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Coronavirus: UK charities launch appeal to help world’s most vulnerable countries – BBC News

Fourteen charities – including Oxfam and the British Red Cross – are asking the public to donate.

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An appeal to help the world’s most vulnerable through the coronavirus pandemic has been launched by the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Fourteen charities – including Oxfam, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and the British Red Cross – will join together to ask the British public to donate.
The UK government will double the first £5m of donations.
Much of the money will go to refugee camps, where overcrowding and poor sanitation allows the virus to spread.
The DEC, which is made up of 14 of Britain’s largest aid charities, will spend donations on providing food, water and medical care to people in countries such as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
Other target countries are Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
The DEC estimates there are 24 million internally-displaced people in these countries. A further 850,000 Rohingya people have fled violence to live in Bangladesh’s camps.
Donations will also be spent on providing soap to vulnerable families and on providing information about the dangers of the spread of the disease.
Countries seeing a rise in daily deaths
While the UK and much of Europe appears to have passed its peak for deaths of people with coronavirus, there are many countries around the world currently seeing a rise, many of them in more vulnerable parts of the world. These include:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Venezuela

International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Clean water and healthcare in refugee camps are essential in containing coronavirus in the developing world – helping stop the spread of the pandemic and protecting the UK from further waves of infection.”
So far, £769m in UK aid has been pledged globally to fight the pandemic, according to the Department for International Development.
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International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the UK government will double the first £5m of donations
Broadcasters including the BBC will show the DEC fundraising appeals on Tuesday.
DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “For those fleeing violence and conflict in the world’s most fragile places, the pandemic is a new battle that they are not equipped to fight.
“These families have already lived through trauma and upheaval.
“Many are now living in crowded refugee and displacement camps with little access to medical care, clean water or enough food – the bare essentials they need to survive the crisis.
“Millions of lives are at stake. We are urging people to donate now.”
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What is the DEC?

  • The committee brings together 14 UK charities to provide and deliver aid to ensure successful appeals
  • The charities include Oxfam, Save the Children UK, Age International, British Red Cross, Cafod, Christian Aid and Islamic Relief
  • Its website provides more details of its coronavirus appeal and its other current appeals

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe Officially Announced For Switch, Includes All DLC And New Content – Nintendo Life

It’s real!

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Not to be a “glass half empty” person, but…
1) Remasters and versions of games from previous platforms are nothing new. What’s more, while Nintendo wants us to plunk down the same amount of money for a Switch version of the same games we played years ago, Microsoft offers owners of current software the assurance of compatibility with future hardware (in many cases, hopefully more to come after Series X launches). Bottom line: as usual, Nintendo is way behind the curve.
2) We’re roughly 90 da…

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review – TechRadar

This less exciting update is the Note 20 in name only

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the junior partner in this years Galaxy Note lineup, missing out on a few specs and features compared to the top-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that launched alongside it, but coming with a considerably lower price tag.
Its certainly the case that the entry-level Note certainly doesnt look as exciting viewed alongside the companys very best, but if youre looking for some top performance and nearly the best photos in a slightly more affordable handset than the Note 20 Ult…

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PC Andrew Harper: Emergency worker killers ‘should get full life sentence’ – BBC News

PC Andrew Harper’s family calls for “Andrew’s Law” to increase jail terms for killing emergency workers.

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PC Andrew Harper’s wedding took place four weeks before he was killed
The widow of PC Andrew Harper has called for killers of emergency service workers to “spend the rest of their lives in jail”.
Lissie Harper has launched a campaign with the Police Federation for “Andrew’s Law” after her husband was killed on duty in Berkshire.
PC Harper, 28, died when he was dragged for more than a mile along a road by a getaway car in August 2019.
His killers were sentenced last Friday af…

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