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Seven days in medicine: 24-30 June 2020

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2620 (Published 02 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2620

Covid-19

Care home outbreaks may extend pandemic

Continued outbreaks in care homes and a lack of important public health information are still affecting the ability to manage the spread of covid-19, experts warned. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed 100 outbreaks in care homes in England during the week of 8 June—an average of two to three deaths in each care home. At a Science Media Centre briefing Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said, “If we are going to eradicate and reduce this outbreak we have got to get that number down to zero.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m2530)

Scotland is “on track” to eliminate virus

Deaths and new infections from covid-19 have fallen to such low levels in Scotland that the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that the country was close to eliminating the virus. On 26 June no deaths were recorded—the first time this had happened on a weekday since early March. New infections totalled 17 on the same day but only five on 25 June, compared with a peak of 430 daily infections recorded on 31 March. Scotland has taken a cautious approach to lifting lockdown restrictions, which have remained in place for around two weeks longer than in England. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m2609)

Care workers have higher covid death rates

Jobs involving proximity to others or with regular exposure to disease have some of the highest rates of death from …

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