Coronavirus UK LIVE: First frontline NHS worker death as lockdown Britain braces for 6 months of Covid-19 restrictions – The Sun
BRITS may not see their lives return to "normal" from the Covid-19 crisis for six months, a senior doctor has warned.
Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, warned life in Britain will not return to normal until autumn – as ministers began preparing the country for an extended period of lockdown.
She said the nation will not be in "complete lockdown" for half a year but that social distancing measures will be lifted gradually.
Her stark warning came as the UK's coronavirus death toll rose to 1,228 after another 209 people died from the outbreak yesterday.
Meanwhile EasyJet today announced it had grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made his second appearance since going into self-isolation last week after testing positive for coronavirus.
His message comes at a time when 20,000 former NHS staff return to help battle the virus.
25 FIXED PENALTY NOTICES FOR FLOUTING CORONAVIRUS RULES IN SCOTLAND
Police Scotland issued 25 fixed penalty notices over the weekend to people flouting the regulations introduced in a bid to stop people from spreading coronavirus in public places.
Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme he thought it was “strong evidence of how these extraordinary powers have had an impact in such a short space of time with communities across Scotland”.
A new project – called CoronaFriend – has been launched to ensure nobody is left vulnerable by self-isolation.
By bringing together a network of local volunteers, it pinpoints locations where help is still needed.
Although self-isolation is a key step in halting the spread of the deadly virus, it has caused a lot of anxiety amongst vulnerable groups.
The CoronaFriend project has been built to help neighbours and local communities come together to offer support to those who need it.
How it works:
1. Go to http://www.coronafriend.com
2. Claim your street
3. Download a ready-made leaflet to post through your neighbours’ letterboxes
Through a network of volunteers claiming their streets, people can see clearly where help is still needed. Volunteers can print off leaflets to drop through their neighbours’ doors and cover areas that need help.
ITALIAN FA PRESIDENT FEARS FOOTY SEASON MAY BE OVER
Damiano Tommasi, the president of the Italian FA, has admitted the football season may be over due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was responding to comments from Italy's Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora suggesting he will on Monday propose a further extension to the suspension of all sport in the country.
All sporting events have been suspended in Italy until April 3
UK INFECTION RATE 'MAY BE SLOWING'
The UK coronavirus epidemic may now be “just about” slowing in the UK, according to Professor Neil Ferguson, an academic at Imperial College in London whose research has shaped the UK government's strategy.
Prof Ferguson was referring to new hospital admissions.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: “It has not yet plateaued but the rate has slowed down.”
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