Morning Covid briefing: falsifying test results in Wales will be illegal

Here are the morning’s coronavirus headlines from Wednesday, September 29, as the Welsh government makes plans to make it illegal to tamper with a lateral flow test for a mandatory coronavirus pass.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said it would make it clear to people that falsifying negative results would put others at risk. Earlier this month he announced plans for a Covid pass in Wales, with those over 18 having to show one of these passes to access many events and locations from October 11 in Wales. Wales. You can read the plan here.

You will need an NHS pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor and non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions
  • Outdoor events without seating for more than 4,000 people
  • Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people present

To get a pass you will need to show that you are fully immunized or that you have recently tested negative. But questions have been raised as to whether the program will be enforceable and test results could be falsified.

Mr Drakeford admitted to questions from the Prime Minister in the Senedd that existing lateral flow devices “could be vulnerable to exploitation”. He said Welsh government regulations would make it a “criminal offense to knowingly tamper with the results of a lateral flow device, to make people understand that to do so is to directly endanger other people. “. The Senedd will vote next Tuesday whether the pass system will be implemented from October 11.

Prime Minister “anxious” about October peak

Mark Drakeford also said he was “anxious” about a coronavirus spike in October.

He told the Senedd on Tuesday: “Coronavirus cases in Wales are not expected to peak until October. I look at these numbers every day and for me they are still a matter of considerable anxiety, but our science advisers keep telling us that’s what they expected. “

Welsh government says it is making leaps and bounds on vaccination plans for the under-16s, who are the age group with the highest Covid rate in Wales, and M. See the latest figures of infection and death for Wales here. See their pledge on under-15 vaccination here and read more here about the good news obscured by the soaring Covid rate in Wales.

Mr Drakeford was asked by Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price about the Welsh Labor Party’s decision to cancel plans for a conference in Llandudno in November. Drakeford said: “My party felt that in the context of this modeling it was not a good idea to bring a large number of people from all over Wales traveling together to a place where people inevitably spend long periods of time. in relatively crowded conditions indoors and the risk was a risk best avoided.

Read more:Everything you need to know about the coronavirus in Wales

Wales vaccination program details for 12-15 year olds revealed

A coronavirus vaccine will be offered to all children aged 12 to 15 in Wales by the end of the October semester, the Welsh government has confirmed.

A spokesperson said that the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will begin to be administered to this age group from Monday, October 4, at mass vaccination centers and some schools.

He is following the advice of the UK’s four chief medical officers who concluded that a full vaccine rollout would help reduce – but not eliminate – disruption to education. They claim it will also reduce the risk of public health damage from the virus which still plagues most Welsh communities. Those under 16 have the highest Covid infection rate in Wales. See more on this here.

“We have already started inviting young people between the ages of 12 and 15 for vaccination, and the program for this age group starts next week,” a Welsh government spokesperson said.

“This will be done at a steady pace, with students invited to vaccination centers after school, evenings and weekends. We expect all children in this age group will be offered the opportunity. a vaccine in October. “

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said there would be a “mixed model” of vaccine delivery, with all health boards mainly inviting this age group to vaccination centers. However, some will be done in schools, where appropriate.

“The strength of this model is that it is based on local knowledge and is flexible and agile, so it can change depending on the circumstances,” she said.

“The vaccine is not compulsory and people can choose whether or not to be vaccinated. Appropriate information will be made available to children and young people and their parents to make decisions about vaccination.

“Parents or guardians will be asked to give their consent. I encourage parents, guardians, children and young people to discuss together whether or not to be vaccinated.”

School leaders describe chaos in schools as Covid rates rise

School leaders have described “chaos” as school Covid rates rise.

Year-long groups are sent home to learn again from a distance as chefs also grapple with staff shortages and what they describe as the “failure” of testing and tracing when cases of Covid are confirmed.

Some schools are reporting higher student absence rates than at any time during the pandemic. Thousands of children have missed school for Covid-related reasons since the start of the term a few weeks ago. You can read more about it here

Meanwhile, an elementary school principal has told two-year-old groups not to come to school due to staff shortages caused by the coronavirus self-isolation rules.

Parents of grades 1 and 2 students at Gwenfô Church in Wales Primary School in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan, were notified of the decision via an email from the principal just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28, that their children would not be able to come to school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The email said both classes would be sent home with links for e-learning, with teachers being contacted through an online chat service during school hours.

A parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, criticized the school for sending some of its younger students home this week because he believes they are unable to do well independently unlike older years.

Vitamin A nasal drops will be tested for Covid odor loss

A new study will examine whether vitamin A can help those who have lost their sense of smell after having Covid-19.

The 12-week “Apollo Trial” will treat people who have experienced a loss of smell or an impaired sense of smell as a result of viral infections with nasal drops containing the vitamin, University of East said. Anglia (UEA) in a press release.

The university said German research had shown the vitamin’s potential benefits, and his team “will explore how this treatment works to help repair nasal tissue damaged by viruses.”

The researchers hope the study “could one day help improve the lives of millions of people around the world who suffer from loss of smell, by restoring their fifth sense.”

This follows a study by an international group of odor experts, published in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology in April, advised against the use of steroids to treat loss of smell and instead suggested a ” smell training “.

One of the researchers, Professor Carl Philpott of Norwich Medical School, UEA, said there was “very little evidence” that steroids would aid in odor loss and that they had ” potential side effects, including fluid retention, high blood pressure, and problems with mood and behavioral swings. “.

Instead, scientists recommended that those who experienced scent loss sniff at least four different scents, twice a day for several months.

Professor Philpott said the method “aims to help recovery based on neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to reorganize itself to compensate for a change or injury.”

Those interested in participating in the University Study on Vitamin A are encouraged to ask their GP for a visit to the Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital in Norfolk’s Great Yarmouth.

The study, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will begin recruiting participants in December.

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