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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. NHS staff, patients and those in case homes will be top of the priority list, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed yesterday, as he 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 2020-09-16T06:30:15.570Z 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.” 2020-09-16T06:08:23.266Z Financial update:Inflation falls to just 0.2% in August Advertisement 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 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. He said: “The best thing we can do to support our children back in school is reduce our risk of being exposed and reduce our chance of exposing others. “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.” Advertisement 2020-09-15T19:25:00.413Z 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. 2020-09-15T17:37:35.616Z 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. 2020-09-15T17:08:25.840Z 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. Advertisement 2020-09-15T16:58:54.163Z ‘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. 2020-09-15T16:37:11.800Z 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. 2020-09-15T16:09:54.350Z 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.
. 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.
'We are hamstrung by serious issues with the national booking system' - Andy Burnham Commenting on concerns about the availability of coronavirus tests, a spokesman for Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “At a time when Greater Manchester is being hit harder by Covid than any other part of the country, it is not acceptable that people here cannot access a test locally. “Our local authorities are doing all they can to increase capacity in places like Bolton but we are hamstrung by serious issues with the national booking system and nationally run sites. “The Government must act immediately to get this sorted and work with us to establish a better long-term solution to this problem.“We would ask people to try booking an appointment only if you have coronavirus symptoms or you have been asked to get tested.”
Farmers should be paid to improve access to the countryside after the coronavirus crisis, according to peers. Countryside walks can help improve the health and wellbeing of people, the Lords has been told. Liberal Democrat Lord Greaves said the Government should consider funding access improvements to help keep footpaths open and maintained. His call, which was backed by several other peers, came during report stage of the Agriculture Bill.
Here's something you don't see every day... Man spotted on Manchester bus wearing snake as 'face mask'A man has been spotted with a snake appearing to use a snake as a face mask while travelling on a bus.
Make company fire-and-rehire tactics illegal – Starmer(PA)Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for the “fire-and-rehire tactics” deployed by some companies during the coronavirus pandemic to be outlawed.In his speech to the Trade Union Congress (TUC) conference, Sir Keir said the treatment of staff at companies such as British Airways and British Gas was “wrong”.Making his contribution from home due to being in coronavirus self-isolation, he said firing and rehiring – when people are given notice of redundancy and then hired back on worse pay and conditions – was “against British values”.He said: “They should also be illegal. These tactics punish good employers, hit working people hard and harm our economy.“So, I’m calling on the Government to act now – introduce legislation to end fire and rehire.”Making his first TUC conference speech as Labour leader, Sir Keir also set-out Labour’s vision for extending the furlough scheme, which is due to be wound up next month.The former director of public prosecutions said the party accepted the furlough scheme could not continue indefinitely but argued that with “a bit of imagination” the Government could continue to help those most at risk of losing their jobs.Speaking from his attic, he called for a “new, targeted support that can replace the Job Retention Scheme”.“The truth is this, the virus is still with us – infections are rising, lockdowns are increasing,” Sir Keir told the online audience.“And for some sectors of our economy – retail, aviation, hospitality – for millions of workers and for towns and cities under restrictions, it just isn’t possible to get back to work or reopen businesses.“That isn’t a choice: it’s the cold reality of this crisis. So, it makes no sense at all for the Government to pull support away now.”Sir Keir called for an expansion of part-time working – rewarding employers who give people hours rather than cut jobs – and the provision of training and support for those unable to return to work full-time in a bid to “prevent mass unemployment”.
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