Infectious diseases

Met warns protesters against joining London anti-lockdown rally

November 28, 2020

The Metropolitan police has warned people against joining a mass anti-lockdown protest due to take place on Saturday in central London, saying that such gatheringsare banned under current coronavirus legislation. A Met statement said: “Protest is not currently a permitted exemption to the prohibition on gatherings under the current coronavirus regulations. “Strict regulations have been […]

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UK coronavirus: Gove says lockdown could be extended; Starmer rejects union calls to close schools – as it happened

November 1, 2020

4.13pm GMT16:13 23,254 people test positive in the UK, with 162 further deaths On Sunday, 23,254 people were tested positive for Covid-19. A further 162 people have died within 28 days of a positive test. The daily dashboard also shows there are 1,442 more patients in hospital. For a closer look at the numbers and […]

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Far right using coronavirus as excuse to attack Asians, say police

August 29, 2020

Police chiefs have warned that the far right is using coronavirus as an excuse to attack east and south-east Asians as new figures show hate crime against them is rising. Attacks on people classified by the Metropolitan Police as “oriental” have risen a third since the lockdown was eased in May, with figures significantly higher […]

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Up to 6% of England’s population may have had Covid, study shows

August 13, 2020

About 3.4 million people in England – 6% of the population – have had Covid-19, with infections more common among members of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, according to the results of a large home antibody testing study. The results from the study, known as React-2, are based on home finger-prick antibody test results […]

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20 offices turned into 2,000 individual pods for post-Covid working

August 13, 2020

Welcome to cube city. Xu Weiping, a Chinese multimillionaire, has a vision for the future of office work in the post-Covid-19 pandemic world: thousands of office pods where each person works in their own self-contained 3m x 3m cube. Xu reckons the coronavirus pandemic will have such a fundamental impact on the way people work […]

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Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests

July 12, 2020

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds. In the first longitudinal study of its kind, scientists analysed the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St […]

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Nine out of ten public transport users wearing face masks – survey

July 10, 2020

More than nine in 10 commuters are complying with rules requiring face coverings on public transport, a Guardian snapshot has found – though conspiracy theories, confusion over public messaging and concerns over lack of enforcement are prompting concern. In Glasgow on Wednesday, compliance with the measure to control coronavirus was almost 100% on buses, overground […]

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Low-income households denied coronavirus support by benefit cap

May 24, 2020

Benefits have increased for the poorest households but the Department for Work and Pensions has kept the cap at the same level. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Tens of thousands of poor households are being denied extra support designed to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, after being hit by the government’s benefit cap. The number […]

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Britain comes together to clap for carers on Covid frontline – as it happened

May 21, 2020

8.31pm BST20:31 That’s the end of our UK live coverage for tonight, please follow worldwide developments on our global blog. Thanks for reading and writing in. 8.23pm BST20:23 Jedidajah Otte According to the BBC, “millions of people” were clapping across the country tonight, among them 100-year-old Dabirul Choudhury, from St Albans, who’s raised over £177,000 […]

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