Matt Hancock calls for 250,000 volunteers to help NHS during Covid-19 pandemic

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.
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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.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Boris Johnson refuses to rule out lockdown until summer as new variant spreads ‘very fast indeed’
  • US top doctor Anthony Fauci ‘honoured’ to announce US remaining WHO member after Biden order
  • BREAKING: COVID-19: Glastonbury music festival cancelled again
  • Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Will Fight Covid By Remaining In WHO | NBC News NOW
  • U.S. to join COVAX and remain in WHO, Fauci says
  • In This Story: Matt Hancock

    Matt Hancock is a British Member of Parliament, who is serving as Health Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    3 Recent Items: Matt Hancock

  • Matt Hancock to self-isolate after receiving alert via NHS Covid-19 app
  • BREAKING: Health Secretary self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by coronavirus app
  • Matt Hancock self-isolating after Covid-19 app alert
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