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July 5, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: NHS England launches tool to aid long-term recovery

NHS England is launching a new service for people with ongoing health problems after having coronavirus.The government says "tens of thousands" of people have long-term symptoms after catching Covid-19."Your Covid…
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July 5, 2020 in COVID

PM joins nationwide clap on NHS 72nd anniversary

Media playback is unsupported on your device The prime minister has joined a nationwide applause to pay tribute to NHS staff on the 72nd anniversary of the health ...
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Frailty 'indicator' to survival

Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in determining whether someone may die from Covid-19, a study has found.It looked at more than 1,500 patients at 10…
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Calls for government to plan public inquiry

The government must set out plans for an inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the health service ombudsman has said. This was not about blaming staff but about…
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus doctor's diary: A 'dying' patient's miraculous recovery

When Mohammed Azeem arrived in Bradford Royal Infirmary he was in critical state, with far too little oxygen in his blood - at one point his oxygen levels were "not…
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Why disabled people are calling for a Covid-19 inquiry

As a disabled woman, Ginny Butcher is roughly 11 times more likely to die from coronavirus than her peers. New figures also suggest almost two-thirds of Covid-19 deaths in the…
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Local authorities are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of…
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July 4, 2020 in COVID

NHS anniversary: Landmarks to be lit up in weekend of celebration

Dozens of landmarks across the country will be lit up blue later to mark 72 years since the founding of the NHS.Ahead of the health service's anniversary on Sunday, people…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Public not asked for addresses for weeks during virus tests

People being tested for coronavirus in England were not asked to provide addresses for weeks during the height of the pandemic, it has emerged.The BBC understands Public Health England is…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart

Trials of the controversial anti-malarial drug taken by US President Donald Trump to try to prevent catching coronavirus are to be resumed.UK regulators say hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug chloroquine…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: 'Right thing' to be part of plasma trial

Media playback is unsupported on your device Blood plasma from patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is being tested as a potential treatment for those still suffering from ...
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Almost 30,000 'excess' care homes deaths

Almost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the coronavirus outbreak than during the same period in 2019, ONS figures show.But only two-thirds were directly attributable…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Cystic fibrosis patients offered 'life-transforming' drug

Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients can now get a "life-transforming" treatment on the NHS in England. Nine in 10 people with the genetic condition - more than 7,000 in England -…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Sense of smell and taste 'improve for most'

Almost 90% of people who lost their sense of smell or taste while infected with Covid-19 improved or recovered within a month, a study has found.The study, in Italy, found…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Sniffer dogs trial going 'very well'

A trial to see whether dogs can detect coronavirus is going "very well", according to the charity behind it.Six dogs are being trained by Medical Detection Dogs in Milton Keynes.Claire…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Leicester coronavirus outbreak timeline: Who knew what, and when?

As the rest of England continues to emerge from lockdown, a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in Leicester means the city will remain largely closed.The outbreak has prompted criticism about the…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Cardiff man meets doctor who saved his life

Media playback is unsupported on your device Covid-19 survivor Davide Compagnone was brought back from the brink of death after a struggle with the disease.Now the pharmacist has ...
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

There have been around 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and almost 44,000 people have died, government figures show. These numbers only include people who have been tested,…
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July 3, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Care home staff and residents to get regular tests

Staff and residents in care homes in England will receive regular coronavirus tests from next week.Staff will be tested for coronavirus weekly with tests every 28 for days residents over…
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July 2, 2020 in COVID

Many government call handlers traced no Covid contacts

Thousands of workers in the government's new test and trace call centre failed to trace a single contact of a coronavirus case in the first three weeks of operation.Between them…
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July 2, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: 'I felt least afraid when the pandemic started'

Seaneen Molloy's panic attacks stopped when the coronavirus pandemic started. But as restrictions begin to ease, the writer and charity worker from Northern Ireland describes how her anxiety has returned.…
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July 2, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns

The worst could be still to come in the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, six months on from when the outbreak began. WHO head Tedros Adhanom…
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July 2, 2020 in COVID

Coronavirus: Many wait over 24 hours for test results

Many people in England are still waiting longer than 24 hours for their coronavirus test results, figures show.Four in 10 tests done by mobile units and three in 10 carried…
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July 2, 2020 in COVID

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can…
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