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Health officials have been unable to link more than half of the cases, possibly indicating further undetected spread in the communitySee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has hit its highest daily case number since the pandemic began, with 94 new Covid-19 infections announced on Tuesday.Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the rise in Covid cases was “incredibly hard,” and urged people to get vaccinated and to continue following the rules. Continue reading...
Trial of Dennis Hutchings, who was 80, has been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted the virusAn army veteran whose trial at Belfast crown court over a Troubles shooting was adjourned due to his ill health has died after contracting Covid-19, it has been reported.It is understood that Dennis Hutchings died on Monday. The trial had been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted Covid. Continue reading...
Reported number of cases rise steadily in October to reach highest level since 17 JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street has warned of “challenging” months ahead as UK coronavirus cases reached their highest level since mid-July.The reported number of Covid cases in the UK increased steadily through October and reached 49,156 on Monday, the highest reported since 17 July and a 16% rise in new cases over the past week. Continue reading...
Neither Immensa nor Dante Labs has ever been accredited, Ukas says, contrary to government commentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe private laboratory that is under investigation for potentially issuing more than 40,000 false negative Covid tests was not fully accredited to perform the work, contrary to assurances made by health officials.The UK’s independent accreditation service, Ukas, told the Guardian on Monday that neither Immensa Health Clinics Ltd nor its sister company, Dante Labs, had ever been accredited by the service, and that it had informed the Department of Health that statements suggesting otherwise were incorrect. Continue reading...
Dr Jo Fayram hopes the apathy of the British public will not last; Professors Joe Sim and Steve Tombs condemn the government’s lamentable failures; Professor Patricia Deps reports on Brazil’s Covid inquiry; and Margaret Farnworth highlights a super-spreader football matchLast week the government’s response to Covid was criticised in a report by two Commons committees for apparently pursuing herd immunity by infection at the start of the pandemic. Continuing high Covid rates indicate that nothing has changed except the public’s ability to react. According to experts (Why Britons are tolerating sky-high Covid rates – and why this may not last, 15 October), a reason for this is the “normalisation” of Covid infection and deaths by the government. In reality, there is nothing normal about this “normalisation”. The UK is known as “plague island” in Europe. Surely it’s time we realised that the use of protective measures against Covid are working well across the Channel, while the UK government’s lack of action continues to lead to unnecessary illness, suffering and death. Let’s hope that the experts quoted in your article are right and that the apathy of the British public will not last.Dr Jo FayramDurham Continue reading...
We’d like to hear from families of British people who died of Covid-19 and were unvaccinated. Share your experiences We are looking to speak with the families of British people who died of Covid-19 and were unvaccinated.We’d like to find out more about the circumstances around their Covid vaccination choices. Perhaps your relative hadn’t got around to having one – or there may have been concerns about the impact of the vaccination on their health. Continue reading...
There are 2 levels of higher risk:
People at high risk from corona virus include people who:
People at moderate risk from corona virus include people who:
If you’re at moderate risk from corona virus, you can go out to work (if you cannot work from home) and for things like getting food or exercising. But you should try to stay at home as much as possible.
Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Bus or train travel
Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others.
Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.
You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.
You’ve gotten the basics down: you’re washing your hands regularly and keeping your distance from friends and family. But you likely still have questions. Are you washing your hands often enough? How exactly will social distancing help? What’s okay to do while social distancing? And how can you strategically stock your pantry and medicine cabinet in order to minimize trips to the grocery store and pharmacy?
The following actions help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other coronaviruses and influenza: