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Strokes, heart attacks and killer flu: PM's who became ill in power

Strokes, heart attacks, drug addiction and a brush with the deadly Spanish flu: Boris Johnson is the latest prime minister to suffer serious health problems while in office

  • Johnson joins a litany of leaders who have suffered serious ill health 
  • Winston Churchill, suffered a serious stroke while prime minister in early 1950s
  • David Lloyd George had a narrow escape from deadly Spanish flu 100 years ago 

Prime ministers through the years have suffered terrible health problems in office that have included strokes, heart attacks and even amphetamine addiction.  

Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation with coronavirus means he joins a litany of leaders who have suffered serious ill health and or been admitted to hospital during their term or terms in office.

They include his hero, Winston Churchill, who famously suffered a serious stroke while prime minister in the early 1950s.

Less well documented and semi-forgotten in the past are the brushes with death and disease suffered by some of his other predecessors in No 10.

Here we look at some of the previous prime ministers who have had health concerns while in the nation’s top political office.

Winston Churchill: 1940-45 and 1951-55

Revered as a war hero and famous for his garrulous character and bustling, often champagne-fuelled energy, Winston Churchill none-the-less struggled with his health behind the scenes.

He suffered a mild heart attack while at the White House in Washington in 1941, just a year after taking over as prime minister, and contracted pneumonia two years later.

In 1949, while opposition leader, he suffered a stroke on holiday, which affected his health to the extent that the King gently suggested he resign as PM in 1951 in favour of Anthony Eden. 

Churchill suffered a second one during an official dinner at No 10 while in office in 1953, leaving him paralysed on one side.

His aides and family conspired to keep news of his illness out of the press, at a time when the Cold War was very chilly and there were fears he may not survive.

Eden’s own illness meant that Churchill did not quit until 1955. He suffered a third stroke the following year and died in 1965. 

David Lloyd George: 1916 to 1922

David Lloyd George was a pugnacious Welshman, the only PM to not speak English as their first language.

Famous for steering the then British Empire through the First World War he was also controversial, with a post-war honours scandal and his love life tarnishing his record, despite introducing universal suffrage in 1918.

In September 1918 he developed a sore throat after visiting Manchester’s Albert Square and mingling in crowds during a ceremony for soldiers and munitions workers.

It later became clear he had Spanish influenza – which was rife in Manchester at the time of his visit. He spent 11 days in hospital and was hooked up to a ventilator before recovering. The disease would go on to kill more than 200,000 people in Britain and millions around the world.

Anthony Eden: 1955 – 57 

Anthony Eden, who served in Churchill’s war Cabinet and succeeded him in 1955, had a long history off ill health that prevented him from taking over from the ailing Churchill sooner.

He has suffered from a stress-related ulcer for decades but underwent  a botched operation in 1953 that left him in regular excruciating pain, requiring rounds of more surgery.

On  top of this he was prescribed benzedrine. They regarded as a harmless stimulant to reduce tiredness, it is a form of amphetamine and can become addictive.  

Eden complained  of insomnia and mood swings, which are side-effects of the drug’s use. 

Some historians have attributed his poor leadership during the 1956 Suez Crisis – seen as the failed last hurrah of British as a world superpower – to this drug use, although its impact is disputed. 

Eden resigned in 1957 and was later elevated to the peerage as Lord Avon. 

Harold Wilson:  1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976

Harold Wilson had two terms in office that covered both the Swinging Sixties boom and the industrial-unrest strewn period of the mid 1970s.

Language experts believe the Labour leader’s Commons speeches in the mid-1970s show tell-tale signs of mental decline and hint at the beginning of dementia.

Wilson’s surprise announcement in spring 1976 that he was resigning led to a host of conspiracy theories.

But the research supports the long-held view that he was suffering from some form of dementia. He was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

He would also go on to be diagnosed with colon cancer, which eventually led to his death in 1995. 

Gordon Brown: 2007 – 10 

The Labour prime minister suffered from decades of sight problems, including during his three-year term in office.

His problems began decades earlier when he lost the sight in his left eye and suffered a loss of vision in his right eye, despite four major operations, after a kick to his head during a school rugby match.

He struggled on with his limited vision but suffered further problems in September 2009. 

In 2017, discussing the incident he said he carried on working for a week without being able to see properly and without informing colleagues.

‘When I woke up in Downing Street one Monday in September, I knew something was very wrong,’ he said. ‘My vision was foggy.’

He was taken to London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and was told he needed surgery for a torn retina. But after further examinations it was decided it was unnecessary and could lead to further complications.  

Tony Blair: 1997 to 2007

Mr Blair is the longest-serving Labour prime minister ever, with a solid decade in power.

He was also one of the youngest when he took office at the age of 43, and was seen as fit and active.

In 2003 the then 50-year-old spent almost five hours with doctors after suffering chest pains at Chequers, his official countryside home.

He was taken to the nearby Stoke Mandeville Hospital after complaining he was feeling ‘under the weather’, Downing Street said at the time, but did not require an ambulance. 

But he was then moved to London’s Hammersmith hospital which has a specialist coronary care unit. 

Doctors there carried out a series of checks and diagnosed supraventricular tachycardia, in which the heart beats much faster than usual.

They gave him a cardio-version – a treatment to regulate his heartbeat – before letting him return to Downing Street.

The following year he underwent minor surgery under local anesthetic for a ‘heart flutter’.

 Theresa May: 2016-2019

Theresa May was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012 while Home Secretary.

This version of the pancreas disorder means that she has to maintain her blood sugar level with insulin injections. 

Complications from severe cases can include a loss of blood circulation to extremities, leading to amputations, while untreated ultra high and low blood sugar levels can lead to coma and possibly death.

But she is believed to have kept in robust health while injecting herself with insulin several times a day. She was a noted fan of hill walking with her husband Philip. 

She also used modern technology to keep her condition regulated, using a FreeStyle Libre monitor (pictured on her arm), which allows diabetics to use a mobile phone app to monitor sugar levels, removing the need to test using a finger-prick blood test.

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Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix strip totally naked for cheeky prank on US road trip – The Sun

GINO D'Acampo and Fred Sirieix stripped totally naked for a cheeky prank on their US road trip.

The pair dared to bare while filming for ITV series Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip, which also stars Gordon Ramsay.

First Dates' Fred, 48, brightened his followers' morning earlier today when he shared the throwback photo on Instagram.

In the snap, he and 43-year-old Gino are posing either side of a member of fully-clothed production crew in the buff.

Both men are smiling proudly, with well-placed emojis preserving their modesty.

Gino is showing off his tribal chest tattoo – with the Italian chef's tan lines also on display.

Fred simply captioned the post: "Who’s idea was this? @gordongram @iamginodacampo #gordonginoandfred is on @itv on Thursday at 9pm".

Needless to say, fans were floored by the picture – and many flocked to comment on the two stars' impressive bodies.

One wrote: "Thank you very much, this has certainly brightened my lockdown."

A second swooned: "Ooh la la monsieur, you are spoiling us!"

A third cheekily asked: "Where's the uncensored version?" alongside a winking face.

Others questioned where 53-year-old Gordon was when the photo was taken – expressing their disappointment that the father-of-five did not join in with the fun.

The current series of Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip sees the trio take to their camper van to explore the best food in Mexico and the US.

 

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Paddy and Christine McGuinness recreate sexy Ghost scene for handwashing video – The Sun

PADDY McGuinness and wife Christine left fans in hysterics with a hand-washing parody video.

The TV star appears topless as the pair recreate the sexy pottery scene from film Ghost, while showing followers how to properly wash their hands amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Christine, who wears a low-cut blouse in the video, is seen putting soap on her hands before Paddy appears behind her at the kitchen sink.

Unchained Melody plays in the background as the couple lather up their hands together.

The Take Me Out host makes a series of hilarious faces, while Christine throws a seductive glance at the camera as she rubs and caresses her husband’s fingers.

The music then stops suddenly, and Paddy declares: “And that’s how you wash your hands, you filthy animals!”



Christine captioned the clip: '#WashYourHands #StayHome #StaySafe #ProtectTheNHS #KeepSmiling #WeWillMeetAgain”.

The video has gone down as a hit with followers.

One branded it the “best example to date” of how to properly wash our hands, while another described it as “absolutely brilliant”.

Another user wrote: “Pure legends the pair of you”.



Paddy and Christine have been keeping themselves entertained at home with their three children Penelope, Leo and Felicity.

The fun-loving pair turned their living room into a nightclub on Saturday night with pumping music and flashing disco lights.

Christine pretended to spin some tunes from behind her ironing board in the funny video while Paddy sported a yellow hoodie and shorts in true 90s rave fashion.

Paddy has also joked about the weight he’s gained during lockdown.

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Sharing a snap of himself with a slightly rounded tummy alongside a still from the prison film Shot Caller, he tweeted: "In every Prison movie I’ve watched people tend to come out of isolation looking in peak physical condition?”

Paddy – who showed off his impressive six pack last year – added: "I’ve only been on lockdown for 18 days and I can no longer see my penis! #bangediton #stayhome #staysafe #washyourhands".

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Dominic Raab to step up and lead coronavirus fight while PM is sick in hospital

DOMINIC Raab has stepped up to lead the Government's Covid-19 meeting today after Boris Johnson was admitted to hopsital last night.

The Foreign Secretary is the First Secretary of State and second-in-line to take over if the PM becomes too ill to.

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He chaired the daily coronavirus meeting and updated the rest of the Cabinet on the PM's health, and the nation's efforts to combat the disease.

Michael Gove and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are also next in line for the PM to delegate to if he's too sick.

Boris last night was taken in to a London hospital for tests after "persistent symptoms" of the virus failed to go away.

Anyone who doesn't get better after a week is at increased risk, experts say.

The PM, 55, was admitted 10 days after testing positive for the virus – and stayed the night there.

The Times said today he was given oxygen treatment after arriving there by car.

No10 stressed it was not an emergency trip and was a planned visit on advice from his doctor.

The admission was a “precautionary step” as he continued to have “persistent symptoms”, thought to be a high temperature.

The move comes after aides became increasingly worried about his health as Mr Johnson continued to show symptoms more than a week after he tested positive.

Government aides said Boris had been “coughing and spluttering” on video conference calls over the past few days.

Most people manage to shake off their symptoms after a week, with doctors saying patients are at risk of developing pneumonia if a temperature persists.

Last night a Downing Street spokesman said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.

“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Ministers today urged Boris to oficially step down from leading the charge today and focus on getting better.

James Duddridge MP said: "Take care boss. Get well. Come back fighting. But for now rest, look after yourself and let the others do the heavy lift."

“This may be the jolt, the wake-up call that he realises he has to rest to recover,”one Cabinet minister told the Financial Times.

“He will have been very reluctant to go to hospital.”




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Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson deliver 120 tacos to local hospital workers – The Sun

MILEY Cyrus and boyfriend Cody Simpson have delivered 120 tacos to their local hospital workers to thank them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Wearing protective masks, the singers posed with a trolley full of pre-prepared tacos from a local restaurant, which was delivered on Saturday afternoon.

"Tacos for the incredible healthcare workers at our local hospital!" shared Cody in a video.

"So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!"

He also shared pictures of some of the nurses and doctors hard at work who enjoyed the Mexican food, and the messages sent on the boxes, which read: "Stay strong."

President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the US will suffer "a lot of death" – and urged coronavirus patients to try experimental drugs for the disease.



Speaking at his daily press briefing at The White House, Trump pushed the potential merits of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19 patients, as he told the country to prepare for a “very deadly period".

The president said that when coronavirus cases "spring up they hit you like you got hit by a club" as the virus ravages even rural parts of the country.

The US has already become the new epicenter for the killer bug, which has infected 305,820 Americans and killed at least 8,291 people as of April 4.

Trump then cited a report about the supposed success of the drug used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis.

But he revealed the "toughest week" would be between this week and next, saying there will be "a lot of death."

"Now, over the next week, two weeks, it's going to be a very, very deadly period, unfortunately," he said. "We're going to make it so that we lose as few lives as possible."

Trump said hydroxychloroquine's potential to treat COVID-19 "might be correct, it might be false."

"What do you have to lose?" he told reporters. "I might do it anyway. I may take it."

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Premier League managers and captains ‘set to agree on 30 per cent pay deferral in video conference today’ – The Sun

PREMIER League footballers will finally get together for a 3pm kick-off – to decide by video conference call whether to defer 30 per cent of their pay to help the NHS.

With professional football in England on hold since early March – and the beautiful game unlikely to be played at all until July – top-flight stars are now reportedly ready to do a deal.

Reportedly the cash they save would instead go to helping the National Health Service by creating a £20million fighting fund.

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire is reported to be among those pushing to take the pay cut, amid huge criticism for the top stars as they cash their £100,000-a-week-plus cheques while club staff are put on furlough.

The Premier League has come up with a masterplan to help clubs preserve their own futures by cutting wages, enabling millions to be pumped into the swamped National Health Service.

Keeping with the traditional time for professional matches in England, they reportedly plan to hold a video conference call with all Premier League bosses and captains at 3pm today to agree on the deal.

The Professional Footballers Association had kickstarted the move under pressure from stars who no longer want to get a bad press for earning so much while not kicking a ball.

These talks ended with a statement from the union on Thursday when Premier League stars reportedly agreed to take their pay cut.

But club skippers and their managers are now set to bypass the PFA by holding their own talks.

This will culminate with the plan to defer 30 per cent of their payments today.

They could start getting paid again in July if the season re-starts.

The interest alone would be be significant on the incredible wages many of these players earn.

With Spurs talisman Harry Kane on a reported £200,000-a-week that would see £60,000-a-week going to help the struggling doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus.

Clubs such as Newcastle and Spurs have already furloughed non-essential non-first team staff as professional sides around the country battle the crippling costs of paying out huge wages without any money coming in due to the coronavirus and subsequent lockdown.

The initial move to get some money into the NHS was touted by Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, who held talks with his skipper Maguire, according to the Daily Mail.

That move has now progressed rapidly with most Premier League stars reportedly very keen to defer payments until possibly July.

They also hope to create a £150m fighting fund to help cash-strapped League Two, League One and Championship clubs, it has been claimed.

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Man wielding sword and claiming he has coronavirus tackled by police

Dramatic moment semi-naked man brandishes a Samurai sword and claims he has coronavirus before being wrestled to the ground by Spanish police after he ‘threatened to go on a killing spree’

  • Incident took place at around 1.45pm this afternoon in Moratalaz, Madrid
  • Unconfirmed local reports said the man had fled hospital after falling ill 
  • He smashed the windscreens and bonnets of police vehicles with two katanas

This is the dramatic moment police reduce a bare-chested man carrying two samurai swords who caused panic after claiming he was infected with coronavirus and threatening a killing spree.

The violent incident took place at around 1.45pm this afternoon in the Madrid neighbourhood of Moratalaz. 

The police vehicles took a battering as the Spaniard smashed their windscreens and bonnets with his two katanas. 

He eventually had to be boxed in by police vans before being overpowered by officers on foot after disobeying orders to put down his weapons. 


The bare-chested man was spotted at around 1.45pm this afternoon in the Madrid neighbourhood of Moratalaz. Several police vehicles took a battering as the Spaniard smashed their windscreens and bonnets with his two katanas

Police were alerted by paramedics and unconfirmed local reports said the man had fled hospital after falling ill with suspected coronavirus, although health officials could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police confirmed: ‘Officers have arrested a man this afternoon after he threatened officers with two katanas.

‘He is in custody and will face a fine for breaching lockdown orders as well as charges which will include resisting arrest.’ Police sources said they suspected he may have fled a city hospital but were still trying to confirm it with health authorities.

Riot squad officers had to be brought in to arrest him and are said to have fired two dissuasive shots into the air before they managed to get him to the ground and cuff him.

Police were alerted by paramedics and unconfirmed local reports said the man had fled hospital after falling ill with suspected coronavirus

He eventually had to be boxed in by police vans before being overpowered by officers on foot after disobeying orders to put down his weapons

Footage showed him shouting before he was held: ‘I’m going to kill you all, sons of b**ches.’ 

Parked cars were hit and damaged by the police vans as they tried to hem in the sword-carrying suspect.

A police union tweeted after the arrest: ‘Our full support and recognition for our police colleagues, who have arrested a very aggressive and dangerous individual, who was armed with two katanas, in the Madrid neighbourhood of Moratalaz.

‘Well done. With a taser it would have been much easier.’ 

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Is Chris Paul Married and Does He Have Any Kids?

There’s no question that Chris Paul is one of the top points guards in the last 20 years of the NBA. But aside from being a great basketball player, Paul is also killing it off the court with his family. 

What exactly is the star guard’s family situation? Is he married, and does he have any kids? While his prowess on the hardwood is well documented, his family life isn’t as widely known. Here’s what we know about whether Chris Paul is married and whether he has any kids. 

Is Chris Paul married? 

 According to Essence Magazine, in 2011 Paul married his high school sweetheart, Jada Crawley. The two attended rival high schools and despite a one-year age difference, they found a way to make it work. On their wedding day, Vera Wang designed the bride’s gown while Ralph Lauren provided the tux for the groom.

By all accounts, the two have a strong marriage based on a relationship they’ve had since they were young. Here’s what she had to say about her partner in crime: 

“Our relationship has been a progression. I feel safe with Chris. He’s very protective.”

For Paul, his love for his wife goes beyond his love of the game. Paul stated, “I truly love Jada; she has been there for the ups and the downs. Basketball isn’t going to last forever. Jada and I love spending time with each other, genuinely.” 

One reporter tracked down Paul and Crawley on the red carpet for the BET Awards. She asked the two if there were any couples they emulate. Both Crawley and Paul referred to Paul’s parents for their long-lasting marriage so obviously full of love as a great model and inspiration. 

Does Chris Paul have any kids? 

Paul and his wife’s wedding ceremony included their two-year-old son, Chris II (also known as Lil’ Chris). They had a special message for their son on their big day: 

“We never knew it was possible to love someone as much as we love each other until you came into our lives.”

The couple added a second child, their daughter Camden, in 2012. Paul enjoys spending time with his children. He got an opportunity to do so at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards several years back when he was “slimed.”

Paul is a lucky man with a beautiful family, but how does he balance the demands of his NBA career with being a great parent? 

How Chris Paul manages the stress of NBA life with having a family

One way Paul manages to be a great parent and husband is through sheer proximity. Though he’s been traded several times during his illustrious career, he’s never let his family stay far away from him. He told Sports Illustrated as much in an interview: 

“I remember when Chauncey [Billups] came to the Clippers, his wife and kids were in Denver…I’ll never forget, I was in L.A. with my family, my brother and his wife. I told my wife that ain’t never going to be my story. She said, ‘You know, that’s right, whatever team you go to, tell them you have a plus-three.’ Whatever team I go to, I can’t be myself without my wife and kids.”

For Paul, it’s about prioritization. Though he strives to win a title, he doesn’t let it consume him or distract him from being the best parent and husband he can be. According to Paul, “If one day I can sit over here and say I got me a championship ring but I’ve been the worst parent, somebody got their priorities all messed up.”

Paul may not be quite the player he was in his prime, though he’s still very effective for being in his mid-30s. But it’s apparent that his ability as a husband and father has not diminished at all. If anything, they’ve only strengthened. 

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The Flash and When Calls The Heart’s Logan Williams dies suddenly aged 16

Logan Williams, who had starred in The Flash and When Calls The Heart, has passed away at 16 years old. 

The actor, who played the young version of Barry Allen in the first two seasons of CW’s The Flash died suddenly, his friends confirmed. 

Grant Gustin, who played the older Barry Allen in The Flash, confirmed the news on social media, writing: ‘Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. 

‘This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. 

‘My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. 

‘Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.’

When Calls The Heart co-star Erin Krakow also paid tribute: ‘Heartbroken to learn of the passing of Logan Williams who played Miles Montgomery in several seasons of @wcth_tv.

‘Logan was a beautiful, warm, silly, and talented young man. He could always make us laugh. 

‘He was just shy of 17 and had what I’m sure would have been a very bright future ahead of him.

‘I hope you’ll join me in sending virtual love & support to Logan’s family & friends during this very painful time.’

A cause of death has not been revealed.

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Loss of taste and smell WON’T be added to official coronavirus symptoms – despite Hancock suffering sign – The Sun

LOSS of taste and smell is a sign of coronavirus, but one of the Government's top doctors said tonight it won't be added to the list of official symptoms.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted he lost his sense of smell after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Mr Hancock told the daily Downing Street briefing he has since regained his sense of smell, reassuring any in a similar situation "it wasn't permanent".

When asked if the sign would be added to the official symptom list, the Health Secretary passed the question to Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England.

Official signs currently includes a new, persistent and cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.

But, earlier this week scientists at King's College in London said the milder symptom could be a better way of detecting coronavirus in the early stages, than a fever.

Using an app they developed to track symptoms across the population, the scientists found 18 per cent suffered loss of taste and smell.

And of those who went on to test positive for Covid-19, 59 per cent had the symptoms.

But tonight, Prof Van-Tam said after considering the addition to the list – the Government's scientific advisers have rejected it as a major symptom.

"There is some anecdotal data to suggest that some people do indeed lose their taste and smell," he said.

"However, we've looked at the data at whether that on its own is a symptom and the answer from our expert is absolutely not."

He added: "This appears to be true based on the limited data, but it doesn't contribute anything on its own to the overall affinity of the diagnosis."

Biggest coronavirus clinical trial

It comes as Mr Hancock announced the NHS has launched the world's largest clinical trial to find new coronavirus treatments.

Matt Hancock said that research on treatment for Covid-19 was "essential to our plan" for tackling the epidemic.

Speaking at Number 10, he said: "We are bringing together some of the finest research minds in the country to design new trials and we're delivering them at record pace.

"We have established three national clinical trials covering each major stage of the disease – primary care, hospital care and critical care for the most seriously ill.

"Just like the Nightingale hospital, one of these was put together in just nine days which is breathtaking speed.

"These trials are looking at the effectiveness of existing drugs and steroids, re-purposed for treatment for Covid-19.

"One of the trials, which is called recovery and deals in hospital care, is the largest of its kind in the world, with 926 patients involved."

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Last week, at another of the daily briefings the country's top scientist, Sir Patrick Vallance said it was a feature of the virus.

However, he followed it up by saying that it was up to the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty – who himself is currently self-isolating after showing symptoms – to change the official diagnostics list.

Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick, said: "The symptoms that the Chief Medical Officer has outlined – and the ones that you should self-isolate on – are a persistent new cough or fever.

"Loss of taste and smell is something that can happen with other respiratory viruses.

"It does seem to be a feature of this from what people are reporting and it is something that people should take into account as they think about their symptoms."

Top docs warn of early sign

Last month, specialist nose and throat doctors urged ministers to recognise loss of smell and taste as an official sign of the deadly illness.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK), which represents ear, nose and throat experts around the country, say they have seen a 'significant' number of patients suffering from these effects of Covid-19.

ENT UK say medics across the world have reported rising numbers of people in the past month saying they have anosmia – the technical term for a lost sense of smell.

The organisation says it has told Public Health England about the apparent link.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) also said it is investigating the link between loss of smell and taste and Covid-19.

It's thought that losing the ability to smell or taste could be due to the virus destroying cells in the nose and throat.

Experts say it's something people can commonly experience after having other types of coronaviruses – such as the common cold.

Prof Carl Philpott, of the Norwich Medical School at UEA, said: "Coronaviruses have previously been associated with what we refer to as post-viral olfactory loss– this is smell loss that persists after a cold.

"There are many respiratory viruses that can potentially cause problems with the smell receptors.

"So far with Covid-19, the smell loss appears to be transient but only as time elapses will we know how many people have a more permanent loss."

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