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The number of positive cases of coronavirus in the UK now totals 3,269, with 144 people passing away. The rise comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is ‘absolutely confident’ that the UK can ‘turn the tide’ of the coronavirus outbreak in 12 weeks time. But, are his predictions realistic? We hear from Dr Sara. Plus, with news that doctors are to begin giving critically ill COVID-19 patients a new treatment as soon as Monday – we’re joined by lead Professor, Tom Wilkinson.
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In This Story: Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019.
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In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.
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In This Story: Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby is an English television presenter, model, and author. She is currently the co-presenter of This Morning (2009–present) and Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2018–present) alongside Phillip Schofield.
From 2008 to 2020, Willoughby was a team captain on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice alongside Fearne Cotton. From 2012 to 2015, she presented the revived television series Surprise Surprise, replacing original presenter Cilla Black. Other TV work includes BBC’s The Voice UK (2012–2013), Play to the Whistle (2015–2017) and The Xtra Factor (2008–2009).
In November 2018, Willoughby co-presented the eighteenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly.
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In This Story: ITV
ITV (LSE: ITV) is a broadcasting company which was formed from a merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications in 2004. It holds Channel 3 broadcasting licences in England, Wales, Southern Scotland and the Isle of Man.
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In This Story: Phillip Schofield
Phillip Schofield is an English television presenter who works for ITV. He is the co-presenter of This Morning (2002–present) and Dancing on Ice (2006–2014, 2018–present) alongside Holly Willoughby.
His other work for ITV includes All Star Mr & Mrs (2008–2016), The Cube (2009–2015, 2020–present), and 5 Gold Rings (2017–present).
Schofield gained national attention working for the BBC, first as a continuity presenter for Children’s BBC on weekdays from 1985 to 1987, then as a presenter on the children’s Saturday morning magazine show Going Live! between September 1987 and April 1993.