Parent left ‘shouting at the television’ after PM gets coronavirus rules wrong again

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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Medics ‘extremely worried’ about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave

Medics are “extremely worried” about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. “We’re extremely worried” Asked whether he’s worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks’ time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We’re extremely worried. I think if if the current situation continues, if we haven’t got some additional measures in place,…

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Here’s why coronavirus deaths this winter could be tragically high

Delving into the coronavirus data tells us of a looming disaster. The Canary‘s analysis shows that this could see poor, clinically vulnerable and older people dying early in their own homes. To the government these people are disposable; to their friends and families, they are precious and deserving of adequate protection and care. Yet so far, nothing is being done to stave off this tragedy.Excess deaths and coronavirusPublic Health England (PHE) has released an analysis of excess deaths since March 2020. This is a figure which shows how many more people have died than would be expected. This is in England only. The “expected” number is based on…

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Lack of interpreter at coronavirus briefings leaves deaf ‘isolated and misinformed’

Deaf people have said the lack of a sign language interpreter at coronavirus briefings in England is leaving the community “isolated” and allowing misinformation to spread.LackingBritish Sign Language (BSL) interpreters attend briefings in Scotland, Wales, and the north of Ireland, but have yet to appear with experts and politicians in England. The BBC provides a superimposed translator on the BBC News channel during briefings, who also appears on Downing Street’s live Twitter feed.An interpreter from the BBC is used for Downing Street’s Twitter feed of the coronavirus briefing (Screengrab/Twitter) However, some deaf people told the PA news agency they could not readily access these either due to a…

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‘Worst fears are coming true’: Northerners fear new coronavirus restrictions

The government has announced tighter coronavirus restrictions for several areas, with many northern areas facing the tightest rules. A three-tier system was announced on 12 October, with areas classified as either a ‘medium’, ‘high’, or ‘very high’ alert. Liverpool City Region will be restricted the most, with bars and pubs closed. This comes after other regions in the north, such as the north east and Greater Manchester, having faced tighter restrictions for months. Dan MacDermid, a Newcastle resident, told The Canary: The north is always disproportionately blamed for stuff because it’s typically poorer and an easier target. Ultimately they are putting all the restrictions on it but when…

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Pressure is building on hospitals as coronavirus cases soar

Pressure is building on NHS hospitals, with a steep rise in the number of people needing urgent treatment for coronavirus (Covid 19), senior government advisers have said.England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said that while cases are rising fastest in the North of England, it is of “concern” that they are “heating up” in more parts of the country compared with a week ago.(PA Graphics) Speaking at a press briefing ahead of an announcement on further restrictions from prime minister Boris Johnson, Van-Tam said other regions are now following the North West of England pattern where the virus moved through the age bands, having started spiking…

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Disabled people tell Hancock where to stick his coronavirus laws

The Coronavirus Act is once again under the spotlight. This time it’s disabled people who are challenging the changes it made to parts of their lives by launching a petition calling on Matt Hancock to “scrap” parts of it. The Coronavirus Act The Canary reported in March that the government made sweeping changes to various laws because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The new rules contained several changes that hit disabled people. The Canary wrote at the time that: The rules and standards for social care for older, learning disabled, and other people will be relaxed. This means councils can reduce the service and support they provide to…

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Concerns over coronavirus testing kits following supply chain breakdown

Concerns have been raised over the supply of vital testing materials for a range of conditions, including coronavirus (Covid-19), following a supply chain problem with pharmaceutical giant Roche.Significant dropOn 6 October, Roche said it had experienced a “very significant drop” in its processing capacity due to a problem with its Sussex distribution centre, the only one in the UK. It’s been reported that the shortage includes vital reagents, screening kits, and swabs.In addition to providing these chemicals and parts used in coronavirus tests, Roche also provides materials for a wide range of procedures including blood and urine tests, as well as diabetic care. Roche warned the issues with…

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Donald Trump makes flippant and dangerous coronavirus comments as US cases soar

Donald Trump has told Americans not to let coronavirus ‘take over your lives’ despite having overseen the highest number of deaths in the world. The US president has made several comments understating the effects of the virus after his short hospital stay. He arrived back at the White House on the evening of 5 October. In a statement, he said: Don’t be afraid of [coronavirus], you’re going to beat it. He added: now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know. But don’t let it dominate your lives. Trump and coronavirus Trump announced that he and Melania had tested positive for coronavirus on 2 October. Later that…

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