Coronavirus crisis, British news


This 3 April 2020 Voice of America video says about itself:

An aircraft carrying personal protective equipment, such as face masks, from China landed at London’s Heathrow Airport, Friday, April 3.

The coronavirus continues its chilling spread around the world, infecting more than a million people.

The United States has more than 245,000 infected individuals, more than any other country.

The White House is expected to recommend Friday that people wear face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after initially saying masks were not necessary to halt the spread of the disease.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 8 April 2020:

Doctor who warned Johnson over NHS‘s lack of PPE has died from coronavirus

Boris Johnson remains in hospital following his admission on Sunday with continuing coronavirus symptoms

A DOCTOR who wrote to warn the Prime Minister about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers has died after contracting coronavirus.

Consultant urologist Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died on Wednesday night after being taken to hospital on March 23.

Just five days before being admitted, Dr Chowdhury wrote a Facebook post asking PM Boris Johnson to urgently provide every NHS worker with PPE.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Care worker sacked while in hospital with coronavirus symptoms

BOSSES of a healthcare contractor have been slammed as “trigger happy” for sacking an employee who missed a disciplinary hearing because she was in hospital with coronavirus symptoms.

The unnamed woman’s husband suffered a fatal heart attack on the same day that she was sacked from 365 Support, which provides home care to people with severe mental or physical disabilities in Southport, Merseyside.

Public service union Unison says that the company is now delaying an appeal against the sacking until the pandemic is over, leaving the worker and her family with no income, possibly for months.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Boycott call as Asos toss out drivers

Union hits out at online fashion chain for abandoning brave delivery workers in the middle of a pandemic to save on sick pay

WORKERS called for a boycott of Asos today after the online fashion retailer thanked its delivery drivers for continuing to work through a pandemic by making them redundant.

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) says Asos is switching its transport contractor, which employs the delivery drivers, from Menzies to rival companies DPD and Hermes.

The union has accused Asos and the delivery giants of effectively reneging on guarantees to protect jobs, with 70 earmarked for the scrap heap.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Rail and bus privateer excited by coronavirus shareholders’ bonanza, RMT says

RAIL and bus privateer FirstGroup is looking forward to a shareholders’ bonanza during the coronavirus pandemic, transport union RMT said today.

The FTSE 250 transport firm, which regularly receives millions in public subsidies, has been caught out crowing about the virus representing “exciting times” and the “potentially real deliverables” to be cashed in.

RMT expressed “disgust and dismay” at the company’s determination to maximise profits from a lethal pandemic.

By Bethany Rielly in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Covid-19 conspiracy theories put public health at risk, new research warns

COVID-19 conspiracy theories are “compromising” efforts to fight the virus and pose a risk to public health, new research released today suggests.

Researchers at King’s College London found that people who believe in conspiracy theories surrounding the virus are less likely to comply with lockdown measures.

The research comes amid mounting concern over the spread of misinformation about the virus on social media.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Nurses criticise extra £10,000 MPs can each claim in expenses to work from home

Nurses United UK suggests cash should be spent on personal protective equipment for frontline hospital and social-care staff

NURSES slammed the awarding of an extra £10,000 of expenses to MPs who work from home during the Covid-19 epidemic today.

Grassroots group Nurses United UK suggested the cash should be spent on personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital and social-care staff who are working without adequate gear.

Any of Westminster’s 650 MPs who steer clear of their office can spend the extra money on laptops and printers, staff, additional electricity, heating and phone bills.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 9 April 2020:

Rough sleepers wary of seeking help after breakdown in trust, campaigners warn

A BREAKDOWN in trust with authorities has made rough sleepers wary of seeking help during the coronavirus pandemic, campaigners have warned.

The Labour Homelessness Campaign is calling on the government to get its act together helping Britain’s homeless population as the coronavirus crisis tightens its grip on the nation.

But it added that years of austerity — and the consequent loss of trust in the system — is making many rough sleepers reluctant to engage with authorities.

By Niall Christie in Scotland, 9 April 2020:

Over a third of Scots worried they can’t pay for food and rent during lockdown, research finds

MORE than one in three Scots are worried about their ability to pay for food and rent during the coronavirus lockdown, according to new research published today.

A survey carried out by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found significant concerns about people’s ability to meet a range of financial commitments which are essential to everyday living.

The poll of more than 1,000 people, carried out by ScotPulse, shows 41 per cent of renters are also concerned about being able to meet rent payments, while 34 per cent are worried about their ability to pay for food and essentials.

7 thoughts on “Coronavirus crisis, British news

  1. Let’s just say the rise and fall of the U.S. stock market is not a good indicator of the true extent of human suffering experienced because of this pandemic.

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