Boris Johnson offers coronavirus lifeline as UK's elderly will NOT be forced to shield

The Prime Minister stated that following advice from senior medical advisers the Government had decided that vulnerable people will not be asked to shield unless under a local lockdown. Mr Johnson added that this latest coronavirus measure will be kept under constant review throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Prime Minister said: “I want to speak directly to those who were shielding earlier in the pandemic and who may be anxious at being at greater risk.

“Following advice from our senior clinicians our guidance continues to be that you do not need to shield except in local lockdown areas.

“We will keep this under constant review.”

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Elderly woman struggling to take down tree in yard helped by police

FORT SMITH, Arkansas — Fort Smith City Director, Neal Martin, said he can’t say enough about the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) and the work they do.

Martin’s friend, Ms. Eunice, was struggling to take down a tree in her yard when Officer Aritt, Officer Shoptaw and Lt. Cobb noticed her struggling and used Lt. Cobb’s chainsaw to remove it for her.

“Jesus calls us to love our neighbors and that is exactly what these three officers did. Sometimes love looks like cutting down a tree for someone. Sometimes love is mowing the grass for someone and sometimes love is a kind word to someone,” said Martin.

Martin said he has posted several stories about FSPD officers performing good deeds in the community, and he hopes that he can live up to the example set by Officer Aritt, Officer Shoptaw and Lt. Cobb.

Lockdown returns: Elderly could be told to self-isolate again as coronavirus spreads

On Saturday an additional 3,497 COVID-19 cases were reported across the UK. This is the second day in a row that the number of new British infections recorded has been over 3,000.

A Whitehall source, speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, claimed extra advice could be sent out to those deemed vulnerable if the situation continues to deteriorate.

They said up to 4.5 million people could be told to remain at home or given detailed advice on how to prevent becoming infected.  

Those contacted would be people considered most at risk, based on factors like age, weight and underlying health issues.

COVID-19 has proven far more deadly to the elderly than younger members of the public.

According to the source the Government is hoping those deemed vulnerable can be advised to shield on a local basis.

However they added: “If the rate is so concerning across the whole of England, we are prepared to do it on a blanket basis.”

On Saturday Sir Mark Walport, the UK’s former chief scientific advisor, warned Britain is “on the edge of losing control” of the virus once again.

Contradicting the Government’s ‘back to the office’ message he urged those people who can work from home to continue doing so.

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This would have allowed coronavirus to pass through the “non-vulnerable population” whilst minimalizing fatalities.

Instead the Prime Minister is said to support a more targeted approach based on a wider number of factors.

Under the plan those deemed in particular danger could be sent letters from Health Secreetary Matt Hancock and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

These would explain the recipients “personal risk, and the risks of different activities, in order to help them manage individually”.

On Friday the Government said the coronavirus R rate for the UK is between one and 1.2.

The R rate refers to the average number of people each COVID-19 patient passes the infection on to.

It it’s over one it means the virus is spreading exponentially throughout the community.

Separately a study by Imperial College London suggested England’s R rate could be as high as 1.7.

Speaking to The Times Professor Paul Elliott, who ran the study, said: “What we are seeing is evidence of an epidemic in the community and not a result of increased testing capacity.

“This is a critical time and it’s vital that the public, our health system and policymakers are aware of the situation as we cannot afford complacency.”


Public Health England admit ‘worrying signs among elderly’ as coronavirus spikes in UK

As cases in the UK continue to rise to peak pandemic levels, Public Health England have expressed their concern over the increase in positive tests for the elderly. Today, the UK recorded 3,539 new cases in the last 24 hours. That daily increase would represent the biggest rise in cases since May 17. 

Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England said: “Although younger people continue to make up the greatest share of new cases, we’re now starting to see worrying signs of infections occurring in the elderly, who are at far higher risk of getting seriously ill.

“This is a reminder of the ongoing risk as the virus spreads throughout the UK.

“People should continue to follow social distancing rules, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.

“You should not mix with others when unwell.”

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Japan Typhoon: Danger to life warning issued – elderly rushed out in panic evacuation

Japan Meteorological Agency will potentially issue a warning if the typhoon maintains its force stating that it poses a serious, unprecedented and imminent danger to human life. The storm is currently on its trajectory to Minamidaito Village, Okinawa Prefecture, where a Countermeasures Headquarters Meeting confirmed that the elderly and people with disabilities should be evacuated during four days.

It is set to increase in force from September 5, when it will approach the Daitojima region of Okinawa prefecture significantly.

During the meeting, Kenzo Nakata, the village mayor, called for “all possible measures to ensure that there is no damage.”

Mayor Nakata added: “I have never experienced this special typhoon and it is very dangerous.

“I would like to strengthen the sense of crisis and protect the lives and assets of local residents as a government office.”

The storm is set to hit an extensive area of the country spanning from Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture to western Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency revealed.

Based on predictions, Typhoon No 10 is set to pass in waters near Amami-Oshima at around 9 am on September 6.

Its central barometric pressure is expected to be of 915 hectopascals and its maximum wind velocity is likely to be 198 kph.

Only three typhoons have made landfall in Japan with a central barometric pressure less than 930 hectopascals since 1951 when such data became available.

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Only one person was found alive adrift in the middle of the sea, but the vessel had disappeared.

The survivor, 45-year-old Sareno Edvarodo, told the Japanese Coastguard the ship lost an engine before it was hit by a wave and capsized.

Crew members had been instructed to put on life jackets.

Mr Edvardo, who jumped into the water as the ship capsized, said he did not see any other crew members before he was rescued.

Three vessels, five airplanes and two divers are currently searching for the crew members.

The crew was made up of two Australians, two New Zealanders and 39 Filipinos.

The ship was also carrying 5,867 cattle.

New Zealand animal rights organisation SAFE said the tragedy highlighted the risks of the live animal export trade.

Campaign manager Marianne Macdonald said: “These cows should never have been at sea.

“This is a real crisis, and our thoughts are with the families of the 43 crew who are missing with the ship.

“But questions remain, including why this trade is allowed to continue.”

Queen heartbreak: Palace 'sorry' for coronavirus error affecting THOUSANDS of elderly fans

Those marking their 60th, 65th or 70th wedding anniversaries can request to have a note of congratulations from the monarch. However, many of these are expected to arrive late this year as the global pandemic hits the royal bureaucracy.

In a statement the Palace warned letters could be delayed by a “number of weeks” adding it is “sorry for the disappointment”.

It explained: “Please note that due to operating restrictions caused by COVID-19 measures, our capacity to deal with all message applications is currently reduced and our ability to send messages is limited.

“Wedding anniversary message applications are currently delayed by a number of weeks, applications submitted online and by post since April are being processed as quickly as possible but are severely delayed.”

Members of the public can still apply to have milestone wedding anniversaries marked by the Queen, but there is no guarantee her messages will arrive in time.

This will not impact those expecting letters from the monarch to mark their 100th birthday.

In 2019 the Queen send out more than 36,000 messages of congratulations for wedding anniversaries.

Three years previously she dispatched 29,339 notes for 60th anniversaries, 3,221 for 65th anniversaries and 1,407 for 70th anniversaries.

The Queen and Prince Philip, who wed in 1947, have been married for a total of 73 years.

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In April the Queen delivered a powerful address to the nation as the battle against COVID-19 was underway.

She said: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.

“This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.

“We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

This comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down from royal duties back in January.

After a brief stay in Canada the couple moved to Los Angeles shortly before the coronavirus lockdown came into effect.

Meghan and Harry recently moved to a new home in a town to the north of LA.

During the lockdown both the Duke and Duchess were spotted delivering supplies to vulnerable residents in the city.

Last month ‘Finding Freedom’, a provocative book about their exit from royal duty by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, was published.

Care crisis: Insurance scheme could END scandal of elderly being forced to sell homes

The proposal put forward by former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green and the Centre for Policy Studies would see the state provide a basic level of social care provision for everyone who needs it. But, as with the state pension, individuals would then be able to pay a top up insurance to get extra support and services. The report comes on the back of pledges made by Boris Johnson in the 2019 December election to finally crack the problem of providing social care.

It is understood that there are concerns about the Dilnot Commission proposals into funding it because it could still see people being forced to sell their homes to meet annual living costs.

The report shares the concerns and suggests that an individual could need to find £12,000 each year.

But any solution previously put forward has been a vote loser preventing much needed reform.

Plans in the Conservative manifesto in 2017 which included selling people’s homes were seens as part of the reason Theresa May failed to win an overall majority.

‘Fixing Social Care’, co-written by Jethro Elsden and Alex Morton, finds that, of the options being considered, a pension-style model proposed by Mr Green would be most cost-effective, while also increasing supply and meeting the increasing demand for social care.

It would also better protect people’s assets and benefit a greater number of hard-working families.

Mr Green, the MP for Ashford and former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and First Secretary of State, said: “The failure to address social care properly has become a national embarrassment. It should be near the top of the Government’s post-Covid agenda.

“Using our successful pensions system as a model, combining a universal entitlement with strong incentives for millions of people to make their own extra provision, is the most practical route to a stable and well-resourced social care sector.”

Mr Elsden, added: “It is now urgent that we reform the social care system. The coronavirus crisis has underlined how precarious the current funding situation is. We cannot continue to go on talking about reforming the system but never getting round to actually doing it.

The report also rejects Labour’s plan for the state to fund the full costs which it says would add a burden of £14 billion a year on the taxpayer.

The need to tackle social care has been highlighted in the the coronavirus pandemic which took the lives of an estimated one in 20 care home residents.

By 2040, the number of people needing help with daily activities is expected to increase by 67 percent to 5.9 million. This is expected to rise to 7.6 million by 2070.

The think tank argues that recent increases in funding for social care announced by the Government have helped to shore up the sector in the short term, but are only a stop-gap measure.

Serial killer horror: Police fear suspect ‘targeting elderly couples’ still at large

Serial killer news: Police cordon in Cheshire

Serial killer news: A new report has been published calling for an investigation into a possible serial killer (Image: Getty)

The renewed fears come after a 179-page report was published, suggesting the two Wilmslow, Cheshire incidents may be caused by the same serial killer. It comes from Stephanie Davies, Cheshire’s senior coroner’s officer, who believes the two cases were in fact murders due to their similarities.

The two cases re-examined by the report were Howard and Beatrice Ainsworth, and Donald and Auriel Ward.

Mr Ainsworth, 79, and Mrs Ainsworth, 78, were found dead by police after gruesome deaths in 1996.

Mrs Ainsworth was found with a knife in her forehead, and had her face hit repeatedly with a hammer and partially covered by pillow.

Mr Ainsworth was also discovered dead, with a bag tied around his head.

Cheshire Police had found a suicide note seemingly written by Mr Ainsworth, leading to the coroner and officers agreeing the case was a murder suicide.

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Serial killer news: Street view of Wilmslow, Cheshire

Serial killer news: Two elderly couples died in similar circumstances in the 1990’s (Image: Google Maps)

A similar case took place in 1999, where Mr and Mrs Ward were found dead in their homes after an apparent murder-suicide.

Mrs Ward was found bludgeoned, stabbed and suffocated, similarly to Mrs Ainsworth, whereas Mr Ward was found with a knife stabbed into his heart.

In both cases, police found no evidence of violence in the couples relationships, and suggested the cases were moments of madness or euthanasia.

But Christine Hurst, Cheshire’s senior coroner’s officer at the time, did not accept the official explanation and kept the case files in a “special interest” folder.

Serial killer news: Police called to a home in Cheshire after a woman died from dogs

Serial killer news: The report investigated three similar deaths since 2000 (Image: PA)

Ms Davies re-examined her predecessors case files, producing the new report in her spare time.

Using modern crime science, she discovered two more nearby cases, plus one in Cumbria, in 2000, 2008 and 2011.

Ms Davies found the three cases fit the pattern of violence seen in Ms Hurst’s files.

In her report, she urged the National Crime Agency and Interpol to urgently review cases across Britain to see if there are any more similar cases.

Seen by the Sunday Times, Ms Davies said in the report she decided to raise the cases with the police because of “the concern that there is an outstanding offender, who could still be offending, and who needs to be brought to justice”.

Ms Davies also enlisted the help of Steve Chancellor, one of America’s top “cold case” police forensic investigators, who then argued both of the 1990’s cases were likely double murders.

He said vital evidence had been missed by the Cheshire officers at the scene, and added: “I would be looking at the same offender involved in both cases as a very real possibility.”

Mr Chancellor went onto suggest it was extraordinary two similar cases had occurred in the Greater Manchester areas, calling the probabilities for the cases similarities “astronomical”.

He added: “In all four cases, there is no history of domestic violence within the marriage and, more importantly, in each case the husband’s alleged perpetrator actions were described as out of character.

“I would suggest a detailed look throughout the country for any additional victims or other similar cases.”

Serial killer news: Police outside Manchester United owner Ed Woodward's hom

Serial killer news: Interpol has been informed of the reports findings (Image: PA)

Cheshire police said they have made Greater Manchester and Cumbria police forces aware of the report’s findings.

Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor for the northwest, said: “The concerns raised in this report need to be taken very seriously.

“We could potentially have a serial killer in our midst.”

Chester MP Chris Matheson added police must act swiftly: “The implications don’t bear thinking about if there is an offender responsible for a series of what were dreadful crimes.”

Diet Tips: Healthy Eating For The Elderly Just Got Tastier!


  • A wholesome diet for elders shouldn’t be boring
  • It should be nutritionally balanced as well as immunity-boosting
  • Here are 6 tips ensure a healthy yet tasty diet for senior citizens

Food for the elderly does not have to be boring, containing only steamed veggies and lacking flavours. As a chef at a facility dedicated to the holistic wellness of seniors, I’ve added to my bag of tricks ways to make healthy food more appealing for the elderly. To create a wholesome diet plan for seniors, one must keep three factors in mind – calorie intake based on activity levels, nutritionally balanced diet, and inclusion of immunity-boosting foods.

With senior citizens increasingly worried about their immunity, here’s how we can ensure a healthy yet tasty diet for them:

1) Go local, go seasonal!

It is imperative for seniors to adapt their diet to the need of the hour and fill it with seasonal and local produce. The idea is to align with a place’s weather, soil type and local foods that are rich in vitamins, proteins and energy needed to thrive in that environment.

For instance, if living in the hills, one can use locally sourced ingredients from villages and farms around that region as well as the local pahaadi dishes!

(Also Read: Healthy Eating Habits For Elderly: Important Points To Remember!)

2) Consume foods with a high-water content. Hydration is the key!

Keeping seniors hydrated is essential, regardless of the season, place etc. In addition to sufficient fluid intake, we need to increase the intake of water-based fruits such as watermelon, muskmelon, peaches, plums, among others. Inclusion of gourds such as bitter gourd, snake gourd, Indian squash, apart from the seasonal favourites such as okra, cluster bean etc. is also imperative.

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3) Fried food: not your best friend

This probably needs no explanation but we also understand that food is a cultural phenomenon in India, one that we celebrate. But with seniors, the idea is to serve food with a strong nutritional value whilst also retaining the nostalgia of their favourite dishes.

You can indulge in your favourites but keeping their nutritional quotient intact. For instance, bake your samosas rather than frying them. There’s a traditional, age-old Mughlai dessert that is typically fried known as Shahi tukda, but the bread can be baked instead of frying it. Another healthy substitute is baked millet chips that have been a huge hit. These are made with locally sourced indigenous millets such as finger millet, barnyard millet, pearl millet etc. Serve them with mango chutneys and dips and you are in for a treat! Basically, you can recreate the iconic dishes and recipes by choosing healthy alternatives.

4) Know your substitutes

Want to know alternatives to unhealthy favourites? The key is experimentation and faith. We have been preparing croissants – a traditional preparation made with all-purpose flour, with whole wheat. We spent a year and a half in R&D for this before finally getting it right. Similarly, replace refined sugar with jaggery, honey, and stevia for desserts. White sugar is a big NO! You can replace it with brown sugar too. Choose healthy. The other day we laid a meal for a birthday celebration. The menu consisted of a healthy mezze platter with hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Chicken Cacciatore along with a sorbet prepared with different varieties of available mangoes.

5) Balanced meal: gospel

Nostalgia is an essential part of food, and nothing compares to ‘Ghar ka khaana,’ which isn’t just satisfying but also simple.

A nutritionally balanced meal focused on the intake of micro-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, pre and probiotics etc. along with macro-nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats sourced from wholesome food items, is essential to maintain and carry out day-to-day body functions efficiently.

(Also Read: Vitamin E: Benefits And Top 7 Dietary Sources Of The Antioxidant Vitamin)

6) Add colour to your diet

This year has been particularly hard for everyone and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has been our primary goal. Apart from all the points above, include colourful foods that are packed with essential vitamins. For example, red and purple fruits and vegetables have anthocyanin that serves as a powerful antioxidant and decreases the risk of macular degeneration, certain types of cancer, and the possibility of a stroke. Nutrients found in orange-yellow colour ranged fruits and veggies include vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid, which promote collagen formation and healthy joints and fight harmful radicals. The green colour in vegetables, apart from well-known health properties such as immunity, retinal health, etc. have also proven to be beneficial in fighting free radicals and lowering cholesterol. Special herbs and plants such as Giloy, Ashwagandha, raw haldi, black pepper, and tulsi serve as important immunity boosters. They can be served at regular intervals to build seniors’ immunity.


About Author: Chef Arun Karara is head of cuisine creation at Antara. The article is medically reviewed by Dr. Shilpi Kulshreshtha – consultant physician, diabetologist, and head of clinical services at Antara.

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