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Coronavirus: When will we know the UK lockdown is working?

Image copyright Jeff Overs/BBC It’s two weeks since Boris Johnson announced the UK’s lockdown, and there are signs the rate of infection is starting to slow, though not deaths. While the number of people dying in hospital with coronavirus is doubling every few days, the figures for confirmed cases and hospitalisations are slowing down. The […]

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Corornavirus: Tributes paid to ‘caring’ midwife Lynsay Coventry

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Colleagues at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow praised Lynsay Coventry’s “professionalism and commitment” The family of a midwife who died after contracting coronavirus have paid tribute to the “wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother”. Lynsay Coventry, 54, had worked for the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) in Harlow, Essex, […]

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Coronavirus: Five-year-old among latest UK victims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove: “People must, at every stage, respect these guidelines” A five-year-old child with underlying health conditions is among those with coronavirus whose deaths were reported in the past day, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said. The latest figures show 4,313 people with the virus have […]

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Nurse deaths ‘inevitable’ from coronavirus

Image caption Aimee O’Rourke died in the hospital where she worked It is “inevitable” more health workers will die from coronavirus, the UK’s largest nursing union has said. Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, was speaking after the deaths of nurses Aimee O’Rourke and Areema Nasreen, who had both tested […]

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Coronavirus: Can the UK do 100,000 tests a day?

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has promised it will dramatically increase coronavirus testing to 100,000 a day by the end of the month. It has been criticised for not testing more people already, as countries like Germany have managed to reach 50,000 tests a day. Daily coronavirus testing passed 10,000 people a day […]

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Coronavirus: Coming 5,000 miles to die for the NHS

More than 4,300 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus. Among them are frontline medical staff. Sirin Kale tells the story of two of them. The two men did not know each other, probably their paths never crossed, but in death they would find a strange symmetry. Dr Amged El-Hawrani and […]

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Coronavirus: Nightingale Hospital opens at London’s ExCel centre

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTimelapse captures the transformation of London’s ExCeL centre into the Nightingale Hospital The first of the government’s emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London’s ExCel centre. The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and is […]