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Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

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Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

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B.C. unveils new test collection method for students, Ontario imposes more fines, restrictions for gatherings

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

September 17

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Positive cases highest in England since end of May, NHS Test and Trace shows

The weekly number of positive Covid-19 cases in England in late August was the highest since the end of May, the latest data from NHS Test and Trace has revealed.

NHS Test and Trace said 6,732 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in England between 20 August and 26 August – an increase of 6 per cent in positive cases compared to the previous week.

It comes as Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, defended the Government’s coronavirus testing system saying it is working “well”, after suggestions that people are being directed to centres more than 100 miles away.

Mr Hancock said there are “operational challenges from time to time” with the regime, after a postcode analysis by the BBC showed some people are being told the closest available tests are hours from home.

The latest NHS Test and Trace figures also revealed the number of people transferred to the system,

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Test shortage risks new outbreaks being missed, public health experts warn

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. - PA
Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. – PA
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Prioritising coronavirus testing in high-risk areas has meant areas with fewer Covid-19 cases have had their testing capacity reduced.

Experts have warned that the rationing could mean that new outbreaks are missed. 

Paul Hunter, a public health expert and professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC that these issues could act as “big disincentive to being tested” and result in missing local increases “early enough to maybe stop more widespread infection”.

A DHSC spokesperson said: “There is a high demand for tests and our laboratories continue to turn test results around as quickly as possible.

“To make sure we stay in control of this virus we are targeting our testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an

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How effective is spit test for COVID-19? TODAY tries it out

A new test may help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Unlike the initial COVID-19 tests, which required a nasal swab, this new test just uses a saliva sample to determine if a person is currently infected with the virus.

NBC News investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen appeared on TODAY Wednesday morning to discuss the new COVID-19 test, which she called a potential “major step forward,” and to try it out herself.

What is the ‘spit test’?

There are actually two different versions of the saliva test that are currently available.

One test, known as SalivaDirect, was used by Yale School of Public Health researchers to rapidly test basketball players in the NBA “bubble” and make sure that cases did not spread throughout the professional league. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency approval to the test, which allowed it to bypass the

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43-Year-Old Woman Dies After She and All 6 of Her Children Test Positive for Coronavirus

GoFundMe Brenda Martinez

A 43-year-old mother of six from Southern California has died after being hospitalized for a week following a coronavirus diagnosis.

According to a GoFundMe set up by her family, Brenda Martinez died on Monday night after being listed in critical condition for several days. Martinez and all six of her children — ages 2 to 19 — had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

The family had been pulling for Martinez’s recovery, but her condition continued to worsen while at the hospital. In updates posted to the donation page on Monday, the family said Martinez was “not doing too good” and that they needed a “miracle” for her to make it through the night.

“She’s amazing,” Martinez’s sister-in-law, Crystal Acosta Torres, told KCBS before her death. “She’s very strong, you know. She’s incredible. She will go above and beyond to help anyone in need,

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B.C. won’t test asymptomatic teachers, CERB extended with new benefits coming

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 4,600 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 121,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

August 20

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New saliva test a ‘huge step forward’; Birx urges Americans to wear masks indoors and outdoors

A sliver of help may be on the way for the relentless coronavirus testing issues hampering efforts to slow a U.S. death toll that inched toward 170,000 on Sunday.

The average number of daily tests across the nation has begun to fall, according to the COVID Tracking  Project. Delays sometimes stretching to a week or more in obtaining test results have severely disrupted efforts at contact tracing. And when results are finally obtained, accuracy issues have often delayed proper treatment.

This weekend, however, the Food and Drug Administration approved a saliva-based test that Yale University researchers hope will clean up some of those testing issues.

“This is a huge step forward to make testing more accessible,” said Chantal Vogels, a Yale postdoctoral fellow, who led the laboratory development and validation along with Doug Brackney, an adjunct assistant clinical professor. 

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 

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Thai protesters stage rally that may test movement’s support

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters gathered in Thailand’s capital on Sunday for a rally that may test whether their movement has any strength beyond the college campuses where it has blossomed.

Thousands of people assembled at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, a traditional venue for political activities. Hundreds of police were also present, as well as a small contingent of royalists opposed to the protesters.

The student-led movement has three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government. As the army chief in 2014, current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha led a coup ousting an elected government. He then served as prime minister in the military regime that succeeded it, and returned as prime minister after a general election last year. Laws guiding the 2019 election were widely seen as so heavily rigged in Prayuth’s favor that victory was all but guaranteed.

Protest leaders

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