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Prevalence of Coronavirus Antibodies Declining in England

Prevalence of Coronavirus Antibodies Declining in England. Credit: Rawpixel Tests on more than 365,000 people in England have shown that the antibody response to the virus that causes COVID-19 wanes over time. Led by Imperial College London, analysis of finger-prick tests carried out at home between 20 June and 28 September found that the number of people testing positive dropped by 26.5% across the study period, from almost 6% to 4.4%. The downward trend was observed in all areas of the country and [...]

UK Nightingale hospitals readied as pandemic threatens to overwhelm NHS

UK Nightingale hospitals readied as pandemic threatens to overwhelm NHS. Coronavirus cases in the UK continue to mount, with around 8 million people in England set to be under Tier 3 local lockdowns by the end of the week—the highest alert level. Over 200,000 people in Warrington were placed under Tier 3 restrictions last night and nearly 700,000 people in areas of Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands will follow them this Thursday. The UK recorded nearly 43,000 cases over the weekend [...]

Coronavirus: Outbreak at medical ward at Ulster Hospital

Coronavirus: Outbreak at medical ward at Ulster Hospital. Pacemaker An outbreak of Covid-19 has been detected among staff and patients associated with a medical ward at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. Approximately five patients and six staff from the ward are affected, the BBC has learned. A spokeswoman for the South Eastern Trust said further tests results are awaited. She described the situation as "fluid" and said an indication of exact numbers affected was therefore not available. The spokeswoman said the team was "working together [...]

Public Health England figures show rise in Covid-19 cases slowing

Public Health England figures show rise in Covid-19 cases slowing. Early data suggests new infections may be stabilising, though hospitalisation rates are still rising The PHE report shows the rise in Covid-19 cases across England is translating into increases in hospital admissions. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian The number of Covid-19 cases reported by Public Health England appears to have stabilised after seven weeks of rising numbers, although the number of people being admitted to hospital has increased. The latest figures show that confirmed [...]

Coronavirus: Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases

Coronavirus: Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases. Test and Trace will use untrained staff, Sky News understands The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is stretching the capacity of the Test and Trace service, forcing untrained staff to take on contact-tracing jobs, according to a leaked internal email seen by Sky News. The measures taken to strengthen the service have raised disquiet inside Test and Trace, as staff from outsourcing firms will [...]