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US News #CoronavirusKindness: Volunteers offer support to the elderly during outbreak

18:05  16 march  2020
18:05  16 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The Bootle Arms has been giving out care packages to elderly people in the community © Other The Bootle Arms has been giving out care packages to elderly people in the community A pub has been giving out "care packages" to the elderly and a university lecturer has created postcards for those in self-isolation, as volunteers across the country carry out acts of kindness to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak

A branch of Iceland will open for one hour a day for elderly people only from Tuesday, allowing the customers to stock up on food and other supplies as the disease spreads.

Older customers at the store in the Kennedy Centre, Belfast, will be able to use the slot between 8am and 9am.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that over-70s will be asked to self-isolate "in the coming weeks" to try and protect them from the coronavirus.

The Kennedy Centre said in a statement: "Iceland Foods at the Kennedy Centre will be opening their store 8 - 9am for the elderly commencing Tuesday 17th March.

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How to Spit During the Coronavirus Outbreak . One elderly couple was even afraid to step into their local grocery store, per a viral Twitter thread from pro runner Rebecca Mehra. We all get by with the help and support of our neighbors. Let’s look out for each other,” another responded.

a screenshot of a cell phone: The postcard has boxes allowing people to show what services they can provide © PA The postcard has boxes allowing people to show what services they can provide

"Could the wider public please respect this hour, and understand that this time is allocated for elderly people only.

"Iceland appeal to people's better nature when realising who needs priority."

Italian celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo expressed his approval of the move and tweeted: "I like this... very cool @IcelandFoods GDx"

The Bootle Arms pub in Liverpool has created care packages for isolated elderly people affected by the virus.

The pub wrote on its Facebook page: "With the news of our loved ones over the age of 70 beginning to self-quarantine, we would like to help some way in making this time as easy and as stressless as possible. We've a few care packages made up with some essentials and some luxuries.

"These contain, toilet roll, tissues, soap, detergent tablets, cough sweets, cereal bars, custard, jam, crisps, coffee, tea, sugar, milk pots, porridge, pasta meal, raisins, biscuits.

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"Plus a pencil and some crosswords.

"Anyone with pets let us know as we also have some food and treats for our four legged family members too.

"If you yourself or a loved one is in need of one of these please get in touch."

The Bootle Arms has since set up a GoFundMe page after saying it had been "overwhelmed with the need for the care packages".

The pub had reached £303 of its £1,000 target on Monday morning.

Hundreds of community groups have sprung up across the country to help people affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Facebook groups are being linked nationally by COVID-19 Mutual AID UK.

The volunteer network said on Sunday night that that 400 groups had been set up, and urged people to visit its website to find out how to join or start a group.

A volunteer on a Facebook page called Bristol Community Care - COVID-19 Mutual Aid suggested collecting old smart phones for people who do not have them so they can "video call friends and family".

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Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The research also points to the high risk to medical staff. A hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus on Tuesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this terrible virus and we hope efforts to more fully contain it gain traction soon," Bill Newlands, chief executive of Constellation 19:45 US health officials have reported the first drug shortage tied to the outbreak that is disrupting production in China.

A contributor to the Wolverhampton COVID-19 Mutual Aid page said they had found a shop with lots of nappies, wipes and toilet rolls, for those who were struggling to locate such items.

Nasc, a charity that supports migrants and refugees in Ireland, tweeted that people have donated hundreds of bars of soap, as well as handwash and paracetamol during the outbreak.

The charity wrote on Twitter: "People of Cork ye are amazing! Delighted to partner with the wonderful folks at @SanctuaryRunner 100s of bars of soap, handwash as well as paracetamol, Calpol etc as well as activities for kids Delivery truck on Monday! #directprovision #COVIDー19 #legends."

University lecturer Becky Wass, 32, from Falmouth, Cornwall, has made a postcard designed to help people who are self-isolating.

The person who delivers the postcard can tick off boxes to show which services they can provide - including picking up shopping and posting mail.

The postcard includes an empty space for recipients to write their name and phone number.

Social media users have been using the hashtag #coronaviruskindness to offer their services or share heartwarming stories.

A Twitter user named Peak Street Deb heaped praise on a neighbour who offered his service during the outbreak.

She wrote: "Step away from angry hashtags and make space for some #CoronavirusKindness stories. My neighbour, who has ME, rang me (ace constitution) to make sure my family had enough loo roll as he always keeps one spare pack in stock in case he can't get out. What a gem!"

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As of 9am on Monday, 1,543 people had tested positive for coronavirus - and figures from Sunday show 35 people in the UK have died since being diagnosed.

Follow the government's latest travel advice for people travelling back to the UK from affected areas, including whether to self-isolate. Don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and call NHS 111. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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Finland’s capital, Helsinki, was also named the world’s happiest city, while London was 36th behind Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. © Provided by The i Finland’s Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, said that the secret of her country’s success was how Finns cared for each other and the environment and benefited from the best possible education.“In essence, this index says that the Finnish welfare state gives everyone an opportunity for well-being in life,” she told a news conference shared by video-link to help counter the spread of Covid-19.

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