A new warning system will allow train passengers to avoid busy services - increasing the chance of them being able to follow social distancing measures. From today, National Rail will begin displaying red or yellow warning triangles on its app and website next to services that are expected to be in high demand. The system will use journey planning trends analysis and messages from rail staff at stations and on trains to determine how busy services will be. Users will also be asked to notify National Rail about which particular service they intend to take. It is hoped the system will mean more people staggering their journeys as demand increases with coronavirus lockdown restrictions easing. Advertisement Passengers can be kept updated about disruption and overcrowding on their journey and receive alternative travel options. Alerts will be received via Facebook Messenger at first, with text message and WhatsApp updates available in the … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Want to avoid busy train services? This tool will be able to help
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A single dose of the Pfizer /BioNTech coronavirus vaccine may block 75 per cent of symptomless infections, a study on NHS workers has suggested. Asymptomatic screening of staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge showed the number of people testing positive fell from 0.8 per cent to 0.2 per cent 12 days after their injection. The 'very impressive' findings are another sign that the UK's gamble to delay the second dose in a bid to get wider coverage quicker has paid off. Curbing symptomless infections is crucial to stopping outbreaks from growing unknowingly because people who do not feel ill are less likely to self-isolate. Numerous studies had indicated that a single injection of the Pfizer jab prevented severe illness and death but to what degree it blocked asymptomatic spread was unclear. Research has also suggested Oxford University's jab stops more than 60 per cent of asymptomatic cases. The study, led by Cambridge University, analysed thousands of weekly Covid … [Read more...] about Single dose of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine blocks three-quarters of symptomless infections, study on NHS staff finds
Getting the vaccine is for many a lifesaver. For others it opens up the possibility of a return to a more normal life - leaving lockdown, travelling, going to the work place. But when are you going to be vaccinated? That's a simple question with an incredibly complex answer. Here's the simple version of that answer, but be warned, this table is a very rough estimate. Our starting point is the new information we were given today about how the vaccination programme against COVID will be rolled out across the country. The group of independent scientific and clinical experts which advises the government on how to prioritise giving the vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), says once the top nine priority groups have had their first dose, the COVID jab is then to be given to people according to age , starting with the oldest first. If Health Secretary Matt Hancock hits his target of all 32 million people in the top nine priority groups … [Read more...] about COVID-19: When might I get a coronavirus vaccine?
We don't know about you, but we adore dogs! So, if anyone loves good television and some cute four-legged canines then you probably love Pooch Perfect. The BBC One contest is presented by award-winning actress-singer Sheridan Smith and sees sixteen professionals compete to best groom some poochest and be named the best in the country. Now, as part of the latest instalment of Jess Saying arrives on our Facebook screens today at 2pm, Jessica Boulton chats to Pooch Perfect judges Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle. Colin is a renowned dog grooming expert who is one of the most decorated in the industry, having developed a reputation over 25 years. He has won Intergrooms International Groomer of the Year, along with Winner of the “World Cup Grooming Games and has won numerous other titles. Meanwhile, Verity is a Master Groomer and a member of the Guild of Mastergroomers. While not a real Lady as Sheridan Smith refers to her, Verity is a championship level dog … [Read more...] about Tune in as Pooch Perfect’s Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle spill show secrets