Category Archives: Covid-19

Minorities are being put at greater risk......

Ursla Hawthorne, co-chair of Waltham Forest Stand Up To Racism, on how the pandemic is taking a toll on ethnic minorities

We need action to stop racial scapegoating during this pandemic.

Covid-19 has brought into sharp relief all that is unjust and unequal here and in the wider world. Images of frontline workers who have died tell a story of Britain that many in power have consistently denied. The truth is that the functioning of our society is dependent on the skills, commitment and hard work of migrants.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases and risks more pandemics, experts warn......

Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases in humans in the past decade – and risks starting new pandemics as animal markets have done, experts are warning.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases, such as Covid-19, which has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Underlying health conditions don’t explain higher BAME deaths, say scientists......

Major study underlines impact of coronavirus on ethnic minority groups and deprived communities.  Click here to read more.

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Chancellor tells unions there will be no cliff-edge end to furlough......

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has held talks with nine of Britain’s union leaders to try to reassure them plans to phase out the government’s furlough scheme will be gradual and minimise the impact on unemployment.  Click here to read more.

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Hazards Campaign: We go back to work safely, or not at all......

Hazards Campaign – Going Back to work safely or not at all!
No easing of the Lockdown until seven pre-conditions are met
What we need at work to Go Back and Move Forward!

There is no conflict between economic recovery and health because a healthy economic recovery requires healthy workers and people.  The SARS-CoV-2 Virus causes the disease Covid -19.  Click here to read more.

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Eight more deaths in east London hospitals and hundreds in the community as national death toll passes Italy’s......

Eight new coronavirus deaths were recorded at Barts Health NHS Trust today, while the trust managing King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital had none.

In total, since the start of the pandemic, the two trusts covering much of east London have had 778 deaths from the virus in their hospitals.  Click here to read more.

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London produced quick PPE guidance......

Below are a new London-produced set of quick reference guides for groups of workers around PPE which we received from the LBWF.  It should be noted, for a number of these guides, the guidance comes down to ‘PPE is not generally required’.
 
Quick reference guides
 
The areas covered by the quick reference guides are: Continue reading

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There for You launches COVID-19 response fund......

New fund will help members facing particular need because of the pandemic.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Tube numbers to be ‘severely restricted’......

A severely reduced number of passengers will be allowed to use the Tube network in order to stick to strict social distancing rules, a leaked Transport for London (TfL) report has warned.

Its message is extremely stark – with social distancing it will only be able to transport tens of thousands of commuters rather than hundreds of thousands.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Sir Keir Starmer calls for ‘national consensus’ on plan......

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a “national consensus” on tackling coronavirus when the UK begins to move out of lockdown.

Ahead of talks with the PM and other opposition leaders this week, Sir Keir set out his priorities for the next phase of the response to the virus.

He is calling for more ambitious targets on testing and new safety standards in the workplace.

Boris Johnson is expected to reveal a “road map” out of lockdown on Sunday.  Click here to read more.

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