Scientists warn that national lockdown needs to be stricter

The national lockdown needs to be toughened further to have a similar impact on case numbers as the March shutdown, scientists have said. A more infectious variant, coupled with the usual winter pressures, requires stricter measures than the ones announced by Boris Johnson for England this month, the experts warned. Similar lockdown measures are in place across Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Activity Professor Robert West, a participant in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), said the current restrictions are “still allowing a lot of activity which is spreading the virus”. The professor of health psychology at University College London said that he and people he…

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The DWP is continuing with sanctions despite a national lockdown

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just announced that Jobcentres will remain open during the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. While this is not new, the devil is in the detail. Because the DWP has not publicly said whether it is suspending sanctions or not, like it did in March 2020. But now, The Canary has received confirmation that the DWP will continue to impose sanctions on claimants in some circumstances. DWP Jobcentres: remaining open On Wednesday 6 January, the DWP issued updated guidance about Jobcentres. It said that they: will remain open, as they have throughout this pandemic, to provide essential services and support to those…

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National norovirus and rotavirus bulletin: management information

National norovirus and rotavirus bulletin: week 49 (17 December 2020) Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1813 PDF, 615KB, 12 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. This bulletin provides an overview of norovirus and rotavirus activity in England during the winter of the 2020 to 2021 season. The data presented are derived from four national…

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Election Chaos Adds Fuel to Campaign for a National Popular Vote to Elect U.S. President

In these times of COVID-19, climate chaos and elections, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we're reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or Big Pharma. We count on YOU to make our work possible. If everyone who visits our website gave just $8, we could cover our operating costs for 2021. Really—that’s all it would take. And today a generous supporter will TRIPLE your donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift will go three times as…

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National breast screening pathology audit

National breast screening pathology audit Ref: PHE publications gateway number GW-1744 HTML National breast screening pathology audit data tables Ref: PHE publications gateway number GW-1744 ODS, 93.7KB This file is in an OpenDocument format This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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National flu immunisation programme plan

Published 20 March 2017 Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates 1 December 2020Added statement of amendments to annual flu letter and summary table of which influenza vaccines to offer. 18 November 2020Added statement on the childhood flu programme: the alternative offer to live attenuated Influenza vaccine. 5 August 2020Added national flu immunisation programme 2020 to 2021 update letter. 14 May 2020Added the annual national programme letter for 2020 to 2021. 22 March 2019Added the annual national programme letter for 2019 to 2020. 26 March 2018Added the national flu immunisation programme letter for 2018 to 2019. 20 March 2017First published. Source link

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The UK’s most gruesome sport is taking place on National Trust land

Content warning: this article contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse that some readers may find upsetting. The National Trust is appearing a lot in the news, most recently for its conservation efforts in reintroducing beavers to Exmoor, and also for suspending the trail hunting of foxes on its land. These are seemingly positive actions from one of the UK’s biggest landowners. But as The Canary recently reported, temporarily suspending trail hunting is doing far too little. It is a token gesture to divert the public from the fact that, to this day, it has continued to licence fox hunting. But the National Trust also ignores another barbaric ‘sport’…

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National General Practice Profiles: 2020 annual update

Annual update of the majority of indicators in the National General Practice Profiles. The National General Practice Profiles are designed to support GPs, primary care networks (PCNs), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities to ensure that they are providing and commissioning effective and appropriate healthcare services for their local populations. In addition to viewing individual practice profiles, users can view summary profiles for PCNs, CCGs and other higher geographies. Each practice can be compared with its CCG, PCN and England in a user-friendly, informative format. Source link

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