Indian variant responsible for 6,959 infections

Hancock quizzed
Under pressureThe Health Secretary refused to confirm or deny the accusation that he lied to the Prime Minister about testing care home patients before discharging them into hospitals.Matt Hancock, under sustained questioning by journalists at a Downing Street press conference, dodged giving specific answers to the charge levelled by Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser until the end of last year.The Cabinet Minister said: “We committed to building testing capacity to allow that to happen. Of course it takes time to build testing capacity.”Focusing on the present, Hancock said three-quarters of new Covid cases were of an Indian variant responsible for 6,959 infections.UK cases, hospital admissions and deaths – eight fatalities recorded on average per day over the past week – were all rising, albeit from a low base.The increase in cases was expected when lockdowns were eased, said Hancock.Earlier today Boris Johnson and, in the House of Commons, Hancock sidestepped precise answers to direct questions about the allegations levelled by Cummings yesterday who asserted that tens of thousands died needlessly because of Government mistakes.Across the UK, 36,000 of the 128,000 official death toll were care home residents. Some infected, untested hospital patients were put into the care sector.The Prime Minister said: “At every stage we’ve been governed by a determination to protect life, to save life, and to ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.“And we’ve followed to the best we can the data and the guidance we’ve had.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer said Cummings’ allegations from the heart of Government strengthened the argument for an earlier public inquiry.“I don’t think the prime minister has made good decisions in this pandemic,” said Starmer on a visit to Bristol.“I was very concerned about the repeated mistakes from the first wave into the second wave, and in particular the slowness to lock down in the autumn, and I think the Prime Minister got that completely wrong.”Johnson said both “we may need to wait” to lift England’s Covid restrictions due to end on 21 June and nothing “currently in the data” suggested the Government would have to delay unlocking.The PM said: “I think the question people want to answer is to what extent is our vaccine shield now going to be enough to allow us to go ahead with 21 June with the unlocking.”Now, as I’ve said many times, I don’t see anything currently in the data to suggest we have to deviate from the roadmap but we may need to wait.”
 In other developments todayThe 10 UK deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period took the seven-day total to 57, a 14% increase on the previous week with another 3,542 infections taking that count up to 19,142 which is a 20.5% increase over the same period.China accused the US of “blame shifting” after President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate how the virus emerged.GPs in England revealed they’re struggling to treat a “tsunami of patients” as the country emerges from lockdown.Officials in Russia said they’ve started vaccinating animals against Covid.Passport to nowhereCabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, heading the Government’s review into Covid certificates, sounded downbeat about the possibility of virus passports within Britain.Israel is ditching its own system as vaccination levels increase, he told MPs on the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.Costs and benefits were “finely balanced” and Gove said there is a “hassle factor” over their use.If adopted, he said, the plan had always been for a time-limited period only.He said “significant outstanding factors” needed to be worked through and any plan wouldn’t be unveiled until 7 June at the earliest and potentially after 21 June’s scheduled lifting of England’s restrictions.Jabbed WalesWales is leading the UK with the Mark Drakeford’s Government in Cardiff on course to offer all adults a first Covid jab more than a month ahead of schedule.The milestone is expected to be reached “over the next couple of weeks”.The target across UK nations is by the end of July but in Wales all over-18s could be jabbed in June.The Welsh Government said in a statement: “More than half of all 18-29 year olds in aWales have already received their first vaccination and we expect to have offered the vaccine to every adult in Wales over the next couple of weeks.”
 Thank you for reading The Mirror’s Coronavirus Briefing.
Hancock quizzed
Under pressureThe Health Secretary refused to confirm or deny the accusation that he lied to the Prime Minister about testing care home patients before discharging them into hospitals.Matt Hancock, under sustained questioning by journalists at a Downing Street press conference, dodged giving specific answers to the charge levelled by Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser until the end of last year.The Cabinet Minister said: “We committed to building testing capacity to allow that to happen. Of course it takes time to build testing capacity.”Focusing on the present, Hancock said three-quarters of new Covid cases were of an Indian variant responsible for 6,959 infections.UK cases, hospital admissions and deaths – eight fatalities recorded on average per day over the past week – were all rising, albeit from a low base.The increase in cases was expected when lockdowns were eased, said Hancock.Earlier today Boris Johnson and, in the House of Commons, Hancock sidestepped precise answers to direct questions about the allegations levelled by Cummings yesterday who asserted that tens of thousands died needlessly because of Government mistakes.Across the UK, 36,000 of the 128,000 official death toll were care home residents. Some infected, untested hospital patients were put into the care sector.The Prime Minister said: “At every stage we’ve been governed by a determination to protect life, to save life, and to ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.“And we’ve followed to the best we can the data and the guidance we’ve had.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer said Cummings’ allegations from the heart of Government strengthened the argument for an earlier public inquiry.“I don’t think the prime minister has made good decisions in this pandemic,” said Starmer on a visit to Bristol.“I was very concerned about the repeated mistakes from the first wave into the second wave, and in particular the slowness to lock down in the autumn, and I think the Prime Minister got that completely wrong.”Johnson said both “we may need to wait” to lift England’s Covid restrictions due to end on 21 June and nothing “currently in the data” suggested the Government would have to delay unlocking.The PM said: “I think the question people want to answer is to what extent is our vaccine shield now going to be enough to allow us to go ahead with 21 June with the unlocking.”Now, as I’ve said many times, I don’t see anything currently in the data to suggest we have to deviate from the roadmap but we may need to wait.”
 In other developments todayThe 10 UK deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period took the seven-day total to 57, a 14% increase on the previous week with another 3,542 infections taking that count up to 19,142 which is a 20.5% increase over the same period.China accused the US of “blame shifting” after President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate how the virus emerged.GPs in England revealed they’re struggling to treat a “tsunami of patients” as the country emerges from lockdown.Officials in Russia said they’ve started vaccinating animals against Covid.Passport to nowhereCabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, heading the Government’s review into Covid certificates, sounded downbeat about the possibility of virus passports within Britain.Israel is ditching its own system as vaccination levels increase, he told MPs on the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.Costs and benefits were “finely balanced” and Gove said there is a “hassle factor” over their use.If adopted, he said, the plan had always been for a time-limited period only.He said “significant outstanding factors” needed to be worked through and any plan wouldn’t be unveiled until 7 June at the earliest and potentially after 21 June’s scheduled lifting of England’s restrictions.Jabbed WalesWales is leading the UK with the Mark Drakeford’s Government in Cardiff on course to offer all adults a first Covid jab more than a month ahead of schedule.The milestone is expected to be reached “over the next couple of weeks”.The target across UK nations is by the end of July but in Wales all over-18s could be jabbed in June.The Welsh Government said in a statement: “More than half of all 18-29 year olds in aWales have already received their first vaccination and we expect to have offered the vaccine to every adult in Wales over the next couple of weeks.”
 Thank you for reading The Mirror’s Coronavirus Briefing.

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Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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