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Wales: Coronavirus: Airports ‘at risk’ of closure as flights drop 90%

Some airports are “at risk” of closure because of the loss of business in the coronavirus pandemic, experts have warned. Nine out of 10 flights have been grounded since the UK went into lockdown. Airports said cargo flights were running and shareholders were being supportive as they worked to cut costs. Flight tracking website Flightradar24 recorded 711 …

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Merseyside medics help boy, 3, mark end of cancer treatment

Hospital staff have been praised for helping a three-year-old cancer patient mark the end of his treatment by moving the celebratory bell outside. Brodie Halliday went through 35 rounds of radiotherapy at Merseyside’s Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Only one visitor per patient is currently allowed due to coronavirus rules, so staff unscrewed the bell for a …

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Shetland: Former paratrooper self-isolating on uninhabited Hildsay

A former British paratrooper is isolating on an uninhabited Shetland island after lockdown measures were introduced midway through a fundraising challenge to walk the UK coastline. Chris Lewis has walked 12,000 miles after setting off from near his home in Swansea in August 2017. He has now been given special permission to live in the …

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Coronavirus: British Transport Police officer, 53, dies

A detective with British Transport Police (BTP) has died with coronavirus, the force has said. Det Con John Coker, 53, who was based at Euston’s criminal investigations department, leaves a wife and three children. He was “charismatic, kind and thoughtful” and “much-loved and respected by all those he worked with”, Chief Constable Paul Crowther said. …

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Wales: Coronavirus: Care worker ‘soaked and branded disease spreader’

A community carer was doused with water in the street and branded a Covid-19 “disease spreader”, according to her employers. Abby Jones was in between calls in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, when squirted by a runner’s bottle on Thursday, Ebbw Vale-based Trusting Hands said. Domiciliary carers “were putting their lives on the line” and it was …

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