Matt Hancock: More than 100 local actions taken to curb Covid-19 each week

More than 100 “local actions” are being taken across the country each week to tackle outbreaks of Covid-19, the Health Secretary has said. Matt Hancock revealed flare-ups are being “swiftly and silently” dealt with, while he said increased testing means officials can take a more targeted approach rather than imposing national measures. His comments come […]

Coronavirus: South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat Covid-19

Image copyright AFP Image caption This is the second ban on alcohol sales since South Africa’s outbreak began South Africa has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on alcohol sales, to help contain the spread of coronavirus. A night-time curfew will also be in place from Monday, and the wearing of masks outdoors is now […]

Coronavirus Scotland: Concern as 19 new cases of deadly disease confirmed

Scotland has recorded its highest daily number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in three weeks. A further 19 positive tests were reported this afternoon by the Scottish Government as part of its daily update. On Friday, 18 new cases were announced which, at the time, was the highest daily total since 26 positive tests were […]

South Africa alcohol ban reimposed as coronavirus cases surge

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds to treat Covid-19 patients. Confronted by surging hospital admissions due to the coronavirus, South Africa is also reinstating a night curfew to reduce […]

Coronavirus: Florida sets new state daily case record of 15,299

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Florida has seen protests over shutdown measures Florida has registered a state record of 15,299 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours – around a quarter of all of the United States’ daily infections. The state, with just 7% of the US population, surpassed the previous daily record held by […]

Mysterious Disappearance of Key COVID-19 Timeline Data

Mysterious blips: something’s there In early May of this year, I published a blog post showing that, in Hubei province (Wuhan’s location) and in Beijing (the Chinese capital), there were a cluster of Google searches on the “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome” (SARS: a previous coronavirus) and on “Coronavirus” in September and October 2019 respectively, months before COVID-19 […]

No new coronavirus deaths in Black Country, Birmingham or Staffordshire

The total in the region remains at 2,538 after four deaths were reported yesterday. An additional 607 people have died in care homes across the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire after contracting the virus. A total of 15 people were confirmed to have died in English hospitals with Covid-19 today – taking the country-wide total […]

More than 70 workers test positive for COVID-19 on an English farm

LONDON (Reuters) – Around 200 people employed to pick crops at a farm near Malvern in England’s West Midlands region have been told to self isolate after 73 of them tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health England (PHE) and Herefordshire Council said on Sunday. The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases across Britain each day […]