Coronavirus briefing: UK construction workman warning and India lockdown

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Should a UK do more?

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Terry Dolzyc

Everyday freedoms in a UK have been significantly curtailed, yet questions sojourn over who should and shouldn’t be withdrawal a house. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said those who can't work from home should lift on going to work, yet there’s dissapoint about a numbers of people still make-up on to open transport, generally a London Underground. Construction workers are suspicion to be a poignant partial of a problem, and Labour and others wish a supervision to close all non-essential building sites down. That’s already been finished in Scotland.

There are now some-more than 8,000 reliable cases of coronavirus in a UK – nonetheless a loyal series is expected to be distant higher. Some 422 of those patients have died.

Prisons are feeling a strain, with a flourishing series of cases and descending staff numbers due to illness and self-isolation. The probity secretary says some offenders could be expelled early from jails in England and Wales to palliate pressures. Significant problems are also being reported in a advantages system after an “incredible” series of claims in new days due to a mercantile fall-out of a pandemic.

The latest efforts to beef adult a NHS embody a outrageous temporary margin hospital in easterly London, able of treating 4,000 patients. Retired medics have also answered a call for reinforcements in their droves.

Around a world

Two really conflicting messages entrance from leaders on conflicting sides of a universe on Wednesday. India has sealed down a 1.3bn adults for 21 days in an bid to tackle a virus. The primary apportion systematic “a sum anathema on venturing out of your homes” and correspondents contend there’s been widespread panic buying. India’s lowest will expected be strike hardest.

Contrast that with the latest remarks from a US president. Donald Trump told a press lecture he was commencement “to see a light during a finish of a tunnel” and he hoped a US would shake off coronavirus by Easter. That was even as New York’s administrator was distinguished an increasingly unfortunate tone, warning a illness was swelling faster than “a bullet train”. The World Health Organization has warned a US has a intensity to turn a new epicentre of a pandemic.

Coronavirus has now influenced some-more than 190 countries worldwide. On Tuesday, as anticipated, this summer’s Olympics were postponed. See athletes’ reactions to a news. The BBC’s arch sports writer, Tom Fordyce, stays certain though, observant a rescheduled Games will be a fair that nobody will take for postulated ever again.

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What about a young?

Our amicable lives have taken a strike interjection to amicable distancing, yet many are entrance adult with artistic ways to lift on remotely. The BBC has oral to immature people passing a time with practical film nights, digital happy hours and birthdays on video messaging platforms. Hundreds of thousands of children are also holding partial in daily “PE lessons” with aptness tutor Joe Wicks around YouTube. Speaking of a young, health experts are warning that they shouldn’t see themselves as godlike – even yet most of a concentration has been on a hazard acted by coronavirus to a elderly. Here we demeanour closely during a risks to young.

What this predicament reveals about a US – and a president

By Nick Bryant, BBC News, New York

Nations, like individuals, exhibit themselves during times of crisis. In emergencies of this measureless magnitude, it shortly becomes clear either a sitting boss is equal to a moment. So what have we learnt about a United States as it confronts this inhabitant and tellurian catastrophe? Will lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have been in a form of legislative lockdown for years now, a stoppage borne of partisanship, arise to a challenge? And what of a male who now sits behind a Resolute Desk in a Oval Office, who has cloaked himself in a layer of “wartime president”?

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Listen up

The latest part of a BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast sees a group speak to personal financial guru Martin Lewis about a impact of coronavirus on your pocket. You competence also like to listen to a special book of Radio 4′s The Food Programme responding your questions about cooking and eating during this time.

What a papers contend

The front pages concentration on a NHS, with a i job it a biggest week for a health use given it was founded in 1948. The Sun welcomes a devise to partisan 250,000 health volunteers to assistance tackle coronavirus, describing it as a “National Help Service”. The Daily Mirror believes a mutation of a ExCeL Centre in easterly London into a outrageous margin sanatorium should be a “wake-up call for those still in rejection about a fear that is to be unleashed”. The Guardian warns there is a risk a large NHS recruitment expostulate will be undermined by doctors quitting since of fears about unsound protecting equipment. In a Financial Times’ opinion, it is inexcusable that frontline staff members are traffic with pathogen patients “dressed in paper masks and their possess aprons”.

From elsewhere

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The healing energy of a garden in perplexing times (Washington Post)

Will London’s eccentric conform brands tarry coronavirus? (Evening Standard)

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Need something different?

Wednesday is a International Day of Remembrance for a Victims of Slavery. To coincide with it, the BBC’s Sean Coughlan has oral to a grandson of a woman recently detected to be a final survivor of a transatlantic worker trade. Elsewhere, read about a entrepreneur who couldn’t buy a products she wanted for her hair, so set adult a association to sell them instead. We also have a integrate of interesting videos to recommend. The first, from BBC Ideas, asks what Oscar Wilde can tell us about Kim Kardashian. The second is patrician “There’s value in your toilet and it can assistance a planet.” With headlines like that, how could we not give them a watch?

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