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Who might the government seek to blame for the UK's Covid-19 failings?

Ministers have been accused of trying to shift the narrative over response to pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile ministers insist that it is too early to fully consider what lessons might be learned from the coronavirus outbreak, the UK’s death toll – the highest in Europe – is expected to prompt an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic.In recent weeks, the government has been accused of seeking to pre-emptively shift the narrative on responsibility for...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Civil Service, Social Care, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: No 10 fails to apologise for Boris Johnson's care home remarks; death toll rises by 155

Charity boss says blaming care sector for repeated government mistakes is unacceptableJohnson condemned over ‘cowardly’ care home claimsSeveral pubs in England close after positive coronavirus testsNearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine, says surveyGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.18pm BST The Department of Health and Social Care has recorded a further 155 deaths in the UK in its latest daily update on coronavirus. That takes the official UK death total to 44,391.As we tr...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Care workers, Department of Health and Social Care, Vaughan Gething, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: No 10 fails to apologise for Boris Johnson's care home remarks amid criticism

Charity boss says blaming care sector for repeated government mistakes is unacceptableJohnson condemned over ‘cowardly’ care home claimsSeveral pubs in England close after positive coronavirus testsNearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine, says surveyGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.21pm BST The Downing Street attempt to draw a line under the row about Boris Johnson’s care homes criticism by trying to redefine what he actually said (see 12.23pm) does not seem to be working ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, BBC News, Britain, NHS, Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Care workers, Phillip Inman, David Crabtree, Coronavirus outbreak


Overwhelmed Southern California transferring coronavirus patients to Bay Area hospitals

The calls have been relentless. This patient needed to be flown by plane to the Bay Area for care — did he have a crew? That patient was awaiting transfer by helicopter to Santa Barbara for treatment. Could they swing it? “Everyone’s tired because this has been going on for so long,” said Sergio Cardenas, a longtime flight nurse who now serves as Reach Air Medical Services’ program director in Imperial County, a swath of agricultural land wedged into the southeast corner of the state against Mex...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, California, Mexico, Stanford, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Green, Soccer, Arizona, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Department Of Homeland Security


EU commission rejects Raab's claims in medical procurement row

UK foreign secretary has said EU invite for Covid-19 scheme was sent to old email addressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe European commission has dismissed claims from Dominic Raab that the UK did not receive an invitation to join EU procurement schemes for medical kit to combat coronavirus because Brussels used an obsolete email address.A commission official said the UK was not included on the original email list because it had already left the EU, but added there...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Brussels, Raab, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus outbreak


Accept death to promote health

We all die and, despite some fanciful ideas to the contrary, we will, as a species, continue to do so. Our daily routines tend to distract us from this fact. However, because death is inevitable, we need to think about how we can live healthy lives, without ignoring how they end.Once we accept that we are going to die, how we spend our money and our time on health begins to shift. At core, we should aspire to die healthy. That means focusing our energy on creating a world that maximizes health r...
Tags: Health, Books, Politics, Featured, Public Health, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, Medical Mondays, Pixabay, Science And Medicine, Pained


Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains

Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.Crisis times tend to increase self-centered acts. Why do so many people seem so selfish these days, putting their needs first? The coronavirus has not only decimated our population and placed lives on anxious hold, it has also been a test of character. A test that, by and large, we appear to be failing. People are at each...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Society, Brain, Yale, Innovation, Consciousness, Mind, Paul Krugman, Ucla, Self, Social Psychology, Yale University, Nature Communications, Peter Singer, University of Zurich


Priti Patel accused of 'shameful' bid to deport girl at risk of FGM

Barrister says Home Office’s unwillingness to protect 11-year-old makes a mockery of FGM protection ordersHuman rights lawyers have launched a scathing attack on the Home Office for failing to grant asylum to an 11-year-old girl found by judges to be at high risk of female genital mutilation if removed from Britain.The girl, who is thriving at school and only speaks English, was brought to the UK in 2012 by her mother, herself a victim of what is known as type 3 FGM whose two sisters died after ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Law, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Sudan, Fgm, Priti Patel, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Women's rights and gender equality


V.P. Pence’s Visit to First Baptist Church in Dallas: How Not to Do Church During a Pandemic

Buzzfeed News is reporting this morning what I wanted to report last week but couldn’t verify: Prior to V.P. Mike Pence’s visit to First Baptist Church in Dallas on Sunday, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 among the church’s orchestra and choir. I had heard this from two twitter accounts but could not get primary source verification, so I didn’t run with it. Buzzfeed reporters were able to get that confirmation and went with the story today. The video of the event shows that the choir was singi...
Tags: Health, Politics, Texas, Religion, Arkansas, Dallas, Infertility, Mike Pence, BuzzFeed News, Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Church, Jeffress, Asa Hutchinson, Court Evangelical, COVID-19, V P Pence


Mental health may be 'significant factor' in NHS referrals to Prevent

Referring patients to anti-radicalisation scheme can worsen illness, charity says Mental health appears to be a significant factor behind referrals from the NHS to Prevent, the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation programme, a UK-based medical charity says.In an 18-month study, researchers at Medact found that a significant proportion of NHS referrals to Prevent came from mental health trusts or mental health departments. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, NHS, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Prevent strategy


Gov. Newsom Expected To Announce Reopening Rollback As Coronavirus Surges

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom is hinting that he will tighten coronavirus restrictions for California’s nearly 40 million residents as a COVID-19 surge has counties rushing to close down bars and beaches ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Newsom planned Wednesday to announce he will “tighten things up” only weeks after loosening his March 19 stay-at-home order and reopening most businesses. The state requires people to wear masks when they can’t maintain physical distance but public heal...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, News, California, Mexico, California News, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside County, Ventura County, San Francisco Bay, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom


Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, say UK government advisers

Experts say further investigation of link is urgently required and may be relevant to managing pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers.In a report published on Wednesday, the experts said further investigation of the link between dirty air and the coronavirus pandemic was “urgently required” and may be relevant to how the pandemic ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Air Pollution, Health policy, Coronavirus outbreak


Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, say UK experts

Government advisers call for urgent investigation of link between dirty air and pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers.In a report published on Wednesday, the experts said further investigation of the link between dirty air and the coronavirus pandemic was “urgently required” and may be relevant to how the pandemic is managed. Cont...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Air Pollution, Health policy, Coronavirus outbreak


No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown

Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Downing Street has been accused of sowing confusion and anxiety in Leicester after imposing the first local lockdown to combat a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, amid growing concern about how the measures will work.As part of hardened restrictions, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on Monday night that schools will shut to most children...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Health policy, Leicester, Downing Street, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Americans officially banned from entering EU, at least for now

The European Union made an agreement on a list of 15 countries that could travel in its bloc from July 1st.Citizens of the United States, as well as Russia, Brazil and India, are not on it.The exclusion of the U.S. reflects concerns over its coronavirus surge. From July 1st, when its external borders will re-open, American tourists won't be welcome in Europe, decrees a new agreement from the European Union. The bloc decided on a list of 15 safe countries whose residents would be allowed to trav...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Medicine, Congress, Cdc, China, Russia, India, Eu, European Union, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Epidemics


No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown extension

Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Downing Street has been accused of sowing confusion and anxiety in Leicester as it imposes the first local lockdown to combat a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, with the health secretary facing demands to pinpoint how the measures will work.In an evening statement to the Commons on Monday, Matt Hancock announced that schools would shut to most child...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Leicester, Downing Street, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Leicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock says

City is first place in England to reintroduce measures to try to stop spread of coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Enforcing an extension to the Leicester lockdown will mean changes to the law, Matt Hancock has said.The city is the first place in England to reintroduce restrictive measures to try to stop the spread of coronavirus after 950 cases were reported in a two-week period. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, Leicester, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Trump demands Supreme Court kill Affordable Care Act, aka 'Obamacare'

Late Thursday night, amid a coronavirus pandemic that has now killed over 120,000 Americans, Donald Trump's administration made new moves to take away healthcare from working Americans. The Trump administration told the Supreme Court late Thursday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or "Obamacare") is invalid, including the protections it provides for people with “pre-existing conditions,” like asthma, diabetes, cancer, and the long-term damaging health effects of COVID-19. In the filing Thurs...
Tags: Health, Post, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Congress, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, US news, Healthcare, Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, District Of Columbia


Health chiefs urge UK public to cooperate with contact tracers

Some British people reluctant to hand over details of others, says Dr David Nabarro Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth chiefs have urged the public to cooperate with coronavirus contact tracersand said there was was “a real reluctance among some British people” to provide the details of people they have been close with and may have infected.Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s Covid-19 special envoy, also warned Europeancountries over new cases emerging as lockdowns ease, ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Who, David Nabarro, Coronavirus outbreak, David Nabarro Coronavirus


Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked from shadow cabinet in antisemitism row - live

Shadow education secretary told to step down from shadow cabinet after sharing article on Twitter that included antisemitic conspiracy theoryKeir Starmer sacks Rebecca Long-Bailey from shadow cabinetNo 10 backs Jenrick despite revelations over developmentViolence at street party in Brixton leaves more than 20 police injured 4.55pm BST From the Times’ Patrick MaguireI'm told a delegation of left frontbenchers is trying to secure a meeting with Starmer to discuss RLB's sacking 4.50pm BST H...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, London, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Times, Keir Starmer, Brixton, Starmer, Antisemitism, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Robert Jenrick, Coronavirus outbreak, Patrick MaguireI


Coronavirus: 5 bad signs California is heading the wrong direction

As more people venture out and expand their social circles, the coronavirus pandemic is sending some alarming signals to California about the effects of reopening. “Right now it’s looking like things are going in the wrong direction,” said John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert and professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. Here are five signs why, experts say. 1. Soaring case counts This is the big one. On Monday and Tuesday, the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in California soared to ...
Tags: Health, Florida, Politics, Texas, News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Connecticut, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southern California


Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked by Keir Starmer over article 'including antisemitic conspiracy theory' - live

Shadow education secretary told to step down from shadow cabinet after sharing article on Twitter Keir Starmer sacks Rebecca Long-Bailey from shadow cabinetNo 10 backs Jenrick despite revelations over developmentViolence at street party in Brixton leaves more than 20 police injured 4.25pm BST The FT’s Jim Pickard says Rebecca Long-Bailey may have read a version of the Maxine Peake interview before it was amended by the Independent.one problematic issue with the @RLong_Bailey sacking is that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, London, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Amnesty International, Maxine Peake, Keir Starmer, Brixton, Peake, Starmer, Jim Pickard, Antisemitism


Coronavirus: Another grim milestone for California as concerning metrics continue to rise

After a third straight day of new cases exceeding anything seen before this week, California is now home to the country’s top coronavirus hotspot — by total cases, at least. Los Angeles County, population 10 million, reported another 1,228 positive tests Wednesday, pushing it past Cook County, Ill., for the most in the nation, according to Johns Hopkins University. The 89,490 confirmed cases in LA County make up nearly half of California’s 195,424 total cases, which rose Wednesday by 4,648, acco...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, California, California News, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Fire Department, LA County, Johns Hopkins University


Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked from Labour shadow cabinet by Keir Starmer – UK politics live

Shadow education secretary sacked after sharing article on Twitter which included antisemitic conspiracy theoryKeir Starmer sacks Rebecca Long-Bailey from shadow cabinetNo 10 backs Jenrick despite revelations over developmentViolence at street party in Brixton leaves more than 20 police injured 3.27pm BST From the Sunday Times’ Gabriel PogrundOne LOTO source notes that Long Bailey failed to condemn a member who blamed the "Israeli lobby" for the election defeat during a leadership hustings i...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, London, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Keir Starmer, Brixton, Peake, Board of Deputies of British Jews, Antisemitism, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Long Bailey, Marie van der Zyl


UK coronavirus live: No 10 refuses call for urgent review of 'second wave' readiness; death toll rises by 154

Keir Starmer condemns PM for ‘dodgy answers’ at PMQs; Johnson claims UK has effective ‘cluster-busting’ operation; further lockdown easing in Scotland announcedHealth leaders call for review of second wave risk Key points for businesses in England on how to reopenFive children have died of coronavirus in UK, study revealsEight times Chris Whitty has diverged from the government lineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.20pm BST The Guardian’s latest Politics Weekly podcast is out. Jonathan Fre...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Westminster, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Jonathan Freedland


UK coronavirus live: No 10 refuses call for urgent review of 'second wave' readiness

Keir Starmer condemns PM for ‘dodgy answers’ at PMQs; Johnson claims UK has effective ‘cluster-busting’ operation; further lockdown easing in Scotland announcedHealth leaders call for review of second wave risk Key points for businesses in England on how to reopenFive children have died of coronavirus in UK, study revealsEight times Chris Whitty has diverged from the government lineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.28pm BST Public Health Wales has recorded a further eight coronavirus death...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Starmer condemns PM for 'dodgy answers' as he challenges him on test and trace and app at PMQs

Keir Starmer questions PM over tracing; Johnson claims UK has effective ‘cluster-busting’ operation; further lockdown easing in Scotland announcedHealth leaders call for review of second wave risk Key points for businesses in England on how to reopenFive children have died of coronavirus in UK, study revealsEight times Chris Whitty has diverged from the government lineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 2.09pm BST At the Commons home affairs committee this morning Yvette Cooper, the Labour cha...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Yvette Cooper, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson challenged over track and trace system and app at PMQs

Keir Starmer questions PM over tracing; Johnson claims UK has effective ‘cluster-busting’ operation; further lockdown easing in Scotland announcedHealth leaders call for review of second wave risk Key points for businesses in England on how to reopenFive children have died of coronavirus in UK, study revealsEight times Chris Whitty has diverged from the government lineGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.25pm BST Boris Johnson has never won an exchange with Sir Keir Starmer (or anyone?) on a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Sturgeon, Starmer


2 Republicans opposed by Trump win in North Carolina, Kentucky

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN and ALAN FRAM LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Voters rebuffed President Donald Trump and nominated two Republicans he opposed to House seats from North Carolina and Kentucky on Tuesday. Calls in higher-profile races in Kentucky and New York faced days of delay as swamped officials count mountains of mail-in ballots. In western North Carolina, GOP voters picked 24-year-old investor Madison Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair following an accident, over Trump-backe...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, News, Minneapolis, Congress, Navy, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, Virginia, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Atlanta, Georgia


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer at PMQs amid warnings of 'real risk' of second wave

Open letter in British Medical Journal urges ministers to take urgent action as lockdown eases in EnglandHealth leaders call for review of second wave risk Five children have died of coronavirus in UK, study revealsEight times Chris Whitty has diverged from the government lineWhat the papers say about England’s lockdown easingGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.28pm BST Labour’s John Spellar asks for changes to rules relating to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act which he says discriminate...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, British Medical Journal, BAME, Robert Butler



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