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UK doctor couple seek judicial review over ‘risky’ PPE guidance

A BRITISH-INDIAN doctor couple are seeking judicial review proceedings against the UK government over “risky” guidance issued on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the NHS. Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had launched legal action last month, after writing for explanations from the Department of Health and Social […]

Oxford University vaccine trials to cover over 10,000 adults and children

OXFORD UNIVERSITY and AstraZeneca are recruiting around 10,000 adults and children in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a day after receiving US backing worth up to $1.2 billion. Institutions across Britain had begun enrolling up to 10,260 adults and children to see how well the human immune system responds to the vaccine […]

St Paul’s Cathedral launches virtual book of remembrance for Covid-19 victims

THE St Paul’s Cathedral has launched a virtual book of remembrance for UK residents who have died of Covid-19. The Rememeber Me website, which went live on Friday (22), invited submissions from people of all faiths, beliefs or none. Supporting the project, Prince Charles said: “People of every faith, and of none, believe that each […]

NHS enhances diabetic care as a third of England’s Covid-19 deaths linked to diabetes

DIABETIC people face a “significantly higher risk” of dying due to Covid-19 complications, according to NHS research. About a third of coronavirus deaths in English hospitals were associated with diabetes, the study said. People living with type 1 diabetes are at three and a half times the risk, and people living with type 2 are […]

India’s COVID-19 cases at alarming levels; over 6,000 new patients in a day

THE COVID-19 cases in India reached 118,447 on Friday (22). The country reported the highest single day tally at 6,088. The death toll from the virus touched 3,583. As many as 150 coronavirus patients succumbed to death in last 24 hours. Maharashtra confirmed 64 deaths on Thursday (21) — one of the highest in single-day tolls […]

Exclusive: Investigate ingrained NHS racism, says Trevor Phillips">Exclusive: Investigate ingrained NHS racism, says Trevor Phillips

By Barnie Choudhury and Shailesh Solanki ASIAN and black health workers are be­ing put in harm’s way during the corona­virus pandemic because of “structural racism”, one of the country’s leading equalities campaigners has claimed. Trevor Phillips, former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), said some workers were being “pushed” into high-risk roles […]

UK starts hydroxychloroquine trials, studying the drug ‘with great care’

BRITISH healthcare workers have on Thursday (21) started taking part in a University of Oxford-led international trial of two anti-malarial drugs against Covid-19, including one US President Donald Trump says he has been taking. The ‘COPCOV’ study will involve more than 40,000 frontline healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America to determine if […]

AstraZeneca gets deals for potential Covid-19 vaccine, targets UK supply in September 

BRITISH drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc has received the first agreements to supply at least 400 million doses of the potential Covid-19 vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford. The company said on Thursday (21) it had a total capacity sourced for one billion doses through 2020 and into 2021, and continued to increase capacity […]

India reports over 5,000 COVID-19 cases in a day; death toll nears 3,500

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in India on Thursday (21), registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 63,624, while 45,299 people have recovered and […]

Priti Patel expands bereavement scheme to cover NHS support staff and social care workers

FAMILIES of NHS support staff and social care workers who die of Covid-19 will be allowed to stay in the UK, Priti Patel has announced. The home secretary said the bereaved families will be given indefinite leave to remain in recognition of their loved ones’ “tireless dedication and selflessness”. The scheme had initially been launched […]