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image captionDroplets of the virus were tested on fabrics commonly worn by health workers

Scientists have found viruses similar to the strain that causes Covid-19 can survive on commonly-worn fabrics for up to three days.

The study by De Montfort University in Leicester tested a model coronavirus on polyester, polycotton and 100% cotton.

The results suggested polyester posed the highest risk.

Microbiologist Dr Katie Laird, who led the study, said the materials, commonly used in healthcare uniforms, posed a transmission risk.

The study saw droplets of the virus added to the fabrics.

The scientists then monitored the stability of the virus on each material for 72 hours.

The results showed polyester posed the highest transmission risk, with the virus still present after three days and with the ability to transfer to other surfaces.

On 100% cotton, the virus lasted for 24 hours, while on polycotton, the virus only survived for six hours.

"When the pandemic first started, there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles," said Dr Laird, who is head of the university's infectious disease research group at DMU. 

"Our findings show three of the most commonly-used textiles in healthcare pose a risk for transmission of the virus.

"If nurses and healthcare workers take their uniforms home, they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces." 

image captionThe virus was completely eliminated on cotton fabric when washed with detergent at a high temperature

The study also looked at the most reliable wash method for removing the virus from 100% cotton fabric.

Water was enough to remove the virus in all of the washing machines tested when it was added in droplets but not when scientists soiled the fabric with an artificial saliva containing the virus.

In these cases, only when detergent was used and a temperature of 40°C or above was the virus completely eliminated.

Using temperature alone, 67°C was required to eliminate the virus.

The study found there was no risk of cross-contamination when clean items were washed with those that had traces of the virus on.

However, Dr Laird said guidance published at the start of the pandemic by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS regarding uniform washing was based on "outdated literature".

PHE's guidance said where it was not possible for uniforms to be industrially laundered, staff should wash them at home, but Dr Laird advised against this.

She said: "This research has reinforced my recommendation that all healthcare uniforms should be washed on site at hospitals or at an industrial laundry.

"These wash methods are regulated and nurses and healthcare workers do not have to worry about potentially taking the virus home."

PHE said the guidance is from UK Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and was developed with the NHS.

NHS England has been contacted for a comment.

Dr Laird said textile and laundry associations around the world were using the study results in their guidance for healthcare laundering.

The full project and methodology has been submitted to a journal and is currently under peer review.

well of course we did not need to waste money on this study as this common knowledge that's why hospital bedding, clothing is always collected in biohazard marked bags and run through boil/high temperature washes . the staff that do have to launder their uniforms are given clear instructions on what should be done . Even the ordinary folks were instructed on how to launder washable masks to kill off the viruses /bacteria . In the old days before dousing everything with anti-bac sprays people used to just use hot water and soap , bleach for the extremely dirty/risky things  it is a simple problem with a simple solution ....boy this is making my head hurt all this angst and panic.

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LOL Couldn't they have used a fake needle thingy?

The world is being gripped by the coronavirus. Yet the media of the UK want to paint a picture of panic and mass hysteria. Ie they want to exaggerate to create fear in order to get people to wash hand


Meet up in Mote Park, Maidstone, announced by Metin Warwick is criticised


19:00, 06 March 2021

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A council has condemned a bid for a mass park meet-up tomorrow.

Metin Warwick, a barber who has previously gone against lockdown rules, suggested people congregate in Mote Park, Maidstone.

Announcing an 11am meeting time, by the cafe, he added on Facebook: "Bring family, friends, dogs, cats, kids, or just come alone because you won't feel alone when you get there."

He also included pictures of the park looking busy by the childrens' play area.

Some of his supporters said they would 'join the next meeting' while others pledged 'to be there.'

Under lockdown restrictions it is still illegal to travel away from home and meet in groups. People are allowed to meet just one other person from outside their household for exercise only.

The government does plan to ease this but not until later this month. From Monday people will also be allowed to leave home for recreation outdoors with another person from outside their household, or support bubble.

From March 29, as schools start to break up, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people or two households will be allowed.

A spokesman for Maidstone council, which manages Mote Park, said: "The council would discourage any such event and would encourage people to adhere to the rules.

"We're very close to lockdown easing, why ruin it now?

Mr Warwick, 39, who previously ran King's Hill Barbers in Churchill Square, has been vocal in not agreeing with lockdown or his salon having to close.

Speaking to KentOnline at the end of last year (before children were told to stay home from school) he said: "My business will continue, simple as that. I don't agree with it, everything is a conflict of interest - kids go to school but they can't play football, plumbers can go into people's houses but I can't cut somebody's hair.

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Tory anger as Boris Johnson to extend 'draconian' coronavirus laws for six months

Christopher Hope
Sat, 20 March 2021, 8:46 pm·3-min read
Quiet streets outside theaters in the West End district, during the evening after the capital was placed into tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. The switch to tier 3 rules from tier 2 in London and parts of southeast England will see pubs, bars and restaurants closed, except for serving takeaway meals.  - Betty Laura Zapata/Bloomberg
Quiet streets outside theaters in the West End district, during the evening after the capital was placed into tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. The switch to tier 3 rules from tier 2 in London and parts of southeast England will see pubs, bars and restaurants closed, except for serving takeaway meals. - Betty Laura Zapata/Bloomberg More

Plans to give police "the most draconian detention powers in modern British legal history” for another six months have been condemned by Conservative MPs.

Boris Johnson is expected on Thursday to push through extensions to coronavirus legislation that give far-reaching lockdown powers to close ports, ban protests and detain citizens to late September, despite being "hopeful" there will be a lifting coronavirus restrictions on June 21.

Dozens of his own MPs are set to rebel.

Cabinet ministers are understood to be divided over which lockdown measures need to be extended over concerns that needlessly extending powers will just inflame tensions among backbenchers.

The votes will come 24 hours after Mr Johnson is expected on Tuesday to be grilled by MPs on the Liaison committee, a grouping of senior MPs, and an ‘end of term’ meeting with his backbenchers organised by the 1922 committee.

MPs will vote three times: on extending the Coronavirus Act to September 25, to various lockdown regulations to a number of different dates from late June and into July, and to end proxy voting in the Commons on June 21.

Ministers are hoping that grouping the measures together will limit any rebellion as MPs will want to be seen to be voting to end the sick pay support and the furlough scheme.

However, with infections now at the same level as last autumn, dozens of Conservative MPs are expected to rebel. One Cabinet minister told The Telegraph: “There is a lot of cynicism and a lack of trust.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock stressed that the powers would remain in force only for as long as required to respond to the crisis when he persuaded MPs to support the Coronavirus Bill a year ago.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said the Coronavirus Act, contains "some of the most draconian detention powers in modern British legal history, giving the police and other officials the power to detain us, potentially indefinitely.”

He added: “Retaining most temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act until October is not consistent with this pledge and will raise concerns that restrictions will be reintroduced in the autumn.”

A woman is arrested by Met Police during a "World Wide Rally For Freedom" protest in London - Getty
A woman is arrested by Met Police during a "World Wide Rally For Freedom" protest in London - Getty

At least 36 people were arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in central London on Saturday which saw crowds hurling missiles at police and assualting officers.

Thousands of people joined Saturday's demonstration, which travelled from Hyde Park to St Paul's Cathedral and back to Westminster, ahead of the anniversary of the first UK lockdown which began on March 23 last year.

Among those attending the march were controversial actor Laurence Fox and Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labour Party leader Jeremy.

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They can apply this to pubs, and even any other public places


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Thursday 25 March 2021 08:00, UK


Boris Johnson is facing a Tory rebellion on lockdown rules in the Commons, 24 hours after telling drinkers they may need a COVID vaccine or negative test to go to the pub.

MPs are due to vote on extending emergency COVID legislation for six months until 25 September and current lockdown rules into July, but ending proxy voting in the Commons on 21 June.

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Senior Tory backbenchers have denounced the 2020 Coronavirus Act as "the most draconian detention powers in modern British legal history" and are threatening a rebellion by up to 60 Conservative MPs.

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The vote comes after an angry reaction from MPs and the pub trade to the prime minister's shock warning about "vaccine passports" for pubs being enforced by landlords.


The PM's move is part of a review of "vaccine passports" being led by Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, which could lead to venues demanding a recent test or proof of vaccine and relaxing rules on social distancing.

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COVID-19: Boris Johnson says pub landlords could bar punters without vaccine certificates

Mr Johnson made his proposal as he appeared before the Liaison Committee of senior MPs when he was asked by Conservative MP William Wragg if "COVID vaccine certification" could be required for pub-goers.

Mr Johnson replied: "I think that that's the kind of thing. It may be up to individual publicans. It may be up to the landlord."

The PM said: "The concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us." For example, doctors had to be vaccinated against hepatitis B, he said.

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But instantly there was a furious reaction from Tory lockdown rebels, led by Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the COVID Recovery Group.

Mr Baker hit out: "The Prime Minister began to tread a dangerous path when he opened the door to domestic COVID certificates.

"First they said we'll need them to watch the football, and today that it may be papers for the pub.

"Whether the state legislates for it, recommends it or simply allows it the result will be the same: a two-tier Britain that prevents pregnant women from taking part in society, given that the government is telling them not to take the vaccine.

"Or one where we turn back the clock and tolerate businesses turning away customers from communities which have shown an unfortunate hesitancy to take up the offer of a vaccine.

"We must not fall into this ghastly trap."


From the pub trade, Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: "It's crucial that visiting the pub and other parts of hospitality should not be subject to mandatory vaccination certification.

"It is simply unworkable, would cause conflict between staff and customers and almost certainty result in breaches of equality rules."

Looking ahead to the Commons showdown, Mr Baker said: "Following the prime minister's comments, the vote on the Coronavirus Act has become a rare opportunity for MPs to say no to a new way of life in a checkpoint society, under extreme police powers, that we would not have recognised at the beginning of last year.

"I was glad to hear the Prime Minister reassure William Wragg that anything that is redundant will go in relation to Coronavirus Act powers. Draconian police powers under Schedule 21, which have a 100% unlawful prosecution record, must be considered redundant to say the very least.

"I am seeking to table an amendment to the motion asking ministers to suspend those powers. I now hope the government can support it."

Downing Street officials defended plans to renew the Coronavirus Act's emergency measures for six months.

The prime minister's spokesman said: "The Coronavirus Act needs a renewal vote every six months, that will mean this is the second such vote."

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