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The Latest: British PM says he owes life to health staff

The Latest: British PM says he owes life to health staff

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — British PM Boris Johnson says he owes life to health staff — Some South Korean churches hold Easter services online — Australia ‘in good place’ after low number of deaths reported ——— LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he owes his life to staff at the National Health Service who treated him for COVID-19. Johnson has made his first public statement since he was moved out of intensive care at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, saying he “can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life.” The 55-year-old Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19
Coronavirus: Ambulance staff ‘feeling unprotected’

Coronavirus: Ambulance staff ‘feeling unprotected’

Health
Ambulance staff are being put at risk by a lack of protective equipment to guard them against coronavirus, according to a trade union. GMB says its members are "scared" about their own safety and their families.The union claims one in five ambulance staff in London are off sick with coronavirus-related sickness. The government says hundreds of millions of protective items have been delivered to NHS staff around the country.According to the GMB Union, 679 frontline ambulance crew in the London Ambulance Service are off sick due to Covid-19-related sickness. Among those at work, some say they feel unprotected either because of a lack of or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Paul Turner is a union representative who has...
‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

Technology
The NHS is preparing to unveil a "data platform" which tracks the movement of critical staff and materials, giving ministers the first ever comprehensive view of the entire health system, Sky News can reveal.NHS leaders believe the platform will be transformative in the fight against coronavirus, as it will allow decision-makers to see accurate information in real time and coordinate a truly national response to the pandemic. However, critics have raised concerns, largely because of the identity of the company brought in to build the system - controversial Silicon Valley giant Palantir. The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, tasks Palantir with gathering data from across the health sector into a comprehensive "data store".The data - which does not include sen...
Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

Business
British Airways is to ground flights 'like never before' and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus.In a memo to staff titled "The Survival of British Airways", boss Alex Cruz warned that job cuts could be "short term, perhaps long term".The airline industry was facing a "crisis of global proportions" that was worse than that caused by the SARS virus or 9/11. Meanwhile, Ryanair told staff they may be forced to take leave from Monday.An internal memo to Ryanair staff, seen by the BBC, said crew may be allocated to take unpaid leave due to cancelled flights and schedule changes.BA boss Mr Cruz said: "We can no longer sustain our current level of employment and jobs would be lost - perhaps for a short term, perhaps longer term...
Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Technology
Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home.It has now expanded that request to all of its almost 100,000 workers across 11 office in the US and Canada. Alphabet is the latest company to make such an announcement as US coronavirus cases have risen to almost 1,000."Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend you work from home if your role allows," Chris Rackow, Google's vice president of global security, wrote in an email to workers.Alphabet said its offices in North America will remain open...