Covid: Care homes ‘safest possible environment’ for patients

The Scottish government tried to create the “safest environment possible” in care homes early in the Covid pandemic, the deputy first minister has said. Bereaved families are considering legal action after a ruling in England that discharging untested hospital patients to care homes was unlawful. A Scottish public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic … Read more

Covid: Care homes ‘safest possible environment’ for patients

The Scottish government tried to create the “safest environment possible” in care homes early in the Covid pandemic, the deputy first minister has said. Bereaved families are considering legal action after a ruling in England that discharging untested hospital patients to care homes was unlawful. A Scottish public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic … Read more

Covid-19: Free PCR tests to end for most people in NI

Most people will no longer be able to access a free PCR test from 22 April. Testing sites across Northern Ireland are closing on this date. Lateral flow tests (LFTs) will continue to be free for people displaying Covid-19 symptoms, people visiting high-risk settings and those providing close personal care. Northern Ireland’s deputy chief medical … Read more

Covid: Record 16-month infection detected and PM to face MPs’ probe

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Friday morning. UK doctors believe they have documented the longest Covid infection on record – a patient they treated who had detectable levels of the virus for more than 16 months, or 505 days in total. Such prolonged infections are rare and … Read more

Covid cases in Scotland fall by 30,000 in a week

Covid infections in Scotland dropped by more than 30,000 last week, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 281,400 people tested positive for the virus in the week ending 16 April. That was down from 314,800 the previous week and represented one in 19 people in the country (down from … Read more

Covid: PM seeks to delay inquiry vote and woman infected twice in 20 days

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning. MPs should be voting on an investigation into whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled Parliament about parties held in Downing Street during lockdown. But it could be delayed following government pressure. The government – aware that some rebel Tory MPs … Read more

Covid: Law on wearing face masks in Scotland lifted

People in Scotland are no longer legally required to wear face coverings in indoor crowded places like shops and restaurants, or on public transport. However, the Scottish government and health experts are still strongly advising people to continue to wear masks voluntarily. It also means wearing face coverings in school corridors will not be mandatory … Read more

Shanghai reports more symptomatic COVID cases as more lockdowns imposed

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai reported a record number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Saturday and other areas across China tightened controls as the country kept up its “dynamic clearance” approach that aims to stamp out the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, a central Chinese manufacturing area that includes Apple … Read more

Omicron-specific Sinopharm COVID vaccine candidates cleared for clinical trial

A vial labelled “Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine” is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by a Sinopharm subsidiary and Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) to target the Omicron variant were approved for clinical trials in Hong Kong, the companies said on Saturday. Scientists worldwide are … Read more