British minister: Children are dying of the new disease under the coronaepidemi

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Dr. James Gill, an honorary clinical lecturer at Warwick Medical School, said while the reports were concerning, there was still no solid evidence that the rare syndrome was caused by COVID-19.

"Urgent action is needed to get a grip of this problem".

Testing: The daily testing capacity is now at 73,000, the health secretary said.

A hospital worker cleans an ambulance outside St Thomas' hospital in London, England, on April 1, 2020.

Parents should be vigilant, warned British interior minister Victoria Atkins.

He said: 'Matt Hancock delivered a further kick in the teeth to many grieving families of NHS and social care staff who have sadly died in the line of duty. We're not 100% sure, because some of the people who got it hadn't tested positive, so we're doing a lot of research now, but it is something that we're anxious about.

Intisar Chowdhury, the 18-year-old son of Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, a consultant urologist at Homerton hospital in east London who died after contracting Covid-19, also criticised the government's response to the coronavirus crisis. "Some test positive, some don't, but the management is the same". "That's why we will be joining this nationwide moment to remember those we have lost, and honouring all that they did for us", she said.

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Two other coronaviruses - Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) - have killed more than 1,500 people between them since 2002. They are at the absolute frontline in fighting this pandemic.

Third, frontline care workers are still reporting serious and unacceptable difficulties in obtaining enough of the right type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Prof Whitty added: "This is a very rare situation but I think it is entirely plausible that this is caused by this virus, at least in some cases". If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism. "So can you please do that for me at the press conference today - make the public apology?" The government is next due to review social-distancing measures on May 7.

He said that bereaved family members will receive a 60,000 pounds lump sum, worth roughly twice the average pensionable pay for the NHS staff, with the cost met by the government. Care providers must be compensated for all the additional costs caused by Covid-19 and if necessary, the Government should consider giving this funding directly to care providers, as has been the case in countries like Ireland. For too long social care has lacked the priority, focus and attention of the NHS, and care workers have been undervalued and underpaid.

Earlier this month, parents were urged to take their children to a doctor if they appear ill after a leading paediatrician said fewer children were being brought to the emergency department over fears they could contract COVID-19.

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