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    Humour: Dalek Spotted Patrolling The Streets

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Dalek has been spotted patrolling the streets of a small village and ordering "all humans to self-isolate".

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    In a video captured by amused residents, the Doctor Who villain passes through the deserted street while ordering people to comply with "the order of the Daleks".
    People across the UK have been urged by the government to stay at home and only leave the house for essential needs to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Video HERE


    Hereford FC NHS Tribute

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A wonderful tribute to the NHS embossed into the Hereford FC pitch.

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    See the clubs message from their Twitter page below;

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    Fantastic work from @benbowen1979 and @Highground1999 on the pitch to show our support for the frontline services. ❤️ #ThankYouNHS

     


    Herefordshire Council to re-open Hillside Care Centre to Support the NHS COVID-19 response

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council to re-open the Hillside Care Centre to support the NHS COVID-19 response

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    Former rehabilitation unit at Redhill will reopen and will be used to support the NHS through the coronavirus outbreak

    A former Hereford rehabilitation centre will reopen to provide additional community services for the NHS and Herefordshire Council to use as part of the COVID-19 emergency response.

    The re-opening of the Hillside Care Centre is part of a strategic plan involving the council and other Herefordshire organisations to find suitable premises across the county.  The 22 bed care unit will be made available to health and social care services with immediate effect to support during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Councillor Pauline Crockett, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Wellbeing said:

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    “It is incredibly important that during this pandemic that we do everything we can to support the health service. 

    “We are very fortunate that we are able to offer the Hillside Centre as a facility to support the NHS and social care for patients requiring ongoing healthcare. We will also continue to look at other ways in which we can support our health partners during the COVID-19 response.”

    The council will continue to explore redevelopment options for Hillside with a view to creating a high quality care facility that focuses on specialised long term care for older members of the community who are living with aged related conditions, including individuals diagnosed with dementia in the future.


    Tough New Restrictions in the UK after PM Addresses the Nation

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has used a national TV address to set out strict new measures aimed at protecting people from the coronavirus outbreak. This is his statement in full:

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    "Good evening,

    The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades - and this country is not alone.

    All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer

    And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking to fight the disease and what you can do to help. 

    And I want to begin by reminding you why the UK has been taking the approach that we have.

    Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won't be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.

    And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger. 

    To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well. 

    So it's vital to slow the spread of the disease.

    Because that is the way we reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment at any one time, so we can protect the NHS's ability to cope - and save more lives.

    And that's why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.

    And though huge numbers are complying - and I thank you all - the time has now come for us all to do more. 

    From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction - you must stay at home. 

    Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

    That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

    *  Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible

    *  One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;

    *  Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and

    *  Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

    That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

    You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.

    You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. 

    You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can. 

    If you don't follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

    To ensure compliance with the government's instruction to stay at home, we will immediately:

    *  Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship

    *  We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with

    *  And we'll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals

    Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

    No prime minister wants to enact measures like this.

    I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people's lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.

    And that's why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business.

    And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to. 

    But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost and yet it is also true that there is a clear way through. 

    Day by day we are strengthening our amazing NHS with 7,500 former clinicians now coming back to the service. 

    With the time you buy - by simply staying at home - we are increasing our stocks of equipment. 

    We are accelerating our search for treatments. We are pioneering work on a vaccine.

    'Halt the disease'

    And we are buying millions of testing kits that will enable us to turn the tide on this invisible killer. 

    I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus. Everyone from the supermarket staff to the transport workers to the carers to the nurses and doctors on the frontline.

    But in this fight, we can be in no doubt that each and every one of us is directly enlisted. Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together. 

    To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.

    And I know that as they have in the past so many times, the people of this country will rise to that challenge and we will come through it stronger than ever. 

    We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together and therefore I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

    Thank you."

     

    We have also attached the PM's full speech in a PDF format.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson Statement.pdf


    Devon Farmer Creates Huge NHS Tribute

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A farmer in Devon has created a huge a tribute to the NHS into a field in support of the healthcare workers on the frontline against COVID-19.

    Matthew Alford had the idea at the end of last week after seeing other farmers in the country showing their thanks and decided that Devon needed something to show how grateful we are.

    Matthew, from South Molton, said: "I saw a farmer that did something in the midlands and thought Devon should do their bit for what's going on and had a bit of inspiration."

    How nice is this!

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    Virtual Tours: The British Museum

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Virtual Tours: The British Museum.

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    During this time when many people are staying at home, why not check out these virtual tours. 

    We will publish a new virtual tour each day to keep you occupied while learning at the same time.

    British Museum Tour Here

    London's British Museum covers the history of cultures across the world. You can take a virtual walk through the museum at Google Arts & Culture, or take a look at this interactive timeline dating back to 2,000,000 BC, where you can select various artefacts that are housed in the museum and learn more about them through images, text and audio.

    Enjoy and share with your friends and family


    Have our 2 MP'S gone to ground

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    I contacted both Jesse Norman and Bill Wiggin regarding closing footpaths that run through farm land during this period.

    I had an acknowledgement from Wendy who I imagine is Jesse's PA 

    Since then I have heard NOTHING from either Jesse and Bill.

    Disgraceful.

    Compare and contrast now and Election time.

    Have they both gone to ground or is Jesse using this time to write another book?

    People have long memories

     


    Dyson Confirms They Will Make An Initial Order Of 10,000 Ventilators In The U.K.

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Coronavirus: James Dyson Confirms His Company Will Make An Initial Order Of 10,000 Ventilators In The U.K.

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    CoVent: Dyson's ventilator

    The race to deliver much-needed ventilators to hospitals fighting coronavirus received welcome news today from British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. A spokesman for Dyson confirmed to Forbes that an initial order of 10,000 units from the U.K. government has been placed, and work will begin immediately at the historic airforce base RAF Hullavington.

    Dyson confirmed in a letter, “Since I received a call from Boris Johnson, we have refocused resources at Dyson, and worked with TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent.”

    Dyson adds that the new device can be manufactured “quickly, efficiently and at volume.” Adding that it is designed to address the specific clinical needs of COVID-19 patients.

    “The race is now on to get it into production,”

    Well done Dyson!! #HerefordVoice #Dyson #Herefordshire

    Source: Forbes


    Free Parking for NHS and Social Care Staff

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The government to provide immediate free car parking for NHS & social care staff for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis.

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    Abuse to Staff at Home Bargains

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have received an upsetting message from Home Bargains shop worker Laura Tibbs explaining how people are abusing her and her colleagues following the implementation of social distancing procedures as outlined by the government.

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    Hi guys everyone who works in retail at this time is very glad that they can help you through this hard time especially us at home bargains but today has been the worst day i have had in the nearly 5 years i have been there which has reduced me tears and nearly made me walk out of my job. I understand all the measures being put into place in shops at the moment are frustrating... certain items limited only one member from each household allowed to enter the shops BUT please remember these are government rules which are currently being reinforced by the police who were up home bargains this morning. Today i have been called names shouted out and sworn at alot of the morning because people couldnt come in with family members. I do not have a choice to be in that building i have to come to work to make sure that we can provide you guys with everything you need in these hard times it isnt fair on me or any other staff to be verbally abused by anyone because of rules that we did not make. Please as annoying as the rules are remember that it isnt our fault because after today i dont want to go back to my job i love my job but i can not take another day like that and coming home and sobbing my heart out its just not fair. I hope you all stay safe

     Come on guys' we desperately need these key workers!

    Please be patient and say 'Thank You' to these lovely people when you are out shopping. 

    Thank you Laura and to your colleagues, as difficult as this is for you all the majority of the country are behind 100%.❤️
    #HerefordVoice #BeKind


    Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19.

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    The prime minster tweeted a video message confirming he had COVID-19, adding: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

    "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

    "Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."
    #HerefordVoice


    Rishi Sunak Announces Grant of 80% for Self-Employed

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Rishi Sunak announces that the government will pay self-employed people a grant of 80% of their average wage based upon average earnings over the past 3 years, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. This is available for the next 3 months and will be reviewed and possibly extended if required.

     

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    Prince Charles has Tested Positive for Coronavirus.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Breaking News: Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus.

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    Photo courtesy of SkyNews

    Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old royal had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease in a statement released this morning.

    The heir to the throne is said to have displayed "mild symptoms" but "otherwise remains in good health", and has been self-isolating in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall - who has tested negative for coronavirus.


    Coronavirus: Stay In!

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    UPDATE>>> Coronavirus UK

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    UPDATE>>> 14 March 2020

    Ten more people have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, with 1,140 cases now confirmed in the UK.

    It is the largest number of deaths announced on a single day since the start of the outbreak and brings the total number of fatalities to 21.

    The number of people testing positive for the infection was up by 342 from 798 at the same time on Friday.

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    Breaking News:

    There are 12 new cases of Coronavirus in the UK taking the total to merely 51 people out of a population of over 66 million, is this an overreaction?

    Okay, for those of you that maybe worried, what are the coronavirus symptoms?

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    Coronavirus is a respiratory disease which seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.

    These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. They are similar to those for much more common viruses, such as colds and flu.

    In more severe cases, coronavirus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, multiple organ failure and even death.

    Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), are more likely to become severely ill.

    The incubation period, according the the World Heath Organization (WHO) between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days. 

    What are your thoughts? Overreaction? Scaremongering? Or do you think differently? 


    Parents with 'essential jobs' can continue to send their kids to school

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Coronavirus: School closures at the end of the day (Friday) but parents with the following essential jobs can continue to send their children to school.

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    The government has released a full list of workers deemed "essential" to the COVID-19 response below:

    The list has been separated into eight categories:

    Health and social care
    Includes frontline health and social care staff - such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition, those working in supply chains, including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment, are included.

    Education and childcare
    Includes nursery, teaching staff and social workers, as the department said these workers are required to deliver their plans.

    Key public services
    Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased and journalists providing public service broadcasting are on the list.

    Local and national government
    The list "only includes administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services", including payment of benefits.

    Food and other necessary goods
    Includes those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

    Public safety and national security
    Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel are on the list, along with fire and rescue staff, as well as those responsible for border security, prison and probation staff.

    Transport
    Includes those who will keep "air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response".

    Utilities, communication and financial services
    Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running are on the list, along with those in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and working to provide essential financial services provision are also included.

    The parents of vulnerable children are the other group of people allowed to continue sending their children to school.

    The government says this group will include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans - a legal document that describes a child's special educational needs and the support they require.

    Many schools in England will shut their gates on Friday until further notice, as will nurseries, colleges and childminders.

    In Scotland and Wales, all schools will have closed by Friday, and schools in Northern Ireland are due to shut from Monday.


    All Schools in England to close on Friday

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Breaking News: The education secretary Gavin Williamson has just announced in the House of Commons that ALL schools in ENGLAND will CLOSE at the end of the day on Friday until further notice.

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    The Power Of Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Power of Social Distancing: The steps we take as individuals will limit the impact on the #NHS in the coming weeks. 

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    It may seem like you are doing nothing by staying at home 'where possible' but in fact this is the most important thing you can do to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

    If you need to work or have to leave your home for shopping etc please take sensible precautions and 'WASH YOUR HANDS REGULAR' however, If you do not need to go out, stay home folks.
    #HerefordVoice #Coronavirus


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