Coronavirus news from Britain

This 29 March 2020 video parody music video from Britain says about itself:

JCB & Dyson Song (by Boris Johnson, aged 55¾)

Boris Johnson‘s folky rumination on ventilator procurement.


Well, I’m commissioning JCB
As well as Dyson to make ventilators for me
But they’ve never made any before
And it’s probably not ideal that they’re now based in Singapore
But they’re major donors and Brexiteers
So it only seems right to try and help them profiteer
Could take a while before they’re all dispatched
We need thirty thousand of the fuckers totally from scratch

We’re not bulk-buying with the EU, oh
Because I’d rather not be seen to, oh woah
Saying no to Gtech, oh
They even offered their design spec
But James Dyson hates their chief exec
So nah

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

500 workers walk out of Asos factory after company fails to enforce social distancing

‘Asos needs to put people before profits and make sure workers are paid properly if they need to take time off,’ GMB said

ASOS warehouse workers in Yorkshire have walked out because they cannot keep a safe space between each other in line with government instructions on social distancing.

The walkout on Saturday involved 500 workers at the online fashion retailer’s warehouse on the site of the former Grimethorpe colliery outside Barnsley.

GMB organiser Deanne Ferguson said: “The situation at Asos is disgusting: thousands of people under one roof, not enforcing social distancing.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Gove says ‘communication confusion’ led to government missing deadline for EU ventilator scheme

MICHAEL GOVE said today that “communication confusion” led to the government missing the deadline for an EU ventilator-procurement scheme.

Downing Street said last week that Britain had decided against joining the EU’s procurement scheme on the basis that it is no longer a member of the EU.

But it was later confirmed that Britain could participate in the scheme as it is still in the Brexit transition period until October.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, March 29, 2020:

Mortality rate of those admitted to intensive care with coronavirus close to 50%

THE mortality rate of patients admitted to intensive care with coronavirus is close to 50 per cent, according to an early study of critical care outcomes.

The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) report today shows that out of 165 admissions to critical care units, 79 patients have died and 86 were discharged.

A further 609 patients were last reported as still being in intensive care.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Labour MP and doctor Allin-Khan says NHS staff should be immediately tested for Covid-19

ALL NHS workers should immediately be tested for coronavirus, Labour MP and practising doctor Rosena Allin-Khan said today.

Her call came as Cabinet minister Michael Gove refused to give a timeline for the testing of NHS and social-care workers.

He said that the government hoped to “be able to test as many front-line workers at the earliest possible stage.”

By Bethany Rielly in Britain:

‘Stop hoarding and stay at home’, woman with coronavirus urges public from her hospital bed

A WOMAN hospitalised for almost a week with suspected coronavirus has urged people to stay at home and stop panic buying.

Delia Colwill, from Berkshire, was taken into hospital on Tuesday after showing symptoms of coronavirus. The 47-year-old suffers from a spinal cord injury that affects her nervous system and has chronic pain.

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