Hancock tries to reassure UK public as GPs warn of coronavirus crisis

Health secretary says the government will do ‘everything in its power’ to delay and mitigate threat

The health secretary has insisted the government will do “everything in its power” to delay and mitigate the coronavirus threat, as GPs have warned hospitals will have to cut back on work not related to coronavirus in order to tackle an outbreak.

Matt Hancock said ministers would do “all we can” to contain the Covid-19 outbreak as he set out plans contained in emergency legislation to deal with the impact of the virus.

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Rishi Sunak: NHS will get whatever it needs to deal with coronavirus

Chancellor indicates he is willing to write blank cheque to cope with a pandemic

The Treasury will give the NHS “whatever it needs” to tackle the Coronavirus crisis, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has said.

Before this week’s budget, Sunak did not say how much in additional resources the NHS would get, but indicated the government was potentially willing to write a blank cheque to help the health service cope with a pandemic.

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Coronavirus won’t end globalisation, but change it hugely for the better | Will Hutton

An unregulated world can be blamed for its spread, but collective action based on evidence could be the best way to stop it

In 2008, the world successfully pulled together – with Britain playing a catalytic role – when faced with the threat of financial collapse. In 2020, confronted with the threat of a global pandemic, it is every country for itself. There has been no international health summit of national leaders supported by the World Health Organization – although the World Bank has announced a $12bn package of assistance. There are frantic national efforts to create a vaccine and no effort to ensure that, when found and produced in sufficient scale, it will go to the places of need – in all our interests. Britain, with no vaccine production capacity of its own, is especially vulnerable.

Instead there are national bans on exports of key products such as medical supplies, with countries falling back on their own analysis of the crisis amid localised shortages and haphazard, primitive approaches to containment. The standards on isolation, quarantine and contact tracing – medieval approaches to disease control in any case, according to Prof Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – vary hugely between countries.

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Health minister calls on Australians to be their ‘best selves’ as coronavirus cases rise

Greg Hunt urges people to stop panic shopping and moves to reassure doctors that additional face masks have been distributed

The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, has called for Australians to be their “best selves” and avoid panic shopping as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia rises to 74.

It follows the death of an 82-year-old man in Sydney, who is the third person to die in Australia after testing positive to Covid-19.

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Doctor who had coronavirus demands apology from Victorian health minister over ‘inaccuracies’

Dr Chris Higgins has accused Jenny Mikakos of political grandstanding, saying he had a mild cold and followed department advice

General practitioners have rallied behind a Melbourne doctor who tested positive for coronavirus and demanded an apology from the Victorian health minister who they say has maligned frontline health workers.

It comes as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia reaches 73.

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Emergency law would safeguard jobs of NHS volunteers as virus crisis deepens

Proposals include four-week job guarantee, banning over-70s from big gatherings and stadium closures in battle against Covid-19

A range of drastic new measures, including emergency legislation allowing people to switch jobs and volunteer to work in the NHS or care homes, are being drawn up by ministers in an attempt to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The measures – which also include plans for courts to use telephone and video links to avoid people having to attend in person – are likely to be included in a special Covid-19 emergency bill, as the government prepares to move to the next phase – delay – of its response to the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus: US deaths rise to 17 as New York declares state of emergency

  • Florida officials announce two deaths, the first on the east coast
  • US has 377 confirmed cases of coronavirus

The death toll from coronavirus in the United States has risen to 17 people, as authorities announced two deaths in Florida – the first US deaths outside the west coast – and the governor of New York declared a state of emergency.

Across the country, there were 377 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local governments, CNN reported on Saturday morning, a number that included cases of the virus among cruise ship passengers.

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