18,000 elderly people have died of COVID-19 in British care homes and now Boris Johnson’s government is being accused of human rights abuse

a man and a woman standing in front of a mirror: Care worker Sarah Cox helps fix care home resident, Patricia Taylor's hair on May 6, 2020 in Borehamwood, England Getty

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Care worker Sarah Cox helps fix care home resident, Patricia Taylor’s hair on May 6, 2020 in Borehamwood, England Getty

  • The death of thousands of COVID-19 in British care homes was a violation of their human rights, according to Amnesty International.
  • The human rights organization has now called for the public inquiry, promised by the government in July, to begin immediately. 
  • The report also raised particular concerns about the inappropriate use of “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) orders issued on a blanket basis in care homes.
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More than 18,000 untested elderly people died of COVID-19 in British care homes in what a damning new report from Amnesty International has described as a violation of their human rights.


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Between March and June, over 28,116 “excess deaths” were recorded in care homes in England, with 18,500 of them confirmed to have

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Government accused of treating the North ‘like a petri dish’ for local lockdowns as tougher restrictions are considered

Watch: Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in the north of England

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The government is treating the North “like a petri dish” for local lockdown experiments as harsher restrictions are considered, the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has said.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the North of England and current local lockdown measures failing to stop the increase, the government is considering tightening measures only weeks after introducing new ones.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham told GMB: “What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken.

“Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.”

Politicians across the North have criticised the Government over plans to close pubs and restaurants next week to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

The proposals, which have not been confirmed, appeared on the front pages of The Times,

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Government accused of ‘ripping the heart’ out of UK night-time economy

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The government has been accused of abandoning the night-time and theatre sectors with its winter economy plan, which critics say will usher in a wave of mass redundancies and venue closures before the end of 2020.

Sacha Lord, Manchester’s night-time economy adviser, told the Guardian that the government fundamentally did not understand the sector and had decided to turn its back on it.

“Nightclubs have been closed since March, they’re facing another six months now – how can they possibly survive? We’re going to see the vast majority close,” said Lord.

Michael Kill, the chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the sector felt like “an industry in exile” after Rishi Sunak’s economic plan was released last week, along with the decision to introduce a 10pm curfew.

He said: “Night-time businesses were already on a cliff edge, this current

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Government accused of spreading ‘confusion and chaos’ with North East lockdown rules

Pedestrians wearing face masks walking in Newcastle city centre. (Getty)
Pedestrians wearing face masks walking in Newcastle city centre. (Getty)

Local leaders in the North East have criticised the government for spreading “confusion and chaos” with its new local lockdown rules.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced a tightening of measures for Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham on Monday.

Under the new rules his department said laws would ban inter-household mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.

But local leaders criticised the policy, accusing the government of a “very knee-jerk” reaction to rising infections in the region.

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle County Council, said this morning: “The problem that we’ve got is not just that the secretary of state has made an announcement without any kind of understanding about the impact on affected businesses, and the potential for job losses.

Passengers wearing face masks on a train in Newcastle. (PA)
Passengers wearing face masks on a train in Newcastle. (PA)

“But also, by

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Tech Firms Accused Of Improper Data Handling

A new report indicates that US tech giants like Facebook and Netflix are failing to handle US-EU data transfers legally – but the US government is claiming that it shouldn’t be cause for concern.

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems made use of his legal right to ask 33 companies how they handle personal data transfers such as which countries customer data is sent to and on what legal basis.

“The responses ranged from detailed explanations, to admissions that these companies have no clue what is happening, to shockingly aggressive denials of the law,” says Schrems.

Some companies, including Airbnb, Netflix, and WhatsApp didn’t reply to requests for information, while others simply redirected researchers to their privacy policies. Microsoft, says Schrems, answered every question – but claimed it could transfer personal data to the US under Standard Contractual Clauses, despite clearly providing data to the US government under FISA702.


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