Restrictions lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire

Positive progress means 2 households can mix again in areas including Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Hyndburn and Burnley Some improvements in Leicester, with current restrictions remaining in place for a further 2 weeks as cases remain highFollowing discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed this weeks changes to local restrictions in some parts of England.From Wednesday 2 September restrictions on 2 households mixing introduced last month will be lifted in:Bolton Stockport Trafford Burnley Hyndburn parts of Bradford excluding Bradford city and Keighley town parts of Calderdale excluding Halifax…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.See the guidance below on testing for care home residents and workers.Employer referral for essential workersEmployers can refer essential workers for testing if they are self-isolating because either they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms.They can do this by uploading the names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers to the secure employer referral portal.Referred essential workers will then receive a…

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Press release: New measures to support development of safe COVID-19 vaccines for UK

Measures will allow UK-wide rollout of vaccine to save lives and bring pandemic to an end Proposals to bolster safeguards and improve access to protect the public ahead of the winter COVID-19 vaccines will only be given to UK patients if proven to be safe and effectiveA raft of measures to allow the safe future mass rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine have been outlined by the government today (Friday 28 August).The new rules and safeguards will strengthen the UKs ability to successfully deploy a UK-wide vaccination programme, which will be crucial in saving lives and bringing the current pandemic to an end.The measures include:reinforced safeguards to support the…

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Open consultation: Distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu

The UK government, with the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland, is seeking views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations 2012.The consultation covers:authorising temporary supply of an unlicensed product civil liability and immunity expanding the workforce eligible to administer vaccinations promoting vaccines making provisions for wholesale dealing of vaccines Source link

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Detailed guide: NHS Test and Trace: how it works

The NHS Test and Trace service:ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virusWe are introducing this service to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. The service will allow us to trace the spread of the…

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Press release: NHS Test and Trace successfully reaches almost 300,000 people

Where contact details are shared, contact tracers have reached 88.3% of contacts since the service launched Number of people coming forward for a test has increased by 57% since mid-June NHS Test and Trace has now been in operation for 3 monthsWhere contact details are shared, contact tracers have reached 88.3% of contacts identified by those testing positive since the launch of NHS Test and Trace.Demand for testing across the country continues to grow. Since mid-June the number of people getting newly tested has increased by 57% with over 440,000 people newly tested in the latest week of statistics (13 August to 19 August).In response, the largest network…

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DOJ and SEC Release Second Edition to FCPA Resource Guide

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) quietly released updated guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Entitled A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Second Edition[1] (“Guide”), the Guide is the first update to the original document published in November 2012. Corporate compliance counsel will note that nothing within the Guide comes as a surprise.  The Guide is not a new document, but rather an update of well-known principles that takes into account the enforcement actions, caselaw, and government interpretations that have been issued since 2012. The Guide is one of…

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New DOJ Expectations: Does Your Corporate Compliance Measure Up?

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division released an update to its “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” guidance for federal prosecutors, its first change since April 2019. Although the update did not fundamentally alter the structure of the guidance, the revisions directly impact how companies should assess and monitor their compliance programs. Specifically, companies should note the update’s emphasis on greater dynamism in corporate compliance programs. In effect, the DOJ will now evaluate compliance programs not only on the current effectiveness of the program, but also on whether the program actively evaluates itself and continuously evolves based on new information and changing risks.  This…

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