10:25 AM
The Supreme Court is suspending the COVID-19 vaccine rule for U.S. companies
The Supreme Court has halted a major effort by the Biden administration to increase the national vaccination rate against COVID-19, which requires employees of large companies to be vaccinated or tested regularly and wear a mask at work.
At the same time, the court allows the administration to continue the vaccination mandate for most healthcare professionals in the United States. The court orders came Thursday amid an increase in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.
A conservative majority of the court ruled that the administration exceeded its powers by seeking to enforce the U.S. administration’s vaccination or testing rule with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would be affected, and OSHA estimated that the rule would save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations in six months.
“OSHA has never imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Although Congress has passed important legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to take any action similar to what OSHA has declared here,” the Conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.
By contrast, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that exaggerated, replacing its judgment with the judgment of health professionals. “A court acting outside its jurisdiction and without a legal basis overturns judgments of government officials responsible for responding to workplace emergencies,” Judges Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in disagreement.
President Joe Biden said he was “disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to block common-sense living demands for employees of large companies based on both science and law.”
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 10:45 AM
Citigroup achieves 99% compliance with the US vaccination staff’s mandate
About 99% of Citigroup Inc. staff in the United States have met the company’s requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine, Sara Wechter, head of the bank’s human resources department, said in a statement on LinkedIn on Thursday.
Citi staff in the U.S. who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 14 will be put on unpaid leave and dismissed at the end of the month unless they are granted an exemption, Reuters reported last week.
Wall Street banks and investment firms have been more proactive than other sectors in demanding that employees return to offices. Many of these moves were derailed by the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus version.
Matt MathersJanuary 14, 2022 at 11 p.m.