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Hugh Pym

BBC News Health Editor covering all aspects of health (UK and Global). Politics and economics of the NHS. Thoughts from staff and patients always welcome.

London

Joined on 18 June, 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

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Covid-19 tiers: Almost all of England facing tough virus rules

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On issue of question marks over Oxford/AZ vaccine Sir Patrick Vallance said the headline results were “exciting” and all details would be considered by MHRA regulators

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Sir Patrick Vallance tells Downing St that tier system in place in England before Nov 5 helped slow down the rise in cases but didn’t help flatten the curve

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Government has five tests covering cases/ NHS etc to decide on tiers for different areas in England - brings back memories of five tests in another era.....

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Full list of local restriction tiers by area in England - this from Government website

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Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Scilly Isles the only areas in Tier 1

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Quoted @BBCVickiYoung

Breaking news #coronavirus #tiers

For a brief few minutes you could find out what tier you are going to be in England - then website crashed....

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Replying to @bbchealth: Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown

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Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown

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Exeter Nightingale is taking COVID patients from today. First use of a Nightingale for COVID care in this second wave. Manchester is taking non COVID step down patients.

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How 19 year old Cameron Wellington, a wrestler with promising career ahead, got coronavirus and tragically died in hospital a week later - his parents speak to BBC News - coming up on 6pm News and on BBC Midlands Today

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Chancellor says initial £18 billion allocated next year for testing, PPE, vaccines

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Rishi Sunak in his spending review says more than a million NHS workers in England will get a pay rise - no increase for many other public sector workers

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Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says

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More details after announcement that three households can mix over Christmas in UK

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Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK

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Excess deaths in UK 'a fifth higher than normal'

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Matt Hancock tells MPs after Easter “we will be getting back to normal “ with possible lifting of restrictions subject to regulators’ approval of vaccine

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Latest stats on deaths in U.K. for week ending Nov 13th:
13,972 total deaths in the week, up by 542 on the previous week and 19% above the five year average for this week. 2,838 of these deaths involved Covid-19, 612 more than the preceding week. Analysis by @robertcuffe

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Chris Whitty says loosening of rules over Christmas comes with a risk and will have an impact - people mustn’t “go wild” - people need to take seriously the rules after Christmas through till spring

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Andrew Pollard of Oxford Vaccine group says all vaccine trials have prevented hospitalisations - a bit less effective on milder virus illness

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