Gaps and losses in NI Covid-19 data highlighted

Gaps and losses in Northern Ireland’s data around the spread of Covid-19  should be addressed, the UK Statistics Authority said. A daily information “dashboard” is due to go live on Friday, an official at Stormont’s Department of Health responded. The Statistics Authority said there was “serious public concern” about changes made in how the data […]

What does the ‘R’ number of coronavirus actually signify? | Coronavirus outbreak

R, or the “effective reproduction number”, is a way of rating a disease’s ability to spread. It’s the average number of people on to whom one infected person will pass the virus. For an R of anything above 1, an epidemic will grow exponentially. Anything below 1 and an outbreak will fizzle out – eventually. […]

Coronavirus UK: Death toll 26,711; 674 new fatalities

Britain today announced 674 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals, care homes and elsewhere, taking the UK’s official death toll to 26,711, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the nation is past the peak of the outbreak. NHS England declared 391 COVID-19 victims, while more were announced outside of hospitals and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.   Amid […]

Premier League investing in Covid-19 testing machines for return | Football

Premier League clubs have invested in coronavirus testing machines that can turn around results in two and a half hours as they gear up towards finding a way to complete the season. The league is overseeing the initiative and it is understood that some clubs in the Championship have also purchased the machines, which cost […]

Coronavirus: Russian PM Mishustin tests positive for virus

Image caption The diagnosis was announced during a televised video-call with President Putin Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000. Mr Mishustin was given […]

Coronavirus: ‘Too early’ to start easing lockdown – Sturgeon

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nicola Sturgeon said the lifting of lockdown would be phased, not a “flick of the switch” It is “too early” to start lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions “in any meaningful way”, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The next review of strict social distancing rules is due on 7 May. But the […]

After surviving COVID-19, French neurosurgeon faces long road to recovery

TAVERNY, France (Reuters) – Georg Dorfmuller had hardly been sick during a career that saw him rise to become a top paediatric neurosurgeon in Paris, but all that changed when he contracted COVID-19. A patient practices re-education exercises with physiotherapist Adrien Maaninou at the post COVID-19 unit of the Clinique Breteche private hospital in Nantes […]

Coronavirus: Yemen reports first deaths amid fears of undetected spread

Image copyright AFP Image caption An estimated 20 million people in Yemen have no access to healthcare Yemen has recorded its first two deaths linked to the new coronavirus disease, raising fears of a devastating outbreak in the war-ravaged country. The pair were reported to be brothers who died at a hospital in the southern […]