The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support people who are unable to leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers will help the NHS and local services by delivering shopping and medicines to vulnerable people. Hancock also announced that an extra 35,000 staff, including final-year medical students and retired doctors and nurses, are joining the NHS to fight the virus.
UK coronavirus live: 12,000 former NHS workers to return and emergency hospital to open as death toll rises
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.
5 Recent Items: COVID-19
In This Story: Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock is a British Member of Parliament, who is serving as Health Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.