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Senior doctors want gap between Covid jabs halved

PA Media Senior doctors are calling on England’s chief medical officer to cut the gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 vaccine. Health ...

Coronavirus: UK variant ‘may be more deadly’

Reuters Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. However, there remains huge uncertainty ...

‘Record number’ of Covid intensive care patients transferred

Getty Images A record number of seriously-ill Covid patients are being transferred from over-stretched hospitals because of a lack of bed space, new figures show. Around ...

Coronavirus: UK R number ‘between 0.8 and 1’

Getty Images The UK’s R number, a measure of whether the epidemic is growing or shrinking, is at or below one for the first time since early December. The government’s ...

Covid in Scotland: More than 400 care homes investigated over deaths

Getty Images A special Crown Office unit set up to probe Covid-linked deaths is investigating cases at 474 care homes in Scotland, the BBC can reveal. The unit was set ...

Covid: How a £20 gadget could save lives

Getty Images One of the mysteries of Covid-19 is why oxygen levels in the blood can drop to dangerously low levels without the patient noticing. It is known as “silent ...

Covid: Nearly 2m people got first Covid vaccine in last week

PA Media Close to two million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine in the past week, government figures show. By the end of Tuesday 4.61 million ...

Covid: ‘No evidence’ virus levels decreasing in England

PA Media Levels of coronavirus in the community may have risen over the first 10 days of the third lockdown, a representative sample of people in England suggests. Swab ...

Rollout of daily testing of close contacts paused in English schools

Getty Images The rollout of rapid daily coronavirus testing of close contacts in schools should be paused, Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace say. They say more ...

Covid: ‘Sharp drop’ in heart-attack hospital admissions

Getty Images There has been a sharp drop in the number of patients admitted to hospitals in England with heart attacks or heart failure in recent months, research reveals. Experts ...