Coronavirus testing

  1. Trialling a vaccine 'to mark 60th birthday'

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    A man who is trialling a Covid-19 vaccine says he saw it as an "opportunity to swipe back" at the virus after the toll it's taken on his business, as well as "something to mark the occasion" for his approaching 60th birthday.

    Ian Bradford is the owner of Lymestone Brewery in Stone and said his business had been hit hard by the pandemic.

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    Video caption: Stone brewer takes part in Covid-19 vaccine trial

    He signed up to trial a vaccine, but does not know if he was given that or a placebo on Sunday.

    "I suppose there's a bit of a risk," he said.

    "I'm assured there has been no long-term issues with other people who have taken part in the trial but I suppose it has to be stressed we are rushing through this medical research but I'm comfortable with the risk."

    He will continue to see medical experts for the trial over the next 13 months.

  2. Coronavirus: New one-way virus test centre to open its door

    A new coronavirus testing site is to open in Jarrow after the prime minister promised to improve testing for the illness.

    The facility will be based in the former Jarrow Library site in Monkton Road and will open seven days a week from 08:00 to 20:00 GMT for at least the next three months.

    It is being run by the Department of Health and Social Care in partnership with Sodexo and will offer self-administered tests.

    Tests will only be offered to those with virus symptoms or who have been asked to get tested by a doctor, public health professional or by their local council.

    Tom Hall, Director of Public Health, said: “This walk-through site means that local people who do not have their own transport can more easily access a test if they have symptoms or have been asked to get tested."

    Tests can be booked via the website or by calling 119.

    The centre opens on 27 October.

  3. Covid-19: Tests to find out how clean the Tube is

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London


    It is just after 10:00 at Waterloo Tube station and a scientist from Imperial College London is swabbing the escalator.

    A few commuters look curiously at a small cylindrical device on a tripod in the corridor.

    It is a sensor and it is sucking in Tube air through a filter at 300 litres-per-minute and it runs for an hour.

    After they have completed these tasks, the scientists gather their equipment and get on a train from Waterloo up to Euston.

    They swab handrails and Oyster Card readers. They test the air on the Tube train and the buses at Euston.

    These scientists are testing for coronavirus.

    Read my blog in full and let me know how confident you feel travelling on public transport

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    Video caption: Testing London’s public transport for Covid-19

    Scientists from Imperial College London have been using swabs and air samplers to test if Covid-19 is present on the transport network.

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    Video caption: Tory Minister Nadine Dorries 'no longer immune' to coronavirus

    Nadine Dorries, who tested positive for coronavirus in March, says she no longer has antibodies.

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    Video caption: Covid: We do need to improve test and trace, admits PM

    Boris Johnson says "I share people's frustrations" at the turnaround times for results.

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    Video caption: Sir Patrick Vallance: 'Room for improvement' in test and trace

    Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance says there is 'room for improvement' in test and trace.