Official Statistics: REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: September 2020 results

first_imgREACT-1 is the largest population surveillance study being undertaken in England that examines the prevalence of the virus causing COVID-19 in the general population. It uses test results and feedback from over 150,000 participants each month.The study focuses on national, regional and local areas, as well as age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, employment type, contact with known cases, symptoms and other factors.The findings will provide the government with a better understanding of the virus’s transmission and the risks associated with different population subgroups throughout England. This will inform government policies to protect health and save lives.Read the pre-print version of this reportRead the press notice accompanying these findingslast_img read more

Fernandinho calls for flying start

first_img After failing to get out of their group for the last two seasons, City are keen to avoid an unwanted hat-trick. Yet Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge of the Blues also coincides with a sense of weakness at Manchester United, who are adjusting to the massive change triggered by Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. Press Association Manchester City new-boy Fernandinho is targeting a massive haul of points before the Blues launch their latest European adventure.center_img It leaves Fernandinho to conclude City need to hit the ground running and gather in as many points as possible in the four games prior to that first Champions League match, which leads into the opening Manchester derby of the season. “It is important to start strong,” he said. “We need to get as many points as possible in those first few games. It is not a question of thinking about United. We have to think about ourselves. “It is important before the Champions League starts in mid-September to get as many points as possible because after that we are playing Saturday-midweek all the time and it gets harder.” In leaving Shakhtar Donetsk for City in a deal estimated to be worth £30million, Fernandino was following the same path as another Brazilian, Elano, trodden six years ago. Initially, Elano was superb, but as his debut season developed he found the going much tougher. The demands of the Premier League eventually proved too much and after two years he had left for Galatasaray. Although Fernandinho’s career suggests he is made of sterner stuff and some pundits, including Jamie Redknapp, have predicted big things from the 28-year-old, his slight frame does nothing to dispel worries he might find the adaptation process equally troublesome. “The Premier League is a very strong competition,” he said. “It is very tough and a different style of football. Obviously I don’t have any experience of English football, so I don’t know what the effects will be. “I want to train and practise as much as possible. I want to have a balanced season, always playing at the same level.” last_img read more