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Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace ‘no clear impact’ despite £37bn budget

Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace ‘no clear impact’ despite £37bn budget

Health
PA MediaThe impact of NHS Test and Trace is still unclear - despite the UK government setting aside £37bn for it over two years, MPs are warning.The Public Accounts Committee said it was set up on the basis it would help prevent future lockdowns - but since its creation there had been two more.It said the spending was "unimaginable" and warned the taxpayer could not be treated like an "ATM machine".But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the MPs' report "defies logic".Baroness Dido Harding, head of the National Institute for Health Protection, which runs the system, pointed out it had been built from scratch and was now doing more tests than any other comparable country.She said performance had been improving with more people who tested positive being reached and more of their close cont...
Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests

Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests

Health
Getty ImagesThe vaccination programme is starting to pay off as people over 80 are now the most likely to test positive for coronavirus antibodies, Office for National Statistics testing suggests.Blood tests reveal more over-80s than any other age group are showing signs of some immunity against Covid infection.This comes as Covid deaths have continued to fall.But deaths are still 40% above the five year average. Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Health
CDC: Flu continues to have ‘low’ impact as COVID-19 pandemic rages

CDC: Flu continues to have ‘low’ impact as COVID-19 pandemic rages

Health
Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The effects of the seasonal flu in the United States remain "lower than usual for this time of year," with just 0.1% of nose and throat samples tested nationally coming back positive for the virus, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than 2% of all healthcare visits across the country have been linked with flu-like symptoms or illness since the 2020-21 influenza season began two months ago, the agency said. Advertisement Just one state, Tennessee, reported "low" flu activity, or cases of the seasonal virus, while the rest reported minimal caseloads, the CDC said. Only 136 people across the country have been hospitalized with the flu so far this winter. No flu-related deaths have been reported, the agency said. By...
Brexit impact on food prices ‘very modest’ – Tesco

Brexit impact on food prices ‘very modest’ – Tesco

Business
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COVID impact: Nearly half of Indian millennials report increased borrowing in Aug-Sep

COVID impact: Nearly half of Indian millennials report increased borrowing in Aug-Sep

Finance
Mumbai: Nearly half of Indian millennials surveyed by a foreign bank have reported an increase in borrowing in August-September amid COVID-19 pandemic. The survey by British lender Standard Chartered also said that the millennials – defined as those born after 1981 – are finding it "highly challenging" to manage their day-to-day expenses such as household bills as compared to other segments. It can be noted that the pandemic has resulted in heavy job losses across the country, especially in the organised segment as economic activity came to a halt. However, activity has improved lately with the unlock measures and the GDP is now expected to contract by a lesser degree than originally feared. The bank surveyed 12,000 adults across 12 countries, including India, between September 25 to Octob...