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Lockdown may cause 200,000 extra deaths
Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. So went the Number 10 coronavirus slogan. But a government report shows that more than 200,000 people could die from the impact of the lockdown and protecting the NHS. As national restrictions were imposed, the collateral damage from delays to healthcare and the effects of a recession were forecast by a range of experts. They estimated that in a reasonable worst-case scenario, around 50,000 people would die from coronavirus in the first six months, with mitigation measures in place. But they calculated up to 25,000 could die from delays to treatment in the same period and a further 185,000 in the medium to long term. Science Editor Sarah Knapton has exclusive details from the report, published in April. It has emerged amid debate over the easing of lockdown. The Prime Minister stressed his desire to avoid a return to a UK-wide shutdown in an interview with my colleague Edward Malnick at the weekend.
At the start of another week working from home for many, a survey has found that one in three office workers wants to continue with the remote setup. It came as Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson was putting parents in an “impossible position” by urging a return to offices over the summer while failing to provide adequate support for childcare, holiday activities or catch-up schemes. Mr Johnson is on a potential collision course with his scientists after handing over responsibility to employers. If you are still working from home, read our top tips for the best ways to stay productive.
NHS weight loss surgery drive to tackle obesity
Ministers are to increase dramatically the capacity of the NHS to conduct weight-loss surgery in an attempt to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. The plans, which are said to be part of a broader “comprehensive strategy” to be announced later this summer, could see obesity formally defined as a “chronic disease”. NHS trusts and GPs may be financially incentivised to encourage those most at risk to have bariatric surgery. Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki argues that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could do for the nation’s waistlines what the Victorians did for sanitation – but he will have to take on ‘Big Sugar’. Read his analysis.
How Beatrice ensured Andrew played his part
The Duke of York was able to walk Princess Beatrice down the aisle for her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi because she had been isolating with her parents at Royal Lodge in Windsor – meaning they were not in breach of Covid-19 restrictions. The couple released a series of new photographs yesterday, but Prince Andrew was again absent from them. Friday’s wedding included no singing of the national anthem, no hymns – but a tiara from the Queen. Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness has the inside story on Princess Beatrice’s low-key nuptials.
At a glance: More coronavirus headlines
- Outbreak | Cases confirmed at NHS Test and Trace centre
- Doctors | Patients seek ‘sick notes’ to dodge mask rule
- Portugal | UK studies country’s testing but bans travel there
- Education | Secondary schools to receive £5,150 per pupil
- Discoveries | Lockdown gardeners find a treasure trove
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Rising tensions | Dominic Raab is expected to suspend the UK’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong today amid growing tensions with Beijing, we understand. According to multiple insiders, the Foreign Secretary is set to tell MPs the arrangement will be temporarily halted following the imposition of the new national security law by Beijing.
- EU row | Brussels thwarts UK’s effort to halt tree disease spread
- Anniversary honours list | Tory backers to miss out on peerages
- Investigation | Call for ban on TikTok over grooming fears
- US | Kanye West in tearful presidential campaign launch
- Uffizi | Gallery compares Venus to Instagram influencer
Around the world: Curtain call in Spain
A flamenco dancer performs behind a sheet of plastic to protect against coronavirus. The tablao flamenco La Cueva de la Rocío in Granada reopened its doors after more than three months of closure due to the pandemic. View more pictures of lockdown being lifted globally.
Comment and analysis
- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Austerity hawks risk deflation trap
- Zoe Strimpel | Why does cancel culture not apply to anti-Semitism?
- Jane Shilling | Coronavirus left a whole season to go missing
- Charlotte Runcie | History cannot abide an independent woman
- Reader letters | Remote working is demoralising the young
In case you missed it: Best from the weekend
- Exclusive | ‘Game-changing’ antibody test passes major trials
- Symptoms | Six different types of coronavirus identified
- Celia Walden | If Harry is unhappy, he can only blame himself
- Charles Moore | ‘Liberal’ media platforms seized by cowardice
- Juliet Samuel | No wonder this committee thinks it runs the UK
- Post-Traumatic Growth | Nine ways to come back mentally stronger after lockdown
- From the heart to the brain | The long-term effects of Covid-19 on the body
- BMI | Why it is no longer fit for purpose – how you should measure your health instead
Business and money briefing
Manoeuvres | The Japanese owner of British microchip company Arm faces a hurdle to any sale of the business in the next year due to a legally-binding pledge to hire hundreds of new UK staff. SoftBank is believed to be considering speeding up plans to sell the Cambridge-based firm.
- Property | Asking prices at record high in market mayhem
- Investment tip | Solid finances and ideal trading conditions
- Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist’s latest work on world of finance
Man United 1 Chelsea 3 | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned David De Gea that he would have to raise his game after Chelsea took advantage of another error-strewn display from the Man United goalkeeper to cruise into the final of the FA Cup. Read James Ducker‘s match report.
- Second Test | Stuart Broad says England ‘will take a risk’
- Sting in the tail | Watford sack Pearson with two games to go
- F1 | Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian GP with perfect drive
And finally… for this morning’s downtime
‘Drinking was my dirty secret’ | In her new book, The Telegraph‘s Bryony Gordon reveals how her battle with alcohol nearly tore her family apart. Read an exclusive extract from Glorious Rock Bottom.