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Doctors blast report they say did nothing to explain why Covid hits black and ethnic minorities hard

Doctors have said there is a ‘crisis of confidence’ in Public Health England following a ‘profoundly disappointing’ report on how coronavirus hits ethnic minorities harder.  More than 30 ethnic minority doctors’ groups joined the doctors’ union in signing a letter saying they were ‘aghast’ at the research, which has come under criticism for lacking substance. […]

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Coronavirus UK: Spike feared after Black Lives Matter protests

The Health Secretary argued the evidence was ‘clear’ that not obeying social distancing rules designed to curb the outbreak ‘risks increasing the spread of the virus’ Matt Hancock today said it was a ‘mistake’ for Britons to have participated in Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend with the coronavirus still spreading across the UK.  […]

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Coronavirus UK: Death toll hits 40,597 with 55 new fatalities

Britain today announced 55 more Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since before lockdown was imposed, as London recorded no new hospital fatalities for the first time since March and both Scotland and Northern Ireland posted no victims for the second day in a row. Department of Health statistics show the official number of […]

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UK’s antibody testing fiasco exposed: PHE test misses up to a third of cases

Antibody tests being used by Public Health England could be missing a third of positive results, a study has shown as Britain’s coronavirus testing fiasco deepens. A company given £1million of Government funding in March has produced a test that doesn’t yet meet ‘challenging’ official standards. And the Department of Health has already cancelled orders […]

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Coronavirus: UK travelling LESS than before lockdown eased

Britain appears to be travelling less than it was a fortnight ago — despite draconian lockdown rules having been relaxed slightly with the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak having been and gone.  Mobility data shows Brits made less direction requests for journeys by car, foot or on public transport in the first week of June […]

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson wants cross-EU quarantine exemption

Tourists will be allowed to travel freely across the EU by the middle of July, as the government plans to water-down its travel quarantine policy ‘as quickly as possible’.  Boris Johnson wants to agree a cross-EU exemption, which would allow Britons to visit EU countries without having to isolate for 14 days. This comes after […]

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MORE evidence smokers are at less risk of Covid-19: 23% less likely to catch the virus

Smokers are less likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 compared to those who have never touched a cigarette, another study has claimed.  An array of research carried out since the pandemic began has shown smokers are at lower risk of getting the coronavirus.   Now researchers in Mexico have added more weight to the evidence, which […]

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Coronavirus could spread through a hospital ward within 10 HOURS

Hospital wards could become riddled with the coronavirus within the space of just ten hours, according to research.  University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital scientists tracked the spread of a virus that doesn’t infected humans for five days. It was placed on a hand rail of a hospital bed in an isolation room, […]

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Professor says only 10% of people with coronavirus develop antibodies

Only 10 per cent of people who are infected with the coronavirus develop antibodies, a professor claims.   Professor Karol Sikora, an advisor to the World Health Organisation, said the majority would have a negative result on an antibody test, even though they have had the coronavirus.  Governments have pinned their hopes on antibody testing to […]

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Health chiefs are in talks to use British-made coronavirus saliva tests instead of swabs

A British-made saliva test for the coronavirus could replace swabs and help Boris Johnson meet the 24-hour result target time. The Government is reportedly in talks with epigenetics company Chronomics about its test – two months after the US approved a similar one. The kit, which requires someone to spit into a tube, is easier […]