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How we can continue to protect ourselves, each other and reduce the spread of COVID-19

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Most COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted. However, the pandemic is far from over, and it is crucial that we move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other and especially the most vulnerable in our society.

Why we are preparing for a worst-case scenario winter season

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Alongside COVID-19 there remain other serious threats that stretch our health and social care services every year. Right now, to ensure we plan for these as well as for the continuing pandemic, our attention is on autumn and winter, ensuring we prepare for the challenges this will bring.

COVID-19: Reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing

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As the prevalence of COVID-19 reduces to low levels in the population, the chance of a false positive result increases – though still remains unlikely. We can mitigate against the risk of false positives by confirming a positive lateral flow test with another test – such as a PCR test. Find out more about the reintroduction of confirmatory PCR testing.

Protecting ourselves and each other as we move out of lockdown

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On 22 February 2021, the Government published its ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ which set out how national coronavirus restrictions would be eased in stages, with reviews taking place on set dates. This blog looks at how easing of restrictions will work and why we must keep following the rules to keep each other safe.

Behind the scenes: Expanding the COVID-19 dashboard

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When the PHE COVID-19 Dashboard first started back in March 2020, it was just a map and a few charts reporting four metrics on cases and deaths. One year on, read how the dashboard has evolved into the most important and reliable daily statistical publication in the UK.