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‘Coronaphobia’ leaves Brits wanting to stay IN lockdown as they fear return to normality – and actually have MORE cash – The Sun

BRITS want to stay in lockdown because they fear it is being lifted too quickly and have more money because of the pandemic, a poll has found. 

The survey comes as the government prepares to ease restrictions on movement and announce a scaling back of its furlough scheme.

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The poll, conducted for the Daily Mail, asked Brits about their views on the coronavirus lockdown and how their lives have been changed by it.

Asked whether it had left them financially better off, 33 percent said it had, 29 percent said it hadn't, while 37 percent said their situation hadn't changed.

Many workers have been shielded from the impact of the lockdown by the government's furlough scheme, while others have saved cash while not socialising or paying transport costs to commute.

A total of 43 percent also said they had enjoyed spending more time at home, compared to only 25 percent who hadn't and 31 percent who were neutral.

The government is now preparing to reopen the country, with workers unable to work remotely encouraged to return to work and some shops expected to be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks.

But many respondents said they feared the virus would resurge as restrictions are eased.

Overall, 53 percent said they thought the lockdown was being lifted too fast, compared to just 11 percent who thought it was too slow.

Thirty percent of people thought the pace was about right.

MAJORITY WOULDN'T SEND KIDS TO SCHOOL

Among the first measures expected to be lifted is the closure of schools, with some year groups set to return on June 1.

But across both primary and secondary schools pupils, 60 percent of parents said they would not send their child to school in June.

In primary schools, 26 percent of parents said they would, while in secondary schools the figure was just 27.

The survey comes as the government is set to announce future changes to its furlough scheme for workers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to say next week that employers will have to pay 25 percent of the wages of furloughed workers from August.

The news follows his announcement earlier this month that the scheme, originally launched in March and slated to run till June, would be extended until October.

Under the new arrangement, employers would be allowed to bring furloughed staff back to work for as many hours as they need.

Staff will then be paid full wages by their firm for any hours worked, but would continue to be covered by the furlough scheme for the hours they don't work.

All firms will be required to contribute a quarter of the wages of any furloughed workers.

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Brits wrongly believe chocolate, bread – and PIZZA are ‘superfoods’ – The Sun

Brits wrongly believe chocolate, bread – and PIZZA are ‘superfoods’.

A study of 2,000 adults found only a third could confidently say if a food item is considered to be a superfood – with more than one in twenty believing fizzy drinks fit into the category.

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Curry (6 per cent), cake (6 per cent) and even beer (6 per cent) are also among the items wrongly thought of as superfoods.

But less than half were aware that spinach and kale fit into the food group, while just 10 per cent thought the same of goats’ milk.

The study, by British goats’ milk producers St Helen’s Farm, also found that when asked what makes something a superfood, more than a third think ‘good fats’ plays a part.

And while 62 per cent also think antioxidants are a key nutrient in superfoods, 42 per cent admitted they don’t know what these are.

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Almost half believe minerals are another component, and a quarter think they should be low in calories.

A third also said the freshness of a food makes it more or less likely to be a superfood, with three in 10 admitting their decision to purchase edible products is influenced by how far it has travelled.

Amanda Hamilton, nutritionist and spokeswoman for St Helen’s Farm, said: “It’s easy to criticise such labels but the fact is, the term superfood is here to stay so better to help people understand which beneficial food fall into this category and what shouldn’t.

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“For me to call something a superfood I’d be looking for something with exceptional levels of nutrient density, or some kind of added benefit that’s hard to get in other ways.

“Superfoods should help solve nutrition challenges, not add to them.

"If those special foods can be locally sourced, all the better.

“Although the term isn’t commonly used by experts as there’s no standard criteria that defines it, it is increasingly used by consumers, so it has become a label worth understanding.”

The study also found Brits believe the benefits of superfoods include being full of vitamins (58 per cent), providing antioxidants (55 per cent) and a good source of energy (38 per cent).

With many considering alternative milks to be superfoods, a third of respondents have tried to cut out cows’ milk from their diet.

Of those, two in five have tried soya alternatives, almost a quarter have turned to goat’s milk and 42 per cent have tried almond.

Six in 10 of those polled, via OnePoll, regularly consume dairy-based milk, as well as three quarters who indulge in cheese and 58 per cent who tuck into yoghurts.

Amanda added: “There are no guidelines around superfoods like there are around 5-a-day for example, it is too loose a label to do that.

“From my point of view something like goat’s milk should have the superfood label as it is gentler on the tummy for many people and you don’t miss out on all vital calcium, vitamins and minerals that you expect from milk.

“I introduced it for my daughter who had trouble digesting cow’s milk and now we all just love the taste.”

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50 Foods Brits believe are superfoods

1. Spinach
2. Kale
3. Berries
4. Broccoli
5. Whole grains
6. Quinoa
7. Almonds
8. Walnuts
9. Fish
10. Oats
11. Brussels sprouts
12. Cabbage
13. Tomatoes
14. Cauliflower
15. Hazelnuts
16. Kidney beans
17. Pecans
18. Olives
19. Almond milk
20. Peas
21. Barley
22. Coconut milk
23. Yogurt
24. Soya milk
25. Radishes
26. Oat milk
27. Rye
28. Wheat
29. Turnip
30. Rice
31. Cow’s milk
32. Goat’s milk
33. Cheese
34. Pasta
35. Chocolate
36. Bread
37. Pizza
38. Salted peanuts
39. Burgers
40. Curry
41. Butter
42. Ice cream
43. Wine
44. Kebabs
45. Chips
46. Cake
47. Chinese
48. Biscuits
49. Beer
50. Doughnuts

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Overweight Brits are ‘TEN TIMES more likely to die of coronavirus’, top doc warns – The Sun

OVERWEIGHT Brits could be ten times more likely to die of coronavirus, a top doctor has warned.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, a leading NHS consultant cardiologist, said that those with problems related to obesity are developing a more severe form of Covid-19.

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Referencing recent analysis by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, he warned of a worrying "tenfold increased risk of mortality death rates" in people who have conditions associated with obesity.

Dr Malhotra said that these include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

He explained that obesity is defined as a having a body mass index over 30 – but warned that 25 per cent of Brits fall into this category.

'Real problem'

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain today, he said: "This is a real problem because it’s not being addressed and it’s not being tackled head-on.

"The reason for this are twofold – one is excess body fat seems to have an adverse effect when it comes to viral illnesses.

"We know that with the flu you're more likely to get severe illness if you’re overweight.

"But with Covid-19 it also seems to drive an excessive immune response called the ARDS – acute respiratory distress syndrome – that unfortunately causes many people to die."

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He continued: "This goes well beyond obesity because what’s underlying this is something known as the metabolic syndrome.

"To put this in perspective, only one in eight people in the US – and our figures are likely similar in the UK because more than 60 per cent of our population is overweight or obese – are actually metabolically healthy.

"When you look at the roots of all of this, even pre Covid-19, it’s established that even poor diet now is responsible for 11 million deaths per year.

"Poor diet also causes more disease and death than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol combined."

Boris's condition

Dr Malhotra also went onto explain that this may be why Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a more severe form of Covid-19 when he fell ill earlier this month.

"Now it’s an observation but it does fit with the evidence that Boris, unfortunately, is significantly overweight," he said.

"People with obesity also seem to spread the virus for much longer periods of time and clearly get sicker."

He also pointed out that other "slimmer" members of the Cabinet, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock, were not as badly affected by the virus when they became ill.


But Dr Hilary Jones, a GP who also appeared on the show, countered that Mr Johnson's weight is "pretty average for the rest of population".

He said: "The rest of the population, if you take into account overweight people as well as obese people, you’re talking about 68 per cent of the population.

"A figure has been bandied about that 75 per cent of people with coronavirus in intensive care are overweight or obese but then 68 per cent of the population are overweight or obese.

"There does seem to be a relationship between obesity and severe consequences of coronavirus but we’ve known for a long time that obesity causes all sorts of medical complications."

Previous research

Experts from New York University warned earlier this month that age and weight are the biggest risk factors for severe coronavirus.

Researchers analysing data on Covid-19 patients that ended up in hospital or needed intensive care found that cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, in particular, were key contributors.

In a separate study, researchers at NYU Langone Health found that being obese put patients at higher risk of hospitalisation due to complications from Covid-19.

They found that this was particularly the case for patients under the age of 60.

France's top doctor has also warned that overweight people are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus – adding that the US is particularly vulnerable.

Prof Jean-François Delfraissy, who advises the nation's government on the epidemic, said he was concerned for Americans because around 42 per cent of the adult population is severely overweight.

In a radio interview, Prof Delfraissy said: "This virus is terrible. It can hit young people, in particular obese young people. Those who are overweight really need to be careful.

"That is why we're worried about our friends in America, where the problem of obesity is well-known and where they will probably have the most problems because of obesity."

Shock stats

The most recent NHS figures show that nearly 29 per cent of adults in England are obese and a further 35 per cent are overweight.

While in the US, 42.4 per cent of adults and 1.85 per cent of children are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity has previously been cited as a possible explanation for higher than average per-capita Covid-19 death rates in the US city of New Orleans and in Mexico.

It's also a known risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack and certain cancers.

Previous studies have shown overweight people to be at higher risk of needing hospital treatment for flu – a similar viral infection.

One study that looked at the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, found that obese people were twice as likely to be hospitalised compared to the rest of the population.

A more recent piece of research, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, showed that obese adults who become infected with the flu also remain contagious longer.

It puts them at higher risk of passing the virus onto others.

Scientists say they are unclear why obese people are more infectious but suggested that it could be down to the body's immune response and chronic inflammation.

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Brits will be advised to wear a mask at work, in shops or on transport with coronavirus lockdown set to last into 2021 – The Sun

THE Government is prepared to urge Brits to wear masks to avoid spreading coronavirus.

It will recommend covering the face with something as simple as a scarf when at work, in shops or on public transport.

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The Government’s top scientists met on Tuesday to decide on the face-covering move to help stop the coronavirus spread, amid fears that social distancing will roll into 2021 and chances of a vaccine within a year are slim.

Masking the mouth and nose limits asymptomatic people — who are infected but showing no symptoms — from passing on the disease by coughing or sneezing.

It comes as Britain’s top doctor tonight issued a bleak warning that the nation may have to live with tough social distancing measures for “the next calendar year”.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also stressed that the chances of a vaccine in the next year were “incredibly small”.

He said: “In the long run, the exit from this is going to be one of two things, ideally.

“A vaccine, and there are a variety of ways they can be deployed . . . or highly effective drugs so that people stop dying of this disease even if they catch it.”

But he added: “The probability of having those any time in the next calendar year are incredibly small and I think we should be realistic about that.

“We’re going to have to rely on other social measures, which of course are very socially disruptive as everyone is finding at the moment.

“But it’s going to take a long time.”

The Sun exclusively revealed earlier this week that Brits should not expect to see a return to normal life in 2020.

After weeks of debate, ministers are expected to issue the masking advice as soon as the weekend.

The new guidance will be for any face-covering to be used, even just a scarf.

It will apply to all who go into confined spaces with others where it is difficult to observe the two-metre distancing rule.


But masks will not be needed in all public places such as parks or quiet streets.

Compulsory orders to wear masks are not expected, though they may happen when the lockdown restrictions loosen.

Experts from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies met on Tuesday to consider key evidence.

They think that, while masks will not stop Brits from catching the virus, they will help prevent them from spreading it.

However it was stressed people will not be advised to wear medical-grade masks, to help the NHS.

A Whitehall source said: “No decision is going to be made which would take medical masks away from the NHS. Everybody is very clear on that.

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“If you actually have symptoms you need to isolate, full stop.

“A cloth mask is not a replacement for staying at home and nobody should think otherwise.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government is following SAGE advice, but will not be handing out free masks, as some other countries have.

He added: “We have to make sure we have supplies available for health and care staff.”

Prof Whitty also warned ministers today they face difficult “trade-offs” when they review the lockdown again by May 7, when the three-week extension ends.

He said SAGE is working on options to ease some restrictions, but they will have downsides.

None could happen until the rate of transmission ­— known as R — was below one person giving it to one other “at any point”.


Prof Whitty added: “We have to be very realistic if people are hoping it’s suddenly going to move from where we are in lockdown to where suddenly everything is gone.

“That is a wholly unrealistic expectation.

“If you release more on one area, you have to keep on board more of another area so there’s a proper trade-off.”

He added: “It does not take very long from bad numbers to really bad numbers.”

No 10 officials refer to what happens after May 7 as the “next phase”.

A “suck-it-and-see” plan is being drawn up based on scientists’ data to see what restrictions to try easing first.

One senior figure told The Sun: “We will try a bit at a time, and then pause, so we can see what effect that has on the transmission rate. Pace will be very gradual.”

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Some shops could be opened, or Brits told to go back to work if they stay a safe distance apart.

Mr Hancock also said that mass “contact tracing” — where staff identify who the carrier has been near — may be just “weeks” away.

He said it will help “control this virus with fewer of the very extraordinary social distancing measures that have been in place.”

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Brits will be forced to live with coronavirus restrictions throughout 2020 — and lockdown may get tougher in some areas – The Sun

BRITAIN will have to live with many of the coronavirus restrictions through out 2020 as ministers adopt a “suck it and see” strategy to slowly see what works.

Instead of any clean end to lockdown, senior government figures last night braced the nation to expect a very long path out of it through the summer and deep into the autumn.

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It emerged last night that Downing Street has even banned the term ‘exit’ from its own lockdown planning.

No10 officials now refer to what happens after the current three week extension that ends on May 7 as “next phase”.

A “suck it and see” plan is now being drawn up based on scientists’ data crunching to see what restrictions to try easing first.

One senior figure told The Sun: “We will try a bit at a time, and then pause, so we can see what effect that has on the transmission rate. The pace will be very gradual".

'SUCK IT AND SEE' PLAN

While a few restrictions may be eased next month, such as allowing some smaller shops to reopen, the PM’s official spokesman yesterday confirmed there will be no “wholesale” lifting of them.

There are also plans being drawn up to toughen them in areas where the virus’s spread is still alarmingly high.

One Whitehall source said yesterday there are “three different epidemics right now”, where the virus is spreading at different rates – slower in the wider community, but faster in care homes and in hospitals.

Two scenarios thought likely by insiders now are schools only returning at the earliest after the half-term break on June 1.


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The other is many people being asked to still work from home into the summer too so crowded public transport can still be avoided.

The latest government thinking comes despite the spiralling damage lockdown is doing to the economy.

After it emerged recuperating Boris Johnson himself has deep fears about ending the lockdown prematurely, the PM’s official spokesman said: “The big concern is a second peak. That is ultimately what will do most damage to health and the economy.

“If you move too quickly, the virus will start to spread exponentially again.

SECOND PEAK 'BIG CONCERN'

“Lifting social distancing measures wholesale, could lead to the virus spreading exponentially again.”

The quad of senior ministers in charge of the coronavirus fight in the PM’s absence have tasked the tasked Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to try to work out how the Covid-19 transmission rate is affected by the easing of different measures.

SAGE meets again today, chaired by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, but it is expected to be “several weeks” before enough data is gathered to provide an accurate assessment.

As well as their 9.15am meeting, the quad – Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock – also now meet at 6pm daily to discuss the exit strategy.


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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also said spectator sports events would not be allowed to reopen any time soon, with stadiums now likely to be closed until the Autumn at least.

He said: “You wouldn’t expect us to permit mass gatherings at a first stage”.

Mr Dowden dubbed easing restrictions too early as “the worst thing we could possibly do” as a second peak would send the country “right back to square one again”.

That would spark the need for “potentially even more draconian measures”, he added.

Mr Dowden went on: “We said right at the beginning of this, and the Prime Minister said, he expected the peak to last around three months.

“What’s happened is consistent with that.”

It emerged yesterday that Britain’s coronavirus strategy is now closest to France’s, which has a similar infection path.

ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN

On Sunday night, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that cafes and restaurants will remain closed for months and masks are likely to become mandatory on public transport.

While saying supermarkets can reopen next month, Mr Phillipe added: “Our life from May 11 will not be like our life before, not immediately, and probably not for a long time.

"We'll have to learn to live with the virus."

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond last night warned he expects Britain will suffer a “U shaped” Covid economic slowdown.

And he urged ministers to spell out to businesses how they may ease the lockdown to help the economy bounce back as best it can.

He told a Chatham House webinar: “I think those forecasting a V shape recovery are probably erring on the side of optimism.

“I suspect it is more likely that it will be something of a U-shape recovery.

"But there is no doubt in my mind that how steep the recovery slope is will depend on how well business to respond when the government gives the signal, and how soon the government is able to give that signal.”

Mr Hammond said it feels like the Brits have been “anesthetised to the economic consequences” of coronavirus because of the jumbo bailouts the Treasury have ordered.

But as the death toll goes down, the public will demand the government focuses on saving the economy.

 

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UK weather forecast: Brits to brace for hay fever havoc as 20C mini heatwave brings soaring pollen count to south east – The Sun

BRITS should prepare themselves for hay fever havoc as this weekend's mini heatwave brings a soaring pollen count.

Sizzling conditions of 20C will see the country basked in sunshine but the hot weather could pose problems for allergy sufferers in the south east.

Met Office 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.

However, health officials have urged Brits not to flock to parks and beaches with police fining anyone they think are purposely flouting rules.

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.”

Forecasters believe that on Sunday, the weather will be as hot as Corfu.

The current record of 19.4C for this year was set in Rhyl, North Wales, on March 24.

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.




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Brits are prouder of marmalade than the Houses of Parliament but NHS tops study of what’s best about Britain – The Sun

BRITS are prouder of marmalade than the Houses of Parliament, a study shows.

Asked what is best about Britain, 12 per cent of respondents chose the tangy orange spread.


Parliament got one per cent less — coming in joint last place out of 50 suggestions, along with the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Our politicians also lagged behind Marmite, chicken tikka masala and the Victoria sponge cake.

Taking top spot was the NHS with 71 per cent, followed by fish and chips on 58 per cent.

Next came a full English brekkie, the Queen and the countryside.

Big Ben, roast beef, tea, Sir David Attenborough and pubs completed the top ten.

Shakespeare, Only Fools and Horses, kindness, sarcasm and The Beatles were next in the survey of 2,000 adults for online polling firm Perspectus Global.

Fitnesss coach Joe Wicks, who has been streaming free PE lessons during lockdown, also sneaked in at 26th on the list.

Head of research David Arnold said: “We were delighted — but not surprised — to see the heroes of the NHS being recognised for the incredible work they do and are doing at the moment.

“It was also interesting to see how many of our favourite foods came high in the list, perhaps showing how our favourite meals are getting us through the current lockdown.”

Bristol was the most patriotic city in the UK, where 94 per cent said they were proud to be British, followed by Manchester on 93 per cent and Sheffield on 92 per cent.

Mr Arnold added:  “Overall, our poll shows as many as 87 per cent of Brits are proud to be British. This is testament to the resilience of the nation.”



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The Sun calls on Brits to support our fantastic NHS by applauding them every Thursday evening during coronavirus crisis – The Sun

THE Sun today calls on readers to show their respect and appreciation for the NHS by again applauding them — and on every Thursday of the coronavirus crisis.

We want the public to open a window or head to the garden or balcony to hail our hero medics at 8pm.

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You can even turn your house blue in support — like 200 UK landmarks including Tower Bridge, the White Cliffs of Dover and Angel of the North near Gateshead.

Millions took part in last Thursday’s first clap and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, in isolation with the illness, said: “It was incredibly moving to see the
country come together to thank our NHS heroes.

“I’m fully behind any effort to make sure they know just how much we value them.”

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, added: “I know how much last week’s extraordinary scenes meant to my colleagues.

"So I would like to thank The Sun for backing this campaign.”

The clapping was the brainchild of South London yoga teacher Annemarie Plas.

She said: “We will do this every Thursday at 8pm to keep supporting those who are under enormous stress day in, day out.”

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BGT judge Amanda Holden: 'The NHS is amazing.  It’s important  they feel our appreciation.'

Strictly star A.J. Pritchard: 'We’ll be clapping for the incredible NHS …please do get involved, too.'

Radio host Myleene Klass: 'The NHS are doing an incredible job during such a difficult time.'

Pop star Olly Murs: 'Get out on your doorstep or balcony every Thursday and clap LOUDLY!'

Britain’s Got Talent’s Amanda Holden is among stars backing the national applause.

She said: “The NHS is amazing. They are saving lives daily. It’s important they feel our appreciation regularly.”

GMB host Piers Morgan said: “Last week was one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever been involved in.

"It would be great to do it every week at the same time.”

Sarah Moppett, deputy chief nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals, said of last week: “You could hear fireworks, amazing cheers and clapping from all around.

“I can’t tell you how many responses I had from colleagues saying how fantastic it was.”



Dr Matthew Boulter, a GP in Penzance, Cornwall, said: “Many of our staff broke down and wept.

"I’m so pleased The Sun is encouraging people to make it a weekly thing. It has an enormous effect on morale.”

Craig Leathard, a nurse at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, said: “I’ve stood on ambulance bays and shed sad tears over the years, but last week was different.

"I can’t tell you how special, connected and proud it made us feel.”

Events producer Kenny Underwood — responsible for the last two Jubilee celebrations — helped with the Make It Blue idea.

Kenny, from Kent, said: “The number of people who came on board was breathtaking.

"We want to get bigger and better every week until this crisis is over.”

It comes after two NHS workers were revealed among the ­latest victims of Covid-19.

Consultant Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, refused to retire and continued to treat elderly patients.

He was the fifth frontline UK medical worker to die after catching the bug.


And 57-year-old healthcare assistant Thomas Harvey died on Sunday after he was infected at Goodmayes Hospital, East London.

Friends claim the dad of seven was not given protective equipment and was not tested despite showing symptoms.

Yesterday the Government came under fresh fire over a lack of testing for NHS staff.

Chaos continued as workers desperate to know if they had the virus were turned away from a temporary testing centre at Ikea in Wembley, North West London, for not having the proper paperwork.


MPs and experts urged Boris Johnson to launch a Dunkirk-style mobilisation of Britain’s labs, universities and pharmaceutical companies to build the tests Britain needs.

Just 2,000 frontline NHS staff have been formally swabbed for coronavirus.

Claims by the Government that a lack of essential chemicals was preventing more widespread testing were ridiculed by experts.

Meanwhile NHS data suggests that up to 1.7million Brits may have been struggling with the virus in the past fortnight.

Yesterday bankers were blasted by owners of struggling small businesses for not releasing loans to help them.


Up to one million could go under in the next month.

As complaints piled up, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “It would be completely unacceptable if banks were unfairly refusing funds.”

Prince Charles posted a video message telling of his “strange time” in self-isolation and urged the elderly and vulnerable to take care.

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GBBO-inspired Brits get busy baking during lockdown

That explains why you can’t buy flour! Brits inspired by GBBO stars Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown get busy baking during lockdown – and share snaps of their creations on social media

  • Dozens have hit the kitchen baking anything from bread to impressive cakes
  • GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown shared snaps of their bakes
  • Flour one of the basic items British shoppers struggling to find in supermarkets 
  • Several stores reduced the number of packets of flour customers allowed to buy 
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Brits in lockdown due to the coronavirus are battling cabin fever by baking up a storm in their kitchens.

Amateur bakers have joined the likes of GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown in knocking out cakes, biscuits, scones and loaves of bread – explaining why many shoppers are struggling to find flour in supermarkets.

Nadiya – who won the 2015 series of Bake Off – revealed a golden loaf studded with pumpkin and sesame seeds on Instagram.

She said: ‘We ran out of bread a week ago and so we made our own. Never have I seen them this excited about bread, something that was a “given” a few months ago has turned into a treat.


Amateur bakers have joined the likes of GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown in knocking out cakes, biscuits, scones and loaves of bread. Pictured: Nadiya’s loaf (left) and Candice’s shortbread (right)

Anna Louise Wild, from Haywards Heath, shared this Bake Off-inspired bread loaf which she baked on Sunday evening

‘I hope and pray as time goes by we can remember and when this is over we can remind ourselves of what isolation, what coronavirus taught us. Yes it’s a loaf of bread, but no it’s not a given, nothing should be.’

Candice – who won the competition four years ago – shared a stack of rustic orange chocolate shortbread made on Instagram live.

She added: ‘Same time next week and we will be doing……. SODA BREAD!!! Any questions let me know and I’ll get ingredients list up ASAP.’

Inspired amateurs across the country followed suit, sharing snaps of orange blossom ring cakes, raisin scones and jam buns.


Claire Harmer’s partner Joe looked impressed with himself as he posed with a towering carrot cake at their home in Lewes, East Sussex (left) while Instagram user Fitzy83 shared a snap of his Victoria Sponge cake which was ‘missing a few key ingredients’ (right)

Londoner Imogen Jones posed on her kitchen’s work surface with a wide smile and a freshly baked loaf cake.

She said: ‘Just me here going bananas with boredom and trying to feed Piers’ banana bread habit.’

The fun-loving baking enthusiast said she is trying to use cupboard essentials or ingredients from a corner shop to minimise interactions and support local businesses.

Londoner Imogen Jones posed on her kitchen’s work surface with a wide smile and a freshly baked loaf cake

Fay Jordan from Aboyne shared a snap of scones she and Emma Petrie (pictured) baked while in isolation

Claire Harmer’s partner looked equally as impressed with himself as he posed with a towering carrot cake at their home in Lewes, East Sussex.

She quipped: ‘Joe’s turn for a day in the kitchen! He’s made a delicious carrot cake, it’s so a scrummy and so so f****** huge!’

Savvy Katy Thompson created a bundt tin at home by teaming a sponge cake tin with a Pyrex pudding dish fitted in the middle.

The veterinary surgeon whipped up an orange blossom and cardamom spiced Moroccan cake with blossom icing.


Manchester bakery From Abbies Kitchen shared its jam buns baked during isolation (left) while Emma Paveley showed off her home-baked banana bread (right)

Yet another tasty-looking classic jam and cream Victoria Sponge cake, shared by Lee Mason

Sam Murray, who is pictured wearing his apron, showed off his chocolate marble cake in Coltishall, Norfolk.

His partner Ellen Thompson suggested baking could become his new hobby as croquet season is ‘effectively over before it began’.

The Baking Co have also suggested they could help ‘those in need of their chocolate fix’ and shared a picture of their gooey, vegan brownies.

Natalia Barralle, from Winchester, claims her house is running out of food – but she still found enough ingredients to bake these chocolate brownies


Marianne, from Bristol, shared a snap of her posing with utensils mid-baking session (left) while Instagrammer Penny Baked That looked thrilled with her fruit pie (right)

Sam Murray, who is pictured wearing his apron, showed off his chocolate marble cake in Coltishall, Norfolk

Savvy Katy Thompson created a bundt tin at home by teaming a sponge cake tin with a Pyrex pudding dish fitted in the middle


Darren doing his best Great British Bake Off oven-watching as his chocolate cake cooks (left) while Watford-based Naomi Deller’s partner got stuck into making vegan meringues (right)

Meanwhile Mary Sturges seemed disgruntled and dubbed her no-knead sourdough as ‘definitely a learning curve and not for lunch’ in Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

The baking frenzy comes after PM Boris Johnson banned ‘non-essential’ travel during a total lockdown of the UK.

Brits are only allowed to leave their properties for one form of exercise and ‘essential’ shopping trips.

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Brits could face UNLIMITED fines if they break rules to gather in groups of more than 2


BRITS could face unlimited fines if they break the new rules to gather in groups of more than two.

The Prime Minister this week announced massive restrictions on movement to battle the coronavirus crisis.

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He told the nation they could only leave their homes for four specific reasons, and they could never gather in groups larger than two.

New regulations will see police stepping in to hit them with fines for breaching them from tomorrow.

Doing so will see them slapped with fines starting at £30, with no cap on how much people could be forced to pay.

Downing Street have repeatedly warned that they could hike the fines considerably if people don't follow the rules.

Speaking yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “All non-essential shops and community centres are closed as of today, and gatherings of more than two people in public must stop.

“These measures are not advice; they are rules.

“They will be enforced, including by the police, with fines for non-compliance starting at £30 but up to unlimited fines.”

Businesses also face unlimited charges too if they continue to stay open despite being ordered to shut.

Mr Johnson's draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits' lives included:

  • Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
  • Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
  • Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals
  • Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work.



Currently magistrates can fine people up to six times their weekly income, but this could go even higher.

The unlimited fine is part of a new hardline approach from the Government, and comes after Brits flooded the nation's streets and parks despite being warned to stay home.

This morning Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said police would enforce the rules to “protect everyone”.

He said: “We have a unique opportunity to help people get through this.

“Most people are complying. A minority as ever are flouting the rules, and it's right the police try to move those people on and protect the rest of society.”

However, the Criminal Bar Association told The Sun the legal system may struggle to handle cases if too many go to the courts.

Vice chair James Mulholland QC said: “Hefty fines at the very top end of the scale send the correct strong message that public gatherings present a serious danger in these critical times for the nation.

“A balance needs to be struck between deterrence and police enforcement as the magistrates currently will not be able to deal with a tsunami of public disorder prosecutions given the emergency lockdown that has also put all courts on a lean emergency footing”

Despite the plans to issue fines, the police are expected to try and convince people to follow the rules first.

Metropolitan police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: "My view is that my officers will just carry on talking to people and advising people.
"The vast majority of people want to comply with the law, the vast majority of people want to keep their society safe."



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