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Coronavirus vaccine trial begins in UK – how it works and who will receive it

With coronavirus cases around the world now at over 2.4 million, scientists have been frantically working to develop a vaccine. This week, researchers at the University of Oxford have started human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford: “Vaccines are being designed from scratch and progressed ...

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Concern over UK protective kit guidance change

Concerns have been raised that updated government guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) could put hospital staff and patients at risk. Healthcare workers have been advised to reuse gowns or wear different kit if stocks in England run low.Unions representing doctors and nurses have expressed concerns about the updated Public Health England guidance, BBC reported. It comes as the UK ...

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Coronavirus: Parks and cemeteries must stay open, says communities minister

  Parks and cemeteries must remain open and family can attend loved ones’ funerals, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. Speaking at Number 10, he said “people need parks” but they must observe social distancing and not congregate in groups. He also announced an extra £1.6bn for local councils in England. And the ethnicity of victims will be recorded, ...

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Queen Elizabeth foregoes birthday gun salute over virus

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will not celebrate her birthday on Tuesday with a traditional gun salute due to the coronavirus crisis, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. “There will be no gun salutes. Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances,” the ...

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COVID-19: UK Death Toll Rises By 888 To 15,464 – Health Ministry

LONDON, April 18 : The number of people in Britain who have died in hospital from coronavirus has risen by 888 to 15,464, according to daily health ministry figures on Saturday. “As of 5pm on 17 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 15,464 have sadly died,” the ministry said on its website, up from ...

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Double warning over Coronavirus antibody tests

Hopes that coronavirus antibody tests could help the UK end its lockdown have been dealt a blow – after the World Health Organization questioned whether they offer any guarantee of immunity. The UK has placed antibody tests – which check if someone has had Covid-19 – at the centre of an eventual “back-to-work” plan to restart normal life. But experts ...

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Coronavirus: Medics to be asked to reuse gowns amid shortage fears

Doctors and nurses in England are to be asked to treat coronavirus patients without fully protective gowns and to reuse equipment due to shortage fears. The decision came in a reversal of guidance to hospitals from Public Health England on Friday, BBC reported.Earlier this week, the BBC reported the plan was being considered as a “last resort”. It comes as ...

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UK to operate 4 special flights from Dhaka for British citizens from April 21-26

The UK will operate four special flights from Dhaka to London for British tourists, short term visitors and their direct dependants to return to the UK from Tuesday (April 21-26). British visitors currently in Sylhet will also have the option of booking a domestic transfer from Sylhet to Dhaka ahead of each of these flights, said the British  government. Up ...

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Coronavirus: UK hospital deaths reach 14,576 after 847 more patients die

Another 847 people have died with coronavirus in UK hospitals, taking the nationwide total beyond 14,000. The Department of Health announced the latest increase, with 14,576 people with COVID-19 – the disease caused by coronavirus- now confirmed to have died in hospital across the four home nations. The number of tests for the illness has also risen by 21,328 to ...

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Coronavirus: War veteran Tom Moore, 99, raises £21m for NHS

A 99-year-old war veteran has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise £16m and counting for the NHS. Captain Tom Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. But he has smashed his target after nearly 800,000 people made donations to his fundraising page. As he ...

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