Monday, 27 July 2020

Coronavirus Log - Part 5 (from 27 July)

This post is a continuation of the Coronavirus Log.  See Coronavirus Log Part 1 - (December 2019 to 28 April 2020) - Part 2 (29 April 2020 to 24 May 2020) - Part 3 (25 May to 21 June 2020) - Part 4 (22 June to 26 July 2020).

On-going collection of links to media articles about coronavirus and the response to the pandemic.

Office for National Statistics - Coronavirus

Public Health England
- Weekly Covid-19 surveillance report 

(Monday) 27 July - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 45,752. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data.  Daily new cases 745 on 26 July.

BBC News - 27 July - Labour urges support for quarantining workers 

BBC News - 27 July - Speaker Lindsay Hoyle 'worried' by No 10 TV briefings plans 

BBC News - 27 July - Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine 

The Guardian - 27 July - Coronavirus symptoms fall into six different groupings, study shows 

The Guardian - 27 July - UK could impose more 'handbrake restrictions' on arrivals beyond Spain 

The Guardian - 27 July - Commons may never return to packed chamber debates, says Speaker

The Guardian - 27 July - Over 40s in UK to pay more tax under plans to fix social care crisis  

28 July - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 45,759. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data.  Daily new cases 685 on 27 July. See also The Guardian - Coronavirus cases in your area

28 July - BBC News - UK quarantine restrictions unjust - Spain PM

28 July - BBC News - Coronavirus: Foreign Office repatriation help 'too slow'

28 July - BBC News - Lockdown wipes £30bn from UK pubs and restaurants

29 July - UK Government Covid-19 data

29 July - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 45,878. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data.  Daily new cases 685 on 27 July. See also The Guardian - Coronavirus cases in your area

29 July - Public Accounts Committee - Readying the NHS and Social Care and see Report of 29 July

30 July - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 45,961. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 763 additional cases on 29 July.

Government - Guidance

30 July - BBC News - Virus isolation period 'to go up from seven to 10 days'

31 July - BBC News - Item from 20 July Did 'herd immunity' change the courrse of the outbreak? 

31 July - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 45,999. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 846 additional cases on 30 July.

31 July - Coronavirus - restrictions imposd in parts of the North of England

31 July - BBC News - Johnson postpones lockdwon easing in England

31 July - The Guardian - Follow rules to avoid second national lockdown, warns Johnson

1 August 2020 - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,119. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 880 additional cases on 30 July.

2 August -  Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,193. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 771 additional cases on 1 August.

2 August - The Guardian - Teachers and scientists sound alarm over plans to reopen schools

2 August - The Guardian - The four potential vaccines bought up by UK

(Monday) 3 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,201. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 744 additional cases on 2 August.

3 August - BBC News - New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu 'hugely beneficial'

4 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,210. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 938 additional cases on 3 August.

4 August - BBC News - Testing and Tracing 'key to schools returning', scientists say




4 August - The Independent - Leaked data reveals tens of thousands of NHS patients waiting a year for treatment

4 August - Med-Tech Innovation News - Covid-19 rapid antibody test to be rolled out in August -
The test will be named the “AbC-19 Rapid Test”. It uses a small drop of blood from a finger-prick, and shows results in 20 minutes, without the need to send a sample to a lab. The test can help build a swift and clear picture of how the virus has spread throughout mass populations.  It can also help establish the effectiveness of any vaccine which provides protection by creating new antibodies.  This information will be critical to managing current and future outbreaks of COVID-19.

5 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,299. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 670 additional cases on 4 August.

5 August - New York Times - Masks may reduce viral does, some experts say

5 August - BBC News - UK made serious mistake over border policy, say MPs



6 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,364. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 892 additional cases on 5 August.

6 August - The Guardian - Shoppers steer clear of high streets despite lockdown lifting

6 August - The Guardian - Lack of special border measures before UK coronavirus lockdown was ' serious mistake'

6 August - The Guardian - Asleep at the wheel: families of Covid-19 victims lament UK response - bereaved relatives described their experiences and demanded an urgent statutory public inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic.

In the second evidence session of the new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for coronavirus led by a cross-party group of MPs, Downing Street was accused of being “asleep at the wheel” and of mounting a “sluggish” response to the coronavirus. In testimony on Wednesday four relatives from Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice – a group of 1,450 people who have lost loved ones as a result of the pandemic – described the deaths of their loved ones.

APPG Coronavirus

7 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,442. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 950 additional cases on 6 August.

7 August - The Guardian - Labour calls for inquiry into purchase of 50m unusable face masks

8 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,497. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 871 additional cases on 7 August.

8 August - BBC News - Face covering use expanded in England and Scotland 

9 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,505. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 758 additional cases on 8 August.

(Monday) 10 August - New Statesman - Why England was hit harder by Covid-19 than any other country in Europe

10 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,526. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 1062 additional cases on 9 August.

11 August - The Atlantic - The Coronavirus is never going away

11 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,526. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 816 additional cases on 10 August.

11 August - The Guardian - Dive for cover - Boris Johnson is invoking 'morality' in his Covid policies

12 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,628. Those are where COVID-19 is stated as cause of death on the certificate. See also Government data. 1148 additional cases on 10 August.

13 August - The Guardian - Why has the UK done so badly on Covid-19? There are still no simple answers.

13 August - Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK - reported that UK deaths had reached 46,706. See also Government data

13 August - Office for National Statistics - How does the coronavirus pandemic compare across Europe

13 August - The Guardian - Coronavirus death toll in England revised down by more than 5000  - The change means 5,377 deaths will no longer be included in the official total from Public Health England, resulting in a decrease in the UK total from 46,706 to 41,329 – a reduction of 11.5%.

14 August - Government data reported that up to 13 August there had been 41347 deaths due to Covid-19. This reflects the altered basis for counting which resulted (surprise!) in a lower number. Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test. Data using the old and new measures can be downloaded here. On 12 Augsut, 1009 new cases were recorded.

14 August - additional legislation:
15 August - Government data reported that up to 14 August there had been 41358 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1441 new cases on 14 August.

16 August - The Guardian - Global firms expected to sue UK for coronavirus losses

16 August - The Guardian - UK economy: a full recovery from the Covid slump will be slow

16 August - Government data reported that up to 15 August there had been 41361 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1012 new cases on 15 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

(Monday) 17 August - Government data reported that up to 16 August there had been 41366 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1040 new cases on 16 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

18 August - The Guardian - Covid-19 climbdowns: the UK government's U-turns and missteps

18 August - Government data reported that up to 17 August there had been 41369 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 713 new cases on 17 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK
19 August - The Telegraph - Winter resurgence of Covid-19 predicted as experts warn of hard times ahead

19 August - Government data reported that up to 18 August there had been 41381 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1089 new cases on 18 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

20 August - The Guardian - Jeremy Corbyn: government lectured me about herd immunity

20 August - Government data reported that up to 19 August there had been 41397 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 812 new cases on 19 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

21 August - Government data reported that up to 20 August there had been 41405 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1033 new cases on 20 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

22 August - The Guardian - Government spends £56m on consultants to help with coronavirus 

22 August - The Guardian - Test and trace Outsourcing firms miss 46% of Covid contacts in England's worst-hit areas and England contact tracer 'I haven't made one call in 12 weeks

23 to 27 August incl. *** BREAK ***

28 August - Government data reported that up to 28 August there had been 41486 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1276 new cases on 28 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

30 August - Government data reported that up to 29 August there had been 41498 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1108 new cases on 29 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

(Monday) - 31 August - The Guardian - Revealed: 'shocking' lack of regulation at Leicester garment factories

1 September - Government data reported that up to 31 August there had been 41501 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1406 new cases on 31 August. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

1 September - BBC News - Coronavirus in the UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

1 September - The Guardian - Rising UK infections: what do the latest figures mean?

1 September - The Guardian - Gap between rich and poor pupils in England 'grows by 46% in a year'
 
2 September - Government data reported that up to 1 September there had been 41504 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1295 new cases on 1 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

3 September - Government data reported that up to 2 September there had been 41514 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1508 new cases on 2 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

3 September - BBC News - Coronavirus testing rationed amid outbreaks

3 September - BBC News - Government overseeing the demise of UK aviation

3 September - The Guardian - Johnson backtracks on meeting group for Covid-19 bereaved

3 September - The Guardian - Mass weekly Covid-19 esting of population to be trialled in England

4 September - Government data reported that up to 3 September there had been 41527 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1735 lab-confirmed positive tests on 3 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

5 September - Government data reported that up to 4 September there had been 41537 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1940 lab-confirmed positive tests on 4 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

6 September - Government data reported that up to 5 September there had been 41549 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 1813 lab-confirmed positive tests on 5 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK

(Monday) 7 September - Government data reported that up to 6 September there had been 41551 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 2988 lab-confirmed positive tests on 6 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
8 September - Government data reported that up to 7 September there had been 41554 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 2948 lab-confirmed positive tests on 7 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
9 September - Government data reported that up to 8 September there had been 41586 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 2460 lab-confirmed positive tests on 8 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   


11 September - Government data reported that up to 10 September there had been 41608 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 2919 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 10 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   
 
 
12 September - Government data reported that up to 11 September there had been 41614 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3539 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 11 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

13 September - Government data reported that up to 12 September there had been 41623 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3497 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 12 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   
 
(Monday) 14 September - Amendments to Coronavirus restrictions legislation came into force at 12.01 hrs - HERE.

14 September - Government data reported that up to 13 September there had been 41628 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3330 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 13 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

15 September - Government data reported that up to 14 September there had been 41637 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 2621 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 14 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   
 
17 September - Government data reported that up to 16 September there had been 41684 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3991 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 16 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    


18 September - Government data reported that up to 17 September there had been 41705 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3395 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 17 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    

19 September - Government data reported that up to 18 September there had been 41732 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 4322 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 18 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    
 
(Monday) 21 September - Government data reported that up to 20 September there had been 41777 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 3899 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 20 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

Autumnal Equinox - 22 September - Government data reported that up to 21 September there had been 41788 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 4368 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 21 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    
 
*** Autumn ***
 
 
22 September - The Guardian - Boris Johnson's speech in  full
 
 
 
 
23 September - Government data reported that up to 22 September there had been 41825 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 4926 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 22 September.  (The data also shows a rise in the number of people undergoing hospital treatment). See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     
 
23 September - Politico - How coronavirus guidance has changed 
 
24 September -  Government data reported that up to 23 September there had been 41862 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6178 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 23 September.  (The data also shows a rise in the number of people undergoing hospital treatment). See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

 
24 September - Financial Times - How close is a coronavirus vaccine?

25 September - Government data reported that up to 24 September there had been 41902 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6634 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 24 September.  (The data also shows a rise in the number of people undergoing hospital treatment). See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

26 September - Government data reported that up to 25 September there had been 41936 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6874 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 25 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     
 
27 September - Government data reported that up to 26 September there had been 41971 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6042 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 26 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     
 
(Monday) 28 September -  Government data reported that up to 27 September there had been 41988 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 5693 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 27 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     


 
29 September -  Government data reported that up to 28 September there had been 42001 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 4044 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 28 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK     

30 September - Government data reported that up to 29 September there had been 42072 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 7143 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 29 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK    
 
1 October -  Government data reported that up to 30 September there had been 42143 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 7108 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 30 September. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
 
 
2 October - Government data reported that up to 1 October there had been 42202 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6914 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 1 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   
 
 
3 October - Government data reported that up to 2 October there had been 42268 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 6968 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 2 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

4 October - Government data reported that up to 3 October there had been 42317 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 12872 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 3 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   



 
 
 
5 October - Government data reported that up to 4 October there had been 42350 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 22961 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 4 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

The government website notes - "An issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to PHE. It has now been resolved. The cases by publish date for 3 and 4 October include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between 25 September and 2 October — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK."

See the Public Health England Statement

6 October - Government data reported that up to 5 October there had been 42369 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 12594 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 5 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

7 October - Government data reported that up to 6 October there had been 42445 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 14542 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 6 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

8 October - Government data reported that up to 7 October there had been 42515 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 14162 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 7 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   (The government data also notes that there have been 57347 deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate).

9 October - Government data reported that up to 8 October there had been 42592 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 17540 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 8 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  The data also shows an increase in the number of patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment.
 

10 October - Government data reported that up to 9 October there had been 42679 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 13864 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 9 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

10 October - BBC News - PM to detail new measures to MPs
 
11 October - Government data reported that up to 10 October there had been 42760 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 15166 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 10 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

(Monday) 12 October - Government data reported that up to 11 October there had been 42825 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 12872 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 11 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

13 October - Government data reported that up to 12 October there had been 42875 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 13972 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 12 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

 
13 October - article in New York Times 5 October - interesting analysis of COVID infection
 
 
 

14 October - Government data reported that up to 13 October there had been 43018 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 17234 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 13 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK
 
15 October - Government data reported that up to 14 October there had been 43155 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 19724 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 14 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
 
 
15 October - The Guardian - UK Doctors and Health experts back Covid-19 'circuit breaker'

16 October - Government data reported that up to 15 October there had been 43293 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 18980 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 15 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
17 October - Government data reported that up to 16 October there had been 43579 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 16171 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 16 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

(Monday) 19 October - Government data reported that up to 18 October there had been 43646 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 16982 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 18 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

20 October - The Conversation - What we know about a vaccine so far
 
 
20 October - Hansard 19 October - Coronavirus update 
 
20 October - Government data reported that up to 19 October there had been 43726 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 18804 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 19 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK 

21 October - National Audit Office - Covid-19 Cost Tracker
 
21 October - Government data reported that up to 30 October there had been 43967 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 21331 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 20 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

21 October - Greater Manchester to be in Tier 3 of restrictions from Friday 23 October - The Guardian 20 October.
 
 
 

22 October - Government data reported that up to 21 October there had been 44158 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 26688 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 21 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK   

23 October - Government data reported that up to 22 October there had been 44347 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 21242 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 22 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK
 
24 October - Government data reported that up to 23 October there had been 44571 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 20530 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 23 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  
 
(Monday) 26 October -  BBC News - Boots to offer 12-minute Covid nasal swab test
 
26 October - Government data reported that up to 25 October there had been 44896 deaths due to Covid-19. There were 19790 lab-confirmed positive tests reported on 25 October. See also Worldometers - Coronavirus - UK  

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