18) 06/04/20 – 26/04/20

Online 26th April

NHS confirms further 5 coronavirus-related deaths at Leicester’s hospitals


Coronavirus cases in Leicestershire rises another 28 in 24 hours





Coronavirus cases in Leicestershire hit 1,400 in latest Public Health England figures


How coronavirus lockdown is slashing Leicester council’s income by millions of pounds a month


Scientists warn health workers washing uniforms at home risk transmitting coronavirus


p. 12 NATIONAL “Insurers ‘set to pay out £1a.2bn’ – virus costs

 p. 13 WORLD “Backlash after Trump disinfectant remark” – to inject it

 p. 15 a letter by Terry Smith under “NHS has continued to look after my health”

 pages 1 and 2 “38 deaths from virus in city care homes”

The number of Leicester care home residents who have died after catching coronavirus


p. 2 “Five more Covid-19 deaths in hospitals” – up to 183

p. 4 “Firm criticises government over PPE offer failures”

 p. 5 “Meeting rooms are converted into wards” – hospital meeting- and training rooms to cope with virus

p. 15 a letter by Suresh Chauhan under “A few observations on what could be better…”

p. 20 In the House: Claudia Webbe under “When this crisis is over we must build fairer society”



Again a lot about the virus, its effects, voluntary groups/charities helping out etc., and the death of Ann Shepherd, mental health councellor, of the virus.



p. 12 NATIONAL “Lockdown could b e eased as peak ‘hit’” – Matt Hancock

p. 13 WORLD “Public remain wary as restrictions ease” – in a number of countries

 All Covid-19 again. I pick out:

p. 2 “City leads the way in recruiting patients to help find treatments”

p. 4 LRI tributes as consultant….” popular Sikh emergency medicine consultant

p. 4 Patient in 20s becomes youngest to die as death toll hits 165”S

p. 6 “Occupants of homeless hostel given help to stay safe and well” – hostel had to be closed; some hostels are unsafe in the pandemic

p. 12 NATIONAL “No a10 stands by virus test target”

 p. 13 WORLD “UN urges ‘step-up’ to battle pandemic”

p. 16 expert advice on maintaining mental health under Covid

 p. 18 “Student nurse Rebecca steps up….” working on a dedicated isolation ward at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit between studies


Again, all medical/NHS items are related to the virus, as are some on the economic or social impact.

p. 7 “MP calls for more rights for migrant NHS staff’s families” – Claudia Webbe, for families’ indefinite right to remain, scrapping of the immigrant health surcharge and full benefits for families of those who die

 p. 15 a letter by PE Ridgley under “Make your voice heard over PPE for our NHS” – i.e. sign a petition

p. 18 “Leicester’s hospitals to get gowns fashioned by experts” – family business approached hospital trusts directly, avoiding government red tape


Pages 1, 2 and 3 a video made by a doctor at the LRI, headlines “’Number of really sick patients is mind blowing’” and “There’s people coming in, all ages, very ill….”, according to that a sufficient supply of PPE at LRI, 

p. 5 “Lack of PPE has doctor buying scrubs off ebay” – lack in GP practices

 p. 12 NATIONAL: “Covid vaccine prospects ‘good’” – according to Oxford University

 p. 15 a letter by Jill Friedman under “Perhaps after all this we’ll see a fairer society”

 p. 10 “Care home billed family for taking resident to hospital” – after a fall, complaints to ombudsman about the home and Leics. County council for lack of scrutiny, mostly upheld


p. 3 “Twelve more Covid-19 patients die in hospital” – total confirmed Covid hospital deaths now 137

 p. 4 about deaths in care homes

p. 12 “Vaccine hunt gets Government boost”

 p. 13 “Africa ‘could suffer 3.3m virus deaths”

 p. 19 “Face masks for hospital donated by Chinese uni”

 p. 19 “Immune link to fatal cases in young”

p. 23 “Minorities may suffer now and long into future” – higher death rate and more economic impact

Not corona virus:

p. 16 “New X-ray equipment welcomed” – by borough council, Hinckley


Pages 1, 2 and 3 “Leading the way”, subtitled “Scientists developing ‘decoy’ jab that could blaock Covid infections” and “Hospital care strategy adopted across the UK”, the former relating to UL and Cambridge, the latter to a nursing practice called ‘Spaces’ developed at Glenfield, where one person, whether healthcare assistant, doctor or nurse, does all standard procedures, observations and assessments in one room, usually done by a number of persons, so as not to carry the virus around   

Virus death toll at city hospitals now 125

p. 15 a very long letter by Michael Tully under “Labour did much in preparing for pandemic”



p. 3 “Two more hospital deaths take city total up to 117 

p. 3 “’I’m extremely worried about my mum, about other residents, about staff without the PPE’” – about the spread of it in care homes



The virus again, mostly praise of NHS staff and a variety of fund-raising efforts plus funds raised from the publi


The main item today is the setting up of a ‘LeicestershireLive There with You’ fund to support those suffering most in the virus crisis (pages 1, 4, 5)

lots about other effects of the crisis; deaths recorded in Leicester now 109,


Again mostly Covid-19, of which I pick out:

Pages 1 & 2 “Coronavirus mortuary opened at city hospital (General)

p. 4 “Air pollution in city plummets since lockdown”

 p. 12 the PM’s praise for the NHS

 p. 21 “Study looking at impact of the virus on our daily lives” – by psychologists

 p. 21 “Private hospital gives space and kit to NHS” – space = beds, Nuffield


p. 3 “Hospital death toll up by 10 to a total of 88”

 pages 6 & 7 “Kidney patients fear for their health as treatments cut or stopped” – dialysis reduced for reasons of safety spacing and transplants suspended

 p. 15 (letters) by

Suresh Chauhan under “Governments have acted to weaken NHS

Paul Henderson under “Should we ignore the reasons medics at risk?

MS Newby and M Bradley adding to the ‘point-scoring’ debate by attacking government critics


Today again all about Covid-19. I pick out

p. 4 “Nursing students are on the fast-track for NHS frontline”

 p. 5 “Recovery can take weeks, says doc who had disease”


Today again the virus dominates the paper. Among those

 p. 3 is about maternity services during the crisis

 p. 6 “Hospitals get debt help and tripling of critical care beds”


p. 2 “Ten more patients die at city hospitals”

p. 5 “Calls to help care teams during the virus pandemic”

p. 7 “Couple creating free visors for NHS staff get 30k orders in 48 hours” – can make 50 – 60 a day

p. 15 a letter, no name, under “Please make clear the position of key workers” – shop gave priority t NHS staff only, not community care worker


The paper is again dominated by the virus and its effects and the battle against it:

Pages 1 – 9, 12, 13 (national and international) and 15 (a letter or two). Nothing worth reporting though.

 p. 18 has an Inspired to Care ad under “Join the care teams supporting vulnerable people in Leicestershire”


. 3 “Death toll in the city passes 50”

 p. 13 “China offering help in NYC virus battle” and

          “African countries facing ‘total collapse’ from Covid-19”

 p. 15 a letter by Malcolm Hunter under “Not point-scoring, but necessary criticism” – response to   David Mathers  

 p. 15 a letter by Andrew Milroy under “An omni-shambles that needs sorting quickly” – virus response