Coronavirus: Does lockdown easing ‘follow the science’?

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Image copyright Getty Images Policymakers say they are following the science on coronavirus. So what does science say about easing lockdown rules? Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a provisional plan to start easing restrictions in England using “baby steps”. Changes will be gradual to avoid the risk of a second peak of infections…

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Coronavirus: How many people have died in the UK?

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Image copyright Getty Images The number of people who have died because of Covid-19 is nearly twice as high as the figure we hear announced every day. By 1 May, the number of coronavirus deaths announced by the UK government was just over 28,000. Looking back at death registrations filed then, the figure is higher:…

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Coronavirus: Seacole hospital ‘a tribute’ to BAME NHS staff

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Image copyright Mary Seacole Trust Image caption Mary Seacole, a self-taught nurse of Jamaican-Scottish heritage, died on 14 May 1881 When a new community hospital named after pioneering nurse Mary Seacole opened in Surrey this month, it marked a victory long in the making for Patrick Vernon. Patrick, a former NHS manager, has long campaigned…

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Coronavirus doctor’s diary: ‘They say I have blood on my hands’

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Image copyright John Wright Within Bradford’s Asian community a few individuals are spreading fake news that non-white patients will be left to die in hospital. Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary hears from an anaesthetist who has been receiving abusive messages as a result. The isolation of patients in the hospital from the community…

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International Nurses Day: The gran, mum and daughter on the front line

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Three generations of the same family are working on the front line in the same hospital fighting coronavirus. All based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, mother Verity Pinkney is a nurse and clinical educator in renal services, 20-year-old daughter Megan Latimer is a second-year student nurse and grandma Audrey Crosby is a healthcare assistant…

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Coronavirus: Am I at risk during pregnancy?

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Image copyright Getty Images As a precaution, pregnant women have been told to be particularly strict about avoiding social contact, so they reduce their risk of catching coronavirus. But what do we know about its impact on pregnancy? Is coronavirus a problem during my pregnancy? Although there is still much that doctors don’t know about…

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