Jenelle Evans to Fans: It’s My KIDS Who Are Pissing Me Off, Not David!

We probably don’t need to tell you that the coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days.

The vast majority of Americans are under orders to stay at home, a situation that’s resulted in high tension for those living in dysfunctional family situations.

And if you look up “dysfunctional family” in the dictionary, you’ll probably be greeted by a photo of the Eason clan.

Yes, as you’ve likely heard by now, Jenelle Evans is back with David Eason, and the two them are once again living on The Land with the three children of whom they still have custody.

David and Jenelle are both deeply unstable human beings, and the two of them living together after a short separation — during which Jenelle slept with another man — seems like a recipe for disaster.

David was a jealous, rage-fueled, dog-killing manchild before, and that was when he had Jenelle’s money to spend.

Now, the two of them are forced to live off of whatever sponsored content cash Jenelle can scrape together before her many, many critics point out to her latest ad partner that she’s an abusive bigot.

So it came as no surprise when indications that Jenelle and David were fighting again began to pop up on her social media pages.

“Can’t trust a soul…. EVER,” Jenelle wrote on Facebook last week, adding, “When will it stop?”

“Someone take me away, far away,” Evans later added.

Since the Easons live in the middle of nowhere and no one in America is leaving their property these days, fans naturally assumed that Jenelle was talking about David.

Now, however, Evans has revealed that it’s not her husband who’s driving her up a wall — it’s her kids.

“If I post I’m having a bad day, stop assuming it’s because of my husband,” Jenelle wrote on Instagram over the weekend.

“Everyone’s having a hard time coping being at home with kids 24 seven and things can get tense some days,” she added.

“I post my feeling sometimes hoping people can simply relate.”

So when Jenelle said she can’t trust anyone, she was talking about … her kids?

That seems to contradict some of Jenelle’s other posts from last week, such as the one in which she wrote, “My kids are the only ones that make me happy.”

Yeah, we’re gonna go ahead and stick with our original theory that Jenelle and David are having issues.

The latest drama comes just days after an interview in which Jenelle outlined the ways that she and her husband would be less horrible to one another going forward:

“I told him if we were to ever work out our marriage a lot of things would have to change,” she said.

“We discussed how things went wrong and talked about preventing an argument before it blows up into something more,” Evans added.

“David was there for me through everything that happened, good or bad, and was my best friend. I just couldn’t imagine my life without him. I felt like I gave up on him, but he never gave up on me.”

Asked about the specifics of how things would be different this time around, Jenelle laid out a plan that spoke volumes about how awful her marriage has been up to this point.

“Setting boundaries like no cussing, name-calling, and lower our tone of voices,” she said.

Name-calling was a major part of Jenelle and David’s marriage before?

We’re starting to think all this boundary-setting might be too little, too late.

Whatever the case, it’s certainly not the kids who are to blame.

It seems the problem is with the adults who are behaving like children.

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Daughter forced to listen to mother's final breaths on the phone

Daughter, 30, was forced to listen to her 51-year-old mother’s final breaths over the phone while playing her Tina Turner’s Simply the Best as she died alone in hospital from coronavirus

  • Kay Elmer, 51, from the Wirral, died in intensive care from the deadly Covid-19
  • Daughter Sophia was in the waiting room playing Simply the Best on the phone 
  • It was the same song which was played at the funeral of Kay’s mother Sylvia
  • Sophia has criticised Britons for not observing strict social distancing 

A grieving daughter had to listen to her mother’s final breaths over the phone while playing her Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ as she died from coronavirus.

Mother-of-two Kay Elmer, 51, from the Wirral in Merseyside, died alone in intensive care after she was stricken by the deadly virus which has so far claimed nearly 5,000 lives in the UK.

Her distraught daughter Sophia Essel, 30, had to remain in the waiting room during her mother’s final moments and they could only communicate via phone, and played her the same song which was played at Kay’s mother’s funeral.

Sophia, a DJ, will now have to endure Kay being cremated without a memorial and has blasted selfish crowds for ‘taking the p***’ and flouting government lockdown rules, which she believes cost her mother her life.

Mother-of-two Kay Elmer (left), 51, from the Wirral in Merseyside, died alone in intensive care while her daughter Sophia Essel (right) played her Tina Turner’s Simply The Best over the phone

She said: ‘The more people that ignore the guidance, the longer it’s going to be before I’m allowed to have a memorial for my mum. 

‘Unfortunately me and my family have had to pay for people’s mistakes of not staying indoors and regardless of what the law is saying, people need to use their common sense.

‘It’s the way I’ve lost her and I can’t help think this could have been prevented.’  

Kay travelled to London in the weeks before developing symptoms

Kay, who was ‘the life and soul of the party’, went on holiday to Cape Verde once a month with her husband John, 67, but travelled to London in the weeks before she developed the deadly symptoms, where Sophia believes she became infected.

She developed a debilitating cough, which left her in bed with a fever and unable to eat and she was soon rushed into hospital – when her condition had deteriorated so quickly she was on 95 per cent oxygen.

Sophia, who works as a DJ, said: ‘It was really sad. I’m the last person she’d spoken to. My brother is in the army and he’d just been deployed the week before.

‘The next morning she called me crying because she was so scared.’

Kay lay in intensive care alone as she tried to hold out for Sophia to arrive – but by the time she got there, Kay was unconscious.

Sophia wasn’t allowed to sit beside her and hold her hand, and instead looked through a window at her mum as her organs began to shut down.

Sophia (right), a DJ, has since had to endure Kay being cremated without a memorial because of the dangers of infection

Sophia said: ‘They wouldn’t let us in because they didn’t know if it was the virus or not for a couple of days. I could only look at her through the window.

‘For five days, it was a case of calling every day and going up there to see if there was any change.

‘Her lungs were failing at one point then she picked up a bit a few days into treatment, but by the last day they called to say we needed to go in and switch the life support off.

‘Her heart was failing and her kidneys were showing signs of failure. She was on 95 per cent oxygen then, which is just too much.’

Sophia and brother Jamie, 33, rushed to the hospital and faced the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support – knowing their stepdad John had also been admitted that day with symptoms.

Sophia and brother Jamie, 33, faced the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support – knowing their stepdad John (pictured) had also been admitted that day with symptoms

Sophia couldn’t bear to watch and instead sat in a waiting room and called her mobile phone.

She sat listening to her Kay’s final breaths as they played her favourite songs, including Tina Turner’s Simply The Best – the same song Kay had chosen to say goodbye to her own mother Sylvia.

Sophia said: ‘They offered for us to go in the room in hazmat suits to say goodbye, but we wouldn’t have been protected because they are all fitted for the staff.

‘I went [to the window of her room] and I saw her. They turned her to face us and it was just too much. I fell to the floor crying.  

‘She went out to Tina Turner’s Simply the Best. It was my nan’s funeral song and it always calmed Mum down. 

‘At the end, she was really holding on herself, breathing without the machine, so I had to have a word with her and say “come on now Mum, Nan’s waiting for you”.’ 

Sophia has since paid tribute to her vivacious mum, who ‘stood out’ and ‘lived life to the full’.

But she will be forced to wait to plan Kay’s memorial service and at present, the mum-of-two will have to be cremated alone.

Sophia now wants to emphasise the importance of social distancing ahead of the Easter weekend.

Sophia said: ‘She was the life and soul. She loved to sing, she sang everywhere she went and always had a crowd with her. 

‘My mum was the most incredible woman I’ve ever come across, always positive and always smiling – telling me how gorgeous I am and that I can do anything. 

‘Things are even worse without a funeral. Not only could we not hold her hand to say goodbye, we now can’t have a funeral because of the virus.

‘We’ve just got to have a memorial service at a later date.

‘I want to raise money to take her to Cape Verde because this is where she would want to be – somewhere she visited every month.’

Kay’s husband John now remains in hospital with the virus, but it is believed his condition is improving each day.

Sophia has since paid tribute to her vivacious mum, who ‘stood out’ and ‘lived life to the full’

Sophia now wants to emphasise the importance of social distancing ahead of the Easter weekend.

When asked about how she believes Kay contracted Covid-19, Sophia said: ‘I’m assuming people, at some point, going out when they’ve had symptoms.

‘In Spain, they’re role models for this. They had everybody stay in. Everybody is taking the p*** a bit here.

‘I’m trying to raise awareness and encourage common sense.

‘Two days after Mum died, I went to get something to eat from the shop.

‘Everyone was stood in a crowd. A woman was there with a newborn baby. People were coughing.

‘I said ‘”look, my mum died yesterday of this. I’m not telling you this for sympathy, but it’s so easy to get this. You’re going to get this if someone has touched something here and you touch it – you could easily die from this.”

‘It’s about getting people to recognise this. The shops are letting people in… but the aisles are filling up. The social distancing isn’t enough. 

‘You don’t need three people to take a dog for a walk. I’m at the anger stage of the grieving process. I want to spread awareness.’

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Chelsea told to stump up £70m for Philippe Coutinho transfer as Barcelona prepare to sell flop after loan at Bayern – The Sun

CHELSEA will have to fork out £70million for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Blues are keen to nab the ex-Liverpool man when he returns to Barcelona from a loan spell at Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

But the Brazilian will not come cheap and the West Londoners will need to stump up the eye-watering sum to land him, according to the Standard.

The 27-year-old has been on loan with the Bundesliga champs since last summer but they are unwilling to exercise their £105million option to buy him at the end of his spell.

And now it is thought Chelsea made a march on their rivals to land Coutinho by contacting the player's agent Kia Joorabchian, with whom they have a strong relationship.

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Virgin Media to give customers 18 popular channels including MTV, TLC and Comedy Central for free – The Sun

VIRGIN Media is giving customers customer 18 popular channels for free as the country stays in lockdown.

The extra TV channels with include MTC, TLC and Comedy Central.

Customers with Virgin Media will be able to watch some of the nation's favourite programs at no extra cost until May 2.

The extra channels will be available from today, so Brits can tune into top shows including War of the World, Gavin & Stacey and Gold Rush.

There will also be a thousand episodes On Demand, so people who are working from home can still catch up once they close down their laptops and log off from video calls.

Customers who already have existing TV bundles with Virgin don't need to do anything to access the new channels, and there won't be any change to their current contracts.

It would normally cost £49 a month for the first twelve months, plus a £35 installation fee for people to sign up to the "Bigger" bundle of tv channels now included in the free package.

The TV channels are already included on the Bigger, Bigger + Movies and Ultimate Oomph bundles.

Virgin has already given its TV customers access to extra kids TV Channels including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

Discovery, FOX and Gold will also be available for customers.

Sky is also giving their existing customers an extra 80 new channels to help them pass the time in lockdown.

People who signed up to sports channels have been able to pause subscriptions after sporting events worldwide were cancelled.

Britain's famous tennis tournament Wimbledon was cancelled, breaking the hearts of tennis-fans across the world.

The BBC put on hold plans to bring in a licence fee for Brits over the age of 75. 

The introduction of an annual fee of £157.50 could be paused for elderly Brits until August.

Full list of extra TV Channels

Comedy Central

DMAX

Discovery

FOX

Gold

Box Hits

Kerrang

Kiss

Magic

ID

Lifetime

MTV

TCM

TLC

Rishtey

Rishtey Cineplex

Sony SAB

Colors

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We want YOUR kids to send in pics to brighten up London’s new NHS Nightingale hospital – The Sun

WE want kids to send in pics to brighten up a Sun wall at London’s new Nightingale hospital – like budding artist George Livings.

Entries will be judged by Turner Prize-winning artist Keith Tyson and illustrator Tony Ross.

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Send us your artwork!

Email a scan or photograph of your child's drawing to [email protected] and we will deliver it to NHS Nightingale

Include with your entry your name and age and a contact number for a parent or guardian, and tell us where you are from.

Why not send a photo of you holding up your masterpiece as well?

We will print a selection in the paper and all those chosen for the hospital will receive art kits.

Entries close on April 8.

The best pics will be shown at the hospital and the winners get art sets.

In just a fortnight the ExCel conference centre in East London has undergone an extraordinary transformation into an amazing 4,000 bed temporary hospital to deal with coronavirus cases.

Alan McGlennan, NHS Nightingale Hospital London said: “The NHS Nightingale Hospital is an extraordinary achievement, already built with the support of many thousands of people from right across the country, and this artwork will be an excellent finishing touch.

“As our NHS staff gear up to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the best way for the public to support them continues to be staying home.


Give now to The Sun's NHS appeal

BRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.

But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?

The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.

The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.

We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.

The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.

No matter how little you can spare, please donate today here

www.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal

The fewer people catch and pass on the virus, the fewer will need to be cared for at NHS Nightingale, and the more lives will be saved.”

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “We would be really touched to receive artwork from school children.

"It will go a long way to lifting the spirits of the thousands of staff who will be working around the clock to look after those who need it.

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The Queen delivers message to 'stoic and resilient Australians'

The Queen delivers a heartfelt message to the ‘stoic and resilient Australians’ suffering through the coronavirus crisis after bushfires and floods ravaged the nation

  • Queen addressed Australians in message delivered by Gov-Gen David Hurley
  • She called on Australia to ‘rise to the challenge’ amid the coronavirus crisis 
  • Her Majesty praised Australians for their resilience after devastating bushfires
  • Earlier, she delivered a rare televised address to the country and Commonwealth

The Queen has commended Australians for their ‘stoic and resilient nature’ in a heartfelt message to the Commonwealth as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The 93-year-old monarch delivered a rare televised address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Monday, urging the public to remain ‘united and resolute’ in the fight against COVID-19.    

Her Majesty addressed Australians in a separate message delivered by Governor-General David Hurley, praising them for staying strong in the grip of the health crisis that has come on the heels of a devastating bushfire season. 

‘At a time when people across the Commonwealth are experiencing a profound and rapid change to their lives, the pain of lost loved ones, and an understandable concern about the future, my thoughts are with all Australians,’ she said. 

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The Queen delivered a heartfelt speech to members of the Commonwealth as it battles the coronavirus crisis 

Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley passed down a message from the Queen on Monday, commending Australians for their resilience 

‘Whilst it can be difficult to remain hopeful in such challenging times, especially following the summer’s devastating bushfires and recent flooding, I am confident that the stoic and resilient nature of the Australian people will rise to the challenge.

‘I extend my sincere admiration to the many Australians who work tirelessly to help those affected, provide essential services for their fellow citizens, and continue to care for the most vulnerable. 

‘You will remain in my prayers in the coming months, with the resolute knowledge that with hard work, faith and unity, we will rise to the challenges ahead and ensure the health and vitality of all Australia’s communities.’  

The rallying cry follows the Queen’s message to Australians in January in which she expressed her sympathy and support as bushfires tore their way through the country. 

Earlier, the Queen spoke from Windsor Castle where she is in isolation with her husband Prince Philip, 98. 

In an unprecedented move, a sole cameraman was permitted to enter the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle wearing latex gloves and a surgical mask, standing more than the regulatory two metres away from the elderly monarch.

She invoked the spirit of World War II as she spoke to the British public, saying they would overcome the outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation.

Thousands of Britons tuned in to watch the rare and televised address on Sunday night  

In California, customers were seen waiting for orders as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is seen during her address to the nation and the Commonwealth 

The extraordinary intervention is only the fifth time she has addressed the nation during her 67-year reign and comes as the UK death toll from the pandemic neared 5,000, with 621 new deaths.   

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,750

New South Wales: 2,637

Victoria: 1,135

Queensland: 907

Western Australia: 453

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 86

Northern Territory: 26

TOTAL CASES:  5,750

RECOVERED: 2,315 

DEAD: 37

Britons stuck at home amid the lockdown tuned in to the speech, sharing photos of their entire families huddled in front of the TV to watch Her Majesty.   

Aides stressed that the address was ‘deeply personal’ and it was clear that she had been inspired by the speech her late father, George VI, made at the start of the Second World War when he warned of dark times ahead but said he hoped that the British spirit would prevail.

She said: ‘I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

‘I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future. ‘

The Queen also highlighted government efforts to get people to stay at home in order to minimise the spread of COVID-19, stressing that it is only by pulling together and encouraging everyone to play their part that the country will win this new, insidious war.

‘I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones,’ she said.

‘Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.’  

In Australia, COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of 37 people, including four new fatalities in NSW and one in Queensland, but a number of states have reported lower numbers of new infections.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy has pleaded with Australians to forgo their usual Easter festivities next weekend to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

‘We’re asking you to stay with your family, in your residence, not travel where you might be unwittingly spreading the virus, not have parties where you might unwittingly be sharing the virus with people who don’t have it,’ he said.

‘We will meet again’: The Queen’s historic address to the nation in full as it battles against the coronavirus outbreak

I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.

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.

But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.

 

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Queen pays tribute to 'selfless' NHS workers in her national address

The Queen praises ‘selfless’ NHS staff and key workers battling on the front line during coronavirus crisis

  • Queen delivered address to the nation from Windsor Castle amid covid-19 crisis 
  • Praised ‘selfless’ care givers for continuing with their day-to-day duties
  • Also said the Clap For Carers campaign had defined the ‘national spirit’
  • NHS has confirmed 10 professionals have died from coronavirus to date 

The Queen has used her address to the nation to thank NHS workers for their ‘selfless’ efforts in combatting the spread of coronavirus. 

Speaking from Windsor Castle, where she has been isolating, the monarch praised medical workers for their work and sacrifice in the battle against the virus.

‘I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,’ she said.

‘I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times. 

Her Majesty’s extraordinary intervention is only the fifth time she has addressed the nation during her 67-year reign, and was used to deliver a historic rallying cry to the British public to urge them to come together in the fight against the coronavirus.

The Queen has used her address to the nation to thank NHS workers for their ‘selfless’ efforts in combatting the spread of coronavirus

She gave notice to the national Clap For Carers campaign, bringing a wave of applause to streets across the country each Thursday at 8pm.

‘The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

The Queen went on to talk about the work of laboratories and pharmaceutical firms racing to develop a vaccine.

About 35 companies and academic institutions are believed to be creating such a vaccine, at least four of which already have candidates they have been testing in animals.

I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,’ she said

‘I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times’

The Queen added: ‘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.’ 

It comes as the first NHS midwife to die after testing positive for coronavirus was named as 54-year-old Lynsay Coventry.

Ms Coventry’s family said their ‘hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother’.

She is the latest NHS worker to die during the epidemic, which has infected 47,806 and killed 4,934. 

She gave notice to the national Clap For Carers campaign, bringing a wave of applause to streets across the country each Thursday at 8pm. Pictured: A message of thanks hangs from railings outside Watford General Hospital

Tonight it was announced that another nurse, Liz Glanister, from Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, had died on Friday.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, where Ms Coventry worked for 10 years, today confirmed the midwife died on Thursday, April 2.

Ms Coventry passed away at neighbouring Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust after initially self-isolating at home and was not at work before her death.

In a touching tribute, face mask-wearing medics at Prices Alexandra lined the corridors and fell silent to remember their colleague.

In a touching tribute, face mask-wearing medics at Prices Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, lined the corridors and fell silent to remember their colleague Lynsay Coventry, 54

With ‘great sadness’, the chief executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Lance McCarthy, announced her death and paid tribute to her ‘professionalism and commitment’. 

In a statement, Ms Coventry’s family said: ‘As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.

‘We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories. 

‘What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life. 

‘It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family. 

The Princess Alexandra Hospital confirmed Ms Coventry, 54, died on Thursday April 2 at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

‘She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world.’

Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, said: ‘I was deeply moved and saddened to hear about the death of Lynsay Coventry. 

‘Lynsay was clearly a highly-regarded midwife whose dedication to women, babies and their families will be remembered and cherished by her own family and her colleagues – my deepest thoughts are with them, her children, grandchildren, parents and siblings. 

‘The outpouring of support for NHS staff as we respond to this outbreak has been extraordinary, but the best way for people to do their bit for midwives, nurses, doctors and other NHS staff is to help protect us by following the Government’s advice to stay at home and save lives.’

The nation had already been mourning the deaths of frontline NHS staff who lost their lives after testing positive. 

Liz Glanister, a nurse at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool died on Friday after testing positive for coronavirus, it was annonced tonight 

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Dianne Brown said: ‘It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving staff nurse at Aintree University Hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.

‘All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.

‘Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her.’ 


Two nurses – both young mothers-of-three (Amreema Nasreen, 36, left, and Aimee O’Rourke, 39, right) – five doctors and two healthcare assistants have also contracted died with since the start of the outbreak 

John Alagos, 23, a nurse from Watford and the youngest British medic believed to have succumbed to the deadly Covid-19 virus, collapsed and died at home after an exhausting 12-hour shift. 

Nurse Areema Nasreen, 36, a Walsall staff nurse and mother-of-three, died with coronavirus on Thursday night.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s chief executive Richard Beeken said she was a ‘very respected member of the team’. 

Another nurse, Aimee O’Rourke, 39, passed away at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, following the surfacing of symptoms two weeks ago.

John Alagos, a London nurse who treated covid-19 patients, fell ill at work but was not allowed to go home due to staffing shortages

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, became ill and died in an intensive care unit on March 25 at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday.

Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, died on March 28 after contracting the virus at the Hereford County Hospital. 

Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton, died on March 29.

Nurse Thomas Harvey, 57, of Goodmayes Hospital, London, died after contracting the virus. 

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, died after working shifts at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

‘We will meet again’: The Queen’s historic address to the nation in full as it battles against the coronavirus outbreak

‘I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.

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.

But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.’

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Premier League games to be shown live on TV at 3pm if season resumes after long-standing blackout lifted – The Sun

BROADCASTERS will be able to show Premier League games live at 3pm on Saturdays for the rest of the season – after Uefa removed a ban.

The likes of Sky and BT will now televise the previously blacked-out weekend matches when the season resumes, possibly in July.

Clubs have always fought hard for the Saturday blackout because they feared it would hit attendances if everyone could just watch at home.

But with matches more than likely to go ahead behind closed doors, there was no bar restricting Uefa from lifting the ban.

As well as the top flight, FA Cup clashes can also be shown on the BBC and BT Sport, say The Times, and games involving the 72 EFL clubs could all be made available on the iFollow service.

With the Premier League set to lose £750million in TV money if the season is cancelled, it seems clear that this campaign will be concluded one way or another.

Scotland have also seen their ban lifted, meaning the likes of Celtic and Rangers can show their games at 3pm.

Many fans hope that by July, the coronavirus lockdown will have ended so matches can be seen in pubs, providing a huge boost to that struggling industry.

A Uefa statement read: “Taking into account the current exceptional circumstances, Uefa has lifted the ‘blocked hours’ protection granted to the Uefa Member Associations for England and Scotland for the remainder of the 2019/20 football season, following requests from the relevant National Associations as a result of measures taken in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Meanwhile, the Premier League has admitted it will only start playing games again when completely safe to do so.

The Premier League tweeted: "The Premier League’s overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities. The 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so."

The Premier League and EFL have both put off bringing football back in May, as originally planned.

But due to the financial implications and the likelihood that Uefa would expel any clubs whose leagues have cancelled their seasons from competing in next seasons Champions League and Europa League, football chiefs will now press ahead with getting games played in July.

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Widow is forced to say goodbye to her husband from a window

Grieving widow, 73, in self-isolation is forced to say her last goodbyes to her husband of 35 years from the window of her home as his hearse is driven past during funeral she can’t attend

  • Susan Cadogan has a ongoing lung problem and had to remain in self-isolation
  • Susan said her last goodbyes to Peter from a window of her first floor flat
  • Former soldier Peter, 75, died of cancer on March 2 with his family at his bedside

A grieving widow had to say her last farewell to her husband from the window of her home as his hearse drove slowly by.

Susan Cadogan, 73, was not allowed to attend her husband Peter’s funeral because she has lung problems and is self-isolating.

The great-grandmother said: ‘I thought I had no tears left in me, I cried so much when Peter was ill and when he died.

‘I promised myself I would be strong but when I saw the hearse the tears started flowing again.’

Susan Cadogan watches on as the hearse with her husband’s coffin drives past her flat

Peter Cadogan with wife Susan, seen together on their wedding day 35 years ago

Susan, who suffers from COPD and is on oxygen, praised the undertakers for the dignified drive past her first-floor apartment in Canton, Cardiff.

She said: ‘They were very kind and it was quite beautiful in a way.

‘We wanted to give him a traditional send-off with friends and relatives talking about him and hugging each other after the service.

‘But families can’t do that any more although we can still have virtual hugs.’

Former soldier and lorry driver Peter, 75, died of cancer on March 2 with his family at his bedside. He and Susan had been married for 35 years.

They cancelled a full memorial service at the St Francis of Assisi Church in Cardiff where Peter enjoyed singing and playing the guitar with the church choir.

A wake for a large group of family and friends in a local pub was also stopped because of the coronavirus restrictions.

Peter’s stepson Paul Roberts and his wife Lynn were the only two mourners at Thornhill Crematorium, on Tuesday.

Susan is in self-isolation due to ongoing health issues and was unable to attend the funeral

A short service was due to be streamed live but due to a technical issue, Susan wasn’t able to see it.

Paul, 55, said: ‘It was a sad day and very difficult for my mum but it was too much of a risk for her to attend.

‘I arranged for the funeral directors to drive the hearse with Peter in it to my mum’s apartment so she could say goodbye and see him off on his final journey.

‘She was upset and sadly she’s been unable to have the arms of her loved ones around her when she needs it most.’

Susan said goodbye to her husband of 35 years from the window of her first floor flat

Peter kept his army uniform in tip-top shape all his life and his cap was placed on his coffin which was draped by the Union Jack.

Photographer Paul captured the drive-past on camera and Susan gave her permission for the moving images to be published.

She and her family say they wanted to show other families who are not allowed to attend their loved-one’s funeral during the Covid-19 crisis that there are still dignified ways of saying goodbye.

Paul said: ‘Being able to say goodbye to loved ones in the traditional ways will be a growing challenge for people as time goes on if social distancing becomes more stringent.

‘We did what we could, it was very emotional, but at least my mum has a memory of her husband’s funeral.’

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HSBC to offer £500 interest-free overdraft and suspend credit card late payment fees – The Sun

MILLIONS of HSBC customers whose finances have taken a hit due to coronavirus will have their interest-free overdrafts automatically boosted to £500 from April 9.

This increased limit will apply for three months from this date, although the bank stresses it should only be used if necessary.

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HSBC already upped its interest-free overdraft from £25 to £300 last month.

In addition, HSBC says it is automatically cutting the interest rate charged beyond the interest-free buffer from 39.9 per cent to 19.9 per cent also for three months from April 9.

The new 39.9 per cent rate came into force last month, while the lower 19.9 per cent rate is the one the majority of customers were charge prior to this.

HSBC's move pre-empts plans revealed by the City watchdog this week for banks to boost agreed overdrafts to £500 interest-free.

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also wants firms to make sure all overdraft customers are no worse off on price when compared to what they were charged before recent overdraft changes came into force.

These proposals are currently being consulted on, among others, with a view to the initiatives being introduced late next week.

The FCA hopes these will be minimum standards with banks going above and beyond.

HSBC is the first of the major providers to lay its cards on the table.

The bank is also offering payment holidays, reduced payments, and breathing space to defer payments on a case by case basis to customers in debt.

On credit cards, it's automatically suspended all late payment fees for three months, as well as offering temporarily increased credit card limits, again on a case by case basis.

It's also giving savers penalty-free early access to fixed rate savings accounts, and it's following the government's demand to offer three-month mortgage holidays.

You should be able to apply for the measures online if they're not coming into force automatically – you can check on HSBC's website.

HSBC adds that customers should contact it online or via mobile channels where possible.

Credit reference agencies have confirmed that none of these temporary coronavirus-related measures will effect credit scores.

See our round-up of the overdraft, loan, and credit card help being offered by banks – and how to apply for them.

Tracie Pearce, HSBC UK’s director of retail banking, said: “The package of support that we have developed and introduced will provide some cashflow support at this crucial time and help people tackle some of the short-term financial impacts of Covid-19."

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