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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Hartlepool has been Labour for nearly six decades. But so too was a handful of neighbouring North East constituencies - Bishop Auckland, Blyth Valley, Darlington, Sedgefield, North West Durham - until the Boris Johnson Brexit election wrecking ball smashed through Labour's "red wall". The by-election this week will determine whether Hartlepool will also turn Tory. The polling of recent days suggests it will. One of the biggest Brexit-backing towns in the country, the Brexit Party won a quarter of the votes in this coastal town in the 2019 election as support shifted away from Labour. But for the opposition to lose a seat to the governing party is almost unheard of: It's only happened twice (Copeland in 2017 and Mitcham & Morden 1982) in the past four decades. Advertisement Whatever the circumstances or context, losing Hartlepool would be a huge psychological and political blow to Sir Keir Starmer 's attempts to prove he is the one who … [Read more...] about Hartlepool by-election: Sir Keir Starmer under ‘huge pressure’ if Conservatives win constituency
Facebook's oversight board has upheld the indefinite suspension on former US President Donald Trump. The board has upheld Facebook' s decision on 7 January to restrict Mr Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account. Mr Trump was banned from a number of social media platforms after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Facebook's oversight board has upheld the indefinite suspension on former US President Donald Trump. Twitter has already said its ban is permanent, regardless of whether he runs for office in future, while YouTube will restore the former president's channel when the risk of violence has decreased. Facebook was due to announce its decision last month but delayed the ruling in order to review over 9,000 public responses. Advertisement At the time Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said: "We believe the risks of … [Read more...] about Trump still banned from Facebook as suspension upheld
The "super Thursday" vote on 6 May will be Britain's biggest set of elections outside a general election in nearly 50 years. With around 48 million people able to vote, it will also be the first opportunity to test the mood of the electorate in the wake of the UK leaving the EU and a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. People in England, Wales and Scotland will cast votes in a wide range of different contests - choosing their representatives in devolved parliaments and local councils, and picking the candidates they want as their elected mayors and police and crime commissioners. Voters in Hartlepool will even get to choose their new MP in a key by-election . How many elections are taking place? Advertisement In Scotland all 129 seats in Holyrood parliament are up for grabs, and in Wales candidates are competing for all 60 seats in the Senedd. Whichever parties can win a majority, or build coalitions that amount to a majority, will form the … [Read more...] about Vote 2021: A voter’s guide to ‘super Thursday’
SHE is known to her legions of fans as the body-confident former reality star who is not afraid to show some skin. But while her biggest challenge used to be choosing which slinky dress to wear to an Essex hotspot, these days Kate Ferdinand is instead learning to love her new post-baby body. The former Towie regular, who is married to ex-England footie star Rio, has candidly revealed how “overwhelmed” she was adjusting to her figure following the birth of their son Cree shortly before Christmas . Kate, 29, won huge praise from her fans when just 11 days after Cree’s birth she shared a warts-and-all picture with the tot on Instagram . Wearing a pair of less-than-glamorous big black pants she also talked about how difficult she was finding being a new mum. And in an exclusive interview from the family home in Kent, Kate says she felt she had to speak out. She also admits it is “crazy” looking back on her days on ITVBe reality show The Only Way Is Essex, which … [Read more...] about Kate Ferdinand says she felt ‘abnormal’ and struggled with her postpartum body following the birth of her baby son Cree