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England Covid cases error means 50,000 contacts may not have been traced

England Covid cases error means 50,000 contacts may not have been traced. ‘Shambolic’ failure resulted in 15,841 cases not reported for over a week. Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London Photograph: Leon Neal/AP More than 50,000 potentially infectious people may have been missed by contact tracers and not told to self-isolate because of the data blunder that meant nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England. Public Health England (PHE) admitted [...]

Social care at breaking point in England after ‘lost decade’

Social care at breaking point in England after 'lost decade'. Exclusive: government urged to quickly rectify years of policy failures and underfunding. ‘Craving contact’: a carer’s view of her clients’ loneliness The report says the impact of underfunding has been particularly felt in services for older people. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Policymakers’ failure to tackle chronically underfunded social care has resulted in a “lost decade” and a system now at breaking point, according to a report. A team led by Jon Glasby, a professor [...]

Ministers urged to help schools with Covid measures after call for routine tests rejected

Ministers urged to help schools with Covid measures after call for routine tests rejected. Labour calls for extra resources after Nick Gibb insists only those showing symptoms will be tested in England. Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Lunchtime at Kempsey primary in Worcester in May. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Ministers are facing fresh pressure to help schools in England limit the spread of coronavirus when they reopen fully in September after rejecting a call for teachers and pupils to undergo routine testing. Nick [...]

Chemotherapy in cancer patients with Covid-19 ‘not a risk’

Chemotherapy in cancer patients with Covid-19 'not a risk'. GETTY IMAGES - Treatments such as chemotherapy do not seem to increase mortality risk from Covid-19 Continuing chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment in cancer patients with Covid-19 is not a risk to their survival, a study suggests. It also recommends further research into the drug hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to benefit some patients. The findings, from 890 infected cancer patients in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany, could help identify who is most at risk from [...]

British BAME groups face ‘greater barriers’ than white people in avoiding Covid-19

British BAME groups face 'greater barriers' than white people in avoiding Covid-19. Runnymede Trust finds employment, reliance on public transport and crowded households all risk factors Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Residents of Leicester, which is under local lockdown, being tested for coronavirus. The Runnymede Trust says its findings explain why there are renewed outbreaks in the city and others like it. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA People from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds in Britain are more likely to [...]