Can you crack the corona conundrums? 21 familiar lockdown activities

Can you crack the corona conundrums? This puzzle of pictures reveals 21 activities that are all too familiar under lockdown

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Test your whits against the Daily Mail’s coronavirus conundrums. How many of these 21 picture puzzles can you crack?

Answers:  

1. Try to cut one’s own hair (Try 2 cut ones own hare)

2. Praise the Queen’s Speech (Prays the queens peach)

3. Ring an isolated neighbour (Ring an eye sole A ted neigh bear)

4. Learn to play the accordion (Learn 2 play the A core D hen)

5. Wait for the pubs to open (Weight 4 the pubs 2 O pen)

6. Pump iron for exercise (Pump iron 4 X R size)

7. Meet parents on a laptop (Meat pear ants honour lap top)

8. Keep six feet away from anyone (Keep six feet A weigh from N E 1)

9. Open a bottle of St Emilion (O pen a bottle o Santa million)

10. Paint over cracks in the ceiling (Paint over quacks in the seal ing)

11. Sewing PPE for the NHS (Sew wing pea pea E 4 hen A chess)

12. Paint rainbows (Paint rain bows)

13. Train kids in the kitchen (Train kids in the kit chin)

14. Spring clean the whole house (Spring clean the hole house)

15. Birdwatch from a window (Bird watch from a wind O)

16. Play Monopoly all night (Play Mon O polly all knight)

17. Try to be a paperback writer (Try to bee a paper back right hare)

18. Walk a dog in the afternoon (Wall car dog in the after noon)

19. Love a glass of Chianti (Love a glass of key ant tea)

20. Look for the jigsaw’s last piece (Look 4 the jig saws last peace)

21. Dream up a new cocktail (Dream up a gnu cock tail) 

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Labour's corona crash

Labour’s Corona crash: Damning exposé of Welsh Assembly’s fatally cack-handed response shows how the Opposition would have fared if they were handling this crisis

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For a moment, imagine you live in a country where Labour won the last General Election and is now masterminding a national response to the coronavirus pandemic.

That scenario is certainly in the minds of opponents of Boris Johnson, who have spent the past two months complaining relentlessly about the Government’s handling of this unprecedented crisis.

Sir Keir Starmer sought to make hay on Covid this week, alleging at Prime Minister’s Questions that, among other things, Johnson has been ‘too slow to protect people in care homes’.

His performance was lauded in sections of the media, while on Facebook and Twitter, hard-Left blowhards called for the Prime Minister to be prosecuted for manslaughter. Havant Labour Party even posted doctored photos of Johnson and Michael Gove drenched in blood.

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) sought to make hay on Covid this week, alleging at Prime Minister’s Questions that, among other things, Johnson has been ‘too slow to protect people in care homes’

A Labour MP, Dawn Butler, made the incendiary claim on television that the ‘disgraceful’ Tory leader is ‘sending people out to catch the virus’.

This was part of a familiar pattern. For months, every perceived government shortcoming, from PPE shortages to testing delays to the Government slogan chosen for public information adverts, has been remorselessly attacked.

That is what happens in a vibrant democracy, you may say.

Yet what Ms Butler, Sir Keir and almost every other Left-wing critic is less keen to explain is what, if anything, Labour would have done differently.

Fortunately, we don’t actually need to ask them. Because to see how Labour is handling a real coronavirus outbreak, you just need to head west on the M4 until you reach Wales.

Here, Sir Keir’s party has been in government since the late 1990s. It has sole charge of the health and social care systems — and is responsible for almost every aspect of the coronavirus response, from running hospitals to securing care homes to testing, tracing and making lockdown rules.

In other words, Labour is running the show. And compared with England’s Conservative administration, it is falling woefully short on almost every measurable front, at times displaying surreal levels of incompetence.

Take testing, now widely accepted as the most crucial way to identify and contain virus outbreaks and save lives.

Over the past week, the English Government carried out between 90,000 and 133,000 tests every day. In Wales, that figure ranged between 956 and 1,421.

To see how Labour is handling a real coronavirus outbreak, you just need to head west on the M4 until you reach Wales

A Labour MP, Dawn Butler, made the incendiary claim on television that the ‘disgraceful’ Tory leader is ‘sending people out to catch the virus’

So, two months into this crisis, the Labour government has been delivering no more than 1,421 tests a day — that’s not far off one hundredth of the number of tests England seems able to complete (when, by comparison, Wales has one eighteenth of the population).

Between Monday and Friday, the average number of tests per day in Wales was 1,263. And this hasn’t been an unusually poor week.

In fact, the total number of people that an administration run by Mr Starmer’s party has tested since the pandemic began is 54,584. That’s about half the number being tested in England every day.

What lies behind this failure is a combination of negligence and stupidity.

For example, until very recently, tests carried out in North Wales were being sent on a day-long journey to Cardiff for analysis because Welsh officials refused to use an English ‘mega-lab’ facility in Alderley Park, Cheshire, which was about an hour away.

The numbers comparison is all the more striking when you consider the bullish promises Labour made to the people of Wales about testing when the lockdown had just begun.

On March 21, for example, the party’s Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, set a target of 9,000 tests a day by the end of April — a figure that seems to have been chosen to compete with the 100,000-a-day target set by England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The 9,000 target was reiterated by Labour’s first minister, Mark Drakeford, on April 3. He promised the people of Wales that his government would hit 5,000 tests a day by the middle of the month.

Just over a fortnight later, though, the headline-grabbing figure was dropped. With daily tests around the 700 mark, Mr Drakeford conceded on April 20 that targets were being abandoned, blaming circumstances ‘outside our own control’.

What exactly those circumstances were remains unclear.

However, giving evidence in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) last week, the chief executive of Public Health Wales, Dr Tracey Cooper — who in theory is helping to run Drakeford’s testing system — revealed she was ‘not familiar’ with the 9,000 target figure and had never been made aware of it.

The 9,000 target was reiterated by Labour’s first minister, Mark Drakeford, on April 3. He promised the people of Wales that his government would hit 5,000 tests a day by the middle of the month

How the existence of the Welsh government’s principal Covid policy goal escaped her attention is anyone’s guess. Given that she earns more than £190,000 a year, we must assume she is not stupid, even if she apparently fails to follow headline news stories involving her own organisation.

This curious inconsistency suggests, at the very least, a breakdown in basic communication between the Welsh government and its senior health officials.

And it raises serious questions about their competence.

One might fairly suppose that, were a Conservative health secretary in Westminster to preside over such a humiliating failure to hit a key target, it would lead the news agenda for days. Inquiries would be ordered and resignations would follow.

In Mr Gething’s shoes, Matt Hancock would be toast.

But this is Wales, effectively a one-party state where a hollowed-out media, reliant on public-sector advertising, has for years failed to hold its government to account properly, and where an entrenched ruling elite are allowed to fail almost with impunity.

As one of the 3.1 million people who live in the Principality, I know its Labour government’s failures are costing lives, especially in the care-home sector that seems to so concern Sir Keir Starmer.

A health worker gestures to a person in a car at the coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-through testing centre at the Cardiff City stadium

And while Labour’s Westminster leader spent Wednesday at Prime Minister’s Questions hectoring the English authorities over care-home policy, criticising decisions made by Downing Street in early March, he seems unaware of the disastrous policies of his Welsh colleagues.

On care homes, the record is as follows: until April 23, Welsh government guidelines meant hospitals were routinely returning patients to homes without allowing them to be given coronavirus tests, apparently because there were too few kits to go around.

Before May 2, the Welsh government wouldn’t allow any residents of care homes to be tested unless they displayed symptoms of the virus, even when other residents in their home were infected.

It took until May 6 for the authorities to allow residents of some care homes where no outbreak had yet been confirmed to be tested.

And to this day, to qualify for testing you must live in a care home for 50 people or more — which means hundreds of smaller homes are still unable to test their staff and patients.

In the first week of May, across the whole of Wales just 16 care-home staff were screened for coronavirus. England, by contrast, was able to extend testing to all care-home residents and staff on April 28.

The Welsh government’s litany of failure has undoubtedly cost lives. More than 1,200 people died in Welsh care homes in April, compared with fewer than 500 in April 2019.

This is a serious worry for Plaid Cymru Senedd Member Delyth Jewell, whose constituency contains the Tregwilym Lodge care home in Newport, Gwent, where 15 of the 73 residents have perished.

‘In this particular home, the outbreak seems to have happened because a resident returned from hospital carrying the virus,’ she tells me. ‘The care home requested a test but were unable to get one, seemingly because the patient wasn’t initially showing symptoms.

‘I am incredibly concerned by what is going on in our care homes. There is a huge shortage of testing capacity and I worry that policy may be being dictated by this fact.’

So bad is the continuing shortage of tests that this week the Department for Work and Pensions was forced to write to staff in Wales, telling them to drive to a testing centre in England if they start to experience symptoms. 

Angela Burns, the Welsh Conservative spokeswoman on health, describes the situation thus: ‘Targets missed time after time, denials that targets existed, and now — embarrassingly — some frontline public sector staff in Wales being told they should go to England for testing, shows the shambles of the administration here.’

In total, 1,641 people are known to have died from coronavirus in Wales before May 1, according to the most up-to-date figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is only slightly less than the per capita average for England, even though Wales has a third of the population density of England and does not contain London, where there have been a disproportionate number of deaths because of the city’s status as an international hub.

The Welsh tally is likely to be a significant underestimate, too, because the ONS records only deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate, and in the absence of thorough testing many possible victims may never be formally diagnosed.

A full public inquiry may eventually establish the exact toll, assuming the Welsh government allows one to happen.

On the western side of Offa’s Dyke, several other aspects of Labour’s response to the pandemic have also been chaotic.

For example, at the start of lockdown, the Welsh NHS advised people who thought they might be affected by Covid to call 111. But it turned out that no 111 service exists for residents of much of North Wales, as local health boards have failed to set one up.

Downing Street’s successful GoodSAM scheme, which recruited some 750,000 NHS volunteers, was not properly embraced by the Welsh government, apparently because it was run from England. As a result, far fewer volunteers were registered in Wales.

A general view at the coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-through testing centre at the Cardiff City stadium

As lockdown began, vulnerable people in Wales had great difficulty obtaining supermarket delivery slots, as the Labour government took weeks to provide retailers with their names and addresses. Many were forced to leave their homes to shop for necessities.

To compound matters, the online form needed for people to register as vulnerable would not accept applications from Wales. And those who were blind or had impaired vision, who were allowed to register in England, were barred from doing so in Wales.

There were also delays in sending out ‘shielding letters’ in Wales, advising 80,000 people with pre-existing conditions to isolate.

When they were eventually posted, 16,000 went to the wrong addresses. Then in early May, the blundering administration realised 21,000 more potential recipients had not yet been identified.

As a result, only 10 per cent of Welsh respondents in a survey by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation received a shielding letter, compared with 17 per cent across the rest of the UK.

Finally, there is the thorny topic of PPE.

While the English Government has been continually criticised over PPE provision in care homes and hospitals, the acute shortages affecting Wales appear not to concern Labour critics of Boris Johnson (or, come to that, the makers of Panorama).

This week, however, PPE was at the centre of a political scandal in Cardiff Bay after Mark Drakeford, the Labour First Minister, revealed in a letter that his administration’s pandemic stockpile had from 2016 onwards failed to contain a single protective gown.

That confession directly contradicted testimony given by Health Minister Vaughan Gething, who on March 28 was asked whether the stockpile contained gowns, visors, swabs and body bags. He stated: ‘All of those items were available in our pandemic stock.’

Gething and Drakeford can’t both have been correct. And this isn’t the only time this week that their public statements on Covid been called into question.

On Monday, the Welsh government was forced to issue a formal correction to a statement made by the First Minister at his daily press conference, when he claimed his government’s lockdown rules allow people to socialise with someone from outside their household ‘provided they observe social distancing’.

Mr Drakeford declared: ‘We always said that two people can interact in that way. And if you did, as I did, go on my bicycle to my allotment through one of the major fields in Cardiff, then you see people doing that all the time.’

In fact, he was completely wrong. Lockdown rules in Wales do not allow such behaviour.

Yet more embarrassment for Labour ensued when photographs emerged of Mr Gething and his family eating chips at a picnic table in a park near his home — again in contravention of the rules.

The images were taken on Saturday, when his own government’s lockdown guidelines specifically prohibited ‘going for a walk and then having a picnic or spending a prolonged period on a park bench’.

When Mr Gething returned to work on Monday, the guidelines suddenly changed and his department stated that henceforth ‘going for a walk and stopping to have something to eat, or sit in a park, for example, is intended to be permitted’.

The Welsh government has denied changing the rules to suit its Health Minister’s personal circumstances, seeming to take the view that Mr Gething and Mr Drakeford are beyond criticism.

Asked to defend its record on PPE, its failure to hit testing targets and Labour’s handling of the entire coronavirus crisis, a spokesman told me: ‘This is a collection of old stories to which we’ve already provided a full response.’

Critics are not persuaded. ‘Wales currently has the worst transmission rates and the worst testing regime in the UK,’ is how Andrew R.T. Davies, former leader of the Welsh Conservatives, puts it.

‘Labour have singularly failed to get a grip. They have changed policy on the hoof, they haven’t got a proper testing system working and they are failing on almost every front.

‘To see Keir Starmer trying to criticise Boris Johnson’s policy on care homes when his own party is responsible for this — well, the hypocrisy is breathtaking.’

Or, as the ancient proverb has it: Physician, heal thyself.

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Donald Trump mocked for coronavirus disinfectant injection suggestion

‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’: Twitter ruthlessly mocks Donald Trump for suggesting Covid-19 can be treated by injecting disinfectant

  • Trump brought up possible coronavirus treatments at White House briefing
  • Suggested that injection of disinfectant ‘knocks out’ the virus
  • And he added that the use of a ‘powerful’ light to combat coronavirus
  • One Twitter meme showed Trump speaking to boy mowing White House lawn
  • He asked: ‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’
  • Another depicted him as face of adverts for popular cleaning products 
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Social media users have ruthlessly ridiculed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that injections of disinfectant could be used to treat coronavirus patients. 

Trump brought up possible treatments including ‘injecting’ cleaning agents in the body and use of ultraviolet lights at Thursday’s White House press briefing.

The comment provoked one Twitter user to show Trump as if he was asking a boy mowing the White House Lawn, ‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’  

Social media users have ruthlessly ridiculed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that injections of disinfectant could be used to treat coronavirus patients

The President’s comments came following a briefing from William Bryan a senior Homeland Security science and technology advisor, who delivered a report claiming that ultraviolet rays and heat have a potent impact on the pathogen. 

The study also uncovered that bleach can destroy the virus in saliva within five minutes, while isopropyl alcohol took just a minute to kill it. 

But the President’s unorthodox suggestions provoked a flurry of other memes from  Twitter users.

One user depicted Trump with most of his hair missing, a patchy fake tan and his tie not done up.

Trump brought up possible treatments including ‘injecting’ cleaning agents in the body and use of ultraviolet lights at Thursday’s White House press briefing. Pictured: One of the memes dreamt up by Twitter users

Another portrayed Trump as the new face of adverts for cleaning product Cillit Bang

A third showed a glass filled with Dettol antiseptic liquid and an ice cube, with the caption, ‘Hey guys!!! It’s Dettol o’clock!!!’

Pretending to be Trump, they wrote: ‘Wash thirteen times a day in Domestos, dry yourself on a sunbed each time for two hours, then inject a quart of Dettol, it’s so simple, I’ve been doing it all my life and I look great, don’t I look great? people always say I look great.’ 

Another portrayed Trump as the new face of adverts for cleaning product Cillit Bang.

‘I hear Cillit Bang have a new advert. It’s so much better than Dettol and Domestos,’ they wrote.

Next to the image, a strap line from Trump read, ‘I’m Donald Trump, bang and the coronavirus is gone!’. 

And a third showed a glass filled with Dettol antiseptic liquid and an ice cube, with the caption, ‘Hey guys!!! It’s Dettol o’clock!!!’

The mockery came after Trump’s ideas were lambasted by the medical community

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Wow Trump is so clever. I don’t have Dettol but looking forward to my breakfast of nice chilled toilet cleaner and a bowl of Brillos’

Another image showed a cup of coffee alongside a bottle of Dettol hand sanitiser 

The mockery came after Trump’s ideas were lambasted by the medical community.

Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta warned the public on NBC News that Trump’s idea could have fatal consequences: ‘This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous.

‘It’s a common method that people utilise when they want to kill themselves.’ 

Joe Biden advised the president to focus on PPE and testing, rather than wild theories: ‘UV light? Injecting disinfectant? Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals.’      

Speaking on Thursday evening, Trump asked Bryan: ‘Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light? And I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it.

‘And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting,’ Trump said. 

One user posted a photo of cleaning products alongside a cup of coffee and a syringe

Another pretended to spray Dettol Surface Cleanser into their mouth

Then he raised another possible treatment. ‘And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that? 

‘By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. 

‘So it would be interesting to check that,’ Trump said.

‘So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me,’ he said.

One of the memes which came after the President’s unorthodox suggestions yesterday

One woman showed herself as if she was about to swig from a bottle of Dettol

Agents that are commonly used to kill the virus in the environment, bleach and isopropyl alcohol, are both toxic to the body when ingested. 

Trump, who noted he is not a doctor, did not guarantee results on his line of inquiry about a possible treatment. 

‘So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute  –that’s pretty powerful,’ he said.

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NHS figures show 92% of coronavirus victims in England are over-60

NHS figures show 92% of coronavirus victims in England are over-60 – while only FIVE under-20s have died from the killer infection

  • Forty per cent of those who were killed by COVID-19 were in their 60s and 70s
  • More than half – 52 per cent – were 80 years old or over, NHS England data shows
  • Of the 7,097 deaths in the UK, almost 6,500 have been in England  
  • Anyone can catch the virus, but its severity depends mostly on age and health 

Figures show 92 per cent of the coronavirus victims in England were over 60, while only five under-20s have died from the infection. 

NHS England data reveals 40 per cent of those who have been killed by COVID-19 were in their 60s and 70s. More than half – 52 per cent – were over 80. 

Almost 6,500 people in England have succumbed to the disease, as well as 222 in Scotland, 212 in Wales and 70 in Northern Ireland. 

Anyone can catch the killer virus, but how it affects the body depends greatly on the age and health status of the individual.

Global data continues to show that those with underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, are at greater risk of death.

Figures show 92 per cent of the coronavirus victims in England were over the age of 60 – 40 per cent aged 60 to 79, and 52 per cent over the age of 80

Yesterday a further 828 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus died in England alone, the most in a single 24-hour period. 

Patients were aged between 22 and 103 years old, NHS England said in a statement.

Forty-six victims, aged between 35 and 96 years old, were not known to have any underlying health conditions – a predisposition for worse outcomes.

Of all deaths in England, the large majority have been in those over 60 years old. 

There are several reasons why older people have trouble fighting off the virus.

The likelihood of having chronic conditions increases markedly as people age, with four out of five over-65s living with at least one underlying health condition.

Elderly people also have weaker immune systems, a natural side-effect of the body ageing. This makes them more vulnerable to serious infections of all types.

Only five people aged under 20 years old have died of the coronavirus in the UK, including 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab and Italian-born Luca Di Nicola, 19, both of whom were not believed to have any pre-existing health concerns. 

Scientists have warned that young and healthy people are no exception to the coronavirus and can be hospitalised with severe complications. But death is unlikely. 

The total daily death toll for the whole of the UK is nearing towards 1,000, as the highest number – 938 – were announced yesterday alone. 

New infections also rose by the highest figure in three days – 5,491 – taking the total to 60,773. More than 80 per cent of cases are in England.

BRITAIN’S DAILY DEATH TOLL IS WORSE THAN ITALY’S

Yesterday’s surge in deaths – by 938 -saw Britain surpass Italy’s deadliest day on March 27, when officials in Rome recorded 919 new fatalities among hospitalised patients. 

However, on the same day, one region revealed it had missed off 50 deaths.

However, Italy added the 50 ‘missing’ deaths to the previous day’s figures (March 26), so the official March 27 figure (Italy’s highest) is 919. 

Spain recorded 950 deaths in hospital on April 2, but deaths have lowered in recent days.

But the numbers are dwarfed by the US, which is being hammered by the virus with more than 400,000 cases. 

It recorded 1,799 deaths yesterday, sparking fears it will soon top 2,000 per day. 

The death toll is expected to be repeatedly high in the coming days as the peak of the virus hits Britain. 

The number of patients in critical care across Britain increased by 52 per cent in the past seven days, government data shows.

However there are improvements – hospitalisations only increased by four per cent in the past 24 hours, suggesting there is stabilisation.   

Experts have been quick to emphasise that the high daily death toll doesn’t mean the nationwide shutdown is not working.  

Jon Cohen, an emeritus professor of infectious diseases, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: ‘It is obviously terribly disappointing to see another jump in the number of patients who have sadly died from this infection, even though in truth it reflects what one would expect from the predicted trajectory of the epidemic. 

‘The main concern though is the risk that it will be perceived by the public as a “failure” of the social distancing regime, and in particular with the holiday weekend approaching, as a reason to pay less attention to the government advice.’

There is a lag between the numbers of new cases falling and the number of deaths reducing of around ten days to two weeks.   

Many of the fatalities announced each afternoon happened days or weeks ago, and many of the people who have actually died in the past 24 hours will not be counted in the numbers for days or weeks to come. 

Figures show how the number of hospital beds being taken up by COVID-19 patients has stabilised in the past four days

Charts show how the UK’s coronavirus death toll compares to counts in other nations, including Italy

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF DEATH ONCE A PATIENT IS IN INTENSIVE CARE? 

Two-thirds of coronavirus patients in the UK who need to be hooked up to a ventilator will die from the illness, official NHS data suggests.

A report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center (ICNARC) found ventilated patients succumb to the virus 66.3 per cent of the time.

That is double the mortality rate of non-virus patients who were put on breathing support between 2017 and 2019, before the outbreak.

The ICNARC report looked at the first 775 patients who had fallen critically ill with COVID-19 across 285 intensive care units.

Of the 98 patients who needed advanced respiratory support when their lungs started to fail, just 33 patients lived (34 per cent).

‘The truth is that quite a lot of these individuals [in critical care] are going to die anyway and there is a fear that we are just ventilating them for the sake of it, for the sake of doing something for them, even though it won’t be effective. That’s a worry,” one doctor told The Guardian.

The report broke down the risk of death from coronavirus by age, with the over-70s unsurprisingly being the most at-risk group.

Patients in this age range die 73 per cent of the time if they fall seriously ill after contracting the disease.

For critically ill patients aged between 50 and 69, the mortality rate is just over 40 per cent. And a quarter of over-16s succumb to the disease, the figures show.  

Rowland Kao, professor of veterinary epidemiology and data science, University of Edinburgh, said: ‘Many of the deaths occurring now are due to cases of infection that occurred before the lockdowns were in place. 

‘With some delays in reporting as well, we have not seen the full effects of the lockdown yet.’

Now more than ever is a crucial period to stick to the lockdown measures implemented almost four weeks ago, officials say.  

Birmingham has become England’s hotspot for deaths and cases. Sadly 306 people have died of COVID-19 at University Hospitals NHS Trust so far, and almost 1,500 cases have been diagnosed. 

Following behind are six London NHS trusts with a total of 987 deaths between them.

London has 14,355 diagnosed coronavirus cases, the most of any NHS region. But singular boroughs do not have as many cases as Birmingham. 

Studies across the world have been able to identify patients who are most at risk of serious illness or death if they catch the coronavirus.

Men appear to account for up to three quarters of deaths, which scientists have been put down to either behavioural differences – men may be more likely to drink or smoke – or biological factors. 

Data from China shows that those with conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are more likely to die.

But this information hasn’t been collated for the UK yet.

NHS England data does show that coronavirus patients from black and ethnic minority backgrounds may be at higher risk of suffering deadly complications.

Despite making up just 13 per cent of the UK population, a third of patients who fall critically ill with COVID-19 are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BME) groups.

Despite making up just 13 per cent of the UK population, a report by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre found a third of patients who fall critically ill with COVID-19 are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BME) groups. 

Some 14 per cent were Asian, 14 per cent black and 7 per cent described themselves as other.

The study of 2,249 patients has raised fears non-white communities could suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths during the pandemic.  

The trends are believed to be because members of ethnic minority communities are twice as likely to be affected by poverty. 

Those living in poverty smoke and drink alcohol more and are more likely to be obese – all of which increase the likelihood of chronic health conditions.

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Andrew Jack Died of Coronavirus Complications

The dialect coach, who portrayed Caluan Ematt in ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’, has passed away at a hospital outside London at the age of 76.

AceShowbiz -“Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack has died of coronavirus complications at the age of 76.

Jack’s representative confirmed the sad news on Tuesday, March 31, revealing he passed away at a hospital outside London.

Jack was recently working as a dialect coach on “The Batman“, featuring Robert Pattinson, which was shut down amid the global pandemic.

A master of accents and dialects, he collaborated with stars like Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr. and more on a string of productions over the decades, including “Avengers: Endgame“, “Captain America”, and “Lord of the Rings”.

Jack portrayed Major and General Ematt in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“, respectively, and reprised the character for the video game “Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

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