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Coronavirus: Social restrictions ‘to remain for rest of year’

The UK will have to live with some disruptive social measures for at least the rest of the year, the government’s chief medical adviser has said. Prof Chris Whitty said it was “wholly unrealistic” to expect life would suddenly return to normal soon. He said “in the long run” the ideal way out would be via a “highly effective vaccine” ...

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Covid-19 vaccine trial set to begin in UK, 80pc chance of success

Clinical trials of an effective vaccine against coronavirus on humans were approved in Germany and launched in the UK. The race to develop an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus gathered pace this week.Though there are now around 150 development projects worldwide, the German and British plans are among only five clinical trials on humans which have been approved across ...

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George Osborne calls for recovering Boris Johnson to be replaced by ‘acting PM’

George Osborne says Britain needs a formal “acting Prime Minister” if Boris Johnson is going to be recovering from coronavirus for an extended period of time. The former Chancellor, now editor of the London Evening Standard, said a formal stand-in taking over all of  Johnson’s decision-making would avoid a power vacuum at the top of government. Currently First Secretary of ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 763 in 24 hours

The number of people who have died in hospital in the UK after contracting  coronavirus   has risen by 763. The death toll has increased to 18,100 from 17,337 at the same point yesterday, according to the latest update from the Department of Health. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen by 4,451 to 133,495 from 129,044 at ...

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British scientists call for volunteers for human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine researchers in London are asking for volunteers to take part in human trials in June. A team at Imperial College London has been carrying out tests on animals since February and has secured government funding to fast-track its work. “We are looking for volunteers to take part in our trial in June — they will be the first ...

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Coronavirus: 828 further death confirmed in England

London, Apr 21 : The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after contracting coronavirus is now 17,337. The death toll has increased by 828 from 16,509 at the same point yesterday, according to the latest update from the Department of Health.   The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen by 4,301 to 129,044 from 124,743 ...

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Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday without fanfare

Photo : In this Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London. Britain is marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th birthday, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, with silence, as the nation in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic forgoes the usual gun salutes and ringing of bells. Britain is marking ...

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UK Parliament to hold virtual debates amid virus lockdown

Photo : Handout photo issued by UK Parliament of chamber rehearsals ahead of the reconvening the House of Commons and House of Lords following the Easter recess, in London. Britain’s Parliament is going back to work, and the political authorities have a message for lawmakers: Stay away. U.K. legislators and most parliamentary staff were sent home in late March as ...

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The first charter flight departed from Bangladesh to bring British travellers home

  The charter flights departed for London from Dhaka carrying 269 British travellers. The British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen were present at the Shahjalal International Airport to observe the return process and speak with departing British travellers. Earlier on 18 April, the British High Commission to Bangladesh announced four charter flights (21, ...

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Plasma treatment to be trialled for Coronavirus

The UK is gearing up to use the blood of coronavirus survivors to treat hospital patients ill with the disease. NHS Blood and Transplant is asking some people who recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood so they can potentially assess the therapy in trials.The hope is that the antibodies they have built up will help to clear the virus in ...

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