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Seven in 10 positive Covid cases in school children likely to be wrong

Seven in 10 positive coronavirus tests in school children are likely to be wrong, experts have warned, as they called on the Government to bring back confirmatory PCR testing. Biostaticians are concerned that infections in the community are now so low that false positives and negatives are vastly outnumbering true cases, leading to real cases being missed and families needlessly being asked to isolate. Pupils are currently being tested twice a week for coronavirus using lateral flow devices, but real-world data has shown they miss positive cases around 50 per cent of the time. Similarly, although they pick up 99.9 per cent of negative cases, meaning fewer than 0.1 per cent will be false positives, the prevalence rate is now low enough that false positives will be making a significant contribution to the overall figure – Telegraph

Three Norwegian health workers in hospital with ‘unusual’ symptoms after receiving AstraZeneca jab – Reuters

Police face criticism over handling of vigil for Sarah Everard – Financial Times

The UK economy is suffering worse than most – Spectator

China moves to ban after-school programmes in effort to monopolise community brainwashing, says expert – Epoch Times

COMMENT

Falklands hero Lord West is ‘insulted’ by the Foreign Office after he casts doubt on UN’s ‘sexed-up’ Assad gas attack dossier – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

Americans will never truly understand the arcane rules of British society – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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