The latest Covid-19 science developments
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, scientists are rushing to carry out and publish research which will help us understand how the virus works, and how the disease it causes can be treated.
‘Irresponsible politicians have undermined trust of public in science, in experts’ – historian Yuval Noah Harari
We spoke to the historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, whose book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, spans the entirety of human history
Vacuum cleaner makers Dyson to build ventilators for the NHS
They may be better known for making vacuum cleaners, but James Dyson’s company is now being asked to make ventilators for the NHS.
Coronavirus deaths in Spain exceed China
Coronavirus has now claimed 16,000 lives across 195 countries – and the United Nations says individual countries can’t respond alone – calling for the world’s richest nations should provide $2 billion to help the world’s poorest survive.
‘It’s not a light switch that you can turn off and on and in two weeks this outbreak is going to be over’ – pathogens expert Dr Syra Madad
Joining us from New York is Special Pathogens Expert, Dr Syra Madad.
Questions remain about whether millions of Covid-19 antibody testing kits will be available soon
An announcement that the Government has ordered millions of tests to show if you’ve had coronavirus and have antibodies was challenged by the Chief Medical Officer just hours later as he warned the tests might not even work.
Boris Johnson says testing will be ‘ramped up’ – as Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have signed up to help the NHS – but the Prime Minister warned tonight the health service only had limited equipment.
France and most EU nations close borders for 30 days
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France and most European Union partners will close their borders to non-European countries for 30 days from tomorrow at noon.
First coronavirus death in Wales
The first death of a patient with Coronavirus in Wales was confirmed this afternoon.
‘Stop non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel’ – PM Johnson
Measures like this have never been seen in peacetime. Boris Johnson admitted that he is now asking, though not ordering the nation to take difficult steps to combat the virus. But he said the country has reached the critical moment when without drastic action, the number of cases would double every five days. From the…
Scotland’s National Clinical Director on ‘herd immunity’, testing and how the country is tackling coronavirus
We’re joined by Scotland’s National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch – who discusses how Scotland is tackling coronavirus, herd immunity and widespread testing.
‘Globally we have been under-investing in preparing’ – Dr Jonathan Quick on coronavirus
Dr Jonathan Quick, from the Duke Global Health institute, joins us from Washington DC.
‘We have gone from “get ready” to “take this really seriously”’ – WHO’s Dr Margaret Harris
We are joined from Geneva by Dr Margaret Harris from the World Health Organisation.
WHO declares coronavirus pandemic as UK sees biggest daily rise in cases
The coronavirus is officially a pandemic, the World Health Organisation confirmed today – although they declared it was not too late for countries to act, saying they were ringing the alarm bell “loud and clear”.
Coronavirus: on Wales’ public health frontline
The broadcaster Sky has sent home staff at its Cardiff call centre after a worker there was diagnosed with coronavirus.