Covid-19: Murray’s call for jabs and doggy day care boomon August 29, 2021 at 7:16 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning. We’ll have another update for you tomorrow.

British tennis star Andy Murray says that players have a responsibility to the public as they travel around the world and should therefore be vaccinated against Covid. Many have voiced reluctance at getting a jab and tournaments have not yet made it a condition of entry. But with spectators at the US Open having to show proof of having at least one dose, the two-time Wimbledon champion hopes more players will also choose to get the vaccine.

Andy Murray at the Tokyo Olympics

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Dentists are warning that people could lose teeth unless Covid rules in Wales are eased. Routine appointments were postponed in March 2020 with dentists only seeing patients face-to-face for urgent care. While some routine treatments have now resumed, the British Dental Association warns that strict hygiene measures are limiting the number of non-urgent patients that can be seen.

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Retailers have blamed rising shipping and raw material costs for big price increases for outdoor furniture over the past two years. Consumer group Which? found some items were almost twice as expensive as they were before the pandemic. Sheds saw a particularly steep rise in prices, with homeware retailers pointing to a timber shortage as well as supply chain issues.

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Live music is back. During the pandemic many of us will have missed the chance to sing our hearts out or jump around in a united euphoria. But for the most committed fans it’s the return of an entire way of life. Among them is Anna Doble who has shared some of her own gig experiences as well as stories from fellow super-fans on how they have found ways to endure 18 months without getting in a mosh pit.

Anna Doble at an Arcade Fire gig
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A rise in puppy-purchasing during the pandemic has led to increasing demand for providers of doggy day care, as owners return to work or seek ways for their pets to make new pals. As well as allowing owners the time to return to work, such services also help pets to socialise and get used to other animals. Camilla Smith, who owns the Paddocks Daycare in south Leicestershire, says since the pandemic she has been overwhelmed with demand. You can read more from dog owners here.

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Government statistics show 132,376 people have now died, with 133 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 6,698,486 people have tested positive, up 32,406 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 6,942 people in hospital. In total, 47,958,928 people have received their first vaccination

You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

If you want to find out more about long Covid, what causes it and what the symptoms are you can find our explainer here.

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