First coronavirus R numbers for regions within England released

By Clare Wilson Godrevy Lighthouse in Cornwall. The England’s south west has the highest R number in EnglandAndrew Michael/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The south west of England has the highest rate of coronavirus spread in the UK, with an “R number” estimated to be in the range of 0.8 to 1.1. Most […]

Scientists identify test that can diagnose Covid-19 samples in 30 minutes

A new test that can diagnose Covid-19 in just 30 minutes by analysing urine, blood or saliva samples has been identified by scientists. The method, known as reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), involves looking for genetic material, or RNA, of the coronavirus in the test samples. RT-LAMP is a well-known technique that has been […]

Coronavirus: First official analysis finds PPE failings

Image copyright Getty Images The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and care staff both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic has become one of the most intensely debated issues of the crisis. Doctors, nurses and care staff in many settings warned that supplies were running low and they were concerned about their […]

Transport Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 June 2020

Good afternoon. Welcome to today’s Downing Street press conference. I’m pleased to be joined today by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England. And again by Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail, directing the restart of our transport system. Let me begin by updating you on the latest information from the Government’s […]

With ‘lone wolf’ event and wide space, Canada’s COVID-19 capital looks to tempt tourists

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Quebec, the Canadian province hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, is touting its vast spaces, “lone wolf” running event, and “end of the road” trails to travellers as a center for social distancing, tourism executives said. FILE PHOTO: An empty U.S.-Canada border crossing is seen in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada March 19, 2020. […]

India’s coronavirus agony: ‘I did everything to save my wife and baby’ | World news

For the past five days, Bijendra Singh has been haunted by the voice of his dead wife, Neelam. “Why could you not get me the treatment that I needed?” she asks. “Why could you not save me, save our baby?” It was around 6am on 5 June when Neelam, more than eight months pregnant, began […]

Coronavirus: One more Covid-19 death recorded in north

Another person has died after contracting coronavirus in the north, the Department of Health has confirmed. It is the second consecutive day a Covid-19-related death has been recorded after four deaths with no fatalities. In it’s daily update of Covid-19 statistics, the department confirmed that the death happened in the 24 hours up until 10am today. […]