Coronavirus latest: Thailand’s Prayuth to meet big business as new infections top 13,000

Business urged the UK government to “get control” on Tuesday after ministers clashed over self-isolation advice and Downing Street refused to produce a list of roles in which people could keep going to work even if “pinged” by the NHS app. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that critical workers with two jabs would be able to avoid self-isolation if they provided — for example — “food, water, electricity, medicines … the defence of the realm”.

Renewed tests of blood samples collected in Italy as early as October 2019 have revived a debate over whether coronavirus was circulating in Europe before China confirmed the first case in Wuhan. Scientists from Milan’s Istituto Nazionale Tumori, a cancer research centre, wrote in a new paper that retesting of a small number of pre-pandemic blood samples by two laboratories had indicated the presence of antibodies normally observed after coronavirus infections.

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