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Coronavirus: Elderly to be ‘shielded’ as PM seeks to equip NHS

Boris Johnson is launching a drive to equip the NHS with more ventilators, as No 10 indicated it could soon step up measures to tackle the coronavirus. These include “shielding” elderly and vulnerable people – where they are kept apart from the wider population – and asking entire families to self-isolate. The government has faced …

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Coronavirus: Mass gatherings could be banned in UK from next week

Mass gatherings could be banned in the UK from as early as next weekend amid the outbreak of coronavirus. A government source said ministers are drawing up plans for the move – to ease pressure on emergency services. Scores of major sporting and cultural events have already been cancelled across the country in response to the pandemic. …

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Coronavirus: Edinburgh Airport warns of ‘close to zero’ passengers

Scotland’s busiest airport has warned it could be facing “close to zero” passenger demand in the coming months. Edinburgh Airport has said the coronavirus outbreak is “an unprecedented situation” and has left the business facing tough decisions. Trade unions have warned hundreds of jobs are at risk at the airport as a result of the …

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Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL suspended until 3 April at earliest

All elite football in England has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus. All Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have been postponed. The Premier League said action would resume on 4 April “subject to medical advice …

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Coronavirus: UK’s approach ‘concerning’, says Jeremy Hunt

The government’s decision not to cancel public events over the coronavirus outbreak is “concerning”, says ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt. His criticism of the UK approach comes as new measures to delay the virus spreading come into effect. Many other countries have responded to the crisis by closing schools and cancelling sports and arts events. But …

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Coronavirus: Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people

Italy’s prime minister has said at least 16 million people are now under lock-down in Lombardy region and also in 14 provinces until early April. The dramatic escalation in the country’s efforts to contain the new coronavirus will close gyms, pools, museums and ski resorts. Wedding and funerals are also suspended under the mandatory quarantine. …

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Coronavirus: Supermarkets called up for isolation supplies

The government is working with supermarkets to ensure that people self-isolating because of coronavirus will receive food, the health secretary told BBC One’s Question Time. Matt Hancock said he was confident food supplies would not run down. His comments came as health officials said some patients who tested positive were being treated in their homes. …

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