Brazil to exceed one million COVID-19 cases as virus rages

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil was on track to surpass 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, with total deaths fast approaching 50,000 as the country struggles with a tense political climate and worsening economic outlook. People walk with bags at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus […]

Coronavirus: All children in England ‘back to school in September’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some primary school pupils in England began returning to classrooms at the beginning of June All pupils in all year groups in England will go back to school full-time in September, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. At the daily coronavirus briefing, he said the government was “signed up… to […]

Should you pay for a coronavirus test? Here’s what you need to know

By Michael Le Page In the UK, tests for antibodies to the coronavirus must be done by a healthcare professionalTaechit Taechamanodom/Getty Images There are many antibody tests available that can reveal if you have had and recovered from the coronavirus. Is it worth paying for one of these tests? What can a coronavirus test tell […]

Coronavirus: NHBF update 19 June 2020

This update covers:  Opening date for salons and barbershops in Northern Ireland. No reopening date yet for Scottish salons/barbershops. Wales announcement made today. 4 July at the earliest is still the reopening date for England. Clients cannot have allergy alert tests at your salon/barbershop before reopening. Staff training can be carried out before reopening. Extension […]

Over 400 Isle of Wight operations cancelled since start of Covid-19

At the beginning in the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the UK, hospital Trusts up and down the country were forced to cancel elective procedures (operations) to free up beds for potential Covid-19 patients. Here on the Isle of Wight 407 planned procedures have been postponed since the start of the pandemic – this does not […]

Coronavirus: Quarantine rules for some countries set to be relaxed

Image copyright Getty Images The government is planning to relax its travel quarantine rules in early July for some countries. UK officials are talking to their counterparts in Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. However, the UK hopes to make an announcement on 29 June that it has secured a number of “travel corridors”. The […]