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UK approves Dexamethasone to treat all UK hospitalised patients requiring oxygen

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UK scientists have discovered that dexamethasone, a cheap steroid, can cut deaths in severely ill coronavirus patients by a third, which health secretary Matt Hancock has hailed as a “global first”.

In addition, scientists at London’s Imperial College are to imminently begin human tests on a new coronavirus vaccine using synthetic strands of the virus’s genetic code, in a move dubbed by business secretary Alok Sharma as “testament to the ingenuity and tenacity of Britain’s researchers”.

It comes as new Office for National Statistics figures revealed more than 612,000 UK workers lost their jobs within the first two months of lockdown, with 2.8 million people claiming Universal Credit – a rise of nearly 126 per cent since March.

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