An artisan distillery that was forced to shut down in east London when the Covid emergency began is restarting its gin school masterclasses to help people “keep their spirits up” under new 10pm curfew restrictions.
Top officials in Hackney have slammed the government’s coronavirus testing system as a shambles, after hundreds of people who needed tests at the weekend were turned away from the borough’s two testing centres.
Hackney’s health chief thinks errors in the government’s online booking system for tests - which has directed one resident to Inverness - could be to blame for a decrease in coronavirus rates, rather than a real drop in numbers.
A previously fit and healthy 32-year-old woman from Hackney Downs is one of 60,000 Long Covid patients in the UK, who is still living with the debilitating effects of coronavirus, five months after she came down with the illness.
Hackney’s health chief believes a slip in social distancing may be the reason behind the borough seeing the highest rise in coronavirus cases in the whole of London – and thinks the government’s “confusing message” may be to blame.
Homerton Hospital’s cleaners, porters and security staff will be paid sick pay “from day one” and the London living wage in a £50m with facilities giant ISS - however they will still not get NHS equivalents for their wages, pensions, overtime or annual leave.
With the help of performers from shows such as War Horse and His Dark Materials, a Hackney charity has put together a guide for healthcare workers to help them cope with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods - and to improve communication with patients.
Hackney’s director of public health has ruled out a second wave, but has expressed concern that coronavirus figures continue to rise since lockdown measures eased - with new cases far outstripping all other London boroughs.
Leona Lewis sourced pictures of hospital staff from the Whittington, where she was born, and Homerton, where she grew up, for her cover version of ‘Angels’, which she has released to raise money for the NHS in its battle against coronavirus.
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