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Travel insurance providers look to extend protection for medical emergencies

Travel insurers are looking at extending protections which could help to cover customers who are still abroad for any emergency medical treatment they may need.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said it welcomes Government efforts to assist with repatriation, and its members are ...

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Coronavirus deaths in Scotland up 50 to 126

A total of 126 patients have now died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

The figure is a rise of 50 from 76 on Wednesday, although First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the total includes 40 deaths that “should be distributed over ...

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More than 6,000 additional beds to be created in Welsh field hospitals

More than 6,000 additional beds will be created by field hospitals erected in leisure centres and stadiums across Wales.

Dr Andrew Goodall, the chief executive of NHS Wales, told a press conference in Cardiff that he expected “significant” pressure on the health system from ...

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Outbreak risks deaths on ‘unprecedented scale’ in prisons, say campaigners

Campaigners have called for prisoners to be released early amid the coronavirus outbreak, warning that failure to act could lead to deaths on an “unprecedented scale”.

The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prison Reform Trust added to pressure calls for the Justice ...

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Government to ramp up Covid-19 testing

The Government is to ramp up testing for Covid-19 after Boris Johnson said it was the key to “unlock the coronavirus puzzle”.

Downing Street said Health Secretary Matt Hancock would be setting out plans for a “significant increase” amid criticism the UK has been ...

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Personal respirator prototype created to protect frontline NHS staff

Engineers working with Formula 1 team McLaren have developed a hood connected to an air filter to be worn to protect frontline healthcare staff from Covid-19.

The University of Southampton hopes the mask, which consists of a fabric hood which covers the head with an integrated plastic ...

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Lineker criticises Tottenham for furloughing club’s non-playing staff

Gary Lineker has criticised his former club Tottenham after the Premier League club’s announcement that they will furlough 550 members of their non-playing staff.

Lineker, who announced he will donate two months’ wages to the British Red Cross, also said he expected top-flight ...

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Decision day for English football amid calls for player wage cuts

English football faces another defining day as the professional game prepares to consider an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, while pressure builds for players to accept wage cuts or deferrals.

Premier League clubs will gather via conference call for a ...

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Atletico Madrid players take pay cut to help support club’s staff

Atletico Madrid players will help supplement the salary of 430 club employees after agreeing a wage deal.

Boss Diego Simeone and members of the club’s management committee will also contribute after the club presented a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE).

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Positive poem for the pandemic in isolation Britain

A MOTHER has taken to poetry to give a glimpse of life in home isolation Britain, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Gemma Peacock penned the verse, The Rainbow Children, to remind her sons that the days of social distancing will become a thing of the past.

It met with a warm ...

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Coronavirus: Extra hospital beds available in North-East

EXTRA beds are being made available in hospitals across the region as health chiefs brace themselves for an expected influx of Covid-19 patients.

Emergency facilities for people with breathing problems have been set up at Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North ...

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Council looks to extend dog order

MEMBERS of the public are urged to share their views on whether powers to tackle dog fouling in County Durham should be extended.

In 2017, Durham County Council introduced a public space protection order (PSPO) that made it an offence to allow a dog to foul without picking it up or ...

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Two bus services in Darlington suspended

TWO bus services in Darlington are to be suspended as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The Scarlet Band services 16 and 20 will stop on Saturday, until further notice.

The company says it is due to driver availability and reduced demand.

The number 16 'pink bus' ...

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Spennymoor lifeguards and swimming teachers help at foodbank

LIFEGUARDS and swimming teachers are helping to feed people in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A group of staff from Durham County Council’s Spennymoor Leisure Centre have been helping run a county food bank, while their permanent workplace is closed due to COVID-19. ...

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Redundancies on Teesside as Balfour Beatty lays off more than 60 staff

MORE than 60 contract workers who were working on the construction of a North-East power plant have been made redundant, The Northern Echo understands. 

Balfour Beatty, which employed workers to help build MGT Tees REP power station at Teesport, has since come under fire ...

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US unemployment claims hit record 6.6 million

A record 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as job losses rose sharply due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A report on Thursday from the Labour Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies around the world sinking into a severe ...

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Entertainer Eddie Large dies aged 78 after contracting coronavirus in hospital

The family of Eddie Large have spoken of their sadness at not being able to visit the comedy giant in the days before his death after he contracted coronavirus in hospital.

The Little And Large star, whose partnership with Syd Little was watched by millions in the duo’s heyday, died ...

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Royal Navy’s newest and greenest warship arrives at home port for first time

The Royal Navy’s newest and greenest warship has arrived in its home port for the first time.

HMS Tamar, the fourth of five new offshore patrol vessels built in Glasgow shipyards, sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base.

The ship and its crew will undergo sea training exercises ...

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National Lottery sets up £50m Covid-19 emergency fund for heritage sites

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The National Lottery has set up a £50 million emergency fund for British heritage sites after almost 50% said they will not survive beyond six months if the coronavirus shutdown continues.

Grants of between £3,000 and ...

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Face masks: The current guidance and why the WHO is reviewing it

The outbreak of coronavirus has seen a surge in demand for surgical masks to cover the mouth and nose, and they are a common sight on UK streets.

But up until now, the World Health Organisation has said only those with Covid-19 symptoms and those caring for them need masks, but this ...

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Pen pal friendship between London boy and Yemeni girl ‘humbling’, says charity

A pen pal friendship between a six-year-old boy from London and an eight-year-old girl from Yemen has been described as “humbling” by a charity.

Apollo, from London, was put in contact with Razan, from Yemen, by Save The Children after he asked for donations to the charity ...

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