Coronavirus Updates in Oxfordshire

All the latest updates on coronavirus from across Oxfordshire.

 

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Friday, August 7th, 2020 11:00am

New survey reveals support for congestion-busting measures in Oxford

It found 80% of residents think restricting vehicles during the day is a good idea post-lockdown.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2020 6:26am

Oxford Uni researchers: Hydroxychloroquine could still save lives

While the drug has been ruled out as a method to treat infections, it may still be able to prevent them.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 10:22am

Oxford City Council backs 'Save Leisure' campaign

It's written to the Government for cash to make sure local leisure centres can re-open from lockdown.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 5:57am

The way to getting society back 'out there' is routine mass testing, says Oxfordshire CEO

Gordon Sanghera is from Oxford Nanopore Technologies - the firm behind the new 90 minute coronavirus tests.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2020 2:27pm

Oxford Professor: Covid-19 data inaccuracies ‘could lead to errors in imposing restrictions’

Carl Heneghan also said that the potential for false-positives to drive the increase in community cases was “substantial”.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2020 11:31am

New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’ in winter fight

An Oxford firm has developed one of two tests, which can detect coronavirus and flu.

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Saturday, August 1st, 2020 7:00am

Oxford's Story Museum announces phased reopening from lockdown

Visitors will finally be able to check out its £6 million transformation.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2020 6:16am

7.1% of Brits have been previously infected with COVID-19, new Oxford analysis suggests

A team in the city have examined thousands of blood samples as part of a new major study.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 6:00am

Courier fraudsters target Oxfordshire’s elderly and vulnerable

It’s thought a rise in online shopping during lockdown has helped fraudsters exploit their victims.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 4:01pm

Councils to launch Oxford bus gate survey as drivers return to city centre roads

They want to know what local people think of plans to install the new gates in September.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 10:47am

Campaigners display 'inspiring' plans for Oxford at pop-up shop

They want to help shape proposals which will encourage walking and cycling after lockdown.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 6:09am

Oxford Professor describes not being on the "front foot" as biggest failure during coronavirus pandemic

Sir John Bell has been giving evidence to MPs.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 6:37am

Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

Human trials have suggested it is safe and induces an immune response to the disease.

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Monday, July 20th, 2020 3:11pm

Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

Early results show no safety concerns and that the vaccine induces a strong immune response.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 11:00am

Critical need for COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma in Oxfordshire

NHS Blood and Transplant has issued the appeal.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 9:29am

Covid-19 cases on Isle of Wight 'declined rapidly after test and trace launch', Oxford study finds

The NHS contact tracing app was downloaded by almost 40 % of the population.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 5:42am

Coronavirus: Oxford vaccine could provide 'double protection'

Uni researchers believe they have made a breakthrough.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 10:48am

Oxford University's gardens, libraries and museums welcomed over 3.3 million visitors in 2019

The Ashmolean, Bodleian and Museum of Natural History are in the top 20 visitor attractions in England.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 6:00am

More people going out in UK again, Oxford data reveals

There's been a massive leap in us heading out over the last two Saturdays.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 5:00am

Oxford Uni study: Coronavirus pandemic leads to drop in hospital admissions for heart attacks

Researchers are warning that avoiding hospital could have serious consequences.

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Monday, July 13th, 2020 1:28pm

Engineered llama antibodies neutralise coronavirus, Oxford study suggests

Camels and alpacas naturally produce them too!

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Monday, July 13th, 2020 7:11am

Helen Mirren, Liam Gallagher and Simon Pegg donate items to Oxfam charity auction

It's part of the Oxford charity's coronavirus response appeal.

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Friday, July 10th, 2020 7:13am

Covid-19 could kill more people through hunger than the disease itself, warns Oxford charity

Oxfam says the food crisis is getting worse in some countries, because of the pandemic.

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Friday, July 10th, 2020 6:30am

Bicester volunteers reach 1 million food parcel milestone for NHS

A team have been delivering meals to COVID-19 wards across the country during the pandemic.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 9:38am

Oxford Scientists develop coronavirus swab test for use in schools, airports and homes

It can confirm if a person has the virus or is likely to be infectious.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 5:00am

Huge new Oxford study to investigate long-term health impacts of COVID-19

A team of experts have been given £8.4million, and will recruit 10,000 patients.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 11:09am

OXFORD UNI REPORT: Homemade cloth face masks will reduce the spread of coronavirus

An Oxford Professor says policy on them has been unclear and inconsistent in some countries.

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Monday, July 6th, 2020 12:09pm

Oxfordshire firms thanked for 'Ventilator Challenge' efforts

Penlon in Abingdon and Williams in Grove were among the businesses helping to produce over 14,000 of them.

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Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:08am

COVID-19 may not have originated in China, says Oxford expert

He claims the virus may have been lying dormant across the world before emerging under favourable conditions.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 10:23am

Staycation boom to boost Plymouth, while Oxford suffers

Colliers International has carried out new research on the recovery of the hotel sector.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 6:42am

Oxford Uni Professor: The UK must "prepare for the worst" this winter

Sir John Bell told MP's we shouldn't rely on the development of a successful coronavirus vaccine.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 6:08am

Scientists in Oxford develop system to detect coronavirus in wastewater

The one million pound research programme involves experts from nine universities.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 8:30am

Oxford University to interview prospective students online amid Covid-19

They will be carried out in December.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 12:44pm

BAME healthcare workers in Oxford hospitals at ‘higher risk of Covid-19 infection’

A new study at Oxford University Hospitals has looked at the levels of risk by staff dealing with the pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 7:10am

Nine workers at MINI Plant Oxford test positive for coronavirus

BMW says it's monitoring the situation closely.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 6:15am

HIV drug ineffective at treating Covid-19, major Oxford Uni study suggests

Countries which currently recommend it are being urged to revise their guidelines.

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Monday, June 29th, 2020 17:23pm

Oxford Uni experts have developed a new online tool which could help predict neighbourhoods which are vulnerable to Covid-19 outbreaks.

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Monday, June 29th, 2020 6:32am

Oxford Brookes Professor creates 'Recovery Curriculum' to ease kid’s return to school after lockdown

Former teacher Barry Carpenter worked on it with his son, who's a college Principal.

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Sunday, June 28th, 2020 6:30am

AUDIO: Mural of Oxford during lockdown goes on display

It's now up at the Rose Hill Community Centre.

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Friday, June 26th, 2020 11:34am

Visiting restrictions in Oxfordshire hospitals FINALLY start to ease

Oxford University Hospitals has announced it will start allowing one visitor, for one hour, per patient, per day.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020 5:41am

Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial team

Prince William described the work being done as "incredibly exciting" and "fascinating".

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 1:47pm

Brits could throw out 67 million clothes after lockdown, Banbury charity warns

WRAP is urging the public to check ahead to avoid overwhelming charity shops.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 6:36am

OXFORD UNI: New tool could identify who should be vaccinated against COVID-19 first

The 'risk prediction' model will help GPs work out if someone should be shielding.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 6:36am

Oxford Tube services to return after 3 month pause during lockdown

But, with a reduced timetable and capacity from Monday July 6th.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 5:00am

Oxford education experts warn school exclusions may rise after COVID-19

They say schools need to 'balance the pursuit for academic excellence with student wellbeing.'

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Monday, June 22nd, 2020 7:42am

Daughter of suspected COVID-19 victim begins legal action against Matt Hancock

88-year-old Michael Gibson died in a care home near Bicester.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2020 7:09am

A third of furloughed employees asked to work while firms get government handouts

Abingdon-based employment law experts conducted a survey and uncovered Furlough Fraud.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2020 5:30am

F1 tech protects staff treating Oxfordshire's COVID-19 patients

New plastic shields have been approved for use at the JR, and three other local sites.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 7:17am

Oxford Economics: UK facing "cultural catastrophe"

It's warning that creative industries could lose £74 billion in revenue in 2020.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 6:06am

Coronavirus: What is the 'breakthrough' treatment dexamethasone - and what are its side-effects?

The discovery by Oxford University of the steroid as a treatment has been hailed as a "major breakthrough".

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 1:30pm

Oxford scientists find cheap steroid cuts COVID-19 deaths

They have described the use of the drug, dexamethasone, as a "major breakthrough".

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Monday, June 15th, 2020 2:29pm

COVID-19: Petition launched to shut Bicester Village less than 24 hours after reopening

People have been complaining about it being overcrowded today.

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Monday, June 15th, 2020 12:08pm

Oxford to review all capital spending projects under coronavirus recovery plan

The city council has warned of 'difficult decisions' in the coming months.

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Friday, June 12th, 2020 3:13pm

Two people at Oxford United test positive for Covid-19

The Club won't confirm whether they are players or staff.

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Friday, June 12th, 2020 10:01am

Thermal scanners and virtual queues for Bicester Village reopening

The outlet has revealed more about its social distancing measures, ahead of Monday.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2020 6:00am

Oxford to lead part of new coronavirus treatment trial

Four drugs will be used as part of the Catalyst trial - including one developed by an Oxford company.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 12:15pm

Over a quarter of people in the UK drinking LESS in lockdown

A study involving Oxford Brookes has been looking at the impact of the pandemic on our alcohol consumption.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 6:37am

Oxford lexicographers make coronavirus children's word of the year

Oxford University Press analysed words used by thousands of young writers in submissions to a story competition.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 4:40pm

COVID-19: Oxford United will take on Portsmouth in League one play-offs

Wycombe Wanderers will play Fleetwood Town in the other semi final.

The season has been short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 6:22am

Oxford's visitor information centre to shut permanently

The closure is partly because of a predicted drop in footfall, post lockdown.

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Monday, June 8th, 2020 12:21pm

Westgate: Hand sanitiser stations, floor arrows and queue's outside shops

The oxford shopping centre has revealed some of its new social distancing measures.

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Monday, June 8th, 2020 6:18am

Oxford scientists working on COVID-19 vaccine 'near breakthrough' on antibody treatment

Testing is now said to be moving at "full speed".

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Monday, June 8th, 2020 5:00am

36 arrests as police crack down on online child sex abuse in Thames Valley

Officers carried out 32 raids after a surge in reports of the crime during lockdown.

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Friday, June 5th, 2020 4:46pm

Oxford researchers find hydroxychloroquine has no benefit against Covid-19

The anti-malarial drug has now been pulled from the UK's Recovery trial, which is run by Oxford Uni.

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Friday, June 5th, 2020 8:45am

COVID-19: Social bubbles could give people more freedom, say Oxford researchers

They looked at ways for people to interact more post-lockdown while still keeping the virus under control.

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Friday, June 5th, 2020 6:08am

AstraZeneca can supply two billion doses of Oxford Uni's potential coronavirus vaccine

The British pharmaceutical company says it now has capacity for that, over the next two years.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020 12:31pm

Oxford United to start coronavirus testing tomorrow

The squad are being brought back to work after being furloughed for weeks.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020 6:07am

AUDIO: Council commits to making school runs safer in Oxfordshire during social distancing

It's considering making drop off areas larger, or possibly moving them completely.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 11:42am

Grounded cabin crew look after John Radcliffe Hospital staff in mock 'first class lounge'

Airline volunteers are serving refreshments and helping them relax on their breaks.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 7:14am

COVID-19: Child given plasma in Oxford led treatment trial

It's testing existing treatments that may help people hospitalised with Covid-19.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 9:36am

Oxfam to start reopening high street shops from 15th June

The Oxford-based charity says any donated goods will be isolated for 72 hours before they're put on sale.

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Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:26am

Oxfordshire mental health charity fears people who need help aren't accessing it

Oxfordshire Mind experienced a 390% increase in calls in March, but says contact has now dropped off.

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Monday, June 1st, 2020 8:18am

Oxford MP: Companies given Government help during coronavirus crisis should give back to society

Anneliese Dodds was asked if businesses that have been saved should repay the country with shares.

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Friday, May 29th, 2020 12:06pm

Oxford trial could reduce need for ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Researchers are looking at whether a certain DRUG can raise oxygen levels in the blood.

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Friday, May 29th, 2020 6:39am

Researchers DON'T believe chemo patients are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19

Oxford and Birmingham Universities teamed up to study hundreds of UK cancer patients who were diagnosed with the virus.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2020 5:30am

Over 300,000 PPE delivered to Oxfordshire schools

Risk assessments are being carried out ahead of more them reopening from Monday.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 12:48pm

COVID-19: More than £200k to be spent on social distancing measures in Oxford

Temporary outdoor seating for restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes could be introduced, where there's enough space.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 6:18am

Oxford Professor calls for study of coronavirus spread in schools

Carl Heneghan is urging the Government to investigate transmission in case the virus reoccurs.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 5:00am

Covid Action group: Infection rates could rise again when schools reopen

An open letter is calling on the County Council to reject plans to reopen primary schools on Monday.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 11:27am

Banbury charity warns of dog 'separation anxiety'

Dogs for Good says many owners are worried about going back to work and parting with their pooches again.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 7:31am

Delay imposing lockdown saw coronavirus cases rise by 1.3 million

Oxford University's department of statistics worked on the study.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2020 7:48am

Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial: Up to 10,000 volunteers needed for new phase

The University is expanding the age range of volunteers, to include children and pensioners.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2020 5:00am

AUDIO: Oxford Professor warns conspiracy beliefs will thrive during coronavirus pandemic

A study's found people who believe in them are less likely to comply with social distancing rules.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020 5:39pm

Hospital admin worker in Oxford hospital 'had no PPE' before his death

Peter Gough died after contracting coronavirus on 12th May.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020 4:18pm

COVID-19: Charity film tribute for emergency workers created by Oxfordshire video company

It features behind the scenes events of those working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020 10:48am

Coronavirus: AstraZeneca could begin supply of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine in September

The drugs giant says it has the capacity to manufacture one billion doses.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020 8:18am

Oxfam announces it's pulling out of 18 countries

The charity - founded in Oxford - is adapting to financial impact of the coronavirus.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020 5:57am

Frontline staff in Oxford to take hydroxychloroquine as part of global trial

Oxford Uni is leading tests of the drug touted by Donald Trump, to see if it prevents coronavirus.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 12:53pm

Oxford confirms plans to resume face-to-face teaching in the autumn

The University says it intends to be open to all students for the 2020/21 academic year.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 8:00am

Oxfordshire's teachers thanked for their dedication during coronavirus pandemic

Pupils, parents and school heads have been writing messages of appreciation.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 5:05am

Thames Valley Air Ambulance warns of £1 MILLION shortfall during coronavirus pandemic

The charity has launched an urgent appeal for donations.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 5:08pm

Remote consultation technology supports Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine trial

Nye Phone has already been supporting NHS workers throughout the pandemic.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 5:51am

Covid snakes: the craft project bringing Oxfordshire communities together in lockdown

Long lines of colourful rocks are springing up all over the country.

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Monday, May 18th, 2020 10:59am

Almost 200 assaults on Thames Valley police during Coronavirus pandemic

50 of those involved officers being spat at, coughed at, or even bitten.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020 6:54pm

Oxford: Covid-19 vaccine to be rolled out to 30 million by September if trial is successful, says Sharma

The Business Secretary also announced an extra £84 million to ‘help accelerate their work.’

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020 6:49am

Government to invest £93 million in new coronavirus manufacturing centre in Oxford

It’s being built at the Harwell Campus and will open next summer.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020 4:24pm

COVID-19: Tributes paid to kind Oxford hospital worker

It's been confirmed that Peter Gough died on Tuesday.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020 11:27am

OXFORD UNI: Video games can help with mental health problems during lockdown

Local neuroscientists tested the theory with frontline healthcare workers and a game of Tetris.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020 5:30am

10,000 food parcels delivered to NHS workers daily from Bicester airbase

Soldiers, Veterans and local residents are doing their bit to support hospitals during the pandemic.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 4:09pm

New survey involving Oxford reveals first snapshot of people with COVID-19 in England

An average of 148,000 people had it in the two weeks from 27th April.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 11:08am

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial results expected in June

Also today an expert at Oxford University has also hailed the approval of an anti-body test a "major step forward."

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 7:32am

New study to assess mental wellbeing of young people in Oxfordshire during lockdown

Oxford Uni is working with the county's schools to look at the impact on things like sleep or eating patterns.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 6:12am

Oxfam: Any Covid-19 vaccine should not be auctioned off "to the highest bidder"

The Oxford-based charity is calling for guarantees that, when found, the vaccine will be patent-free.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 5:30am

AUDIO: Campaign launched to save 'struggling' live music venue in Abingdon

The Northcourt has lost all of its income since the lockdown started in March.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 5:30am

AUDIO: Oxford Uni COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK

People aged 50-64 with a pre-existing illness are being recruited.

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Monday, May 11th, 2020 2:28pm

Pregnant women not at greater risk of severe coronavirus, Oxford study suggests

Mums-to-be from BAME groups were more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 though.

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Monday, May 11th, 2020 5:51am

Oxford City Council unveils transport improvements to 'kick start' local economy

Some of the measures being looked at include a new network of cycle routes and wider pavements.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2020 6:10am

Distilleries and honey producers supply sanitiser to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance

It's received over 130 offers of PPE, after launching an emergency appeal for donations.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020 3:32pm 

Oxford helps identify who is most likely to die from Covid-19

The academics say it's the world’s largest analysis of NHS patient records.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020 12:05pm

COVID-19: Man who spat and coughed at police in Oxford is jailed

Another man has been sentenced for being racially abusive to an officer.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020 6:13am

Oxford Uni reveals potential strategies for ending lockdown, to limit risk of second peak

Experts say governments must decide how to end quarantine, without overwhelming health services.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020 6:00am

AUDIO: Oxfordshire towns and villages to mark VE Day, at a social distance

Residents have had to come up with new ways to celebrate the 75th anniversary at home.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 5:00am

Oxford firm develops product to support maternity services during coronavirus pandemic

The new system by Sensyne Health helps mums-to-be monitor their own blood pressure at home.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 11:03am

Cases of sexual and domestic violence rise in Oxfordshire

Demand on the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre has increased during lockdown.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 6:27am

Oxford Uni: Green pandemic recovery will deliver more jobs and returns

A new study claims investment in renewables projects could all help kick-start the economy.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020 5:13pm

More than 600 people have now taken part in the Oxford vaccine trial

The update was confirmed by the business secretary Alok Sharma.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020 12:36pm

Women’s Tour cycling race rearranged for 2021

Organisers have confirmed Oxfordshire will still get to host stage one next June.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020 8:24am

OXFAM: Coronavirus vaccine plan should put people most in need at 'front of the queue'

A virtual conference aims to raise nearly £7 billion to develop treatments.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020 6:08am

Husband of JR nurse pays tribute to 'great human being'

63-year-old mum-of-three Philomina Cherian died with coronavirus last week.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 6:00am

Move to switch Oxford bus fleets to zero emission is delayed

It's so companies can focus on managing the impact of the coronavirus on their trade.

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Friday, May 1st, 2020 5:38pm

Tragic news out of the John Radcliffe this afternoon

Oxford University Hospitals has announced the death of staff nurse Philomina Cherian from Covid-19.

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Friday, May 1st, 2020 3:00pm

Oxford asks for more cash as it faces £12 million funding gap during pandemic

The city council says the money allocated doesn't cover the huge impact of providing emergency services on its finances.

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Friday, May 1st, 2020 4:00am

Oxford celebrates VIRTUAL May Morning

The 500-year-old tradition is still being marked, just online!

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020 4:07pm

Thames Valley Police handed out more fines for lockdown breaches than any other force in England and Wales. 

TVP gave out 649 fixed penalty notices in the four weeks to April 27th. 

Read more about it here

Thursday, April 30th, 2020 3:54pm

COVID19: Manufacturing of Mini to resume in Oxford in May

BMW says it's taking a "staggered approach to ramping up" global production again.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020 9:44am

Oxford University partners with drug giant to distribute Covid-19 vaccine

The move could allow for rapid vaccinaton around the world.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the agreement is "hugely welcome news."

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020 5:45am

Fly-tipping on the rise in Oxford 

The council says it’s an unnecessary distraction for staff trying to help those in need during the lockdown. 

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 4:00pm

Rise in online child sex abuse in Thames Valley during lockdown

Police are cracking down on criminals seeking to use the crisis for their own gain.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 8:11am

Loo roll panic buying causes rise in 'ragbergs' in Oxfordshire

People have apparently been using wet wipes, kitchen roll and even newspaper as an alternative!

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 6:30am

Oxford Uni ventilator design stood down 

Four teams who responded to urgent calls for more machines for the NHS, including OxVent, no longer have the Government's support.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 8:24am

COVID-19: New Oxford app checks supermarket crowd levels

"Crowdless" aims to help people maintain social distancing during the pandemic.

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Monday, April 27th, 2020 10:09am

Oxford Uni Professor: Contact tracing app to be released 'within weeks'

It could prevent one Covid-19 infection for every one or two people who download it.

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Monday, April 27th, 2020 6:36am

Oxford Economics: Senior adviser warns Britain will pay for covid-19 measures for decades

Ian McCafferty says the UK's recovery is likely to be slower and shallower than first hoped.

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Monday, April 27th, 2020 6:08am

Oxford vaccine trial participant 'fine' after reports of death

A fake article claimed Elisa Granato had died following complications after taking the vaccine.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020 6:25am

Didcot student 3D printing PPE for the John Radcliffe

Tom Pooley's been inspired by his mum, who works as a nurse at the JR Hospital.

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Friday, April 24th, 2020 12:25pm

3,000 emergency food parcels sent to people in Oxford during lockdown

Some people are struggling to put food on the table for them and their families.

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Friday, April 24th, 2020 7:08am

Universities face £2.5 billion funding "black hole" amid predicted collapse in student numbers

Oxford already announced cost-saving measures in a bid to protect its finances.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 4:48pm

Coronavirus: Why Oxford Uni is so confident in an early vaccine win

The government's chief medical officer insists a jab is still 12 to 18 months off ...

But the team at the Jenner Institute believe they'll have a million doses and proof that it's safe and effective by September.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 16:49pm

Covid-19 COULD have lasting effects on organs other than the lungs, according to an Oxford Uni expert. 

A study's been launched to assess the effects on the lungs, heart, brain, liver and kidneys over 12 months. 

Oxford's Dr Betty Raman is helping to lead it.

Hear the extended interview here

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 2:34pm

A&E visits plummet at Oxfordshire Hospitals

People are being urged not to avoid going because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 9:53am

OXFORD UNI: 20,000 UK households asked to provide throat swabs

It's a new study to track the spread of COVID-19.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 12:23pm

Coronavirus: Oxfordshire councils warn financial impact could be £100 million

They've written to the Government saying they will become financially unsustainable after the pandemic.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 9:04am

Ten years worth of ventilators are being made in nearly 10 weeks

Abingdon-based Penlon is one of the firms scaling up production of the devices.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 5:50am

Plane carrying protective equipment for health workers finally lands at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire

The PPE arrived from Turkey overnight, following days of delays.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 6:12pm

Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine to be trialled on patients from Thursday

Scientists have said it has an 80% chance of success.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 5:15pm

Oxford University: 12 month recruitment freeze and pilot furlough scheme announced

Professor Anne Trefethen said: "Our aim is to ensure Oxford emerges from this crisis as a stronger institution, and these measures will help reduce the financial impact of the lockdown."

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 4:55pm

Coronavirus testing site for key workers to open in Oxford

The Deparment of Heath says it's part of the Government's push to increase testing in the UK.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 12:41pm

Bicester house closed down for breaking coronavirus rules

Local residents had been reporting anti-social behaviour

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 5:56am

Two Abingdon companies scale up production of coronavirus tests

They include a nasal swab which can give a result in under ten minutes.

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Monday, April 20th, 2020 5:05pm

Global survey by Oxford Uni will explore effect of social distancing

It’ll track people’s feelings and experiences over a 3-month period.

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Monday, April 20th, 2020 10:35am

Oxfordshire hospice expands to help with coronavirus crisis

The Katharine House Response Centre has been set up in Adderbury.

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Monday, April 20th, 2020 7:41am

Oxfordshire nurse, 84, dies after contracting coronvarius

Margaret Tapley has been described as an 'inspiration.'

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Sunday, April 19th, 2020 9:00am

Chippy Larder now giving out 450 food packages a week

The group delivers affordable food to households around Chipping Norton.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has even been lending a hand as a delivery driver!

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Saturday, April 18th, 2020 9:00am

Pregnant women are being urged to attend scheduled appointments after reports some are missing them in the hope of easing pressure on the NHS. 

Oxford University Hospitals says its maternity service is still open 24/7.

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Friday, April 17th, 2020 3:33pm

400 volunteers could receive first dose of potential COVID-19 vaccine in Oxford next week

Oxford University experts hope to have at least a million doses available by about September.

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Friday, April 17th, 2020 4:00am

Oxford University experts are working on a Covid-19 contact tracing app and say if 60% of the population use it, deaths will drop.

The app would alert users if someone they had come into contact with had tested positive.

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The Government has ordered 15,000 new ventilators built by a company in Abingdon.

Penlon's Prima ES02 has been authorised for use in hospitals.

Read more about it here

A new paper co-authored by Oxford Uni says the Covid-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on global mental health. 

The Oxford Internet Institute experts say monitoring mental health must be a priority during the global response.

Read more about it here 

 

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:05pm

Man jailed after coughing in the faces of police officers in Oxford

The 24-year-old is now in prison for 20 weeks.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 4:30pm

Care provider 'deeply saddened' by deaths of 4 Witney care home residents

Three had tested positive for Covid-19 over the last few weeks.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:35am

PPE crisis '21st century's Dunkrk,' says Oxford researcher

The department of health insists it's doing all it can to protect NHS staff.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:05am

Cancelled Cowley Road Carnival goes VIRTUAL

The street festival usually attracts tens of thousands of people to the city.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 12:05pm

Mental health helpline launched in Oxfordshire to take pressure off 111

The NHS number has seen a big rise in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 6:35am

Too early to say if drug helped recovery, says Oxford covid-19 trial patient

56-year-old Claire Fuller is one of the first to take part in trials for possible treatments.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2020 10:32am

Two John Radcliffe Porters thought to have died after contracting coronavirus

Both men were married to nursing staff at the Oxford hospital.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2020 9:00am

COVID-19: Online services launched for brain injury survivors in Oxfordshire

Yoga, cooking and art classes are being put on digitally to prevent isolation during the pandemic.

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Friday, April 10th, 2020 6:07pm

Covid-19, self-isolate and elbow bump have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

It’s a “significant update” prompted by the coronavirus.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020 9:04am

We're staying in to “flatten the curve”, but lockdown is doing more than you think ...

Air pollution has more than HALVED in parts of Oxford since March 23rd.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020 6:06am

OXFAM: Economic fallout from coronavirus could push half a billion more people into poverty

The Oxford-based charity says urgent action's needed to support developing countries.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 3:38pm

Didcot postal workers walk out after staff member catches coronavirus

They say the Broadway site wasn't thoroughly cleaned after their colleague went off ill.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 1:41pm

Oxford Uni: Lack of blood samples hampering ability to find antibody test

Professor Sir John Bell said the team has struggled to get them from Public Health England.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 6:00am

Campaign launched to give NHS heroes in Oxfordshire morale-boosting packs

Oxford Health Charity is asking for donations like hand creams, energy bars and specialty teas.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 3:05pm

Man jailed for breaching coronavirus rules in Oxfordshire 

Simba Munyoro, from Milton Keynes, claimed to be moving a bed for a key worker on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 2:14pm

Big construction projects in Oxford paused due to coronavirus

It includes the £100 million redevelopment of Blackbird Leys.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 6:05am

Oxford company uses AI to identify Coronavirus cases more effectively

For the tech to work, Zegami is asking local hospital trusts to provide Covid-19 x-rays.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 6:00am

Covid-19 antibody test `at least a month away´ says Oxford expert

The Government will be asking for refunds from companies that can't improve the failed tests.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020, 10:16pm

Coronavirus: Oxfordshire MPs thoughts with Boris Johnson in intensive care

The Prime Minister’s condition has worsened, Downing Street has said.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:35pm

Grove-based F1 team ROKiT Williams have put “a number of employees” on furlough

The team's drivers and senior management will take a 20% pay cut.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:31pm

Anneliese Dodds has been speaking to Jack following her appointment as Shadow Chancellor.

The Oxfordshire MP says her priority is to provide businesses with the support they need during the pandemic.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 7:44am

Thames Valley Police stop a 'large number of people' out taking non-essential journeys this weekend

That included a man who was driving to jet wash his mother’s patio!

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 6:14am

John Radcliffe staff to get free meals, organised by the former boss of McLaren F1

Deliveries will start at the Oxford Hospital today.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020 11:02am

Oxfordshire man jailed for coughing at police officer

He said he had coronavirus.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 4:45pm

Some sad news this afternoon, a temporary mortuary is being created in Oxfordshire 

It's being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park, with enough space to store up to 1,480 bodies.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 2:35pm

VIDEO: 16 people charged for breaking new coronavirus lockdown laws in Thames Valley

The Chief Constable says "a lot of it is to do with people not having a reasonable excuse" for being out.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 11:13am

New sensors used to monitor COVID-19 patients at Oxford hospital

The wearable technology aims to "reduce the burden on nursing staff."

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 4:12pm

Oxford City Council gives out first wave of small business “coronavirus grants"

The local authority has given out £170,000 to 17 businesses in the first batch.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 2:01pm

Oxford Tube services to be temporarily suspended

Passenger numbers have significantly dropped following Government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 4:08pm

Coronavirus: Oxford distillery swaps gin for hand sanitiser

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is making it for care homes and hospitals in Oxfordshire during the outbreak. 

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 12:20pm

A group of local NHS workers are doing their bit to get hold of in-demand PPE items, like masks.

The team from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford are collecting unused items to deliver to local hospitals.

They're also raising money to buy more PPE and have set a target of £250,000.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 7:05am

Oxford experts suggest app to alert people if they’ve been close to someone with coronavirus

The Government is apparently assessing whether it could work.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:05pm

The latest episode of JACK's Viral Podcast is out - featuring key workers, business experts and a jolly good farmer chap!

Listen to it here, listen to it there, or grab it from whatever place you normally get your podcasts from.

 

Friday, March 20th, 2020 11:58am

Vans for Bands hope to lend buses to NHS staff

The Kidlington based company want to offer their vehicles as a place for Oxfordshire nurses and doctors to rest.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 10:45am

Oxford University Hospitals: Visitors banned with few exceptions

The NHS Trust is enforcing stricter rules to help fight the spread of Covid-19.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:15am

PC Andrew Harper murder trial collapses due to coronavirus

The jury in the Old Bailey trial has been discharged.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:03pm

There's a virus going round. So what'll happen with your bins. Find out about rubbish from JACK.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:18pm

Bicester Village has been temporarily CLOSED following latest government guidelines.

 Westgate Oxford has also 'largely' closed and says only 'essential shops' - like Sainsbury's and Superdrug - are open. 

Tuesday, March 24th, 6:22pm

Henley Royal Regatta has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers say the decision will have 'significant' financial implications.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 7:09am

Oxford hospital trust appeals for more staff during Coroavirus pandemic

You don't need to have previous experience.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 11.42am

Oxford City Council to find hotel rooms for homeless

The local authority wants to find rooms for up to 100 people.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 6:27pm

Police expect a rise in domestic abuse and fraud in Oxfordshire

The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police is expecting a spike in those crimes during the lockdown.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2020 6:19 pm

NHS staff in Oxfordshire to get free parking

Hospital parking charges are being suspended due to the Coronavirus.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020 6:05am

 

A part-time doctor, who is also one of the co-founders of an Oxfordshire business selling shandy, says it's been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Shandy Shack in Bampton relies on summer festivals to make its money, but with so many cancelled, the company's had to shift its focus to online deliveries. 

Hear from Tom Stevens, one of the company's three founders, on air in the news this morning (27/03)

Friday, March 27th, 2020 7:13am

90% reduction in passenger numbers on Oxfordshire buses

Oxford City Council is calling on the Government to step in and support them.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020 12:31pm

Oxford Uni to start recruiting for Covid-19 vaccine trials

It needs up to 510 healthy volunteers.

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Monday, March 30th, 2020 6:15am

Oxfam asks governments for £130 billion to prevent millions of coronavirus deaths

The Oxford-based charity has a 5-point plan to help less-economically developed nations.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:36am

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Trading Standards says con-artists are taking advantage of the situation...

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Monday, March 30th, 2020 1:13pm

People dying of Covid-19 today caught it a month ago, Oxford expert warns

He also thinks that if we follow social distancing the increase in deaths will stop.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 2:20pm

Emergency appeal: Thames Valley Air Ambulance needs face masks, gloves and aprons

It's struggling to get the equipment to protect its doctors, pilots and patients.

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Monday, March 16th, 2020 10:55am

Oxford University Hospitals has limited visitors to one per patient and is restricting visiting hours to 4pm to 7pm, with immediate effect.

The NHS Trust says only person will be able to accompany patients to into Emergency Departments at the JR and Horton General, at Emergency Assessment Units, outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 8:22am

The Boat Race Company says "the public good far outweighs all other considerations".

This year's event, scheduled for March 29, would have staged the 166th men's race and the 75th women's race between crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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Friday, March 13th, 2020 1:59pm

Undergraduates have been advised not to stay in the city, to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. 

The Vice-Chancellor has emailed staff and students this afternoon, to say they are putting the "health and welfare of staff and students first."

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:00am

As covid-19 continues to spread, schools are taking measures to keep staff and pupils safe.

They are continuing to monitor government advice in this rapidly-changing situation, to prioritise everyone's wellbeing.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 7:45am

Oxfordshire pubs and breweries launch home deliveries

You can now get beer bought to YOU in some parts of the county.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:25am

Oxford Uni: New "app" could trace COVID-19 carriers

Scientists say creating an app that can trace people who have been exposed to coronavirus is 'feasible.'

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 3:11pm

Oxford Bus Company to change timetables from Monday

Managers say weekend service patterns are “likely” to replace regular routes for the time being.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:58am

Coronavirus: New Oxford-developed test gives results in 30 minutes

Experts say the new method of testing is three times faster than others

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Friday, March 20th, 2020 7:08am

Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine could begin next month

Public Health England will start evaluating the drug next week.

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Friday, March 20th, 2020 12:31pm

Five Coronavirus help hubs are being set up in Oxford

Volunteers will deliver food and medical supplies to vulnerable people.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 3:12pm

First UK patients enrolled in Oxford clinical trial of possible Covid-19 treatments

The trial is currently running at two hospitals with seven patients.

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