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Why you should never use Microsoft Excel to count coronavirus cases

PixieMe/Shutterstock Paul Clough, University of Sheffield Public Health England has admitted that 16,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK were missed from daily figures being reported between September 25 and October 2. The missing figures were subsequently added to the daily totals, but given the importance of these numbers for […]

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Coronavirus: Is the cure worse than the disease? The most divisive question of 2020

Coronavirus: Is the cure worse than the disease? The most divisive question of 2020 Danny Dorling, University of Oxford In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died, including 100,000 Americans. That year A.M.M. Payne, a professor of epidemiology at Yale […]

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Diesel drivers paying more than they should

After three consecutive months of rising costs at the pumps the average price of both petrol and diesel stayed the same in September, according to RAC Fuel Watch analysis – but the data suggests diesel drivers are still paying significantly more than they should be. A litre of unleaded remained at 114p […]

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Rental revaluation 2013

From the Valuation Office Agency: At revaluation, the Valuation Office Agency adjusts the rateable value of business properties to reflect changes in the property market. We are now contacting businesses to request rental information. This data helps us maintain up-to-date records which reflect how the value of the property you […]

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Is high-street banking coming to an end?

Timothy King, University of Kent and Walter Gontarek, Cranfield University TSB Bank, a major UK operator owned by Spanish banking group Banco de Sabadell, is closing one-third of its branches. This means that 164 out of 475 sites will close, with a loss of 960 jobs – in addition to […]

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Five COVID customs which emerged during lockdown

Sophie Parkes-Nield, Sheffield Hallam University For many people, the word “folklore” is synonymous with the past: beliefs at odds with contemporary society; myth and legend, even magic. It is true that folklore helps us learn about our ancestors and their lives. As we continue to mark Armistice Day with a […]

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Government to email and text people to download app

The government is texting and emailing people across England to inform them of the new contact tracing app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Emails The email will come from ‘NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 App’. The email reads: This is a public health message from […]

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Smoking and obesity can increase risk of severe Covid-19

An international team of scientists, including from Cardiff University, has identified genetic evidence that suggests both smoking and obesity can increase the risk of severe Covid-19. The researchers also found the same was true for the risk of developing sepsis, a dangerous inflammatory response faced by many patients with other […]

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The UK’s new coronavirus restrictions explained by a public health expert

Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield A series of new measures has been announced to stem rising cases of coronavirus in the UK. People are again being encouraged to work from home if they can, while pubs and bars will be required to close at 10pm. Masks will be required for […]

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