Princess Sofia of Sweden has swapped her tiara for scrubs by reducing her royal duties in order to volunteer as a medical assistant at a Stockholm hospital to support staff dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. According to People, the royal completed an intensive online training course and will assist with non-medical duties like shifts in the kitchen, cleaning and disinfecting.
Presenting BBC News on Monday morning, viewers noticed Victoria Derbyshire had a phone number written on her hand. Inscribed was the National Domestic Abuse hotline in the UK - an attempt by the presenter to alert anyonetrapped at home with a violent or controlling partner to the helpline for support. Sharing a picture of her hand on Instagram ahead of appearing on the news, Derbyshire wrote that there has been an 150% increase on visitors to the hotline's website and 25% increase in calls to the hotline since lockdown. The presenter was overwhelmingly praised online for the move.
While people are advised to stay in their homes as much as possible during the pandemic, this is not possible for people who are homeless forced to sleep on the streets.
To protect them from infection, the London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced over the weekend that the city had secured 300 rooms, for now, where people who are sleeping rough can stay.
Testing will be available to all essential workers – critical to keeping the country moving. Employees, if they have symptoms and/or are self-isolating, can book a test directly for themselves or members of their household
A few weeks ago, the Prime Minister ordered all pubs, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and more to close in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic (eateries can still open to serve takeaway food). With pubs given short notice to close and still in possession of lots of food that might perish, they too matters into their own hands. The Grove pub in Balham, south west London delivered their sandwiches and ice cream to London Ambulance service and NHS staff to keep morale high as they treat patients.
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