Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he found out from a newspaper about UK chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance’s shares in a drug company contracted to develop a coronavirus vaccine for the Government.
A coronavirus contact tracing app has launched across England and Wales at what the Health Secretary has called “a tipping point” in the fight against coronavirus.
A coronavirus contact tracing app is launching across England and Wales on Thursday in what the Health Secretary has called “an important step forward” in our fight against the “invisible killer”.
Small amounts of a coronavirus vaccine could be made available to certain groups of people before the end of the year, according to the Government’s chief scientific adviser.
Matt Hancock did not rule out England’s pubs being closed this weekend as ministers prepare extra measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Britain stands at a “critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty will warn, as he lays the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned Britain is at a “tipping point” as he refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown if the public fails to follow social distancing rules.
There is “widespread growth” of the Covid-19 epidemic across the UK, Government scientists have warned, as ministers announced tough restrictions affecting around 13.5 million people.
Parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions as the Health Secretary refused to rule out a national lockdown amid a widespread rise in Covid-19.
A second national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus has not been ruled out but the “great hope” is that people will heed current advice to help manage a “very serious” situation, the Health Secretary has said.
Tighter restrictions on care home visits in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases are expected to be announced by the Government in its winter action plan.
Tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus have come into effect in the north-east of England, taking the total number of people across the UK in lockdown to more than 10 million.
Only a third of people who turned up for a coronavirus test in England got results within 24 hours, new figures showed – but the head of the system denied it was “failing” and a senior minister hit out at people for “carping” about its flaws.
Almost two million people in the North East of England will be banned from socialising with other households, following a “concerning” rise in Covid-19, the Health Secretary has announced.
Patients requiring A&E will be urged to book an appointment first through NHS 111 as part of a shake-up of emergency services.
The mother of a severely epileptic daughter is urging better access to medical cannabis after holding a vigil at the Department of Health and Social Care in an attempt to speak with Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the issue.
Coronavirus tests in England will be rationed as the Government struggles to get to grips with soaring demand amid warnings that the country faces a tough six months in the battle with Covid-19.
Nicola Sturgeon has held what she described as “constructive” talks with UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock about how to resolve a delay in coronavirus testing results.
Matt Hancock was told the Government’s Covid-19 testing system is a “bloody mess”, as MPs highlighted the struggles faced by people to secure one.
Scotland’s First Minister has said she remains concerned over constraints on testing capacity but hopes to see improvement in the coming days after a call with UK Health Secretary.
Suspected Covid-19 patients with acute medical needs and people in care homes will be prioritised under plans to ration coronavirus tests, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs.
Nicola Sturgeon seeks ‘urgent talks’ with UK Government over Covid test backlog after ministers proposed limiting access in Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon is seeking "urgent talks" with the UK Government over a backlog of coronavirus test results after ministers south of the border proposed limiting access to testing slots in Scotland to ease demand.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s suggestion that there has been a surge in people seeking inappropriate coronavirus tests has been branded “profoundly dangerous”.
Boris Johnson is facing open revolt from some Tory backbenchers over “absolutely grotesque” new lockdown restrictions, with one former minister declaring: “It is time for us to actually start living like a free people, not subjecting ourselves to constantly shifting legal requirements.”
People hoping for a Covid-19 test could face “eligibility checks” and be subject to an order of priority system, the Health Secretary has said.
The multibillion-pound “Operation Moonshot”, which would see millions of UK-wide tests carried out daily, is an ambitious project by anyone’s standards.
Mass testing could see people given a “freedom pass” to go about life as normal, safe in the knowledge they are not infectious with Covid-19, the Prime Minister has said.
There has been a surge in people seeking “inappropriate” coronavirus tests, the Health Secretary said.
A pause in trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University underlines the importance of such tests being carried out properly, an expert has said.
Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold owing to a reported side-effect in a patient in the UK.