Coronavirus latest news: More effective use of masks could avoid another lockdown, experts say

Measures such as wearing masks and socially distancing from others should “increase in strength” as lockdowns are lifted to keep coronavirus under control, research suggests.

Modelling developed by scientists at the universities of Cambridge and Liverpool used mathematical equations to give insights about how Covid-19 will spread in different scenarios.

The scientists modelled based on examples of “non-spatial” control measures including masks, hand washing and social distancing, and “spatial interventions” including lockdown and the restriction of long-distance travel.

The modelling, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, came from wider research looking at control strategies for plant diseases.

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6:33AM

Hundreds of patients to benefit from at-home cancer care and treatment swaps to reduce Covid-19 risk, NHS announces

The health service has been using a variety of so-called “Covid-19-friendly” cancer treatments which means that some patients who are at the highest risk if they become infected can have treatment at home.

The service is also offering treatment “swaps” to help patients with cancer throughout the crisis, including ones that lead to fewer hospital visits or a reduced impact on a patient’s immune system.

So far around 8,000 people have been given “treatment swaps” since the beginning of the pandemic.

And more than 10,000 rounds of chemotherapy have been administered to patients in the comfort of their own home.

Patient access to the treatment swaps will be extended until the summer with the potential to be extended until March 2022, the NHS in England has said.

It is expected that around 700 patients each month will benefit from the extension of the programme.

6:16AM

Shielding to end for millions of Britons

Nearly four million people will no longer be asked to shield to protect themselves from the serious side-effects of Covid-19 as of Thursday.

An initial list of 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people were advised to take the measures to avoid potential infection, and 1.7 million more were added to the list in February.

The first list included people with single risk factors such as those with various cancers, people on immunosuppression drugs or those with severe respiratory conditions.

But as the pandemic has progressed, medics found that some people are at higher risk than others because they have multiple risk factors.

Shielding will come to an end in England and Wales on April 1, while plans for Scotland and Northern Ireland have not yet been finalised.

6:14AM

Investors should give their portfolios a spring clean

One year on from Britain’s first lockdown, investors should review their portfolios with an eye on which of the changes of the past year will prove permanent, and which will fade away as the economy reopens.   

Coronavirus has transformed our lives and determined the investment winners and losers of the past year. The end is in sight, but the world is now a very different place to what it was at the start of 2020.  

In this five-part series, our team spoke to wealth managers about how they would advise clients to invest different pot sizes, from £50k to £1m.

READ MORE: Post-pandemic portfolio: the ultimate investments for a £250k pot

4:38AM

Analysis: Rising fears over jab’s safety may harm recovery

No one should panic, but we need to brace ourselves for a difficult week or two over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Germany has become the latest in a growing list of countries to suspend use of the vaccine in younger age groups. In Germany the cut off is 60, while in Canada and France only those aged 55 and above are now receiving the jab.

Unfortunately, the issue is no longer political and is unlikely to be batted away as such.

The Telegraph‘s Global Health Security Editor, Paul Nuki, explains here.

3:43AM

Scientists urge more effective use of masks to control Covid

Measures such as wearing masks and socially distancing from others should “increase in strength” as lockdowns are lifted to keep coronavirus under control, research suggests.

Modelling developed by scientists at the universities of Cambridge and Liverpool used mathematical equations to give insights about how Covid-19 will spread in different scenarios.

The scientists modelled based on examples of “non-spatial” control measures including masks, hand washing and social distancing, and “spatial interventions” including lockdown and the restriction of long-distance travel.

The modelling, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, came from wider research looking at control strategies for plant diseases.

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