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Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock.com Marvel fans who are stuck at home can find something new to do besides binge-watching shows on Disney+…

Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans

Marvel Comics – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

Gary Lineker urged Aston Villa and his Premier League rivals not to put personnel on the run. Match of the Day host said top clubs should avoid …

Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

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Street Artists From Around The World Portray The Impacts Of COVID-19 #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Shutterstock From The Netherlands to Spain and India, street artists around the globe are using an artistic appeal to display the influence…

Street Artists From Around The World Portray The Impacts Of COVID-19

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Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed a list of her top vibrators for individuals and couples to try during the …

Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown

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Morning Motivation – #PositiveCoronavirusNews – What if today is the day?

Morning all..

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Cardiff During Lockdown…

Whilst out on my 1 hour exercise in Cardiff on Sunday I stopped to take some pictures of Mill Lane in the City Centre and Mermaid Quay In Cardiff Bay. The sun was shining but both the city centre and the bay were warily quite as people in Cardiff were generally adhering to the Lockdown rules, at least as far as I could see!

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Work from Home Advice…

With the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitiser, mitigating COVID-19 across the globe has become a growing concern. That’s why many Government are telling companies to let as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.

Plenty of people fantasise about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their daily commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time.

Working remotely however can be a double-edge sword.

On the plus, you get to stay home and spend more time with your family but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Whether it’s a pile of laundry that suddenly looks more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list, or a quick three-hour Netflix binge, staying productive at home can take a bit more effort.

Plus, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those used to socialising at work. Some people, would prefer to stay in the office.

So, first thing’s first: you should probably sit up straight, eat some breakfast and get dressed.

How else can you stay focused on the job and mentally healthy while working remotely?

Here are some tips from work-from-home veterans and workplace experts.

Set a dedicated work location

Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work in that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed. A dunning room table or home office can work well.

It definitely helps if you have a dedicated space for working from home.

Setting up a dedicated home office where you can close the door and shut out distractions can pay dividends.

You can also go to local libraries to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi etc. out if Lockdown conditions, but under lockdown then staying at home is a must.

Find a Buddy Or Colleague that you can call when needed…

You might find it easier to be productive without your most chatty coworkers constantly buzzing in your ear but social interactions, even with colleagues, can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Durham University’s Dr. Thuy-vy Nguyen, who studies the effects of solitude, thinks the psychological effects of working remotely for extended periods is often overlooked or ignored, despite it being an essential factor in our mental well-being and team bonding.

“We’re used to social interaction,” she says. “It facilitates cooperation and closeness.” 

To help fill the socialising gap while working remotely, Nguyen recommends finding a colleague you can call when you’re feeling the need to chat with someone. Alternatively, buddy up with a friend who works elsewhere and is going through the same experience. Hopping on a social video call or phoning, instead of just texting or emailing can be a good idea too.

Have a Work from Home Plan…

Nguyen also recommends that, when working alone, you should keep a more structured daily schedule than usual.

“Usually our time and the structure of our day are influenced by other people,” she says. “You’re going to experience your day as lacking the normal structures that you usually have. People might have a hard time dealing with it. So one of the things that we found in our trying to understand solitude, is that time spent alone is better if it’s structured.” 

Remembering to schedule multiple breaks throughout the day, in order to do some things that you enjoy, can help to keep you productive for the long term..

Think About How You’re Communicating

Haughey says it’s important to go beyond email and use other digital tools that can better replicate the in-person office experience and provide for clear communication.

“There will be a sense of isolation of course, and it depends on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to amp up communication using other tools besides face-to-face conversations,” he says.

Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury, who studies remote work and the relationships between geography and productivity, found an interesting solution to boosting camaraderie among remote workers: pizza parties. While researching remote work habits at the U.S. Patent Office, which implemented a more robust “work from anywhere” policy in 2011 — Choudhury discovered a manager who hosted weekly lunches via videoconferencing.

“She would order the exact same pizza to be delivered at the same time so the team would have that bonding experience and still feel like a team,” says Choudhury. “This is the future of work, so we cannot just keep doing stuff in the old familiar ways, we have to create new processes.”

Furthermore, better communication while remote can help maintain your relationship with your colleagues, managers, and direct reports. It’s also important for managers to encourage employees to share their opinions or concerns about a particular project so they don’t feel like they’re being dismissed just because they’re not in the same room.

Remember Everyone Works Differently

Managers should remember that not every employee actually wants to work from home, a shift that can be stressful for some. As companies increasingly have more and more employees working from home, during the coronavirus outbreak, and maybe even beyond, it’s key that they get their employees to communicate with each other as much as possible and especially try more to help employees that are struggling with the change, says Nguyen.

“If management actually forces people to stay at home, then that would add another layer of stress,” she says. “Giving employees as much information as possible can ease the burden caused by the disruption.”

Still have regular meeting…

If you need to still have regular meeting then utilise me a Face to Dace meeting app like Zoom can ensure that you and your team can get together to chat regularly in order to keep that team spirit and camaraderie together.

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Welsh Music Event At Ffos Las Postponed #WelshEvents

The rock band were due to perform at Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire next month but the gig has been postponed due to Coronavirus.

Kaiser Chiefs were due to perform at Ffos Las racecourse in May.

For more on the Wales Online article follow the link.

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How the Welsh Regions are shaping up for next seasons Pro14 season…

Some quality signings and the return to fitness of big names could produce scintillating rugby for Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons supporters next season in Europe and the Guinness PRO14

Nick Tompkins was excellent for Wales

Nick Tompkins could soon be bringing his excellent Wales form to Cardiff Blues(Image: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency)

Welsh rugby fans don’t know when their favourite sport will return but there’s plenty to excite them about next season.

Some super signings have been made by the regions and other captures, like new Wales star Nick Tompkins, are being heavily touted.

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Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

Pep Guardiola once said about Lionel Messi’s supreme ability: “Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him, just watch him.” There are simply …

Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

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Positive Coronavirus News as Queen Gives Rallying Speach…

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People in Leicester watch the Queen deliver her address

Image captionPeople across the UK gathered to watch the Queen’s address

There have been difficult royal speeches and addresses in the past – times when the wrong word or the wrong phrase could have undermined the message or let slip a critical opportunity.

The broadcast after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 for example, or the speech the Queen gave on her visit to Ireland in 2011.

The Palace could have played it safe, stressed unity and given thanks. It would have served. 

This was a different and much more ambitious broadcast, designed to reassure and to inspire.

But most of all to recast the coronavirus crisis as a defining moment for a nation which will forever remember its collective effort to save the lives of its vulnerable. 

Given the number of Second World War metaphors and comparisons that are around at the moment – a war the Queen remembers well – the temptation might have been to draw parallels to that conflict.

But the only direct reference was to her first ever radio broadcast, in 1940, when the Queen – then a young princess – and her sister Margaret, spoke to children who had been evacuated. 

The Queen:

Video captionThe Queen: “We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again”

It was a reminder, not just of the innocence of childhood and of the sacrifices of an earlier generation, but of her long perspective on Britain’s history.

Echoes of that struggle of the 1940s, which for so long defined Britain and its self-image, ran through the broadcast.

Winston Churchill said, after the fall of France in 1940, that even after a thousand years it would still be said of Britons that “this was their finest hour”.

Today the Queen spoke of how history would judge the nation – that “those that come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any”.

“The pride in who we are is not part of our past,” she said, “it defines our present and our future”.

The Queen did not revert to talk of Blitz spirit; instead she celebrated the communal feeling that exists today.

The applause for care and essential workers she said is “an expression of our national spirit” and “its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children”.

There was no talk of fighting, of struggle, of conflict. Instead she spoke of more peaceful national traits – “self-discipline”, “quiet, good-humoured resolve” and “fellow-feeling”.

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Prince Charles

Image captionThe Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, spent seven days in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

This was not a warrior-queen’s speech; it was about collective effort.

“Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.”

“We will succeed,” she insisted, “and that success will belong to each and every one of us”.

There was time for some great-grandmotherly wisdom; she, who occupies an often lonely position, offered her thoughts to those who are now alone though self-isolation.

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Hard times, she acknowledged, but also perhaps an opportunity “to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation”.

And at the end, one more echo of the conflict that so often this crisis has been compared to. The defining song of the Second World War was for many Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again – a longing for better times to come.

“Better days will return,” said the Queen. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

For more on this BBC article or other news please follow the link.

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Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the end of the lockdown is in sight (Picture: BBC/Splash News)Sweeping social distancing measures could …

Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

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‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

Former Aston Villa star Andy Gray believes it would be “child’s play” for Manchester United to replace World Cup winner midfielder Paul Pogba to sign…

‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

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Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

WAYNE Rooney was told off by police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker, we can reveal. The former Manchester …

Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

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Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

A WOMAN of 104 has become the world’s oldest person to survive coronavirus. Italian Ada Zanusso is on the mend after fighting off the killer bug. …

Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

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The Manchester Marathon was canceled, so runners took it to their back gardens

The runners who were supposed to compete today in the Manchester Marathon instead took the event to their back gardens. About 26,000 people were …

The Manchester Marathon was canceled, so runners took it to their back gardens

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu

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Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

MILAN — Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase …

Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

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Cash and central banks: new research shows why fear could trigger the adoption of digital currencies

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has published a new report on liquidity and the future of payments. Research by the Swiss bank for …

Cash and central banks: new research shows why fear could trigger the adoption of digital currencies

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Positive Coronavirus News from Harvard no less – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In the midst of the fear, worry, and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, each day seems to bring news that’s worse than the day before.

The cause for concern is justified. But, as in most major disasters, tragedies, and public health threats, there are reasons for hope, and even optimism. They may be hard to see, even if you’re a “cup-half-full” or “it could always be worse” type of person. But they are there. Here are a few.

The good news about the coronavirus pandemic

  • Most people with COVID-19 recover.Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS(about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu(0.1%).The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.
  • Children seem to be infected less often and have milder disease. According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease. For kids and their parents, that’s good news. However, it’s important to note that children can develop infection. A recent study from China early in the outbreak demonstrated that a small number of kids, especially infants and toddlers, can develop serious infection. As is true generally, it’s likely that kids can spread infection in the absence of symptoms, though how often this happens is unclear. It’s perplexing, though fortunate, that this new coronavirus does not behave the way so many other illnesses do, in which the elderly and the young are particularly vulnerable.
  • The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began. During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.” In fact, Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. The only new cases were “imported” from travelers arriving there. While actual numbers are hard to verify, and the methods these countries used to contain infection, such as aggressive diagnostic testing and strict isolation measures, are unlikely to be practical or acceptable everywhere, if the number of new cases in China is truly declining, that’s a good thing and suggests that efforts to contain the spread of this infection can be successful.
  • The internet exists. We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections. People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, “see” family and doctors virtually, and provide updates on their condition.
  • Our response to future pandemics should improve. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them. For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)
  • Many people and organizations have stepped up to improve the situation. In the US, for example:
    • Some major health insurers have promised to cover care and testingrelated to COVID-19.
    • A number of celebrities and professional athletes have donated significant resources to help those taking a financial hit by the pandemic, such as the workers at the stadiums where athletes play.
    • Newly approved legislation provides paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for some American workers, free testing for people without insurance, and added funding to states for Medicaid.
    • There are innumerable stories of people helping each other out — here’s one I particularly like.

The bottom line

Make no mistake: the new coronavirus epidemic is a big problem that’s expected to become bigger in the weeks and months to come. For those who are infected as well as those trying to avoid infection, these are trying times. But amid all the doom and gloom, there are some positive stories, positive messages and reasons to remain hopeful.

At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling

For more on this see the full Harvard Publication Here –

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Positive Coronavirus News from Harvard no less – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In the midst of the fear, worry, and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, each day seems to bring news that’s worse than the day before.

The cause for concern is justified. But, as in most major disasters, tragedies, and public health threats, there are reasons for hope, and even optimism. They may be hard to see, even if you’re a “cup-half-full” or “it could always be worse” type of person. But they are there. Here are a few.

The good news about the coronavirus pandemic

  • Most people with COVID-19 recover.Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS(about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu(0.1%).The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.
  • Children seem to be infected less often and have milder disease. According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease. For kids and their parents, that’s good news. However, it’s important to note that children can develop infection. A recent study from China early in the outbreak demonstrated that a small number of kids, especially infants and toddlers, can develop serious infection. As is true generally, it’s likely that kids can spread infection in the absence of symptoms, though how often this happens is unclear. It’s perplexing, though fortunate, that this new coronavirus does not behave the way so many other illnesses do, in which the elderly and the young are particularly vulnerable.
  • The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began. During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.” In fact, Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. The only new cases were “imported” from travelers arriving there. While actual numbers are hard to verify, and the methods these countries used to contain infection, such as aggressive diagnostic testing and strict isolation measures, are unlikely to be practical or acceptable everywhere, if the number of new cases in China is truly declining, that’s a good thing and suggests that efforts to contain the spread of this infection can be successful.
  • The internet exists. We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections. People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, “see” family and doctors virtually, and provide updates on their condition.
  • Our response to future pandemics should improve. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them. For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)
  • Many people and organizations have stepped up to improve the situation. In the US, for example:
    • Some major health insurers have promised to cover care and testingrelated to COVID-19.
    • A number of celebrities and professional athletes have donated significant resources to help those taking a financial hit by the pandemic, such as the workers at the stadiums where athletes play.
    • Newly approved legislation provides paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for some American workers, free testing for people without insurance, and added funding to states for Medicaid.
    • There are innumerable stories of people helping each other out — here’s one I particularly like.

The bottom line

Make no mistake: the new coronavirus epidemic is a big problem that’s expected to become bigger in the weeks and months to come. For those who are infected as well as those trying to avoid infection, these are trying times. But amid all the doom and gloom, there are some positive stories, positive messages and reasons to remain hopeful.

At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling

For more on this see the full Harvard Publication Here –

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

A police officer talks to a group of sunbathers on Brighton beach yesterday (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP)Today could be the most challenging …

Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me