There is no evidence of a difference between school staff testing positive for coronavirus antibodies and the wider working-age population, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The main findings from the Schools Infection Survey come ahead of children going back to classrooms in England next week as part of the first phase of lifting the coronavirus lockdown. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Families of school children to get rapid tests As of 10 December 2020, it is estimated 14.61% of primary school staff had COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting they had been infected with the illness, while 15.72% of secondary staff were thought to have had them. That's a small rise on the previous month, where 12.63% of primary teachers and 12.27% of secondary staff were thought to have antibodies. Advertisement In total, 14.99% of … [Read more...] about COVID-19: School staff not more likely to test positive for coronavirus antibodies, new figures suggest
The mood at Windsor Castle darkened today after Prince Philip was admitted for heart tests as he continued to battle a raging infection, sources said last night. And fears grew for the 99-year-old with medical experts warning he could be kept in for up to six weeks while he is treated for an underlying condition. Philip was moved by ambulance at around 11am from the private King Edward VII hospital in Central London to St Bartholomew’s, Britain’s oldest hospital near St Paul’s Cathedral. Staff held up umbrellas to ensure the Duke’s privacy as he was carried by stretcher to the waiting vehicle. A royal source said: “The staff and all the Royal Family are united in their prayers for the Duke. “There has been an almighty and collective effort to keep him and the Queen safe during the coronavirus crisis over the past 11 months but there was a significant shift in the mood when everyone started finding out the Duke wasn’t coming home any time soon. "Everyone’s thoughts are … [Read more...] about Royal Family ‘united in prayers’ for Prince Philip as mood ‘significantly shifts’
Health officials are hunting for a person in the UK who is infected with a worrying Brazil variant of Covid-19 in a bid to stop it spreading into the wider community. There are also concerns that the mutation, first identified in Manaus, can re-infect people who have previously had Covid, and that it has the ability to lessen the impact of vaccines. Dr Susan Hopkins, strategic response director at Public Health England (PHE), said the person was thought to have been tested on February 12 or 13, possibly via a home postal test or a test collected from a local authority. She said the individual may not have completed their form completely online, or may have thought they did, and may not have got their results. "We are looking at where the test may have been sent from and to, working with the postal services and the courier services," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, adding that the public appeal was a "belt-and-braces approach". Have you had coronavirus? Let us know … [Read more...] about People who’ve had Covid can still catch Brazilian variant as missing case hunt continues
A desperate race has been launched to find a mystery Brit with a dangerous mutant strain of coronavirus first found in Brazil. The government says “every effort is underway” to find the person - who may not know they are positive or be in isolation. The case of the P.1 variant is one of six that were detected on or around Friday - three in England, and three in Scotland. The other five either flew into the UK from Brazil, or live with someone who did. But the unknown case raises the threat that the variant - which may spread more easily or resist the vaccine - is “loose” in our society and already spreading. With genome sequencing taking about 10 days, how the government responds to this crisis will be crucial for our future. And the case has already raised questions about hotel quarantine - given the known sufferers flew into Britain before the long-delayed policy took effect. So how did the case go missing, what do we know about it, and what can you do to help? How … [Read more...] about Covid Brazil variant sparks desperate race to find mystery Brit – how case got lost
THE Walking Dead fans were thrilled when it was revealed that their favourite show would be returning for six more bonus episodes. Season 10C brings with it another new nasty, in the form the Reapers. Who are the Reapers in The Walking Dead? At the moment we still don't know who the Reapers are as they don't feature in the comic books and haven't appeared on screen yet. They will be introduced at the end of the premiere episode of season 10C. Speaking about the Reapers, The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang told Den of Geek how the writing staff goes about crafting a new villain group, she said: “Whenever we’re dealing with a group from the comics, there’s usually a pretty well-defined kind of concept to them. "When we go to create groups that supplement material we’re taking from the comics, we try and take that same approach, which is to kind of say, what is their philosophy about how to survive? What did it come from? What is their background?" What happens … [Read more...] about Who are the Reapers in The Walking Dead?