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Coronavirus confirmed at more schools in Bristol as hundreds of children self isolating – Bristol Live

‘Significant demand’ on the NHS Test and Trace is adding to the huge number of pupils off school

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Another rise of coronavirus cases in Bristol – latest daily figures – Bristol Live

Here is the latest Covid-19 update for Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset

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Another 21 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in and around Bristol in the latest daily figures.
Public Health England has today (September 19) announced case rises in every local authority area of the Bristol region.
In the city itself, there were six positive Covid-19 tests in 24 hours, taking its total to 1,687.
North Somerset saw a rise of seven, South Gloucestershire five and Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) three.
It means there have been 1,065 cases in North Somerset sinc…

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The silent cost of the coronavirus: NHS cancer delays, cancelled operations and a bleak winter ahead – The Times

Pills. Pain. Broken sleep. Such is life for Irene Winter, the manager of a community centre on a north London housing estate. “I can’t walk, I can’t drive,” she…

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Pills. Pain. Broken sleep. Such is life for Irene Winter, the manager of a community centre on a north London housing estate. I cant walk, I cant drive, she says. At most I can stand for five or 10 minutes. The pain is excruciating. Like a knife cutting right through your bone. I take 13 pills a day but they just take the edge off. Sometimes I am screaming in pain.
Winter, 60, who is waiting for a hip replacement, is one of tens of thousands of people who have been left in agonising limbo as NH…

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Hospitals in England may have to pay for their Covid-19 tests – The Guardian

Department of Health places ‘budget cap’ on money available for testing patients and staff

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A budget cap on coronavirus tests means NHS hospitals in England face paying for them from their own budgets unless they gain approval. The cap was placed on the amount of money available for tests for patients and staff, according to information sent to trusts.
The guidance, first reported by the Independent, makes clear that NHS providers will need formal approval from the Department of Health and Social Care and its test-and-trace service or they will not be able to claim back costs, which w…

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