Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday morning. We will have another update for you on Sunday.
1. A three-tier system must be advertised
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make a statement to MPs on Monday to give details of the new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in England. A three tier system should see areas facing different rules depending on how quickly cases spread. A letter from Mr Johnson’s chief strategic adviser to MPs in North West England tells them “it is very likely that some local areas will face further restrictions”. Pubs and restaurants could be closed in parts of the north of England and the Midlands, with an overnight ban also being considered. The most severe measures would be agreed with local leaders in advance before being implemented.
2. Heroes of Covid recognized in the Queen’s Honors List
The Queen’s Birthday Honors list has been released and is dominated by frontline workers and volunteers who have contributed to the pandemic response. It is usually released in June when the Queen celebrates her official birthday, but has been postponed so that those who played a crucial role in the outbreak’s early months can be recognized. Out of 1,495 recipients, 414 honors are for contributions to coronaviruses. Among them is Felicia Kwaku, pictured below, who received an OBE for her nursing services after championing the cause of nurses from BAME during the pandemic. Footballer Marcus Rashford, who helped extend a free school lunch program for children, becomes an MBE, as does fitness coach Joe Wicks, who led daily free exercise sessions while schools were closed .
3. What is the cost of mental health for young people?
A growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists and child health experts believe the needs of young people are being overlooked in this pandemic. They say the children have suffered enough and should be able to live normally. And they point out that what young people have been asked to sacrifice for others far outweighs their own health risk from the virus. It comes as thousands of students are forced into self-isolation at universities and thousands more are missing school due to positive Covid tests among them. This follows nearly four months of disrupted education and canceled exams during the lockdown, leading to a stressful rush for college places when grades were recalculated. They face an economy in recession and a future where jobs are scarce.
4. Grieving father donates plasma
A father who caught the coronavirus from his daughter before dying of Covid-19 is donating plasma to help others with the virus. Alan Mack, whose daughter Rebecca died in April, is part of a so-called “convalescent” plasma clinical trial. It is hoped that the antibodies created by people who have had the virus will help other people recover. “I don’t want anybody, if possible, to go through what we’ve had to go through,” Mack said. “There are so many people, I think, who think this won’t happen to them – and it can. Rebecca, 29, who worked in the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and for NHS 111, had self-isolated at home. She had called an ambulance but died before she arrived.
5. Portraits in quarantine
A photographer captured the lives of people in quarantine as part of an online collaboration. She invited people to be inspired by the images she took of them and to write notes revealing their thoughts. Doma Dovgialo said of his project, Portraits of the Quarantined Mind: “I often feel that a photograph is just not enough… I find that the best way to visualize what another person has gone through is to allow him to become the main storyteller. . ”
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