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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson watches as nurse Rebecca Cathersides administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Lyn Wheeler at Guy's Hospital in London.(AP)

Three local UK companies to make rapid Covid-19 tests: Report

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 02:27 PM IST
The companies will produce as many as two million lateral flow devices a week for the country, according to the report.
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"Not only will this Platform help us better understand this virus and how it spreads, but it will also boost global capability in this important field," Matt Hancock said.(AFP)
"Not only will this Platform help us better understand this virus and how it spreads, but it will also boost global capability in this important field," Matt Hancock said.(AFP)

UK launches new global platform to track new Covid-19 variants

PTI, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:45 PM IST
Countries will be offered UK capacity to analyse new strains of the virus through the launch of the platform led by Public Health England (PHE).
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Britain has the world's fifth-highest Covid-19 death toll at nearly 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed April's record.(Bloomberg representative image)
Britain has the world's fifth-highest Covid-19 death toll at nearly 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed April's record.(Bloomberg representative image)

NHS England plans to vaccinate frontline staff against Covid in next few weeks

By hindustantimes.com | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:08 AM IST
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the NHS was under severe strain, as Britain recorded its highest daily death toll on Friday and London hospitals were at the risk of being overwhelmed.
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A pedestrian walks across a near-deserted Westminster Bridge in central London on January 8.(AFP)
A pedestrian walks across a near-deserted Westminster Bridge in central London on January 8.(AFP)

Covid-19 ‘out of control’ in London, mayor declares ‘major incident’

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:50 PM IST
A ‘major incident’ is defined as an event or situation with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency.
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An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on December 21, 2020.(Reuters file)
An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on December 21, 2020.(Reuters file)

UK regulator approves Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:42 PM IST
Supplies will begin to be delivered from spring once Moderna expands its production capability, officials said. The vaccine will be available to people for free.
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The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)
The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)

UK approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:10 PM IST
However, supplies of the new jab are not expected to be available until the spring in a few weeks’ time as the UK has pre-ordered 7 million doses.
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Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock, speaks at a news conference.(Reuters)
Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock, speaks at a news conference.(Reuters)

Britain working with Pfizer, AstraZeneca to increase vaccine supplies

By Reuters | Posted by Mallika Soni | London
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:11 PM IST
More than 1.3 million people in the United Kingdom have received one shot of either AstraZeneca’s or Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, but the government needs to be administering around 2 million doses a week to hit its February target.
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Britain has been at the forefront of approving new coronavirus vaccines, becoming the first country to give emergency authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccines last month.(AP)
Britain has been at the forefront of approving new coronavirus vaccines, becoming the first country to give emergency authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccines last month.(AP)

NHS denies report it hasn’t committed to delivering 2 million Covid-19 jabs a week

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:03 PM IST
“As the CMO has said, the main barrier to vaccine delivery will be availability of the vaccine, and it is completely untrue that staffing constraints are currently standing in the way of vaccine rollout, with the NHS ready to deliver vaccine as supply becomes available,” a spokeswoman said
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A spokeswoman for the National Health Service (NHS) said the Nightingale hospital in London was being prepared to reopen if needed.(Bloomberg)
A spokeswoman for the National Health Service (NHS) said the Nightingale hospital in London was being prepared to reopen if needed.(Bloomberg)

UK reactivates emergency hospitals as coronavirus cases surge

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 10:45 PM IST
The United Kingdom has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of the virus for the past four days, driven in part by a new variant that is much more infectious, and a rise in the number of people who are dying each day.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the approval of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, calling it a “truly fantastic news.”(AFP)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the approval of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, calling it a “truly fantastic news.”(AFP)

UK approves AstraZeneca-Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Health minister Matt Hancock hailed the approval as a moment of cheer for the UK and the world. He also announced that 100 million doses of the vaccine has been pre-ordered by the British government and the National Health Service (NHS) will begin the deployment of the vaccine from Monday (January 4, 2021).
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Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers, and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks(AP)
Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers, and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks(AP)

Millions in stringent new UK lockdown amid coronavirus variant surge

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | London
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:29 PM IST
Under the new Tier 4, people would be banned from mixing with anyone outside of their household, including on Christmas Day, and for the other tiers, Christmas rules allowing up to three households will now be limited to Christmas Day of December 25 only, rather than five days.
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Britain has recorded 64,402 deaths from Covid, the second highest number in Europe.(AP (Representative Image))
Britain has recorded 64,402 deaths from Covid, the second highest number in Europe.(AP (Representative Image))

UK’s Christmas plans will cost many lives, health journals say

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The two journals said that unless there was a change of policy the state-run National Health Service (NHS) would face a stark choice after Christmas: stop most elective and non-urgent work or become overwhelmed by Covid patients.
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Britain began mass vaccinating its population on Tuesday in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history, starting with the elderly and frontline workers.(Pixabay)
Britain began mass vaccinating its population on Tuesday in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history, starting with the elderly and frontline workers.(Pixabay)

MHRA, UK: People with serious allergies must avoid Pfizer vaccine

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale | London
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:58 PM IST
UK warns people who with serious allergies with to avoid Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after two people reported adverse effects on the first day of rollout.
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MHRA issued precautionary advice to the NHS after two health care staff members experienced allergic reactions.(AFP)
MHRA issued precautionary advice to the NHS after two health care staff members experienced allergic reactions.(AFP)

UK issues precautionary advice on Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after two allergic reactions

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:39 PM IST
NHS England confirmed that both staff members have a significant history of allergic reactions to the extent that they need to carry an adrenaline auto-injector with them.
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File photo of Hari Shukla (twitter.com/Discovery_Mus)
File photo of Hari Shukla (twitter.com/Discovery_Mus)

Indian-origin Hari Shukla, 87, among first to get UK Covid-19 vaccine today

By Prasun Sonwalkar , Edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Shukla, 87, and his wife Ranjan, 83, will receive the first of the two-dose vaccine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
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Pedestrians, some wearing a face mask walk in the early morning fog in Walthamstow, east London on November 27.(AFP)
Pedestrians, some wearing a face mask walk in the early morning fog in Walthamstow, east London on November 27.(AFP)

Covid-19: Death toll of UK Indians crosses 1,000

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 06:58 PM IST
As of Thursday evening, 1,029 Indians had passed away in England’s hospitals and care homes, according to the National Health Service (NHS). The Indian ethnic group is followed by Pakistanis.
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Early birth linked to higher risk of hospital visits: BMJ study(Twitter/BoboBaby_Pro)
Early birth linked to higher risk of hospital visits: BMJ study(Twitter/BoboBaby_Pro)

Babies born extremely preterm are at the greatest risk of hospital admission throughout childhood: Study

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | London
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:46 AM IST
A new study has revealed that preterm birth is a strong predictor of childhood illness but the risk declines as these children grow up. However, it remains unclear at what age this begins to happen and how these changes vary by week of gestational age at birth
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Commuters cross London Bridge in view of The Shard in London on November 2 ahead of a partial lockdown in UK.(Bloomberg)
Commuters cross London Bridge in view of The Shard in London on November 2 ahead of a partial lockdown in UK.(Bloomberg)

Symptoms or not, UK to pilot whole-city testing in Liverpool

By Prasun Sonwalkar, edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:30 PM IST
The army has been called to help roll out the tests in Liverpool, which has been in the highest alert level 3. The whole-city testing is part of a new approach to deal with the virus following limitations were revealed in the controversial three-tiered regional alert level.
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Ravi Solanki, alongwith Raymond Siems, started building www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk hours before Cole appeared on television to promote the newly launched charity.(Photo: helpthemhelpus.co.uk)
Ravi Solanki, alongwith Raymond Siems, started building www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk hours before Cole appeared on television to promote the newly launched charity.(Photo: helpthemhelpus.co.uk)

Covid-19: UK engineering award for Indian origin expert Ravi Solanki

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2020 10:08 PM IST
The President’s Special Awards for Pandemic Service recognises teams, organisations, individuals and projects across specialities, disciplines and career stages within the UK engineering community who have contributed to addressing the challenges of the pandemic.
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NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday, in Newcastle, England, Sunday, July 5, 2020.(AP)
NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday, in Newcastle, England, Sunday, July 5, 2020.(AP)

UK hails Indian doctors, nurses in NHS on the frontline of Covid-19 treatment

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 07:15 PM IST
India-trained medical professionals have long been part of the NHS in the UK.
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Rajinder Singh, 73, from Harlington in west London, began filming exercise videos earlier this year, bringing together over 250,000 viewers on YouTube, encouraging people to remain active and fundraising over 12,000 pounds for NHS charities.(Twitter)
Rajinder Singh, 73, from Harlington in west London, began filming exercise videos earlier this year, bringing together over 250,000 viewers on YouTube, encouraging people to remain active and fundraising over 12,000 pounds for NHS charities.(Twitter)

Skipping Sikh awarded by British PM for fundraising efforts

By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2020 03:04 PM IST
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The study uses a type of Ibuprofen called Flarin that’s available in the United Kingdom and has a separate composition than the standard version to protect the stomach. (Image used for representation).(GETTY IMAGES.)
The study uses a type of Ibuprofen called Flarin that’s available in the United Kingdom and has a separate composition than the standard version to protect the stomach. (Image used for representation).(GETTY IMAGES.)

Painkiller Ibuprofen tested as potential treatment for Covid-19 in London

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 01:16 AM IST
The trial, called Liberate, was launched after studies conducted on animals suggested that the medication could treat acute respiratory distress syndrome — one of the complications associated with the Covid-19 disease.
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It said that Indian and other non-white males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related death and non-white females are 4.3 times more likely than white ethnicity males and females.(REUTERS)
It said that Indian and other non-white males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related death and non-white females are 4.3 times more likely than white ethnicity males and females.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Indians, non-whites in UK more at risk of death

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:25 PM IST
The Office for National Statistics (ONS), whose records are based on details mentioned in death certificates, analysed deaths by age group, sex and ethnic group, using linked census and mortality records up to April 17.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out of number 10 to make a statement, on his first day back at work in Downing Street, London, after recovering from a bout with the coronavirus that put him in intensive care, Monday, April 27, 2020.(AP)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out of number 10 to make a statement, on his first day back at work in Downing Street, London, after recovering from a bout with the coronavirus that put him in intensive care, Monday, April 27, 2020.(AP)

Recovered from Covid-19, PM Boris Johnson says risk of second spike

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Covid-19 update: Boris Johnson, who revealed the precarious nature of his condition after leaving hospital when, as he said, “things could have gone either way,” appeared to have fully recovered as he made a statement outside No 10, Downing Street.
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Representational.(REUTERS)
Representational.(REUTERS)

‘Test all players for virus before English season restart’ - Richard Bevan

By AFP | London
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 09:44 AM IST
“Tests must be made available first to National Health Service (NHS) workers and patients,” Bevan told the BBC.
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A total of 637 of the latest deaths were in England, the National Health Service (NHS) said.(HT Photo)
A total of 637 of the latest deaths were in England, the National Health Service (NHS) said.(HT Photo)

Child aged five among new UK coronavirus victims

By Agence France-Presse | London
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2020 07:28 AM IST
The health ministry said 4,313 people who tested positive for the virus in hospital had died as of 1600 GMT Friday while there were 41,903 confirmed cases as of 0800 GMT Saturday, up 3,735.
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Emilia Clarke poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.(Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Emilia Clarke poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London.(Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Emilia Clarke offers virtual dinner date in exchange for Covid-19 donations

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2020 01:24 PM IST
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has offered a dinner date to people donating money to her charity SameYou, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Boris Johnson’s aides insist that he should continue to lead the government’s response to the pandemic, chairing meetings through video-conferencing from inside the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street.(FILE PHOTO.)
Boris Johnson’s aides insist that he should continue to lead the government’s response to the pandemic, chairing meetings through video-conferencing from inside the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street.(FILE PHOTO.)

Covid-19 response prompts PM Boris Johnson to refute Margaret Thatcher’s beliefs

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 07:00 PM IST
In isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, a slightly hoarse Johnson appeared in a video clip, hailing thousands of retired doctors and health professionals returning to the front-line of the National Health Service, besides lakhs of volunteers registering to help.
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The more often people engage with the arts, the lower their risk of death, according to the study published in the journal The BMJ.(UNSPLASH)
The more often people engage with the arts, the lower their risk of death, according to the study published in the journal The BMJ.(UNSPLASH)

Visit museums, art galleries if you want to live longer

By Indo Asian News Service | London
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 02:50 PM IST
The more often people engage with the arts, the lower their risk of death, according to the study published in the journal The BMJ.
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The Indian-origin doctor who worked for nearly 40 years in the National Health Service, was jailed for 15 months after a patient complained of sexual assault.(GETTY IMAGES.)
The Indian-origin doctor who worked for nearly 40 years in the National Health Service, was jailed for 15 months after a patient complained of sexual assault.(GETTY IMAGES.)

UK court exonerates Indian-origin doctor jailed for sexual assault

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 06:13 PM IST
Birmingham-based Rajeshkumar Lalji Mehta, 65, was jailed in April 2018 and served his full sentence. He was also struck off the General Medical Council’s register, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence came to light showing the patient lied on oath.
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