New-sprung: the project turning PPE offcuts into Covid patient mattresses

Cheap, hygienic and sustainable, the mattresses made by Indian fashion designer Lakshmi Menon also generate income for rural women Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At the height of the pandemic in the Indian state of Kerala, fashion designer Lakshmi Menon, 46, heard that every new Covid care centre had to have […]

Nepotism claims the latest hitch for Merkel’s designated successor

North-Rhine Westphalia’s hopeful Armin Laschet says accusations over PPE contract are obscene In her 15 years in power, Angela Merkel gained a reputation as the “Teflon chancellor” because her opponents’ criticism never seemed to stick. Her designated successor, Armin Laschet, by contrast, is finding bad press to be something that clings to him like a […]

British Fashion Awards: move online heralds different set of priorities

Industry recognises those who produced PPE for Covid and campaigned for greater diversity The British Fashion Awards is typically an evening of turbo-charged air-kissing, wildly expensive party dresses and extended acceptance speeches from tearful models. This is, of course, a very different kind of year, and Thursday night’s awards, which took place online, reflected a […]

Recyclable PPE glove among designs vying for James Dyson award

Winner of international prize, which had a record number of entries this year, to be announced on Thursday From a well-timed recyclable PPE glove to a wheel-based device to cut “invisible” pollution from tyres, 20 groundbreaking designs by students across the world are in the running to be named on Thursday as the international winner […]

Share your experiences of UK care homes during the pandemic

We would like to hear from staff, residents and their families on how they the pandemic has affected them Relatives of care home residents are set to be designated key workers as part of a pilot scheme to improve contact between those living in care homes and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme […]

‘We pick your food’: migrant workers speak out from Spain’s ‘Plastic Sea’

In Almería’s vast farms, migrants pick food destined for UK supermarkets. But these ‘essential workers’ live in shantytowns and lack PPE as Covid cases soar Photographs and drone footage by Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita It is the end of another day for Hassan, a migrant worker from Morocco who has spent the past […]

‘Kids need contact’: nursery staff during lockdown – a photo essay

Photographer Slater King introduces his latest project focusing on nursery workers, and some of them detail how the pandemic has affected their work During lockdown, there has been a group of people who hug non-household people regularly, without any form of PPE. They casually dish out hugs, wipe tears and help blow snotty noses, all […]

Ditch the gloves, buy a litter-picker, but don’t carshare! How to be eco-friendly in a pandemic

Can you wash your disposable mask at 20C – and should we still be going for reusable coffee cups? Experts answer your environmental dilemmas Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage With planes grounded, roads clear, emissions slashed and less noise and light pollution, at first it seemed the coronavirus pandemic might have […]

‘It was so gross, I nearly cried’: Meet the UK’s litter-picking army – fighting our rising tide of filth

Thousands of volunteers are trying to keep Britain clean as people go wild after lockdown. We join some in Bournemouth, as they face the discarded plastic, PPE, pants – and human poo On a promising July morning, Bournemouth’s East Cliff limbers up for the day: dog walkers, power walkers, an outdoor gym class on a […]

England’s lidos can open on Saturday – but swimmers can’t dive in just yet

Many outdoor pools won’t be ready this weekend and some may not open at all this summer, despite the change in government advice Culture secretary Oliver Dowden’s announcement on 9 July that lidos can reopen from Saturday 11 July had outdoor swimmers across the UK digging out their towels and togs at the prospect of […]

A junior doctor’s marathon – and other hopeful coronavirus stories

Doctor runs home to raise funds for PPE and NHS worker sees children after nine weeks apart Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A junior doctor says he has been overwhelmed with donations after running a marathon on his way home from his hospital shift to raise money for vital personal protection […]

Huge backlog in operations building due to lack of PPE and staff testing

NHS leader says government plea for hospitals to resume normal services not yet safe or possible Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A lack of vital protective equipment and long waits for coronavirus test results are stopping hospitals from tackling a huge backlog in operations, a key NHS leader is warning. Patients […]

‘Everyone’s on top of you, sneezing and coughing’: life inside Ireland’s meat plants

Workers share Covid-19 fears over lack of social distancing, crowded accommodation and being forced to buy their own PPE Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Marco* felt the phlegm gather heavily on his chest for five days before he called his local health centre and told them he worked at the meat […]

‘Brink of collapse’: parents of disabled children buckling under 24-hour care

Cancellation of outside help during coronavirus crisis leaves families to provide complex support Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Parents of severely disabled children, are the “forgotten families on the brink of collapse” and are warning that they urgently need support as they are at the point of burnout. Families with vulnerable […]

Have the government’s five tests for easing lockdown been met?

Daily deaths are falling but there remain questions over infection rate, testing and PPE Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has said it can only consider easing the lockdown once the country has passed five tests. To do so beforehand would risk a deadly second wave of coronavirus – one […]

All in a day’s work: the coronavirus crisis in a rural district general hospital – photo essay

Photographer David Collyer, who works as an ODP, documented the working life of the staff at Nevill Hall hospital in Abergavenny as they adapted to the arrival of Covid-19, converting clinical areas to overspill ITU facilities, enduring long shifts in PPE in the battle against the pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus […]

Fashion statements in a pandemic: are you ready for the It mask?

A precaution against spreading infection and a signifier of being a good citizen, the face mask may yet give new meaning to a ‘must-have’ accessory One particle of Covid-19 typically measures 100 nanometers in diameter. That is a ten-thousandth of a millimetre; invisible, in other words. But the virus has transformed how the world looks: […]

The big picture: Paul Almasy and the ‘grey sisters’ of Paris

The Hungarian photographer captures nuns social distancing as a way of life in 1950s Paris Paul Almasy took this photograph of nuns working at a hospice in Paris in 1952. The photographer, a Hungarian aristocrat who had given up a career as a diplomat to become a journalist, had based himself in the city after […]

The volunteers making PPE on the homefront for UK health workers

Experienced machinists to first-time sewers are helping to provide coronavirus kit Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As frontline medical staff continue to experience critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), people across the UK have been attempting to support health workers by creating their own. From retired fashion seamstresses and first-time […]

Revealed: Private firm running UK PPE stockpile was sold in middle of pandemic

Movianto was also involved in legal disputes with firm that built warehouse to store equipment Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The warehouse appears unremarkable, except for its size. Just off a motorway on an industrial estate in Merseyside sits a 35,000 sq m (377,000 sq ft) purpose-built warehouse with 20 loading […]

Coronavirus crisis could force UK home care providers to abandon vulnerable people

Financial pressures including cost of PPE could lead to closure of many firms, say carers groups Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thousands of isolated, vulnerable people living at home face “falling through the cracks” in the next two months unless the government steps in to protect them, the body representing their […]

Government ‘ignores’ UK textiles firms desperate to make PPE

Too much emphasis placed on brand names, say industry sources, to help during coronavirus crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has been too slow to enlist British textiles firms to make protective gear for the NHS, according to industry figures who say they have been desperate to contribute to […]

Burger King, KFC and Pret announce limited UK reopenings

Three UK takeaway chains say staff will wear PPE and practice physical distancing Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Three UK takeaway chains have launched limited reopenings, with staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and practicing physical distancing. Burger King and KFC have reopened some sites for delivery only, while Pret a […]

Harry has video call with parents of children with complex health needs

Duke of Sussex highlights families’ struggle to get on coronavirus ‘vulnerable’ list Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Duke of Sussex has spoken out to highlight the plight of children with complex medical needs during the coronavirus pandemic and to make it “more clear and obvious to government” that they should […]

Hancock vows to give families ‘right to say goodbye’ to loved ones

Health secretary says people will get to visit those with Covid-19, but care sector warns of lack of PPE Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Matt Hancock has announced new proposals to allow people to be with relatives in care homes who are gravely ill with coronavirus before they die so that […]

Matt Hancock’s record on NHS coronavirus provision

What has been pledged on testing, PPE and ventilators – and what’s been delivered Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has been the government’s public face for much of the coronavirus crisis, especially since Boris Johnson became ill. As such he has made pledges in a series […]

Our caring medical staff deserve better | Letters

Readers respond to junior doctor Rosie Hughes’ moving article, and demand answers for the lack of personal protective equipment Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage What a wonderfully caring article by Rosie Hughes (‘I feel fear and guilt’: an NHS junior doctor on the effect of getting Covid-19, 14 April). She shouldn’t […]

Glastonbury ponchos are repurposed as anti-coronavirus PPE

Festival donates thousands of garments to hospitals in south-west England Glastonbury festival has confirmed it donated “several thousand” ponchos to hospitals in the south-west of England, which have been searching for alternatives to personal protective equipment (PPE) as supplies run out across the country. Emily Eavis, co-organiser, told the Guardian via a spokesperson that the […]

PPE could be reused as last resort, says leaked PHE document

Some hospitals have already begun cleaning single-use gowns to preserve stocks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Some elements of personal protective equipment (PPE) could be reused by NHS staff as a “last resort”, a leaked Public Health England (PHE) document shows. It states that protective masks and gowns may need to […]