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Five and overs in UK now eligible for test. Everyone aged five and over in the UK with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
What did we learn from today’s UK briefing?
Today’s government press conference was led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. He was joined by Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England.
Here’s what they told us:
There is now a steady decline in the number of new confirmed cases, hospital admissions and critical care use
The government is hoping to avoid a second peak but it planning for emergencies. It is possible that autumn and winter conditions will help the virus spread so the government is preparing for that
Anosmia – the loss of sense of smell and taste – has been added to the list of key symptoms of the virus. It was added late because it usually appears after the other symptoms (persistent cough and fever) and only makes a small difference in diagnosis
Children do not appear to be significant spreaders of the virus as they are with flu. They also, in the overwhelming majority, have a much milder version of the disease than adults
The government wants an international review of the pandemic to include a look at how the virus originated
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