BBC UK News

May 19, 2020

Covid-19: 'I told my kids I wasn't going to make it'

Taxi driver Ali Sakallioglu spent 222 days in hospital with Covid, including three months in a coma.

Covid: Living through lockdown in a high-rise flat

The continuing lockdown in England is tough for everyone but what's it like if you have limited space at home?

English National Opera lessons for long Covid sufferers

The English National Opera's singing coach gives long Covid sufferers breathing space.

Covid deaths: Four stories in 100,000

As the UK records its 100,000th death from Covid within 28 days of a positive test, Catherine Burns speaks to some of the people behind the figures.

Leon Briggs: CCTV shows final hours of man restrained by police

The pictures capture Leon Briggs skipping through Luton before later being carried away by officers.

Hotel quarantine for some travellers entering UK

Boris Johnson says the government is strengthening its border measures to protect the country against new variants.

Lockdown baking with Masterchef finalist Tim Kinnaird

Former Masterchef contestant Tim Kinnaird offers some top tips to improve you lockdown baking.

Covid-19: Starmer and Johnson on UK death toll figures

The UK Covid death toll is the result of a “huge number of mistakes by the prime minister” says the Labour leader.

Covid-19 vaccine: Woman to restart chemotherapy after jab

Vicki Meredew, who received a leftover vaccine dose, will continue palliative treatment for a brain tumour.

Excluded from Covid support: 'Devastated that I've been penalised'

Beauty therapist Kim Kingston explains how her husband's death led to her losing out on government support during the pandemic.

Panorama: The Jihadis from my schooldays

Olivia Davies went to school and college with two brothers who later left Wales and became extremists in Syria.

Inside the hospital: ‘Among all the doom and gloom there’s positives’

Despite the strains on the system, there is still kindness and new life in NHS hospitals.

Prof Chris Whitty: 'The rate of mortality will come down relatively slowly'

England's chief medial officer described today as a very sad day, as England surpasses 100,000 Covid deaths.

East Coast Main Line: Tunnel painstakingly pushed underground

Heavier than the Eiffel Tower, the tunnel was moved at 150cm per hour over nine days.

Hancock: 'Difficult to put timeline on exiting lockdown'

The health secretary says lifting restrictions can only happen when the "facts on the ground" show it is safe.

Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown?

The BBC speaks to four people about their experiences in the latest lockdown.

Katie Price on Harvey's transition to adulthood

The TV star and ex-model, opens up about her decision to move her son Harvey to a residential college.

Covid sea shanty video goes viral for Isle of Wight grandad

Martyn Waitt, 82, was encouraged to record a version of the Wellerman shanty by his granddaughter.

Covid-19: Boris Johnson on date for reopening English schools

Boris Johnson says teachers and pupils will be told “as much as we can, as soon as we can” about reopening them.

Learning disability vaccine plea: 'Don't leave us to rot'

As high risk groups continue to be immunised there are growing concerns that people with learning disabilities have been missed out.

Snow day for southern England, Midlands and Wales

People sent in their footage of snowy landscapes to the BBC, and shared content on social media.

Coronavirus: 'Lockdown made me feel like I was in prison'

John Nicholl, who is deafblind, says his use of hands-on sign language left him isolated in lockdown.

Covid: Norwich man's daughters praise hospital staff as he loses virus battle

Daughters of a man who died from Covid pay tribute to hospital staff who fought to keep him alive.

Matt Hancock says too soon to tell when lockdown rules will be eased

The Health Secretary tells Andrew Marr that he doesn't know when it will be safe to lift restrictions.

'I couldn't breathe': The 26-year-old with Covid

Twenty-six-year-old Mae Mamaril and her family all tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of 2020. Mae was the only one who was moved to an intensive care unit.

Student strike: 'Money taken for student housing I'm not using'

Students from more than 50 universities are taking part in a rent strike.

Muslim students still waiting for government funding plan

In 2013 the government promised to deliver a Sharia-compliant scheme but so far it has not materialised.

Covid-19: 'I didn't want to be resuscitated, I was so ill'

A 56-year-old Covid patient says she is finally recovering after a month in hospital.

Infection level 'very, very high' and 'extremely precarious' - Prof Whitty

The chief medical officer warns that in some ages groups Covid cases may still be going up.

New UK Covid variant death risk put into context by Sir Patrick Vallance

The UK chief scientific adviser says data suggests a higher death rate among those infected with the new variant.

Washing bodies in a pandemic, in a mosque

A team of volunteers at an east London mosque reflect on the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Covid R rate: What is the R number and why does it matter?

Health experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

From Sea Shanty TikTok to a record deal

Scottish postie Nathan Evans has quit his job and signed to a record label after storming TikTok with sea shanties.

How online bedtime stories keep grandparents connected

Annette keeps in touch with her two granddaughters by reading to them over video call.

TikTok: GP posts videos to tackle vaccine fake news

Dr Nighat Araf records messages in Urdu and Punjabi, urging people to trust the Covid jab.

Storm Christoph: 'We had to evacuate with our two children'

Robert and Claire Davies stayed with friends after concern their bungalow might be flooded.

Storm Christoph: Heavy rains flood streets across England and Wales

More rain and snow is expected in the next week with the prime minister urging people to follow advice to stay safe.

Covid-19: Birmingham mosque opens doors for vaccinations

There have been concerns about scepticism towards the vaccine in some Muslim communities.

Hollyoaks suicide storyline 'saved my life'

John opens up to Hollyoaks actor on 5 Live Drive about how a storyline saved their life.

Disability: 'The abuse used to be verbal, now it's physical'

Attacked because of her disability, Andrea was left with a fractured skull and a perforated eardrum.

Paralysed ambulance call handler walks for 'NHS heroes'

An emergency call handler paralysed below the waist walks one mile to raise funds for the NHS.

Luke Grenfell-Shaw: Cycling around the world with cancer

Cancer patient Luke Grenfell-Shaw completes the first part of his round-the-world challenge.

Dinosaurs In Love: Tom Rosenthal and daughter's song made into book

Dinosaurs In Love went viral, musician Tom Rosenthal and his daughter Fenn were the ones behind it.

Covid-19: Mortician says deaths have taken a toll

Senior mortician Hannah Leahy says the level of Covid fatalities is taking its toll on staff the Royal London Hospital.

Even a pandemic won't stop Kathleen's 105th birthday

Kathleen celebrated her milestone birthday at her care home in Exeter, where staff and residents had a party.

Covid-19: 'Don't end up like us, please'

Martin Freeborn's wife, Helen, lost her fight against Covid at the Royal London Hospital, where staff are struggling to cope with rising admissions.

Manchester Arena victim’s family told she 'could have been saved'

Expert’s report finds eight-year-old Saffie ‘could have been saved’ if treated adequately for her injuries.

Racism in education: How 'truth pages' helped students fight back

'Truth pages', where students share their experiences of racism, have been on appearing on social media since the killing of George Floyd.

Travel abroad UK: how to fly during a Covid pandemic

Jumping on a plane looks and feels different to how it did before the pandemic

Matt Hancock: 'Don't blow it now, we're on the route out'

The health secretary says everyone must continue to "stay at home whenever possible".

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