National lockdown looms over England as ‘virus is accelerating’

By S Neeraj Krishna ENGLAND could be placed under national lockdown to arrest the “deadly serious” surge in Covid-19 cases, the government has warned. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday (18) that the country had “sadly seen that the number of people hospitalised with coronavirus is doubling about every eight days”. According to the […]

UK tightens curbs on north-east England as cases surge at ‘concerning level’

By S Neeraj Krishna THE UK has imposed tighter curbs on parts of north-east England as Covid-19 cases have been rising at a “concerning level”. About two million residents in the region have been told not to socialise with people outside of their own households or support bubble from Friday (18). The “areas of national […]

Rich nations have bagged half of future Covid-19 vaccine supply: report

A GROUP of wealthy nations representing 13 per cent of the global population has already bought up more than half of the promised doses of future Covid-19 vaccines, according to a report by Oxfam on Wednesday (16). The non-governmental organisation analysed deals struck by pharmaceuticals and vaccine producers for the five leading vaccine candidates currently […]

British Asian doctor’s new coronavirus-safe masks offered free in UK

Thousands of innovative new coronavirus-safe face masks created by a surgeon and his colleague based in the UK are being offered free to the National Health Service (NHS) clinics to stop patients from accidentally spreading COVID-19 to ear, nose and throat (ENT) medics. Dr Ajith George, who is based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital […]

NHS BAME staff: ‘Traumatised, stressed and burnt out’

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN healthcare staff have revealed the stress and exhaustion they have suffered during the pandemic, as data revealed the BAME workforce is suffering from increased mental health problems during the crisis. In interviews with Eastern Eye, a number of doctors have revealed the trauma of seeing BAME colleagues die from the virus, […]

Serum Institute of India gets nod to resume AstraZeneca vaccine trials

Serum Institute of India has received Indian regulatory approval to resume local clinical trials of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, a reports said on Wednesday (16). The Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI), however, put in place certain “conditions” such as taking extra care during screening, providing additional information in consent forms and close monitoring for […]

Some Indian hospitals scramble for oxygen as coronavirus cases top 5m

INDIA’s coronavirus infections surged past 5 million on Wednesday(16), piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, that are also some of the worst-affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more […]

Women, Asian medics vulnerable to badly fitting masks: report

WOMEN healthcare workers and medical staff with Asian heritage are less likely to be using face masks that fit them properly making them more vulnerable to infection, according to a new report that called for more robust equipment testing. The report published on Tuesday (15) in the journal Anaesthesia looked at studies into different methods […]

Priti Patel tells people to avoid ‘mingling’, report rule-breakers

PRITI PATEL said on Tuesday (15) she would call the police to report anyone who flouted a new ban on gatherings of more than six people, suggesting that people who stopped for a chat on the street were breaking new coronavirus laws. Covid-19 cases across the UK have risen sharply in recent weeks, prompting the government to […]

UK faces one million job cuts in 2020 due to pandemic, says study

CORONAVIRUS could potentially cost one million jobs in Britain this year, with most losses anticipated during the current third quarter, according to a new study. Job losses could hit 450,000 between July and September, the Institute for Employment Studies forecast in a report, warning this could worsen to 690,000 positions under a worst-case scenario. Another […]