Schools in England to receive CO2 monitors to improve ventilation

Support us and go ad-freeCarbon dioxide monitors will be provided to schools in England to help staff tackle poor ventilation and reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Government has said. The Department for Education (DfE) said a £25 million investment will go towards rolling out around 300,000 monitors across all state-funded education settings from September. The portable monitors will allow school and colleges to assess where ventilation needs improvement and take steps to remove air that may contain virus particles from indoors spaces. Growing pressure Education unions, backed by the Liberal Democrats, had urged Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to take action on ventilation in schools amid concerns about…

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NHS waiting list in England could soar to 14 million as staffing and pay issues persist

Support us and go ad-freeThe NHS waiting list in England could rise to 14 million by autumn 2022 and keep increasing, a new report warns. Millions of patients didn’t receive care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic due to overwhelmed health services. If they return for medical attention, then the number joining the waiting list could outstrip the number being treated. That’s according to a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Staff shortages and 3% pay rise In July, health secretary Sajid Javid warned that NHS waiting lists in England could rocket to 13 million. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph a few weeks after…

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Police arrest 11 over racist abuse of England players after Euro 2020 final

Support us and go ad-freePolice investigating the online racial abuse of England players following the Euro 2020 final against Italy have made 11 arrests so far. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were victims of abuse after they missed penalties in the shoot-out defeat at Wembley last month. The UK Football Policing Unit says its investigation team has received more than 600 reports from individuals, charities, clubs and other organisations across the country, and 207 were criminal in nature, with 34 accounts identified as being in the UK. Extent of this abuse The unit has made data requests to social media companies to progress further investigations, and…

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Hospitals in England see 30% more coronavirus admissions in a week

Support us and go ad-freeThe number of people in hospital with coronavirus (Covid-19) in England has risen to its highest level in four months, data shows. Latest figures from NHS England show that 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday 23 July. That’s the highest level since 22 March. This is a week-on-week rise of 30.7% from the 3,367 people in hospital on 16 July. (PA Graphics) Numbers are still lower than the peak of the second wave, when patient levels in England reached 34,336 on 18 January. The North East and Yorkshire had the highest number of beds occupied with coronavirus patients on…

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Coronavirus patients in England hospitals rise 30% in a week

Support us and go ad-freeThe number of people in hospital with coronavirus (Covid-19) in England has risen to its highest level in four months, data shows. Latest figures from NHS England show that 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday 23 July. That’s the highest level since 22 March. This is a week-on-week rise of 30.7% from the 3,367 people in hospital on 16 July. (PA Graphics) Numbers are still lower than the peak of the second wave, when patient levels in England reached 34,336 on 18 January. The North East and Yorkshire had the highest number of beds occupied with coronavirus patients on…

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Coronavirus case rates at record high in one in six local areas of England

Support us and go ad-freeAround one in six areas in England are now reporting their highest rate of new Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases since comparable records began last summer, when mass testing was first introduced in the UK. The list includes almost all local authority areas in north-east England, close to a half in south-west England and nearly a third in Yorkshire and the Humber. Data also shows that every local area in England is now recording coronavirus rates above 100 cases per 100,000 people. That’s the first time this has happened since early January, at the peak of the second wave. (PA Graphics) Just as remaining restrictions end……

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Social media firms give police details of racist posters targeting England stars

Support us and go ad-freeSocial media companies are handing police the details of accounts involved in racism towards England football players, with four arrests being made so far in connection with the abuse. An investigation is under way into posts published on Sunday following England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, which targeted black players including Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. Racist comments appeared on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with the firms facing criticism for not acting swiftly enough to remove hateful posts. Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council football policing lead, said the companies are now “working…

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Boris Johnson’s England video will scar you for life

Support us and go ad-freeBoris Johnson’s latest video about England’s Euro 2020 journey is short and to the point – to the point of making you feel nauseous, that is. But it also hints at a broader issue in our society. Johnson: England flag-shagger-in-chief The PM has once more indulged in nationalistic flag-shaggery over the England team’s performance in the Euros. As many people prepare to watch them take on Italy in the final on Sunday 11 July, Johnson made his own contribution to the nation’s excitement. It was enough to put you off football (and the English flag) for life. Johnson spouted: Best of luck to England…

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Southgate’s socially conscious England squad sets an example for British society

Support us and go ad-freeBehind the success of England’s national football team lies a credible social conscience. And it’s seen squad members saluted for taking the knee against racism, making a stand for the NHS, and taking the fight for free school means to Downing Street. Manager Gareth Southgate said as much on the eve of the tournament in an open letter to fans. He wrote: It’s their (the players’) duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate England’s Raheem Sterling,…

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Domestic abuse concerns rise as England plays in Euro 2020

Support us and go ad-freeA domestic abuse charity has urged victims to seek support as the England men’s football team progresses through Euro 2020. The Three Lions will take on underdogs Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 7 July. But concerns abound over the link between football matches and domestic violence. ‘We are here for you’ Ruth Davison, chief executive of charity Refuge, said: As England advance though the Euros and ahead of the semi-finals on Wednesday – and a potential England final on Sunday – Refuge’s message to women and girls experiencing domestic abuse remains clear: you are not alone, Refuge is here for you. While football…

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