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June 26, 2019

‘You start with such high hopes’: The incredible struggle of hospital staff in Italy

In Italy, the death toll from Covid-19 is now more than 14,500. It is the hardest hit European country. In Bergamo, which is close to the Alps, it’s thought fatalities could be double previous estimates. The reason – because so many elderly patients died untested at home. The outbreak was first...

Tens of thousands of Britons remain stranded abroad

Thousands of British citizens remain stranded abroad, and are still battling to make their way back to the UK as lockdowns continue across the globe. Earlier this week, the Foreign Office commited £75m to bring them back, but many are still struggling to find a way home.

What will happen to rough sleepers when pandemic is over?

When every council in England was told to give rough sleepers a roof over their heads to protect them from the spread of Covid-19, it was welcomed. Now homelessness charities are wondering what will happen once the bed and the door key is taken from those who have been given shelter. Channel 4...

Exams grades in England to be decided by teacher assessment, mocks and coursework

You might think that one of the benefits of the lockdown is that exams had to be cancelled. But for students due to sit public exams it’s brought heartache. Many have been left in limbo, not knowing how their studies will be graded. Today the exam regulator in England said GCSE and A-Level grades...

‘All our ICU patients are in their 50s or younger’ – frontline Welsh doctor who recovered from virus

A critical care consultant in the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport is urging the public to keep listening to government advice. Earlier this week, Dr David Hepburn warned the hospital had run out of space in intensive care and had moved into operating theatres. This – in an area which has seen the...

US suffers more coronavirus deaths in one day than any other country

Cases and deaths from Covid-19 are continuing to rise alarmingly in the US, with New York State alone reporting more than 560 fatalities in one day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to suggest all Americans wear a mask outside. Yet healthcare workers are still saying...

‘We do feel frightened for ourselves and our families’ – emergency doctor Emeka Okorocha

Dr Emeka Okorocha, an accident and emergency doctor in east London, spoke about what life is like on the NHS frontline for him and his colleagues.

Family of UK’s youngest coronavirus victim unable to attend his funeral

Daily updates of the rising number of deaths from Covid-19 are a terrifying reminder of the message to stay at home. For the family of the youngest victim, yet more pain as 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab’s mother was forced to stay away from his funeral because two of his younger siblings...

Debenhams expected to go into administration

Debenhams is expected to become the latest high-profile business casualty of the coronavirus crisis. The firm, which was already in financial difficulties, is likely to go into administration next week putting thousands of jobs at risk. As hundreds of thousands of businesses face a funding...

Government ‘keep throwing up random numbers’ on testing

Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria MacDonald reports on the latest developments in coronavirus testing.

100,000 a day tests target ‘realistic’ – ‘test czar’ Prof John Newton

Earlier Cathy Newman spoke to the government’s newly appointed test czar, Professor John Newton, about whether the government’s stated target of carrying out 100,000 tests a day was a realistic one.

England’s chief nurse implores people to stay at home, as two nurses die

Built in just nine days, the Nightingale Hospital has 4,000 beds for coronavirus cases. Prince Charles officially opened it remotely from his home in Scotland. Such is the scale of the crisis, the Queen will address the nation this weekend. And as the number of deaths continued to soar, the...

FactCheck: How long can the coronavirus survive on surfaces and in the air?

By Simon Roach One of the most common questions people ask FactCheck is how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces and in the air while it is still infectious. A widely published story last week quoted a US government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication which said...

FactCheck Q&A: the new coronavirus “blood tests” 

FactCheck Q&A: the new coronavirus “blood tests” 

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, says he wants to see 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of this month. New blood tests will form part of the testing drive. But these tests have already created confusion and controversy, with government officials at loggerheads with journalists over...

Where does Coronavirus leave the fight against climate change? COP26 delayed until 2021

COP 26, the global climate summit in Glasgow, has been postponed. The two-week summit had been intended to build on the historic accord brokered in Paris in 2015. But many campaigners have welcomed the postponement, saying it buys time for real climate action after the pandemic – and maybe after...

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