The symptoms of coronavirus can vary hugely from person to person, but those most badly affected will require intensive care in hospital. Among them is Prime Minister Boris Johnson , who was admitted to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after his condition worsened. But what are the reasons for moving a coronavirus patient from a ward to ICU? And what sort of treatment do doctors and nurses provide? Sky News has spoken to a number of consultants. What has to happen for you to end up in intensive care? Advertisement Patients end up in intensive care when COVID-19 makes it very difficult for them to breathe, which in worst cases can cause them to develop pneumonia - fluid on the lungs. They also may require sudden access to equipment to aid breathing that is not available on general wards. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Airlines to burn through up to $95bn this year after restrictions tightened COVID-19: Face masks may not be needed … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why are patients put into intensive care?
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RISHI Sunak is preparing to extend the stamp duty holiday by three months until the end of June. The Chancellor is set to delay the cut off point for buyers to save thousands on purchasing homes with the move. The Treasury announced last year that it would temporarily raise the stamp duty threshold from £125,000 to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland. But many people have been left scrambling to complete their transactions before the deadline of March 31, worried that if they do not, they could be left with a £15,000 tax bill. The deadline will now likely roll on until the summer. The Times reported that Mr Sunak - who has been urged not to end the stamp duty holiday - will use his Budget next week to move the deadline to the end of June. Extending the stamp duty holiday could cost the Treasury around £1 billion, according to The Times. It will go alongside moves to extend furlough and other support measures such as the VAT cut … [Read more...] about Stamp duty holiday to be extended to the end of June saving movers up to £15k in tax in £1bn budget giveaway
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal. Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. Legal group Foxglove announced today that it was bringing a court case against the health service to force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m. Government's failure to publish COVID contracts details was unlawful, High Court rules The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. It comes as a batch of internal government emails uncovered by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and seen by Sky News reveal that … [Read more...] about NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir
THE gyms may be shut, but don't despair; your health kick can still be possible with the help of many premium at home workout apps. Forget the expensive personal trainer, these are the best home workout apps to help you keep fit during lockdown. All you'll need is some leggings, and a smartphone; but with the gyms appearing to be shut for sometime, these are the best at home workout apps for a brilliant way to keep healthy at home. With planning, motivation, workouts, and motivation, they have everything you need to get your body moving, feel better, and even lose a few pounds if you wanted. Available on Google Play Store, and the App Store, the apps offer a number of subscriptions or options for every kind of exerciser. Many will offer a free trial or introductory package, so make sure you don't miss out. 1.Shreddy The Shreddy app lets users sweat it out in high-energy workouts, real-time classes and tasty, and healthy meal plans. The Shreddy Kit also allows … [Read more...] about The best at home workout apps to keep you fit during lockdown
HOUSEHUNTERS in England and Northern Ireland looking to buy a home usually pay stamp duty on properties over £125,000. But it's £500,000 right now thanks to a stamp duty holiday - so what is stamp duty and how is it calculated? We run-down the rules for stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland, as rates differ for those buying homes in Scotland and Wales . What is stamp duty? Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is a lump sum payment most people have to pay when buying a property or land. How much buyers have to fork out varies depending on the price and type of property. A stamp duty holiday was introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic to get the property market moving again. It means there is no stamp duty for properties up to £500,000 until March 31, 2021. But chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to extend the stamp duty holiday by three months until the end of June. The usual stamp duty rates when there is not a holiday mean first-time buyers … [Read more...] about Stamp duty calculator: how much is it and when does the holiday end?