• 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Cath KidstonCath Kidston, the floral fashion brand, is set to file for administration as the coronavirus shutdown pushes High Street retailers to breaking point. The move will put nearly 950 jobs at risk at the company which is best-known for its brightly-coloured designs. Debenhams, the department store chain, is also expected to...

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesThe owner of London's ExCel centre has performed a U-turn on charging the NHS to use the site as a hospital to treat coronavirus patients. ExCel chief executive Jeremy Rees said an initial agreement with the NHS to house the temporary Nightingale Hospital "included a contribution to some fixed costs". But he said: "We...

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Watford General Hospital is run by the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustA nursing assistant looking after coronavirus patients has died. John Alagos, 24, became ill and died on Friday after working at Watford General Hospital in Hertfordshire. His mother Gina Gustilo told the BBC the family...

  • 5 April 2020 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Lord Bath - the 7th Marquess of Bath - died on Saturday, Longleat saidLord Bath has died at the age of 87 after contracting coronavirus. Longleat, the park and home he ran, announced on Twitter the 7th Marquess of Bath died on Saturday at the Royal Bath United Hospital. He was admitted there on 28 March where it was confirmed he had the virus....

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ruby Princess remains off the coast of Sydney with 200 crew members showing symptoms of the virusA criminal investigation has been launched in Australia into how cruise ship passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney despite some exhibiting flu-like symptoms. More than 600 people on board the Ruby Princess...

  • 5 April 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Catherine Calderwood was photographed at her second home in FifeScotland's chief medical officer has been photographed at her second home in Fife, despite lockdown guidelines permitting only "essential travel". Dr Catherine Calderwood, who lives in Edinburgh with her family, is facing criticism after the pictures were published in The...

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large parts of the UK have been experiencing sunny and warm weather over the weekendExercise outside the home could be banned if people ignore the lockdown rules on staying at home and social distancing, the health secretary said. Matt Hancock told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the government would "take...

  • 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Staff at Pentonville Prison are believed to have held a tribute to their colleaguesTwo staff members at Pentonville Prison in north London have died after showing symptoms of coronavirus, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) has said. The men, Bovil Peter and Patrick Beckford, worked as support staff....

  • By Claire Press BBC News 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic As the death toll from coronavirus continues to climb, hospitals across the UK are working flat out to create more intensive care beds for those who are critically ill. Speaking to the BBC, one intensive care doctor describes the crippling reality of a lack of support and equipment faced by some health-care workers in...

  • 5 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesFailure to provide enough protective equipment for frontline workers and delays over testing have been "serious mistakes" in tackling coronavirus, the new Labour leader has said. Sir Keir Starmer said in an article in the Sunday Times, that ministers took too long to explain why they were "so far behind" on testing. He also called for a "national vaccine...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright PA Media Image caption The Queen will reflect on the "enormous changes" to daily lifeThe Queen is to stress the value of self-discipline and resolve during the coronavirus pandemic in a special address to the nation on Sunday. In a rare speech, she will acknowledge the grief, pain and financial difficulties Britons are facing...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five London bus workers have died after being diagnosed with coronavirusFive London bus workers have died after contracting coronavirus. Unite said their members had been doing "a heroic job in getting NHS and care workers to their places of work" and described the loss as a "tragedy". Regional secretary...

  • 4 April 2020 Image copyright AFP Image caption Police have not yet suggested a motive for the attack in Romans-sur-IsèreTwo people have been killed and at least four others wounded in a knife attack in south-east France, officials have said. Witnesses said the attacker entered a tobacconist in the town of Romans-sur-Isère, near Grenoble, and stabbed the owners and a customer. He...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Watford General Hospital is run by the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustA hospital has asked all patients to stay away until further notice, except for women expecting to give birth, due to problems with its oxygen equipment. Watford General Hospital has declared a critical incident and...

  • 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...

  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two members of staff at Burlington Court care home have tested positive for Covid-19Thirteen residents at a Glasgow care home have died in one week following a suspected outbreak of coronavirus. Staff at Burlington Court Care Home, Cranhill, said they were "closely monitoring" the health of other people in their care and that "strict protocols" were in...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInside the ICU in one of Spain's biggest hospitalsSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the country is "close to passing the peak of infections" as the number of coronavirus deaths fell for the second day in a row. Mr Sánchez also extended lockdown measures until 25 April,...

  • 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...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Sir Keir Starmer has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. The 57-year old defeated Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in a ballot of party members, trade unionists and registered supporters and will succeed Jeremy Corbyn as opposition leader. The lawyer, who became an MP in 2015, won on the first round of voting, with...