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Coronavirus: UK authorises anti-viral drug remdesivir

A drug treatment that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola and other emerging diseases, such as Mers. UK regulators say there is enough evidence to approve its use in selected Covid-19 hospital patients.For the time being and due to ...

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Eid: British High Commissioner, Deputy HC greet all

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Sunday has greeted all on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond. “This year it’s going to be different because the pandemic has affected so many aspects of our lives.But I hope despite of the difficulty and the challenge that the Covid presents we ...

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British PM’s top aide accused of second lockdown breach: reports

A top advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced fresh allegations Sunday that he had breached coronavirus lockdown rules for a second time. The British government had on Saturday rejected calls to sack Dominic Cummings over allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the country while displaying symptoms of the disease. Cummings, who announced he was suffering ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 282 to 36,675

Grant Shapps has defended the PM’s advisor (Image: 10 Downing Street)   Britain today announced 282 more coronavirus deaths, including a 12-year-old with an undisclosed underlying health condition – taking the UK’s total fatalities to 36,675. Today’s death jump – which takes into account all settings – is the lowest recorded on a Saturday since March 21 (56), three days ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 351 to 36,393

Priti Patel is hosting today’s daily Downing St press conference The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 351, according to the latest government figures. The rise in the 24 hours up to 5pm on Thursday takes the country’s official death toll in hospitals, care homes and the community to 36,393. A further 3,287 people tested positive for Covid-19 in ...

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Coronavirus: UK arrivals could face £1,000 fines if they break quarantine

Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad could be fined £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days, the government is expected to announce. Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks to check whether people were complying. The new rules, which will also apply to British people returning from abroad, are not expected ...

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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 has the virus – does not need to be sent to a lab. Mr Hancock also said more than 10 million antibody tests – that check if someone has had the ...

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NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers

  NHS staff and care workers from overseas are to be exempt from paying a surcharge to use the health service after mounting pressure from MPs. Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the PM had asked the Home Office and Department for Health to exempt NHS and care workers “as soon as possible”. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “a ...

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Coronavirus: Ministers under pressure over schools return date

  is the only UK nation to set a date for schools to start to return Ministers are facing pressure from councils and teaching unions to reconsider plans to reopen English primary schools to some pupils from 1 June. At least 11 councils have expressed concerns over safety and timing. Teaching union NASUWT said it remained “unconvinced” reopening schools was ...

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