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The Telegraph: Tens of thousands of coronavirus tests have been double-counted, officials admit

Tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests have been double-counted in the Government’s official tally, public health officials have admitted.

Diagnostic tests which involve taking saliva and nasal samples from the same patient are being counted as two tests, not one.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England each confirmed the double-counting.

This inflates the daily reported diagnostic test numbers by over 20 per cent, with that proportion being much higher earlier on in the crisis before home test kits were added to the daily totals.

The Telegraph: Coronavirus could ‘burn out naturally’ so vaccine not needed, former WHO director claims

Coronavirus could “burn out naturally” so a vaccine is no longer needed, a former World Health Organisation director has claimed, as the Government announces it is dedicating more than £90m to a dedicated inoculation development centre.

Professor Karol Sikora, an oncologist and chief medical officer at Rutherford Health, said it is likely the British public has more immunity than previously thought and Covid-19 could end up “petering out by itself”.

The Telegraph: Almost half of Britain’s doctors have had to buy their own PPE

Almost half of doctors have had to purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) or use supplies donated by charities or local firms, according to the biggest survey yet of medics on the Covid-19 front line.

A British Medical Association survey of 16,343 members found that 48 per cent had bought PPE items themselves or received an “external donation … due to non-availability of official NHS procurement supplies” – including more than one in three hospital doctors. The doctors’ union said the figures called into question how the Government could be “anywhere near” meeting two of five tests that Boris Johnson said would have to be met before any easing of the lockdown measures. The tests were restated by Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, at the Government’s daily press conference on Sunday….