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There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures show – but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality. The numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are relative to the five-year average, counting from 2015 to 2019. The leading cause of death in September for […]

Christmas will be “very difficult” this year because of coronavirus social distancing restrictions, the Welsh health minister has told Sky News. Vaughan Gething said there needed to be a “national conversation about the rules we’re all going to need to follow” to make sure everyone can have “some company” over the festive period. He admitted […]

Greater Manchester has moved into the highest coronavirus alert level of Tier 3, joining Lancashire and Liverpool City Region. The region’s pubs and bars will be closed for 28 days unless they are serving “substantial meals”. Casinos, bingo halls and bookies will also be closed. Social mixing is banned indoors and in private gardens, and […]

Convalescent plasma has no clinical benefit for COVID-19 patients, according to a new study. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, assessed 464 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in India between April and July. They were split into two groups – one got two transfusions of convalescent plasma 24 hours apart and best standard […]

People told to isolate by the contact-tracing app are not able to claim government financial support, Sky News has learned, raising fears that low-paid workers will be forced to choose between health and hardship. A leading poverty charity said the situation was “ridiculous” and Labour accused the government of putting families at risk of destitution. […]

Migrants arriving in Kent after crossing the English Channel are being processed at what resembles a “rubble-strewn building site”. Many were then detained for days at a time in rooms with no sleeping facilities, showers or access to the open air. A surprise visit to Home Office facilities by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) exposed […]