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MetiNews.Com - The Government is to publish plans to ration coronavirus tests over the coming days as millions of Britons complain of being unable to access swabs.
Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences The Government is to publish plans to ration coronavirus tests over the coming days as millions of Britons complain of being unable to access swabs. This morning, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland insisted capacity was “ramping up” to deal with the demand, after Health Secretary Matt Hancock acknowledged “operational challenges” with the Test and Trace programme. Meanwhile, today marks 45 days before the end of the furlough scheme – the deadline for employers to give notice of redundancy. The Unite union has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the furlough scheme or face job-loss “floodgates” opening across the UK. Follow our live updates here… Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-09-16T07:22:09.666Z Government must 'dramatically' increase testing before winter - Sage prof warnsProfessor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the Government would need to “dramatically” increase Covid-19 testing to half a million people per day if testing was to cope with demand during winter.The director of University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s analysis that it could take weeks to sort the current delays was “concerning”.Prof Hayward continued: “The background to this of course is that we would expect the demand and the capacity to need to rise quite rapidly over the autumn and winter as the number of people who develop symptoms that could be Covid increase.“Some of our research has shown that at least in the winter, you would expect about half a million people a day to develop symptoms that are typical of Covid – and that would be in a winter when there was no Covid – so you can see that the capacity requirements will have to increase dramatically if we are going to keep up.”Asked whether capacity could serve such a demand, he added: “I think it is possible from a laboratory perspective, I think perhaps one of the more challenging bits is making sure people can be tested close to home because that is one of the key delays at the moment in the system.“It is those delays that effect the effectiveness of the system.” 2020-09-16T07:14:42.766Z We are listening and acting - ministerJustice Secretary Robert Buckland acknowledged the Government faced difficulties with the coronavirus testing system.He told the BBC: “There are of course huge positives in the in-person tests, 90 per cent of those have been returned in a day, that’s great, but clearly when it comes to the tests we have to post out and the delayed response, there is much more work to do.“I’m not denying that for a moment, we’re listening and acting upon the concerns of everybody who’s getting in touch and telling us about the problems they’re experiencing.” 2020-09-16T07:13:35.410Z World update:Trump claims coronavirus vaccine could be just weeks awayDonald Trump has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be just three or four weeks away, despite the cautionary notes sounded by health officials about such an accelerated timeline.The US President, defended his handling of the coronavirus crisis and said a vaccine could be ready for distribution before the US presidential election on November 3."We're very close to having a vaccine," he said, speaking at a town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia.Read more... Advertisement 2020-09-16T06:41:32.013Z Tests are ramping up to ensure 'quick turnaround' - ministerJustice Secretary Robert Buckland said testing capacity was “ramping up” to deal with the demand.Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I’m not shying away from the current issue but what I’m trying to explain is that rather than us sitting back and pretending all is well, we have accepted the scale of the challenge, we’re ramping up the test centres, we have increased laboratory capacity, new labs coming on-stream so we can get that quick turnaround.”He added: “The fact the Government kept on saying about the dangers of a second wave, at all times the Prime Minister, all of us, were absolutely focused on the dangers of the second wave – we have seen what’s happening in France.“We absolutely are onto this in terms of understanding that through the autumn, if we are to get the balance between getting the economy back on track and getting children into school, then all of us now have a special responsibility to follow all those guidelines and do whatever it takes to beat this virus.” 2020-09-16T06:30:15.570Z School kids and parents to be next on priority listJustice Secretary Robert Buckland said the Government was facing “real challenges” on coronavirus testing and suggested that school children and their parents would be the next testing priority after NHS and social care workers.It comes as people opted to turn up to hospital A&Es yesterday in a bid to get a Covid-19 test due to a lack of available bookings through the online system.Mr Buckland told Sky News: “I think laboratory capacity has been an issue, we’re working our way through that, we’re increasing the number of test centres – we’ve got 400 test centres, getting it up to 500 – but clearly there are still real challenges.“I think the announcement by (Health Secretary) Matt Hancock yesterday to create a prioritisation system is the right thing to do.“He is going to develop that very quickly over the next few days, to explain to us what that looks like but I think… it has to be the NHS first and then social care.“And then I think what we need to do is have a cascading system where we know where our priority should be and for me priority should be for children in school and their parents in order to ensure their lives are safe and also importantly they are not disrupted in the way we are seeing.” 2020-09-16T06:12:45.806Z Britons are less keen to splash the cash on clothes, new figures showJonathan Athow, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: “The cost of dining out fell significantly in August thanks to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme and VAT cut, leading to one of the largest falls in the annual inflation rate in recent years.“For the first time since records began, air fares fell in August as fewer people travelled abroad on holiday.“Meanwhile the usual clothing price rises seen at this time of year, as autumn ranges hit the shops, also failed to materialise.” Advertisement 2020-09-16T06:08:23.266Z Financial update:Inflation falls to just 0.2% in August 2020-09-16T06:05:27.996Z We begin with our lead Covid story of the morning:Johnson to face MPs as testing 'failure' puts NHS under pressureBoris Johnson will face a grilling from senior MPs amid a warning that the "failure" of the test and trace system is placing "huge pressure" on the health service.As the system struggles to cope with soaring demand, people have been turning up to accident and emergency to ask for Covid-19 tests.Mr Johnson will face deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner for PMQs because Sir Keir Starmer remains in isolation awaiting a coronavirus test result for a member of his family.Read more... 2020-09-16T06:02:05.563Z Good morning and welcome to today's rolling coronavirus coverage Advertisement 2020-09-15T20:22:12.390Z WHO expert asks: What is more important, children back at school or bars open? “There are no magic bullets, I’ve said it before. And we need to stop looking for unicorns.” Adults must consider their behaviour coming into winter – with countries facing a stark choice between keeping children in school or bars and nightclubs open, a global health expert has warned. Infection will grow “no question” in Europe as people move back indoors in the coming months and the continent is facing “that moment” where big decisions will have to be made, Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme said. He said two priorities have seemingly been agreed globally – protecting the older and vulnerable populations who are most at risk, and ensuring children continue to get an education. Addressing a WHO press briefing on Tuesday, he said: “How do we hold those two principles – protecting the vulnerable from death, getting our children back to school? Something, in some sense, has to give.” He said adults must “separate themselves enough to drive transmission downwards”. He added: “So, what is more important, our children back at school or the nightclubs and the bars open? And I think these are decisions that we have to make coming into the winter months. “These are trade-offs, there are no easy answers.” He praised teachers and administrators around the world for their “huge efforts” to get children back to school, but said the rest of the population must support that work in their own behaviour.
. “If we do that our children can stay in school.” He repeated WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ remarks from a day earlier on countries’ essential priorities including sustained surveillance of the virus, testing and tracing, cases isolating and contacts quarantining. Dr Ryan acknowledged that “it’s not easy and it’s hard to sustain and everyone is exhausted”, but insisted “there are no alternatives”. He added: “There are no magic bullets, I’ve said it before. And we need to stop looking for unicorns.” Opening the briefing, Dr Tedros said school closures must be a “last resort”. He said: “Given the devastating consequences on children, youth and our societies as a whole, the decision to close schools should be a last resort, temporary and only at a local level in areas with intense transmission.”
Irish parliament adjourns as cabinet restricts movements over possible coronavirus case Irish cabinet restricting movements over possible coronavirus caseMembers of the Irish cabinet are restricting their movements as the Health Minister is reportedly waiting for the results of a coronavirus test.
Keir Starmer to miss PMQs while 'still awaiting' family member's coronavirus test result Starmer to miss PMQs while waiting for test result for family memberSir Keir Starmer will not take part in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday as he is "still awaiting" a coronavirus test result for a member of his family. The Labour leader is self-isolating after a family member showed symptoms of coronavirus.
JUST IN Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will not take part in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday as he is “still awaiting” a coronavirus test result for a member of his family, a spokesman said.
‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd would like you to wear a mask ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd would like you to wear a maskActor, comedian and eternally youthful, Paul Rudd, also happens to be a big fan of masks. So much so, that the 51-year-old filmed a public service announcement urging “us millennials” to wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
184 local authorities record increase in weekly infection rate In total, 184 of the 315 local authority areas in England recorded an increase in the weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in the seven days to September 12. The rate fell in 123 areas and was unchanged in eight areas. New cases were recorded in all but one of the 315 local authority areas, the exception being Babergh.
Just over 500 new cases recorded in Bradford in seven days Latest Public Health England data shows that just over 500 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Bradford in the seven days to September 12. A total of 510 new cases were recorded – the equivalent of 94.5 cases per 100,000 people, up from 77.6 in the previous week. Other cities recording sharp increases in their weekly rate include Liverpool (up from 51.2 to 91.4, with 455 new cases); Leicester (up from 56.7 to 86.4, with 306 new cases); and Sunderland (up from 61.9 to 82.5, with 229 new cases).
Bolton continues to record highest seven-day infection rate in England More than 500 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Bolton in the seven days to September 12, according to new data from Public Health England. A total of 564 cases were recorded – the equivalent of 196.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 139.5 per 100,000 in the previous week (the seven days to September 5). Eight other areas of England also have rates that are currently higher than 100 cases per 100,000 people: Oadby & Wigston (133.3), Preston (120.9) Oldham (118.1), Blackburn with Darwen (116.2), Burnley (113.6), Hyndburn (112.3), Tameside (107.7) and Warrington (105.2).
Rishi Sunak hails furlough scheme a success, but it won't be extended Rishi Sunak hails furlough scheme a success, but it won't be extendedChancellor Rishi Sunak has hailed the furlough scheme a success and said millions of jobs could have been lost during the coronavirus pandemic without it. It comes after latest figures showed more than half of the workers on the furlough scheme had returned to full time work. The data revealed that the number of people furloughed fell by half by mid-August - and will likely have fallen further since.
Another 3,105 coronavirus cases confirmed as UK death toll rises by 27 Another 3,105 coronavirus cases confirmed as UK death toll rises by 27More than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK in the last 24 hours.
BREAKING The Government said that as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,105 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. Overall, 374,228 cases have been confirmed. The Government also said a further 27 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday. This brings the UK total to 41,664. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
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