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Boris Johnson to confirm end of COVID-19 rules by 19 July despite scientist warning

Boris Johnson to confirm end of COVID-19 rules by 19 July despite scientist warning
Jul 5 2021 Share

Despite a backlash from the UK’s governmental scientific advisers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the lifting of most remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England. Despite advisers warning that lifting restrictions would be like ‘building new variant factories’, Johnson is set to go ahead with the 19th July as being the date of measure erasure. Cases in the UK have risen to their highest since January 2021, but the UK prime minister is not holding back on making most measures a matter of individual choice. 

With 86% of adults in the UK having had at least their first jab, Johnson is expected to announce during a press conference on Monday that the government will move on from relying on such restrictions. Changes will include fully vaccinated adults being allowed to travel to amber list countries without having to self isolate upon return, mask wearing becoming voluntary (with exceptions being hospitals and healthcare settings) and no more self-isolation should fully-vaccinated individuals come into contact with infected persons. 

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Lockdowns and masks useless according to health specialist Jean Karl Soler

Lockdowns and masks useless according to health specialist Jean Karl Soler
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Family doctor and occupational health specialist Jean Karl Soler returned to Facebook to reveal the latest COVID-19 information. He opens his post by stating that as another week goes by, no significant excess deaths across Europe were recorded. This allegedly shows how COVID-19 is a seasonal virus, with the emergence of variants being associated not with increased mortality but increasing case numbers. Soler goes on to stated that new variants are simply a sign of a virus adapting to a new host and is not unusual. New influenza variants are recorded every year, with COVID-19 variants being less deadly than the original strain.

Soler points out how the pandemic’s mortality rate is comparable to that of influenza, with the only exceptions being the elderly and those with ‘significant co-morbidity.’ Soler highlighted how, out of those younger than 70 years of age who get COVID-19, only 5 out of 10,000 will die. 

More prominently however, he points out how lockdowns do not save lives and masks are useless in the open. He stated that some lockdown measures in fact increase daily numbers. ‘Lockdowns, travel restrictions, border closures and contact tracing are useless with an endemic virus, as the WHO found in their review of the evidence in preparing their epidemic and pandemic guidelines in 2019.’ 

With widespread vaccination, these measures need to go ‘forever’, says Soler. As for masks, Soler states that they cause carbon dioxide retention and have significant harmful effects with no demonstrable benefits. He encouraged those over 65-70 who have not had COVID-19 to take their vaccine. 

He stated that social distancing is a reasonable precaution but there is no need to be afraid of people who are not sick as they cannot transmit COVID-19 without symptoms. He concluded that if one is already immune to COVID-19, they do not need vaccination. The vaccines are still only approved for emergency use, Soler states. 

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Photo Source: Jean Karl Soler FB

Maltese among highest social network users in EU in 2020

Maltese among highest social network users in EU in 2020
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According to a Eurostat survey conducted in the first quarter of 2020, it was revealed that 72% of people in Malta aged between 16 and 74 used social networks in that time period. Malta therefore places well above the EU average of 57%. Using social networks refers to anything from creating user profiles to posting messages and other contributions. In 2015, this stood at 60%, with 2020 seeing a 1% increase over 2019. 

Social media networks have undoubtedly become a day-to-day aspect of our lives. According to statistical research, the social network participation rate in 2020 ranked highest in Denmark at 85%, ahead of Belgium (79%), Cyprus (78%) and Finland (75%). Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Poland ranked lowest at 48%, 54% and 55% respectively. Among Maltese, 93% of 16-24 year-olds contributed, whereas only 31% of the 65-74 age group participated. 

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Puppies rescued from Mellieha fires seeking forever homes

Puppies rescued from Mellieha fires seeking forever homes
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Two puppies were rescued by members of the Civil Protection Department who, yesterday, were working tirelessly to put out fires which broke out in Mellieha. Photos of the adorable pups were posted on social media by the group ‘Rescued is my favourite breed’, aiming to find families to foster and adopt the abandoned dogs. The Department of Animal Welfare treated them for the smoke they inhaled whilst being trapped in the fire, with both of them currently in good health.

The dogs cuddled up next to the firemen, arriving at the Xemxija fire-station and making themselves comfortable. Anyone who wishes to foster or adopt the dogs is being encouraged to contact the organisation and give them a forever home. 

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Photo Source: Rescued is my favourite breed FB