• 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 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 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 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....

  • 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 Google Image caption The Llanelli outlet is one of Domino's Pizza's 1,100 UK storesDomino's Pizza has denied sacking staff for raising concerns about health and safety during the coronavirus crisis. Angharad Maddocks claimed she was sacked in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, after complaining social distancing and hygiene guidance was...

  • 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...

  • By Michael Buchanan BBC News social affairs correspondent 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Google Image caption Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust has had to restrict visitors due to Covid-19An NHS trust has been told it would have to pay almost £10,000 a month to provide patients with free phone calls during the pandemic. Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust has...

  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Masts have been targeted in Birmingham and MerseysideMobile phone masts have been torched amid theories linking coronavirus to 5G, despite ministers saying there is no credible evidence to back them. Masts were set alight in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Thursday and Melling, Merseyside, on Friday. Trade body Mobile UK said false rumours and theories...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Up to 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales are to be released in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Justice has said. Inmates with two months or less still to serve will be released on temporary licence in stages. The selected low-risk offenders will be electronically tagged and can be recalled at the first sign of...

  • 4 April 2020 Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption Forensic teams at the scene of the killing on Etna Drive on SaturdayA man has been shot dead in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. It happened on Saturday morning outside a house on Etna Drive. BBC News NI's Kelly Bonner, who has been to the scene, said the man was shot in the front garden of the property. She spoke to neighbours who were...

  • 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 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 -...

  • 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...