400,000 extra women missed their smear tests during the pandemic - as charity says it expects a rise in cervical cancer cases - digital front page

Data and Investigations Editor Harriet Clugston reveals that of the 15.6 million women and people with cervixes eligible for smear tests as of December 2020, just 10.9 million had been adequately screened

As the NHS races to vaccinate millions of Brits from coronavirus, 4.7 million people with cervixes in the UK have not been adequately screened for cervical cancer.

NationalWorld can now reveal that, in addition to the average number of women who miss their smear test, a further 400,000 are thought to have missed their appointments.

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NationalWorld reveals 400,000 women have missed their smear test during the Covid pandemic

As charities raise awareness of the illness during Cervical cancer awareness week, a leading charity has expressed its fears that the lack of continuity in examinations throughout the pandemic will mean more females will inevitably die from cervical cancer.

The coverage rate for cervical screening is now at 69.6%, compared to 72% a year ago. The target is 80%.


England vs Scotland: Our football writers do Gareth Southgate's job for him - read our starting XIs

As the Tartan Army descends on London, NationalWorld’s sports editors have named their dream teams for Friday Night’s long awaited game.

Cervical smear tests missed, Euro 2020 coverage and staycation advice - all in today's NationalWorld coverage

For Gareth Southgate, a win against Scotland would secure his team’s place in the last 16.

For Steve Clarke’s lads, the win would go some way in making up for their poor debut against the Czech Republic and provide a well needed boost before facing Croatia this coming Monday.

What end of the country will be boogie-woogie-ing? Only time will tell. Either way, football is coming home on Friday night, as the teams go head to head at Wembley.


How to get the best value UK holidays - our expert's tips on finding a staycation deal

Foreign travel is off limits for now, which means UK holidays are more popular than ever. Travel writer Jeff Mills shares his tips on finding the best value staycations.

To say that the government’s decision to delay the removal of Covid restrictions in England from June 21 until July 19 hit the travel business like a tsunami is something of an understatement.

Overseas package holidays have had to be quickly unpackaged and put back on the shelf for another day and airlines have been forced to rethink their operations once again.

EasyJet for example, has decided to re-route some flights from the UK to Mediterranean destinations altogether and redeploy their planes to routes from Germany to Spain’s Balearic Islands.

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