Global coronavirus cases are approaching the 1 million mark, as the UK’s Ministry of Defence said it planned to mobilise 3,000 reservists as part of its response to the pandemic.
More than 935,000 people have been infected with Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 47,000 have died, while nearly 194,000 have recovered.
Patients in the UK could have their treatment withdrawn and offered to others with a higher chance of survival, the British Medical Association’s (BMA) latest ethical advice for doctors has warned. It comes after Britain saw its biggest day-on-day increase in deaths so far, with the government under increasing pressure over its testing policy.
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The death toll in Switzerland has risen to 432, the country’s public health agency said on Thursday, rising from 378 people on Wednesday.
The number of positive tests had increased to 18,267 from 17,139, it said.
Greece has placed an entire migrant camp in quarantine after 20 asylum seekers tested positive for coronavirus, writes Jon Sharman.
Sixty-three people were tested after a teenager who gave birth in hospital in Athens was found to be infected, the migration ministry said on Thursday.
The 19-year-old woman became the first recorded case among the tens of thousands of asylum seekers living in overcrowded camps across Greece, which even the government has described as a “ticking health bomb”.
Eddie Large, the comedian best known for double act Little and Large, has died from coronavirus, aged 78.
His son Ryan McGinnis announced the news on Facebook, revealing that “he had been suffering with heart failure” in hospital before contracting the illness.
Pharmaceutical companies are doubling production to address shortages in drugs to treat coronavirus patients, the EU’s industry chief Thierry Breton said on Thursday, adding that all nations will have enough medicine.
Hospital executives and doctors of nine European countries said in an open letter on Wednesday they only had up to a fortnight-worth of supplies of some medicines and urged greater collaboration between nations.
Mr Breton said the European Commission had anticipated the supply crunch. “Industry players have been summoned. Today, they are doubling production and I think we’re going to be able to address the situation,” he told France Inter radio, without elaborating.
Merseyside Police is the theft of personal protective equipment from an NHS vehicle.
The force said that some time between 10.30pm on Tuesday and 5.45am on Wednesday the window of the van, parked on Greenham Avenue in Kirkby, was smashed and facemasks and gloves were stolen.
Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: “This shows a complete lack of empathy towards our emergency service colleagues who are working tirelessly to protect the wider community.”
It is not the first such incident in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. A man was jailed on Thursday for stealing PPE from an ambulance in London.
Zoom has cancelled all work on new features and will instead focus on its security and privacy, writes Andrew Griffin.
The company’s founder and chief executive Eric Yuan apologised to users after a run of problems with the app and outlined a plan to improve it over the next 90 days.
Zambia has recorded its first death from coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases has risen by three to 39, health minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Thursday.
The three new cases all caught the virus from people who had travelled abroad.
As an academic who works on death, I – like you – am watching incredulously what is happening right now, writes Kate Woodthorpe.
For what coronavirus is exposing on a mass scale is our collective reluctance to face our mortality. As adults, we all know that we all die, but more or less ignore death until it happens.
The reality of death is hidden away in hospitals, care homes and hospices; the deceased are tended to by mortuary technicians and funeral directors. Death happens to other people, in other places.
More than a half of Britons think Boris Johnson’s government was too slow to lock down the country against the spread of coronavirus, an opinion poll published on Thursday suggests.
The Ipsos MORI poll, carried out online between 27 and 30 March, showed 56 per cent of people believed the government’s enforcement of social distancing measures were taken too late, compared with 4 per cent who felt that they were taken too soon.
Ipsos MORI said it interviewed 1,072 British adults aged 18 to 75.
Europe should use all available means to fight a health crisis that has brought the world economy to a virtual halt, France’s finance minister has said.
Bruno Le Maire spoke ahead of the next Eurogroup meeting as tensions simmered between northern and southern members of the European Union on the scope of the disease-linked aid package.
He also said he said the European Stability Mechanism – the euro zone’s emergency fund – should be used “without conditionality” and with “no stigma attached”.
For comedians, the summer months go “May, June, July, Edinburgh, September”. One year, I actually heard a comic friend say, “I’m having a year off. For Edinburgh, I’m going travelling”, writes Shappi Khorsandi.
The careers of so many comedians you love (and of the ones you hate) are made at the Edinburgh Fringe. Nothing is more exciting than the year you have your “breakthrough” show. For me, It was 2006. My show was a hit and took me out of the club circuit and to the dizzy heights of touring medium-sized art centres, where I have happily remained.
Morrisons workers will receive a £1,050 windfall this year. The supermarket has promised to triple bonuses as staff toiled to keep up with a surge in demand caused by coronavirus.
All staff on the front line will get a 6-per-cent bonus on top of their earnings for the next 12 months – the equivalent of more than £1,000 for full-time employees.
Sick or self-isolating employees will also be paid extra, but in quarterly instalments rather than a single large cheque at the end, Morrisons said.
The global figure for confirmed cases of coronavirus is set to surpass the one million mark in the coming days, the World Health Organisation has said, writes Samuel Lovett.
As of Thursday morning, 937,783 people had tested positive for Covid-19, while 47,261 worldwide deaths had been reported, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Labour deputy leadership candidate’s uncle dies from coronavirus
Labour MP and deputy leadership candidate Dawn Butler tweeted: “My uncle had a fall he didn’t have Covid-19. He caught it in hospital and has now sadly died from Covid-19. Just a few weeks ago we buried his only Son.
“We are devastated as a family but I’m also angry. Government needs to Test everyone who works in the hospitals without delay!”
Plans to press a disused aircraft hangar into service as a temporary mortuary have been agreed between a local council in Scotland and defence officials.
Moray Council approached the Ministry of Defence about proposals to use a hangar at Kinloss Barracks as part of its emergency planning procedure.
The local authority said it hoped the hangar would not be needed but said it had to plan for the worst.
How to join tonight’s national ‘Clap For Our Carers’ event
NHS workers, both current and retired, have been called upon to work on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
The medical workforce has been working long and hard in order to protect and care for as many people as they can, an act that the nation is eternally grateful for.
In order to demonstrate the public’s appreciation for everything NHS and other key workers are doing throughout the outbreak, a national clapping event has been organised in their honour.
Here’s everything you need to know, from the time of the event to how you can get involved, by Sabrina Barr.
Iran death toll increases
Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 3,136, with 124 deaths in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV on Thursday, adding that the country had 50,468 cases of infection.
“We have 3,956 infected people in critical condition … There was 2,875 new cases of infected people in the past 24 hours… 16,711 people have recovered from the disease,” Mr Jahanpur said.
Shoplifting grandmother denies coughing at security guard
A shoplifting grandmother has denied coughing at a security guard and claiming she had the coronavirus.
Leanne Stapleton, 39, appeared via videolink at Teesside Magistrates’ Court to deny a charge of assault but admitted stealing from a B&M store in Middlesbrough on 27 March during the lockdown.
It was alleged she deliberately coughed at the security guard working at the shop in the Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough, to try to get away.
Brett Wildridge, defending, said she “categorically denied” the assault charge and did not say the words alleged.
He said she claimed to have commented to the security guard as he detained her that he should not be within two metres of her.
Mr Wildridge said she claims to have told him: “I might get corona if we go next to each other.”
Stapleton, a grandmother-of-two from Londonderry Road, Stockton, Teesside, was remanded in custody and will stand trial before the magistrates on 6 May.
‘Mystery’ Liverpool player donates £25,000 to hospital
A Liverpool player has anonymously donated £25,000 to Alder Hey children’s hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic, Alex Pattle reports.
Hospitals across the country have felt the pressure of increased admissions due to the outbreak of Covid-19, and Alder Hey has tripled the capacity of its intensive care unit as a result of the crisis.