There were 85,000 tests done across the capital in the week up to September 16, up from 75,000 the previous seven days. Even the capital's hotspots are enjoying more access to swabs - Barking carried out 2,669 tests in the week ending September 16, 25 per cent more than the week before, when 2,036 swabs were done. In Redbridge, 3,370 residents were checked for the virus in the latest reporting period, compared to 3,046 the week prior, a rise of nearly 10 per cent. … [Read more...] about A QUARTER of British population locked down: Almost 18m people are put under coronavirus restrictions as residents are BANNED from leaving Cardiff and Swansea unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ – and London faces a new no-mixing order
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If the vaccine proves successful, the UK could begin to vaccinate priority groups, such as frontline health and social care workers and those at increased risk from coronavirus, as early as the first half of next year, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said. … [Read more...] about First coronavirus vaccine will not be a ‘silver bullet’, is unlikely to stop people catching the disease and may only reduce symptoms, scientists warn government
The group has been concerned that the number of infections and hospital admissions is “exceeding the reasonable worst-case scenario planning levels at this time”. As of 30 October, there were 975 mechanical ventilation beds taken up by Covid patients in England, up from 285 at the beginning of the month. Of all beds, 10,708 were occupied by people with coronavirus, up from 2,069 on 1 October. … [Read more...] about What could a national Covid lockdown in England mean?
Oceania Australia: The Australian government has announced that it will spend AU$500 million Australian dollars ($351 million, €300.5 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia "as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Infections soar in US, Europe
Pollsters asked 2,000 adults to rank their biggest concerns during the pandemic. Catching Covid was the top worry for 29 per cent, followed by mental health at 23 per cent and the suspension of cancer screening at 21 per cent. Eleven per cent were most concerned by job prospects and 10 per cent by the impact on children. … [Read more...] about ‘If we go into lockdown we’re b**gered’: Boris faces Tory revolt over new lockdown as MPs, hospitality chiefs and scientists condemn the plan despite predictions of 4,000 deaths a day in December