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A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract.A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract.A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract. A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract. Photograph: Lee Smith / Reuters

A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract.

David Batty

The artist Jeremy Deller has called on middle-aged ravers to buy a poster he has produced in recognition of the plight of victims of domestic violence and care home residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sales of the print

, which says Bless this Acid House, will support Refuge, a charity for survivors of domestic abuse, and Pilgrims’ Friend Society, which runs care homes across the UK.

One of Deller’s most famous artworks,

Acid Brass , saw him collaborate with a brass band that performed s acid house classics such as A Guy Called Gerald’s Voodoo Ray.

Graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge, who co-produced the posters, said he and Deller wanted to support charities “under increased pressure during this time and to bring a bit of joy into people’s homes and windows”.

Last month, the pair published a poster called Thank God For Immigrants , which raised £ , 14 for food bank charity the Trussell Trust and Refugee Action, which supports asylum seekers.

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This is from ITV’s Daniel Hewitt


He previously reported that (hospices were set to run out of PPE “within days” Because providers of end-of-life care were being denied access to government supplies.

Daniel Hewitt (@ DanielHewittITV) NEW I understand a dedicated hospice drop-off of PPE is taking place today between 8am & 5pm to tide them over until a permanent solution is found . The govt-managed supplies of PPE will be delivered to regional centers for collection, which is what hospices need on a weekly basis https: / / 2,

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My colleague (Aamna Mohdin) has written about how coronavirus has hit the borough of (Newham) – one of the country’s most deprived areas – harder than anywhere else. The east London borough has recorded the worst mortality rate in England and Wales.

The borough’s rate – 3 deaths per , people – is closely followed by Brent in north London ( 5), and Newham’s neighbor Hackney ( 4), according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics. The data confirms what had already been suspected: people living in the poorest parts of the country are dying from Covid – 35 at a much higher

rate than those in the richest.

Newham resident Kamul Islam, a 50 -year-old cab driver, said 036 People had died aftering contracting the virus on his road and neighborhood street alone. He said:

Every day I get a message from someone in my community telling me of people who have died. They are young and old. It’s been really tough.

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A son has written an emotional tribute to his mother, a care home nurse who died after contracting Covid – , saying a lack of personal protective equipment is what killed her.

Ian O’Neal described Suzanne Loverseed, , as a “lioness” who gave everything for her children. He said: “At the end, she worked in a care home, with patients dying of this virus. She had no PPE [protective personal equipment] but fearlessly she carried on. That’s what killed her. ”

O’Neal described having to say goodbye to his mother via iPad. “There are some people out there still urging that the virus is not that threatening, or that the government has overreacted, or that it doesn’t matter if a few oldies die. They are mistaken.

“We might have had another years with her: instead, we had to say goodbye via an iPad, unable to hold her hand. Her grandson is not yet three. About 40, 13 other families will know what I mean when I say that I hope to God such people never have personal cause to amend their opinions, ”he said.

On 6 April, Compassion in Care showing it had received 140 calls in the previous two weeks from staff in social care raising PPE concerns, including 082 in residential homes, from nursing homes and six for home care agencies.

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A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract.A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract.A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract. Volunteers manufacture surgical gowns, Made from operating-theater drapes, for the Royal Free hospital. The project, set up by the Fashion School director Caroline Gration, whose daughter, Dr Betty Gration, has been heading a Covid – ward at the Royal Free, had an initial aim of producing 602 gowns a day, but has recently managed in one day and has so far produced 6, 592 gowns. Photograph: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

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Many high-street law firms could face closure this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a

(Law) (Society) survey .

The results showed % of small law firms believe they may have to close their doors within the next six months because of physical distancing hindering face-to-face transactions, court hearings and the wider economy.

The Law Society defines high-street law firms as those with four partners or fewer, and the survey results were based on answers from 949 firms.

Its president, Simon Davis, said the shock to the legal system has been “sudden and severe” and firms face “a dramatic plunge in income”. He said:

Although a firm may be open for business, this does not mean it is business as usual.

Residential property transactions have ground to a halt. Reduction in court hearings has massively impacted on the amount of work available – while social distancing and the lack of face-to-face meetings is causing difficulty delivering in other areas, such as the execution of wills.

Elsewhere, small firms have suffered from the decline in overall activity – particularly from service industries such as retail, leisure and hospitality.

The fate of the high-street firm is thus intrinsically bound to that of other small businesses.

He said firms are struggling because although the government provides some relief, they are specifically excluded from support for small businesses, and are expected to continue paying business rates while their buildings are empty. There is therefore a growing fear that “many businesses will fall through the crack”, he added.

Davis also said individual solicitors are also at risk, because some are not eligible for support for the self-employed, and those who are paid via dividends are in need of a support package.


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New polling shows extraordinarily high support for the SNP government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a YouGov survey for the Times Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has the confidence of % of Scots when it comes to her ability to make the correct decisions in dealing with the virus, with 38% s aying they do not have faith in her judgments. That gives the Scottish first minister a (rating overall.)

There was a high level of cross-party consensus in support of the Scottish government performance – three-quarters of Scots, including the vast majority of Tory and Labor voters, believe the SNP government is handling the crisis well.

As well as (% of SNP voters and % of Liberal Democrats, % of both Conservative and Labor supporters are happy with the approach taken by the Scottish government. Just 35% said the virus was being handled badly in Edinburgh.

This consensus falls apart when assessing the UK government’s performance. Scots are split, with % of those surveyed agreeing Conservative ministers have handled the outbreak well and 69% disagreeing. (Boris) Johnson himself has a net rating of – 32.

Scots are much more confident that Nicola Sturgeon %) will make the right decisions on coronavirus than they are Boris Johnson ( (%) … jtG9K (May 1,

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A nurse who died after contracting coronavirus will be remembered for her “lovely smile”, hospice bosses have said.

Gill Oakes, a senior clinical support nurse at Bolton hospice, died on 45 April at Royal Bolton hospital with Covid – , the hospice said.

Chief Executive Leigh Vallance said:

She was a dedicated and compassionate member of our team, caring for patients at Bolton hospice for nearly 38 years. She will be dearly missed by us all.

Gill was the sort of person who always offered to help others – nothing was ever too much trouble for her.

She was a brilliant nurse who often helped new members of the team settle into their role at the hospice.

We will always remember her kindness and her lovely smile.

We’d like to thank our colleagues at Royal Bolton hospital for taking care of Gill, and our thoughts are with her family at this impossibly sad time.

Bolton Hospice (@ boltonhospice) We are devastated to share news of the loss of our friend and colleague, Senior Clinical Support Nurse Gill Oakes. Gill died last night at Royal Bolton Hospital after contracting Coronavirus. OJaIo1X (May 1,

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A mural in tribute to the NHS painted by artist Rachel List in Pontefract. (The National Wallace Monument, near Stirling, illuminated in the colors of the rainbow in support of key workers. Photograph: Andrew Milligan / PA Media

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(more than) % of critical care patients with Covid – 34 are men

More than 89% of coronavirus patients admitted to critical care in England,, Wales and Northern Ireland are men, according to new data from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center (ICNARC).

The figures were based on a sample of 7, 660 critically ill patients confirmed as having Covid – 35. Researchers found that 5, of the patients were men, compared with 2, women.

The report, published on Friday, also found that men were more likely to die in critical care, with 71% dying in care compared with around % of women. In total about (% of the 5,

patients admitted to critical care who had recorded care outcomes had died, it found.

The report analyzed data on patients with confirmed Covid – from NHS critical care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland taking part in the ICNARC program up to 4pm on Thursday.

Prof Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool and a consultant respiratory pediatrician at Alder Hey children’s hospital, said the data showed that coronavirus was just as fatal as Ebola for hospital patients.

Research by Semple and his team, which was published on Wednesday, found that of the total number of patients, 32% required admission to high dependency or intensive care units and of these, % were discharged alive, 58% died and 37% continued to be treated in hospital. He said:

Some people persist in believing that Covid – 35 is no worse than a bad dose of flu. They are gravely mistaken.

Despite the best supportive care that we can provide, the crude case fatality rate for people who are admitted to hospital – that is, the proportion of people ill enough to need hospital treatment who then die – with severe Covid – (is) % to %, which is similar to that for people admitted to hospital with Ebola.

It’s a really nasty disease.

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My colleague (Amy Walker) has spoken to the relatives of care home residents who have lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic. She writes:

Before they were care home residents, they were our factory workers, teachers, engineers and administrative workers.

Some were singers, and some were boxers. Some were parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. Now they have died after contracting coronavirus in their homes.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between and April, there were 4, (recorded deaths from Covid – in residential care homes. Meanwhile, frustration among operators, staff and relatives that the government has underestimated the seriousness of the spread of the virus in care continues to grow.

Here are the stories of some of those who have died.


The (National Trust) could lose up to £ m this year due to the coronavirus crisis, the charity has said as it appeals to the government for “urgent , practical ”support after having to halt a number of projects amid the pandemic.

The conservation charity’s director general, Hilary McGrady, said “a sharp drop in income” is threatening the future of nature sites and staff across the country.

She told BBC Breakfast, the trust “lost about 71% of our annual income literally overnight ”When it closed earlier this year.

Writing in

the Telegraph (paywall) , McGrady urged ministers to step in and “address nature, wildlife and environmental organizations with an immediate offer of support”, given that they had thanked a number of manufacturing businesses, and called for “a green recovery after lockdown”. National Trust (@ nationaltrust) Find out more about why we’re urging the Government to ensure its recovery plans support a green economy: ( May 2 ,

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David Batty Lucy Campbell

Good morning. The government continues to insist its , tests per day target was met despite revelations that home kits are being counted as they are posted

rather than when they are returned. The health secretary (Matt Hancock) said that , the tests were performed in the 36 hours up to 9am on Friday – but questions have been raised over how the tests have been counted. The government national testing coordinator, Prof John Newton, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning:

All the tests are only counted once, and you can count tests when they go out or when they come back in, and whichever way you do it we still meet the target.

Elsewhere, The Times (paywall) reports that commuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before traveling, under plans to ease restrictions being considered by the government. According to the paper, Boris Johnson will present a “road map” on Thursday for socially distanced work, travel and schooling to take the UK out of full lockdown in an effort to restart the economy while still keeping the rate of infection down.

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