From today, everyone in England is being urged to take two rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests a week, to help keep track of the virus. Only people in England will be able to get the tests, with devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales making their own decisions on mass-testing. Sky News looks at how the frequent testing will work. What are lateral flow tests? The government wants lateral flow tests to be used to identify asymptomatic people, as one in three people with COVID-19 has no symptoms. Advertisement They use similar technology to a pregnancy test and can produce a result within about 30 minutes. Lateral flow tests are a type of antigen testing. They look for antigens - proteins on the surface of the virus to detect if a person has COVID-19 . More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of Premier League fixtures only open to home fans COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since … [Read more...] about COVID-19: How do lateral flow tests work and how will England’s twice-weekly programme be operating?
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A police officer accused of murdering Dalian Atkinson said the ex-footballer threatened to take him "to the gates of hell", a court has heard. PC Benjamin Monk, 42, made the claim as he told investigators he had kicked Atkinson to "control and restrain" him when he fell to the ground after being tasered. Monk denies murder and manslaughter, while PC Ellen Bettley-Smith denies assault. The trial at Birmingham Crown Court has heard how Mr Atkinson, who played for clubs including Aston Villa and Ipswich, went into cardiac arrest and died after a Taser was used on him for 33 seconds - six times longer than normal. On Wednesday, prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC summarised Monk's explanation to investigators about the incident in Telford in the early hours of 15 August 2016. Advertisement "He described how when he was approaching (Mr Atkinson's father's house) he was aware of a very loud row taking place within the property, with one voice much louder than the … [Read more...] about Dalian Atkinson: Ex-footballer threatened to take police officer ‘to gates of hell’, court told
PIERS Morgan slams Meghan Markle as 'money grabbing' after posting a meme about Bill Gates’s divorce. The former Good Morning Britain presenter has never been afraid to voice his opinions on the Duchess of Sussex , 39, and used his Twitter account today to make a joke at her expense. Piers, 56, was forced to leave his post on the morning show in March following his comments about Meghan and her explosive interview with husband Prince Harry. It was revealed yesterday that billionaire Bill Gates and Melinda have ended their 27-year relationship and Piers took the opportunity to take a swipe a Meghan. He posted an image of the heavily pregnant Duchess, in which she had a wry smile on her face. Accompanying the snap however was a caption which read: "So Bill Gates just got divorced", following by dollar sign emojis. Piers reacted to the meme by posting laughing emojis, which has garnered almost 8,000 likes. The journalist didn't stop there as he blasted Meghan … [Read more...] about Piers Morgan slams ‘money-grabbing’ Meghan Markle again with meme about Bill Gates’s divorce
A POLICE officer couple colluded together to lie about ex-Premier League ace Dalian Atkinson being kicked in the head to cover their tracks following his murder, a court heard today. The ex-Villa and Manchester City striker, 48, was "kicked like a football" by a cop yelling "f***ing hit him" before he was killed, the court was told. He was allegedly Tasered for 33 seconds - six times longer than the standand five-second phase - before he died in Telford, Shropshire, in August 2016. Benjamin Monk, 42, is accused of killing the former Premier League ace using a 50,000-volt Taser in the first case of its kind in Britain. The cop, from West Mercia Police, denies murder and manslaughter. A female officer, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, faces an offence of assault. Birmingham Crown Court has heard the officers - who were in a relationship at the time - were called to Atkinson's father's home following an alleged bust-up. Monk claimed in police interview he deployed the … [Read more...] about Cop couple ‘lied about ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson being kicked in head to cover tracks over his murder’
The Indian delegation in the UK for this week's G7 meeting is self-isolating after two positive COVID tests among them, Sky News understands. Although it is not a G7 member, India was among other countries invited to attend the first in-person meeting of the group's foreign ministers in more than two years in London this week. Live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world The meeting was described as "COVID-secure talks" ahead of this June's full G7 summit in Cornwall. Asked whether it had been a mistake to hold the G7 meeting in person, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday morning: "I think it's very important to try to continue as much business as you can as a government. Advertisement "We have a very important relationship with India, with our G7 partners. As I understand it, what's happened is the individuals concerned they're all isolating now. "I will be seeing the Indian foreign minister later on this afternoon … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Boris Johnson denies in-person G7 meeting a mistake after two test positive among India delegation