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Covid cases rising, hospitals told to allow visitors, man given pigs heart dies and Covid treatment causing drug resistant mutation – this week’s Friday Five

Covid cases rising among those aged 55 and over Covid cases appear to be rising in older people as increased socialising, waning immunity and a more transmissible version of the Omicron variant threaten to fuel a resurgence of the virus. The suspected uptick has raised concerns as older people are more prone to severe Covid and…

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Confirmation of the end of VCOD, white people at higher risk of cancer, NHS unprepared for ageing population and support needed for GPs – this week’s Friday Five

Compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff scrapped On Tuesday, the government confirmed that a requirement for health workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination would no longer be introduced in April and care home workers would no longer be required to have the shots from March 15. Regulations making vaccination a requirement for patient-facing healthcare…

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End to all Covid rules, lower cancer risk for vegetarians, virtual wards and link between hot days and mental health emergencies – this week’s Friday Five

End of legal need to self isolate in England All remaining legal Covid restrictions have been removed in England, nearly two years after the first rules were introduced. This means people are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid – although they are still advised to do so. The changes…

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Jabs for five to 11-year-olds, drinking wine health risks, catching Covid link with depression and Lassa fever case – this week’s Friday Five

England to offer Covid jab to five to 11-year-olds Children aged between five and 11 in England will be offered a low-dose Covid vaccine, the government says. Official scientific advice concludes the move would help protect the “very small” number of children who become seriously ill with Covid. Northern Ireland also said on Wednesday it…