Rapid coronavirus test missed more than half of cases, data suggests
Rapid coronavirus tests rolled out in Liverpool missed more than half of those who had Covid-19, preliminary data suggests.
A document released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on Friday shows the tests missed around 51% of all cases.
The paper considered by Sage on November 26 said two days earlier the Liverpool Health Protection Board had decided to pause plans to use the Innova lateral flow test to allow care home visits because they were not accurate enough.
One week later the Government started sending out the tests to England’s biggest care homes.
We wondered what City firms were planning to do instead of the office Xmas bash
We found companies opting for everything from Zoom parties featuring celebrity cameos and virtual carol services led by Robbie Williams and much more.
London is still the coronavirus hotspot of England
London has 4,755 new infections reported today 1,514 more than the second-highest region the South East.
Latest stats show infections up 17 per cent this week across the UK
119,025 new Covid-19 infections were reported in the past seven days in the UK. This represents an increase of 17,892 or 17.71% on the week before that.
The latest R number is estimated at 0.9 to 1 with a daily infection growth rate range of -2% to 0% as of December 11 2020.
424 more deaths today from Covid-19 in the UK
21,672 new cases (people testing positive) reported, giving a total of 1,809,455.
424 new deaths reported, giving a UK total of 63,506.
Last Friday 16,298 people positive and 504 deaths were reported.
Police blast selfish people driving up R rate with parties and weddings
Police have criticised “selfish” people for holding parties, large weddings and unlicensed music events as London faces rising coronavirus cases.
Increased infection rates have led to fears the capital could be headed for Tier 3 restrictions.
The Met said almost 40 attendees at a wedding had been reported for fines earlier this week in an area with a high infection rate, and that the organiser now faces a potential £10,000 fine.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist added: “We will not allow the irresponsible and selfish actions of a few jeopardise the safety of the entire city, but we also urge everyone to ensure they too are taking personal responsibility to do all they can to protect themselves and their community.”
Hertfordshire County Council announce ‘concerning rise’ in infections
A joint statement from council chiefs says: “There has been a significant and very concerning rise in the number of cases of coronavirus right across Hertfordshire so far in December. It is clear that the situation here is extremely serious and there is no room whatsoever for complacency.
“We have also seen a particularly sharp increase in the number of cases affecting young people aged 12 to 16. We are appealing to all young people and their parents to not let their guard down at this critical time. Please keep following the rules for the rest of this school term and then over the Christmas holidays.”
Full statement here:
‘Get them whilst they are Scotch’ Nation’s favourite breadcrumb-encased, egg-filled foodstuff selling out
Wholesaler Brakes Foodservice has revealed it saw demand for scotch eggs increase ten times over as lockdown ended on December 2.
The past few weeks has seen major back-and-forth debate over whether the breadcrumb-encased, egg-filled foodstuff counts as a “substantial meal”.
The latest UK R number and growth rate figures have just been updated.
The R number is 0.9-1.0, so a slight increase on last week’s figures (0.8-1.0).
An R number between 0.9 and 1.0 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 9 and 10 other people.
A growth rate between -2% and 0% means that the number of new infections is shrinking by between 0% and 2% every day.
275 people died today with Covid-19 in English hospitals
A further 275 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 43,812, NHS England said on Friday.
Patients were aged between 34 and 99. All except eight, aged between 60 and 95, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between November 1 and December 10.
Fifteen other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.