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New abortion laws come into force in NI

Prior to that vote, abortion was only allowed in very limited circumstances. It fell to the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to come up with a framework to oversee the provision for abortion services. Last week, the regulations were made public for the first time and set out when and where abortions could take place, as well as who could carry them out. Terminations will be legal up to 12 weeks without conditions. Plenty of questions remain In order for an abortion to take place, one medical professional will be required…

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Johnson hails return of 20,000 former NHS staff

And last week an organ transplant consultant died after testing positive for the virus. Prof Andrew Goddard, the head of the Royal College of Physicians, said “about one in four” of its workforce was currently off work, either with symptoms or isolating because family members have symptoms. “I’ve got lots of colleagues sitting at home with family members. They themselves don’t have symptoms and are chomping at the bit to try and get back to work,” he said, adding that widespread testing would mean staff who are well can return…

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Number of UK coronavirus deaths rises above 1,000

In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, health workers are already being tested. How fast is the coronavirus growing in the UK? How to understand the number of coronavirus deaths UK tourists in India complain of being ‘abandoned’ The jump in deaths is the biggest day-on-day increase the UK since the outbreak began. The number of deaths is 34% higher than Friday’s figure. The new figures include a further 246 people in England, with patients aged between 33 and 100 years old. All of them had underlying health conditions except 13…

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Flood-hit families struggle with virus lockdown

What’s it like dealing with floods then coronavirus? Lauren Forward’s business, Little Friends Playgroup, in Taff’s Well, was submerged by the floodwaters in February. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Caroline Jones showed First Minister Mark Drakeford around her flood-damaged home – now she misses her neighbours Caroline Jones, 56, is in rented accommodation in Cardiff after escaping when water poured into her Nantgarw home, in Rhondda Cynon Taff. “It’s quite hard to be in a house with just a TV. It’s quite depressing. I want to be in my…

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UK government unveils aid for self-employed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChancellor Rishi Sunak announced the grant Self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced. The money – up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest. Rishi Sunak told the self-employed: “You have not been forgotten.” Wage subsidies of 80%…

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Coronavirus ‘symptoms’ at three detention centres

Detainees told the BBC they have been sent a note informing them that emergency measures would be introduced requiring them to remain in their rooms with controlled access to showers and fresh air. In normal circumstances, most detainees in IRCs are released back into the community after they are found to have a right to remain in the UK or while they are awaiting the outcome of their case. Detainees and charities say three of the UK’s seven immigration removal centres currently have people quarantined with symptoms of coronavirus. Five…

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Construction firms divided as shutdown calls grow

Taylor Wimpey, which builds over 10,000 homes a year, said this week that it was closing all of its sites “because we believe it is the right thing to do”. Barratt, meanwhile, said it would close 400 sites and offices to prioritise “the health and safety of customers and employees”. Persimmon said it would stop all but essential work, while the majority of HS2 sites had “paused or are pausing construction works,” a spokesperson for the project said. But Cairn Construction, which built 2,200 homes last year, was among those…

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Coronavirus: 70,000 people told ‘stay indoors’

“They will get a letter from their GP or consultant asking them to take the most drastic action of all. “For 12 to 16 weeks, not leaving their homes at all so they have the maximum shielding from the virus.” Coronavirus in Wales: Live updates on the outbreak Coronavirus: Advice for people with health conditions PM in Mother’s Day warning as virus ‘accelerates’ The first minister said “we are still at the start of the curve” and the pace of the disease will continue to quicken. It is therefore important…

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It was a fantastic gift we were given

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVinnie Jones said the “fantastic gift” of a new heart gave his late wife Tanya an extra 32 years of life Ex-footballer Vinnie Jones, whose wife received a life-saving heart transplant, has welcomed a change in organ donation law. Tanya Jones, who died last year, had a heart transplant three decades earlier and the sportsman turned actor has told BBC Inside Out it changed their lives. After her heart collapsed while giving birth, Tanya received a donation, believed to be from a…

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Runners going solo after coronavirus postponements

Its organisers have launched the Local Landmarks Challenge, where people can take on the run remotely in their area, record themselves using a running app, then submit it to get a participation medal. Image copyright Philip Bruland Image caption Sahar Shah ran the Bath Half Marathon distance around Leamington Spa While Bath Half Marathon went ahead on 15 March, many people who had signed up chose to do the run away from the main event because of concerns about the virus. Among them was Sahar Shah, a Warwick University PhD…

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Man proposes in Iceland after holiday cancelled

The couple, both 58, was on their way to dinner when he nipped into Iceland under the pretence of picking something up. “I was actually looking for an empty aisle,” he said. As he dropped on one knee, his partner “looked embarrassed at first,” but quickly said “yes” and he “popped the ring on her finger,” he said. EASY STEPS: How to keep safe A SIMPLE GUIDE: What are the symptoms? GETTING READY: How prepared is the UK? PUBLIC TRANSPORT: What’s the risk? Related Topics Tonbridge Coronavirus pandemic Iceland Read…

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Rotas ‘changed’ after women’s Salmond complaints

Mr Salmond was cleared of a further charge of sexual assault against a 10th woman after it was dropped by the Crown when the prosecution case ended on Monday afternoon. The defence will begin to set out its case on Tuesday, with Mr Salmond expected to give evidence. Listen to the Alex Salmond trial podcast Follow @bbcphilipsim for live updates from the trial Earlier on Monday, Mr Birt told the High Court in Edinburgh that “we changed the rota” in about April 2014 in an attempt to ensure that no…

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Patrols aim to tackle heritage crime in Wales

Incidents include the daubing of a Neolithic burial chamber with animal blood and bluestone fragments from rocks linking Pembrokeshire with Stonehenge being sold online. A heritage watch scheme was launched by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park two years ago. Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Dyfed-Powys Police have also joined the scheme, establishing a team of 10 officers trained in dealing with reports of crimes at monuments. ‘These monuments cannot be replaced’ Related Topics Archaeology Listed buildings Llandrindod Wells Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51872715

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Coronavirus: What happened this week

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Catalan police officers stand guard outside Igualada, which is in lockdown Elsewhere across the continent, normal life for millions was put on hold as schools and universities closed in Austria, Portugal, France, Denmark and Norway. Gyms, restaurants, nightclubs, libraries and museums also shut in some countries. Spain became Europe’s worst-affected country after Italy, following a steep increase in deaths. It declared a state of emergency and placed four towns in Catalonia in lockdown. Even the Real Madrid football team were quarantined. Image copyright Getty…

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