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When is Father’s Day 2020? – The Sun

THE UK is set to show love to fathers across the country on June 21.

As Father's Day quickly approaches, there will be a range of ways to show appreciation for Dads and father figures who have impacted our lives.

When is Father's Day 2020?

Father's Day is a worldwide celebration.

In the UK, it falls on the third Sunday of June each year, following Mother's Day in March.

In 2020 the third Sunday is June 21.

It was created as a way of showing appreciation to fathers all around the world and has gained much popularity with millions of people marking the day.

When did Father's Day begin in the UK?

In Europe, the idea to celebrate fatherhood dates back to 1508.

It is thought to have Pagan roots.

It evolved to what is now known as Father's Day in order to celebrate men as there was already a Mother's Day.

The idea was then introduced to other parts of the world and even recognised as a national holiday in certain jurisdictions.

Although the UK does not enjoy the same, the day is one of the most widely celebrated and anticipated in the country.

How is Father's Day celebrated?

Father's Day is celebrated in a number of ways.

Some people choose to visit and spend time with their father, while others decide to shower them with gifts and cards.

People who cannot be together with their fathers also call them in order to let them know they are being thought of on the day.

This may be the best option for those who have elderly fathers as the government has advised older people to shield in order to avoid the coronavirus.

Young children also give hand made cards and gifts in a show of appreciation.

For others in the UK, throwing a lavish party for their fathers is their own special way of showing them how much they are loved.

Making and eating breakfast with their fathers is seen as an annual tradition.

The celebration of Father's Day is not only limited to biological fathers as stepdads, in-laws, and anyone who has been a father figure can be honoured on the day.

What are some gift ideas for Father's Day?

Although just a simple phone call is enough, some people like to mark the day by saluting their fathers with gifts in tow.

As a result of the lockdown, non-essential shops have been ordered to close so you may have to resort to buying your Father's Day gifts online.

Give plenty of time for delivery as the crisis has affected delivery of items bought online.

Knowing your father's personality, likes and dislikes is key to finding a gift he will cherish.

These can be in the form of a gadget or even something to do with his favourite sport, team or hobby.

Being familiar with his favourite scent can enable you to get a cologne he will love.

You can also buy a watch or other jewellery with an engraved personal message.

If your father is a fan of tea, a customised mug with a picture of the family  can be a big hit.

You can also go the fashion route by buying some clothes you know he will love.

Or if he likes a special beverage then alcohol can always hit the mark.

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Obesity and coronavirus – what’s the link? – The Sun

OBESITY is known to double a patient's chances of being hospitalised by coronavirus, making them a large part of the 1.5 million Brits that are classed as high risk by the NHS.

Boris Johnson has said he is stepping up the nation's fight against obesity to help us bat off covid-19, but what is the link and how does it work? Here's everything we know.

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What's the link between obesity and coronavirus?

Obesity has been found to be one of the biggest risk factors leading to hospitalisation for those with coronavirus.

Most adults with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 are considered obese, according to the NHS, but waist size is usually a better and easier thing to measure when it comes to excess fat.

Data from the Health Survey for England conducted in 2018 found that a third of all adults in the UK are obese, and in the US the 42.4 per cent of the population that is obese has caused the coronavirus projections to be comparable to the Spanish flu of 1918.

Being overweight or obese can weaken the body’s immune system which could make people more likely to catch coronavirus and makes it harder for the body to fight the bug.

Figures released May 14 showed that one quarter of all coronavirus fatalities in hospitals in England have been of patients with diabetes.

A previous analysis of 15,100 hospitalised coronavirus patients from 177 UK hospitals showed that excess fat around the internal organs adds to the 'cytokine storm' caused by covid-19, where the body releases too many proteins in an effort to fight off the virus.

The NHS has previously said people with a BMI of 40 or above have a greater risk of developing complications if they catch the virus.

More than 60 per cent of patients in intensive care with the virus were overweight or classed as morbidly obese, a recent NHS survey found.

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In the past, studies have shown overweight and obese people are at greater risk of serious complications or death from infections, like flu.

The extra weight creates problems with breathing, clogs up your arteries and makes you a practical nightmare for doctors to shift, scan and operate on according to the World Obesity Federation.
"In general health systems are already not well set up to manage patients with obesity and the current crisis will expose their limitations even more," the website said.

What has Boris said about obesity and coronavirus?

Boris, 55, has been seen out jogging a lot more since going toe to toe with coronavirus in April to reduce his clinically obese BMI.

The prime minister, told his ministers “I’ve changed my mind” on the 2018 "sin taxes" to stop people buying sugary drinks that he was previously against.

He is reported to have said during discussions, “it’s all right for you thinnies”, and to think the current focus on public health presents an opportunity to “get Britain on its bike”.

It was also reported this week that Johnson’s advice when asked how to beat off coronavirus was: “Don’t be a fatty in your fifties.”

Is obesity considered to be an underlying health condition?

The NHS and WHO has said obesity is one of the health conditions that may increase your risk of suffering complications from coronavirus.

This has since been backed by further research as the numbers of coronavirus patients have grown.

But most overweight or obese people are not considered “extremely vulnerable” to coronavirus unless they are also pregnant or have another health high risk condition which includes people who have:

  • received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • cancer and are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • severe chest conditions like cystic fibrosis or severe asthma – requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets
  • severe diseases of body systems such as kidney disease (dialysis)
  • a condition, or are taking medicine, that makes them much more likely to get infections
  • a serious heart condition

Should I self-isolate if I am obese?

No, unless you have coronavirus symptoms, or are one of the million or so Brits who have been asked to shield for 12 weeks, you don’t need to self-isolate.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms you should follow the same advice for everyone else and stay home for seven days.

Will I get a shielding letter if I'm obese?

Unless you have another underlying health condition on the “extremely vulnerable” list, outlined above, you don’t need to shield and you won’t receive a letter from the NHS.

Instead, like all Brits you should follow the government’s stay at home, social distance and go for a walk or do some exercise as much as possible.

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Killing Eve season 3 – what time are episodes released on BBC iPlayer? – The Sun

IN these tough times of lockdown Britain, the BBC has given fans something to look forward to every week in the form of Killing Eve.

Villanelle and Eve Polastri returned to our screens and we can't wait to see how the series unfolds.

When is Killing Eve season three on?

Killing Eve fans were put out of their misery as the BBC show returned for a third season on Monday, April 13 2020.

The female-led spy drama became available to stream in the UK on the BBC iPlayer from 6am – after airing at 9pm local time in the US on BBC America and AMC the day before.

New episodes will drop every MONDAY on BBC iPlayer at 6am.

The show returned two weeks earlier than planned on April 12, 2020 in the US as viewers continue to spend more time at home due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Is there a trailer for Killing Eve season three?

There is, and you can watch it at the top of this article.

In the trailer Jodie Comer creeps out the kids in the trailer for the third series of Killing Eve.

Her character Villanelle, is seen dressed as a clown at a children’s party.

She lets a balloon deflate before scattering young guests with an ear-piercing scream.

The new series, will pick up from the finale of series two, in which MI6 agent Eve Polastri was gunned down by Villanelle.

But if you've already watched the first episode of season three then you will know Eve is well and truly alive.

What happens in season three?

Fans who have already watched the first episode will know Villanelle married a Spanish woman, and their wedding day inevitably descended into chaos.

The episode was shot in January 2020 at a stately home Tyringham Hall in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

A source said: “The wedding is one of the key scenes in the series.

“Last time out, things ended with the tension between Villanelle and Eve at an all-time high, so fans will be hoping that they get together.

“But unfortunately, it seems that Villanelle and her Spanish bride are very loved-up.

“The scenes that Jodie and co have already shot include a big Spanish band and the cutting of a cake, before she spots an enemy among the guests and goes after them.”

Villanelle will also be out for revenge against Konstantin and Carolyn in season 3 after being used and manipulated by them.

Eve's husband Niko is also likely to ask her for a divorce, after Villanelle savagely killed his co-worker.

Who is in the cast of Killing Eve season three?

Jodie Comer as Villanelle

The sassy assassin is back – as it wouldn't be the same without her.

Jodie Comer, 27, was born in Liverpool and landed her first acting job in a BBC Radio 4 play after winning first place at a local drama festival.

The actress is known for playing Chloe Gemell in My Mad Fat Diary and Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three series Thirteen.

In 2020 she's set to star in an adaptation of Death on the Nile alongside Kenneth Branagh.

Comer won the gong for Leading Actress at the TV Baftas.

Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri

Sandra Oh, 48, is a Canadian actress best known for playing Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2014.

The role won her a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She's also starred in a number of feature films including The Princess Diaries (2001), Blindness (2008) and Catfight (2016).

Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens

Fiona Shaw, 61, plays MI6 operative Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve, who shows no signs of getting killed off.

The Irish actress is best known for starring as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films.

She also played palm reader Marnie Stonebrook in the vampire series True Blood and has appeared in an array of stage productions.

Sean Delaney as Kenny Stowton

Kenny Stowton returned as Fiona Shaw's character Carolyn's computer wiz son and Eve's sidekick in episode one before he was thrown off a roof and killed off.

Sean Delany, 25, is a RADA graduate who's been treading the boards on the West End with a production of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman.

He has also appeared on hit detective show Midsomer Murders.

Kim Bodnia as Konstantin

Series favourite Konstantin returned to season two after appearing to have been killed off in season one.

Kim Bodnia has worked on Scandanavian TV shows and films since the late 80s.

The Danish actor is best known for appearing in crime drama series The Bridge.

Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri

Owen McDonnell is returning as Eve's husband Niko Polastri.

Viewers see him in a treatment facility, recovering after Villanelle's assassination of his colleague Gemma.

The Irish actor is best known for his role as Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll in RTÉ's Single-Handed.

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The science says it’s safe – we risk a generation on the scrap heap unless we send kids back to school now – The Sun

THE news that Boris Johnson has pushed back the day he’s going to unveil his lockdown exit plan from Thursday to Sunday is profoundly depressing.

I was hoping he would announce that primary schools will reopen next week, but now that won’t happen.

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From my own experience, both as the co-founder of three primaries and a parent, I can tell you it is absolutely vital that we reopen these schools as soon as possible.

Children aren’t just taught the three Rs at primary school.

They also learn a range of important social skills, from sitting still and listening to playing boisterous games with other children.

They discover how to work under their own steam, as well as in groups with others.

If they pick up something quickly in the classroom, they are taught patience — and if they struggle to understand, they learn how to ask for help.

I know from being stuck indoors with my own four children how bored they are of being cooped up.

At first, they were happy to be skipping school.

But after six weeks, the thrill of playing video games all day has begun to fade.

They are desperate to see their friends again, to be out in the world with people their own age.

I thought being dragged to see the local church choir singing carols at Christmas was as bored as I was ever going to see them. But I was wrong.

Why should they have their childhood stolen like this when all the science suggests returning to school would be perfectly safe?

There are nearly 17,000 primary schools in England, catering to almost five million children.

They’ve now been kept home from school since March 23, when the lockdown was imposed.

That is six weeks in which no learning has taken place, save for what little homework schools have managed to set.

'WIDEN GAPS'

If children don’t return until September, the total amount of lost classroom time will grow to almost half a year.

As it is, kids suffer from something researchers call “summer learning loss”.

This describes all the things they forget during their summer holidays.

If you increase that holiday from six weeks to six months, the impact on their futures will be catastrophic.

That is particularly true for vulnerable children.

Ofsted head Amanda Spielman told the House of Commons education select committee last week that school closures would further disadvantage the poorest, lowest-achieving and least motivated children.

“Whether we like it or not, it is going to widen gaps, especially in the short term,” she said.

One option would be to hold all primary school children back a year, but that is off the table.

Not only would it mean over-crowding in Reception, with four, five and six-year-olds sitting in the same classrooms, it would also mean no new students going to university this year.

Britain’s higher-education sector is in enough trouble as it is without depriving it of an entire cohort of paying customers.

At least half the country’s 130 universities would be plunged into a financial death spiral.

Some will worry that if we send our children back to school too soon, they will risk catching coronavirus.

In fact, it poses almost no threat to children.

As of April 30, only seven people under 20 had died of Covid-19 in hospitals in England and three of them had underlying health conditions.

Only one child under the age of ten has succumbed to the virus.

Torture of the old

Nor is there a risk that they will infect others, such as their teachers, parents and grandparents.

Research published last week by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health found that children under the age of ten do not transmit the virus.
And that isn’t just true of the UK.

A joint commission by China and the World Health Organisation hasn’t found a single case of a child under ten infecting an adult anywhere in the world.

In Switzerland, children under ten are able to hug their grandparents.

A lot of elderly Brits would be delighted if our Government followed suit — including my 73-year-old mother-in-law.

She hasn’t seen her four grandchildren since the week before lockdown.

Like many retired people, she is more than happy to risk her own health if it means being able to see them again — particularly as we now know the chances of her catching Covid-19 from one of them is practically zero.

When is the Government going to stop inflicting this psychological torture on older people, all in the name of health and safety?

If we want to restart the economy, relieving parents of childcare duty will be absolutely essential.

Britain is now an extreme outlier in not having unveiled an exit strategy.

Nearly every country in the world — including the US, Italy and Spain — has either eased restrictions or announced it is about to do so.

And there doesn’t seem to be any risk of the dreaded “second spike” Boris warned us about.


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Germany ended its lockdown two weeks ago and yesterday it announced its lowest number of new infections and deaths in five weeks.

France will be reopening primaries next Monday. Come on, Boris.

I know you don’t have any children of primary school age — at least, I don’t think you have — but for those who do, this extended break is turning into a nightmare.

These are the years when children pick up essential skills like being able to read, write and add up.

Without those building blocks it will be impossible for children to learn anything else.

If we keep them out of school for any longer, we are in danger of consigning an entire generation to the scrap heap.

This forced confinement has gone on long enough.

The time has come to send our children back to school.

  • Toby Young is a free school founder and former head of the New Schools Network.

 

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UK weather – Britain is tipped for hottest April in 361 years with temperatures to hit 24 degrees by the end of the week – The Sun

BRITAIN is set for more glorious weather this week as temperatures soar in what's set to be the hottest April on record.

Experts predict the mercury will hit 24C (75F) in parts of the UK on Thursday and Friday.

 


With the nation still urged to stay at home to maintain social distancing, experts are predicting the sunny spell will be warmer than holiday  isles Crete (15C) and Ibiza (20C).

London and the South East will enjoy the warmest weather tomorrow afternoon with Cornwall also reaching highs of 16C.

Expert's believe this month's overall average will beat the 2011 best of 10.7C (51.3F) – becoming the warmest April in England since records began in 1659.

It follows Easter Bank Holiday's record-breaking temperatures of 26C – thought to be Britain's hottest Easter weekend for 70 years.


The UK is also on course for one of its driest Aprils, with no rain in sight for the rest of the month.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Boles said: “The warmest days this week will be Thursday and Friday with temperatures up to around 24C (75F) on both days — but there will be plenty of warm weather before then.”

The Met Office's forecast for Tuesday to Sunday reads: "Clear, sunny and increasingly warm for most by day, and clear but chilly by night.

"The wind will ease and allow overnight mist and fog to become more prevalent."

Tomorrow is set to be dry, with long spells of sunshine for most in the morning.

There is however a risk of a few showers in the far South West of England during the morning.

Meanwhile, Tuesday is forecast to be dry with blue sky, sunshine and more brisk easterly winds.





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UK weather forecast – Britain set for 23C mini heatwave amid coronavirus as cops beg Brits to stay indoors – The Sun

BRITAIN is set to sizzle over the next few days, but cops are begging people to stay indoors to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Police have been deployed to patrol beauty spots around the country to crack down on sunbathing brits as temperatures are expected to soar to 23C.

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The Met Office has predicted highs of 23C for most of the country on Thursday, but before then, Brits will be treated with a glorious 21C tomorrow.

The mercury will remain high into next week with a maximum of 18C expected each day until at least Wednesday.

The predicted temperatures are well above the 11C average for April.

A meteorologist from the  Met Office told The Sun: "For many on Sunday, it's going to be dry and fine but increasingly breezy as we go through the day.

"Northern Ireland can expect it to turn cloudy in the afternoon with outbreaks of rain later in the day, with that band of rain pushing into western Scotland."

He added: "For Sunday we are looking at a maximum temperature of 21 degrees in the London area and the south, and there's a good chance that a large portion of England and Wales should see between 18 and 20 degrees."

From Sunday the week is set to keep a steady warm temperature, with the Met Office expecting to see highs of 23C in some parts of the country on Thursday.

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On Monday, it's expected to be rainy early morning, but the rest of the day should be dry and fine for most with the wind easing off.

The spokesperson said: "Across southern areas, on Monday we are expecting a maximum temperature of 17 degrees in the south and 16 in the north.

"Into Tuesday and the middle part of the week it looks as if we will see high pressure coming in from the south, so temperatures will hit 20 degrees for most of the country.

"The temperatures should then continue to rise, we could see 22 degrees in the south and maybe even 23 degrees on Thursday."

The Met Office has stressed the importance of staying behind closed doors, despite the warm weather.

Forces are sending out more officers to patrol on the roads, streets, around beauty spots and parks this weekend.

While the heads of London’s major parks, including the Royal Parks, warned in an open letter: “It’s clearly not OK to have picnics, sunbathe, cycle where it is not allowed or confront those putting themselves at risk to keep these spaces open… Don’t let this weekend’s fantastic weather do more harm than good.”

MetOffice forecasters predict pollen levels will peak tomorrow and Monday, with areas like Kent and London worst hit.

Tree and ash pollen could cause fits of sneezes for those hoping to take a break from the coronavirus lockdown by stretching their legs.

People were caught today ignoring the social distancing rules as thousands flocked to parks and green spaces.

In Regents Park, cyclists were snapped riding close together in the sunshine against government advice to keep 2m apart.

Groups of people could also be seen running and stretching their legs in the busy central London park as temperatures rise to 20C today.

In Paddington, a group of men was pictured working out in a tight-knit group while others, who appeared to be personal trainers, gave them advice.

Some were seen using resistance bands anchored to a wall without gloves on.

Police are also out in force in Brighton in case Brits descend on the seaside town to enjoy the mini heatwave.

Cops have warned anyone who refuses to follow the UK's lockdown guidelines this weekend will be arrested.

Under the drastic measures, Brits are expected to stay indoors and only go outside for essential shopping trips, medical reasons, one stint of daily exercise and to work from home if possible.

Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.





 

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Sainsbury’s home delivery – what time are slots released? – The Sun

AFTER the government's directive for Brits to stay at home, many have turned to online shopping for their groceries.

As one of the biggest supermarkets in the country, Sainsbury's offers delivery services in the midst of the lockdown.

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Does Sainsbury's do home delivery?

Sainsbury's provides home delivery services for customers who spend £40 and above.

Also, the supermarket is currently giving priority to elderly customers and those who are disabled.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said, “We’re working with the government to prioritise the nation’s most vulnerable people.

"Our elderly customers do still have access to available slots and we urge everyone to keep trying.

“As of Wednesday March 25, we had proactively contacted 270,000 customers who had already given us information that meant we could identify them as elderly or vulnerable. We had also booked slots for 115,000 elderly and vulnerable customers."

While elderly and vulnerable customers are being prioritised, delivery slots are open to the general public.

However, new registrations are now closed.

What time are Sainsbury's delivery slots released?

Sainsbury's does not have a specific time when slots are released.

According to a spokesman for the supermarket: "Our customer careline is working at full capacity and we are able to give an additional 8,000 customers a day access to delivery slots over the phone."

The Sainsbury's Customer care number is 0800 636262 but they will be in touch if you have been identified as one of their elderly or vulnerable customers.

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Does Sainsbury's have restrictions on any items ordered online?

All grocery items are restricted to three per household.

The most popular items such as toilet paper and soap are limited to two items per household.

Sainsbury has said it is aware some people will be shopping for a larger households.

There are a range of product sizes to cater to large households.

What has Sainsbury's said about its response to coronavirus?

In a letter, chief executive Mike Coupe said: "Changes we’ve made already, including limiting the number of items customers can buy and creating priority shopping times for NHS workers and for elderly and vulnerable customers, are all working well.

"We really are doing our best to manage a very difficult situation," he said.

He also told customers the supermarket will work to expand its online capacity.

"Demand for online grocery delivery is higher now than it has ever been. We are working hard to increase our online capacity and we are adding more slots in every day.

"But it is not possible for us to create enough slots to meet the current level of demand," he added.

He asked for understanding for the decision to prioritise the elderly and vulnerable adding: "I apologise to our regular online customers, who I know are feeling very frustrated at not being able to book slots."

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Coronavirus symptoms – early warning signs and how to tell if it’s NOT cold or flu – The Sun

THE coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands of people around the world – with cases in over one hundred countries. 

And in the UK alone, the confirmed number of those infected with Covid-19 now stands at over 25,000 with the death toll rising to 1,829.

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What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is the name for a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS.

The new disease that emerged in China in December has never been seen in humans before the current outbreak.

It's been called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by the World Health Organisation and causes an illness that's now named Covid-19.

The new strain is thought to have jumped from bats to humans, via a possible but unknown animal, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

What are the early warning signs?

As Covid-19 is a new virus, experts are still working to understand it.

However, health officials say the most common symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include:

  1. A dry cough
  2. A high temperature
  3. Shortness of breath

Some people will not develop all of these symptoms –  and some might not even show symptoms at all, experts say.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's chief scientific adviser, said: "It looks quite likely that there is some degree of asymptomatic transmission.

"There’s definitely quite a lot of transmission very early in the disease when there are very mild symptoms."

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Around one out of every six who gets Covid-19 become seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing, according to the WHO.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are at most risk developing serious illness.

This can include pneumonia and swelling in the lungs, which can make it hard for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream – leading to organ failure and death.

Severe pneumonia can kill people by causing them to "drown" in the fluid flooding their lungs.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention, the WHO says.

How does coronavirus differ from flu?

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to other respiratory illnesses such as the flu and the common cold.

However, with the flu, symptoms can come on much quicker than with coronavirus.

According to the NHS, signs of flu include:

  • A sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • An aching body
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • A dry cough
  • A sore throat
  • A headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Feeling sick and being sick

You can treat yourself for flu by getting rest and staying warm.

Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can lower your temperature and treat aches and pains.

Drinking plenty of water will help avoid dehydration.

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

It's more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season, which tends to run from December to March.

How quickly do coronavirus symptoms come on?

The virus is believed to be transmitted between people through droplets spread from coughing and touching or shaking hands.

While sneezing is not a symptom of the new coronavirus, it also thought to be a way that droplets can be spread.

Symptoms are thought to appear between two and 11 days.

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UK weather forecast – Heavy rain to hit the UK as country prepares for wet and windy start to spring – The Sun

THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week.

The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding.



The gloomy forecast also warns homes and businesses may be affected with some interruption to power supplies.

It will no likely add increasing stress across the country, as the coronavirus pandemic leads to many working from home, and a nationwide school shutdown.

The Met Office weather warning is in effect from 6pm on Monday until 12pm on Wednesday.

The week will begin with parts of the country waking up to frost this morning, though plenty of sunshine is expected.

However, this is set to change as a weather front approaches northwest Scotland, bringing clouds and a downpour.

The rain will become heavy at times later on Monday and is likely to persist, moving southeast into England and Wales mid-week.

A maximum of five inches of downpour is expected, mainly on higher ground.

In addition, strong southerly winds are also expected, bringing with them an additional hazard.

From Tuesday through to Thursday, much of the UK will dry with sunshine after frosty nights.


TODAY

Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, but turning hazy in the north and west. Wet and windy in the far northwest of Scotland with coastal gales.

TUESDAY

Many places dry with sunshine after frosty nights. Persistent heavy rain in northwest Scotland becoming lighter and more patchy as it clears southeastwards into England and Wales by Thursday.

WEDNESDAY

Rain will push across Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday, but England and Wales will remain dry and fine.

The Met Office predicts dry and settled conditions to dominate through the end of March and into early April, bringing plenty of bright or sunny spells across the UK, particularly in the south and east.

However, rain is likely to spread to northwestern areas at times, and could develop more widely briefly at times.

This unsettled weather could become more widespread across the north towards the end of the month..

Temperatures likely around average for the time of year with large diurnal ranges bringing a risk of overnight frosts.



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UK weather forecast – Temperature to plummet to -6C tonight before fine 15C weekend – The Sun

PARTS of Britain are in for a cold night with temperatures dropping down as far as -6C in places.

The coming nights are set to be chilly though the daytime temperature could rise up to 15C during the day at the weekend.


Northern Britain saw frost and wintery weather this morning and temperatures struggled to get to 9C in many places today.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said tonight and the ones that follow will be frosty.

“Overnight it will be mostly dry and still cold in most of the country,” he said.

“It’s possible that in parts of Scotland the temperature could get down as low as -6C and in parts of the Midlands it could get down to -2 or -3C.

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“Saturday and Sunday will be warmer but on Sunday night temperatures could drop down to -3C or -4C. So it looks we’re in for a few cold nights and sunny days next week.”

When it comes to rain, UK is finally due some calm weather this weekend after months of floods and downpours.

After a few days of damp and drizzle this Mothering Sunday weekend "will be the calmest of the year".

The week to come will be pretty mild all round and mostly cloudy, with erratic rain heading south from Wednesday morning and petering out by Friday.

We are likely to see 1cm of rain at most in the midlands tomorrow and a little light drizzle everywhere else.


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