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Health secretary calls for non-urgent GP consultations to be conducted remotely

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that patients should have phone or video consultations with their GP unless there is a clinical requirement for a face-to-face appointment.

Government extends virus self-isolation period to ten days

The government has changed its Covid-19 self-isolation guidance, telling individuals displaying symptoms to self-isolate for ten days as opposed to seven.

Government to fund studies into increased Covid-19 risk factor in ethnic minorities

The government will invest millions into a number of projects to determine why individuals of ethnic minority backgrounds are at a heightened risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.

Airport testing no “silver bullet” says Dowden

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has warned that Covid-19 testing at UK airports will not work as a “silver bullet” preventing the need for quarantine on arrival.

Committee criticises decision to discharge hospital patients to care homes without tests

The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the government’s move of discharging hospital patients to care homes without taking Covid-19 tests in the early stages of the pandemic, calling it a “reckless” decision.

PM defends decision to reintroduce quarantine for travellers from Spain

Prime minister Boris Johnson has defended the government’s decision to remove Spain from its list of quarantine exempt nations, saying that there are indications that a “second wave” of Covid-19 cases is occurring in Europe.

Foreign Affairs Committee criticises Covid-19 repatriation efforts

In a new report, the cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee has said that the Foreign Office’s repatriation initiative to bring UK citizens home at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was not swift enough.

EY analysis warns of potential for long-winded economic recovery

New analysis from the EY Item Club has hinted that the UK economy may not return to pre-pandemic levels until the year 2024.

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