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﹛﹛The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high.

﹛﹛A total of 5.12 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of April 2021, according to figures from NHS England.

﹛﹛This is the highest number since records began in August 2007.

﹛﹛The number of people having to wait more than 52 weeks to start treatment stood at 385,490 in April 2021 每 down from 436,127 in the previous month, but around 35 times the number waiting one year earlier in April 2020, which was 11,042.

﹛﹛09:27KEY EVENT

﹛﹛The Health Secretary is expected to face further questions about accusations made by Dominic Cummings as he appears in front of a select committee on Thursday.

﹛﹛Matt Hancock was accused by the prime minister*s former chief aide of lying to Boris Johnson over coronavirus plans and being ※disastrously incompetent§.

﹛﹛Read the full story here.

﹛﹛07:44Victoria Scheer

﹛﹛Measures including surge testing, tracing, isolation support and maximising vaccine uptake will be deployed rapidly across Greater Manchester and all Lancashire County Council areas.

﹛﹛The new interventions follow extensive Covid-19 surveillance which has detected a number of cases of the Delta (B1.617.2) variant in these communities.

﹛﹛Introduction of these additional measures will be led by local authorities to ensure the right steps are taken at the right time.

﹛﹛Testing, isolation and vaccinations will 每 in combination with existing guidance such as hands, face, space and fresh air 每 help suppress and control the spread of the virus and variants.

﹛﹛As part of the package, there is extra guidance on steps people can take, such as minimising travel in and out of the affected areas, to keep their loved ones and their communities safe.

﹛﹛06:45Victoria Scheer

﹛﹛This is the heart-warming moment an elderly wife was finally allowed to hug her dementia-stricken husband for the first time in 15 months – as she lovingly whispered I ve been longing for this to him.

﹛﹛Read the full story here.

﹛﹛19:55Phoebe Fuller

﹛﹛A total of 131 hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 in England were reported for June 7, NHS England also said.

﹛﹛This is up from 98 a week earlier and is the highest number since April 19.

﹛﹛The seven-day average for admissions currently stands at 108, the highest since April 27.

﹛﹛The figures cover all patients admitted in the previous 24 hours who were known to have Covid-19, plus any patients diagnosed in hospital with Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.

﹛﹛19:54Phoebe Fuller

﹛﹛The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England stood at 876 as of 8am on Wednesday June 9, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

﹛﹛This is up from 801 a week earlier.

﹛﹛The seven-day average currently stands at 827 patients, the highest since May 17.

﹛﹛In north-west England the number of patients is currently 256, the highest since April 20.

﹛﹛19:52Phoebe Fuller

﹛﹛A Todmorden club owner has hit out against rumours that the Delta variant outbreak in Todmorden originated from the venue.

﹛﹛Sarwinder Nangala, the Managing Director of Monty*s Club in Todmorden, told Yorkshire Live that although one staff member tested positive for Covid, it was not the new variant.

﹛﹛This comes after rumours on social media said that staff members from the club had spread the virus and may have caused the latest outbreak.

﹛﹛Read the full story here.

﹛﹛11:00Ben Abbiss

﹛﹛One in eight (13%) adults in Britain aged 16-29 reported vaccine hesitancy 每 the highest proportion of all the age groups and unchanged from the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said.

﹛﹛Black or black British adults were the ethnic group reporting the highest level of vaccine hesitancy, at 21%.

﹛﹛09:50Ben Abbiss

﹛﹛Michael O*Leary, of Ryanair, said it is ※very difficult§ for airlines and tourism companies to make plans for the summer.

﹛﹛He told Sky News: ※Do we bring more people back from furlough? Do we re-employ them? Do we schedule the flights?

﹛﹛※We can*t schedule the flights and then cancel them within two weeks because we have to pay compensation to customers, so it*s incredibly difficult.

﹛﹛※The airline industry will get through this, but the real challenge is how do you get the rest of London and Britain*s tourism industry back to work because it fundamentally depends on welcoming back European visitors.§

﹛﹛09:00Ben Abbiss

﹛﹛Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said there were no plans to return to last year*s regional tiered approach to coronavirus restrictions, adding that the ※best way forward§ is replicating the targeted action in Bolton.

﹛﹛He told BBC Radio 4*s Today programme: ※We don*t have any plan to return to the regional or the tiered approach that we saw last autumn.

﹛﹛※What we want to do is provide as much support as we possibly can to a local community and to work as closely as we can with the local leaders.”

﹛﹛08:19Ben Abbiss

﹛﹛Chancellor Rishi Sunak was willing to accept a short delay to Step 4 of the road map to ending the lockdown amid a rise in cases, it is understood.

﹛﹛A Whitehall source pointed towards the Treasury having gone ※long§ on emergency coronavirus support packages in the Budget to cover the possibility of a delay to the plans.

﹛﹛Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday there was a ※challenging decision§ to be made over the further lifting of Covid restrictions on June 21.

﹛﹛Mr Hancock also announced that a ※strengthened package of support§ will be provided for Greater Manchester and Lancashire, similar to that seen in Bolton, where case numbers remain high..

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