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Covid: Greater Manchester running out of hospital beds, leak reveals – The Guardian

NHS document shows no spare beds for patients in Salford, Stockport and Bolton

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Greater Manchester is set to run out of beds to treat people left seriously ill by Covid-19, and some of the regions 12 hospitals are already full, a leaked NHS document has revealed.
It showed that by last Friday the resurgence of the disease had left hospitals in Salford, Stockport and Bolton at maximum capacity, with no spare beds to help with the growing influx. The picture it paints ratchets up the pressure on ministers to reach a deal with local leaders over the regions planned move to th…

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Covid-19: England and Wales begin tougher rules for millions – BBC News

Greater Manchester moves to England’s highest alert, while Wales begins a 17-day lockdown later.

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image captionTime, please: Manchester bars shut for 28 days at 10pm on Thursday ahead of new restrictions
Stricter coronavirus rules are coming into force for nearly six million Britons on Friday.
Greater Manchester’s population of 2.8 million joined Liverpool City Region and Lancashire in England’s highest tier of restrictions at midnight.
And from 18:00 BST, the 3.1 million people in Wales will have to stay at home as a 17-day national “firebreak” lockdown begins.
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Coronavirus: North Korea warnings over ‘yellow dust coming from China’ – BBC News

There is no known link between the seasonal dust clouds and Covid-19 but Pyongyang is on high alert.

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image captionNorth Korean TV warned viewers that the “yellow dust” included “toxic material, virus, and pathogenic microorganism”
North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that “yellow dust” which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it.
The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be virtually empty on Thursday following the warning.
The secretive state claims to be coronavirus-free but has been on high alert since January with strict border closures and…

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Man Utd star Edinson Cavani sends message to Chelsea ace Thiago Silva ahead of reunion – Express

Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday with Edinson Cavani hoping to make his debut against former PSG team-mate Thiago

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“It will be great to be able to find him on the pitch,” the striker told EN24 News, cited by Football London.
“Thiago is very professional, because he works so hard in training and in the pre-match warm-ups. Well, it won’t be easy!
“It will be complicated because he is a very good central defender and an excellent footballer.
“But it will still be a great experience.”
Axel Tuanzebe could retain his place in the Red Devils defence on Saturday after the 22-year-old centre-back impressed during the…

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