Guam boy, 10, dies as Covid outbreak threatens country’s health system

The 1,156 infections from the ship are not counted in Guam’s domestic total, but Guam officials have publicly detailed nearly 250 military-linked cases on the island, including 35 airmen who went to local restaurants, raising concerns about military personnel as vectors for the virus.

The Latest: Parliament opens in India, global virus hot spot

Lawmakers must wear masks and follow other sanitization protocols, sit on seats separated by transparent plastic sheets and keep their meetings limited. The Question Hour, when lawmakers ask questions to ministers and hold them accountable for the functioning of their ministries, will not be allowed.

GP appointments by phone and video surge during coronavirus lockdown

Dr Richard Vautrey, the GP committee chair at the British Medical Association, said: “There has been a massive change from the vast majority of consultations in general practice taking place face to face, to now the vast majority taking place by telephone or increasingly by video consultation.”

NHS reminder about face-to-face appointments angers GPs

“Where face-to-face appointments are necessary, they are being facilitated, and we have called on CCGs to work with practices where this is not possible – for example, if all GPs at a practice are at high risk of Covid-19 – to ensure that they can be.

‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said that NHS staff already had priority for testing. “NHS test and trace is working and our capacity is the highest it has ever been. But we are seeing a significant demand for tests, including from people who do not have symptoms and are not otherwise eligible.

Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

O’Grady said: “Coronavirus is no leveller. It has exposed huge inequality in modern Britain. Hard work should pay for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of job you do. Yet, many of those who kept this country going through the crisis don’t get the respect they deserve.

UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders

Advertisers love agglomeration because it fuels an urban buzz they can seize upon to grow demand. But as land and property values increase, local people are often priced out of areas and urban culture is eroded. Instead of vibrant high streets with a diversity of local businesses, we get areas with multiple franchises of the […]

Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19

The authors claim that theirs is the first study to examine the link between COVID-19 and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as to explore intentional COVID-19 exposure. Their study found that 83 U.S. adults (9.2% of their sample) reported intentionally exposing themselves to COVID-19. Given how contagious the virus is, the authors contend this […]

Coronavirus: ‘Lessons to be learned’ over deaths in care homes

“But it is worth reminding members that 38% of adult care homes have lodged no notification of suspected Covid-19 incidents to the Care Inspectorate since the start of the epidemic, and 58% of adult care homes have not registered a case of suspected Covid-19 in the last 14 days.”

Coronavirus: Testing expanded for care home residents and staff

“But, in a care home setting, where there are some people who have symptoms of coronavirus and others who do not, testing everyone, including those who do not, does have a purpose – we will be doing this to help manage outbreaks.”