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Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Health
A leading surgeon has said NHS staff must be routinely tested for coronavirus up to twice a week.Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was vital, to reassure patients staff were not unwittingly carrying the virus.But hospital trust bosses say they are still waiting for clarity on plans for regular testing.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was focusing on routine testing in care homes.Prof Alderson was speaking at a Health Select Committee meeting about the necessary steps to get all NHS services back up and running.He said: "It's absolutely essential to regain public confidence that we are able to test our staff regularly."It would be "pragmatic" for testing to take place "about twice weekly", he a...
Coronavirus: Positive tests continue to fall in England, says ONS

Coronavirus: Positive tests continue to fall in England, says ONS

Health
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England is continuing to fall, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics.Around one in 1,700 people were infected between 25 May and 7 June, or 33,000 individuals, compared to one in 1,000 before then.The figures are based on 20,000 tests on people in private households.Everyone in the study was tested whether they had symptoms or not.The ONS figures are thought to give a good picture of the proportion of people infected with the virus in the community - but they do not include infections in hospitals and care homes.There are also wide margins of error around the figures because they are based on small numbers of people testing positive. ...
WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine tests; study shows drug doesn’t prevent COVID-19

WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine tests; study shows drug doesn’t prevent COVID-19

World
June 3 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has resumed its medical trials on hydroxychloroquine Wednesday, the same day a new study says the drug doesn't prevent coronavirus. WHO paused the tests May 25 so they could undergo review by the Data Safety Monitoring Board. Advertisement "On the basis of the available mortality data, the members of the committee recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing Wednesday. More than 3,500 patients in 17 countries were enrolled in clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment. A study of 15,000 patients published in the Lancet last month said taking the drug doubled the risks of dangerous cardiac side effects that could lead to death. ...
Premier League: Two positive at two clubs in latest coronavirus tests

Premier League: Two positive at two clubs in latest coronavirus tests

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Media playback is not supported on this device Two new cases of coronavirus, at two separate clubs, have been found after the latest round of Premier League tests.Tests were carried out on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, with 996 players and club staff tested overall.Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. This time the tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.On 19 May the Premier League announced that in the first round, six tested positive from three clubs. That included Watford's Ad...
Coronavirus: NHS England official cautions against buying antibody tests

Coronavirus: NHS England official cautions against buying antibody tests

Health
People in England have been cautioned against using coronavirus antibody tests being sold by some retailers.NHS England's medical director Prof Stephen Powis said experts were "evaluating" antibody tests, which show if someone has already had the virus.Such tests are not yet available through the NHS, but some are being sold commercially."I would caution against using any tests... without knowing quite how good those tests are," said Prof Powis.Currently, the coronavirus tests available to all adults and children aged over five are swab tests - taking a swab up the nose or from the back of the throat. These tests tell you if you currently have Covid-19.A second type of test - the antibody test - is a blood test that looks for ant...