Press release: Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance on the new variant of COVID-19 in the UK

Commenting on the new variant of COVID-19 in the UK the Governments Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said: The new UK variant comprises a significant number of the our cases. It is spreading 30 to 70% more easily than the old variant. It doesnt differ in terms of age distribution to the original variant. When we look at severity and mortality, data for patients who are in hospital with the virus suggest the outcomes for those with the original variant look the same as the new variant. However, when looking at the data for people who have tested positive, there is an indication that the rate for…

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Two new UK Government Covid testing sites open in Fife

The UK Government has today, Thursday 21 January, opened two new walk-through coronavirus testing centres in Fife at Glenrothes Miners Charitable Society in Glenrothes (KY7 5NL) and Dell Farquharson House in Dunfermline (KY12 7DS).The centres are part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises of six drive through sites, 28 walk-through sites, 21 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in…

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New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Paisley

The UK Government has today [Tuesday 19 January] opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Bridge Street Car Park in Paisley (PA1 1XN). The centre is easily accessible for people without a car.The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises of six drive through sites, 26 walk-through sites, 21 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government,…

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Open consultation: Changes that the government wants to make to a law called the Mental Health Act (easy read)

We want to change the law on looking after people with mental health problems.We have come up with some ideas to make the law better for people who are being looked after.We want you to tell us if you like our ideas or not.Click on the respond online button below to read about our ideas and tell us what you think.You can also read about them in the document below or in the non-easy read version. Source link

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Press release: New UK Government COVID testing site opens in Dumfries

The UK Government has today, Tuesday 12 January, opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Brooms Road Car Park in Dumfries. The centre is easily accessible for people without a car.The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises 6 drive through sites, 25 walk-through sites, 21 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all COVID testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in support of…

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Press release: Government publishes plan for the largest vaccination programme in British history

At least 2 million vaccinations per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK Over 200,000 offers of non-clinical support from the public and leading UK businesses to help with the logistics of the programmeTens of millions of people will be immunised by the spring at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK, the government has announced today as part of comprehensive plans to rapidly scale up the COVID-19 vaccination programme.The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan sets out how the government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local councils and the armed forces to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history.By the end of January,…

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Press release: Government to deploy first British-manufactured rapid lateral flow antigen tests for COVID-19

The Government has ordered two million of the first British-manufactured rapid lateral flow antigen tests for COVID-19 to be validated by Public Health England, for use in asymptomatic testing, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.Derby-based company SureScreen Diagnostics is to provide two million of the lateral flow tests, which provide results in under 30 minutes, by next Friday (15 January), with the potential to provide millions more in the coming months.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: It is excellent to be working with a UK firm to deliver millions of these rapid tests, which are being deployed across the country to help protect…

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New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Wick

The UK Government has today, Thursday 7 January, opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Riverside Car Park in Wick (KW1 4EA). The centre is easily accessible for people without a car.The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises of six drive through sites, 23 walk-through sites, 23 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in…

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Press release: Government tiers review update

From the beginning of 26 December, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and most of Hampshire to be escalated to Tier 4, Cheshire and Northamptonshire escalated to Tier 3, and Cornwall and Herefordshire escalated to Tier 2 Latest data confirms rapid case rises are strongly linked to the new strain of coronavirusAfter careful consideration of the latest data, the following local authority areas will move to Tier 4: Stay at Home from the beginning of 26 December: Brighton and Hove Cambridgeshire remaining parts of East Sussex not already in Tier 4 (Eastbourne Borough Council, Lewes District Council and Wealden District Council) remaining parts of Essex not already in Tier 4…

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Detailed guide: Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

Published 8 April 2020 Last updated 23 December 2020 +show all updates 23 December 2020 Removed consumables and equipment for coronavirus testing from the 'What's needed' section. 2 December 2020 Updated section 'closed opportunities'. The call for direct offers to provide laboratory capacity has now closed. 18 November 2020 In 'Contact' section, updated email address and removed phone numbers. 4 June 2020 Under further information, replaced the link 'How commercially available coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostics products are being evaluated' with a link to 'Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests'. 18 May 2020 Updated to say that the call for proposals to supply end-to-end serology testing has now closed.…

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