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Sky News 30 Mar 2020

Nurses' trade union warns that health workers' lives are being put at risk


The union that represents nurses has warned that health workers' lives are being put at risk by of a lack of protective equipment.

Sky News' Special Correspondent Alex Crawford reports.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the government is "sorry if people feel there have been failings" to provide adequate protective clothing to many health workers. Doctors' leaders have warned that medical workers' lives are being put at risk due to a lack of personal protection equipment. It comes as deaths in UK hospitals from coronavirus rose by more than 900 in the last 24 hours. Many more people are thought to be dying in care homes and in the community. Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News reports from Science Editor David Shukman, Health Correspondent Laura Foster, Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds and Political Correspondent Ben Wright.
Pakistan has more than 2,600 cases of infection and 40 deaths from the new coronavirus, with many cities under lockdown and the government urging social distancing.
But healthcare workers are calling on the government to do more to help them fight the virus.
They say they have not been provided with enough protective equipment in already overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and their lives are being placed at risk.

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.
Aid workers say close to two million displaced people in camps in northeast Nigeria are at risk of contracting the new coronavirus infection.
They have all been made homeless by 10 years of war with Boko Haram.
Charity organisations say poor nutrition, lack of proper sanitation and overcrowding are common problems in the camps.
Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja.
As health workers around the world put their lives on the line to save others in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, many have died and thousands of them have tested positive.
A global shortage of protective equipment has added to the huge toll on their physical and mental wellbeing.
Al Jazeera's Sara Khairat reports.

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