A third of all COVID-19 hospital patients die, with dementia and obesity carrying the highest risk

A third of all patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 die, with dementia and obesity the underlying health conditions carrying the biggest risk. The finding comes from a major British study by the Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium which looked at Read More …

UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic

Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian. The detailed document warned Read More …

Coronavirus: Police bust massive face mask scam

Police across Europe foiled an intricate fake face mask plot that nearly cost German authorities €15 million ($16.4 million), Europol announced on Tuesday. At least two people have been detained in the case, which involved investigations across Germany, Spain, the Read More …

Exercise Cygnus uncovered: the pandemic warnings buried by the government

Ministers from across government were seated, ashen faced, in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR). On a large flat screen, epidemiologists from Imperial College London were showing a slide which detailed the scale of the epidemic that was enveloping Britain. Read More …

UK Data Centers Plead for Critical Status for Contractors as Coronavirus Takes Hold

The data center industry has been lobbying the British government to give formal clearance to contractors maintaining the digital infrastructure that is keeping the economy running as the lockdown steadily intensifies in defense against the coronavirus. Britain’s liberal response to Read More …

UK police use drones and roadblocks to enforce lockdown

A police force has defended using a drone camera to shame people into not driving into a national park during the lockdown, while another force said it was introducing roadblocks to stop drivers heading to tourist hotspots. A new law Read More …

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives. It can take up to 45 minutes Read More …

UK calls virus “serious” health threat; will detain people

Britain has declared the new coronavirus that emerged from China a “serious and imminent threat to public health″ and announced new measures Monday to combat the spread of the disease. The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care said people Read More …

Lassa fever: Britons who came into contact with victims brought back to UK for tests

Three Britons have been brought back to the UK from Sierra Leone for medical assessment after coming into close contact with two people who have been diagnosed with Lassa fever. One of the two Dutch nationals who contracted the virus Read More …