Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Community testing to help lift restrictions in highest tiers

Community testing to help lift restrictions in highest tiers. Details have been set out by the Government to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions. Department of Health and Social Care Government sets out new programme to help provide route to move down tier levels for highest risk areas Areas in tier 3 invited to apply for support for community testing to detect asymptomatic cases and drive down transmission Local areas will be asked to consider [...]

UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches

UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches. Exclusive: 28 institutions issued fines, with Nottingham University students alone hit for £58,865 Signs made by locked-down students in Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University, which issued 156 fines totalling £7,800, and disclosed the largest number of students waiting for counselling (280). Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling [...]

UK’s 2.6m Covid bereaved suffer heightened grief, finds study

UK's 2.6m Covid bereaved suffer heightened grief, finds study. Not being able to say goodbye and less support contribute to longer and unresolved pain A funeral in the UK in August. Calls from campaigners for increased funding for support services did not appear to be heeded by the chancellor in Wednesday’s spending review. Photograph: PA Covid grief is worse than other types of grief, according to the first findings of UK-wide research into how people have coped with the deaths of loved [...]

Most of England to enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted

Most of England to enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted. Signs of growing parliamentary rebellion amid fears measures could stay in place until spring Closing down signs in Oldham. The mayor of Greater Manchester said he expected his region to be placed in tier 3. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian The majority of England will enter the two toughest tiers of Covid restrictions from next week, ministers are set to announce, amid signs of a growing parliamentary rebellion and fears that [...]

UK HealthCare to Temporarily Close 5 ORs to Provide More Capacity for COVID Patients

UK HealthCare to Temporarily Close 5 ORs to Provide More Capacity for COVID Patients Getty Images Plus l Jongho Shin LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2020) — UK HealthCare will be closing five of its 32 operating rooms (ORs) at UK Chandler Hospital beginning Monday, Nov. 30 to decrease hospital admissions, increasing capacity for COVID patients. The move does not affect the 10 ORs at UK Good Samaritan Hospital or eight ORs in the Center for Advanced Surgery. This move also allows additional personnel and [...]