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By Victoria King
Should the UK do more?
Everyday freedoms in the UK have been significantly curtailed, but questions remain over who should and shouldn’t be leaving the house. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313dad557a0f0af3314ff743cc80d0c2ae9e47eebe0e0a577c08b70fe0c189b56af3e9343207af4d6db335023e6a624375a12 Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said those who cannot work from home should carry on going to work, but there’s upset about the numbers of people still packing onto public transport, especially the London Underground. Construction workers are thought to be a significant part of the problem, and https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da15ce4f30e5641bb27a73f38ff45a5d9e52ac9e536630d21f773a09d92cbe96744fec4eb4e2d344688a53d87f5731a322 Labour and others want the government to shut all non-essential building sites down. That’s already been done in Scotland.
There are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK – although the true number is likely to be far higher. Some 422 of those patients have died.
Prisons are feeling the strain, with a growing number of cases and falling staff numbers due to sickness and self-isolation. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da31192a39bd8629d523d961acf737acd235334bb811c9d92ea41cc608e58afbe9b18ade329d6b1e8b8c373f52957f6aa3 The justice secretary says some offenders could be released early from jails in England and Wales to ease pressures. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da8bc315287b45ff48503a3c0d1ba440dd7ed2a7d942eef69785c4257a263671caaa26fd7d08a849caf59247d9b542b640 Significant problems are also being reported in the benefits system after an “incredible” number of claims in recent days due to the economic fall-out of coronavirus.
The latest efforts to beef up the NHS include https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da50f32b1c8b08f8b74c21b484a09a6fe1e66e70fd3f94955e343cca26afc97e6e883cc0644e3efaa0fcade3d3fb521623 a huge makeshift field hospital in east London, capable of treating 4,000 patients. Retired medics have also answered the call for reinforcements in their droves.
Around the world
Two very different messages coming from leaders on opposite sides of the world on Wednesday. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da115044bbbb2967122ca68f8e2c2c2fcc32be2bd184cbcfa827e6c76df415a0672185d1c3d41cd8b837aacac056addc69 India has locked down its 1.3bn citizens for 21 days in an effort to tackle the virus. The prime minister ordered “a total ban on venturing out of your homes” and correspondents say there’s been widespread panic buying. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da97b13b7621eb0d6ac585227451e4354993d1c055188b8405d571c7e180f180d401cb280d75213abc4639e3b55530b323 India’s poorest will likely be hit hardest .
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313daa2fa5e2b8a8b63f5d089f45b987d1a2691128abb974893aa9b1c4616e551c48d77c3d2e217feb46bcb7b3d1dfd67132b Contrast that with the latest remarks from the US president. Donald Trump told a press briefing he was beginning “to see the light at the end of the tunnel” and he hoped the US would shake off coronavirus by Easter. That was even as New York’s governor was striking an increasingly desperate tone, warning the illness was spreading faster than “a bullet train”. The World Health Organization has said the US has the potential to become the new epicentre of the pandemic.
Coronavirus has now affected more than 190 countries worldwide. On Tuesday, as anticipated, this summer’s Olympics were postponed. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313daf105d037aaf8032eec53077d7b47a6e98f30bf5d3d73fb1f643e02b9876f9c4c0541065a316799a8804c21ecf9309748 See athletes’ reactions to the news. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313daa1348b6ac3c1c3a3d5ca4f7416fa9839bd97e930e1b24ece5cf4b34e5bc9991c3e304f223b2e69b5ad89dc347b5d83b9 The BBC’s chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, stays positive though, saying the rescheduled Games will be a carnival that no-one will take for granted ever again.
Follow the latest updates from around the world https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313daa4c2cee255b8f9ca21bf515b9b12fbdbac75a5f6fd48753a3c2eaa0ad5b33ff6275a3fa9f3cab732f5829ffc286939d8 via our live page. And we’ve gathered https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313dac4a3b7d3134194c3caf73eb74f65d66a6aa023e6dfb776a4b954afbf54299f05f1ed8481973c2e2ec283b3fce940c4a1 all you need to understand the crisis here .
What about the young?
Our social lives have taken a hit thanks to social distancing, but people are coming up with creative ways to carry on remotely. The BBC has spoken to young people https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da36371685c207727cf5418f2043b57388f245b22c71af12fa2182dcf021ffc0a166dbd2ba5c213f3a310ec8edb31a8f96 passing the time with virtual movie nights, digital happy hours and birthdays on video messaging platforms . Hundreds of thousands of children are also https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da3874c74a8b4e74256e974e1bdaeab48ab5e151cc185317fb3ad177421f558522cd933b9c15f46a99de60c0af6e3f2428 taking part in daily “PE lessons” with fitness trainer Joe Wicks via YouTube. Speaking of the young, health experts are warning that they shouldn’t see themselves as invincible – even though much of the focus has been on the threat posed by coronavirus to the elderly. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da6a1b837d1b89078f24426bdbf51e540f808ce41a2cc7ec8ea87fada92bf8aa0848f289e8d4213d8e63501b0aa2a31962 Here we look closely at the risks to young .
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da01a6c3cb57ae8d79c4236900732ecb807dcfa7b5a385c088a70f6dbb2d8abf0e1f9d8969830ebb1837938c0c45f729ae What this crisis reveals about the US – and its president
Nations, like individuals, reveal themselves at times of crisis. In emergencies of this immense magnitude, it soon becomes evident whether a sitting president is equal to the moment. So what have we learned about the United States as it confronts this national and global catastrophe? Will lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have been in a form of legislative lockdown for years now, a paralysis borne of partisanship, rise to the challenge? And what of the man who now sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, who has cloaked himself in the mantle of “wartime president”?
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da01a6c3cb57ae8d79c4236900732ecb807dcfa7b5a385c088a70f6dbb2d8abf0e1f9d8969830ebb1837938c0c45f729ae Read full analysis >
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What the papers say
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da6c968d776342cad27971c44aae68a67bf05518905d7586c861609f8cab0c08144ff74d9fc72338de29263e4ce60dc4e2 The front pages focus on the NHS, with the i calling it the biggest week for the health service since it was founded in 1948. The Sun welcomes a plan to recruit 250,000 health volunteers to help tackle coronavirus, describing it as the “National Help Service”. The Daily Mirror believes the transformation of the ExCeL Centre in east London into a huge field hospital should be a “wake-up call for those still in denial about the horror that is to be unleashed”. The Guardian warns there is a risk the massive NHS recruitment drive will be undermined by doctors quitting because of fears about inadequate protective equipment. In the Financial Times’ opinion, it is inexcusable that frontline staff members are dealing with virus patients “dressed in paper masks and their own aprons”.
One thing not to miss
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da0153825b4309edd68b0213e9040a5e596084ede0927299af48248252e44580facbadc5c9964f78ec7a56166cae09fadb How to go for a walk without getting shamed
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da5ee7b3c61f9c7184b869a294c029ebb708fecaa5deb5ea71c912426c7a5eef27ab63bff450a436e9ceb248943268def5 How to escape quarantine without going outside (City Metric)
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da59b25c080007ab18a3b1135dd21c00b13bb731df9390ca910f5d13b69aa38927afc52e65b5bd466df507c8bcf1a147ac The therapeutic power of the garden in trying times (Washington Post)
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313daa5a1be13bc59ab4f61bc555b383b0ff8b714e56fb661b92d81ea70d3401cce34d6eb51470190750cf8224823d60e96b2 The coronavirus emergency in immigration detention centres (Politics.co.uk)
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313dab1e82655e0b462c8cbf0b623ce1e6676bfad59cef137007c56d247c253984d2be4e01ee974712e519ca5dfeb8dc16ba8 Will London’s independent fashion brands survive coronavirus? (Evening Standard)
https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da20aa7fedf8a53bfc6adce817016be0ce8fd5fabf0a5e22bebe271eb9c9183ec9f9949283b10b7e9c3abc55009b9ae210 The latest episode of the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast sees the team talk to personal finance guru Martin Lewis about the impact of coronavirus on your pocket. You might also like to listen to https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313dab095707b41cbf3abdd756d255eba767bf4e5902ff9fb6d9350e1c6e779cd088676b711345b0faf3bc0cef823972ababa a special edition of Radio 4’s The Food Programme answering your questions about cooking and eating at this time.
Need something different?
Wednesday is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery. https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da5a080059c7a24bb99bb3ffc95e45a26d8d5a56e622bccf20a846268fe173a3b9b6b7a745e975a2defea019acd831c581 The BBC’s Sean Coughlan has spoken to the grandson of a woman recently discovered to be the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. Elsewhere, https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313dafbdb412849a23ac52ade555eec466602cd38c7d1305a31690a5ae09bb9ba29f0441e64d57b912376be1e9d5237647f2f read about the entrepreneur who couldn’t buy the products she wanted for her hair, so set up a company to sell them. We also have a couple of entertaining videos to recommend. The first, from BBC Ideas, https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da7a3a853e37cbff36c93022dffb8fb8c5ee9a723e60984aeb7cd8f35fffa801223eb9ad82d884c39025f30753011cf655 asks what Oscar Wilde can tell us about Kim Kardashian . The second is titled https://click.e.bbcmail.co.uk/?qs=e45933e73d2313da1a398d58c4703b2c8344bd8d528cc35f78ef162ba39b22f04524d27c9c1ef6108bf32c4de8020a4d86315ddc451a21e0 “There’s treasure in your toilet and it can help the planet.” With headlines like that, how could you not give them a watch?
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