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Coronavirus: Virus test with 20-minute results being trialled

A coronavirus test that gives results in 20 minutes is being trialled, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. The new swab test – which would show whether someone currently ...

Coronavirus: Cases in the community ‘relatively stable’

The number of coronavirus cases in the community is remaining relatively stable with one in 400 people in England infected, the government’s surveillance programme shows. The ...

Coronavirus: ‘Tackle harmful lockdown drinking,’ BMJ editorial warns

Tackling harmful drinking during the lockdown will be “an integral part of the nation’s recovery”, an editorial in the BMJ says. With supermarket sales of alcohol ...

Coronavirus: NHS England official cautions against buying antibody tests

People in England have been cautioned against using coronavirus antibody tests being sold by some retailers. NHS England’s medical director Prof Stephen Powis said experts were ...

Coronavirus: UK track and trace system in place from June – PM

The PM says the UK will have a “world-beating” tracing system from June, as he was accused of leaving a “huge hole” in the country’s coronavirus defences. Boris ...

Coronavirus: Cancer surgery delays risk ‘thousands’ of deaths

The NHS must ensure cancer-surgery delays do not cost more lives than the number of Covid-19 patients saved, the Institute of Cancer Research says. In some cancers, a three-month ...

Coronavirus: ‘Wash hands at least six times a day’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Washing your hands at least six to times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study ...

Coronavirus: Diabetic people offered support

People with diabetes are being offered help and support as a study reveals some people with the condition may be at higher risk if they catch coronavirus. Although the threat of ...

Coronavirus: Nearly 10,000 deaths in care homes

Nearly 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in care homes in England and Wales, figures suggest. But for the second week running the Office for National Statistics review of death ...

Coronavirus: UK too slow to increase testing capacity, say MPs

The government’s ability to test people for coronavirus has been “inadequate” throughout the pandemic, a committee of MPs has said. The Science and Technology Committee ...