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Throughout the succession of government announcements since the coronavirus outbreak arrived in the UK, ministers have heard persistent calls for NHS workers to be tested. Yet the latest figures for England reveal just 2,000 out of about half a million frontline staff have been tested so far. Industry bodies describe hospitals being able to test just a handful of staff a day, prompting press descriptions of a "scandal".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a video message declaring...

The United Kingdom is paying tribute to the first doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic who have died after contracting COVID-19.

All four men - Alfa Sa'adu; Amged el-Hawrani; Adil El Tayar and Habib Zaidi - were Muslim and had ancestry in regions including Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Dr Salman Waqar, the general secretary of the British Islamic Medical Association, said the contribution of these doctors was "immeasurable".

"They were devoted...

Stable coronavirus patients could be taken off ventilators in favour of those more likely to survive, it emerged on Wednesday, as another sharp rise in deaths left the UK braced for the outbreak to reach up to 1,000 deaths a day by the end of the week.

In a stark new document issued by the British Medical Association, doctors set out guidelines to ration care if the NHS becomes overwhelmed with new cases as the outbreak moves towards its peak.

A rise in the death toll of 563...

A 36-year-old woman died at her flat in south London of suspected Covid-19 a day after calling 999 and being told to look after herself at home.

Kayla Williams, a mother of three, died on Saturday 21 March, a day after paramedics were called to her home in Peckham.

Her husband, Fabian Williams, a refuse collector, said his wife was suffering from a cough, high fever and had severe chest and stomach pains when he called 999 on Friday.

Documents seen by the Guardian...

Nancy Carter-Bradley, 44, from Hampshire, said the health secretary should ring-fence cancer treatment.

She said her treatment at a London hospital had paused as it was at full capacity and oncologists were helping with the response to coronavirus.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said it was "exploring use of private healthcare facilities".

Mrs Carter-Bradley, from Penwood, said she had been dealing with "unbelievable stress" since she was informed her chemotherapy...

A UK city council has said all funerals must now be ‘cremation only’ with no mourners allowed in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Leeds council has taken unprecedented measures to restrict funeral arrangements as the UK battles the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a total of 3,983 cases and 177 deaths.

Starting with immediate effect from today, any new services booked in Leeds will be undertaken as ‘Direct Cremation Services’ only.

A direct cremation is a...

A student from Singapore was left with a fractured face after he confronted thugs in London who punched him after they said 'coronavirus' to him.

Jonathan Mok had been walking through Oxford Street on February 24 when he passed a group of men.

The 23-year-old said one man told him he 'didn't want coronavirus in our country' before kicking him on the ground.

Mr Mok suffered fractures and may now need reconstructive surgery after the incident.

He has lived in the...

Andrew Sabisky, 27, answered Downing Street’s calls for ‘weirdos and misfits’ to advise Boris Johnson’s government, but his extreme views have sparked outrage online.

The self-titled ‘superforecaster’ made comments about the IQs of black people on a blog post published in 2014, which is now being circulated on social media.

He wrote: ‘If the mean black American IQ is (best estimate based on a century’s worth of data) around 85, as compared to a mean white American IQ of 100,...

The research studies emotional, physical and sexual abuse from threats and belittlement to beatings and rape.

The ONS estimates that 8.5 million people aged between 18 and 74 were abused or witnessed abuse as children.

Around 14% of adults who called one charity helpline last year had not told anyone before.

The research was compiled using data from the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)...

UK universities invest an estimated £450 million ($579.5 million) in companies complicit in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, including through supplying weapons and technology to the Israeli military, and investing in Israel’s illegal settlement economy, new research has shown.

Research released by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign on the week of the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which will be marked on Friday, “established the investments of 44 UK...

Judge Robin Tolson dismissed a woman's allegation she had been raped by her then partner, saying she did "nothing physically" to stop him.

The woman argued the judge's approach led to her losing the legal battle with the man, which centred on their son.

Women's Aid told the BBC family courts were not safe spaces for domestic and sexual abuse survivors.

The case had started when the man asked to be allowed to spend time with his son, who was in the care of his former...

Errol Graham, 57, weighed four-and-a-half stone (28.5kg) when his body was found by bailiffs who broke into his Nottingham council flat to evict him.

An inquest found his loss of income was likely to have "caused huge distress".

His daughter-in-law Alison Turner said it was "heartbreaking... it's horrific for someone to die like that."

The case was raised in the Commons by Debbie Abrahams MP, where she called for an independent inquiry into cases where people had died...

Anti-Islamic slogans have been painted on a building close to a mosque and cultural centre in south London, the Metropolitan police have said.

Officers were called to a building near the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre on Brixton Road at 11am on Wednesday following reports of spray-painted slogans on a building near the centre.

A statement from the Met said: “Officers were called at around 1100hrs on 1 January to reports of anti-Islamic slogans spray-painted on a building...

He has experienced racist abuse at primary school five times in a year. It has left his mother, Carla, in tears.

One of the perpetrators is now on a council register for racism, with another facing temporary exclusion.

Primary-school exclusions for racism in England are up more than 40% in just over a decade with the biggest rise in the North West, official figures show.

BBC News analysis of the figures showed:

496 temporary exclusions for racism from primary...

The number of households considered newly homeless or at risk of becoming so has increased by 11.4% across England in the past year, according to government figures, a rise of almost 7,000 households.

Between April and June 2019, 68,170 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness. Of those, 32,220 households were deemed to be homeless – an increase of 23% on the same time period last year.

The number of households living in temporary...