Coronavirus: A Cameroon student on how he recovered

Coronavirus: A Cameroon student on how he recovered ALAMY Kem Senou Pavel Daryl is the first African to contract the virus in China When Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, contracted the coronavirus he had no intention of leaving China, even if that were possible. "No matter what happens I don't want to take the sickness back to Africa," he said from his university dormitory, where he is now under a 14-day quarantine. He was [...]

Lily Wythe: ‘Brave’ teenager dies from ‘cruel’ brain tumour

Lily Wythe: 'Brave' teenager dies from 'cruel' brain tumour BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH Lily Wythe was diagnosed with brain cancer in September A 14-year-old girl for whom £300,000 was raised so she could undergo brain tumour treatment abroad has died. Lily Wythe, of Essex, was diagnosed with brain cancer in September. An online campaign was set up by her best friend Lillie Cotgrove to raise money to fund medical treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. The fundraising target was met in January. Her family announced on Facebook the death [...]

Schools to be advised not to close over suspected coronavirus cases

Schools to be advised not to close over suspected coronavirus cases. GETTY IMAGES Schools do not need to close or send staff and pupils home if there is a suspected case of coronavirus, the new guidance is to recommend. Public Health England will say no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests are carried out on a suspected case. If a case is confirmed, health protection teams will speak to the headteacher and action will be taken. PHE is expected to issue [...]

BMA could ask for QOF suspension if coronavirus cases rise

BMA could ask for QOF suspension if coronavirus cases rise. (Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images). The BMA confirmed on Friday that it had called on NHS England to allow practices to ignore a contractual requirement to make 25% of appointments bookable online and shift to a model where all booking would take place by phone. Calls to suspend online booking came amid fears that allowing patients to book online could prevent triage needed to ensure potential coronavirus cases do not visit practices. BMA emergency [...]

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb because the NHS is struggling to cope with a surge in the number of elderly patients. Chris Whitty says drastic action needed to cope with number of patients 65+ Countryside districts are often poorly served by GPs and hospital clinics he says Professor Whitty proposes a series of radical solutions to our ageing crisis The NHS risks being overwhelmed by an old-age health crisis, the new Chief Medical Officer warns today. Chris Whitty says [...]