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Coronavirus: 13-year-old boy dies, says London hospital trust
31 Mar 2020 23:47
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab is thought to be the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK.
Coronavirus: UK must go 'further, faster' to increase testing capacity
31 Mar 2020 20:08
The government is working to increase coronavirus tests, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says.
Blood test 'can check for more than 50 types of cancer'
31 Mar 2020 00:55
The test could help diagnose tumours sooner, often before any symptoms, scientists hope.
Coronavirus: Why the UK death count is an inexact science
31 Mar 2020 14:15
New figures offer more information on the toll of Covid-19 but do not give us the full picture.
Coronavirus: Lockdown 'must become the social norm'
31 Mar 2020 11:07
"Social pressure from others" will be key in persuading the UK to stay at home, a study suggests.
Coronavirus: UK considers virus-tracing app to ease lockdown
31 Mar 2020 15:00
Study describes how app would alert citizens if someone they came into contact with tests positive.
During the first week of illness, sickness absence from work should be covered by a self-certification note. These will be available from your employer.
A doctor will only provide a sick note if the sickness period is over seven calendar days (ie including Saturdays and Sundays) and the patient has consulted the doctor.
A doctor cannot provide a retrospective sick note. (The only time this can occur is if an individual doctor who is being asked to issue a certificate has seen the patient whilst sick.)
Emergency appointments should not be used for requests for sick notes.
If patients attend a hospital and are advised by a doctor not to work, then the hospital doctor should provide a sick note. Please request a sick note at the hospital if this is not the case.