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Coronavirus: Are dentists open during the lockdown?

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of people in England are potentially unable to access urgent dental services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The British Dental Association (BDA) told the BBC that dentists in England are being bombarded by calls from patients in real pain, but there is often nowhere to send them. What’s […]

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Coronavirus: Ambulance staff ‘feeling unprotected’

Image copyright REUTERS/Mark HartnellImage caption Worker wearing advanced personal protective equipment Ambulance staff are being put at risk by a lack of protective equipment to guard them against coronavirus, according to a trade union. GMB says its members are “scared” about their own safety and their families. The union claims one in five ambulance staff […]

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Coronavirus: Mental health hotline for NHS staff

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is launching a hotline to support and advise healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers from charities including Hospice UK, the Samaritans and Shout, will listen to concerns and offer psychological support. The phone line for England will be open between 07:00 and 23:00 every day, while the text […]

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Coronavirus: NHS volunteers to start receiving tasks

Image copyright PA Media People who volunteered to support the NHS in England during the coronavirus crisis are being given details of what tasks they can do to help. More than 750,000 people signed up to join the “volunteer army” – three times the government’s original target – to help relieve pressure on the NHS. […]

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Coronavirus: Warning over daily death figures

Image copyright Getty Images Experts are warning against over-interpreting daily figures of people dying with Covid-19, since they often reflect reporting delays. Spikes or dips may in part reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than real changes in the trend. On Monday, 439 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the UK – down from 621 […]

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Coronavirus: China reports no Covid-19 deaths for first time

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The country’s Health Commission confirmed there had been no deaths and 32 confirmed cases China reported no coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the first time since it started publishing daily figures in January. The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on Monday. It comes as […]

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Most coronavirus deaths occurring in hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images The Office for National Statistics has released new figures on the number of deaths involving coronavirus. The data gives us the most accurate picture of where deaths are occurring. Unlike the statistics we have heard about before now, these include every community death linked to Covid-19 in England and Wales. According […]