Coronavirus: Three further deaths – bringing death toll across Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham to 2,354

The rise means 2,354 patients have now died in hospitals across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham, while at least 527 people have died with the virus in care homes according to the most recently published figures. The additional three deaths all took place at Staffordshire’s University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs […]

North Somerset 111 service receives thousands of Coronavirus calls

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 May 2020 Gareth Newnham & Patrick Jack 111 have received thousands of calls from people with suspected coronavirus symptoms Picture: Getty Images Archant Thousands of people in North Somerset have contacted the NHS 111 service to report coronavirus symptoms since March, new figures show. Email this article to a friend To send […]

How a decade of privatisation and cuts exposed England to coronavirus | World news

Every Thursday at 8pm, millions of Britons have opened their front doors or stood on balconies to applaud the NHS. The ritual has been a weekly expression of gratitude to medical workers, and national pride in a state-run health service said to be the envy of the world. “Let’s not forget,” Boris Johnson said in […]

Global report: fears of coronavirus surge from US protests as world cases hit 6m | World news

Global coronavirus infections have passed the 6 million mark as Latin America hit the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths with Brazil alone accounting for half of those fatalities. With at least 369,000 deaths confirmed worldwide since the pandemic began in China in January – and that number believed to be an underestimate – Brazil’s virus […]

Experts decry easing of coronavirus lockdown for England’s shielders | World news

The government’s surprise announcement that more than 2 million of the most vulnerable people in England will be allowed outside from Monday lacks any scientific rationale and amounts to a public relations exercise, a leading virus expert has said.  Dr Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at the University of Leeds’ school of medicine, said the […]

French COVID-19 cases show further decline

People enjoy the sunny weather at Luxembourg gardens as Paris parks reopen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, May 30, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann PARIS (Reuters) – France’s coronavirus cases are continuing to decline, health officials said on Sunday, with 14,322 patients currently in hospital, down from 14,380 a day earlier. The number […]

Coronavirus: Famous mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lockdown measures have been eased at some of Islam’s holiest sites Some of the most important sites in Islam have reopened two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut, allowing worshippers to enter under strict guidelines. Hundreds of Muslims filed into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest […]