Britons will spend a third of their waking hours watching TV or online videos in 2020, according to research by the media regulator that shows the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on UK viewing habits.
The Telegraph said: “The average Brit watched five hours and 40 minutes of video content a day last year, nearly an hour more than pre-pandemic levels.”
Television channels still account for the majority of viewing, but research has revealed the rapid growth of US-owned broadcasting platforms as they have been able to attract many viewers who are increasingly turning to them as a default viewing option.
More than 60% of UK households had access to a paid streaming service in 2020, up from 49% the year before.
One expert said: “TV and online video have proven to be an important life-locking remedy, as people spent a third of their waking hours last year glued to screens for news and entertainment.” Five homes in the UK are now subscribed.
While viewers over the age of 45 have increased their total watch time during the pandemic in 2020, up to three hours and 12 minutes each day, audiences in the 16-24 age bracket that broadcasters aspire to watch only watched for 17 minutes. .
Tens of millions of viewers have also followed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s updates on the Coronavirus during the pandemic, and for preparing the England football team for the Euro 2020 final.
The British health authorities have announced that the United Kingdom will start vaccinating adolescents aged 16 to 17 against the “Corona” virus, based on advice from the Independent Immunization and Immunization Committee in the United Kingdom.
And the British Public Health Authority confirmed the extension of the vaccination process so that the date of obtaining the second dose is 12 weeks after taking the first in order to extend protection against the virus for a longer period, according to what was reported by the newspaper (Politico) in its European version, issued from Brussels.
It is noteworthy that the Joint Committee on Immunization and Vaccination has been pressured by politicians and scientists to call for the vaccination of children, especially in light of the outbreak of the delta variable “the advanced Indian strain of Corona”, in addition to the reopening of schools and universities next September.
It is also reported that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency last month approved the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years.
Russia’s permanent representative to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, accused the European Union of politicizing the situation around Russian coronavirus vaccines.
In comments reported by Russia Today on Wednesday, Chizhov said, commenting on the statement of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who accused Moscow of politicizing the issue of recognizing Corona vaccines, “It is politicized (this issue) here in the European Union in particular and not in Russia, Everything related to Russia is also politicized.”
The Russian diplomat did not rule out the participation of the drug lobby in blocking the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine in Europe.
So far, the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine against the Coronavirus has been registered in 67 countries with more than 3.5 billion people.. Especially the Russian vaccine helped San Marino to become the first European country to defeat the Coronavirus.
Yesterday, Tuesday, the media reported that the European Commission agreed to recognize vaccination certificates issued in the Republic of San Marino, but this does not mean that the European Union has begun to automatically recognize the Russian vaccine in its territory.