It comes as people chose to come to A&E Hospital yesterday in an attempt to get a Covid-19 test due to a lack of reservations available through the online system.
A minister suggested the government will wait two weeks to see if the new “rule of six” is effective in stopping the spread of Covid-19 before considering tougher social distancing measures, according to ITV’s Robert Peston.
Only students with symptoms should be tested, says education secretary
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested that families whose children are sent home due to a positive case at a school may not need to be tested if they have no symptoms.
Responding to concerns about the tests, Williamson told the Special Education Committee: “To emphasize, only people with symptoms are the ones who should actually get the tests.
“So if a child and their contacts have been sent home, it’s not that all sent home children should be tested. It is only the child who shows symptoms compared to the whole cohort. “
Rob Halfon, chairman of the committee, asked Mr Williamson if he could ‘guarantee’ that students and teachers who need local tests for Covid-19 would be able to get them within 48 hours in the event of a epidemic.
Mr Williamson replied: ‘Schools are, I think, the only organization that actually has a set of test kits that have been sent to them directly so that they can be sure that if they are in a situation where someone is not in a position to be able to get a test, they actually have test kits on site.
“This is something very unique and very important. “
Each school and college received 10 home test kits at the start of the quarter and schools can now order more kits online from today, the minister added.
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 12:29
The hospital tells people to stay away from the A&E department
A Greater Manchester hospital has told people to stay away from its A&E department unless they suffer from a life-threatening illness or injury as the surge in coronavirus cases in the region begins to result in increased hospital admissions, Colin Drury reports.
The Royal Bolton is now so busy that the chiefs of health have said they “could not afford to make things worse”.
In desperate plea, Dr Francis Andrews, the hospital’s medical director, suggested the department was partially overwhelmed with people showing up for Covid-19 tests because they could not access them under the program failing national government. But he told them to stay away so that more serious cases can be treated effectively.
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 12:04 PM
‘Relieved’ Starmer Child Coronavirus Test Is Negative
Sir Keir Starmer announced that the coronavirus test for one of his children came back negative today.
The Labor leader wrote on Twitter: “I am very happy and relieved that one of my children’s test results came back negative this morning.
“Thanks to the NHS hospital where my wife works to make sure their staff and family members have quick access to a test.
“However, I know the situation is dire right now for thousands of families across the country who are struggling to get tested.
“They deserve answers and this problem solved. “
It is understood that he will not question Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, with his Vice President Angela Rayner taking her place as scheduled.
Sir Keir is out of self-isolation.
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 11:52 AM
Madrid to toughen Covid-19 measures with targeted lockdowns
Targeted lockdowns and other movement restrictions are expected to be introduced in Madrid in areas with high Covid-19 cases.
Madrid accounts for around a third of the active coronavirus cases in Spain, with a higher incidence in high density and low income neighborhoods, mainly in the south of the city.
Antonio Zapatero, responsible for Madrid’s Covid-19 response, told reporters there had been “a relaxation in behavior that we cannot afford” with people throwing parties, drinking in the streets and not respecting not the quarantine rules.
He did not give details of the measures to be announced on Friday, but said the health department was considering locking down areas with the highest incidence of the virus.
Since movement restrictions were lifted and mass testing began in late June, infections have risen in Spain from a few hundred to thousands, ahead of other hard-hit countries such as Britain, Italy or France.
The cumulative number of cases in Spain, at 603,167, is the highest in Western Europe, as the number of deaths exceeded 30,000.
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 11:26
Donald Trump has suggested the coronavirus pandemic could end with some form of “herd mentality” towards the virus, appearing to attempt to refer to the concept of community immunity.
Speaking at an ABC News televised town hall in Pennsylvania, the US president defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic by promising that Covid-19 would “disappear”.
Asked by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News whether or not the coronavirus could go away without a vaccine, the president replied, “Of course, over a period of time. Of course, over time this disappears.
“You will develop – you will develop the herd – like a herd mentality. “
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 11:05 AM
British Airways boss criticizes weekly quarantine announcement
British Airways chief executive told MEPs: ‘We are still fighting for our own survival.’
Speaking to the Transport Selection Committee, Alex Cruz said BA was spending £ 20million in cash a day and had agreed to a pay cut by a third.
He criticized the government’s policy of announcing new quarantine candidates every Thursday, saying: “The weekly [quarantine] This announcement is incredibly disruptive – primarily to our passengers. ”
Travel correspondent Simon Calder explain more:
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 10:45 AM
The PM must “take charge” of the delays in obtaining the tests
Boris Johnson must “take charge” of delays in getting Covid-19 tests to ensure schools remain open, organizations representing school leaders and governors have said.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the Heads Union NAHT and the National Governance Association have written to the Prime Minister expressing concerns about the difficulties with the testing system.
The letter warns of a “deep sense of foreboding about the potential for the system to become increasingly riddled with delays as more and more cases emerge.”
“This would increasingly disrupt the education of children and make staff unsustainable,” he adds.
ASCL said it received 264 emails about the testing and tracing system from schools and colleges indicating that they had symptomatic staff and / or students who were having difficulty accessing testing.
The letter says: “Schools are left in the position of either leaving close contact with the infected person at school while they await advice, or making a public health call and deciding who to send home. “
He adds, “Our goal in writing is to implore you to personally take charge of this situation in the interest of keeping our schools and colleges open, and to protect students and staff. “
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 10:29 AM
Tui agrees to pay refunds by end of September
Tui has agreed to pay all refunds to customers who have had their trips canceled due to coronavirus, Pennsylvania reports.
The package holiday operator has pledged to make the payments by the end of the month – after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed it had received thousands of complaints from passengers claiming that travel agencies were withholding their money.
The competition watchdog pointed out that consumer protection law requires refunds within 14 days. The lockdown in the UK was first announced in March.
Companies have struggled to return money to their customers, with many spending money to cover overheads and repay loans in a heavily indebted industry.
The CMA said Tui’s UK division engaged constructively throughout the investigation.
He added, “While the vast majority of people have already received their refund or booked a new booking during the CMA investigation, all outstanding refund requests for people whose vacation package was canceled in due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) will be paid before September 30. 2020. ”
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 10:16 AM
Coronavirus rules “must be decentralized”
The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on Boris Johnson’s government to stop restricting people’s freedoms by imposing so many coronavirus restrictions from Westminster, reports Adam Forrest.
Reverend Justin Welby said UK ministers had “figured out the day-to-day details of our lives” over the past few months in a way “few of us have experienced” – as he instead pleaded for more flexibility and of localism.
The head of the Church of England – who says he is worried about the impact of the Rule of Six on the elderly and vulnerable in the run-up to Christmas – has argued that the government must challenge its own “addiction” to centralization.
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 9:51 AM
Functionality of blood donation on Facebook
Facebook has launched a new partnership with the NHS to encourage more people to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic.
Launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, people between the ages of 18 and 65 can sign up to receive notifications about opportunities to donate blood at local centers.
It will be promoted on the News Feed, or if users search for “blood donation” on the social media app.
Adam Smith has more details:
Chiara GiordanoSeptember 16, 2020 9:35 AM