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SUPERMARKET depot workers and food manufacturers will be exempt from quarantine rules as the government tries to prevent food supply problems. The move comes after the rising number of retail workers being forced to self-isolate was beginning to affect the availability of some products. The…

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THE number of vaccines issued in Harlow improved after last week’s dip when just 866 were issued. There were 2,682 vaccines issued. Most weeks, the number of vaccines issued has been anywhere between 3 and 4,000. There were 647 first vaccines. There were 2,035 second…

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SUPERMARKETS Sainsbury’s, Iceland and Co-op have revealed they are suffering stock shortages as concerns grow about the impact of the so-called “pingdemic” reports Sky News. Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second biggest supermarket, said it “might not always have” products customers want while Iceland revealed it was also…

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CORONAVIRUS rates are around a third higher in men – likely to be related to the impact of Euro 2020, says Essex’s director of public health. The average infection rate in Essex in men is 550 per 100,000 – compared to 420 per 100,000 in…

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By Local Democracy Reporter A MORE targeted vaccination programme is to be rolled out in west Essex given that the area has lower vaccination rates. Around 75 per cent of people have received their first dose in Harlow – with 57 per cent having received…

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Nurses and other NHS workers in England have been offered a 3% pay rise by government ‘in recognition of unique impact of the pandemic’ on staff reports the BBC. It comes after heavily criticised proposals made by the Department for Health and Social Care in…

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WITH release from lockdown now passed, we have decided to bring back our daily Covid-19 report. We are doing this because we want to give Harlow residents an accurate picture of where we are re Covid-19. The report covers UK figures; Princess Alexandra Hospital figures;…

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REMAIN cautious and continue to take sensible steps to Keep Covid in Check, is the latest message from Essex County Council’s (ECC) Director for Public Health, Dr Mike Gogarty.  The advice comes as today (Monday 19 July) marks the first day that all legal Covid-19 restrictions on social contact that have been in place for most of the pandemic, are removed.  Instead, they are being replaced by recommended guidance from…

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Sir, AS one of the group of four that have been working on this project for the past three years, I am very disappointed that nobody approached us first as we would have been more than happy to give a complete update. Instead the question was raised…

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A FINAL £3.6m Covid Local Support Grant from central government is being used to provide free school meals over the summer holidays and extra support for families hit by the pandemic. Essex County Council (ECC) has allocated £2.6m to continue the holiday free school meal…

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PATIENTS in Hertfordshire and west Essex will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices and other healthcare settings when COVID-19 restrictions ease on Monday. The guidance from the NHS for healthcare settings has not changed, and patients who are not exempt from…

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FREE flu vaccines will be offered this winter to children aged two to 16 in England, as well as people aged 50 and over or in “at-risk” groups, amid the double threat of Covid and influenza reports the BBC. Experts hope for a record-breaking rollout…

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WITH a release from lockdown day now set at July 19th, we have decided to bring back our daily Covid-19 report. We are doing this because we want to give Harlow residents an accurate picture of where we are re Covid-19. The report covers UK…

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LLOYDS Pharmacy has issued a statement due to high levels of Covid-related absence. Lloyds Pharmacy is based up on The Pinnacles in Harlow. The statement on their website is as follows: “We are currently experiencing high levels of COVID related absence. Please be assured that…

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THE number of vaccines issued in Harlow seems to be slowing down. Most weeks, the number of vaccines issued has been anywhere between 3 and 4,000. But in the last seven days there has been just 866. Just 340 first vaccines. Just 525 second vaccines.…

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A REPORT out today from NHS Blood and Transplant shows that despite the strains that Covid-19 put on the NHS over the last year, 389 people in the East of England had their lives saved by an organ transplant. In total, 3,391 people in the…