Government and advisers clash over lockdown easing
Britain is at ‘a very dangerous moment’ according to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van Tam who today said the easing of the lockdown must go ‘painstakingly’ slowly.
Sweeping cuts possible as local councils struggle under coronavirus cost
Councils in England are in danger of being forced to make sweeping cuts if they don’t get more cash, according to the Local Government Association.
What is street harassment and why is it still happening in lockdown?
The UK has been in lockdown for over two months, but social distancing measures haven’t stopped street harassment.
Birds of prey become victims of crime
Birds of prey, like the hen harrier, are increasingly the victims of crime – shot and poisoned in some cases to the brink of extinction.
BAME people more likely to be fined under virus laws, says Liberty
The issue of police stopping and searching people during the lockdown has raised concerns. The civil rights group Liberty says people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are 54 per cent more likely to be fined under coronavirus laws. And, in London, there’s been a spike in Stop and Searches in the first month of…
‘40,000 excess deaths could have been avoided if government had acted responsibly’ – Prof Sir David King
We speak to Sir David King – a former government Chief Scientific Adviser.
Leading scientists fear easing lockdown too soon could lead to second wave of infections
With England still seeing thousands of Covid infections a day, leading scientists are concerned that relaxing the lockdown rules too soon is risky – and may lead to a second wave of infections.
Lockdown to be eased in Wales from Monday
More than nine weeks later, plans for easing the restrictions have been announced and they vary across the nations.
UK applauds key workers in final Clap for Carers
Tonight marks the final clap for carers – the community moment thanking key workers started ten weeks ago, and now with lockdown rules easing, it’s coming to an end.
Calls for key workers to be paid ‘real living wage’
For many in the care sector, minimum wage jobs make life a struggle, pandemic or not.
‘The rules have to be the same for everybody and if there is a breach of trust it will collapse and will not work’ – Prof Peter Piot
I have been speaking to Professor Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Cummings ‘unquestionably broke the law’ says shadow attorney general
Joining me now from north London is shadow attorney general, Lord Charlie Falconer
No further police action over Dominic Cummings’ drive to Barnard Castle during lockdown
So how is the news that there is to be no further action against Mr Cummings going down in Barnard Castle, the town he said he drove to merely to test his eyesight?
‘A very small percentage of the country have been exposed to this virus so far and the outbreak has a long way to go if it’s not contained quickly’- Prof Devi Sridhar
Earlier I spoke to Professor of Global Public Health, Devi Sridhar.
PM: Groups of six can meet outdoors in England from 1 June
Millions of families and friends kept apart by the lockdown will be able to meet again from Monday.