Shameless thief is jailed after stealing from nurse's car

Shameless thief is jailed after stealing laptop and bank cards from nurse’s car while she was visiting patients during coronavirus crisis

  • Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS vehicle in Bilborough, Nottingham 
  • Purchased items across the city after he stole the worker’s bank cards 
  • Pleaded guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud after he was caught
  • He was jailed for 16 weeks appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court  

A lowlife thief has been jailed after he stole a laptop and bank cards from a district nurse’s car while she visited patients during the coronavirus crisis.

Shameless Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS worker’s vehicle while she was on her rounds in Bilborough, Nottingham, amid the coronavirus outbreak last Tuesday.

After pocketing a bag containing her laptop and bank cards the callous crook went on to use her bank cards to purchase items from shops across the city.

Gareth Gilson (pictured) has been jailed for 16 weeks after snatching bank cards and a laptop from the NHS worker 

Gilson, of Nottingham, went on to plead guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud by false representation after being arrested by police. On Friday, he was caged for 16 weeks at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Inspector Gordon Fenwick, of Nottinghamshire Police, said after the case: ‘We are living in an unprecedented time and NHS staff are providing vital services for the people in city and county.

‘To think that someone would steal from someone who is putting themselves at risk every day in order to protect our residents is sickening.

‘Our officers acted quickly to make an arrest as part of this investigation and I am pleased with a swift result.’ 

The UK has declared 439 more deaths caused by the coronavirus today, taking its total to 5,373. 

England accounted for 403 of the fatalities while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland declared 36 more deaths between them over the past day.

The statistics are a ray of hope as the daily death count has fallen for the second day in a row and was today the lowest it has been since March 31, when it was 381.

Today’s number is a 30 per cent drop from the 621 fatalities recorded yesterday, and a 39 per cent fall from Saturday, which was the worst day so far with 708.

 

 

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Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario’

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the coronavirus pandemic is a “nightmare scenario” but said with a strong national response the US can keep the deaths under the massive numbers cited by the White House task force.

President Trump and health experts warned last week that the death toll could hit between 100,000 to 240,000 people while predicting a “rough two weeks” ahead.

“Well, if we do the social distancing properly, we should be able to get out of this with the death number well short of that,” Gates said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“This is a nightmare scenario because human-to-human transmittal respiratory viruses can grow exponentially,” he said. “And you know, if we had kept on going to work, traveling like we were, you know, that curve would never bend until you had the majority of the people infected and then a massive number seeking hospital care and lots of lots of deaths.”

The billionaire philanthropist urged the Trump administration to implement a national plan for imposing stay-at-home restrictions instead of leaving it up to the nation’s governors, to avoid a piecemeal approach.

“Well, when you have finite resources you need to allocate them to where there’s the most need,” Gates said.

“Certainly, because people move around the country, we have to have the shutdown or else you’ll have exponential growth. It will spread back into other parts of the country.”

As of Monday, the US had 337,971 coronavirus cases.

The death toll neared 10,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Trump: Coronavirus-stricken cruise ships docked in Florida for ‘humanitarian reasons’

President Trump on Monday said two cruise ships with outbreaks of coronavirus aboard were allowed to dock in Florida for “humanitarian reasons” after failing to find safe harbor in other countries.

“For humanitarian reasons, the passengers from the two CoronaVirus stricken cruise ships have been given medical treatment and, when appropriate, allowed to disembark, under strict supervision,” the president wrote in a Tweet. “Very carefully done. People we’re [sic] dying & no other countries would allow them to dock!”

The Coral Princess, with two fatalities and several passengers infected with coronavirus, docked Saturday in Miami. The ship spent two weeks searching for a place to dock after it embarked on a South American cruise.

The cruise was expected to end March 19 in Buenos Aires, but the ship had trouble allowing passengers to disembark because of port closures and the number of airline flights canceled.

Two other ships, the Zandaam and Rotterdam, docked in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and unloaded their passengers.

Fourteen critically ill people were taken to hospitals.

The remaining passengers were allowed to board flights.

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First official NHS guidelines on coronavirus and asthma released – The Sun

ASTHMA sufferers are thought to be at greater risk of being more severely affected by coronavirus.

And in a bid to help those with the respiratory condition, the NHS has now released its first official guidelines on what asthmatics should be doing during the pandemic.

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It comes after The World Health Organization (WHO) also listed asthma, along with diabetes and heart disease, as a condition that makes someone “more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”

In particular, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the body who set NHS guidelines, urge asthmatics to continue to take their treatment as prescribed.

Sufferers should be taking their preventer inhaler every day as prescribed, and keeping their reliever inhaler with them all the time so they can use it if their symptoms get worse.

NICE also say those with asthma should regularly clean equipment such as face masks and mouth pieces, and that they should not share their inhalers and devices with anyone else.

The guidelines state asthmatics should only attend essential appointments alone, if possible, to minimise the risk of infection.

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Asthma UK are emphasising to sufferers that the condition doesn’t make you more likely to get coronavirus, but unfortunately if people with long-term lung conditions like asthma get coronavirus, it can be more severe.

Jessica Kirby, Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK, said"People with lung conditions are more likely to experience complications and need hospital treatment.

"Any respiratory infection can cause problems for people with asthma, and so far, evidence shows that coronavirus is no different."

Asthma UK have told those with the condition that amid the coronavirus they should:

  • Avoid unnecessary interactions with other people including, shaking hands with people or hugging them, and unnecessary travel, especially on public transport
  • Where possible, work from home
  • Self-isolation is not needed, but keep contact with others to a minimum

The NHS says you need to self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who does or are in the "high risk" category.

The Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK added: "The best thing you can do to reduce the risk of an asthma attack being triggered by a virus is to ensure your asthma is as well managed as possible.

"This means taking your preventer inhaler every day as prescribed, and keeping your reliever inhaler with you all the time so you can use it if your symptoms get worse.

"If your asthma symptoms get worse, and you haven’t travelled to an at-risk area or been in contact with someone who has, make an appointment to see your GP as soon as you can. If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service."

Ms Kirby also said anyone having an asthma attack should follow the steps on their asthma action plan and call 999 for an ambulance if needed.

She added: "The best thing people with asthma can do to cut the risk of getting coronavirus is to follow the NHS guidance, which is regularly updated."

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As there has been no proven scientific link between asthma and coronavirus, these measures have been put in place to keep people with asthma safe and prevent the likelihood of contracting the disease.

The best thing to do for those with asthma is to keep your pump close by, avoid unnecessary human contact and to start a peak flow diary.

Also if you smoke, now will be a good time to quit as smoking will increase your risk from Covid-19.

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Orphan giraffe gets its own safari travelling across Kenya to new home

The height of comfort! Orphan giraffe goes on its own safari on the back of a truck as it’s transported 165 miles across Kenya to a new home

  • Kiko the giraffe was driven from his Nairobi home to Sirikoi where he will one day be released back in the wild 
  • He travelled in a make-shift spacious box which was loaded on top of a truck and complete with foliage
  • Photos show Kiko settling in to his new home and making friends with eight-year-old female giraffe Nditu

This is the moment an orphan giraffe begins a 167 mile journey across Kenya to his new home – with the best view along the way.  

Kiko the giraffe was loaded into a specially built, spacious box on top of a truck, allowing his head to peak through above the space. 

He had best seat in house as he was driven from his Nairobi nursery to Sirikoi in North Kenya, part of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.   

Kiko begins his road journey as he is driven from Nairobi Nursery to a new home in North Kenya 

The orphan giraffe had been at the nursery since 2015 but had outgrown it. Above, he is loaded into the transporter

Kiko keeps a watchful eye on the road as he makes the 167 mile journeyto his new home

The giraffe was given the best seat in the house as he travelled across the country

Kiko arrived at the nursery in 2015 just days after losing his mother and was brought up among the orphan herd.

But his particular subspecies – reticulated giraffe – do not live in Nairobi National Park.

Staff from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust sought to find this him a new home where he could eventually live among his wild kin.

Angela Sheldrick, CEO, said: ‘As time marched on and Kiko continued to blossom upwards, it was clear he was outgrowing nursery life and we began plans for Kiko’s translocation.’ 

Pictures show staff helping Kiko exit the truck and step into his new surroundings for the first time.

Kiko can also be seen cosying up with new friend, Nditu, an eight-year-old female who is also a hand-raised orphan.

Sheldrick added:  ‘It is so heart-warming to see how quickly their bond is forming, even in just the few days that Kiko has been at Sirikoi.

‘He is finally hanging out with his own kind and appears to be loving every minute of it.

‘It will be some time before he is ready to lead a fully wild life but, in the coming years, it is our hope that Kiko and Nditu will choose to join the ranks of large numbers of reticulated giraffes that live here.

‘In the meantime, he will be enjoying life in his beautiful new home.’

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world, caring for younger orphaned wild animals including elephants at their Nursery in Nairobi National Park.

Kiko prepares to leave the transporter and start life at his new home in Sirikoi, from where he will one day return to the wild

Kiki and his new friend Nditu explore their surroundings with one of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust keepers

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is on call every day of the year to ensure it is ready at any time to rescue orphaned animals 

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Could turmeric be the key to you and your dog staying active?

‘We both now enjoy our walks more than ever’: Could turmeric be the key to you and your dog staying active?

Now more than ever, the simple pleasure of canine companionship and a daily walk with your dog has been brought into focus. To make the most of that all-important exercise, it’s essential that adults and dogs alike are able to walk in comfort.

The benefits of turmeric for us are well known, but they also apply to our much-loved canine friends.

Taking turmeric may help both dogs and dog-owners to continue to enjoy their daily walk and exercise in the fresh air; a simple pleasure we all now appreciate more than ever.

Now more than ever, the simple pleasure of canine companionship and a daily walk with your dog has been brought into focus

FutureYou Cambridge, consistently receives high praise for the effectiveness of their Turmeric+ supplement. But it was their customers who convinced them to develop a turmeric formulation specifically for man’s best friend.

‘Many customers were telling us they were giving Turmeric+ to their pets after having a positive experience themselves. Most of them were sharing it with their dogs,’ says Adam Cleevely, FutureYou Cambridge’s CEO.

In response to their feedback, Curcupet-K9 was born. This highly absorbable turmeric formulation for dogs contains Curcuma Phospholipid Complex, a patented combination of curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – and soy lecithin, a fat from soya beans. It’s the same formulation as Turmeric+, which is 30x more absorbable than standard turmeric.

Curcupet-K9 is an absorbable turmeric formulation for dogs containing Curcuma Phospholipid Complex, a patented combination of curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric

It seems that many dog owners are benefiting from more than just companionship, as Diane Poole from North Yorkshire explains:

‘I began to take Turmeric+ as I witnessed how much it helped my thirteen- year-old Golden Retriever, Pippa.

Diane Poole started to give her thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever, Pippa, turmeric after experiencing significant benefits when taking it herself

Pippa is now able to to enjoy her daily walks with Diane more than ever 

‘When I was out with my niece, a couple asked me how old my puppy was. That made me smile. I now recommend Curcupet-K9 to all my dog-walking friends.

‘I suffer from issues with my lower back, I was so impressed with the canine turmeric I decided to take the human form – Turmeric+.

Diane says taking Turmeric has helped her with her back problems, as well as helping Pippa 

‘Pippa did me a great favour, we both now enjoy our walks more than ever. I also like to sew and I’m able to get out of my chair more easily when I’ve been sitting for a long time.’

Margaret Gunstone, who lives in Cardiff found the ‘little tablet’ really made a difference;

‘My twelve-year-old Cairn Terrier, Toby, was struggling to walk normally and he didn’t find it easy to get out of bed. This meant that I didn’t like to take him out so much, as I didn’t feel he was up to it.

Twelve-year-old Cairn Terrier, Toby is now bouncing around again after a couple of months of being given Curcupet-K9

‘I’ve been giving him Curcupet-K9, daily, for a couple of months and he now bounces around playing with his two year old sister again.

‘My own sister couldn’t believe how different he was. She has a little chihuahua who kept jumping on him – Toby didn’t mind at all which wouldn’t have happened before, when he was out of sorts.

‘I believe this little tablet has really made a difference. In fact, because I’m not as mobile as I used to be, I’m going to try the Turmeric+ and see how I get on.’

Ros Davies, from Devon, has been giving Curcupet-K9 to her twelve-year-old Bedlington Terrier, named Dexter, for a couple of months.

‘I’ve got more than one dog but Dexter, a Bedlington, had developed stiffness in his hip when quite young – only six or seven. He’d been on various forms of medication for many years which caused quite a lot of stomach problems.

‘We struggled for a long time to find anything that didn’t upset his digestive system.

‘Having found one solution, it then became unobtainable and I was not prepared to put him through more discomfort.

As a Bedlington (stock image used) is a rather rare sight, Ros says that he always attracts lots of attention on his walks 

‘At the same time, I noticed an advertisement for the Curcupet-K9 supplement and decided to give it a go.

‘He’s now much more interested in his walks, which is great for me too – and his appetite has returned.

‘Dexter draws a lot of attention when we are out walking as Bedlingtons are quite rare. In just five weeks people are saying they can’t believe he is twelve.

FutureYou Cambridge’s Curcupet-K9 is the same formula as their hugely popular Turmeric+ for humans, and both are 30x more absorbable than standard turmeric

‘I’m really happy for him. At his age I’m aware that he has limited time available, but he’s now getting so much pleasure out of life.

‘When you give a supplement to your dog, you can tell if it’s working based on their behaviour’ adds Cleevely. We’re absolutely thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from customers.’

Remember not all turmeric supplements are equal. Popular supplements may include high levels of curcumin, but while claims of high curcumin levels might catch consumers’ attention they should also look carefully at ease of absorption (‘bioavailability’) and whether they are developed by a trusted source.

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Police speak to Wayne Rooney for meeting Kyle Walker during lockdown

Wayne Rooney ‘is told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules by meeting friend Kyle Walker’ – days after fellow footballer breached rules by holding £2,000 sex party with two prostitutes at his flat

  • Rooney, 34, and Walker, 29, swooped on by police as they walked with families
  • ‘It was all totally innocent and not deliberate,’ says a source 
  • Piers Morgan says footballers ignoring lockdown rules ‘bring a stain on industry’ 
  • ‘It’s disgusting hypocrisy, its unbelievably selfish and reckless,’ adds Morgan

Former England ace Wayne Rooney has been told off by police after he was spotted walking with Manchester City defender and neighbour Kyle Walker in the middle of the Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.

The Cheshire neighbours were both walking along Prestbury golf course with their families – flouting rules to only go outside with your own households.

News of the swoop comes a day after Walker, 29, came under fire for holding a £2,000 sex party while telling followers to stay home and protect the NHS.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Piers Morgan warned players who ignore social distancing rules ‘bring a stain on the whole industry of football’. 

Wayne and Coleen Rooney with their boys. The family was seen out walking at a Cheshire golf club with next door neighbour Kyle Walker, despite lockdown rules telling the public not to meet with friends or family

Kyle Walker with his ex Annie Kilner, the former couple were seen out walking with their children at Prestbury golf course with former England captain Wayne Rooney and fis family

A source told The Sun: ‘Their kids go to the same school and spotted each other and understandably ran over.

‘The families stopped to talk when all of a sudden the police swooped on them.

‘It was all totally innocent and not deliberate.’ 

Manchester City and England defender Walker apologised over the weekend for inviting two escorts to his home while he had a friend round his flat. 

One of the escorts, Louise McNamara, 21, told The Sun: ‘Kyle really should know better.

‘On the one hand he’s inviting strangers round to his house for sex and the next day he’s lecturing everyone on the need to stay safe.’

Walker, who has 48 England caps, has apologised for the incident.

He said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week.

Kyle Walker has apologised after inviting escorts to his flat while repeatedly reminding his 1.7million Instagram followers to stay inside and protect the NHS 

‘I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model.

‘As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.’

Manchester City said it was be opening disciplinary proceedings against Walker in the coming days.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Piers Morgan critcised Walker and fellow footballer Jack Grealish, who was also caught ignoring lockdown rules.

The GMB presenter said: ‘Footballers are posting rousing messages to the country saying stay indoors, don’t do anything stupid, be a good citizen.

‘Within literally a day [Walker] has hired two escorts to come to his home with his friend for a party. What could be more reckless than that?  

‘Like the chief medical officer [in Scotland] it’s disgusting hypocrisy, its unbelievably selfish and reckless.’ 

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has also grabbed headlines has questioned why footballers appear to have been exclusively targeted from the world of sport by the government to provide extra funds to aid the coronavirus crisis.

There were calls earlier this week, most notably from Matt Hancock, for players to give up a chunk of their wages, with the health secretary urging Premier League footballers to ‘do their bit’.

The Premier League held discussions with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Saturday regarding a proposed player pay cut of 30 per cent, but that has been met with fury as a number of top-flight players are already planning to make direct donations to the NHS as they battle with COVID-19. 

But Rooney, who now plays for Derby County, has claimed footballers are ‘easy targets’, have been made ‘scapegoats’ and asked why ‘big stars from other sports’ have not been publicly called upon to make their contribution.

Writing in his Sunday Times column, Rooney said: ‘Whatever way you look at it, we’re easy targets. What gets lost is that half our wages get taken by the taxman. Money that goes to the government, money that is helping the NHS.

‘And what about the big stars from other sports, who are able to avoid tax by living in places like Monaco — why are they not getting called out? Why aren’t all the wealthy being forced to contribute extra? Wouldn’t that raise more money?’

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NY’s restaurants, and America’s, need to hold on until the lockdowns end

The New York City restaurant industry faces an existential threat worse than from any previous catastrophe. Eateries will survive the coronavirus nightmare — but salvation will more likely come out of good-faith bargaining between desperate owners and beleaguered landlords than from various government-relief proposals now being urged by restaurant-business advocates.

The crisis is acute. Some 25,000 sit-down dining venues stand dark. Apart from the heartbreaking suspension of the Big Apple’s essential noshing and socializing scene, upward of 320,000 local jobs are gone. Owners lost more than $2 billion in revenue in four weeks.

Takeout and delivery have failed to help much. Operators are scrambling to sell off t-shirts and expensive vintage wine in a desperate bid to stay afloat. There’s no way to know when they’ll be able to reopen or how many — even including the Big Apple’s most iconic names — will survive.

Esteemed chefs and owners including Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer, as well as the New York Hospitality Alliance, correctly argue that the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill included only crumbs for restaurants. Its “payroll protection plan” offers loans that are convertible to grants — but that may be untenable for owners, who’d have to keep employees on the books without knowing when they’ll reopen.

Advocates want relief in various forms, such as mandating insurance coverage for policies that don’t include pandemics and several plausible cash-infusion strategies.

They’re well-meant and important, but the more enduring solution will likely involve the real-estate free market — even though, at the moment, the very idea of a “free market’’ is in limbo.

Lease payments are a restaurant’s most daunting fixed cost (usually around 10 percent of the total). Although often less than for operating costs such as labor, food and supplies, it’s the toughest nut to crack because it’s impossible to change. A shuttered eatery can lay off its whole staff and spend nothing on food but is still on the hook for monthly rent.

How can owners such as Havana Central’s Jeremy Merrin, who pays $1 million a year for his Times Square location, afford that while having zero revenue?

He can’t. But then, the sort-of good news is that isn’t a matter of charity for landlords to restructure restaurant-tenant leases. They have to pay mortgages, insurance and taxes. So they simply can’t afford to evict a restaurant tenant even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s three-month moratorium on evictions is over.

This is as true for the family owners of a three-story tenement in Greenpoint as it is for a publicly traded real-estate giant in Midtown Manhattan.

Why? Because, simply, who would replace the restaurant when the entire US economy is frozen in place? A shoe store? They’re closed, too. It’s true that landlords have lots of debt, but count on their lenders, too, to come to accommodations even if not contractually obligated to.

Short-term fixes might help restaurants in the very short term, yet rent amelioration will matter much more when they’re able to reopen. Whether current or future restaurants can afford to occupy their spaces will determine their futures.

But any legal mandates to forgive current rents require fast action by the state Legislature and the governor, and they have larger matters on their plates.

The hopeful news is that chaotic but likely productive dialogues between restaurateurs and landlords are under way. The right path requires cooperation, not confrontation. Eatery owners and property owners are in it together and need to work in everyone’s mutual best interest.

Progress is being made. As reported by Eater.com, the Boqueria Spanish tapas chain has already secured temporary rent waivers at many of its locations, thanks to constructive talks with landlords.

And more landlords will follow suit, or at least make some concessions. It’s better for the property owner than having more dark storefronts — for which there’s no tax break despite widespread misconceptions.

Landlords and office tenants cooperated magnificently after 9/11. The same thing can happen again for restaurants — but only if all parties take the long-term view. Otherwise, the eateries will give up for good and leave their landlords in worse shape than they are.

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Coronavirus lockdown is costing the British economy £2.4BILLION a day, says alarming report – The Sun


THE current coronavirus lockdown measures are costing the UK economy a staggering £2.4billion a day, according to an alarming new report.

Economic modelling by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found the economic shutdown is leading to a fall in economic output of 31 per cent.

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It analysed the value of goods and services that are not currently being produced in each sector finding that manufacturing, hospitality and construction sectors are losing the most.

The fall in output from the manufacturing sector is estimated to be costing the economy over £500million per day a fifth of the total hit to the economy.

Production in the sector is down 69 per cent.

This is because workers producing goods and services that are not deemed to be essential cannot do so remotely and because export demand and sometimes domestic demand have fallen sharply.

The lack of production in the accommodation and food services sector is costing the economy £172million per day down 79 per cent on pre-crisis levels.

The drop in output in the construction industry is worth £274million a day.

Non-food retail is losing £156 million per day.

The combined loss of output in all sectors is £2.4billion per day, laying bare the scale of the economic hit caused by the lockdown measures imposed to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

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CEBR founder Douglas McWilliams said: "These results show that the manufacturing sector, as well as the more obvious sectors such as retail and leisure, is one of the more badly hit by the virus and economic slowdown.

"Many of the government measures do little to help capital intensive sectors like manufacturing, which benefits relatively less from furloughing employees and is essentially excluded from rate relief.

"It is likely therefore that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will need to look again at how to help this sector to prevent fundamentally viable firms from going under."

It came as Labour's new leader Sir Keir Starmer called for taxes on the rich and wealthy to be hiked to pay for the coronavirus crisis.

He warned wealthy individuals and businesses will face a “reckoning” when the pandemic is over.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday: "I think it's inevitable that we have to ask people who have more to pay more.

"The truth is at the moment, we don't yet know how big this challenge is going to be until we are through this crisis.

"When we are through, there is going to have to be a reckoning.

"We are going to have to do things differently, we are going to have to build a better future."

His comments were echoed calls by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who said we should not just be asking footballers to take a hit.

He told the same programme yesterday: "Nobody seems to talk about the bankers, the CEOs, huge billionaires everywhere. Are they standing up, are they being asked to stand up? We don’t know."

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Scotland’s chief medical officer resigns after flouting lockdown rules

Edinburgh: Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigned on Sunday after she broke her own advice to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by twice visiting her second home.

Calderwood said that during discussions with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday evening they agreed her actions risked distracting from the "hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic".

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood at a briefing last week.Credit:Getty Images

"It is with a heavy heart that I resign as chief medical officer," she said.

Police had earlier issued a warning to Calderwood about her behaviour and Sturgeon had removed her as the public face of the campaign to tackle the coronavirus.

Photographs of Calderwood visiting her holiday home in Earlsferry, on Scotland's east coast about an hour's drive from the capital Edinburgh, were published in the Scottish Sun.

Calderwood had apologised earlier on Sunday when she appeared next to Sturgeon at a news briefing that was supposed to update the country on the response to the pandemic, but was instead dominated by her actions.

"I did not follow the advice I'm giving to others, I'm truly sorry for that," she said.

She said she had seen comments calling her a hypocrite and saying she was irresponsible.

"What I did was wrong. I'm very sorry," she said.

She also apologised to police and National Health Service (NHS) colleagues.

But the apology did little to calm a storm of criticism from opposition politicians and the public.

Police Scotland said officers had spoken to Calderwood about her actions and had warned her about her future conduct.

"The legal instructions on not leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone," Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said in a statement.

"Individuals must not make personal exemptions bespoke to their own circumstances. It is vital everyone adheres to these requirements."

Sturgeon had said earlier on Sunday that the chief medical officer would no longer take part in coronavirus media briefings, and that she had not known Calderwood was spending weekends at her second home.

"I am acutely aware of the importance of public trust in the advice the government is giving to stay at home in order to save lives and protect our NHS," Sturgeon said.

Scotland has recorded 3345 coronavirus cases and 218 deaths.

Reuters

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