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Seven days in medicine: 16-22 September 2020

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 24 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3696


Moonshot project faces legal challenge

The UK government’s Moonshot project, which could spend as much as £100bn (€108.7bn; $127.3bn) to increase covid-19 testing capacity to 10 million people a day, is facing a legal challenge. The move is the latest in a series of High Court challenges from the Good Law Project, a not-for-profit group, over the government’s handling of the pandemic. The group sent a letter before action to the government’s lawyers, claiming that the project was unlawful because it ignored scientific evidence and committed a vast sum of public money with no transparency about how the decisions were made.

Universal screening is likely to miss cases

One time screening for SARS-CoV-2 in apparently healthy people is likely to miss those who are infected, concluded a rapid review of 22 studies by the Cochrane Library. Meera Viswanathan, lead author from RTI International in North Carolina, USA, said, “We are unsure whether combined screenings, repeated symptom assessment, or rapid laboratory tests are useful. Because screening can miss people who are infected, public health measures such as face coverings, physical distancing, and quarantine for those who may have contact with an infected person continue to be very important.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m3619)

Point-of-care test reports 94% sensitivity

The CovidNudge test—which the UK government plans to roll out around the country—can provide …

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