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Public Health England to be scrapped

Health secretary Matt Hancock will announce this week that Public Health England is to be replaced by a new body, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

Preston among the latest areas to impose local lockdown restrictions

Preston Council has told residents of the city to abide by restrictions currently in place elsewhere in the north west and West Yorkshire following a rise in cases in the area, the Telegraph reports.

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.

Ban on junk food adverts included in anti-obesity plans

It has been confirmed that a ban on junk food adverts before 21:00 will be included in the government’s new measures to crack down on obesity, which will be announced in full later.

Retailers in refusal to enforce new face covering rules

Sainsburys, Asda, Co-op and Costa Coffee are among major retailers who have said that they will not be responsible for enforcing new rules over wearing face coverings in shops.

30 million in England to be offered flu vaccine for free

The government has said that around 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccine ahead of winter.

Hospitality, retail industries and opposition MPs claim mixed messages on face covering rules

Trade bodies and opposition MPs have said that the government has given out mixed messages over the circumstances in which face coverings must be worn, prior to new rules being implemented on Friday.

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