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Boris Johnson has written to all opposition leaders to invite them to number 10 next week to work together to fight the coronavirus.

The announcement comes after it was revealed that the Queen will issue a rallying cry to the nation on Sunday in a rare address for the nation to cheer up.

Johnson wrote, “The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades – and we are not alone. Around the world, we see the devastating impact of this invisible killer.

“We are working on a step-by-step science action plan – taking the right steps at the right time. We know it won’t be a short battle – defeating the coronavirus will take months, not weeks.

“But the government is constantly keeping under control all of the current restrictions and any other measures that may be necessary and they will be relaxed if and when the evidence shows that we are able to do so.” “

He added: “As party leaders, we have a duty to work together during this time of national emergency. “

In the Queen’s first televised speech on the coronavirus crisis, she should say, “We are in the same boat – and we will all do it together”. This is only the fifth time that the 93-year-old monarch has made a show outside of Christmas.

Boris Johnson has written to all opposition leaders to invite them to number 10 next week to work together against the coronavirus

Boris Johnson has written to all opposition leaders to invite them to number 10 next week to work together against the coronavirus

Johnson wrote: `` The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades - and we are not alone. All over the world we see the devastating impact of this invisible killer '

Johnson wrote, “The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades – and we are not alone. All over the world we see the devastating impact of this invisible killer ‘

She recorded the message at Windsor Castle, where she lives isolated with her 98-year-old husband Philip.

Mr. Johnson’s letter continues: “I would like to invite all the leaders of the opposition parties in Parliament to a briefing with myself, the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser next week.

“I want to listen to your views and inform you of the measures we have taken so far, such as the rapid expansion of testing and economic support for businesses and individuals across the country.

“The government I lead will act in the national interest at all times and will be guided by the best scientific evidence, and of course we will continue to constructively engage with all political parties in the national effort to end this pandemic.

“I have no doubt that – as we have done so many times in the past – the people of the United Kingdom will rise to this present challenge, and together we will fight the coronavirus. “

The news comes as the UK announced 684 additional coronavirus deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,605.

Again, the number hit a record high in one day – that was the case almost every day this week, every day since Tuesday announcing more victims than the previous one.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced a record 569 deaths, and today’s statistics show a 20% greater increase.

The new numbers mean that the number of people who died from COVID-19 in the UK has increased fivefold in one week, down from just 759 last Friday, March 27.

The numbers behind the UK crisis have risen rapidly in the past seven days, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday that the virus “is continuing its grim march”. He admitted that next week should be worse, potentially reaching more than 1,000 deaths a day on Easter Sunday.

Britain is still hammered by the consequences of large numbers of people catching the coronavirus before the country was completely blocked last week. The increases observed every day are “expected”, according to the scientists.

Experts say it may take a few more weeks before the benefits of social distance start to show up in NHS statistics – but they insist the epidemic will decrease and daily numbers will start to decrease.

The Queen chats with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Windsor Castle on March 25 last week

The Queen chats with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Windsor Castle on March 25 last week

In other developments from the Covid-19 crisis:

  • The death toll in the UK has risen sharply again to 684 and is expected to peak next weekend;
  • Two nurses in their thirties were victims of the virus, each leaving three children behind;
  • A somber air Boris Johnson urged the British not to leave the house to enjoy the expected Easter sun;
  • He was forced to prolong his self-isolation due to the high temperature;
  • Half a million residents of nursing homes are at risk of becoming “abandoned victims”;
  • NHS scientists said the government’s commitment to testing 100,000 people a day by May would likely be impossible;
  • Teachers will grade their own GCSE and A students after canceling exams.

The other four times when the Queen gave a special speech were devoted to the Gulf War, the death of Princess Diana, the death of the Queen Mother and her diamond jubilee.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the content until tomorrow night’s 8 p.m. broadcast, but the Mail understands the Queen will focus on unity, underscoring the nation’s cohesion in the face of adversity.

She is also likely to congratulate health workers and all those who contributed to the fight against Covid-19.

Queen speaks to the nation in 1997 about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Queen speaks to the nation in 1997 about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

The Queen recorded a short television address to the nation during the 1991 Gulf War

The Queen recorded a short television address to the nation during the 1991 Gulf War

Statistics show hospital admissions of UK coronavirus patients appear to be starting to drop in London this week

Statistics show hospital admissions of UK coronavirus patients appear to be starting to drop in London this week

There had been speculation about when the head of state would make an unprecedented national foreclosure statement.

The Queen released a written statement when she left London just over two weeks ago. Aides said the government wanted to delay filming because the pandemic was likely to get worse.

“Her Majesty very rarely makes these TV addresses, so it is important for her to choose the right time to do so,” said a source at the time.

“As terrible as it is, we are only at the beginning of this pandemic and the Queen has a very good sense of the moment for these things to ensure that the most significant impact is felt. She will know the best time.

The other four times the Queen's special address was for the Gulf War, the death of Princess Diana, the death of the Queen Mother (photo) and her diamond jubilee

The other four times the Queen’s special address was for the Gulf War, the death of Princess Diana, the death of the Queen Mother (photo) and her diamond jubilee

@RoyalFamily account announced the Twitter posting shortly after 2 p.m. today

The @RoyalFamily account announced the Twitter posting shortly after 2 p.m. today

Anguish for Princess Eugenie when her stepfather George Brooksbank, 71, is taken in intensive care against coronavirus while his wife is also fighting against the fatal disease

Princess Eugenie’s stepfather is in intensive care against coronavirus.

George Brooksbank, 71, whose son Jack married the queen’s granddaughter in 2018, is said to be in “serious but stable” condition in hospital.

His wife Nicola, 66, also suffers from the disease but is recovering at home.

“This is a traumatic time for Jack and Eugenie,” said one of their friends. “George is very sick, but the whole family came together to help.”

A family spokesperson declined to comment, but a friend said, “They are extremely grateful for the excellent care he received. They think of all the other families who are currently affected in the same way. “

George Brooksbank, 71, whose son Jack married the queen's granddaughter in 2018, is said to be in

George Brooksbank, 71, whose son Jack married the queen’s granddaughter in 2018, reportedly in “serious but stable” condition in hospital after being struck by coronavirus

Mr. Brooksbank, who was educated at Eton, is a retired chartered accountant and business manager who lives with his wife in Wandsworth, south London. They also have a house in France.

The couple proudly watched Jack, 33, marry Eugenie in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at a ceremony attended by the Queen and older members of the royal family.

Mr. and Mrs. Brooksbank got into a procession of cars around Windsor after the wedding, which was broadcast live by ITV.

Eugenie and Jack joined the mother of Princess Sarah, the Duchess of York, to deliver supplies to frontline NHS staff at hospitals in London and Berkshire after being asked to help by a doctor friend.

“They wanted to do everything they could to help,” said a friend.

The care kits they provided included essentials such as toothpaste, soap, shower gel, hand wash, antibacterial wipes, pasta, sauces, rice, cereal bars and canned fruit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “felt better” after suffering from a coronavirus, but will remain isolated until his temperature drops.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health confirmed that 684 other people died in hospital after being tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 3,605.

Royal assistants have been speaking on Downing Street for the past two weeks about the fact that Her Majesty gave a televised address on morale in the midst of the pandemic.

Sources said last week that the country is going through a very long and difficult process and that the timing of the address “must be right”.

As well as on television and radio, the Queen’s address this weekend will be broadcast on royal social media channels, including @RoyalFamily on Twitter.

The Queen is very experienced in public speaking and records her Christmas message in one take, reading her script on a monitor.

But his message during the coronavirus pandemic had the added technical challenge of taking place while the UK is locked out.

The Queen has left Buckingham Palace and remains with the 98 year old Duke of Edinburgh with a reduced family at Windsor Castle for their safety.

A royal spokesperson said: “Her Majesty the Queen recorded a special program in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth about the coronavirus epidemic.

“The television address will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020. The address has been recorded at Windsor Castle. “

It will only be the fourth special address in his 68-year reign. Her Majesty gave her last speech in 2002 on the eve of her mother’s funeral.

Her previous special addresses to the nation took place in 1997 after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and in 1991, when she spoke about the First Gulf War.

Eighteen years ago, on the eve of her mother’s funeral, the Queen thanked the country for its support and “love and honor” shown to the Queen Mother.

Dressed in black, the queen added, “I consider myself lucky that my mother had a long and happy life. She had a contagious joie de vivre, and it stayed with her until the end.

The monarch spoke to the nation in 1997 on the eve of the funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales.

The sudden death of Diana in a car accident in Paris sparked one of the worst crises of the monarchy in modern history.

When the Queen originally stayed at Balmoral to comfort her grandchildren, Princes William and Harry, the headlines shouted, “Show us you care” and “Where’s our queen?” and ‘Where’s his flag?’.

A sea of ​​flowers was left at the gates of Diana’s London home, Kensington Palace, by shocked members of the public, but the flagpole at Buckingham Palace remained bare, as did the protocol, as the queen was absent in Scotland .

A rare statement from the palace has been published, saying that the royal family was hurt by suggestions that they had not been touched by the tragedy.

The queen was to pre-record her message, but in an unprecedented move for such a royal broadcast, it was decided that she should broadcast it live.

The Queen gave a televised address to the nation when it celebrated its diamond jubilee

The Queen gave a televised address to the nation when it celebrated its diamond jubilee

The UK coronavirus epidemic is expected to worsen before improving, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock (photo: paramedics working in London).

The UK coronavirus epidemic is expected to get worse before it gets better, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock (photo: paramedics working in London).

Royal author Robert Lacey explained that it was a high-risk strategy, but an assistant said to him, “It was a psychological thing.

‘(The Queen) goes flat when she knows it’s recorded. When she knows it’s real, she takes up the challenge.

Speaking from Buckingham Palace and against the background of the crowd of mourners outside, Her Royal Highness, dressed in black, said that she spoke from her heart both as Queen of the country and like grandmother.

Prince Charles, 71, today opens the NHS Nightingale Hospital in East London via video link from his Scottish home in Birkhall today

Prince Charles, 71, opens NHS Nightingale Hospital in East London today via video link from his Scottish home in Birkhall today

“This is a message of hope for those who need it most”: Prince Charles opens NHS Nightingale Hospital via video link

The Prince of Wales has officially opened the new NHS Nightingale hospital for intensive care coronavirus patients, declaring 530 miles away that it was a “message of hope for those who need it most” .

Speaking to those gathered at the entrance to the hospital, he said: “I was extremely touched to be asked to open Nightingale Hospital as part of a mass mobilization to resist the coronavirus crisis.

“It is undoubtedly a spectacular feat and almost incredible in every sense, from its speed of construction in just nine days to its size and the skills of those who created it.

“An example, if ever needed, of how the impossible could be made possible and how we could achieve the unthinkable through human will is ingenuity.

“The creation of this hospital is above all the result of an extraordinary collaboration and partnership between NHS officials, the military and all those involved in creating a center on a scale never seen before in the United Kingdom in order to convert one of the largest national conference centers in a 500-bed field hospital with a potential of 4,000 is frankly incredible.

“Now I was one of the lucky ones to have Covid-19 relatively quietly and if I may say so, I’m so happy to see that the Secretary of State has also recovered, but for some it will be a great journey more difficult.

“So I am so relieved that everyone can now be confident that they will receive all the necessary technical care they will need and every chance to resume a normal life.

“This hospital therefore offers us an intensely practical message of hope for those who will need it most during this time of national suffering.

“Let us also pray, ladies and gentlemen, that it is necessary for such a short period of time and as few people as possible.

“I hardly need to say that the name of this hospital could not have been better chosen. Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp, brought hope and healing to thousands of people in the darkest hour. In this dark time, this place will be a bright light.

“It symbolizes the selfless care and dedicated service that takes place in countless places, with countless people, across the UK.”

She paid tribute to Diana as “an exceptional and gifted human being”, adding: “In good and bad times, she never lost her ability to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and his kindness. “

In February 1991, the Queen recorded a short televised address to the nation during the Gulf War.

It intervened at the start of the Allied land offensive against Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait.

The Queen called on people to unite and pray that the success of the Armed Forces will be as “rapid as it is certain” and that it will be “achieved at the lowest possible cost to human life and pain “.

She expressed her hopes for a “just and lasting peace”.

The monarch also spoke on television when she thanked the nation for the festivities commemorating its diamond jubilee, describing it as “a humiliating experience”.

As the special holiday ended in June 2012, the monarch said in a two-minute prerecorded television message that she was deeply touched.

She added, “I hope memories of all the happy events of this year will brighten our lives for many years to come. “

In 1983, Whitehall officials wrote a script that the Queen would read during the Cold War if Britain faced annihilation at the hands of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.

Documents published under the 30-year rule showed that the monarch, in the case of World War III, would have urged his “brave country” to stand firm in the face of “war madness”, but the speech was never recorded .

Over the weekend, it emerged that one of the Queen’s infantrymen had tested positive for the coronavirus, raising further concerns for the health of the monarch.

But Buckingham Palace said earlier this week that the monarch was in good health and that every precaution was taken.

It is understood that the staff member’s duties included walking the queen’s dogs, the dachshund corgi crosses Candy and Vulcan and bringing him food – which would have brought the couple nearby. It is not known, however, when they fell ill.

Prince Charles, who last saw his mother on March 12, tested positive but has since recovered. Doctors say the earliest it could have become contagious was the next day.

He was released from self-isolation on Monday in Scotland, while his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative for the virus, will be released by the end of the weekend.

The Prince of Wales offered his own message of hope to the country earlier this week when he recorded a video after breaking out of solitary confinement.

Charles said in his words of support: “As a nation, we face a deeply difficult situation, of which we are all too aware, which threatens the livelihoods, businesses and well-being of millions of our fellow citizens.

“None of us can say when it will end, but end it.

Until that happens, let’s all try to live in hope and, with faith in ourselves and each other, hope times will be better. “

The footman was promoted to a role closer to the queen six months ago and worked in his private apartments at Buckingham Palace.

Yesterday the queen thanked Armed Forces personnel working tirelessly to build the new London NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Convention Center.

The monarchy’s Twitter account paid tribute to the soldiers who worked for 15 hours to transform the site into a 4,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients.

Top UK medical experts call for more volunteers to participate in three coronavirus drug trials to find a cure for the incurable disease

By Connor Boyd Health Reporter for MailOnline

Medical experts leading the UK coronavirus campaign have called for more infected patients to participate in three major clinical trials.

NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis and the chief medical officers of the United Kingdom have written an open letter to doctors urging them to recruit more volunteers.

There are three main trials in the UK to find an effective treatment for the incurable virus, which has killed 3,605 people in the UK.

They include the Principle trial for high-risk primary care patients, Recovery for already hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and REMAP-CAP for critically ill patients.

The researchers behind the trials are testing the effect of a number of treatment options, including a drug used to treat HIV and malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

“The faster the patients are recruited, the faster we will get reliable results,” the letter says.

Hydroxychloroquine was voted the best coronavirus drug available today in an international survey of thousands of physicians.

British Deputy Medical Director Professor Jonathan Van-Tam at the number 10 press conference tonight

British Deputy Medical Director Professor Jonathan Van-Tam at the number 10 press conference tonight

Chief Physician Chris Whitty

NHS England Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis

Medical Director Chris Whitty and NHS England Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said in the letter, “The sooner patients are recruited, the sooner we will get reliable results.”

Hydroxychloroquine - one of the drugs tested - was voted today the best coronavirus drug currently available in an international survey of thousands of doctors

One of the drugs tested, hydroxychloroquine, was voted the best coronavirus drug available in an international survey of thousands of physicians today.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN CORONAVIRUS TESTS IN THE UK?

Principle

The Principle trial is studying people aged 50 to 64 who have symptoms of COVID-19 and a chronic health problem like heart disease, asthma, and cancer.

It is not known how many patients participate.

It is also open to people 65 and over, with or without other illnesses.

The first drug to be tested is hydroxychloroquine, sold under the name Plaquenil. Other potential treatments will be used if they prove promising in preclinical studies.

The study is being conducted at the Research and Monitoring Center (RSC) of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Surrey.

It will last until March of next year.

Recovery

The COV-id19 (RECOVERY) therapy randomized trial is conducted by the University of Oxford.

He will test the anti-HIV drug lopinavir / ritonavir, marketed under the names of Kaletra and Aluvia, hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug sold under the name of Plaquenil, and dexamethasone, a type of steroid used in various conditions to reduce inflammation.

Almost 1,000 patients from 132 different hospitals have already been recruited in just 15 days.

Thousands more are expected to join the trial in the coming weeks, making it the largest randomized controlled trial of potential COVID-19 treatments in the world.

Final results on the safety and effectiveness of treatments are expected in the next few months and, if positive, could potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

REMAP-CAP

The REMAP-CAP trial is an international effort involving more than 50 research teams from around the world.

He is specifically interested in patients who develop community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as a result of viral infections.

The study will test 16 drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir / ritonavir and interferon beta, all of which have shown promise in preclinical trials.

Between 2,000 and 4,000 patients will be enrolled.

Chief physician Chris Whitty and his assistant professor Jonathan Van-Tam continue: “At the moment, there is no proven treatment for COVID-19. We need to collect reliable evidence through clinical trials.

“Using international evidence and British expertise, the most promising potential treatments have been identified at this stage and the United Kingdom is conducting national clinical trials to gather evidence across the spectrum of the disease. “

The letter added that using treatments without participating in a trial would be a “lost opportunity”.

The COV-id19 (RECOVERY) therapy randomized trial is conducted by the University of Oxford.

He will test the anti-HIV drug lopinavir / ritonavir, marketed under the names of Kaletra and Aluvia, hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug sold under the name of Plaquenil, and dexamethasone, a type of steroid used in various conditions to reduce inflammation.

Almost 1,000 patients from 132 different hospitals have already been recruited in just 15 days.

Thousands more are expected to join the trial in the coming weeks, making it the largest randomized controlled trial of potential COVID-19 treatments in the world.

Final results on the safety and effectiveness of treatments are expected in the next few months and, if positive, could potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The REMAP-CAP trial is an international effort involving more than 50 research teams from around the world.

He is specifically interested in patients who develop community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as a result of viral infections.

The study will test 16 drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir / ritonavir and interferon beta, all of which have shown promise in preclinical trials.

New potential treatments specific to COVID-19 will be tested at these sites.

The Principle trial is studying people aged 50 to 64 who have symptoms of COVID-19 and a chronic health problem like heart disease, asthma, and cancer. It is also open to people 65 and over, with or without other illnesses.

The first drug to be tested is hydroxychloroquine, sold under the name Plaquenil. Other potential treatments will be used if they prove promising in preclinical studies.

The study is being conducted at the Research and Monitoring Center (RSC) of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Surrey. It will last until March of next year.

This comes after the number of people admitted to hospital with a coronavirus in the hardest hit part of the UK has dropped for the first time.

London, which has been at the heart of the UK pandemic, saw new admissions fall below 4,000 on Wednesday, according to government data released tonight.

There have also been falls in the Midlands, East Midlands and the North West, while the death toll has risen sharply from 684 today to bring the total number of tragic deaths to 3,605 so far.

WHAT MEDICATIONS ARE TESTED IN THE THREE MAJOR TRIALS?

Hydroxychloroquine

Chloroquine, malaria, is the best treatment for coronaviruses currently available, according to an international survey of thousands of doctors. Pictured: hydroxychloroquine, a version of it, is prescribed in the United States under the brand name Plaquenil

Chloroquine, malaria, is the best treatment for coronaviruses currently available, according to an international survey of thousands of doctors. Pictured: hydroxychloroquine, a version of it, is prescribed in the United States under the brand name Plaquenil

What are the branded versions of the drug?

Plaquenil.

What does it deal with?

Malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a less potent and less toxic version of chloroquine phosphate, according to some experts.

Who makes it and where has it already been tested?

The pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has carried out a study on 24 patients, which the French government has described as “promising”.

French health authorities are now considering a larger trial of the drug, which is used on the NHS.

What do the studies show?

The results of the French study showed that three-quarters of patients treated with the drug were cleared of the virus within six days. None of the placebo groups were treated.

How it works?

It interferes with viral molecules replicating in red blood cells.

Is it tested in the UK?

It is believed to be one of over 1,000 drugs tested at Queens University in Belfast.

What are its side effects?

Skin rash, nausea, diarrhea and headache.

What do the experts think?

Chinese scientists investigating the other form of chloroquine wrote a letter to a prestigious newspaper saying that its “less toxic” derivative could also help.

In the comment from Cell Discovery – owned by the editor Nature, they said it shares similar chemical structures and mechanisms.

The expert team added: “It is easy to raise the idea that hydroxychloroquine may be a potent candidate for treating SARS-CoV-2 infection. “

Lopinavir / ritonavir, marketed under the brands Kaletra and Aluvia, is an anti-HIV drug

Lopinavir / ritonavir, marketed under the brands Kaletra and Aluvia, is an anti-HIV drug

Lopinavir / ritonavir

What are the branded versions of the drug?

Kaletra and Aluvia.

What does it deal with?

It is an anti-HIV drug given to people living with the virus to prevent it from turning into AIDS.

Who did it?

Illinois manufacturer AbbVie donated free supplies of the drug to Chinese, American and European authorities for testing.

What do the studies show?

Chinese media have reported that the drug has been used successfully to treat patients with coronavirus, but the reports have not been scientifically proven.

A separate Chinese study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the combination of lopinavir and ritonavir did not improve the survival or recovery speed of COVID-19 patients.

However, the authors noted that they had recruited a “critically ill patient population”.

In a clinical trial submission, South Korean scientists said that laboratory studies have: “In vitro [laboratory] studies have found that lopinavir / ritonavir [has] antiviral activity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). “

How it works?

It is a class of drugs called protease inhibitors, which essentially adhere to a virus enzyme that is vital for the reproduction of the virus.

In doing so, it blocks the process normally used by the virus to clone itself and spread the infection.

Other drugs

Shock dependent hydrocortisone (sold under the brand names Hydrocort, Alphosyl, Aquacort, Cortef, Cortenema and SoluCortef)

Ceftriaxone (brand name Rocephin)

Moxifloxacin

Piperacillin-tazobactam (Tazocin brand)

Ceftaroline

Amoxicillin-clavulanate

Macrolide (brand names Zithromax, Klacid, Erymax, Erythrocin, Erythroped and Erythroped A)

Oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu)

Interferon-β1a

Anakinra

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, warned against over reading the data.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, warned against over reading the data.

The 24-hour total increased by a record amount almost every day this week, with the number of deaths multiplied by five in a week.

However, at tonight’s press conference, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, warned against over reading the data.

He said that, overall, the number of admissions continues to increase. Asked about the possibility of seeing “green shoots” in the battle against the virus, he added: “If you ask me about the hospital admission data, I think it’s too early to tell. any such interpretation.

“There will be day-to-day variations in the number of hospital admissions that occur as a characteristic of almost random luck.

“So you don’t have to interpret the data, you have to be patient and look for a long-term trend.”

However, Professor Van-Tam said he “absolutely sees green shoots” hoping to contain the spread of Covid-19, given the response to the social distancing measures.

He said, “I absolutely see green shoots, really in terms of the massive change in public behavior that has already taken place.

“If this continues as long as the government requests that it continue, then it will be really big green shoots in the end. “

When asked about the expected date of the peak of the epidemic, he replied, “We don’t know the answer yet.

“We have always said that we will know if our social distancing measures work a few weeks after their implementation. “

He reiterated that it was “too early to say,” adding, “It will depend in part on how each of us respects these social distancing measures.

‘I hope it will be soon. We will be watching very carefully to see when we have reached the top and when we start to spin it, but we will not take any premature action.

Speaking on whether the NHS will have enough ventilators during the peak, as some fear they may not receive the critical care they need, Professor Van-Tam expressed confidence in the supplies of ‘equipment.

He said, “I can tell you that I don’t think we’re close to this type of scenario at the moment. We will be watching it very closely and we will make the decisions we need on a day-to-day basis. “

“Tell us if you can produce test kits”: manufacturers are baffled by the government’s letter inviting companies to manufacture antigen and antibody kits – after their offers of help were ignored for FOUR WEEKS

The government today wrote an open letter calling for companies that can test for personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronaviruses – despite the companies that offered help weeks ago and who say they still haven’t heard of the fight against the growing crisis in Britain.

In a desperate attempt to overcome the test fiasco and the national shortage of protective equipment for NHS personnel, the Department of Health and Welfare provided British manufacturers with two forms to fill out if they could intervene.

But MailOnline may reveal a company willing to supply DIY number 10 anti-coronavirus antibody tests – kits deemed crucial to end Britain’s draconian lockdown because they reveal who is immune to the disease – n hasn’t heard yet how he can get his test approved despite the approach last month.

Brigette Bard, CEO of Essex-based BioSure – which is already performing HIV self-tests, demanded that Public Health England clarify what it needed, saying “there is nothing more critical at the moment” than getting approved for antibody testing.

Commercial labs and scientists mobilized to help yesterday after a shrill ministers’ u-turn also revealed Downing Street’s incompetence, saying they had volunteered two weeks ago to help the government. to significantly increase its swab testing capacity, but that they have been ignored.

The intensification of swab tests – often called antigen tests – is also considered crucial as it allows authorities to test thousands of self-isolating health workers and say with certainty whether they have the disease, allowing to those who are not infected with the killer to return to the front line of the NHS.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled a five-point plan last night to increase COVID-19 testing capacity to 100,000 per day by the end of April – levels similar to those seen in Germany, which has commended for his quick response to keeping the pandemic under control.

But Hancock was forced to admit that the six-digit target did not include antibody tests. None of the finger prick kits have yet been approved by health leaders amid concerns over their accuracy. Hancock said last night that one of the tests he was asked to buy was wrong 75% of the time.

Doctors fighting the frontline coronavirus crisis have pleaded with the government for the provision of proper masks, gloves and aprons amid allegations of a national shortage. The British Medical Association has already warned that doctors will die unless they are given adequate protection.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, pictured at the opening of Nightingale Hospital in London today, suggested that the UK lockdown would be in place until the end of April at the earliest

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, pictured at the opening of Nightingale Hospital in London today, suggested that the UK lockdown would be in place until the end of April at the earliest

In an attack on government manipulation of the glitter of antibody tests, Ms. Bard said, “We urgently need a Public Health England specification, so we know what we need to achieve.

“Matt Hancock was in the press this morning saying” antibody tests don’t work, self-tests don’t work “but nobody knows what they’re supposed to work for.

“I want to know, if all of these tests fail and are not good, what are they compared to? Saying a test is a failure when you don’t know what a failure is. I just don’t get it.

WHICH COMPANIES COULD MANUFACTURE ANTIBODY KITS FOR THE NUMBER 10?

MailOnline has repeatedly asked officials to name companies that are in talks with the government to perform antibody tests, but has never received clarifications.

One such company would be Derby-based SureScreen, which has shipped its tests for use in Germany and Spain, among other nations.

The company sent hundreds of tests – which tests have shown to be 97% accurate – to a PHE laboratory in Oxfordshire almost two weeks ago.

MailOnline revealed earlier this week that Belfast manufacturer Biopanda Reagents had chosen to limit sales to only British healthcare providers, suggesting that it was preparing to place an order.

And Mologic – a Bedfordshire-based company that has been allocated £ 1 million by the number 10 to perform antibody tests – this week began testing its kits in laboratories run by prestigious universities .

But the company, whose laboratory was visited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month, estimates that it will take up to five months before the British can use the tests to find out if they are immune.

Oxford Biosystems and Regenerus Laboratories in Surrey are also known to perform antibody tests against COVID-19. It is not clear if their kits are evaluated by PHE.

In another twist to the saga, it was revealed earlier this week that authorities had already purchased 2 million antibody tests from two Chinese manufacturers – Wondfo and AllTest – a fortnight ago.

But it was alleged that the health chiefs had not even evaluated if the tests were appropriate and that they still had to be evaluated even if the number 10 had already separated from millions to buy them.

European countries have already had to return defective coronavirus medical kits purchased from China during the pandemic.

Spain has been forced to return tens of thousands of test kits, and Dutch officials have recalled half a million “defective” masks it brought from Beijing.

WHAT ABOUT ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last night authorized the use of an antibody kit made by Cellex, saying it is “reasonable” to believe the test works.

China, where the pandemic started in December, has approved eight antibody tests to fight the virus – including one that Britain purchased a fortnight ago and is expected to arrive this week.

Germany also plans to launch a mass antibody test regimen over the next fortnight as part of a major trial to break millions of workers out of the lockout.

She added that an industry-recognized specification was required for BioSure-produced HIV self-test kits to be marketed, with products being at least 99.5% accurate.

But Ms. Bard, who used social media yesterday to get the British to share an article calling on health leaders to view the company’s kit, is concerned that the government does not yet have a standard for COVID testing- 19.

She warned that the company could not start manufacturing the kits – which are just its recalibrated HIV tests for coronavirus – until it knows the benchmark for accuracy.

Bard told MailOnline, “We have successfully spent five years in the market generating masses of evidence, data, everything, so we have proven that we have a very usable and very precise test. “

In an argument on Twitter last night, she added: “We are ready to go with the validation of this test at PHE. But they won’t watch it because it’s a self-test … This test must be on the UK market.

MailOnline asked the Department of Health and Human Services for comment, as Public Health England says it is not responsible for approving any type of test – even if its labs are used to assess some.

Other diagnostic manufacturers known to have sent their tests to PHE for testing today admitted that there was still no clarity as to whether they were actually going to be authorized.

Some number 10 kits seem to be known to be 98% accurate. The ministers promised that the kits – similar tests have already been approved in China – would be ready for deployment in mid-April.

Public Health England is believed to assess up to 150 different antibody tests, but several kits have already failed medical checks, one of which was wrong 75% of the time.

Officials did not reveal the accuracy of the tests until they were finally approved. Hancock warned last night that it is dangerous to approve tests that do not work properly, adding, “I will not.”

The UK is able to conduct 3,500 antibody tests every week in its specialized military laboratory at Porton Down in Wiltshire. But this specific test is based on a laboratory and could not be extended.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last night authorized the use of an antibody kit made by Cellex, saying it is “reasonable” to believe that the test works.

In a letter to a North Carolina-based company, the FDA wrote: “The known and potential benefits of your product when used to diagnose COVID-19 outweigh the known and potential risks of your product.

China, where the pandemic started in December, has approved eight antibody tests to fight the virus – including one that Britain purchased a fortnight ago and is expected to arrive this week.

Germany also plans to launch a mass antibody test regimen over the next fortnight as part of a major trial to break millions of workers out of the lockout.

Antibodies are substances produced by the immune system in response to an infection. They have been stored so that if it comes into contact with the same pathogen again, it will know how to fight if it is disabled.

A member of the public is transported by ambulance to Euston, London, by paramedics wearing personal protective clothing and medical masks.

A member of the public is transported by ambulance to Euston, London, by paramedics wearing personal protective clothing and medical masks.

The benefits of the British foreclosure are expected to begin filtering in hospitals in the coming weeks and widespread testing to see who has had the coronavirus is said to be essential to getting the country back on its feet.

But the government continues to face intense criticism, with opponents saying that testing capacity should have been increased as soon as the coronavirus became a global threat.

The review of the Whitehall approach only increased when it was claimed that public health planners tasked with preparing the UK for a global health crisis ignored warnings from the World Health Organization. health to prepare for a mass testing program.

Officials “did not discuss” the implementation of such a program because they assumed that a new strain of flu was the most likely threat and the tests in this scenario are “not important”, according to the Telegraph. The move appears to contradict WHO guidelines for bird flu issued to countries in 2005.

MailOnline has repeatedly asked officials to name companies that are in talks with the government to perform antibody tests, but has never received clarifications.

One such company would be Derby-based SureScreen, which has shipped its tests for use in Germany and Spain, among other nations.

The company sent hundreds of tests – which tests have shown to be 97% accurate – to a PHE laboratory in Oxfordshire almost two weeks ago.

MailOnline revealed earlier this week that Belfast manufacturer Biopanda Reagents had chosen to limit sales to only British healthcare providers, suggesting that it was preparing to place an order.

And Mologic – a Bedfordshire-based company that has been allocated £ 1 million by the number 10 to perform antibody tests – this week began testing its kits in laboratories run by prestigious universities .

It works just like the company's HIV self-test, which requires the user to take a drop of blood using a safety lancet before using their pen to scan the sample for antibodies COVID-19

BioSure prétend avoir développé un test de piqûre au doigt à domicile qui prend un quart d'heure

BioSure prétend avoir développé un test de piqûre au doigt à domicile qui prend un quart d’heure

LABORATOIRES COMMERCIAUX SONT OFFERTS POUR FOURNIR DES MILLIERS DE TESTS EXTRA CORONAVIRUS SUR TIGE DEUX SEMAINES

Scientists who have offered help with the British government’s coronavirus testing effort say they have never received a response from the authorities.

Universities, private labs and research institutes could have processed thousands of coronavirus tests for weeks, they say, if they had been enrolled.

A line of COVID-19 tests broke out this week after Germany increased its testing capacity to 93,000 per day while the United Kingdom managed even fewer than 10,000.

Public Health England, a government agency separate from the Department of Health, faces the burden of responsibility for insisting on developing its own tests and analyzing results in its eight laboratories and nearly 40 NHS sites.

Academics and private sector scientists, however, say they have the machines to interpret swab tests if they receive the right information.

Thousands of machines – PCR machines – are believed to be ready and waiting in laboratories across the country and many owners are ready to help test NHS staff to help them continue working.

Some have already taken matters into their own hands and have started testing medical workers in their region.

Scientists are capable of doing PCR tests, which look for evidence of coronavirus in people’s DNA and are different from antigen tests, which also test for current infection but do so by trying to trigger a virus reaction in a sample.

Mais l’entreprise, dont le laboratoire a été visité par le Premier ministre Boris Johnson le mois dernier, estime qu’il faudra jusqu’à cinq mois avant que les Britanniques puissent utiliser les tests pour savoir s’ils sont immunisés.

Oxford Biosystems et Regenerus Laboratories à Surrey sont également connus pour effectuer des tests d’anticorps contre COVID-19. Il n’est pas clair si leurs kits sont évalués par PHE.

Dans une autre tournure de la saga, il a été révélé plus tôt cette semaine que les autorités avaient déjà acheté 2 millions de tests d’anticorps auprès de deux fabricants chinois – Wondfo et AllTest – il y a quinze jours.

Mais il était allégué que les chefs de la santé n’avaient même pas évalué si les tests étaient appropriés et qu’ils devaient encore être évalués même si le numéro 10 s’était déjà séparé de millions pour les acheter.

Les pays européens ont déjà dû renvoyer des kits médicaux de coronavirus défectueux achetés à la Chine pendant la pandémie.

L’Espagne a été contrainte de restituer des dizaines de milliers de kits de test et des responsables néerlandais ont rappelé un demi-million de masques «défectueux» qu’elle avait apportés de Pékin.

M. Hancock, qui est retourné au travail hier après avoir passé une semaine en isolement après avoir attrapé un coronavirus, a été grillé aujourd’hui sur sa promesse de test lors de nombreuses interviews diffusées.

Les journalistes lui ont demandé à plusieurs reprises quelle proportion des 100 000 tests seraient des anticorps. Il a déclaré: «  Je pense que le test d’anticorps, le test sanguin, pour le moment, nous n’avons pas de test à domicile fiable. Si nous parvenons à en obtenir un, cela peut être facilement reproduit et nous pouvons obtenir des chiffres encore plus élevés, des chiffres beaucoup plus élevés.

Interrogé sur la raison pour laquelle le gouvernement tenait compte du test d’anticorps pour sa date limite de fin avril, étant donné qu’il n’a actuellement pas de test à utiliser, M. Hancock a ensuite répondu: «  Oui, mais je ne pense pas qu’il y en ait, c’est-à-dire le troisième pilier comme nous l’appelons, afin d’atteindre l’objectif de 100 000. »

Les experts de la santé ont déclaré qu’ils ne peuvent pas encore garantir que les personnes qui ont eu le virus bénéficieront d’une immunité totale, mais ils pensent que ceux qui l’ont déjà eu auront une certaine résistance à l’attraper à nouveau.

QU’EST-CE QU’UN TEST D’ANTICORPS ET COMMENT EST-IL DIFFÉRENT D’UN TEST D’ANTIGÈNE OU DE PCR?

TEST D’ANTICORPS

Un test d’anticorps est un test qui vérifie si le système immunitaire d’une personne est équipé pour lutter contre une maladie ou une infection spécifique.

Lorsqu’une personne est infectée par un virus, son système immunitaire doit déterminer comment le combattre et produire des substances appelées anticorps.

Celles-ci sont extrêmement spécifiques et ne sont généralement capables de s’attaquer qu’à une souche d’un virus. Ils sont produits d’une manière qui les rend capables de s’accrocher à ce virus spécifique et de le détruire.

Par exemple, si quelqu’un attrape COVID-19, il développera des anticorps COVID-19 que son corps utilisera pour le combattre.

Le corps stocke ensuite des versions de ces anticorps dans le système immunitaire afin que s’il entre à nouveau en contact avec ce même virus, il puisse le combattre immédiatement et éviter que quelqu’un ne ressente aucun symptôme.

Pour tester ces anticorps, les médecins ou les scientifiques peuvent prélever un échantillon de liquide sur quelqu’un – généralement du sang – et le mélanger avec une partie du virus pour voir s’il y a une réaction entre les deux.

S’il y a une réaction, cela signifie que quelqu’un a les anticorps et que son corps sait comment combattre l’infection – il est immunisé. S’il n’y a pas de réaction, cela signifie qu’ils ne l’ont pas encore eu.

TEST DE PCR

Les tests d’anticorps diffèrent d’un test sur écouvillon, appelé test PCR (amplification en chaîne par polymérase), qui vise à détecter les virus actifs actuellement dans la circulation sanguine.

Un test PCR fonctionne sur un échantillon du matériel génétique d’une personne – son ARN – qui est amené au laboratoire et élaboré sur une carte complète de son ADN au moment du test.

Cet ADN peut ensuite être scanné pour trouver des preuves de l’ADN du virus, qui sera mêlé au sien du patient s’il est infecté à ce moment-là.

Le test de PCR est plus fiable mais prend plus de temps, tandis que le test d’anticorps est plus rapide mais plus susceptible de produire un résultat inexact. Il ne recherche pas de preuve d’infection passée.

TEST D’ANTIGÈNE

Les antigènes sont des parties d’un virus qui déclenchent la réponse du système immunitaire pour lutter contre l’infection et peuvent apparaître dans le sang avant la fabrication d’anticorps.

Le principal avantage des tests d’antigènes est que le système immunitaire peut mettre plusieurs jours à développer suffisamment d’anticorps pour être détectés par un test, tandis que les antigènes peuvent être vus presque immédiatement après l’infection.

Les tests d’antigène sont utilisés pour diagnostiquer les patients atteints de grippe, ainsi que de paludisme, d’angine streptococcique A et de VIH. Ils peuvent également être effectués à l’aide d’écouvillons.

La querelle sur les tests d’anticorps est survenue alors que M. Hancock a signalé que la nation pourrait avoir une longue attente pour la fin du verrouillage. Il a suggéré qu’un programme de tests de masse et de traçage devra être mis en place avant que les restrictions puissent être levées.

Un tel programme permettrait aux experts de la santé de stopper une deuxième vague d’épidémie car les personnes qui attrapent un coronavirus pouvaient être isolées rapidement et toutes les personnes avec lesquelles elles avaient été en contact pouvaient également être trouvées et testées.

Il a déclaré à la BBC: «  La première étape consiste à réduire le taux d’infection afin qu’il n’augmente pas et, comme vous le dites, il faut un certain temps après la mise en place du verrouillage pour obtenir ce taux d’infection, le taux de transmission vers le bas. C’est la première étape.

«  Ensuite, nous devons nous assurer que les tests et le suivi sont en place afin que si nous publions l’une des mesures, nous ne faisons pas simplement que l’infection se propage à nouveau de la manière dont elle commençait à se propager lorsque nous avons introduit le mesures en place. C’est donc une chose très difficile. “

M. Hancock a brossé un tableau difficile de contracter le virus en disant qu’il avait perdu une demi-pierre de poids au cours de sa semaine en s’isolant avec le virus tueur. Il a dit que c’était une «expérience assez désagréable» et qu’il avait l’impression d’avoir «du verre dans la gorge».

Le secrétaire à la Santé a déclaré qu’en ce moment, environ 8 000 patients par jour passent le test sur écouvillon mais l’espoir est que ce nombre diminuera à mesure que les mesures de distanciation sociale ralentiront la propagation de l’infection. Il a également déclaré qu’environ 1 500 médecins de première ligne sont testés chaque jour dans des centres de service au volant – mais le nombre augmente rapidement.

Il a ajouté: «Pour le moment, nous pensons qu’il y a environ 35 000 employés de première ligne du NHS qui ne travaillent pas à cause du coronavirus. Le nombre est beaucoup plus petit que certaines des preuves anecdotiques que nous avons entendues, bien qu’il puisse bien sûr y avoir des poches.

M. Hancock a nommé John Newton, directeur de l’amélioration de la santé de Public Health England, chargé de superviser les efforts de test du Royaume-Uni. M. Newton a averti aujourd’hui que les tests en ce moment ne lèveraient pas le verrouillage, car les tests «n’aident pas vraiment» à aplanir la courbe – une expression pour contrôler l’épidémie.

On lui a demandé quel pourcentage des 100 000 tests serait un antigène et quel pourcentage serait un anticorps et il a suggéré que ce dernier jouerait un rôle. Il a déclaré à la BBC: «L’objectif du secrétaire d’État était de réaliser tous ces tests ensemble. Il a été très clair à ce sujet.

The government has been slammed in recent days over the ’embarrassing’ performance of ministers at its daily conferences in Downing Street, with Mr Hancock’s return yesterday viewed by many as a major improvement as he signalled a U-turn on the UK screening regime.

Émergeant pour la première fois depuis qu’il a été frappé par la maladie lui-même, le secrétaire à la Santé a dit qu’il «  comprenait  » pourquoi il y avait des critiques alors qu’il abandonnait l’approche centralisée précédente et a exhorté l’industrie scientifique au sens large à aider à renforcer les capacités. He said the longer-term goal is to have a capacity of 250,000 checks per day.

Defending the government’s response, Mr. Hancock, interrogator and at times moved, said Public Health England had “worked 24 hours a day” and could be “proud” of what he had done. At the No. 10 press conference tonight, after a week of recovery from the virus, he listed five “pillars” of the new strategy.

Matt Hancock’s five-point plan to increase the number of coronavirus tests to 100,000 per day

Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday announced a five-point plan to increase the number of coronavirus tests in the UK by ten.

The five points he revealed are:

Increase the number of swab tests performed by Public Health England laboratories and the NHS to 25,000 per day by the end of the month

So far, shortages of chemicals and swabs have been accused of delaying progress in this effort.

It is believed that the PHE and NHS laboratories have the ability to perform 100,000 tests per day.

Significantly expand the swab test network using universities and research institutes and private sector retailers like Boots and Amazon

The secretary of health’s main initiative has been to give the green light to universities, institutes and private companies to get involved in testing.

So far, there have been complaints of control of the freakery in a government insisting on the use of its own facilities to avoid getting unreliable results.

Introduce blood tests for antibodies that would tell people if they got the virus and recovered

This is the game-changing test that says who is capable of breaking the constraints of lockdown and reviving the economy.

Hancock said there are no proven versions of the test yet and that the science of immunity for people after the disease is still in development.

But he confirmed that the government plans to issue “immunity certificates” to those who pass these tests, so that they can resume a “normal life.”

Increase community surveillance to determine infection rate and spread across the country

The abandonment of community testing when the government moved from confinement to “delaying” the epidemic was very controversial last month.

The government wanted to focus resources on hospital patients as the number increased.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that without such mass testing in the community, the government “is trying to fight a fire with a blindfold.”

Increase the size of the UK diagnostic industry

Hancock criticized head-on that the UK was far behind Germany in terms of the number of tests.

He bluntly admitted that the UK does not have the same scale of biotechnology industry as Germany, where many companies already manufacture large-scale screening equipment.

But Hancock is committed to developing this infrastructure – which will not be a quick task.

Swab tests in PHE laboratories will be significantly increased to 25,000 per day; research institutions and private sector firms will be brought into the screening system; antibody tests will be introduced if they can prove to be effective; community tests will be strengthened; and the global diagnostic industry in the UK will be expanded.

The previous approach on swab tests was meant to ensure checks are conducted properly, but the 10,000 per day level achieved so far contrasts sharply with the decentralised tactics deployed successfully in countries like Germany, which is carrying out up to 100,000.

Explaining the sluggishness in hiking test numbers, Mr Hancock said approving faulty tests would put people at risk by giving them false hope they are free of the virus. He added: ‘I understand why NHS staff want tests, so they can get back to the frontline. Yes of course.

‘But I took the decision that the first priority has to be the patients for whom the result of a test could be the difference in treatment that is the difference between life and death I believe anybody in my shoes would have taken the same decision.’

Mr Hancock said the UK lacked a large diagnostics industry so was having to build from a ‘lower base’ than the likes of Germany, which is testing at greater levels for coronavirus. He also confirmed the Government was looking at ‘immunity certificates’.

But leading scientists have said the evidence about the truth on immunity is not yet clear enough. Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh, warned they could give Britons a ‘false sense of security’.

Fears have been raised that people can be struck down twice after reports in China and Japan of patients catching the disease after recovering. Other scientists believe the evidence for immunity is convincing and even claim that it could be life-long.

It comes after it was revealed this morning that scientists who offered their help to the British Government’s coronavirus swab testing effort say they never heard back from officials.

Universities, private labs and research institutes could have processed thousands of coronavirus tests for weeks, they say, if they had been enrolled.

Public Health England, a government agency separate from the Department of Health, faces the burden of responsibility for insisting on developing its own tests and analyzing results in its eight laboratories and nearly 40 NHS sites.

Academics and private sector scientists, however, say they have the machines to interpret swab tests if they receive the right information.

Thousands of machines – PCR machines – are believed to be ready and waiting in laboratories across the country and many owners are ready to help test NHS staff to help them continue working.

Some have already taken matters into their own hands and have started testing medical workers in their region.

Scientists are capable of doing PCR tests, which look for evidence of coronavirus in people’s DNA and are different from antigen tests, which also test for current infection but do so by trying to trigger a virus reaction in a sample.

IS THERE A PPE SHORTAGE FOR NHS NURSES AND PHYSICIANS?

This comes as an NHS trust searches for PPE providers amid the coronavirus epidemic and a national shortage of face masks, gloves and aprons, which saw Hancock insist fact that the required stocks exist but claim that there have been distribution problems.

Derby University Hospitals and the Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) released the tender package “Covid-19 – PPE” on April 1. He described it as an “information gathering exercise” aimed at identifying those who could supply or manufacture PPE. he needs additional supplies in the future.

Thousands of PPE items have been donated in the past few weeks to help keep UHDB staff safe while treating Covid-19 patients, whether suspected or confirmed.

Last month, President of the Physicians Association, Dr. Rinesh Parmar, called Boris Johnson, warning doctors and nurses that they feel “cannon fodder” due to the lack of protection equipment and kits.

It also followed a letter in the Sunday Times from nearly 4,000 NHS workers who called on the Prime Minister to “protect the lives of rescuers” and resolve the “unacceptable” shortage of protective equipment.

Last week, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed that there were medical staff working to save lives and turn the tide in Britain’s war against the coronavirus which has no access to it at all. basic protective clothing.

Medics at Southend Hospital in Essex warned on Wednesday they may need to limit services to a ‘bare minimum’ amid concerns over a shortage of protective equipment for staff.

While staff at The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, in County Durham,were last week warned not to resuscitate patients during the coronavirus crisis because of a lack of protective equipment.

The British Medical Association yesterday launched a campaign to urge the Government to send more protective gear to the NHS frontline amid complaints there isn’t enough go around.

And GP practices say that, when they’ve appealed for equipment from the NHS, they have been told to buy their own from other suppliers.

Some staff said they have seen colleagues fall ill because of ‘inadequate PPE’  and others are having to buy their own. One doctor revealed to their MP, Twickenham member Munira Wilson, that they had bought motocross goggles for their staff to wear.

This comes as an NHS trust searches for PPE providers amid the coronavirus epidemic and a national shortage of face masks, gloves and aprons, which saw Hancock insist fact that the required stocks exist but claim that there have been distribution problems.

Derby University Hospitals and the Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) released the tender package “Covid-19 – PPE” on April 1. He described it as an “information gathering exercise” aimed at identifying those who could supply or manufacture PPE. he needs additional supplies in the future.

Thousands of PPE items have been donated in the past few weeks to help keep UHDB staff safe while treating Covid-19 patients, whether suspected or confirmed. This included goggles, gloves, surgical masks and protective suits from the University of Derby and 10,000 surgical masks from Rolls-Royce.

Last month, President of the Physicians Association, Dr. Rinesh Parmar, called Boris Johnson, warning doctors and nurses that they feel “cannon fodder” due to the lack of protection equipment and kits.

It also followed a letter in the Sunday Times from nearly 4,000 NHS workers who called on the Prime Minister to “protect the lives of rescuers” and resolve the “unacceptable” shortage of protective equipment.

Last week, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed that there were medical staff working to save lives and turn the tide in Britain’s war against the coronavirus which has no access to it at all. basic protective clothing.

Medics at Southend Hospital in Essex warned on Wednesday they may need to limit services to a ‘bare minimum’ amid concerns over a shortage of protective equipment for staff.

While staff at The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, in County Durham,were last week warned not to resuscitate patients during the coronavirus crisis because of a lack of protective equipment.

The British Medical Association yesterday launched a campaign to urge the Government to send more protective gear to the NHS frontline amid complaints there isn’t enough go around.

And GP practices say that, when they’ve appealed for equipment from the NHS, they have been told to buy their own from other suppliers.

Some staff said they have seen colleagues fall ill because of ‘inadequate PPE’  and others are having to buy their own. One doctor revealed to their MP, Twickenham member Munira Wilson, that they had bought motocross goggles for their staff to wear.

Coronavirus symptom app suggests that 1.9 MILLION Brits could have Covid-19 with Birmingham and Liverpool among the future hotspots

Data gathered by a new specially-designed symptom tracking app suggests there are currently 1.9 million people aged 20-69 in the UK who have symptomatic Covid-19.

Contributors can track their daily health on the specially-created app, which is also being used by healthcare and hospital workers nationwide.

It comes as the UK today announced yet another record one-day high of 684 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 3,605.

The COVID Symptom Tracker works by taking people through a questionnaire about how they are feeling and whether they have the typical symptoms of coronavirus

Currently, tests are mostly being rationed to people who are in hospital

The COVID Symptom Tracker works by taking people through a questionnaire about how they are feeling and whether they have the typical symptoms of coronavirus. The app has been developed by a King’s College London team in association with the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and healthcare start-up ZOE Global Limited

According to researchers, the preliminary data from the app shows wide variation across the UK, with hotspots of the disease including major cities like London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and Belfast.

But it also highlights problems in rural areas of South Wales, which are currently experiencing bed shortages following an influx of patients.

It is hoped that this information can support the effective deployment of limited NHS resources such as healthcare personnel, testing kits or ventilators to where they are most likely to be needed.

Fever – a high temperature and body aches – is the most common symptom of the coronavirus and is experienced by almost nine out of 10 people who catch it, according to the World Health Organization

Fever – a high temperature and body aches – is the most common symptom of the coronavirus and is experienced by almost nine out of 10 people who catch it, according to the World Health Organization

The app has been developed by a King’s College London team in association with the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and healthcare start-up ZOE Global Limited.

As of April 1 2020 there were 1,626,355 users of the Covid Symptom Tracker aged 20-69 who had recorded their symptoms, healthy or not.

Statistical models created by the researchers estimate that 79,405 of these users would be positive if tested (4.9%) – though the data will become more accurate and sophisticated as more contributors share symptoms.

Lead researcher Professor Tim Spector from King’s College London, said: ‘Accurate real-time data is essential if we are to beat this disease.

‘What we are sharing today are just preliminary results from the two million people who are tracking their symptoms daily.

‘The more people we can get logging their symptoms on the app, the quicker we will be able to really understand this disease – it is clear levels of infection are very different around the country.

‘We would like to thank every single person who is already participating, and would urge everyone else to download the app and check in every day, whether you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling fine.’

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