Covid infections in England fall by 30% over lockdown - React study
Coronavirus infections in England have fallen by about a third over lockdown, according to a major study.
Some of the worst-hit areas saw the biggest improvements - but, despite this progress, cases remained relatively high across England.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the data showed the country could not "take our foot off the pedal just yet".
The findings by Imperial College London were based on swabbing more than 100,000 people between 13-24 November.Read more
Covid care home study to triple in size
A government-backed study to test care home staff and residents for their immune response to coronavirus is to triple in size.
The number of care homes taking part in the Vivaldi 2 study will increase from 100 to 340, testing approximately 4,500 residents and 9,500 staff.
The study led by researchers from University College London (UCL) will use trained phlebotomists to draw blood from care home residents and staff which is then used to test for the presence of antibodies for COVID-19.Read more