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Today we learnt that the number of deaths in care homes involving Covid-19 had topped 10,000 across the UK.

With the majority of those in care aged over 85, that amounts to almost a million years of life brought to a close by coronavirus.

And yet it happened in just a matter of weeks.

ITV News has been tracking the crisis in care right from the very start, when just a handful of Covid-19 cases had been reported across the UK.

Here, we draw together all of our...

Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian.

The detailed document warned that even a mild pandemic could cost tens of thousands of lives, and set out the must-have “capability requirements” to mitigate the risks to the country, as well as the potential damage of not doing so.

It comes as the UK’s...

Care home inspectors only started asking if residents were dying from Covid-19 last Thursday, two and half weeks after the UK went into lockdown and a month after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, the Guardian can reveal.

Until 6 April, the Care Quality Commission did not ask for information on coronavirus deaths and only started doing so when it realised the information coming back was out of line with reports of a rising death toll.

Labour said the...

The total number of deaths from coronavirus is 15% higher than previously reported, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The daily figures released by the government are collated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and only includes deaths in hospitals.

The ONS figures include all deaths registered in England and Wales up to the week ending April 3.

When the NHS figure of coronavirus deaths was at 4,093 (up to April 3), the...

Frail coronavirus patients may be denied critical care under an NHS scale system designed to free up ICU beds.  

The controversial 'Clinical Frailty Scale' (CFS) ranks patients' vulnerability from one to nine in order to prioritise those most likely to recover from the killer virus.

Those with a combined score of more than five are said to have uncertainty around the benefits of critical care, according to the system, which has been implemented while NHS hospitals desperately...

A hunger crisis is rapidly developing among British people in lockdown, as millions report having to go without meals, food charities and local government have warned.

Just three weeks into the lockdown, the Food Foundation said that 1.5 million Britons reported not eating for a whole day because they had no money or access to food. Some 3 million people in total were in households where someone had been forced to skip some meals. More than 1 million people reported losing all their...

Hundreds of people are dying in care homes from confirmed or suspected coronavirus without yet being officially counted, the Guardian has learned.

More than 120 residents of the UK’s largest charitable provider of care homes are thought to have died from the virus in the last three weeks, while another network of care homes is reported to have recorded 88 deaths.

Care England, the industry body, estimated that the death toll is likely to be close to 1,000, despite the only...

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...