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Prisoners who have symptoms of Covid-19 are being placed in the same cells as those who have tested positive for the virus, the Guardian’s Eric Allison and Rowena Mason reveal.
The strategy, known as cohorting, has prompted fears that inmates with conventional flu symptoms risk contracting the more serious coronavirus.
The children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent has launched an emergency appeal following a huge increase in demand for its social work support services from anxious families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The charity said people are struggling emotionally and financially with the outbreak, during which CLIC Sargent has given out over £45,000 in hardship grants to families in crisis struggling to afford the essentials such as food and paying bills. Many were already at financial breaking point before the pandemic, it said, with people also now worried about their child’s risk of infection, families separated by isolation rules, struggling financially or practically getting to their child’s bedside in hospital.
We are seeing a 60% drop in our income, while the number of families in crisis increases rapidly. Every day we spend in isolation, parents are still being told the devastating news that their child has cancer. Please help by donating what you can: https://t.co/37UvkncsDw pic.twitter.com/0h1K0nhtOy
Cancer doesn’t stop for coronavirus and the young cancer patients and families we support are facing a real crisis and need us more than ever. One parent told us that they feel as worried now about coronavirus as they did the day that they were told their child had cancer.
We will continue to fight to be here for those families but we urgently need funding to do that. Our supporters are incredible and today we’ve launched an emergency appeal to try raise the funding we need, but we also desperately need government to help charities, who are supporting the most vulnerable people in this crisis, to survive.