Under-fire UK govt rushes to build field hospitals as virus death toll surges

first_imgTopics : Growing backlash Johnson is facing criticism even in normally supportive media outlets after officials revealed that just 2,000 out of about 500,000 NHS staff had been tested.Health minister Matt Hancock said Thursday the government was “determined” to scale up tests across the board in the coming weeks, with a “goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of this month”.Hancock blamed global demand for swabs and reagents for the lack of tests, and said that some they had bought were faulty. In order to meet the demand, the government said it would work with private firms such as Amazon and chemist Boots, and that three new “mega labs” would soon be online.Testing for the general public has also been criticized as not widespread enough and is currently largely limited to hospital admissions of the most serious COVID-19 patients. On Tuesday, 10,000 hospital patients and NHS staff were tested in England, well below the daily target of 25,000 and the 70,000 a day achieved in Germany, which has been used as a comparison.Paul Nurse, chief executive of biomedical research center the Francis Crick Institute, told the BBC Thursday that the government should summon “the Dunkirk spirit” and let “small ship” labs start screening for the killer disease.So far, Public Health England (PHE), the body tasked with testing, has insisted all screening should be carried out centrally.PHE medical director Professor Paul Cosford defended his organization’s work.”At the very outset we identified this, we got the tests in place, we designed the tests in our laboratories. We have played our part,” he told BBC radio.Britain is currently in the second week of a three-week lockdown, with non-essential shops shut and the public asked to stay at home to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus.The government has promised an enormous package of support for businesses and employees hit by the measures.New government figures show 950,000 people applied for state welfare support known as universal credit in the last two weeks. It is available to the unemployed and those on low incomes.With economic headwinds gathering pace, national carrier British Airways is also to temporarily lay off 28,000 staff, the union representing its workers announced Thursday.Hancock, meanwhile, demanded that English Premier League footballers take a pay cut amid outrage at top flight clubs using a government furlough scheme for non-playing staff. Johnson has been in self-isolation “with mild symptoms” at his Downing Street official residence since announcing on March 27 that he had caught the virus.  Heir to the throne Prince Charles Thursday made his first public comments since coming out of self-quarantine after contracting the disease, telling the PA news agency the experience had been “strange, frustrating and often distressing”.In a video message, he praised the “utter, selfless devotion to duty” of Britain’s health workers.The country took part in another collective round of applause at 8:00 pm (2000 GMT) Thursday, with social media videos capturing cheers across its cities, towns and villages. The UK government said Friday it was rushing to build more emergency field hospitals ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus cases, hours after recording a record 569 deaths from the disease. Two new facilities will be built in Bristol in the west and Harrogate in the north to house up to 1,500 patients, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said in a statement.The announcement comes as a similar 4,000-bed facility in London — built in less than ten days — prepares to open Friday, and as criticism mounts over the government’s failure to provide screening, particularly for frontline healthcare workers.  “Further such hospitals will open next in Birmingham and Manchester, offering up to 3,000 beds between them,” the NHS statement added.The health ministry announced a record 569 deaths from the virus in Britain in the 24 hours up to 1600 GMT on Wednesday — the largest single-day rise yet.It followed 563 deaths over the previous corresponding period.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Britain will “massively increase testing” for the COVID-19 virus following criticism of his initial light-touch approach to the outbreak.last_img read more

Premier League: Man Utd predict £20m TV rebate due to stoppage

first_img Loading… Read Also: Ronaldo talks tough after returning to Juventus training Woodward hopes the Europa League can be completed in August, with United well on course to reach the quarter-finals after a 5-0 last-16, first-leg win over Austrian side LASK before the shutdown. The club said cash reserves of £90 million “provides financial flexibility to support the club through the disruption caused by COVID-19”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It is now inevitable that our matches will initially be played behind closed doors when the season resumes,” said Woodward. “This is as disappointing for us as it is for our fans, but we hope it will allow the men’s first team to complete all of its competitions in the 2019⁄20 season by the end of August, and to start next season in time to target completion of next season still in May 2021. “There are still profound challenges ahead, and for football as a whole, and it is safe to say it will not be ‘business as usual’ for some time.” Promoted ContentIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Manchester United expect to face a £20 million rebate to broadcasters due to the suspension of the Premier League even if the campaign can be completed behind closed doors. Manchester United predict they will face a £20 million rebate to Premier League broadcasters United were among the Premier League teams to return to training in small groups this week, with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward saying he is “optimistic” that the English top-flight will resume next month. The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic and it is predicted that clubs face repaying up to £340 million to broadcasters for matches not being played as scheduled. “Given the delay caused by COVID-19 to the playing schedule, we anticipate that the revenues from the Premier League for completion of the 2019⁄20 season will be reduced, as discussions remain ongoing with broadcasters,” said United’s chief financial officer Cliff Baty. “For Manchester United, we have estimated this reduction to be around £20 million ($24.5 million) for a full season of 38 games.” United’s matchday revenues will also be hugely impacted by the ongoing impact of the virus, with games set to be played behind closed doors for the forseeable future. On Tuesday, United announced that supporters would be entitled to a refund for all remaining home games this season.last_img read more

Remaining quarter finals at Snooker’s Masters

first_imgThe remaining quarter-finals will be decided today at the Alexandra Palace.Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen will be first into action when he plays Joe Perry in the afternoon session.Later this evening, Stephen Maguire will take-on Shaun Murphy.last_img