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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.

Johnson under fire for inaccurate use of statistics

The Office for Statistics Regulation [OSR] has said that prime minister Boris Johnson has inaccurately used statistics to support his claim that child poverty has been reduced during his stint in Number Ten.

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.

Committee calls for closer consultation with local communities over infrastructure projects

The Public Administration Select Committee of MPs has said that more effective consultation with local communities is required to enable large infrastructure projects to bring tangible socio-economic benefits.

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