Coronavirus latest – Doctors’ and surgeons’ leaders have warned that the NHS must not shut off normal care to tens of thousands of patients when a second wave of Covid-19 hits. Dr Chaand Nagpaul from the British Medical Association (BMA) said: “If someone needs care – for example for cancer, heart trouble, a breathing condition or a neurological problem – they must get it when they need it.” In our latest global wrap: the World Health Organization has warned against “vaccine nationalism”, cautioning those that keep treatments to themselves they cannot expect to remain safe if poor nations remain exposed. More than 1 million Africans have been infected with the virus as it continues to spread throughout the continent. South Africa has recorded 529,000 of those cases and has the highest number of deaths on the continent (9,604) followed by Egypt (4,951) and Algeria (1,273). For further developments stay tuned to our live blog. … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Vulnerable children left in filthy cells, says custody monitor
Striker: Ollie Watkins (Brentford) Aleksandar Mitrovic is extremely unlucky to miss out but Watkins has evolved into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country after a prolific season. He has relished the responsibility of leading the line following the departure of Neal Maupay and it is only a matter of time before Watkins joins him in the top flight. He is lightning quick, deceptively strong and his work rate, typified in the play-off triumph over Swansea, should not be overlooked. He missed only 12 minutes of league action. … [Read more...] about Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?
Even in its heyday, the West End of Newcastle, and Scotswood especially, had always had a certain reputation for its poverty and deprivation, most notoriously as the home to the child killer Mary Bell back in the 1960s. But by the mid- to late-1980s it had been hit extremely hard by the waves of deindustrialisation that had closed down most of Armstrong’s munitions works, the area’s biggest employer, that ran all the way from Elswick to Scotswood along Scotswood Road, heading west out of Newcastle. … [Read more...] about Newcastle’s West End: Elswick to Newburn – in pictures
On Thursday, the UK added Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas to its quarantine list, meaning arrivals from these countries after 4am on Saturday will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The government is also advising against non-essential travel to these destinations. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns of travel ‘disruption’ risk as France could be next on quarantine list
For decades, successive governments have spent just over 1% of the GDP on public healthcare. More resources now will not mitigate the immediate problem. In the face of a severe pandemic, this ignored and struggling infrastructure could collapse - affecting the poorest in this country. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Record daily jump in infections takes India’s COVID-19 cases above 2m