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‘I ask you to remember Aimee and Areema. Please stay at home for them’- two nurses among 684 daily UK COVID deaths

Ruth May, Chief Nurse for England at 10 Downing Street media conference 3rd April 2020. Image: LMMNews screen grab

Chief Nurse pays tribute to two frontline nurses who died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Ruth May made an impassioned plea for the public to stay at home this weekend despite the good weather expected to sweep across the country.

Mother-of-three 39 year old Aimee O’Rourke, passed away at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, following the surfacing of symptoms two weeks ago.

Just hours later, Areema Nasreen, just 36 years of age, died shortly after midnight in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, were she had worked.

With the country nearing the end of its second week in lockdown, the UK death toll rose by nearly 700 to 3,605.

The daily deaths announced in the USA have reached 929.

The trend for fatalities in both countries is sharply upwards and there are fears that more than a thousand people a day may be dying in Britain by Easter.

Global death comparison and trend 3rd April 2020. Image: COBR.

Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth will address the nation on Sunday.

This broadcast will be only the fifth time she has done so other than at Christmas during her 68 years on the throne.

A weary-looking Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sitting in a chair in an open-necked shirt, posted a video on Twitter from Downing Street.

He said:

Although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature. So in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.

In less then a week, the streets of Britain’s cities are deserted, millions confine themselves to home living and working, and the world is a different place.

Driving through the West End of London on Friday night offered a strange vista of empty and deserted streets devoid of the usual early weekend crowds.

 

A week in pictures reveals a scope and speed of change unthinkable before the coronavirus crisis enveloped the globe.

Even the remote Falkland Islands has reported its first infection.

How an orchestra in Japan found a way to play together and record a symphony via tele-conferencing.

The teleworking members of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra appear to each other in tiny blocks on a computer screen.

They record their parts separately before technology brings them together in joyous harmony.

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