The Guardian

The Guardian 21 May 2020

Surviving coronavirus: the fight to keep Tranmere Rovers alive

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When league football was paused in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Tranmere Rovers chairman, Mark Palios, devised Project Malthus, his plan to keep the League One club alive. As he waits for fellow clubs to vote on the outcome of the season, which could mean their relegation, he explains why football needs to get serious about its messy economic situation, and why a club like Tranmere needs to look after its community during the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus has forced millions of businesses to close as officials implement shelter in place policies to help slow the spread of the disease. However, some businesses have been deemed essential and can remain open to provide crucial services to their communities. Running a business during a pandemic comes with a host of challenges, especially for the over 30 million small businesses. Watch the video to find out how small businesses at the epicenter of the outbreak are fighting to keep their doors open during the coronavirus recession.
Six weeks into Britain's Covid-19 crisis, Anywhere but Westminster asks how a city keeps going when everything has ground to a halt. The team virtually visits Plymouth, population 250,000, to see how the services that are vital to a city and its inhabitants are scrabbling to stay afloat. The fishing industry is in meltdown, temporary housing is oversubscribed and nurses facilitate goodbyes over Zoom. Most of all, people are asking: what on earth happens after this?
The coronavirus pandemic has confronted NHS workers with an extraordinary challenge. A BBC team reports from the frontline -- with medical teams fighting to save patients at Imperial College Healthcare in London.

Meanwhile there's concern about a sharp fall in the number of people attending accident and emergency departments in England.

Some health charities fear that people with serious conditions such as heart attacks or stroke are avoiding or delaying going to A&E for fear of coming into contact with coronavirus.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports - from Fergal Keane and cameraman Tony Fallshaw at Imperial College - and from Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes.
A street artist called Msale has taken it upon himself to create giant murals bringing public health messages directly to the overcrowded Mathare slum in Nairobi. With half a million people living in such 'a squeezed area'  social distancing is quite impossible to achieve, says Msale, so he is providing information for people on how to keep safe from Covid-19 in the 'simplest, clearest' way he knows

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