Working in partnership with the local authority, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing in a targeted area within SE16 in Southwark where an additional confirmed case of the variant first identified in South Africa has been found.Genomic sequencing results indicate that this case is linked to the cluster identified in Lambeth and Wandsworth. The confirmed case is self-isolating and their contacts have been identified.This targeted approach will contact certain households in Southwark, due to lower confirmed case numbers. These households will either get a leaflet asking them to get a test from a specially deployed mobile testing unit, or be asked to complete a home kit by a door-to-door team. Everybody aged 11 years and over in this area who is contacted and invited to take part is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.Enhanced contact tracing is used for individuals testing positive with a variant of concern. This is where contact tracers look back over an extended period in order to determine the route of transmission.By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify variant of concern cases and their spread. People in this area should continue using twice-weekly rapid testing alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.People with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone so they can get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home. Those without symptoms should visit the local authority website for more information.Dr Kevin Fenton, Regional Director, PHE London and Regional Director of Public Health, NHS London: The cluster of cases in parts of South London – predominantly the Lambeth and Wandsworth areas but also in Southwark – of the variant first identified in South Africa is significant. It’s really important people in the local area play their part in stopping any further spread within the local community. PCR testing is now available for all and I would strongly encourage everyone in Southwark who is invited to take part to get tested, even if they don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t show any symptoms. By taking part you can protect yourselves and your loved ones and help us identify any possible new cases that would otherwise be missed, preventing further transmission and saving lives.
IEA: Global electricity generation from coal will drop by largest amount on record in 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Worldwide coal generation will fall 5% in 2020 to 2012 levels, marking the largest annual decrease on record, the International Energy Agency estimated in a new report.Coal use will likely bounce back in 2021, but growth in renewables will remain the lead story in electricity generation, the agency said in its first-ever “Electricity Market Report” published Dec. 14. The drop in coal generation came against the backdrop of a 2% decline in global electricity demand due to the historic shock created by the COVID-19 pandemic.Coal-fired capacity will be flat in 2020 at 2,125 GW, the International Energy Agency said. However, if developers delay new plants or if power generators move retirements forward in 2020, it could be the first year with a coal capacity decline in this century.“As with most coal-related issues, the story of coal capacity varies considerably between advanced economies and those which are emerging and developing,” the report noted.Europe and the United States are generally not making plans for new coal capacity and are retiring existing fleets, while Austria and Sweden recently joined Belgium as European countries that are completely closing out their coal fleets, the group wrote.In the emerging and developing world, decommissioning coal plants is unusual, the International Energy Agency said. On the other hand, the construction of new coal plants has slowed due to both headwinds facing the coal sector and the pandemic. China leads the way on coal additions with 30 GW of capacity expected to be commissioned in 2020, in line with its 2019 total.Still, the agency said coal’s prospects in the developing world are shifting as well. “Lower electricity demand driven by the COVID-19 crisis, lower costs for renewables and low gas prices — as well as the reduction in air pollution that came with lower coal-based electricity generation in 2020 — have changed the perception in many countries that coal is the only way to have affordable, dispatchable and secure electricity,” the report stated. “Difficulties in financing and growing international pressure against coal are also playing a role.”[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Global coal generation estimated to fall 5% in 2020, hitting 2012 levels