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How can Britain trust this floundering crew of fibbers to tackle coronavirus? | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

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No government could have been completely ready for the pandemic, but taking the public for fools has destroyed all trust, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee. W aves of panic radiate from the government. Each day ministers sent out to steady the ship in press conferences and broadcast studios tip it a bit closer to capsizing. Asking Michael Gove to soothe the teachers on Sunday with his, “Teachers will be safe in schools” line was about as reassuring to those he called “the blob” as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Child Catcher summoning children from their cellars. When there are differences of opinion between scientists on what counts as safe, only honesty about what is in doubt earns politica...

Coronavirus symptoms: UK adds loss of smell and taste to list - BBC News

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Image copyright Getty Images Loss of smell or taste have been added to the UK's list of coronavirus symptoms that people should look out for and self-isolate with. Until now, only a fever and cough were triggers for people to shut themselves away in self-isolation in case they had and could spread the infection. Ear, nose and throat doctors had been warning for weeks that more symptoms should be included. Scientific advisers told the government to update the advice. If you or someone you live with has any of these symptoms - a new, continuous cough, fever or loss of smell or taste (also called anosmia) - the advice is stay at home for seven days to stop the risk of giving coronavirus to othe...

Tories accused of hypocrisy over key workers with immigration bill | UK

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The shadow home secretary has accused the government of “rank hypocrisy” for closing the door to low-skilled immigration while cheering NHS workers. As home secretary Priti Patel prepares to bring the immigration bill to the House of Commons for its second reading on Monday, Nick Thomas-Symonds has written to her urging her to “think again”. “I believe the government’s plan to rush through this immigration legislation is an insult to our incredible NHS staff and care workers,” he said. “It is, frankly, rank hypocrisy from the government towards EU nationals – over 180,000 in England and Wales alone – who are currently working in our NHS and in the care sector, for ministers to stand and clap...