• 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image caption Aimee O'Rourke died in the hospital where she workedIt is "inevitable" more health workers will die from coronavirus, the UK's largest nursing union has said. Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, was speaking after the deaths of nurses Aimee O'Rourke and Areema Nasreen, who had both tested positive for...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image caption NHS England medical director Stephen Powis spoke alongside Cabinet Office Minister Michael GoveA five-year-old child with underlying health conditions is among those who died with coronavirus over the past day, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said. The latest figures show 4,313 people with the virus have now died in the UK -...

  • By Rachel Schraer Health reporter 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesThe UK government has promised it will dramatically increase coronavirus testing to 100,000 a day by the end of the month. It has been criticised for not testing more people already, as countries like Germany have managed to reach 50,000 tests a day. Daily coronavirus testing passed...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Sandra Wilson Image caption Ian Wilson died from Covid-19 two days after being taken into hospitalAfter being told her husband was dying from Covid-19, Sandra Wilson heard the doctor crying down the phone. "He explained that I wouldn't be able to visit him and that he would look after him as if he was his own father or...

  • 3 April 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTimelapse captures the transformation of London's ExCeL centre into the Nightingale HospitalThe first of the government's emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London's ExCel centre. The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many...

  • By Michael Buchanan Social affairs correspondent, BBC News 3 April 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Google Image caption Irene Simpkin was charged more than £11 for a call to her mother in Southport and Formby District General HospitalFamilies have called on a company providing a phone service for hospital patients to cut their charges during the Covid-19...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesThe UK's newest, and largest, hospital facility is preparing to open its doors to take in coronavirus patients needing intensive care treatment. East London's ExCeL exhibition centre, which normally plays host to lifestyle shows, expos and conferences, has been converted into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital, with...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright ReutersThe government is under pressure to explain how it will meet its target of increasing coronavirus testing ten-fold by the end of April. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he wants 100,000 tests to be carried out every day. But Labour said there were no details on how this could be achieved and what sort of testing would...

  • Image caption Helena from Hampshire had prepared her rainbow pictureThe NHS has asked people to stop posting rainbow pictures to the new Nightingale hospital in London after a social media request went viral. The nurse who started the campaign said she wanted to create "a sign of hope" for patients and staff. The rainbow logo has become a symbol of support for people wanting to show solidarity...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesDoctors are being told that, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, they will face "agonising choices" over who gets potentially life-saving treatments. The British Medical Association has issued ethical guidance for those working on the front line. The professional body...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright XAG Image caption An XAG drone flown over a children's play park in ChinaA group of drone experts is calling on the UK government to relax regulations on chemical spraying from the air during the coronavirus pandemic. It wants to train drone pilots from the emergency services to spray...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesIn the past 15 days, NHS 111 has responded to more than 1.7 million inquiries from people concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus. About 1.5 million were web-based assessments, while the rest were calls to the 111 phone number or 999. People who think they...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Google Image caption The advice sent was not a health board recommendation, officials saidA GP surgery has apologised after sending a letter asking patients with life-limiting illnesses to complete a "do not resuscitate" form. A letter, from Llynfi Surgery in Maesteg, asks people to sign to ensure emergency services would not be...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Reuters Image caption Trials have begun globally of a handful of potential treatmentsA drug that could help treat coronavirus is to be trialled on a small number of patients in England and Scotland. The studies, which have been fast-tracked by the government, will initially involve 15 NHS centres. In the absence of a known...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesA loss of smell or taste may be a sign that you have coronavirus, according to UK researchers. A team at King's College London looked at responses from more than 400,000 people reporting suspected Covid-19 symptoms to an app. But loss of smell and taste are also signs...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesHospitals should use spare laboratory space to test NHS staff in England for coronavirus who are self isolating, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. The advice comes as the government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff. There is frustration that self-isolating staff could return to...

  • 31 March 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove: The first of thousands of new ventilators will be delivered to the NHS next weekThe UK must go "further, faster" to ramp up its testing capacity for coronavirus, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said. The government has set a target of carrying out 25,000 tests a day...

  • 31 March 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesA 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died, King's College Hospital Trust in London said. Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton in south London, died in hospital early on Monday. He is thought to be the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK. A spokesman for the trust said the boy's...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 31 March 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Why Oxford University experts are urging the rollout of a coronavirus appA coronavirus app that alerts people if they have recently been in contact with someone testing positive for the virus "could play a critical role" in limiting...

  • By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News 31 March 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesTo persuade the majority to continue to comply with the lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, it must become the only "socially acceptable norm", a King's College London study suggests. "Social pressure from others" had an important role to play, lead researcher Dr...