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What the papers say – April 5

Words from the Queen’s address to the nation and Sir Keir Starmer’s election as leader of the Labour party lead the Sunday papers.

The Sunday Times leads with the Queen urging the nation to show its strength in the battle with coronavirus in a speech due to be broadcast on ...

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Oxygen incident forces hospital to block patients

A Hertfordshire hospital declared a critical incident and told people not to attend after a technical issue with oxygen equipment.

Watford General hospital asked people to stay away following the incident, which they said did not pose any risk to patients.

West Hertfordshire ...

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Scotland’s chief medical officer pictured visiting second home

Scotland’s chief medical officer (CMO) has been photographed visiting her family’s second home in Fife during the coronavirus pandemic, despite herself issuing advice to stay at home.

Photos of Dr Catherine Calderwood and her family near a coastal retreat in Earlsferry were ...

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Scotland’s chief medical officer pictured visiting second home

Scotland’s chief medical officer (CMO) has been photographed visiting her family’s second home in Fife during the coronavirus pandemic, despite herself issuing advice to stay at home.

Photos of Dr Catherine Calderwood and her family near a coastal retreat in Earlsferry were ...

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Donald Trump warns US poised for ‘a lot of death’ in coming week

The US is heading into what could be its “toughest” week as coronavirus cases swell nationwide, Donald Trump has said.

In a sombre start to his daily briefing on the pandemic, the president said: “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately. There will be ...

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Charity appeals for donations to help elderly cope during Covid-19 pandemic

An emergency fundraising appeal has been launched by a charity for the elderly as it experiences an “unprecedented demand” for help.

Age Scotland recently reported the number of people contacting them had increased ten-fold due to the Covid-19 crisis, with numbers rising from ...

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Met Police applaud NHS workers at Kingston Hospital

Met Police officers from Kingston and Richmond paid homage to NHS workers at Kingston Hospital last night (April 2) as part of the #ClapForCarers initiative.

They joined millions of other Britons across the country applauding on Thursday evening the essential workers who are on the ...

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When will the UK lockdown end and what needs to happen before then?

The UK is preparing to enter its third week in lockdown, with people instructed to stay at home to curb the spread of coronavirus.

But how long is it likely to last and who will decide when and how to end the restrictions?

– When will the UK end lockdown? 

It is not ...

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Two Pentonville Prison staff members die with Covid-19 symptoms

Two staff members at north London’s Pentonville Prison have died after suffering Covid-19 symptoms, the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) said.

Bovil Peter and Patrick Beckford were both support staff workers at the jail, and were believed to be aged in their ...

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Dad builds lockdown bowling machine using golf trolley for cricket-mad son

A man in Kent has built a bowling machine for his son using parts from his shed during the coronavirus lockdown.

With government guidelines restricting people’s movement outside, Phil Alger’s son Elliott, 18, was bored with no school and no prospect of a game of ...

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Actress and author Patricia Bosworth dies aged 86

Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies of stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died aged 86 after contracting coronavirus.

Bosworth’s stepdaughter Fia Hatsav told The New York Times that pneumonia brought ...

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Queen to acknowledge nation’s ‘pain’ in address about coronavirus crisis

The Queen will use her address to the nation to recognise the pain felt by many families living through this “time of disruption” caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

In her televised message, which will be broadcast on Sunday evening, the head of state will also personally ...

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Sir Keir Starmer to work with ministers on coronavirus and rectify ‘mistakes’

Newly-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Government of making “serious mistakes” in its response to the coronavirus crisis.

The leader of the opposition pledged to engage “constructively” with the Conservatives, but criticised ministers for being ...

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PFA says players’ 30 per cent wage cut will cost government over £200million

The Professional Footballers’ Association has warned that Premier League players taking a 30 per cent salary cut would amount to the government losing out on in excess of £200million in tax revenues.

On Saturday afternoon, the Premier League discussed its suggested wage ...

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Russell reveals contact with Townsend and hopes for Scotland return

Finn Russell is targeting a return to the Scotland fold and insists that the Six Nations fallout with head coach Gregor Townsend was “blown out of proportion”.

The influential fly-half left the squad nine days before the opening-day Six Nations defeat by Ireland after missing ...

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Pentonville Prison staff member dies after suffering Covid-19 symptoms

A staff member at north London’s Pentonville Prison has died after suffering Covid-19 symptoms, the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) said.

He was named as Bovil Peter, a support staff worker at the men’s prison who was married and believed to be in his ...

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‘Lower compliance’ to lockdown among young, warns Michael Gove

Young people may not be taking social distancing measures seriously despite strict instructions to stay at home to curb the spread of coronavirus, a minister has warned.

The news comes as people were spotted sunbathing on Saturday on the warmest weekend of the last six months – which ...

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Lord Armstrong of Ilminster dies aged 93

One of the most senior civil servants under three prime ministers between the 1970s and 1980s has died at the age of 93.

Lord Robert Armstrong of Ilminster served in the highest echelons of government under Ted Heath, Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher.

Born in Headington, Oxford, ...

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PFA says Premier League stars want to help but stresses implications of pay cuts

The Professional Footballers’ Association says Premier League players want to make “significant financial contributions” but warned a 30 per cent pay cut would have far-reaching implications.

The Premier League met with all clubs, the PFA and LMA in a conference call on ...

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PFA says players’ 30 per cent wage cut will cost government over £200million

The Professional Footballers’ Association has warned that Premier League players taking a 30 per cent salary cut would amount to the government losing out on in excess of £200million in tax revenues.

On Saturday afternoon, the Premier League discussed its suggested wage ...

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Victoria Beckham praises ‘inspiring’ group of NHS workers after video call

Victoria Beckham has said she feels “humbled” after speaking to front-line NHS workers helping to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The pop star turned fashion designer shared a video call she had with NHS workers in Scotland on her social media.

She praised their efforts ...

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