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Man, 23, who claimed he had COVID-19 as he spat on police is jailed

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A 23-year-old man who spat at police in Lancashire while claiming he had coronavirus has been jailed for a year.

Callum Heaton was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after police were called to a report of a disturbance in Burnley early on March 28.

Lancashire Police said Heaton spat at two officers during the arrest on Cog Lane, while saying he had caught COVID-19.

He continued this behaviour as he was taken into custody.

Heaton appeared before Burnley Magistrates’ ...

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Your daily update: Coronavirus numbers and what they really mean

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You can tell the government is anxious when the prime minister gets out of his self-isolation bunker, looking pretty rough, to record a video message reassuring the nation.

Some people might know that the number of coronavirus deaths will rise exponentially until the lockdown measures have time to work but that doesn’t mean they aren’t shocked and worried when it happens.

Sky News has taken a deep dive into the COVID-19 ...

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Clap for our Carers: ‘Give your kids pans, let’s make a bigger racket than last week’

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Britain will once again unite to clap the NHS workers on the frontline of the battle against coronavirus – same time, same place.

Clap for our Carers will start at 8pm tonight from the nation’s doorsteps, windows, gardens and balconies.

“Let’s see if we can make more of a racket than last week,” tweeted @94inchandy, who will definitely be joining in.

“Give the kids your pots and pans, let granny use our vuvuzelas – you’ll never walk alone.”

The ...

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British Airways nears deal to suspend 36,000 staff – report

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British Airways is nearing agreement with unions on a deal to suspend 36,000 cabin crew, ground staff and engineers due to the coronavirus crisis, according to reports.

The Sun reported that up to 80% of these staff would be furloughed but that none would lose their jobs.

It said the figure rose to 100% at Gatwick and London City airports where BA has axed services entirely as a result of the outbreak.

British Airways said: “Talks continue.”

Trade union ...

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Calls for prisoners to be released early due to coronavirus

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Some prisoners should be released early to help overcrowded prisons deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the former chief inspector of prisons.

David Ramsbotham says he is “very worried” about the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the country’s prisons, adding that the outbreak could deplete staff numbers, making them unable to deal with the crisis.

His comments come as a 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions at Littlehey prison ...

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Mother who gave birth alone praises ‘excellent’ NHS staff

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A mother who gave birth alone during the coronavirus pandemic has praised NHS staff for taking “excellent” care of her under challenging circumstances.

Rebecca Campbell, a nurse from Chester, gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday morning at the Countess of Chester Hospital without a birthing partner.

She was also not allowed any visits from family or friends.

She told Sky News: “I did the birth alone because my husband has a health condition which would make him high risk if ...

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Doctors told they may have to decide who lives and who dies

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Coronavirus patients may have life-saving treatment withdrawn if others with the virus are more likely to survive, according to new guidance issued to UK doctors.

Health workers could be forced to make “grave decisions” should hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the latest advice from the British Medical Association (BMA) states.

The document warns that decisions around rationing scarce resources, such as ventilators, could determine whether large numbers of patients will receive life-saving treatment or not.

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NHS nurse who died with coronavirus ‘would still be alive if given proper PPE’

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An NHS nurse who died after contracting coronavirus would still be alive today if he had been given proper protective equipment, his family believe.

Thomas Harvey, a healthcare assistant at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, had been unable to eat for several days and struggled to breathe after catching COVID-19, two of his children told Sky News.

The father-of-seven contracted the virus after treating a patient with the disease on his ward, ...

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