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Hancock: Follow Covid rules or they will get tougher

Image copyright PA Media Covid restrictions in England may get tougher if rules are not followed, Matt Hancock has warned, as the government introduces £10,000 fines for people who fail to self-isolate. The health secretary told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show the country was facing a “tipping point and we …

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Covid: Can a ‘circuit break’ halt the second wave?

Image copyright Reuters Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is “now seeing a second wave” of Covid-19. Expanding “local” restrictions mean more than 13 million people (one-fifth of the UK population) have extra curbs on their lives. And the surge in cases is not contained to just the hotspots, …

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Cancer taskforce aims to reduce patient backlog

Image copyright Getty Images A new taskforce will meet next week to kick-start the recovery of cancer services across the NHS in England. Charities believe the pandemic has led to a significant reduction in people being referred for urgent cancer treatment. Cancer Research UK says three million people have missed …

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Coronavirus: Care home visitors to be supervised at all times

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A care worker visits a client at home in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, during the pandemic People visiting residents in care homes should be supervised at all times to ensure social distancing, according to a government winter plan for Covid-19. It says visits must be limited …

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Coronavirus: Virus cases may be hitting 6,000 a day

Image copyright Getty Images New cases of coronavirus could be hitting 6,000 a day in England, with “clear evidence” of a rise in positive tests in the under-35s, according to the Office for National Statistics. The ONS found infection rates were higher in the north west and London, based on …

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Coronavirus testing: Simple test gives results in 90 minutes

Image copyright Imperial College London A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists. The study by Imperial College London showed the “lab-on-a-chip” gave comparable results to current tests. The device is already being used in eight NHS hospitals to …

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Coronavirus: Test demand ‘significantly outstripping’ capacity

Image copyright Getty Images Demand for coronavirus testing is “significantly outstripping the capacity we have”, head of NHS Test and Trace Baroness Harding has told MPs. Lady Harding told the science and technology committee that the return to school meant demand from under-17s had doubled. She acknowledged that results were …

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Coronavirus: Test turnaround times getting longer in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government says there is high demand for coronavirus tests Turnaround times to get coronavirus test results back are getting longer in England, figures show. Only one in three tests carried out in community-based testing centres results were returned within 24 hours in the …

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