Coronavirus UK live news: government scientists expected to recommend against public wearing medical face masks

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Advice expected to recommend public choose to wear a scarf or face covering rather than medical masks

NHS staff from BAME backgrounds accounted for 63% of those who have died from the coronavirus, though they make up approximately 21% of the workforce, according to an analysis.

The analysis, published in the Health Service Journal, of 119 NHS staff by three leading clinicians confirms the disproportionately high rate of BAME individuals who have died during the pandemic.

Related: Ethnic minorities dying of Covid-19 at higher rate, analysis shows

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, joining the blog for the rest of the day.

Jenny Harries, who as deputy chief medical officer for England has been a regular participant at the government’s daily coronavirus press conferences, has revealed that she has had the virus. She disclosed that in an interview with Good Morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly. Describing her experience, Harries told the programme:

I found it a very unpleasant experience. I wasn’t well at all. I didn’t necessarily have some of the clear respiratory symptoms and I think it’s always useful as a doctor, it’s a good dose of medicine for us to experience things and to know how other people feel …

I was probably off for about 10 days. I knew I was unwell. The offness had more to do with the fact I hadn’t been eating and was generally quite frail.

Continue reading… April 23, 2020 at 03:24PM Aamna Mohdin and Andrew Sparrow

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