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Lord Hall: People have turned to BBC ‘in their droves’ during pandemic

Lord Hall: People have turned to BBC ‘in their droves’ during pandemic

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device People have "turned to the BBC in their droves" in recent weeks, according to the BBC's director general. Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, Tony Hall said 94% of the UK accessed the BBC for "information, entertainment or education" during the pandemic.He said he "took his hat off" to staff who had created "excellent" content, even though 92% of the workforce were now working from home. The BBC could lose £125m in revenue because of coronavirus, he added.Lord Hall also said he recognised the need for a "big debate" about the future of the BBC and the way it is funded.The director general, who is set to leave his role in the summer, said younger audiences had been coming back to the BBC during the lo
At least seven survivors after plane carrying 98 people crashes in Pakistan

At least seven survivors after plane carrying 98 people crashes in Pakistan

World
At least seven people have survived after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi with 98 people on board.Flight PK 8303 went down in a residential area of the city on Friday as the Airbus A320 plane, carrying 91 passengers and seven crew, was approaching Jinnah International Airport. The airline said the pilot had reported technical issues and witnesses said the aircraft, flying from Lahore, attempted to land two or three times before hitting a mobile tower and crashing into houses in the Model Colony area, a few miles away from the airport. ...
One in 400 people in England has coronavirus, tests suggest

One in 400 people in England has coronavirus, tests suggest

Health
One in 400 people in England is infected with coronavirus, a survey of 11,000 people in households suggests.They were asked to carry out swab tests over the two weeks up to 10 May.This indicates about 148,000 people in England could be currently infected - 0.27% of the population.And this could help ministers calculate the reproduction (R) number, or transmission rate, of the virus and whether tracking the contacts of infected people is feasible.The study is set to expand over time to test 25,000 people in private households across all four UK nations. Who is being tested in the UK? What is the UK's test, track and trace strategy? The 5,000 households tested in this survey did not include hospital patients or people living in care homes, where rates of C...
Coronavirus: Cover faces in some public areas, people in England told

Coronavirus: Cover faces in some public areas, people in England told

Health
People in England should now aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops, the UK government has said. A document outlining new coronavirus lockdown rules suggests face coverings for enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible.That advice had already been recommended by the governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland.People are also allowed to meet one person from another household outside.It came after Boris Johnson announced on Sunday a "conditional plan" to begin lifting England's coronavirus lockdown. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own powers over the lockdown and have not lifted measures to the same extent.The PM led the government's daily Downing Street briefing after appearing before MPs in t...
U.N. chief says people with disabilities should be included in COVID-19 plans

U.N. chief says people with disabilities should be included in COVID-19 plans

World
May 6 (UPI) -- People with disabilities are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, U.N. Director General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, stating the inequalities they already experience are being further exacerbated by COVID-19. Roughly 1 billion people worldwide live with disabilities and are already suffering from hindered access to education, healthcare and income opportunities as well as are at heightened risk of violence, neglect and abuse, he said, unveiling a new report recommending an integrated approach aimed at ensuring people with disabilities are not forgotten amid governments' COVID-19 response and recovery plans. "We must guarantee the equal rights of people with disabilities to access healthcare and lifesaving procedures during the pandemic," he said in a vide...