The impact of coronavirus on Homerton Hospital on staff has been like “having a major incident every day for the last two weeks” and presents a “high stress situation day-in day-out” for its frontline staff.
The heartbroken son of the NHS nurse who died in self-isolation after catching coronavirus from one of his patients has asked why his dad was never tested for the disease or given hospital treatment while he was alive - despite his family contacting the NHS for help five times when he couldn’t breathe.
Families across Hackney will be joining in a second Clap for Our Carers at 8pm tonight, as frontline staff at Homerton Hospital have thanked the community for the “wonderful support” people have already shown.
Shomrim volunteers have been driving around blasting out loudspeaker messages warning people to stay indoors after “hundreds” of people in Stamford Hill’s Orthodox Charedi Jewish community have been infected with coronavirus and five have died, including a leading rabbi.
In a U-turn Hackney Council decided to scrap its £80m plan to build offices for 2,500 staff on land behind the town hall. Instead it was going ahead with a much smaller £31m development to house just 600 staff.
Hackney Council will be opening Clissold Park 45 minutes earlier tomorrow to allow people to keep a safer distance after reports that “dangerous overcrowding” has led turned it into a “virus farm” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Charities and human rights experts have warned that emergency legislation to tackle the coronavirus pandemic could put disabled and older people at risk – but MP Meg Hillier believes the move is necessary to deal with “what’s going to hit” the NHS and council services in the days ahead.
The Arcola Theatre has praised the government’s initiative to provide grants of £25,000 for small arts venues to help see them through the coronavirus economic crisis - but has warned that more help will be needed to avoid total collapse of the industry.