British coronavirus LIVE: Mass testing begins in Liverpool as Denmark is removed from safe list of mink farms

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A The government’s ‘Operation Moonshot’ mass test pilot begins in Liverpool today amid reports that a rapid coronavirus test at the heart of the strategy has missed more than 50% of positive cases in a pilot from the Greater Manchester.

Anyone who lives or works in the city will be encouraged to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms as Boris Johnson is banking on technological advancements to enable a freer future.

In an address to the nation, the Prime Minister said he recognized that many were “anxious, tired and tired” after another lockdown was imposed on England. But he insisted that four weeks of braking should be enough to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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Archbishop of Canterbury expects government to back down on church services

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he believes the ban on religious services “will likely change for too long.”

He told Good Morning Britain: ‘I have been going to church as usual since the last lockout and these are the safest places you go. The people are well dispersed, they wear masks, they are all registered. They’re really sane about it.

“But they come together, they worship, they have the strength to serve and love their neighbors, and the church is doing phenomenal things in the land in the service of Jesus Christ, to show the love that God has for us. and, before Christmas, more is needed.

“So we all wrote to the government – we’re not going to have a big argument with them – and said we don’t agree with you on the need to close churches.

“It’s one of the things that unites people. It gives them a real sense of purpose and changes the world. So, I think that will probably change before too long.

“The government has been very good, it listens very carefully.”

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378 more people die from Covid-19

The government said another 378 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. This brings the UK total to 48,120.

Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths in recent days, show that there are now around 63,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK. .

The government said as of 9 a.m. Thursday there had been an additional 24,141 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,123,197.

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Lockdown skeptical MPs react to Telegraph spat on peak Covid projections

Sarah Knapton, science editor for The Telegraph, tweeted how the government had “quietly revised” the projection of the Covid peak.

Former Tory MP Mark Harper, who voted against the second lockdown, called the story “deeply concerning” and called for further parliamentary scrutiny of the data.

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City-wide test pilot deployed to Liverpool

A mass pilot test of the government’s “Operation Moonshot” begins today in Liverpool.

The two-week pilot program will see half a million people undergo regular testing, with 2,000 military personnel helping with logistics.

Anyone who lives or works in the city will be encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 even if they do not have symptoms.

If the pilot is successful, millions of tests could be distributed by Christmas, Boris Johnson said.

He hopes the mass testing campaign, using equipment capable of delivering a result within minutes, could be a way out of the coronavirus crisis.

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