A HEALTHY 13-day-old baby was confirmed yesterday as the UK's youngest coronavirus victim.
The tot is understood to have passed away at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Meanwhile, a company has started manufacturing a potential vaccine created by scientists at Oxford University – even though it's not yet been approved.
Big pharma business AstraZeneca is helping the Government build a stockpile in case the new creation is a success.
The total number of Covid-19 deaths in England rose to 28,175 yesterday after another 62 people died in hospitals.
The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 42,288, according to the Department of Health.
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MASS TESTING FOR OFFICE WORKERS
Regular tests for workers with no Covid symptoms could eliminate coronavirus, according to a hospital study that calls for checks on millions of office workers and pupils.
Michael Weekes, of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, said a huge expansion of testing was “going to be essential because to be able to detect new infections and then contact-trace those infections and isolate people, you need to know who has the infections.
“In order to detect mild or truly asymptomatic cases, particularly very early during those infections when people are at their most infectious, you do need a regular testing programme.”
Dr Weekes added that the government must “make it easy for people to get tested rather than demanding they drive somewhere miles away.”
He said: “So I think having street-based testing booths and mini-test centres throughout the country will be one way that it is important to go so it’s very easy for people to go and get tested.”
MATT HANCOCK URGES BRITS TO USE TEST AND TRACE
LOCKDOWN EASES IN SINGAPORE
Singaporeans can wine and dine at restaurants, work out at the gym and socialise in groups of five from today, when the city-state removed most of its pandemic lockdown restrictions.
Getting back to business in Singapore came as China declared a fresh outbreak in Beijing under control after confirming 25 new cases among some 360,000 people tested.
FOOD SUPPLIER OUTBREAK
A FOOD supplier for all the big supermarkets is at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak, workers claim.
In total 38 staff have tested positive for the virus at Rowan Foods, which makes ready meals for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda.
A source at the facility claims the number of positive tests tripled in ten days and around 200 of the 1,500 workforce are self-isolating at home.
Staff at the factory in Wrexham, North Wales, walked out in April over concerns about working conditions but say fears over a lack of social distancing were not tackled.
NEW £1BN SCHOOL FUND
BORIS JOHNSON has announced a £1bn fund to help schoolchildren catch up on work missed when schools were closed.
The Prime Minister's plan will see Britain's most disadvantaged pupils given access to tutors in a £350m scheme over the next academic year.
And primary and secondary schools are getting another £650m for one-to-one tuition.
CORONAVIRUS 6AM SUMMARY:
– CALIFORNIA MAKES FACE MASKS MANDATORY IN PUBLIC AMID RISING CORONAVIRUS CASES Gov Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order on Thursday requiring Californians to wear face coverings in public spaces as the state continues to reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order follows new guidance from state health officials that asymptomatic or presymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
– US UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS TOP 1M FOR 13TH STRAIGHT WEEK
Although businesses are reopening, the coronavirus pandemic continues its death grip on the US as another 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims were filed last week. It was the 13th straight week that filings for state unemployment benefits surpassed one million – until the US outbreak, the most new claims in a single week had been 695,000, in 1982.
– ACCESS TO TESTING PARTLY ACCOUNTS FOR VIRUS INFECTION RATE AMONG BLACK AMERICANS Testing limitations is one reason why black Americans are disproportionally at risk of contracting COVID-19. As of May 11, 17, 155 black Americans have died from coronavirus out of more than 80,000 people who had died from the virus at the time.
– VIRUS CRISIS HITS BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS MOST More than 40 percent of black business owners said they were out of work in April, during the height of the economic damage wrought by the pandemic, according to a new study. Only 12 percent of black and Hispanic business owners polled from April 30 to May 12 received the funding they requested.
– BLOOD PLASMA FROM RECOVERED CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS IS SAFE TREATMENT, STUDY SAYS Giving hospitalized COVID-19 patients the blood plasma of people who recovered could be an effective treatment for the disease, according to a new study. The trial done at the Mayo Clinic concluded that giving convalescent plasma early in the illness could be beneficial.
ACCESS TO TESTING PARTLY ACCOUNTS FOR VIRUS INFECTION RATE AMONG BLACK AMERICANS
Testing limitations is one reason why black Americans are disproportionally at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Ala Stanford, the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, told CNN on Thursday that the high infection rate “has to do with access, particularly when African-Americans were being turned away from testing.”
As of May 11, 17, 155 black Americans have died from coronavirus out of more than 80,000 people who had died from the virus at the time.
US UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS TOP 1M FOR 13TH STRAIGHT WEEK
Although businesses are reopening, the coronavirus pandemic continues its death grip on the US as another 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims were filed last week.
It was the 13th straight week that filings for state unemployment benefits surpassed one million – until the US outbreak, the most new claims in a single week had been 695,000, in 1982.
Although recent layoffs were smaller compared to March and early April, economists believe the virus crisis is continuing to ravage the economy
CALIFORNIA MAKES FACE MASKS MANDATORY IN PUBLIC AMID RISING CORONAVIRUS CASES
Gov Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order on Thursday requiring Californians to wear face coverings in public spaces as the state continues to reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The order follows new guidance from state health officials that asymptomatic or presymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
California continues to grapple with a rise in cases as it reported 4,084 new infections on Thursday morning.
More than 116,000 people have died from the virus in the US, while more than 2.1 million have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
FURLOUGHED WORKERS FEAR REDUNDANCY
Most furloughed workers fear they will not have a job next year, new research suggests.
A survey of 2,000 adults by the social change charity Good Things Foundation found only three in 10 of those who have been on furlough are not worried about their longer-term job prospects.
Helen Milner, chief executive of the organisation, said: “This is a stressful time for many people, but the uncertainty furloughed workers are facing is causing them significant stress and hardship.”
BOWEL CANCER PATIENTS 'WILL DIE BECAUSE OF CRISIS'
Many people will die from bowel cancer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, an expert has said.
More than 2,000 bowel cancers will have gone undetected during lockdown due to NHS resources being funnelled into fighting the virus instead, according to Bowel Cancer UK.
The chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, Genevieve Edwards, said: “We're in the eye of a perfect storm where, tragically, many people will lose their lives to bowel cancer because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
PETS SHOULD BE TESTED FOR VIRUS
Brits should test pets for coronavirus amid fears they are harbouring the bug and could spark a second wave, experts say.
Researchers from University College London want a mass surveillance programme of animals that live close to humans.
They warn there is increasing evidence that pets and livestock can catch the disease, incubate it and then infect owners.
Here's the full story.
WELSH SHOPS CAN REOPEN FROM MONDAY
Wales will allow all non-essential retail businesses to reopen from Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce today.
Shops will be allowed to welcome customers as long as they can take “all reasonable measures” to keep to the two-metre distancing rule.
Unlike in England, where shops have been trading since Monday, social distancing is written into law in Wales, and compels all employers to make provisions for their workers to keep two metres apart.
'IS IT RECOVERY – OR THE DEAD CAT BOUNCE?'
British consumers are feeling a little brighter about the future as shops start to reopen, according to a watchdog.
Consumer confidence has rebounded slightly from near-record lows – but experts fear this could be short lived.
The GfK (Growth from Knowledge) survey's consumer confidence score was up six points to minus 30 in the June measurement.
“This latest improvement may be misleading.
“Consumers appear to be confused and some are not sure what to think,” said GfK client strategy director Joe Staton.
“Yes, we have seen queues as some shoppers return to battered high streets.
“But with economists warning that the post-lockdown upturn might not restore GDP to pre-Covid-19 levels, and with the labour market set for more job losses, we have to question whether we are seeing early signs of economic recovery or that infamous 'dead cat bounce'.
“Most bets will be on the dead cat.”
BUSY MUMS AND DADS WANT FLEXIBLE WORKING
Most working parents and carers want their employers to retain flexible working arrangements after the economic lockdown ends, a new study suggests.
A survey of 1,000 parents by work-life balance charity Working Families found that more than four out of five are now working flexibly as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many more than before the pandemic.
The charity urged the Government to ensure that employers are advertising jobs with flexible options as the norm wherever possible.
FEARS AS HUNDREDS TEST POSITIVE IN GERMAN ABATTOIR
Thousands of people in Germany have quarantined and schools have closed after a coronavirus outbreak at an abattoir.
More than 650 people have tested positive for the virus at the meat processing plant in Gütersloh, in the north-west of the country.
Meat producer Tönnies apologised for the outbreak as it suspended operations at the site yesterday.
Here's the full story.
KIDS WILL GET SUMMER TUTORS AS PART OF £1BN PACKAGE
Boris Johnson has revealed a £1billion plan to help pupils catch up with their education before September.
The scheme will see the most disadvantaged children in England given access to funds to pay for personal tutors, while the majority of the funding will allow schools to step in to cover lost teaching time.
The Prime Minister said last week that school pupils would undergo a “massive catch-up operation over the summer and beyond” to get up to speed on work they have missed, with thousands of youngsters having been out of class since March.
Mr Johnson said: “This £1billion catch-up package will help head teachers to provide extra support to children who have fallen behind while out of school.”
Bakery chain Greggs has reopened hundreds of its branches.
But fans say they're “heartbroken” that their favourites have been left off the limited menu.
Belgian buns and some bakes won't be available.
Here's the full story – with a full list of what's still available.
RESEARCHERS LOOK INTO PATIENTS WHO DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS
People who have had coronavirus without any symptoms may have a weaker immune response to Covid-19, research suggests.
Most people infected with the virus experience symptoms that range from mild to severe.
However, others who test positive for the infection are either asymptomatic – never develop any symptoms – or experience minor symptoms.
But little is known about these patients.
The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 41 per cent of people infected with Covid-19 may be asymptomatic.
Now, researchers believe that asymptomatic patients may have had a weaker immune response to Sars-CoV-2 infection.
That's following an investigation into antibodies, which were significantly lower in the asymptomatic group than in the symptomatic group.
FEARS OF SECOND WAVE IN CHINA
China has summoned 350,000 people for urgent coronavirus tests after tracing phone data.
It comes as 21million return to lockdown in Beijing.
The measures are part of the city’s “wartime” response to a surge of 158 infections since last week – most linked to the capital's huge Xinfadi wholesale food market.
Countries including China and South Korea in Asia have been tracking people’s phones to see if they’ve come into contact with passersby infected with the killer bug.
Here's the full story.
62 MORE DIE IN ENGLAND
A further 62 people have died with coronavirus in England.
Here are the number of deaths by region:
- East of England – 10
- London – 2
- Midlands – 12
- North East & Yorkshire – 12
- North West – 13
- South East – 13
- South West – 0
NURSING HOME WILL CARE FOR COVID PATIENTS
A new nursing home is being opened for recovering Covid-19 patients.
The Clarence Unit at Woodcot Lodge in Gosport, Hampshire, will provide temporary 'step-down' care for 54 patients leaving Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
They will be cared for by a team of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and care staff.
Patients will be cared for in isolation for 14 days after their arrival.
It's hoped the move will help stop the virus being taken back into care homes.
THAT FESTIVAL FEELING
Live music will return to the UK this summer – but there'll be some big differences.
Events giant Live Nation has unveiled a series of socially-distant drive-in gigs.
The first big name performer was revealed today.
Here's everything you need to know.
BRAZIL APPROACHES 1M CASES
Brazil is fast approaching a million confirmed coronavirus cases and 50,000 deaths.
The country has the world's worst official outbreak outside of the United States, with 978,142 confirmed cases and 47,748 deaths.
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