Covid: No 10 parties report looms and study highlights recurring infection risks

Covid: No 10 parties report looms and study highlights recurring infection risks

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening.

1. Pressure on PM as lockdown parties report looms

Within the past 24 hours, Boris Johnson has come under even more pressure, with the announcement of a police investigation into what went on in Downing Street and Whitehall during lockdown. Today, the internal government report into possible breaches of the law is due to be published, and It's the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions later and Mr Johnson will likely be asked about these gatherings once again. Although it's understood the report from senior civil servant Sue Gray is largely complete, it's not expected before Mr Johnson appears at the despatch box at noon. Our political editor Laura Kuenssberg says the police investigation ups the pressure on Boris Johnson.

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2. Recurring Covid infections

Through swab-testing thousands of volunteers in England, a study has found two-thirds of people who caught the Omicron variant say they've had coronavirus before. Healthcare workers and households with children or lots of people under one roof appear likely to catch the virus again, according to the React study. However, additional work's needed to know how many are true reinfections.

A woman wears a face mask and a sign says 'stop the spread of coronavirus'Image source, PA Media
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3. Unvaccinated patient denied transplant

A patient in desperate need of a new heart in the US has been rejected for a transplant partly because he hasn't had the Covid vaccine. DJ Ferguson, 31, was taken off the heart transplant list at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, according to his father. David explained his son "doesn't believe in" the vaccine, but the hospital says it's following policy.

The man in a hospital bedImage source, CBS
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4. Self-isolation days cut in Wales

In a bid to reduce staff absences, Wales will be changing self-isolation rules to a minimum of five full days. Two negative tests will be needed in order to end isolation. The move by the Welsh government brings the nation in line with England and Northern Ireland.

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5. Covid cancels Sir Elton's concerts

Sir Elton John's been forced to postpone two concerts in Dallas, Texas. He's recently tested positive for coronavirus and, according to his Instagram post, he's experiencing mild symptoms. The 74-year-old musician, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, has previously faced delays with his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour due to the pandemic. He's disappointed but the shows will be rescheduled. .

Elton John performs during the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Smoothie King Center on 19 January 2022 in New Orleans, LouisianaImage source,
Government statistics show 154,356 people have now died, with 439 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 16,047,716 people have tested positive, up 94,326 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 17,162 people in hospital. In total, more than 52 million people have have had at least one vaccination

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