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Hundreds of Thousands More People to Suffer Long Covid if Restrictions End According to Campaigners



Campaign and advocacy group LongCovidSOS are ‘alarmed’ at Prime Ministers announcement to further ease Covid restrictions.

The organisation calls for Boris Johnson ‘to take long Covid into account when making policy decisions around protecting the population from Covid 19’.

Last week Boris Johnson announced plans to axe all Covid restrictions, including the isolation period after receiving a positive test.

The PM said: “Provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue, it is my expectation that we’ll be able to end last domestic restrictions, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive.”

A spokesperson for LongCovidSOS said: “If Covid is to be allowed to spread through the community in a completely uncontrolled way, with no precautionary measures in place, then we risk condemning hundreds of thousands more previously healthy and economically active people to a debilitating long term illness for which there are currently no effective treatments.

“This policy decision also fails to take into account those many clinically vulnerable people who will not be able to safely participate in society.”

By government definition long Covid is described as ‘having symptoms that last weeks or months after the [Covid 19] infection has gone’.

An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK reported suffering from long Covid as of January 2022 and LongCovidSOS predict this number could significantly rise after the recent Omicron wave.

“There has now been substantial research to confirm without doubt that this virus leaves a significant proportion of the population with debilitating long term effects – and this includes people of all ages as well as children.

“Whilst we do acknowledge the importance of a long term economic recovery, we feel strongly that given the current level of infections this should not be at the expense of maintaining wider public health measures.”

Dr Kelly Fearnley also told Sky News how the impact of Covid left her suicidal and has called the governments plan to live with the virus ‘dangerous and irresponsible’.

She told the news outlet: “The health of the economy takes precedence over the health of nation. And yet their strategy to ‘live with Covid’ not only fails to follow the science, but it also fails to follow the money.

“The human and economic burden of long Covid alone will dwarf the sums of money they expect to save through their strategy to ‘live with Covid’.

“I expect we will see the long-term health impacts of this virus for decades to come.”

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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