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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Calderdale

Working with the local authority, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing in areas across the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. Department of Health and Social Care 7 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authorities – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Calderdale. Additional testing is being offered in the Todmorden, Park and Warley wards of Calderdale. This surge testing is being deployed from Tuesday 8 June following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 12 and over who lives or works in these areas is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-1...
Labour’s Children’s Recovery Plan
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Labour’s Children’s Recovery Plan

02-06-2021 Labour is right to recognise that children need to recover through play and through greatly improved mental-health support. Commenting on a new education plan for the immediate post-Covid period, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “This is good thinking from the Labour Party. Their education recovery plan meets the needs of the nation’s children and young people now and is ambitious for the future.  Breakfast clubs, expanded extra-curricular activities and greater opportunities for children to play and socialise will develop their interpersonal skills. Labour is right to recognise that children need to recover through play and through greatly improved mental-health support. Research has shown that high-quality individual and smal...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Derbyshire

Surge testing being deployed in Derbyshire following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2 Department of Health and Social Care 3 June 2021 NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authority – is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing in Gamesley Ward, High Peak in Derbyshire. This surge testing is being deployed following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2. All the confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified. Everyone aged 5 and over who lives or works in this area is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test from today, whether they are showing symptoms ...
Life-Saving Vaccination Programme to Hit More Major Milestones as New Vaccine Added to Armoury
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Life-Saving Vaccination Programme to Hit More Major Milestones as New Vaccine Added to Armoury

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to acknowledge success of UK’s biggest vaccine drive in history at G7 meeting of Health Ministers this week. Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 29 May 2021 New approved Janssen jab boosts armoury in helping to defeat global pandemic Three quarters of UK adults expected to have had first dose of a vaccine this week as UK set to hit another vital milestone The outstanding success of the UK’s rollout of life-saving vaccines in its fight against COVID-19 continues to take significant strides with another new jab authorised and major milestones expected to be hit next week. On Thursday, G7 Health Ministers will gather ahead of the leader’s summit where the Health Secretary will praise the fantastic ...
Surge Testing to be Deployed Across Lancashire
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Surge Testing to be Deployed Across Lancashire

Confirmed cases of new COVID-19 variant lead to surge testing in Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Rossendale. Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 28 May 2021 Surge testing is being expanded across parts of Lancashire, following the identification of a number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India. All cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts are being identified. Working in partnership with local authorities, NHS Test and Trace is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing across a number of areas, including Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Rossendale. Additional mobile testing units and COVID-19 tests are being deployed to higher educational settings in these areas, and door to door...
Vaccines Highly Effective Against B.1.617.2 Variant After 2 Doses
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Vaccines Highly Effective Against B.1.617.2 Variant After 2 Doses

New study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Public Health England Published: 22 May 2021 Last updated: 22 May 2021 — See all updates Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant is similar after 2 doses compared to the B.1.1.7 (Kent) variant dominant in the UK, and we expect to see even higher levels of effectiveness against hospitalisation and death. The study found that, for the period from 5 April to 16 May: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant 2 weeks after the second dose, compared to 93% effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 variant 2 doses of the AstraZeneca v...
Vaccine Status Drives Over One Million New Users to the NHS App
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Vaccine Status Drives Over One Million New Users to the NHS App

Vaccine status drives over one million new users to the NHS app Department of Health and Social Care 23 May 2021 The app allows easy access to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status for travel and wider NHS services. Over 11,000 people have registered their preference for organ donation via the app in 4 days, 10 times more than average for that time. 90,000 people have ordered repeat prescriptions, saving clinicians and patients valuable time Over 1.3 million new people have registered to use the NHS App since the addition of COVID-19 vaccine status was announced on 7 May. The app, which now has over 4.8 million registered users, is one of the first internationally compliant systems in the world to demonstrate vaccine status. The COVID-19 vaccine status service allows users...
60 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK
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60 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK

Over 60 million doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine have been administered, with 37.9 million people receiving at least one jab. Department of Health and Social Care, Nadhim Zahawi MP, and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 23 May 2021 More than 22.6 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with both doses for the strongest possible protection Public urged to get vaccine when eligible Around 72% of UK adults have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures published today (Sunday 23 May) show. Health services across the UK have now administered a total of around 60.6 million vaccines since 8 December, including around 37.9 million people with their first dose (72%) and 22.6 million with both doses (43%), ensuring they have the strongest possible p...
Surge Testing to be Deployed in Parts of West London
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Surge Testing to be Deployed in Parts of West London

Additional coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR testing is to begin in the coming days in targeted settings and postcodes within Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent. Department of Health and Social Care 22 May 2021 Surge testing will start from today (Saturday 22 May) in some areas following the identification of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India. The cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts are being identified. Working in partnership with the local authorities, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing in education settings and targeted areas across the 4 boroughs. Testing will be deployed in different ways in each borough in order to meet local needs. Local authorities will shortly confirm the areas ...
Testing and Sequencing of Sewage Ramped Up to Help Tackle COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Testing and Sequencing of Sewage Ramped Up to Help Tackle COVID-19 Outbreaks

The innovative programme to test wastewater for traces of coronavirus (COVID-19) has ramped up sequencing capacity to support variant detection. Department of Health and Social Care 22 May 2021 The programme is currently providing insights to local health protection teams across England on the variants first identified in India and South Africa Previous support has involved working with Bristol local authority to investigate the presence of the variant first identified in Brazil and launch surge testing to stop the spread Testing sewage for COVID-19 and variants now covers more than two thirds of the population of England A government-led programme to test sewage for traces of COVID-19 has ramped up genomic sequencing to help rapidly detect outbreaks of variants of concer...