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As infection ripped through subcontinent country throughout April, it remained off UK’s travel Red List. The damning question now being asked is why?
At least 20,000 passengers travelling from India were allowed to enter Britain despite warnings about a new strain that had emerged there. The rise of the new variant has caused tensions in Whitehall about whether the prime minister hesitated to put India on the red list because of plans to visit Delhi on April 25 to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. Pakistan and Bangladesh were put on the red list on April 2, a measure that came into force on April 9.
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Push for one million jabs a day to save summer Days of inaction let the Indian variant take hold in Britain Analysis: Why modellers are worried about variant Pfizer and Moderna jabs may help guard against next pandemic Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial Hundreds of thousands of coronavirus vaccine appointments were booked in the 48 hours after the programme opened to people aged in their late 30s. More than 611,860 appointments for first and second doses were made in the period after 38- and 39-year-olds became eligible to arrange their jabs from Thursday. NHS England said younger people in their thirties are expected to be invited over the next few days and weeks. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "delighted" that people in the new age range had made appointments so quickly, as he urged others to do the same when their turn comes. "The main message I’ve got for everyone I’ve got this morning is get vaccinated. If you’re 38 or over, please come forward and get the jab," Mr Hancock told Sky News, as he pointed to data that showed the majority of those in hospital with the Indian variant in Bolton have not received a vaccine despite being eligible. Follow the latest updates below.
A Russell Group university has been accused of Soviet-style censorship after requiring new humanities courses to “move away” from a “white, Eurocentric” curriculum. Academics at Exeter University’s department of Social Sciences and International Studies (SSIS) have been told that they should “integrate” these changes when updating existing modules or creating new ones. One lecturer said he is “shocked” at the stipulation and claimed the faculty - which oversees a number of disciplines including law, politics, sociology, philosophy, and anthropology - is undermining academic freedom “in the most profound sense”. "It is like there is a Maoist cultural revolution taking place in our centres of learning,” one academic told The Telegraph. "It is just ridiculous - we are supposed to be a leading Russell Group university. This affects thousands of students and hundreds of academics.” The academic said the movement to “decolonise” the curriculum has swiftly progressed from a “faddish fringe theory” to being “adopted as the new orthodoxy” in universities. He likened the approach to the Soviet Union where academics might be asked to prove how their courses would advance radical socialism in the face of reactionary capitalist imperialism from the West. “What’s the difference here in the UK, where we are supposed to be a free liberal democracy?” he said. Earlier this week a new bill on academic freedom was featured in the Queen’s Speech which Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, said will end "the chilling effect of censorship on campus once and for all". Universities in England could face fines if they fail to protect free speech on campus, under tougher legislation. Academics, students or visiting speakers will be able to seek compensation through the courts if they suffer loss from a breach of free speech rules. Lecturers at Exeter University fear that if they fail to demonstrate that they are “decolonising” their curriculum, their courses will not get accredited. A document titled “SSIL Accreditation Coversheet”, seen by The Telegraph, states that all new modules or changes to existing modules must be sent to the SSIS Quality and Standards Team. Academics are asked to “reflect on how you have considered and integrated” various concepts into their module design, such as providing a welcome learning environment, supporting equality and diversity and promoting participation of students. As part of the accreditation process for courses due to begin this September, lecturers must also think about how they are “broadening epistemological and ontological horizons by moving away from a white, Eurocentric curriculum”. The academic said this goes against the university’s own policy on academic freedom and also creates a “chilling effect”. He said: "There are lots of people here who feel the same way as I do but no one will come forward because there is a deep culture of fear.” An Exeter University spokesman said: “Guidance from the Quality Assurance Agency asks us to consider the needs of all students - including those studying at different locations, from different cultural/educational backgrounds, with additional learning needs, or with protected characteristics – when we design modules. “We are an international organisation with staff and students from around the world, and from a wide range of backgrounds, and it is right this is recognised in our teaching, curriculum content and assessment.” An Office for Students spokesman said: “Freedom of speech and academic freedom are crucial components of a successful higher education system. Students should be able to study from a range of texts, including from those scholars who depart from orthodoxy. “All universities will want to assure themselves they are mindful of their obligations to promote academic freedom and freedom of speech in all areas of their work, as well as their duties under equality legislation.”
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Disquiet in UK schools as easing of mask restrictions in classrooms nearsPupils’ relief at being free of face coverings is mixed with teachers’ and parents’ concerns over spread of Indian Covid variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Students wearing masks as they move between classrooms in March. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
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Thai taxi driver Sopee Silpakit strings a chain of amulets around his neck every time he gets behind the wheel -- a ritual that brings him peace of mind as Covid-19 infections soar. The 65-year-old's job driving a cab in Bangkok puts him in contact daily with the public, and his way of life is now plagued with worry, with the Thai capital the epicentre of a third wave.
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Here’s the thing about a virus that rises and falls exponentially: the middle path is perilously narrow. Make the right call and you’ll be skiing down a steep sunny slope, your friends in the bar below cheering every turn. But step the other way and you’ll tumble down an icy escarpment of granite shards and boulders just as fast. The assessment published by Sage on Friday as regards the Indian variant will have come as cold comfort to the Prime Minister, hence his evident caution at the podium in Downing Street after reading it. It told him he was standing atop a precipice but not which way he should turn. The data he really needs remains obscured by a thick and disorienting fog. Mr Johnson’s position is made all the more difficult by the politics and psychology of it all. Huge progress has been made battling back the virus over recent months, so there is all the more to lose. On the other hand, there’s the vaccine, our avalanche airbag – not to mention the country’s now awesome testing capacity and its ability to track and trace. “Just go for it, old boy – we’re well protected”, is the shout from the shuttered businesses, lockdown weary parents, the unemployed and assorted thrill-seekers in the valley below. So what does the data that are available tell us? How worried should we really be about the Indian variant interrupting our path back to something resembling normality? A few things are clear. The variant is here and it sits in three broad areas of the country – London, the Midlands and the North West. Total numbers have more than doubled in each of the past two weeks but it is climbing from a very low base, with just 1,313 cases so far detected in total. In a small number of inner city districts there are both rising incidence rates and a high proportion of cases, suggesting community spread. “This is most pronounced in London and the North West”, says Public Health England. Three key characteristics of the variant will ultimately determine the threat it poses: the speed at which it transmits; its ability to evade the immunity given by prior infection or vaccination; and the severity of the illness it causes.
Italy reported 136 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 182 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 6,659 from 7,567. Italy has registered 124,063 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh-highest in the world. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 1,805 from a previous 1,860.
Johnson ‘must think again on plans to relax Covid rules’Top adviser warns of India variant impact as scientists urge delay in lockdown changesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Leading scientists are concerned that the prime minister’s relaxation of the rules may be coming too soon. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
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