Coronavirus: The 8 major developments that happened on Friday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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Watch: Mass coronavirus testing begins in Liverpool

Here’s what you need to know on 6 November. This article was updated at 4.40pm.

Deaths: Public Health Wales reported another 13 deaths, and there were eight in Northern Ireland. There were 31 more deaths in Scotland. The Government said a further 355 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Friday.

Policy: The government has been warned against resurrecting the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and told its three-tiered system in England is not effective by a top scientist. John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said the system didn’t work because areas in lower tiers eventually ended up in higher tiers because the epidemic didn’t slow enough. Read more here.

Testing: Mass testing has begun in Liverpool, with the Army helping deliver coronavirus tests for every resident in the city. People will be tested even if they don’t have symptoms. Read more here.

England lockdown: The government has admitted an error in the graph which was used to justify the lockdown in England. The graph indicated 1,500 deaths per day by 8 December if no action was taken but this has been revised down to 1,000 deaths a day. Read more here.

Charities have urged the government to relaunch the “everyone in” strategy and house people who have been forced to sleep on the streets as the second wave continues. Leaders are also being urged to protect people at risk of deportation at this time. Read more here.

UK families are the hardest hit by coronavirus lockdown energy costs, according to new research from Credit Karma. School closures during lockdown cost parents a total of £368m ($481m) a month in extra energy costs, with each family facing an average £68 spike in inflated energy bills since the UK went into lockdown. Read more here.

R rate: The reproduction rate of coronavirus is officially still at 1.1-1.3 according to the government, but the experts from the Zoe COVID Symptom Study app, run by King’s College London, have suggested it’s as low as 1.0. It comes as some say the second wave may have already peaked. Read more here.

NHS: Procedures have been suspended at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and gynaecology procedures at Good Hope Hospital have been suspended amid a rise in “very sick” patients there. It includes patients with COVID-19 and those with other illnesses. Read more here.

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