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June 6, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Fully reopening schools 'could cause second wave'

Sending all children back to school - and freeing parents to go back to work - could trigger a second wave of coronavirus, warn researchers.UCL and the London School of…
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June 6, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: WHO advises to wear masks in public areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.The global body said new…
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June 6, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: What is the k number and can superspreading be stopped?

As the world races to find treatments and vaccines for coronavirus, scientists have another target in their sites - the superspreading event, when one person infects many others. And there…
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June 6, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Is R number balanced on knife edge?

There have been warnings coronavirus may be starting to spread again in the north-west and the south-west of England.Some scientists say the R number is creeping up across the country…
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June 6, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: NHS trust bosses not consulted over new face mask rules

NHS trusts in England were not consulted before the government announced changes to the use of face coverings in hospitals, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.Chris Hopson said…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment

Scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus. The team from London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital and King's College…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Influential study on hydroxychloroquine withdrawn

An influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of death in coronavirus patients has been retracted over data concerns.Three of the study's authors said they could not longer vouch…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

ECT depression therapy should be suspended, study suggests

The use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat depression should be immediately suspended, a study says. ECT involves passing electric currents through a patient's brain to cause seizures or fits.Dr…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

'Tens of thousands' of heart procedures delayed by pandemic

The postponement of tens of thousands of hospital procedures is putting the lives of people with long-term heart conditions at risk, according to the British Heart Foundation.The coronavirus pandemic has…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: AstraZeneca to begin making potential vaccine

Drug company AstraZeneca is to start producing a potential vaccine for coronavirus, its boss has told the BBC.Trials of the drug are under way but Pascal Soriot said the firm…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Outbreak exercise showed ‘clear gap’ in readiness

An exercise simulating a coronavirus outbreak in Scotland, which was shared with a UK government advisory group, showed a "clear gap" in preparedness, the BBC has learned.A report into "Exercise…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine 'does not save lives'

A malaria drug that has been tested as a treatment for coronavirus does not save lives, one of the world's largest trials shows.Hydroxychloroquine received global attention after being promoted by…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: No return to 'business as usual' for dentists

The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned there will be no return to "business as usual" for dentistry in England.Practices were told last week that they could reopen from ...
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: NHS contact-tracing app in place by end of month, says minister

A new NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app should be in place by the end of the month, a minister has said.Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said the app - which was trialled…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Vaccine summit exceeds target to raise almost £7bn

Almost £7bn has been raised to immunise 300 million children at a virtual global vaccine summit hosted by the UK.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said up to eight million lives would…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Dementia deaths up during pandemic

Deaths due to dementia have been higher than average during the coronavirus pandemic, Office for National Statistics analysis has found.The ONS figures suggest a third of deaths above the expected…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: How does contact tracing work in England?

People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced.The NHS contact tracers will ask people they get in touch with to self-isolate…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Virus cases down to 5,600 a day, says ONS survey

The number of people infected with coronavirus in homes in England has fallen to 5,600 a day, from 8,000 last week.The estimate is based on swab tests of 19,000 people…
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June 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Widen rules on where face coverings must be used, say UK doctors

Doctors have urged the government to make face coverings compulsory in all places where social distancing is not possible, not just on public transport.All passengers on public transport in England…
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June 4, 2020 in COVID

Social distancing: A practical guide to how to socialise now

The UK is starting to relax its coronavirus lockdown rules, meaning some of us can now see friends and family we have been separated from for months.Under the new rules:From…
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June 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: 'More than two million' waiting for cancer care in UK

About 2.4 million people in the UK are waiting for cancer screening, treatment or tests, as a result of disruption to the NHS during the past 10 weeks, according to…
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June 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Vulnerable people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday.The change means people will be able…
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June 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Risk of death is higher for ethnic minorities

Media playback is unsupported on your device People from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, a report by Public Health England says.It shows ...
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